Favourite albums - 2018 edition

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  1. DigMe

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    My top 5. I really did not set out trying to include as many genres as possible. These are basically just the albums that I kept coming back to this year.

    1. Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of: I was really surprised That I didn’t see this getting more love in Best of 2018 lists. Really fantastic album that’s an engaging listen. Faves include Babylon, the title track and The Station

    2. King Crimson - Live in Vienna: This lineup has KC sounding better than ever IMO. Some powerful renditions and updates of some old faves. Pictures of a City is phenomenal. I love what Levin is doing on this album and his bass mix in general.

    3. Phosphorescent - C’est La Vie: I’m a long time Phosphorescent fan and it took me a while to embrace a change of sound that started with Muchacho. What is really different on this album is the emotional atmosphere. Houck gives off a breezy vibe that seems to emanate from the satisfaction and meaning that he has found in being a father and family life. Highlights for me are C’est La Vie No. 2 and New Birth in New England.

    4. Joshua Hedley - Mr. Jukebox: I don’t listen to much country outside of some Willie Nelson but I do enjoy some of the really classic stuff. Joshua Hedley has an unapologetic throwback sound reminiscent of Marty Robbins but he combines the nostalgia with clever songwriting and a modern sensibility. A bunch of earworms here. Highlights: Weird Thought Thinker, These Walls, Mr. Jukebox.

    5. Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth: This is a fun album with a lot of soul, masterful composition and some nice chops. The album is expansive and epic with some songs employing choir and orchestras in really cool ways. My faves are Fists of Fury, Hub Tones, Connections and Street Fighter Mas.

    Honorable Mention: Iron and Wine - Weeds EP
     
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    I haven't been able to get into King Crimson. If you had to pick one album from their catalog to be my entry point, which one would it be?
     
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    Everything they've done is genius. :) The first song I heard from them was "Epitaph" and it continues to be one of my favorites. I also love "Formentera Lady" and I use it as a reference track because of the intense cello intro.

    I'll defer to anyone else who may recommend an album that encompasses the band entirely. I'm not sure if it's possible. "Red" might be the most palatable for anyone to listen to start to finish, with a requirement that you dive into the more intense stuff later.
     
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    Honestly I think one of the recent live albums such as Live in Vienna or Live in Chicago is not a bad starting point because they are killing it with this lineup but for studio albums I would probably go with either the first album In the Court of the Crimson King, In the Wake of Poseidon or maybe Larks' Tongues in Aspic.
     
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    @pedalhead I'm really enjoying Lubomyr Melnyk, mate. Very calming music after a hard day at work. Prophet of Piano indeed.
     
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    I'm mostly a guitar driven rock listener and my choices for top 5 will reflect that. Big guitars, big voices, flagrant lyrics. Anything that reaches my inner caveman.

    5. Slash - Living The Dream: I love Slash with Myles Kennedy and the co-conspirators. My favorite is 2012's Apocalyptic Love. A stellar album with no filler. Unfortunately no album since has quite reached that album's level of completeness. Living the Dream is pretty solid though. It gets better and better the more I listen, I just wish it wasn't completely compressed to shit. My favorite is also probably the most recognizable, Driving Rain. Myles along with Lizy Hale are my two favorite voices in rock today.


    4. The Lazys - Tropical Hazards: I first found this band by using Shazam watching a movie. I heard a background song I really dug. The song was 2009's Sunshine City. Don't remember the movie but the song was an instant download. I didn't really care for any of the other songs on the EP they had at the time. I'd kinda forgot about them until they came up again on a music blog I follow. Nothing But Trouble. Man it had elements of AC/DC, Punk music and oddly enough Chemical Romance (this last part is probably just me). But Punk and AC/DC? Fuck yeah; fist pumping. Little Miss Crazy is the other standout/favorite on the album. Simple, raw and loud.


    3. The Marcus King Band - Carolina Confessions: Never heard of the band before until a good friend texted me around Christmas asking me if I'd heard their new album. I was instantly hooked. The Marcus King Band is a blues band but for this album, they somehow pulled off a less typical blues rock sound that's a laid back, thought provoking collection of songs that both evoke feelings of positive nostalgia and hope. My even my wife likes this one. Goodbye Carolina is my favorite tune on the album.


    2. Black Coffee - Take One: I stumbled across this band on one of the music blogs I follow. When I heard the intro, Creamer, segue-way into I Barely Know Her, I was hooked. I'm a sucker for acoustic intros leading into huge distortion guitars. Black Coffee definitely has a 70's hard rock sound. I hear elements of Aerosmith and Nazareth. Big screams, big guitars, big 70's styled hard rock.


    1. Roxanne - Radio Silence: Roxanne was an 80's band that put one album. The singer wrote a song used on John Corabi's early 90's band The Scream. That song is the only older song on the new ablum - Man in the Moon. This is without a doubt my favorite album of the year. Every song is great; no filler. They still have an 80's sound but it's matured, current and relevant. This will most likely be a favorite album of mine for many years to come. Someone to Kill is the opener and probably the most unique song on the alum. Go Fuck Yourself is a bit of a mantra for me. Have a bad day at work? Play Go Fuck Yourself on the way home, right before you turn that last corner into the neighborhood. Get screwed by the tax man? Play Go Fuck Yourself as loud as you can. I know and it works. Tired of political saturation of social media, tv and just about everything else? Go Fuck Yourself. Plus it's got Doug Pinnick of King X, a criminally underrated band.
     
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    @shotgunshane one if my friends here was supposed to go down to Hong Kong and see Slash over our Christmas break. Haven’t talked to him yet to see how it went.
     
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    I would love to see Slash and Myles. Luckily I was able to see Slash in Velvet Revolver before we lost Scott Weiland.
     
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