DFC’s Top 60 Songs of 2018!

2018 has been a pretty insane year for music, so much so that I had far more trouble than usual narrowing down my favorite songs to a concise 50-track list. After much deliberation (and a slight headache), I ultimately decided to include my top 60 songs of 2018 below, complete with a Spotify playlist (linked here), for your convenience and listening pleasure.

60. Snail Mail – Pristine
59. Flasher – Pressure
58. Wild Nothing – Canyon on Fire
57. Franz Ferdinand – Paper Cages
56. Teenage Wrist – Dweeb
55. Anderson .Paak – Tints (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
54. KIDS SEE GHOSTS – 4th Dimension
53. Gorillaz – Humility (feat. George Benson)
52. Rich Brian – History
51. Childish Gambino – Feels Like Summer
50. Lucy Dacus – Yours & Mine
49. Beach House – Black Car
48. Lil Wayne – Uproar
47. Johnny Marr – Hi Hello
46. Eminem – Lucky You (feat. Joyner Lucas)
45. Nas – Cops Shot The Kid (feat. Kanye West)
44. The Sidekicks – Don’t Feel Like Dancing
43. The Hold Steady – The Stove & The Toaster
42. Janelle Monáe – Pynk (feat. Grimes)
41. Basement – Disconnect
40. Courtney Barnett – Nameless, Faceless
39. Ben Ross – Jovian Witness
38. Drake – In My Feelings
37. Cloud Nothings – Leave Him Now
36. The Smashing Pumpkins – Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)
35. BODEGA – How Did This Happen?!
34. Elvis Costello – Suspect My Tears
33. Beach House – Dark Spring
32. Death Cab for Cutie – Northern Lights
31. Jack White – Respect Commander
30. Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel
29. Teyana Taylor – Issues/Hold On
28. Pusha T – If You Know You Know
27. MGMT – When You Die
26. Jeff Rosenstock – Yr Throat
25. SOPHIE – Faceshopping
24. Lady Gaga – Always Remember Us This Way
23. KIDS SEE GHOSTS – Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2)
22. MGMT – She Works Out Too Much
21. Janelle Monáe – Crazy, Classic, Life
20. George Salazar and Joe Iconis – The Goodbye Song
19. Beach House – Dive
18. Cardi B – I Like It (feat. J Balvin and Bad Bunny)
17. Migos – Stir Fry
16. boygenius – Bite The Hand
15. Father John Misty – The Songwriter
14. Father John Misty – Just Dumb Enough to Try
13. Natalie Prass – Short Court Style
12. The Carters – APESHIT
11. Ariana Grande – the light is coming (feat. Nicki Minaj)
10. Travis Scott – SICKO MODE (feat. Drake)
9. Teyana Taylor – Rose In Harlem
8. Shame – Concrete
7. Paul McCartney – Despite Repeated Warnings
6. Mitski – Nobody
5. Turnstile – Generator
4. Deafheaven – Honeycomb
3. Devon Welsh – Vampires
2. IDLES – Danny Nedelko
1. Jeff Rosenstock – USA

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DFC and Friends’ Top Albums of 2016!

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As done last year, DFC has gathered a few friends of the blog to share their personal favorite albums of the year. 2016 has been anything but a typical year, with an abundant amount of musician deaths that nobody asked for, as well as some surprise releases, and politically-charged music from all sides of the spectrum. Read below what some had to say about their top picks. Continue reading

Weezer’s “Pinkerton” at 20: Stories of Admiration, Frustration, and Heartbreak

DFC and friends reflect on two decades of Weezer’s polarizing cult classic.

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It’s 1994. Weezer are hot off the immense success of their excellent self-titled record, otherwise known as the Blue Album, and have just taken a break from touring around Christmas time. Now that the band has momentarily refrained from an already stressful touring schedule, it gave time for frontman Rivers Cuomo to reflect in his Connecticut hometown, as well as brainstorm for “what’s next?” Cuomo would, over this time period, begin working on a space opera entitled Songs From the Black Hole. Continue reading

EP Review: The Strokes – “Future Present Past”

By Jeremy Nifras

strokes-future-present-pastIt’s been a long three years since The Strokes released their last record, 2013’s Comedown Machine. Unlike many people, I enjoyed the hell out of that album (it topped my 2013 albums list), and was heavily anticipating whatever the band could deliver next. Since the release of Comedown Machine, the group embarked on numerous solo ventures, such as Albert Hammond Jr. and Julian Casablancas’ newest solo efforts, as well as Nick Valensi writing songs for Sia, among others. Continue reading

20 Essential “The X-Files” Episodes

By Jeremy Nifras

This Monday, The X-Files will draw to a close once again. The prolific science fiction show has preached to viewers that “The Truth Is Out There” for over 20 years, across 10 seasons and even two feature films. Over the show’s run, FBI special agents Fox Mulder (played by David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (played by Gillian Anderson) have delivered some of the most spooky and memorable stories in television history, cementing the show’s place among the greatest shows to ever grace the small screen. In commemoration of the 6-part event’s conclusion, let us reflect on some of the show’s best episodes. Continue reading

A Farewell to David Bowie

 
Unlike many fellow music fans, I haven’t been a Bowie fan for very long. I’ve only decided to really explore his discography early this year, with works such as Hunky Dory, Low and Heroes. Some of these records were obviously challenging, but I later began to see the beauty in the strangeness he was able to create. He truly was in a world of his own. Then, he released the song Blackstar a few months ago, which truly transcended his contemporaries and definitely his more recent output. What we didn’t know, however, was that this song was teasing towards what would be his final record. And fittingly so, the album is extremely dark and filled with grim lyrics on the tracks “Lazarus” and “Girl Loves Me” especially. It’s only fitting for someone as great as Bowie to go out on such a high note and not tell anybody but his close family about it. It’s definitely textbook Bowie — defying expectations, even in his final days. RIP David, the mark you’ve left on the world is too immeasurable to fathom.