2018 had nothing on 2017 in terms of quantity of amazing releases (seriously, 2017 may have been the best year for new music since the 90’s). However what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality.
No, not a lost song from Wire, but my list of my favorite records from 2018. Across the genres, across the ages, all very Arpad.
This Mortal Coil, the gothic dream-pop collective led by 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell, released three gorgeous, hugely influential albums between 1984 and 1991: It’ll End In Tears, Filigree & Shadow, and Blood. The label announced today that all three LPs will be reissued with “remastered audio made from the original…
My cover of Bowie’s “Quicksand”. I have at least one more cover planned, so this might be a limited series. Or it might not.
it’s this for me.
this is mine, at least so far.
Bran Van 3000 / Supermodel
“Akuma No Uta” & “Ibitsu”
5 variations on the rock band from the back half of this year. Capsule reviews and streaming links.
Fugazi’s “Waiting Room”. So close to the original, but that’s great, cos I’m not in the mood for any fancy interpry-tations.
Tom Petty was found in his home unresponsive this morning, he was in full cardiac arrest. It was initially reported that he was dead, but he’s still on life support. As Tom had a “do not resuscitate” order for his family, he is not expected to survive the day. :’(
In which the Guardian speculates on why women singers - who have dominated the pop charts for most of this decade - are suddenly falling off of the UK charts.
NPR presents The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women since 1964:
Transcendent audiophile potpourri from a year shrouded in darkness. Four records worth the time. Art by Paola Escobar.
Julianna Barwick starts to describe her experience in the male-dominated field of electronic music, but one sentence in, she interrupts herself to consider the ambiance on my end of our phone call. I live on the first floor of my building and there’s work being done on the street just outside and it’s producing a…
Merseyside’s Matthew Barnes created a 45 minute version of the Björk track. Alien alchemist weather patterns that draw a map perfectly the both of them.
The cats have learned that when Dr. Mrs. Hatrack goes to bed they get treats but they tend to extend that idea to include every time somebody goes down the hallway. Tonight it was WinnieTheWoot’s turn to be followed by the furry entourage.