Staff Top 10 Lists 2018

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Cat Power   “Wanderer”

Amen Dunes   “Freedom”

Johann Johannsson   “Mandy OST”

Thom Yorke  “Suspiria OST”

Nap Eyes   “I’m Bad Now”

Janelle Monae   “Dirty Computer”

Pram   “Across the Meridian”

Nils Frahm   “Encores 1”

Sarah Davachi   “Gave in Rest”

Khruangbin  “Con Todo El Mundo”


Townes Van Zandt  “S/T”

Bjork  “Vespertine”

Arthur Russell  “First Thought Best Thought”

Talking Heads  “More Songs About Buildings and Food”

Elyse Weinberg  “Greasepaint Smile”

Devo  “New Traditionalists”

V/A  “Space Echo (Analog Africa No. 20)”

Germs  “GI”

Kitty Wells  “Seasons of my Heart”

Dorothy Ashby  “The Fantastic Jazz Harp of Dorothy Ashby”


Scripts (2018)



GAS – Rausch (Kompakt)

FATEN KANAAN – Foxes (More Than Human)

JON HASSELL – Listening to Pictures (Ndeya)



MARK RENNER – Few Traces (1986+, Rvng Intl.)

YVES TUMOR – Safe in the Hands of Love (Warp)

LOW – Double Negative (Sub Pop)

HARUOMI HOSONO – Philharmony (1982)+ Omni Sight Seeing (1989; LITA)


IDLES – Joy As An Act of Resistance (Partisan)

PARQUET COURTS – Wide Awaaaaake! (Rough Trade)

U.S. GIRLS – A Poem Unlimited (4AD)

NAP EYES – I’m Bad Now (You’ve Changed)

BODEGA – Endless Scroll (What’s Your Rupture?)


Choice Cuts 2018:

Favourite LPs:

  1. Diab – Exit Rumination
    Freak Heat Waves – Beyond XXXL
    Jonny Greenwood – Phantom Thread OST
    Hot Snakes – Jericho Sirens
    Jóhann Jóhannsson – Mandy OST
    Damien Jurado – The Horizon Just Laughed
    Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Sparkle Hard
    Phosphorescent – C’est La Vie
    Spiritualized – And Nothing Hurt
    Sumac – Love in Shadow
    Colter Wall – Songs of the Plains
    Yo La Tengo – There’s a Riot Goin’ On

    Re-Issues and Compilations: 

    John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once
    Bob Dylan – More Blood, More Tracks
    Brian Eno – Music for Installations
    ESG – Come Away With ESG
    Haruomi Hosono – Paraiso
    My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
    Tom Petty – An American Treasure
    Éliane Radigue ‎– Œuvres Électroniques
    Stereolab – Switched On, Volumes 1-3
    Sun Kil Moon – Ghosts of the Great Highway
    This Heat – Made Available
    V/A – African Scream Contest 2


Mandy Soundtrack

-Because that movie was great and Panos is great.

  1. Mac Miller “Swimming”

-I was suprised how much I liked this. The arrangements are so nice and tasteful.

  1. Sleep “The Sciences”

-Sweeeeet riffage, brah.

  1. Shannon and the Clams “Onion”

-Their voices are so satisfying and this album provides all you need. That song, “The Boy” never gets old.

  1. Kitty and the Rooster “One Gig Hard Drive”

-Finally I am able to listen to the song “Shameover” anytime I want. Buy Local!

  1. Chilly Gonzales “solo piano 3”

-This is good drawing or making dinner music.

  1. Beak “>>>”

-This is the guy from Portishead, and it feels so familiar and good.

  1. Johnny Jewel and various artists “Music to Drive”

-road trip!

  1. Nils Frahm “All Melody”

-hypnotic, slow, weird, and synthy. love it.

  1. Jessie Reyez  “Being Human in Public”

– Love this squeaky voiced Torotonians cadence. I want her on my next album.


2018 Studio Recordings (Put those aside)

Faten Kanaan – Foxes
OST – Mandy (Jóhann Jóhannsson)
C. Diab – Exit Rumination
Steve Malkmus & The Jicks – Sparkle Hard
Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel
Cat Power – Wanderer
Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us
Roy Montgomery – Suffuse
Jon Hopkins – Singularity
Johnny Jewel – Digital Rain


Tom Petty – An American Treasure
Bob Dylan – More Blood On The Tracks
Yazoo – Three Pieces
Calexico – The Black Light
Live Albums:

Erasure – World Be Live


Jon Hopkins – Singularity

Jain – Souldier

Kikagaku Moyu – Temples

Nils Frahm – All Melody

Actors – S/T

Fataan Kanaan – Foxes

Shame – Song of Praise

Beak – >>>

John Tejada – Dead Start Program

Tommy Guerro – Road to Knowhere

Johann Johannsson   “Mandy OST”


100 metres – COURTNEY BARNETT: Tell Me How You Really Feel

Long jump – MICHAEL HERSCH: end stages, Violin Concerto


High jump – PUGS AND CROWS: Uncle

400 metres – FATEN KANAAN: Foxes

Hurdles – NEKO CASE: Hell-On/ NICO MUHLY & THOMAS BARTLETT: Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Music

Egg-and-spoon relay – WHITE DENIM: Performance/ DIRTY PROJECTORS: Lamp Lit Prose

Discus – SUPERCHUNK: What A Time To Be Alive

Pole vault – TROPICAL FUCK STORM: A Laughing Death In Meat Space

Red Rover – PARQUET COURTS: Wide Awake!/ BODEGA: Endless Scroll

Javelin – TAL NATIONAL: Tantabara

1500 metres – FROG EYES: Violet Psalms


BRMC – Wrong Creatures

Courtney Barnett – Tell me How you Really Feel

La Luz – Floating Features

Actors – S/T

Dan Mangan – More or Less

Mary Gautier – Rifles & Rosary Beads

Colter Wall – Songs of the Plains

Sarah Shook and the Disarmers – Years

Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It

Parquet Courts – Wide Awaaaake

Charles Bradley- Black Velvet

Mike Molnar – Far Toward Sundown