Time just moves differently this year, so we may be past the halfway point, but this week we started taking a look back at some of the albums we love from the first half or so of 2020, including 11 punk albums and 14 emo/screamo/post-hardcore albums. If you're looking for stuff in those realms that you may have missed, check out those lists.
Meanwhile for this week's new music, I highlight eight new albums below, and here are some honorable mentions: June of 44's first new recordings in 21 years (reworked versions of older songs), The Stooges' live album of the original lineup's final show (recorded in 1970), Billy Nomates (which Bill Pearis reviewed), Popcaan, Jaga Jazzist, Amine, Washed Out, Death By Stereo, Marlowe (L'Orange & Solemn Brigham), Jaye Jayle, Misery Signals, Terrell Hines, A Grape Dope (mem Tortoise), Faceless Burial, Vincent Cross, Onslaught, Deep Purple, and Alison Mosshart's spoken word album.
Today's also a Bandcamp Friday (and there are lots of cool special releases out, including live material and rarities by both Sonic Youth and Boris), which means Bandcamp are giving all profits directly to artists and labels, so if you're buying new music today, we recommend doing so on Bandcamp. All below embeds are Bandcamp if applicable.
Read on for my picks. What was your favorite release of the week?