A countdown timer appeared on Foals’ Instagram Story.
This surely has to mean new tunes? I mean it has been almost three and a half years since 2015’s, What Went Down. If it is indeed new music, it will be the first without former bassist Walter Gervers who left the group in January of 2018.
Chicago’s finest shared their favorite 2018 albums on their Instagram page. The band show off their wide range of musical interests from choices like JPEGMAFIA’s Veteran to Beyondless by Iceage. Wide Awake! By Parquet Courts which made Sleep So Late’s list, is also found on Wilco’s.
The South London group released a cover of Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” on Christmas Eve. Filmed at Moth Club, the video features the band dressed in Christmas garb performing with friends. A very Merry Christmas to you too, Shame!
Ordering a list of favorite albums is harder than quitting smoking -there’s just no way I could bring myself to do it. With that in mind – here are five albums that are Sleep So Late’s Favorite Albums of 2018 in no order at all.
Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!
I was lucky to catch Parquet Courts at the tail end of 2017. At the show they played an unnamed new song (turned out to be “Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience”) that was absolutely terrific. I remember thinking to myself, “Their next album is going to be a memorable one.” Wide Awake! is definitely memorable. The album is a nice balance of goofy guitar dance music with a blend of punk rock. I mean, Parquet Courts played on Ellen this year – what the hell!?
Some of the songs that pop on this one are: “Freebird II”, “Total Football”, “Wide Awake”, “Tenderness”, and the previously mentioned “Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience”. Even though this album is more for “everyone” it doesn’t back down. Great album that will put you in a great mood – I guarantee it.
Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel
Courtney’s second album isn’t as loud as Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, but it didn’t need to be. It’s isn’t as story led as her older tracks, but it didn’t need to be either.
Tell Me How You Really Feel is an album that goes into human vulnerability and emotion like Courtney Barnett has never done before. This is heard in “Hopefulessness” when Courtney sings, “You know it’s okay to have a bad day.” This sentiment is also echoed in the 7th track on the album, “Crippling Self Doubt and a General Lack of Self-Confidence”. Tell Me How You Really Feel just feels like mature album from Courtney Barnett that definitely deserves your time.
Idles – Joy as an Act of Resistance
Idles quickly followed up 2017’s, Brutalism with this year’s Joy as an Act of Resistance. The album tackle’s issues like over-the-top masculinity and immigration among others. “Never Fight A Man With A Perm” dives into the issue of over masculinity with words like, “You look like a walking thyroid. You’re not a man, you’re a gland.” The ironic part is this album is an absolute gem for the gym. I feel like I’m shredding deep dish pizza pounds by just sitting on the couch and listening to it.
In England where immigration is a very large and debated subject, “Danny Nedelko” is a song about unity among everyone. Very off topic, but “Polish butcher” that is referenced in “Danny Nedelko” is also sung about in “Roland” by Interpol from their masterpiece Turn On The Bright Lights. This British punk album gets on this year’s list because of Idles’ unabashed and loud take on larger issues.
MGMT – Little Dark Age
MGMT came roaring back with their latest release, Little Dark Age. Their previous self-titled album, MGMT, was a type of too-cool-for-school album that just seemed to lack something. With Little Dark Age, they came back into the music world with an album that is very enjoyable. The album may even be their poppiest ever with tracks that make you want to get out of your seat. Songs like: “She Works Out Too Much”, “Little Dark Age”, “When You Die”, and “James” are the tunes that give the album the most punch. Stepping away from the experiment that was MGMT, MGMT is back. The Chicago Bears are back, tiny backpacks are back, and MGMT is back. Stand up and dream away with this release.
Flasher – Constant Image
Constant Image is a terrific debut from the Washington D.C. trio, Flasher. The album doesn’t sound like a debut, but a seasoned record from a seasoned band. The truth is the band has only been around for years.
It may be a stretch, but you can hear a little of The Clash on some of the tracks. This is also a great album for a long car ride – the tracks are mostly quick tempo and are perfect for that lengthy highway drive. It is going to be exciting seeing these guys grow as they are primed for a boom in popularity. Check out: “Material”, “Pressure”, and “Who’s Got Time?” and I promise that you’ll be hooked.
What just missed the list:
Interpol – Marauder
Peter Bjorn and John – Darker Days
Snail Mail – Lush
Skegss – My Own Mess
We Were Promised Jetpacks – The More I Sleep the Less I Dream
Beach Slang – Everything Matters But No One Is Listening (Quiet Slang)
Another year, another collaboration between Bob’s Burgers and The National. This year the band recorded “Save the Bird” for the show. The music video features the band packed into a station wagon driving to let a turkey go free.
Just by going through Beirut’s catalogue you can travel the world. “Perth”, “Nantes”, “Rhineland (Heartland)”, and “East Harlem” are just some of the song titles that take you around the globe. Now there’s another one.
Beirut dropped a song yesterday, entitled “Gallipoli”. The song starts and just a little bit in, the sound of those all too familiar horns come in. Those beautiful goddamn horns. As soon as they started going off, I knew Beirut was back. This is the first song of the same titled album, which will be released February 1, 2019.
On his site, Zachary Condon writes about the series of events and the writing process behind his new album. The most interesting part was how he used the same organ he used in Gulag Orkestar and The Flying Club Cup for Gallipoli. Fans of those albums know they are in store for a good one here from Beirut.
The EP that features songs like: “Desire Be, Desire Go”, “Skeleton Tiger”, and “Half Full Glass of Wine” was released ten years ago today on 10/11/2008. This was the world’s introduction to the magic of Kevin Parker before Tame Impala’s debut album Innerspeaker was released two years later.
Besides the great tunes, the EP cover also featured a painting Parker did of a diagram that showed the stars Antares, Mira, and the Sun.