The Fashionably Late Top 101 of 2018: Shy Boys
This year I had an even harder time coming up with my list than I did for the 2017 version of the list, which is probably obvious given there's 101 records in this year's batch (and that's after whittling about 30 off that total). But I just couldn't leave any of these hundred and one records off my list.
As with my 2017 picks, I've gone in alpha order from A-Z and nothing has a number ranking. Partially, that's because I'm pretty indecisive and it also just feels wrong to do anything other than just share the love equally. 101 ways. As always, the list ended up surprising me. Some records I thought might end up on my list are absent, and happily there were quite a few previously unknown bands that ended up stealing my heart and getting themselves in on the list. I truly hope you'll be reminded of some music you enjoyed last year, and I also hope you'll perhaps find new favorites to swoon over from here on out. My sincere and endless thanks to each and every band/artist on the list, because thanks to them 2018 was a little less insane.
Who: Shy Boys
What: Bell House
When: August 2018
Why: Kevin Morby hit the nail on the head with his assessment of Kansas City's Shy Boys, calling them "the heartland’s answer to The Beach Boys had Alex Chilton been on guitar." This harmonically-inclined outfit's nifty, plainspoken scuzz pop is ridiculously catchy and disarmingly salt-of-the-earth. Bears many listens, though it feels nice and warm right from the start.