Grimey’s Staff Picks - Best of 2018


Doyle Davis

here are the records I spent the most time with this year. they may not necessarily be "the best" but this is what perked my ears up the most and had me coming back for more. in no particular ranking order…

new releases…

Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

Natalie Prass - The Future and The Past

Melody's Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage

Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog

Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

The Beths - Future Me Hates Me

J Mascis - Elastic Days

Guided By Voices - Space Gun

Michael Rault - It's A New Day Tonight

Angelique Kidjo - Remain In Light

John Prine - The Tree Of Forgiveness

reissues, comps & from the archives…

Bob Seger & The Last Herd - Heavy Music: The Complete Cameo Recordings 1966-67

Bobbie Gentry - The Girl From Chickasaw County - The Complete Capitol Masters

The Beatles - The Beatles [White Album] expanded

Tom Petty - An American Treasure

John Coltrane - Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album

Bob Dylan - More Blood, More Tracks

Prince - Piano & A Microphone 1983

James Brown - Say It Live And Loud: Live In Dallas 8.26.68 expanded vinyl reissue

The Posies - Frosting On The Beater vinyl reissue

Grateful Dead - Pacific Northwest '73-'74: The Complete Recordings

Herbie Hancock - Flood [Live In Japan 1975] RSD Black Friday vinyl reissue


Mike Grimes

Kacey Musgraves ‘Golden Hour’

Car Seat Headrest ‘Twin Fantasy

The Glands box set

Hop along ‘Bark Your Head Off, Dog’

John Prine ‘Tree Of Forgiveness’

The Cave ‘Allways’

TT (Theresa Wayman of Warpaint) ‘Lovelaws’

JD McPherson 'Socks'

Phosphorescent 'C'est La Vie'

Leon Bridges 'Good Thing'


Anna Lundy

Lithics - Mating Surfaces (Kill Rock Stars)

Shopping - Official Body (Fat Cat)

Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour (MCA Nashville)

Yo La Tengo - There's a Riot Going On (Matador)

Parquet Courts - Wide Awake (Rough Trade)

The Beths - Future Me Hates Me (Carpark)

Molly Burch - First Flower (Captured Tracks)

Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground (Numero)


Joshua Walker

Hello friends. It's that time of the year again. I am here to give you a long list of albums that I loved in 2018. In no particular order, here are my faves from this year.

Harmony Rockets featuring Peter Walker-- Lachesis / Clotho / Atropos

Cornelius --Mellow Waves & Ripple Waves

Spiritualized--And Nothing Hurt

Lubomyr Melnyk-- Fallen Trees

David Allred--Transition

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club--Wrong Creatures

Django Django--Marble Skies

Johann Johannsson--Mandy / Englaborn & Variations / The Mercy

Nils Frahm--All Melody & Encores 1

J. Mascis--Elastic Days

ttotals--Skyview Dr

Peter Broderick--Two Balloons

The Good, the Bad & the Queen--Merrie Land

Poppy Ackroyd--Resolve

Franz Ferdinand--Always Ascending

Superchunk--What A Time to Be Alive

Fine China--Not Thrilled

David Allred--The Transition

Masayoshi Fujita--Book of Life / Stories

Tape Deck Mountain--Echo Chamber Blues

Pale Houses--Songs of the Isolation

The Breeders--All Nerve

Richard Swift--The Hex

Suede--The Blue Hour

Mint Field--Pasar De Las Luces

Yo La Tengo--There's A Riot Going On

The Decemberists--I'll Be Your Girl

Hatis Noit--Illogical Dance

The Vaccines--Combat Sports

Arctic Monkeys--Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Motel Mirrors--In the Meantime

Daniel Brandt--Channels

In Parallel--Broken Codes

Public Service Broadcasting--White Star Liner


Eels--The Deconstruction

Michael Price--Tender Symmetry



Nothing--Dance on the Blacktop

Rival Consoles--Persona

Low--Double Negative

Yann Tiersen--Hent

Dr. Dog--Critical Equation

Olafur Arnalds--re:member

Ben Frost--All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated

The Joy Formidable--Aaarth

The Sea and Cake--Any Day

Papercuts--Parallel Universe Blues

Richard Ashcroft--Natural Rebel

Josh Rouse--Love in the Modern Age

Gruff Rhys--Babelsberg

Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood--With Animals

Melody's Echo Chamber--Bon Voyage

Nine Inch Nails--Bad Witch

The Innocence Mission--Sun on the Square

Gorillaz--The Now Now

The Essex Green--Hardly Electronic

Johnny Marr--Call the Comet

The Beths--Future Me Hates Me

Alexandra Streliski--INSCAPE

Cat Power--Wanderer

The Smoking Trees--The Adventure Continues

The Smashing Pumpkins--Shiny and Oh So Bright vol.1

Howard Shore--The Lord of the Rings Soundtracks (box sets) <---nerd alert

So many amazing reissues this year, as well:

Swervedriver--Ejector Seat Reservation / Raise

Teenage Fanclub--Catalog vinyl reissues with bonus 7"s

Starflyer 59--Silver

The Prayer Chain--Mercury / Shawl

The Choir--Kissers and Killers

Garbage--Version 2.0

The Dears--End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story / Missiles

The Breeders--Mountain Battles / Title TK / Safari

Pink Floyd--Pulse (box set)

David Bowie--Loving the Alien (box set)

Editors--Catalog reissues

Yo La Tengo--Summer Sun

Stereolab--Catalog reissues


Richard Ashcroft--Alone With Everybody

I am sure that I am missing a bunch of things that I listened to and loved and bought this year, but list is plenty long, as it is. Enjoy, and I hope that we can talk about your favorites of the year the next time you are in the shop. Much love.

Oh...for what it's worth...Erased Tapes Records is still my favorite label. Cheers.


Rodrigo Avendano

My 18 favorite records of 2018 (14 new releases, 4 reissues)

The Breeders - All Nerve

Dream Chambers - White Roses

Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs

The Field - Infinite Moment

Sam Hoffman - Fairweather

Julia Holter - Aviary

Jeff the Brotherhood - Magick Songs

Low - Double Negative

Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

Ought - Room Inside the World

Parquet Courts - Wide Awake

Rainsticks - Elkmont

Soccer Mommy - Clean

Yo La Tengo - There's a Riot Going On

Favorite reissues & comps:

Bob Dylan - More Blood, More Tracks

Jess Sah Bi & Peter One - Our Garden Needs Its Flowers

Stereolab - Duophonic years

Hiroshi Yoshimura - Pier & Loft


Jason Bennett

Ten New Releases:

Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore - Ghost Forests

Rolling Blackouts CF - Hope Downs

Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

Kurt Vile - Bottle It In

Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!

Cat Power - Wanderer

Tirzah - Devotion

J Mascis - Elastic Days

Marianne Faithfull - Negative Capability

The Goon Sax - We're Not Talking

Ten Archival Releases:

The Beatles White Album Super Deluxe Edition

Bob Dylan - More Blood, More Tracks

Roxy Music - Roxy Music Deluxe Edition

The Glands - Double Thriller/The Glands/Double Coda

John Coltrane - Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

Tom Petty - An American Treasure

Liz Phair - Girly-Sound to Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box

Neil Young - Roxy: Tonight's The Night Live 1973/Songs For Judy

Miles Davis - Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud Deluxe

Bob Seger & The Last Heard - Heavy Music: The Complete Cameo Recordings 1966-67


Anna Chittom

Anna Burch - Quit The Curse

Virginia Wing - Ecstatic Arrow

Melody’s Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage

Yo La Tengo - There’s A Riot Going On

Sunflower Bean - Twentytwo In Blue

Mitski - Be The Cowboy

Sam Evian - You, Forever

Eleanor Friedberger - Rebound

Hinds - I Don’t Run

Hatchie - Sugar & Spice EP

Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!

Ty Segall - Freedom’s Goblin

MGMT - Little Dark Age

The Breeders - All Nerve

Frankie Cosmos - Vessel

Beach House - 7

Snail Mail - Lush

Idle Bloom - Flood The Dial

Happy Rhodes - Ectotrophia

Switched-On: Eugene (Numero 198)

The Beths - Future Me Hates Me

Natalie Prass - The Future and The Past

The Go! Team - Semi Circle


Jacob Eckert

roughly in order with favorites at the top, top 3 are my top 3 in order

Melody's Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage

of Montreal - White Is Relic / Irrealis Mood

Kero Kero Bonito - Time 'n Place

Mid-Air Thief - Crumbling

Toby Fox - Undertale OST

The Go! Team - Semicircle

Against All Logic - 2012-2017

Panda Bear - A Day With The Homies (ep)

Shakarchi & Straneus - Steal Chickens from Men and the Future from God

Cornelius - Ripple Waves

Ruby Karinto - Ruby Karinto

Shopping - The Official Body

Mitski - Be The Cowboy

MGMT - Little Dark Age

Idles - Joy As An Act Of Resistance

Peggy Gou - Once (ep)

Jacco Gardner - Somnium

Virginia Wing - Ecstatic Arrow

Brigid Mae Power - The Two Worlds

Tyler Glaser

1. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

2. Arctic Monkeys - Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino

3. John Prine - Tree Of Forgiveness

4. Jeff Tweedy - Warm

5. Wussy - What Heaven Is Like

6. Erin Rae - Putting On Airs

7. Ry Cooder - Prodigal Son

8. Andrew Combs - 5 Covers & A Song

9. Dave Davies - Decade

10. J. Mascis - Elastic Days

Top 5 Reissues

1. Kinks - Kinks Are The Village Green Box Set

2. The Beatles - White Album Box

3. Bob Dylan - More Blood, More Tracks

4. Bruce Springsteen - Album Collection Vol. 2 1987-1996

5. Bob Seger - Heavy Music


Rollum Haas

The Field - Infinite Moment

Mitski - Be The Cowboy

Tirzah - Devotion

New Man - Sings

Cornelius - Ripple Waves

Toby Fox - Undertale soundtrack

Rolling Blackouts C.F. - Hope Downs

Virginia Wing - Ecstatic Arrow

Beak - >>>

Pet Shop Boys - All of the LP reissues


Di Jones

Beside Herself - Michele Mercure

Cochin Moon - Haruomi Hosono

Electronic Music - Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan as The Electrosoniks

Hounds of Love - Kate Bush

Invasion of Privacy - Cardi B

LAGEOS - Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra

Love & Work - Songs: Ohia

Ruby Karinto - Ruby Karinto

Sekundenschlaf - T.P.S.B. [Dark Past Bright Future]

Switched-On Eugene - Various

The Official Body - Shopping

The Voice of Love - Julee Cruise

Time Clox - Time Clox


Joseph Mooradian


Cornelius Ripple Waves

Sam Evian You, Forever

Johnny Greenwood Phantom Thread Soundtrack

Holy Motors Slow Sundown

Damien Jurado The Horizon Just Laughed

Joe Pisapia Connection

John Prine Tree of Forgiveness

Erin Rae Putting on Airs

Jeff Tweedy Warm

Yo La Tengo There’s a Riot Going On

really liked:

Dirty Projectors Lamp Lit Prose

Father John Misty God’s Favorite Customer

Mount Eerie Now Only

Of Montreal White is Relic / Irrealis Mood

Parquet Courts Wide Awaaaaake!

Shy Boys Bell House

Paul Simon In the Blue Light

Virginia Wing Ecstatic Arrow


Will Orman

Favorite albums of 2018:

1. Pinkshinyultrablast - Miserable Miracles

2. Mitski - Be the Cowboy

3. Empress Of - Us

4. Virginia Wing - Ecstatic Arrow

5. Smerz - Have fun

6. Pendant - Make Me Know You Sweet

7. Low - Double Negative

8. Gwenno - Le Kov

9. Julia Holter - Aviary

10. How to Dress Well - The Anteroom


12. Vessel - Queen of Golden Dogs

13. Hanz - Plasty I / Plasty II

14. Demdike Stare - Passion

15. Rosalía - El Mal Querer

16. Our Girl - Stranger Today

17. ТПСБ - Sekundenschlaf

18. Mothers - Render Another Ugly Method

19. Shakarchi & Stranéus - Steal Chickens from Men and the Future from God

20. Elysia Crampton - Elysia Crampton

21. Mr Twin Sister - Salt

22. Tirzah - Devotion

23. Melody's Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage

24. Ian Sweet - Crush Crusher

25. Kadhja Bonet - Childqueen

26. Tanukichan - Sundays

27. Yo La Tengo - There’s a Riot Going On

28. Gang Gang Dance - Kazuashita

29. serpentwithfeet - soil

30. Beach House - 7


Nick Widener

JB Dunckel - H+

Nils Frahm - All Melody

The Voidz - Virtue

Metric - Art of Doubt

Beach House - 7

Low - Double Negative

Julia Holter - Aviary

Big Red Machine - Big Red Machine

Rhye - Blood

The Limiñanas - Shadow People