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Staff Picks for the Best of 2018

Another year, another year end list!  2018 was another great year for music.  We’d like to share with you our favourites of the year!

We have two ground rules for staff on this:
-Staff aren’t allowed to list Neptoon label releases.  Obviously we love them, otherwise we wouldn’t have put them out!
-No listing anything from your own label or band (meaning  Tim can’t list anything from Kingfisher Bluez, Ben can’t list storc, Josh can’t list Fashionism, Chain Whip, or anything on his label).

We’re still waiting to get everyones list, but here’s a couple to start.  We’ll add them as we get them.

I hate narrowing these things down to 10, but I managed to do it….but I refuse not to list these other 16 runners up.   Both lists are in alphabetical order (although anyone that knows me knows that Sleep – The Sciences is #1).  I also included a separate list of my favourite reissues/comps from the year

Top 10:
Actors – It Will Come To You
Birth Defects – Everything is Fine
Earthless – Black Heaven
Hideous Sun Demon – Fame Erotic Dream
High On Fire – Electric Messiah
Jo Passed – Their Prime
Lié – Hounds
Orb – The Space Between
Sleep – The Sciences
Windhand – Eternal Return

Runners Up:
A Place To Bury Strangers – Pinned
All Souls – S/T
Baptists – Beacon Of Faith
Fu Manchu – Clone Of The Universe
Goatman – Rhythms
James Hunter Six – Whatever It Takes
John Coltrane – Both Directions At Once
Legend of the Seagullmen – S/T
Les Big Byrd – Iran Iraq IKEA
Michael Rault – It’s A New Day Tonight
Orquesta Akokán – S/T
Shame – Songs Of Praise
Soft Moon – Criminal
Spiny Normen -S/T
Stonefield – Far From Earth
Ty Segall – Freedom’s Goblin
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Wasteland

Beatles – White Album
Blue Cheer ’67 Demos
Bob Seger & The Last Heard – Heavy Music: The Complete Cameo Recordings 1966-1967
High Rise – II
Mel Henke – 77 Sunset Strip-per
Nick Ingman – Big Beat
Something Weird – Greatest Hits
Technicolor Paradise – Rhum Rhapsodies & Other ExoticDelights

…and somehow nobody else submitted their list