The Fashionably Late Top 125 of 2019: Die! Die! Die!

Another rough year corresponded to another bumper crop of excellent music. Once again, my list is huge, because I fell in love with each of these 125 records and found it impossible to not include all of them in my fashionably late list.

I'm choosing to post my favorites in alpha order from A-Z again this year. You'll probably find some records that everyone and their fifth cousin raved about, but I hope you'll also find a few records that might be new to you, and that you'll fall in love with them as much as I have.

My thanks, as always, to the artists who created these records.


Who: Die! Die! Die!

What: O

When: August 2019

Where: Self-Released

Why: Not that I necessarily needed a reminder, but O recalls just why I became a fan of NZ noise artistes Die! Die! Die! in the first place. Four monstrous, feral assaults on the senses, these songs are highly combative and erupting with urgency. Stabbing guitars, furious drums, and maniacal bass tell half the story, while Andrew Wilson's irascible, oft-howling vocals tell the rest. O is magnificent, an utterly relentless, acid-coated, barbed-wire work of epic proportions.   

[posted 3.8.20]


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