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Favorite Albums of 2018

  • A Place To Bury Strangers - Pinned (Dead Oceans)
  • Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra - Lageos (Ninja Tune)
  • Bart & The Bedazzled - Blue Motel (Lovemonk)
  • Beak> - >>> (Invada)
  • Cut Worms - Hollow Ground (Jagjaguwar)
  • Earth Girl Helen Brown - Four Satellites Vol. 1 (In The Red)
  • Exit Group - Adverse Habitat (Castle Face)
  • Exploded View - Obey (Sacred Bones)
  • Gabe Gurnsey - Physical (Phantasy)
  • Holy Wave - Adult Fear (The Reverberation Appreciation Society)
  • IE - Pome (Moon Glyph)
  • Instant Music - S/T (Dark Entries)
  • Julien Boulier - A Film Not Yet Made (Time Released Sound)
  • Kikagaku Moyo - Masana Temples (Guruguru Brain)
  • Klaus Johann Grobe - Du Bist So Symmetrisch (Trouble In Mind)
  • Leon Vynehall - Nothing Still (Ninja Tune)
  • Les Halles - Zephyr (Not Not Fun)
  • Lithics - Mating Surfaces (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Lotic - Power (Tri Angle)
  • Maarja Nuut & Ruum - Muunduja (Fat Cat)
  • Martial Canterel - Lost At Sea (Dais)
  • Motoko & Myers - Basis Keys (Open Hand Real Flames)
  • Nonpareils - Scented Pictures (Mute)
  • Paint - S/T (Mexican Summer)
  • Papercuts - Parallel Universe Blues (Slumberland)
  • Peel Dream Magazine - Modern Meta Physic (Slumberland)
  • Skee Mask - Compro (Ilian Tape)
  • Smerz - Have Fun (XL)
  • Suuns - Felt (Secretly Canadian)
  • Various Artists - The Bedroom Tapes (Minimal Wave)
  • Yo La Tengo - There’s A Riot Going On (Matador)

Beast Monster Thing

Beast Monster Thing - Best Albums of 2018 (Ascending)

  • Mountain Man - Magic Ship (Nonesuch)
  • Madeline Kenney - Perfect Shapes (Carpark)
  • Shame - Songs of Praise (Dead Oceans)
  • Snail Mail - Lush (Matador)
  • Molly Burch - First Flower (Captured Tracks)
  • Human People - Butterflies Drink Turtle Tears (Exploding in Sound)
  • Father John Misty - God’s Favorite Customer (Sub Pop)
  • Brockhampton - Iridescence (RCA)
  • Casual Hex - Zig Zag Lady Illusion (Water Wing)
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Sex & Food (Jagjaguwar)
  • Soccer Mommy - Clean (Fat Possum)
  • Mitski - Be the Cowboy (Dead Oceans)
  • Naked Giants - Sluff (New West)
  • Parquet Courts - Wide Awake (Rough Trade)
  • Kero Kero Bonito - Time ‘n’ Place (Polyvinyl)
  • Jeff Rosenstock - Post (Polyvinyl)
  • Foxing - Nearer My God (Triple Crown)
  • Sidney Gish - No Dogs Allowed (S/R)
  • Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy (Matador)

Berkestir

Berkestir 2018

New Stuff

  • A Place To Bury Strangers-Pinned Brainwashing Edition (Dead Oceans)
  • The Beths-Future Me Hates Me (Carpark)
  • The Breeders-All Nerve (4AD)
  • Bombino-Deran (Partisan)
  • Chromium Hawk Machine Nik Turner Helios Creed Jay Tavsig-Annvnaki (Black Widow)
  • Anna Calvi-Hunter (Domino)
  • Chris Carter-CCCL Volume One (Mute)
  • Cloud Nothing-Last Building Burning (Carpark)
  • Death Valley Girls-Darkness Rains ( Suidcide Squeeze)
  • Deaf Wish-Lithium Zion (Sub Pop)
  • Earthless-Black Heaven (Nuclear Blast)
  • Escape-Ism-The Lost Record (Merge)
  • Exploded Head-Obey (Sacred Bones)
  • Hawkwind-Road To Utopia (Cherry Red)
  • Jerusalem In My Heart-Daqaliq Tudaiq (Constellation)
  • Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams-Vanished Gardens (Blue Note)
  • J.Mascis-Elastic Days (Sub Pop)
  • Marissa Nadler-My Crimes (Sacred Bones)
  • Nonpareils-Scented Picture (Mute)
  • Oh Sees-Smote Reverser (Castle Face)
  • Emma Ruth Rundle-On Dark Horses (Sargent House)
  • Richard Thompson-13 Rivers (New West)
  • Thought Gang-S/T (Sacred Bones)
  • Lavra Veirs-The Lookout (Raven Marching Band)
  • Warm Drag-S/T (In The Red)
  • Tony Joe White-Bad Mouthin' (Yep Roc)
  • Wooden Shjps-V (Thrill Jockey)
  • Neil Young + Promise Of The Real-The Visitor (Reprise)


Old Stuff

  • Curved Air-Airconditioning (Esoteric)
  • Curved Air-Second Album (Esoteric)
  • Curved Air-Phantasmagoria (Esteric)
  • Holger Czukay-Cinema (Groenland)
  • Hawkwind-Best Of Live (Secret)
  • Hawkwind-Victim Of Sonic Attach! (Cleopatra)
  • Various African Artists-African Scream Contest 2 Benin 1963-1980 (Analog Africa)
  • Various Jazz Artist-The Savory Collection 1935-1940 (Mosaic)
  • Various Exotic Artist-Technicolor Paradise Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights (The Numero Gruop)
  • Wire-Pink Flag Special Edition (Pink Flag)
  • Wire-Chairs Missing Special Edition (Pink Flag)
  • Wire-154 Special Edition (Pink Flag)
  • Neil Young-Songs For Judy (Reprise)
  • Neil Young-Roxy Tonight's The Night Live (Reprise)

Brickbats

Favorite releases of 2018 and favorite live show

Favorite releases

  • Jessica Moss - Entanglement (Constellation)
  • Leila Abdul Rauf - Diminution (Malignant)
  • Sarah Davachi - Gave In Rest (Ba Da Bing)
  • Andrew Bernstein - An Exploded View of Time (Hausu Mountain)
  • Jenny Olivia Johnson - Sylvia Songs (Innova)
  • Mary Lattimore - Hundreds of Days (Ghostly International)
  • Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore - Ghost Forest (Three Lobed)
  • Dire Wolves - Paradisiacal Minds (Feeding Tube)
  • Grouper - Grid of Points (Kranky)
  • Hawthonn - Red Goddess (of this men shall know nothing) (Ba Da Bing)

Best live music experience 

  • Drew McDowall of Coil - Time Machines (reissued in 2017 on Dais) - at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts

Brother Grimm

Brother Grimm’s Favorite Records of 2018: ascending

 

  • TV Girl - Death of a Party Girl (S/R)
  • The Shacks – Haze (Big Crown)
  • Virginia Wing – Ecstatic Arrow (Fire)
  • Khruangbin – Con Todo el Mundo (Dead Oceans)
  • Nicolas Godin - Au Service de la France (Because)
  • The Goon Sax – We're Not Talking (Wichita)
  • Bahamas – Earthtones (Brushfire)
  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Hope Downs (Sub Pop)
  • Rubblebucket – Sun Machine (Grand Jury)
  • Waldeck – Atlantic Ballroom (Dope Noir)
  • Shy Boys – Bell House (Polyvinyl)
  • Cut Worms – Hollow Ground (Jagjaguwar)
  • Advance Base – Animal Companionship (Run for Cover)
  • Shannon Shaw – Shannon in Nashville (Nonesuch)
  • Tony Molina – Kill the Lights (Slumberland)

Carnacki

Some Favourite Releases from 2018, in alphabetical order

  • Poppy Ackroyd - Resolve (One Little Indian)
  • The Body - I Have Fought Against It But I Can’t Any Lonfer (Thrill Jockey)
  • Zoe Boekbinder - Shadows (s/r)
  • Julien Boulier - A Film Not Yet Made (Time Released Sound)
  • Carla Bozulich - Quieter (Constellation)
  • Jane Antonia Cornish - Constellations (Innova)
  • Current 93 - The Light Is Leaving Us All (The Spheres)
  • Dire Wolves - Paradisiacal Mind (Feeding Tube)
  • DJ Female Convict Scorpion - Ishmagrad (Calar Music)
  • Hawthonn - Red Goddess (Of This Men Shall Know Nothing) (Ba Da Bing)
  • Zoe Keating - Snowmelt (s/r)
  • Low - Double Negative (Sub Pop)
  • Drew McDowall - The Third Helix (Dais)
  • Roy Montgomery - Suffuse (Grapefruit)
  • Jessica Moss - Entanglement (Constellation)
  • Marissa Nadler - For My Crimes (Sacred Bones)
  • Nordic Affect - H e (a) r (Sono Luminus)
  • People Like Us - The Mirror (Cutting Hedge)
  • Sangre De Muerdago - Noite (Musica Maxica)
  • Matthew Swiezynski - The One Who Modifies Time And Light (Invisible Birds)
  • Emily Jane White / House of Wolves - split ep (Discolexique)
  • Zu93 - Mirror Emperor (House Of Mythology)

Carolyn

Carolyn's Best Of 2018

My favorite albums of 2018

  • Fatty Cakes And The Puff Pastries - S/T (Emotional Response)
  • Rik and the Pigs - A Child's Gator (Total Punk)
  • Ricky Hell & The Voidboys - S/T (Quality Time Records)
  • Shark Toys - Labyrinths (In The Red)
  • Mark Sultan - Let Me Out (Modern Sky USA)
  • Liquids – Hot Liqs Revenge (Neck Chop Records)
  • Little Ugly Girls - S/T (Chapter Music)
  • France Has The Bomb - ...But We Must Cultivate Our Garden (Diminished Arc)
  • Kitten Forever -  Semi-Permanent (Rat Queen)
  • BB Eye - Headcheese Heartthrob (Fish)
  • Alice Bag - Blueprint (Don Giovanni)
  • The Cavemen - Nuke Earth (Slovenly)
  • Gino And The Goons - Rip It Up (Sunwray)
  • Archie and the Bunkers - Songs From The Lodge (Dirty Water)
  • David Nance – Doug Sahm and Band (Tall Texan)

My favorite EPs of 2018

  • Teeange Cavegirl – "They’re Gonna Get You" (S/R)
  • Alien Nosejob - Death Of The Vinyl Boom (S/R)
  • Wonder Bread - Complete Solid Gold Hits (Digital Regress)
  • The Proletariat - "Death Of Alton Sterling" (Bridge Nine)
  • Amyl and The Sniffers - "Some Mutts (Can't Be Muzzled)" (Flightless)
  • Ruler - "Tiger" (Secret Mission)
  • Kid Chrome – “I’ve Had It” (Neck Chop)
  • PMS - "Cocaine Cunt" (Danger Records)
  • Heavy Metal - Too OZ 4 I.T. (Total Punk)
  • Erik Nervous/ Neo Neos - split (Goodbye Boozy)
  • Gallery Night - "Watching Black And White" (Dusty Medical)
  • Dark Blue - “Fight To Love” (12XU)
  • ISS - "I Wanna Be Dated" (Sorry State)
  • Counter Intuits - “Vietnamese Lighter” (Total Punk)
  • Puppy and The Hand Jobs - "I Eat Abortions" (Slovenly)
  • Smokers - Falling Backwards (Mouth Magazine)

My favorite reissues of 2018

  • Plastic EP and The Records - "Well You Want To Make A Record" and Best Of (Xerox Music)
  • F.U.K. - "Road Kill" (Hozac Archival)
  • Vendetta – “Modern Rockers” (Supreme Echo)
  • Friction - "Death Cult 911" (Blank Recording Co)
  • V/A - The Sore Losers - Original Soundtrack (Goner Records)
  • Trash Monkeys – "Trash Monkey Universe" (Almost Ready)
  • Vector Command - S/T (Hozac)
  • Chandra - Transportation EPs (Telephone Explosion)
  • Real Kids - The Kids 1974 Demos/ 1977-78 Demos/Live (Crypt)
  • Bad Times - Streets Of Iron (Goner)
  • Firestarter - First Album and Livin On The Heat (Secret Mission)
  • Teenage Depression - Skank Or Die (ReRun)
  • Great Plains - The Mark, Don & Mel EP + Four (ReRun)
  • V/A – I’ve Got the Bible Belt Around My Throat: A One-Sided History of Punk Rock and Hardcore From Alabama 1981–2003 (Foreign Legion)

My favorite films of 2018

  • Here To Be Heard: The Story of The Slits
  • Dead On Arrival: The Punk Documentary That Almost Never Was
  • Sorry To Bother You
  • The Outhouse The Film 1985-1997
  • Descent Into The Maelstrom
  • The Public Image Is Rotten
  • They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
  • Juliette, Naked
  • Ex-Libris: The New York Public Library
  • Icepick To The Moon

Curt Reply

Curt Reply’s Faves -> 18 Albums for 2018 Fuzzy, Fast or Jes’ Plain Fun!

  • Bed Wettin' Bad Boys - Rot (What's Your Rupture)
  • Beths - Future Me Hates Me (Carpark)
  • Burnt Palms - 2/18/17 (We Were Never Being Boring)
  • CHAI - Pink (Burger Records)
  • Cut Chemist - Die Cut (A Stable Sound)
  • Death By Unga Bunga - So Far So Good So Cool (Jansen)
  • Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - Close But No Cigar (Colemine)
  • Durand Jones and The Indications - Durand Jones and The Indications (Dead Oceans)
  • Flasher - Constant Image (Domino)
  • Lithics - Mating Surfaces (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Pantones - For the Ones Who Love You, The Living Room Demos (S/R)
  • Primo! - Amici (Upset the Rhythm)
  • Remember Sports - Slow Buzz (Father/Daughter)
  • Tommy and the Commies - Here Comes Tommy and the Commies (Slovenly)
  • Tony Molina - Kill the Lights (Slumberland)
  • Typical Girls, Vol 3 - Compilation (Emotional Response)
  • Turqouiz Noiz - Sweat Lodge (Related)
  • Wimps - Garbage People (Kill Rock Stars)

DangerVenture

Best Of 2018 - DangerVenture

Top 10 Debut Albums

  • Shame - Songs of Praise (Dead Oceans)
  • Soccer Mommy - Clean (Fat Possum)
  • Snail Mail - Lush (Matador)
  • Lapel - Periphery (S/R)
  • Tash Sultana - Flow State (Mom + Pop)
  • Miya Folick - Premonitions (Interscope)
  • serpentwithfeet - Soil (Secretly Canadian)
  • Superorganism - Superorganism (Domino)
  • Tom Misch - Geography (Beyond the Groove)
  • Post Animal - When I Think of You in a Castle (Polyvinyl)

Top 10 Local Releases

  • Shannon and the Clams - Onion (Nonesuch)
  • Elder Brother - Stay Inside (Pure Noise)
  • DonCat - Preservation of the Spirit (Marble Eye)
  • Pllush - Stranger to the Pain (Father/Daughter)
  • Tanukichan - Sundays (Company)
  • Lapel - Periphery (S/R)
  • Madeline Kenney - Perfect Shapes (Carpark)
  • Rose Droll - Your Dog (Father/Daughter)
  • Jay Stone - Calibration of an Altered Mind (West Grand)
  • Fine Points - Take Shape (Dine Alone)

Top 10 Local Shows (Non-festival)

  • Jeff Rosenstock - Great American Music Hall, 2/22
  • Noah Gunderson - Sweetwater Music Hall, 2/24
  • Fleet Foxes - The Greek Theatre, 4/20
  • Courtney Barnett - August Hall, 5/6
  • We Are Scientists - The Chapel, 7/10
  • Geographer - The Fillmore, 7/28
  • Foxing - Bottom of the Hill, 9/19
  • Lapel - Cafe du Nord, 10/11
  • Boy Genius - Fox Theater, 11/27
  • Nine Inch Nails - Bill Graham Civic, 12/4

Deep Mission

Deep Mission's Best Of 2018

Best New Blues

  • Aki Kumar - Hindi Man Blues (Little Village Foundation)
  • Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio - Something Smells Funky 'Round Here (Alligator)

Best New World

  • Bombino - Deran (Partisan)

Best New Pop

  • SLV - Piece of Mind (s/r)
  • Couer de Pirate - En Cas de la Tempete Ce Jardin Sera Ferme (Dare to Care)
  • Illumaniti Hotties - Kiss Yr Frenemies (Tiny Engines)

Best New Jazz

  • Eliana Cuevas - Golpes y Flores (Alma)
  • Melbreeze - Animazonia (Blue Canoe)

Best New Folk/Americana

  • Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra - Stereoscope (s/r)
  • Les Poules A Colin - Morose (FamGroup)
  • FiONN - FiONN (604 Records)

Best New Rock

  • Gaye Su Akyol - Hologram Imparatorlugu (Glitterbeat)
  • French Boutik/Popincourt - Popincourt et French Boutik Chantent The Jam (Copase Disques)
  • Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis - Wild! Wild! Wild! (Bloodshot)
  • Last Chance Riders - Jet Lag Super Drag (s/r)

DJ Aahh

DJ Aahh’s Top 2018 Shortwave Albums by Artist Z to A

  • Rhye - Blood Remixed (Loma Vista)
  • Marcus Marr - Familiar Five EP (DFA)
  • Funkadelic - Funkadelic Reworked by Detroiters (Westbound)
  • Fit of Body - Black Box No Cops (2MR)
  • Elovaters - Defy Gravity (Rootfire Cooperative)
  • DJ Taye - Still Trippin’ (Hyperdub)
  • Dabrye - Three / Three (Ghostly International)
  • CMD - Haptic Controls (Jacktone)
  • boerd - Static (Anjunadeep)
  • Blockhead - Funeral Balloons (Backwoodz Studioz)

DJ Twinkle

25 favorites from 2018 (alphabetical)

  • The Beths - Future Me Hates Me (Car Park)
  • Zoe Boekbinder - Shadow (S/R)
  • Camp Cope - How to Socialise and Make Friends (Run for Cover)
  • Henry Canyons - Cool Side of the Pillow (Backwoodz Studioz)
  • Des Demonas - Des Demonas (In the Red)
  • Easystreet - International Supernatural (The Tip)
  • Andrea Gibson - Hey Galaxy (Tender Loving Empire)
  • Goat Girl - Goat Girl (Rough Trade)
  • Gurrumul - Djarimirri [Child of the Rainbow] (Skinnyfish)
  • Hop Along - Back Your Head Off, Dog (Saddle Creek)
  • Hot Trash - Hope in Grace (Escape Productions)
  • Imarham - Tumast (City Slang)
  • Kitten Forever - Semi-Permanent (Rat Queen)
  • Laura Love - She Loved Red (S/R)
  • Mirah - Understanding (Absolute Magnitude)
  • The Pandoras - Hey! It's the Pandoras (Burger)
  • Primo! - Amici (Upset the Rhythm)
  • Scary Women - Scary Women (Goldenrod)
  • Shilpa Rose - Door Girl (Northern Spy)
  • Maggie Roche - Where Do I Come From (StorySound Records)
  • SLV - Piece of Mind (S/R)
  • The Spook School - Could It Be Different (Slumberland)
  • tune-yards - I can feel you creep into my private life (4AD)
  • Valley Queen - Supergiant (Rock Call)
  • Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar (Ninja Tune)

E. Lit

E. Lit's Favorite Albums of 2018:

  • Four Fists - 6666 (Doomtree)
  • Dorian Concept - The Nature of Imitation (Brainfeeder)
  • Cut Chemist - Die Cut (A Stable Sound)
  • Kristoff Krane - Kairos Pt. 2 (F I X)
  • Curly Castro - TOSH (Backwoodz Studioz)
  • Gone Beyond & Mumbles - Notes From the Underground (Content (L)abel)
  • Henry Canyons - Cool Side of the Pillow (Backwoodz Studioz)
  • Astralblak - Seeds (Sound Verite)
  • Busdriver - Electricity Is On Our Side (Temporary Whatever)
  • Onry Ozzborn - Nervous Hvnd (TED)

Also dug:

  • Showbiz - A-Room Therapy (D.I.T.C Studios)
  • Dillon & Batsauce - On Their Way (Full Plate)
  • Penthouse Penthouse - Cruise Control (Alpha Pup)
  • Longshot & Lazerbeak - Parades (Doomtree)
  • Kev Brown - Homework (Redefinition)
  • Epic Beard Men - Season 1 (Strange Famous)
  • PremRock & Fresh Kils - Poet's Payday (s/r)
  • Von Pea & the Other Guys - I'm Good Luv, Enjoy (HiPNOTT)
  • Masta Ace & Marco Polo - A Breukelen Story (Fat Beats)
  • Czarface & MF DOOM - Czarface Meets Metal Face (Silver Age)

Emo King

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pinnacles of human achievement:

  • Lala Lala - "Copycat" - The Lamb (Hardly Art)
  • Ovlov - "The Best of You" - Tru (Exploding in Sound)
  • Stove - "Animortal" - 's Favorite Friend (Exploding in Sound)

like fistfuls of medicine shoved down your throat:

  • awakebutstillinbed - "Life" - What People Call Low Self​-Esteem Is Really Just Seeing Yourself The Way That Other People See You (Tiny Engines)
  • Wimps - "Giant Brain" - Garbage People (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Idles - "Colossus" - Joy as an Act of Resistance (Partisan)
  • Frankie Cosmos - "Apathy" - Vessel (Sub Pop)
  • Anmlplnet - "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" - Fall Asleep (Ba Da Bing)
  • Bernice - "Passenger Plane" - Puff: In the Air Without a Shape (Arts & Crafts)
  • Moaning - "Close" - Moaning (Sub Pop)
  • Deeper - "Pavement" - Deeper (Fire Talk)
  • Ross From Friends - "Thank God I'm A Lizard" (Brainfeeder)
  • Fit of Body - "Eighty One" - Black Box No Cops (2MR)
  • Peggy Gou - "It Makes You Forget" - Once (Ninja Tune)
  • Underworld & Iggy Pop - "Bells & Circles" - Teatime Dub Encounters (Caroline)

Fernando

Fernando’s Favorite Songs of 2018

  1. La Luz - “Loose Teeth” Floating Features (Hardly Art)
  2. Tanukichan - “Lazy Love” Sundays (Company)
  3. The Pantones - “Shades of Blue” Shades of Blue (S/R)
  4. The Jeanines - “Hits The Bone” Hits The Bone (S/R)
  5. Say Sue Me - “But I Like You” Where We Were Together (Damnably)
  6. Automatic - “Strange Conversations” Automatic (S/R)
  7. Virginia Wing - “The Second Shift” Ecstatic Arrow (Fire)
  8. Lithics - “Edible Door” Mating Surfaces (Kill Rock Stars)
  9. Shannon Shaw - “Cryin’ My Eyes Out” Shannon In Nashville (Easy Eye)
  10. Habibi - “Gypsy Love” Cardamom Garden (Modern Sky)
  11. Cariño - “Canción De Pop De Amor” Movidas (Elefant)
  12. Niños del Cerro - “El Sueño Pesa” Lance (Quemasucabeza)
  13. The Goon Sax - “Sleep EZ” We’re Not Talking (Wichita)
  14. Lower Self - “In The Glow” In The Glow (S/R)
  15. Shannon and the Clams - “I Leave Again” (Easy Eye)
  16. Shy Boys - “Something Sweet” Bell House (Polyvinyl)
  17. Small Crush - “Signal Dreams” Blush (S/R)
  18. Lala Lala - “I Get Cut” The Lamb (Hardly Art)
  19. Suzie True - “Don’t Grow Up” Nothing To You (Buzz)
  20. Las Odio - “Lo Quiero Todo” Lo Quiero Todo (S/R)
  21. Anna Hillburg - “Cherries and Wine” Really Real (California Clap)
  22. Fenne Lily - “Car Park” On Hold (S/R)
  23. Shopping - “Suddenly Gone” The Official Body (FatCat)
  24. Goat Girl - “Cracker Drool” Goat Girl (Rough Trade)
  25. Our Girl - “Boring” Stranger Today (Cannibal Hymns)

Film Close-Ups

FILM CLOSE-UPS’ FAVORITE FILMS OF 2018 (alphabetical)

Esme's picks:

  • At Eternity's Gate
  • Annihilation
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • BlacKKKlansman
  • Black Panther
  • Blindspotting
  • Burning
  • Destroyer
  • Eighth Grade
  • The Favourite
  • Hereditary
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Madeline's Madeline
  • Mandy
  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout
  • Paddington 2
  • The Rider
  • Roma
  • Shirkers
  • Shoplifters
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • A Star is Born
  • Support the Girls
  • Suspiria
  • Three Identical Strangers
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before
  • Widows
  • Won't You Be My Neighbor
  • You Were Never Really Here

Geralyn’s picks:

  • American Animals, USA, Bart Layton
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, USA, Joel Coen
  • Bohemian Rhapsody, USA, Bryan Singer
  • A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantastica), USA, Sebastian Lelio
  • Green Book, USA, Peter Farrelly
  • Hostiles, USA, Scott Cooper
  • The Insult, Lebanon, Ziad Doveiri
  • Rodents of Unusual Size, (Documentary), USA, Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer
  • Shoplifters, Japan, Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • You Were Never Really Here, USA, Lynne Ramsay

Greg’s picks:

  • American Animals
  • Annihilation
  • Beast
  • Blindspotting
  • Death Of Stalin
  • The Favourite
  • First Reformed
  • Ghost Stories
  • Hereditary
  • Sorry To Bother You
  • Three Identical Strangers

Sonia’s picks:

  • Ben is Back
  • Blindspotting
  • Eighth Grade
  • A Fantastic Woman
  • The Favourite
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Isle of Dogs
  • McQueen
  • Roma
  • Shoplifters
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Hella Bent

Hella Bent’s List of Songs That Made 2018 Slightly More Bearable

  • A Place To Bury Strangers - “Never Coming Back” - Pinned (Dead Oceans)
  • Blood Orange - “Charcoal Baby” - Negro Swan (Domino)
  • Boy Harsher - “Motion” - Country Girl (Nude Club)
  • Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin - “I Like It” - Invasion of Privacy (Atlantic)
  • Choir Boy - “Dark Room” - Passive With Desire (Dais)
  • Empress Of - “When I’m With Him” - Us (Terrible)
  • Exploded View - “Gone Tomorrow” - Obey (Sacred Bones)
  • Frankie Cosmos - “Apathy” - Vessel (Sub Pop)
  • The Goon Sax - “Make Time 4 Love” - We’re Not Talking (Wichita)
  • Kontravoid - “The Last Thing” - Undone (Fleisch)
  • La Luz - “The Creature” - Floating Features (Hardly Art)
  • Lala Lala - “Dove” - The Lamb (Hardly Art)
  • Marie Davidson - “Work It” - Working Class Woman (Ninja Tune)
  • Mary Lattimore - “On the Day You Saw the Dead Whale” - Hundreds of Days (Ghostly)
  • Mitski - “Two Slow Dancers” - Be the Cowboy (Dead Oceans)
  • Moaning - “Don’t Go” - (S/T) (Sub Pop)
  • Patrick Cowley - “One Hot Afternoon” - Afternooners (Dark Entries)
  • Robyn - “Missing U” - Honey (Konichiwa)
  • SRSQ - “Procession” - Unreality (Dais)
  • U.S. Girls - “M.A.H.” - In A Poem Unlimited (4AD)

Leftfield Lance

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Leftfield Lance's 2018 Favorites:

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  • Blues Lawyer - Guess Work (Emotional Response)
  • Lithics - Mating Surfaces (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Primo! - Amici (Upset the Rhythm)
  • The Shifters - Have a Cunning Plan (Trouble in Mind)
  • Sons of Kemet - Your Queen is a Lizard (Impulse!)
  • Table Sugar - Collected Acknowledgement (Stucco)
  • Yuzo Iwata - Daylight Moon (Siltbreeze)

7"

  • Cool Greenhouse - London (Market Square)
  • Child's Pose - S/T (Nervous Energy)
  • Lithics - Photograph, You Of (Thrilling Living)
  • Pineapple RnR - S/T (Lumpy)
  • Private Sector - Survival is Killing Me (Byllepest)
  • The Shifters - Just Sat Down (Digital Regress)
  • Skiftande Enheter - Mördande Rutin (Market Square)
  • Suburban Homes - EP3 (Neck Chop)
  • Tough Customer - Darlene (Sweet Rot)

Tapes, Demos, etc.

  • BOFA - What Is... (Discontinuous Innovation)
  • Dry Cleaning - Sweet Princess (S/R)
  • Naked Roommate - S/T (S/R)
  • Nylex - S/T (Tenth Court)
  • The Plastic Shoelaces - S/T (S/R)

Madame X

Madame X’s 10 Favorite Albums of 2018:

  • Couer De Pirate - En Cas de Tempete, Ce Jardin Sera Ferme (Dare to Care)
  • Neko Case - Hell-On (Anti-)
  • Jenn Champion - Single Rider (Hardly Art)
  • Melissa Laveaux - Radyo Siwel (No Format)
  • Arian Saleh - Swan Bird (Googoosh Remixed) (S/R)
  • Rosalia - El Mal Querer (Sony)
  • Essex Green - Hardly Electronic (Merge)
  • Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics (Smalltown Supersound)
  • Alba Griot Ensemble - The Darkness Between the Leaves (Riverboat)
  • Anna Calvi - Hunter (Domino)

Majority Whip

Majority Whip’s Favorite Albums from 2018, in alphabetical order:

  • Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet - Landfall (Nonesuch)
  • Michael Beharie & Teddy Rankin-Parker -  A Heart From Your Shadow (Mondoj)
  • Bets - Future Color (S/R)
  • Black Milk -  Fever (Mass Appeal)
  • V/A - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 3 Soundtrack (WaterTower)
  • Don the Tiger -  Matanzas (Crammed Discs)
  • Liran Donin's 1000 Boats - 8 Songs (Cavalo)
  • Dos Santos – Logos (International Anthem)
  • Escape-ism -  The Lost Record  (Merge)
  • Exploded View -  Obey (Sacred Bones)
  • Gajah & Mute Speaker -  Vent (The Order Label)
  • Yonatan Gat -  Universalists (Joyful Noise)
  • Grupo Mono Blanco - ¡Fandango! (Smithsonian Folkways)
  • Hookworms – Microshift (Domino)
  • Insólito Universo – La Candela del Río (Olinda)
  • Jupiter & Okwess – Kin Sonic (Zamora)
  • Les Poules À Colin – Morose (FamGroup)
  • Loma -  Loma (Sub Pop)
  • Lonesome Leash – Delicate Art (Cruisin’)
  • Lumerians -  Call of the Void (Fuzz Club)
  • Miolina – Miolina (Composers Concordance)
  • Motoko and Myers -  Basis Key (Open Hand Real Flames)
  • Motrik – Safety Copy (Jealous Butcher)
  • New Music Detroit -  Smoke: Music of Marc Mellits  (Innova)
  • Noname - Room 25 (S/R)
  • Oracle Hysterical – Hecuba (National Sawdust Tracks)
  • Onry Ozzborn -  Nervous Hvnd (Ted)
  • Nirmala Rajasekar – Maithree (Innova)
  • Rio Mira -  Marimba Del Pacifico  (Aya)
  • Roller Trio- New Devices (Edition)
  • Ruby Karinto -  Ruby Karinto (Hozac)
  • Alejandro Rutty – Exhaling Space (Navona)
  • Saba - Care for Me (Saba Pivot, LLC)
  • Sextile - 3 (Felte)
  • Sons Of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile (Impulse!)
  • Paolo Spaccamonti and Jochen Arbeit – CLN (Boring Machines)
  • Staves and YMusic – The Way is Read (Nonesuch)
  • Tangent – Approaching Complexity (n5MD)
  • Tune-Yards -  I Can Feel You Creep into My Private Life (4AD)
  • Third Coast Percussion – Paddle to the Sea (Cedille)

Meaty Paws

Songs That Made Radio Great Again in 2018

  1. Beach Day - "Runaway With You" - Run Away With You - (Chocolate Covered)
  2. Jesse Daniel - "Soft Spot For The Hard Stuff" - Jesse Daniel - (Die True)
  3. Josh T Pearson - "A Love Song (Set Me Straight)" - The Straight Hits! - (Mute)
  4. Whateverglades - "I Do I Did I Don't" - Knock Knock - (No Egrets Records)
  5. Kacey Musgraves - "Kansas City Star" - King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller - (BMG)
  6. The Muddy Roses - "Long Black Veil" - KALX Live! - (KALX)
  7. Illuminati Hotties - "Paying Off The Happiness" - Kiss Yr Frenemies - (Tiny Engines)
  8. Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas - "Sorry I Stole Your Man" - Secret Evil - (Instant)
  9. Bon Bon Vivant - "Gone Gone Gone" - Live At The New Orleans Jazz Museum - (Gallatin Street)
  10. Belly - "Human Child" - Dove - (Belly Inc)
  11. Lindi Ortega - "You Ain’t Fooling Me" - Liberty - (Shadowbox)
  12. Mike Beck and The Bohemian Saints - "I Wanna Find Out" - Alta California - (Reata)
  13. Secret Emchy Society - "Bears" - Mark's Yard (The Campfire Covers) - (S/R)
  14. Underworld and Iggy Pop - "Bells and Circles" - Teatime Dub Encounters - (Caroline)
  15. I See Hawks In L.A. - "Poour Me" - Live and Never Learn  - (S/R)
  16. Amy Rigby - "One Off" - The Old Guys - (S/R)
  17. Eleanor Friedberger - "Make Me A Song" - Rebound - (Frenchkiss)
  18. Bettye Lavette - "Things Have Changed" - Things Have Changed - (Verve)
  19. Lump - "Curse of the Contemporary" - Lump - (Dead Oceans)
  20. Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore - "Downey to Lubbock" - Downey to Lubbock - (Yep Rock)
  21. Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis - "I Just Lived a Country Song" -  Wild! Wild! Wild! - (Bloodshot)
  22. Fast Heart Mart - "So Many Problems" -  KALX Live! - (KALX)
  23. Hollie Cook - "Stay Alive" - Vessel of Love - (Merge)
  24. Neil Young and the Promise of the Real - "Carnival" - The Visitor - (Reprise)
  25. Reverend Beat-Man - "I'll Do It For You" - Blues Trash - (Voodoo Rhythm)
  26. Gayle Lynn and the Hired Hands - "Twirl" - KALX Live! - (KALX)
  27. Moonshine Maybeline - "Champaign and Cocaine" - End Of The Road  - (Spitfire)
  28. Hillstomp - "I'll Be Around" -  Monster Receiver - (Fluff & Gravy)
  29. Trouble In The Wind - "Orion" - Hammer On - (S/R)
  30. We Banjo 3 - "Good Time Old Time" - String Theory - (Sonas)
  31. Bay Station - "Baja Blues" - Other Desert Cities - (S/R)
  32. Laura Benitez and Heartache - "The Fool I Am Right Now " - With All Its Thorns - (Copperhead)
  33. Crying Time - "You're Still Gone" - Last Saturday Night - (S/R)
  34. Crooked Jades - "Ryland and Spencer" -  Empathy Moves the Water  - (Jade Note)
  35. Guts Club - "Bad Aim" - Trench Foot - (S/R)
  36. Lucero - "For The Lonely Ones" - Among The Ghosts - (Liberty and Lament Records)
  37. John Prine - "Knockin' On Your Screen Door" - The Tree of Forgiveness - (Oh Boy)
  38. Zoe Speaks - "There's A Hole Where Your Soul's Supposed To Be" - Wings - (Redbird)
  39. Tina and Her Pony - "Good Man" - Champion - (S/R)
  40. Victoria Vox - "Out On The Rails" - Colorful Heart - (Obus)
  41. Calexico - "Music Box" - The Thread That Keeps Us - (Anti-)
  42. H.C. McEntire - "Baby's Got The Blues" - Lionheart - (Merge)
  43. Charlie Parr - "HoBo" - Dog - (Red House)
  44. Caroline Rose - "More Of The Same" - Loner - (New West)
  45. Jenn Champion - "O.M.G. (I'm All Over It)" - Single Rider - (Hardly Art)
  46. Grimskunk - "Sick Bastards" - Unreason In The Age of Madness - (Indica)
  47. Killer Kaya - "Gypsy" - KALX Live! - (KALX)
  48. Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio - "Something Smells Funky Round Here" - Big Fun Trio - (Alligator)
  49. Todd Novak And The Benny Hillbillez - "Sons Of Beaches" - Goats Head Surf - (S/R)
  50. Country Joe McDonald - "Era Of Guns" - 50 - (Rag Baby)
  51. Alanis Obomsawin - "Bush Lady" - Bush Lady - (Constellation)

Compilations that made the GREAT state of Berkeley proud!

  • Dr. Demento Covered In Punk - (Demented Punk)
  • Gunsmoke Volume 1 & 2 - (Stag-O-Lee)
  • King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller - (BMG)
  • Something Weird: Greatest Hits!  - (Modern Harmonic)

Special Thanks to all the artists who appeared LIVE on the air with me, here on the Left Coast

  • Brian Belknap and Erma
  • Patsy Cline Tribute Show (with Margaret Belton)
  • Collisionville
  • Crying Time
  • Fast Heart Mart
  • Nate Jones and the Sloe Sippers
  • Lavender Country
  • Gayle Lynn and the Hired Hands (and Maurice Tani)
  • Loretta Lynn Tribute Show (with Margaret Belton, Laura Benitez, Lisa Marie Johnson and Michelle Kappel)
  • Moonshine Jelly
  • The Muddy Roses
  • Penny Opry
  • Secret Emchy Society
  • Trouble In The Wind
  • Whateverglades
  • Wormfarmer

Megasoup

Megasoup's Favorite Albums of 2018

  • Adzuki - Undeveloped Land (Shimmering Moods)
  • ARP – Zebra (Mexican Summer)
  • Art of Flying - Escort Mission (Discobolus)
  • Ashan - Far Drift Afield (Inner Islands)
  • Aukai - Branches of Sun (Aukai Music)
  • Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore - Ghost Forests (Three Lobed)
  • Jakob Battick - To Be Born Again & Again (Self-Released)
  • Bitchin Bajas / DSR Lines - The Encyclopedia of Civilizations Vol. 2: Atlantis (Abstrakce)
  • Chris Carter - CCCL Volume One (Mute)
  • N. Chambers - Idea Region (Muzan Editions)
  • Chancha Via Circuito - Bienaventuranza (Wonderwheel)
  • Jane Antonia Cornish - Constellations (Innova)
  • Sarah Davachi - Gave In Rest (Ba Da Bing)
  • John Davis - Visiting The Sky (Bimodal Press)
  • De Leon - De Leon (Mana)
  • Jatinder Singh Durhailay & David Edren - Tea Notes (Bonjour Supermarket)
  • Embassador Dulgoon ‎– Hydrorion Remnants (Nonlocal Research)
  • M Geddes Gengras - Light Pipe (Room40)
  • Les Halles - Zephyr (Not Not Fun)
  • Jon Hassell - Listening to Pictures (Ndeya)
  • Shuta Hasunuma & U-zhaan - 2 Tone (Commmons)
  • Steve Hauschildt - Dissolvi (Ghostly International)
  • Kaoru Inoue - Em Paz (Groovement Organic)
  • Kali Uchis - Isolation (Virgin)
  • Khalab - Black Noise 2084 (On The Corner)
  • Kenji Kihara - Scenes of Scapes (Inner Islands)
  • Kilchhofer - The Book Room (Marionette)
  • Mary Lattimore - Hundreds of Days (Ghostly International)
  • Laüst - Edelis (Dream Catalogue)
  • Steven Legget - Bathhouse (Firecracker)
  • Lunaria - Water Mind (Pantheon)
  • Magnétophonique - Une Cartographie Idéale (Not Not Fun)
  • Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer (Wondaland Arts Society)
  • Mountain Man - Magic Ship (Nonesuch)
  • Jonny Nash & Lindsay Todd - Fauna Mapping (Island of the Gods)
  • Omni Gardens - West Coast Escapism (Holodeck)
  • poemme - Moments in Golden Light (Constellation Tatsu)
  • Poppy Ackroyd - Resolve (One Little Indian)
  • Pram - Across The Meridian (Domino)
  • Pulse Emitter - Xenharmonic Passages (Self Released)
  • Saariselka - Ceres (Longform Editions)
  • Gunter Schlienz - Liederbuch (Muzan Editions)
  • Emily A. Sprague - Mount Vision (Self Released)
  • H. Takahashi - Elegy (Muzan Editions)
  • Terekke - Improvisational Loops (Music From Memory)
  • Tristan Magnetique - Tristan Magnetique (Otomatik Muziek)
  • Tuluum Shimmering - Dancing in the Seven Skies (Self Released)
  • Valotihkuu - Paths (Self Released)
  • Wanderwelle ‎– Gathering Of The Ancient Spirits (Silent Season)
  • Zazz - Soft Harbinger (Inner Islands)

Megasoup's 18 Favorite Reissues & Archival Releases from 2018:

  • The Beta Band - The Three EPs - 20th Anniversary Remaster (Because Music)
  • Cuasares - Afro-Progresivo (Pharaway Sounds)
  • Docteur Nico - Dieux De La Guitare (Planet Ilunga)
  • Brian Eno - Music For Installations (Opal)
  • Entourage Music & Theatre Ensemble - Ceremony Of Dreams: Studio Sessions and Outtakes, 1972-1977 (Tompkins Square)
  • The Fall - The Rough Trade Singles (Superior Viaduct)
  • The Future Sound Of London ‎– Lifeforms (Universal)
  • Chuck Johnson - Blood Moon Boulder (Scissor Tail Editions)
  • Mkwaju Ensemble - Ki-Motion & Mkwaju (WRWTFWW)
  • Münchner Studioorchester - Twilights of Bali (Free Soul)
  • Spectrum - Highs, Lows, and Heavenly Blows (Medical Records)
  • David Sylvian & Holger Czukay - Plight & Premonition / Flux & Mutability (Grönland)
  • Various ‎Artists – The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions (Concord Craft Recordings)
  • Various Artists - Looking Back (Cairo Records)
  • Various Artists - Secao Ritmica - Instrumental Funk From ’70’s Brazil (Atemoya)
  • Various Artists - Saigon Supersound Volume 2 (Saigon Supersound)
  • Various Artists - Unusual Sounds (Anthology Recordings)
  • Various Artists - Zamaan Ya Sukkar (Radio Martiko)

Microtone

Microtone's 22 Favorite Songs from 22 Select Albums of 2018

  • BEAK> - " Allé Sauvage" - >>> (Temporary Residence)
  • Michael Beharie and Teddy Rankin-Parker - "So Much Trash" - A Heart From Your Shadow (Mondoj)
  • Chancha Via Circuito - " Ilaló ft. Mateo Kingman" - Bienaeventuranza (Wonderwheel)
  • Jane Antonia Cornish - "Constellations I" - Constellations (Innova)
  • Sarah Davachi - "Evensong" - Gave in Rest (Ba Da Bing!)
  • Dead Can Dance - "Psychopomp" - Dionysus (PIAS)
  • Peggy Gou - "Han Jan" - Once (Ninja Tune)
  • Matt Hightower - "When All Else Fails (Take Your Time)" - Society of Composers, vol. 32 (Navona)
  • Julia Holter - "I Shall Love 2" - Aviary (Domino)
  • Jon Hopkins - "Feel First Life" - Singularity (Domino)
  • Mary Lattimore - "It Feels Like Floating" - Hundreds of Days (Ghostly International)
  • Steven Legget - "Low" - Bathhouse (Firecracker)Loma - "Dark Oscillations" - Loma (Sub Pop)
  • Low - "Fly" - Double Negative (Sub Pop)
  • Luluc - "Needn't Be" - Sculptor (Sub Pop)
  • Jessica Moss - "Fractals (Truth 4)" - Entanglement (Constellation)
  • Motoko & Myers - "Super Potato" - Basis Key (Open Hand Real Flames)
  • My Brightest Diamond - "It's Me on the Dance Floor" - A Million and One (Rhyme & Reason)
  • Park Jiha - "Accumulation of Time" - Communion (Glitterbeat)
  • Sis - "My Machine" - Euphorbia (Native Cat)
  • Sound Voyage - "Schattenspiel" - En Route to Thailand (Free Soul)
  • Wye Oak - "You of All People" - The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs (Merge)

Mixtress 9

Mixtress 9’s Short but Kawaii Best of Lists for 2018:

Albums:

  • Perfume - Future Pop (Universal J)
  • Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch (The Null Corporation)
  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Japamyu (Unborde/Warner Music Japan)
  • Adult - This Behavior (Dais)
  • Paul McCartney - Egypt Station (Capitol Records)
  • Melody’s Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage (Domino/Fat Possum)
  • Them Are Us Too - Amends (Dais)
  • Chai - Pink (Burger Records)
  • Cherushii/Nackt/Roche/David Last -  Run the Length of Your Wildness 12" (Hobo Camp)

Epic Live Shows:

  • David Byrne - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium - August 22.2018
  • Nine Inch Nails - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium - December 3&4, 2018

Fave Anime:

  • Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai
  • Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzushii
  • Zombie Land Saga

Nickel Hardaway

Nickel’s Double-Double: 10 Noteworthy Releases and Shows of 2018

10 Noteworthy Releases

  • Anderson .Paak - Oxnard (Aftermath)
  • Robert Glasper x KAYTRANADA - ArtScience Remixes (Blue Note)
  • The Internet - Hive Mind (Columbia)
  • Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo (Dead Oceans)
  • Kiefer - Happysad (Stones Throw)
  • Yazmin Lacey - When the Sun Dips 90 Degrees (S/R)
  • Tom Misch - Geography (Beyond the Groove)
  • Nas - Nasir (Mass Appeal)
  • Noname - Room 25 (S/R)
  • Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth (Shoto Mas)

10 Noteworthy Shows

  • BADBADNOTGOOD - Prospect Park Bandshell, 8/2
  • Digable Planets - Yoshi’s, 11/18
  • Greta Van Fleet - The Masonic, 9/19
  • Khruangbin - Fox Theater, 11/9
  • Pete Rock - Rumsey Playfield/Central Park, 7/28
  • R+R=NOW - Prospect Park Bandshell, 6/22
  • Saba - Slim’s, 5/3
  • Tyler, the Creator - The Armory, 1/31
  • The War on Drugs - Fox Theater, 9/11
  • Kamasi Washington - The Warfield, 10/19

Poindexter

12 Favorite Albums from 2018

  1. Goon Sax - We’re Not Talking (Wichita)
  2. Blues Lawyer - Guess Work (Emotional Response)
  3. Frankie Cosmos - Vessel (Sub Pop)
  4. Ruby Karinto - Ruby Karinto (Hozac)
  5. Primo! - Amici (Upset The Rhythm)
  6. Shannon & The Clams - Onion (Easy Eye)
  7. Wimps - Garbage People (Kill Rock Stars)
  8. La Luz - Floating Features (Hardly Art)
  9. Yo La Tengo - There’s a Riot Going on (Matador)
  10. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel (Mom + Pop)
  11. Table Sugar - Introductory Material (Water Wing)
  12. Lithics - Mating Surfaces (Kill Rock Stars)

25 Favorite Songs from 2018

  1. Goon Sax - “Make Time 4 Love” - We’re Not Talking (Wichita)
  2. Blues Lawyer - “27th Street” - Guess Work (Emotional Response)
  3. Primo! - “Ticking Off a List” - Amici (Upset The Rhythm)
  4. Frankie Cosmos - “Cafeteria” - Vessel (Sub Pop)
  5. Horrible/Adorable - “Surf, Rock, Beach, Party, UFO” - Surf Rock, Beach Party, UFO / Gutter Pussy (Yr First Crush)
  6. Ruby Karinto - “Jugemu” - S/T (Hozac)
  7. Spook School - “While You Were Sleeping” - Could It Be Different? (Slumberland)
  8. Shannon & The Clams - “The Boy” - Onion (Easy Eye Sound)
  9. Yo La Tengo -  “For You Too” - There’s a Riot Going on (Matador)
  10. La Luz - “Cicada” - Floating Features (Hardly Art)
  11. Swearin’ - “Margaret” - Fall Into the Sun (Merge)
  12. Wimps - “Garbage People” - Garbage People (Kill Rock Stars)
  13. Essex Green - “Sloane Ranger” - Hardly Electronic (Merge)
  14. Lithics - “Excuse Generator” - Mating Surfaces (Kill Rock Stars)
  15. Table Sugar - “Carried Away” - Introductory Material (Water Wing)
  16. Cut Worms - “Coward’s Confidence” - Hollow Ground (Jagjaguwar)
  17. Eureka California - “Mkultra” - Roadrunners (HHBTM)
  18. Tony Molina - “Give He Take You” - Kill The Lights (Slumberland)
  19. Tracyanne & Danny - “It Can’t Be Love Unless It Hurts” - S/T (Merge)
  20. Smokescreens - “Someone New” - Used To Yesterday (Slumberland)
  21. Karen Meat - “You’re an Ugly Person” - You’re an Ugly Person (Emotional Response)
  22. Courtney Barnett - “Charity” - Tell Me How You Really Feel (Mom + Pop)
  23. Papercuts - “How To Quit Smoking” - Parallel Universe Blues (Slumberland)
  24. RAYS - “Yesterday’s Faces” - You Can Get There From Here (Trouble in Mind)
  25. Parquet Courts - “Tenderness” - Wide Awake! (Rouge Trade)

Pop Goes The Weasel

Pop Goes the Weasel - Favorite Songs

  • Billy & Dolly - “Bobby” - Five Suns (Shit Krystal)
  • Dirty Projectors - “Break-Thru” - Lamp Lit Prose (Domino)
  • Eternal Summers - “Oblivious” - Every Day It Feels Like I’m Dying… (Nevada Music)
  • Kyle Gann - “Reverse Gravity” - Hyperchromatica (Other Minds)
  • Jim James - “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” - Tribute to 2 (ATO)
  • Matoko and Myers - “Seed Cycling” - Basis Key (Open Hand)
  • Momma - “Interloper” - Interloper (Danger)
  • Olden Yolk - “Cut to the Quick” - S/T (Trouble in Mind)
  • Razz - “Outside In” - Time Frames (Emotional Response)
  • Strypes - “Behind Closed Doors” - Spitting Image (Virgin Girl)
  • Tune-Yards - “Home” - I Can Feel You Creeping Into My Private Life (4AD)
  • Wimps - “Cave Life” - Garbage People (Kill Rock Stars)

Pupshaw

Pupshaw’s Favorite New Releases of 2018 (In The Order That They Came To Mind):

Favorite New Releases:

  • Angelique Kidjo - Remain In Light (Kravenworks)
  • Sleep - The Sciences (Third Man)
  • Playboi Carti - Die Lit (AWGE/Interscope)
  • Open Mike Eagle - What Happens When I Try To Relax EP (P + C Auto Reverse)
  • SOPHIE - Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides (MSMSMSM/Future Classic)
  • JPEGMAFIA - Veteran (Deathbomb Arc)
  • Lithics - Mating Surfaces (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Dead Can Dance - Dionysus (PIAS)
  • Yves Tumor - Safe In The Hands of Love (Warp)
  • Merzbow & Genesis P-Orridge - A Perfect Pain (Cold Spring)
  • Mitski - Be The Cowboy (Dead Oceans)
  • MF Doom/Czarface - Czarface Meets Metal Face (Silver Age)
  • A Place To Bury Strangers - Pinned (Dead Oceans)
  • Kali Uchis - Isolation (Virgin)
  • Melody’s Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage (Fat Possum)
  • Aphex Twin - Collapse EP (Warp)
  • The Acharis - Lost In The Void (EXBTN)
  • Beak> - >>> (Invada)
  • Casual Hex - Zig Zag Lady Illusion (Water Wing)
  • Tim Hecker - Konoyo (Kranky)
  • Julia Holter - Aviary (Domino)
  • Moira Scar - Wound World Part 1 (Near Dark)
  • Roy Montgomery - Suffuse (Grapefruit)
  • Vive La Void - Vive La Void (Sacred Bones)

Favorite Reissues/Compilations:

  • Stereolab - Switched On Vol. 1-3 (Duophonic)
  • Throbbing Gristle - Mission of Dead Souls (Mute)
  • V/A - Deutsche Elektronische Musik Vol. 1 (Soul Jazz)
  • Wire - Pink Flag (Pink Flag)
  • Robert Rental & Glen Wallis - Untitled LP (Dark Entries)
  • Rubella Ballet - Ballet Bag (Dark Entries)
  • Brian Eno - Music For Installations (Opal)
  • The Fall - The Rough Trade Singles (Superior Viaduct)
  • V/A - Typical Girls Vol. 3 + 4 (Emotional Response)

qb(X)

qb(X) best of 2018 (unordered)

Smash Albums

  • Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids - An Angel Fell (Strut)
  • A Hawk and A Hacksaw - Forest Bathing (Living Music Duplication)
  • The Body - I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer (Thrill Jockey)
  • Ben Lamar Gay - Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun (International Anthem)
  • Hawthonn - Red Goddess (Of This Men Shall Know Nothing) (Ba Da Bing!)
  • IDLES - Joy As An Act Of Resistance (Partisan)
  • Calvin Johnson - A Wonderful Beast (K)
  • Mary Lattimore - Hundreds of Days (Ghostly International)
  • MMMD - Hagazussa (Antifrost)
  • Naked Eye Ensemble - Storylines Crossing (Starkland)
  • Oracle Hysterical - Hecuba (National Sawdust Tracks)
  • Wrekmeister Harmonies -  The Alone Rush (Thrill Jockey)

Hit Singles

  • ANMLPLNET - "I Was Fucked by a Cloud" - Fall Asleep (Ba Da Bing!)
  • Blackwater Holylight - "Sunrise" - Blackwater Holylight (Riding Easy)
  • The Ex - "Soon All Cities" - 27 Passports (Ex)
  • Hot Pepper - "Cancion Ritual" - Spanglish Movement (Guerssen)
  • Joan of Arc - "Vertigo" - 1984 (Joyful Noise)
  • LUMP - "Curse of the Contemporary" - S/T (Dead Oceans)
  • William Parker - "Falling Shadows" - Voices Fall from the Sky (Centering)
  • Rebekha del Rio - "No Stars" - Twin Peaks (Music from the Limited Event Series) (Rhino)
  • Saintseneca - "Pillar of Na" - Pillar of Na (Anti-)
  • Serpentwithfeet - "Cherubim" - Soil (Secretly Canadian)
  • Solo Organ - "Words" Frequency Illusion (Golden Slipper)
  • Tune-Yards - "Coast to Coast" - I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (4AD)

Rubberband Girl

Rubberband Girl’s 2018 Soundtrack

  • Lakecia Benjamin - Rise Up (Ropeadope)
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Wrong Creatures (Vagrant)
  • Doja Cat - Amala (MAU)
  • Kali Uchis - Isolation (Virgin EMI)
  • Lykke Li - So Sad So Sexy (RCA)
  • Maribou State - Kingdoms in Colour (Counter)
  • Amber Mark - Conexao EP (Virgin EMI)
  • Onra - Nobody Has to Know (All City)
  • Portico Quartet - Art in the Age of Automation (Gondwana)
  • Rejoicer - Energy Dreams (Stones Throw)
  • Rhye - Blood (Loma Vista)
  • St. Beauty - Running to the Sun (Wondaland Arts Society)
  • Santigold - I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions (Downtown)
  • Jorja Smith - Lost & Found (FAMM)
  • Various Artists - We Out Here (Brownswood)

Shrey

Shrey's Best Music of 2018

Best Albums 2018

  • Haley Heynderickx - "I Need To Start a Garden" (Mama Bird Recording Co.)
  • Beach Slang [Quiet Slang] - "Everything Matters But No One Is Listening" (Polyvinyl)
  • Instant Music - "Instant Music (Reissue)" (Dark Entries)
  • Mitski - "Be The Cowboy" (Dead Oceans)
  • The Dodos - "Certainty Waves" (Polyvinyl)
  • Free Cake For Every Creature - "The Bluest Star" (Double Double Whammy)
  • Blondie - "Heart Of Glass EP (Reissue)" (Numero Group)
  • Tanukichan - Sundays (Company)

Fave Songs 2018 not counting stuff that was in the above albums

  • Travis Scott ft. Drake - "Sicko Mode" - Astroworld (Epic / Cactus Jack)
  • Migos - "Walk It Talk It"  - Culture II (Quality Control / Motown / Capitol)
  • Parquet Courts - "Total Football" - Wide Awake (Rough Trade)
  • Death and the Maiden - "Wisteria" - Wisteria (Fishrider)
  • Marisa Nadler - "Blue Vapor" - For My Crimes (Sacred Bones)
  • Iron & Wine - "What Hurts Worse" - Weed Garden (Sub Pop)
  • The Finks - "Charlie’s Manifesto" - Rolly Nice (Milk!)

Sparkle Motion

Notable albums that made me smile in alphabetical order, plus a few songs I couldn’t get out of my head:

  1. Alexandre Desplat-The Sisters Brothers(OST)(Lakeshore)
  2. All Them Witches-ATW(New West)
  3. Amen Dunes–Freedom(Sacred Bones)
  4. Angelique Kidjo–Remain in Light(Kravenworks)
  5. Anton Batagov–An Evening Hymn(Melodiya)
  6. ARP–Zebra(Mexican Summer)
  7. Beak>->>>(Temporary Residence)
  8. Belly-Dove(S/R)
  9. Benjamin Cartel–Flickering Light(Mother West)
  10. Bettye Lavette–Things Have Changed(Verve)
  11. Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas–S/T(Smalltown Supersound)
  12. Charles Lloyd & The Marvels feat. Lucinda Williams–Vanished Gardens(Blue Note)
  13. Chris Carter–Chemistry Lessons, Vol. 1(Mute)
  14. Chris Liebing & Ralf Hildenbeutel–Burn Slow(Mute)
  15. Daniel Binelli & Pedro H. da Silva-Tango Fado Duo(Sorel Classics)
  16. Eiko Ishibashi–The Dream My Bones Dream(Drag City)
  17. Gabriele Kahane–Book of Travelers(Nonesuch)
  18. Goat Girl–S-T(Rough Trade)
  19. Gurrumul–Djarimirri[Child of the Rainbow](Skinnyfish)
  20. Hailu Mergia-Lala Belu(Awesome Tapes from Africa)
  21. Hookworms–Microshift(Domino)
  22. Iggy Pop & Underworld–Teatime Dub Encounters EP(Caroline Intl.)
  23. Jennifer Castle–Angels of Death(Paradise of Bachelors)
  24. Lonnie Holley–MITH(Jagjaguwar)
  25. Low–Double Negative(Sub Pop)
  26. Makaya McCraven–Universal Beings(International Anthem)
  27. Marc Ribot & Fay Victor-Songs of Resistance 1942(Anti-)
  28. Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra–Stereoscope(S/R)
  29. Mary Lattimore–Hundreds of Days(Ghostly Intl.) + Ghost Forests(Three Lobed Recordings)
  30. Mc'n'Mac-Beautie on the Waters(Long Song)
  31. Melody’s Echo Chamber–Bon Voyage(Fat Possum)
  32. Myra Melford's Snowy Egret-The Other Side Of Air(Firehouse 12) 
  33. Nathan Bowles–Plainly Mistaken(Paradise of Bachelors)
  34. Neko Case–Hell-On(Anti-)
  35. New Music Detroit–Smoke: Music of Marc Mellits(Innova)
  36. Odetta Hartman-Old Rockhounds Never Die(Northern Spy)
  37. Oliver Coates-Shelley's on Zenn-LA(Rvng Intl.)
  38. Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis- Wild!Wild!Wild!(Bloodshot)
  39. Robert Haigh-Creatures of the Deep(Unseen Worlds)
  40. Rosali-Trouble Anyway(Scissor Tail)
  41. Roseanne Cash–She Remembers Everything(Blue Note)
  42. Sam Gendel–Pass If Music(Leaving Records)
  43. Simian Mobile Disco–Murmurations(Wichita)
  44. Stu Mindeman-Woven Threads(Sunnyside)
  45. The Essex Green–Hardly Electronic(Merge)
  46. Thea Hopkins-Love Come Down EP(S/R)
  47. Tissues-Veil(S/R)
  48. Ty Segall-Freedom’s Goblin(Drag City)
  49. U.S. Girls–In a Poem Unlimited(4AD)
  50. Warm Drag-S/T(In the Red)
  51. Yo La Tengo-There's A Riot Going On(Matador)

Songs:

  • Orchestra of Spheres- "Koudede" - Mirror(Fire Records)
  • Richard Thompson- "The Storm Won't Come" -13 Rivers(New West)
  • Johnny Marr- "Actor Attractor" - Call The Comet(New Voodoo)

Suhnharini Vasahn Suundelehguntah

Ten Alleviating Albums Released/Re-collected in 2018

  • Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - An Angel Fell (Strut)
  • Patrick Cowley - Afternooners (Dark Entries)
  • Earth Girl Helen Brown - Four Satellites Vol. 1 (In The Red)
  • Entourage Music & Theatre Ensemble - Ceremony Of Dreams: Studio Sessions and Outtakes, 1972-1977 (Tompkins Square)
  • Sam Evian - You, Forever (Saddle Creek)
  • Fuck - The Band (Vampire Blues)
  • Kikagaku Moyo - Masana Temples (Guruguru Brain)
  • Laraaji - Vision Songs, Vol. 1 (Numero Group)
  • Stephen Steinbrink - Utopia Teased (Western Vinyl)
  • Pauline Anna Strom - Trans-Millenia Music (RVNG)

The Muse

Some of The Muse's favorite releases from 2018

  • Myra Melford & Ben Goldberg - Dialogue (Bag Productions)
  • McCormick Percussion Group - Kid Stuff (Ravello)
  • Wailin' Jennys - Fifteen (True North)
  • Bettye Lavette - Things Have Changed (Verve)
  • Egrets on Ergot - Surfeit of Gemutlich (Cleopatra)
  • Rent Romus & the Lords of Outland - In the darkness we speak a song brightness and life (Edgetone)
  • Baby Got Bacteria - Boo (S/R)
  • Kairos Sextet - Transition (Dafnisian Music)
  • Bon Bon Vivant - Live at the New Orleans Jazz Museum (Gallatin Street)
  • California Honeydrops - Call it Home Vol. 1 & 2 (TubTone)
  • Pandoras - Hey! It's the Pandoras (Burger)
  • Low Cut Connie - Dirty Pictures Part II (Contender)
  • Al Dimeola - OPUS (Earmusic)
  • Ali Farka Toure - The Source (World Circuit)
  • Bombino - Deran (Partisan)
  • Joe Louis Walker - Journeys to the Heart of the Blues (Alligator)
  • Polarity/1 - Take a Pill (S/R)
  • Barrence Whitfield and the Savages - Soul Flowers of Titan (Bloodshot)
  • Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis - Wild! Wild! Wild! (Bloodshot)
  • Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black (Anti-)
  • Cuasares - Afro-Progresivo (Pharaway Sounds)
  • Aki Kumar - Hindi Man Blues (Little Village Foundation)
  • Mackrosoft - Snakerhythms (S/R)
  • Chris Butler - Better Than I Ever Was (Future fossil)

Velvet Einstein

Velvet Einstein - Best Albums/EPs of 2018

  • Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet - Landfall (Nonesuch)
  • Big Freedia - 3rd Ward Bounce (Asylum)
  • 카코포니(cacophony) - 和(Harmony) (Fluxus)
  • Camille - OUÏ (Balulalo)
  • Coeur De Pirate - en cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé. (Dare to Care)
  • Philip Glass - Distant Figure (performed by Anton Batagov) (Orange Mountain)
  • Damien Jurado - The Horizon Just Laughed (Secretly Canadian)
  • New Music Detroit - Smoke (Innova)
  • Les Poules A Colin - Morose (Famgroup)
  • Saintseneca - Pillar of Na (Anti)
  • Shannon and the Clams - Onion (Easy Eye Sound)
  • Shannon Shaw - Shannon in Nashville (Easy Eye Sound)

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Albums I Bopped to the Most 2018 Edition

  • Mitski - Be the Cowboy (Dead Oceans)
  • Snail Mail - Lush (Matador)
  • Soccer Mommy - Clean (Fat Possum)
  • Pinegrove - Skylight (S/R)
  • Frankie Cosmos - Vessel (Sub Pop)
  • Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy (Face to Face) (Matador)
  • Parquet Courts - Wide Awake (Rough Trade)
  • IDLES - Joy as An Act of Resistance (Partisan)
  • Ought - Room Inside a World (Merge)
  • Jeff Rosenstock - POST- (Polyvinyl)
  • Lala Lala - The Lamb (Hardly Art)
  • Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Sparkle Hard (Matador)
  • Forth Wanderers - S/T (Sub Pop)
  • Kikagaku Moyo - Masana Temples (Guruguru Brain)
  • Dorian Concept - The Nature of Imitation (Brainfeeder)
  • Peggy Gou - Once (Ninja Tune)
  • BODEGA - Endless Scroll (What’s Your Rupture)
  • illuminati hotties - Kiss Yr Frenemies (Tiny Engines)
  • The Spirit of the Beehive - Hypnic Jerks (Tiny Engines)
  • Remember Sports - Slow Buzz (Father/Daughter)
  • CHAI - Pink (Burger)
  • Palm - Rock Island (Carpark)
  • Various Artists - Community Records Compilation Vol. 6 (Community Records)

Local Releases that I Really Loved

  • Stephen Steinbrink - Utopia Teased (Western Vinyl)
  • Pllush - Stranger to the Pain (Father/Daughter)
  • Tanukichan - Sundays (Company)
  • Blues Lawyer - Guess Work (Emotional Response)
  • Dick Stusso - In Heaven (Hardly Art)
  • Madeline Kenney - Perfect Shapes (Carpark)
  • Perhapsy - Kingdom Starlight Bliss (Porch Party)