ALBUMS of the DECADE | 2010-2019


The end of another decade is upon us, and it was a goddamn weird one. At least in America. Though PHW has been dormant for most of the decade, I poke my head out every once in a while to shout into the void.  Here are my favorite records of the past 520 weeks:


1. WAXAHATCHEE / Out In The Storm (2017)

Not Katie Crutchfield's most critically revered album, but the one that resonated most with me. She blasted her music into high definition on this one and blew me away.


2. FRANK OCEAN / Blond (2016)

A staggering work of genius from Frank, whose subtle melodies and raw emotion gradually revealed themselves to me to the point where I can hardly go a week without listening.

3. GINNELS / Plumes (2013)

This is cheating because it's a compilation compiled from a handful of releases but whatever - this is the greatest collection of buzzing, ramshackle indie-pop of the decade by a city mile.


4. TITUS ANDRONICUS / The Monitor (2010)

Though shrouded in Civil War imagery and blood & guts bravado, The Monitor is simply another rock record about a girl who's gone. Patrick Stickles makes us rally around his monumental gloom; shout along with his despondency. After 10,000 years, it's still us against them. 



5. KENDRICK LAMAR / To Pimp A Butterfly (2015)

Kendrick Lamar tapped into the heart of a tumultuous American decade more vividly than any other artist, and nowhere is his presence more vital than this magnum opus. As if Bringing It All Back Home and It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back got together and birthed a savior.


6. DESTROYER / Kaputt (2011)

Dan Bejar's sound + vision was never greater these past 10 years than on Kaputt - an unstoppable album overflowing with enigmatic lyrics and an 80s sheen.


7. THE WAR ON DRUGS / A Deeper Understanding (2017)

Few mine the history of rock & roll as gorgeously or in such a forward-thinking manner as Adam Granduciel. This is his masterstroke - 10 towering songs that throw off electric sparks.

8. VAMPIRE WEEKEND - Modern Vampires of the City (2013)

This is a great band at the height of their powers - young enough to resonate but wiser than their first two records. I played "Step" for a few of my 8th graders once and they were floored, played "Ya Hey" for my own children when they were toddlers and it became a sing-along.  This record has something for everyone, and still manages to be everything all at once. 


9. PROTOMARTYR / Under Color of Official Right (2014)

Welcome to the brutal world of Protomartyr, the decade's most underrated rock band. These songs seethe, bristle, and snarl. Loud guitars and a singer who means it.


10. TIM HECKER / Ravedeath, 1972 (2011)

There were countless late nights over the past 9 years where the lights went off, the headphones went on, and for 50+ transportive minutes time and space didn't exist. 



11. BEACH HOUSE / Bloom (2012)


12. DEERHUNTER / Halcyon Digest (2010)


13. THE MEN / Leave Home (2011)


14. TY SEGALL BAND / Slaughterhouse (2012)


15. BEACH HOUSE / Teen Dream (2010)


16. PINEGROVE / Cardinal (2016)


17. BED WETTIN' BAD BOYS / Rot (2017)


18. BIG THIEF / Capacity (2017)


19. BON IVER / Bon Iver, Bon Iver (2011)


20. YOUNG FATHERS / Cocoa Sugar (2018)


21.  DEAFHEAVEN / Sunbather  
22.  KENDRICK LAMAR / good kid, m.A.A.d city
23.  ANGEL OLSEN / My Woman
24.  BON IVER / 22, A Million
25.  THE NATIONAL / Trouble Will Find Me
26.  SOLANGE / A Seat At the Table 
27.  SPOON / They Want My Soul
28.  KANYE WEST / My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
29.  THE MEN / Open Your Heart
30.  HALLELUJAH THE HILLS / Have You Ever Done Something Evil?

31.  BEYONCE / Lemonade
32.  LOW / Double Negative
33.  THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH / The Wild Hunt
34.  SHABAZZ PALACES / Black Up
35.  AMEN DUNES / Freedom
36.  THE WALKMEN / Heaven
37.  BIG THIEF / Two Hands
38.  FRANK OCEAN / Channel Orange
39.  THE WAR ON DRUGS / Lost In A Dream
40.  DEAFHEAVEN / Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

41.  WAXAHATCHEE / Ivy Tripp
42.  DAMIEN JURADO / Maroqopa
43.  FROG EYES / Paul’s Tomb; A Triumph
44.  WILCO / Ode to Joy
45.  RUN THE JEWELS | RTJ2 
46.  ANGEL OLSEN / Burn Your Fire For No Witness
47.  EARL SWEATSHIRT / Some Rap Songs
48.  JAPANDROIDS / Celebration Rock
49.  SUFJAN STEVENS / Carrie & Lowell
50.  FUTURE ISLANDS / In Evening Air 

51.  FLYING LOTUS / Cosmagramma
52.  RADIOHEAD / A Moon Shaped Pool
53.  GIRLS / Father, Son, And Holy Ghost
54.  PHOSPHORESCENT / Muchacho
55.  BIG THIEF / Masterpiece
56.  PURPLE MOUNTAINS / Purple Mountains
57.  THE HOTELIER / Home, Like NoPlace Is There
58.  THE NATIONAL / Sleep Well Beast
59.  THEE OH SEES / Putrifiers II
60.  MOUNT EERIE / A Crow Looked At Me 

61.  ICEAGE / Beyondless
62.  ARCADE FIRE / The Suburbs
63.  TIRZAH / Devotion
64.  PROTOMARTYR / The Agent Intellect
65.  WOMEN / Public Strain
66.  PUSHA T / Daytona
67.  THE RADIO DEPT. / Clinging to a Scheme
68.  ALVVAYS / Antisocialites
69.  KELLY LEE OWENS
70.  EARL SWEATSHIRT / I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside

71.  VINCE STAPLES – Summertime ‘06
72.  MOGWAI / Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
73.  WILCO / Star Wars
74.  SNAIL MAIL / Lush  
75.  BON IVER / i,i
76.  KING KRULE / The OOZ 
77.  D'ANGELO / Black Messiah
78.  ROYAL HEADACHE / Royal Headache 
79.  WOODS / Bend Beyond
80.  FLEET FOXES / Crack-Up

81.  ICEAGE / You’re Nothing 
82.  LCD SOUNDSYSTEM / This Is Happening
83.  BEACH HOUSE / Depression Cherry
84.  NO AGE / Everything In Between
85.  JOANNA NEWSOM / Have One On Me
86.  KENDRICK LAMAR / DAMN.
87.  GROUPER / Ruins
88.  FATHER JOHN MISTY / I Love You, Honeybear
89.  HAMILTON LEITHAUSER + ROSTAM / I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
90.  DINOSAUR JR / Give a Glimpse Of What Yer Not

91. FKA TWIGS / Magdalene
92. WAXAHATCHEE / American Weekend
93. CAR SEAT HEADREST / Teens of Denial  
94. ALISON CRUTCHFIELD / Tourist In This Town
95. BIG THIEF / UFOF
96. BEYONCE / Beyonce
97. THE HOTELIER / Goodness
98. COURTNEY BARNETT / Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
99. JEFF TWEEDY / Warmer
100. MOSES SUMNEY / Aromanticism

BURIAL / Rival Dealer EP
IRON & WINE / Beast Epic
SPIDER BAGS / Shake My Head
WAXAHATCHEE / Cerulean Salt
FLYING LOTUS / Until the Quiet Comes
GREAT ELK / Star Stuff
SHABAZZ PALACES / Lese Majesty
SLOW COUNTRY / The Late, Great Slow Country
BOOMGATES / Double Natural
THE TOUGH SHITS / The Tough Shit
FLASHER / Constant Image
PARQUET COURTS / Sunbathing Animal

Albums // 2019































Here are my favorites as of 12/11/19:

1. BIG THIEF / Two Hands
2. WILCO / Ode to Joy
3. PURPLE MOUNTAINS / Purple Mountains
4. BON IVER /  i, i 
5. BIG THIEF / UFOF
   6. FKA twigs / MAGDALENE
   7. HELADO NEGRO / This Is How You Smile
   8. WEYES BLOOD / Titanic Rising
   9. HALLELUJAH THE HILLS - I'm You
  10. JEFF TWEEDY / Warmer

  11. ANGEL OLSEN / All Mirrors
  12. BLACK BELT EAGLE SCOUT / At the Party With My Brown Friends
  13. (SANDY) ALEX G / House of Sugar
  14. THE NATIONAL / I Am Easy To Find
  15. SOLANGE / When I Get Home
  16. NILUFER YANYA / Miss Universe
  17. VAMPIRE WEEKEND / Father of the Bride
  18. JULIA JACKLIN / Crushing
  19. JAMILA WOODS / LEGACY! LEGACY!
  20. FLORIST / Emily Alone

Albums // 2018




Here are my favorite records of the past 12 or so crazy, messed-up, not very good months here in the good ol' USA.  From the Top 10, Tirzah has been a slow-burner over the past few weeks and with more time might've found itself higher on this list. Parquet Courts is one of the best indie-rock bands of the decade and Wide Awake! is right there with their best albums. Daytona is just dizzying and has a few of my favorite songs of the year. Like Tirzah, Flasher was a grower as the year went along., and like Daytona, Snail Mail's Lush has some of the best singles of the year - nothing consistently moved me as much as the chorus of "Full Control".  

My first listen to Amen Dunes soundtracked a drunken 2-mile stumble from the train to my front door some time last spring and was one of the most transcendent first listens I've ever had. I love that Low, a band I've known and followed forever, completely inverted themselves after 25 years and dropped an album that somehow tops Things We Lost In The Fire. Ordinary Corrupt Human Love is a huge leap for Deafheaven - still devastatingly heavy as fuck but so, so beautiful.  And Iceage just keeps getting better as they draw from a larger and larger palette.  But for me the most surprising, interesting, and un-categorizable record of the year was Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers.  Their disparate mix of hip-hop, soul, dub, experimental, club, and rock music somehow gels into a stunningly perfect pop album.       

1.  Young Fathers / Cocoa Sugar
2.  Deafheaven / Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
3.  Low / Double Negative
4.  Earl Sweatshirt / Some Rap Songs
5.  Amen Dunes / Freedom
6.  Iceage / Beyondless
7.  Snail Mail / Lush
8.  Pusha T / Daytona
9.  Flasher / Constant Image
10.  Tirzah / Devotion

11.  Beach House / 7
12.  Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus / boygenius EP
13.  Mitski / Be the Cowboy
14.  Spiritualized / … And Nothing Hurt
15.  Jeff Tweedy / WARM
16.  Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever / Hope Downs
17.  Parquet Courts / Wide Awake! 
18.  Big Red Machine
19.  Father John Misty / God’s Favourite Customer
20.  John Prine / The Tree of Forgiveness
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2017 // Albums




1.     WaxahatcheeOut in the Storm
2.     The War On DrugsA Deeper Understanding
3.     Bed Wettin’ Bad BoysRot
4.     Big ThiefCapacity
5.     The NationalSleep Well Beast
6.     King KruleThe OOZ
7.     Kendrick LamarDAMN.
8.     The New PornographersWhiteout Conditions
9.     Craig FinnWe All Want the Same Things
10.   Allison CrutchfieldTourist in this Town

11.    Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
12.    Iron & WineBeast Epic
13.    Alvvays - Antisocialites
14.    Kelly Lee Owens – s/t
15.    Destroyerken
16.    Sandy (Alex G) - Rocket
17.    ProtomartyrRelatives in Descent
18.    HaterYou Tried
19.    SpoonHot Thoughts
20.    The Rural Alberta AdvantageThe Wild