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

A personal reflection on “To Pimp a Butterfly”

by Tom Hummer

Classic albums generally take time to achieve that status. Artists don’t know when they’re making them, and listeners can’t recognize them as such on first listen. After all, future impact can’t be predicted or anticipated, and such acclaim is usually determined by the upcoming generation(s) that it influences, not by today’s fans. It’s an effect that slowly compounds over years and years, and only decades later when a record still feels vital, fresh, and relevant, can you really call it timeless. Hell, I didn’t even like most of my favorite records on first listen. Continue reading

DFC’s Favorite Albums of 2015 (so far!)

2015 has been a rather interesting year in music, and it’s also been a year which I have been unable to update this site as much. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be able to update this blog as frequently as I’d like, and just do an occasional discussion post or list post such as this one. No need to worry, however, as you can still catch my opinions over at the Iris Records blog, as well as my podcasts over there as well.

All blog updates aside, I have been enjoying a handful of albums this year, which you can view below. If your favorite album doesn’t appear on my list, chances are I haven’t heard it or didn’t dig it as much! So without further ado, here are my favorite albums of 2015, so far.

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Top 10 EPs of 2013

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(photo taken at Iris Records, Jersey City, NJ)

We’ve covered the top albums and songs of 2013, but what about the EPs? Those releases that are too long to be singles, but too short to be albums. Here are DFC’s Top 10 EPs of 2013. (You may not consider a few to be EPs, but deal with it.) Continue reading