Aaron’s Best Of 2018

I’ve been busy lately, and so I’ve lost track of stuff… so I have probably missed a few things from this year – LPs especially. If I’ve forgotten anything, I do apologize. Let me know in the comments!

Also, in counting things up as I can see it so far, I bought 18 new releases this year, and was given/sent 8, for a total of 26. Not bad!

Also, as with every year, some of the stuff on this list I haven’t even reviewed yet… odd, since I’ve heard them, I know, I know…

Notwithstanding all of this, here we go!



Sloan – 12

Yup. 12 years after their win in my inaugural annual Best Of (2006 Never Hear The End Of It), and 4 years after their 2014 Commonwealth tie with Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems, the mighty Sloan returns to the top of the heap! This makes them the second-winningest band in my Best Of series (Leonard has 4 wins to Sloan’s 3).

I took a long hard look at the pile of greatness I heard from this year’s new releases, and Sloan was the one I’ve played the most, and loved the most. 12 tracks on their 12th album, songwriting credit equally divided 3-each for all four members. Unimpeachable Sloan power, harmony and beauty. Hell yes.




Voices – Frightened
Trews – Civilianaires
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Sparkle Hard
Sleep – The Sciences
Rivers Of Nihil – Where Owls Know My Name
Library Steps – Rap Dad, Real Dad
Leon Bridges – Good Thing
Killer Boogie – Acid Cream
Judas Priest – Firepower
Jack White – Boarding House Reach
Guided By Voices – Space Gun
Guided By Voices – Ogre’s Trumpet
Greg Keelor – Last Winter
Eminem – Kamikaze
David Byrne – American Utopia
Bruce Dickinson – Scream For Me Sarajevo: Music From The Motion Picture



Amherst Drive – For Freedom And Democracy
Cruel Bloom – Death Culture
Jeniffer Doll – With Everything
Manipulant – What Good Are The Stars?
Manipulant – Perspective
Max The Axe – Status Electric

Thank you so much to all of these artists for making sure their tunes got into our ears!



John Coltrane – Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (2cd)
Guns ’N Roses – Appetite For Destruction (Deluxe)



2017 Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter (Deluxe Edition)
2016  Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker / Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (tie)
2015  Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls
2014  Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems / Sloan – Commonwealth (tie)
2013  Black Sabbath – 13
2012  Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
2011  Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton – Play The Blues: Live From Jazz At The Lincoln Center
2010  Jack Johnson – To The Sea
2009  Leonard Cohen – Live In London
2008  Metallica – Death Magnetic
2007  Carolyn Mark – Nothing Is Free / Immaculate Machine – Fables (tie)
2006  Sloan – Never Hear The End Of It



There are a whole whack of albums I’d love to get, of course. Neko Case’s Hell-On, Jeff Tweedy’s Warm, Sigh’s Heir To Despair, that Thom Yorke Suspira thingy… and then there’s a pile of stuff from all of your year-end lists that I wanna hear, too… the list goes on and on and on…



Thanks so much for Reading! Without this Community and all of you beautiful Constant Readers, we’d just be typing away and sending this stuff unloved and unnoticed into the ether. You are what keeps us alive!

See you in 2019…

35 thoughts on “Aaron’s Best Of 2018

    1. keepsmealive says:

      I have perhaps been unfair to the Sheepdogs after they blasted their hometown unnecessarily years ago. Just never think to go further with them. But an AotY from you is saying something, so maybe the music oughta talk instead!

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  1. J. says:

    That Sloan album was just bubbling under my own favourites this year. A very fine album, but there was just so much great stuff to get to know really well.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Hooray for Sloan winning in Glasgow! Such a good album. I loved your list too. I think I commented on that one didn’t I? Oh hell, I dunno, I have so much catching up to do I forget what’s done and what’s not.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Sloan may well surpass Leonard eventually in my lists, as Leonard won’t have any new stuff (unless there’s posthumous stuff somewhere – he crosses his fingers hopefully – may Leonard RIP).

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  2. mikeladano says:

    SLOOOOAN! I bought that in Taranna with you!

    I really want that Guns, but I decided to pass on the super duper version even though it’s half price. It came down to buying that or lots of other stuff. I chose lots of other stuff! But I can still get the regular Guns box at any time…and I will! (I ordered Queen’s News of the World box set with my Xmas money)

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      You did! Always a wise purchase, is Sloan. 😉

      The Guns set James sent me is enough for me – it sounds great, it looks great, it’s lovely lovely lovely. I’m not on a collector level with you though, but I understand you wanting the fancypants version too…


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Thanks! I am completely biased, but Sloan is definitely happy listening for any time, anywhere. That new album is brilliant, I loved it! As I commented to Chris (above), “There’s a compilation called A Sides Win, if you want an overview of their main songs people tend to know best. If you need recommends past that, just let me know! I have ALL the albums!” \m/ 🙂 \m/


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Hooray! Hope you dig them. They’ve been around a good long while now, lots of hit songs and plenty of deep cuts worthy of praise too. There’s a compilation called A Sides Win, if you want an overview of their main songs people tend to know best. If you need recommends past that, just let me know! I have ALL the albums! 😉

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