ICYMI (Best of 2018): AJ’s 2018 Sample Playlist
I’m going to warn you, there’s a whole lot of music out there. Too much, even. Too much to choose “best” from “bleh”, at least. 2018 was a weird fuckin’ year. For the first time in a long time, the “best” really outweighed the “bleh”.
There’s plenty of “bleh”, believe me. 89.3 The Current even gets down on the “bleh” these days, rivaling some of their larger-funded/syndicated contemporaries for downright pandering to the…
…but that isn’t very constructive, or helpful.
This year I heard the same songs too often, a few too many mainstream artists, and not enough good-ass “music” (rather than just “songs”).
Rather than just complain about the quality of broadcast representation of 2018, I decided to craft my own playlist of recommendations: one track from every artist on my year’s-end lists, from Worldwide to Local to Honorable Mentions. I’ve got yer heavy metal, yer vocal augmentation, yer folkd diddies, yer kraut-rock excursions, yer pop anthems, yer funky R&B jams, and yer rock-n-roll knock-em-outs. All of the most unique, enjoyable, and moving musical pictures that got me through the year are here for your observing pleasure.
So, if you have about an hour a day for a week and three days, allow the sounds of 2018 to paint you a beautiful, conflicted picture of the musical world we all live in…
Adam Johnson lives in Minneapolis with his wife, cats, and guitars.