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.

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My scoring:
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

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My scoring:
Ministry is still there, performing the classic (1992) "N.W.O.". – Industrial at its best (and a statement).

Ministry – 'Live @ The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA' (2018-12-20)
"New World Order", YouTube, 2018
"New World Order", Vimeo, 2012

My scoring:
'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 scoring:
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

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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)
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 scoring:
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 scoring:
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.)

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My scoring:
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

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My scoring:
I guess I wouldn't listen to it in the player. But watching the performance is a striking experience.
Jacob, Samuel and Joshua Kiszka – bright young Jewish people. But in their message also a kind of Pied Piper. (Appearance and 'message' are calculated by US professionals in crowd psychology.)

Greta Van Fleet – 'Live @ Cal Jam, San Bernardino, CA' (2018-10-06)
"Edge Of Darkness", video
"LIVE From ACL Music Festival 2018", Full Concert in HD

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My scoring:
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 scoring:
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 scoring:
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 scoring:
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 scoring:
Listen as time goes, free yourself from emotions.

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

My scoring:
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' (videos)
Albums by Chilly Gonzales on Apple Music - iTunes

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My scoring:
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 scoring:
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
'Returnings' by Jakob Bro on Apple Music - iTunes

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My scoring:
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)

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My scoring:
18min unbelievable amazing performance and great recording.
Lukas Nelson (son of Willie Nelson) - guitar

Neil Young & Promise of the Real – 'Live at The Forum, Los Angeles' (2015-10-14)
"Cowgirl In The Sand" — sound and video in HD !
Review by Jon Dennis

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 scoring:
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
'In My Own Time' by Karen Dalton on Apple Music - iTunes

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