So for this playlist, I decided to start off with 5 favorites released this year, followed by a bunch of older records I’ve been spinning. Hope you enjoy these songs as much as I do:
Molly Nilsson – You Always Hurt The One You Love
Though technically off a rerelease of 2011’s History, this Molly Nilsson song is one of my favorite songs to come out on vinyl recently. One of the best records from one of today’s most essential musicians.
Negative Gemini – Different Color Hair
This is an awesome song that has me psyched for the next Negative Gemini LP. Bad Baby and Body Work are so good that I had to repurchase the records after already having the cassettes.
R. Stevie Moore – What Do I Do With The Rest Of My Life?
How can I do justice to one of my favorite artists of all time in a couple sentences? If you’re only going to purchase a few records this year, make one of them R. Stevie’s Afterlife where you can hear this excellent song featuring Lane Steinberg.
Gary Wilson – The Lonely Park
My favorite song off of Gary’s latest album King of Endicott. Another amazing album from one of my favorite and most consistent musicians, this CD has received heavy rotation in my car this year.
Aldous Harding – The Barrel
Stop what your doing and go watch the video for this song, then listen to the whole album Designer. The best new musical discovery for me so far this year.
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin – 69 Année Érotique
Arguably the best track off of the Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg album. If you’ve only heard Histoire de Melody Nelson there’s much more to Serge, and this song is kind of the beginning of the sound he perfected with that album.
Alfie Silas – Put The Freeze On
One of the best boogie songs I’d never heard before this year, I had to get the s/t LP immediately. Definitely using this one in DJ sets and if you want a deep cut that’ll get people to dance, look no further.
RCR – Give It To You
Speaking of deep cuts that’ll get people to dance, this disco record is way too obscure for how good it is. The traditional narrative is disco died in 1979, but this record from 1980 proves people were still making straight up disco records even after some irrelevant baseball team had an inane promotional event.
Sharon Redd – You Got My Love
One more boogie deep cut before we go elsewhere, this Sharon Redd song has an irresistible groove to it and great vocals. Another s/t album I had to add to the collection.
Jacques Dutronc – Les Cactus
I put this on a mix for the car on a whim and got hooked. This 60s track rocks harder than most 60s American rock does.
The Mothers of Invention – Oh No
A beautiful melodic moment on the otherwise sprawling and wild Weasels Ripped My Flesh, Ray Collins vocal on this shines. One of Zappa’s best pop songs.
2Pac – God Bless The Dead
I’m not sure why I didn’t get into this track more when I first got into Pac’s Greatest Hits release, but this along with several other songs is why that compilation is a must have for any true hip-hop fan.
Credence Clearwater Revival – Green River
A song I can always go back to, my personal favorite record of theirs.
The Beatles – Happiness Is A Warm Gun 2018 Mix
The new mix of this that came out last year sounds incredible. This is also my favorite track off my favorite later-period Beatles album.
The Apples in Stereo – Dance Floor
In a parallel universe of my creation this song is the biggest hit of this decade. No disrespect to Kevin Barnes, but this is the funkiest record made by anyone from the Elephant 6 Collective.
The Isley Brothers – This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You)
While we’re still on the dance floor, I figured I’d close this playlist with one of the best 60s soul records that’ll actually get the floor moving. Somehow I’d never heard this one before this year, but now it’s one of my favorite Motown songs.
Classical violinist and piano player. Mostly self-taught guitarist took lessons with Vic Juris who was sampled for Gang Starr’s Mass Appeal hit. Appeared in Music of the Heart with Meryl Streep (d. by Wes Craven.) Long-time home-recording artist.