Saturday, December 29, 2018

CoolDad's Favorite Albums and EPs of 2018

Heavy Rotation

It's crunch time now. I've been thinking about this list for weeks. In the past, I've done about 30 albums and / or EPs, with a little blurb for each, in a two-part post. I don't really have that in me this year; so I've decided just to list my favorites. I've talked enough about most of them throughout the year, in the "Favorite Songs" post, etc.

These are pretty much just the albums I listened to the most this year. There were long stretches of time when I was too distracted to listen to much of anything; and, clearly, these are heavily concentrated in the genres where I spend most of my time. I'll make an effort in the new year to expand my listening; but, for now, here's where I'm at.

With that all said, here we go in no particular order.


Superchunk, What a Time to Be Alive -- "Clinging to the myth that you were cheated / Yeah, the myth that you were robbed."

Screaming Females, All at Once -- "She needs to love me still / Until I've had my fill / I try and try to leave / I want to watch you grieve."

Titus Andronicus, A Productive Cough -- "Deplorable forces conspire to fire the lord and to hire a guy who will try to eat more of the portions / A guy who's more boorish, a guy who's more selfish, with elves as his helpers"

Snail Mail, Lush --"It just feels like / The same party every weekend / Doesn't it? Doesn't it?"

The RockNRoll Hi-Fives, Re-Introducing The RockNRoll Hi-Fives -- "Then I knew / You and me / Could make a real good team"

Dentist, Night Swimming -- "I'm feeling insecure / Ain't that what life is for?"

Lost Boy ?, Paranoid Fiction -- "I swore that I'd sell my soul / If I could rock like this every day"

Flasher, Constant Image -- "Go, go, living on the inside / Prying eyes, the night, the night / Suicide all the time / Taking over your face and come on"

Bad Moves, Tell No One -- "In the eyes of every cop, don't it seem to say / 'It's criminal. It’s written in the code of your DNA.' / But the pillage and the take, it don't ever stop / 'Cause that's the way they generate, oh"

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Years -- "Too damn tired to walk away / Too tired to make it through another day / Just gonna lie here and complain instead"

Bat Fangs, Bat Fangs -- "Maybe you're just a boy of summer / The kind that you see next year / Maybe you think you got my number / But now I'm gonna disappear"

The Beths, Future Me Hates Me -- "Oh you, you wouldn't like me / If you saw what was inside me / Yeah you, you wouldn't like me / At all"

Well Wisher, This Is Fine -- "What's the meanest you could be / To the one you claim you love? / I know better"

Secretary Legs, Cool Myths -- "And on and on it goes / A sad holiday / A sad holiday"

Hinds, I Don't Run -- "Every night when I am on stage / I picture you in my favorite lines"

Caroline Rose, Loner -- "Bang bang and away she goes..."

Lucy Dacus, Historian -- "In five years, I hope the songs feel like covers / Dedicated to new lovers"

Big Bliss, At Middle Distance -- "Maybe I'm uninspired / Maybe it's just I am losing faith"

Exmaid, Fair Sex -- "We'll see about that / I will be Goddamned / Over my dead body / And other bad words"

Idles, Joy as an Act of Resistance. -- "I'm like Stone Cold Steve Austin / I put homophobes in coffins"

Alice Bag, Blueprint -- "I make 77 cents on the dollar / It's not fair and it makes me want to holler / Yeah you work hard but I work harder / To catch where you are I gotta push myself farther"

Erotic Novels, There Is No Language in Our Love --"What ya know 'bout Jersey? / Don't you know there ain’t nothing left here?"

Culture Abuse, Bay Dream -- "It's been a long year / And I been tryin' / To take it easy"


Lowlight, Born to Run -- "You see it comin' but you can't stop now"

Yawn Mower, Could Eat, Would Sleep -- "When you get to be, where you're meant to be / Please remember please, what you meant to me"

The Rareflowers, The Rareflowers --  "I'm so scared that I could be alone"

Baked, II -- "There could be something in these walls / There could be nothing"

Roy Orbitron, 8 Million to One -- "I'll root for my heroes / And I'll be singing their songs at the top of my lungs"

Russian Baths, Penance -- "I tried to straighten it out / I'm having bad luck / Out in the poolhouse"

Blushing, Weak -- "No one gets / No one gets / To love you twice"

Live Albums
(A category I put here just so I could add these two releases)

Lowlight, It's Later Than You Think -- "Everybody always bumming cigarettes / Over $30 entrées"

Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires, Live at The Nick -- "We don't want the city turned into a tiny kingdom / We don't want nobody buried beneath the city walls / Tear down the city walls"

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