Albums // 2018

Here are my favorite records of the past 12 or so crazy, messed-up, not very good months here in the good ol' USA.  From the Top 10, Tirzah has been a slow-burner over the past few weeks and with more time might've found itself higher on this list. Parquet Courts is one of the best indie-rock bands of the decade and Wide Awake! is right there with their best albums. Daytona is just dizzying and has a few of my favorite songs of the year. Like Tirzah, Flasher was a grower as the year went along., and like Daytona, Snail Mail's Lush has some of the best singles of the year - nothing consistently moved me as much as the chorus of "Full Control".  

My first listen to Amen Dunes soundtracked a drunken 2-mile stumble from the train to my front door some time last spring and was one of the most transcendent first listens I've ever had. I love that Low, a band I've known and followed forever, completely inverted themselves after 25 years and dropped an album that somehow tops Things We Lost In The Fire. Ordinary Corrupt Human Love is a huge leap for Deafheaven - still devastatingly heavy as fuck but so, so beautiful.  And Iceage just keeps getting better as they draw from a larger and larger palette.  But for me the most surprising, interesting, and un-categorizable record of the year was Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers.  Their disparate mix of hip-hop, soul, dub, experimental, club, and rock music somehow gels into a stunningly perfect pop album.       

1.  Young Fathers / Cocoa Sugar
2.  Deafheaven / Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
3.  Low / Double Negative
4.  Earl Sweatshirt / Some Rap Songs
5.  Amen Dunes / Freedom
6.  Iceage / Beyondless
7.  Snail Mail / Lush
8.  Pusha T / Daytona
9.  Flasher / Constant Image
10.  Tirzah / Devotion

11.  Beach House / 7
12.  Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus / boygenius EP
13.  Mitski / Be the Cowboy
14.  Spiritualized / … And Nothing Hurt
15.  Jeff Tweedy / WARM
16.  Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever / Hope Downs
17.  Parquet Courts / Wide Awake! 
18.  Big Red Machine
19.  Father John Misty / God’s Favourite Customer
20.  John Prine / The Tree of Forgiveness

2017 // Albums

1.     WaxahatcheeOut in the Storm
2.     The War On DrugsA Deeper Understanding
3.     Bed Wettin’ Bad BoysRot
4.     Big ThiefCapacity
5.     The NationalSleep Well Beast
6.     King KruleThe OOZ
7.     Kendrick LamarDAMN.
8.     The New PornographersWhiteout Conditions
9.     Craig FinnWe All Want the Same Things
10.   Allison CrutchfieldTourist in this Town

11.    Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
12.    Iron & WineBeast Epic
13.    Alvvays - Antisocialites
14.    Kelly Lee Owens – s/t
15.    Destroyerken
16.    Sandy (Alex G) - Rocket
17.    ProtomartyrRelatives in Descent
18.    HaterYou Tried
19.    SpoonHot Thoughts
20.    The Rural Alberta AdvantageThe Wild