It's time to start looking back on the year that was 2018. It was a really excellent year for music, in our opinion. The best-of lists started rolling out this week, with top picks from Pitchfork, NME, and Spin, so we decided it was time to get our lists together, so read on to see our full employee picks!
Of course, 2018 isn't totally done yet. Maybe there's something coming out in the next couple weeks that will wrestle its way into our hearts. This week is mostly about reissues. For example, we've got a grip of Primus reissues, a Motorhead box set, and a repress of Atmosphere's classicWhen Life Gives You Lemons.We've also got a cool release from Neil Young, Songs for Judy(different Judy), which collects 22 live tracks from Neil's 1976 solo tour.Check the full list below!
We also just got some major restocks on books, including the acclaimed Jeff Tweedy memoir,Let's Go, and other odds and ends. Be sure to cruise the books section for the bookworm on your shopping list.
Alright, here are our top employee picks for the year, as well as a collaborative Top 10 list for store favorites!
Judy Christine and the Queens - Chris BTS - Love Yourself: Answer Low - Double Negative Tracey Thorne - Record Kamasi Washington - Heave & Earth
Matt Tongue Party - Looking For A Painful Death Jo Passed - Their Prime Spirit of the Beehive - Hypnic Jerks Guerilla Toss - Twisted Crystal Geotic - Traversa
Dylan Bill Orcutt/Chris Corsano - Brace Up! Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth Grouper - Grid of Points David Nance Group - Peaced and Slightly Pulverized Body/Head - The Switch
Danielle Lucy Dacus - Historian Phantastic Ferniture - Phantastic Ferniture U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited Rhye - Blood Mitski - Be the Cowboy
Kyle Cut Worms - Hollow Ground J Fernandez - Occasional Din Christine and the Queens - Chris Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs Low - Double Negative
Nathan Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love Jonny Greenwood - Phantom Thread OST Amen Dunes - Freedom Snail Mail - Lush Moaning - S/T Ought - Room Inside The World
James Shy Boys - Bell House CT-85 - Self-Titled Demo Mentira - Toda Tu Vida Es Un Mentira Warm Bodies - Warm Bodies Kamasi Washington - Heaven & Earth
Evan Parquet Courts - Wide Awake! Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited Low - Double Negative Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want
Store-Wide Top 10 Low - Double Negative U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited Kamasi Washington - Heaven & Earth Christine & the Queens - Chris Jo Passed - Their Prime Snail Mail - Lush Mitski - Be the Cowboy Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want John Coltrane - Both Directions at Once Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance
AND of course a couple honorable mentions: Khruangbin - Todo El Mundo Guerilla Toss - Twisted Crystal Grouper - Grid of Points Pusha T - Daytona Nothing - Dance on the Blacktop
Those are our tops--what you got? Let's talk about it when you come into the store this weekend! Excited to see everyone's lists.
Keep in mind we've still got a big dose of ticket giveaways for end-of-the-year and first-of-the-year shows in KC! You've got a chance to go see the likes of Kurt Vile, Peter Murphy, Hippo Campus, and Trampled by Turtles, but you can't go unless you enter to win! Drop your name in the box next time you're in.
Lastly, another reminder that we've got all the GIFT CARDS you can handle. Make it easy on yourself!
Go Chiefs, Dylan, Judy, and the Team
New Music Releases 12/14/18 at Mills Record Company