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Old 12-01-2017, 09:33 AM
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It's that time of year again! That time when it's too early for this thread, but I have to have a list of favorite album prepared anyway, so I might as well post it!

This year, like all years, had a whole lot of good music, I had to cut a lot of favorites from this list, but so it goes.

20. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
19. Forest Swords - Compassion
18. Kesha - Rainbow
17. Migos - Culture
16. Lorde - Melodrama
15. SZA - Ctrl
14. The xx - I See You
13. Perfume Genius - No Shape
12. Fever Ray - Plunge
11. 2 Chainz - Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

10. Leon - Bird World
9. LCD Soundsystem - american dream
8. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
7. Yaeji - Yaeji/EP2
6. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION
5. Björk - Utopia
4. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
3. Charly Bliss - Guppy
2. Jay Som - Everybody Works
1. Blanck Mass - World Eater

There are a lot of things I probably missed this year. I wanna know what everyone else enjoyed!

(You don't have to make a list if you don't want. Trust me, it's not worth it)

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Old 12-01-2017, 10:06 AM
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Spoon's Hot Thoughts and Sparks' Hippopotamus for sure. I'm also a fan of the Lorde, Staples and Kendrick albums.
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Good albums this year:

The xx - I See You
Neil Cicierega - Mouth Moods
Sampha - Process
The Shins - Heartworms
Spoon - Hot Thoughts
Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
Slowdive - Slowdive
The Afghan Whigs - In Spades
The Mountain Goats - Goths
Phoenix - Ti amo
Lorde - Melodrama
Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up
Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
Broken Social Scene - Hug of Thunder
Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy
Brand New - Science Fiction
Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins
The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
Iron & Wine - Beast Epic
LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
The National - Sleep Well Beast
Ariel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
St. Vincent - Masseduction
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Old 12-01-2017, 11:07 AM
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In no particular order
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Old 12-01-2017, 11:38 AM
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This was a good year for me!

10. Avey Tare - Eucalyptus ~~~ (psychedelic folk)
9. Brian Eno - Reflection ~~~ (ambient)
8. Ryuichi Sakamoto - async ~~~ (ambient)
7. Aidan Baker, Simon Goff, Thor Harris - Noplace ~~~ (minimalist)
6. Boris - Dear ~~~ (sludge metal)
5. Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun ~~~ (gothic doom metal)
4. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION ~~~ (art pop)
3. Ulver - The Assassination of Julius Caesar ~~~ (synth pop, art pop)
2. David Bowie - No Plan ~~~ (art rock, jazz)
1. Broken Social Scene - Hug of Thunder ~~~ (indie rock)


MOST SURPRISING: Broken Social Scene - Hug of Thunder

"Indie Rock" has been in decline since the beginning of the decade; the once-titans of the genre have moved on to new pastures, or just disappeared entirely. Broken Social Scene themselves have been on hiatus since 2010, and their last good album dates even earlier (2005). So how the hell did they knock out an album as good as any from indie rock's glory days in 2017? Where did this come from? I have no idea but I'm grateful.

MOST HARROWING: David Bowie - No Plan

Where Blackstar is Bowie making peace with his impending death, No Plan is admitting that he has, well, no plan. Across the EP's three non-album tracks, you can hear Bowie go from confused, to angry, to tearfully saying goodbye. It showcases his emotional journey and reveals that his acceptance was not as graceful as imagined.

It's a difficult listen. But it's a good one.

MOST ODD CONCEPT: Ulver - The Assassination of Julius Caesar

As if Ulver doing synthpop wasn't odd enough, this is a synthpop album with lyrics about the Roman Empire. This is not a complaint, mind; if anything I wish it was a full-blown concept album as the name described, instead of just loosely referencing Roman times.

MOST DISAPPOINTING: Arcade Fire - Everything Now

Arcade Fire is so in love with themselves that they thought it would be compelling to make an album centred around what has always been their worst inclination: vague lyricism that "technology is bad, actually". Not to say there's nothing to mine from this concept, but Arcade Fire hasn't said much of anything in the past, doesn't say much of anything now, and yet expects this to be a profound revelation— doubling down on it with an ironic-not-ironic ad campaign blitz. The album does have some signs of life— such as "Signs of Life"— but most of it fails to do much of anything.

In conclusion: more like Arcade Dire

MOST PHONED-IN: Death from Above 1979 - Outrage! Is Now

DFA reveal that any differences present on their second album were not glimmers of creativity and an indication of where the band might head, but accidents and mistakes to be aggressively stamped out. With Outrage!, DFA show they have no interest in doing anything beyond rehashing their first, famous album and cashing in on good will and nostalgia. It's hard to believe that there was a time I was excited for this reunion.
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Old 12-01-2017, 07:25 PM
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Mastodon - Emperor of Sand
The Cranberries - Something Else
Nine Inch Nails - Add Violence

Those albums are basically the only new music I've listened to this year, so I guess they are favorites by default. (And the Cranberries album is mostly old tracks redone.)

Two out of three 90s bands should date me, if there was any doubt.
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:14 PM
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Rag 'n' Bone Man is definitely the discovery of the year for me.
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:38 AM
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I thought the new St. Vincent and, surprisingly, the new Paramore albums were both awesome.

And yeah I agree the new Arcade Fire album was fuckin' trash.
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:47 AM
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And yeah I agree the new Arcade Fire album was fuckin' trash.
Y'all got me curious so I put on Creature Comforts and it's like I'm listening to Foster the People but without the sincerity and nuance that made it interesting.

The nicest thing I can say about it is that the video's weird lighting and horrifying costumes probably induce in people the feelings I get every time I see people trying to rehabilitate the American 80s, like the shambling corpse of a zombified Ronald Reagan polluting everything it comes into contact with. If it can be said to be about anything, it's what it comes to me most strongly.
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The album's got its up and downs but Everything Now is the great 80s single Toto pastiche we never got.
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Old 12-04-2017, 11:37 AM
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The nicest thing I can say about it is that the video's weird lighting and horrifying costumes probably induce in people the feelings I get every time I see people trying to rehabilitate the American 80s, like the shambling corpse of a zombified Ronald Reagan polluting everything it comes into contact with. If it can be said to be about anything, it's what it comes to me most strongly.
The video kind of cracks me up, the way it's super widescreen so 6" 4' Win Butler keeps having to lean awkwardly into the frame.
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The album's got its up and downs but Everything Now is the great 80s single Toto pastiche we never got.
I do like the title track a good deal, actually. "Electric Blue" is another standout.

But then you have "Chemistry".
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Old 12-05-2017, 10:49 AM
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i really dont know beyond the top few
1. Alan Vega - It (synth punk whatever)
2. Kav - Chattering Medicine (black/death metal)
3. Yowie - Synchromysticism (extremely math rock)
4. David Kanaga - Operaism (experimental midi/collage)
5. Jute Gyte - Oviri (avant-garde/modernism/black metal)
6. Incapacitants - Survival of the Laziest (noise)
7. Dälek - Endangered Philosophies (hip-hop/industrial)
8. Darren Keen - It's Never Too Late to Say You're Welcome (footwork)
9. Johan Berthling / Martin Küchen / Steve Noble - Threnody, at the Gates (jazz/free jazz)
10. Robert Hood - Paradygm Shift (Detroit techno)
11. Craven Idol - The Shackles of Mammon (black metal)
12. John Zorn - There Is No More Firmament (chamber jazz)
13. Oh Sees - Orc (rock)
14. Clark - Death Peak (IDM?)
15. The Residents - The Ghost of Hope (experimental rock)
16. Endon - Through the Mirror (weird assorted metal flavors)
17. Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens (house)
18. Aye Nako - Silver Haze (indie/punk)
19. Richard Dawson - Pheasant (folk/pysch)
20. Yolk - Solar (fans of Magma)

lots of honorables too like shamir, young thug, ulver, actress, jlin, felicia atkinson, vince staples, cornelius
and obviously lots i still need to listen to. i would post examples but some aren't on youtube and im lazy
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But then you have "Chemistry".
I think that the bluesy, rockin' sort of country absolutely can work with reggae influences, but I'm questioning that belief after listening to this song.
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i really dont know beyond the top few
1. Alan Vega - It (synth punk whatever)
2. Kav - Chattering Medicine (black/death metal)
3. Yowie - Synchromysticism (extremely math rock)
4. David Kanaga - Operaism (experimental midi/collage)
5. Jute Gyte - Oviri (avant-garde/modernism/black metal)
6. Incapacitants - Survival of the Laziest (noise)
7. Dälek - Endangered Philosophies (hip-hop/industrial)
8. Darren Keen - It's Never Too Late to Say You're Welcome (footwork)
9. Johan Berthling / Martin Küchen / Steve Noble - Threnody, at the Gates (jazz/free jazz)
10. Robert Hood - Paradygm Shift (Detroit techno)
11. Craven Idol - The Shackles of Mammon (black metal)
12. John Zorn - There Is No More Firmament (chamber jazz)
13. Oh Sees - Orc (rock)
14. Clark - Death Peak (IDM?)
15. The Residents - The Ghost of Hope (experimental rock)
16. Endon - Through the Mirror (weird assorted metal flavors)
17. Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens (house)
18. Aye Nako - Silver Haze (indie/punk)
19. Richard Dawson - Pheasant (folk/pysch)
20. Yolk - Solar (fans of Magma)
What I like about this list is that I can't be sure you didn't make the entire thing up.
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I've just been listening to the last three Neko Case albums over and over again in my car for the whole year.
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Old 12-05-2017, 08:28 PM
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What I like about this list is that I can't be sure you didn't make the entire thing up.
sometimes i think about throwing a fake or two in just to see if anyone objects

and maybe i did... (i didn't(or did i))
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also this made me double check on aye nako cuz i sorta ignored this for a while since i listened early in the year and was sure they were gonna be sorta big but i guess not?

real 90s alt rock throwback stuff, i guess exists as a child of riot grrl
it's good
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This is where I look up and realize that the only new stuff that has really stuck is:
  • Cardi B - Bodak Yellow
  • Future - Mask Off
  • Jay-Z - Story of OJ
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This is where I look up and realize that the only new stuff that has really stuck is:
  • Cardi B - Bodak Yellow
  • Future - Mask Off
  • Jay-Z - Story of OJ
There was an article a few years back about how people stop listening to new music at 33, and apparently I'm right in the center of that bell curve. I just straight up don't give a shit about being on the cutting edge of the music scene anymore.
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Meanwhile I just turned 30 and this is by far the most new music I've ever listened to in a single year.
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Meanwhile I just turned 30 and this is by far the most new music I've ever listened to in a single year.
You're on the far end of the bell curve. There is no beating STATISTICS

(30 was like that for me too, because I spent two years listening to my complete collection in alphabetical order. It was awesome)
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There was an article a few years back about how people stop listening to new music at 33, and apparently I'm right in the center of that bell curve. I just straight up don't give a shit about being on the cutting edge of the music scene anymore.
I listen to a lot of new music these days thanks to my younger friends, but most of it is rap and most of that is in the new style where I can't make out any of the lyrics. I don't think it's a coincidence that two of the three songs I mentioned are pretty sedate and the third is Don't Stop Believing levels of weaponized earworm.
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Thanks to this thread I've listened to Chemistry like 20 times now.

I like it. It's clever, obnoxious, and really drives home the point they're trying to make
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Meanwhile I just turned 30
Well that was unexpected.
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2017 has been an amazing year for music for me:

Godflesh - Post Self
Blade Runner 2049: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Various Artists ‎– 80s Underground Cassette Culture Volume 1
Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun
Myrkur - Mareridt
Depeche Mode - Spirit
Slowdive - Slowdive
Rhys Fulber - Realism
Marnie - Strange Words and Weird Wars
Vatican Shadow / Ancient Methods - Bunkerterror
Vatican Shadow ‎– Luxor Necropolitics
Aleja Sanchez - Ether EP
Aleja Sanchez - In Front of Falsehood
Everything else Aleja Sanchez released in 2017
Boris - Dear
City - A Goal Is an Image
Garbage - No Horses
Health - Disco3
Health - Disco3+
Health - Blue Monday (from the Atomic Blonde soundtrack)
Purity Ring - Asido
Aphex Twin - Korg Trax
Aphex Twin - Orphans
Believer - 1 of 5
Believer - 2 of 5
Mesarthim - Presence
JK Flesh - Suicide Estate Antibiotic Armageddon
JK Flesh - Exit Stance
VIOLENCE - Human Dust to Fertilize the Impotent Garden

I'll probably add more as I think of them.
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Well that was unexpected.
what
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I thought you were closer to 35 than 30.
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