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Sweet Zombie Jesus what a year for new music. I bought more 2018 releases in 2018 than I have bought new music in a long while. Partly this is due to blatant cheating: John Zorn and Brian Eno both released massive box sets, and They Might Be Giants dropped three albums (!), two in December. But also surprising releases came from places I didn't expect: a new
Spiritualized record! A new David Byrne record! Dead Can Dance! Dirty Goddamned Computer! Oh, and a lost Coltrane record, because down is up and up is down.
2018 is remarkable for another reason, too: artists at the top of their game *decades* in. Sloan, TMBG, Yo La Tengo, David Byrne and Paul Simon all turned out records as good as anything they've ever done. At this point I don't expect
Sloan to ever record a bad *song*, nevermind a bad record.
But my pick for Evilchili's Album of the Year goes not to any reliable stalwart companion, but to a New Zealand four-piece whose rise to the top of my list was from first listen utterly inevitable. The Beths' debut, Future Me Hates Me, clocks in at just 39 minutes but packs a tremendous sun-drenched power-pop wallop. It ticks all my boxes: boy-girl harmonies, loud guitars, sad, clever lyrics on major chords (and handclaps provided by Yrs Chili). It is,
simply speaking, my favourite record this year and possibly of several years.
Here's my complete Top 10:
01 the Beths - Future Me Hates Me
02 Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer
03 Aphex Twin - Collapse EP
04 Metric - Art of Doubt
05 They Might Be Giants - I Like Fun
06 Sloan - 12
07 CHRVCHES - Love is Dead
08 Subsonic Eye - Dive Into
09 St. Vincent - MassEducation
10 Busdriver - Electricity is On Our Side
David Byrne - American Utopia
Paul Simon - In the Blue Light
They Might Be Giants - the Escape Team
They Might Be Giants - My Murdered Remains
Dead Can Dance - Dionysus
Yo La Tengo - There's a Riot Going On
John Coltrane - Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album
Brian Eno - 77 Million Paintings (Music for Installations)
the Herbalizer - Bring Out the Sound
Ben Caplan - Old Stock
Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt
Elvis Costello - Look Now
Gnostic Trio - Netzach (John Zorn: Book Bari'ah Vol. 7)
Secret Chiefs 3 - Malkhut (John Zorn: Book Bari'ah, Vol. 10)
the Orb - No Sounds are Out of Bounds
hyperreal.org's archive of DJ sets in RealAudio format (!!) are still available:
(and VLC plays RealAudio files, if you want to hear what pirate internet radio sounded like in 1993)
Goodness, a bunch of hyperreal.org is still up:
From PLUI@IOSSVR.gm.hac.com Wed May 19 14:11:21 1993
Subject: So you want to be a DJ
I once met a cat in a bainbridge island record store who claimed to have seen Tower of Power dozens of times back into the 60s in Oakland. His girlfriend at the time had a cousin who was a friend of someone who had a rehearsal space and they used to hang out there; one of those stories.
"Wild, man," I said, "You ever see two shows with the same lineup?"
He laughed a big, wide laugh. "Heeeeeell no."
just realized i posted this on main but not here. silly chili.
ToP. 2018. jfc. https://youtu.be/IDksWTzZQ2c
A little preprint scholarship to enjoy over your morning stimulant of choice:
Toward a standard model of musical improvisation - https://psyarxiv.com/w5b3r/
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This was the 5th and final one. The 2nd one contained music I assumed she would hate (I was mostly right).
It's a wonder she tolerated this behaviour.
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When we were still dating I made my wife a series of mixtapes, because that's what you do. I just looked at the last one I did, where I *ironically* included Let's Get It On and *unironically* included Better Off Without A Wife.
Gods I'm an idiot.
Here's the full track list:
Elvis Costello - Can You Be True?
Yo La Tengo - Our Way to Fall
Remy Shand - The Way I Feel
Barry White - Playing Your Game
Lovage - Ladies Love Chest Rockwell
Prince - On the Couch
Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
Outkast - Take Off Your Cool (Feat. Norah Jones)
Tom Waits - Better Off Without a Wife
Ben Harper - Steal My Kisses
Diana Krall - The Best Thing For You
They Might Be Giants - Another First Kiss
Paul Weller - Amongst Butterflies
Sting - She's Too Good For Me
Lou Reed - Perfect Day
I feel like my mind... is going...
I am of course addressing the Tastemaker Weasel Collective, the mustilidae who have so frequently failed to highlight interesting new music despite claiming this as their right and mission. I honestly don't know why we ceded cultural authority to them in the first place, but what can you do? They're the controlling bloc.