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These are starting to trickle in. Figured I’d post a few lists I’ve seen and we can have a thread where people can share their lists. I always find a couple gems from seeing other people’s lists (I’m still working on mine). 

 

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/11/the-50-best-albums-of-2018.html

 

https://www.stereogum.com/featured/the-best-albums-of-2018/

 

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Mitski - Be the Cowboy**

Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

Parquet Courts - Wide Awake**

The Vaccines - Combat Sports**

Benjamin Lazar Davis - Nothing Matters

Low - Double Negative**

Frog - Whatever We Probably Already Had It**

Adrianne Lenker - abysskiss

Mount Eerie - Now Only

Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog

Floating Action - Heartache Essentials

Soccer Mommy - Clean

Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy

Trace Mountains - A Partner to Lean On

Beach House - 7

gobbinjr - ocala wick

David Byrne - American Utopia

Tony Molina - Kill the Lights

 

Double asterisks denotes that these were especially enjoyed.

Edited by swb

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I was so close to certain on mine but last Friday saw so much good stuff drop that I'll have to seriously reconsider my orders of preference. So heres a disorganised list of albums I've enjoyed.

Drowse - Cold Air
Mount Eerie - Now Only
Eliza Shaddad - Future
Floating Room - False Baptism
Dead Meadow - The Nothing They Need

Remote Viewing - Blood Loss

Sonance - To Possess You Entirely

Ex:Re - Ex:Re

Emma Ruth Rundle - On Dark Horses

Big Lad - Pro Rock

Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs

Cursive - Vitriola

Author & Punisher - Beastland
Vennart - To Cure A Blizzard On A Plastic Sea

Edited by Stress On The Sky

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs

Yves Tumor - Safe in the Hands of Love

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Sparkle Hard

Shannon Shaw - Shannon in Nashville

Preoccupations - New Material

Hookworms - Microshift

The Chills - Snowbound

Oh Sees - Smote Reverser

Arndales - Shops

Ty Segall - Freedom's Goblin

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I'll have to go through some stuff again, but just off my discogs this is probably my top 10 this year (no particular order):

 

Slow Crush - Aurora

Pusha T - Daytona

Spaceslug - Eye the Tide

Khemmis - Desolation

Sleep - The Sciences

John Coltrane - Two Directions At Once

Neko Case - Hell On

Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer

Beach House - 7

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard/Slomatics - Totems

 

 

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Off the top of my head these are my tops, though not in order. If I gave it more thought, some may change, but Mol and Zeal & Ardor are solid.

 

Mol - Jord
Zeal & Ardor - Stranger Fruit
High on Fire - Electric Messiah
Fantastic Negrito - Please Don't Be Dead
YOB - Our Raw Heart
Immortal - Northern Chaos Gods
Sleep - The Sciences
Tomb Mold - Manor of Infinite Forms
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - Close But No Cigar
Sixes - Methistopheles

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On 12/7/2018 at 4:50 PM, lexicondevil said:

Off the top of my head these are my tops, though not in order. If I gave it more thought, some may change, but Mol and Zeal & Ardor are solid.

 

Mol - Jord
Zeal & Ardor - Stranger Fruit
High on Fire - Electric Messiah
Fantastic Negrito - Please Don't Be Dead
YOB - Our Raw Heart
Immortal - Northern Chaos Gods
Sleep - The Sciences
Tomb Mold - Manor of Infinite Forms
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - Close But No Cigar
Sixes - Methistopheles

Mol is incredible.

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My favorites:

1. Spanish Love Songs - Schmaltz (https://spanishlovesongs.bandcamp.com/album/schmaltz)

2. Cecil Frena - The Gridlock (https://cecilfrena.bandcamp.com/album/the-gridlock)

3. Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt (https://www.spiritualized.com/)

4. Foxing - Nearer My God (https://foxingtheband.bandcamp.com/album/nearer-my-god)

5. Wild Pink - Yolk in the Fur (https://wildpink.bandcamp.com/album/yolk-in-the-fur)

6. World's Greatest Dad - Get Well Soon (https://worldsgreatestdadmusic.bandcamp.com/album/get-well-soon)

7. Postdata - Let's Be Wilderness (http://www.postdatamusic.com/)

8. Lori McKenna - The Tree (https://lorimckennama.bandcamp.com/album/the-tree)

9. Sidney Gish - No Dogs Allowed (https://sidneygish.bandcamp.com/album/no-dogs-allowed)

10. Curling - Definitely Band (https://curling.bandcamp.com/album/definitely-band)

11. Emma Louise - Lilac Everything (https://www.emmalouise.net/)

12. Republic of Wolves - Shrine (https://therepublicofwolves.bandcamp.com/album/shrine)

 

And I liked these EPs:

boygenius - boygenius (https://xboygeniusx.bandcamp.com/album/boygenius)

Young Statues - Amarillo (https://youngstatues.bandcamp.com/album/amarillo)

bristletongue - femme florale (https://bristletongue.bandcamp.com/album/femme-florale)

Telethon - Modern Abrasive (https://telethonband.bandcamp.com/album/modern-abrasive)

 

And a special shout out to my brother, who released his new hip hop EP, Professional Help, which is well worth your time - https://johnwesleyrap.bandcamp.com/album/professional-help-2018

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My Tops:

Beach House — 7

Big Red Machine - s/t

Black Moth Super Rainbow — panic blooms

Black Panther - The Album

Culture Abuse — Bay Dream

Dawes - Passwords
Dirty Projectors - Lamp Lit Prose

Kacey Musgraves — Golden Hour

Kanye West — Ye

Kids See Ghosts — Kids See Ghosts

Leon Bridges — Good Thing

Low - Double Negative 

MGMT — Little Dark Age

Now, Now — Saved
The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

The Midnight - Kids

Edited by Tommy

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On 12/4/2018 at 7:32 PM, swb said:

Mitski - Be the Cowboy**

Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

Parquet Courts - Wide Awake**

The Vaccines - Combat Sports**

Benjamin Lazar Davis - Nothing Matters

Low - Double Negative**

Frog - Whatever We Probably Already Had It**

Adrianne Lenker - abysskiss

Mount Eerie - Now Only

Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog

Floating Action - Heartache Essentials

Soccer Mommy - Clean

Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy

Trace Mountains - A Partner to Lean On

Beach House - 7

gobbinjr - ocala wick

David Byrne - American Utopia

Tony Molina - Kill the Lights

 

Double asterisks denotes that these were especially enjoyed.

Finally had time to run through everything I listened to and make a proper favorites list, so I updated my post.

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Here's my list this year:

1. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

2. Saba - Care for Me

3. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats - Tearing at the Seams

4. Leon Bridges - Good Thing

5. J.P Bimeni and the Black Belts - Free Me

6. Lake Street Dive - Free Yourself

7. Pusha T - Daytona

8. Jorja Smith - Lost & Found

9. Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

10. Jason Mraz - Know.

11. Nas With National Symphony Orchestra - Illmatic (Live From The Kennedy Center)

12. Black Panther The Album

13. Natlie Prass - The Future and the Past

14. Dashboard Confessional - Crooked Shadows

15. Elise LeGrow - Playing Chess

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A few I really enjoyed this year.  In no particular order.

  1. Foxing - Nearer My God  (AOTY)
  2. Delta Sleep - Ghost City
  3. Thrice - Palms
  4. Kississippi - Sunset Blush
  5. Toe - Our Latest Number
  6. Pianos Become the Teeth - Wait for Love
  7. Bad Bad Hats - Lightning Round
  8. Soccer Mommy - Clean
  9. Hail the Sun - Mental Knife
  10. Royal Coda - Self Titled 

Artists that released singles & EPs worth noting:

  1. Small Leaks Sink Ships - Polaroid People 
  2. Keyes - Floating Room & Subtle Sway
  3. Childish Gambino - This is America & Summer Pack
  4. Elise Trouw - Line of Sight 

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20.  Lemon Demon - Spirit Phone

19.  KIDS SEE GHOSTS - KIDS SEE GHOSTS

18.  Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog

17.  Spanish Love Songs - Schmaltz

16.  American Pleasure Club - a whole fucking lifetime of this

15.  The Wonder Years - Sister Cities

14.  Lydia - Liquor

13.  Wicca Phase Springs Eternal - CORINTHIAX

12.  Ghostmane - N/O/I/S/E

11.  Dance Gavin Dance - Artificial Selection

10.  Brockhampton - iridescence

9.  $UICIDEBOY$ - I Want To Die In New Orleans

8.  The Midnight - Kids

7.  Joji - BALLADS 1

6.  The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

5.  88rising - Head In The Clouds

4.  Gunship - Dark All Day

3.  Hot Mulligan - Pilot

2.  Foxing - Nearer My God

1.  Allan Rayman - Harry Hard-On

 

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41 minutes ago, Tommy said:

Just decided to check this out, its real good. Guys voice sounds very alt-j

 

THANK YOU.  No one else seems to know about or talk about this guy and he’s so fucking good.  His first album “Hotel Allan” is my personal favorite but all of his stuff is great. 

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