Monthly Archives: January 2019

BEST MUSIC 2018

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It’s time to celebrate all that was noteworthy and beautiful in the musical realm for 2018. Each year the list gets shorter and the search points get wider and more obscure, but I have managed to stay on top of the hunt. As such, I have pulled some amazing cuts from many random places, playlists, blogs, and serendipitous intervention. I listen to releases on a weekly basis and I update my list daily, always excited for the latest and greatest new song. All year my friends and I shared tunes, drinks, laughs, and car rides chatting late into the evenings about “Who’s going to be your number one!? Oh, ____should definitely make the list!” It’s like a secret club we are all a part of comparing lists, sharing new songs, and trying to be the first to hear the coolest stuff. I was really floored with my number one choice this year based on sheer emotional attachment to the video. I broke into tears on the first view and I knew there was something special about it. For that, I had to hold it up as a work of strength emotionally, musically, and lyrically. It presses all the right buttons for me while still being succinct and honest. My second choice is a complete contrast entirely. This song infused humor, dead pan wit, and sarcasm into a straight-shooting romp with virtually no melody, just speaking. It’s a timeless classic to me because of how free it feels. The hipster is dead and I believe this is going to be a new trend in the musical future – simply not caring. We need more of that now at a time when everyone is pouring over their social media feeds obsessively seeking validation overly concerned with what everyone else thinks of them. Its time to let go of the external judgment and embrace being ourselves.

The list is comprised of mostly new and unknown indie artists, which is refreshing. Most of the usual suspects didn’t make the rounds this year and it’s lovely to have such a diverse offering from very young and eager new acts.  As always it is a testament to my musical discovery adventures to share the gold with you all and expose the next breed of those who might not get a chance to be heard otherwise.

Enjoy the list!

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BEST MUSIC OF 2018

1. SAM FENDER | DEAD BOYS

sam fender

 

 

2. VIAGRA BOYS | SPORTS

viagra boys _ sports cover

 

 

3. THE 1975 | LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT

the 1975 love it

 

 

4. EBHONI | OPPS

ebhoni

 

 

5. MATT MALTESE | COMIC LIFE

matt maltese

 

 

6. KALI UCHIS | IN MY DREAMS

kai uchis

 

 

7. POGO | UNICORNS

pogo

 

 

8. TRAUDES | AMSTERDAM

traudes

 

 

9. ANDRE 3000 | TO BURY YOUR PARENTS

andre 3000

 

 

10. THE CHATS | SMOKO

the chats

 

 

11. GALLANT | DOESN’T MATTER

gallant

 

 

12. WILD NOTHING | LETTING GO

wild nothing

 

 

13. TAMINO | HABIBI

tamino

 

 

14. KLLO | POTENTIAL

kllo

 

 

15. MALLRAT | GROCERIES

mattrat

 

 

16. PETE YORN & SCARLETTE JOHANSSON | IGUANA BIRD

pete yorn

 

 

17. MATT MALTESE|LESS AND LESS

matt maltese 2

 

 

18. POWERSOLO | ANA BHEBAK

powersolo

 

 

19. POST MALONE | RICH AND SAD

post malone

 

 

20. LOST UNDER HEAVEN | FOR THE WILD

lost under heaven

 

 

21. HATCHIE | SUGAR AND SPICE

hatchie

 

 

22. DILLY DALLY | SOBER MOTEL

dilly dally

 

 

23. LPX | MIGHT NOT MAKE IT HOME

lpx

 

 

24. BLACK | PROM NIGHT

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25. GRAND PAX | COMET

grand pax comet

 

 

26. NOTHING,NOWHERE.| WASTER

nothing nowhere 1

 

 

27. THE 1975 | GIVE YOURSELF A TRYthe 1975 give

 

 

28. WINNETKA BOWLING LEAGUE | ON THE 5

winektka

 

 

29. CHILDISH GAMBINO | THIS IS AMERICA

childish

 

 

30. PALO SORPRANO | BOSSONOVA

palo

 

 

31. TWIN SHADOW | SATURDAYS

twin shadow

 

 

32. BLACK HONEY | MIDNIGHT

black honey

 

 

33. KITTEN | ABIGAIL

kitten

 

 

34. FLOHIO | WATCH OUT

flohio

 

35. KITTEN | I DID IT

kitten i did it

 

 

36. NOTHING,NOWHERE.| REMINISCER

nothing 3

 

 

37. IAMX | MILE DEEP HOLLOW

iam

 

 

38. MUNCIE GIRLS | CLINIC

muncie girls

 

 

39. TRANSVIOLET | UNDO

transviolet

 

 

40. SLOAN | SPIN OUR WHEELS

sloan