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ThisSmallPlanet.com BEST MUSIC OF 2018 LIST....
These are the new albums we enjoyed most this year. Also listed are new re-issues that came out in 2018, as well as older material that landed up on heavy rotation for us this year
TOP 50 NEW ALBUMS OF 2018
Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Wolf Of The Cosmos,
"Wild Is The Will", "Blueberry Jam", and under his birth name: Will Oldham, Songs Of Love and Horror
feat "Party With Marty (Abstract Blues)"
, Wide Awake!
and their Neil Young
cover "We R in Control". Also solo album from Parquet Courts' guitarist/singer A. Savage, Thawing Dawn
and his cover of The Fall "Frightened"
Courtney Barnett, Tell Me How You Really Feel, "
Small Talk", INXS cover "Never Tear Us Apart"
Richard Thompson, 13 Rivers,
from Fairport Convention in the 60's to his solo work in 2018 and beyond, Richard Thompson remains at the top of his game
Ty Segall, Fudge Sandwich
and Freedom Goblin,
with White Fence Joy,
his new group: The C.I.A.
Guitar wonderkid Ty Segall continues to amaze...
Kurt Vile, Bottle It In -
Perhaps his best album yet (really liked his album last year with Courtney Barnett too)
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Sparkle Hard.
Great album. Still wondering about a Pavement reunion tour in 2019...
Jeff Tweedy, Warm
- Great new solo album from Uncle Tupelo
frontman. Tweedy produced and played guitar on Mavis Staples, If All I Was Was Black
(feat Jeff Tweedy
), a fantastic album from living legend Mavis of The Staple Singers.
Mavis appeared on a song by Hozier
feat Mavis Staples, "Nina Cried Power"
- powerful tribute to Nina Simone
and other artists and activists who "cried power".
The Good The Bad & The Queen, Merrie Land,
feat Damon Albarn
and Paul Simonon
of The Clash.
band also released a smash album of a very different nature: Gorillaz, The Now-Now
British rock veterans released some of the most powerful music of their careers: Johnny Marr (The Smiths
' legendary guitarist), Call The Comet
and "Jeopardy", The Jam
's Paul Weller, True Meanings, Spiritualized, And Nothing Hurt,
and Richard Ashcroft, Natural Rebel
(feat "Surprised By The Joy") and "Rare Vibration" are all excellent.
Mark Sultan Let Me Out
- groovy 60's retro sound from the psychedelic surf rocker
Shame, Songs Of Praise
- new British guitar band that's pretty damned good
J Mascis, Elastic Days.
Strong album from the Dinosaur Jr. vet
John Prine, The Tree Of Forgiveness.
Give this man a Grammy and a ticket to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!
The Voidz, Virtue.
Julian Casablancas, The Strokes
' singer, has a band that sounds a lot different from his old band. If you're missing The Strokes, check out their guitarist's solo album - sounds just like classic Strokes: Albert Hammond, Jr., Francis Trouble
The Coup feat Tune-Yards, Sorry To Bother You (Official Movie Soundtrack).
Great movie, great soundtrack. Boots Riley scores a major victory! #Oakland
Oh Sees, Smote Reverser
The Growlers, Casual Acquaintances
King Tuff, The Other
Simon Love, Sincerely S. Love
Art Brut, Wham! Bang! Pow! Let's Rock Out!
The Vines, Miracle Land
Jim James, Uniform Distortion
Pete Kosanovich, Take Me To The River
Marianne Faithful, Negative Capability
Bryan Ferry, Bitter-Sweet
Sun Kil Moon, This Is My Dinner
Guided By Voices, Space Gun
Two sons of Nigeria's Fela Kuti
carry on the traditions: Seun Kuti, Black Times
and Femi Kuti, One People One World
Titus Andronicus, Productive Cough
and Home Alone on Halloween
Ezra Furman, Transangelic Exodus.
Cool album. Key songs: "Love You So Bad" and "Suck The Blood From My Wound"
Kelley Stoltz, Natural Causes.
Really like this album. Key songs: "How Psychedelic Of You" and "Our Modern World"
Superchunk, What A Time To Be Alive
Car Seat Headrest, Twin Fantasy
Kyle Craft, Full Circle Nightmare
Iron & Wine, Weed Garden
Mark Lanegan, With Animals
The Lemon Twigs, Go To School
Jon Spencer, Sings The Hits
Jeff The Brotherhood, Magick Songs
Ex-Poets, Too Much Future
Carl Cleves, Before Twilight Turns To Night
The Love Language, Baby Grand
Renny Conti, People Floating
"Mogambo" - actor Riz Ahmed
, also in in Swet Shop Boys
from Das Racist
Kinky Friedman, "Jesus In Pajamas"
"All My Friends"
PJ Harvey, "Sorry For Your Loss"
and "An Acre of Land"
Sufjan Stevens, "
Lonely Man Of Winter"
"Night of the Long Knives"
, "No One Changes"/"The Rockaways"
, "Sunday Driver"/"Now That You're Gone", Jack White'
s other other
Memorable Musical Moments
"The Times They Are A-Changin'" live at DC "March For Our Lives" Rally Against Gun Violence
, "Kanye West Is Not Picasso", A Poem By The Late, Great Leonard Cohen
James McMurtry, "State Of The Union"
a moving meditation on family division in the Trump era
Todd Rundgren Trolls Trump: (The Man In The) "Tin Foil Hat" feat Donald Fagen (Video)
Barbara Dane, Hot Jazz, Cool Blues & Hard-Hitting Songs
The Beatles, White Album
box-set, especially the acoustic Esher demos
John Lennon, Imagine box-set
Bob Dylan, More Blood, More Tracks,
and Live 1962 - 1966,
and Trouble in Mind
Gene Clark, (
co-founder, The Byrds), Back Street Mirror, and Gene Clark Sings For You,
and special thanks Rose Garden
for preserving several of these Gene Clark songs for us as well as their own songs. This was the first time a lot of us heard these songs.
, Lost in L.A.
Neil Young, Roxy: Tonight's The Night Live
The Who, Live at the Fillmore East 1968
Joe Strummer, Joe Strummer 001
The Pixies, Live From The Fallout Shelter
OTHER STUFF WE LISTENED TO A LOT IN 2018
Barbara Dane & The Chambers Brothers
Paul Butterfield/Mike Bloomfield
Doc Watson & Chet Atkins
feat Mick Ronson, Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture
"Madman Across The Water", original version feat Mick Ronson
Reverend Gary Davis
Mississippi John Hurt
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Rory Gallagher & Muddy Waters together live
Lou Reed/Velvet Underground
Aretha Franklin (RIP)
SPECIAL NOTE: One of the most profound personal and musical losses for us in 2018 was the death of our dear friend, street musician Clayton Gross. Everyone in Santa Cruz knew him and his music, and he met hundreds of people who became his friends and fans on his bicycle travels throughout the U.S. You can listen to some of Clayton's music here and here...