Monday, December 18, 2017

Top 40 Records of 2017: Honorable Mentions

2017 was yet another year that saw the release of a ton of great music, a lot of which I just couldn't keep up with.  The records listed below are the best of the rest so to speak.  These are either records that I heard and enjoyed but never really got into, were two song EPs that I couldn't justify (goddamn that sounds pretentious) including on the main list (despite the fact that there are a couple of two song releases on the main list but whatever it's my list), or records that just barely didn't make it (this was nearly a top 50 list).  The last four entries are one-song only releases, hence their exclusion from the main list.  All of these releases deserve at the very least a listen.  And for a little taste, I've included a playlist on Spotify for your listening pleasure.  Plus it would be a crime if everyone out there didn't hear Superchunk's "Up Against the Wall" at least once before this year ends.

40-31, 30-21, 20-11, 10-1

In no particular order --
  • Currents by Early Riser
  • Adam Forever / The Great Leap by U137
  • Polyglamorous by Girls Club
  • Invisible Falls State Park by The Addisons
  • Resentiments by Static Radio
  • Two Ts EP by Garrett Dale
  • Ann Beretta by Ann Beretta
  • "I Got Cut" b/w "Up Against the Wall" by Superchunk
  • Dead Wells by Dead Wells
  • Jelly by Charmpit
  • First Things First by Hodera
  • A Book About Bad Luck by Save Ends
  • Swish by The Plurals
  • Murk Matinal by Oh My Snare!
  • Stormy Blue by Choke Up
  • Witch's Hand by JR. JUGGERNAUT
  • Wind Instrument by Kali Masi
  • Vicious Folly by Line & Circle
  • Partied Out by latewaves
  • Tuning Out by Wicked Bears
  • Inviting Light by The Flatliners
  • Deep Dream by Daddy Issues
  • Good Fortune by The Forty Nineteens
  • Chew by Muskets
  • Grind by Hang Tight
  • Swear I'm Good At This by Diet Cig
  • Double Exposure by The Winter Passing
  • I'll Never Be Okay, I'll Never Be the Same by Goddamnit
  • Visions by Able Baker Fox
  • More Scared of You Than You Are of Me by The Smith Street Band
  • New Kind of Normal by Cayetana
  • Band Aid on a Bullett Wound by Kevin Seconds
  • Ben Lee Sings Songs About Islam For The Whole Family by Ben Lee
  • Find the Way / Half Step by Adam Darowski
  • Presents: Normal by The Homeless Gospel Choir
  • Not Here to Make Friends by Talk Show Host
  • Laughing at the Shape I'm In by Michael Kane & Morning Afters
  • Wishbone by Boys Home
  • Memorial Day by Bombers
  • Soft Spots by Adult Mom
  • Tiny Refuge by Cold Wrecks
  • Little Love Letter by Sad Blood
  • Forecast by Drawstring
  • If You Want Blood (Be My Guest) by Red City Radio
  • Who We Are by Descendents


Anonymous said...

Great choices...
Just wondering why For Sale: Replacements Live at Maxwells didn't make the cut? Is it because it is from 1986? However? This is its first true release...

Dave said...

Great question. For the most part, I don't include live albums on my year end lists. Generally I limit the lists to proper EP and LP releases.