2018 Year End

Top NACC Albums & Singles

See what albums and singles participating Music Directors,
DJs, promoters, labels and artists said were their personal
favorites of 2018 below!

Top Albums

Bud Johnson
“Acoustic Accents”

Wes Collins “Welcome To The Ether”
Heather Maloney “Just Enough Sun”
Sarah Sample “Redwing”
Jesse Terry “Natural
Lori McKenna “The Tree”
Tommy Emmanuel “Accomplice One”
Mipso “Edges Run”
Pharis and Jason Romero “Sweet Old Religion”
David Francey “The Broken Heart of Everything”
The Jellyman’s Daughter “Dead Reckoning”

Gina Bellovary
101.5 WIPZ-LP
I’ll keep it short and sweet this year. The following aren’t in any particular order; they are all great albums and singles.

Dance Gavin Dance – ‘Artificial Selection’
Beartooth – ‘Disease’
Rainbow Kitten Surprise – ‘How to: Friend, Love, Freefall’
McCafferty – ‘Yarn’
Tilian – ‘The Skeptic’
Don Broco – ‘Technology’
Justin Courtney Pierre – ‘In the Drink’
Matt and Kim – ‘ALMOST EVERYDAY’
Kate Nash – ‘Yesterday Was Forever’
Rare Americans – Self-titled

Gareth Sturrup
102.7 CHOP-FM

Now, Now – Saved
Low – Double Negative
Wild pink – Yolk In The Fur
Noname – Room 25
Soccer Mommy – Clean
Saba – Care For Me
Typhoon – Offerings
Foxing – Nearer My God
Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
Camp Cope – How To Socialize And Make Friends

Cliff Jenkins
88.1 WKNC FM HD-1 Raleigh
Was sick

Year of the Snitch
Small Car Big Wheels
Perfect Shapes
Be The Cowboy
Twisted Crystal
Some Rap Songs
Crush Crusher

Jessica Spottek
88.5 KURE: Ames Alternative
Seasonal music (aka, a lot of good stuff at one time, but not spread out through the entire year)

Jungle- “For Ever”
Castlecomer- “Castlecomer”
Caroline Rose- “Loner”
MGMT- “Little Dark Age”
Rhye- “Blood”
Porches- “The House”
Vinyl Theatre- “Starcruiser”
Blood Orange- “Negro Swan”
Courtney Barnett- “Tell Me How You Really Feel”

Jodi Gianakopoulos
88.9 FM, WRRG, The Old School Playground
Amazing year of music!!

BALOJI “137 Avenue Kaniama”
MOHSEN NAMJOO “on the string of the tear’s bow”
BIENAVENTURANZA “chancha via circuito”
JUPITER & OKWESS “kin sonic”
BOMBINO “deran”
HECTOR GUERRA “desde el infierno”
RAHIM ALHAJ “one sky”
BARRIO MANOUCHE “aires de cambio”
RIO MIRA “marimba del pacifico”

Sophia Pastore
90.3 The Core

Hop Along – Bark Your Head Off, Dog
Kendrick Lamar – Black Panther The Album Music From and Inspired By
Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs
Superorganism – Superorganism
Snail Mail – Lush
Mick Jenkins – Pieces of a Man
Forth Wanderers – Forth Wanderers
Blood Orange – Negro Swan

Monty Daniel
90.5 KCSU FM
I think this has been an extraordinary year in music, especially for women. They were not taking no for an answer and really made their voices heard.

How to Socialize and Make Friends by Camp Cope
Boygenius by boygenius
Lavender by Half Waif
Be the Cowboy by Mitski
Historian by Lucy Dacus
Clean by Soccer Mommy
The Lamb by Lala Lala
My Mind Makes Noises by Pale Waves
Wanderer by Cat Power
St. Leonards by Slowly Slowly

Miranda Roberts
90.7 KJHK

Blood Orange – Negro Swan
Sidney Gish – No Dogs Allowed
Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
Boygenius – Boygenius
Foxwarren – Foxwarren
Salad Boys – This Is Glue
Frank Turner – Be More Kind
Mitski – Be The Cowboy
Trampled By Turtles – Life is Good on the Open Road
Yowler – Black Dog In My Path

Jason Parker
90.7 The Capstone

Beach House “7”
U.S. Girls “In a Poem Unlimited”
Parquet Courts “Wide Awake!”
Brockhampton “Iridescence”
Car Seat Headrest “Twin Fantasy (Face to Face)
Wild Nothing “Indigo”
Enjoy “Small Car Big Wheels”
Sleep “The Sciences”
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks “Sparkle Hard”
Valley Maker “Rhododendron”

Justin Dodd
90.7 WXIN
Overall some great stuff

Bamboo Star – No Hard Feelings
Coheed and Cambria – Unheavenly Creatures
Fight the Fury – Still Breathing
Atreyu – In Our Wake
Audiotopsy – The Real Now
All That Remains – Victim of the New Disease
Disturbed – Evolution
Architects UK – Holy Hell
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Wasteland
High on Fire – Electric Messiah

Erin Wolf
91.7 FM WMSE

Beach House, 7, Sub Pop
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Hope Downs, Sub Pop
Prince, Piano and a Microphone 1983, Warner Bros.
Cashfire Sunset, Chemical Breeze, self-released
Shannon and the Clams, Onion, Easy Eye Sound
Yo La Tengo, There’s A Riot Going On, Matador
The Breeders, All Nerve, 4AD
Tanukichan, Sundays, Company Records
Collections of Colonies of Bees, HAWAII, Polyvinyl
Mind Spiders, Furies, Dirtnap

Ian Doig – Phaneuf
94.9 CHRW / Radio Western
(my program is called ‘A Person Disguised As People’)
Who can complain? We live in a very exciting time for music. If people complain, they’re not digging enough! The amount of brilliant music being released is staggering.

Rachel Grimes – The Doctor From India
Low – Double Negative
Autechre – NTS Sessions
Jeremy Dutcher – Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
Arp – Zebra
The Caretaker – Everywhere At The End Of Time Stages 1 – 3
Astronauts, Etc – Living In Symbol
Chris Reimer – Hello People
Khotin – Beautiful You
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Bon Voyage

Haley Isom
95.7 The Spin
Music is good

Bambi – Hippo Campus
Delta – Mumford and Sons
A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships – 1975
Castlecomer – Castlecomer
Lamp Lit Prose – Dirty Projectors
Lake Effect Kid – Fall Out Boy
Blue Madonna – Borns
Pray For The Wicked – Panic! at the Disco
Concentrate – The Happy Fits
Bohemian Rhapsody (The Original Soundtrack) – Queen

Todd Paulson
ALT360 Radio

Alice Merton – No Roots EP
The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
CHVRCHES – Love is Dead
Meg Myers – Take Me To the Disco
Mike Shinoda – Post Traumatic
Bishop Briggs – Church of Scars
Panic! At the Disco – Pray For the Wicked
Thirty Seconds to Mars – America
Gorillaz – The Now Now
Florence + The Machine – High As Hope

Sean Carolan
Altrok Radio (from Brookdale Public Radio)
Strong year!

Mitski, Be The Cowboy
Courtney Barnett, Tell Me How You Really Feel
Brazilian Girls, Let’s Make Love
Elvis Costello and the Impostors, Look Now
Caroline Rose, Loner
Field Music, Open Here
The Beths, Future Me Hates Me
Slothrust, The Pact
Teleman, Family Of Aliens
Franz Ferdinand, Always Ascending

Brian Robb
This was the year millennials finally killed the record industry.

IDLES – Brutalism
SHAME – Songs Of Praise
LOW – Double Negative
ANNA BURCH – Quit The Curse
COURTNEY BARNETT – Tell Me How You Really Feel
MITSKI – Be The Cowboy

Jamey Osborne
Audiosyncracy – KTEP
The music this year has been outstanding and prolific! These are hard to choose!

Jeff Oster – Reach
Michael Logozar – Passage
Carl Weingarten – This is Where I Found You
Kevin Wood – Eternal
Vicente Avella – Rising
Helen Jane Long – Perspective
Neil Tatar – After the Rain
Matteo Palmer – Opaline Sky
Heidi Breyer – Moonlight in Empty Rooms
Pete Calandra – Carpe Noctum

Ted Leibowitz
BAGeL Radio, SomaFM
another great year for indie rock, noisy pop, garage punk, and psych rock.

Parquet Courts – “Wide Awake!”
Courtney Barnett – “Tell Me How You Really Feel”
IDLES – “Joy As An Act Of Resistance.”
Mudhoney – “Digital Garbage”
Camp Cope – “How To Socialize & Make Friends”
Beach Skulls – “Las Dunas”
Pip Blom – “Singles”
Bodega – “Endless Scroll”
Menace Beach – “Black Rainbow Sound”
Bad Sports – “Constant Stimulation”

Joltin Joe Pszonek
Blues and Roots Radio & WMSC

Kerri Powers Starseed
The Ramonas First World Problems
The Marcus King Band Carolina Confessions
Rachel Beck Rachel Beck
The Whispering Tree Invisible Forces
Emma Langford Gentle Giant
Kirsty Merryn She & I
Kal Lavelle For The Loved and Lost
In Layman Terms Strong Roots
Duende Libre Drift

Troy Lemberg
CFUV 101.9 FM
This year saw my own personal top 100 become even more diversified in genres, it may not show up in the top 10 but been a great year for me exploring more ambient, jazz, and experimental releases.

Frigs “Basic Behaviour”
Daughters “You Won’t Get What You Want”
Jeremy Dutcher “Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa”
the body “I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer”
Grouper “Grid Of Points”
Nap Eyes “I’m Bad Now”
Mount Eerie “Now Only”
Blood Orange “Negro Swan”
Fucked Up “Dose Your Dreams”
Lie “Hounds”

Benoit Poirier
CISM 89,3 FM

Sunwatchers – II [Trouble In Mind]
Victime – La femme taupe [Michel]
Nap Eyes – I’m Bad Now [You’ve Changed]
Feu doux – Feu doux [Dare To Care]
Freak Heat Waves – Beyond XXXL [Telephone Explosion]
Tess Roby – Beacon [Italians Do It Better]
Sons Of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile [Verve / Impulse]
Spirit of the Beehive – Hypnic Jerks [Tiny Engines]
Ben LaMar Gay – Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun [International Anthem]
The Scorpions & Sauf Abu Bakr – Jazz Jazz Jazz [Habibi Funk]

Lauren Hedges
CJAM 99.1 FM

Moonlight Benjamin “Siltane”
The Interrupters “Fight the Good Fight”
We Hunt Buffalo “Head Smashed In”
The Dirty Nil “Master Volume”
Strangers on a Plane “Wings”
The Lytics “Float On”
Barstool Preachers “Grazie Governo”
Protoje “A Matter of Time”
Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis “Wild! Wild! Wild!”
Night Club “Scary World”

Zakary Slax
CJLO 1690 AM
A year where darkness and light increasingly grow in tension… top 10 list is in alphabetical/non-hierarchical order

Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want
Kamasi Washington – Heaven/Earth
La Luz – Floating Features
Lonely Parade – The Pits
Low – Double Negative
Noname – Room 25
Sleep – The Sciences
Stephen Malkmus – Sparkle Hard
Tim Hecker – Konoyo
Yo La Tengo – There’s a Riot Going On

Andrew Wieler

Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit
Coheed & Cambria – Vaxis I: The Unheavenly Creatures
Harakiri For the Sky – Arson
Dirt Cannon – What Eats You
Author & Punisher – Beastland
Pig Destroyer – Head Cage
Mantar – The Modern Art of Setting Ablaze
A Perfect Circle – Eat the Elephant
The Ocean – Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic
Ghost – Prequelle

Trevor Morrison
2018 joins 2010, 2012 and 2015 as the best years (in terms of musical output) of the decade so far. Feeling GOOD about my Top 50 records of the year. Keep an eye out for that top 50 on my blog @ warmvisions.wordpress.com ;^)

U.S. Girls “In A Poem Unlimited”
Mitski “Be The Cowboy”
Sophie “Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides”
Hop Along “Bark Your Head Off, Dog”
Yves Tumor “Safe In The Hands Of Love”
Kali Uchis “Isolation”
Kacey Musgraves “Golden Hour”
Skee Mask “Compro”
DJ Koze “Knock Knock”
Grouper “Grid Of Points”

Tyler Freese
if you know you know

Camp Cope – How To Socialise and Make Friends (Run For Cover)
Jeff Rosenstock – POST- (Polyvinyl)
IDLES – Joy (Partisan)
Antarctigo Vespucci – Love In The Time Of E-Mail (Polyvinyl)
Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour (MCA Nashville)
Caroline Rose – LONER (New West)
Justin Courtney Pierre – In The Drink (Epitaph)
Mitski – Be The Cowboy (Dead Ocean)
Hop Along – Bark Your Head Off, Dog (Saddle Creek)
Petal – Magic Gone (Run For Cover)

Ayappa Biddanda
Concord Music
A great year for music across genres!

Matt Nathanson ‘Sings His Sad Heart’ (Acrobat Records / Crush / AWAL)
Denzel Curry ‘TA13OO’ (Loma Vista Recordings / Concord Music)
Ruston Kelly ‘Dying Star’ (Rounder Records / Concord Music)
Janelle Monae ‘Dirty Computer’ (Bad Boy Records / Atlantic)
Indigo Girls ‘Indigo Girls Live With The University Of Colorado Symphony Orchestra’ (Rounder Records / Concord Music)
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats ‘Tearing at the Seams’ (Stax / Concord Music)
Various Artists ‘Stax ’68: A Memphis Story’ (Stax / Craft Recordings / Concord Music)
R.E.M. ‘R.E.M at the BBC’ (R.E.M. / Craft Recordings / Concord Music)
Kacey Musgraves ‘Golden Hour’ (MCA Nashville)
Elvis Costello & The Imposters ‘Look Now’ (Concord Records / Concord Music)

Gregory A Gates
Cygnus Radio, Bury the Needle
A Great Year For All Types Of Metal!

Book of Bad Decisions – Clutch
I Loved You at Your Darkest – Behemoth
Firepower – Judas Priest
Prequelle – Ghost
What Was and What Shall Be – Brimstone Coven
The Sciences – Sleep
None Shall Live… The Hymns Of Misery – Churchburn
Eternal Return – Windhand
Rift – Forming the Void
Electric Messiah – High on Fire

Terence Praet
Distiller Promo

Trembling Bells “Dungeness”
Ohmme “Parts”
Spider Bags “Someday Everything Will Be Fine”
The Beths “Future Me Hates Me”
Open Mike Eagle “What Happens When I Try to Relax”
Cadence Weapon “Self-Titled”
Moonface “This One’s for the Dancer & This One’s for the Dancer’s Bouquet”
Angelique Kidjo “Remain in Light”
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan “Dirt”
Titus Andronicus “A Productive Cough”

John Diliberto
Better than I thought once I tried to make a list.

TALITHA RISE – An Abandoned Orchid House
NILS FRAHM – All Melody
SOLOMON GREY – Human Music
OLAFUR ARNALDS – re:member
LOMA – Loma
MOBY – Everything Was Beautiful, Nothing Hurt
William Fitzsimmons – Mission Bell

Chris DeRoin
Forces Of Obvious Luck on KRBX Radio Boise

Lyrics Born – Quite a Life
Alma Cook – Hearsay [single]
#3 Henry Canyons – Cool Side of the Pillow
Phonte – No News Is Good News
Epic Beard Men – Season 1
Open Mike Eagle – What Happens When I Try to Relax
Flex Mathews & Damu The Fudgemunk – Dreams & Vibrations
Ivy Sole – Overgrown
The Off Daze – Couple’s Skate

Chris Heim
Global Village/Night Train/Crossroads

Samurai Accordion – Te (Visage Music)
Ben Ben Allison – Quiet Revolution (Sonic Camera)
Shemekia Copeland – America’s Child (Alligator)
Dancas Ocultas – Dentro Desse Mar (Sony/Galileo Music)
Aaron Goldberg – At the Edge of the World (Sunnyside)
Sue Foley – Ice Queen (Stony Plain)
Sonido Gallo Negro – Mambo Cosmico (Glitterbeat)
Stefon Harris + Blackout – Sonic Creed (Motema)
Colin James – Miles to Go (Stony Plain)
Ray Bonneville – At King Electric

Jeff McCoy
High Dive Records

Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!
Shame – Songs of Praise
King Tuff – The Other
Richard Swift – The Hex
Rays – You Can Get There From Here
Guerilla Toss – Twisted Crystal
Lithics – Mating Surfaces
US Girls – In A Poem Unlimited
King Khan & The Shrines – Three Hairs And You’re Mine
Grapetooth – Grapetooth

Jenny Inzerillo
High Plains Public Radio
I think this year proves that folk music isn’t going ANYWHERE.

John Prine – The Tree of Forgiveness
Adrianne Lenker – abysskiss
Mountain Man – Magic Ship
Ryan Culwell – The Last American
The War & Treaty – Healing Tide
Bombino – Deran
Ana Egge – White Tiger
Colter Wall – Songs of the Plains
Nathan Evans Fox – Texas Dust
The Brother Brothers – Some People I Know

Richard Estrada
ILLEGAL intern Radio / KUCI 88.9FM

Logos by Dos Santos
Sabor Maracuyá Desnuda by Gilberto Rodriguez Y Los Intocables
A Todo Cuba Le Gusta by Afro-Cuban All Stars
Midnight in a Moonless Dream by The Buttertones
Sueños Deceptivos by Tozcos
Bienaventuranza by Chancha Via Circuito
Aztlán by Zoé
Tornaluna by Vanessa Zamora
Floating Features by La Luz
Parques by Los Romanitcos de Zacatecas

Nils Illokken

Against All Logic (A.A.L.) – 2012-2017
Kali Uchis – Isloation
Harriet Brown – Contact
MGMT – Little Dark Age
Your Smith – Bad Habit EP
Miya Folick – Premonitions
Parcels – Parcels
Hop Along – Bark Your Head Off, Dog
U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimmited
Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!

Jason Pulaski
Innamissions Radio / KUCI 88.9FM
Lists in no particular order

Nu Guinea – Nu Guinea
V/A “Free the Robots presents Tempo Dreams Vol. 5”
Te’Amir “Abyssinia / Abyssinia Rise EP”
Toshio Matsuura Group “Loveplaydance: 8 Scenes From the Floor”
Djrum “Portrait With Firewood”
Sound Voyage “En Route to Thailand”
Shadow People “Shadow People”
Dengue Dengue Dengue “Semillero”
Natureboy Flako “Theme For a Dream”
Richard Spaven “Real Time”

Amy Presley

The Breeders “All Nerve”
Caroline Rose “Loner”
Jack White “Boarding House Reach”
Superorganism “Superorganism”
Shakey Graves “Can’t Wake Up”
Interpol “Marauder”
First Aid Kit “Ruins”
Soccer Mommy “Clean”
Courtney Barnett “Tell Me How You Really Feel”
Jukebox The Ghost “Off to the Races”

KBMF 102.5FM
Lots of great new music coming out all the time.

Lonnie Holley – MITH
SUMAC – Love in Shadow
Tommy Guerrero – The Road to Knowhere
Imarhan – Temet
Jupiter & Okwess – Kin Sonic
Moshen Namjoo – On The String of the Tear’s Bow
Sigur Ros – Route One
Karavan Sarai – Painted Sands
Champagne Superchillin – Beach Deep
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – Close But No Cigar

the homebucket (Matt Boam)
KGAR 93.3 fm
The homebucket’s Top 10 are all in the heavy genre.

Letters From The Colony “Vignette” (Nuclear Blast)
Rivers Of Nihil “Where Owls Know My Name” (Metal Blade)
Voivod “The Wake” (Century Media)
Deafheaven “Ordinary Corrupt Human Love” (Anti)
Stryper “God Damn Evil” (Frontiers)
Haunt “Busrt Into Flames” (Shadow Kingdom)
Will Haven “Muete” (Minus Head)
Soulfly “Ritual” (Nuclear Blast)
Tribulation “Down Below” (Century Media)
10. Judas Priest “Firepower” (Epic)

Mark Shikuma
KHSU, 90.5, Arcata, CA

GURRUMUL, “Djarimirri (Child Of The Rainbow)”
KAMASI WASHINGTON, “Heaven and Earth”
WARM DRAG, “Warm Drag”
ORQUESTA AKOKAN, “Orquesta Akokan”
THE BETHS, “Future Me Hates Me”
ROSE DROLL, “Your Dog”
THE NUDE PARTY, “The Nude Party”

Carly DeSanto
KMSC Dragon Radio- “The Showcase”
it was a REALLY great year for music, especially more experimental music

Mulberry Violence by Trevor Powers
With the Sun by Sunny War
True North by Zebulon Krol
Darker Days by Peter Bjorn and John
Magic Ship by Mountain Man
Indigo by Wild Nothing
Cold Heart by Thirdstory
Ballad of a Runaway Girl by Elisapie
Meta Meta Etc by Brick + Mortar
Landscape by Future Generations

Steve Klein

Cat Power Wanderer
Black Belt Eagle Scout Mother of My Children
Oh See’s Smote Reverser
Slightly Stoopid Everyday Life, Everyday People
Johnny Marr Call the Comet
Jeffrey Martin One Go Around
Nightmares on Wax Shape the Future
Stephen Malkmus Sparkle Hard
All Them Witches ATW
Sunny War With the Sun

Russ Slaten
KRUA Loud Rock Director
Top 10 Metal Albums of 2018

The Ocean ‘Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic’
Obscura ‘Diluvium’
Behemoth ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’
Pig Destroyer ‘Head Cage’
Between the Buried & Me ‘Automata I’
At The Gates ‘To Drink From The Night Itself’
YOB ‘Our Raw Heart’
Tribulation ‘Down Below’
Marduk ‘Viktoria’
Heidevolk ‘Vuur Van Verzet’

Andrew McCallister
So many choices this year!

Metric – Art of Doubt
All Them Witches – ATW
Elvis Costello – Look Now
Michigan Rattlers – Evergreen
Tokyo Police Club – TPC
Tellico – Woven Waters
Cat Power – Wanderer
Hippo Campus – Bambi
Spesh – Famous World
Madeline Kenney – Perfect Shapes

Michael McAllister
This year struck me as diverse, emotional, and generally too slow. Is everyone stoned? Pick up the pace people. JK, Mike.

Nathaniel Ratelife and the Night Sweats – “Tearing At The Seams”
Lake Street Dive – “Free Yourself Up”
Playing For Change – “Listen To The Music”
US Girls – “In A Poem Unlimited”
Wye Oak – “The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs”
The Chamanas – “NEA II”
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Wrong Creatures”
El Ten Eleven – “Banker’s Hill”
Lo Moon – “Lo Moon”
Van William – “Countries”

Caroline Janes
KTSW 89.9
Not bad!!!

Dance Alone- BOYO
Soy Pablo- Boy Pablo
Like A Baby- Jerry Paper
In Real Time- The Undercover Dream Lovers
Online- Triathalon
Sleep- Ruru

Tristan McGarr
One of the best years for music this decade

Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want
Idles – Joy As An Act of Resistance
Kero Kero Bonito – Time ‘n’ Place
Sleep – The Sciences
Parquet Courts – Wide Awake
Anderson .Paak – Oxnard
Kids See Ghosts – S/T
All Against Logic – 2012-2017
MGMT – Little Dark Age

Zoë Finkelstein
KWUR, Clayton 90.3FM

Lucy Dacus “Historian”
Camp Cope “How to Socialise & Make Friends”
Mom Jeans “Puppy Love”
Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers “Boygenius”
Mitski “Be the Cowboy”
Illuminati Hotties “Kiss Yr Frenemies”
Hovvdy “Cranberry”
Trace Mountains “A Partner to Lean On”
Joji “BALLADS 1”
Soccer Mommy “Clean”

The Ozzy Freak of Boulder Creek
Metal from the Mountains/Hardrock for the Humpday
Music rules the planet, for some of us anyway. I love listening to my shows afterward, because during a show it’s so busy and it’s hard to enjoy what’s happening at the time. When I listen afterwards it reminds me why I love listening to music, and I can enjoy the songs that made that night’s playlist. I am fortunate to be, what I want to call, a legitimate DJ. Having the opportunity to hear new music first-hand and being able to share it with an audience is tremendous. Let’s keep rockin’!

Exmortus “The Sound of Steel”
Tremonti “A Dying Machine”
Judas Priest “Firepower”
Jinjer “Cloud Factory”
Black Mirrors “Into the Black Mirrors”
Graveyard “Peace”
Kobra and the Lotus “Prevail II”
The Crown “Cobra Speed Venom”
Alien Weaponry “Tu”
Psycroptic “As the Kingdom Drowns”

Eric Funk
Mountain Chill (KRKQ-Telluride, CO)
This was one of the bests year’s for new music out of the last half dozen, and the year that deep house made a breakthrough into the mainstream.

BOB MOSES – Battle Lines
MARIBOU STATE – Kingdoms In Colour
CLAPTONE – Fantast
SIGUR ROS – Route One
SOFI TUKKER – Treehouse
JON HOPKINS – Singularity

Mike Pop
Music Choice Indie
Wow, there was a lot this year…

Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
Pinegrove – Skylight
Bedbug – i’ll count to heaven in years without seasons
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Hope Downs
Wild Nothing – Indigo
Superorganism – Superorganism
Wye Oak – The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs
Tune-Yards – I feel you creeping into my personal life
Preoccupations – New Material
Swearin’ – Fall Into The Sun

Caroline Shadood
women to the front literally always

Mitski – Be The Cowboy
Snail Mail – Lush
Anna Calvi – Hunter
Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel
US Girls – In a Poem Unlimited
Dilly Dally – Heaven
Soccer Mommy – Clean
Boygenius – Boygenius EP
US Girls – In a Poem Unlimited
Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer

Martin Curti

Femi Kuti “One People One World”
Bombino “Deran”
Imarhan “Temet”
Boubacar Traoré “Dounia Tabolo”
Jupiter & Okwess “Kin Sonic”
Angélique Kidjo “Remain In Light”
Rio Mira “Marimba Del Pacifico”
Fatoumata Diawara “Fenfo”
Henri Dikongué “Diaspora”
Ziggy Marley “Rebellion Rises”

David Sommerstein
North Country Public Radio / “The Beat Authority”

Kali Uchis – Isolation
Khruangbin – Con Todo el Mundo
Jupiter & Okwess – Kin Sonic
Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer
Chancha Via Circuito – Bienaventuranza
Magic Drum Orchestra – The DNA of Rhythm
Imarhan – Temet
Baloji – 137 Avenue Kaniama
Angelique Kidjo – Remain in Light
Brownout – Fear of a Brown Planet

Pirate! Promotions
Wish there was more Beachwhistle.

The Beths – Future Me Hates Me
Neko Case-Hell On
Hop Along- Bark Your Head off dog
Alkaline Trio–Is this thing Cursed?
Idles–Joy as an act of Resistance
Doe-Grow into it
gobbinjr–ocala wick
Jeff Rosenstock–POST
Breeders–All Nerve
Cupcakke- Ephorize

Ben Zalman
Planetary Group
Top Ten’s from me are in Alphabetical Order

A Vulture Wake – The Appropriate Level of Outrage
Anemone – Baby Only You & I
Bugs – Social Slump
Camp Cope – How To Socialize and How To Make Friends
Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How Your Really Feel
MGMT – Little Dark Age
Momma – Interloper
Now, Now – Saved
Rubblebucket – Sun Machine
Soccer Mommy – Clean

Planetary Group
I believe 2018 will be probably considered the weakest or second weakest (2014) year for music of this decade (2019 pending, obviously). Not to say there weren’t great records this year, but

LONER by Caroline Rose
7 by Beach House
POST- by Jeff Rosenstock
Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
Ordinary Corrupt Human Love by Deafheaven
2012-2017 by A.A.L. (Against All Logic)
Knock Knock by DJ Koze
Fetti by Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs, & The Alchemist
Future Me Hates Me by The Beths

Lucas Frangiosa
Planetary Group
Lots of high profile artists with mediocre albums this year, lots of new artists with outstanding albums, and a whole lot of memes.

Mac Miller “Swimming”
Verzache “Thought Pool”
Jerry Folk “Leisure Tapes”
Cautious Clay “Blood Type”
Matt DiMona “JUNO”
Ben Khan “Ben Khan”
Vacationer “Mindset”

Luke Phillips
Planetary Group
2018 seemed like a bit of a transitional year in music – a lot of good but not GREAT albums. It was so incredible to see women and female-identifying artists capturing the zeitgeist more than ever.

Amen Dunes – Freedom
Kadhja Bonet – Childqueen
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Bon Voyage
Soccer Mommy – Clean
Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
Anna Burch – Quit the Curse
U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited
Mitski – Be The Cowboy
SOPHIE – Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
Peach Kelli Pop – Gentle Leader

Maddie Schwappach
Radio K – KUOM
Spectacular year for tunes! Can’t remember a time where there have been this many inspiring and exciting releases.

Yves Tumor – Safe in the Hands of Love
Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want
Mitski – Be The Cowboy
Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs
Rico Nasty – Nasty
Soccer Mommy – Clean
Noname – Room 25
Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer

Scott Davidson
Rebel Radio

Judas Priest Firepower
Clutch Book Of Bad Decions
Iron Maiden The Stusio Collection
Dee Snider For
The Love Of Metal
Micheal Romeo War Of The Worlds Part 1
Dream Child
Pig Destoyer
Wrath Rage
Suicidal Tendencies

Rupam Sofsky
Shine On
SSION had all the best music videos of 2018, by a large margin.

Cloud Nothings – Last Building Burning – Carpark
Dirty Projectors – Lamp Lit Prose – Domino
Caroline Says – No Fool Like An Old Fool – Western Vinyl
Low – Double Negative – Sub Pop
SSION – O – DERO Arcade
Haley Heynderickx – I Need To Start A Garden – Mama Bird
Oh Sees – Smote Reverser – Castle Face
The Internet – Hive Mind – Columbia
Lykke Li – so sad so sexy – RCA
Kurt Vile – Bottle It In – Matador

Munsey Ricci
Skateboard Marketing Ltd.

Judas Priest, Firepower
Unearth, Extincition(s)
Striker, Play To Win
High On Fire, Electric Messiah
Alien Weaponry, Tu
Suicidal Tendencies, Still Cyco Punk After All These Years
Between The Buried And Me, Automata I
Jinjer, Cloud Factory
Architects UK, Holy Hell
Atreyu, In Our Wake

Michelle Feghali
Sub Pop Records
This year between Sub Pop and Hardly Art we put out over 60 releases and I seriously loved them all. Making this list was tough!

Lala Lala
Kyle Craft
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Beach House
Forth Wanderers
Jo Passed
Father John Misty

Dan Manning

Amen Dunes – Freedomo
Dead Can Dance – Dionysus
Low – Double Negative
Yves Tumor – Safe In The Hands of Love
Devon Welsh – Dream Songs
Them Are Us Too – Amends
Bambara – Shadow On Everything
Teyana Taylor – KTSE
Ichiko Aoba – qp
Devil Master – Manifestations

Shannon Kurlander

Ariana Grande – Sweetener
Hatchie – Sugar & Spice EP
Tirzah – Devotion
MorMor – Heaven’s Only Wishful EP
Lala Lala – The Lamb
Smerz – Have Fun
Tanukichan – Sundays
Yves Tumor – Safe In The Hands Of Love
Kevin Krauter – Toss Up
Sidney Gish – No Dogs Allowed

Tess Plummer
music rocks

A Partner To Lean On – Trace Mountains
Time ‘n’ Place – Kero Kero Bonito
Bark Your Head Off, Dog – Hop Along
No Fool Like an Old Fool – Caroline Says
Dirty Computer – Janelle Monae
The Opener – Camp Cope
Perfect Shapes – Madeline Kenney
Almost – The Ophelias
Room 25 – Noname
I’ll Sing – Shannen Moser

Tess Plummer
Music is sick

Trace Mountains – A Partner To Lean On
Kero Kero Bonito – Time ‘n’ Place
Hop Along – Bark Your Head Off, Dog
Caroline Says – No Fool Like An Old Fool
Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer
Camp Cope – How to Socialise & Make Friends
Madeline Kenney – Perfect Shapes
The Ophelias – Almost
Noname – Room 25
Shannen Moser – I’ll Sing

Dan Murphy
The Acoustic Outpost, Folk Frontier
A fine year with excellent albums from old-timers and newcomers alike.

John McCutcheon – Ghost Light
Eliza Gilkyson – Secularia
Joe Jencks – The Forgotten
John Prine – The Tree of Foregiveness
Rod MacDonald – Beginning Again
Eric Bannan – You Are Welcome Here
Stephen Stills & Judy Collins – Everybody Knows
John Gorka – True In Time
Meghan Cary – Sing Louder
Ziggy Marley – Rebellion Rises

Jenn Misko
The Band Mom
I’m never quite done with these types of lists until January at the earliest (then I publish them on thebandmom.com), so this is far from definitive, but it’s where I’m at right now. This also does not include any Band Mom releases, because they are all my favorite, don’t make me choose! Particularly painful to have to leave off Open Mike Eagle, Dear Nora, Jenn Champion, Courtney Barnett, Mitski, Okkervil River, Yo La Tengo, Andrew WK, Superchunk, and Dilly Dally – sticking to 10 is a killer! Plus I haven’t even spent any time with a few releases likely to become favorites ASAP, so particularly reserving room for Mount Eerie, Low, Anna Burch, Say Hi, Eric Bachmann, Nick Krgovich, Ezra Furman, the Mountain Goats, and Sufjan to make a late-season leap up there.  Ah well. Life is hard!

Strange Parts “Oh God, What A Beautiful Time I Spent In The Wild”
Ruler “Winning Star Champion”
The Beths “Future Me Hates Me”
Hop Along “Bark Your Head Off, Dog”
Advance Base “Animal Companionship”
Fred Thomas “Aftering”
Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers & Lucy Dacus “Boygenius EP”
Lucy Dacus “Historian”
Father John Misty “God’s Favorite Customer”
Phosphorescent “C’est La Vie”

Jesse Wiza
The Current (KCMP)
A wild ride.

Jim James – Uniform Distortion
Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo
Low – Double Negative
Rostam – Half-Light
Sure Sure – Sure Sure
Ty Segall – Freedom’s Goblin
Valley Queen – Supergiant
Your Smith – The Spot

The Foundry
Some unexpected gold this year.

Victim of The New Disease
War of the Worlds Part 1
Malady X
Warning Blast
Play to Win
For the Love of Metal
The Outer Ones

Patrick O’Malley
The Safes

Run Hide Fight – “He’s A Jerk” (Hidden Volume Records) https://hiddenvolume.com/
The Kyring – “So Many Girls” (Action Weekend Records) https://actionweekend.bandcamp.com/album/the-kryng-so-many-girls-aw019
The Fadeaways – “Dirty Water EP” (Dirty Water Records USA) https://thefadeawaysdwrusa.bandcamp.com/
The Spookies – “Please Come Back” (Bickerton Records) https://bickertonrecords.bandcamp.com/album/br021-please-come-back-out-of-the-inside
The Routes – “4 Track EP” (Ghost Highway Records) http://www.ghosthighwayshop.com/es/home/448-7-the-routes-4-track-ep-black.html
Kurt Baker – “Lets Go Wild” (Wicked Cool Records) https://kurtbakerwcr.bandcamp.com/album/lets-go-wild
Gorilla – “Oh California” (Pop N Roll Records) https://gorilla45.bandcamp.com/album/oh-california-4-4-extended-pop
King Salami and the Cumberland Three – “Tainted Love” (Folc Records) https://folcrecords.bandcamp.com/album/folc089-king-salami-the-cumberland-3-tainted-love
The Lampshades – “Astrology” https://thelampshadespgh.bandcamp.com/album/astrology-2
The Differents – “It’s All Too Beautiful” (Stars No Stars Records) https://thedifferents-chicago.bandcamp.com/

Joe McGinnis
The Syndicate
What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been

BODEGA – Endless Scroll
Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!
Shy Boys – The Bell House
Spiritualized – And Nothing Hurts
Ty Segall – Freedom’s Goblin
Oneohtrix Point Never – Age Of
Foxing – Nearer My God
Kississippi – Sunset Blush
Shannon and The Clams – Onion
Blood Orange – Negro Swan

The Syndicate
“Can you teach me ’bout tomorrow
And all the pain and sorrow running free
‘Cause tomorrow’s just another day
And I don’t believe in time” – Hootie & The Blowfish

Parquet Courts – Wide Awake! (Rough Trade)
Death Cab For Cutie, Thank You For Today (Atlantic)
BROCKHAMPTON, iridescence (RCA)
Caroline Rose, LONER (New West)
Shannon Shaw, Shannon In Nashville (Easy Eye Sound)
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Hope Downs (Subpop)
The Happy Fits, Concentrate (Self-Released)
MGMT, Little Dark Age (Columbia)
Flasher, Constant Image (Domino)
Shy Boys, Bell House (Polyvinyl)

Shil K. Patel
Tiger Bomb Promo
These are some of my favorite releases of 2018 that Tiger Bomb didn’t promote presented in no particular order.

Blood Orange “Negro Swan”
Bonny Doon “Longwave”
Anna Burch “Quit The Curse”
Caroline Says “No Fool Like An Old Fool”
Flasher “Constant Image”
Helado Negro “Island Universe Story Four”
Haley Heyndrickx “I Need To Start A Garden”
Mitski “Be The Cowboy”
The Sea And Cake “Any Day”
Yuno “Moodie”

Jordan Young
Tinderbox Music
Still biased, but slightly less than last year.

Dessa “Chime”
Mac Miller “Swimming”
Evidence “Weather or Not”
Jungle “For Ever”
Raz Simone “Drive Theory”
The Internet “Hive Mind”
Anderson .Paak “Oxnard”
Blood Orange “Negro Swan”
Buddy “Harlan & Alondra”
Nipsey Hussle “Victory Lap”

Twin Vision

OURS “New Age Heroine”
JENN CHAMPION “Single Rider”
ELLEN STARSKI “The Days When Peonies Prayed For The Ants”
VNV Nation “Noire”
WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS “The More I Sleep The Less I Dream”
METRIC “Art Of Doubt”
OCEAN HOPE “Rolling Days”
MADELINE KENNEY “Perfect Shapes”

Jerry Steller
Vitriol Radio Promo
I never have time to listen to as much as I’d like but of the stuff I heard this year, these are my favorites.

METRIC Art Of Doubt
JANELLE MONAE Dirty Computer
MITSKI Be The Cowboy
BOYGENIUS boygenius [EP]

Ryan Rutz
WAWM-SD Bulldog Radio

Theory of a Deadman – Wake Up Call
The Record Company – All of This Life
Blue October – I Hope You’re Happy
Laura Veirs – The Lookout
Everlast – Whitey Ford’s House of Blues
Edie Brickell and New Bohemians – Rocket
Loreena McKennitt – Lost Souls
Morrissey – Low in High School
Greta Van Fleet – Anthem of the Peaceful Army
Roots of Creation – Grateful Dub

Paul Simpson

Autechre: NTS Sessions
Mount Eerie: Now Only
Lotic: Power
Anna Burch: Quit the Curse
Jlin: Autobiography
Kadhja Bonet: Childqueen
DJ Taye: Still Trippin’
Low: Double Negative
Blawan: Wet Will Always Dry
Profligate: Somewhere Else

strong start and finish!

Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo
Curtis Roush – Cosmic Campfire Music
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – Close But No Cigar
Charles Bradley – Black Velvet
The Sheepdogs – Changing Colours
Israel Nash – Lifted
Michael Nau and the Mightly Thread – Michael Nau and the Mightly Thread
King Tuff – The Other
José James – Lean on Me
Carl Broemel – Wished Out

Tofu Dave
WCOM Community Radio

Del McCoury Band Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass
Hot Rize Hot Rize’s 40th Anniversary Bash
Della Mae Della Mae
Richard Thompson 13 Rivers
Norah Jones Live At Ronnie Scott’s
Thelonious Monk Complete Prestige 10” Collection (5LP Box)
The Secret Sisters You Don’t Own Me Anymore
Junior Byles Rasta No Pickpocket
Rebelution Free Rein
The Revivalists Take Good Care

Art Menius
WCOM The Revolution Starts Now
Great year for topical protest music, although that might not be a good thing.

Janelle Monae “Dirty Computer”
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers “Years”
Neil Young “Songs for Judy”
Kaia Kater “Grenades”
Shemekia Copeland “America’s Child”
Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, & Sam Gleaves “Shout and Shine”
Zoe Speaks “Wings”
Barbara Dane “Hot Jazz, Cool Blues & Hard-Hitting Songs”
Joe Jencks “The Forgotten: Recovered Treasures for the Pen of Si Kahn”
Dede Wyland “Urge for Going”

Christopher Milo
WCXS – The Steel Eagle

Bob Moses – Battle Lines
Mother Mother – Dance and Cry
Son Real – One Long Dream
The Happy Fits – Concentrate
Nathaniel Rateliff – Tearing at the Seams
Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino
Slothrust – The Pact
Death Cab for Cutie – Thank You for Today
Grapetooth – Grapetooth
Striker – Play to Win

andy Dunn

IDLES – Joy as An Act of Resistance
Lucy Dacus – Historian
MGMT – Little Dark Age
Bodega – Endless Scrolls
Mitski – Be The Cowboy
Anna Burch – Quit the Curse
Hatchie – Sugar & Spice
Kero Kero Benito – Time ‘n Place
Sunflower Bean – Twentytwo in Blue
Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy

Jesse Taconelli
One of the best years in music in decades

Idles – Joy as an Act of Resistance
Mid-Air Thief – Crumbling 무너지기
Amen Dunes – Freedom
Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want
Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy
Against All Logic – 2012-2017
Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!
Pill – Soft Hell
Pinegrove – Skylight

Conner Kincaid
The metal scene was ripe with prime albums from established acts and fresh blood alike.

Zeal & Ardor, “Stranger Fruit”
Haken, “Vector”
Deafheaven, “Ordinary Corrupt Human Love”
Architects, “Holy Hell”
Bloodbath, “The Arrow of Satan Is Drawn”
The Black Queen, “Infinite Games”
The Ocean, “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic”
Alkaloid, “Liquid Anatomy”
Obscura, “Diluvium”
Winterfylleth, “The Hallowing of Heirdom”

Keith Krause
WEGL 91.1 FM Auburn, AL – Music Director

Amnesia Scanner “Another Life”
U.S. Girls “In a Poem Unlimited”
Skee Mask “Compro”
Tim Hecker “Konoyo”
Julia Holter “Aviary”
Yves Tumor “Safe in the Hands of Love”
Pendant “Make Me Know You Sweet”
Oneohtrix Point Never “Age Of”
RP Boo “I’ll Tell You What!”

Rusty Roberts

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – Riddles
Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel
Wye Oak – The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs
Flasher – Pressure
Wild Pink – Yolk In The Fur
Yo La Tengo – There’s A Riot Going On
Fred Thomas – Aftering
Parquet Courts – Wide Awake
Ty Segall – Freedom’s Goblin
Foxing – Nearer My God

Russ Borris

Caroline Rose, LONER
Phosphorescent, C’est La Vie
The Decemberists, I’ll Be Your Girl
Natalie Prass, The Future and the Past
Tracey Thorn, Record
Brian Fallon, Sleepwalkers
Richard Swift, The Hex
Mitski, Be the Cowboy
Joshua Hedley, Mr. Jukebox
Superorganism, Superorganism

Jeff Rosedale
WFWM 91.9 Frostburg,Maryland

Guided By Voices – Space Gun
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Something Else
Oh Sees – Smote Reverser
Wooden Shjips – V
Preoccupations – New Material
Superchunk – What A Time to Be Alive
Ty Segall – Freedom’s Goblin
The Beths – Future Me Hates Me
Shriekback – Why Anything, Why This?
The Essex Green – Hardly Electronic

Mark Michaelis
WGDR/WGDH – Acoustic Harmony
So many great folk/americana releases, it’s almost impossible to name a top 10!

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage – “Awake”
Lori McKenna – “The Tree”
Tracy Grammer – “Low Tide”
Craig Bickhardt – “Home For The Harvest”
Low Lily – “10,000 Days Like These”
Tom Russell – “Old Songs Yet To Sing”
Mipso – “Edges Run”
Caroline Cotter – “The River”
Wes Collins – “Welcome To The Ether”
Laurie MacAllister – “The Lies The Poets Tell”

Mike Saffran (GM)
WGSU-FM (SUNY Geneseo)
2018 was a great year for new music! (And, especially, music by female acts.)

Allison Leah “Fly Home” [EP]
Jackknife Stiletto “Chronicles of Jane: Vol. 1” [EP]
Let’s Eat Grandma “I’m All Ears”
Madyx “Madyx” [EP]
Marmozets “Knowing What You Know Now”
Metric “Art of Doubt”
Pale Waves “My Mind Makes Noises”
Rubblebucket “Sun Machine”
Transviolet “Valley” [EP]
Wild Moccasins “Look Together”

David May
WHFC-FM, Desert Island Jazz
There were some outstanding new recordings in 2018, I wish I could add more to the list!

Bootsie Barnes, Larry McKenna, The More I See You
Hal Galper, Cubist
Kyle Eastwood, In Transit
Wolfgang Lackerschmid & Chet Baker, Ballads for Two
Kent Miller Quartet, Sunday Evenin’
Andrea Brachfeld, If Not Now, When
John Colianni Sextet, I Never Knew
McClenty Hunter, Jr., The Groove Hunter
Ben Paterson, Live at Van Gelder’s
Gabriel Espinosa, Nostalgias de Mi Vida

Shawn Novatt

Parquet Courts “Wide Awake”
Camp Cope “How To Socialize and Make Friends”
Jeff Rosenstock “Post-“
Goon Sax, The “We’re Not Talking”
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever “Hope Downs”
Big Red Machine “Big Red Machine”
Beths, The “Future Me Hates Me”
Titus Andronicus “A Productive Cough”
Spiritualized “And Nothing Hurt”
Antarctigo Vespucci “Love In The Time Of Email”

Eli Winter
I’ll be leaving quite a lot out. Here are the first ten records that come to mind, in no real order.

The Morning Star — Daniel Bachman
Between the World and Small Things — Evan Morgan
New & Old — Cameron Knowler
Beyondless — Iceage
The Book of Sounds — Hans Otte
Deafman Glance — Ryley Walker
The Lillywhite Sessions — Ryley Walker
Axially Grasp — Mute Duo
Tom and Christina Carter — Charalambides
The Astronaut’s Laundry — Sam Wagster

Paul Shugrue

Courtney Barnett “Tell Me How You Really Feel”
Decemberists “I’ll Be Your Girl”
Lucy Dacus “Historian”
Old Crow Medicine Show “Volunteer”
Death Cab For Cutie “Thank You For Today”
First Aid Kit “Ruins”
John Prine “The Tree of Forgiveness”
Devotchka “This Night Falls Forever”
Snail Mail “Lush”
Lord Huron “Vide Noir”

Jacob Levine
Huge year for women and a huge year for indie

This is What Happens When I Try To Relax by Open Mike Eagle
Lush by Snail Mail
Bark Your Head Off, Dog by Hop Along
Whack World by Tierra Whack
Double Negative by Low
Little Dark Age by MGMT
El Mal Querer by Rosalia
7 by Beach House
Iridescence by BROCKHAMPTON
God’s Favorite Customer by Father John Misty

Jeremy Franklin
WLUR (Lexington, VA)

Julia Holter “Aviary”
Wye Oak “The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs”
Lucy Dacus “Historian”
Haley Heynderickx “I Need to Start a Garden”
Anna St. Louis “If Only There Was a River”
Rosalía “El Mal Querer”
Anna & Elizabeth “The Invisible Comes to Us”
Hop Along “Bark Your Head Off, Dog”
Kali Uchis “Isolation”
Gabriella Cohen “Pink Is the Colour of Unconditional Love”

Joanie Lindstrom

Monster Magnet – Mindfucker
The Scaners – s/t
Spiders – Killer Machine
Bad Sports – Constant Stimulation
Territories – s/t
Wild Zeros – Motormouth
The Chats – Get This in Ya
Dead Furies – Get This in Ya
The Vintage Caravan – Gateways
Brown Acid: The Seventh Trip – v/a

Randall Wynne
too early to evaluate

Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour
Wye Oak The Louder I Call, The Faster It Gets
The Record Company – All of This Life
Caroline Rose Loner
Parquet Courts Wide Awake!
Nathaniel; Rateliff & the Nightsweats Tearing at the Seams
The Decemberists – Ill be Your Girl
Phosphorescent C’est La Vie
Leon Bridges – Good Thing
J Mascis Elastic Days

Paul Krempasky

The Decemberists – I’ll Be Your Girl
The Beths – Future Me Hates Me
Jean-Michel Jarre – Equinoxe Infinity
Geotic – Traversa
Ohmme – Parts
Chris Liebing – Burn Slow
The Coral – Move Through The Dawn
J Mascis – Elastic Days
Belly – DOVE
Gruff Rhys – Babelsberg

Michael Philips
WOWD/In the Jazz Kitchen

Gilad Hekselman – Ask For Chaos
Sons of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile
Stefon Harris – Sonic Creed
Cecile McLorin Salvant – The Window
John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble – All Can Work
Brad Mehldau – After Bach
Helen Sung – Sung With Words
Black Art Jazz Collective – Armor of Pride
Mathias Eick – Ravensburg
Kenny Barron – Concentric Circles

Sydney Rock

Mitski “Be The Cowboy”
Turnstile “Time & Space”
Father John Misty “God’s Favorite Customer”
Boygenius “Boygenuius”
Liza Anne “Fine by Dying”
Death Cab for Cutie “Thank You For Today”
Hatchie “Sugar and Spice”
Free Cake for Every Creature “The Bluest Star”
Frankie Cosmos “Vessel”
Soccer Mommy “Clean”

Sophie Lawton
WPRK 91.5

Jessie Reyez “Being Human in Public”
The Marcus King Band “Carolina Confessions”
Rose Droll “Your Dog”
Darwin Deez “10 Songs That Happened When You Left Me With My Stupid Heart”
Kali Uchis “Isolation”
Boy Pablo “Soy Pablo”
Dirty Projector “Lamp Lit Prose”
Good Old War “Part of Us”
Honne “Love Me/Love Me Not”
Born Ruffians “Uncle, Duke & The Chief”

Bill Lupoletti
WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio

Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band – Sira Ba Kele (Sublime Frequencies)
Angelique Kidjo – Remain In Light (Kravenworks)
Vaudou Game – Otodi (Hot Casa)
Orquesta Akokan – Orquesta Akokan (Daptone)
Guy One – #1 (Philophon)
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times (Strut)
Newpoli – Mediterraneo (Beartones)
Hailu Mergia – Lala Belu (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Jupiter & Okwess – Kin Sonic (Everloving)
Imarhan – Temet (City Slang)

Kelli Lynch
so hard to whittle down my top 10

Fucked Up – Does Your Dreams – Merge
Juliana Hatfield – Olivia Newton-John – American Laundromat
Johnny Marr – Call the Comet – New Voodoo
J Mascis – Elastic Days – Sub Pop
Mastersytem – Dance Music – Physical Education
Nothing – Dance on the Blacktop – Relapse
Shannon Shaw – Shannon in Nashville – Easy Eye Sound
Smoking Popes – Into the Agony – Asian Man
Spiritualized – And Nothing Hurt – Fat Possum
Superchunk – What A time to Be Alive – Merge

Carly Flatau

Lost & Found – Jorja Smith
I Used To Know Her Part 2 – H.E.R.
Hive Mind – The Internet
Rhododendron – Valley Maker
Room 25 – Noname
Lush – Snail Mail
Earthtones – Bahamas
Wide Awake – Parquet Courts
Being So Normal – Peach Pit
Fudge Sandwich – Ty Segall

Mark Pruett
Too much music, not enough time

Galatee “Sans Titre”
Cauldron “New Gods”
Unleashed “The Hunt for White Christ”
Lizzy Borden “My Midnight Things”
Chevalier “II”
Nervosa “Downfall of Mankind”
Grave Upheaval “untitled”
Speedclaw “Beast in the Mist”
Immortal “Northern Chaos Gods”
Altars of Grief “This Shameful Burden”

This was a rough year overall, but boy, did it produce some great music. I think I speak for everyone at WSHL when I say we’ve found lifetime faves. We’ve been loving the submissions we get, the music we find, and the feelings they’ve made (even if there’s a lot of sad stuff). The list is less of a top 10 countdown, and more of a culmination of what the WSHL Executive Board loved this year.

Mitski “Be the Cowboy”
Godsmack “When Legends Rise”
Ghost “Prequelle”
Snail Mail “Lush”
Ariana Grande “sweetener”
Janelle Monàe “Dirty Computer”
Rare Americans “Rare Americans”
Hippocampus “Bambi”
Jerry Paper “Like a Baby”
Castlecomer “Castlecomer”

Katie Wilson

Firepower – Judas Priest
Thunderbolt – Saxon
Prequelle – Ghost
Avatar Country – Avatar
God Damn Evil – Stryper
Book of Bad Decisions – Clutch
Until Death Do We Meet Again – Dream Child
Northern Chaos Gods – Immortal
Conqueror’s Oath – Visigoth
Evolution – Disturbed


Toby Driver – They Are The Shield
Julia Holter – Aviary
Kikagaku Moyo – Masana Temples
Oneohtrix Point Never – Age Of
Palm – Rock Island
IDLES – Joy As An Act Of Resistance
Low – Double Negative
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Bon Voyage
Beak> – >>>
Ihsahn – Amr

John “El Prezidente” Adams
WTSR / The Chainsaw Symphony

Behemoth “I Loved You At Your Darkest”
Devildriver “Outlaws Till the End”
Pig Destroyer “Head Cage”
Dee Snider “For the Love of Metal”
Unearth “Extinction(s)”
Jesus Piece “Only Self”
Parkway Drive “Reverence”
Judas Priest “Firepower”
Cabal “Mark of Rot”
Soulfly “Ritual”

Tori Benes

U.S. Girls “In A Poem Unlimited”
Kali Uchis “Isolation”
Kacey Musgraves “Golden Hour”
Noname “room 25”
Hop Along “Bark Your Head Off, Dog”
Tierra Whack “Whack World”
Mitski “Be The Cowboy”
Haley Heynderickx “I Need To Start A Garden”
Boygenius “Boygenius EP”
Marissa Nadler “For My Crimes”

Emme Ostrander
soooooo good! Janelle Monae’s album was 100000x better than anything else but there were so many good albums released

Janelle Monae — Dirty Computer
Hayley Kiyoko — Expectations
Maty Noyes — Love Songs from a Lolita EP
Troye Sivan — Bloom
Sofi Tukker — Treehouse
Parquet Courts — Wide Awake!
Transviolet — Valley EP

Rachel Ames
WVFS Tallahassee

Miss Red “K.O.”
Popcaan “Forever”
Low “Double Negative”
Sumac “Love In Shadow”
G36 “Floor Weapons”
Earl Sweatshirt “Some Rap Songs”
Sunun “Ooid”
Makaya Mccraven “Universal Beings”
Galcher Lustwerk “200% Galcher”
Vile Luxury “Imperial Triumphant”

George Graham
WVIA Music director, producer/host
Not a whole lot stood out from previous years

Gabriel Kahane “Book of Travelers”
Paul Simon “In the Blue Light”
Playing for Change “Listen to the Music”
Sheila Nicholls “All of Nature”
John McCutcheon “Ghost Light”
Umphrey’s McGee “It’s Not Us”
Justin Gray and Synthesis “New Horizons”
Shemekia Copeland “America’s Child”
Oliver the Crow “Oliver the Crow”
I’m with Her “See You Around”

Braiden Morris
every year since 2015, i’ve said “this has been the best year for music in decades!” really makes me wonder if music’s just gonna finally peak some year soon.

Julia Holter “Aviary”
Anna von Hausswolff “Dead Magic”
Let’s Eat Grandma “I’m All Ears”
Robyn “Honey”
Earl Sweatshirt “Some Rap Songs”
Hop Along “Bark Your Head Off, Dog”
Yowler “Black Dog in My Path”
Kero Kero Bonito “Time ‘n’ Place”
Tomberlin “At Weddings”

Ken Luther
WVLP / Mostly Metal
This didn’t seem like a strong year overall, at least in the subsubsubgenres I like!

Seventh Wonder: Tiara
Redemption: Long Night’s Journey Into Day
Dynazty: Firesign
Michael Romeo: War of the Worlds Pt 1
Destinia: Metal Souls
Angra: OMNI
Beyond the Black: Heart of the Hurricane
Stratovarius: Enigma – Intermission II
Kingcrow: The Persistence
Grave Digger: The Living Dead

Shane Patrick
WVUA FM 90.7 The Capstone

Best of Toolroom 2018
Anjunadeep The Yearbook 2018
Defected presents The Closing Party Ibiza 2018
mau5ville: Level 2
Anjunadeep Explorations 07
Toolroom Amsterdam 2018
The Birds: Alex Niggemann
Deep House Hits: Winter 2018 Armada Music – Extended Versions
John Digweed Live In Tokyo
Defected Ibiza 2018

Ahnnabella Kolacki
Great year for music!

Amir – Tamino
God’s Favorite Customer – Father John Misty
Indigo – Wild Nothing
Landscape – Future Generations
Bambi – Hippo Campus
Mirror Master – Young the Giant
Crush Crusher- Ian Sweet
7 – Beach House
When My Heart Felt Volcanic – The Aces
Living In Symbol – Astronauts, Etc.

Brianna Snider
WXCU Radio
Music this year was a big leap forward in terms of innovation!

Petal “Magic Gone”
oldsoul “Coy”
Pool Kids “Music To Practice Safe Sex To”
Hop Along “Bark Your Head Off, Dog”
Barely Civil “We Can Live Here Forever”
The Sonder Bombs “Modern Female Rockstar”
Snail Mail “Lush”
Soccer Mommy “Clean”
Ian Sweet “Crush Crusher”
saltlick “Until Next Time”

Josh T. Landow
Y-Not Radio
Great year for music, especially music made by women!

Caroline Rose – Loner
Kate Nash – Yesterday Was Forever
Metric – Art of Doubt
CHVRCHES – Love Is Dead
Tune-Yards – I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life
The Vaccines – Combat Sports
The Beths – Future Me Hates Me
Dream Wife – Dream Wife
Superorganism – Superorganism
Jukebox The Ghost – Off To The Races

Top Singles

Josh T. Landow
Y-Not Radio

Kate Nash – Life in Pink
Caroline Rose – Cry
The Beths – Future Me Hates Me
Metric – Dressed To Suppress
The Vaccines – Your Love Is My Favorite Band
Tune-Yards – Look At Your Hands
Hatchie – Sure
Sylvan Esso – PARAD(w/m)E
Editors – Darkness At The Door

Ahnnabella Kolacki

Gallipoli – Beirut
Blast Off – Joywave
Alien- Beach House

Shane Patrick
WVUA FM 90.7 The Capstone

Above & Beyond & Justine Suissa – Cold Feet
Feel My Needs Purple Disco Machine Extended Mix Weiss (UK)
Beware of the Dog Original Mix Peter Brown
Can’t Help The Way That I Feel Sneaky Sound System
Partystarter Bakermat
(It Happens) Sometimes Extended Mix Jack Back
You Can Do It Baby Mark Knight & Danny Howard
Huh Huh Huh ATFC
Back and Forth MK
Electricity Silk City

Rachel Ames
WVFS Tallahassee

Nazamba “Vex”
Ossia “Dub Hell”
The Bug / Burial “Fog”
Miss Red “Dagga”
Popcaan “Wine For Me”
RTKal, Fox, Shanique Marie, Equiknoxx & Swing Ting “Jump to the Bar”
Sharda “Gum”
UNIIQU3 “Phase 3”
Ossia “Devil’s Dub”
Vybz Kartel “Real Bad Gal”

Emme Ostrander

Maty Noyes ft. Beekwilder — Lava Lamps
Ariana Grande — thank u, next
Troye Sivan — The Good Side
Kim Petras — All The Time
Charlotte Lawrence — Just The Same
Charlotte Lawrence, Nina Nesbitt, and Sasha Sloan — Psychopath

Katie Wilson

Dance Macabre
Avatar Country
Lighting Strike
Are You Ready
Take It To The Cross
Warrior Queen
Tongue Reaper
Bite The Bullet


The 1975 “Sincerity is Scary”
Maggie Rogers “Light On”
Marshmello and Bastile “Happier”
Ariana Grande “thank u, next”
Childish Gambino “This is America”
Hozier “Movement”
Lucy Dacus “Night Shift”
Sir Babygirl “Heels”
Noname “Self”
Anderson .Paak “6 Summers”

Mark Pruett

Galatee “Je N’aurai Jamais Assez”
Sacral Rage “Vaguely Decoded”
Dire Peril “Planet Preservation”
Cauldron “Letting Go”
Cauldron “No Longer”
Immortal “Northern Chaos Gods”
Lizzy Borden “A Stranger to Love”
The Night Flight Orchestra “The Last of the Independent Romantics”
Nervosa “Horrordome”
Monstrosity “Cosmic Pandemia”

Kelli Lynch

Ryan Adams – Baby I Love You
The Alarm – Beautiful
Nico Case – Last Lion of Albion
Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers- Apocalypse Now
Kooks – Chicken Bone
The Last Detail – Fun Fair
Pale Waves – Kiss
Amy Ray – Sure Feels Good Anyway
Sarah Shook – The Bottle Never Let’s Me Down
Superchunk – Our Work is Done

Sophie Lawton
WPRK 91.5

Maggie Rogers “Fallingwater”
Soccer Mommy “I’m On Fire”
Broken Bells “Shelter”
Maggie Rogers “Light On”
Hippo Campus “Bambi”
Brockhampton “1999 Wildfire”
Vance Joy “I’m With You”

Sydney Rock

Maggie Rogers “Fallingwater”
Maggie Rogers “Light On”
Dermot Kennedy “Power Over Me”
The Lumineers “Scotland”
Aly & Aj “Take Me”
King Princess “1950”

Randall Wynne

Parquet Courts “Wide Awake!”
Wye Oak “The Louder I Call, The Faster I Get”
Leon Bridges “Bad Bad News”
Shemekia Copeland “There’s No Time For Hate”
Ziggy Marley “I Am a Human”
Janelle Monae “American”
Dirty Projectors “That’s a Lifestyle”
Gorillaz “Humility”
White Denim “It Might Get Dark”
Father John Misty “Mr. Tillmen”

Jeremy Franklin
WLUR (Lexington, VA)

The Beths “Future Me Hates Me”
Hop Along “How Simple”
Ought “Desire”
Snail Mail “Pristine”
Middle Kids “Never Start”

Jacob Levine

PIENSO EN TU MIRA – Cap.3: Celos by Rosalia
This Is America by Childish Gambino
Nobody by Mitski
Tints by Anderson .Paak
Make Me Feel by Janelle Monae
Let’s Find an Out by Snail Mail
OKRA by Tyler the Creater
Relatable (peak OME) by Open Mike Eagle
Only Acting by Kero Kero Bonito
Moon River by Frank Ocean

Paul Shugrue

The Decemberists “Severed”
Phosphorescent “New Birth in New England”
Lucy Dacus “Night Shift”
Devotchka “Straight Shot”
Calexico “Under the Wheels”
Birds of Chicago “Roll Away”
Yo la Tango “For You Too”
Snail Mail “Speaking Terms”
Courtney Barnett “Nameless Faceless”
Brett Dennen “Already Gone”

Eli Winter

Busted Stuff — Ryley Walker

Mike Saffran (GM)
WGSU-FM (SUNY Geneseo)

Allison Leah “Colorado”
Let’s Eat Grandma “Falling Into Me”
Marmozets “Me & You”
Metric “Now Or Never Now”
The Ophelias “Night Signs”
Pale Waves “Kiss”
Rubblebucket “Donna”
Still Corners “Black Lagoon”
Transviolet “Close”
Wild Moccasins “Boyish Wave”

Mark Michaelis
WGDR/WGDH – Acoustic Harmony

Mark Erelli , Roseann Cash, Sheryl Crow, Lori McKenna, Anais Mitchell & Josh Ritter – “By Degrees”
Laura Cantrell – “Angry White Man”
Francesca Blanchard – “Maria”

Russ Borris

Childish Gambino, “This is America”
Father John Misty, “Mr. Tillman”
Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers, “Peach Scone”
Jealous of the Birds, “Plastic Skeletons”
Kamasi Washington, “Fists of Fury”
Kurt Vile, “Rolling With the Flow”
Mormor, “Waiting on the Warmth”
Neko Case, “Curse of the I-5 Corridor”
Okkervil River, “Famous Tracheotomies”
Underworld and Iggy Pop, “I’ll See Big”

Rusty Roberts

“The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs” – Wye Oak
“How Simple” – Hop Along
“Lake Erie” – Wild Pink
“Cut Me Off” – Madeline Kenney
“Tom” – Ed Schrader’s Music Beat
“Skim Milk” – Flasher
“Go Tell Everybody” – The Rock*A*Teens
“Today Is The Day” – EELS
“Refute” – Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
“PINK” – Mothers

Conner Kincaid

Zeal & Ardor, “Don’t You Dare”
RichaadEB, “Slave Knight Gael”
Obscura, “Clandestine Stars”
BTBAM, “Voice of Trespass”
Behemoth, “God = Dog”
Deafheaven, “Canary Yellow”
Alkaloid, “Interstellar Boredom”
The Black Queen, “Thrown Into the Dark”
The Ocean, “Permian: The Great Dying”
Architects, “Royal Beggars”

Jesse Taconelli

Amen Dunes – Miki Dora

Christopher Milo
WCXS – The Steel Eagle

Muse – “Pressure”
Bamboo Star – “It’s Just Business”
Eli Young Band – “Love Ain’t”
Blue October – “Daylight”
The Struts – “Body Talks”
Chris Stapleton – “Millionaire”
Robert DeLong – “Favorite Color is Blue”
Tokyo Police Club – “Simple Dude”
Fickle Friends – “Rotation”
Bad Religion – “My Sanity”

Paul Simpson

Mount Eerie: Distortion
Aphex Twin: T69 Collapse
NO EYES: They Still Hating
Peggy Gou: It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)
Waajeed: Mother
DJ Koze: Pick Up
Flora FM: Elm Bully
Expletive: Static
Marie Davidson: So Right
object blue: Act Like It Then

Ryan Rutz
WAWM-SD Bulldog Radio

Theory of a Deadman – Straight Jacket
Blue October – I Hope You’re Happy
The Record Company – Life to Fix
Reel Big Fish – You Can’t Have All Of Me
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt – Red Stops Traffic
Fitness – In The Clear
Sigrid – Sucker Punch
Edie Brickell and New Bohemians – What Makes You Happy
Skindred – That’s My Jam
Money B. and Young Hump – Come Here (feat. Too $hort)

Jerry Steller
Vitriol Radio Promo

Metric “Anticipate”
Kacey Musgraves “Rainbow”
Mitski “Nobody”
Metric “Now Or Never Now”
Troy Sivan “Lucky Strike”
Dear Rouge “Little By Little”
Johnny Marr “Hi Hello”
Frontperson “Tick-Tock (Frontrunner)”
Janelle Monae “I Like That”
Soccer Mommy “Your Dog”

Twin Vision

Nothing But Thieves “Lover, You Should Have Come Over”
Twilight Sad “I/M Not Here [Missing Face]”
Meg Meyers “Dumb”
Hatchie “Sleep”
Muse “The Dark Side”
Twilight Sad “Videograms”
Rituals Of Mine “No Time To Go Numb”
Clutch “Gimme The Keys”
Sharon Van Etten “Comeback Kid”
Katie Buchanan “The Middle”

The Syndicate

“Just A Fool” – Jim James (ATO)
“Over and Over and Over” – Jack White (Columbia)
“Money” – Caroline Rose (New West)
“Trouble” – Grapetooth (Polyvinyl)
“It May Get Bad When You’re Lonely and Cold” – Generationals (Polyvinyl)
“Hot Pink” – Let’s Eat Grandma (Transgressive/PIAS)
“Good Woman” – Jade Bird (Glassnote)
“Walkin’ On Eggshells” – Courtney Barnett (Mom + Pop)
“Something For Your M.I.N.D” – Superorganism (Domino)
“Tenderness” – Parquet Courts (RoughTrade)

The Foundry

Victim of the New Disease
A Starless Darkness
This Venom
Light Speed Marching
Fire Falling
The Day When Legions Burned
Avengers Of Eden
You’re Insane

Jesse Wiza
The Current (KCMP)

Finn – Sometimes The Going Gets A Little Tough
Jim James – Secrets
Kanye West – I Thought About Killing You
Rostam – Don’t Let It Get To You (Reprise)
The Shacks – Follow Me
Sharon Van Etten – Comeback Kid
Stella Donnelly – Boys Will Be Boys
Ty Segall – Alta
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hunnybee
Your Smith – Bad Habit

Jenn Misko
The Band Mom

Okkervil River “Love Somebody”
Jenn Champion “Regulate”
Ruler “Winning Star Champion”
Cumulus “Retreat”
Fred Thomas “Good Times Are Gone Again”
Lucy Dacus “Night Shift”
Whitney Ballen “Fucking”
Hop Along “One That Suits Me”
Advance Base “Your Dog”
Father John Misty “Just Dumb Enough To Try”

Michelle Feghali
Sub Pop Records

“Addictions” by Lucy Dacus
“Controller” by Channel Tres
“Abegail Anne” by Jeremy Enigk
“Nobody” by Mitski
“Hiding” by IAN SWEET
“Nevermine” by Forth Wanderer
“Disappointing Diamonds Are The Rarest Of Them All” by Father John Misty
“Exile Rag” by Kyle Craft
“Dark Oscillations” by Loma
“Always Trying To Work It Out” by Low

Munsey Ricci
Skateboard Marketing Ltd.

Judas Priest, Evil Never Dies
Unearth, One With The Sun
Striker, Heart Of Lies
High On Fire, Electric Messaih
Alien Weaponry, Ru Ana Te Whenua
Suicidal Tendencies, I Love Destruction
Between The Buried And Me, Condemned To The Gallows
Jinjer, A Plus or Minus
Architects UK, Hereafter
Atreyu, In Our Wake

Rupam Sofsky
Shine On

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Hunnybee” – Jagjaguwar
Visible Cloaks – “Wheel” – RVNG Intl.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – “きみのみかた” – Warner Japan
Exploded View – “Dark Stains” – Sacred Bones
Jenny Hval – “Spells” – Sacred Bones
Snail Mail – “Heat Wave” – Matador
Chloe X Halle – “Happy Without Me” – Columbia
MGMT – “One Thing Left To Try” – Columbia
Frankie Cosmos – “Being Alive” – Sub Pop
Stella Donnelly – “Mechanical Bull” – Secretly Canadian

Maddie Schwappach
Radio K – KUOM

Lil Uzi Vert – New Patek
Mitski – Nobody
Ariana Grande – Thank u, next
Amnesia Scanner – AS A.W.O.L.
Ravyn Lenae – Sticky
Playboi Carti – Flatbed Freestyle
Hatchie – Sure
Kero Kero Bonito – Only Acting
JPEGMAFIA & Kenny Beats – Puff Daddy
Pusha T – If You Know You Know

Ben Zalman
Planetary Group

G Flip – About You
Kacey Musgraves – High Horse
Kate Teague – Good To You
Loose Tooth – Keep On
MGMT – Me and Michael
Nilufer Yanya – Thanks 4 Nothing
Rubblebucket – Fruity
Snail Mail – Pristine
Soccer Mommy – Still Clean
Sweater Curse – Can’t See You Anymore

Planetary Group

“I Like It (feat. Bad Bunny & J. Balvin)” by Cardi B
“Nobody” by Mitski
“If You Know You Know” by Pusha-T
“Let Them Win” by Jeff Rosenstock
“Pain of Infinity” by The Dirty Nil
“City Looks Pretty” by Courtney Barnett
“Jeannie Becomes A Mom” by Caroline Rose
“WIN” by Jay Rock
“Tennis” by CASTLEBEAT
“Far Away Truths” by Albert Hammond Jr.

Lucas Frangiosa
Planetary Group

Kanye West “Ghost Town”
A$AP Rocky “Purity”
Mac Miller “Self Care”
Childish Gambino “This Is America”
Mk.Gee “You”
Verzache “No More”
Kyson “Have My Back”
Jerry Folk “Sweetness on My Tongue”
Young Thug “High (feat. Elton John)”
Pusha T “The Story of Adidon”

Luke Phillips
Planetary Group

Kacey Musgraves – “High Horse”
Denzel Curry – “Clout Cobain”
The 1975 – “Give Yourself A Try”
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left To Cry”
Janelle Monae – “Crazy, Classic, Life”
Beach House – “Drunk in LA”
Courtney Barnett – “City Looks Pretty”
Young Thug – “High (feat. Elton John)”
Carly Rae Jepsen – “Party For One”
DJ Koze – “Pick Up”

Pirate! Promotions

Powerglide–Rae Sremmurd
Trigger Bang–Lily Allen
Duck Duck Goose–CupcakKe

Martin Curti

Femi Kuti “One People One World”
Bombino “Tehigren”
Imarhan “Azzaman”
Boubacar Traoré “Yafa Ma”
Jupiter & Okwess “Nzele Momi”
Angélique Kidjo “Born Under Punches”
Rio Mira “Román Román”
Fatoumata Diawara “Nterini”
Henri Dikongué “Diaspora”
Ziggy Marley “Rebellion Rises”

Mike Pop
Music Choice Indie

Fucked Up – “Raise Your Voice Joyce”
Pinegrove – “Angelina”
Wild Nothing – “Partners In Motion”
Restorations – “The Red Door”
Christine and the Queens – “5 dollars”
IDLES – “Danny Nedelko”
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – “An Air Conditioned Man”
The 1975 – “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)”
Kacey Musgraves – “High Horse”
Wye Oak – “Lifer”

The Ozzy Freak of Boulder Creek
Metal from the Mountains/Hardrock for the Humpday

Tremonti “Traipse”
Orphaned Land “In Propaganda”
Graveyard “Walk On”
The Crown “Iron Crown”
Judas Priest “Lone Wolf”
Kobra and the Lotus “Losing my Humanity”
Queensryche “Man the Machine”
Jinjer “Bad Water”
Crimshaw “Monsters”
Dee Snider “Tomorrow’s No Concern”

Zoë Finkelstein
KWUR, Clayton 90.3FM

Shortly “Spare Time”
Samia “21”
tiffi “Paperwork Valentine”
Phoebe Bridgers “Christmas Song”
Margaret Glaspy “Born Yesterday”
Soccer Mommy “Henry/I’m On Fire”
Hovvdy “Easy/Turns Blue”
Samia “Milk”
Walter Etc. “Adult Mom Sings Walter Etc.”
Knowmadic “Forget”

Caroline Janes
KTSW 89.9

Dreaming of U- Hot Flash Heat Wave
Seven- Men I Trust
Like Mariah- HOMESHAKE
The Way Things Change- Yellow Days

Michael McAllister

Weezer – “Africa”
Soccer Mommy – “Wide Open Spaces”
Morrissey – “Back On The Chain Gang”
The Decemberists – “Traveling On”
The Revivalists – “All My Friends”
Jackie Greene – “Crazy Comes Easy”
J Mascis – “See You At The Movies”
Hayes Carll – “None ‘Ya”
Eric Bibb – “We Don’t Care”
El Ten Eleven – “You Are Enough”

Amy Presley

Shakey Graves “Kids These Days”
The Breeders “Wait in the Car”
Caroline Rose “Soul No. 5”
Jukebox The Ghost “Everybody’s Lonely”
Superorganism “Everybody Wants to Be Famous”
Dear Rouge “Little By Little”
Day Wave “Still Let You Down”
Blue October “I Hope You’re Happy”
The Greeting Committee “17”
Sunflower Bean “Come For Me”

Jason Pulaski
Innamissions Radio / KUCI 88.9FM

Wajatta “Runnin”
Kansado “Futuro Tumbao”
Fat Freddy’s Drop “Trickle Down”
Clap! Clap! “Ode To The Pleiades”
Addison Groove “F1nk”
Labelle “Post Maloya”
Hunrosa “We Know”
Harvey Sutherland “Amethyst”
Egoless “Decolonize / Global”
Jacques Greene “Fever Focus”

Nils Illokken

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Huneybee
MGMT – Little Dark Age
Hop Along – How Simple
Jungle – Heavy, California
Westerman – Confirmation
MorMor – Waiting On The Warmth
Haley Blais – Small Foreign Faction
Maggie Rogers – Fallingwater
The Bamboos – Lit Up
Foxing – Nearer My God

Richard Estrada
ILLEGAL intern Radio / KUCI 88.9FM

Caminante by Dos Santos
De Mi Ser feat. Cult Exciter by Boundry
Parachute by Thee Lakesiders
Never Be Another You (Reggae Remix) by Lee Michael Affair
Show Me How by Men I Trust
El Origen del Arcoiris by Camila Moreno
Love of Mine by Bardo Martinez
All That You Need by Te”Amir
Sights of Blue by Daise
Time As Hypnosis by Club Oro

Jenny Inzerillo
High Plains Public Radio

The War & Treaty – “One and the Same”
Nathan Evans Fox – “Great Sky”
Otis Redding – “Amen”
Nina Simone – “Love Me or Leave Me”
John Prine – “Knockin’ on Your Screen Door”
Mary Gauthier – “Brothers”
Benjamin Jason Douglas – “Walkin’ Down the Grain”
Colter Wall – “Plain to See Plainsmen”
Lindi Ortega – “LIberty”
Buck Meek – “Cannonball”

Jeff McCoy
High Dive Records

Shame – Friction
Parquet Courts – Wide Awake
King Tuff – The Other
Richard Swift – Dirty Jim
Grapetooth – Trouble
Stephen Maulkmus – Middle America
Cut Worms – How It Can Be
Chromeo – Must’ve Been
Dumb – Barnyard
Shy Boys – Something Sweet

Terence Praet
Distiller Promo

Toro Y Moi “Freelance”
Genesis Owusu “Wit’ Da Team”
Cadence Weapon “My Crew (Wooo)”
Laura Gibson “Slow Joke Grin”
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever “Talking Straight”
Sad Baxter “Baby”
Screaming Females “Glass House”
Frog Eyes “Idea Man”
Angelique Kidjo “Crosseyed and Painless”
Zazou Bikaye “Guilty”

Terence Praet
Distiller Promo

Janelle Monáe “Make Me Feel”
Toro Y Moi “Freelance”
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever “Talking Straight”
Parquet Courts “Almost Had to Start a Fight / In and Out of Patience”
Frog Eyes “Idea Man”
Neko Case “Bad Luck”
Courtney Barnett “Nameless, Faceless”
Belle & Sebastian “I’ll Be Your Pilot”
Kamasi Washington “Journey”
John Grant “He’s Got His Mother’s Hips”

Gregory A Gates
Cygnus Radio, Bury the Needle

Bark at the Moon – Integrity
Splatterthrash 2 – Ghoul
Volt Thrower – Conan
Hot Bottom Feeder – Clutch
Keep on Shovelin – Foghound
Ricky the Dragon Steamboat – Gozu
Pale Blood Sky – Green Druid
Floyd’s Machine – When the Deadbolt Breaks
Sons of Salem – Orange Goblin
Dropout – Pallbearer

Ayappa Biddanda
Concord Music

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats “You Worry Me” (Stax / Concord Music)
Hozier “Nina Cried Power” f/Mavis Staples (Columbia)
Denzel Curry “Clout Cobain” (Loma Vista / Concord Music)
Ruston Kelly “Faceplant” (Rounder Records / Concord Music)
Mikaela Davis “In My Groove” (Rounder Records / Concord Music)
Alice Merton “No Roots” (Mom+Pop / RED)
Florence + The Machine “Hunger” (Republic)
Republican Hair “F*ck A Bomb” (Republican Hair)
GHOST “Rats” (Loma Vista / Concord Music)
Kelsea Ballerini “Miss Me More” (Black River Entertainment)

Trevor Morrison

Amen Dunes “Believe”
Jessica Pratt “This Time Around”
The Beths “Little Death”
Beach House “Lemon Glow”
Rosalía “Pienso En Tu Mirá”
Mitski “Nobody”
Sophie “Immaterial”
IDLES “Colossus”
Natalie Prass “Short Court Style”
Daughters “Guest House”

Andrew Wieler

Coheed & Cambria – The Dark Sentencer
Zeal & Ardor – Built on Ashes
From First to Last – Surrender
Amigo the Devil – Cocaine and Abel
Mortiis – Closer to the End
Cancer Bats – Gatekeeper
Dirt Cannon – Live Fast
A Perfect Circle – Hourglass
Ghost – Dance Macabre
GosT- Garruth

Joltin Joe Pszonek
Blues and Roots Radio & WMSC

Laura Mulcahy Once Upon A Time In The Sand Dunes
Molly-Anne Polperro
Belle Of The Fall The Sounds of Silence

ted leibowitz
BAGeL Radio, SomaFM

Parquet Courts – ” Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience”
Mudhoney – “21st Century Pharisees”
IDLES – “Danny Nedelko”
Camp Cope – “The Opener”
The Breeders – “Wait In The Car”
Plague Vendor – “I Only Speak In Friction”
Bodega – “Name Escape”
Goon – “Chaka”
Surfbort – “45”
Goat Girl – “Burn The Stake”

Brian Robb

Shame – Friction
Bodega – How Did This Happen?
Idles – Danny Nedelko
Slothrust – Double Down
Kurt Vile – Loading Zone
Soccer Mommy – Your Dog
Anna Burch – Asking 4 A Friend
Death Cab For Cutie – Gold Rush
Interpol – The Rover
The Beths – Future Me Hates Me

Sean Carolan
Altrok Radio (from Brookdale Public Radio)

Mitski, “Nobody”
The Twilight Sad, “Videograms”
The Regrettes, “Hey Now”
Underworld and Iggy Pop, “Get Your Shirt”
The Interrupters, “She’s Kerosene”
Courtney Barnett, “Crippling Self-Doubt and a General Lack Of Confidence”
Angelique Kidjo, “Once In A Lifetime”
Brazilian Girls, “Let’s Make Love”
Sharon Van Etten, “Comeback Kid”
Field Music, “Count It Up”

Todd Paulson
ALT360 Radio

Florence + The Machine – Hunger
Good Charlotte – Actual Pain
Maggie Rogers – Fallingwater
Kodaline – Follow Your Fire
Brandi Carlile – The Joke
Dorothy – Flawless
Billie Ellish – You Should See Me In A Crown
You Me At Six – Fast Forward
Bad Wolves – Zombie
Amy Shark – Don’t Turn Around

Haley Isom
95.7 The Spin

“99” – Barns Courtney
“Love It If We Made It” – The 1975
“Best Tears” – The Happy Fits
“Gold Rush” – Death Cab for Cutie
“The Greatest Show” – Panic! at the Disco
“Bee-Sting” – The Wombats
“Golden” – Hippo Campus
“Mean Ass Drunk” – Watsky
“Guiding Light” – Mumford and Sons

Erin Wolf
91.7 FM WMSE

Beach House, “Black Car”, Sub Pop
Melody’s Echo Chamber, “Shirim”, Fat Possum
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, “Sister’s Jeans”, Sub Pop
Jessica Pratt, “This Time Around”, Drag City
Sharon Van Etten, “Comeback Kid”, Jagjaguwar
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “American Guilt”, Jagjaguwar
Steve Gunn, “New Moon”, Matador
Shannon & The Clams, “The Boy”, Easy Eye Sound
Mind Spiders, “Ice Bear” [Grauzone cover], Dirtnap
Yo La Tengo, “Shades of Blue”, Matador

Justin Dodd
90.7 WXIN

BABYMETAL – “Starlight”
Bad Religon – “My Sanity”
Slipknot – “All Out Life”
Of Mice & Men – “Warzone”
Ice Nine Kills – “The American Nightmare”
Black Label Society – “All That Once Shined”
Pig Destroyer – “Army of Cops”
Zeal and Ardor – “Ship on Fire”
As I Lay Dying – “My Own Grave”
Judas Priest – “Lightning Strike”

Jason Parker
90.7 The Capstone

Enjoy “Small Car Big Wheels”
Beach House “Lemon Glow”
Deerhunter “Death in Midsummer”
Valley Maker “Beautiful Birds Flying”
MUNYA “If I’m Gone Tomorrow (It’s Because of Aliens)”
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks “Middle America”
David Byrne “Everybody’s Coming To My House”
Iceage “Broken Hours”
Soccer Mommy “Henry”
Washed Out “Chimes”

Monty Daniel
90.5 KCSU FM

Lovely (ft.Khalid) by Billie Eillish

Jessica Spottek
88.5 KURE: Ames Alternative

Jungle- “Heavy California”
Royal Canoe- “RAYZ”
Natalie Prass- “Short Court Style”
The Record Company- “Life To Fix”

Cliff Jenkins
88.1 WKNC FM HD-1 Raleigh

Second Most Beautiful Girl In the World
Grey Area
Puff Daddy
Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All
Mother Maybe
Your Dog
I Can Treat You Better

Gareth Sturrup
102.7 CHOP-FM

Chance the Rapper – 65th & Ingleside
Wild Pink – Lake Eerie
Trace Mountains – Turn Twice
Empress Of – When I’m With Him
Car Seat Headrest – Bodys
Young Fathers – Toy
Now, Now – MJ
Noname – Ace
Foxing – Slapstick
Low – Disarray