The Music of 2018 in Review

2018 Music Picks Overlap

If you’re reading this, then it’s official: you’ve survived 2018. Congratulations. Or you’re in the far flung future and somehow a copy of this site is extant despite the atomic wars, the invasion of mutant hamsters, and the revelation that saliva causes stomach cancer. So you were wise enough not to be born yet when 2018 happened, and thus I say also to you: congratulations.

One of the things we do around here while passing the time awaiting the heat death of the universe is to attempt to keep up with the release of new music. It’s impossible. I tried to listen to as much music from a single year a few years back and it damn near killed me. If anybody comes close to being able to sift through everything, that would have to be Need Coffee Music Ministers, Tuffley and Rob. And keeping with tradition, they have published their best-of lists for the year that was. You can find them on Spotify (links below). Also keeping with tradition, I tried to keep up with them and failed with spectacular grace for someone of my size. So I have my own list, heavily dependent on the other two to remind me of stuff I forgot (like Tuffley’s list reminded me that we had new (!) Coltrane, and Rob’s list making me aware of the existence of Durand Jones).

The image you see up top is a Venn diagram illustrating the overlap between our three lists. Because A) I’m a diagram geek and 2) I was bored while sitting in a doctor’s waiting room. So I probably missed one or two things. If you think the text is too small, I feel your pain: here’s the embiggened version.

So here we have them.

If you like music and you’re not following them on Spotify, you probably should. Tuffley’s here. Rob’s here. And if you’re really bored, I’m here.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m already behind on listening to 2019. Have fun.

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