Mercury Falls presents:

I (LJ) am covering Mercury Falls from 9-11 p.m. this evening. For the past two weeks, Melissa has been doing a recap of 2018. I figured I would follow suit with my take on the past year.

Some pen jottings on 2018:

No mystery here: my favorite and most listened to album of 2018 is Low’s Double Negative. My favorite song from the album has changed multiple times.

Something I never thought I would say: Mariah Carey made a great album this year. But it’s true. I apologize to anyone that might have heard me sing along to “GTFO” in my car. “Scuse-a-me, let me call you a valet.” Love it.

Paul Simon performing “Can’t Run But” on Saturday Night Live is my favorite musical moment on T.V. this year.

Regarding the feud between Cardi B. and Nicki Minaj: They both made great albums this year and there is room in my world for both of them.

One my most listened to songs of 2018 was recorded in 1974. It’s the alternate version of Bob Dylan’s “You’re a Big Girl Now” released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 14: More Blood, More Tracks. I feel like I’ve cracked the code for this song: if we scrape away all the metaphors, we are left a direct and devastating message to his wife:

“I can change, I swear. See what you can do. I can make it through. You can make it, too. […] I know where I can find you: in somebody’s room. It’s a price I have to pay. […] I’m going out of my mind, with a pain that stops and starts like a corkscrew to my heart. Ever since we’ve been apart. […]”

Cat Power deserves whatever award you give to an artist for making an album so good that you are forced to pay attention to it. I wasn’t all that interested in her latest, Wanderer, but I ended up saying, “Damn…that is REALLY good.”

What do we say about Kanye West’s 2018? I dunno either. Musically, he had a great year.

I have a weird fascination with The Ting Tings. They seem like people that are too smart to get out of their own way and, once again in 2018, they made an interesting album that misses the mark. But I’m rooting for them.

I didn’t hate Drake’s Scorpion. Yeah, it’s too long. But, there are some great moments within it’s 25 songs.

If I had to pick a top five albums of 2018, it might be something like:

  • Low – Double Negative
  • Black Moth Super Rainbow – Panic Blooms
  • Autechre – NTS Sessions
  • Body/Head – The Switch
  • Kids See Ghosts

But there were so many great albums this year including: YOB, Oneohtrix Point Never, Ohmme, PlanningToRock, Elvis Costello, Neneh Cherry, Young Fathers, Tanukichan, Dead Can Dance and Mitski.

Some of my favorite songs from the year that aren’t mentioned anywhere above:

  • “Missing U” – Robyn
  • “Jupiter 4” – Sharon Van Etten
  • “Modafinil Blues” – Matthew Dear
  • “Kong” – Neneh Cherry
  • “Blue Girl” – Chromatics

I did a couple of back catalog deep dives this year and I now know more about Phil Collins’ solo albums than is healthy the admit. I also dug into Crosby, Stills and Nash, which is a tangled web if ever there was one.

For 2019, I’m looking forward to Lana Del Rey’s Norman Fucking Rockwell.

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Playlist:

    Time: January 16 - 5:00:00 pm
  • Frank Ocean, “Moon River”

    from Moon River - Single

    Blonded - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 5:05:00 pm
  • The Breeders, “All Nerve”

    from All Nerve

    4AD - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 5:10:00 pm
  • U.S. Girls, “poem”

    from In a Poem Unlimited

    4AD - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 5:15:00 pm
  • PlanningToRock, “Wounds”

    from Powerhouse

    DFA - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 5:20:00 pm
  • Muse, “Blockades”

    from Simulation Theory

    Warner Bros. - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 5:21:54 pm
  • Neneh Cherry, “Kong”

    from Broken Politics

    Smalltown Supersound - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 5:26:18 pm
  • Paul Simon, “Can't Run But”

    from In the Blue Light

    Legacy Recordings - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 5:29:47 pm
  • Low, “Always Trying to Work It Out”

    from Double Negative

    Sub Pop Records - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 5:33:43 pm
  • Cat Power, “wanderer”

    from Wanderer

    Domino Recording Co - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 5:34:57 pm
  • St. Vincent, “Savior (Piano Version)”

    from MassEducation

    Loma Vista - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 5:39:15 pm
  • Yoko Ono, “I Love All of Me”

    from Warzone

    Chimera Music - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 5:43:08 pm
  • Bob Dylan, “You're a Big Girl Now”

    from More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 14 (Sampler)

    Legacy Recordings - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 5:47:49 pm
  • OHMME, “Liquor Cabinet”

    from Parts

    Joyful Noise Recordings - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 5:51:40 pm
  • Black Moth Super Rainbow, “Baby's in the Void”

    from Panic Blooms

    Rad Cult - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 5:55:18 pm
  • Calvin Johnson, “When the Weekend Comes Around”

    from A Wonderful Beast

    K - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 6:03:29 pm
  • Elvis Costello & The Imposters, “Unwanted Number”

    from Look Now

    Concord Records - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 6:07:02 pm
  • Robyn, “Missing U”

    from Honey

    Konichiwa / Interscope - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 6:09:40 pm
  • Mariah Carey, “A No No”

    from Caution

    Epic - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 6:12:48 pm
  • Serpentwithfeet, “whisper”

    from soil

    Secretly Canadian - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 6:17:09 pm
  • The Internet, “Roll (Burbank Funk)”

    from Hive Mind

    Columbia Records - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 6:20:20 pm
  • Pusha T, “The Games We Play”

    from DAYTONA

    Def Jam - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 6:23:06 pm
  • The Weeknd, “Call out My Name”

    from My Dear Melancholy,

    XO / Republic - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 6:26:06 pm
  • Matthew Dear, “Modafinil Blues”

    from Bunny

    Ghostly International - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 6:31:07 pm
  • SRSQ, “cherish”

    from Unreality

    Dais Records - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 6:35:58 pm
  • Oneohtrix Point Never, “Age Of”

    from Age Of

    Warp - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 6:39:22 pm
  • Autechre, “gonk tuf hi”

    from NTS Session 1-4

    Warp Records - 2018

  • Time: January 16 - 6:47:15 pm
  • Body/Head, “last time”

    from The Switch

    Matador - 2018

149 January 16th, 2019

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