This year has been… a year. While everyone seemed to have what we could collectively describe as a “shitty year,” everyone has had a very different 2020. This year, we couldn’t all meet up at festivals all over the country or the world. This year we couldn’t high five each other, chug cheap beer, and scream along to songs in a basement (or garage or sticky venue) on a Friday night. All the things that seemingly made us “us” were stripped away, leaving other facets of ourselves that we had long since forgotten or placed on an upper shelf to collect dust for some day when we would have more free time.
I’ve spoken to people who feel like they lost their hold on music and others who clung onto it for dear life like a life preserver. It’s been… a year. And while everyone has bravely faced 2020 with a different arsenal of supplies, this resulted in a variety different outcomes. That’s why, in addition to our contributors’ End of the Year Lists, we at Bad Copy have reached out to a handful of friends involved in music this year and asked them to share their top lists. Music, movies, photos, memories, new hobbies – much like 2020, nothing is off the table when it comes to these lists. Let’s find a little good in the bad, try to laugh at what we can’t control, and pray that we will be able to safely see each other soon. First round is on me. – Kendra Sheetz, Editor
Illuminati Hotties – new album was killer.
Catbite – from Philly and supercool.
The Beths – should be bigger than Green Day.
Czar Face – I’ve heard about this Project for a long time but officially took a deep dive during 2020.
Radiator Hospital – my favorite discovery of the year.
Jeffrey Lewis – great songwriting.
John Prine – Sorry, but I never really listened before this year.
Bartees Strange – The gatekeepers actually chose a diamond. This record is free of the bounds of genre.
Cloud Busters – Megan Schroer’s voice and song writing is unmatched. So good.