Ep 53: "Top 40 of 2018 Part 1"

Tika Hall of Warp, photo by Beth Laberge, ig @bethlaberge.

Top 40 of 2018 Part 1!

My feelings:

1. WARP, “Cream of the Crop”: The band pulverizes, Tika Hall’s pronouncements are both allusive and Very Specific, and there’s not a moment’s waste. This is priceless, it’s not valuable.

2. Madeline Kenney featuring Naytronix, “Still Learning”: Oh just a quick deconstruction of pop music by two intrepid explorers of the form! (Carpark Records)

3. Free Paintings, “A Love That’s Unconditional”: Shoutout to the hostage in question and the people who stay outside and smoke cigarettes and never watch the bands.

4. Planet What, “Ludwig 67”: A rock n roll classic out of Tulsa Oklahoma, it’s so undeniable at each turn it’s as if “Louie Louie” had four movements.

5. Kokomo Hum, “Heathers”: Kokomo Hum put out two songs that are impossibly catchy, then I saw them at the Hemlock and the other three songs they played were also really good, that’s my story.

6. Bobbi Rohs, “Unreachable”: The most vulnerable and open emotional heights of 2018 were reached by Rohs across ITSJUSTTHELETTERB's seven tracks, “Unreachable” being the most operatically hitful of them. (textme)

7) Pllush, “Ortega”: A day in your life, Bay Area. (Father/Daughter)

8) Marbled Eye, “Leisure”: A ton of ideas packed onto a speeding car in 4th, 5th, and 6th gear. (Digital Regress)

9) Qing Qi, “#ybgtt”: The incisive rapper drops a two minute manifesto.

10) Wax Idols, “Crashing”: You know you’re crashing hard when the sound of it could fill arenas on an 80-city tour in a world with any justice, celebrate that Wax Idols were this good. (Etruscan Gold)

11) Time Fraud, “Houston”: That feeling when everything’s so real and unreal at the same time.

12) Doncat, “Don’t Step”: A meticulously crafted tale of intrigue from a cinematic album.

13) Mae Powell, “Yellow Flower”: Just deliriously romantic.

14) Marinero, “Late June”: A daybreak anthem capturing the languid majesty of Pacific life.

15) James Wavey aka Alleyes Manifest, “Psych Bop”: A baroque introduction gives way to psychedelic drum fills and an opening line you can live by.

16) K Skelton, “Leatherjacket”: You ever think about everything? Somehow Skelton makes a life with “all my friends in other states/ and all my money to interest rates” a life worth doing.

17) Moon Daze’s “Disco” is the Going Out song of the year.

18) Tony Molina, “Wrong Town”: We all talk about where we live in the Bay Area, but it’s also about who we run into, or don’t. (Slumberland)

19) Blues Lawyer, “27th Street”: Hard to pick just one from Guesswork, an album of concise and witty vignettes, but this one is good because when he says 27th street is littered with love letters and phone numbers, he’s talking about yours. (Emotional Response)

20) AhMerAhSu, “Heartbreaker”: Every bar and club please play this at 11pm and 1am every night, this is urgent transcendence on the dancefloor.

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  1. Cream of the Crop by Warp on EP
  2. Still Learning by Madeline Kenney featuring Naytronix
  3. A Love That's Unconditional by Free Paintings on pray for free paintings
  4. Ludwig 67 by Planet What on Agnus Yarn (self released)
  5. Heathers by Kokomo Hum
  6. Unreachable by Bobbi Rohs on itsjusttheletterb (textme records)
  7. Ortega by Pllush on Stranger to the Pain (Father/ Daughter Records)
  8. Leisure by Marbled Eye on Leisure LP (Digital Regress)
  9. #ybgtt by Qing Qi on If the Niggah Ain't Shit, Play This For His Bitch (Self-Released)
  10. Crashing by Wax Idols on Happy Ending (Etruscan Gold)
  11. Houston by Time Fraud on Time/Fraud (self-released)
  12. Don't Step by Doncat on Preservation of the Spirit (Marble Eye)
  13. Yellow Flower by Mae Powell on trash flowers ep
  14. Late June by Marinero on High Tone
  15. Psych Bop by James Wavey on James Wavey
  16. Leatherjacket by K Skelton on Leatherjacket (Ghost Dog)
  17. Disco by Moon Daze on EP (Self Released)
  18. Wrong Town by Tony Molina on Kill The Lights (Slumberland Records)
  19. 27th Street by Blues Lawyer on Guess Work (Emotional Response)
  20. Heartbreaker by AhMerAhSu on Star (DERO Arcade)
  21. 850 Bryant by Spiritual Cramp on Police State EP (Deranged Records)
  22. bless this mess by healing potpurri on my eyes never really adjusted to the light (death records)
  23. Cutting My Fingers Off by Turnover on Peripheral Vision (Run For Cover Records)
  24. Be Kind by Blades Of Joy on Blades of Joy (Melters)
  25. Ashes by The She's on All Female Rock and Roll (Empty Cellar Records)
  26. Don't Let 'Em Bring You Down by Thriftys on Automatic Thought
  27. Under the Influence by Silverware on Moving Here
  28. The Good Times are Gone Again by Fred Thomas on Aftering (Polyvinyl)
  29. Mute by Club Night (Tiny Engines)
  30. Another Day by Sam Flax
  31. Leather Jacket by Moon Daze on Moon Daze - EP
  32. Feeling to Believe by Palomas on Demo
  33. Quitting Time by Half Stack on Quitting Time (Processional Cross)
  34. Ought 2 by Boy Scouts on Hobby Limit (Processional Cross)
  35. The Bullshit Century, Pt. 1 by Dick Stusso on In Heaven (Hardly Art)
  36. High Five After the Basketball Game by Turner Capehart on Relapse