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The Best Albums of 2018: #80 – 61

best of 2018 80-61Let’s be honest for a second: No one clicks on these lists for the introduction. I don’t blame them! This is usually just the place where some routine throat-clearing goes, before we get to the main event. It’s also the place where I confess to the amount of anxiety involved with putting together a list like this—last year, I said, “Right now, there’s probably someone in their bedroom in Buenos Aires, making a record on their computer that is going to end up on next year’s list. So as comprehensive as we’ve tried to make this list, we realize that, even at 100 albums, we’re only scratching the surface of what’s available.” Guess what? That’s still true in 2018. That said, the albums that made the cut, to us, represent the breadth and scope of the many worlds available to discover on Bandcamp, and feel like the best musical summation of the last 12 months. When we make this list, we’re not only trying to assess the year’s best music, we’re also trying to tell the story of 2018, album by album, song by song. As always, being a part of Bandcamp Daily in 2018 was a true joy; we took a look at Extratone, the world’s fastest musical genre, got familiar with the New Face of Death Metal, and spent time with artists like Yugen Blakrok, Suzanne Ciani, and Kamaal Williams. Once again, the world of music is bigger than any one list can possibly contain, so consider this a starting point on the neverending journey to discovering new sounds, new scenes, and new voices. Alright, that’s enough throat-clearing. Let’s get to the list.

—J. Edward Keyes, Editorial Director

Best of 2018 Schedule:
December 10: #100 – 81
December 11: #80 – 61
December 12: #60 – 41
December 13: #40 – 21
December 14: #20 – 1

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The Best Albums of Summer 2018

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To describe this summer as “turbulent” would be an understatement. And while you could say roughly the same thing about the spring and winter before it, something about the ever-present sense of global unease, coupled with (depending on where you live) oppressive heat made three months that are usually associated with beach parties and cookouts feel especially fraught. As always, though, there is music—not only to be a comfort and a lifeline, but also to be a vehicle to discover new perspectives, and to learn to look at the world through someone else’s eyes. As always, the albums in this list represent a wide range of sounds: there’s an album that fuses death metal and jazz, a meditative hip-hop record with soul-searching lyrics, a vibrant indie rock record made by four classically trained musicians and much, much more. These are our Best Albums of the Summer.

Read Bandcamp’s “Best Albums of Spring 2018
Read Bandcamp’s “Best Albums of Winter 2018

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This Week’s Essential Releases: Ethio-Jazz, Experimental Electronic, Cult Metal & More

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Welcome to Seven Essential Releases, our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Each week, we’ll recommend six new albums that were released between last Friday and this Friday, plus pick an older LP from the stacks that you may have missed.

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The Rich History—and Present—of Latin American Prog



The “classic prog rock” category usually contains heavy hitters like King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Can, and possibly Le Orme—bands hailing from Britain, Germany, and Italy making complex, technical concept albums about themes like madness and alien invasion, or taking rock down improvisational paths into new worlds. Less storied are the tales of Latin American bands, even though the prog scene in Latin America has a long history and a surprisingly vital present.

According to Diego Ferreira Camargo, the Brazilian-born founder of Polish prog reissue label Progshine Records, “The scene in Latin America wasn’t as strong as, let’s say, Italy. But putting all artists and bands from the ‘70s together, we have this really big catalogue of amazing records,” he says.

As in other parts of the world, prog in Latin America developed from psychedelic rock. Brazil’s Os Mutantes were an important bridge; they are most famous for their early albums which fused psychedelia with Tropicália, but they moved towards progressive rock in the early 1970s, inspiring other performers. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, popular prog bands across Latin America included Traffic Sound and Laghonia from Peru, Los Jaivas from Chile, and Arco Iris from Argentina. The scene was never huge because it was so spread out, and as prog became less popular worldwide, it faded in Latin America as well.

There are still bands throughout Latin America that continue to work in the style to fascinating effect, though. Below is a list of some of the best tracks, past and current, available on Bandcamp.

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Eddie Palmieri Says “Sabiduría” Will Be Latin Jazz’s Greatest Album

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When you think of the early 1960s, you think of soul music: Motown, the sounds of Philadelphia, James Brown, and the like. But it was also a golden era for jazz: Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery, and the Latin rhythms of Stan Getz and Cal Tjader. Then there was Eddie Palmieri.

With the release of his new album, Sabiduría, the jazz legend returns with a spiritual offering that feels right for these times. Equal parts funk, jazz, and soul, Palmieri’s new record spans different cultures and generations, embracing modern-day sound through a vision that’s uniquely his. Featuring an all-star cast of musicians—including Joe Locke on vibes, Anthony Carrillo on bongo and cowbell, and Obed Calvaire on drums—Palmieri’s new work is a riveting force of nature. We spoke with the legend about his legacy in jazz and why Sabiduría might be the best Latin jazz album ever released.

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