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At the end of every year, we ask our employees to share their favorite releases of the year. Herein are the results of our end of year employee poll. We gave each employee a sheet suggesting ten titles on different formats but weren’t strict about how the numbers broke down and also weren’t strict about what format, whether titles were new, or whether it was even music, so there’s a lot of variety here.

Kendrick Lamar had the top spot locked up from the get-go, that was a given. But maybe if Australian psychedelic garage rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard had released one, or even two releases instead of four to split the votes, they might have trounced the competition. Overall it was a good year for garage rock and also for hip-hop, with Thee Oh Sees logging the #2 spot and several rap releases – Run the Jewels, Jay-Z, Tyler the Creator, and others – taking places in multiple staff members’ hearts and ears. Regardless, the staff’s tastes range far and wide, and our end-of-year list always reflects that, covering Rock, Rap, R&B, Heavy Metal, Punk, Jazz, Dance and more.

We’ve tallied the music releases that appeared on three or more employee lists to make a snapshot of Twist & Shout’s best-loved music of 2017. Rather than delineate by format, a vote for a release on any format specified by an employee counted toward the total. Enjoy.

Our Number One Winner with 13 votes:

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

 

Our Number Two Placer with 8 votes:

Thee Oh Sees – Orc

 

Our Number Three Showers with 6 votes each:

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Sketches of Brunswick East

Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3

Kamasi Washington – Harmony Of Difference

 

Our Number Four Mentions with 5 votes each:

Amadou & Mariam – La Confusion

Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper

Converge – The Dusk In Us

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana

Slowdive – Slowdive

Neil Young – Hitchhiker

 

Our Number Five Mentions with 4 votes each:

Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13: Trouble No More 1979–1981

Jesus & Mary Chain – Damage & Joy

King Krule – The Ooz

LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

St. Vincent – Masseduction

Thundercat – Drunk

 

Our Number Six Mentions with 3 votes each:

Courtney Barnett/Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary edition

Chuck Berry – Chuck

Björk – Utopia

Bully – Losing

Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick

Cloakroom – Time Well

Curtis Harding – Face Your Fear

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound

Jay-Z – 4:44

King Crimson – Live In Chicago

Ron Miles – I Am A Man

Juana Molina – Halo

Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol. 1

Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng

Robert Plant – Carry Fire

Primitive Man – Caustic

Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent

Ride – Weather Diaries

Sampha – Process

SZA – CTRL

Tinariwen – Elwan

Tyler, the Creator – Flower Boy

Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun

Wolves in the Throne Room – Thrice Woven

Zola Jesus – Okovi

 

Plus a bunch of releases that got 2 votes each:

Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000

Ryan Adams – Prisoner

Adult. – Detroit House Guests

Arcade Fire – Everything Now

Big Boi – Boomiverse

Bonobo – Migration

Boss Hog – Brood X

Brother Ali – All the Beauty in this Whole Life

Can – The Singles

Cas One vs. Figure – So Our Egos Don’t Kill Us

Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love

Code Orange – Forever

Crystal Fairy – Crystal Fairy

Pan Daijing – Lack

Mac Demarco – This Old Dog

Electric Wizard – Wizard Bloody Wizard

The Fall – New Facts Emerge

Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

The Feelies – In Between

Fever Ray – Plunge

Goat – Fuzzed In Europe LP

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers

Goldfrapp – Silver Eye

Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins

Dhani Harrison – In///Parallel

Chris Hillman – Bidin’ My Time

Horrors – V

Hüsker Dü – Savage Young Dü

Itchy-O – From the Overflowing

Kadavar – Rough Times

Kelela – Take Me Apart

Lorde – Melodrama

The Mavericks – Brand New Day

Meat Wave – Incessant

Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun

Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol. 2

Kevin Morby – City Music

Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives

The National – Sleep Well Beast

The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions

Nine Inch Nails – Add Violence

Original Soundtrack – The Moomins (Soundtrack by Graeme Miller and Steve Shill)

Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens

Nai Palm – Needle Paw

P.O.S. – Chill Dummy

Prince & The Revolution – Purple Rain (Deluxe – Expanded Edition)

Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

Karriem Riggins – Headnod Suite

Ty Segall and the Freedom Band – Ty Segall and the Freedom Band

Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star

Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machines

Shigeto – The New Monday

Shredders – Dangerous Jumps

Smino – Blkswn

Spoon – Hot Thoughts

Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives – Way Out West

Thievery Corporation – Temple of I & I

Toro Y Moi – Boo Boo

Torres – Three Futures

Wand – Plum

Lal & Mike Waterson – Bright Phoebus

Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm

Wu-Tang Clan – The Saga Continues

Paul Epstein’s faves – “2017 In Spite Of Everything – A Good Year”

 

New Releases

1) Goat – Fuzzed In Europe LP

2) Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference

3) (Steve) Gunn-(John) Truscinski Duo – Bay Head

4) David Rawlings – Poor David’s Almanack

5) Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions – Son Of A Lady

6) Hiss Golden Messenger – Hallelujah Anyhow

7) Jesus & Mary Chain – Damage & Joy

8) Mac Demarco – This Old Dog

9) Magpie Salute – The Magpie Salute

10) Peter Rowan – My Aloha!

11) Van Morrison – Roll With The Punches

12) Bob Dylan – Triplicate

13) Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Volumes 1 and 2

14) The Feelies – In Between

15) Mickey Hart – Ramu

16) Ride – Weather Diaries

17) King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardWith Mild High Club – Sketches Of Brunswick East 

18) Chris Hillman – Bidin’ My Time

19) Lal & Mike Waterson – Bright Phoebus

20) Chuck Berry – Chuck

21) Robert Plant – Carry Fire

22) King Crimson – Live In Chicago

23) Steven Wilson – To The Bone

Reissues

1) Doc & Merle Watson – Never The Same Way Once CD Box Set

2) The Moomins – Soundtrack by Graeme Miller and Steve Shill CD and LP listen to the CD but look at the LP art!

3) Yardbirds – Yardbirds 1968 CD

4) Bob Dylan – Trouble No More Deluxe CD/DVD Edition

5) Neil Young – Hitchhiker LP

6) The Beatles – Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 50th Anniversary CD/DVD Box Set

7) King Crimson – Islands Super Deluxe CD/DVD/BluRay Edition

8) Alice Coltrane – The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane

9) Donald Fagan – Mobile Fidelity Ultra One Step pressing LP

10) Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers Live Fonda Theater 2015 CD/Blu-ray

11) Jerry Garcia/Howard Wales – Side Trips Vol. 1 Black Friday LP

12) Jethro Tull – Songs From The Wood – The Country Set CD/DVD Deluxe Edition

13) XTC – Black Sea – Deluxe Steven Wilson Blu-Ray Edition

14) The Moody Blues – Days Of Future Passed – 50th Anniversary CD/DVD Edition

15) Gillian Welch – The Harrow And The Harvest LP

Hello, my name is Adam Reshotko and in 2017, I listened to and enjoyed…

 

All Them Witches – Sleeping Through the War

Bardo Pond – Under the Pines

Black Mountain – IV

Boris – Dear

The Claypool Lennon Delirium – Lime and Limpid Green (RSD)

Bob Dylan – Trouble No More-Bootleg Series Vol.13

Hüsker Dü – Savage Young Dü

King Crimson – Live in Chicago

Ron Miles – I Am a Man

Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun

Phish – A Live One (Vinyl reissue)

Phish – St. Louis 93

Pink Floyd – Intersteller Overdrive (RSD)

Primus – The Desaturating Seven

Ride – Weather Diaries

Slowdive – Slowdive

Subrosa – For This We Fought the Battle of Ages

Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference

Neil Young – Hitchhiker

Frank Zappa – Halloween 77

Frank Zappa – Rollo/Portland Improvisation (RSD)

Hello, my name is Anna Lathem and these are my top things of 2017.

 

Music:

Dhani Harrison – IN///Parallel CD/LP

Ryan Adams – Prisoner CD/LP

Arcade Fire – Everything Now CD/LP

The National – Sleep Well Beast CD/LP

Fantastic Negrito – The Last Day of Oakland CD/LP

St. Vincent – Masseduction CD/LP

Curtis Harding – Face Your Fear CD/LP

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound CD/LP

Nai Palm – Needle Paw CD

Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper CD/LP

Thee Oh Sees – Orc CD/LP

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe CD/LP

Hello, my name is Ben Sumner and these are my top things of 2017.

 

Some new releases and reissues I enjoyed this year:

 

Thee Oh Sees – Orc

Kamasi Washington – Harmony Of Difference

Robert Plant – Carry Fire

Ty Segall – Ty Segall

Nick Heyward – Woodland Echoes

Slowdive – Slowdive

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper 50th Anniversary

Various Artists – Brown Acid: Fifth Trip

Various Artists – Wayfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares

Hüsker Dü – Savage Young Dü

Sun Ra – Exotica

Isaac Hayes – Spirit Of Memphis

Moura Lympany – Rachmaninov Preludes

Neil Young – Hitchhiker

Lal & Mike Waterson – Bright Phoebus

Yoko Ono – Fly/Approximately Infinite Universe

Tony Conrad – Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain

Kleenex/LiLiPUT – First Songs

German Oak – Down In The Bunker

Piero Umiliani – Grazie!

Dion ‎– Kickin’ Child: The Lost Album 1965

Can – The Singles

Hello, my name is Brian Albright and these are my top things of 2017.

 

New Music:

Chuck Prophet – Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins

The Sadies – Northern Passages

Old 97s – Graveyard Whistling

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives – Way Out West

Chris Hillman – Bidin’ My Time

Robyn Hitchcock – Robyn Hitchcock

The Parson Red Heads – Blurred Harmony

Slowdive – Slowdive

Derrick Anderson – A World of My Own

The Church – Man Woman Life Death Infinity

Reissues/Collections:

Artful Dodger – Complete Columbia Recordings

Stray Trolleys – Barricades and Angels

The Windbreakers – Terminal

Various Artists – Honeybeat: Groovy 60s Girl Pop

Rain Parade – Emergency Third Rail Power Trip

Various Artists – Sing It High, Sing It Low: Tumbleweed Records 1970-1973

Nick Lowe – Nick the Knife

Phil Seymour – Prince of Power Pop

America – Heritage: Home Recordings/Demos 1970-1973

Lydia Loveless – Boy Crazy & Single(s)

Hello, my name is Brian Wyatt and these are my top things of 2017.

 

CDs/Vinyl:

Dhani Harrison – In///Parallel

Raveonettes – 2016 Atomized

Brian Jonestown Massacre – Don’t Get Lost

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Sketches of East Brunswick

Joel Gion – Joel Gion

Link Wray – Beans and Fatback (RSD)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Polygondwanaland

Golden Fleece – Golden Fleece

Thee Oh Sees – Orc

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana

Erasmo Carlos – Erasmo Carlos

Brian Jonestown Massacre – Dropping Bombs on the Sun

Brian Jonestown Massacre – Groove Is in the Heart

Alex Lipinski – Alex

Liminanas – Malamore

The Alchemist – Rapper’s Best Friend Vol. 3

Curtis Harding – Face Your Fear

Goat – Fuzzed In Europe

Elastic Bond – Honey Bun

Radio Moscow – Radio Moscow

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe

Shawn Lee – Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra

Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13: Trouble No More 1979–1981

Roy Orbison – A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Flamin’ Groovies – Fantastic Plastic

Various Artists – Burnout (CD/45)

Wand – Plum

Thievery Corporation – Temple of I & I

Gøggs – Gøggs

LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

Hello, my name is Chris Church and these are my top things of 2017.

 

CDs:

Shredders – Dangerous Jumps

Brother Ali – All the Beauty in this Whole Life

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe

Alltta – Upper Hand

Hurray for the Riff Raff – Navigator

Kadavar – Rough Times

P.O.S. – Chill Dummy

Cas One vs. Figure – So Our Egos Don’t Kill Us

Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3

Chinese Man – Shikantaza

Vinyl:

Deltron 3030 – Live

The Crystal Method – Vegas (reissue)

Flowdan – Disaster Piece

4 – 10. anything Troy Bolton would choose

DVD/Blu-ray:

Alien: Covenant

Ghost in the Shell

Get Out

The Devil’s Candy

The Void

Wonder Woman

Atomic Blonde

The Big Sick

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Patrick Brown’s 2017 favorite!

Hello, my name is Doug Anderson and these are my top things of 2017.

 

Top ten records in no particular order

 

Cecile McLorin Salvant – Dreams & Daggers

Sza – Ctrl

Ron Miles – I Am A Man

Bill Frisell/Thomas Morgan – Small Town

King Krule – The Ooz

Kelea – Take Me Apart

St. Vincent – Masseduction

Future – Hndrxx

Ralph Towner – My Foolish Heart

10. Craig Taborn – Daylight Ghosts

Hello, my name is Edward Hill and these are my top things of 2017.

 

Beach Fossils – Somersault

Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper

Bjork – Utopia

Cloud Rat/Moloch – Split

Converge – The Dusk In Us

Full Of Hell – Trumpeting Ecstasy

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers

Halsey – hopeless fountain kingdom

Kauan – Kaiho

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Manic Street Preachers – Send Away The Tigers (10 yr Anniversary Reissue)

Mew – Visuals

Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun

Myrkur – Mareridt

The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions

Pharmakon – Contact

Primitive Man – Caustic

Radiohead – OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017

Ride – Weather Diaries

Frankie Rose – Cage Tropical

Run The Jewels – RTJ3

Slowdive – Slowdive

Thou – Peasant (Reissue)

Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun

Wolves In The Throne Room – Thrice Woven

Wvrm – Can You Hear The Wind Howl

Zola Jesus – Okovi

Additionally this year, I’ve seen some killer shows, watched some awesome films, read some good books/zines, and taken in some amazing art, however this I’ve decided to keep this to strictly music releases.

Oh, and also, I’ve left a few spots open for the releases that I have either forgotten, overlooked, or that are still yet to come this year!

Hello, my name is Big Bad Extra Kool and these are my top things of 2017.

 

CDs:

Onry Ozzborn – Black Phillip Mixtape

Shredders – Dangerous Jumps

Shock and Dash – Deviants of the Underground

Cas One vs. Figure – So Our Egos Don’t Kill Us

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Grieves – Runnin’ Wild

Brother Ali – All the Beauty in this Whole Life

Thundercat – Drunk

Wu-Tang – The Saga Continues

P.O.S. – Chill Dummy

Blu-rays:

Batman & Harley Quinn (steelbook)

Brain Damage (limited edition – Arrow)

Creature From the Black Lagoon (Alex Ross steelbook)

Dudes (Shout Select)

Evil Ed (Arrow)

Hellraiser (Arrow steelbook)

Lair of the White Worm (Vestron)

Rawhead Rex (Kino Lorber)

The Wanderers (Kino Lorber)

Alien: Covenant (digibook)

Stranger Things (VHS box)

Re-Animator (Integral Cut box set – Arrow)

Vinyl:

Sole – Bottle of Humans (reissue)

Hello, my name is Jack Brown and these are my top things of 2017.

 

CD:

Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3

Uniform – Wake in Fright

Jesus and Mary Chain – Damage & Joy

The Mavericks – Brand New Day

Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol. 1

Godflesh – Post Self

Power Trip – Nightmare Logic

Melvins – A Walk With Love and Death

Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machines

Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star

 

Vinyl:

Moire – No Future

Pan Daijing – Lack

Actress – AZD

Original Soundtrack – Moomins

B-12 – Electro-Soma II

B-12 – Electro-Soma III

Zomby – Mercury’s Rainbow

Equiknoxxx – Colon Man

Kollaps – Duprass

Prayer – Seeing

Hello, my name is Jacob Fiedler-Carlson and these are my top things of 2017.

 

Music:

Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked At Me

Meat Wave – Incessant

Cloakroom – Time Well

Kevin Morby – City Music

Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper

Tim Kasher – No Resolution

Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

Tim Darcy – Saturday Night

Clark – Death Peak

Ryuichi Sakamoto – Async

Succumb – Succumb

Slowdive – Slowdive

Planning For Burial – Below the House

Gas – Narkopop

Drums – Abysmal Thoughts

White Suns – Psychic Drift

Friendship – Hatred

Nine Inch Nails – Add Violence

Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent

Pallow – Blueprints For An Empty Vessel

Thee Oh Sees – Orc

The National – Sleep Well Beast

Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives

Horrors – V

Moses Sumney – Aromanticism

King Krule – The Ooz

Hello, my name is Jeff Albright and these are my top things of 2017.

 

CD/LP:

Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

At the Drive-In – Interalia

LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

Wu-Tang Clan – The Saga Continues

Robert Plant – Carry Fire

Thee Oh Sees – Orc

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Jay-Z – 4:44

Mark Lanegan Band – Gargoyle

DVD/Blu-Ray (in no particular order)

Logan

Wonder Woman

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Thor: Ragnarok

Spiderman: Homecoming

Alien: Covenant

John Wick 2

Doctor Strange

DC Universe 10th Anniversary box set

Hello, my name is Joe Hellewell and these are my top things of 2017.

 

Music:

Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives

Tyler, the Creator – Flower Boy

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Smoke Purrp – Deadstar

Gucci Mane – Mr. Davis

Toro Y Moi – Boo Boo

Converge – The Dusk In Us

Gorillaz – Humanz

Bonobo – Migration

10. Kehlani – SweetSexySavage

Hello, my name is John Parsell and these are my top albums of 2017

 

Tinariwen – Elwan

LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

Rostam – Half-Light

Juana Molina – Halo

Jay Z – 4:44

Spoon – Hot Thoughts

Karriem Riggins – Headnod Suite

Torres – Three Futures

Kelela – Take Me Apart

Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins

Luna – A Sentimental Education

The Weather Station – The Weather Station

Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Best Troubador

Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai

Sleater-Kinney – Live in Paris

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound

Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice

Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Zola Jesus – Okovi

Sampha – Process

Big Boi – Boomiverse

Arcade Fire – Everything Now

Re-issues:

R.E.M. – Automatic for the People (25th Anniversary Edition)

Prince & The Revolution – Purple Rain (Deluxe – Expanded Edition)

Neil Young – Hitchhiker

Superchunk – Superchunk

Can – The Singles

Hello, my name is Jonathan Eagle, and I am drunk because it’s Thanksgiving… no big deal. Here’s 2017 best things.

 

My top 20 records of 2017:

The Replacements – For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986

Ballister – Slag

Living Colour – Shade

Freddie Gibbs – You Only Live 2Wice

Max Richter – Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works

Neil Young – Hitchhiker

Unsane – Sterilize

Here Lies Man – Here Lies Man

Thelonious Monk – Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960

Boss Hog – Brood X

Grails – Chalice Hymnal

Longmont Potion Castle – Volume 13

Benjamin Clementine – I Tell a Fly

Crystal Fairy – Crystal Fairy

Elder – Reflections of a Floating World

Jon Langford’s Four Lost Souls – Four Lost Souls

The Afghan Whigs – In Spades

Bash & Pop – Anything Could Happen

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives – Way Out West

Kreator – Gods of Violence

I didn’t watch movies much but here are five I saw and stayed awake during:

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (Terrible title, great film).

I Called Him Morgan (A doc about Lee Morgan and his wife who murdered him).

Cop Car (Two kids steal a cop car from Kevin Bacon while he does really greasy shit. I know it’s two years old, but who cares… it’s great).

The Founder (Michael Keaton takes credit for McDonald’s. Better than it sounds).

Hello, my name is Jordan Sciandra and these are my top things of 2017.

 

Top Albums (all formats):

Nine Inch Nails – Not the Actual Events

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Adult. – Detroit House Guests

Fever Ray – Plunge

SZA – CTRL

The Distillers – Coral Fang (RSD reissue)

Benjamin Booker – Witness

Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick

Gogol Bordello – Seekers & Finders

Bully – Losing

Karen Elson – Double Roses

Crystal Fairy – Crystal Fairy

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Polygondwanaland

Green Druid – Ashen Blood

Lorde – Melodrama

 

Top Tracks:

N.E.R.D. feat. Rihanna – Lemon

Davido – Fall

Daphne – Calée

Clipping. – The Deep

Torres – Helen in the Woods

Top Shows:

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – The Paramount

Against Me! – The Aggie

The Sounds of Twist & Shout – Larimer Lounge

Gwar – Summit Music Hall

Kreator – Summit Music Hall

Hello, my name is Kayla Valdez and these are my top things of 2017.

 

Albums:

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana

Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life

Kevin Morby – City Music

Bill Mackay & Ryley Walker – Spider Beetle Bee

Gus Dapperton – Yellow & Such

Alex G – Rocket

Movies:

My Life As A Zucchini

David Lynch: The Art Life

Adventure Time: Elements

Adventure Time: Islands

Hi, my name is Kevin Powers and these, in no particular order, are my top releases for 2017:

 

Protomartyr – Relatives In Descent

Juana Molina – Halo

Chicano Batman – Freedom Is Free

Chuck Berry – Chuck

Thundercat – Drunk

Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz: Born Under A Gangster Star

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng

Margo Price – All American Made

Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference

Whitney Rose – Highway 62

Bonobo – Migration

Amadou & Mariam – La Confusion

Jeff Tweedy – Together At Last

Bill Evans & Miles Davis – Complete Studio & Live Masters

Prince – Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition (The extra stuff is really good)

Hello, my name is Kevin Clyde.

 

In 2017 I saw 100 performances. Some artists multiple times; these artists did not play identical sets as well it was different nights so I counted them each time I saw them. From those 100 performances, here are my top 15:

TOP 15 LIVE SHOWS:

Coachella 2017. My favorite performances in order:

Future Islands /Crystal Castles /Radiohead /Kendrick Lamar /Hans Zimmer /Lorde

Ween @ Red Rocks & Ogden Theater for 3 nights total

Japanese Breakfast /Mannequin Pussy @ Larimer Lounge

Kendrick Lamar /Travis Scott @ Pepsi Center

The Pixies /Mitski @ The Fillmore Theater

Dinosaur Jr. /Easy Action @ The Bluebird

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard @ The Ogden

Father John Misty /Built To Spill @ Red Rocks

LCD Soundsystem @ 1st Bank Center

Alt-J /SOHN /Tove Lo @ Red Rocks

The Lawrence Arms /The Vandals @ Summit Music Hall

Hans Zimmer @ 1st Bank Center

The Swingin’ Utters @ The Marquis

Cat Power @ The Marquis

Run The Jewels @ The Fillmore Theater

2017 is continuing a trend in a decade of incredible music. I started with a field of 71 albums I considered for my top 15. These are the ones I chose between what I consider best and my favourites.

TOP 15 ALBUMS:

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Björk – Utopia

Torres – Three Futures

Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds From Another Planet

Kelela – Take Me Apart

Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens

Thundercat – Drunk

Jlin – Black Origami

The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

Lorde – Melodrama

Zola Jesus – Exhumed

Bully – Losing

EMA – Exile In The Outer Ring

Stormzy – Gang Signs and Prayers

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice

Hello, my name is Khalil Arcady and these are my top things of 2017.

 

CD:

Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love

Lalah Hathaway – Honestly

The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful

Curtis Harding – Face Your Fear

Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun

Gregory Porter – Nat King Cole & Me

Amadou & Mariam – La Confusion

Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference

Converge – The Dusk In Us

Beck – Colors

Hello, my name is Linden Jackson and these are my top things of 2017.

 

CD:

Code Orange – Forever

Goldfrapp – Silver Eye

Black Angels – Death Song

Ryan Adams – Prisoner

Neck Deep – The Peace & the Panic

Manchester Orchestra – Black Mile to the Surface

Turnover – Good Nature

Converge – The Dusk In Us

Original Soundtrack – Twin Peaks The Return

Action Bronson – Blue Chips

Hello, my name is Madden Ott and these are my top things of 2017.

 

CD:

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers

Electric Wizard – Wizard Bloody Wizard

Bully – Losing

Horrors – V

Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun

Itchy-O – From the Overflowing

Thee Oh Sees – Orc

Interpol – Our Love to Admire (10th Anniversary edition)

Ludlow – Destroy What Destroys You

Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent

 

Vinyl:

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers

Electric Wizard – Wizard Bloody Wizard

Bully – Losing

Horrors – V

Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun

Itchy-O – From the Overflowing

Thee Oh Sees – Orc

Interpol – Our Love to Admire (10th Anniversary edition)

Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent

King Krule – The Ooz

 

DVD/Blu-ray:

Moonlight

Doctor Who: Complete 10th Series

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Logan

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Doctor Strange

A Dog’s Purpose

9. The Eagle Huntress

Hello, my name is Marley Schwartz and these are my top things of 2017.

 

CDs:

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Tyler, the Creator – Flower Boy

Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory

Nai Palm – Needle Paw

Sampha – Process

Karriem Riggins – Headnod Suite

Big Boi – Boomiverse

Shigeto – New Monday

Juana Molina – Halo

DVSN – Morning After

Vinyl:

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Tyler, the Creator – Flower Boy

Smino – Blkswn

Goldlink – At What Cost

Sampha – Process

Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love

Karriem Riggins – Headnod Suite

Big Boi – Boomiverse

DVD/Blu-ray:

Get Out

Hello, my name is Matt Cobos and these are my top things of 2017.

 

Top 30 Albums Of 2017

 

Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick

Thee Oh Sees – Orc

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Polygondwanaland

Meatbodies – Alice

CFM – Dichotomy Desaturate

King Gizzard – Murder Of The Universe

Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol. 1

Amadou & Mariam – La Confusion

Wolves In The Throne Room – Thrice Woven

Burnout – Burnout (Triple Split)

Power – Electric Glitter Boogie

Kelley Stoltz – Que Aura

King Woman – Created In The Image Of Suffering

Pow – Crack An Egg

King Gizzard – Sketches Of Brunswick East

Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000

Kadavar – Rough Times

Cloakroom – Time Well

Boss Hog – Brood X

Electric Wizard – Wizard Bloody Wizard

Wand – Plum

Meat Wave – Incessant

Converge – The Dusk In Us

Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol. 2

Primitive Man – Caustic

Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper

Sun Ra – Space Age Is Here To Stay

Side Eyes – So Sick

Mark Sultan/BBQ – Mark Sultan/BBQ

Regrettes – Feel Your Feelings Fool

Hello, my name is Natasha Alexander and these are my top things of 2017.

 

CD:

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – Live At Red Rocks

St. Vincent – Masseduction

Nine Inch Nails – Add Violence

Tinariwen – Elwan

Depeche Mode – Spirit

Temples – Volcano

Valerie June – Order of Time

Jesus & Mary Chain – Damage & Joy

Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex

Ibeyi – Ash

 

Vinyl:

Thievery Corporation – Temple of I & I

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Soul of a Woman

Brian Blade – Body & Shadow

Mac Demarco – This Old Dog

Bjork – Utopia

Courtney Barnett/Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice

Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Sketches of Brunswick East

Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference

 

DVD/Blu-ray:

Electric Apricot (comedy/Les Claypool)

Hello my name is Patrick Brown and these are my favorite things of 2017:

 

Best music, 2017:

Jason Isbell – The Nashville Sound

Jay-Z – 4:44

Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Randy Newman – Dark Matter

Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir

The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions

Harriet Tubman – Araminta

Arto Lindsay – Cuidado Madame

Pere Ubu – 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo

The Fall – New Facts Emerge

Itchy-O – From the Overflowing

Ron Miles – I Am A Man

Amadou & Mariam – La Confusion

Nona Hendryx & Gary Lucas – The World of Captain Beefheart

Chuck Berry – Chuck

Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng

The Mekons – Existentialism

Lucinda Williams – This Sweet Old World

The XX – I See You

Special note for superb reissue:

Serengeti – Dennehy LP reissue

Best DVD/Blu-ray 2017:

Paterson

Daughters of the Dust (DVD/Blu-ray reissue)

After the Storm

Cameraperson

Black Girl (DVD/Blu-ray reissue)

Elle

Julieta

Staying Vertical

The Ornithologist

Multiple Maniacs (first time available on DVD/Blu-ray)

Él (first time on region 1 DVD)

Hello, my name is Patrick Richardson and these are my top things of 2017.

 

CDs/Vinyl:

Smino – Blkswn

Sampha – Process

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Toro Y Moi – Boo Boo

Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz Vs. the Jealous Machines

Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm

SZA – CTRL

Cloakroom – Time Well

Sorority Noise – You’re Not as ______ as You Think

Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana

Brockhamptom – Saturation II

Primitive Man – Caustic

Bibio – Phantom Brick Works

Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory

Corbin – Mourn

Wolves in the Throne Room – Thrice Woven

Amadou & Mariam – La Confusion

Ariel Pink – Dedicated to Bobby Jameson

Code Orange – Forever

Tigers Jaw – Spin

The World Is A Beautiful Place and I’m No Longer Afraid to Die – Always Foreign

LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

Dreamcar – Dreamcar

Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream

Paramore – After Laughter

Baths – Romaplasm

Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper

Body/Full of Hell – Ascending A Mountain of Heavy Light

Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins

Hello, my name is Quinn Theis and these are my top things of 2017

 

Pan Daijing – Lack

Delia Gonzalez – Horse Follows Darkness

Laurie Anderson – Heart Of A Dog (Criterion Collection DVD)

Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens

Willie Nelson – God’s Problem Child

The Fall – New Facts Emerge

Faust – Fresh Air

The Mavericks – Brand New Day

The Jesus & Mary Chain – Damage & Joy

The Feelies – In Between

Julia Holter – In The Same Room

Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Thunder Of The Gods

Bob Dylan – Trouble No More – Bootleg Series Vol. 13, 1979-1981

David Bowie – New Career In A New Town (1977-1982)

Reissues:

Chuck Berry – The Great Twenty-Eight (LP)

Paul McCartney – McCartney II (Clear LP)

Lou Reed – The Blue Mask (LP)

Lou Reed – Transformer (LP)

Lou Reed – Street Hassle (LP)

Lou Reed – Berlin (LP Reissue)

Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby (LP)

Lou Reed – Rock ‘N’ Roll Animal (LP)

The Incredible String Band – Relics Of The Incredible String Band (remastered 2xCD comp.)

Martha Argerich – Debut Recital – Chopin/Brahms/Liszt/Ravel/Prokofiev (LP)

Throbbing Gristle – Second Annual Report (LP with insert stuff)

Throbbing Gristle – 20 Jazz Funk Greats (LP)

Beck – Mutations (LP)

Beck – Sea Change (LP)

Best Lowenstein Center Coffee Shop – Tattered Cover

Best Chinese Food – Grand China

Hello, my name is Rachel Gonzalez and these are my top things of 2017.

 

Vinyl (in no particular order):

Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick

Tyler, the Creator – Flower Boy

Thundercat – Drunk

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Sketches of Brunswick East

Shigeto – The New Monday

MED/Blu/Madlib – The Turn Up

King Krule – The Ooz

Ty Segall and the Freedom Band – Ty Segall and the Freedom Band

Hairshirt of Purpose – Pile

        Reggie’s Top Ten 2017

 

1            Goldfrapp                    Silver Eye                                          03/31/17

2          Jessica Hernandez            Telephone                                           06/23/17

3          Tear Garden             Brown Acid Caveat                             07/07/18

4            KMFDM                     Hell Yeah                                        08/18/17

5          Spoon                          Hot Thoughts                                              03/17/17

6          Jain                              Zanaka                                                 05/05/17

7          Adult.                           Detroit House Guests                           03/17/17

8          St. Vincent             Masseduction                                       10/13/17

9          Vitalic                           Voyager                                               01/27/17

10        Marnie                         Strange Words and Weird Wars            10/20/17

Hello, my name is Rory Dumas and these are my top things of 2017.

 

Rory’s Top Albums in No Particular Order

 

Tinariwen – Elwan

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Sketches of Brunswick East

Run The Jewels – 3

Wheeler Walker Jr. – Ol’ Wheeler

Thee Oh Sees – Orc

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Greta Van Fleet – From The Fires

King Crimson – Live In Chicago

Hello, my name is Russel Brewer and these are my top things of 2017.

 

Best Films I Saw in 2107 (alphabetical):

The Florida Project

Okja

The Ornithologist

Personal Shopper

Slack Bay

Best Albums I Heard in 2107 (alphabetical):

Fever Ray – Plunge

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Perfume Genius – No Shape

Prayers – Baptism of Thieves

Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry

Hello, my name is Stephen Sandoval and these are my top things of 2017.

 

CDs/Vinyl:

John Carpenter – Anthology (CD)

Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (deluxe)

Tom Petty – Greatest Hits (vinyl)

Original Soundtrack – Troma’s War (vinyl)

Original Soundtrack – Creepshow 2 (vinyl)

Various Artists – Stranger Things (vinyl)

E.L.O. – Out of the Blue (vinyl)

DVD/Blu-ray:

Tales From the Hood (Blu-ray) SE

Brain Damage (Blu-ray) SE

Creepshow 2 (Blu-ray) SE

Harold and Maude (Blu-ray) Criterion

Barry Lyndon (Blu-ray) Criterion

The Serpent and the Rainbow (Blu-ray) SE

Sid and Nancy (Blu-ray) Criterion

Evil Ed (Blu-ray) SE

Ronin (Blu-ray) SE

John Carpenter’s The Thing (Blu-ray) SE

John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness (Blu-ray) SE

Child’s Play (Blu-ray) SE

Alien Collection (1979-2016) (Blu-ray)

Raising Cain (Blu-ray) SE