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RSTB Best of 2018

So, it seems that 2018 is finally coming to an end. It’s been a hell of a year by most standards, but musically its been damn entertaining. Perhaps its fair that there’s some bright spot in all the chaos. Not to diminish the chaos, but when the negativity is at an all-pervasive fever pitch, its feels good to have something to hold onto. I’ll choose to remember 2018 as a banner year for music and for the birth of my second daughter rather than the year that page refresh politics threatened to give me an ulcer any day. Below are my favorite albums of the year, taking care to highlight some that might otherwise get forgotten. They’re in (quasi) alphabetical order with no other particular weight on the list. Keep your eyes out for a few more year-end features this week before I reset for the new year. As always, thanks for sticking with RSTB for these 12-odd years or so.

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Cakekitchen LP Reissues

A while back I wrote up The Cakekitchen’s indespensible, but pretty overlooked album Time Flowing Backwards. At the time the band was just finally putting their catalog up on Bandcamp and it was available digitally after some years of lapse. Today there’s some more exciting news, Dais is reissuing not only Time Flowing Backwards but also their sophomore LP World of Sand. If you’re unfamiliar with the work of Graeme Jefferies, then this is a prime opportunity to get acquainted with one of New Zealand’s great exports. The origianals appeared on vaunted labels Homestead and Flying Nun, both reasons in their own right to check into the band’s catalog. The reissues mark the band’s 25th anniversary and both have been remastered from the original tapes. More info over at Dais’s site.




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