MAGNET’s Top 25 Albums Of 2018

1) The Bevis Frond We’re Your Friends, Man (Fire)
2) The Beths Future Me Hates Me (Carpark)
3) Idles Joy As An Act Of Resistance (Partisan)
4) Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Hope Downs (Sub Pop)
5) Tracey Thorn Record (Merge)
6) Hop Along Bark Your Head Off, Dog (Saddle Creek)
7) Courtney Barnett Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk!/Marathon Artists/Mom + Pop)
8) Kamasi Washington Heaven And Earth (Young Turks)
9) Amy Rigby The Old Guys (Southern Domestic)
10) Screaming Females All At Once (Don Giovanni)
11) Sarah Davachi Let Night Come On Bells End The Day (Recital Program)
12) Guided By Voices Space Gun (GBV Inc)
13) Blood Orange Negro Swan (Domino)
14) Robyn Honey (Konichiwa/Interscope)
15) Superchunk What A Time To Be Alive (Merge)
16) Young Fathers Cocoa Sugar (Ninja Tune)
17) Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer (Atlantic)
18) Richard Swift The Hex (Secretly Canadian)
19) Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour (MCA Nashville)
20) Kurt Vile Bottle It In (Matador)
21) Angélique Kidjo Remain In Light (Kravenworks)
22) Arctic Monkeys Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (Domino)
23) First Aid Kit Ruins (Columbia)
24) Loma Loma (Sub Pop)
25) Lucy Dacus Historian (Matador)

The Bevis Frond

Best Of 2018: Indie Roots

MAGNET’s Devon Leger picks the best indie-roots releases of the year

1 Jeremy Dutcher Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (Fontana North)
2 Anna & Elizabeth The Invisible Comes To Us (Smithsonian Folkways)
3 Kaia Kater Grenades (Smithsonian Folkways)
4 Hannah Read Way Out I’ll Wander (Hudson)
5 Dom Flemons Black Cowboys (Smithsonian Folkways)
6 Marc Ribot Songs Of Resistance 1942-2018 (Anti-)
7 Lonnie Holley MITH (Jagjaguwar)
8 Colter Wall Songs Of The Plains (Young Mary’s)
9 Kristina Murray Southern Ambrosia (Loud Magnolia)
10 Socalled Sings Di Frosh And Other Yiddish Songs (Membran)

Best Of 2018: Reissues

MAGNET’s A.D. Amorosi picks the best reissues of the year

1 Bob Dylan More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 (Columbia/Legacy)
2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica (Third Man)
3 Chic The Chic Organization 1977-1979 (Rhino/Atlantic)
4 The Beatles The White Album (Super Deluxe Edition) (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe)
5 The Art Ensemble Of Chicago The Art Ensemble Of Chicago And Associated Ensembles (ECM)
6 Haruomi Hosono Hosono House, Paraiso, Cochin Moon, Philharmony, Omni Sight Seeing (Light In The Attic)
7 Prince Piano & A Microphone (Rhino/Warner Bros.)
8 Elaine Brown Elaine Brown (Motown/UMe)
9 The Kinks The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Super Deluxe Edition) (BMG)
10 R.E.M. R.E.M. At The BBC (Craft)

Best Of 2018: Metal

MAGNET’s Andrew Earles picks the best metal releases of the year

1 The Hand When All Of The Shit Hits All Of The Fans (The Hand Vol. 3 & 4) (self-released)
2 Innumerable Forms Punishment In Flesh (Profound Lore)
3 Tile Come On Home, Strange (Limited Appeal)
4 Geld Perfect Texture (Iron Lung)
5 Thou Magus (Sacred Bones)
6 Pious Faults Old Thread (Feel It)
7 Mournful Congregation The Incubus Of Karma (20 Buck Spin)
8 Svalbard It’s Hard To Have Hope (Translation Loss)
9 S.H.I.T. What Do You Stand For? (Iron Lung)
10 KEN mode Loved (Season Of Mist)

Best Of 2018: Singer/Songwriter

MAGNET’s Hobart Rowland picks the best singer/songwriter releases of the year

1 Neko Case Hell-On (Anti-/Epitaph)
2 Doug Paisley Starter Home (No Quarter)
3 Father John Misty God’s Favorite Customer (Sub Pop)
4 Israel Nash Lifted (Desert Folklore)
5 Colter Wall Colter Wall (Young Mary’s)
6 Ray Lamontagne Part Of The Light (RCA)
7 Ashley Monroe Sparrow (Warner Bros.)
8 John Prine The Tree Of Forgiveness (Oh Boy)
9 Cat Power Wanderer (Domino)
10 Simone Felice The Projector (New York Pro)

Best Of 2018: World Music

MAGNET’s j. poet picks the best world-music releases of the year

1 Kamal Keila Muslims And Christians (Habibi Funk/Jakarta)
2 The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices Featuring Lisa Gerrard BooCheeMish (Prophecy Productions)
3 Ram August 1791 (RAMhaiti)
4 Sidi Touré Toubalbero (Thrill Jockey)
5 Very Be Careful Daisy’s Beauty Salon (Steady Beat)
6 Sameer Gupta A Circle Has No Beginning (Sameer)
7 Jess Sah Bi & Peter One Our Garden Needs Its Flowers (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
8 Lucibela Laço Umbilical (Lusafrica)
9 Balún Prisma Tropical (Good Child)
10 Anandi Bhattacharya Joys Abound (Riverboat)

Best Of 2018: Noise

MAGNET’s Raymond Cummings picks the best noise releases of the year

1 Tongue Depressor Null Set (self-released)
2 Travis Johnson & Friends Dubious Reservoir (self-released)
3 Jeff Carey Zero Player Game (Ehse)
4 Mike Shiflet Tetracosa (self-released)
5 Vanessa Rossetto Fashion Tape (No Rent)
6 Gerritt Wittmer I Believe (Misanthropic Agenda)
7 Universal Eyes Four Variations On “Artificial Society” (Gretchen’s American Tapes)
8 Mark Morgan Department Of Heraldry (Open Mouth)
9 Body/Head The Switch (Matador)
10 Christina Kubisch & Annea Lockwood The Secret Life Of The Inaudible (Gruenrekorder)

Best Of 2018: Punk

MAGNET’s Tim Stegall picks the best punk releases of the year

1 The Cavemen The Cavemen (Dirty Water)
2 Mudhoney Digital Garbage (Sub Pop)
3 Adolescents Cropduster (Concrete Jungle)
4 Joe Strummer Joe Strummer 001 (Ignition)
5 D.O.A. Fight Back (Sudden Death)
6 Sharp/Shock Youth Club (Ganz)
7 Pocket FishRmen The Greatest Story Ever Told (Saustex Media)
8 The Gears Rockin’ At Ground Zero (Munster)
9 Walter Lure And The Waldos Wacka Lacka Loom Bop A Loom Bam Boo (Cleopatra)
10 The Germs (GI) (Slash/Rhino)

Best Of 2018: Hip Hop

MAGNET’s Corey duBrowa picks the best hip-hop releases of the year

1 Vince Staples FM! (ARTium/Blacksmith/Def Jam)
2 Aminé ONEPOINTFIVE (Republic)
3 Noname Room 25 (self-released)
4 Brockhampton Iridescence (Question Everything/RCA)
5 Earl Sweatshirt Some Rap Songs (Tan Cressida/Columbia)
6 cupcakKe Ephorize (self-released)
7 V.A. Black Panther: The Album (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)
8 Meek Mill Championships (Maybach/Atlantic)
9 Saba Care For Me (Saba Pivot)
10 Czarface/MF Doom Czarface Meets Metal Face (Get On Down)

Best Of 2018: Jazz/Improv

MAGNET’s Bill Meyer picks the best jazz/improv releases of the year

1 Tyshawn Sorey Pillars (Firehouse 12)
2 Sandy Ewen/Weasel Walter Idiomatic (ugEXPLODE)
3 Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt Brace Up! (Palilalia)
4 Dave Rempis/Tomeka Reid/Joshua Abrams Ithra (Aerophonic)
5 Quin Kirchner The Other Side Of Time (Astral Spirits)
6 “A” Trio & AMM AAMM (Al Maslakh)
7 Clara de Asís Do Nothing (Another Timbre)
8 Friends & Neighbors What’s Next? (Clean Feed)
9 Thumbscrew Ours and Theirs (Cuneiform)
10 John Coltrane Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Verve)