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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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Exploring The Surrealistic Hellscapes Of Industrial Noise Impresario Puce Mary

Puce Mary

Photo by Rose Marie Johansen

“I’m tortured by the feeling of drowning. Under you, under society, politics, the decay of nature, my lack of interest, and I feel desperate,” Frederikke Hoffmeier intones with quiet deliberation on “Red Desert,” on her new album The Drought. This sense of claustrophobia and existential uneasiness pervades the music she makes as Puce Mary.  Continue reading

Ascetic House: Part Label, Part Art Collective

Ascetic House

Marshstepper by Jane Pain

The origins of Tempe, AZ label and art collective Ascetic House are hazy, and not just due to the intake of psychedelic drugs. “The cast was constantly changing,” remembers Nick Nappa, label cofounder and member of psychedelic noise rock band Destruction Unit and industrial provocateurs Marshstepper. “It’s hard to say who started it definitively, but it was largely me, Jes [Aurelius], [Alex] Jarson, and Danny [Pupillo].” They became friends in high school, carpooling to hardcore shows and playing in each others’ bands. “The real bond for us is probably psychedelics,” Nappa admits. “At our age in Tempe, there were only so many punks taking acid, so we all became friends, and it grew from there.” In the time since, they have performed thousands of times in various configurations and released hundreds of tapes and zines.

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The Refined Experimentalism of Posh Isolation

Posh Isolation

For the last nine years, and over the course of more than 200 releases, Copenhagen’s Posh Isolation—headed up by Christian Stadsgaard and Loke Rahbek—has been dedicated to supporting the underground, worldwide. “[Posh Isolation] was always global, since it began as a noise label,” says Stadsgaard. “It was an international community. We looked at people who did the same things that we were doing, in different countries. There were maybe a hundred people the label was oriented toward at first.” Though Stadsgaard uses the tag “noise” to shorthand their history, Posh Isolation has never sat entirely comfortably within that genre: its history is varied, and defies easy categorization.

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