2018

We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2018

By Will Oliver, January 8th 2019

We’ve let 2018 simmer for a bit and have spent time still revisiting some of our favorites albums of 2018 as well as our favorite songs. As fun as it is to pick my favorite albums of the year, there’s something much more freeing about choosing songs. It’s a chance to highlight even more artists, maybe an artist whose album you couldn’t quite get into but they had that one song that was simply too good to resists. Or a new artist that struck a chord with you out of the blue, who remind you of why you starting a music blog in the first place.

Below, find my favorite 100 songs from 2018 counted down from 100-1 and find your trusty Spotify Playlist right here. Blast it loud, share it with a friend, and thanks for sticking around with us for our tenth year. We couldn’t do it without all of your dedicated support.

100. Castle Pines – Woo Hoo
99. The Goon Sax – Make Time 4 Love
98. Linn Koch-Emmery – Wires
97. P.F. Phillip & The Night Riders – Call Me by My Name
96. Kero Kero Bonito – Flyway
95. Dawes – Feed The Fire
94. Flasher – Pressure
93. Melody’s Echo Chamber – Quand Les Larmes D’un Ange Font Danser La Neige
92. Flyte – Moon Unit
91. Richard Swift – Broken Finger Blues
90. Grapetooth – Red Wine
89. Iceage – Thieves like us
88. Black Belt Eagle Scout – Soft Stud
87. Kadhja Bonet – Mother Maybe
86. Caoilfhionn Rose – Awaken
85. Gorillaz – Magic City
84. Oh Sees – C
83. Darlingside – Hold Your Head Up High
82. BODEGA – Name Escape
81. Sharon Van Etten – Comeback Kid
80. Interpol – If You Really Love Nothing
79. The Voidz – My Friend The Walls
78. Mr Twin Sister – Jaipur
77. Molly Burch – To the Boys
76. U.S. Girls – M.A.H.
75. Phantastic Ferniture – Fuckin ‘n’ Rollin
74. Gang Gang Dance – Lotus
73. Spiritualized – I’m Your Man
72. Julia Holter – Words I Heard
71. Frankie Cosmos – Jesse
70. Forth Wanderers – Not for Me
69. Wild Nothing – Letting Go
68. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hunnybee
67. Yumi Zouma – In Camera
66. Screaming Females – Black Moon
65. Earl Sweatshirt – The Mint (feat. Navy Blue)
64. Post Animal – Ralphie
63. Courtney Barnett – City Looks Pretty
62. Kamasi Washington – Street Fighter Mas
61. Dirty Projectors – Break-Thru
60. Gregory Alan Isakov – San Luis
59. Faye Webster – Kingston
58. Father John Misty – Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All
57. Kurt Vile – Loading Zones
56. Superorganism – Everybody Wants to Be Famous
55. Pusha T – If You Know You Know
54. Jim James – No Secrets
53. FUR – Angel Eyes
52. Jon Hopkins – Feel First Life
51. Sons Of Kemet – My Queen Is Harriet Tubman
50. Sunflower Bean – Twentytwo
49. Freyr – Over My Head
48. Pinegrove – Darkness
47. The Twilight Sad – I/m Not Here [Missing Face]
46. Low – Always Trying To Work It Out
45. Natalie Prass – Short Court Style
44. We Were Promised Jetpacks – Someone Else’s Problem
43. Kacey Musgraves – Slow Burn
42. Khruangbin – Maria Tambien
41. Anna Burch – Tea-Soaked Letter
40. White Denim – Fine Slime
39. The Raconteurs – Sunday Driver
38. Young Fathers – Toy
37. Kids See Ghosts – Reborn
36. The Good, the Bad & the Queen – Lady Boston
35. Haley Heynderickx – Worth It
34. The Beths – Future Me Hates Me
33. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
32. Franz Ferdinand – Lazy Boy
31. Helena Deland – There Are a Thousand
30. Beach House – Lemon Glow
29. Amen Dunes – Miki Dora
28. Hop Along – How Simple
27. Snail Mail – Pristine
26. Jeff Tweedy – I Know What It’s Like
25. Shannon and the Clams – The Boy
24. boygenius – Bite The Hand
23. Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
22. Parquet Courts – Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience
21. Soccer Mommy – Your Dog
20. Jack White – Over and Over and Over
19. deafheaven – Honeycomb
18. Idles – Danny Nedelko
17. MGMT – Me And Michael
16. Helena Deland – Claudion
15. Lucy Dacus – Night Shift
14. Shame – Friction
13. Parquet Courts – Wide Awake
12. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – An Air Conditioned Man
11. Mitski – Nobody
10. Snail Mail – Heat Wave
9. Caroline Rose – Soul No. 5
8. Thom Yorke – Suspirium
7. Arctic Monkeys – Four Out Of Five
6. Shame – Lampoon
5. Amen Dunes – Believe
4. Idles – Never Fight A Man With A Perm
3. Car Seat Headrest – Bodys
2. Arctic Monkeys – Star Treatment
1. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Talking Straight

We All Want Someone’s Best Albums of 2018

By Will Oliver, January 4th 2019 — with 1 comment

[Artwork by Anthony Bauer]

Another year has passed us and to be quite honest, we aren’t sure where it went. But there was plenty of good music to help us get through the year, which was a trying one in many regards.

But despite the proclamations of the most pessimistic listeners out there, there was plenty of great albums released this year. You also may have heard that this was the year of women making killer records and we are proud to notice that nearly half of the albums on this list are either from solo female artists or a female-fronted band. So they weren’t lying.

Without further ado, here are my 50 favorite albums of 2018, along with a few honorable mentions.
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Favorite Concert Photos of 2018

By Will Oliver, December 30th 2018

When I started this blog 10 years ago (yes, it’s really been that long), my goal was just to share some new music with my friends and anyone that would listen. It turns out a few people ended up wanting to listen. But the goal was never more than that, which makes our transition to live music photography and coverage such a surprising development, even today. It’s funny to think that we primarily operate in that format now.

Thinking back at those days running this on Blogspot, I never saw any of this in the plans, let along anyone else joining the team, as it was just me. But here we are in 2018 and we now have over 20 photographers who contribute to the site – a number that is spectacular and stunning.

This isn’t a way to pat ourselves on the back, but rather a way to celebrate all the hard work and passion that all of these people have put into this site. We covered a lot of ground in 2018, more so anyone, including myself, ever thought possible.

Below you can find a huge selection of photos from throughout the year posted in chronological order, some of our favorites photos that were taken by our tired shutters throughout 2018. A huge thank you to all the photographers on our team, we look forward to whatever 2019 brings our way.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Shows Of 2018

By Will Oliver, December 30th 2018

I spent a good chunk of 2018 at concerts. Try nearly 58% of the entire year was spent in some of the best places on earth: concert halls. From festivals and the big rooms like MSG and Barclays Center to the smaller clubs and intimate venues, some of the best memories I had all year were made in those rooms.

I saw over 200 shows this year, so you can imagine how hard it was to pick a top 50, and to find some way to rank them all. But I widdled it down and without further ado, here are the best 50 shows I saw in 2018:
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All photos by Collin Quinlivan

I first saw Blood Orange live when he opened for Washed Out (which also including Grimes’ first US appearance) in 2011. Back then, the gear was fairly simple with just a laptop and guitar. But Devonte really shook the venue with his sound, capturing the attention of a college kid just coming down from the chillwave high.

Devonté Hynes first debuted as Lightspeed Champion, releasing two LPs–Falling Off the Lavender Bridge (2008) and Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You (2010). Dev’s style blended folk notes with eclectic indie rock. Around 2011, he switched gears to focus on electronically-inclined funk and R&B under his current moniker, Blood Orange.
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Rooney at Brooklyn Bowl (September 20th, 2018)

By Collin Quinlivan, October 7th 2018

All photos by Collin Quinlivan

Like so many other people, I was introduced to Rooney through their appearance on The O.C. back in 2004. The band, named after Ed Rooney from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, hit it off with ear-catching tunes like “I’m Shakin’”. Their style on the self-titled debut album felt like the West Coast’s answer to The Strokes (with whom they’ve toured), with a hint of retro flair.

Rooney continued producing music through the decade, with Calling the World (2007), Eureka (2010) and Washed Away (2012). Most recently, Rooney has released an EP, El Cortez (2017), channeling a more neon-fueled and synth-happy vibe.

On September 20, Rooney played to a packed house at the Brooklyn Bowl, full of both dedicated fans and the local patron who chanced on a familiar name. All while their iconic California flag logo was displayed proudly behind them.

Find a full set of photos from their performance posted in the gallery below, along with openers Mating Ritual and DD Walker.
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Cold War Kids have been very busy since their latest studio album, L.A. Divine (out now via Capitol Records) and made their return to New York City in early August to play at Brooklyn Steel. Besides touring behind their latest studio album, the band also recently released a live album titled Audience (Live) back in April of this year that lines up perfectly with their current tour. Opening the night up for Cold War Kids were New York via North Carolina band The Nude Party.


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Alice Glass at Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 13, 2018)

By Collin Quinlivan, June 17th 2018

Alice Glass had a huge impact on my formative music tastes. I remember the first time I heard Crystal Castles: I was packed into the back of my friend’s Oldsmobile with six other people on our way to a Decemberists show. “Crimewave” was on the road trip’s playlist, and it was instantly something that stood out to all of us. Our first mythic CC show was in 2011, and that night Alice was performing despite having a broken ankle. Her dedication to her live performances was the stuff of legends, and she certainly delivered. We were entering an age where social media was being grafted to our personal lives, and for a lot of us, Alice was the voice of the ghost in the machine screaming back out at us.
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Todd Rundgren’s Utopia at Town Hall (May 3, 2018)

By Collin Quinlivan, June 9th 2018

All photos by Collin Quinlivan

Being Todd Rundgren’s brainchild is not an easy job. In 1972, at age 23, Rundgren released his most famous album, Something/Anything?. With four sides (Rundgren playing every instrument and recording every vocal on the first three), and totaling over 90-minutes, it became a staple of the decade–named by Rolling Stone as one of the best albums of all time. An album of such scope required a hell of a touring band, and that was where Utopia began.

At this point in Rundgren’s career, things were moving at a breakneck pace, both productively and artistically. 1973 saw A Wizard, A True Star, a psychedelic stream-of-consciousness album that would go on to influence the likes of Tame Impala and Daft Punk. Todd, a similar (one could consider “bookend”) album, may also have been released in 1973 had it not been for the OPEC oil embargo murdering vinyl production for the end of the year.
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