My Favorite Music of 2018

 

My Favorite Records of 2018:
Teardrop City – IT’S LATER THAN YOU THINK
Alejandro Escovedo w/ Don Antonio – THE CROSSING
Courtney Marie Andrews – MAY YOUR KINDNESS REMAIN
John Prine – THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS
Mount Eerie – NOW ONLY
Cat Power – WANDERER
Emma Ruth Rundle – ON DARK HORSES
Andrew Bryant – AIN’T IT LIKE THE COSMOS
Charles Bradley – BLACK VELVET
Courtney Barnett – TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL

Other records I really liked:
Erin Rae – PUTTING ON AIRS; Eric Bachmann – NO RECOVER; Phosphorescent – C’EST LA VIE; Damien Jurado – THE HORIZON JUST LAUGHED; Hop Along – BARK YOUR HEAD OFF, DOG; Lucy Dacus – HISTORIAN; Low – DOUBLE NEGATIVE; J Mascis – ELASTIC DAYS; Advance Base – ANIMAL COMPANIONSHIP; Soccer Mommy – CLEAN; Mitski – BE THE COWBOY; Kell Kellum – ADDING TO THE ASHES; Swamp Dogg – LOVE, LOSS, & AUTO-TUNE; Lonnie Holley – MITH; The Gunshy – UNDEFEATED; Neko Case – HELL-ON; Okkervil River – IN THE RAINBOW RAIN; Janelle Monáe – DIRTY COMPUTER; Haley Heynderickx – I NEED TO START A GARDEN; Rhett Miller – THE MESSENGER; H.C. McEntire – LIONHEART; The Rock*A*Teens – SIXTH HOUSE; Wussy – WHAT HEAVEN IS LIKE; Marie/Lepanto – TENKILLER; First Aid Kit – RUINS; Lindi Ortega – LIBERTY; The Great Dying – BLOODY NOSES & ROSES; Anne Freeman – DAYS GO BY; Molly Burch – FIRST FLOWER; Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams, VANISHED GARDENS; The Breeders, ALL NERVE; Ruby Boots – DON’T TALK ABOUT IT; Swearin’ – FALL INTO THE SUN; Marianne Faithfull – NEGATIVE CAPABILITY; Cody Rogers – MY HEART IS THE MOST LONESOME RODEO; Richard Swift – THE HEX; Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers – BOUGHT TO ROT; Jeff Tweedy – WARM; Nathan Salsburg – THIRD; Kamasi Washington – HEAVEN & EARTH; Elephant Micah – Genericana

Favorite EPs:
Tony Molina – KILL THE LIGHTS
boygenius – S/T
Waxahatchee – GREAT THUNDER
Grouper – GRID OF POINTS
Sera Cahoone – THE FLORA STRING SESSIONS
Liz Brasher – OUTCAST

Favorite Reissues/Live Albums, etc:
Bob Dylan – MORE BLOOD, MORE TRACKS
Songs: Ohia – LOVE & WORK: THE LIONESS SESSIONS
Various – BASEMENT BEEHIVE: THE GIRL GROUP UNDERGROUND
Various – BURIED COUNTRY
Various – ALL OF THIS GOES TOO/LOVE YOU SAVE/THE TRUTH IS A LIE: AMERICAN SOUL MUSIC 1955-1972
Neil Young – ROXY: TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT LIVE and SONGS FOR JUDY
James Booker – THE LOST PARAMOUNT TAPES
Prince – PIANO & A MICROPHONE
The Paranoid Style – ROCK & ROLL JUST CAN’T RECALL + 3
Lee Bains III and Glory Fires – LIVE AT THE NICK
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – LIVE FROM THE RYMAN
Bobbie Gentry – THE GIRL FROM CHICKASAW COUNTY and LIVE AT THE BBC
Mount Eerie – (AFTER)

Here’s a playlist I made with some of my favorite songs of the year. (Teardrop City isn’t on Spotify, but you can find their album here.)

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It’s Coming Up Lavender: My Favorite Music of 2017

My Favorite Records of 2017:
Phoebe Bridgers, STRANGER IN THE ALPS
Julien Baker, TURN OUT THE LIGHTS
John Moreland, BIG BAD LUV
Mount Eerie, A CROW LOOKED AT ME
Shilpa Ray, DOOR GIRL
Jake Xerxes Fussell, WHAT IN THE NATURAL WORLD
The Weather Station, S/T
Moses Sumney, AROMANTICISM
Margo Price, ALL AMERICAN MADE
Big Thief, CAPACITY
Hurray for the Riff Raff, THE NAVIGATOR
Big K.R.I.T., 4EVA IS A MIGHTY LONG TIME
(Sandy) Alex G, ROCKET
Songhoy Blues, RESISTANCE
Mark Lanegan Band, GARGOYLE

Favorite Reissues, Box Sets, Live, Best Ofs, Soundtracks, B-Sides/Rarities:
Bob Dylan, TROUBLE NO MORE
Neil Young, HITCHHIKER
Chris Bell, I AM THE COSMOS
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, LOVELY CREATURES
Townes Van Zandt, REAR VIEW MIRROR
The Replacements, FOR SALE: LIVE AT MAXWELL’S, 1986
TWIN PEAKS: MUSIC FROM… & SERIES SOUNDTRACK
Angel Olsen, PHASES
Y Kant Tori Read, S/T
Hüsker Dü, SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ
Sharon Van Etten, (IT WAS) BECAUSE I WAS IN LOVE
John Carpenter, ANTHOLOGY
Wilco, BEING THERE (DELUXE)
Elliott Smith, EITHER/OR (EXPANDED)
Lucinda Williams, THIS SWEET OLD WORLD

Other stuff I really liked: Courtney Marie Andrews, HONEST LIFE; Neil Young and Promise of the Real, THE VISITOR; Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, SOUL OF A WOMAN; Bob Dylan, TRIPLICATE; Lee Ann Womack, THE LONELY, THE LONESOME, AND THE GONE; Craig Finn, WE ALL WANT THE SAME THINGS; Bell Witch, MIRROR REAPING; Mavis Staples, IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK; Jessica Lea Mayfield, SORRY IS GONE; Joan Shelley, S/T; Waxahatchee, OUT IN THE STORM; Lily Hiatt, TRINITY LANE; Dent May, ACROSS THE MULTIVERSE; Hiss Golden Messenger, HALLELUJAH ANYHOW; Angaleena Presley, WRANGLED; Kendrick Lamar, DAMN; Electric Wizard, WIZARD BLOODY WIZARD; Johnny Jewel, WINDSWEPT; The Como Mamas, MOVE UPSTAIRS; Don Bryant, DON’T GIVE UP ON LOVE; Marvin Pontiac, THE ASYLUM TAPES; Randy Newman, DARK MATTER; Will Johnson, HATTERAS NIGHT, A GOOD LUCK CHARM; The War on Drugs, A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING; Sean Rowe, NEW LORE; Lana Del Rey, LUST FOR LIFE; Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, SIDELONG; Garland Jeffreys, 14 STEPS TO HARLEM; Sun Kil Moon, COMMON AS LIGHT AND LOVE ARE RED VALLEYS OF BLOOD; Bobby Bare, THINGS CHANGE; Colter Wall, S/T; Destroyer, KEN; Big Sean, I DECIDED; Bonnie Prince Billy, WOLF OF THE COSMOS; William Eggleston, MUSIK; Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett, LOTTA SEA LICE; Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye & Jim White, S/T; Godspeed You! Black Emperor, LUCIFERIAN TOWERS; Björk, UTOPIA; Kamasi Washington, HARMONY OF DIFFERENCE EP; Jon Langford, FOUR LOST SOULS; Ryan Adams, PRISONER; David Rawlings, POOR DAVID’S ALMANACK;  Lo Tom, S/T; Soccer Mommy, COLLECTION; Japandroids, NEAR TO THE WILD HEART OF LIFE; The Afghan Whigs, IN SPADES; Allison Crutchfield, TOURIST IN THIS TOWN; Molly Burch, PLEASE BE MINE; Bash & Pop, ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN; Matt Arbogast, DADDY WAS A SICK-HEARTED SINGER; Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, THE NASHVILLE SOUND; Cigarettes After Sex, S/T.

Here are some of my favorite songs of 2017.

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We Kill the Flame: My Favorite Music of 2016

A hell of a lot of great music this year. A true masterpiece from Nick Cave. An indispensable album from Leonard Cohen—amazing that this last is one of his absolute best. Bowie went out with an incredible record too. Lots of my others favorites came through in big ways: Koz probably pissed a lot of people off with his journal-like ramblings on the Jesu/SKM LP, but that album hit me hard from the get-go and I’ve listened to it pretty non-stop (I don’t even skip the parts where he reads fan letters); Tyler Keith, JPKS, and Angel Olsen put out records I’ll never stop spinning (damn excited that I got to write the liner notes for the Tyler Keith LP); Richmond Fontaine’s last ever is also one of their greatest; the new Bon Iver was pretty divisive, I think, but I loved it; Margo Price is my favorite new artist of the year, and I keep finding new things to love about her and her debut; Drive-By Truckers made a really fucking important record, one that needed to be made, and it’s brilliant; A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul both made terrific records, making me feel like it’s the ‘90s again in the best way possible. I could keep going. The top records I’ve listed here are the ones I’ve returned to the most, the ones I’ll keep returning to. A really horrible year too. So many heroes gone. Bowie, Prince, Merle Haggard, Guy Clark, Phife Dawg, Leon Russell, Lemmy, Sharon Jones, Mose Allison. The loss of Leonard Cohen hit hardest for me. I heard “Everybody Knows” at twelve-years-old, and it changed my life. On top of that, we have this other Darkness-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named currently burying us. Scares the hell out of me. Feels good to be able to get lost in music, to sense in music a cure.

My Favorite Records of 2016:
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, SKELETON TREE
Leonard Cohen, YOU WANT IT DARKER
Richmond Fontaine, YOU CAN’T GO BACK IF THERE’S NOTHING TO GO BACK  TO
Tyler Keith and the Apostles, DO IT FOR JOHNNY
Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster, CONSTANT STRANGER
Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, S/T
David Bowie, BLACKSTAR
Angel Olsen, MY WOMAN
Margo Price, MIDWEST FARMER’S DAUGHTER
Bon Iver, 22, A MILLION
A Tribe Called Quest, WE GOT IT FROM HERE… THANK YOU 4 YOUR SERVICE
Drive-By Truckers, AMERICAN BAND
Hiss Golden Messenger, HEART LIKE A LEVEE
Beach Slang, A LOUD BASH OF TEENAGE FEELINGS
William Tyler, MODERN COUNTRY
Charles Bradley, CHANGES
De La Soul, (AND THE ANONYMOUS NOBODY)
Okkervil River, AWAY
Lambchop, FLOTUS
Adam Torres, PEARLS TO SWINE
The Gunshy, PORTERHOUSE
Robbie Fulks, UPLAND STORIES
John Doe, THE WESTERNER
Lucinda Williams, THE GHOSTS OF HIGHWAY 20
David Bazan, BLANCO
Sturgill Simpson, A SAILOR’S GUIDE TO EARTH
Tindersticks, THE WAITING ROOM
Eric Bachmann, S/T
The Handsome Family, UNSEEN
Freakwater, SCHEHERAZADE
Lydia Loveless, REAL

My Favorite Reissues of 2016:
Washington Phillips, WASHINGTON PHILLIPS AND HIS MANZARENE DREAMS
Jessie Mae Hemphill, S/T
Gillian Welch, BOOTS NO. 1: THE OFFICIAL REVIVAL BOOTLEG
Terry Allen, JUAREZ and LUBBOCK (ON EVERYTHING)
Stevie Nicks, BELLA DONNA and THE WILD HEART
Lift to Experience, THE TEXAS-JERUSALEM CROSSROADS
Marah, ANGELS OF DESTRUCTION
Jim Dickinson, DIXIE FRIED
Lee Moses, TIME AND PLACE
MUSIC OF MOROCCO, RECORDED BY PAUL BOWLES, 1959
Big Star, COMPLETE THIRD
Bob Dylan, THE 1966 LIVE RECORDINGS
Various Artists, THIS IS FAME 1964-1968
Angelo Badalamenti, TWIN PEAKS SOUNDTRACK
The White Stripes, PEEL SESSIONS
Crooked Fingers, BRING ON THE SNAKES and S/T
The Replacements, THE SIRE YEARS
Hayden, EVERYTHING I LONG FOR
Ryan Adams HEARTBREAKER
Tori Amos, BOYS FOR PELE
My Morning Jacket, IT STILL MOVES
Little Wings, LIGHT GREEN LEAVES
Grifters, CRAPPIN’ YOU NEGATIVE
Jay Reatard, BLOOD VISIONS

My Favorite Tracks of 2016 (A Mix, in no particular order):
“You Want it Darker,” Leonard Cohen
“Hey Lucinda,” Tindersticks
“I Should Have Volunteered,” The Gunshy
“For You Always,” Minor Victories w/ Mark Kozelek
“A Night in the City,” Richmond Fontaine
“Half Broke,” Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster
“Ramon Casiano,” Drive-By Truckers
“Keep It Between the Lines,” Sturgill Simpson
“Okkervil River R.I.P.,” Okkervil River
“Shut Up Kiss Me,” Angel Olsen
“Mercy,” Eric Bachmann
“The End of the Things,” Bob Mould
“Rings of Saturn,” Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
“33 ‘GOD,’” Bon Iver
“QACHINA,” Damien Jurado
“Destroyer,” Kevin Morby
“Future Mixtape for the Art Kids,” Beach Slang
“Trouble with Boys,” David Bazan
“Ultralight Beam,” Kanye West
“Drone Bomb Me,” ANOHNI
“Giving Up Early (On Tomorrow),” The Paranoid Style
“Dorks,” Aesop Rock
“European,” Lydia Loveless
“Whateva Will Be,” A Tribe Called Quest
“Destroyed by Hippie Powers,” Car Seat Headrest
“Juniper Arms,” Adam Torres
“Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out,” Connor Oberst
“Cracked Windshield,” Hiss Golden Messenger
“St. Anne’s Parade,” Shovels & Rope
“Change for the World,” Charles Bradley
“The Gospel,” Alicia Keys
“333,” Against Me!
“Expensive Proposition,” Tim Lee 3
“Number One With a Bullet,” Freakwater
“Lazarus,” David Bowie
“A Song of Shadows,” Jesu/Sun Kil Moon
“Back in My Day,” The Handsome Family
“Where Do You Roam?,” Dex Romweber
“I Need You,” Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
“Needed,” Robbie Fulks
“The Great Pretender,” Sean Rowe
“Since You Put Me Down,” Margo Price
“I Don’t Want to Be Funny Anymore,” Lucy Dacus
“Down I-5,” case/lang/viers
“Opposite House,” Cass McCombs
“NIV,” Lambchop
“We Aren’t the World (Safety Girl),” Wilco
“Sister,” Angel Olsen
“Age Don’t Mean a Thing,” Robert Finley
“Here in After,” De La Soul
“8 (circle),” Bon Iver
“Paraguay,” Iggy Pop
“New York is My Home,” Dion & Paul Simon
“Sunlight,” John Doe
“Kristi Rae,” Austin Lucas w/ Kelly Smith
“The Dirt, the Bells, & I,” Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster
“Let’s Hit One More Place,” Richmond Fontaine

Link to Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/williamboyle4444/playlist/0jTerSRx8KfY4kI4zGmxER

Other records I really liked:
Austin Lucas, BETWEEN THE MOON AND THE MIDWEST; Beyoncé, LEMONADE; Wilco, SCHMILCO; Tim Lee 3, TIN, MAN; Lucy Dacus, NO BURDEN; Velo Sun, HANGS UPON NOTHING (ORIGINAL SCORE); Shovels & Rope, LITTLE SEEDS; Kevin Morby, SINGING SAW; Minor Victories, S/T; Alicia Keys, HERE; case lang veirs, S/T; Bonus, II; Car Seat Headrest, TEENS OF DENIAL; Iggy Pop, POST POP DEPRESSION; Damien Jurado, VISIONS OF US ON THE LAND; Mothers, WHEN YOU WALK A LONG DISTANCE YOU ARE TIRED; Anohni, HOPELESSNESS; Dinosaur Jr., GIVE A GLIMPSE OF WHAT YER NOT; Robert Finley, AGE DON’T MEAN A THING; Sean Rowe, ALL WE CAN DO (EP); Danny Brown, ATROCITY EXHIBITION; Jim James, ETERNALLY EVEN; Wussy, FOREVER SOUNDS; Cass McCombs, MANGY LOVE; Blood Orange, FREETOWN SOUND; Connor Oberst, RUMINATIONS; Solange, A SEAT AT THE TABLE; The Paranoid Style, ROLLING DISCLOSURE; Kanye West, THE LIFE OF PABLO; Nots, COSMETIC; Daniel Lanois, GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE; Steve Gunn, EYES ON THE LINES; Bob Dylan, FALLEN ANGELS; Bob Mould, PATCH THE SKY; Aesop Rock, THE IMPOSSIBLE KID; Tim Hecker, LOVE STREAMS; John Carpenter, LOST THEMES II; M. Ward, MORE RAIN; Daughter, NOT TO DISAPPEAR; I-Don’t-Cares, WILD STAB; Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, THE RARITY OF EXPERIENCE; Dex Romweber, CARRBORO; Prince, HITNRUN, PHASE ONE; Talbot Adams, COMMUNITY/RECESSION ERA; Tim Heidecker, IN GLENDALE; Mark Kozelek, SINGS FAVORITES; Greater Pyrenees, S/T; William Bell, THIS IS WHERE I LIVE; The Jayhawks, PAGING MR. PROUST; Bonnie Prince Billy & Bitchin’ Bajas, EPIC JAMMERS; Brian Harnetty, RAWHEAD & BLOODYBONES; Hallelujah the Hills, A BAND IS SOMETHING TO FIGURE OUT; Dead Gaze, EASY TRAVELS; Swear Tapes, CHERISH THE CABIN; Against Me!, SHAPE SHIFT WITH ME; Mekons, EXISTENTIALISM; Pixies, HEAD CARRIER; Paul Simon, STRANGER TO STRANGER; David Bazan, DARK SACRED NIGHT; The Rolling Stones, BLUE AND LONESOME; Childish Gambino, “AWAKEN, MY LOVE!”.

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