The 2018 end of the year music lists thread

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Rough Trade are out of the gates with the first list of the year, as always.

https://roughtrade.com/gb/albums-of-the-year-2018

No, it's not any earlier than usual this year* - they are a record shop and this is what they are putting up in their window for the Christmas market.

Think they are supposed to be in order?

I follow these lists as a source for my thing, sure you have your own reason to be here.

*Actually it's one day earlier

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 15:26 (three months ago) Permalink

I feel like we did this already... ;)

Evan, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 15:27 (three months ago) Permalink

Listed in order here - https://www.albumoftheyear.org/list/1018-rough-trades-albums-of-the-year-2018/2

10. Oh Sees - Smote Reverser
9. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel
8. Mark Peters - Innerland
7. Goat Girl - Goat Girl
6. Daniel Blumberg - Minus
5. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs
4. Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo
3. Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance
2. Everything Is Recorded - Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell
1. Shame - Songs of Praise

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 15:29 (three months ago) Permalink

xp yeah, it's just one year after another these days

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 15:30 (three months ago) Permalink

prob wanna change that thread title!

nxd, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 15:31 (three months ago) Permalink

That is truly fucking abominable!

^^^the first in a series

imago, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 15:31 (three months ago) Permalink

The list, I mean, not the misdating

imago, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 15:31 (three months ago) Permalink

Aha fuck yes, might want to do that

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 15:31 (three months ago) Permalink

That said I think a friend of a friend's brother is in Shame so I should check them out huh

imago, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 15:32 (three months ago) Permalink

Mid-November and I'm still getting the year wrong

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 15:32 (three months ago) Permalink

there was probably always too much music but only a fraction was available to most people

now there is too much music available

it's nice

also a bit much at times

niels, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:22 (three months ago) Permalink

They have some great albums in there but the ranking seems very arbitrary.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:25 (three months ago) Permalink

I like the Shame album but #1 is insane (tho it's very on-brand)

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:26 (three months ago) Permalink

Uncut albums list

https://www.uncut.co.uk/uncut-editors-diary/introducing-new-uncut-review-year-108178
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/list/1019-uncuts-50-best-albums-of-2018/

1. Low - Double Negative
2. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs
3. Ty Segall - Freedom's Goblin
4. Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt
5. Yo La Tengo - There's a Riot Going On
6. Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer
7. Gruff Rhys - Babelsberg
8. Beak> - >>>
9. Christine and the Queens - Chris
10. Sons of Kemet - Your Queen is a Reptile
11. Richard Thompson - 13 Rivers
12. Neko Case - Hell-On
13. Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar
14. Ry Cooder - The Prodigal Son
15. Elvis Costello & The Imposters - Look Now
16. Ezra Furman - Transangelic Exodus
17. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel
18. The Breeders - All Nerve
19. Cowboy Junkies - All That Reckoning
20. Jack White - Boarding House Reach

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 15 November 2018 11:31 (three months ago) Permalink

So the earlier the list the crummier?

pomenitul, Thursday, 15 November 2018 11:47 (three months ago) Permalink

seems so

imago, Thursday, 15 November 2018 11:52 (three months ago) Permalink

We haven't had the Radio X list yet, so much crummier is yet to come.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 15 November 2018 12:03 (three months ago) Permalink

These days the choices are so vast and tastes are so specialized, nearly all the lists will be crummy to most. Jack White is a hilarious choice, but I do love the RBCF album. It's easy to complain, but there's always opportunity for new discovery. Usually the interesting finds are outside the top 10.

RT:
12. Bodega - Endless Scroll
14. Amyl & The Sniffers - Big Attraction/Giddy Up
24. Fatoumata Diawara - Fenfo (Something To Say)
38. Dream Wife - Dream Wife

I didn't know about Bodega, though on first listen probably not top 100 material for me. I do like Amyl & the Sniffers even if it is a bit yelpy. Dream Wife has grown on me steadily throughout the year. I wasn't sure about #7 Goat Girl for a while but it's grown on me too. Another debut that fits well with them on my playlist is Santa Librada, which probably won't show up on any of these lists, as well as Shopping (that might scrape into the bottom of a couple), Spiritual Cramp, Maggot Heart and Melbourne Cans.

Uncut has plenty that I find non-crummy (Idles, Gazelle Twin, Gwenno, Ryley Walker, Hookworms, Julia Holter, Yves Tumor), and I expect many of those will turn up in other lists. Not as much stands out as interesting to me:

30. Mélissa Laveaux - Radyo Siwèl
42. Melody's Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage

Melody Prochet went from collaborating with Tame Impala's Kevin Parker in 2012 to the Amazing’s Fredrik Swahn and Dungen’s Reine Fiske, an upgrade IMO. She had an excuse for her 6 yr gap, a car crash, brain aneurysm and broken vertebrae.

Any guesses for frontrunners? Beyond the domination of Janelle Monáe since early in the year, nothing seems too obvious. Robyn, Christine and the Queens, Confidence Man, Black Foxxes, Rosalía, Noname? Will RYM faves Daughters, Pusha T, Kids See Ghosts and Car Seat Headrest make an impact? I am really not sure which ones will stick. Will Kamasi Washington again be the token jazz choice or will Sons of Kemet hold on to their headstart from the Brit rags? I saw Sons of Kemet live at a free outdoor summer gig and it was hilarious watching people sitting on their blankets with their wine and cheese, unable to make conversation because it was too loud and dissonant, but determined not to show their discomfort. Kudos to those who actually power through that whole album on their headphones. It's good, but can indeed cause headaches! Makaya McCraven would tick a lot of boxes for people if critics aren't too lazy to explore, or Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids.

I most enjoy the interesting fusions with cumbia noir, space rock/psych, prog, post-punk, dub and soul like Dos Santos, Mythic Sunship, Mildlife, Vespero, The Messthetics, Elephant9, Sly & Robbie Meet Nils Petter Molvær, Ben Lamar Gay, The Midnight Hour and Kamaal Williams. Would be pleasantly surprised if any of them get a spotlight.

Sleep appear to be the token stoner psych doom choice, though I think many might prefer the Windhand if they heard it cuz of their newfound grungy hooks. With a couple possible exceptions like YOB, the rest of it will remain on the margins. There are a growing number of festivals featuring these bands in the U.S., though nowhere near the level of Europe.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:35 (three months ago) Permalink

I’m failing to see what the consensus top 3 albums will be when more lists start pouring in. Have a feeling that Janelle Monae might end up appearing in the most lists... Robyn, Parquet Courts, Rosalia and probably Low the ones will see the most too.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 15 November 2018 15:37 (three months ago) Permalink

We’ll

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 15 November 2018 15:37 (three months ago) Permalink

It's gonna be Mitski and Musgraves, I'm guessing

5th Ward Weeaboo (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 15 November 2018 15:47 (three months ago) Permalink

Depending on the audience hip hop lists will either favor Pusha T and KSG or Denzel Curry and Noname.

Electronic token pick for zines that don’t really focus on house/techno will be AAL, Dj Koze, Ross from friends, Jon Hopkins... maybe Skee Mask.

Sons of Kemet and Kamashi seem like the token jazz picks this year.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 15 November 2018 15:47 (three months ago) Permalink

Decibel's list:

40 Panopticon, The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness I and II, Bindrune
39 Hate Eternal, Upon Desolate Sands, Season of Mist
38 Cosmic Church, Tattymys, Self-released
37 KEN mode, Loved, Season of Mist
36 Monster Magnet, Mindfucker Napalm
35 Wake, Misery Rites, Translation Loss
34 Thou, Magus, Sacred Bones
33 Zeal and Ardor, Stranger Fruit, MVKA
32 Devouring Star, The Arteries of Heresy, Dark Descent
31 Corrosion of Conformity, No Cross No Crown, Nuclear Blast
30 Sepulcher, Panoptic Horror, Edged Circle Productions
29 Svalbard, It’s Hard To Have Hope, Translation Loss
28 Horrendous, Idol, Season of Mist
27 Abhorrence, Megalohydrothalassophobic, Svart
26 Visigoth, Conqueror’s Oath, Metal Blade
25 Mortuous, Through Wilderness, Tankcrimes
24 Portal, Ion, Profound Lore
23 Mournful Congregation, The Incubus of Karma, 20 Buck Spin
22 Sleep, The Sciences, Third Man
21 Funeral Mist, Hekatomb, Norma Evangelium Diaboli
20 Outer Heaven, Realms of Eternal Decay, Relapse
19 Varathron, Patriarchs of Evil, Agonia
18 The Atlas Moth, Coma Noir, Prosthetic
17 Tomb Mold, Manor of Infinite Forms, 20 Buck Spin
16 Satan, Cruel Magic, Metal Blade
15 Chapel of Disease, …And as We Have Seen the Storm, We Have Embraced the Eye, Ván
14 Deafheaven, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, Anti-
13 Voivod, The Wake, Century Media
12 Haunt, Burst Into Flames, Shadow Kingdom
11 At the Gates, To Drink from the Night Itself, Century Media
10 Pig Destroyer, Head Cage, Relapse
9 Khemmis, Desolation, 20 Buck Spin
8 Immortal, Northern Chaos Gods, Nuclear Blast
7 Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Wasteland, Rise Above
6 Skeletonwitch, Devouring Radiant Light, Prosthetic
5 Judas Priest, Firepower, Columbia
4 Evoken, Hypnagogia, Profound Lore
3 UADA, Cult of a Dying Sun, Eisenwald
2 Tribulation, Down Below, Century Media
1 YOB, Our Raw Heart, Relapse

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 15 November 2018 15:57 (three months ago) Permalink

Sons of Kemet and Kamashi seem like the token jazz picks this year.

Makaya McCraven, too. (Full disclosure, I'm doing a jazz list for Stereogum and all 3 will be on it.)

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 15 November 2018 15:58 (three months ago) Permalink

I mean The 1975 album isn't even out yet

boxedjoy, Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:02 (three months ago) Permalink

another year of me being totally baffled that websites adhere to magazine publishing schedules for year-end lists

princess of hell (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:08 (three months ago) Permalink

i guess no one would give a shit in january though

princess of hell (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:08 (three months ago) Permalink

Common journalistic decency dictates that you should wait till the 1st of December.

pomenitul, Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:36 (three months ago) Permalink

this evoken record is absolutely incredible thank you decibel

princess of hell (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:41 (three months ago) Permalink

I haven't gotten around to it yet but of those I've heard from their top 10 the Skeletonwitch and Tribulation were both underwhelming, so I'm skeptical as to the rest. Evoken sounds like it'll be right up my alley, though.

pomenitul, Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:44 (three months ago) Permalink

I bought exactly five records with recorded-in-2018 material this year (out of over 500 total), I think I'm ready to walk away from this treadmill and focus on old jazz records

Senyawa is pretty cool, I do admit

#BreakingTheWorld (sleeve), Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:46 (three months ago) Permalink

the last couple Evoken records slayed, stoked to check out the new one

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Thursday, 15 November 2018 18:15 (three months ago) Permalink

A strange list as always. They inexplicably include token the garage psych noir album from Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, but leave out the amazing Windhand album (not to mention Witch Mountain, Castle, Moab, Weedpecker and Wytch Hazel). I love Uncle Acid, but it's not really what Decibel normally covers, so why even bother? Graveyard, Jack Harlon & The Dead Crows, Lucifer, Druid, Alastor, All Them Witches, The Exploding Eyes Orchestra, The Necromancers and King Buffalo are all just as great.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 16 November 2018 14:43 (three months ago) Permalink

hasn't been a great year for metal imo, and most of the best stuff falls into the hardcore/emo crossover bracket which decibel clearly doesn't want to touch

imago, Friday, 16 November 2018 14:49 (three months ago) Permalink

agreed it's weird windhand didn't make it. i like that record a lot

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 16 November 2018 14:50 (three months ago) Permalink

That newest Graveyard record is a bit of a dud imo

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Friday, 16 November 2018 15:01 (three months ago) Permalink

Time, who apparently do an albums list now.

http://time.com/5455075/best-albums-2018/

10. Camila Cabello - Camila
9. The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
8. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
7. Troye Sivan - Bloom
6. Robyn - Honey
5. J Balvin - Vibras
4. Shawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes
3. Mitski - Be the Cowboy
2. Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer
1. Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 16 November 2018 15:04 (three months ago) Permalink

Has the 1975 album been sent out to reviewers then?

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 16 November 2018 15:05 (three months ago) Permalink

Time 10 Best Songs of 2018

http://time.com/5455058/best-songs-2018/

10. Lizzo, “Boys”
9. Tom Misch, “It Runs Through Me (feat. De La Soul)”
8. Sigrid, “Sucker Punch”
7. Rüfüs Du Sol “No Place”
6. boygenius, “Ketchum, ID”
5. Mac Miller, “Self Care”
4. Joji, “YEAH RIGHT”
3. Ariana Grande, “thank u, next”
2. Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
1. Christine & the Queens, “Girlfriend” (feat. Dâm-Funk)”

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 16 November 2018 15:09 (three months ago) Permalink

Has the 1975 album been sent out to reviewers then?

― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, November 16, 2018 8:05 AM (four minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yes

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 16 November 2018 15:10 (three months ago) Permalink

Will Time be the only list Shawn Mendes gets on?

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Friday, 16 November 2018 15:22 (three months ago) Permalink

goddamn either Time has somehow magically become hip or I am officially lame as hell because anywhere from 4 to 6 of those albums will probably be in my own top 10.

evol j, Friday, 16 November 2018 15:36 (three months ago) Permalink

Time is I suspect much like Cosmopolitan in that they just let a single writer put together the lists, which means they are surprisingly coherent and curated.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 16 November 2018 15:39 (three months ago) Permalink

Like the songs list is 1-5 = obvious inclusions, 6-10 = personal favourites

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 16 November 2018 15:40 (three months ago) Permalink

maybe marc benioff is a poptimist

imago, Friday, 16 November 2018 15:40 (three months ago) Permalink

Time lists are the best so far.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 16 November 2018 16:37 (three months ago) Permalink

with an extremely low bar to clear

still anything that gets more people hearing mitski is a net positive

imago, Friday, 16 November 2018 18:15 (three months ago) Permalink

I bought exactly five records with recorded-in-2018 material this year (out of over 500 total), I think I'm ready to walk away from this treadmill and focus on old jazz records

Senyawa is pretty cool, I do admit

― #BreakingTheWorld (sleeve)

i mean to get off the treadmill, really i do, but i still love new music as much as i love old music. the i have just as many 2018 records added to my library at this point as i do 2017, which is a lot.

despite this i still haven't heard, or heard, didn't care about, and forgot, most of the acclaimed records in this thread so far. i guess it's good because they're apparently shit? but i'm too old to pretend i have good taste in music. i like records by old people everybody else has forgotten about. like the new chris connelly record!

dub pilates (rushomancy), Friday, 16 November 2018 18:29 (three months ago) Permalink

The only big mainstream album I've heard all year was the Janelle Monáe, and I thought it was...a couple of good singles (and one really bad single) and a bunch of stuff I've already forgotten.

From the Decibel list, I've heard Hate Eternal (very good), Monster Magnet (OK), Horrendous (not for me), Visigoth (great), Sleep (yawn), Funeral Mist (amazing), Haunt (OK), Pig Destroyer (yawn), Judas Priest (better than I expected), and Tribulation (good).

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 16 November 2018 19:14 (three months ago) Permalink

Time list is mega corny but ofc ilx likes it 🙄

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Friday, 16 November 2018 19:51 (three months ago) Permalink

Les Inrockuptibles:

1. Flavien Berger — Contre-Temps
2. Arctic Monkeys — Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
3. Cat Power — Wanderer
4. MGMT — Little Dark Age
5. Idles — Joy as an Act of Resistance
6. Courtney Barnett — Tell Me How You Really Feel
7. Kanye West — ye
8. Jorja Smith — Lost & Found
9. Miossec — Les rescapés
10. Neneh Cherry — Broken Politics
11. Perez — Cavernes
12. Parquet Courts — Wide Awake!
13. Dominique A — La fragilité
14. Jeanne Added — Radiate
15. Jacco Gardner — Somnium
16. Snail Mail — Lush
17. Lomepal — Jeannine
18. Blood Orange — Negro Swan
19. A$AP Rocky — Testing
20. Car Seat Headrest — Twin Fantasy
21. Superorganism — Superorganism
22. Shame — Songs of Praise
23. Agar Agar — The Dog and the Future
24. Mitski — Be the Cowboy
25. Rosalía — El Mal Querer
26. Connan Mockasin — Jassbusters
27. Pusha T — Daytona
28. Insecure Men — Insecure Men
29. Rendez Vous — Superior State
30. Sophie — Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
31. Jean-Louis Murat — Il Francese
32. Alpha Wann — Une main lave l'autre
33. Damso — Lithopédion
34. Oneohtrix Point Never — Age Of
35. Franz Ferdinand — Always Ascending
36. Dream Wife — Dream Wife
37. U.S. Girls — In a Poem Unlimited
38. Young Fathers — Cocoa Sugar
39. Daniel Blumberg — Minus
40. Ty Segall — Freedom’s Goblin
41. Nas — NASIR
42. Kurt Vile — Bottle It In
43. Spiritualized — And Nothing Hurt
44. Helena Hauff — Qualm
45. Myth Syzer — Bisous
46. Amen Dunes — Freedom
47. Saba — Care for Me
48. Cardi B — Invasion of Privacy
49. Vald — XEU
50. Grand Blanc — Image au mur

Meh.

pomenitul, Friday, 28 December 2018 14:06 (one month ago) Permalink

Tbf I haven't heard the #1 yet. And I'm only interested in their francophone suggestions anyway.

pomenitul, Friday, 28 December 2018 14:15 (one month ago) Permalink

Norman Records have also done a reissues list, which is much more up my street tbh

https://www.normanrecords.com/features/albums-of-the-year-2018#best-reissues

Jeff W, Friday, 28 December 2018 15:10 (one month ago) Permalink

Admittedly there were several undeniable classics in Norman's reissues list but I have to agree, the top new releases are leaving me relatively underwhelmed.

doug watson, Friday, 28 December 2018 16:00 (one month ago) Permalink

Someone send him an invite for the ILM EOY poll.

Dan Worsley, Friday, 28 December 2018 16:19 (one month ago) Permalink

Listening to some of these and damn that Jupiter & Okwess track is a blast.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mSmmo-_5t8

Dan Worsley, Friday, 28 December 2018 16:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Norman Records have also done a reissues list, which is much more up my street tbh

https://www.normanrecords.com/features/albums-of-the-year-2018#best-reissues🕸

Big David Sylvian fans huh? ;)
I got the Colored Music reissue, absolutely love it

willem, Friday, 28 December 2018 17:22 (one month ago) Permalink

X-post- Yes to that Jupiter & Okwess track on the Obama list.

curmudgeon, Friday, 28 December 2018 19:05 (one month ago) Permalink

the playlist at the end of carl wilson’s last music club entry is good (disclaimer: i was part of it this year)

https://slate.com/culture/2018/12/best-songs-2018-playlist-spotify.html

maura, Friday, 28 December 2018 19:21 (one month ago) Permalink

I realize it's linked above, but I think it's worth including Obama's full list here in the thread.

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Barack Obama's favorite songs of 2018:

Apes••t by The Carters
Bad Bad News by Leon Bridges
Could’ve Been by H.E.R. (feat. Bryson Tiller)
Disco Yes by Tom Misch (feat. Poppy Ajudha)
Ekombe by Jupiter & Okwess
Every Time I Hear That Song by Brandi Carlile
Girl Goin’ Nowhere by Ashley McBryde
Historia De Un Amor by Tonina (feat. Javier Limón and Tali Rubinstein)
I Like It by Cardi B (feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin)
Kevin’s Heart by J. Cole
King For A Day by Anderson East
Love Lies by Khalid & Normani
Make Me Feel by Janelle Monáe
Mary Don’t You Weep (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version) by Prince
My Own Thing by Chance the Rapper (feat. Joey Purp)
Need a Little Time by Courtney Barnett
Nina Cried Power by Hozier (feat. Mavis Staples)
Nterini by Fatoumata Diawara
One Trick Ponies by Kurt Vile
Turnin’ Me Up by BJ the Chicago Kid
Wait by the River by Lord Huron
Wow Freestyle by Jay Rock (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

And in honor of one of the great jazz singers of all time, who died this year, a classic album: The Great American Songbook by Nancy Wilson

ilxor, Friday, 28 December 2018 19:33 (one month ago) Permalink

I got the Colored Music reissue, absolutely love it
― willem

have you heard "individual beauty" (is that part of the reissue?), it was nice

errang (rushomancy), Saturday, 29 December 2018 00:54 (one month ago) Permalink

JFC. The people who think he makes these lists himself... He has 100 interns with his foundation. He might sit in on a 90 second session to vet political problems?

paulhw, Saturday, 29 December 2018 02:35 (one month ago) Permalink

I’ll buy that if you attest & have knowledge that it’s true, but... what purpose is served by releasing an intern-written list?

underqualified backing vocalist (morrisp), Saturday, 29 December 2018 02:45 (one month ago) Permalink

kurt vile streams thru the roof

j., Saturday, 29 December 2018 03:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Entertainingly written summary of notable box sets (some of which I hadn’t heard about): https://variety.com/2018/music/news/best-music-boxed-sets-2018-beatles-dylan-kinks-1203096326/

underqualified backing vocalist (morrisp), Saturday, 29 December 2018 03:54 (one month ago) Permalink

Part 1 of 5against4's best 40 albums of 2018:

40. Clarence Barlow - Musica Algorithmica
39. Tom Mudd - Gutter Synthesis
38. Þráinn Hjálmarsson - Influence of Buildings on Musical Tone
37. Jakob Ullmann - Müntzers stern/solo II
36. Moritz Eggert - Musica Viva Vol. 30
35. Autechre - NTS Sessions 1-4
34. Brian Eno - Music for Installations
33. Christopher Trapani - Waterlines
32. Dita Von Teese - Ditta Von Teese
31. Jeffery Alan Jones - Most Beautiful Island
30. Erik Friedlander - Thoroughbreds
29. Kenneth Hesketh - In Ictu Oculi
28. Jóhann Jóhannsson - Mandy
27. Jörg Widmann - Drittes Labyrinth/Polyphone Schatten
26. Rohan Drape & Anthony Pateras - Ellesmere
25. Erkki-Sven Tüür - Illuminatio/Whistles and Whispers from Uluru/Symphony No. 8
24. Chaines - The King
23. Lance Austin Olsen - Dark Heart
22. Colin Stetson - Hereditary
21. Anna Þorvaldsdóttir - Aequa

http://5against4.com/2018/12/30/best-albums-of-2018-part-1/

pomenitul, Sunday, 30 December 2018 14:42 (one month ago) Permalink

i gave them a chance to sell me on why i should actually listen to the dita von teese album, but no, i'm sorry, i don't believe i will.

errang (rushomancy), Sunday, 30 December 2018 14:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh, thanks. Tbh I didn't really know 5 Against 4 until you mentioned it on the classical thread but it seems like something I've been looking for.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Sunday, 30 December 2018 15:41 (one month ago) Permalink

He'd probably fit right in here. His tastes are highly eclectic (although this year's list is a little more homogenous than usual so far), especially for a contemporary classical buff, and he's an excellent writer to boot. I crib quite a few of my favourite yearly releases from his blog and his concert coverage and accompanying records are great as well. I too am skeptical of the Ditta Von Teese but who knows? It's interesting to have included it in an EOY list that's so heavily skewed towards classical/ambient/'avant-garde'/soundtracks. Looking forward to part 2.

pomenitul, Sunday, 30 December 2018 22:52 (one month ago) Permalink

*recordings. That word gives me a hard time for some reason.

pomenitul, Sunday, 30 December 2018 22:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Turns out all the tracks on the Dita Von Teese album were written by Sébastien Tellier so it self-consciously comes across as a Gainsbourg/Birkin tribute, down to the inclusion of a couple of French-language songs. If you're a Tellier fan – I find him mildly amusing, no more and no less – you'll probably like it.

pomenitul, Monday, 31 December 2018 00:11 (one month ago) Permalink

And here's part 2:

20. Computer Magic - Danz
19. Gottfried Huppertz - Metropolis
18. Ryoji Ikeda - Music For Percussion
17. Toivo Tulev - Magnificat
16. Coppice - Surreal Air Fortress
15. Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir - Choral Works by Schnittke & Pärt
14. Michael Cutting - Stills
13. James Newton Howard - Red Sparrow
12. Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears
11. irr. app. (ext.) - A Transfigured System
10. various artists - Phantom Images
9. Rich Shapero & Elsiane - Rin, Tongue and Dorner
8. ionnalee - Everyone Afraid To Be Forgotten
7. Thom Yorke - Suspiria
6. Fia Fiell - All In The Same Room
5. Lauren Redhead - hearmleoþ—gieddunga
4. Morton Feldman - For John Cage (Mark Knoop & Aisha Orazbayeva)
3. Piggy Black Cross - Always Just Out of R.E.A.C.H. (Robotic Eclosion After Coming Hylozoic)
2. Lee Fraser - Cor Unvers
1. The Caretaker - Everywhere at the end of time - Stages 4 & 5

http://5against4.com/2018/12/31/best-albums-of-2018-part-2/

pomenitul, Monday, 31 December 2018 00:30 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm shocked Kate Bush's box set didn't make that top 10!

octobeard, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 04:18 (one month ago) Permalink

My year-end Top 10. I'm a little skeptical as to what's going to materialize for Pazz & Jop, but if nothing else, its puzzling continuation gave me a push to again do this. Not sure I would have otherwise this year--and wouldn't have done so at least until February without the deadline.

clemenza, Thursday, 3 January 2019 15:53 (one month ago) Permalink

That's a terrific blurb on "December 24th," a track I played several times that night.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 3 January 2019 16:00 (one month ago) Permalink

Thanks. So frustrating that it's so short...

clemenza, Thursday, 3 January 2019 16:05 (one month ago) Permalink

“Aliens in Our Midst,” their Twinkeyz cover. The Twinkeyz? Honest to god, never heard of them, but, if we can finesse our way around the lyric about the five-year-old friend who likes to dress in his sister’s clothes, my school’s music teacher and I are hoping to perform it at a future school assembly with my grade 3 class. (We’re very enlightened, promise; parents and principals sometimes have different ideas.)

Is there any way for an adult to attend a school assembly as a non-relative/teacher without looking like a creep?

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Thursday, 3 January 2019 17:48 (one month ago) Permalink

(I mean, I went to my niece’s Christmas pageant last month, but they did nothing cooler than “Let It Go”).

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Thursday, 3 January 2019 17:54 (one month ago) Permalink

If it happens, and I hope it does, I'll post a YouTube video privately and send you the link. As the nine-millionth reconfiguration of "Louie, Louie," it's amazingly easy to play on guitar (if it weren't, it'd be beyond me).

clemenza, Thursday, 3 January 2019 18:30 (one month ago) Permalink

it's interesting to read that your way into "Miki Dora" was through the backstory! I fell in love with that song the first time I played the album, the slow build of the music and his voice drew me in, it wasn't until much later that I learned what the song was about

Dan S, Thursday, 3 January 2019 20:36 (one month ago) Permalink

http://505indie.com.br/acervo/os-50-melhores-albuns-brasileiros-de-2018/

Elza Soares at 10; Carne Doce's Tonus at #1 (who?); 23 is Marcelo Cabral, avante-samba rock pal of Romulo Froes in Sao Paulo; 31- Gilberto Gil; 34. Heavy Baile – Carne de Pescoço is funk carioca; 38 is Ava Rocha-- more avante-samba

curmudgeon, Friday, 4 January 2019 07:36 (one month ago) Permalink

That's it?

billstevejim, Friday, 4 January 2019 22:22 (one month ago) Permalink

One of the best lists for last, The Finest Kiss always finds singles I never knew existed. I added the ones available on Spotify to the end of my singles list: https://finestkiss.wordpress.com/2019/01/02/2018-singles-of-the-year/

Not all singles, but pop tracks selected from Dream/Art/Jangle pop, Shoegaze, etc.: https://open.spotify.com/user/1212496385/playlist/1TingElLqQsoqmRciGAUoy?si=ouXrBmV1TQutTAy4ShCoyg

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 5 January 2019 00:30 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah i've been digging the stuff on colemine this past year, nothing wrong with genre exercises if the feeling's there

errang (rushomancy), Saturday, 5 January 2019 00:34 (one month ago) Permalink

had to look up whomst the Y in "GAPDY" was. earnestly thought it was Yeasayer

resident hack (Simon H.), Saturday, 5 January 2019 03:27 (one month ago) Permalink

uhh wrong thread lol

resident hack (Simon H.), Saturday, 5 January 2019 03:28 (one month ago) Permalink

https://finestkiss.wordpress.com/2019/01/06/notable-albums-of-2018/

As is often the case, I'm not on board with his #1, but it doesn't matter, there's plenty of great discoveries to be found. It also prompted me to re-listen and re-consider albums by Spirit of the Beehive, Honey Bucket and others. Ural Thomas & the Pain is a great choice for soul.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 7 January 2019 18:03 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah, very good list ^ and the first one i've seen mention that Clearance record, which i really liked.

alpine static, Monday, 7 January 2019 19:29 (one month ago) Permalink

I’ve only seen the Shopping album on two other lists. Maybe the ILX love for Sacred Paws last year might carry over.

We were never Breeting Borting (President Keyes), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 03:01 (one month ago) Permalink

DIY yr own end of year music list: ILM's 2018 End of Year Tracks & Albums Poll / VOTING THREAD

seandalai, Thursday, 10 January 2019 00:00 (one month ago) Permalink

Brainwashed.com's 2018 Readers Poll

Dinsdale, Thursday, 10 January 2019 05:44 (one month ago) Permalink

Uproxx poll of 200 critics is linked on Pazz & Jop thread

curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Brainwashed's worst-of list partially atoning for their Weyes Blood/Jute Gyte outrage of 2016. Still regard the entire Swansbro get-up with sidelong distrust

imago, Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:33 (one month ago) Permalink

lol at Soccer Mommy worst of the year
fuck Brainwashed readers

We were never Breeting Borting (President Keyes), Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:53 (one month ago) Permalink

I mean I'm extremely happy to see Idles there but...yeah they're a suspect bunch

imago, Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:56 (one month ago) Permalink

https://uproxx.com/critic-polls/uproxx-music-critics-poll-2018-albums/

Kacey Musgraves top album in this poll of 200 critics

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 January 2019 02:17 (one month ago) Permalink

https://uproxx.com/critic-polls/uproxx-music-critics-poll-2018-songs/

and here's the tracks list which is boringly close to the albums list with the addition of "this is america"

ufo, Friday, 11 January 2019 02:40 (one month ago) Permalink

Here are the results of my poll of my year's worth of past selves:

1. CHVRCHES + WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA: "Out Of My Head"
2. Robyn: "Missing U"
3. The Winking Owl: "Try"
4. IKINÄ: "Vaatteet päältä"
5. Rave The Reqviem: "Saint Jvdas"
6. Muncie Girls: "Jeremy"
7. Kitten: "Strange Embrace"
8. Straatligkinders + Lucinda Neethling: "Herinner"
9. Christine and the Queens: "Doesn't matter (voleur de soleil)"
10. Per Gessle + Helena Josefsson: "Name You Beautiful"

#s 11-50 and oblique annotations here:

http://furia.com/newparticles/2019-01-04.html

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 11 January 2019 04:41 (one month ago) Permalink

great tunes there

nxd, Friday, 11 January 2019 10:33 (one month ago) Permalink


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