2018: Top Ten Albums

I obviously haven’t listened to every album that’s come out this year (let’s be real.. no one has), but these are the records that found their way to my ears and in some way or another were written especially for me. The following are my personal favorite albums from the past year with a few extra honorable mentions that I couldn’t fit in, but still wanted to notate as worth checking out if you haven’t already.


Honorable Mentions

El Ten Eleven | Banker’s Hill | Topshelf Records

Favorite Tracks:  Phenomenal Problems, Reverie, You Are Enough

Shame | Songs of Praise | Dead Oceans 

Favorite Tracks:  One Rizla, Tasteless, Concrete

The Drowns | View From The Bottom | Gunner Records

Favorite Tracks:  Eternal Debate, Take Me Back, Where’s Bobby?

Eels | The Deconstruction | E Works Records

Favorite Tracks:  Be Hurt, Today Is The Day, There I Said It

Gouge Away | Burnt Sugar | Deathwish Inc.

Favorite Tracks:  Only Friend, Ghost, Dissociation

The Top Ten

10 | J Mascis | Elastic Days | Sub Pop

Favorite Tracks:  See You At The Movies, Web So Dense, Everything She Said

9 | Turnstile | Time & Space | Roadrunner Records

Favorite Tracks:  Real Thing, I Don’t Wanna Be Blind, Generator

8 | Tiny Moving Parts | Swell | Triple Crown Records

Favorite Tracks:  Applause, Caution, Feel Alive

7 | Phosphorescent | C’est La Vie | Dead Oceans

Favorite Tracks:  C’est La Vie No. 2, Christmas Down Under, New Birth in New England

6 | Wye Oak | The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs | Merge Records

Favorite Tracks:  It Was Not Natural, Symmetry, The Louder I Call the Faster It Runs

5 | Kurt Vile | Bottle It In | Matador

Favorite Tracks:  Bassackwards, Rollin With The Flow, One Trick Ponies

4 | mewithoutYou | [Untitled] EP/LP | Run For Cover Records

Favorite Tracks: 9:27a.m. 7/29, Julia (or, ‘Holy to the LORD’ on the Bells of Horses), Winter Solstice

3 | Low | Double Negative | Sub Pop

Favorite Tracks:  Quorum, Fly, Always Trying To Work It Out

2 | Courtney Barnett | Tell Me How You Really Feel | Milk! Records

Favorite Tracks:  City Looks Pretty, Charity, I’m Not Your Mother I’m Not Your Bitch

1 | IDLES | Joy As An Act Of Resistance | Partisan Records

Favorite Tracks:  Danny Nedelko, Colossus, Never Fight A Man With A Perm

Best Albums of 2015 | The Top 10

The collection of my favorite 10 albums for the past year is now complete.  What came as a surprise was that half of it consists of debut albums from what I would consider to be some of the most important bands of the next several years. Read More