Well, here we are in December. This will be the last regular Fortnightly Playlist of the year. I’ve been working on some extras in the last couple weeks. I’ve sorted out a top 25 albums this year, and also picked some shorter releases to include as well. Next weekend will be part 1, and will count down albums 25-11, and in two weeks I’ll do my top 10. I’m interested to know your favorites for the year, and would love to talk about them in the comments below.
As we reach the end of the year, there are some releases from 2018 that deserve some more attention before we close things out. Among those is the new album from Japanese, psych-rock band, Kikagaku Moyo. Their new record, Masana Temples, is a impressive, and blends psyc-rock, funk, traditional Japanese elements, and jazz. It’s well worth listening.
The new Amen Dunes record, Freedom, is another that I really ought to have featured by now. The album has a laid back approach, but still retains an edge to it. Freedom is a finely crafted album, and Damon McMahon took his time with this release. It came about 3 and a half years after his last full length, but it was well worth the time and effort. The end product is a high quality one.
Also in this edition, there are also some local highlights out in the Seattle area with Whitney Monge releasing her new EP, and with the debut album from Cold Soda (a new project featuring members of The Cave Singers). 2019 releases are on the horizon as well, and there are new singles out from The Dandy Warhols, Junius Meyvant, and Grandaddy.
Kurt Vile – Check Baby
Mark Knopfler – Good On You Son
Whitney Monge – Day n Nite
Black Belt Eagle Scout – Sam, A Dream
Kikagaku Moyo – Dripping Sun
The Dandy Warhols – Be Alright
Jon Spencer – Overload
Cold Soda – Anna May
Amen Dunes – Miki Dora
Junius Meyvant – Let It Pass
Saintseneca – Beast In The Garden
Cafe Preto – Tudo Na Minha Vida
Malibu Ken – Acid King
Fokis, Oh No – Practice Patience
Friction – Running
Black Thought – Conception
Chris Cornell – Sunshower
Kurt Vile – Rollin With the Flow
Grandaddy – Bison on the Plains