Your top _____ of 2018


love it or hate it, it’s officially upon us: end-of-year list season. best albums of the year, films of the year, restaurants of the year, modules of the year (does that exist?), the list of lists goes on and on. i find myself thinking of nearly everything i consume in terms of the top ___ of 2018, from classic list material (top albums) to the more mundane (top snacks available for free in my office). this is a place for lines’ collected top stuff of 2018.


i’ll start with my top 5 universally-acclaimed artists that I somehow never got into until 2018:

  1. The Band
  2. Arthur Russell
  3. Alice Coltrane
  4. Albert Ayler
  5. Ryuchi Sakamoto


Top five ambient/minimal albums of 2018:

  1. An Ambient Compilation - Friends
  2. Escapism - H. Takashi
  3. Konoyo - Tim Hecker
  4. Book of Life - Masayoshi Fujita
  5. Saudade - r beny

Top five albums I should have listened to in their respective release years, but finally got around to this year:

  1. Raum - H. Takahashi
  2. American Football (LP2) - American Football
  3. Choose Your Weapon - Hiatus Kaiyote
  4. Neo Wax Bloom - Iglooghost
  5. Engravings - Forest Swords


top five teas i drank this year

  1. “the iron discus” sheng puerh y.2000
  2. bulang mountain he kai shou puerh y.2013
  3. spring gao li gong mountain old-tree wild-growth sheng puerh y.2014
  4. winter tie luo han heavy-roast high-grade y.2016
  5. “teaosophy” five-mountain blend shou puerh y.2018


this is fun, I love doing these, will probably add more if I think of em.

top 5 tracks:

  1. Unmade, Thom Yorke
  2. #2, Nils Frahm
  3. Sunson, Nils Frahm
  4. Mother, John Lennon (hadn’t heard this one before this year)
  5. Fallingwater, Maggie Rogers (gorgeous video as well)

top 5 gear acquisitions:

  1. Juno-6
  2. Roland RE-501
  3. pair of Oktava MK012 microphones w/ omni capsules
  4. black and gold DPO
  5. Focal alpha 65’s



My 2018 Top 5 “almost didn’t buy” items that turned into “OMG I love this how did I live without out it??”:

  1. Make Noise Echophon
  2. Tascam Portastudio 414 mkii
  3. Elektron Digitakt
  4. Make Noise Optomix
  5. Elektron Monomachine mkii (I sold my first one, huge regret, so I bought another)


One of my favorite songs of 2018 for sure! :+1: :+1: :+1:


it’s such an amazing build but that last minute where he starts bringing in the ratcheted bass gives me goosebumps everytime, and seeing it live was unbelievable because he really extends that part out and jams on it, and of course its incredible hearing that sound through a massive sound system. one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. very excited to see him again in March!


Low, Double Negative
Low, Double Negative
Low, Double Negative
Emily Sprague, Mount Vision
Rosalia, El Mal Querer

honorable mentions: Meng Qi, Span; Low, Double Negative; Nils Frahm, All Melody; Low, Double Negative; Black Thought, Streams of Thought vols. 1 & 2; Low, Double Negative


Favorite media of 2018, in no particular order and no one format

  • old Godzilla films
  • Limmy’s Show
  • Dark Souls on Switch (BotW honorable mention)
  • Rewatching Deep Space 9 (DS9>TNG, don’t @ me)
  • new Svartmalm
  • new Abstracter


top 5 guilty pleasure media of 2018

  1. the bachelor
  2. lil b music videos (a perennial favorite)
  3. dumb high budget action movies from the late 80s/early 90s
  4. the jersey shore
  5. trailer park boys

top 5 delay modules i couldn’t choose between in 2018

  1. clouds
  2. chronoblob
  3. DLD
  4. echophon
  5. magneto


sounds like i finally need to get around to listening to this one!

edit after listening: sheeeeeeeeeeesh


ten artists (new to me)
“discovery” of their music/existence brought me joy this year

joy postell
alex vaughn
ari lennox
tayla parx
anelis assumpção
liniker e os caramelows
yazmin lacey
makaya mccraven
takuya kuroda


Favorite Albums of 2018 (year it came out if not 2018 in parens):
Sarah Davachi - Let Night Come On Bells End The Day
Lomelda - Thx (2017)
Deerhunter - Cryptograms (2007)
Mary Lattimore - Hundreds of Days/Glamorous Mom
SUGAI KEN - UkabazUmorezU (不浮不埋) (2017)
Helios - Veriditas
Barry Walker Jr. - Diaspora Urkontinent
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society - Simultonality (2017)
Grouper - Grid of Points
Julia Holter - Aviary

Releases I listened to a lot and loved from lines members (in alpha order).
Benjamin Mauch - Discorporeal
Brian James Griffith - From Particles (actually from MI forum)
Dan Derks - less concepts
Emily A. Sprague - Mount Vision
Fousek / Hansen / Tellier-Craig - No Way of Knowing
Jogging House - From
Jörgen Kjellgren - Short Commutes 1
onewayness - Random Oracle
r beny - eistla
Robotboot - Continuous
zuliani - blank landscape
(plus tons of things mentioned in the Latest tracks + videos, What are you listening to?, and Cassette releases threads <3)


favorite books written by women that I read in 2018, in no particular order:

  • Ambient Parking Lot by Pamela Lu
  • Tonight I’m Someone Else by Chelsea Hodson
  • Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • The Answers by Catherine Lacey
  • Get In Trouble by Kelly Link
  • Ultraluminous by Katherine Faw
  • Through Clenched Teeth anthology
  • Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
  • Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K Leguin
  • The Houseguest by Amparo Dávila
  • Complete Stories of Clarice Lispector (still working through)
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin


I’ve been meaning to read her books, I should grab it over the holiday break. Also, I love the Earthsea books.


evoken - hypnagogia
cypress hill - elephants on acid
a034 - dgrwth
burla - IOD


have you listened to Dorian Concepts album on the same label? Really been digging brainfeeder’s roster lately


definitely one of my gigs of the year.