Albums of my years, 2009-2023

These were made for The Portland Mercury, Letters With Mixtapes, and myself.

Best of 2023

1) Yo La Tengo- This Stupid World (Matador)

2) Fever Ray - Radical Romantics (Rabid/Mute)

3) Kelela- Raven (Warp)

4) Gia Margaret- Romantic Piano (Jagjaguwar)

5) Corespondents- Corespondents (Self-Released)

6) Two White Cranes- Self Build (Lost Map)

7) Mega Bog- End of Everything (Mexican Summer)

Best of 2022

1. Cat’s Miaow- Songs ‘94-’98 (World of Echo)

2. Kate Ferencz- You Will Love Again (Self-Released)

3. Taylor Swift- Midnights (Republic)

4. Friendship- Love the Stranger (Merge)

5. Time Pieces- Boundary Problems (Porchlight)

Best of 2021

1. Idle Ray- Idle Ray (Life Like Tapes)

2. Advance Base- Wall of Tears & Other Songs I Didn’t Write (Orindal)

3. Midwife- Luminol (The Flenser)

4. Pleasure Systems- Visiting the Well (Orchid Tapes)

5. Karima Walker- Dreaming the Waking Body (Orindal)

6. Dry Cleaning- New Long Leg (4AD)

7. Oh, Yes- Crooked Wine Smile (Relief Map)

8. Fog Lake- Tragedy Reel (Orchid Tapes)

Best of 2020

1. Babytooth- Thataway EP (Bud Tapes)

2. Frances Quinlan- Likewise (Saddle Creek)

3. Waxahatchee- Saint Cloud (Merge)

4. Adrianne Lenker- Songs (4AD)

5. Destroyer- Have We Met (Merge)

6. The Mountain Goats- Songs for Pierre Chuvin (Merge)

7. Idle Ray- Demo EP (Self-Released)

8. Y La Bamba- Los Gritos (Self-Released)

9. The Innocence Mission- See You Tomorrow (Thérèse/Bella Union)

10. Radisson Blue- Assemblage EP (Self-Released)

Best of 2019

1. Purple Mountains- Purple Mountains (Drag City)

2. Mount Eerie & Julie Doiron- Lost Wisdom, Pt. 2 (P. W. Elverum & Sun)

3. Sacred Paws- Run Around the Sun (Merge Records)

4. Big Thief- Two Hands (4AD)

5. Y La Bamba- Mujeres (Tender Loving Empire)

6. Friendship- Dreamin’ (Orindal)

7. Erin Durant- Islands (Keeled Scales)

Best of 2018

1. Fred Thomas- Aftering (Polvinyl)

2. Black Belt Eagle Scout- Mother of My Children (Saddle Creek)

3. Advance Base- Animal Companionship (Orindal)

4. Kate Ferencz- What Was the World (Cold Rhymes)

5. Stephen Steinbrink- Utopia Teased (Melodic)

Best of 2017

1. Kelela- Take Me Apart (Warp)

2. Jessica Dennison + Jones- Self-Titled (Party Damage)

3. Midwife- Like Author, Like Daughter (Whited Sepulchre)

4. Michael Nau- Some Twist (Suicide Squeeze)

5. Fred Thomas- Changer (Polvinyl)

6. Allison Crutchfield- Tourist in This Town (Merge)

Best of 2016

1. Mal Devisa- Kidd (Self-Released)

2. Frankie Cosmos- Next Thing (Bayonet)

3. Michael Nau- Mowing (Suicide Squeeze)

4. Sister Grotto- You Don’t Have to Be a House to Be Haunted (Self-Released)

5. Mutual Benefit- Skip a Sinking Stone (Mom + Pop)

6. Noname- Telefone (Self-Released)

Best of 2015

1. Kate Ferencz- Dying Alone (Single Girl Married Girl)

2. Advance Base- Nephew in the Wild (Orindal)

3. Willis Earl Beal- Noctunes (Tender Loving Empire)

4. Richard Album- Saturday Night Album (Athletic)

5. Aunts- Good Mourning Moon (Self-Released)

6. Two White Cranes- Radisson Blue (Stitch-Stitch/Odd Box/Happy Happy Birthday to Me)

7. Quarterbacks- Self-Titled (Team Love Records/Double Double Whammy)

8. Golden Hour- Don’t Be Cute (Self-Released)

9. Mommy Long Legs- Assholes EP (Youth Riot)

10. Natural Magic- Self-Titled (Boomarm Nation)

Best of 2014

1. EMA- The Future’s Void (City Slang/Matador)

2. Stephen Steinbrink- Arranged Waves (Holy Page/Melodic)

3. Nicholas Krgovich- On Sunset/On Cahuenga (Orindal)

4. Blowout- We All Float Down Here (Lauren)

5. Silver Shadows- Self-Titled EP (Gilgongo)

6. Allison Crutchfield- Lean In To It (Stupid Bag Co/Kingfisher Bluez)

7. Two White Cranes- Self-Titled (Stitch-Stitch)

8. Mirah- Changing Light (K)

Best of 2013

1. Mutual Benefit- Love’s Crushing Diamond (Other Music)

2. Kelela- Cut 4 Me (Self-Released)

3. Corespondents- Land of the Low People (Self-Released)

4. RIVKA- Faded (Hoko Sounds)

5. Autre Ne Veut- Anxiety (Software/Mexican Summer)

6. Beyoncé- Self-Titled (Parkwood/Columbia)

7. James Blake- Overgrown (Atlas)

Best of 2012

1. Arlt & Thomas Bonvalet- Self-Titled (Almost Musique)

2. Dirty Three- Toward the Low Sun (Drag City/Bella Union)

3. Lau Nau- Valohiukkanen (Fonal)

Best of 2011

1. Barren Nieces- Lascivious Occupations (Le Horror)

2. Jordan O’Jordan- Drawn Onward (Electricity and Lust)

3. EMA- Past Life Martyred Saint (Souterrain Transmissions)

4. Shabazz Palaces- Black Up (Sub Pop)

5. Mega Bog- Freaky Dawn (Wizards of the Ghost)

6. Lapalux- Many Faces Out of Focus (Pictures Music)

Best of 2010

1. Joanna Newsom- Have One on Me (Drag City)

2. CocoRosie- Grey Oceans (Sub Pop)

3. The Books- The Way Out (Temporary Residence)

4. Eleanor Murray- Oh Thunder (Bicycle)

5. Cock and Swan- Unrecognize (Dandelion Gold)

6. Corespondents- Ur (Self-Released)

7. Xiu Xiu- Dear God I Hate Myself (Kill Rock Stars)

8. Innocence Mission- My Room in the Trees (Badman)

9. Ô Paon- Courses (Ô Paon Records)

10. S.L.F.M.- Affaire (Self-Released)

Best of 2009

1. Christina Antipa- The Royal We (Self-Released)

2. Polka Dot Dot Dot- Syzygy (Bicycle)

3. Tiny Vipers- Life on Earth (Sub Pop)

4. DJ Dogwater- Amy Winehouse Memorial Mixtape (Self-Released)

5. Gunmothers Head- Her Husband Didn’t (Ick Ick)

6. Corespondents- Do Not Doublestack Do Not Doublestack (Self-Released)

7. Lactacious- Strong and Wrong (Self-Released)

8. Arrington de Dionyso- Malaikat Dan Singa (K)

9. Tara Jane O'Neill- A Ways Away (K)

10. Karl Blau- 96 (Kelp)