2018

This one plays best on shuffle. 30 songs to bump in your car or on those good new bluetooth headphones. With so much drama in the LBC, the albums trickled out slowly, but very steadily and 2018 produced some real bangers with something to say. Frustration breeds the best art. I mixed it up a bit this year, half of the tracks are from 2018, the rest are ones that I somehow missed until now. There’s a song or two on here that will scare you. There are a couple that will disorient you. But every one of them will get your big toe shootin’ up in your boot. These are the songs that got me through the madness that was this year.

Soundtrack to 2018

When I wasn’t listening to music, I was probably watching, listening to one of these:

TV Shows: Atlanta, Better Call Saul, Baskets, American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Crashing.

Movie: Sorry To Bother You

Podcasts: The Daily Zetigeist, Disgraceland, Heaven’s Gate, Surviving Y2K, The Memory Palace,



Albums/ songs that got me through 2018


  1. The Messthetics - Fugazi drummer, bassist + experimental guitarist= heavy jazz bliss.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86LSRQUrCjw

  2. Iglooghost - Steel Mogu - Relentless, ADHD addled electronic bangers.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS-azmYv-L8

  3. Pusha T - DAYTONA - Semi-problematic hip hop classic.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7-0ugujS2U

  4. Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs - young rap phenom continues ascent.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvtpGspVHgs

  5. Nostrum Grocers - modern hip hop for old heads.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znRrn8KW44w

  6. Noname - Room 25 - The best new Hip Hop is for millenials and olds alike.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syi60tUIP48

  7. Aphex Twin - Collapse EP - Electro godfather produces fresh, familiar EP.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqayDnQ2wmw

  8. Sweet Valley - Eternal Champ II - Requisite pop culture sample-heavy beat album bounce to.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjLmhD0fJg8

  9. MGMT- Little Dark Age - Unexpectedly weird, fun return from a band I thought I could ever take seriously.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtL5oMyBHPs

  10. Daughters - You Won’t Get What You Want - Pummeling, brutal Rock and Roll. This album scares me a little.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBQAdq7m8mM&list=PL2wFV4lMuaXBCHstQVpJgqCijVAIhollW

  11. Action Bronson - White Bronco - “20 alligators died for this shit I put my foot in.”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZA8vgQsREQ

  12. Clarence Clarity - THINK: PEACE - If Beck were still cool…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Sug4_JNqtY

  13. JID - Dicaprio 2 - Sounds a lot like K-dot. Undeniable flow, beat selection. Curious to see where this goes.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiADuDjueJc

  14. Childish Gambino- This Is America  - One of the most important multimedia projects of 2018. Period.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYOjWnS4cMY

  15. Jess Harley (2016)- American Pharaoh - Can’t post one without the other... Both amazing songs.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whcr-JiOJCA

  16. Máscaras (2017)- Kiksadi - Frenetic surf rock jams. Play this song all the way to the end.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu9IbiTzDqg

  17. Chicano Batman (2017)- Freedom is Free - Freedom is Free, take it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkEmnrUzFFE

  18. Ariel Pink (2012)- Baby - No one will ask you to change this song from rotation, ever.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJHv-giFchM

  19. Domo Le Ao Pontal- Tim Maia (2012) - Found this on an Anthony Bourdain episode. RIP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6XHpvqHV2Q

  20. Wand- Golem (2015)- Psychedelic guitar riffs a mile high. Too much? No way.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xcvmk1TGeH4

  21. Art Feyman (2017)- The Shape You’re In - Crazy, sunny LA world beat
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXEdINtGBn4

  22. Shuggie Otis (1971)- Sweet Thang - Level of funk= 3000
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uzqP2YKBSw

  23. Kikagaku Moyo  (2016)- House in the Tall Grass - Japanese shoegazey bliss
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrH_24v8wUE

  24. Sean Nicolas Savage- Livin it Up (2017)- Funny personal story behind this one. Lerndogg and Moreno know
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5e5UvKmdsE

  25. Protomartyr- Pontiac 87 (2017) - American post rock at it’s best
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzroaG2oDVs

  26. Midnight Sister- Blue Cigar (2017) - I think she’s talking about vaping
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk8Ag-Vn06U

  27. El Michels Affair- Return to the 37th Chamber (2017)- 36 Chambers basically played by a funk band...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvktFx3k4Ts

  28. Monster Rally- The Big Surf (2016)- Chill Surf beats to drink wine to. Thanks, Tina!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l6VVw55b7c

  29. Fred Fisher Atalobhor & His Ogiza Dance Band- Beautiful Dancer (2009)- Nigeria 1970’s, rereleased
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubkN1iBR17c

  30. Body Cheetah- Shone (2014)- Love the bedroom production. Unsigned as far as I know.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g-IoY2vqKY