The best music of the year so far as chosen by the writers of A Journal of Musical Things (Part 2)

The best music of the year so far as chosen by the writers of A Journal of Musical Things (Part 2)
5. It actually sounds like Armstrong is having fun again! This song has been on heavy rotation in my personal playlist and I’m sure the new record will be, too. 4. Catchy as hell, check. The Dirty Nil, “Bathed in Light”
The Dirty Nil do modern high octane hard rock like no other band, and “Bathed in Light” is the perfect case in point. Uplifting yet melancholic, Lauren Mayberry’s vocals doused in acid and glitter are an absolute standout amongst the track’s infectious synth-pop flair. But The Longshot?  
4. The group’s debut EP Love Is For Losers captures that youthful spark that Billie Joe’s other group have lacked lately – and how. Pusha-T, “The Story of Adidon”
If you don’t think that the Pusha T vs. Riffs, check. 2. More best-of-the-year-so-far picks from the people who contribute to this site. Nerhys Hall, Curator of Monday’s “New Music from the Inbox”
1. Push’s clinical takedown of Drake – devastating enough to be referenced several times in the latter’s Scorpion release a few weeks later – was one of the most satisfying diss tracks this side of the new millennium. 3. Going after Drake’s secret child and parental woe hypocrisy made the 6ix God scurry, and we are all the better for it… especially if that rumoured Adidas collaboration has also been torched in the process. Peach Kelli Pop, “Black Magic”
I love the punk energy that this trio of ladies has in this song. The Longshot, “Love is for Losers”
It pains me to say it, but Green Day have really fallen on hard times lately. If you missed, part 1 of this survey, go here. It’s fun and catchy and not too serious.  
5. Hillsburn, The Wilder Beyond
I saw this band live earlier this year when they were on tour promoting this album and they blew me away with how good of a show they put on. Drake beef was one of the most entertaining musical moments of 2018 so far, please tell me what I’ve been missing. Weezer’s rendition of the Toto classic is actually really, really well done. Weezer, “Africa”
No, this isn’t supposed to be an attempt at humour. River Whyless, “Van Dyke Brown”
This song sounds so simple, yet there is so much going on with it. Each song on this album fits together and in true indie, DIY fashion the band recorded it in their guitarist’s bedroom. This song is just plain fun. I still haven’t forgiven Drake and the Toronto Raptors for OVO-branded lint rollers. CHVRCHES, “Get Out”
This bittersweet single from CVRCHES’ latest release Love Is Dead cannot leave my head. The pop punk legends raised me and while Revolution Radio is a bit of a return to form, it still can’t quite capture that same feeling that the doomed trilogy of Uno, Dos, and Tre so miserably threw away. Ragged vocals, check. AJR, “Burn the House Down”
I love the horns on this track and the funky, groovy rhythm that they play. Every bit as memorable as the Scots’ breakout hit “The Mother We Share” with a few extra years of experience and production value to boot.  
 
2. Not to mention the deeply political lyrics that juxtapose the song’s fun, upbeat sound.  
3. Popes of Chillitown, “Prang”
Maybe it’s because I was a teen in the mid-2000s, but I have a (possibly unhealthy) love for pop-punk and ska-punk. Matthew Kahansky, Curator of Tuesday “New Music from the Inbox” and Occasional Contributor of Articles
1. Memes and Internet foolishness aside, this is an excellent cover of an equally excellent song that the citizens of 2018 are blessed to receive.