We're more than halfway through the year but with the way COVID-19 has played havoc with release dates and everything else -- and the way time doesn't seem to function normally -- it could be May or October. We've still got the autumn to come but it seemed like a good time to take stock in what records we've gotten so far this year as far as this column Indie Basement is concerned.

I did a list back in early April, when it still seemed possible there might be a return to going to see live shows and other things we used to normally do, and many of those records are still here, but a few have slid out of the Top 20 and others have made their way in. I still think my favorite record from then is still my #1, but there will be no proclamations and official rankings till December, though who can really imagine anything past Election Day right now.

Till then, these are Indie Basement's Favorite 20 records of the year to date, in alphabetical order.

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INDIE BASEMENT BEST ALBUMS OF 2020 SO FAR

Looking for more? Browse the Indie Basement archives, and stay tuned each week for more new album reviews.

If you're digging Fontaines DC, make sure to also dig into The Fall (including one song chosen by Fontaines DC).

For more on Malkmus, check out who Stephen says were his folk influences for the record.

For more on Jarvis Cocker, read my extensive interview with the man himself.