Another year come and gone. Another year full of great records. Here are our favorites…

Click the listen link next to each title for a link to the Spotify stream. If you dig what you hear, please come by the shop (or hit up our online store) to buy a copy of the actual record. We should have most, if not all, of these great records in stock. The artists and the record store will thank you for it

Releases with an * next to it indicates that particular title was selected for our Record of the Month Club. You can check that out here.

Be sure to check out our list of the Best Records of the Decade.


Album of the Year: David Berman’s Purple Mountains s/t LP from Drag City Records

New Releases:


Reissues/Archival Releases:

  • Kankyo Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 (Light in the Attic)listenbuy a copy
  • Rupa Disco Jazz (Numero)listenbuy a copy
  • Buzzcocks Singles Going Steady (Domino)listenbuy a copy
  • Mark Hollis s/t (Universal)listensold out
  • Dinosaur Jr. Where You Been, Without a Sound, Hand it Over, and Green Mind (Cherry Red)listensold out
  • Various Artists Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop AOR & Boogie 1976 – 1986 (Light in the Attic) listenbuy a copy
  • Various Artists Outro Tempo II: Electronic & Contemporary Music From Brazil 1984-1996 (Music From Memory)listensold out
  • The Beatles Abbey Road(50th Anniv. Giles Martin Remix)listenbuy a copy
  • Grateful Dead Saint of Circumstance:Giant Stadium 1991 vinyl box set (Rhino)listenbuy a copy
  • The Frogs It’s Only Right and Natural (The End of All Music)listenbuy a copy
  • Various Artists The World of Keith Haring (Souljazz Records)listenbuy a copy
  • Stereolab deluxe vinyl reissues of the groop’s entire catalog (Stereolab)listenbuy a copy
  • Akiko YANO vinyl reissues (Wewantsounds) ~ these LPs aren’t on Spotifybuy a copy
  • Peter Ivers Becoming Peter Ivers (RVNG Intl.)listenbuy a copy
  • Prince 1999Remastered 10 LP Deluxe box set (NPG)listenbuy a copy
  • Marvin Gaye You’re the Man (UMG)listenbuy a copy
  • Animal Collective Ballet Slippers 3LP live set from 2009 tour (Domino)listenbuy a copy
  • Jessie Mae Hemphill Run Get My Shotgun (Big Legal Mess)listenbuy a copy
  • Mississippi/Cairo Records 4 volume set of American Soul Music 1955-1972listensold out
  • Steve Hiett Down on the Road by the Beachand Girls in the Grass (Be With Records)listenbuy a copy
  • Arthur Russell Iowa Dream (Audika) listenbuy a copy
  • R.E.M. Monster 25th Anniversary Remix (Craft)listenbuy a copy
  • Gene Clark No Other (4AD)*listenbuy a copy
  • Charlie Megira Tomorrow’s Gone (Numero Group)listenbuy a copy
  • Boris Akuma No Uta (Third Man Records)listenbuy a copy
  • Andrew W.K. IGet Wet(Island)listenbuy a copy
  • Various Artists New OrleansJazz Fest CD+Book box set (Smithsonian Folkways)listenbuy a copy
  • Various Artists Sad About the Times(Anthology Recordings)listenbuy a copy
  • Grouper AIA: Dream Loss and AIA: Alien Observer (Kranky)listenbuy a copy
  • Big Star In Space and Alex Chilton My Rival 10-inch EP (Omnivore Records) ~ not streamingbuy a copy
  • Mort Garson Mother Earth’s Plantasia (Sacred Bones)listenbuy a copy
  • Various Artists The Time for Peace is Now: Gospel Music About Us (Luaka Bop)*listenbuy a copy
  • Blue Note Tone Poets Series of jazz reissues by Grant Green, Andrew Hill, Kenny Burrell, Dexter Gordon, Sam Rivers, and more!listenbuy a copy
  • Azar Lawrence Summer Solstice (Jazz Dispensary)listenbuy a copy
  • The Replacements Dead Man’s Pop (Rhino) listenbuy a copy
  • Bob Dylan Rolling Thunder Review: The 1975 Live Recordings CD Box Set (Columbia) listenbuy a copy
  • Prince Originals (NPG) listenbuy a copy