COOKIE SCENE top 50 albums of 2019

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01. RIDE『This Is Not A Safe Place』
02. FUTURE PILOT AKA『Orkestra Digitalis』
03. EDWYN COLLINS『Badbea』
04. GANG OF FOUR『Happy Now』
05. DEERHUNTER『Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?』


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06. AMERICAN FOOTBALL『American Football』
07. BIS『Slight Disconnects』
08. SLEAFORD MODS『Eton Alive』
09. THE DREAM SYNDICATE『These Times』
10. VAMPIRE WEEKEND『Father Of The Bride』


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11. LOCAL NATIVES『Violet Street』
12. JAMES YORKSTON『The Route To The Harmonium』
13. THE SOFT CAVALRY『The Soft Cavalry』
14. BETTER OBLIVION COMMUNITY CENTER『Better Oblivion Community Center』
15. GOSPELBEACH『Let It Burn』


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16. REDD KROSS『Beyond The Door』
17. ROSE MCDOWALL & SHAWN PINCHBECK『Far From The Apple Tree』
18. SPIRAL STAIRS『We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized』
19. LIAM GALLAGHER『Why Me, Why Not』
20. THE ALEXX (Japanese band)『Vantablack』


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21. BOB MOULD『Sunshine Rock』
22. TORO Y MOI『Outer Peace』
23. NICK LAIRD-CLOWES『Marianne & Leonard: Words Of Love』
24. BEIRUT『Gallipoli』
25. THE SPECIALS『Encore』


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26. SEAN O'HAGAN『Radum Calls, Radum Calls』
27. LLOYD COLE『Guesswork』
28. LEE "SCRATCH" PERRY『Heavy Rain』
29. FRIENDLY FIRES『Inflorescent』
30. PETER PERRETTE『Humanworld』


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31. SKIRT (Japanese band)『Twilight』
32. KIM GORDON『No Home Record』
33. ANDY PAWLAK『One Word Of Truth Outweighs The World』
34. 808 STATE『Transmission Suite』
35. BEEZEWAX『Peace Jazz』


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36. ROBERT FORSTER『Inferno』
37. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN『Western Stars』
38. WILCO『Odd To Joy』
39. THE RALLIES『Upside Down』
40. IAN BROWN『Ripples』


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41. JAH WOBBLE & BILL LASWELL『Realm Of Spells』
42. MOVING PANORAMAS『In Two』
43. BECK『Hyperspace』
44. STELLA DONNELLY『Beware Of The Dogs』
45. GRAMME『Disco Lovers』


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46. THE PEARLFISHERS『Love & Other Hopeless Things』
47. VIOLENT FEMMES『Hotel Last Resort』
48. METHYL ETHEL『Triage』
49. JEFF LYNNE'S ELO『From Out Of Nowhere』
50. KENJI OZAWA (Japanese Singer)『So Kakkoii Pluriverse』


#51~70 list is as follows (alphabetical).

BATTLES『Juice B. Crypts』, BON IVER『I, I』, !!! (Chk Chk Chk)『Wallop』, CLAMMBON (Japanese band)『Moment L.P.』, COLD WAR KIDS『New Age Norms 1』, DRESSY BESSY 『Fast Faster Disaster』, THE FLAMING LIPS『King's Mouth』, KAREN O & DANGER MOUSE『Lux Prima』, LAMBCHOP『This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You)』, THE MINUS 5『Stroke Manor』, THE MONOCHROME SET『Fabula Mendax』, THE NATIONAL『I Am Easy To Find』, PANDA BEAR『Buoys』, PERE UBU『Long Goodbye』, THE RACONTEURS『Help Us Stranger』, SLEEPERMAN『Mired In Ennui』, SPIELBURGS『This Is Not The End』, SUPERCHUNK『AF (Acoustic Foolish)』, THEE OH SEES『Face Stabber』, WHITNEY『Forever Turned Around』

CS = Cookie Scene


Not "original' albums, but they're so great!  A CERTAIN RATIO『ACR:BOX』(compilation), DAVID BYRNE『American Utopia On Broadway』(live album), THE POP GROUP『Y』(deluxe reissue), PREFAB SPROUT『I Trawl The Megahertz』(used to be a solo album by Paddy McAloon and reissued as a group's album), PRIMAL SCREAM『Maximum Rock 'n' Roll: The Singles』(compilation), R.E.M.『Monster』(deluxe reissue).

I'm not using Apple Music, Spotify or any music subscription services, so I'm still buying many singles (single track albums) and EPs. As for the latter, ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION(Japanese band)「Dororo」, FOUNDLINGS「Foundlings」, JUSTIN COURTNEY PIERRE「Open Mic At The Lo-Fi, Vol. 1」, LOLA IN SLACKS「Postscript In Blue」, NOEL GALLAGHER「This Is The Place」and all Creation 23's 7"s, they are top ones.

Hoping '20s'd be better than '10s for music.

HI = Hidetsugu Ito


I enjoyed many concerts in 2019, especially impressed by... TEENAGE FANCLUB (02/04 Zepp DiverCity Tokyo), TUNE-YARDS (02/21 Shibuya WWW X), THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN (05/19 Shinkiba Studio Coast), AMERICAN FOOTBALL (07/28 Fuji Rock Festival), THE CURE (07/29 FRF), STELLA DONNELLY (12/11 Shibuya Club Quattro), SPITZ (Japanese band, 12/14 Saitama Super Arena).

Goodbye Tens, as YAZOO sings "Goodbye Seventies" in 1982... How does technology change the way of music's created, expressed and heard? I'm always interested.

II = Ichiro Inukai


Thank you!

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