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The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2020

January 4th, 2021  |  by  |  published in Best of the Year | Leave A Comment »

The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2020

To put it bluntly, 2020 can suck it. There have been few years that have been so catastrophic to so many people as this past year. If the coronavirus pandemic and the hell that it wrought weren’t enough, we also had to endure police brutality of an unprecedented level and the trashfire that occupied the White House and threatened to undermine our democratic process this …

Staff Picks for the Best of 2019

February 6th, 2020  |  by  |  published in Best of the Year | Leave A Comment »

Staff Picks for the Best of 2019

Matthew Lovett

1. Oso Oso, Basking in the Glow (Triple Crown Records)
2. Prince Daddy & the Hyena, Cosmic Thrill Seekers (Counter Intuitive Records)
3. Mannequin Pussy, Patience (Epitaph Records)
4. Pup, Morbid Stuff (Rise Records)
5. Big Thief, Two Hands (4AD)
6. Glass Beach, The First Glass Beach Album (Run for Cover Records)
7. (Sandy) Alex G, House of Sugar (Domino Records)
8. Westkust, …

The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2019

February 4th, 2020  |  by  |  published in Best of the Year | Leave A Comment »

The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2019

Meitei, Komachi#10
Meitei
Komachi
Métron Records

I find myself spellbound when taking in Komachi, Meitei’s delicately crafted mix of nostalgia and loop-making science. It rewards unbroken attention, wrought as it is with quiet details, gentle moods, and subtle changes. The simple act of listening carefully will reward you, even if, like most of us, you have no reference point for what the artist is trying …

Staff Picks for the Best Albums of 2018

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Staff Picks for the Best Albums of 2018

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

The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2018

January 15th, 2019  |  by  |  published in Best of the Year | 1 Comment »

The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2018

#10
Zeal & Ardor
Stranger Fruit
MVKA Music

It started out as a gimmick prompted by a politically incorrect dare. Manuel Gagneux, a musician of mixed race and Swiss-American citizenship, asked the notorious 4chan message board what genres he should mash up. He took the uncouth suggestion of black metal and “n*gger music” as a challenge and under the moniker of Zeal & Ardor became …

Staff Picks for the Best Albums of 2017

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Staff Picks for the Best Albums of 2017

Dorian S. Ham

1. Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 3 (self-released)
2. Kendrick Lamar, Damn (Interscope Records)
3. Björk, Utopia (One Little Indian Records)
4. LCD Soundsystem, American Dream (DFA Records/Columbia Records)
5. St. Vincent, Masseduction (Loma Vista Recordings)
6. Julianna Hatfield, Pussycat (American Laundromat Records)
7. Sinkane, Life & Livin’ It, (City Slang)
8. Syd, Fin (Columbia Records)
9. Rapsody, Lailia’s Wisdom

Something Wicked Top 10 of 2017

January 22nd, 2018  |  by  |  published in Best of the Year | Leave A Comment »

Something Wicked Top 10 of 2017

A quick look at the geopolitical landscape in 2017 shows that things were not exactly tranquil. It was similarly a time of discontent for the dark arts. The very soul of the genre was debated more fiercely than ever before and often parallel to global events. The nebulous Antifa was not just the liberal boogieman for followers of Fox News, but also readers of Metal …

Top 10 Reissues of 2017

January 19th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Best of the Year | Leave A Comment »

Top 10 Reissues of 2017

#10
Various Artists
Sharon Signs to Cherry Red: Independent Women 1979–1985
Cherry Red Records

Though officially released in 2016 on RPM, this two-disc set collecting a remarkably broad range of female-driven UK DIY acts saw a vinyl reissue in 2017. While the majority of the bands collected here may not be household names to anyone but ardent collectors of British indie music, the likes of …

The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2017

January 16th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Best of the Year | 1 Comment »

The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2017

Last year I began our annual look-back succinctly with “Fuck 2016.” But if only I knew. In many ways, 2017 was worse. For one, it was a full year of President Shit-for-Brains in the White House, during which we had Nazis openly marching in the streets and far too many people voting for a pedophile for senate. (One bright spot was that he didn’t win.) …

Staff Picks of 2016: Stephen Slaybaugh

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Staff Picks of 2016: Stephen Slaybaugh

I’ve already mentioned the many things that made 2016 one of the worst years in a long time—and I didn’t even mention the Cleveland Indians losing the World Series. If you’re like me, music has always been a salvation. One can either lose oneself in visceral energy or somehow ease one’s one pain by listening to similar sentiments expressed in song. I certainly did plenty …