The Agit Reader

Staff Picks for the Best Albums of 2018

January 18th, 2019  |  by Staff

Matthew Lovett

1. Parquet Courts, Wide Awake! (Rough Trade Records)
2. Beach House, 7 (Sub Pop)
3. Snail Mail, Lush (Matador Records)
4. Soccer Mommy, Clean (Fat Possum Records)
5. Joyce Manor, Million Dollars to Kill Me (Epitaph Records)
6. The Armed, Only Love (Throatruiner Records)
7. Infant Island, Infant Island (Middle-Man Records)
8. The Beths, Future Me Hates Me (Carpark Records)
9. Gulfer, Dog Bless (Topshelf Records)
10. Deafheaven, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love (Anti- Records)

Kevin J. Elliott

1. Iceage, Beyondless (Matador Records)
2. Kamasi Washington, Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)
3. The Breeders,  All Nerve (4AD)
4. The Lemon Twigs, Go to School (4AD)
5. The 1975, A Brief Online Inquiry Into Online Relationships (Polydor Records)
6. U.S. Girls, In a Poem Unlimited (4AD)
7. The Voidz, Virtue (Cult/RCA Records)
8. King Krule, The Ooz (True Panther/XL Recordings)
9. Sheck Wes, Mudboy (Cactus Jack Records)
10. Guided By Voices, Space Gun (Guided By Voices Inc.)

Matt Slaybaugh

1. Jeff Rosenstock, Post- (Polyvinyl Record Co.)
2. David Byrne, American Utopia (Nonesuch Records)
3. Twin Shadow, Caer (Reprise Records)
4. Ben Lamar Gay, Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun (International Anthem)
5. Brandon Coleman, Resistance (Brainfeeder Records)
6. Adrianne Lenker, Abysskiss (Saddle Creek Records)
7. Earl Sweatshirt, Some Rap Songs (Columbia Records)
8. Sebastian Gandera, Le Raccourci (Efficient Space)
9. Mitski, Be the Cowboy (Dead Oceans)
10. Low, Double Negative (Sub Pop)

Richard Sanford

1. Tyshawn Sorey, Pillars (Firehouse 12 Records)
2. Amanda Shires, To the Sunset (Silver Knife Records)
3. Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings (International Anthem)
4. Lori McKenna, The Tree (CN Records)
5. Ashley McBryde, Girl Going Nowhere (Atlantic Records)
6. Marc Ribot, Songs of Resistance (Anti- Records)
7. Mary Halvorson, Code Girl (Firehouse 12 Records)
8. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Live from the Ryman (Southeastern Records)
9. Andrew Cyrille, Lebroba (ECM Records)
10. Florence and the Machine, High as Hope (Virgin Records)

Nate Knaebel

1. Lavender Flu, Mow the Glass (In the Red Records)
2. David Nance Group, Peaced and Slightly Pulverized (Trouble In Mind Records)
3. Bad Sports, Constant Stimulation (Dirtnap Records)
4. Mary Lattimore, Hundreds of Days (Ghostly International)
5. Anna Hillburg, Really Real (California Clap)
6. En Attendant Ana, Lost and Found (Trouble in Mind Records)
7. Superchunk, What a Time to Be Alive (Merge Records)
8. State Champion, Send Flowers (Feeding Tube Records)
9. Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Hank Wood and the Hammerheads (Toxic State Records)
10. Parquet Courts, Wide Awake! (Rough Trade Records)

Stephen Slaybaugh

1. The Goon Sax, We’re Not Talking (Wichita Recordings)
2. The Rock*a*Teens, Sixth House (Merge Records)
3. Hot Snakes, Jericho Sirens (Sub Pop)
4. Young Fathers, Cocoa Sugar (Ninja Tune)
5. Johnny Marr, Call the Comet (New Voodoo/Warner Bros. Records)
6. Shame, Songs of Praise (Dead Oceans)
7. Breeders, All Nerve (4AD)
8. Dream Wife, Dream Wife (Lucky Number Music)
9. David Byrne, American Utopia (Nonesuch Records)
10. Janelle Monae, Dirty Computer (Bad Boy Records)



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