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.

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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

Evan, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 15:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Listed in order here -

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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

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

prob wanna change that thread title!

nxd, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 15:31 (one month ago) Permalink

That is truly fucking abominable!

^^^the first in a series

imago, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 15:31 (one month ago) Permalink

The list, I mean, not the misdating

imago, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 15:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Aha fuck yes, might want to do that

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

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

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

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

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:25 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

Uncut albums list

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 (one month ago) Permalink

So the earlier the list the crummier?

pomenitul, Thursday, 15 November 2018 11:47 (one month ago) Permalink

seems so

imago, Thursday, 15 November 2018 11:52 (one month 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 (one month 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.

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 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink


✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 15 November 2018 15:37 (one month ago) Permalink

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

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

I mean The 1975 album isn't even out yet

boxedjoy, Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:02 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

i guess no one would give a shit in january though

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

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

pomenitul, Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:36 (one month ago) Permalink

this evoken record is absolutely incredible thank you decibel

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

That newest Graveyard record is a bit of a dud imo

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

Time, who apparently do an albums list now.

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 (one month ago) Permalink

Has the 1975 album been sent out to reviewers then?

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

Time 10 Best Songs of 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 (one month ago) Permalink

Has the 1975 album been sent out to reviewers then?

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

Will Time be the only list Shawn Mendes gets on?

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

maybe marc benioff is a poptimist

imago, Friday, 16 November 2018 15:40 (one month ago) Permalink

Time lists are the best so far.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 16 November 2018 16:37 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

Time list is mega corny but ofc ilx likes it 🙄

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

Listening to the Frederic Hand album from the Textura list and this is definitely up my alley. I have to say, though, that I'm a little intrigued by Textura's love of Hand. They listed him in 2016 too. I never see other classical guitar albums on their EOY lists. I think e.g. John Gordon Armstrong's album from last year and Steve Cowan's from 2016 were really good and more envelope-pushing. William Beauvais had a decent album in 2016 in an accessible style not that far removed from Hand's.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Friday, 14 December 2018 16:01 (three days ago) Permalink

Probably one for the classical thread.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Friday, 14 December 2018 16:01 (three days ago) Permalink

Safe from some weird choices at the top I find The Rolling Stone song list way better than the Pitchfork one.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 14 December 2018 16:54 (three days ago) Permalink

Nice of them to put Cardi B in the URL despite only being midway down one of the four lists

jmm, Friday, 14 December 2018 17:52 (three days ago) Permalink

Listening to Amanda Shires a few ppl have mentioned...

this is really good, good songs and definitely a more adventurous record than Kacey Musgraves

No Smockin' (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 14 December 2018 17:59 (three days ago) Permalink

Yeah I think fans of Neko Case (for example) would dig it.

underqualified backing vocalist (morrisp), Friday, 14 December 2018 18:03 (three days ago) Permalink

one country-leaning record that i found through the AD list that I really liked a lot on first pass was the Rosali album ‘Trouble Anyway’

my name is leee john, for we are many (NickB), Friday, 14 December 2018 18:31 (three days ago) Permalink

some really nice guitars on there if that’s yr thing btw

my name is leee john, for we are many (NickB), Friday, 14 December 2018 18:35 (three days ago) Permalink Albums of the Year list. I own a disturbingly large number of these.

25. Vic Mars – The Hospice (Clay Pipe Music)
24. Gwenno – Le Kov (Heavenly)
23. Penelope Trappes – Penelope Two (Houndstooth)
22. Sharron Kraus – Joy’s Reflection is Sorrow (Sunstone / Nightshade)
21. AMOR – Sinking Into a Miracle (Night School)
20. Kama Aina + Hochzeitskapelle – Wayfaring Suite (Alien Transistor / Gutfeeling)
19. Chris Carter – Archival Recordings 1973 – 1977 (from the Miscellany box set) (Mute)
18. The Heartwood Institute – Secret Rites (Polytechnic Youth)
17. Barbara Morgenstern – Unschuld und Verwüstung (Fish Prints)
16. Modern Studies – Welcome Strangers (Fire)
15. Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears (Transgressive)
14. RVG – A Quality of Mercy (Fat Possum)
13. Thought Gang – Thought Gang (Sacred Bones)
12. Spirit Fest – Anohito (Morr Music)
11. The Goon Sax – We’re Not Talking (Wichita)
10. Beautify Junkyards – The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards (Ghost Box)
9. Chris Carter – CCCL Volume One (Mute)
8. Jon Brooks – Applied Music: Plastics Today (Café Kaput)
7. Bank of Forever – Music for Navigating (Temporary Tapes)
6. Kathryn Joseph – from when i wake the want is (Rock Action)
5. Low – Double Negative (Sub Pop)
4. D. Rothon – Nightscapes (Clay Pipe Music)
3. A Happy Return – A Happy Return (Spillage Fete)
2. The Advisory Circle – Ways of Seeing (Ghost Box)
1. Listening Center – Paths and Surfaces (Temporary Tapes)

Jeff W, Friday, 14 December 2018 21:18 (three days ago) Permalink

Chris Carter – Archival Recordings 1973 – 1977 (from the Miscellany box set)

hoo boy I really did not need to know about yet another must-have boxset, thanks I think?

sleeve, Friday, 14 December 2018 21:21 (three days ago) Permalink

an old skool metal cru ilxor sent me this via facebook which he helpfully typed out - Kerrang!

errang Albums of 2018

50. Can't Swim - This Too Won't Pass
49. Brian Fallon - Sleepwalkers
48. The Black Queen - Infinite Games
47. Slash - Living The Dream
46. The Story So Far - Proper Dose
45. The Dirty Nil - Master Volume
44. Vein - Errorzone
43. Muse - Simulation Theory
42. Boston Manor - Welcome To The Neighbourhood
41. Smashing Pumpkins - Shity and oh so shite
40. You Me At Six - VI

39. Mike Shinoda - Post Traumatic
38. High On Fire - Electric Messiah
37. Thrice - Palms
36. Joyce Manor - Million Dollars To Kill Me
35. Fall Out Boy - MA N I A
34.The Struts - Young & Dangerous
33. Don Broco - Technology
32. Pagan - Black Wash
31. Greta Van Fleet - Anthem of the Peaceful Army
30. Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch

29. Panic! At The Disco - Pray For the Wicked
28. Tiny Moving Parts - Swell
27. Parkway Drive - Reverence
26. Trophy Eyes - The American Dream
25. Carpenter Brut - Leather Teeth
24. Single Mothers - Through A Wall
23. The Interrupters - Fight The Good Shite
22. Alkaline Trio - Is This Thing Cursed?
21. Twenty One Pilots - Stench

20. Clutch - Book Of Bad Decisions
19. Conjurer - Mire
18. Alice In Chains - Rainier Fog
17. Mol - Jord
16. Drug Church - Cheer
15. Svalbard - It's Hard To Have Hope
14. Fucked Up - Dose Your Dreams
13. Marmozets - Knowing What You Know Now
12. The Xcerts - Hold On To Your Heart
11. Judas Priest - Firepower

10.Rolo Tomassi - Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It
9. Idles - Joy As An Act Of Resistance
8. Behemoth - I Loved You At Your Darkest
7. Culture Abuse - Bay Dream
6. Nothing - Dance On The Blacktop
5. Ghost - Prequelle
4. A Perfect Circle - Eat The Elephant
3. Architects - Holy Hell
2. Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
1. Turnstile - Time & Space.

No Smockin' (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 14 December 2018 22:12 (three days ago) Permalink

Fully half of those are killer. I'm legit impressed

resident hack (Simon H.), Friday, 14 December 2018 22:17 (three days ago) Permalink

41. Smashing Pumpkins - Shity and oh so shite


soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 14 December 2018 22:19 (three days ago) Permalink

Wow, Advisory Circle! I hadn't heard the Beutify Junkyards one until recently, kind of stumbled upon it. It's also quite good, very strong Broadcast vibes on that one.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 14 December 2018 22:22 (three days ago) Permalink

I forgot all about that Marmozets album, but it's really good. They deserve much more attention than they get.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 14 December 2018 22:40 (three days ago) Permalink

"errang"? i feel a new username coming on

dub pilates (rushomancy), Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:40 (two days ago) Permalink

Bandcamp top 20 is out

20 Ryan Porter - The Optimist
19 Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman
18 Flasher - Constant Image
17 Hatchie - Sugar and Spice
16 Peggy Gou - Once
15 Blood Orange - Negro Swan
14 Alan Braufman - Valley of Search
13 The Beths - Future Me Hates Me
12 Makaya McCraven - Universal Beings
11 V/A - La Contra Ola
10 Say Sue Me - Where We Were Together
09 JPEGMAFIA - Veteran
08 Low - Double Negative
07 Kadhja Bonet - Childqueen
06 V/A - Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth-Boogie in 1980s South Africa
05 serpentwithfeet - soil
04 La Luz - Floating Features
03 Noname - Room 25
02 Aisha Devi - DNA Feelings
01 Jean Grae and Quelle Chris - Everything's Fine

I was just thinking that Aisha Devi's godawful cover art must have put people off her album, but that's two lists in the past two days where she's placed in the top 10.

The house from the popular "Our House" song (bernard snowy), Saturday, 15 December 2018 02:50 (two days ago) Permalink

Nice to see La Luz show up on a list.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 15 December 2018 03:09 (two days ago) Permalink

Anna Burch not showing uo on these lists. That’s a record I listened to a bucketload of times.

We were never Breeting Borting (President Keyes), Saturday, 15 December 2018 03:45 (two days ago) Permalink

Ditto Ezra Furman

We were never Breeting Borting (President Keyes), Saturday, 15 December 2018 03:46 (two days ago) Permalink

Kind of surprised that Say Sue Me made it to #10 on the Bandcamp list. They may have had the catchiest song of the year with "Old Town" but I thought the rest of the album was kind of a letdown. The Mantar from the Noisey list is amazing and what I come to year-end lists for.

o. nate, Saturday, 15 December 2018 03:54 (two days ago) Permalink

Good to see Say Sue Me in the Bandcamp list. It's great! (It is not better than The Beths album, though.)

alpine static, Saturday, 15 December 2018 05:53 (two days ago) Permalink

Marbecks, New Zealand – top 50 pop albums

Haz Beats - E5
Yoko-Zuna - Voyager
Avantdale Bowling Club - Avantdale Bowling Club
Orchestra of Spheres - Mirror
David Crosby - Here If You Listen
Daniel Brandt - Channels
Julien Dyne - Teal
Connan Mockasin - Jassbusters
Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman
Tim Hecker - Konoyo
Yves Tumor - Safe In The Hands Of Love
Cat Power - Wanderer
Leifur James - A Louder Silence
Marissa Nadler - For My Crimes
Christine & The Queens - Chris
Low - Double Negative
Princess Chelsea - The Loneliest Girl
Blood Orange - Negro Swan
Mitski - Be The Cowboy
Ross From Friends - Family Portraits
The Beths - Future Me Hates Me
Dudley Benson - Zealandia
Ha The Unclear - Invisible Lines
Cowboy Junkies - All That Reckoning
Okzharp & Manthe Ribane - Closer Apart
Tenderlonious - The Shakedown ft. The 22archestra
Kamasi Washington - Heaven & Earth
Jonathan Bree - Sleepwalking
Jorja Smith - Lost & Found
Kamaal Williams - The Return
Father John Misty - God's Favourite Customer
Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer
Mary Lattimore - Hundreds of Days
Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!
John Hopkins - Singularity
Simian Mobile Disco - Murmurations
Emily Fairlight - Mother Of Gloom
Lord Huron - Vide Noir
Rival Consoles - Persona
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Sex & Food
David Byrne - American Utopia
Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar
Peggy Gou - Once
Stef Animal - Top Gear
Marlon Williams - Make Way For Love
U.S. Girls - In A Poem Unlimited
MGMT - Little Dark Age
Ty Segall - Freedom's Goblin
Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo
Nils Frahm - All Melody

... in reverse chronological order, approximately. Either that, or their top album is a 2016 EP with a bonus track.

sbahnhof, Saturday, 15 December 2018 07:02 (two days ago) Permalink

I cannot stand Ezra Truman's voice at all but I can understand why everyone I know who likes it *really* likes it. The Anna Burch is easily one of my favourites of the year and I'm surprised by how slept-on it seems to be

boxedjoy, Saturday, 15 December 2018 07:17 (two days ago) Permalink

Xpost: pop albums!? I struggle to hear what’s pop in half of that list.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 15 December 2018 07:42 (two days ago) Permalink

Aisha Devi’s album cover isn’t thaaaat bad, It’s certainly not good but it’s not offensive. I find Tirzah’s or Robyn’s almost as bad and those two are in almost every EOY list.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 15 December 2018 07:48 (two days ago) Permalink

Another metal list on the path to overkill:

50 Solstice - White Horse Hill
49 New Light Choir - Torchlight
48 Imperial Triumphant - Vile Luxury
47 Nocturnal Graves - Titan
46 Aorlhac - L’Esprit des vents
45 Hissing - Permanent Destitution
44 Runemagick.- Evoked from Abysmal Sleep
43 Funeral Mist - Hekatomb
42 Svartidauði - Revelations of the Red Sword
41 Varathron - Patriarchs of Evil
40 Golgothan Remains - Perverse Offerings to the Void
39 Un - Sentiment
38 Lecherous Nocturne - Occultaclysmic
37 Sargeist - Unbound
36 Nekrofilth - Worm Ritual
35 Khemmis - Desolation
34 Serpent Column - Invicta
33 Hooded Menace - Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed
32 Hamferð - Támsins likam
31 Thou - Magus
30 Jody Seabody & The Whirls - Hawksamillion
29 Rites of Thy Degringolade - The Blade Philosophical
28 Ascension - Under Ether
27 Green Druid - Ashen Blood
26 Pale Divine - Pale Divine
25 Eosophoros - Eosophoros
24 Brainoil - Singularity to Extinction
23 Mournful Congregation - The Incubus of Karma
22 Faustcoven - In the Shadow of Doom
21 Desolation Realm - Desolation Realm
20 Necros Christos - Domedon Doxomedon
19 Intercourse - Everything Is Pornography When You’ve Got an Imagination
18 Horrendous - Idol
17 King Witch - Under the Mountain
16 Mongrel’s Cross - Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court
15 The Men - Drift
14 Black Wizard - Livin’ Oblivion
13 Rapture - Paroxysm of Hatred
12 Urfaust - The Constellatory Practice
11 Wrong - Feel Great
10 Tomb Mold - Manor of Infinite Forms
9 Embrace of Thorns - Scorn Aesthetics
8 Primordial - Exile Among the Ruins
7 Portal - Ion
6 Obliteration - Cenotaph Obscure
5 Sepulcher - Panoptic Horror
4 House of Atreus - From the Madness of Ixion
3 Satan - Cruel Magic
2 Evoken - Hypnagogia
1 Ghastly - Death Velour

pomenitul, Saturday, 15 December 2018 10:14 (two days ago) Permalink

Someone recommended Ross From Friends to my but that band name....I don't know if I can do it

No Smockin' (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 15 December 2018 12:45 (two days ago) Permalink

Have you perhaps considered listening to DJ Seinfeld instead?

Matt DC, Saturday, 15 December 2018 12:51 (two days ago) Permalink

ross from friends was definitely surprisingly good compared to how bad the artist name is

ufo, Saturday, 15 December 2018 13:06 (two days ago) Permalink

DJ seinfeld’s DJ kicks also surprisingly good

||||||||, Saturday, 15 December 2018 13:54 (two days ago) Permalink

fRoots best of 2018

1. CATRIN FINCH & SECKOU KEITA : Soar (Bendigedig)
2. ANNA + ELIZABETH : The Invisible Comes To Us (Smithsonian Folkways)
3. FATOUMATA DIAWARA : Fenfo: Something To Say (Montuno)
4. THE RHEINGANS SISTERS : Bright Field (RootBeat)
5. LISA O’NEIL : Heard A Long Gone Song (River Lea)
7. OLIVIA CHANEY : Shelter (Nonesuch)
8. JACKIE OATES : The Joy Of Living (ECC)
9. KITTY MACFARLANE : Namer Of Clouds (Navigator Records)
10. SANS : Kulku (Cloud Valley)
11. Gaye Su Akyol Istikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir (Glitterbeat)
12. The Furrow Collective Fathoms (Hudson)
13.= Ry Cooder The Prodigal Son (Fantasy)
13.= Sam Sweeney The Unfinished Violin (Island)
15. Richard Thompson 13 Rivers (Proper)
16. Karine Polwart Laws Of Motion (Hudson)
17.= Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith Many A Thousand (Ear Trumpet)
17.= Blowzabella Two Score (Blowzabella)
17.= Grace Petrie Queer As Folk (Grace Petrie)
20 = Ammar 808 Maghreb United (Glitterbeat)
20 = Monsieur Doumani Angathin (Monsieur Doumani)

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 15 December 2018 13:57 (two days ago) Permalink

People repping for Anna Burch itt, I see you! I just listened to the first three songs and found them very pleasant, in a bored anhedonic slacker kind of way (but with sharper than average songwriting)

The house from the popular "Our House" song (bernard snowy), Saturday, 15 December 2018 14:51 (two days ago) Permalink

Musicophilia's Top 50 Albums/EPs

50 Thom Yorke - Suspiria
49 Calvin Valentine - Keep Summer Safe
48 Peaking Lights - Sea of Sand
47 Knife Knights - 1 Time Mirage
46 Jean Grae & Quelle Chris - Everything’s Fine
45 MorMor - Heaven’s Only Wishful EP
44 Mourning (A) BLKstar - The Garner Poems
43 Sons of Kemet - Your Queen is a Reptile
42 Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet - Landfall
41 Virginia Wing - Ecstatic Arrow

40 Small Professor - Church Jawns EP
39 Marlowe - Marlowe
38 Lithics - Mating Surfaces
37 Anderson Paak - Oxnard
36 Open Mike Eagle - What Happens When I Try to Relax EP
35 Illingsworth - You’re No Fun
34 Hilary Woods - Colt
33 Cavern of Anti-Matter - Hormone Lemonade
32 Yves Tumor - Safe In the Hands of Love
31 Witch Prophet - The Golden Octave

30 Apollo Brown & Locksmith - No Question EP
29 Kiefer - Happysad
28 Joy Postell - Diaspora EP
27 Tim Hecker - Konoyo
26 Chancha Via Circuito - Bienaventuranza
25 Moses Sumney - Black In Deep Red, 2014 EP
24 Mick Jenkins - Pieces of a Man
23 Kamaal Williams - The Return
22 Kali Uchis - Isolation
21 Georgia Anne Muldrow - Overload

20 Szun Waves - New Hymn to Freedom
19 Sam Phillips - World on Sticks
18 Makaya McCraven - Universal Beings
17 The Midnight Hour - The Midnight Hour
16 Brandon Coleman - Resistance
15 Lando Chill - Maya Maia Mayu EP
14 Kadhja Bonet - Childqueen
13 Jlin - Autobiography
12 The Internet - Hive Mind
11 Melo-Zed - Elven

10 Blood Orange - Negro Swan
09 Noname - Room 25
08 Lando Chill - Landolasso EP
07 Lotic - Power
06 Lando Chill - Black Ego
05 Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics
04 Roy Kinsey - Blackie: A Story by Roy Kinsey
03 Serpentwithfeet - Soil
02 Low - Double Negative
01 Saba - Care For Me

Following up on the Musicophilia best-of list, here's the best-of mix, which is to me a preferable approach to end-of-years (and I'd be curious to see others linked here):

Soundslike, Saturday, 15 December 2018 14:52 (two days ago) Permalink

That Marlowe record is great
Mello Music Group had a great year

No Smockin' (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 15 December 2018 15:08 (two days ago) Permalink

Did anyone post Keith Harris's list yet? Happy to see Speedy Ortiz, Mary Gauthier, No Age, Spook School get mentions, those are all great.

geoffreyess, Saturday, 15 December 2018 23:03 (two days ago) Permalink

Is that the first Spook School mention? VITAL band. I could've done with something approaching that album when I was a teenager, my only comfort is that there are potentially teenagers somewhere this year hearing it and having their lives saved

Jonathan Hellion Mumble, Saturday, 15 December 2018 23:23 (two days ago) Permalink

Someone recommended Ross From Friends to my but that band name....I don't know if I can do it

I mean, it's fine but he's not like a cut above the rest or anything, listening to a Spotify "lo fi house" or "outsider house" playlist would prob be more fruitful

brimstead, Sunday, 16 December 2018 00:20 (yesterday) Permalink

I just mean I don't know what sets him above from other house producers mining similar routes and putting out full lengths.. he does have a few jams yeah for sure

brimstead, Sunday, 16 December 2018 00:22 (yesterday) Permalink

Electronic Sound Magazine. Great to see Concretism in the albums Top 20, otherwise rolling my eyes a bit although it's in keeping with the artists they've featured through the year. They also did (equally idiosyncratic) reissues/archive, soundtracks and cover art lists.

Electronic Sound Albums

1. Creep Show - Mr. Dynamite (Bella Union)
2. Chris Carter - Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lessons Volume One (Mute)
3. Gazelle Twin - Pastoral (Anti-Ghost Moon Ray)
4. John Grant - Love Is Magic (Bella Union)
5. Sink Ya Teeth - s/t (Hey Buffalo)
6. Haiku Salut - There Is No Elsewhere (PRAH)
7. Orbital - Monsters Exist (ACP)
8. Tunng - The Songs You Make At Night (Full Time Hobby)
9. Blancmange - Wanderlust (Blanc Check)
10. Jon Hopkins - Singularity (Domino)
11. Hannah Peel - Particles In Space (My Own Pleasure)
12. Reed and Caroline - Hello Science (Very)
13. Gabe Gurnsey - Physical (Phantasy Sound)
14. Charlotte Hatherley - True Love (Sylver Tongue)
15. Near Future - Ideal Home (Blanc Check)
16. Concretism - For Concrete and Country (Castles in Space)
17. Finiflex - Suilven (Finiflex)
18. Meat Beat Manifesto - Impossible Star (Flexidisc)
19. Soft Cell - Keychains & Snowstorms (UMC)
20. Yumi and The Weather - s/t (MIOHMI)

Electronic Sound Compilations

1. The Bedroom Tapes: A Compilation of Minimal Wave From Around The World 1980-1991 (Minimal Wave)
2. To The Outside of Everything: A Story of Post Punk 1977-1981 (Cherry Red)
3. Audio Album (A Year In The Country)
4. Tone Science Module No.1: Structure and Forces (Tone Science)
5. Communion (Burning Witches)
6. Prophecy + Progress: UK Electronics 1978-1990 (Peripheral Minimal)
7. 1+1=X (Erased Tapes)
8. Czech Up! Vol.2: We’d Be Happy (Vampisoul)
9. Revolutionary Spirit: The Sound of Liverpool 1976-1988 (Cherry Red)
10. Brainfeeder X (Brainfeeder)

Jeff W, Sunday, 16 December 2018 12:41 (yesterday) Permalink

looking at the honorable mentions, I was very confused to see All Of Them Witches, until I realized it's a completely different act from the Southern psychedelic blues-rock group All Them Witches (who did, in fact, put out an excellent record this year!)

The house from the popular "Our House" song (bernard snowy), Sunday, 16 December 2018 13:33 (yesterday) Permalink

Listened to the Marisa Anderson this morning. Some beautiful stuff there, with a vibe that reminded me of Bill Frisell's excellent Music IS from this year, which I listened to a lot. Also just listened to the Steve Reich album that made Gioia's list: I really dug it, actually. It's all that I would want from him at this point.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Sunday, 16 December 2018 15:08 (yesterday) Permalink

I'll have to check it out. Music IS was one of my favorite albums this year.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 16 December 2018 21:36 (yesterday) Permalink

Yeah, it's up there for me for sure.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Sunday, 16 December 2018 21:38 (yesterday) Permalink

I don't know why Frisell hasn't done more original stuff over the last 20 years. It bums me out that he records so many covers collections. His own compositions are so good.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 16 December 2018 21:41 (yesterday) Permalink

Was this the first solo album of original material in five years? I thought he was putting out an album of originals every year or two before that?

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Sunday, 16 December 2018 22:00 (yesterday) Permalink

Geoffrey Himes top 10 Roots and Blues albums for Paste

1. Charles Lloyd & the Marvels + Lucinda Williams: Vanished Gardens
2. Kevin Gordon: Tilt & Shine
3. Bettye LaVette: Things Have Changed
4. Alejandro Escovedo & Don Antonio: The Crossing
5. Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis: Wild! Wild! Wild!
6. Charley Crockett: Lonesome as a Shadow
7. Lonnie Holley: Mith
8. Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore: Downey to Lubbock
9. Shemekia Copeland: America’s Child
10. Cedric Burnside: Benton County Relic

curmudgeon, Monday, 17 December 2018 03:09 (thirty-seven minutes ago) Permalink

I like the jazz horn player Lloyd with Frisell and Lucinda one, but as with some others here I am not a fan of Himes' 7th choice- Lonnie Holley due to his out there vocals. The Alejandro Escovedo album is just ok, the Lavette one is uneven...Haven't heard the others

curmudgeon, Monday, 17 December 2018 03:15 (thirty-one minutes ago) Permalink

Transglobal WM Chart Best of 2018!
BEST ALBUM OF 2018: Monsieur Doumani
2-Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita
3-Fatoumata Diawara
4-El Naán
5-Ammar 808
6-Gabacho Maroc
7-The Turbans
10-Samba Touré

curmudgeon, Monday, 17 December 2018 03:22 (twenty-four minutes ago) Permalink

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