What’s been your favorite music of 2018? I’ve been adjusting and re-adjusting my own running list trying to decide what I’ll include in my year-end list of favorites next month. In the meantime, here’s a whole bunch more new releases to consider! New Jon Spencer, Bow Thayer, boygenius, Christine & the Queens, All Them Witches, Vince Staples, and Tash Sultana all included in this edition.
Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers have all been featured on the Fortnightly Playlist in the last couple years, so it would be hard to ignore their new collaborative EP under the name boygenius. The 3 talented, young singer-songwriters trade the lead on this new project, and they work so well together. I really hope to see them do more together in the future because the harmonies and the weaving guitar lines are so well done. I included my personal favorite from the EP in this edition: the Dacus-lead, “Bite the Hand.”
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion got a big profile boost last year when “Bellbottoms” was featured prominently in the movie Baby Driver. The song was originally released in 1995 on the album Orange, so really the film brought the band to the attention of a whole new generation. Now Jon Spencer has released a new solo album called Spencer Sings the Hits! There’s a lot of the raucous blues-rock here that is signature Jon Spencer, filled with fuzz-laden guitar hooks, overdrive bass, and an blues-rock howl and swagger. It’s an incredibly fun album!
Other favorites this time around include Tash Sultana, Ricky-Tick Big Band, Bow Thayer, and Robyn.
Little Dragon – Lover Chanting
Helado Negro – Come Be Me
Ricky-Tick Big Band, Julkinen Sana – Uudestaan
Ice Cube – Arrest the President
Obeah, Chuck D, Mux Mool – Against the Grain
Vince Staples – Don’t Get Chipped!
Residente, Trooko – Queirido Louis
Christine and the Queens – Damn (what must a woman do)
IV League – Lose Me
Regina Spektor – Birdsong
boygenius – Bite The Hand
Mandolin Orange – Golden Embers
Bow Thayer – A Better Version of the Truth
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – Dunce
Jon Spencer – I Got The Hits
All Them Witches – Diamond
Tash Sultana – Murder to the Mind (Album Mix)
Pan Amsterdam, Open Mike Eagle – No Snare
Girafot, Balkan Beat Box – לא היתה נחיתה על הירח
APE, A-WA, LOCO-HOT, [dunkelbunt] – I’m a Tribe
Robyn – Ever Again