Best albums/songs/gigs of 2018

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  • @adforperu  Jan 2019

    Let's hear 'em....

    Albums of the year:
    01. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
    02. Mitski - Be the Cowboy
    03. Pusha T - Daytona
    04. Ross from Friends - Family Portrait
    05. 공중도둑(Mid-Air Thief) - 무너지기 (Crumbling)
    06. JPEGMAFIA - Veteran
    07. Noname - Room 25
    08. Low - Double Negative
    09. Lykke Li - so sad so sexy
    10. Oneohtrix Point Never - Age of

    Songs of the year:
    01. Mitski – Nobody
    02. Empress Of - When I'm With Him
    03. Kacey Musgraves - Slow Burn
    04. Jon Hopkins - Emerald Rush
    05. Ariana Grande - no tears left to cry
    06. Ross from Friends - Pale Blue Dot
    07. Lykke Li - so sad so sexy
    08. Nils Frahm - My Friend the Forest
    09. DJ Koze - Pick Up
    10. Robyn - Ever Again

    Gigs of the year:
    01. Mitski (Manchester)
    02. Thom Yorke (Brussels)
    03. U.S. Girls (Manchester)
    04. Christine and the Queens (Manchester)
    05. BODEGA (Nottingham)
    06. Kendrick Lamar (Manchester)
    07. Tove Styrke (Manchester)
    08. David Byrne (Manchester)
    09. St. Vincent (Leeds)
    10. Kacey Musgraves (Birmingham)

  • @cairobraga  Jan 2019

    (all of mine in no special order)

    Rosalía - El Mal Querer
    Kero Kero Bonito - Time 'n' Place
    ionnalee - Everyone Afraid To Be Forgotten
    Alex Anwandter - Latinoamericana
    SOPHIE - Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides
    Niño de Elche - Antología del Cante Flamenco Heterodoxo
    Joan Miquel Oliver - Elektra
    Francisco Victoria - Prenda
    Robyn - Honey
    Pabllo Vittar - Não Para Não

    Pabllo Vittar - Buzina
    Francisco Victoria - Marinos
    La Casa Azul - Nunca Nadie Pudo Volar
    Nyandú - El Club dels 27
    Mai Lan - Pas d'Amour
    Netta - Toy
    Brendan Maclean - Where's The Miracle
    Quebrada Queer - Pra Quem Duvidou
    El Petit De Cal Eril - Les Lletres No Fan Les Paraules
    Rosalía - Pienso En Tu Mirá

    Gigs (all in São Paulo, SP, Brazil):
    ionnalee / iamamiwhoami
    of Montreal
    Arca @ Yaga
    SOPHIE @ Yaga
    Linn da Quebrada, Jup do Bairro, BADSISTA & Pininga: Trava Línguas @ Yaga
    As Bahias e A Cozinha Mineira
    Aretha Sadick

  • @ampersandman  Jan 2019

    2018 was not the finest musical year in my opinion, little that really stuck out. Lots of German stuff on the list, so don’t be surprised if you don’t know them.


    1. Alice in Chains – Rainier Fog
    2. Thrice – Palms
    3. Ovlov – Tru
    4. Cloud Nothings – Last Building Burning
    5. Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit
    6. UNS – Alles was wir machen ist Kunst
    7. Heisskalt – Idylle
    8. Adam Angst – Neintology
    9. Kreisky – Blitz
    10. Cursive – Vitriola
    11. Iceage – Beyondless
    12. Die Nerven – Fake
    13. Abay – Love and Distortion

    Songs (apart from those on the albums listed):

    1. IDLES – Danny Nedelko
    2. Childish Gambino – This is America
    3. Frittenbude – Die Dunkelheit darf niemals siegen
    4. 1000 Gram – Daydream
    5. Dendemann – Keine Parolen

    Playlist here:

  • @vomvorton  Jan 2019


    1. The Beths - Future Me Hates Me
    2. Trust Fund - Bringing the Backline
    3. Geotic - Traversa
    4. Gruff Rhys - Babelsberg
    5. Dream Wife - Dream Wife

    Songs (not including stuff from the above albums, or this would probably just be the tracklisting of the Beths album)
    1. Hen Ogledd - Sky Burial
    2. BC Camplight - I'm in a weird place now
    3. Janelle Monae - Crazy Classic Life
    4. Grawlix - Don't Do It To Yourself
    5. Daphne & Celeste - 16 Stars
    6. Mount Eerie - Two Paintings By Nikolai Astrup
    7. Robyn - Missing U
    8. Zoe Gray - Wonder
    9. Mandibles - Wrong Again
    10. Lori Scacco - Strange Cities

    I don't go to that many any more, but even if I did, seeing Jarvis Cocker play in a cave colloquially known as "The Devil's Arse" would have been the undisputed highlight.

  • @oddbod  Jan 2019

    I really don't listen to enough newly released music - I'm always catching up, so I love it when this thread comes around.
    The only 2018 released albums I've given any real extended play to are -

    All Melody - Nils Frahm
    All That Was Lost - Stray Theories

    Gigs? Forget it!..I've been to two this year - Roddy Frame at Cadogan Hall and Jon Bramwell at Putney Half Moon.

  • @kanttila Jan 2019

    1. BAND-MAID : World Domination
    2. Haru Nemuri : Haru To Shura
    3. PEDRO (AYUNi D of BiSH Solo Project) : zoozoosea
    4. Seiko Oomori : Kusokawa Party
    5. Scandal : Honey
    6. Palm : Rock Island
    7. Kero Kero Bonito : Time 'n' Place
    8. Litku Klemetti : Taika Tapahtuu
    9. Dots : [] (J-Idol Shoegaze Group)
    10. PassCode : Locus

    1. Seiko Oomori : Shinigami
    2. BAND-MAID : anemone
    3. SCANDAL : Mado Wo Aketara
    4. PEDRO : Jiritsu Shinkei Debarinaka
    5. Louis Cole : Things
    6. Haru Nemuri : Sekai wo Torikae Shite Okure
    7. BiSH : stereo future
    8. Mika Nakashima : Kiss Of Death
    9. Kero Kero Bonito : Time Today
    10. DAOKO : Owaranai Sekai de

  • @kraftec Jan 2019

    Top 5 Albums:

    1. Joy As an Act of Resistance - Idles
    2. The Free Life - Turbowolf
    3. Time - Louis Cole
    4. Hill Climber - Vulfpeck
    5. Sonder - Tesseract

  • @trendall Jan 2019

    Top ten albums were something like -

    1. Serengeti - To The Max
    2. Busdriver - Electricity Is On Our Side
    3. Cities Aviv - Raised For A Better View
    4. Windows96 - One Hundred Mornings
    5. George Clanton - Slide
    6. Eric Copeland - Trogg Modal, Vol. 1
    7. Shahmen - California Is Cold
    8. Flamingosis - Flight Fantastic
    9. RP Boo - I'll Tell You What!
    10. Chris Orrick - Portraits

    I don't really deal in songs and gigs very much

  • @ianuarius  Jan 2019

    My favorite tracks from 2018 are in this playlist.

    I have never even heard of anything else mentioned in this thread. 😁 Too much music in the world.

  • @radioovermoscow Jan 2019

    @ianuarius "Too much music in the world."

    Well you're definitely on the wrong site 😝

  • @spiffyflinger Jan 2019

    time n place by kero kero bonito was (and is) my jam

  • @majordanby  Jan 2019

    Man, I know so few of the artists in the lists above! Thought I had my finger at least near the pulse.

    Here’s mine:

    S Carey- Hundred Acres
    Ocean Wisdom- Wizville
    Damien Jurado- Allocate
    Phosphorescent- C’est La Vie
    Grant Lee Philips- Widdershins
    Mutual Benefit- Thunder Follows The Light
    Gaz Coombs- World’s Strongest Man
    Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks- Sparkle Hard
    Kurt Vile- Bottle it in
    Cabbage- Nihilistic Glamour Shots

    Thom Yorke- Suspirium(
    Duckwrth- FALL BACK
    Sons of Kemet- My Queen is Mamie Phipps Clarke

  • @miltz  Jan 2019

    In no order:
    Lance Austin Olsen - Dark Heart
    Clara de Asís - Do Nothing
    Trio Sowari - Third Issue
    AMM - An Unintended Legacy
    Frédéric Blondy / David Chiesa / Rodolphe Loubatière / Pierce Warnecke - Guède

  • @adforperu  Jan 2019

    Enjoying the amount of Kero Kero Bonito mentions!

    @Oddbod, the NF album is magical. Love the piano sound. One of my goals of the year is to learn My Friend the Forest (I had my first piano lesson last weekend)

  • @ianuarius  Jan 2019

    @radioovermoscow haha, you ain't kiddin'.

    You know, since I can (now with my SPOTIFY script)...

    1. I took the whole list here
    2. fed it through my script
    3. It handed me this playlist

    It only has the 48 releases out of 77 that could be found on Spotify, but still.

    Also... 2 ppl here had Kero Kero Bonito Time 'n' Place, which thusly must be the new hot piece of music.

    Oh, and seems I lied. Of course I know Lykke Li, Alice in Chains, Thrice, and TesseracT. But 4 out of 77? Sheesh. I've got some listening to do.

    Hope you enjoy the playlist! 😁

  • @ampersandman  Jan 2019

    Holy moly, that makes a lot of listening already. Thanks @ianuarius

  • @cairobraga  Jan 2019

    @ianuarius that's the perfect curated megalist to be played on shuffle to discover new music.

    a little word of advice from a person whose first language is not english: y'all need to listent to more music not sung in english, guys, hehehe.

  • @bootlegger Jan 2019

    The new boygenius ep is brilliant. Favorite release this year by far. Also love lush by snail mail and the new soccer mommy album clean. Otherwise everything I've been into is older stuff. Oh wait the new lucy dacus was really good too. I think that was 2018.

  • @mikeskliar  Jan 2019

    another one of those giant threads with hundreds of music listings, and not one that i've ever heard of so far! (except that one childish gambino song that i saw the video for, interesting stuff)

    Here's a list I just compiled- enjoy

    Some noteworthy new music releases of 2018 (no particular order)

    Charles Lloyd w/Lucinda Williams – Vanished Gardens
    Richard Thompson- 13 rivers
    David Byrne- American Utopia
    Milk Carton Kids- All the things I did and all the things that I didn’t do
    Loudon Wainwright III- Surviving twin & Years in the making
    Nels Cline 4- currents, constellations
    Bruce Springsteen- live on broadway
    Van Morrison w/ Joey DeFrancesco- You're driving me crazy

    -some reissues/vault recordings of note:

    Beatles- expanded White album
    Grateful Dead- Pacific Northwest 1973-74
    John Coltrane- Both directions at once
    John Lennon- Imagine (expanded 2 cd version)
    Bob Dylan- More blood, more tracks (Bootleg series vol 14)

  • @mikeskliar  Jan 2019

    ah it cut off..
    here is the rest of the post

    Some great gigs I saw in 2018

    David Byrne & band -live at Kings Theater
    Bob Dylan & band- live at Beacon theater
    Richard Thompson electric trio- live at town hall
    David Murray Quartet- live at birdland
    Vijay Iyer Sextet- live at birdland
    Miguel Zenon at village vanguard

    A night of inspiration (gospel) inc’l Shirley Caesar & more, arr. by ray chew- Carnegie hall

    Rhiannon Giddens- two gigs, in Feb at Irish arts center and nov- at symphony space

    Loudon Wainwright at City Winery

    ‘tomorrow is a long time” Steve Bernstein w/big band recreating the entire Bob Dylan concert from 1963 at town hall with many guests

    Nels Cline 4 with Julian Lage at le poisson rouge

    Nels Cline w/Sean Lennon & more doing salute to Jimi Hendrix in Brooklyn music school

    and kind of beyond category, the 'David Bowie Is' exhibit at Brooklyn Museum - wild!

  • @oddbod  Jan 2019

    @adforperu do you have Native Instrument’s Unicorda sample library? It’s great for instant Frahm gratification with all the extraneous mechanical noises which are adjustable.

  • @adforperu  Jan 2019

    @cairobraga, fair point 😁. My number 5 album wasn't English though! Also, that Rosalia album is incredible, it's in my top 15!

  • @majordanby  Jan 2019

    Thanks @ianuarius
    Followed 👍

  • @balancelost  Jan 2019

    In no particular order
    Natalie Evans - Better At Night
    Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo
    Water From Your Eyes - All A Dance
    Geotic - Traversa
    Rainsticks - Elkmont
    Frog - Whatever We Probably Already Had It
    Noname - Room25
    El Buho - Camino De Flores
    Kadhja Bonet - Childqueen
    That Kero Kero Bonito One just edged out Only Love by The Armed

    Empress of - When I'm With Him
    Haley Heyndrickx - Oom Sha La La
    Flasher - Pressure
    Geotic - Maglev
    Khruangbin - Maria Tambien
    Jamila Woods - Giovanni
    Pinegrove - Darkness
    Perfume -Mugen Mirai
    Strange Relations - Sideline Kid
    Frog - Something To Hide

    Only went to 2 gigs this year. Reaching that stage in my life unfortunately. They were...
    Andrew Hung (Paris)
    Otoboke Beaver (Kyoto)

    @cairobraga I agree that we should not rule out listening to music just because it isn't in our native language. However, if you're given 2 albums that have the same sound, and one is in your native language and the other is in a lang

  • @sph  Jan 2019

    I did not buy that much music last year - besides listening to other FAWMers and 5090ers these albums come to mind:

    Sun Dew - This Secret Cay (really beautiful instrumental music)
    Kimbra - Songs from Primal Heart: Reimagined (with arrangements by Jaga Jazzist's Lars Horntveth)
    Bob Reynolds - Quartet

    Kaveh Rastegar - Light of love (bass player with a cool solo album)
    Nate Smith - KINFOLK: Postcards from everywhere (drummers can be bandleaders too)
    orchestre tout puissant marcel duchamp - Sauvage Formes (why only one marimba and double bass when we can have two both and so much more?)

    Just realized this for the gigs I attended: the smaller the venue the bigger the impact on me:

    Wood Brothers, Fürstlicher Keller, Wallerstein
    Bob Reynolds Band, Zig Zag Jazz Club Berlin

    Motorpycho, E-Werk Erlangen
    Calexico, E-Werk Erlangen & Bongartz Record Store gig

    3. The ProgGod cathegory. Solid but sometimes strenuous
    Peter Hammill, K4 Nürnberg
    Steven Wilson, Tollwood München
    King Crimson, Philharmonie München

  • @balancelost  Jan 2019

    (whoops - continued from my previous post)
    ...uage you don't understand inevitably you'll have more of an emotional connection with the one with lyrics you can understand. I'm learning another language right now, and trying to listen to songs sung in that language but it will a long time before I think I can connect with the lyrics in the same way I connect with english lyrics. Because of this the music quality of non-english musicians must be higher for my interest to be held. It's not fair, and I am trying, but that's just the way it is.

  • @leepat  Jan 2019

    @adforperu was that the Thom Yorke gig that sold out in 60 seconds?
    the last gig I went to was in 2012 but it was the Dirty Projectors 😀

    fave songs from 2018 - Good Kisser by Lake Street Dive and Love is a Beautiful Thing by Vulfpeck/Theo Katzman with Monica Martin

    curious about Nils Frahm..

  • @adforperu  Jan 2019

    @leepat hmm not sure, i bought the ticket on the dot but I seem to remember tickets being available later in the day... who knows! Alas it, and Brussels, was amazing!

  • @petemurphy  Jan 2019

    Album -
    Ergo Phizmiz - F**k M*n

    Song -
    Ergo Phizmiz - Walerian Borowczyk Is Dead

    Gig -
    IG Witzelsucht playing in a tiny venue in Frome

  • @ianuarius  Jan 2019

    Added 17 contributions by @bootlegger @mikeskliar @balancelost and @sph to the playlist.

    Also, I started to think about the albums that I liked the most besides just the tracks... So, here it is! (and these can also be found on the playlist).

    1. Chad Valley - Imaginary Music
    2. NINA - Sleepwalking
    3. Alvaro Soler - Mar De Colores
    4. Red Sun Rising - Campfire
    5. Seventh Wonder - Tiara
    6. Tonight Alive - Underworld
    7. Carpenter Brut - Leather Teeth
    8. The Night Flight Orchestra - Sometimes the World Ain't Enough
    9. Arion - Life Is Not Beautiful
    10. Orange Goblin - The Wolf Bites Back
    11. morgan willis - Supernova
    12. Justin Timberlake - Man of the Woods

    Listening to music not sung in English can be challenging, because even artists from other countries sing in English. Only Alvaro Soler on my list sings in Spanish even tho there are releases from all over the world (Sweden, Poland, France, Australia, Finland etc.)

  • @jackdawfactories  Jan 2019

    Frankly I just want everyone to listen to the album We Choose Pretty Names by Kermes

  • @jamesstaubes  Jan 2019

    Didn't listen to a ton of music last year but this is what I loved.

    Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer
    The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
    Big Jesus - Not a Dreamer EP
    Betty Who - Ignore Me (single)
    Migos - Culture II
    Christine and the Queens - Chris

  • @ianuarius  Jan 2019

    @kraftec I'm loving the Turbowolf album!!!

  • @atitlan  Jan 2019

    The way I listen to music these days means I tend not to be aware of the year most of the time, so I've probably forgotten some of the albums I liked that were from 2018. These are the ones I remembered:

    Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears
    Gang Gang Dance - Kazuashita
    Julia Holter - Aviary
    Suede - The Blue Hour
    She Drew the Gun - Revolution of Mind
    Hookworms - Microshift
    Tunng - Songs You Make at Night
    Marian Hill - Unusual

  • @axl  Jan 2019

    The best gig of 2018 was my first solo gig!

    Well, at least for me it was 😉

    Been listening a lot to the last Eminem album.

    Thanks for the thread. Will have a listen.

  • @cairobraga  Jan 2019

    @balancelost you're absolutely right: it's not fair at all.

  • @cairobraga  Jan 2019

    @ianuarius yes, I know it can be a little challenging, I had to dig deep to find swedish music sung in swedish that was not schlager (I love schlager, but I wanted musical diversity too). but it's not impossible, we're in the internet for Cher's sakes! we have access to everything if we just let a little of the laziness go, you know.

  • @mikeskliar  Jan 2019

    @Cairobraga is right- it is great to be challenged by music that is in a different language then the one you grew up on... and I do listen sometimes, probably should more often. related point- tho I don't know most (almost all) the artists mentioned by others here, I wonder how much of it is instrumental music- on my 'list' (both albums and gigs i saw last year) there's a fair bit of jazz music, mostly without vocals on my lists.

  • @sbs2018 Jan 2019

    Don’t think I recognize any of these songs. I listened to a few but not my thing. I think I’m burned out trying too hard to embrace contemporary songs after joining TAXI after my first FAWM last year. So now I’m reuniting with my younger self, driving a retro car (Black Challenger) and listening to Classic Rock songs, trying to figure out how to tweak them enough to pass them off as contemporary - lol!

  • @mdavisto  Jan 2019

    You guys don't appreciate how lazy I am. PLEASE POST LINKS.

    ... as new posts, because of course FAWM will trash any link you add to an edited post. Because FAWM. It's like that disfunctional family member that you love dearly and still invite to parties but you just know that at some point it's going to get drunk and pee into one of the potplants.

  • @bradbrubaker  Jan 2019

    Kamasi Wasington – Heaven & Earth
    BODEGA – Endless Scroll
    mewithoutYou – [Untitled]
    S. Carey – Hundred Acres
    Saba – CARE FOR ME
    Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!
    Low – Double Negative
    Kanye West – ye
    Joey Purp - QUARTERTHING
    boygenius - boygenius EP
    Turnstile - Time & Space

    I made a playlist of my favorite tunes from the year...with a few other tunes mixed in that I first heard this year:

  • @ianuarius  Jan 2019

    @mdavisto I'm lazy too. That's why I specifically made a Spotify playlist out of the stuff listed here.

    And FAWM doesn't trash links added in edited posts. It specifically trashes links that were in posts that got edited. So if you had a long url, now you have a short url that for some reason ends in "..."

    EDIT: Added 14 contributions by @bradbrubaker @atitlan @jamesstaubes and @jackdawfactories to the playlist.

  • @kissinginpublic  Jan 2019

    Loved Persona by Rival Consoles, Family Portrait by Ross From Friends and the latest stuff from Peggy Gou. I was one of the people who loved the new Arctic Monkeys album too.

    AM weren’t that amazing live though, I’m afraid. However, Arcade Fire were the best arena band I have seen for a very long time. Got to see Flight of the Conchords too, who were ace!

  • @sph  Jan 2019

    I added three more albums to my list above:
    Kaveh Rastegar, Nate Smith and orchestre tout puissant marcel duchamp

  • @iwilleatyou Jan 2019

    Wow. Who the hell are these artists??? I can't believe how out of the loop I am with music. Anybody remember Kajagoogoo?

  • @quintonbarnes  Jan 2019

    Albums, in no particular order because that's too stressful:

    Noname - Room 25
    Anna von Hausswolff - Dead Magic
    JPEGMAFIA - Veteran
    Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
    Julia Holter - Aviary
    Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs
    Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want
    Playboi Carti - Die Lit
    Sons of Kemet - Your Queen Is A Reptile
    Harunemuri - harutosyura
    Natalia Lafourcade - Musas
    Pusha T - Daytona
    Kids See Ghosts - Kids See Ghosts
    Death Grips - Year of the Snitch
    John Coltrane - Both Directions at Once
    Denzel Curry - TA13OO
    Zeal & Ardor - Stranger Fruit

  • @atitlan  Jan 2019

    @quintonbarnes Nice to see another mention for Julia Holter. Didn't realise there was a new Anna von Hausswolff album - I loved 'Ceremony' and 'The Miraculous'.

    @iwilleatyou Everyone remembers Limahl's hair, if that's any help 😀

  • @ianuarius  Jan 2019

    I updated the Spotify playlist. Finally over 1,000 tracks. 😁

    Here's the link again.

  • @syni Jan 2019

    My best of 2018 list would look something like...

    Low - Double Negative
    Julia Holter - Aviary
    Sarah Davachi - Gave in Rest
    The Field - Infinite Moment
    공중도둑 [Mid-Air Thief] - 무너지기 (Crumbling)
    Lena Raine - Celeste OST
    GAS - Rausch
    Laurel Halo - Raw Silk Uncut Wood
    Jan Jelinek - Zwischen
    Nils Frahm - All Melody
    The Necks - Body
    Maurizio Abate - Standing Waters

    Overall, pretty good year! Had to snag Double Negative at my local record shop after hearing it!

  • @ampersandman  Jan 2019

    Already found some music that I like through the list. mewithoutyou and Cabbage to be precise. And the fun continues.

  • @sbs2018 Jan 2019

    Okay, so like I said, I was so burned out listening to pop music in all forms, I took Robin’s advice and started listening to some Indie playlists on Spotify and am so intrigued!

  • @phlex Jan 2019

    My fav song of 2018 was from 2017!
    Moses Sumney - doomed

  • @rainchaser  Jan 2019

    I've been listening to Paul Weller's True Meanings album. It's pretty good so far!! An interesting soulful take on old man folk music! What is this called? Folk Soul? It's so refreshing to hear tons of instruments used in this album! I hear string sections, horn sections, harmoniums, Wulitzers, sitar, Hammond organs, Mellotrons and many more! a mix of Stax, Motown, and even Indian influences on this album. So far the songs that really strike me is Aspects. Put me to tears when I was listening to it! 🎼

  • @mdavisto  Jan 2019

    @leepat that is the most beautiful stalker anthem I have ever heard. Also I love all their band faces - they're so in the zone! Wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

  • @sailingmagpie  Jan 27

    Looks like I'm a bit late to the party on this one! Anyhoo, here's my selection...

    My albums in no particular order:

    Low - Double Negative
    Matt Maltese - Bad Contestant
    Christine and the Queens - Chris
    Starcrawler - Starcrawler
    Thom Yorke - Suspiria
    Gruff Rhys - Babelsburg
    Adrianne Lenker - ABYSSKISS
    Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs
    Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel
    Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo

    Shout outs to Blood Orange, Confidence Man, Gwenno, Ex:Re and The Goon Sax.

    Songwise, it would basically be a list of tracks from the aforementioned but one song that I particularly enjoyed was Do It All The Time by IDKHow. Great video too.

    Didn't really go to many gigs last year. I did see Bon Iver, who was great. I also went to End of the Road festival, which had a great line-up. Saw so many great performances - Snapped Ankles, St Vincent, Big Thief, Feist, Creatures, Haley Heynderickx, Amyl & the Sniffers, Gruff Rhys, This Is The Kit & Lucy Dacus to name a few.

  • @scottlake  Jan 28

    I didn’t buy much music this year and spent a lot of Amazon Prime streaming older stuff that I have lost

    I did buy Wye Oak’s “The Louder I Call The Faster it Runs” so I guess that would be my top album of the year!

  • @bootlegger Jan 28

    Okay so it's not a 2018 release cause it just came out but if you love the art of songwriting you have to check out phoebe bridgers and

  • @bootlegger Jan 28

    Conor oberst's new album better oblivion community center.

  • @scottlake  Jan 28

    Oh someone mentioned Vulfpeck up above. I never really know if they release albums but I love their videos. Planning on seeing them at Red Rocks this year.

  • @sw1n3flu  Jan 28

    Best gigs (in no order):

    Nada Surf @ Tufnell Park Dome
    Pearl Jam @ O2 (the second, rescheduled one), London
    Band of Skulls @ Scala, King’s Cross
    The Bronx @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
    Alt-J @ Royal Albert Hall
    Weezer @ Birmingham Academy
    Chas & Dave @ Hyde Park (RIP Chas!!)
    Steve Earle @ Barbican

  • @thelowestbitter  Jan 28


    Top 5
    1. Geotic - Traversa
    2. SOPHIE - Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides
    3. Noname - Room 25
    4. Sidney Gish - No Dogs Allowed
    5. Haley Heynderickx - I Need To Start A Garden

    6-30 (Unranked)
    Apostille - Choose Life
    Cadence Weapon - Cadence Weapon
    Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy
    Christine & The Queens - Chris
    Colour Me Wednesday - Counting Pennies In The Afterlife
    Daphne & Celeste - Save The World
    Devi McCallion & Katie Dey - Some New Form Of Life
    Dirty Projectors - Lamp Lit Prose
    Doe - Grow Into It
    Empress Of - Us
    Fucked Up - Dose Your Dreams
    Gabby's World - Beast On Beast
    Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer
    Kali Uchis - Isolation
    Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears
    Lucy Dacus - Historian
    McKinley Dixon - The Importance Of Self Belief
    Mitski - Be The Cowboy
    MNEK - Language
    Planningtorock - Powerhouse
    serpentwithfeet - soil
    Shopping - The Official Body
    Tirzah - Devotion
    Trust Fund - Bringing The Backline
    Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar

  • @thelowestbitter  Jan 28

    ... pleased to see Traversa in a couple other lists, I love that record.

    EDIT: and I just accidentally clicked report abuse on my own post, sorry admins (doh!)

  • @seemanski  Jan 28

    I'm terrible with my listening I tend to avoid the new stuff because I am set in my ways. I did like the new perfect circle album and Gaz Coombes latest addition. This will be a great way for me to catch up though, I need some work listening and there are a tonne of suggestions here 😁

  • @helenseviltwin  Jan 28

    @thelowestbitter - no worries. I much prefer the reported posts being mistakes than things actually worth reporting 😀

  • @resonance  Jan 28

    @vomvorton That Beths album is my top pick of 2018 as well. I think one night back in September, I put the title track on loop for 4 hours straight. The drumming on that record is so tastefully executed, it's ridiculous. Actually, you can hear the technique in all the musicians. It's a real blinder !

  • @downburst  Jan 28

    YES to the Beths! I love that album and them. If I ever need cheering up, the video for "Future Me Hates Me" is the medicine I need.

  • @vomvorton  Jan 28

    @resonance @downburst it's been a long time since I've heard an album where EVERY song gets stuck in my head but that one does it.

    I haven't seen that video (or any of their videos), I'll have to check it out!

  • @downburst  Jan 28

    I spent most of the year listening to old country and soul music, and I have no idea what's new and what isn't, but newish music I've loved recently:
    The aforementioned Beths album
    Broken Social Scene--Hug of Thunder
    Hoodang--Blue Yodel
    Scott and Charlene's Wedding--Mid Thirties Singles Scene (2016 but new to me)
    Bevis Frond--We're Your Friends, Man
    Richard Thompson--13 Rivers
    Kurt Vile--Bottle It In
    Courtney Barnett--Tell Me How You Really Feel
    (I would have listed Kurt and Courtney's "Lotta Sea Lice," but that's the previous year.)
    Colour Me Wednesday--Counting Pennies In The Afterlife
    Gentle Brontosaurus--Bees of the Invisible
    Great to see a few of these in other lists!

    I got to sing on a couple friends' albums this year, and that was a happy experience. Let me commend one to you especially, Mike Gentry (he's on all the streaming services, check him out, he's great). He's even a fawmer, sort of.

  • @airbagtester  Jan 28

    I also liked the new Khruangbin album, but not quite as much as "The Universe Smiles Upon You." Still tasty jams though! Would love to see them live.

    Also finally an album from the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - that is some funky stuff.

    The Lemon Twigs:
    I want my guitar to sound like that.

  • @vomvorton  Jan 29

    @downburst just had a Beths music video marathon, thanks for the links! Somehow I hadn't heard Lying in the Sun before either so double thanks! They are wonderful.

  • @airbagtester  Jan 30

    @downburst @vomvorton Now I am digging The Beths too - thanks! Kind of makes me think of the band Alvvays but a little more energetic and rockin with the guitars.

    EDIT: Actually after listening to 3 Beths vids they are definitely more rocking than Alvvays 😁

  • @punkrockfuneral Jan 30

    Eat the elephant ....A perfect circle
    Book of bad decisions...Clutch
    POST-...Jeff Rosenstock
    WARM ...Jeff tweedy
    Cheer...Drug church
    Freedom's Goblin...Ty Segall
    little dark age...MGMT
    Ordinary corrupt human love...Deafheaven
    The sciences...Sleep
    dose your dreams...Fucked up

  • @boyatheart  Jan 30

    I haven't been a music listener for years now. If I do listen to a song it's because I'm either on a nostalgia trip or it's a song I have to learn for a gig.
    Sounds weird for a musician/songwriter I know...

  • @airbagtester  Jan 30

    @punkrockfuneral Ty Segall puts out so many albums I completely forgot about Freedom's Goblin!!! That's definitely my favorite of 2018. Whenever I am giving someone a ride in my car I like to cue up "She" and crank the volume until I can barely stand the sound pressure levels.

    For anyone who hasn't heard the song yet:

  • @vomvorton  Jan 30

    @airbagtester I love Alvvays so much, so at least in terms of "bands I'm hugely into right now" I do kinda group them together! I guess they're both essentially power-pop although yeah, The Beths are a lot more guitar-heavy (push even further in that direction and you get Charly Bliss who I also love!)

  • @nikke88  Jan 30

    Greatest "gig" in 2018 for me was probably Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra playing The Rite of Spring (from Igor Stravinsky) led by conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

  • @shortdan  Jan 30

    My top 10 albums of a female dominated 2018:

    1. Mitski - Be The Cowboy
    2. Rosalía - El Mar Querer
    3. Esperanza Spalding - 12 Little Spells
    4. Forth Wanderers - Forth Wanderers
    5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Sex & Food
    6. Anna Burch - Quit The Curse
    7. Soccer Mommy - Clean
    8. Melody's Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage
    9. Snail Mail - Lush
    10. Empress Of - Us

  • @shortdan  Jan 30

    My top 10 gigs of last year were:

    1. Mitski (Manchester)
    2. John Grant (Sheffield)
    3. Dirty Projectors (Leeds)
    4. Anna Burch (Manc.)
    5. Baths (Leeds)
    6. St. Vincent (Leeds)
    7. James Holden (Manc.)
    8. Szun Waves (Manc.)
    9. Kelly Lee Owens (Manc.)
    10. Westerman (Manc.)

  • @chrishope Jan 30

    only gig ..Damo Suzuki with brighton musicians he met that afternoon !

  • @frenchcricket  Jan 30

    I have a theory that a lot of the joy of modern bands is in the nuclear-arms-race escalation of their ridiculous monikers (e.g. the joyous Finnish psych-punk-pop band Have You Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS, who also had a good record out last year).

    With that in mind I hereby recommend

    A Laughing Death in Meatspace by Tropical F*ck Storm

  • @airbagtester  Jan 30

    @frenchcricket I agree. When I see band names like that my immediate reaction is usually "Okay, now I have to hear what that's all about..."

  • @sailingmagpie  Jan 30

    @chrishope One of my friends played with Damo Suzuki on that tour. Unfortunately it was the other side of the country, so I couldn't attend!

  • @mannon  Jan 31

    Top 5 albums this year (best starting at the top)

    1.) Oxnard - Anderson .Paak
    2.) Hive Mind - The Internet
    3.) For Ever - Jungle
    4.) Volume 1 EP - Pink Sweat$
    5.) Persona 5 OST (you never said we couldn't put video game music lol)

  • @losttheplot Feb 1

    I don't really do a *best* list anymore, but I made a top 40 of my favourite albums of the year. Made a playlist if anyone wants to check it out:

    Top 10 favourites were definitely (in not particular order other than the top 4):

    1) Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy
    2) twenty one pilots - Trench
    3) All The Luck In The World - A Blind Arcade
    4) shy kids - in a state
    5) The Flats - Nobody People
    6) Panic! At The Disco - Pray For The Wicked (Sue me. It's a fun record)
    7) The Voidz - Virtue
    8) The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
    9) Hippo Campus - Bambi
    10) To Kill A King - The Spiritual Dark Age

  • @franniezest Feb 17

    POST- is also on my list.

  • @atitlan  Feb 17

    I know this is meant to be 2018 albums, but I thought this would be a good place to draw people's attention to 3 excellent albums that have been released already this year:

    Gallipoli by Beirut
    Ladytron by Ladytron (first album since 2011)
    Triage by Methyl Ethel

  • @twyllodrus Feb 17

    1. eels - mannheim
    2. thom forke - Zurich
    3. jack white - Munich
    4. zeal & ardor - Strasbourg
    5. abay - wiesbaden
    6. young fathers - mannheim
    7. the notwist - mainz
    8. franz ferdinand - Nashville
    9. steaming satellites - Karlsruhe
    10. at the drive in - wiesbaden

  • @twyllodrus Feb 17

    @ampersandman absolutely with you about abay, zeal & ardor, UNS, die nerven

  • @billwhite51 Feb 17

    best albums
    1. Suede The Blue Hour
    2. The Good, Bad, and the Queen Merrie Land
    3. Bob Dylan More Blood, More Tracks
    4, Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales Room 29
    5, Morrissey Low in High School
    6. John Coltrane Both Directions at Once
    7. Van Morrison The Prophet Speaks
    8. Elvis Costello Look Now
    9. Florence and the Machine High as Hope

  • @sw1n3flu  Feb 17


  • @tcelliott  Feb 17

    I particularly liked the Sarah Shook and the Disarmer's release, Years.

  • @marvsmooth  Feb 17

    I still need to pick a top ten from these -

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