Dave’s Favorite Music of 2019

Hi all,

Here’s a shorter-than-usual version of my annual music list. I hope you find something new to dig. Best wishes for a peaceful, healthy, and music-filled 2020. 

Also check out my favorite music of previous years: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015.

Favorite 2019 releases

  1. FONTAINES DC – Dogrel
  2. The Specials – Encore (Deluxe)
  3. Mark Guiliana – BEAT MUSIC! BEAT MUSIC! BEAT MUSIC!
  4. Brad Mehldau – Finding Gabriel
  5. Pottery – No. 1
  6. Cate Le Bon – Reward
  7. black midi – Schlagenheim + Talking Heads single
  8. Dry Cleaning – Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks / Sweet Princess EPs
  9. Robbie Robertson – Sinematic
  10. Sault – 5 & 7 (two releases)

Honorable mention

  • GoGo Penguin – Ocean In A Drop (Music For Film)
  • Mike Baggetta – Wall Of Flowers
  • Trash Kit – Horizon
  • White Denim – Side Effects
  • Jeff Scott Roberson – Perambulation Vol. 1 (I played drums on this)

Disappointing

  • Sleater-Kinney – The Center Won’t Hold
  • Glen Hansard – This Wild Willing
  • The National – I Am Easy To Find

Favorite Records I Discovered That Weren’t 2019 Releases

  • Public Practice – Distance Is A Mirror (2018)
  • Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Live In London (2018)

Reading about music

  • Memphis Rent Party: The Blues, Rock & Soul in Music’s Hometown – Robert Gordon
  • Ashes to Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016 – Chris O’Leary
  • How to Listen to Jazz – Ted Gioia
  • Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz – John Szwed

A Less-busy-than-usual year of shows (in chronological order)

  • Dave Davis Tribute – Woodward Theater – 01.27
  • Public Practice and Heavy Rapids – Sneaky Pete’s (Edinburgh) – 02.02
  • Los Lobos/Mavericks – Rose Music Center (Dayton) – 07.23
  • Herbie Hancock/Kamasi Washington – Rose Music Center (Dayton) – 08.07
  • Fontaines DC/Pottery – Ace of Cups (Columbus) – 09.12
  • Bourbon & Beyond in Louisville – Highlights: Robert Plant, Squeeze, Flaming Lips, Joan Jett, Trey Anastasio – 09.20-21
  • Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Taft Theater – 11.19
  • Ben Monder – Music Resource Center – 11.21

Favorite musician moments

Honoring my friend and guru Dave Davis at a fabulous tribute show at the Woodward Theater – Pike 27 played one of our best sets ever in his honor. Building Ghost Man On Second from scratch with three wonderful bandmates, and playing shows at Lucius Q and Northside Tavern. Playing on Jeff Roberson’s new record.

Most plays by artist (via Last.FM)

1. David Bowie – 689
2. Miles Davis – 589
3. U2 – 469
4. Brad Mehldau – 442
5. Calexico – 404
6. GoGo Penguin – 383
7. John Coltrane – 369
8. Chris Whitley – 345
9. Van Morrison – 341
10. R.E.M. – 324
11. Los Lobos – 295
12. The Specials – 292
13. The Police – 280
14. Thievery Corporation – 271
15. Bill Frisell – 256
16. The Clash – 255
17. Pell Mell – 243
18. Donny McCaslin – 236
       Floratone – 236
20. Paul Weller – 230
21. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – 211
22. You Am I – 210
23. Elvis Costello – 202
24. Sonny Clark – 198
25. Fontaines D.C. – 192
26. Mark Guiliana – 186
27. The Church – 170
28. Thelonious Monk – 169
29. Sting – 165
30. Dave Douglas – 159
31. Herbie Hancock – 154
32. Bob Marley & The Wailers – 153
33. Horace Silver – 135
34. Bill Evans Trio – 134
       Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band – 134
36. Get the Blessing – 132
       Glen Hansard – 132
38. Robbie Robertson – 123
39. Spoon – 122
       The Comet Is Coming – 122
       The Waterboys – 122
42. Esbjörn Svensson Trio – 121
43. Joe Strummer- 119
44. I Think Like Midnight – 116
45. Trash Kit – 110
46. Sleater-Kinney – 108
47. Cate le Bon – 103
48. Dire Straits – 100
       The Rolling Stones – 100
50. Latin Playboys – 94