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    The 50 Best Albums of 2018

    Issue 75

    For me, 2018 was a blur, and seemed to pass faster than any other year before. Was it the politics? Was it work? Friends and Family? No idea. In all honesty, I had a hard time keeping up with all the new releases. Seemed like the kings and queens released the major stuff in 2017, which left a void for the up-and-comers to fill. This was refreshing, but took some effort to seek out the new jams. It’s a pretty eclectic list below, and I hope you’ll find some new favorites.

    In terms of the music culture, I saw more acts coming to Colorado than ever before. It may be the city, the legalizations, or the fact that bands need to tour now more than ever. This list is important to me for two reasons: sharing “new” music with others and sharing the band’s website. Sure, you can stream with the best of them, but pay the dues and purchase a physical item directly from the band. Here’s an interesting fact: To date, Peter Frampton received a whopping $1,700 for 55 million streams of “Baby I Love Your Way”!

    There is some phenomenal talent out there and in today’s time of instant-gratification, we seem to take the talent for granted. 2019 Resolution: consciously support the music you like.

    Music is pretty special and we all need it, especially the musicians for their livelihood! Enjoy my list below, and feel free to post any artists that didn’t make the 2018 list.

    In no particular order---and note that each artist name links to their website, and each album cover links to their music somewhere:

    Kamasi Washington

    Heaven and Earth
    Young Turks
    Jazz

    The Babe Rainbow

    Double Rainbow
    Flightless Records
    Freak Folk

    Young Fathers

    Cocoa Sugar
    Ninja Tune
    Art Rap

    Earl Sweatshirt

    Some Rap Songs
    Columbia
    Jazz Rap

    MGMT

    Little Dark Age
    Columbia
    Synth Pop

    Janelle Monáe

    Dirty Computer
    Atlantic
    Pop

    Snail Mail

    Lush
    Matador
    Indie Folk

    Beach House

    7
    Sub Pop
    Synth Pop

    Father John Misty

    God's Favorite Customer
    Sub Pop
    Indie Folk

    Jeff Tweedy

    WARM
    dBpm Records
    Indie Folk

    Damien Jurado

    The Horizon Just Laughed
    Secretly Canadian
    Indie Folk

    Richard Swift

    The Hex
    Secretly Canadian
    Indie Folk

    Travis Scott

    Astroworld
    Cactus Jack
    Rap

    Ambrose Akinmusire

    Origami Harvest
    Blue Note
    Jazz

    Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

    Sparkle Hard
    Matador
    Alt Rock

    The Internet

    Hive Mind
    Columbia
    R&B/Soul

    Drake

    Scorpion
    Young Money Entertainment
    Hip-Hop

    Oh Sees

    Smote Reverser
    Castle Face Records
    Garage Rock

    Khruangbin

    Con Todo El Mundo
    Night Time Stories
    Jazz

    Tropical F### Storm

    A Laughing Death In Meatspace
    Mistletone
    Alternative Rock

    Waajeed

    From The Dirt
    Dirt Tech Reck
    Dance/Electronic

    Metro Boomin

    Not All Heroes Wear Capes
    Republic Records
    Hip-Hop

    Death Cab for Cutie

    Thank You for Today
    Atlantic
    Alternative Rock

    Ty Segall

    Fudge Sandwich
    In The Red Records
    Garage Rock

    Kurt Vile

    Bottle It In
    Matador
    Indie Folk

    David Byrne

    American Utopia
    Nonesuch Records
    Alternative

    Courtney Barnett

    Tell Me How You Really Feel
    Milk Records
    Indie Folk

    Nine Inch Nails

    Bad Witch
    The Null Corporation
    Industrial Rock

    Iron and Wine

    Weed Garden
    Sub Pop
    Indie Folk

    Will Oldham

    Songs of Love and Horror
    Drag City
    Indie Folk

    Anderson .Paak

    Oxnard
    Aftermath Records
    Hip-Hop

    Yo La Tengo

    There's a Riot Going On
    Matador
    Alternative

    The Voidz

    Virtue
    Cult Records
    Industrial Punk

    Gorillaz

    The Now Now
    Parlophone
    Alternative

    Guided By Voices

    Space Gun
    GBV Inc.
    Indie Rock

    Parquet Courts

    Wide Awake!
    Rough Trade
    Indie Rock

    Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

    Tearing at the Seams
    Stax
    Rock

    Parcels

    Parcels
    Kitsune Musique
    Alternative Pop

    The Lemon Twigs

    Go To School
    4AD
    Alternative Pop

    Chris Dave

    Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
    Blue Note
    Jazz

    Ezra Furman

    Transangelic Exodus
    Bella Union
    Alternative

    Thom Yorke

    Suspiria
    XL Recordings
    Dance/Alternative

    Aphex Twin

    Collapse
    Warp
    Electronic

    Jungle

    For Ever
    XL Recordings
    Dance/Electronic

    Baked Beans

    Babble
    Flightless Records
    Garage Rock

    Shakey Graves

    Can't Wake Up
    Dualtone Music Group, Inc.
    Indie Country/Folk

    Leon Bridges

    Good Thing
    Columbia
    R&B/Soul

    El Canijo de Jerez

    Manual de Jaleo
    El Volcán Música
    Flamenco

    Sleep

    The Sciences
    Third Man Records
    Sludge Rock

    Mount Eerie

    Now Only
    P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.
    Indie Folk

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