The Fashionably Late Top 125 of 2019: The Shivas

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: The Shivas

What: Dark Thoughts

When: October 2019

Where: Tender Loving Empire

Why: Gritty, spooky garage psych. Portland's The Shivas makes a sound that's full of a whole lot of shaking, rattling, and rolling, and listening to the riotous Dark Thoughts it's not hard to imagine what these songs sound like live, guitars wailing and fuzzed to high heaven, drums pounded within an inch of their life. There's an ever-present sensation of being at a Shivas show on this album, the songs feel urgent and are freewheeling - they've got energy, and more importantly they've got soul. 

[posted 4.7.20]


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