Best Of 2018: Songs Through March 2018
Opening Act (The Shooby Dooby Song) – Bahamas – That shuffle intro is a thing of beauty and the song itself stands head and shoulders above anything else on the album, and the album is great, but this song? The “shooby dooby” hook is money in the band, the rhythm section, Pino Palladino and James Gadson, have the confidence to let Afie Jurvanen be a smooth and warm funkiness on this addictive track.
Duck Duck Goose – cupcakKe – This is a dirty little nursery rhyme of completely addictive proportions by a modern down Millie Jackson: “I can make your dick stand up like statue of liberty one long sweet fuck…” Yup.
Bikini – Caroline Rose – It revs up like a rocker and seems to float in a netherworld swinging sixties with a gogo dancer being put in a little bikini while the world invents the martini and the band roars off.
Life Without God Is Nothing – Sango – Sango is a Seattle based producer with an ear for modern r&b soundscapes that he uses with all his might on this strange and wonderful thing, a world of metronome and clapping beats and extremely doctored vocals.
Already Gone – Brett Dennen – This sounds like a song from any part of your life that you loved and somehow forgot and are listening to again and remembering how damn catchy it is. That transitional lick to the bridge is (should be) money in the bank.
PROUD – 2 Chainz, YG, Offset – Rappers love their mommies, from Kanye to 2Chainz it is a matriarchal society, and here 2Chainz makes itvery clear.
USA – Jeff Rosenstock – In this ugly American moment beyond all ugly American moments, here is the song that points the finger, a guitar based agitprop: “Dumbfounded, downtrodden and dejected, crestfallen, grief-stricken and exhausted, trapped in my room while the house was burnin’ to the motherfuckin’ ground…” Sad but true.
Are You – Julian Michael – The best song on the final 50 Shades is yet another potential super hit that didn’t. Julia has only clicked (under her own name) with “Issues” but this is a typically excellent pure pop baffling miss.
Blue – Jessi Mason – Jessi tributes Joni with an imaginary conversation as she channels the great singer songwriter.
life – awakebutstillinbed – I love everything about this band, and everything about this ringing Roger McGuinn guitar bell ringers and old school buzzed out pop punk construction.
I Laugh When I’m With Friends But Sad When I’m Alone – 070 Shake – This is one of the great self portraits, she is like an Angel Haze but with a greater sense of r&b
Looking Forward to the Past – Tommy Emmanuel, Rodney Crowell – Tommy has his eyes on real country beauty eyes, as he details a bad boy story and portrait of blue collar truck driving Conway Twitty fan with Rodney Crowell who would never call this Americana
Swimming With The Tide – Club 8 – A haunting electronica very melodic dream song.
Turn It Up – Bat Fangs – Riot Grrrl supergroup super powerful power punk rocker with a hook to spare
Back From Amarillo – Amy Rigby – A terrific country ballad from one of the best albums of the year.
Cards Right – Jeremih – terrific little piece of ear candy neo soul. I’m as surprised as you… maybe more.