I’m a collector of vinyl, compact discs, and digital sounds. I’m also a bit enthusiastic about high-fidelity sound reproduction. Since an early age music has been important to me. I was a disc jockey (DJ) in college and still have a weekly radio show with Portsmouth Community Radio. I like to make playlists, too. 🎶

Top 30 Albums of 2019:

  1. Purple Mountains, Purple Mountains (Drag City)
  2. Deadbeat & Camara, Trinity Thirty (Constellation)
  3. Weyes Blood, Titanic Rising (Sub Pop)
  4. People Like Us, The Mirror (Discrepant)
  5. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, I Made A Place (Palace / Drag City)
  6. Jamila Woods, LEGACY! LEGACY! (Jagjaguwar)
  7. Moon Duo, Stars Are the Light (Sacred Bones)
  8. The National, I Am Easy to Find (4AD)
  9. William Tyler, Goes West (Merge Records)
  10. James Brandon Lewis, An UnRuly Manifesto (Relative Pitch)
  11. Tyler, The Creator, Egor (Columbia)
  12. Durand Jones & The Indications, American Love Call (Dead Oceans)
  13. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You (Atlantic)
  14. Big Thief, Two hands (4AD)
  15. Bill Callahan, Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest (Drag City)
  16. Tyler Ramsey, For the Morning (Concord)
  17. J.S. Ondara, Tales of America (The Second Coming) (Verve)
  18. Cigarettes After Sex, Cry (Partisan)
  19. The Messthetics, Anthropocosmic Nest (Dischord)
  20. Simon Scott, Soundings (Touch)
  21. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib – Bandana (RCA)
  22. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Ancestral Recall (Ropeadope)
  23. Drab Majesty, Modern Mirror (Dais)
  24. Brittany Howard, Jaime (ATO)
  25. Sandro Perri, Soft Landing (Constellation)
  26. Lana Del Ray, Norman Fucking Rockwell (Interscope)
  27. Faye Webster, Atlanta Millionaires Club (Secretly Canadian)
  28. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Ghosteen (Ghosteen LTD)
  29. Jessica Pratt, Quiet Signs (Mexican Summer)
  30. Billy Woods & Kenny Segal, Hiding Places (Backwoodz Studioz)

Top 8 Re-Issues of 2019:

  1. Grateful Dead, Aoxomoxoa (Rhino / Grateful Dead)
  2. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (Rhino)
  3. Kenny Burrell, Introducing (Blue Note)
  4. Stereolab, Mars Audiac Quintet (Warp)
  5. Bob Dylan (feat. Johnny Cash), Travelin’ Thru: 1967-1969, Bootleg Series Vol. 15 (Columbia)
  6. Duster, Capsule Losing Contact (Box Set) (Numero Group)
  7. John Coltrane, Blue World (Impulse)
  8. Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age 1980-1990 (LITA)


 I have included one of the Grateful Dead concerts released in 2019 as part of Dave’s Picks. David Lemieux is the audiovisual archivist and legacy manager for the Grateful Dead, who chooses 4 shows a year to re-issue complete with liner notes, photos, and more. This was a limited 3 CD release from Rhino / Grateful Dead Records that is out of print, but can be streamed via Enjoy! 

The Grateful Dead, Live at The Fillmore East – 09/20/1970