Favourite bestest tracks of 2018 in one list. Designed to be listened to in order.
A few people have asked me what the outro music of the podcast was. I have no clue how the idea came to me when it did, but somehow the Nels Cline 4-minute guitar solo during Wilco's Impossible Germany seemed to, and perhaps always will, be the perfect outro for anything, ever.
Each episode of the podcast ends with us giving some calls to action to follow and subscribe to our little side project called The Lazy Couch podcast - this, along with any reflective thoughts about what we had just discussed over the past 45 minutes. Having this track played in the background while doing so just works.
It's wild how expressive Nels can get with the guitar in hand and I can only imagine what sort of flow he needs to experience, before he can string those buttery notes together. Rolling Stone once ranked him the 82nd best guitarist ever, but Nels - you are indeed my number one.
To promote their upcoming tour, Wilco posted footage of said song performed on KCRW last year. It prompted me to re-post here - because some things are just too perfect not to share.
Ever since Fairgrounds in Berry late last year, Middle Kids' Edge of Town has been a constant ear worm. I instantly fell in love with the rolling rhythms with country vibes, the at-times Malkmus-esque guitars, and that voice -- what a refreshing voice!
Although still very young as a band, their tracks have that special warm quality where you feel like you've known them for quite some time. Hannah's song writing is striking yet understated, and best of all it all sounds effortless. The band may be young but Hannah Joy and Tim Fitz have been kicking around in Sydney for quite some time now. Both established solo artists, it wasn't until they got together to co-create this thing they call Middle Kids, to really break out and get noticed by the likes Triple J and Sir Elton John!
When I heard they were playing at The OAF in April, I jumped at the chance to see them again. I'm now wondering whether the venue will be big enough for them after lighting up the stage on Conan earlier in the week as they prepare for a 5 week long tour of America.
The US tour officially kicks off on Tuesday in Seattle. It includes a KCRW showcase at SXSW in Austin an that is fantastic for them. Aside from the usual stops in SF, Seattle, NYC and the like, Middle Kids will also be playing in Nashville, Baton Rouge and Saxapahaw - That appeared a little weird until I realised that some of these dates are to support Cold War Kids.
Speaking of KCRW, just a few hours ago they appeared on Jason Bentley's legendary Morning Becomes Eclectic show and played a 40 minute-odd set in the LA studios. If you want to get a feel for the sound, I highly recommend you watch. Start from the 1:30 mark.
Britt Daniel (Spoon) & Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) have a little side project called Divine Fits and they were undoubtedly the highlights of this year's Laneway Festival. They visited the JJJ studios to record this little Springsteen diddy for 'Like a Version' and it's rather good.