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Sleep So Late’s Favorite Albums of 2018

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.

Favorite Albums of 2018
From top left to bottom right: Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!, Flasher – Constant Image, Idles – Joy as an Act of Resistance, Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel, and MGMT – Little Dark Age

 

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)

Stephen Malkmus, & The Jicks – Sparkle Hard

Melody’s Echo Chamber – Bon Voyage

Lucy Dacus – Historian

 

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You Should Probably Listen to This

Teenage Cool Kids – “Landlocked State”

Andrew Savage (Not to be mistaken with Andrew Savage of Survivor: Pearl Islands) is a co-frontman of NYC band, Parquet Courts. In October of last year, he released his debut solo album, Thawing Dawn to pretty solid reviews. Just two weeks later, Parquet Courts and Savage collaborated with Italian composter, Daniele Luppi to release Milano, a record about 1980s Milan. This was all followed up by the release of Parquet Court’s sixth album, Wide Awake! in May.

Before Savage was jamming with Parquet Courts he was in Teenage Cool Kids. The Denton, Texas based group came out with three albums before calling it quits in 2011.

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Teenage Cool Kids with Andrew Savage on the Right – Teenage Cool Kids Facebook Page

Some elements of Parquet Courts are here in the song, “Landlocked State”. Imaginative and whimsical lyrics follow the nice melody of guitar and drums. The backing vocals that occasionally peek through are also very enjoyable.

At one point, Andrew Savage sings, “Stealing groceries just to stay awake”. I’ve never heard of that before, but it does kind of transport me to those times where you find yourself falling asleep late in a Meijer or Walmart fucking around with your friends.

Anyway, You Should Probably Listen to Landlocked State by Teenage Cool Kids

 

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