2018 Musings, Top 5 Albums, and Pre-Order News

Here are my top five albums from this year, all of which I saw live:

  1. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel (live at the Crystal Ballroom)

    1. Hands-down, no question, one of the most infectious albums I’ve heard in a while. Very inspiring.

  2. The Breeders - All Nerve (live at Crystal Ballroom)

    1. I’m an idiot for not listening to them sooner.  

  3. Laura Gibson - Goners (live a Mississippi Studios)

    1. Also, MAITA had an amazing performance as the openers for this show, but they don’t have their album out yet. Highly anticipated though!! X

  4. The Beths - Future Me Hates Me (live at Doug Fir)

    1. I guess I’m biased because we opened this show, but it was a hell of a party and their album is incredibly catchy. We also had the honor of playing with Mere Mention that night, so it’s a very bittersweet memory.  <3

  5. Freak Dream - Into the Sun (live at the Firkin Tavern)

    1. Okay I’m biased again because the new noise pop band I play synth/keys for (Dollar Coat) opened this show. But FD really blew me away with their industrial alt-rock/Rage Against the Machine vibe, even though their lead singer said that RATM was too poppy for them. Amazing!

As for my own music ventures: I attended and played the Folk Alliance International 2018 with the gang of Oregon ladies and met more wonderful people, revisited old California haunts with a couple of tour buddies in the spring and played a very memorable house show in Oakland, in May I had my first artist residency via the Trillium Project, in early summer the band and I put out a single and played a rockin’ release shows with some good buddies of ours in Portland and Eugene, I toured England with Margaret (see two blog posts ago), the boys and I played the Doug Fir for the first time and it was a blast, and we’ve begun work on the band’s debut LP. Phew!  

Big thing to keep in mind is: in the coming months I’ll be launching a pre-order campaign for the new album because this one-woman-powered machine needs some help if it’s going to do what it’s supposed to do.  I’m going to get annoying as all hell and lose my shit on the internet. I hope you’re ready for it. I hope I am, too.

For now, enjoy the holiday festivities and be with friends/family/lovers. It’s a good time for that.

OA xx

Olivia Awbrey