Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Best Albums of 2018


Here is my best of 2018 albums list!

This is by far the longest best-of I’ve ever posted; as always, they’re in my order from top favorites down. Enjoy friends!

     Note: The following symbols indicate:

                > The artist's debut album
                + The artist's been producing for over 2 decades, wow!

                ~ I discovered the artist this year


A. The Meaning of Life (top 42 infinities) 

1. U.S. Girls - “In a Poem, Limited”
2. Phosphorescent - “C’est La Vie”
3. Mirah - “Understanding”
4. Chris Reimer - “Hello People”
5. Bitchin Bajas / DSR Lines - “Encyclopedia of Civilization, Vol. 2: Atlantis”
6. Joan of Arc - “1984”
7. >Rose Droll - “Your Dog”
8. Low - “Double Negative”
9. Cindy Lee - “Model Express
10. Mitski - “Be the Cowboy”
11. Tim Hecker - “Konoyo”
12. Thomas Fehlmann - “1929: Das Jahr Babylon”
13. >Hana Vu - “How Many Times Have You Driven By”
14. >Hilary Woods - “Colt”
15. The Innocence Mission - “Sun on the Square”
16. Kurt Vile - “Bottled Up”
17. Chris Carter - “Chemistry Lessons Volume One”
18. Marissa Nadler - “For My Crimes”
19. Yves Tumor - “Safe in the Hands of Love”
20. Hamish Kilgour - “Finklestein”
21. Haerts - “New Compassion”
22. Mr. Airplane Man - “Jaracanda Blue”
23. V/A - “Dreams” (Cascine Records)
24. Still Corners - “Slow Air”     
25. Machinefabriek - “Engel”
26. Big Joanie - “Sistahs”
27. Robot Koch - “Sphere”
28. Ought - “Room Inside the World”
29. Neko Case - “Hell-On”
30. >Mint Field - “Pasar de las Luces” 
31. Oneida - “Romance”
32. >Vive La Void - “s/t”
33. >SRSQ - “Unreality”
34. Amen Dunes - “Freedom”
35. Saint Seneca - “Pillar of Na”
36. Grouper - “Grid of Points”
37. Beach House - “7”
38. Julia Holter - “Aviary”
39. >Ruby Haunt - “Blue Hour”
40. Yowler - “Black Dog in My Path”
41. >Lump - “Lump”
42. OST - “A Star Is Born”


B. Larger than Life (63 Orders of Magnitude)

43. Tempers - “Junkspace (feat. Rem Koolhaas)”
44. Lumerians - “Call of the Void”
45. Public Memory - “Demolition” 
46. The Ophelias - “Almost”
47. MGMT - “Little Dark Age”
48. Mount Eerie - “Now Only”
49. Girls Names - “Stains on Silence”
50. Lorn - “Remnant”
51. Rothko - “Blood Demands More Blood”
52. Cat Power - “Wanderer”
53. Laura Gibson - “Goners”
54. Adrianne Lenker - “Abysskiss”
55. H. Takahashi - “Escapism”
56. Deerhunter - “Double Dream of Spring”
57. oOoOO x Islamiq Girls - “Feminine Mystique”
58. Oh Sees - “Smote Reverser”
59. Matchess - “Sacracorpa”
60. Mountain Movers - “Pink Skies”
61. Lucy Dacus - “Historian”
62. >The Beths - “Future Me Hates Me”
63. Parquet Courts - “Wide Awake!”
64. Gia Margaret - “There’s Always Glimmer”
65. Oneohtrix Point Never - “Age Of”
66. Jon Hassell - “Listening to Pictures”
67. Hermit & the Recluse - “Orpheus vs the Sirens”
68. >Loma - “s/t”
69. Ian Sweet - “Crush Crusher”
70. W. Basinski & L. English - “Selva Oscura”
71. Library Tapes - “Patterns (Repeat)”
72. Wooden Shjips - “V.”
73. >Haley Heyndrickx - “I Need to Start a Garden”
74. Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society - “Wow and Flutter”
75. The Dakota Suite - “What Matters Most”
76. Anna Calvi - “Hunter”
77. Frankie Cosmos - “Vessel”
78. Vera Sola - “Shades”
79. Melody’s Echo Chamber - “Bon Voyage”
80. Spiritualized - “And Nothing Hurt”
81. Lera Lynn - “Plays Well with Others”
82. Exploded View - “Obey”
83. Hotel Neon - “Means of Knowing”
84. Ray Lamontagne - “Part of the Light” 
85. La Luz - “Floating Features”
86. Kikagaku Moyo - “Masana Temples”
87. Caroline Says - “No Fool Like an Old Fool”
88. Liela Moss - “My Name is Safe in your Mouth”
89. Lykke Li - “so sad so sexy” 
90. Control of the Going - “ I Love you but it’s Gonna Rain”
91. Deaf Wish - “Lithium Zion”
92. Anna Von Hausswolf - “Dead Magic”
93. Interpol - “Marauder”
94. Fluxion - “Ripple Effect”
95. Odeon - “Galaxies”
96. Daydream Machine - “The Show must not Go on”
97. Lala Lala - “The Lamb” 
98. Jess Williamson - “Cosmic Wink”
99. King Tuff - “The Other”
100. Film School - “Bright to Death”
101. Tomberlin - “At Weddings”
102. Air Formation - “Near Miss”
103. Half Waif - “Lavender” 
104. Orchid Mantis - “Yellow House”
105. Hater - “Siesta”


C. Life of the Party (36 Dramatic Situations)

106. The Kundalini Genie - “You Are The Resurrection”
107. Christina Vantzou - “No. 4”
108. Preoccupations - “New Material”
109. Bernice - “Puff: In the Air w’out a Shape”
110. Deaf Wish - “Lithium Zion” 
111. Leyya - “Sauna”
112. Jackie O Motherfucker - “Bloom”
113. RAYS - “You Can Get There From Here”
114. Drinks - “Hippo Lite” 
115. Beak> - “L.A. Playback”
116. Mien - “s/t” 
117.First Aid Kit - “Ruins”
118. The Black Dog - “Post-Truth”
119. Sigur Ros - “Route One” 
120. Woolen Men - “Post”
121. Ant’lrd & Benoît Pioulard - “Deck Amber”
122. Smerz - “Have Fun”
123. The Men - “Drift” 
124. The Soft Moon - “Criminal” 
125. Steady Holiday - “Nobody’s Watching”
126. Mike Donovan - “How to Get your Recs Played...”
127. Boys - “Rest in Peace”
128. Camp Cope - “How to Socialise & Make Friends”
129. Lana Del Rabies - “Shadow World”
130. Félicia Atkinson & Jefre Cantu - “Limpid as the Solitudes”
131. Thomas Fehlmann - “Los Lagos”
132. Brian Jonestown Massacre - “Something Else”
133. The Durty Wurks - “Ballads of a Psychedelic Soul
134. Pllush - “Stranger to the Pain”
135. Papercuts - “Parallel Universe Blues” 
136. Waveless - “As One More Folded Paper Crane”
137. Laurel Halo - “Raw Silk Uncut Wood” 
138. Luluc - “Sculptor”
139. Sun June - “Years”
140. Tape Waves - “Distant Light” 
141. Protomartyr - “Relatives in Descent”


D.  Box of Chocolates (59 things Life is like...)

142. Gruff Rhys - “Babelsberg”
143. Durand Jones & the Indicators - “s/t”
144. No Age - “Snares Like a Haircut”
145. Actress - “Lageos” 
146. Pram - “Across The Meridian” 
147. The Black Dog - “Black Daisy Wheel”
148. Chemtrails - “Calf of the Sacred Cow” 
149. Helios - “Veriditas”
150. Stars Are Insane - “To Be There” 
151. RF Shannon - “Trickster Blues”
152. Mathew Lee Cothran - “My First Love Mends My Final Days” 
153. Illuminati Hotties - “Kiss Yr Frenemies
154. North Americans - “Going Steady”
155. Vactrol Park - “Music from the Luminous Void”
156. Frankie Teardrop Dead - “All You Need Is Love & Fucking Peace”
157. Rivulets - “In Our Circle”
158. Jim’s Younger Spirit - “No Human Tongue can Tell”
159. The Cult of Boydah - “Electrical Youth”
160. Human People - “Butterflies Drink Turtle Tears”
161. Spirit Fest - “Anohito”
162. Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore - “Ghost Forests”
163. Say Sue Me - “Where We Were Together”
164. Sun Dial - “Science Fiction”
165. Odetta Hartman - “Old Rockhounds Never Die” 
166. Echo Ladies - “Pink Noise”
Seahawks - “Eternal Beams”
Jaye Jayle - “Npo Trail & Other Unholy Paths” 
The Goon Sax - “ We’re Not Talking” 
Black Eagle Child - “Six Lugubrious Airs”
Tony Molina - “Kill the Lights”
James - “Living in Extraordinary Times” 
Forth Wanderers - “s/t”
Courtney Barnett - “Tell Me How You Really Feel” 
Penelope Trappes - “Penelope Two”
Suuns - “Felt” 
Soccer Mommy - “Clean” 
En Attendant Ana - “Lost and Found”
Poemme - “Moments in Golden Light” 
Dead Meadow - “The Nothing They Need”
Slow Mass - “On Watch”
Dustin Wong, Tanako Minekawa, & Good 
         Willsmith - “Exit Future Heart”
Firefriend - “Sulfur”
Bill Ryder-Jones - “Yawn” 
Erin Rae - “Putting on Airs” 
Black Moth Super Rainbow - “Panic Blooms” 
Locus Pocus - “s/t”
Tyler Burkart - “A time for everything”
Bonny Doon - “Longwave”
Black Belt Eagle Scout - “Mother of my Children”
The Black Queen - “Infinite Games”
Another Green World - “Video Ritual”
Erin Rae - “Putting on Airs”Fog Lake - “Captain” 
Eartheater - “Irisri”
Landing - “Bells in New Towns” 
Lotic - “Power”
White Denim - “Magazin”
The Black Delta Movement - “Preservation”
Jacco Gardner - “Somnium”
200. Lucretia Dalt - “Anticlines”


And my top 50 EPs of 2018: 

1. Night Beds - “Dear Jewell”
2. Azure Ray - “Waves”
3. Harmony Rockets w’ Peter Walker - “s/t”
4. Midwife - “Prayer Hands” 
5. The Marías - “Superclean Vol. II”
6. J Baker, P Bridgers, Lucy Dacus - “boygenius”
7. Benoît Pioulard - “May”
8. Waxahatchee - “Great Thunder” 
9. Violet Nox - “Twin Flame”
10. Swim Ignorant Fire - “B/w Blood & Bone”
11. Tone of Arc - “Tropical Western I/II”c
12. Haley Heyndrickx & Max Garcia Conover - “Among Horses III”
13. No Joy / Sonic Boom - “s/t”
14. Munya - “Delano EP”
15. Ulrika Spacek - “Suggestive Listening EP 
16. Jenny Hval - “The Long Sleep”
17. Sunun - “Ooid”
18. Anemone - “Baby Only You & I”
19. Hairband - “S/T”
20. Lannds - “Legends EP”
21. Angel Aura - “Sensum EP”
22. Monster Rally - “Starlight” 
23. beabadoobee - “lice” 
24. Deepchord - “Immersions”
25. LA Witch - “Octubre”
26. Helena Deland - “ (5 ep series)
27. Panda Bear - “A Day with the Homies”
28. Lapalux - “Above Between Below EP”
29. Field Medic - “Little Place” 
30. Marcus Fischer & Simon Scott - “Shape Memory”
31. The Black Dog - “Forgemasters: Shards ov Light”
32. Moses Sumney - “Black in Deep Red, 2014”
33. Belle & Sebastian - “How to Solve Our Human Problems (II/III)”
34. Minus the Bear - “Fair Enough”
35. Shitkid - “This Is It”
36. Bokonon - “Atlast”
37. Negative Gemini - “Bad Baby”
38. Kayla Guthrie - “Falling Star”
39. Munya - “North Hatley”
40. Why Bonnie - “In Water”
41. thanks for coming - “Back at it Again”
42. Launder - “Pink Cloud”
43. Jacques Greene - “Fever Focus” 
44. Anmlplnet - “Fall Asleep”
45. Oneohtrix Point Never - “The Station”
46. Buzzy Lee - “Facepaint EP”
47. James Ferraro - “For Pieces for Mirai”
48. Brabrabra - “Brabrabra-Lagoona”
49. Shapes in Calgary - “Here”

50. Aphex Twin - “Collapse EP”


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Best Albums of 2017

2017 was a ferocious and feracious year of new albums. Maybe so many creative torrents are issuing out to us as some panacea against how crazy and controlless everything seemed and felt. I don't know, but musicians than any other figures in our world keep us meaningful, irreal, and dancing.  

Anyway, here's a list of my faves. Symbols note if they're:     

> The artist's debut album
~ The artist's sophomore album 
* An artist I discovered this year 


Timeless

1.  > Kelly Lee Owens - “S/T”   (dream-tech)

1. ~ Big Thief - "Capacity"

2.  LCD Sound System - “American Dream”   (dissent-dance)
3.  Austra - "Future Politics”   (dark-house)
4.  The National - "Sleep Well Beast”   (rock) 
5.  ~Julie Byrne  - "Not Even Happiness”   (psy-folk)
6.  Mount Eerie - “A Crow Looked at me”   (elegy)
7.  Spoon - “Hot Thoughts”   (dance-rock)
8.  *Secret Pyramid - “Two Shadows Collide”   (spirit-drone)
9.  Crescent - “Resin Pocket”   (art-rock)
10.  Tara Jane O'Neill - "S/T”   (heart-folk)  
11.  ~Florist - “If Blue Could Be Happiness   (pop-folk)
12.  Arcade Fire - "Everything Now”  (dance-rock)
13.  > Shitkid - “Fish”   (riot-pop)
14.  Zola Jesus - “Okovi”   (dark-tech)
15.  ~Vagabon - “Infinite Worlds”   (indie-paean)
16.  Waxahatchee - “Out in the Storm”   (folk-rock)
17.  *My Sad Captains - “Sun Bridge”   (hypno-indie)
18.  *The Mountain Movers - “S/T”   (kraut-rock)
19.  Forrest Swords - "Compassion”   (post-elec)
20.  Tiny Vipers - "Laughter”   (ambi-folk)
21.  > Spinning Coin” - “Permo”   (indie-jangle)
22.  ~Deafcult - “Auras”   (dream-noise)
23.  > Matthew Lee Cothran - “Judas in America”   (warp-pop)
24.  > EERA - “Reflection of Youth”   (rawk-altern)
25.  > Strange Ranger - “Daymoon”   (indie-rock)
26.  *Lawrence English - “Cruel Optimism”   (ambient)
27.  ~Yves Tumor - “Experiencing the Deposit or Faith”   (gospel-wave)
28.  Slowdive - "S/T”  (shoegazzzze)
29.  *Imajinary Friends - “S/T”.   (cosmo-rock)
30.  > The Go-Go Darkness - “Dark Heart”   (dark-beat)
31.  > High Plains - “Cinderland”   (classical-elec)
32.  ~Faith Healer - “Try ; )”   (pop-rock)
33.  Charlotte Gainsbourg - “Rest”   (dream-pop)
34.  ~Saltland - “A Common Truth”   (soundscape)
35.  > Breakfast Muff - “Eurgh!”   (riot-grrl)

Time of our Life

36.  Ulrika Spacek -"Modern English Decoration”

37.  *Earthen Sea - “An Act of Love”
38.  Evan Caminiti - “Toxic City Music”
39.  *Japanese Breakfast - “Soft Sounds ...”
40.  Kendrick Lamar - “DAMN.”
41.  Juana Molina - “Halo”
42.  Oh Sees - “Orc”
42.  The Telescopes - “Handful of Ashes”
43.  >Julia Lucille - “Chthonic”
44.  Filthy Huns - “Forever Beast”
45.  Grizzly Bear - "Painted Ruins”
46.  ~The Vacant Lots - “Endless Nights”
47.  Frankie Rose - “Cage Tropical” 
48.  *Electric Moon - “The Doomsday Machine”
49.  *Trupa Trupa - “Jolly New Songs”
50.  Heaters - “Matterhorn”
51.  ~Jay Som - “Everybody Works”
52.  Björk - “Utopia”
53.  > Headroom - “Head in the Clouds”
54.  *Daughter - “Music Before the Storm”
55.  > Las Cobras - “Temporal”
56.  *Dungen - “Häxan”
57.  ~The Routes - “Dirty Needles & Pins”
58.  *Planning for Burial - “Below the House”
59.  Zola Jesus - “Stridulum“   (elec-pop)
60.  *Carlton Melton - “Hidden Lights”
61.  Brian Jonestown Massacre - “Don’t Get Lost”
62.  *White Manna - “Bleeding Eyes”
63.  ~Fever Ray - “Plunge”
64.  *Fieldhead - “We’ve All Been Swimming”
65.  Alt-J - "Relaxer”
66.  ~Cherry Glazerr - “Apokalipstic”
67.  *93MillionMilesFromTheSun - “The Lonely Sea & time he Sky”
68.  ~The Luxembourg Signal - “Blue Field”
69.  Liars - "TFCF”
70.  *Träd Gräs Och Stenar - “So Long”
71.  Moon Duo - “Occult Architecture (vols. 1&2)”
72.  > LA Witch - “S/T”
73.  > Yowler - “The Offer”
74.  Black Lips - “Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?”
75.  *Whatever, Dad - "Huli Ka”

Good Times

76.  Spectre Folk - "Vol. 4”

77.  Flaming Lips - "Oczy Mlody”
78.  *Pausal - "Avifaunal”
79.  Sleepy Sun - "Private Tales”
80.  Mark McGuire - "Ideas of Beginnings”
81.  Bardo Pond - “Curanderos”
82.  Emily Yacina - "Heart Sky"
83.  ~Visible Cloaks - “Reassemblage”
84.  *Radar Men from the Moon - “Subversive III: De Spelende Mens”
85.  Jesus & Mary Chain  - "Damage & Joy”
86.  Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - "On the Echoing Green” 
87.  Widowspeak - “Expect the Best”
88.  ~Emily Yacina - "Overflow"
89.  Rainer Maria - “S/T”
90.  *Panda Riot - “Infinity Maps”
91.  > Las Cobras - “Temporal”
92.  John Maus - "Screen Memories”
93.  > Hater - “You Tried”
94.  ~Laura Sauvage - “The Beautiful”
95.  Stars - “There is no Love in Fluorescent Light”
96.  *The KVB - “Fixation/White Walls”
97.  > Horse Jumper of Love - “S/T”
98.  Fog Lake - “Inference 3”
99.  Lilys  - "In the Presence of Nothing”
100.  Noveller - "Pink Sunset for No One”
101.  > Helicon - “S/T”
102.  The Underground Youth - “What Kind of Dystopian Hellhole is This?”
103.  *You’ll Never Get to Heaven - “Images”
104.  ~10 000 Russos - “Distress Distress”
105.  Joan of Arc - “He’s Got This Whole Land...”
106.  *Mythic Sunship - “Land between Rivers”
107.  > Lina Tullgren - “Won”
108.  Secret Shine - “There Is Only Now”
109.  Peaking Lights - "The Fifth State of Consciousness”
110.  ~Pale Honey - “Devotion”
111.  Granddaddy - "Last Place”
112.  *Infinity Girl - “Somewhere Nice, Today”
113.  *Dead Leaf Echo - “Beyond Desire”
114.  ~Has a Shadow - “Sorrow Tomorrow” 
115.  ~Hovvdy - “Taster”
116.  ~Wolf Alice - "Visions of a Life”
117.  *Froth - “Outside (briefly)”
118.  Fog Lake - "Dragonchaser”
119.  Odd Nosdam - "LIF”
120.  *Juju - “Our Mother was a Plant”
121.  *Sonic Jesus - “Grace”
122.  Al Lover - “Inference Patterns”
123.  *Shadow Band - “Wilderness of Love”


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Best Albums of 2016

Waaaaaaay Late and still needs some editing:


Best of the Best:

1.  Lambchop - "FLOTUS"
2.  Greys - "Warm Shadows"
3.  Radiohead - "Moon Shaped Pool"
4.  Cross Record - "Wabi-Sabi"
5.  Heaters - "Baptistina"
6.  Landing - "Complekt"
7.  Yoko Ono - "Yes, I'm a Witch Too"
8.  Natureboy - "Only No One"
9.  PJ Harvey - "The Hope 6 Demolition Project"
10.  Stargazer Lilies - "Door to the Sun"
11.  Heron Oblivion - "s/t"
12.  Solange - "A Seat at the Table"
13.  Danny Paul Grody - "Sketch for Winter VI: Other States"
14.  Weyes Blood - "Front Row Seat to Earth"
15.  David Bowie - "Blackstar"
16.  Cloudland Canyon - "An Arabesque"
17.  Eluvium - “Curious Things”

Form of the Good:

18.  Still Corners - "Dead Blue"
19.  Spacin' - "Total Freedom"
20.  Nonkeen - "The Gamble"
21.  A Tribe Called Quest - "We Got it From Here"
22.  Arp - "Inversions"
23.  Julianna Barwick - "Will"
24.  Iggy Pop - "Post Pop Depression"
25.  Noveller "Glacial Glow"
26.  Kendrick Lamar - "untitled, unmastered."
27.  Acid Ghost - “Warhol”
28.  Morgan Delt - "Phase Zero"
29.  Odd Nosdam - "Sisters"
30.  Leave the Planet - "Nowhere"
31.  Night Beats - "Who Sold My Generation"
32.  Kikagaku Moyo - "House in the Tall Grass"
33.  Bracken  - "High Phases"
34.  Leonard Cohen - "You Want it Darker"
35.  Marissa Nadler - "Bury Your Name"
36.  Giirls - "Far Life"
37.  DJ Shadow - "The Mountain Will Fall"
38.  Mitski - "Puberty"
39.  Acid Guru Pond - "S/T"
40.  Psychic Ills - "Inner Journey Out"
41.  DIIV - "Is The Is Are"
42.  Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk - "Burritos”
43.  Benoit Pioulard - "Listening Matter"
44.  Not Waving - "Animals"
45.  Doomsquad - "Total Time"
46.  Angel Olsen - "My Woman"
47.  Ashtray Navigations - "To Make a Fool"

Good Listening: 

48.  Nicolas Jaar - "Sirens"
49.  Warpaint - “Heads Up”
50.  Tim Hecker -"Love Streams"
51.  Black Moth Super Rainbow - "Seefu Lilac"
52.  Damien Jurado - "Visions of Us on the Land"
53.  Wye Oak - "Tween"
54.  Allah-Las - "Calico Review"
55.  Young Moon - "Colt"
56.  Teen Body - "Get Home Safe"
57.  The Breath - "Carry Your Kin"
58.  Local Natives - "Sunlit Youth"
59.  Young Magic - “Still Life”
60.  Froth - "Bleak"
61.  The Mystery Lights - "s/t"
62.  Holy Wave - "Freaks of Nurture"
63.  Keep Shelly in Athens - “In Love with Dusk”
64.  Brian Jonestown Massacre - "Third World Pyramid"
65.  Lodro - "Lord O"
66.  White Denim - "Stiff"
67.  Woods - "City Sun Eater in the River of Light"
68.  Loscil - "Monument Builders"
69.  Numerators - "Strange"
70.  Dani Siciliano - "Dani Siciliano"
71.  Western Skies Motel - "Settlers"
72.  C Duncan - "The Midnight Sun"
73.  Tindersticks - "Philharmonie de Paris"
74.  Infinity Crush - "Warmth Equation"
75.  Scraps - "TTNIK"
76.  Underworld - "We Face a Shining Future"
77.  Bob Weir - “Blue Mountain”
78.  Lomelda - "4A"
79.  M.I.A. - "AIM"
80.  Fennesz - "It's Hard for Me to Say I'm Sorry"
81.  Amber Arcades  - "Fading Lines"
82.  Pinkshinyultrablast - "The Cherry Pit"

83.  Tomorrow's Tulips - "Indy Rock Royalty Comb"