As a music buff, and one who still buys CDs, I like to pick my favorite new releases of the year. I pulled all my 2018 CDs, played them, ranked them, photographed them on Jan. 1…and promptly forgot the whole thing. Hey, it was a holiday. Then I saw my photo on my camera roll the other day, thought “yikes” and am now writing this post a bit belatedly.
I am not up on pop currents and at my age have no need to be. Features in the LA Times on their critics’ Top 10 picks left me bemused as I had not heard any of the songs or albums. Ditto for the Coachella lineup; I recognize only three or four of the names and don’t know ANY of the music. I don’t think that’s ever been the case before.
So I don’t know that this list of mine is going to prove useful to anyone, containing as it does some indie rock, world music, folk, country, Bob Dylan covers (No. 3) and tributes to English music hall (No. 2) and the co-leader of the Fugs (No. 1). Nevertheless, I persisted.
10. Wussy: “What Heaven is Like”
9. Ry Cooder: “The Prodigal Son”
8. Bombino: “Deran”
7. Ellen Harper: “Light Has a Life of Its Own”
6. Rolling Blackouts CF: “Hope Downs”
5. Willie Nelson: “Last Man Standing”
4. Parquet Courts: “Wide Awaaaaake!”
3. Bettye Lavette: “Things Have Changed”
2. Linda Thompson and various: “Linda Thompson Presents: My Mother Doesn’t Know I’m on the Stage”
1. Jeffrey Lewis and the Deposit Returners: “Works by Tuli Kupferberg”
Look that up in your Funk & Wagnall’s. If by chance you liked any 2018 music yourself, feel free to comment.