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The Best Albums of 2018: #100 – 81

Best of 2018 100-81Let’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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Better Know a College Radio Station: Princeton University’s WPRB

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For many obsessive fans who grew up in the pre-Internet era, their passion for music was sparked in the dingy basements and dark booths of college radio stations. Despite soundboards that are decades out of date and tastes that are rapidly changing, the collegiate airwaves tradition has endured. The best college stations remain dedicated to delivering music that falls outside the purview of Billboard-charting mainstream radio.

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The Best Albums of Winter 2018

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The first three months of the year have already given us an abundance of great records—arguably more than one roundup can possibly include. The 25 albums on this list contain a whole universe of sounds, from pummelling drone to rollicking indie rock, from thought-provoking hip-hop to Spanish synthwave. These are the Best Albums of Winter 2018.

Read last year’s edition of “Best Albums of the Winter”

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As Olden Yolk, Quilt’s Shane Butler Unveils Charity Single for Bring Change 2 Mind

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Photos by Daniel Dorsa

Beige Flowers,” the new song from Quilt’s Shane Butler (recording as Olden Yolk) starts with an arresting visual: “Mother, you told me to be there when you die.” As it turns out, this isn’t just poetic license—these are actual words Butler’s mother spoke to him, and they burrowed so deeply into his brain that he immediately wrote a song about the conversation. Those words took on a haunting significance several months later, when Butler’s mother chose to end her own life. In the months that followed, Butler kept the song hidden, unsure about whether or not he should let something so personal into the world.

Now, three years after his mother’s passing, Butler is releasing “Beige Flowers” as a single to benefit Bring Change 2 Mind, an organization dedicated to addressing the stigma around mental health in America through education, workshops, and PSAs. It’s Butler’s hope that by developing understanding around these issues, we can begin to destigmatize mental health issues and move toward becoming a culture where they are discussed freely, openly, and without shame, getting help to those who may need it.

Butler wrote a statement describing the intent behind the song, and we spoke with him more about its creation, development and purpose. You can read his statement below, followed by the interview.

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