Soundtrack of my  Y 2018

At the end of the year here is just a list of links about music I like and interesting musicians. (The newest on top and not restricted to 2018 releases.)
— A noindex page for my personal use.

(picture via passi onweiss.com)

My criticism:
To start this collection with joy I put L.A. Witch on top.
The sound is fresh and aggressive. Great.
(+ The voice is a flashback: good old 'The Residents'.)

L.A. Witch – 'Octubre' (EP, 2018-11)
Review on Fighting Boredom
Review by Will Schube
'Octubre' EP by L.A. Witch. Listen or by on Bleep

My criticism:
'A gift for fans'? – I was a fan 40 years ago. For me it is not a gift. I would rather say: What a mass-effort for something that is gone (just look what the dead web design is).
(Gruß an Christine: "Von John Prine bis Heino werden alte Männer nur immer berühmter. Bloß Neil Young nicht. Scheiße.")

Hi-Res Streaming Music Service'Neil Young Archives' (launched 2018-12-24)
Neil Young Archives
Review by glide Magazine
"I want to share with you that I have made a place for my music to live. It will also be the place where I live on the web." – "This is a life’s work." — N.Y.
(The NYA streams its music using Xstream by NYA in partnership with Warner Bros. Records, developed by Young with OraStream technology.)

My criticism:
The track is o.k.
But if you try to load the webpage not of SoundCloud, but of the record label (I do not mention the name of these assholes) half a dozen advertising windows pop up so you have to kill your browser process. — The whole business is disgusting, at least in Germany.

Be Svendsen – 'Born and Raised (Remix)' (2018-12-19)
Be Svendsen (SoundCloud)
When We Dip Magazine

(picture via martinko hlstedt.com)

My (very personal) view:
Kohlstedt assumes that everything he does with a note should be rated as important by the audience.
— OK, sometimes it's hard to follow artists. (I consider most things –including those I do– as essentially unimportant). – But I'm not sure which approach is mentally more sick.

Martin Kohlstedt – 'NIODOM feat GewandthausChor' (2018-12)
martinkohlstedt.com
NIODOM (video)

Martin Kohlstedt, live concert from 2018-09-17, rbb-Sendesaal Berlin. (2h broadcast from 2018-12-23). (The sound file lives on my local drive and works only for me.)

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My criticism:
Not my thing. But the song 'Hard Place' is fun (and well produced).

H.E.R. – 'Hard Place' (song, 2018-11)
Gabi Wilson / HotNewHipHop
H.E.R. Is More Than a Rising Star – She's a Damn Galaxy
'Hard Place' by H.E.R. on Apple Music - iTunes

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My criticism:
Impressive. But the real milestone is the Vangelis soundtrack, not Aviary.

Julia Holter – 'Aviary' (2018-10)
Review by Elissa Hiersemann / Dlf (in German)
Review by Jim Wirth/ UNCUT
'Aviary' by Julia Holter on Apple Music - iTunes

Elissa Hiersemann, Dlf from 2018-10-26 (The sound file lives on my local drive and works only for me.)

(picture all iance / d pa / Jack Plu nkett via deutschlandf unkkultur.de)

My criticism:
Simply the most interesting and most agile-minded act in 2018.

Kurt Vile – 'Bottle It In' (2018-10)
Kurt Vile VEVO
Review by Gary Ryan/ NME
Review by Sam Sodomsky/ Pitchfork
'Bottle It In' by Kurt Vile on Apple Music - iTunes

(picture via gli dema gazine.com)

My criticism:
All the riffs and set pieces of his blues music are already known from ancestors. But Burnside assembles it perfectly. + Best cover art in 2018.

Cedric Burnside – 'Benton County Relic' (2018-09)
Review on glide Magazine  Vinyl cover
live at Blues Rules Crissier Festival (Suisse, 2016) (video)
'Benton County Relic' by Cedric Burnside on Apple Music - iTunes

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My criticism:
In case I do not need loud, hard and disruptive sounds this is the music I'm taken up in.

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels ft. Lucida Williams – 'Vanished Gardens' (2018-06)
Review on Paste Magazine
BLUE NOTE release  Vinyl cover
'Vanished Gardens' by Charles Lloyd on Apple Music - iTunes

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My criticism:
A strange mixture of absurd bombastic arrangement, banal straightforwardness in the mood and the most impressive, capable, fucked-up female voice I've ever heared. It's a culture shock, bold.

Shannon Shaw – 'Shannon In Nashville' (2018-06)
Review of 'Shannon In Nashville' on Rolling Stone
'Shannon In Nashville' by Shannon Shaw on Apple Music - iTunes

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My criticism:
Dive in, float, get mesmerized. Works perfectly. 'Pay No Mind' is an anthem.

Beach House – '7' (2018-05)
Review of 'Beach House 7' on Pitchfork
'7' by Beach House (video)  Vinyl cover
Beach House | Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2015 (video)

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My criticism:
Listen as time goes, free of emotions.

Rauelsson – 'Mirall' (2018-05)
Review of 'Mirall' on Fluid Radio
'Mirall' by Rauelsson on Apple Music - iTunes

 
My criticism:
Chilly Gonzales is virtuoso and entertainer. He joins the ranks of a great Jewish tradition in this profession, from Mendelssohn Bartholdy to Jerry Lewis.
I feel entertained, I am respectfull and amazed. But I'm not appreciative.

Chilly Gonzales – 'Gonzervatory1'
www.chillygonzales.com/gonzervatory (videos)
Albums by Chilly Gonzales on Apple Music - iTunes

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My criticism:
Voice and sound is raw and authentic. – Crockett is for sure a well-focussed straight guy. He says he will continue to sing about hard life. – I hope there is a good chance he can leave the hard part behind and still record great albums like this one.

Charley Crockett – 'Lonesome as a Shadow' (2018-04)
That's How I Got to Memphis (Live @ 2018 Fayetteville Roots Festival (video)
'Lonesome as a Shadow' by Charley Crockett on Apple Music - iTunes

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My criticism:
Just what I said (above) about Charles Lloyd. But Jakob Bro is less Blues/ Country, more Cool.

Jakob Bro – 'Returnings' (2018-03)
Review by Georg Waßmuth/ SWR2
jakobbro.com
'Returnings' by Jakob Bro on Apple Music - iTunes

(picture via pitc hfork.com)

My criticism:
The death of Mark E. Smith makes obvious what is a matter of fakt for more than a decade now: the mindset of a whole generation simply does not exist anymore.

Mark E. Smith (The Fall)  (1957 - 2018)
10 Songs That Defined the Fall and Mark E. Smith (2018-01-25)

XX Remix (2010-10)
(I do not embed SoundCloud tracks because there is no volume control for desktop.)

Karen Dalton and Bob Dylan (left), 1961 NYC. ( orig. picture: gett yimages)

My criticism:
Karen Dalton's voice is the female voice I feel most consent for, ever.

Karen Dalton (1937-1993) – 'In My Own Time' (1971)
(Favorite track 'Something on my mind')
Review of 'Green Rocky Road' on West Publishing
Karen Dalton on lightintheattic.net
'In My Own Time' by Karen Dalton on Apple Music - iTunes

Christiane Falk, Laut & Kantig (Spotify)
radioeins, Album der Woche (Spotify)