Tuneage Countdown 2018

Tuneage Countdown 2018

First, eighteen or thereabouts albums that won’t disappoint.



18.  (tie)  Old 97s – Hate The Holidays // David Bowie – Live at Glastonbury


An Old 97s holiday album?  You had me at Old 97s.  And then a pleasant run through of Bowie’s hits?  Ok.



17.  Courtney Marie Andrews - May Your Kindness Remain


Some country…



16.  Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth


Some jazz …



15.  Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel


Some indy …



14.  Lone Justice – The Western Tapes


I buy a Lone Justice album and - somehow - it’s not my eighth copy of their debut (it’s the demo that came before the debut).



13.  Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Hope Downs


Technically, their debut LP.  But there’s two EPs out there that preceded it.  Jangly, meandering.  REM ish. 



12.  Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer


Not typically my groove – but quite groovy, indeed.



11.  Georgia Anne Muldrow – Overload


Her 17th album.



10.  Snail Mail – Lush


Her 1st.



9.  Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Live From the Ryman


Basically, it makes you sad you don’t live in Nashville. 



8.  Brandi Carlile – By The Way, I Forgive You


Noticed … pretty late in the year cause I ain’t too quick bout noticing …



7.  (tie)  Florence + the Machine – High As Hope


… that most of the albums I bought this year were …



6.  Amanda Shires – To The Sunset


… by women.  And of them, this one was on the turntable the most. 



5.  (tie)  Various – 10 Years of Mom + Pop // Brian Fallon - Sleepwalkers


Since You Been Gone by Toyko Police Club is almost worth the price of ownership alone.  Add Sunflower Bean’s Infinity Guitars and the rest and this may be the best value in 2018 music.  If not, Brian Fallon’s Sleepwalkers definitely is.   



4.  Bruce Springsteen – Springsteen on Broadway 


How far can introspection, work ethic and showmanship take you?  Pretty damn far. 



3.  The Regrettes – Attention Seeker


An EP slots in at #3 because, pound for pound, there were only two better albums in 2018.



2.  John Prine - Tree of Forgiveness


A wry Steinbeck, with a six-string. 



1.  Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra – The Capitol Studio Sessions


No kidding – the most fun you can have with a turntable in 2018. 





Now, eighteen songs that landed on the iPod which I happen to like at least a little bit more than the other thousand or so of the year.  The normal rules apply – mostly (but not necessarily) from 2018, not necessarily the best songs (just ones that amuse me for one reason or another), probably not on the list if they’re from a band that’s huge and – just to spread the love – not on the list if they were on any of the albums above. 





18.  Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas – Sparrow Sleeps


Let’s start with a lullaby, simply because the title of the album (The Sleep We Lose For People Who Look Like Us) is a fantastic Bleach Slang joke.  Not that Beach Slang jokes are widespread.   



17.  What a Time to Be Alive – Superchunk


Not so lullabyly.



16.  Tough Folks – American Aquariam


Nor this.



15.  Something Good – Modern Monet


Kind of sleepy.  Very nice.



14.  Fine Line – Parker Milsap


Then, the Americana kicks in.




13.  In Spite of Ourselves – John Prine & Iris DeMent


And continues.  Reminding everyone John Prine’s been doing this for a while.




12.  Roll On Slow – Glen Hansard


And continues.




11.  Guiding Light – Mumford & Sons


Not technically Americana, but in the same ballpark.




10.  Found the One – Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite

Verrry Americana.




9.  Entitlement Crew – The Hold Steady


Close to 2018. 




8.  Head Over Heels – The Go-Gos


Not at all close, but one of my favorite music memories of 2018 – the iPod shuffles to the song just as I cross the Los Angeles city border near midnight as the traffic clears and the speed picks up on a weekend run to Phoenix.  Uptempo just when you need it, and of the place you’re passing through.  Also …  if it’s Jane Wiedlin’s fave Go-Go’s song, it should be yours too. 




7.  See You On the Other Side – Brian Fallon


Ok, I  lied.  The album’s on the list above.  It’s a darn good album, not least of which because of this darn good song. 



6.  Mistake – Middle Kids


The album’s pretty good, too.



5.  In My Way – The Belligerents


The loudness starts, in a Cult-like way. 




4.  For The Lonely Ones – Lucero


The loudness continues. 




3.  All We Want, Baby, Is Everything – Handsome Furs


And becomes anthemic.




2.  My Kind of Town (Live At The Sands) – Frank Sinatra


Speaking of anthems.




1.  Helpless – The Regrettes


A pop-punk cover of a multi-cultural rap about the founding of America.  2018 did not completely suck.