November 28, 2018

QC10 – Rain's Top 10 Albums from 2008 to 2017

Editor's Note: After 10 years of submitting top 10 lists, frequent contributors are going back and picking out the albums that they still love.

1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away (2013)

2. Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss (2017)
More magick to bless/curse us invoked by the Witch of the Sacramento River.

3. Jozef Van Wissem & SQÜRL - Only Lovers Left Alive OST (2014)
The soundtrack to a film but also the soundtrack to many nights of me falling asleep in the dead center of a hardwood floor, beneath red Christmas lights, and with a bully full of whatever.

4. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Eating Us (2012)
This is another album that reminds me of simpler times (and I'm not talking about the delicious bargain Trader Joes beer). I saw a animated version of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Winchester Drive- In theater (gone since the mid eightees to make way for now failed dot com startup box buildings). There were these mice and they sang and listening to this, I am right back there, in the way way back of the stationwagon, drinking hot chocolate and having no idea about the dangers of pit bulls, avian bird flu or any sense of responsibility.

5. Mohammad - Som Sakrifis (2013)

6. Fartbarf - Dirty Power (2014)
Get away from that Moog, you damn dirty apes! No, seriously, you really need to see these guys live (or, at the very least, look up live footage on Youtube). You'll be so glad you did and your world will be changed and better for it...

7. Hildur Guðnadóttir - Saman (2014)
Please let me die beneath Hildur's icy fists.

8. The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (2016)
"You've always been the caretaker. I should know, sir." Know this: The Caretaker creates imagined soundtracks for the ballroom in The Shining. It's spooky and lovely.

9. Perfume Genius - No Shape (2017)
This record makes me see another reality in which I'm not a content man, married for 20+ years to my "soulmate". In that other reality, I'd have a heart/soul rending crush that clearly would never pan out and I'd pine and cry while listening to this album.

9a. The Budos Band - Burnt Offering (2014)
This just makes me want to get all of my bros together and have a sweaty, tequila driven, tighty whitey dance party until the sun comes up. Then, in the light of a new day, we go to the sea and kill a turtle and roast its flesh black over a pallet fire. What happens next must never be spoken of...

10. Bohren & der Club of Gore - Piano Nights (2014)

Lynchian Doom Jazz.


awmercy said...

I distinctly remember one of your reviews including the term dust mites in it, which makes me think it would be fun to pull together a list of just the best, wittiest, hilarious, and/or most off the wall comments. I think people would enjoy that, and the albums would be all over the place. I remember Julie describing a fight she started at a show that had me in stitches.