Hey, 2018 sure was thing. After almost a year away, I brought this blog back a few months ago. I plan on actually updating on a more regular schedule in 2019. But, that is a problem for 2019 Joe. Anyway, here are my top records of 2018. In alphabetical order, because it just makes sense.
- Dessa – “Chime”
- Dogbite – “True Lofi Will Find You In The End”
- Drug Church – “Cheer”
- Gouge Away – “Burnt Sugar”
- Headlines – “MMXVII”
- Heavy Mantle – “Weights & Measures”
- Hop Along – “Bark Your Head Off, Dog”
- Krimewatch – “Krimewatch”
- La Luz – “Floating Feature”
- Lala Lala – “The Lamb”
- Late Bloomer – “Waiting”
- Lilith – “I’ll Come Over B/W In Real Life”
- Miranda Winters – “Xobeci, What Grows Here?”
- Miserable – “Loverboy”
- Mitski – “Be The Cowboy”
- Mothers – “Render Another Ugly Method”
- Nectar – “Knocking At The Door”
- Ogikubo Station – “We Can Pretend Like”
- Open Mike Eagle – “What Happens When I Try To Relax”
- Restorations – “LP5000”
- Tancred – “Nightstand”
- Tanukichan – “Sundays”
- There’s Talk – “Bathed Water Moon”
- V.V. Lightbody – “Bathing Peach”
- Worlds Greatest Dad – “Get Well Soon”
- Absinthe Father – “Jane”
- Ivy Sole – “Overgrown”
- Petal – “Magic Gone”
- Roy Kinsey – “Blackie: A Story By Roy Kinsey”
- Smol Data – “Smol Data: An EP”
- Snail Mail – “Lush”
- Steady Holiday – “Nobody’s Watching”
- Swearin’ – “Fall In The Sun”
- Tony Molina – “Kill The Light”
- Young Animals – “Disposition”
All things considered, Be The Cowboy was my favorite record this year. Or, at the very least, the one I listened to the most.
So, yeah. There you go. Here’s a Spotify playlist
I’ve talked a lot of shit about hardcore over the years. The version of hardcore that was around when I was younger had a lot of metal and Christianity in it. Not really my thing. That old school (or whatever) kind of stuff was still right up my alley though. That said, let’s talk about Krimewatch.
Krimewatch hasn’t been releasing stuff for very long. An EP, a demo, and a full length. Their sound is reminiscent of what hardcore sounded like before the metal dudes in jerseys took over the scene. It’s the kind of hardcore that is still punk. The songs are brief and aggressive. It’s that classic piss and vinegar type stuff.
The run time for these 9 songs is about 12 minutes. The band fucking goes. Emma Hendry, Sean Joyce, and Shayne Benz play tight, aggressive punk rock in a style that has not been the style in a minute. They don’t lean to heavily on standard genre tropes. There’s no mosh part, there’s no unnecessary solos and fills. There is just bass, guitar, and drums working together as a unit. They sound so tightly wound that you feel like it could explode at any time. The speed and simplicity are a strength. Put Rhylli Ogiura’s vocals on top of everything and you’ve got a winner. In English or Japanese, she’s taking control of the sound and your attention.
There’s a lot to like about this record at the end of the day. The only complaint I can see anyone having is that, like a lot of other stuff in this genre, there can be some running together of songs. But, y’know, I’m not sure that is going to be a dealbreaker to the people who get down to this kind of thing.
Lockin’ Out Records