Aaron’s Best Of 2020

We all know, 2020 has sucked all kinds of ways. I haven’t worked since March, so disposable income isn’t really what it might have been before. I haven’t bought a whole lot of music this year, and I’ve been very selective in my purchases.

Aaron’s Best Album Of 2020:

Pearl Jam – Gigaton

This was what I needed this year (though I’ve not yet reviewed it here, oddly). It’s angry, it’s thoughtful, and it’s of this year… I’m sure that makes sense. Pearl Jam has been there for a long time, for me, and this is their first new studio album in seven years, so it’s exciting.

When they comment on current events in their songs, it’s with purpose and smarts and clarity. They get angry, but they never totally lose hope. Also, they continually grow and change as a band while remaining fundamentally themselves, trying new things within the framework of their sound.

It’s the album I (we) needed to hear this year, and it’s damn near perfect.


Of course, I bought a few other things this year, and I was gifted (recently) more, so here’s a list of other 2020 stuff I have here. I have greatly enjoyed them all!

I Bought:

Gord Downie – Away Is Mine 2CD
Guided By Voices – Surrender Your Poppy Field
Guided By Voices – Mirrored Aztec
Guided By Voices – Styles We Paid For (still hasn’t arrived yet but it’s en route)
Metallica – S&M 2 (2CD/DVD)
Sloan – B-Sides Win Vol. 1 1992-1997

I Was Gifted With:

B.A. Johnston w. The Burning Hell – split 7”
Hawksley Workman – Less Rage More Tears LP (signed!)
Manipulant – Almost Elegant
Mastodon – Medium Rarities
Tom Petty – Wildflowers And All The Rest 4CD


Previous Years’ Winners:

2019 Tool – Fear Innoculum
2018  Sloan – 12
2017  Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter (Deluxe Edition)
2016  Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker / Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (tie)
2015  Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls
2014  Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems / Sloan – Commonwealth (tie)
2013  Black Sabbath – 13
2012  Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
2011  Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton – Play The Blues: Live From Jazz At The Lincoln Center
2010  Jack Johnson – To The Sea
2009  Leonard Cohen – Live In London
2008  Metallica – Death Magnetic
2007  Carolyn Mark – Nothing Is Free / Immaculate Machine – Fables (tie)
2006  Sloan – Never Hear The End Of It


Happy New Year, everybody. Here’s to a better year in 2021 for all!

24 thoughts on “Aaron’s Best Of 2020

    1. keepsmealive says:

      Thanks, yeah, my last day of work was March 20. Fortunately Canada has been good about responding to try to help out financially. In a way it’s been a boon, as I’ve been able to be home with the kids when they were forced to be home until the end of last school year, and to continue that when we chose to keep them home longer. I’m working, just not getting paid for it by my employer. It is tough being in the house this long, but I’ve found lots of ways to liven it up and stay in shape.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      And same to you and yours! This Petty is amazing, but the PJ has had longer to seep into my brain ha! Besides, it’s a re-release of an older album, so while it was released this year it isn’t really OF this year…

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          Thanks Lana, but it’s live Metallica with an orchestra. It’s either something you’ll dig or not! There are aspects to both of them that make them stand out, and it’s generally kick-ass anyway!

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