Mid-Year Report: The 10 Best Albums of 2018

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Black Panther OST

Various Artists

Most major motion picture soundtracks fall victim to special interests, the bottomline that any life the songs once may have had are sucked out of them. We had reason to believe the soundtrack to Black Panther would be different, thanks to Kendrick Lamar serving as executive producer, and with his trusted hands, the Black Panther OST does not disappoint. Having spawned two hit singles (“All the Stars” and “Pray For Me”) and an undying meme (“I freaked it”), it’s also one of the releases we’ll remember strongest from 2018. Continue reading “Mid-Year Report: The 10 Best Albums of 2018”

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serpentwithfeet, Snail Mail, and arriving on your own time

“I’m so tired of moving on / Spending every weekend so far gone,” sings Lindsey Jordan on her band Snail Mail’s great new track “Heat Wave,” from their debut LP Lush released this past Friday. At only 19, Jordan seems too young to be tired of anything, yet as exhausting as the past few years have been, growing up can’t be as easy now as it was back in the day. The song, like the majority of Lush, is tight in structure but loose in execution, sharp pop hooks paired with jangly, rootsy guitars that wouldn’t sound out of place coming from It Still Moves-era My Morning Jacket. Jordan sings with a clarity far beyond her 19 years, as if she’s been ready for this moment and has been waiting for us to listen. Continue reading “serpentwithfeet, Snail Mail, and arriving on your own time”

Featuring Drake, Pusha T, Kacey Musgraves, Kali Ulchis and more

As the calendar turns to June, the temperature rising and we brace for a long summer, now’s as good a time as any to reflect on the best music of the year, from January 1 to now. Today, I bring you the 25 best tracks of the year, tomorrow the 10 best albums. It’s going to be a hot summer, but these 25 tracks will help make it bearable. Continue reading “Featuring Drake, Pusha T, Kacey Musgraves, Kali Ulchis and more”