Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Desolation Row 25 Favorite Platters of 2017

My apologies for the delay in getting this list up. 2017 was a year of great releases and I was listening to records right up until the last minute considering and reconsidering the albums on this list. This could have easily been four times as long (and at one point it was!). This wasn't a year of incomparable masterpieces seemingly released weekly like 2016 was. Instead it was a year of incredibly rich and wonderful records that maybe announced themselves a bit more quietly than those of last year, but were incredibly beautiful and noisy and funny and heartbreaking and catchy and weird. There were many more albums that could have been on this list, but here's where I landed on Christmas afternoon. ~ kc

Desolation Row 25 Favorite Platters of 2017

1. Perfume Genius – No Shape
2. Sza – Ctrl
3. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
4. Big Thief – Capacity
5. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
6. Joey Badass – All-Amerikkkan Badass
7. EMA – Exile in the Outer Ring
8. Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm
9. Aye Nako – Silver Haze
10. Craig Finn – We All Want the Same Things
11. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
12. Woods – Love Is Love
13. Aimee Mann – Mental Illness
14. Vic Mensa – The Autobiography
15. Kehlani – Sweet Sexy Savage
16. Vagabon – Infinite Worlds
17. Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie – s/t
18. Tony Allen – The Source
19. Slowdive – s/t
20. The National – Sleep Well Beast
21. Alison Crutchfield – Tourist in This Town
22. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
23. Tyler the Creator – Scum Fuck Flower Boy
24. Jay Som – Everybody Works
25. Mount Eerie – Crow Looked at Me

Archival Releases

1. Bob Dylan – Trouble No More
2. Grateful Dead – Get Shown the Light
3. Husker Du – Savage Young Du
4. Chris Bell – The Complete Chris Bell
5. Neil Young – Hitchhiker

ps. We've been remiss at The Row in posting new arrivals here at the shop. Time constraints have prevented my doing that and I don't see that changing in the foreseeable future. However, starting in January we'll inaugurate a Ten Spins feature listing ten favorite records that we've been spinning and can't get enough of! Stay tuned!!

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