Top 20 LPs of 2019…According to Lost Sound Tapes
There’s a handful of really really great tape labels out there, and one that is near and dear to our hearts is Lost Sound Tapes, run by Jon Manning. He’s done an incredible job of curating, and I almost always find myself in love with a handful of his releases each year, like Olivia’s World and Lisa Prank this year! So, I reached out and asked him to pop off with some of his favorite releases…and here we are. Enjoy!
Black Belt Eagle Scout – At the Party With My Brown Friends (Saddle Creek Records)
Follow up to the break out album “Mother of My Children”. Gorgeous soundscapes and songwriting from Portland. Dreamy, queer, indigenous,folky, indie rock.
Chris-a-riffic – Treats (Self Released)
Another local Vancouver, BCrelease. Chris isone of the most well liked guys about town. A mainstay in the Vancouver music scene. It’s solo electric piano indie rock but stating such does it absolutely no justice.
Chris Cohen – Chris Cohen (Captured Tracks)
Third album by Chris Cohen, again on Captured Tracks. He is well known for being a guitarist in the band Deerhoof as well as a member of Cryptacize and The Curtains. Of the three albums, this is the most reserved. Careful, delicate, pop sensibilities.
Jeanines – Jeanines (Slumberland Records)
A classic indie pop album release that fits perfectly on Slumberland Records. Reminds me of The Aislers Set, Tiger Trap, and The Shop Assistants.16 songs in 25 minutes.
J McFarlane’s Reality Guest – Ta Da (Hobbies Galore)
Hobbies Galore in Australia put this one out. They started as a tape label and the fact this was an LP piqued my interest. Hypnotic, pop minimalism.
Joey Nebulous – Give Yourself a Kiss From Me (Sleeper Records)
Good things happen when you follow accounts on Bandcamp.I got a notification for following Sleeper Records and this became one of my favorite happenstance discoveries of the year. Pop songs about being gay and desperately wanting to be in love.
Lisa Prank – Perfect Love Song (Lost Sound Tapes)
As a rule, I don’t put any Lost Sound Tapes releases on my year end lists. I love them all, of course I do, but this album is SPECIAL. This album is a physical manifestation of Lisa Prank’s (aka Robin Edwards) growth as a songwriter and Rose Melberg & Robin’s friendship. Rose produced the album as well as co-wrote the song “Telescope”, sang back up vocals, and added other musical touches as well. “Perfect Love Song” is a very emotionally raw, tender and complex pop punk album that I hope inspires future bands and albums for decades to come.
Nice Apple – This Time Nice Apple is Auto-Cathecting (Hidden Bay Records)
Vancouver, BCband released by a French tape label. This is the album on the list that would be most at home on Lost Sound Tapes.
Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains (Drag City)
RIP David Berman. Silver Jews/Purple Mountains are a huge inspiration. Life is difficult and he did an incredible job of putting a poetic spin on the human condition from the banal to the beautiful.
Rocketship – Thanks to You (Darla Records)
This albumtakes theirelectronic experimentation of the last 20 years and circles it back to their classic pop sound of their album “A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness”. Now in perfect harmony.
Shotgun Jimmie – Transistor Sister 2 (You’ve Changed Records)
The follow up to the 2011 album “Transistor Sister”. Though he released two other albums in between. Jimmie is one of the most charming performers in all of Canada.
So Cow – Do Re Mi Fa So Cow (Self Released)
From out of nowhere a wild So Cow appears! 14 new power pop hits from the pride of Ireland. We released his previous album “Lisa Marie Airplane Tour”on tape.
The Stroppies – Whoosh (Tough Love Records)
A January release that was very memorable. Unique Aussie pop band. Originally heard about them through Dick Diver and Twerps connections but they stand on their own.
Tony Molina – Kill the Lights (Slumberland Records)
Mellow shredding on Slumberland Records. Tony’s songwriting gets better and better. Fact of the day:Rose Melberg and Tony Molina have the same eyeglasses prescription.
Your Heart Breaks – Drone Butch Blues (Sofa Burn Records)
This one came out on Sofa Burn Records, so yay for Your Heart Breaks onvinyl! A queer, acoustic, drone, folk album. Amazing.Clyde is one of my favorite artists (music, art, film)of all time and it’s honor to be a friend.