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Year End 2020

Music: Scene Point Blank's Favorites: Year End (2020)

Individual staff lists

Aaron H's list

  1. Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters (Epic)
  2. Laura Jane Grace – Stay Alive (Polyvinyl)
  3. Worriers – You or Someone You Know (6131)
  4. Death by Stereo – We're All Dying Just in Time (Indecision)
  5. Spanish Love Songs – Brave Faces Everyone (Pure Noise)
  6. Broadway Calls – Sad in the City (Red Scare Industries)
  7. Envy – The Fallen Crimson (Temporary Residence)
  8. The Menzingers – From Exile (Epitaph)
  9. The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers (Carpark)
  10. Run The Jewels – RTJ4 (Jewel Runners)
  11. Bright Eyes – Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was (Dead Oceans)
  12. Jeff Rosenstock – NO DREAM (Polyvinyl)
  13. Blaqk Audio – Beneath the Black Palms (BMG)
  14. Chubby and The Gang – Speed Kills (Static Shock)
  15. The Lawrence Arms – Skeleton Coast (Epitaph)
  16. The Casket Lottery – Shorts Songs for End Times (Wiretap/Second Nature/BSM)
  17. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher (Dead Oceans)
  18. Milk Teeth – Milk Teeth (Music For Nations)
  19. X – ALPHABETLAND (Fat Possum)
  20. The Strokes – The New Abnormal (RCA)
  21. The Muslims – Gentrifried Chicken (Self-Released)
  22. Songhoy Blues – Optimisme (Fat Possum)
  23. Soccer Mommy – Color Theory (Loma Vista)
  24. Elvis Costello – Hey Clockface (Concord)
  25. Grimes – Miss Anthropocene (4AD)

Andy's list

  1. The Avalanches – We Will Always Love You (Modular)
  2. Sault – Untitled (Black Is) / Untitled (Rise) (Forever Living Originals)
  3. Walking Relic – Time and Tides (Independent)
  4. Bitch Falcon – Staring At Clocks (Reckless Records)
  5. Sweeping Promises – Hunger For a Way Out (Feel It Records)
  6. Container – Scramblers (Alter)
  7. Hiroki Tanaka – Kaigo Kioku Kyoku (COAX)
  8. DBOY – New Records in Human Power (Dine Alone Records)
  9. CLT DRP – Without the Eyes (Small Pond Recordings)
  10. Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts VI: Locusts (The Null Corporation)
  11. Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters (Epic)
  12. Grimes – Miss Anthropocene (4AD)
  13. Body / Negative – Fragments (Track Numbers Records)
  14. Zoe Polanski – Violent Flowers (Youngbloods)
  15. Drab City – Good Songs for Bad People (Bella Union)
  16. Beach Bunny – Honeymoon (Mom + Pop)
  17. No Joy – Motherhood (Joyful Noise Recordings)
  18. Diet Cig – Do You Wonder About Me? (Frenchkiss Records)
  19. Hackedepicciotto – The Current (Potomak)
  20. Boris – NO (Fangs Anal Satan)
  21. Black Wing – No Moon (Flenser Records)
  22. John Poubelle – Pléistocéne Supérieur (Commando Vanessa)
  23. Basil Kirchin – EVERYDAY MADNESS (Trunk Records)
  24. Philipp Rumsch Ensemble – µ: Of Anxiety X Discernment (Denovali Records)
  25. Cindy – Free Advice (Paisley Shirt Records)

Campbell's list

  1. Drain – California Cursed (Revelation)
  2. Owen – The Avalanche (Polyvinyl)
  3. Dogleg – Melee (Triple Crown Records)
  4. King Krule – Man Alive! (True Panther Sounds/XL Recordings)
  5. Rotting Out – Ronin (Pure Noise)
  6. Conway the Machine & The Alchemist – LULU (ALC Records / Griselda Records)
  7. SPICE – SPICE (Dais Records)
  8. Floral – Floral LP (Choke Artist)
  9. Hoi-Poi Farplane Wind – Sain’t Adorable (Nasty Cut Records)
  10. Smut – First Kiss (Iron Lung)
  11. SpiritWorld – Pagan Rhythms (Independent)
  12. Geld – Beyond the Floor (Iron Lung)
  13. SUNAMI – SUNAMI (Creator Destructor Records)
  14. Pity Party – Concrete (Independent)
  15. Run The Jewels – RTJ4 (Jewel Runners)
  16. Big Chungus – Big Chungus (Wet Cassettes Records)
  17. Pallbearer – Forgotten Days (Nuclear Blast)
  18. Mr. Bungle – The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny (Ipecac)
  19. All Hits – Men And Their Work (Iron Lung)
  20. Envy – The Fallen Crimson (Temporary Residence)
  21. Broadway Calls – Sad in the City (Red Scare Industries)
  22. Cro-Mags – In the Beginning (Mission Two Entertainment)
  23. Body Count – Carnivore (Century Media)
  24. Wreath – Wreath EP (New Grenada)
  25. Old Ghosts – Crow (State of Mind)

Cheryl's list

  1. Lamp Of Murmuur – Heir Of Ecliptical Romanticism (Death Kvlt Productions)
  2. Paysage d'Hiver – Im Wald (Kunsthall Produktionen)
  3. Old Nick – The Night Of The Ambush And The Pillage By The Queen Ann Styl'd Furniture, Animated By One Of The Dozen Or So Spells That Thee Eastern Vampyre Has Studied (Grime Stone Records)
  4. Atramentus – Stygian (20 Buck Spin)
  5. Bohren & Der Club Of Gore – Patchouli Blue (PIAS)
  6. Akhlys – Melinoë (Debemur Morti Productions)
  7. Esoctrilihum – Eternity of Shaog (I, Voidhanger Records)
  8. Ulcerate – Stare Into Death and Be Still (Debemur Morti Productions)
  9. clipping. – Visions of Bodies Being Burned (Sub Pop Records)
  10. Pallbearer – Forgotten Days (Nuclear Blast)
  11. Katatonia – City Burials (Peaceville)
  12. Fluisteraars – Bloem (Eisenwald)
  13. Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin Kynsi (Nuclear Blast)
  14. Deftones – Ohms (Reprise Records)
  15. Havukruunu – Uinuos syömein sota ( Naturmacht Productions)
  16. Mäleficentt – Night of Eternal Darkness (Night of the Palemoon)
  17. Silver Knife – Unyielding / Unseeing (Amor Fati Productions)
  18. The Suns Journey Through The Night – Crawling Nebula of Dismal Light (Repose Records)
  19. Vile Creature – Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm! (Prosthetic)
  20. Mesarthim – The Degenerate Era (Independent)
  21. Ulver – Flowers of Evil (House of Mythology)
  22. Imha Tarikat – Sternenberster (Independent)
  23. Aara – En Ergô Einai (Debemur Morti Productions)
  24. MSW – Obliviosus (Gilead Media)
  25. Black Curse – Endless Wound (Sepulchral Voice)

Dennis's list

  1. Regarde – The Blue And You (Epidemic Records/Through Love Records)
  2. The Other – Haunted (Drakkar Entertainment)
  3. Butcher – 666 Goats Carry My Chariot (Osmose productions)
  4. The Claudettes – High Times In The Dark (Forty Below Records)
  5. Postvorta – Porrima (Sludgelord Records/22 Dicembre Records)
  6. Faux Départ – Vie Ordinaire (Mutant,Destructure Records, Les Choeurs De l'Ennui, Echo Canyon, Colilla Records, Tocsin Records)
  7. The Carvels NYC – Live At The Cutting Room (Die Laughing Records)
  8. Envy – The Fallen Crimson (Temporary Residence)
  9. Sun-0-Bathers – Floater EP (Morning Wood Records/Thousand Islands Records/Paper + Plastick)
  10. Left Hand Black – Left Hand Black (Wolverine records)
  11. Fleur – Fleur (Bickerton Records)
  12. Creature – Ex Cathedra (I Voidhanger Records)
  13. Sial – Tari Pemusnah Kuasa (La Vida Es Un Mus)
  14. Yuri Gagarin – The Outskirts Of Reality (Kommun 2, Sound Effect Records)
  15. Wake – Devouring Ruin (Translation Loss)
  16. Slift – Ummon (Vicious Circle, Stolen Body Records)
  17. Ulcerate – Stare Into Death and Be Still (Debemur Morti Productions)
  18. Absolva – Side By Side (Rocksector Records)
  19. Regarde Les Hommes Tomber – Ascension (Seasons Of Mist)
  20. Holy Motors – Horse (Wharf Cat Records)
  21. Smut – First Kiss (Iron Lung)
  22. Twins – Soon (Through Love Records, Fresh Outbreak, Fireflies Fall, Dingleberry Records ‎, Missed Out Records ‎, Les Disques Rabat-joie, No Funeral , Zilpzalp Records )
  23. Barren Womb – Lizard Lounge (Loyal Blood Records)
  24. Sweven – The Eternal Resonance (Ván)
  25. Pilkington – Pilkington (Independent)

Loren's list

  1. Ditches – Ditches (Drunken Sailor)
  2. Smut – First Kiss (Iron Lung)
  3. Run The Jewels – RTJ4 (Jewel Runners)
  4. William Elliott Whitmore – I'm With You (Bloodshot)
  5. Raging Nathans – Oppositional Defiance (Rad Girlfriend Records)
  6. Drakulas – Terminal Amusements (Dine Alone)
  7. Aesop Rock – Spirit World Field Guide (Rhymesayers)
  8. DFMK – DFMK (La Escalera Records/ A-F Records/Rad Girlfriend Records/Tiny Dragon Music)
  9. Era Bleak – Era Bleak (Dirt Cult)
  10. Quaker Wedding – In Transit (Salinas Records)
  11. The Lawrence Arms – Skeleton Coast (Epitaph)
  12. Guerilla Poubelle – L’Ennui (Red Scare Industries / Gunner Records)
  13. Spells – Stimulants & Sedatives (Snappy Little Numbers Quality Audio Recordings/Rad Girlfriend Records)
  14. Worriers – You or Someone You Know (6131)
  15. Felt – Felt 4 U (Rhymesayers)
  16. Quintron and Miss Pussycat – Goblin Alert (Goner)
  17. Personality Cult – New Arrows (Dirtnap)
  18. Broadway Calls – Sad in the City (Red Scare Industries)
  19. Alien Nosejob – Once Again The Present Becomes The Past (Iron Lung)
  20. Spanish Love Songs – Brave Faces Everyone (Pure Noise)
  21. Houseghost – Self-Titled (Rad Girlfriend Records)
  22. Shellshag – FUTQ (Independent)
  23. Western Addiction – Frail Bray (Fat Wreck Chords)
  24. Dave Hause – Paddy EP (Independent)
  25. Ötzi – Storm (Artoffact Records)

Matt's list

  1. Jaga Jazzist – Pyramid (Brainfeeder)
  2. Fleet Foxes – Shore (Anti-)
  3. Haim – Women in Music Pt. III (Columbia)
  4. Run The Jewels – RTJ4 (Jewel Runners)
  5. Bright Eyes – Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was (Dead Oceans)
  6. Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways (Columbia)
  7. Deftones – Ohms (Reprise Records)
  8. The Lawrence Arms – Skeleton Coast (Epitaph)

Mirza's list

  1. Geld – Beyond the Floor (Iron Lung)
  2. Rat Cage – Screams from the Cage (La Vida Es Un Mus Discos Punk)
  3. Muro – Pacificar (Fuerza Ingobernable Discos)
  4. Chubby and The Gang – Speed Kills (Static Shock)
  5. Lucifer – Lucifer III (Century Media)
  6. Asian Dub Foundation – Access Denied (X Ray Production)
  7. Napalm Death – Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism (Century Media)
  8. Nightingales – Four Against Fate (Tiny Global Productions)
  9. Elder – Omens (Stickman Records)
  10. Bastard Priest – Vengeance...of the Damned (Electric Assault Records)
  11. Chain Whip – 14 Lashes (Drunken Sailor)
  12. Thomas V. Jäger – A Solitary Plan (Riding Easy Records)
  13. Dropdead – Dropdead (Armageddon Label)
  14. Toronto – Under Siege (Dying Victims Productions)
  15. Sial – Tari Pemusnah Kuasa (La Vida Es Un Mus)
  16. Yuri Gagarin – The Outskirts Of Reality (Kommun 2, Sound Effect Records)
  17. Skeleton – Skeleton (20 Buck Spin)
  18. The Annihilated – Demo (Self released via Bandcamp)
  19. Pallbearer – Forgotten Days (Nuclear Blast)
  20. The Chisel – Deconstructive Surgery EP (La Vida es un Mus)
  21. Mark Lanegan – Straight Songs Of Sorrow (Heavenly Recordings)
  22. Kohti Tuhoa – Elä Totuudesta (La Vida es un Mus)
  23. All Them Witches – Nothing as the Ideal (New West Records)
  24. Eternal Champion – Ravening Iron (No Remorse Records)
  25. Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters (Epic)

Spyros Stasis's list

  1. Paysage d'Hiver – Im Wald (Kunsthall Produktionen)
  2. Imperial Triumphant – Alphaville (Century Media)
  3. Old Man Gloom – Seminar VIII: Light of Meaning/Seminar IX: Darkness of Being (Profound Lore)
  4. Wayfarer – A Romance With Violence (Profound Lore)
  5. Thou and Emma Ruth Randle – May Our Chambers Be Full (Sacred Bones)
  6. Sumac – May You Be Held (Thrill Jockey)
  7. Pyrrhon – Abscess Time (Willowtip)
  8. Primitive Man – Immersion (Relapse)
  9. Kevel – Mutatis, Mutandis (I, Voidhanger)
  10. Ulver – Flowers of Evil (House of Mythology)
  11. Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin Kynsi (Nuclear Blast)
  12. Black Curse – Endless Wound (Sepulchral Voice)
  13. Dropdead – Dropdead (Armageddon Label)
  14. Leeched – To Dull The Blades of Your Abuse (Prosthetic)
  15. Midwife – Forever (The Flenser)
  16. Ulthar – Providence (20 Buck Spin)
  17. Ulcerate – Stare Into Death and Be Still (Debemur Morti Productions)
  18. Self Hypnosis – Contagion of Despair (Svart)
  19. Dark Buddha Rising – Mathreyata (Svart)
  20. Napalm Death – Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism (Century Media)
  21. Today Is The Day – No Good To Anyone (BMG)
  22. Of Feather And Bone – Sulphuric Disintegration (Profound Lore)
  23. Gaerea – Limbo (Season of Mist)
  24. Entry – Detriment (Southern Lord)
  25. Golden Light – Sacred Colour of the Source of Light (Iron Bonehead)
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