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Best Music of 2018 & Other Interesting Things

Well, 2018 was maybe not the greatest year in human history, broadly speaking, but it sure was musically interesting. In this episode, we discuss a handful of the most thoughtful “best music of 2018” lists, and then listen to a few of the recordings shared by those lists, ones that are particularly outstanding and engaging (and that we haven’t already recently discussed).

We also briefly consider some paradigm-shift-type happenings in creative culture: the potential impact of new works entering the public domain for the first time since 1998, and the first Kennedy Center Honors award to a collaborative work rather than an individual artist.

Use the links below to follow your musical curiosity!  

Playlist for this episode:

  1. Robyn - Missing U from Honey
  2. Kasey Musgraves - Butterflies, Space Cowboy, and High Horse from Golden Hour
  3. Rosalía - MALAMENTE (Cap.1: Augurio) and DI MI NOMBRE (Cap.8: Éxtasis) from EL MAL QUERER
  4. Tierra Whack - Hookers and Hungry Hippo from Whack World
  5. Pusha T - The Games We Play from Daytona
  6. Royal Liverpool National Orchestra - On the Waterfront Suite, II. Adagio from Bernstein: On the Waterfront
  7. Yo Yo Ma - Unaccompanied Cello Suite #1, BWV 1007 - I. Prélude and Unaccompanied Cello Suite #6, BWV 1012 - III. Courante from Six Evolutions - Bach: Cello Suites
  8. Wet Ink - Auditory Scene Analysis, Pt. 1 from Wet Ink:20
  9. Janelle Monáe - Make Me Feel from Dirty Computer