Album Year Lists (2018)

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We’re almost there! Another year gone, another about to begin. As we start to look forward to what 2019 might bring us, we also take a traditional look back at everything 2018 had in store for us. We listened to things, we saw things and we wrote about them. Here’s our look at what we liked best.

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Sounds from the Dark Side top albums of 2018 (until now)

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Halfway through 2018, we’ve already heard some great new music. Here’s our unranked mid-year list of 10 of the year’s best albums so far.

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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Wig Out at Jagbags

SMaTJIf I may say so, the 1980s was a decade to be frowned upon, at least when viewed in terms of pop culture. Think about it: big hair do’s, stonewashed jeans, mullets, not to speak of the Tom Cruise mania of the time. Sometimes it’s hard to believe the decade also produced the best indie-rock bands we know today. Built to Spill, Sebadoh, Yo La Tengo and Pavement were founded during these years and have risen to great heights ever since.  Continue reading

Yo La Tengo ‚Äď Fade (2013)

YLTFADEFirst thing I did when Yo La Tengo announced their new album was to give the ‚Äėmurdering record‚Äô another spin. I‚Äôm pretty sure that some purists will hate me at some level for doing so. But the fact remains, I did it. Carefully and¬† humorously ¬†slaughtering¬† about thirty classic pop and rock songs is just something I dig. Of course it goes without saying that Murdering the Classics (2006) is not representative for their impressive discography. For quite some time now Yo La Tengo are unanimously accepted to by¬† leading in the indie rock scene. It was the couple Ira Kaplan¬†and¬†Georgia Hubley who formed the band in mid-ninety eighties naming it after a baseball related anecdote. Since then Yo La Tengo consequently released various highly acclaimed albums. I Can Hear the Heart Beating as one (1997), And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out (2000) and Summer Sun (2003) are probably the best known records coming from Hoboken (USA). Their last record with the generic title, Popular Songs (2009) was met with mixed reactions by the critics. This January their new album, Fade was released. Continue reading