KGNU DJs Top 10 Albums of 2019


The end of 2019 is here, and our DJs are taking a look back at their favorite releases from this year. Take a look at what album releases your favorite KGNU DJs loved in 2019!

  • Andy Zicklin
  • Barry Roark
  • Bob Cosmo
  • Brian Eyster
  • Brother Louie
  • Cal Huss
  • Carrie Marks
  • Dennis Rider
  • DJ Marlowe
  • DJ Swingsett
  • Dylan Raskay
  • EC
  • Indra Raj
  • Joel Davis
  • Keith Colligan
  • Mariah Coe
  • Michael Buck
  • Mike Finn
  • Natalie Shrewsbury
  • Sam Fuqua
  • Sandman
  • Uncle Jeff


      # Artist Album Label
      1 The Firstimers Anvil of Love Firstimers
      2 Sugar Britches Don’t Make Her a Mix Tape yet, You Idiot Label Sugar Britches
      3 Jon Fratelli Bright Night Flowers Cooking Vinyl
      4 The Specials Encore Universal Music
      5 Dan Bern Regent Street Kababa Records
      6 Julia Haltigan Trouble Julia Haltigan
      7 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Ghosteen Ghosteen
      8 Tiger Lillies Devil’s Fairground Misery Guts
      9 Starcrawler Devour You Rough Trade
      10 The Hold Steady Thrashing through the Passion Frenchkiss


      # Artist Album Label
      1 Surf Friends Doing Your Thing Flying Nun Records
      2 Fat White Family Serfs Up! Domino
      3 Battles Juice B Crypts Warp
      4 Lee “Scratch” Perry Rootz Reggae Dub Megawave
      5 Moon Duo Stars Are The Light Sacred Bones
      6 Allah-Las Lahs Mexican Summer
      7 The Divine Comedy Office Politics Divine Comedy
      8 Purple Mountains Purple Mountains Drag City
      9 Josh Ritter Fever Breaks Pythaes
      10 Chastity Belt Chastity Belt Hardly Art


      # Artist Album Label
      1 Anders Osborne Buddha and the Blues Anders Osborne
      2 Galactic/td>

      Already Ready Already Tchoup-Zilla
      3 Keith Frank Keith Frank Presents the Soulwood All-Stars Vol. 3: Legends of the South Soulwood
      4 Lost Bayou Ramblers Asteur Lost Bayou
      5 Sean Ardoin Ven Zydekool
      6 T’Monde Lights in the Harbor Valcour
      7 The Rayo Brothers Victim & Villain Nouveau Electric
      8 Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Gnomes and Badgers Seven Spheres
      9 Chris ‘Kingfish’ Ingram Kingfish Alligator
      10 Warren Storm Taking the World, By Storm APO


      # Artist Album Label
      1 Billy Woods Hiding Places Backwoodz Studio
      2 Tim Heidecker What the Broken Hearted Do JagJaguwar
      3 MIKE Tears of Joy 10k
      4 Beirut Gallipolli 4AD
      5 Kiltro Creatures of Habit Kiltro
      6 Mac DeMarco Here Comes the Cowboy Mac’s Record Label
      7 Mdou Moctar Ilana: The Creator Sahel Sounds
      8 Quelle Chris Guns Mello
      9 CURTA (sic) Hello LA
      10 KAINA Next to the Sun Sooper


      # Artist Album Label
      1 Robert Ellis Texas Piano Man New West
      2 Che Apalache Rearrange My Heart Free Dirt
      3 Meursault Crow Hill Common Grounds
      4 Martin Hayes & Brooklyn Rider The Butterfly In A Circle
      5 O Terno Atrás/Além Tratore Music Brasil
      6 Lankum The Livelong Day Rough Trade
      7 Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen We Jazz
      8 Westbound Situation Pilot Westbound Situation
      9 Erlend Apneseth Trio with Frode Haltli Salika, Molika Hubro
      10 David Kilgour Bobbie’s a Girl Merge


      # Artist Album Label
      1 The Felice Brothers Undress Yep Roc
      2 Joe Henry The Gospel According to Water EARMUSIC
      3 Jenny Lewis On the Line Warner Bros.
      4 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Ghosteen Ghosteen
      5 Lambchop This (is what I wanted to tell you) Merge
      6 Calexico and Iron & Wine Years to Burn Sub Pop
      7 Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men Tall, Dark, & Handsome Hot Shot
      8 Shinyribs Fog & Bling Mustard Lid
      9 Giant Sand Recounting the Ballads of Thin Line Men Fire
      10 Howe Gelb Gathered Fire


      # Artist Album Label
      1 Kit Sebastian Mantra Moderne Mr. Bongo
      2 Wand Laughing Matter Drag City
      3 Crumb Jinx Crumb
      4 Ghost Funk Orchestra A Song for Paul Colemine
      5 Jessica Pratt Quiet Signs Mexican Summer
      6 Sampa the Great The Return Ninja Tune
      7 Mystery Lights Too Much Tension! Wick
      8 Bells Atlas The Mystic Tender Loving Empire
      9 SAULT 5 & 7 Forever Living Originals
      10 Chris Cohen Chris Cohen Captured Tracks


      # Artist Album Label
      1 Kiltro Creatures of Habit Kiltro
      2 Bon Iver I,i JagJaguwar
      3 Anderson .Paak Ventura Aftermath/12 Tone
      4 Black Pumas Black Pumas ATO
      5 YOLA Walk Through Fire Easy Eye
      6 Sharon Van Etten Remind Me Tomorrow JagJaguwar
      7 Ikeba Shakedown Kings Left Behind Colemine
      8 Mavis Staples We Get By Anti
      9 Brittany Howard Jaime ATO
      10 Michael Kiwanuka Michael Kiwanuka Polydor


      # Artist Album
      1 Lana Del Rey Norman Fucking Rockwell Polydor and Interscope
      2 Tyler, the Creator Igor Columbia
      3 Helado Negro This Is How You Smile RVNG Intl.
      4 Chastity Belt Chastity Belt Hardly Art
      5 Anderson . Paak Ventura Aftermath/12 Tone
      6 Flying Lotus Flamagra Warp
      7 Big Thief U.F.O.F. 4AD
      8 Michael Kiwanuka Michael Kiwanuka Polydor
      9 Jay Som Anak Ko Polyvinyl
      10 Weyes Blood Titanic Rising Sub Pop


      # Artist Album Label
      1 J Red the Nephew Platinum Soul Soulpop
      2 Kassa Overall Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz Kassa Overall
      3 Los 4 Con La Izquierda Puntilla
      4 Sofi Tukker Dancing on the People Ultra
      5 Adia Victoria SIlences Canvasback/Atlantic
      6 Grady Champion Steppin’ In Malaco
      7 Lizzo Cuz I Love You Nice Life
      8 Griz Ride Waves inGrooves
      9 Kokoko Fongola Transgressive
      10 G&D Black Love and War SomeOthanShip Connect


      # Artist Album Label
      1 Charlie Megira Tomorrow’s Gone Numero Group
      2 L’Epee Diabolique A
      3 Xeno & Oaklander Hypnos Dais
      4 The Telescopes Exploding Head Syndrome Tapete
      5 The Resonars No Exit Trouble In Mind
      6 Vanishing Twin The Age of Immunology Fire
      7 She Past Away Disco Anksiyete Metropolis
      8 Hash Redactor Drecksound Goner
      9 Automelodi Mirages Au Futur Verre-Brise HoloDeck
      10 High Command Beyond the Wall of Desolation Southern Lord


      # Artist Album Label
      1 Alex & Stephane Attias Present The Chromatic Universe 2 Visions
      2 Various Artists Volume 2 Eglo
      3 Makoto Tomodachi Sessions Hospital
      4 Luke Vibert Valvable I Love Acid
      5 Georgia Anne Muldrow Vweto II Mello
      6 Various Artists A Decade of Liondub International Liondub International
      7 Special Request Offworld Houndstooth
      8 Pseudo Slang Wanderverse LP Baby Steps Hip Hop
      9 Quantic Atlantic Oscillations Tru Thoughts
      10 Flying Lotus Flamagra Warp


      # Artist Album Label
      1 Carlton Jumel Smith 1634 Lexington Ave Timmion
      2 Bill Callahan Shepherd in a Sheepskin Drag City
      3 Pinty City Limits-EP Rhythm Section
      4 Purple Mountains Purple Mountains Drag City
      5 Orville Peck Pony Sub Pop
      6 Carl Craig Detroit Love Vol. 2 Planet E Communications
      7 Billy Woods & Kenny Segal Hiding Places Backwoodz Studioz
      8 Floating Points Crush Ninja Tune
      9 Black Pumas Black Pumas ATO
      10 Garcia Peoples One Step Behind Beyond Beyond is Beyond


      # Artist Album Label
      1 Gud Dapperton Where Polly People Go to Read AWAL
      3 Pond Tasmania Marathon
      4 FKA Twigs Magdalene Young Turks
      5 Still Woozy Lately Interscope
      6 Drug Dealer Raw Honey Mexican Summer
      7 JPEGMAFIA All My Heroes Are Cornballs Deathbomb Arc
      8 Infinite Bisous Period Mexican Summer
      9 Inner Wave wya Inner Wave
      10 HOMESHAKE Helium Royal Mountain


      # Artist Album Label
      1 Fontaines DC Dogrell Partisan
      2 Joshua Redman/Brooklyn Rider Sun on Sand Nonesuch
      3 Bill Cole & Untempered Ensemble Music for Yoruba Proverbs Boxholder
      4 Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba Miri Outhere
      5 Iggy Pop Free Loma Vista
      6 Vagabon Vagabon Nonesuch
      7 Tartit Amankor/The Exile Riverboat
      8 Raphael Saadiq Jimmy Lee Columbia
      9 Esperanza Spalding 12 Little Spells Concord
      10 Sharon Van Etten Remind Me Tomorrow Jagjaguwar


      # Artist Album Label
      1 Bibio Ribbons Warp
      2 Teebs Anicca Brainfeeder
      3 Thom Yorke ANIMA XL
      4 Crumb The Jinx Crumb
      5 Holy Hive Harping (feat. Mary Lattimore) Big Crown
      7 Ian Simmonds All That’s Left Pussyfoot
      8 Chris Cohen Chris Cohen Captured Tracks
      9 Weval The Weight Kompakt
      10 Vetiver Up on High Mama Bird


      # Artist Album Label
      1 Jacques Greene Dawn Chorus LuckyMe
      2 Sampa the Great The Return Ninja Tune
      3 Hank Roberts Congeries of Ethereal Phenomena Newvelle
      4 Operator Music Band Duo Duo Broken Circles
      5 Allah-Lahs LAHS Mexican Summer
      6 Little People Landloper Future Archive
      7 A-WA Bayti Fi Rasi S-Curve
      8 Andrew Bird My Finest Work Yet Loma Vista
      9 Charlotte Adigéry Zandoli Deewee
      10 Quantic Atlantic Oscillations Tru Thoughts


      # Artist Album Label
      1 Altin Gun Gece Les Disques Bongo Joe
      2 Artur Melo Metanoia Samsara
      3 Commandant Coustou Magnetic Islands Maaula
      4 Kutmah = Kutmah
      5 Lee Scratch Perry Rootz Reggae Dub Megawave
      6 Pan Amsterdam Straight to Tape EP Def Presse
      7 Richard Houghten Music for Drifters Macroscopic Vibrations
      8 Sarathy Korwar More Arriving The Leaf Label
      9 Soohan Transmuto Soohan
      10 Tom Caruana vs. Can Inner Space: Instrumentals Tom Caruana Mashups


      # Artist Album Label
      1 Rising Appalachia Leylines Rising Appalachia
      2 Bloodshot Bill Come Get Your Love Goner Records
      3 Fontaines DC Dogrel Partisan
      4 Harriet Brown Mall of Fortune Innovative Leisure
      5 Rocky Dawuni Beats of Zion Aquarian
      6 Karl Denson and His Tiny Universe Gnomes and Badgers Seven Spheres
      7 Rodrigo y Gabriela Mettavolution Ruby Works
      8 The Yawpers Human Question The Yawpers
      9 The Aggrolites Reggae Now! Pirates Press
      10 Santana Africa Speaks Concord


      # Artist Album Label
      1 Leo Leobons Ritual REMIXED Kafundo
      2 AkizzBeatzz Various Artists: Urbanized Afro Edits AkizzBeatzz
      3 Minyo Crusaders Echoes of Japan Mais Um
      4 Ibibio Sound Machine Doko Mien Merge
      5 Nakara Percussions Nakara Percussions Komos
      6 Hope Masike The Exorcism of a Spinster Riverboat
      7 Bastarda Ars Moriendi Szamburski
      8 Manu Delago Circadian One Little Indian
      9 Mateo Kingman Astro AYA
      10 Combo Chimbita Ahomale Anti


      # Artist Album Label
      1 The Flaming Lips King’s Mouth Warner
      2 Leo Leobons Ritual Remixes Kafundo
      3 Pixies Beneath the Eyrie Infectious
      4 Fontaines DC Dogrel Partisan
      5 (Sandy) Alex G House of Sugar Domino
      6 Bon Iver I,i Jagjaguwar
      7 Amon Tobin Fear in a Handful of Dust Nomark
      8 Sinkane Dépaysé City Slang
      9 Kokoko! Fongola Transgressive
      10 Kate Tempest The Book of Traps and Lessons Republic


      # Artist Album Label
      1 Paper Wings Clementine Paper Wings
      2 Brendan Shafer Shafer’s Lumber Wagon Big Six
      3 David Grisman’s Dawg Trio Plays Tunes & Sings Songs Acoustic Disc
      4 Our Native Daughters Songs of Our Native Daughters Smithsonian Folkways
      5 George Jackson Time and Place George Jackson
      6 Aubrey Eisenman & The Clydes Bowerbird Trivianna
      7 Tim O’Brien Band Tim O’Brien Band Howdy Skies
      8 Six Dollar String Band Big Six 6am
      9 Colebrook Road On Time Mountain Fever
      10 Bonerama Plays Zeppelin Basin Street


      # Artist Album Label
      1 Oumar Konate I Love Your Inna Clermont
      2 Cej Adobe Road Gnospng
      3 The Bongo Hop Satingorana, Pt 2 Underdog
      4 Kiki Valera Vivencias En Clave Cubana Origin
      5 Lakou Mizik HaitiaNola Cumbancha
      6 Aymee Nuviola A Journey Through Cuban Music Top Stop
      7 Bill Callahan Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest Drag City
      8 Rachid Taha Je Suis Afticain Naive
      9 Mustafa Khaliq Ahmed Son of the Drum Chaos
      10 We Banjo 3 Roots to Rise WB3






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