The CDP’s Top 20 Albums Of The Decade.

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20. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2 (2011)

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19. Pinegrove – Cardinal (2016)

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18. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (2010)

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17. Foxing – Nearer My God (2018)

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16. The Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt (2010)

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15. Japandroids – Celebration Rock (2012)

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14. P.O.S – We Don’t Even Live Here (2012)

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13. CHVRCHES – The Bones Of What You Believe (2013)

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12. Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid (2016)

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11. Mitski – Be The Cowboy – (2018)

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10. Culture Abuse – Bay Dream (2018)

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9. Rozwell Kid – Precious Art (2017)

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8. Carly Rae Jepsen – E-MO-TION (2015)

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7. The Menzingers – On The Impossible Past (2012)

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6. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 (2014)

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5. PUP – The Dream Is Over (2016)

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4. Doomtree – No Kings (2011)

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3. Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again (2014)

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2. Masked Intruder – Masked Intruder (2012)

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1. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (2013)

The CDP’s Top 100 Albums Of 2019 (Pt.2).

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50. The Obsoletes – Is This Progress? (Reissue)
49. Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next
48. Much The Same – Everything Is Fine
47. Toro Y Moi – Outer Peace
46. Strung Out – Songs Of Armor And Devotion

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45. black midi – Schlagenheim
44. Pkew Pkew Pkew – Optimal Lifestyles
43. The Anti-Queens – The Anti-Queens
42. Tiger Army – Retrofuture
41. Lana Del Rey – Norman Fu*king Rockwell!

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40. Otoboke Beaver – Itekoma Hits (Compilation)
39. Angel Olsen – All Mirrors
38. Young Guv – GUV I
37. Carly Rae Jepsen – Dedicated
36. Mean Jeans – Gigantic Sike

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35. The Regrettes – How Do You Love?
34. Teenage Bottlerocket – Stay Rad!
33. Cheekface – Therapy Island
32. The Get Up Kids – Problems
31. Jenny Lewis – On The Line

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30. Saves the Day – Through Being Cool: TBC20 (Reissue)
29. Helms Alee – Noctiluca
28. Future Teens – Breakup Season
27. that dog. – Old LP
26. Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance

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25. QWAM – QWAM
24. Redd Kross – Beyond The Door
23. Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
22. Oso Oso – Basking In The Glow
21. Charly Bliss – Young Enough

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20. City Breeze – Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986 (Various Artists)
19. Better Off – Reap What You Sow
18. Bad Religion – Age Of Unreason
17. Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising
16. Hatchie – Keepsake

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15. Weatherstate – Born A Cynic
14. IfIHadAHiFi – We’re Never Going Home
13. Shredders – Great Hits
12. Good Riddance – Thoughts And Prayers
11. Radar State – Strays

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10. Billie Eilish – When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
9. Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains
8. Lizzo – Cuz I Love You
7. Bat For Lashes – Lost Girls
6. The Menzingers – Hello Exile

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5. The Muffs – No Holiday

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4. Vivian Girls – Memory

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3. Masked Intruder – III

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2. PUP – Morbid Stuff

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1. Martha – Love Keeps Kicking

The CDP’s Top 100 Albums Of 2019 (Pt.1).

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100. Blanck Mass – Animated Violence Mild
99. Refused – War Music
98. Outdoor Velour – Our Songs (Covers)
97. Com Truise – Persuasion System
96. M83 – DSVII

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95. Beck – Hyperspace
94. Fire-Toolz – Field Whispers (Into The Crystal Palace)
93. Silversun Pickups – Widow’s Weeds
92. Morrissey – California Son (Covers)
91. Origami Angel – Somewhere City

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90. New Found Glory – From Your Screen To Your Stereo III (Covers)
89. Captain Asshole – What An Awful Life
88. Weeping Icon – Weeping Icon
87. Tsunami Bomb – The Spine That Binds
86. Bayside – Interrobang

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85. Various Artists – One Great Tribute! A Love Letter To The Weakerthans
84. Taylor Swift – Lover
83. Weezer – Weezer (Teal) (Covers)
82. Proper. – I Spent The Winter Writing Songs About Getter Better
81. Indian Summer – Giving Birth To Thunder (Reissue)

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80. Boy Harsher – Careful
79. Tyler, The Creator – Igor
78. Infinity Crush – Virtual Heaven
77. Kevin Abstract – Arizona Baby
76. American Football – LP3

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75. Boris The Sprinkler – Vespa To Venus
74. Remember Sports – Sunchokes (Reissue)
73. Dumberger – Close Enough (EP)
72. Keane – Cause And Effect
71. The Hold Steady – Thrashing Through The Passion

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70. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana
69. Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind
68. The National – I Am Easy To Find
67. Rammstein – Rammstein
66. The Nervous Girls – Hunger (EP)

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65. Youth Fountain – Letters To Our Former Selves
64. SWMRS – Berkeley’s On Fire
63. Lagwagon – Railer
62. Two Door Cinema Club – False Alarm
61. The Faint – Egowerk

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60. The Coolies – Uh Oh! It’s…The Coolies (EP)
59. Sleeper – The Modern Age
58. Sleep On It – Pride & Disaster
57. Mini Meltdowns – Destined For Disaster (EP)
56. TsuShiMaMiRe – Mamire Mania 20 (Compilation)

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55. Jimmy Eat World – Surviving
54. Jeff Lynne’s ELO – From Out Of Nowhere
53. Benny Sings – City Pop
52. Juice WRLD – Death Race For Love
51. Vampire Weekend – Father Of The Bride

The CDP’s Top 40 Songs Of 2019.


40. “Empty Sidewalk” – The Obsoletes (REISSUE)
39. “Worse Than Death” – The Anti-Queens
38. “Born To Stay” – Future Teens
37. “Deutschland” – Rammstein
36. “Empty” – Juice WRLD


35. “Red Bull & Hennessy” – Jenny Lewis
34. “Everything I Know” – Benny Sings
33. “Everything To Me” – Teenage Bottlerocket
32. “Ordinary Pleasure” – Toro Y Moi
31. “Comeback Kid” – Sharon Van Etten


30. “Bubble” – Lagwagon
29. “(When We Wore The) Haircuts (We Were The Ones)” – Boris The Sprinkler
28. “Medicate” – Weatherstate
27. “Chatroom” – Charly Bliss
26. “Hot Take On Line One” – IfIHadAHiFi


25. “Gonna Miss You” – Mini Meltdowns
24. “From Out Of Nowhere” – Jeff Lynne’s ELO
23. “A Lot’s Gonna Change” – Weyes Blood
22. “I Dare You” – The Regrettes
21. “Edmund Pettus Bridge” – Good Riddance


20. “Party Line” – Mean Jeans
19. “Beyond The Veil” – Tiger Army
18. “Basking In The Glow” – Oso Oso
17. “Obsessed” – Hatchie
16. “What’s A Boy To Do?” – Redd Kross


15. “My Sanity” – Bad Religion
14. “Bad Habit” – Better Off
13. “I Only Say I’m Sorry When I’m Wrong Now” – Cheekface
12. “Kids In The Dark” – Bat For Lashes
11. “Everything He Needs” – Carly Rae Jepsen


10. “A Lovely Day Boo Hoo” – The Muffs
9. “Anywhere” – Radar State
8. “I’m Free (At Last)” – Masked Intruder
7. “Bad Guy” – Billie Eilish
6. “Juice” – Lizzo


5. “America (You’re Freaking Me Out)” – The Menzingers


4. “Mall” – QWAM


3. “WrestleMania VIII” – Martha


2. “Free At Last” – PUP


1. “Ayeyayaya” – Shredders

The CDP’s Top 13 Concerts Of 2019.

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13. 350 Fest: Day 1
(Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, The Suicide Machines, Direct Hit!)
8/23/19 – Tinley Park Convention Center – Tinley Park

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12. Bad Cop/Bad Cop (w/War on Women)
5/10/19 – X-Ray Arcade – Cudahy

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11. Showoff: Self-Titled Album 20th Anniversary (w/Avenues)
7/13/19 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago

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10. 350 Fest: Day 2
(Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Menzingers, Mustard Plug, Iron Chic, Buck ‘O Nine, Zebrahead)
8/24/19 – Tinley Park Convention Center – Tinley Park

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9. P.O.S: Never Better 10th Anniversary (w/Kitten Forever)
2/2/19 – First Avenue – Minneapolis

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8. Masked Intruder (w/The Bombpops & Tightwire)
10/18/19 – High Noon Saloon – Madison

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7. Joyce Manor & Saves the Day
8/2/19 – Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee

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6. The Interrupters (w/Masked Intruder)
4/2/19 – Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee

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5. The Menzingers (w/Tigers Jaw & Culture Abuse)
10/30/19 – Majestic Theater – Madison

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4. Teenage Bottlerocket (w/Mean Jeans, Clowns, JenPop)
9/11/19 – Lyric Room – Green Bay

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3. John K. Samson
11/25/19 – High Noon Saloon – Madison

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2. Paul McCartney
6/6/19 – Kohl Center – Madison

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1. Bad Religion
7/1/19 – The Sylvee – Madison

The CDP’s Top 20 Songs Of 2018.

20. DIRECT HIT! – ‘Perfect Black’
19. SNAIL MAIL – ‘Heat Wave’
18. THE LONGSHOT – ‘The Last Time’
17. DESSA – ‘5 out of 6’
16. SOCCER MOMMY – ‘Cool’

15. THE INTERRUPTERS – ‘She’s Kerosene’
14. ASH – ‘Annabel’
13. SMOKING POPES – ‘Amanda My Love’
12. EMINEM – ‘The Ringer’
11. THE PILLOWS – ‘Thank You, My Twilight’

10. LONGSHOT – ‘Just Dance’
9. CHROMEO – ‘Must’ve Been’
8. RUN THE JEWELS – ‘Let’s Go (The Royal We)’
7. PROF – ‘Andre the Giant’
6. JOYCE MANOR – ‘Think I’m Still in Love with You’

5. FOUR FISTS – ‘Dork Court’
4. MITSKI – ‘Nobody’
3. FOXING – ‘Slapstick’
2. SUPERCHUNK – ‘What a Time to Be Alive’
1. CULTURE ABUSE – ‘Dip’

A few notes about the Top 5:

‘Dork Court’ is my favorite Hip Hop track of 2018. It’s whimsical, winkingly boastful and jam-packed with quotable punchlines and banging production. Doomtree Collective stuff in a nutshell. Never miss P.O.S when he comes to your town.

‘Nobody’ is a mere snapshot from the outstanding mosaic that is Be The Cowboy. Perhaps the most accessible track on the latest offering from an endlessly talented musician. Mitski’s gonna be huge, right?

‘Slapstick’ was the track that floored me the most immediately upon listening. Foxing went for it this year; swung for the fences and connected. Like Mitski, 2019 is going to be bonkers for this band.

‘What a Time to Be Alive,’ for better or worse, feels like the most important track of the year. It sounds like it should be our National Anthem. If I’m lucky enough to be in a position to think back upon 2018 (and not foraging for gasoline in an irradiated wasteland), I will think of ‘What a Time to Be Alive.’ It’s a Big Song, and Superchunk will never do us wrong.

Which brings me to ‘Dip.’

‘Dip’ is a Small Song. Or at least that’s how it sounded the first few times I heard it. It’s kinda monotonous, cyclical, repetitive. I knew I liked it, but I couldn’t put my finger on exactly why. But with each lyric I absorbed, it started to resonate more and more emotionally.

‘What a Time to Be Alive’ is the collective representation of how we all are coping right now; an angry, raised fist screaming into a megaphone at the enemy. ‘Dip’ is more like a series of late-night text messages, checking in on a loved one to make sure they’re holding up. The message in ‘Alive’ is “Things are bad.” The message in ‘Dip’ is “Things are bad; are you okay?“:

This is my sorry, I’ve been all over the place
I know that you haven’t had much time to yourself
And I know you’re busy
But when you wake up, could you please call me?

I wish you’d take care of yourself first
Before you worry about the others
And when it feels like it’s piling over
Will you remember you got my number?

This is my sorry, it’s been a long year
And I’ve been trying to take it easy
It never slows down, it just keeps going
You gotta get back, I gotta listen

I’m sorry

When Culture Abuse singer Dave Kelling croons “it’s been a long year,” I don’t just think about the exhaustion of 2018 and the criminal enterprise of goddamn evil dumbshit morons inside the White House. I think about losing my paternal grandfather this year. I think about my wife and the old friend she lost to suicide this year. I think about my sister and the life of her soulmate that was violently cut short this year. In each instance, the sentiment among the living was similar: “I should have called. I should have stopped by. I should have checked on you. It’s been a long year. I’m sorry.

Indeed, it’s been a long year. But I’m okay. And I hope you are, too.

But hey, we’re not leaving on a sad note. Check out the ‘Dip’ video above, then check this out:

This is a live performance from the Bay Dream release show earlier this year. It’s one of the most joyous, sloppy and cathartic clips I think I’ve ever seen. I love how it becomes an anthemic song when performed live. I love how celebratory everyone is. The fact that Kelling is a touring musician and punk rock frontman with cerebral palsy is a kick-ass triumph in its own separate right. The whole thing is just super touching and awesome to me, and it makes me like this song (and the entirety of Bay Dream) all the more.

Thanks for hanging out; take care and have a good weekend.

The CDP’s Top 50 Albums Of 2018.

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50. SKYLAR SPENCE
– Carousel/Cry Wolf (Single)

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49. SAVES THE DAY
– 9

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48. TURNSTILE
– Time & Space

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47. ALKALINE TRIO
– Is This Thing Cursed?

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46. ASH
– Islands

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45. THE WONDER YEARS – Sister Cities

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44. MAMMOTH GRINDER
– Cosmic Crypt

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43. SLEEP
– The Sciences

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42. LONGSHOT
– Parades

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41. PAUL McCARTNEY
– Egypt Station

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40. INTERPOL
– Marauder

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39. THE SAMPS
– Breakfast

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38. DAUGHTERS
– You Won’t Get What You Want

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37. EMINEM
– Kamikaze

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36. SHAME
– Songs of Praise

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35. MATT POND PA
– Free Fall

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34. PORTRAYAL OF GUILT
– Let Pain Be Your Guide

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33. PUSHA T
– Daytona

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32. THE PILLOWS
– FooL on CooL Generation

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31. AIR CREDITS/SIMS/ICETEP
– Arteria Verite

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30. PINEGROVE
– Skylight

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29. BEACH HOUSE
– 7

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28. THE 1975
– A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships

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27. THE LONGSHOT
– Love Is for Losers

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26. SOCCER MOMMY
– Clean

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25. ARIANA GRANDE
– Sweetener

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24. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
– Thank You for Today

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23. CAR SEAT HEADREST
– Twin Fantasy (Face to Face)

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22. FATHER JOHN MISTY
– God’s Favorite Customer

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21. DESSA
– Chime

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20. DRUG CHURCH
– Cheer

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19. RETIREMENT PARTY
– Somewhat Literate

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18. DEAFHEAVEN
– Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

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17. CHVRCHES
– Love is Dead

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16. SNAIL MAIL
– Lush

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15. SMOKING POPES
– Into the Agony

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14. IDLES
– Joy as an Act of Resistance

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13. PALE WAVES
– My Mind Makes Noises

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12. SPANISH LOVE SONGS
– Schmaltz

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11. JEFF ROSENSTOCK
– POST-

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10. LET’S EAT GRANDMA
– I’m All Ears

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9. FOUR FISTS
– 6666

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8. CHROMEO
– Head Over Heels

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7. THE INTERRUPTERS
– Fight the Good Fight

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6. DIRECT HIT!
– Crown of Nothing

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5. SUPERCHUNK
– What a Time to Be Alive

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4. JOYCE MANOR
– Million Dollars to Kill Me

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3. MITSKI
– Be the Cowboy

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2. FOXING
– Nearer My God
(‘Slapstick’ is also my #1 Music Video of 2018. Give it a click.)

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1. CULTURE ABUSE
– Bay Dream

Thank you. The CDP’s Top 20 Songs Of 2018 arrives later in the week.