Whilst the live musical experience is sadly fading into merely a vague memory, this year has already been a bonanza for quality new music both in the form of physical releases and online downloads.

Kicker and Chorizo talked about some of their favourites so far on Podcast 98, and just in case you were that listener who wants to follow up their suggestions, here are those recommended albums in alphabetical order with links to where you can get them.

Nearly all these albums are available through Bandcamp who during this pandemic have started hosting regular “Bandcamp Fridays.” This is when they guarantee that every penny spent on their site goes directly to the artist. We have always been strong advocates for supporting musicians by buying their music and we urge you to do the same. This handy website will let you know when the next Bandcamp Friday is coming.


Kicker’s current favourite albums of 2020:


BabybirdPlastic Ape

Andrew BuntingDancers / For All The Loves Lost

Canshaker PiOkay Decay

The Cool GreenhouseThe Cool Greenhouse

CornershopEngland Is A Garden

DerreroTime Lapse

Ex PilotsEx Pilots

The FlatmatesThe Flatmates

Guided By VoicesSurrender Your Poppy Field

Luke Haines & Peter BuckBeat Poetry For Survivalists

The Humdrum ExpressUltracrepidarian Soup

The Just JoansThe Private Memoirs And Confessions Of The Just Joans

The Lovely EggsI Am Moron


The NightingalesFour Against Fate

The OrbAbolition of The Royal Familia

Revolutionary Army Of The Infant JesusSongs of Yearning / Nocturnes


Ariel Sharratt & Mathias KomNever Work

VeryanEbb & Flow


Chorizo’s current favourite albums of 2020:


Andrew Jackson JihadGood Luck Everybody

The ButtertonesJazzhound

Doleful LionsThe Light of the Infinite

Irma VepEmbarrassed Landscape

The Just JoansThe Private Memoirs And Confessions Of The Just Joans

Stephen MalkmusTraditional Techniques

Maria McKeeLa Vita Nuova

John Mouse The Goat

The OriellesDisco Volador

Percy Seaside Donkeys

Savage MansionWeird Country

Ariel Sharratt & Mathias KomNever Work


ShoppingAll or Nothing

Slum Of LegsSlum Of Legs

SnowgooseThe Making of You

Sports TeamDeep Down Happy

Synthetic Villains Synthetic Villains

Thousand Yard StareThe Panglossian Momentum


The Wind-Up BirdsSummer Haunts


About kickerofelves1

Wizard-in-Chief for Trust The Wizards music podcast and blog. Guided By Voices fanatic.

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