THE 2020 MUSIC HYYPELISTS

The Top 50 Albums

  1. Dreamland by Glass Animals
  2. Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez by Gorillaz
  3. SuperGood by Duckwrth
  4. Ugly is Beautiful by Oliver Tree 
  5. Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otro Demonios) by Kali Uchis
  6. Ceremony by Phantogram
  7. The Ascension bySufjan Stevens
  8. Nightmare Vacation by Rico Nasty
  9. RTJ4 by Run The Jewels 
  10. Heavy Light by U.S. Girls
  11. Have You Lost Your Mind yet? by Fantastic Negrito
  12. how i’m feeling now by Charli XCX
  13. SUGA by Kyle Dion
  14. The New Abnormal by The Strokes
  15. Shabrang by Sevdaliza
  16. BRAT by NNAMDÏ
  17. THE ANGEL YOU DON’T KNOW by Amaarae
  18. WOMB by Purity Ring
  19. Heaven to a Tortured Mind by Yves Tumor
  20. It Is What It Is by Thundercat
  21. The Slow Rush by Tame Impala
  22. Hold Space For Me by Orion Sun
  23. Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between by Man Man
  24. SAWAYAMA by Rina Sawayama
  25. Ungodly Hour by Chloe x Halle
  26. Bubba by KAYTRANADA
  27. Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa
  28. Burrows by Caro
  29. BMO’s Mixtape (Gilligan Moss Remix) by Adventure Time
  30. Black Hole Rainbow by Devon Gilfillian
  31. New Me, Same Us by Little Dragon
  32. Set My Heart On Fire Immediately by Perfume Genius
  33. Free Love by Sylvan Esso
  34. THE ANXIETY by THE ANXIETY
  35. Women in Music Pt. III by HAIM
  36. Black Pumas by Black Pumas
  37. Shore by Fleet Foxes
  38. 3.15.20 by Childish Gambino
  39. Purple Neon by Washed Out
  40. graæ by Moses Sumney
  41. Cape God by Allie X
  42. Untitled (Rise) by SAULT
  43. Myopia by Agnes Obel
  44. We Will Always Love You by The Avalanches
  45. Essence by Simon Sez
  46. Miss Colombia by Lido Pimienta
  47. K.G. by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
  48. Superstar by Caroline Rose
  49. Fetch The Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple
  50. folklore by Taylor Swift



The Top 30 EPs

  1. I’m Allergic to Dogs! by Remi Wolf
  2. Drop 6 by Little Simz
  3. Nüdes by Moonchild Sanelly
  4. ROSETTA by Dua Saleh
  5. CYCLE/S by MIA GLADSTONE
  6. Life on Other Planets by Moon Hooch
  7. Rise by WILLOW
  8. A Long Walk by Chong the Nomad
  9. Side A by TENDER
  10. Growing Pains by Inner State 81
  11. In The Darkest Of Nights, Let The Birds Sing by Foster the People
  12. Born Ready by Frank Waln
  13. The Circus by Mick Jenkins
  14. Parachute by Petit Biscuit
  15. NATURAL CHAOTIC by Dounia
  16. 5EPs by Dirty Projectors
  17. EP9 by Qveen Herby  
  18. Alien by Morgan
  19. Friend Goals by Tank and the Bangas
  20. 2020 by SBTRKT
  21. Blue Bird by Jasmine Cephas-Jones
  22. At Sixes and Sevens by Tiana Major9
  23. Do The Damn Thing by The Soul Motivators
  24. What’s Going On by Devon Gilfillian
  25. Covers by James Blake
  26. Chasing the Golden Hour, Pt. III by GRiZ
  27. That’s All For Now by Lady Ace Boogie
  28. Anyway by May Erlewine and Woody Goss
  29. Side A by LEISURE
  30. Taaqtuq Ubluriaq: Dark Star by Piqsiq

Editor’s Note: A special thank you to the following people for their invaluable input and recommendations: Robert Fraser, Schyler Perkins, John Akers, Jess Martin, Ian Seasly, Nicole LaRae, Jack Dawdy, Issac Powrie, and Devon Cunningham.

THE 2020 POETRY HYYPELIST

  1. Boat Burned by Kelly Grace Thomas
  2. Homie by Danez Smith
  3. Some Are Always Hungry by Jihyun Yun
  4. Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz
  5. Obit by Victoria Chang
  6. Horsepower by Joy Priest
  7. Inheritance by Taylor Johnson
  8. A History of Kindness by Linda Hogan
  9. Habitat Threshold by Craig Santos Perez
  10. Guillotine: Poems by Eduardo C. Corral
  11. When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry edited by Joy Harjo
  12. The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext edited by Felicia Rose Chavez, José Olivarez, and Willie Perdomo
  13. The Malevolent Volume by Justin Phillips Reed
  14. Finna by Nate Marshall
  15. Catrachos by Roy Guzmán
  16. Thrown in the Throat by Benjamin Garcia
  17. Negotiations by Destiny O. Birdsong
  18. Indigo by Ellen Bass
  19. Un-American by Hafizah Geter
  20. Deluge by Leila Chatti
  21. On This Side of the Desert by Alfredo Aguilar
  22. borderland apocrypha by Anthony Cody
  23. This Is How the Bone Sings by W. Todd Kaneko
  24. How the Water Holds Me by Tariq Luthun
  25. Mother Country by Elana Bell
  26. Cardinal by Tyree Daye
  27. The Bees Make Money in the Lion by Lo Kwa Mei-en
  28. Collected Ghazals by Jim Harrison
  29. Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine
  30. Salat by Dujie Tahat
  31. The Donkey Elegies by Nickole Brown
  32. Our Lady of Perpetual Degeneracy by Robin Gow
  33. Conjure by Rae Armantrout
  34. What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer
  35. The Many Names for Mother by Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach
  36. Fantasia for the Man in Blue by Tommye Blount
  37. Fire Eater by Jose Hernandez Diaz
  38. Birthright by George Abraham
  39. Be Holding by Ross Gay
  40. Dearly by Margaret Atwood

THE 2020 GRAPHIC NOVELS HYYPELIST

  1. Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder
  2. Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh
  3. Barely Functional Adult by Meichi Ng
  4. The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
  5. Flamer by Mike Curato
  6. Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream by Blair Imani and Rachelle Baker
  7. Space Boy (Volumes 6, 7, & 8) by Stephen McCranie
  8. The Promise (Avatar: The Last Airbender) by Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru, and Michael Heisler
  9. Venus in the Blind Spot by Junji Ito
  10. The Witcher Omnibus by Paul Tobin and Others

Editor’s Note: Forgive me, I don’t typically enjoy superhero comics so you’ll see they aren’t represented on this list. A special thank you to Kenny Porter for his input.

THE 2020 SCIENCE & NATURE WRITING HYYPELIST

  1. World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
  2. A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future by David Attenborough
  3. The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think by Jennifer Ackerman
  4. What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing — What Birds Are Doing and Why by David Allen Sibley
  5. Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake
  6. The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World by Patrik Svensson
  7. Elephants: Birth, Life, and Death in the World of the Giants by Hannah Mumby
  8. The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move by Sonia Shah
  9. Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald
  10. Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life by Katherine E. Standefer
  11. The Complete Language of Flowers : A Definitive and Illustrated History by S. Theresa Dietz
  12. The Story of Life in 10 ½ Species by Marianne Taylor
  13. Dispatches from the End of Ice by Beth Peterson
  14. Owls of the Eastern Ice by Jonathan C. Slaght
  15. The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World’s Favorite Insect by Wendy Williams

THE 2020 NONFICTION HYYPELIST

  1. The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
  2. Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
  3. Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
  4. Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America by Laila Lalami
  5. The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper
  6. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  7. Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall
  8. Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation by Candace Owens
  9. Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life After Which Everything Was Different by Chuck Palahniuk
  10. Oak Land: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West by Lauren Redniss
  11. The Dragons, the Giant, the Women: A Memoir by Wayétu Moore
  12. Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir by Natasha Trethewey
  13. Keep Moving by Maggie Smith
  14. How to Change Everything: The Young Human’s Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other by Naomi Klein and Rebecca Stefoff
  15. A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost
  16. Blueberries by Ellena Savage
  17. The Farm by Wendell Berry
  18. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
  19. Deported Americans: Life after Deportation to Mexico by Beth C. Caldwell
  20. Dancing in the Mosque: An Afghan Mother’s Letter to Her Son by Homeira Qaderi

THE 2020 FICTION HYYPELIST

  1. The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
  2. The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels
  3. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  4. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  5. Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
  6. The Shadow of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee
  7. Godshot by Chelsea Bieker
  8. A Burning by Megha Majumdar
  9. The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-eun, translated by Lizzie Buehler
  10. Say Say Say by Lila Savage
  11. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  12. Writers & Lovers by Lily King
  13. Nothing to See by Pip Adam
  14. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
  15. How Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zhang
  16. The Removed by Brandon Hobson
  17. Jubilee by Jennifer Givhan
  18. Little Gods by Meng Jin
  19. These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card
  20. Weather by Jenny Offill

THE 2020 HYYPELISTS

THE 2020 HYYPELIST OF POETRY

Our #1 Pick: Boat Burned by Kelly Grace Thomas
Read the full Poetry Hyypelist here.

THE 2020 HYYPELIST OF MUSIC

Our #1 Album Pick: Dreamland by Glass Animals

Our #1 EP Pick: I’m Allergic to Dogs! by Remi Wolf

Read the full Music Hyypelist here.

THE 2020 HYYPELIST OF BOOKS

Our #1 Pick in Fiction: The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
Read the full Fiction Hyypelist here.

Our #1 Pick in Nonfiction: The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
Read the full Nonfiction Hyypelist here.

Our #1 Pick in Science & Nature Writing: World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Read the full Science & Nature Writing Hyypelist here.

THE 2020 HYYPELIST OF GRAPHIC NOVELS

Our #1 Pick: Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder
Read the full Graphic Novels Hyypelist here.

A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Hey readers!

Issue Seven has been my favorite to compile so far. This issue features an incredible artist, six poets, and the most robust Hyypelists yet in seven categories (full-length albums, EPs, fiction, nonfiction, science & nature writing, graphic novels, and poetry)! It was extremely difficult to rank such amazing, necessary writing and music, but I’m pretty happy with how the Hyypelists turned out. Thanks for reading, and happy new year!

xo,
Kelsey May

CHATTING WITH JOVANNI LUNA | AN INTERVIEW

Tell us a little bit about your art! Do you have a preference for a certain medium? Do you try to theme your pieces, or does their content vary?

Primary focus of the work falls under material exploration and process. I’ve explored various mediums and materials, but my style would be best described as sculptural paintings, or what I call, paintskins. To me, paintskins are both the material and the finished sculptures, which are constructed out of acrylic house paint, with about 90% of it all being recycled paint. Any themes or concepts I create are attached to specific projects, and even if the projects look different they always have the underlying mentality of manipulating a material or process.

I first became familiar with your work (I believe) during ArtPrize, at an old school building. (Cannot remember what the building was called. Feel free to jog my memory.) I instantly fell in love with your pieces. They’re made from paint, correct? And you pair each piece with a clothed model? When did you start making these sculptures?

I’m not sure what the name of the school was either, but it was organized by 337 Project Space in collaboration with SiTE:LAB for ArtPrize. The series you are referring to is called “double self-portrait”; it was a project I worked between 2017-2019. It started in a time when I was living in my studio space and having my entire wardrobe around all my paintskins naturally lead me to compare and see similarities in colors and material. I would get the question a lot of which one came first the paintskin or the outfit, but it wasn’t one or the other, at least not until I started photographing my friends. Overall I loved the idea of collaborating with my own artwork to create something new together. Layering in fashion and whether I could make it into a paintskin was something that was on my mind at all hours of day, and people watching become an obsession, but with the sole purposes of getting ideas to recreate their outfits myself.

How often do you create? What is your relationship to each piece like? Do you have favorites? Where do you find your ideas?

I try to go into the studio at least 5 days a week, even if its only 30min, but I believe its important to have routine when creating, which also leads to new ideas. The subtle signs of history that is layered in details through out nature inspire a lot of my work.

I like to mimic moments that can be overlooked if not taken the time to pause and reflect.

Tell me about the emotion behind your pieces. I think one reason I’m so drawn to them is their life and color. They almost seem like they’re creatures!

With the “double self-portrait” series the emotions were in part to show life in the paintskins. In that work the most important part was the paintskin, the photographed only served as a reflection. The paintskin can serve as an artifact one that holds many emotions but not easily seen. In my current work “rhythmic gatherings” the sculptures are larger composed of hundreds of small paintskins, that is then carved out with an obsession. You can witness anything from patience to frustration in the carvings alone, but like mentioned before it requires the viewer to pause and imagine being the observer at the moment of the action.

Last question! What advice do you have for those seeking inspiration? How can others tap into their creative sides?

I believe our creations and our lives should be intertwined, inspiration will come from our experiences, and those experiences need to be documented. Documentation is your form of artwork, no matter what the medium. Since I have a separate art studio, I try to go to the studio and do my form of documentation. Sometimes it’s working on the actual paintskins, other times I write or draw. Recently I’ve been enjoying sewing and even though its more of a hobby than anything else, its been useful in becoming inspired with new ideas.

Thanks for chatting, Jovanni! Can’t wait to see what you make next!


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