June 17, 2017

Top 15 LPs of the first half of 2017 and the best 15 still to come

This is a follow-up to my January post in which I predicted the top 30 albums that would be released in 2017.

Top 15 albums of 2017 released as of June 17:

1. Allison Crutchfield- Tourist in this Town


2. Eisley- I'm Only Dreaming


3. The New Pornographers- Whiteout Conditions


4. Overcoats- Young


5. Spoon- Hot Thoughts


6. Charly Bliss- Guppy


7. Big Thief- Capacity


8. The Shins- Heartworms


9. football, etc.- Corner


10. Cayetana- New Kind of Normal


11. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlister- Planetarium


12. Jesca Hoop- Memories are Now


13. Wild Pink- Wild Pink


14. David Bazan- Care


15. Deb Talan- Lucky Girl

Top 15 albums that will definitively be released in the second half of 2017:

1. Wolf Alice- Visions of a Life


2. Waxahatchee- Out in the Storm


3. Manchester Orchestra- A Black Mile to the Surface


4. Rainer Maria- S/T


5. Jeremy Enigk- Ghosts


6. Stavesacre- MCMXCV
(first track from crowd-funded release has been shared with supporters only)

7. Mogwai- Every Country's Sun


8. Lo Tom- S/T


9. HAIM- Something to Tell You


10. that dog.- TBA


11. Arcade Fire- Everything Now


12. Stars- TBA


13. Emily Haines- Choir of the Mind


14. Ratboys- GN


15. Fleming and John- TBA


June 7, 2017

New songs to listen to this week and one to avoid

Wolf Alice

No music from it yet, but Wolf Alice has a new album coming very soon and they are previewing one track at a time through lyrics and images on their social media accounts. In January I wrote that a new Wolf Alice album had the potential to be my #1 album of the year.


 Waxahatchee  



 Rainer Maria  



Alvvays  






Prophets of Rage (Warning: explicit lyrics. But the song is important in today's political environment and the word, while offensive, is used appropriately.)