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Demons

  • ADULT. - Detroit House Guests (Mute)
  • Circa Tapes - Love And Venom (Medical)
  • Emptyset - Borders (Thrill Jockey)
  • Ben Frost - Threshold Of Faith (Mute)
  • Gel Set - Body Copy (2MR)
  • Group Rhoda - Wilderless (Dark Entries)
  • Liars - TFCF (Mute)

Delights

  • Girl Ray - Earl Grey (Moshi Moshi)
  • Jasper Lee - Mirror Of Wind (Noumenal Loom)
  • Midnight Sister - Saturn Over Sunset (Jagjaguwar)
  • Michael Nau - Some Twist (Suicide Squeeze)
  • Posse - Horse Blanket (S/R)

Distractions

  • DUDS - Of A Nature Or Degree (Castle Face)
  • John Maus - Screen Memories (Ribbon Music)
  • Omni - Multi-Task (Trouble In Mind)
  • Ariel Pink - Dedicated To Bobby Jameson (Mexican Summer)
  • Pulgas - Out Of The South (Boiled)
  • Sextile - Albeit Living (Felte)

Explorations

  • Acid Pauli - BLD (Ouie)
  • Colleen - A Flame My Love, A Frequency (Thrill Jockey)
  • Forest Swords - Compassion (Ninja Tune)
  • Lee Gamble - Mnestic Pressure (Hyperdub)
  • Leatherette - Where Have All The People Gone? (Ninja Tune)
  • Kelly Lee Owens - S/T (Smalltown Supersound)
  • Juana Molina - Halo (Crammed Discs)
  • NHK yx Koyxen - Exit Entrance (DFA)

Relics

  • Claude Lombard - Chante (Sommor)
  • Silvia - S/T (Dark Entries)
  • Various Artists - Miracle Steps (Music From The Fourth World 1983 - 2017) (Optimo)
  • Various Artists - Space, Energy & Light - Experimental Electronic And Acoustic Soundscapes 1961 - 88 (Soul Jazz)
  • Various Artists - OZ Waves (Efficient Space)

A Series of Sevens

I miss you all! Seven epic years! \m/

7 Supersonic Shows

  • Six Organs of Admittance w/ Elisa Ambrogio and Donovan Quinn, Meg Baird opening - the Chapel, March 6
  • The Necks - the Lab, February 18-19
  • Teenage Fanclub - the Great American Music Hall, March 21
  • Sleaford Mods/Avengers - Slims, April 7
  • 75 Dollar Bill - The Lab, July 23
  • An Unpredictable Evening with Todd Rundgren - the Chapel, August 30
  • Ride - the Fillmore, September 26

7 Solidly Sweet Albums

  • Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister - Planetarium (4AD)
  • Slowdive - Slowdive (Dead Oceans)
  • Conor Oberst - Salutations (Nonesuch)
  • The Mountain Goats - Goths (Merge)
  • Elf Power - Twitching in Time (Orange Twin)
  • Tobin Sprout - The Universe and Me (Burger)
  • Boxed In - Melt (Nettwerk)

7 Acts Admired Since Acclimating to Athens

  • Antlered Aunt Lord
  • Ancient Whales
  • New Sound of Numbers
  • Athens Cowboy Choir
  • Pylon Reenactment Society
  • Dimmen
  • Lavender Holyfield

Berkestir

New Stuff

  • Acid Baby Jesus - Lilac Days (Fuzz Club)
  • Algiers - The Underside Of Power (Matador)
  • Boris - Dear (Sargent House)
  • Damaged Bug - Bunked Funk (Castle Face)
  • The Dream Syndicate - How Did I Find Myself Here? (Anti-)
  • Carrie Elkin - The Penny Collector (S/R)
  • Escape-ism - Introduction To Escape-ism (Merge)
  • Hawklords - Six (ShellShock)
  • Hawkwind - Into The Woods (Cherry Red)
  • Hello Phones - Tripping The Light (Station)
  • Robyn Hitchock - Robyn Hitchcock (Yep Roc)
  • Jon Langford - Four Lost Souls (Bloodshot)
  • Charles Lloyd New Quartet - Passin' Thru (Blue Note)
  • Metz - Strange Peace (Sub Pop)
  • Juana Molina - Halo (Crammed)
  • Moon Duo - Occult Architecture Vol.1/Vol.2 (Sacred Bones)
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real - Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real (Fantasy)
  • Oh Sees - Orc (Castle Face)
  • Pere Ubu - 20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo (Cherry Red)
  • Sparks - Hippopotamus (BMG)
  • Ty Segall - Mr. Face EP (Famous Class)
  • Ty Segall - Ty Segall (Drag City)
  • Omar Souleyman - To Syria With Love (Mad Decent Protocol)
  • Suspirians - Ti Bon Ange (Super Secret)
  • Richard Thompson - Acoustic Classics II + Rarities (Beeswing)
  • Nik Turner - Life In Space (Purple Pyramid)
  • Jane Weaver - Modern Kosmology (Fire)
  • White Hills - Stop Mute Defeat (Thrill Jockey)
  • Wire - Silver/Lead (Pink Flag)

Old Stuff

  • Can - The Singles (Spoon)
  • The Creation - Action Painting (The Numero Group)
  • The Kinks - The Mono Collection (Sanctuary)
  • Little Richard - Mono Box The Complete Specialty And Vee-Jay Albums (Concord)
  • Reptile Ranch - Reptile Ranch (C/S)
  • White Zombie - It Came From N.Y.C. (The Numero Group)
  • Neil Young - Hitchhiker (Reprise)

Carlos Kowalski

New Albums I Loved in 2017

  • Chino Amobi - PARADISO (NON)
  • Colleen - A Flame My Love, a Frequency (Thrill Jockey)
  • Dang Olsen Dream Tape - Peppermint (Illuminated Paths)
  • Drab Majesty - The Demonstration (Dais)
  • Gas - Narkopop (Kompakt)
  • Robyn Hitchcock - Robyn Hitchcock (Yep Roc)
  • Inner Travels - Sea of Leaves (Inner Islands)
  • Zola Jesus - Okovi (Sacred Bones)

And a Few Favorite Reissues of 2017

  • Alice Coltrane - The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (Luaka Bop)
  • Jan Jelinek - Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records (Faitiche)
  • Rich La Bonte - Mayan Canals (Dark Entries)

Carnacki

Favourite 25 releases of 2017, in alphabetical order

  • Abronia - Obsidian Visions / Shadowed Lands (Water Wing)
  • John Carpenter - Anthology (Sacred Bones)
  • The Classical - Survival of the Softest (s/r)
  • Cober Ord, The Austrasian Goat - Et Ils Franchirent Le Seuil (Steelwork Maschine)
  • Colleen - A Flame My Love, A Frequency (Thrill Jockey)
  • Jane Antonia Cornish - Into Silence (Innova)
  • Dire Wolves - Oceans of Green (Feeding Tube)
  • Ekin Fil - Ghosts Inside (Helen Scarsdale Agency)
  • Fovea Hex - Salt Garden II (Janet)
  • Diamanda Galás - All The Way / At Saint Thomas The Apostle Harlem (Intravenal Sound Operations)
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian Towers (Constellation)
  • Jim Haynes - Electrical Injuries (auseenraum)
  • Jesca Hoop - Memories Are Now (Sub Pop)
  • Icelandic Symphony Orchestra - Recurrence (Sono Luminus)
  • Laibach - Also Sprach Zarathustra (Mute)
  • Lau Nau - Poseidon (Final)
  • Andrew Liles - Diario De Un Monstruo (Dirter)
  • Drew McDowall - Unnatural Channel (Dais)
  • Morgen Wurde - Assassinous Act (Time Released Sound)
  • Jessica Moss - Pools Of Light (Constellation)
  • Nordic Affect - Raindamage (Sono Luminus)
  • Nurse With Wound - Kafka’s Parachute (Lenka Lente)
  • Saltland - A Common Truth (Constellation)
  • Kathleen Yearwood - This Guitar Is Wrecked parts 1 & 2 (Voice of the Turtle)
  • Kristeen Young - Live At The Witch’s Tit (s/r)

Carolyn

Here's to 2018!

My favorite albums of 2017

  • Yvonne & The No Regrets - Nothing Compares To You (S/R)
  • feedtime- Gas (In The Red)
  • Chrome Reverse - They Wanna Fight! (Mag Wheels)
  • Heavy Metal - LP2 (Static Age)
  • Mary Bell - Mary Bell (Danger)
  • Mark Cone - Now Showing (Neck Chop)
  • Proto Idiot - Leisure Opportunity (Slovenly)
  • Peter Perrett - How The West Was Won (Domino)
  • Taiwan Housing Project - Veblen Death Mask (Kill Rock Stars)
  • girlSperm - gSp (Thrilling Living)
  • David Nance - Do The Negative Boogie (Ba Da Bing!)

My favorite EPs of 2017

  • James Arthurís Manhunt - Staring At The Sun (Spacecase)
  • CTMF featuring The Dear Watson Sound - Billy Childish 45 Club (Damaged Goods)
  • Nots- Cruel Friend (Goner)
  • Lemonade- Pink (Thrilling Living)
  • Mommy Long Legs - Rock Product (Youth Riot)
  • Mozart - Nasty (Iron Lung)
  • Celebrity Handshake - Also Starring Celebrity Handshake as Celebrity Handshake (Eastern Prawn)
  • Zerodent - Soul Mender (Almost Ready)
  • Sex Crime - Song That You Love (No Front Teeth)
  • Johnny Moped - Catatonic (Damaged Goods)

My favorite reissues of 2017

  • Memphis Jug Band - American Epic: The Best of Memphis Jug Band (Third Man)
  • Sites Ní Sounds - The Night Is So Dark (Black Gladiator)
  • Neon - Neon (Water Wing)
  • Husker Du - Savage Young Du (Numero Group)
  • Slime - Controversial (Damaged Goods)
  • Cheater Slicks - Destination Lonely (Almost Ready)
  • Danny Burk & The Invaders - Ain't Going Nowhere (Certified PR)
  • Carsickness - 1979-1982 (Get Hip)
  • Debils - Debils (Static Age)
  • Bad Daddies- Over 30 Singles (Emotional Response)

My favorite live shows of 2017

  • feedtime - Hemlock Tavern
  • David Nance Band - El Rio and Octopus Literary Salon
  • My Name Is Joe - El Rio, Bender's, Hemlock Tavern, Make Out Room, etc.
  • Van Morrison - Fox Theater
  • Phantom Surfers - Ivy Room
  • Derv Gordon - Elbo Room
  • Nots - The Night Light
  • girlSperm - Octopus Literary Salon
  • Adam Ant - Masonic Auditorium
  • Mane - Hemlock Tavern and KALX Live

Cuppa Joe

FAVORITE RECORDS (in alphabetical order)

  • Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice (Matador)
  • Blitzen Trapper - Wild And Reckless (Lojinx)
  • Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger In The Alps (Dead Oceans)
  • Lila Downs - Salón, Lágrimas Y Deseo (Fluff & Gravy)
  • Robert Finley - Going Platinum (Easy Eye Sound)
  • Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway (Nonesuch)
  • Heron Oblivion - The Chapel (S/R)
  • Hills - Alive At Roadburn (Rocket)
  • Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Navigator (Ato)
  • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound (Thirty Tigers)
  • Kacy & Clayton - Siren's Song (New West)
  • Marble Party - Sometimes A Great Ocean (Floating)
  • Moon Duo - Occult Architecture Vol.1 (Sacred Bones)
  • Oh Sees - Orc (Castle Face)
  • Peter Perrett - How The West Was Won (Domino)
  • Queens Of The Stone Age - Villains (Matador)
  • Nadia Reid - Preservation (Basin Rock)
  • Sleaford Mods - English Tapas (Rough Trade)
  • Songhoy Blues - Resistance (Fat Possum)
  • Spoon - Hot Thoughts (Matador)
  • This Is The Kit - Moonshine Freeze (Rough Trade)
  • Thundercat - Drunk (Brainfeder)
  • Dale Watson & Ray Benson - Dale and Ray (Ameripolitan/Home)

FAVORITE REISSUES

  • Alice Coltrane - World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (Luaka Bop)
  • Husker Du - Savage Young Du (Numero Group)
  • Lift To Experience - The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads (Mute)
  • Lal & Mike Waterson - Bright Phoebus (Domino)
  • Wilco - Being There (Rhino)

FAVORITE SONG

  • Shotgun Superman by Marble Party from Sometimes A Great Ocean (Floating)

FAVORITE DEBUT

  • Vista Kicks - Booty Shakers Ball (Little Hook)

WHERE HAS THIS RECORD BEEN ALL MY LIFE MOMENT OF 2017

  • Bridget St. John - Ask Me No Questions (Elektra)

Curt Reply

So Many Great Albums/Songs, So Little Space. So here are my Top 26 songs! (In alphabetical order)

  • Bad Mannequins - "I Hate You" - Deny Til U Die, Pt. I (Spinnup)
  • Bad Nerves - “Dreaming” - single (National Anthem)
  • B Boys - "Discipline" - DADA (Captured Tracks)
  • Benjamin Gibbard - "December" - Bandwagonesque (Canvasback)
  • Bombpops - "Be Sweet" - Fear of Missing Out (Fat Wreck)
  • Damu the Fudgemunk - "Solitary Confinement" - Vignettes (Redefinition)
  • Richard Dawson - "Beggar" - Peasant (Weird World)
  • Diet Cig - "Sixteen" - Swear I'm Good at This (Frenchkiss)
  • Downtown Boys - "It Can't Wait" - Cost of Living (Subpop)
  • Flat Worms - "Goodbye Texas" - Flat Worms (Castle Face)
  • Coco Hames - "I Don't Wanna Go" - Coco Hames (Merge)
  • Jazz Spastiks - "Bubble Gum" - Scratch and Sniff (Jazz Plastik)
  • Neutrals - "24 Pictures of You" - Promotional Compact Disk (s/r)
  • Priests - "Appropriate" - Nothing Feels Natural (Sister Polygon)
  • Pokey LaFarge - "Riot in the Streets" - Manic Revelations (Rounder)
  • Proto Idiot - "Better Way of Life" - Leisure Opportunities (Slovenly)
  • Rascalton - "Lust" - single (Public Records)
  • Regrettes - "Hot" - Feel Your Feelings, Fool (Warner Bros.)
  • Repeat Repeat - "Everybody's Falling In Love" - Floral Canyon (Dangerbird)
  • Rolling Blackouts CF - "French Press" - The French Press (Sub Pop)
  • RPMs - “Oh My God” - single (Xtra Mile Recordings)
  • Dave Ruder - "Candy and Slice" - Qualms Rectified (Gold Bolus Recordings)
  • Songhoy Blues - "Mali Nord" - Resistance (Fat Possum)
  • Teenage Bottlerocket - "Back and Forth" - Stealing the Covers (Fat Wreck Records)
  • Touts - “Sold Out” - single (Hometown Records)
  • Truckstop Honeymoon - "Do You Really Have to Ask?" - Big Things and Little Things (S/R)

DangerVenture

Top 10 Debut Albums

  • Alex Napping - Mise En Place (Father/Daughter)
  • Molly Burch - Please Be Mine (Captured Tracks)
  • Cigarettes After Sex - S/T (Partisan)
  • The Big Moon - Love in the 4th Dimension (Columbia)
  • Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps (Dead Oceans)
  • Mura Masa - S/T (Polydor)
  • Kelly Lee Owens - S/T (Smalltown Supersound)
  • Priests - Nothing Feels Natural (Sister Polygon)
  • Sheer Mag - Need To Feel Your Love (Wilsun)
  • Moses Sumney - Aromantacism (Jagjaguwar)

Top 10 Local Releases

  • The Classical - Survival of the Softest (S/R)
  • Field Medic - Songs from the Sunroom (Run For Cover)
  • Giraffage - Too Real (Counter)
  • Jay Som - Everybody Works (Polyvinyl)
  • Kamaiyah - Before I Wake (S/R)
  • Lil B - Black Ken (BasedWorld)
  • Madeline Kenney - Night Night at the First Landing (Company)
  • The She’s - All Female Rock and Roll Quartet (Empty Cellar)
  • Sleepy Sun - Private Tales (Dine Alone)
  • SOB X RBE - S/T (S/R)

Top 10 Local Shows

  • Kyle Morton - Swedish American Hall, 1/4
  • King Woman - Starline Social Club, 2/17
  • Sigur Ros - Greek Theatre/Fox Theater, 4/8-9
  • Tycho - Greek Theatre, 6/30
  • The Decemberists - Fox Theater, 8/17
  • Manchester Orchestra - The Regency Ballroom, 9/16
  • Benjamin Booker - The Independent, 9/25
  • Pinegrove - Slims, 10/11
  • The Afghan Whigs - The Fillmore, 10/14
  • LCD Soundsystem - Bill Graham Civic, 11/14-15

DJ Masquatch

Best albums (in no order)

  • Darkest hour - Godless Prophets And The Migrant Flora (Southern Lord)
  • Idles - Brutalism (Balley)
  • Brutus - Burst (Sargent House)
  • Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss/Spun (Sargent House)
  • Hot Water Music - Light It Up (Rise)
  • Municipal Waste - Slime and Punishment (Nuclear Blast)
  • 3TEETH - Shutdown.exe (OMF)
  • Converge - Dusk In Us (Deathwish Inc)
  • King Woman - Created In The Image Of Suffering (Relapse)
  • Crusades - This Is A Sickness And Sickness Will End (Anxious And Angry)
  • Dead Cross - S/T (Ipecac)
  • Power Trip - Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
  • Godflesh - Post Self (Avalanche)
  • Mutoid Man - War Moans (Sargent House)
  • Pallbearer - Heartless (Profound Lore)

Best EPs

  • Perturbator - New Model (Blood Music)
  • <PIG> - Prey & Obey (Metropolis)

DJ Sev

Top 10 Albums

  • Gaby Hernandez - Spirit Reflection (Mr. Bongo)
  • Chicano Batman - Freedom is Free (ATO)
  • Dayme Arocena - Cubafonia (Brownswood)
  • Lord Echo - Harmonies (Soundway)
  • Washed Out - Mister Mellow (Stones Throw)
  • Ondatropica - Baile Bucanero (Soundway)
  • El Buho - Balance (Wonderwheel)
  • DJ Vadim & Blackstone - Double Sided (BBE)
  • Thundercat - Drunk (Brainfeeder)
  • Devra Yildirim & Grup Simsek - Nem Kaldi (Bongo Joe)

Top 5 Reissues

  • Gloria Barnes - I'll Call You Back Later (Remined)
  • Al Massrieen - Modern Music (Habibi Funk)
  • Sunny & The Sunliners - Mr. Brown Eyed Soul (Big Crown)
  • Grotto - At Last (Odion Livingstone)
  • The Visioneers - Dirty Old Hip Hop (BBE)

Top 5 Shows (ordered chronologically)

  • Chicano Batman - The Fillmore, March 3rd
  • Mexrissey - Brooklyn Bowl, May 5th
  • Dan the Automator, Qbert, Del the Funky Homosapien, Shortkut, Mophono - The Great Northern, May 18th
  • Moodymann - Phoenix Hotel, September 24th
  • Solange, Flying Lotus, Earl Sweatshirt - Greek Theater, October 20th

DJ Twinkle

20 Favorites from 2017

  • Ali Beletic - Legends of These Lands Left to Live (Lightning Records)
  • Ani DiFranco - Binary (Righteous Babe)
  • Cherry Glazer - Apocalipstick (Secretly Canadian)
  • Chicago Afrobeat Orchestra, featuring Tony Allen - What Goes Up (S/R)
  • Chicano Batman - Freedom is Free (ATO Records)
  • Everyone is Dirty - My Neon's Dead (S/R)
  • Femme Deadly Venom - Planet Femme (S/R)
  • Happy Hollows - Concordia (S/R)
  • Jen Cloher - S/T (Marathon Artists)
  • Jessica Hoop - Memories are Now (Sub Pop)
  • LADAMA - S/T (Six Degrees Records)
  • Mane - Alpha Female (S/R)
  • Not You - Misty (Fundog)
  • Oddisee - The Iceberg (Mello Music Group)
  • Onzy Ozzborne - c v p i i d (S/R)
  • The Regrettes - Feel Your Feelings Fool (Warner Bros.)
  • Shannon Moser - Oh, My Heart (Lame-O Records)
  • Snow Angel - S/T (S/R)
  • Substantial - The Past is Always Present in the Future (Hipnott Records)
  • This is the Kit - Moonshine Freeze (Rough Trade)

E. Lit

Favorite Albums of 2017

  • Billy Woods – Known Unknowns (Backwoodz Studioz) 
  • Kristoff Krane – Kairos Pt. 1 (F I X) 
  • Ecid – How To Fake Your Own Death (Fill In the Breaks) 
  • Braxton Cook – Somewhere In Between (Fresh Selects) 
  • Likwuid & 2 Hungry Bros – Fay Grim (HiPNOTT) 
  • P.O.S. – Chill, Dummy (Doomtree) 
  • Eliot Lipp – Skywave (Young Heavy Souls) 
  • Milo – Who Told You To Think??!!?!?!?! (Ruby Yacht) 
  • The Funk Junkie – Moondirt (self-released) 
  • Onry Ozzborn – c v p ii d (self-released)

15 Other Great Albums/EPs That E. Lit Enjoyed in 2017 

  • Blockhead – Funeral Balloons (Backwoodz Studioz) 
  • ChanHays – Here (Droppin’ Science) 
  • Charlotte Dos Santos – Cleo (Fresh Selects)
  • Coolzey & Fresh Kils – Kilzey (Public School)  
  • Danny Watts – Black Boy Meets World (Authors Recording Co)
  • Duncecap – Rapping Is for Idiots (We Are the Karma Kids) 
  • Jazz Spastiks – Scratch & Sniff (Jazz Plastik) 
  • Jonwayne – Rap Album Two (Authors Recording Co) 
  • Lt. Headtrip – Comedy of the Filthbeast (We Are the Karma Kids)
  • Mega Ran – Extra Credit (RandomBeats)
  • New Venusians – New Venusians (Fresh Selects) 
  • Shredders – Dangerous Jumps (Doomtree)
  • Sixo – The Odds of Free Will (Fake Four Inc) 
  • Stono Echo – Black Diamonds (Full Plate) 
  • Substantial – The Past Is Always Present In the Future (HiPNOTT)

Eleven

New Releases I Had the Most Fun Playing on KALX in 2017

  • Tony Allen – The Source (Blue Note)
  • Amendola vs Blades – Greatest Hits (Sazi)
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Lovely Creatures: Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 1984-2014 (Mute)
  • Cazyapjazz – Sehnaz Delirdi (Anason)
  • Cold Beat - Chaos By Invitation (Crime on the Moon)
  • Crimpshrine – Free Box (Numero)
  • Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta – Fonografic (Electric Cowbell)
  • Downtown Boys – Cost of Living (SubPop)
  • Funkadelic – Reworked By Detroiters (Westbound)
  • Horrible-Adorable – Caprice! (Hovercraft)
  • Hüsker Dü – Savage Young Dü (Numero)
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Soul of A Woman (Daptone)
  • Ladama – Ladama (Six Degrees)
  • Ted Leo – The Hanged Man (S/R)
  • Mastodon – Emperor of Sand (Reprise)
  • Motörhead – Under Cover (Silver Lining)
  • Myrrors – Hasta La Victoria (Beyond Beyond is Beyond)
  • Lee Perry – Super Ape Returns to Conquer (Subatomic)
  • Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded re-issue (Warner)
  • Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent (Mute)
  • Rancid – Trouble Maker (Hellcat)
  • Replacements – For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s (Sire)
  • Side Eyes – So Sick (In the Red)
  • Sleater-Kinney – Live in Paris (SubPop)
  • Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black (Anti-)
  • Tinariwen – Elwan (Anti-)
  • V/A – Nigeria Soul Fever (Soul Jazz) 

Fernando

Fernando's 50 Favorite Songs

  1. Patience - "White Of An Eye" White Of An Eye (Night School)
  2. Makthaverskan - "In My Dreams" III (Luxury)
  3. Sacred Paws - "Everyday" Strike A Match (Rock Action)
  4. Vagabon - "The Embers" Infinite Worlds (Father/Daughter)
  5. Chastity Belt - "What the Hell" I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone (Hardly Art)
  6. Who Is She? - "Top 8" Seattle Gossip (Father/Daughter)
  7. Sea Blite - "Cerulean" Sea Blite (Death Records)
  8. Sneaks - "Hair Slick Back" It's A Myth (Merge)
  9. The Coathangers - "Parasite" Parasite (Suicide Squeeze)
  10. Camp Cope - "Keep Growing" Camp Cope / Cayetana Split (Poison City)
  11. French Vanilla - "Evolution Of A Friendship" French Vanilla (Danger Collective)
  12. Las Pinas - "Crucero Caribe" Pisa De Fuego (Buen Dia)
  13. Fazerdaze - "Lucky Girl" Morningside (Flying Nun)
  14. And Gone - "Shine" Totaled (S/R)
  15. Burnt Palms - "Touch The Sun (alternate)" 02/18/17 (WWNBB)
  16. Cold Beat - "Strawberry Moon" Chaos By Invitation (Crime On The Moon)
  17. Gomme - "My Heart Is A Wall" Hiss (Black Totem)
  18. Baus - "AntiSocial" Secret Bathroom Recordings (S/R)
  19. Seapony - "What's Gonna Happen" Be Here Again (S/R)
  20. Shiny Times - "Not True" Secret Memos (S/R)
  21. Horrible/Adorable - "Caprice!" Caprice! (Hover Craft)
  22. Rays - "Lost In A Cage" (Trouble In Mind)
  23. Palberta - "Pick Up The Phone" Bye Bye Berta (Wharf Cat)
  24. The World - "Loser" First World Record (Upset The Rhythm)
  25. The Sticks - "Shore" Why Bother (Faux Discx)
  26. Mini Dresses - "You're A Statue Standing In The Rain" Mini Dresses (S/R)
  27. Girl Ray - "Just Like That" Earl Grey (Moshi Moshi)
  28. Rat Fancy - "Five Fingers" Suck A Lemon (HHBTM)
  29. Shifters - "A Believer" A Believer (Market Square)
  30. Bearcats - "Gutter Pussy" No Friends (Lost State)
  31. Shannon Lay - "The Moons Detriment" Living Water (Woodsist)
  32. Colleen - "The Stars vs Creatures" A Flame My Love A Frequency (Thrill Jockey)
  33. Foie Gras - "Devotee" Devotee (S/R)
  34. Cadiecowden - "Scapegoat" Deperson (S/R)
  35. Mane - "Bloodstone" Alpha Female (Digital Regress)
  36. SOAR - "Fatigue" Dark / Gold (Salinas)
  37. Aye Nako - "Nightcrawler" Silver Haze (Don Giovanni)
  38. Street Eaters - "Means" The Envoy (Nervous Intent)
  39. Kids On A Crime Spree - "Surgical Lights" Our Love (Emotional Response)
  40. My Light Shines For You - "That Kind of Boy" My Light Shines For You EP (Cloudberry)
  41. Strange Relations - "Say You" Editorial You (Tiny Engines)
  42. The Paranoyds - "Freak Out" Eat Their Own (S/R)
  43. Parsnip - "Health" Parsnip 7" (Anti Fade)
  44. Sobs - "Girl" Catflap (S/R)
  45. Cayetana - "Mesa" New Kind Of Normal (Plum)
  46. Otzi - "Magpie" Ghosts (Bat-Cave Productions)
  47. The Courtneys - "Frankie" II (Flying Nun)
  48. Nots - "Cruel Friend" Cruel Friend (Goner)
  49. The Hayman Kupa Band - "No More Bombs" The Hayman Kupa Band (Fika)
  50. Annabel Lee - "Coffee, Coffee" Wallflowers (Luik)

Hella Bent

Hella Bent’s (formerly 4chan) top picks for 2017

Favorite Albums of 2017

  • Big Thief - Capacity (Saddle Creek)
  • Perfume Genius - No Shape (Matador)
  • Chastity Belt - I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone (Hardly Art)
  • Jay Som - Everybody Works (Polyvinyl)
  • Cold Beat - Chaos by Invitation (Crime on the Moon)
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff - The Navigator (ATO)
  • Sneaks - It’s a Myth (Merge)
  • ADULT. - Detroit House Guests (Mute)
  • Kelela - Take Me Apart (Warp)
  • Various - Cold Waves of color vol. 4 (Color Tapes)
  • Priests - Nothing Feels Natural (Sister Polygon)
  • Florist - If Blue Could be Happiness (Double double Whammy)
  • The World - First World Record (Upset the Rhythm) 

Some songs that affected me very deeply in 2017

  • Cold Beat - “In Motion” - Chaos by Invitation (Crime on the Moon)
  • Chastity Belt - “Different Now” - I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone (Hardly Art)
  • Hamilton Leithauser, Angel Olsen - “Heartstruck - Wild Hunger [single]” (Glassnote)
  • Michael Nau - “Good Thing” - Some Twist (Suicide Squeeze)
  • Savage Hymn - “La Vida Sigue Igual” - La Vida Sigue Igual (Dark Entries)
  • Little Dragon - “Celebrate” - Season High (Loma Vista)
  • Bezier - “Imperial Tranz-Am” - Primes (Dark Entries)
  • Chelsea Wolfe - “16 Psyche” Hiss Spun (Sargent House)
  • Drab Majesty - “39 by Design” - The Demonstration (Dais)
  • Aldous Harding - “Imagining my Man” - Party (4AD)
  • Girlpool - “It Gets More Blue” - Powerplant (Anti-)
  • Arms of Someone New - “Song for Krista” - Susan Sleepwalking (Dark Entries)
  • Goldfrapp - “Moon in your Mouth” - Silver Eye (Mute)
  • Japanese Breakfast - “Boyish” - Soft Sounds from Another Planet (Dead Oceans)
  • (Sandy) Alex G - “Powerful Man” - Rocket (Domino)

Home Alone

Five Albums

  • Cornelius - Mellow Waves (Rostrum)
  • Richard Dawson - Peasant (Weird World)
  • Chuck Johnson - Balsams (VDSQ)
  • David Nance - Negative Boogie (Ba Da Bing)
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid (Western Vinyl)

Five Reissues/Compilations

  • Can - Singles (Spoon)
  • Midori Takada - Through the Looking Glass (Palto Flats)
  • Various Artists - Even a Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock, 1969-1973 (Light in the Attic)
  • Various Artists - Outro Tempo: Electronic and Contemporary Music from Brazil, 1978-1992 (Music From Memory)
  • Yasuaki Shimizu - Kakashi (Palto Flats)

Four Shows

  • Martin Creed - The Lab (San Francisco, CA), March 17
  • David Nance - Octopus Literary Salon (Oakland, CA), October 10
  • Michael “Blackie” O’Connell - McGann’s Pub, (Doolin, Ireland), May 24
  • Ashley Bellouin - Mare Island Shoreline Preserve (Vallejo, CA), February 11

Leftfield Lance

7"

  • Andy Human and the Reptoids - Pee-Pee EP(Goodbye Boozy)
  • BB Eye - Texas Chainsaw Masscara (Fish)
  • Marbled Eye - EP2 (Digital Regress)
  • Mick Trouble - It's The Mick Trouble EP (Emotional Response)
  • Mozart - Nasty (Iron Lung)
  • Preening - Beeters (Digital Regress)
  • Sarcasm - Malarial Bog (Static Shock)
  • Shifters - A Believer (Market Square)
  • Skiftande Enheter - 4 Spars (Levande Begravd)
  • Suburban Homes - Unemployed (Total Punk)

12"

  • David Nance - Negative Boogie (Ba Da Bing!)
  • Duds - Of a Nature or Degree (Castle Face)
  • Flat Worms - S/T (Castle Face)
  • No Sister - Second Floor (S/R)
  • Omni - Multi-Task (Trouble in Mind)
  • Rays - S/T (Trouble in Mind)
  • Structure - S/T (Harbinger Sound)
  • The World - First World Record (Lumpy)

Cassettes / Demos / Digital, etc.

  • Blank Statements - Signs are Rampant (Hobbies Galore)
  • Collate - Material Inspection (S/R)
  • Minerals - S/T (S/R)
  • Moving Maps - Eyes to Meet (S/R)
  • Neon - S/T (Thrilling Living)
  • Neutrals - Promotional Cassette 2 (S/R)
  • Pill - Aggressive Advertising (Dull Tools)

Madame X

Madame X’s 10 Favorite Albums of 2017

  1. Arian Saleh - Antoinette (S/R)
  2. Ibeyi - Ash (XL)
  3. Portugal. The Man - Woodstock (Atlantic)
  4. Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas - Telephone/Telefono (Instant)
  5. Yasmine Hamdan - Al Jamilat (Hamdanistan/Crammed Discs)
  6. Hurray for the Riff Raff - The Navigator (ATO)
  7. Eljuri - La Lucha (Independent/Manovill)
  8. Zola Jesus - Okovi (Sacred Bones)
  9. Ibibio Sound Machine - Uyai (Merge)
  10. Rural Alberta Advantage - The Wild (Saddle Creek)

Madame X’s 10 Favorite Songs Not on Her Top 10 Albums of 2017

  • Bonobo - “Kerala” - Migration (Ninja Tune)
  • Goran Bregovic with Rachid Taha - “Sos” - Three Letters From Sarajevo (Wrasse)
  • Chinese Man - “Malad” - Shikantaza (Chinese Man)
  • Emel - “Ensen Dhaif” - Ensen (Partisan)
  • The Mountain Goats - “Rain in Soho” - Goths (Merge)
  • Overcoats - “Leave the Light on” - Young (Arts & Crafts)
  • The Old 97s - “Good with God” - Graveyard Whistling (ATO)
  • Sylvan Esso - “Radio” - What Now (Loma Vista)
  • Tinariwen - “Imidiwan n-akall-in” - Elwan (Epitaph)
  • Wolf Parade - “Lazarus Online” - Cry Cry Cry (Sub Pop)

Majority Whip

Majority Whip's Favorite 2017 Albums, Alphabetized

  • Gaye Su Akyol - Hologram İmparatorluğu (Glitterbeat)
  • Tony Allen - The Source (Blue Note)
  • Arca - Arca (XL)
  • Battle of Santiago - La Migra (Made with Pencil Crayons)
  • Jaimie Branch - Fly or Die (IARC)
  • Brooklyn Raga Massive - Terry Riley in C (Northern Spy)
  • Camille - Ouï (Balulalo)
  • Clark - Death Peak (Warp)
  • Jane Antonia Cornish - Into Silence (Innova)
  • Grant Cutler - Self Portrait (Innova)
  • Cornelius Duffalo- Journaling 2 (Innova)
  • Ensemble, et al. - The Slow Reveal (Imaginator)
  • Equiknoxx - ColÛn Man (DDS)
  • Flat Worms - Flat Worms (Castle Face)
  • Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble - Return (Innova)
  • Stanley Grill- At the Center of All Things (Innova)
  • Grooms - Exit Index (Western Vinyl)
  • Andy Haas - Taballah II (Resonant Music)
  • Hauschka - What If (Temporary Residence)
  • Ibibio Sound Machine - Uyai (Merge)
  • Jlin - Black Origami (Planet Mu)
  • Marcel Khalife and Mahmoud Darwish - Andalusia of Love (Nagam)
  • Kendrick Lamar - Damn (Top Dawg)
  • La Misa Negra - La Misa Negra (Nam Entertainment)
  • Arto Lindsay - Cuidado Madame (Northern Spy)
  • Luka Productions - Fasokan (Sahel Sounds)
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition - Agrima (S/R)
  • Man Forever - Play What They Want (Thrill Jockey)
  • Midnight Sister - Saturn Over Sunset (Jagjaguwar)
  • Juana Molina - Halo (Crammed Discs)
  • Monster Rally & Rumtum - MR&RT EP (Gold Robot)
  • Moon Duo - Occult Architecture (Sacred Bones)
  • Gaby Moreno- Ilusion (Metamorfosis)
  • Zeena Parkins - Three Harps, Tuning Forks & Electronics (Good Child)
  • Robot Koch & Savannah Jo Lack - Particle Fields (Trees & Cyborgs)
  • Run The Jewels - RTJ3 (S/R)
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid (Western Vinyl)
  • Alan Sondheim, Azure Carter, and Luke Damrosch - Limit (Public Eyesore)
  • Visible Cloaks - Reassemblage (RVNG Int'l)

McGee

Favorite Albums/Reissues From 2017

  1. Slowdive - S/T (Dead Oceans)
  2. Laura Marling - Semper Femina (More Alarming Records)
  3. The Horrors - V (Wolf Tone)
  4. Alfa Mist - Antiphon (Pinkbird Recording Co.)
  5. Ambrose Akinmusire - A Rift In Decorum: Live At The Village Vanguard (Blue Note)
  6. Oddisee - The Iceberg (Mellow Music Group)
  7. Zara McFarlane - Arise (Brownswood Recordings)
  8. Alice Coltrane - World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (Luaka Bop)
  9. Boogarins - Lá Vem A Morte (OAR)
  10. St. Vincent - Masseduction (Loma Vista)
  11. Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau - S/T (Nonesuch)
  12. Zola Jesus - Okovi (Sacred Bones)
  13. Vijay Iyer Sextet - Far From Over (ECM)
  14. Ensemble, et al. - The Slow Reveal (Imaginator)
  15. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid (Western Vinyl)
  16. Perfume Genius - No Shape (Matador)
  17. Blanck Mass - World Eater (Sacred Bones)
  18. Tinariwen - Elwan (Epitaph)
  19. Esmerine - Mechanics Of Dominion (Constellation)
  20. Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives (Warp)

Meaty Paws

Songs that made Radio Great Again in 2017

  1. Whiskey Gentry - "Rock and Roll Band" - Dead Ringer (Pitch A Tent)
  2. Nikki Lane - "700,000 Rednecks" - Highway Queen (New West)
  3. Lisa Leblanc - "Could You Wait 'Til I've Had My Coffee?" - Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen? (Bonsound)
  4. William C Beeley - "Little Wheel Spin and Spin & Co'Dine" - Gallivantin' (Tompkins Square)
  5. Truckstop Honeymoon - "Big Things and Little Things" - Big Things and Little Things (S/R)
  6. Old 97's - "Jesus Loves You" - Graveyard Whistling (ATO)
  7. Luke Warm and the Cool Hands - "Ramshackle Shack" - What Makes You Happy (S/R)
  8. Private Investigators - "Don't You Know My Love Is Free" - The Case Files of the Private Investigators Reopened (Prize Fighter)
  9. Roy Orbison with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - "You Got It" - A Love So Beautiful (Sony)
  10. Neil Young - "My Pledge" - Peace Trail (Reprise)
  11. Nashville Colonel and His Fabulous Band - "Nashville-Centric Boogie" - COLONEL (KFC)
  12. Up and Down - "Down It Goes" - Hell Of A Time (S/R)
  13. Deborah Crooks - "Make This House" - Beauty Everywhere (S/R)
  14. Laura Benitez - "Imitation Of You" - KALX Live! (KALX)
  15. Pokey Lafarge - "Wellington" - Manic Revelations (Rounder)
  16. Cash Box Kings - "Build That Wall" - Royal Mint (Alligator)
  17. Aki Kumar - "Back to Bombay" - Aki Goes To Bollywood (Little Village Foundation)
  18. Sera Cahoone - "Time To Give" - From Where I Started (Lady Muleskinner)
  19. Old Crow Medicine Show - "I Want You" - 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde (Columbia)
  20. Kevin Fisher - "Last Call" - Beer Me (37)
  21. Elena Setien - "Rosilido" - Dreaming of Earthly Things (Yellowbird)
  22. Liminanas - "Kostas" - Malamore (Hozac)
  23. Roselit Bone - "Dreamless Sleep" - On The Run, Jenny Don't single (S/R)
  24. Greg Ashley - "A Sea Of Suckers" - Pictures of Saint Paul (Trouble In Mind)
  25. Dale Watson and Ray Benson - "Bus Breakdown" - Dale and Ray (Ameripolitan/Home)
  26. Steve Earle and the Dukes - "The Firebreak Line" - So You Wannabe An Outlaw (Warner)
  27. Soozee Hwang and the Realistics - "Creator of the Universe" - Accordion Babes 2017 Album (S/R)
  28. Nickel Slots - "Garberville" - Five Miles Gone (S/R)
  29. Hyperdrive Kittens - "Child Of The Night" - Back To The Alley (Whip N Cream)
  30. Brother Spellbinder - "Rolling River" - KALX Live! (KALX)
  31. Lynn McCracken - "I Wrote You A Letter" - Acoustic Rainbow Roots Vol 46 (Poetman)
  32. Front Country - "Millionaire" - Other Love Songs (Organic)
  33. The Wild Reeds - "Fix You Up" - The World We Built (Dualtone)
  34. Mayya And The Revolutionary Hell Yeah! - "Phone Is Dying" - Open Minds Open Minds (S/R)
  35. Gravel Spreaders - "When The Saints Go Marching In" - KALX Live! (KALX)
  36. Little Tortuga - "City By The Sea" - Scotch Hollow (S/R)
  37. Julia Jacklin - "Coming Of Age" - Don't Let the Kids Win (Polyvinyl)
  38. The Warning - "XXI Century Blood" - XXI Century Blood (S/R)
  39. The Ogres - "Uh Huh" - Uh Huh (Hillsdale)
  40. Tennis - "Ladies Don't Play Guitar" - Yours Unconditional (Mutually Detrimental)

Thanks to all the artists who appeared LIVE on the air with me

  • Annie Bacon And Her Oshen
  • Laura Benitez
  • Brother Spellbinder
  • The Clarences
  • Deborah Crooks
  • Aireene Espiritu
  • Flim Flam
  • The Gravel Spreaders
  • Nathan Jones and the Sloe Sippers
  • Muchacho Mandanga
  • Penny Opry (Joannie)
  • Maurice Tani and Mike Anderson
  • Frank Martin's Advanced U.C. Jazz Combo
  • Up and Down
  • Yours Truly Michelle

Megasoup

So Much Good Music Again This Year. Here Are My Favorites, by the Dozen...

12 Fantastic New International & Reggae Music releases of 2017

  • Tony Allen - The Source (Blue Note)
  • Antibalas - Where The Gods Are In Peace (Daptone)
  • Ariwo - Ariwo (Manana)
  • Orchestra Baobab - Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit)
  • Gamelan Beleganjur and the Music of the Ngaben Funerary Ritual in Bali - The Gamelan of the Walking Warriors (Akuphone)
  • Kondi Band - Salone (Strut)
  • Orchestre Les Mangalepa - Last Band Standing (Strut)
  • Juana Molina - Halo (Crammed Discs)
  • Lee "Scratch" Perry & Subatomic Sound System - Super Ape Returns To Conquer (Subatomic Sound)
  • Quantic & Nidia Gongora - Curao (Tru Thoughts)
  • Sound Species & Ache Meyi - S/T (Manana)
  • Msafiri Zawose - Uhamiaji (Soundway)

12 Superb International and Reggae Reissues & Previously Unreleased Archival Gems

  • Baba Zula - XX (Glitterbeat)
  • Charles Duvelle & Hisham Mayet - The Photgraphs of Charles Duvelle - Disques OCORA and Collection PROPHET (Sublime Frequencies)
  • Serge Gainsbourg & Jean-Claude Vannier - Les Chemins du Kathmandu (Finders Keepers)
  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Shahen Shah (Realworld)
  • George Mukabi - Furaha Wenye Gita (Mississippi/Change).
  • Daniel Schmidt and the Berkeley Gamelan - In My Arms, Many Flowers (Recital)
  • Barney Wilen - Moshi (SouffleContinu)
  • Various Artists - Air Africa (Aziza Disques)
  • Various Artists - Saigon Supersound Volume 1 (Saigon Supersound)
  • Various Artists - Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From The Horn Of Africa (Ostinato)
  • Various Artists - Version Dread (Studio One)
  • Various Artists - Zaire 74 (Wrasse)

12 Excellent Electronic Albums from 2017

  • Ashan - Air & Ether (Elestial Sound)
  • Brainwaltzera - Poly-Ana (Film Recordings)
  • Daniel Brandt - Eternal Something (Erased Tapes)
  • David Edren - Electronic Gamelan Music (Social Harmony)
  • Forest Swords - Compassion (Ninja Tune)
  • Fourtet - New Energy (Text)
  • The Future Sound of London - Archived : Environmental : Views  (fsoldigital.com)
  • Gas - Narkopop (Kompakt)
  • Andy Haas - Taballah II (Resonant)
  • Richard Horowitz - Eros in Arabia (Freedom to Spend)
  • Jan Jelinek - Loop-Finding Jazz Records (Faitiche)
  • Phantom Horse - Als ob (Umor Rex)

12 Lovely Ambient Albums from 2017

  • Benoit Pioulard - Lignin Poise (Beacon Sound)
  • Channelers - Slow Leaf Spell (Inner Islands)
  • Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society - Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society (Six Degrees)
  • Brian Eno - Reflection (Warp)
  • Inner Travels - Sea of Leaves (Inner Islands)
  • Chuck Johnson - Balsams (Vin du Select Qualitite)
  • Gregg Kowalsky - L'Orange, L'Orange (Mexican Summer)
  • Guenter Schlienz - Sterne Über Der Stadt (Pantheophania)
  • Secret Pyramid - Two Shadows Collide (Ba Da Bing)
  • Pauline Anna Strom - Trans-Millenia Music (Rvng Intl)
  • Various Artists - Space, Energy & Light - Experimental Electronic And Acoustic Soundscapes 1961 - 88 (Soul Jazz)
  • Various Artists - The Microcosm: Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-1986 (Light in the Attic)

12 Wonderful Post-Rock / Experimental / Avant-Garde / Jazz / Miscellaneous Releases from 2017

  • Bing & Ruth - No Home of the Mind (4AD)
  • Bitchin' Bajas - Fresh (Drag City)
  • Colleen - A Flame, My Love, A Frequency (Thrill Jockey)
  • Cornelius - Mellow Waves (Warner Music Japan)
  • Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions (Constellation)
  • Ensemble Et Al - The Slow Reveal (Imaginator)
  • Esmerine - Mechanics of Dominion (Constellation)
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian Towers (Constellation)
  • Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble - Return (Innova)
  • Hauschka - What If (Temporary Residence)
  • Joe Henderson – The Elements (Fantasy)
  • X.Y.R. - Labyrinth  (Not Not Fun)

12 Great Song-Oriented Albums from 2017

  • Acetone – 1992-2001 (Light in the Attic)
  • Bedouine - Bedouine (Spacebomb)
  • The Bye Bye Blackbirds - Take Out The Poison (Bye Bye Blackbirds Recordings)
  • Can – The Singles (Spoon/Mute)
  • The Clientele – Music for the Age of Miracles (Merge)
  • Once & Future Band - S/T (Castle Face)
  • Tara Jane O'Neil - Tara Jane O'Neil (Gnomonsong)
  • Slowdive - Slowdive (Dead Oceans
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid (Western Vinyl)
  • Fletcher Tucker - Cold Spring (Gnome Life)
  • Wooden Wand - Clipper Ship (Three Lobed)
  • Neil Young – Hitchhiker (Reprise)

Microtone

2017 Albums that spoke to me without uttering a word

  • Lav & Purl - A State of Becoming (A Strangely Isolated Place)
  • Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society - S/T (Six Degrees)
  • Bing and Ruth - No Home of the Mind (4AD)
  • Hauschka - What If (Temporary Residence)
  • Los Angeles Percussion Quartet - Beyond (Sono Luminus)
  • X.Y.R. - Labyrinth (Not Not Fun)
  • Chuck Johnson - Balsams (VDSQ)
  • Tony Allen - The Source (Blue Note)
  • Jane Antonia Cornish - Into Silence (Innova)
  • Esmerine - Mechanics of Dominion (Constellation)
  • Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble - Return (Innova)
  • Ensemble, et al. - The Slow Reveal (Imaginator)

Voluble mentionables

  • Nicholas Payton - Afro-Caribbean Mixtape (Paytone)
  • Saltland - A Common Truth (Constellation)
  • Juana Molina - Halo (Crammed Discs)
  • Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble - Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (For Practically Everyone)
  • Ariwo - Ariwo (Manana)
  • Algiers - Underside of Power (Matador)
  • Cornelius - Mellow Waves (Warner Japan/Rostrum)
  • EMA - Exile in the Outer Ring (City Slang)
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid (Western Vinyl)
  • Colleen - A Flame My Love, A Frequency (Thrill Jockey)
  • Sharon Jones - Soul of a Woman (Daptone)

Unearthed archives and fond recollections

  • Midori Takada & Masahiko Satoh - Lunar Cruise (WRWTFWW)
  • Alice Coltrane - The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (Luaka Bop)
  • Various Artists - Even a Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973 (Light in the Attic)
  • Can - The Singles (Spoon)
  • Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira Symphonic Suite (Milan)

Poindexter

Albums that pleased me in 2017, alphabetically

  • Alvvays - Antisocialites (Polyvinyl)
  • Chastity Belt - I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone (Hardly Art)
  • Jen Cloher - Jen Cloher (Milk!)
  • Cold Beat - Chaos By Invitation (Crime on the Moon)
  • Colleen - A Flame My Love, a Frequency (Thrill Jockey)
  • Downtown Boys - Cost of Living (Sub Pop)
  • Flat Worms - Flat Worms (Castle Face)
  • French Vanilla - French Vanilla (Danger Collective)
  • Girlpool - Powerplant (Anti-)
  • Jay Som - Everybody Works (Polyvinyl)
  • Omni - Multi-task (Trouble in Mind)
  • SOAR - Dark/Gold (Father/Daughter)
  • Timber Timbre - Sincerely, Future Pollution (City Slang)
  • Unity - Unity (Digital Regress)
  • The World - First World Record (Upset The Rhythm)

Songs that pleased me in 2017, alphabetically

  • Alvvays - “Plimsoll Punks” - Antisocialites (Polyvinyl)
  • Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - “Untogether” - Lotta Sea Lice (Matador)
  • B Boys - “Discipline” - Dada (Captured Tracks)
  • Beach Fossils - “This Year” - Somersault (Bayonet)
  • Chastity Belt - “Different Now” - I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone (Hardly Art)
  • Jen Cloher - “Sensory Memory” - Jen Cloher (Milk!)
  • Cold Beat - “62 Moons” - Chaos By Invitation (Crime on the Moon)
  • Colleen - “Winter Dawn” - A Flame My Love, a Frequency (Thrill Jockey)
  • Downtown Boys - “A Wall” - Cost of Living (Sub Pop)
  • Escape-ism - “Rome Wasn’t Burnt in a Day” - Introduction to Escape-ism (Merge)
  • Flat Worms - “Red Hot Sand” - Flat Worms (Castle Face)
  • French Vanilla - “Carrie” - French Vanilla (Danger Collective)
  • Girlpool - “It Gets More Blue” - Powerplant (Anti-)
  • Girl Ray - “Just Like That” - Earl Grey (Moshi Moshi)
  • Grandaddy - “Way We Won’t” - Last Place (30th Century)
  • Horrible/Adorable - “Penpal” - Caprice! (Hovercraft)
  • Jay Som - “Everybody Works” - Everybody Works (Polyvinyl)
  • Kids on a Crime Spree - “Surgical Lights” - Our Love (Emotional Response)
  • Mane - “Dying on the Vine” - Alpha Female (Digital Regress)
  • Juana Molina - “Paraguaya” - Halo (Crammed Discs)
  • Omni - “Equestrian” - Multi-task (Trouble in Mind)
  • Ariel Pink - “Feels Like Heaven” - Dedicated to Bobby Jameson (Kemado)
  • Priests - “Jj” - Nothing Feels Natural (Polygon)
  • Rat Columns - “Someone Else’s Dream” - Candle Power (Upset the Rhythm)
  • Rat Fancy - “Five Fingers” - Suck a Lemon (HHBTM)
  • Sea Blite - “Cerulean” - Sea Blite (Death)
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - “To Follow & Lead” - The Kid (Western Vinyl)
  • Sneaks - “Looks Like That” - It’s a Myth (Merge)
  • SOAR - “Secret Santa” - Dark/Gold (Father/Daughter)
  • Terry Malts - “Cheap Mimicry” - Our Love (Emotional Response)
  • Timber Timbre - “Western Questions” - Sincerely, Future Pollution (City Slang)
  • Unity - “Days” - Unity (Digital Regress)
  • Washer - “Dog Go Bark” - All Aboard (Exploding in Sound)
  • Why? - “One Mississippi” - Moh Lhean (Joyful Noise)
  • The World - “Ghost Town” - First World Record (Upset The Rhythm)

Pop Goes The Weasel

Favorite Songs of 2017

  • Alvvays - "Your Type" - Antisocialites (Polyvinyl)
  • Michelle Blades - "Most of the Time" - Premature Love Songs (Midnight Special)
  • Cornelius - "Helix//Spiral" - Mellow Waves (Rostrum)
  • French Vanilla - "Honesty" - S/T (Danger Collective)
  • Funk Junkie - You & Me" - Moondirt (S/R)
  • I.L.Y.s - "Wash My Hands Shorty" - Bodyguard (Third Worlds)
  • Japanese Breakfast -"Diving Woman" - Soft Sounds From Another Planet (Dead Oceans)
  • Magnetic Fields - "'93 Me and Fred and Dave and Ted" - 50 Song Memoir (Nonesuch)
  • Meklit - "You Are My Luck" - When the People Move the Music Moves Too (Six Degrees)
  • Midnite Snaxxx - "Attitude" - Chew on This! (Pelican Pow Wow)
  • Perfume Genius - "Slip Away" - No Shape (Matador)
  • Pow! - "Back on the Grid" - Crack an Egg (Castle Face)
  • Shredders - "Wolfs" - S/T (Doomtree)

Favorite Reissue

  • Claude Lombard - Chante (Disques Jacques Canetti)

 

Pupshaw

PUPSHAW’S INCREDIBLY BIASED GUIDE TO NEW RELEASES AND REISSUES 2K17

BEST NEW ALBUMS

  • Priests - Nothing Feels Natural (Polygon)
  • Thundercat - Drunk (Brainfeeder)
  • Pharmakon - Contact (Sacred Bones)
  • Sneaks - It’s a Myth (Merge)
  • Ibibio Sound Machine - Uyai (Merge)
  • Magnetic Fields - 50 Song Memoir (Nonesuch)
  • Slowdive - Slowdive (Dead Oceans)
  • Wire - Silver/Lead (Pink Flag)
  • Moon Duo - Occult Architecture Vols. 1 & 2 (Sacred Bones)
  • Mux Mool - Implied Lines (Young Heavy Souls)
  • Shabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star (Sub Pop)
  • Mane - Alpha Female (S/R)
  • Midnight Sister - Saturn Over Sunset (Jagjaguwar)
  • Side Eyes - So Sick (In The Red)
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & The Subatomic Sound System - Super Ape Returns To Conquer (Subatomic Sound)
  • Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun (Sargent House)
  • Protomartyr - Relatives In Descent (Domino)
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid (Western Vinyl)
  • Lapalux - Ruinism (Brainfeeder)
  • Fever Ray - Plunge (Rabid)
  • L.A. Witch - S/T (Suicide Squeeze)
  • Zola Jesus - Okovi (Sacred Bones)
  • Stacian - Person L (Night School)

BEST REISSUES/COLLECTIONS OF OLD STUFF/ETC

  • Elliot Smith - Either/Or (Kill Rock Stars/Universal)
  • Buzzcocks - Spiral Scratch EP (Domino)
  • Alice Coltrane - The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane (Luaka Bop)
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Lovely Creatures (Mute)
  • Carsickness - 1979-1982 (Get Hip)
  • Can - The Singles (Spoon)
  • Galactic Explorers - Epitaph For Venus (Mental Experience)
  • LiLiPUT/Kleenex - First Songs (Kill Rock Stars)

qb(X)

2017 Favorites

  • Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda - World Sprituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (Luaka Bop)
  • Amps for Christ - The Plains of Alluvial (Water Wing)
  • Benjamin Clementine - I Tell A Fly (Barclay/Virgin)
  • Boris - Dear (Sargent House)
  • Carl Stone - Electronic Music from the Seventies and Eighties (Unseen Worlds)
  • Cristian Naldi - Rurale (Boring Machines)
  • Heron Oblivion - The Chapel (S/R)
  • Ka Baird & John Saint-Pelvyn - Five Years Inside the Sun (Tools in Common)
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid (Western Vinyl)
  • Myrkur - Mareridt (Relapse)
  • Nicole Mitchell - Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (For Practically Everyone)
  • Pharmakon - Contact (Sacred Bones)
  • Shadow Band - Wilderness of Love (Mexican Summer)
  • The Body & Full of Hell - Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light (Thrill Jockey)
  • Tinariwen - Elwan (Anti-)
  • White Hills - Stop Mute Defeat (Thrill Jockey)
  • Zeena Parkins - Three Harps, Tuning Forks, & Electronics (Good Child)
  • Zola Jesus - Okovi (Sacred Bones)

Rubberband Girl

Albums that got me through 2017

  • Bei Bei & Shawn Lee - Year of the Funky (Legere Recordings)
  • DJ Harrison - Hazy Moods (Stones Throw)
  • FKJ - French Kiwi Juice (Roche Musique)
  • Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - I Had a Dream That You Were Mine (Glassnote)
  • Lord Echo - Harmonies (Soundway)
  • Chico Mann + Captain Planet - Night Visions (Bastard Jazz)
  • Alfa Mist - Antiphon (Pinkbird Recording Co.)
  • Nite Jewel - Real High (Gloriette)
  • Oddisee - The Iceberg (Mello Music Group)
  • Paul the Trombonist - Journey to the World (S/R)
  • Somi - Petite Afrique (Sony)
  • Tuxedo - II (Stones Throw)
  • Sefi Zisling - Beyond the Things I Know (Raw Tapes)

Sex 14s

SEX 14s Non-Definitive 60 Outstanding Albums of 2017 (Alphabetized)

  • Yazz Ahmed - La Saboteuse (Naim Audio)
  • Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin  - Telemann: Concerti per molti stromenti (Harmonia Mundi)
  • Ambrose Akinmusire - A Rift In Decorum: Live At The Village Vanguard (Blue Note)
  • Tony Allen - The Source (Blue Note)
  • Björk – Utopia (One Little Indian)
  • Benjamin Booker - Witness (Rough Trade)
  • Jaimie Branch - Fly Or Die (International Anthem)
  • Camille – Oui (Because)
  • Circuit des Yeux - Reaching for Indigo  (Drag City)
  • Colleen - A Flame My Love, A Frequency  (Thrill Jockey)
  • Jane Antonia Cornish - Into Silence (Innova)
  • Rodney Crowell - Close Ties (New West)
  • Angèle David-Guillou - En Mouvement (Village Green)
  • Akua Dixon - Akua’s Dance (Akua’s Music)
  • Downtown Boys - Cost of Living  (Sub Pop)
  • Steve Earle - So You Wannabe An Outlaw (Warner Brothers)
  • Amir El Saffar’s Rivers Of Sound Orchestra - Not Two (New Amsterdam)
  • Forest Swords - Compassion (Ninja Tune)
  • Godspeed You Black Emperor - Luciferian Towers (Constellation)
  • Curtis Harding - Face Your Fear  (Anti-)
  • Harriet Tubman - Araminta (Sunnyside)
  • Hauschka - What If (Temporary Residence)
  • Iron & Wine - Beast Epic (Sub Pop)
  • Irreversible Entanglements - Irreversible Entanglements (International Anthem)
  • Vijay Iyer Sextet - Far from Over  (ECM)
  • Jlin - Black Origami  (Planet Mu)
  • Nicole Johanntgen - Henry (Hofa)
  • Kelela - Take Me Apart  (Warp)
  • King Krule - The Ooz  (XL)
  • La Santa Cecilia - Amar y Vivir  (Universal)
  • Laibach - Also Sprach Zarathustra (Mute)
  • Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.  (Top Dawg/Interscope)
  • Arto Lindsay - Cuidado Madame (Northern Spy)
  • Lost Horizons - Ojalá  (Bella Union)
  • Clint Mansell - Loving Vincent (Original Soundtrack) (Milan)
  • Laura Marling - Semper Femina  (More Alarming)
  • Makaya McCraven - Highly Rare (International Anthem Recording Company)
  • Zara McFarlane - Arise  (Brownswood)
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant - Dreams and Daggers  (Mack Avenue)
  • Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg – Dialogue (BAG)
  • Roscoe Mitchell - Bells for the South Side  (ECM)
  • Juana Molina - Halo  (Crammed Discs)
  • The Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class Classics  (Transgressive)
  • Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me  (P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.)
  • Randy Newman - Dark Matter (Nonesuch)
  • Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens (Smalltown Supersound)
  • Peter Perrett - How The West Was Won (Domino)
  • Robert Plant - Carry Fire  (Nonesuch)
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band - So It Is (Legacy)
  • Max Richter - Max Richter: Three Worlds – Music from Woolf Works (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Roots Magic - Last Kind Words (Clean Feed)
  • Sampha - Process  (Young Turks)
  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - The Centennial Trilogy (Ropeadope)
  • Sheer Mag - Need to Feel Your Love  (Static Shock)
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid  (Western Vinyl)
  • Wadada Leo Smith - Najwa (TUM)
  • Tyshawn Sorey - Verisimilitude (Pi)
  • St. Vincent - Masseduction  (Loma Vista)
  • Jane Weaver - Modern Kosmology  (Fire)
  • Wire - Silver/Lead (Pink Flag)

Sherry Darling

30 Most-Played Albums of 2017 (on and off the air)

  • All We Are - Sunny Hills (Domino)
  • Brokeback - Illinois River Blues (Thrill Jockey)
  • Bru Lei - Selfie (Public School)
  • Cazyapjazz - Schnaz Delirdi (Anason)
  • Couleur Dessin - S/T (Fixture)
  • CSC Funk Band - Above the Stars (Electric Cowbell)
  • Drab Majesty - The Demonstration (Dais)
  • Elan Vital - Shadow Self (Fishrider)
  • Erez, Noga - Off The Radar (City Slang)
  • Flat Worms - S/T (Castle Face)
  • Galactic Explorers - Epitaph for Venus (Mental Experience)
  • Gel Set - Body Copy (2MR)
  • Haas, Andy - Taballah II (Resonant Music)
  • Kane, Kristoff - Forgiven Blood, Kairos, Pt. 1 (Fake Four Inc.)
  • Middlemist Red - Ripple Soul (S/R)
  • Monster Rally & Rum Tum - MR & RT (Gold Robot)
  • Mr. Lif & Brass Menazari - Resiliant (Waxsimile)
  • P.O.S. - Chill, Dummy (Doomtree)
  • Perrett, Peter - How The West Was Won (Domino)
  • Ride - Weather Diaries (Wichita)
  • RSXGLD - S/T (Fat Beats)
  • Sevdaliza - ISON (Twisted Elegance)
  • Shabazz Palaces - Quazarz v. the Jealous Machines and Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star (Sub Pop)
  • Sixo - The Odds of Free Will (Fake Four Inc.)
  • Stoltz, Kelley - Que Aura (Castle Face)
  • Terminals - Antiseptic (Ba Da Bing)
  • Tricky - Ununiform (False Idols)
  • Why? - Moh Lhean (Joyful Noise)
  • Woods, Billy - Known Unknowns (Backwoodz Studioz)
  • Your Old Droog - Packs (Droog)

Shrey

Best Tracks 2017

  • St. Vincent - "New York" - Masseducation (Loma Vista)
  • Rostam - "Bike Dream" - Half Light (Nonesuch)
  • The Courtneys - "Tour" - The Courtneys II (Flying Nun)
  • Destroyer - "Tinseltown Swimming in Blood" - ken (Merge)
  • Wax Idols - "Born Without A Mind" - Evaluate What You Tolerate! Volume 1.
  • (Sandy) Alex G - "Powerful Man" - Rocket (Domino)
  • The Mountain Goats - "We Do It Different on the West Coast" - Goths (Merge)
  • Lil Uzi Vert - "XO Tour Llif3" - Luv Is Rage 2 (Atlantic)
  • The Drums - "Blood Under My Belt" - Abysmal Thoughts (Anti)
  • Ariwo - "Alafin" - Ariwo (MANANA)
  • Shabazz Palaces - "Eel Dreams" - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star (Sub Pop)
  • Younger Lovers - "Ballad Of Two Stubborn Men" - Younger Brothers (Southpaw)

Sparkle Motion

Top 51

  • Aldous Harding - Party (4AD)
  • Ambrose Akinmusire - A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note)
  • Big Thief - Capacity (Saddle Creek)
  • Bill Whitley - I Dream Awake (Ravello)
  • Bully - Losing (Sub Pop)
  • Terry Riley, Stefano Scodanibbio, Del Sol String Quartet, Gyan Riley - Riley: Dark Queen Mantra (Sono Luminus)
  • Carl Craig - Versus (InFine)
  • Colleen - A Flame My Love, A Frequency (Thrill Jockey)
  • Cory Hansen - The Unborn Capitalist from Limbo (Drag City)
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff - The Navigator (ATO)
  • James Holden & The Animal Spirits - The Animal Spirits (Border Community)
  • James Whiton - Perchance to Dream (Cinder Cone)
  • Jane Antonia Cornish - Into Silence (Innova)
  • Jeb Loy Nichols - Country Hustle (City Country City)
  • Jen Cloher - Jen Cloher (Milk!)
  • Jesca Hoop - Memories Are Now (Sub Pop)
  • JLIN - Black Origami (Planet Mu)
  • Juana Molina - Halo (Crammed Discs)
  • Ka Baird - Sapropelic Pycnic (Drag City)
  • Kacy & Clayton - The Siren’s Song (New West)
  • Karine Polwart & Pippa Murphy - A Pocket of Wind Resistance (Hudson)
  • Kristine Barrett - Ancestors (2016 S/R)
  • L.A. Witch - L.A. Witch (Suicide Squeeze)
  • LCD Soundsystem - american dream (Columbia/DFA)
  • Offa Rex - The Queen of Hearts (Nonesuch)
  • Peter Perrett - How the West was Won (Domino)
  • Protomartyr - Relatives in Descent (Domino)
  • Robert Plant & the Sensational Shape Shifters - Carry Fire (Nonesuch)
  • Rodney Crowell - Close Ties (New West)
  • Sam Amidon - The Following Mountain (Nonesuch)
  • Sergio Cervetti - Sunset at Noon & Triptych Revelation and The Hay Wain (Navona)
  • The Clientele - Music for the Age of Miracles (Merge)
  • The Dream Syndicate - How Did I Find Myself Here? (ANTI-)
  • Choral Works of Scott Perkins [featuring Audivi] - The Stolen Child (Navona)
  • The National - Sleep Well Beast (4AD)
  • The Weather Station - The Weather Station (Paradise of Bachelors)
  • This is the Kit - Moonshine Freeze (Rough Trade)
  • Tinariwen - Elwan (Epitaph/ANTI-)
  • Tom Rogerson & Brian Eno - Finding Shore (Dead Oceans)
  • Tony Allen - The Source (Blue Note)
  • Trailer Trash Tracys - Althaea (Domino)
  • V.J. Iyer Sextet - Far From Over (ECM)
  • Wire - Silver/Lead (Pinkflag)
  • Woods - Love is Love (Woodsist)
  • Various Artists - Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance beat of Cameroon 1976-1984 (Analog Africa)
  • Various Artists - A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk (Vector Recordings)
  • Various Artists - An American Troubadour: The Songs of Steve Forbert (Blue Rose)
  • Various Artists - Like a Drunk in a Midnight Choir (Record Store Day)

Reissues

  • Chris Gantry - At the House of Cash (Drag City)
  • Beranek - Sound of Danger (Dark Entries)
  • William C. Beeley - Gallivantin’ (Tompkins Square)

Favorite Live Performances

  • Maria Schneider Orchestra - Zellerbach Hall, Feb 19
  • Nels Cline: Lovers - SF JAZZ Center, April 9
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds!!!! - Greek Theatre, June 24
  • Tyshawn Sorey - Ojai@Berkeley Festival - Zellerbach Hall, June 17

Suhnharini Vasahn Suundelehguntah

Ten Enchanting Albums Released (or Re-released) in 2017

  1. Once And Future Band – Once And Future Band (Castle Face)
  2. Planetary Peace – Synthesis (Love All Day)
  3. Various Artists – Outro Tempo: Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil, 1978-1992 (Music From Memory)
  4. Angelo De Augustine – Swim Inside The Moon (Asthmatic Kitty)
  5. Oumou Sangaré – Mogoya (No Format!)
  6. Soccer Mommy – Collection (Fat Possum)
  7. L.A. Takedown – II (Ribbon)
  8. Outer Embassy – Outer Embassy (Outer Sound)
  9. Various Artists - The Microcosm: Visionary Music Of Continental Europe, 1970-1986 (Light In The Attic)
  10. Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society - Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society (Six Degrees)

The Muse

30 Best Albums of 2017

  • The Whiskey Gentry - Dead Ringer (Pitch A Tent)
  • Truckstop Honeymoon - Big Things and Little Things (S/R)
  • King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard - Murder of the Universe (ATO)
  • Dale Watson & Ray Benson - Dale and Ray (Ameripolitan/Home)
  • Parton, Harris And Ronstadt - The Complete Trio Collection (Rhino)
  • Omar Souleyman - To Syria, with Love (Mad Decent)
  • Aki Kumar - Aki Goes to Bollywood (Little Village Foundation)
  • Negativland - Over the Edge Vol. 9: The Chopping Channel (Seeland)
  • Wailin' Jennys - Fifteen  (True North)
  • Robyn Hitchcock - S/T (Yep Roc)
  • Old Crow Medicine Show - 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde (Columbia)
  • Rancid - Trouble Maker (Hellcat)
  • Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau - S/T (Nonesuch)
  • Flogging Molly - Life is Good (Vanguard)
  • Elvin Bishop - Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio (Alligator)
  • The Klezmatics - Apikiorsim/Heretics (World Village)
  • Whit Dickey, Mat Maneri, Matthew Shipp - Vessel In Orbit (Aum Fidelity)
  • Me First & The Gimme Gimmes - Rake it in: The Greatest Hits (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • The Garden - The Life and Times of a Paper Clip (Burger)
  • Randy Newman - Dark Matter (Nonesuch)
  • Lee Scratch Perry and the Subatomic Sound System - Super Ape Returns to Conquer (Subatomic Sound)
  • Matthew Shipp Trio - Piano Song (Thirsty Ear)
  • Dejohnette, Grenadier, Medesky & Scofield - Hudson (Motema)
  • Bombpops - Fear of Missing Out (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • Cedell Davis - Even the Devil Gets the Blues (Sunyata)
  • Tony Allen - The Source (Blue Note)
  • The Nickel Slots - Five Miles Gone (S.R.)
  • Gary Clark Jr. - Live North America 2016 (Warner Bros.)
  • Don Bryant - Don't Give Up on Love (Fat Possum)
  • Bette Smith - Jetlagger (Big Legal Mess)

Your Mom

Fave Albums of 2017

  • Slowdive - Slowdive (Dead Oceans)
  • Beach Fossils - Somersault (Bayonet)
  • Xiu Xiu - Forget (Polyvinyl)
  • Cold Beat - Chaos By Invitation (Crime on the Moon)
  • Damaged Bug - Bunked Funk (Castle Face)
  • Angel Olsen - Phases (Jagjaguwar)
  • Moon Duo - Occult Architecture Vol.2 (Sacred Bones)
  • OCS - Memory of a Cut Off Head (Castle Face)
  • Sleaford Mods - English Tapas (Rough Trade)
  • Priests - Nothing Feels Natural (Sister Polygon)
  • Zola Jesus - Okovi (Sacred Bones)
  • Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me (P.W. Elverum & Sun)
  • Perfume Genius - No Shape (Matador)
  • Pharmakon - Contact (Sacred Bones)
  • Downtown Boys - Cost of Living (Sub Pop)
  • Shabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star (Sub Pop)
  • LCD Soundsystem - american dream (Columbia/DFA)
  • Fred Thomas - Changer (Polyvinyl) 
  • Protomartyr - Relatives in Descent (Domino)
  • Kelley Stoltz - Qua Ara (Castle Face)
  • Mane - Alpha Female (Digital Regress)
  • Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives (Warp)
  • EMA - Exile In The Outer Ring (City Slang)
  • John Maus - Screen Memories (Ribbon Music)
  • Widowspeak - Expect The Best (Captured Tracks)
  • Blanck Mass - World Eater (Sacred Bones) 
  • Foxygen - Hang (Jajaguwar)
  • Sandy (Alex G) - Rocket (Domino)
  • A$AP Ferg - Still Striving (RCA)
  • Juana Molina - Halo (Crammed Discs)
  • Clark - Death Peak (Warp)
  • Planning For Burial - Below the House (The Flenser)
  • Cherry Glazer - Apocalipstick (Secretly Canadian)
  • Alessandro Cortini - Avanti (Point of Departure)
  • Chastity Belt - I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone (Hardly Art)

Fave Live Shows of 2017

  • Boy Harsher - The Knockout, February 10
  • Alex Cameron - The Swedish American Hall, March 31
  • PJ Harvey - The Masonic, May 9
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Greek Theatre, June 24
  • Nicolas Jaar  - First Avenue (MN), July 14
  • Sparks - The Chapel, October 20th
  • John Carpenter - The Warfield, November 4

Zephyr

20 Albums I Really Liked in 2017

  • Abronia – Obsidian Visions/Shadowed Lands (Waterwing)
  • Sam Amidon – The Following Mountain (Nonesuch)
  • Ariwo – S/T (Manana)
  • RL Boyce – Roll and Tumble (Waxploitation)
  • Richard Dawson - Peasant (Weird World)
  • Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway (Nonesuch)
  • Robyn Hitchcock – S/T (YepRoc)
  • Ibeyi – Ash (XL)
  • Kacy and Clayton – Siren’s Song (New West)
  • LADAMA – S/T (Six Degrees)
  • Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir (Nonesuch)
  • Emel Mathlouthi – Ensen (Partisan)
  • Oh Sees – Orc (Castle Face)
  • Old Crow Medicine Show – 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde (Columbia)
  • Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris – The Complete Trio Collection (Rhino)
  • Rancid – Troublemaker (Hellcat)
  • Omar Souleyman – To Syria With Love (Mad Decent Protocol)
  • Tinariwen – Elwan (Epitaph/ANTI)
  • Wailin’ Jennys – Fifteen (True North)
  • Billy Woods – Known Unknowns (Backwoodz Studioz)