EVERYTHING OF THE YEAR 2018

Favorite Albums

"I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)"

Top Track:

A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

1. The 1975

Simply put, it's one of the best albums I've ever heard by my favorite band currently making music. I would recommend this album to anyone I've ever known. 

"Tints (feat. Kendrick Lamar)"

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Oxnard

5. Anderson .Paak

My only complaint about this album was that it wasn't released in the Summer because it's full of absolute bangers that need to be listened to with the windows down. But it's 20 degrees out sooo.

"Mr. Tillman"

Top Track:

God's Favorite Customer

9. Father John Misty

Sometimes sadness is best served in the form of the best album of your career. Father John Misty courageously took his real life blues and crafted them into something both emotional and honest.

"One Point Perspective"

Top Track:

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

13. Arctic Monkeys

This isn't your every day Arctic Monkeys album and for that, I appreciate it even more. Any established band that breaks the mold and tries something new deserves praise - even more so when it works.

"Pristine"

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Lush

17. Snail Mail

Lindsey Jordan's debut solo effort is just lovely - that's really the best way to describe it. A little heartbreaking, a little cold - but also sort of uplifting and warm? I know that's contradicting but just trust me on this one.

"Turn Twice"

Top Track:

A Partner To Lean On

21. Trace Mountains

To be honest, if I had gotten into this album sooner it probably would be higher on my list but I just haven't had the time with it I would have liked to. So be better than me, give it the amount of listens it deserves.

"Violent Crimes"

Top Track:

Ye

25. Kanye West

Kanye West with his heart on his sleeve is my favorite kind of Kanye West. While I feel like this album was held back due to him trying to release so much music at once, if it's a sign of things to come I'm excited for 2019.

"Find Me"

Top Track:

The House

29. Porches

This album is so damn cool. I feel like a lot of publications will miss this one just because it's been out for nearly a year now but that's a shame because it might even be my favorite Porches release thus far.

"Grand Paradise"

Top Track:

Nearer My God

33. Foxing

Foxing is doing things that other bands wish they could do. They pick up where bands like As Tall As Lions left off in creating indie rock jams with experimental elements that give you something new each time you listen.

"Pyramids of Salt"

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Sister Cities

37. The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years are one of those bands that just get better with each album - with that being said, 'Sister Cities' is not only their best but also their most mature. So long, pop-punk, these new vibes are here to stay.

"The Mint (feat. Navy Blue)"

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Some Rap Songs

2. Earl Sweatshirt

This album doesn't make any sense but at the same time it makes perfect sense. There are no hooks, no singing - these are just "some rap songs" and I mean that in the best way possible.

"Nervous Young Inhumans"

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Twin Fantasy

6. Car Seat Headrest

While this is technically a re-recording or re-release or whatever you want to call it, this updated version just perfects a modern classic. It's one of my favorite albums in it's final form and it's wonderful.

"Charcoal Baby"

Top Track:

Negro Swan

10. Blood Orange

The minimalist approach to the latest Blood Orange record is something you must warm up to but once you do, you realize its true beauty. Dev Hynes knocks it out of the park once again with this masterpiece.

"Mix For A Rainy Day"

Top Track:

Happiness Hours

14. The Sidekicks

I feel like this is the most underrated album on this list and the one I'll see on the least amount of other publications' lists. 'Happiness Hours' is an indie rock gem and I'll be listening to it for years to come.

"Starfruit LA"

Top Track:

Honeybloom

18. Choker

Are you like me and just sit around all day waiting for Frank Ocean to drop a new album? If so, give this album a spin sometime very soon. It's a fantastic substitution for the time being. This guys just gets it.

"Slow Burn"

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Golden Hour

22.  Kacey Musgraves

I don't dislike country music, I simply dislike 99% of radio pop-country because I genuinely think it's terrible. Kacey is the exception to that rule because she has perfected pop-country with her masterful songwriting.

"Summer Years"

Top Track:

Thank You For Today

26. Death Cab For Cutie

While Death Cab For Cutie still isn't everything that they used to be, this is the closest they have come in a decade to capturing that same magic. Just a solid indie rock record and an absolute return to form.

"L.M.F"

Top Track:

Noir

30. Smino

Leave it to Smino to swoop in at the final hour to release one of the best hip-hop albums of the year. But I'm not mad about that in the least bit. Throw this thing out if you're feeling soft and let Smino guide you into the new year. 

"Fool's Gold"

Top Track:

Hundred Acres

34. S. Carey

It seems as though S. Carey will forever live in the shadows of Bon Iver which is kind of a shame considering how brilliant his work is. But as long as that doesn't cause him to stop making music, I suppose it's fine with me.

"How Simple"

Top Track:

Bark Your Head Off, Dog

38. Hop Along

I first heard about Hop Along in Mark Hoppus' 'Hi My Name Is Mark' podcast and have been a fan ever since. They're right on track to becoming one of the most important bands of the modern indie era.

"San Marcos"

Top Track:

Iridescence 

3. Brockhampton

After releasing three albums last year, the Brockhampton boys went through a lineup change, took some time off and honed in on their craft in order to make their best effort thus far.

"What's The Use?"

Top Track:

Swimming

7. Mac Miller

Listening to this album now, knowing what happened to him months after its release, is a hard pill to swallow. But we can all rest easy knowing that Mac went out an absolute master of his craft.

"In My View"

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Cocoa Sugar

11. Young Fathers

This is an album that I'm afraid people will forget about simply because it came out so early on in the year. Please don't be one of those people because 'Cocoa Sugar' is a real treat to listen to.

"Rings"

Top Track:

Skylight

15. Pinegrove

After sitting on shelves for a year, Pinegrove finally released their sophomore effort and it did not dissapoint. The songwriting is top-notch and much like 'Cardinal', the raw sound fits them perfectly.

"Idaho"

Top Track:

The Now Now

19. Gorillaz

I was surprised to see this album not get the praise it deserved this year. The sort of laid back approach to this record as opposed to the bombastic nature of their previous records was welcomed by me with open arms.

"Elastic"

Top Track:

Quarterthing

23. Joey Purp

This album is just so fun to listen to. If you're a fan of Chance the Rapper or just fun, easy to listen to hip-hop, this is an album you've been missing in your life. Or maybe you've already heard it..in which case, bravo.

"Falling Into Me"

Top Track:

I'm All Ears

27. Let's Eat Grandma

This is pop music at its weirdest - and I mean that in the best way possible. This album is chaotic and bouncy and you never know what direction it might possibly go in next. An absolute treat to listen to.

"SGL"

Top Track:

Saved

31. Now, Now

The fact that Now, Now isn't one of the biggest bands in the world is almost astonishing to me. These songs were made to be on every radio station and yet I turn on the radio and they aren't on it. Sad!

"Body Fat"

Top Track:

The Anteroom

35. How To Dress Well

This album is wild. How To Dress Well is extremely inventive in the way that he mixes up his sound each time he puts something out. 'The Anteroom' takes things in an experimental direction that is more than welcome.

"Ghosts"

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The Dangerous Summer

39. The Dangerous Summer

I really missed this band when they broke up and now that they are back together and working with a new lineup I can't explain to you how excited I am to see what they are capable of next.

"I Won't Run From It"

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Big Red Machine

4. Big Red Machine

We may not have gotten a Bon Iver album this year, but having this as a substitute scratched the itch that I needed it to. A masterpiece of loops, samples and nonsense.

"Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2)"

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Kids See Ghosts

8. Kids See Ghosts

Kanye had a busy year - some disastrous fashion choices and tweets - but his transparency about the state mental health was admirable and center-stage on this collaborative effort with Kid Cudi.

"Crazy, Classic, Life"

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Dirty Computer

12. Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae basically took the crown for best rap performance of the year with this album. She's a master of her craft and every time she releases an album it feels like a moment - something truly special.

"Life"

Top Track:

Care For Me

16. Saba

Do not sleep on Saba. I repeat: do not sleep on Saba. This guy keeps improving with each release and I think he's going to blow up within the next couple years if he keeps up with this sort of quality work.

"Mysterious You"

Top Track:

S'Only Natural

20. Hellogoodbye

I waited so long for a new Hellogoodbye album and I was not disappointed with the end result. It's so..groovy. Not to mention, one of the tracks from this was used as my wife and I's first dance at our wedding.

"Lemon Glow"

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7

24. Beach House

Beach House is a band that never seems to release a bad album. Even when they released two in the same year they were both so very good. Their seventh effort continues that trend with another stellar release.

"Nobody"

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Be The Cowboy

28. Mitski

While this album ended up on a lot of lists as their number one album of the year, it only fell short for me because I didn't listen to it much. It'd probably rank higher if I had so you should give it a listen and form your own opinion.

"Me and Michael"

Top Track:

Little Dark Age

32. MGMT

Did you forget that MGMT released an album this year? I did too until I was browsing through my iTunes and saw it staring at me, having not been listened to in the last 6 months. That changed very quickly.

"Come Over"

Top Track:

Hive Mind

36. The Internet

The Internet's greatest attribute is the fact that their music fits perfectly in almost any situation. Whether it be in headphones, at a party, while studying or at the beach their music grooves in a way that just works no matter what.

"Eighteen"

Top Track:

My Mind Makes Noises

40. Pale Waves

Pale Waves is writing some of the biggest pop anthems in music right now and this record is living proof of that. If you miss the more simple, straight-forward jams of The 1975's past, Pale Waves want to fill that void.

Honorable Mention

Post Malone

B&B

Drake

Scorpion

Travis Scott

Astroworld

Lil Wayne

Tha Carter V

A$AP Rocky

Testing

Pusha T

Daytona

Nas

Nasir

Playboi Carti

Die Lit

Favorite Films

Directed by Peter Ramsey

Into The Spider-Verse

Directed by Bradley Cooper

A Star Is Born

Directed by John Krasinski

A Quiet Place

Directed by Brad Bird

The Incredibles 2

Directed by Spike Lee

BlacKkKlansman

Directed by Jonah Hill

Mid 90's

Directed by Damien Chazelle

First Man

Directed by Bo Burnham

Eighth Grade

Directed by Yarrow Cheney

The Grinch

Directed by Morgan Neville

Won't You Be My Neighbor

Directed by Wes Anderson

Isle of Dogs

Directed by Anthony & Joe Russo

Avengers: Infinity War

Directed by Phil Johnston

Wreck-It Ralph 2

Directed by Ron Howard

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Directed by David Slade

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Directed by Boots Riley

Sorry To Bother You

Directed by Ryan Coogler

Black Panther

Directed by Bing Liu

Minding The Gap

Directed by Bryan Singer

Bohemian Rhapsody

Directed by Alex Garland

Annihilation

Favorite Television Shows

FX

Atlanta

FX

American Crime Story

Netflix

Love

Netflix

Arrested Development

FXX

Baskets

Netflix

GLOW

Netflix

American Vandal

Netflix

The Haunting of Hill House

FXX

It's Always Sunny  

NBC

Superstore

Showtime

Kidding

Netflix

The End of the F* World

Viceland

King of the Road

Comedy Central

Detroiters