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Which albums released in 2018 did you enjoy?  To get the ball rolling, here's my list (in no real particular order)

 

Stephen Malkmus+Jicks

Superchunk

Salad Boys

Hookworms

Fu Manchu

Damien Jurado

Yo La Tengo

The Sea and Cake

Parquet Courts

Wooden Shjips

Courtney Barnett

Breeders

Thee Oh Sees

Idles

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Say Hi

Mudhoney

Swearin'

Phosphorescent

J. Mascis

Jim Bryson

Dungen and Woods

Kikagaku Mayo

Jeff Tweedy

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A couple albums from down under top my list:
Salad Boys and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

not necessarily in that order, but not necessarily NOT in that order, either.

 

Others that I liked:

Klaus Johann Grobe

Ohmme

Tom Zé

Domenico Lancellotti

Joe Pisapia

 

 

Reissues/compilations/archival:
Dur-Dur Band - Dur-Dur of Somalia, Vols. 1 & 2

Various - African Scream Contest 2

John Coltrane - Both Directions at Once


Leon Bridges
Parquet Courts
Beck
Jayhawks
Decemberist
David Byrne

That David Byrne was probably the most-disappointing new album that I've heard this year.

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Courtney Barnett -- Tell Me How You Really Feel

Parquet Courts -- Wide Awake!

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks --- Sparkle Hard

Superchunk -- What a Time To Be Alive

Yo La Tengo -- There's A Riot Going on

Low Cut Connie -- Dirty Pictures (Part 2)

Alejandro Escovedo -- The Crossing

John Prine -- The Tree of Forgiveness

Guided By Voices -- Space Gun

Richard Thompson -- 13 Rivers

Jeff Rosenstock -- Post

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No real order but I think the top 3 are my most played records this year.

Sloan - 12

Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer

Rolling Blackouts C.F. - Hope Downs
Kurt Vile - Bottle It In

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks - Sparkle Hard

King Tuff - The Other

Adrianne Lenker - Abysskiss

Snail Mail - Lush

Phosphorescent - C’est La Vie

The Decemberists - I'll Be Your Girl

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Dr. Dog - Critical Equation

Gary and Linda - Optical Illusions

Jeff Tweedy - Warm 

DeVotchka- The Night Falls Forever 

Ty Segall - Freedom’s Goblin

Erika Wennerstrom- Sweet Unknown

Shannon and the Clams - Onion

Golden Boots- Halt 

M. Ward - What a Wonderful Industry 

Ceramic Dog - YRU Still Here 

Marc Ribot - Songs of Resistance 

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Erika Wennerstrom's "Sweet Unknown" is far and away the one album from 2018 that I listened to a lot.

Other albums that I picked up include:
Lucius - Nudes

Neko Case - Hell-On

Richard Thompson - 13 Rivers
 

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I heard a song on the way to work this morning by Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles. I'd never heard of her/her band before. Listened to a few more tracks during planning time and looked her up on the google machine. From Boston area, apparently. 

 

Good stuff.

 

Oh, apparently they have  a new album that came out a month or 2 ago I need to hear....

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Which albums released in 2018 did you enjoy?  To get the ball rolling, here's my list (in no real particular order)

 

Stephen Malkmus+Jicks

Superchunk

Salad Boys

Hookworms

Fu Manchu

Damien Jurado

Yo La Tengo

The Sea and Cake

Parquet Courts

Wooden Shjips

Courtney Barnett

Breeders

Thee Oh Sees

Idles

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Say Hi

Mudhoney

Swearin'

Phosphorescent

J. Mascis

Jim Bryson

Dungen and Woods

Kikagaku Mayo

Jeff Tweedy

i like the cut of your jib.

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I have to add Adam's House Cat - Town Burned Down to my list. Just picked it up the other night. This pre-Drive By Truckers album holds up with Patterson Hood's best material despite being recorded a decade before Southern Rock Opera, when Hood was just in his early 20s. Unfortunately the album wasn't released, and the tapes were lost, and then much later rediscovered, and the record finally came out this year.

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I don't have a definitive ranking this year, but here are my favorites in no order:

 

  • Josh Rouse – Love in the Modern Age
  • Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
  • Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel
  • Natalie Prass – The Future and the Past
  • Salad Boys – This is Glue
  • Jim James – Uniform Distortion
  • Kurt Vile – Bottle it In
  • Mark Knopfler – Down the Road Wherever
  • Elvis Costello – Look Now
  • Jeff Tweedy – Warm
  • White Denim – Performance
  • Snail Mail – Lush
  • J Mascis – Elastic Days
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I have to add Adam's House Cat - Town Burned Down to my list. Just picked it up the other night. This pre-Drive By Truckers album holds up with Patterson Hood's best material despite being recorded a decade before Southern Rock Opera, when Hood was just in his early 20s. Unfortunately the album wasn't released, and the tapes were lost, and then much later rediscovered, and the record finally came out this year.

 That's high praise!   DBT is one of my favorite bands, so I'll have to check this out.

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The band didn't even have it for sale at their merch table last night, so I don't have the album yet, but the songs the Old 97s played from their new Christmas album are actually really good. Particularly Snow Angels.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Finally got around to it:
 

The top 10

• Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Hope Downs
• Salad Boys – This is Glue
• Ohmme – Parts
• Klaus Johann Grobe - Du bist so symmetrisch
• The Chills - Snow Bound
• Domenico Lancellotti - The Good is a Big God
• Elza Soares - Deus É Mulher
• Lucy Dacus – Historian
• Tom Zé - Sem Voce Não A
• The Breeders - All Nerve

 

Just missed the top 10:
• Man’s Body – Put Your Family In It
• Safespace - Keep Quiet
• Ought – Room Inside the World
• The Sea and Cake - Any Day
• thisishowitendedintokyo - april(s)in
• Joe Pisapia – Connection
• Neurotic Fiction - Pulp Music

 

Archival/Comps that I loved:

• Various Artists - African Scream Contest 2
• Dur-Dur Band – Dur-Dur of Somalia: Vol. 1, Vol. 2, & Previously Unreleased Tracks
• John Coltrane - Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

 

Need more listens, but had top 10 potential:
• Native Cats - John Sharp Toro
• Hollow Hand - Star Chamber
• JC Autobody – Witches
• The Ocean Party - The Oddfellows' Hall
• Ultimate Painting - Up!

 

And, of course, there is a lot that I just did not hear (like Jeff's new one). Or, at least did not hear enough to merit consideration.

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• Ohmme – Parts

 

I just discovered this band. Good stuff!  Have you heard their previous record from 2017?  I picked up both at the same time and I've only been able to listen to them once each.  So far I like the first one a little better, but both are really good. 

 

https://www.discogs.com/Ohmme-Ohmme/master/1350045

 

Will check out more from your list.  We have had similar tastes in the past. 

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