Your top _____ of 2018


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.


saw knower at the el rey on saturday, was amazing.


don’t know this. listening now, thanks!


Spiritualized, “And Nothing Hurt”
Taylor Deupree, “Fallen”
AdriAnne Lenker, “Abysskiss”
Brian Eno, “Music for Installations”
Mary Jane Leach, (f)lute songs
Scott Hirsch, “Lost Time Behind the Moon”
Yo La Tengo, “There’s a Riot Going On”
Boygenius, “Boygenius”

Not new but new to me:
Tiganá Santana, “Tempo & Magma”
Japanese Breakfast, “Soft Sounds From Another Planet”
Arab Strap, “Elephant Shoe”


Best album - Dj Koze ‘Knock Knock’
Best book - Brian Catling ‘The Vorrh’
Best restaurant - Brat (London, UK)
Best city - Valencia, Spain
Best gig - Broken20 @Cafe Oto
Best exhibition - Jean-Michel Basquiat ‘Boom For Real’
Best film - A Quiet Place (although I’m always about 2 years late on films)


What I most regret selling/traded this year:

  • Music man 410 HD130
  • Just Friends
  • Mangrove (x2)
  • Fender Mustang
  • Nano Rand
  • Voltage Block
  • RxMx fxdf combo


Musicians who influenced me the most:

  • Caterina Barbieri
  • Nathan Moody
  • Belief Defect

Favorite VST Plugins:

  • Aalto
  • Buchla Easel V
  • Colour Copy
  • Twangstrom
  • Valhalla Plate

Favorite New Movies:

  • Black Panther
  • I think that’s actually all

Favorite TV Watched:

  • Steven Universe
  • Bee & Puppycat
  • The Expanse (I haven’t seen season 3 yet)
  • The Great British Baking Show

Favorite Books Read:

  • we’d need a longer thread


Albums I listened to a lot this year, new and old:

  • This Heat, Deceit
  • Jamie Branch, Fly or Die
  • GNOD, Chapel Perilous
  • Lifetones, For a Reason
  • Dale Cornish, Aqal and Temporal
  • Umfang, Umfang
  • Ø & Panasonic, Sahko - The Movie Soundtrack

Favourite TV:

  • The Good Place
  • Sharp Objects
  • Marvellous Mrs. Maisel

Favourite gear:

  • Almost finished Serge
  • OTO Bim and Bam
  • Patterning 2
  • Analog RYTM II

Favourite accomplishments:

  • Finishing two albums
  • Having an album released on SM-LL
  • Building 90% of my Serge
  • Way more time making art and music




Top 10 Albums:

Low - Double Negative
Tim Hecker – Konoyo
Felicia Atkinson and Jefre Cantu Ledesma – Limpid As the Solitudes
Marcus Fisher and Simon Scott – Shape Memory
Rafael Anton Irasarri - Sirimiri
Dedekind Cut - Tahoe
Felicia Atkinson - Cayotes
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Abstractions
R Beny – Eistla
Brett Nauke – The Mansion

Also highly recommended!
Alessandro Cortini and Lawrence English – Immediate Horizon
Emily Sprague – Mount Vision
Dan Derks - Less Concepts
Forma - Semblance
Cool Maritime – Sharing Waves
Helios – Veriditas
Matthias Puech - Alpestres
Bana Haffar - Matiere
Kate NV - для FOR
Hotel Neon – Means of Knowing
William Basinski and Lawrence English – Selva Oscura
The Breeders – All Nerve
Clarice Jenson – For This From That Will Be Filled
Todd Barton – Multum In Parvo