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Here we are in August and I am only now getting around to sharing my best albums of the year list, something I had truly intended to get up last month. Things got a little bit busier than I anticipated and as usual, I fell behind. But we still got a few months left until the year is over and I felt it was still worth sharing a list of some of the albums that I have been enjoying during this strange year with you.

Hopefully, you discover something you may have missed or reconsider that album that you weren’t sure about after only a few spins. I did not aim for a traditional top 50 this year, but instead capped it off when it felt right, which was at 35 (note this includees mostly albums released before early July).

Find our favorite albums of 2021 (so far…) posted below and stay tuned for songs.

35. Modest Mouse – The Golden Casket

34. Cassandra Jenkins – An Overview on Phenomenal Nature

33. Indigo Sparke – echo

32. St. Vincent – Daddy’s Home

31. The Hold Steady – Open Door Policy

30. Mt. Misery – Once Home, No Longer

29. Still Corners – The Last Exit

28. Linn Koch-Emmery – Being the Girl

27. The Antlers – Green To Gold

26. Viagra Boys – Welfare Jazz

25. Katy Kirby – Cool Dry Place

24. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Carnage

23. Yola – Stand For Myself

22. Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra – Promises

21. Julien Baker – Little Oblivions

20. Iceage – Seek Shelter

19. Pearl Charles – Magic Mirror 

18. Black Midi – Cavalcade

17. Vince Staples – Vince Staples

16. For Those I Love – For Those I Love

15. Pom Pom Squad – Death of a Cheerleader

14. Lucy Dacus – Home Video

13. Faye Webster – I Know I’m Funny Haha

12. Maple Glider – To Enjoy Is the Only Thing

11. Black Country, New Road – For the First Time

10. Shame – Drunk Tank Pink

9. Japanese Breakfast – Jubilee

8. The Weather Station – Ignorance

7. Dry Cleaning – New Long Leg

6. Tyler, The Creator – Call Me If You Get Lost

5. Squid – Bright Green Field

4. The Coral – Coral Island

3. Lord Huron – Long Lost

2. Flyte – This Is Really Going to Hurt

  1. Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend

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