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Old 12-08-2017, 11:10 AM
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Old 12-08-2017, 12:09 PM
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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'm 38 and I've listened to more new albums this year than probably any other! That's mostly because I signed up for a streaming music last year and now it's become second-nature for me to just play whatever catches my eye. Overall, though, I've generally been way more open-minded about music in my 30s than I was in my 20s. When I was younger, I was really picky about what was "good" and refused to listen to a lot of music out of principle. But at some point in the last few years, I realized that I spent all day at a desk and I could use that time to try some new things. Since then, I've developed an interest in rap, R&B and electronic music that 20-something me would never have understood.

Anyway! 2017 has been a weird year for music, personally, because so many artists that I like have put out albums. Unfortunately, none of them has really stuck with me, even though most of them are competent. Ordered roughly from least-good to most-good:

Arcade Fire - Man, I listened to this once and even that felt like too much.
Fleet Foxes - Very long, very slow, kind of a slog.
Phoenix - This is pretty bland for a Phoenix album, and that's coming from someone who kinda like Bankrupt. Has a few decent tunes.
The War on Drugs - This is a fine album, but I can't really tell it apart from Lost in the Dream
LCD Sound System - Good album, but it doesn't have a lot of standout tracks
Oh Wonder - I think their first album was underrated and this one is a decent followup, if not surprising
Four Tet - Pretty cool album of low-key electronic music
Open Mike Eagle - The album goes to some weird places, but it has a few tracks I really love, like (How Could Anybody) Feel At Home and Brick Body Complex
St Vincent - Masseduction is solid and enjoyable, but not excellent
Grizzly Bear - This is a good album by a band I like but am not always in the mood to listen to
Beck - Surprisingly, Colors might be my favorite album from 2017. Beck made a party album and it's fun! But even this one doesn't really transcend, despite being a pretty good listen.

In terms of new discoveries, the Mummy Demastered soundtrack by monomer is super good. Come to think of it, it might actually be my real favorite album of 2017 - and I haven't even played the game yet! Afterlight by Imar is also a really good album of traditional music, if you're into that. And the Pyre soundtrack is another one that's worth a listen.

I'm starting to see best of 2017 lists popping up, so I'll be giving some of those albums a spin over the next week or two. Maybe I'll find something that I really like? Otherwise, it hasn't been a year that's really set my heart on fire, musically speaking.
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Old 12-08-2017, 12:34 PM
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I'm 38 and I've listened to more new albums this year than probably any other!
I still listen to new albums by artists I'm familiar with, which seems to be most of your list. Plus older stuff I hadn't heard before.

I think what's really going on with me is that I suddenly became a podcast listener this year, which eats up a lot of my ear time.
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Old 12-08-2017, 12:46 PM
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I still listen to new albums by artists I'm familiar with, which seems to be most of your list. Plus older stuff I hadn't heard before.

I think what's really going on with me is that I suddenly became a podcast listener this year, which eats up a lot of my ear time.
Well, that was a list of albums by artists that I already knew who put out new stuff in 2017, so.

Podcasts definitely eat up a lot of time, but I can't listen to them at work, so that's all music time. I still go through like 6 hours of podcasts a week, if not more.
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:15 PM
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I praised Rag 'N' Bone Man upthread already, but damn I cannot stop listening to these:





I swear, white Brits are the only white people that manage to channel black American music effectively.
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Old 12-09-2017, 01:02 PM
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I cut my own edges for music appreciation.



Cut them right up.



Into shreds.



Shreds of great music.
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Old 12-09-2017, 01:41 PM
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I'm 37 and probably stopped seriously listening to new music somewhere in my mid-20s. It's not a matter of rejecting new music necessarily but not having the time/energy to keep up with it. Especially with Spotify, where I can just make my own playlists, I don't really have much of an onus to discover new things. Back when I used Pandora, it was a bit different because I'd be exposed to things I'd never heard before. But Spotify? I just jump-jump to whatever I want at that moment. (I know Spotify has some kind of radio function. Again, can't be arsed to look.)

I'm also snooty and particular about music, always have been, and the snootiness just gets worse as I get older. But I do get to participate in the age-old tradition of giving my kids shit for their music, so that's fun. "EDM? This is horseshiiiiiiit. Alt-J? I didn't raise you to listen to no alt-J! Put that Helmet album back on and give me 200 words about why we don't listen to shit like alt-J."*

You gotta have fun with it.

*This is an exaggeration. Don't get nervous.
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Old 12-09-2017, 04:35 PM
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2017 was the year I finally started streaming, and the year I really got into bedroom pop. Most of my favorite stuff has been loose tracks, and nearly all of my favorite releases have been EPs:

Favorite Full Releases, to my recollection
- Cina Polada - Cina Polada
- Beach Fossils - Somersault
- Parcels - Hideout
- Pond - The Weather
- Buscabulla - EP II
- The Cold Beat - Chaos by Invitation
- Marlin's Dreaming - Lizard Tears
- Cigarettes After Sex - Cigarettes After Sex
- The Marias - Superclean Vol. I
- Boy Pablo - Boy Pablo

My singles and loose tracks playlist has 244 tracks on it, and maybe 20, 30 of those are getting chopped, tops. Totally unmanageable. I might come up with a few of the best tracks later.
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Old 12-09-2017, 05:56 PM
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I have massive bias, but I'm rather fond of this.
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:33 AM
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Thing I liked that I haven't seen posted yet:

Thundercat - Drunk
The Midnight - Nocturnal
San Fermin - Belong
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:30 PM
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Settled on mine:

1. The xx- I See You
2. The War On Drugs- A Deeper Understanding
3. Lorde- Melodrama
4. Los Campesinos!- Sick Scenes
5. EMA- Exile In The Outer Ring
6. Slowdive- Slowdive
7. New Pornographers- Whiteout Conditions
8. Waxahatchee- Out In The Storm
9. Neil Cicierega- Mouth Moods
10. Priests- Nothing Feels Natural


Top Ten Songs Not On Those Albums (In Alphabetical Order):

Julie Byrne- "Natural Blue"
Destroyer- "Tinseltown Swimming In Blood"
HAIM- "Nothing's Wrong"
Japandroids- "True Love And A Free Life Of Free Will"
Kendrick Lamar- "Humble"
The Mountain Goats- "Paid In Cocaine"
Mount Eerie- "Forest Fire"
Protomartyr- "Half Sister"
Sampha- "Blood On Me"
Spoon- "Can I Sit Next To You"
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Old 12-13-2017, 09:46 PM
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Mouth Moods has been mentioned a lot, but I think it's important to point out how it's been much more pointed than the previous releases in the series.

Sure, Walk the Dinosaur was always a song about nuclear holocaust, but now it's a 60s protest anthem about nuclear holocaust that ends with the musical equivalent of a bomb going off due to the chaotic and messy way that Dear Prudence ends

This song is immediately followed by a song about toxic masculinity and the ways it's shaped and distorted our culture

Later there's a song about the isolation felt by and community formed of queer black youth in a deeply racist and homophobic society.

Hell, there's even a song that just skewers the, ah, questionably-accurate promises delivered by the tech sector.

Oh yeah, and wonderwall.

Mouth Sounds and Mouth Silence were about experimenting with ideas and technique. But Mouth Moods is about something. It is the soundtrack of 2017. Chaotic, strange, unapologetically commercial, and punk-adjacent.
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Old 12-22-2017, 07:39 AM
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Idk if I'll actually do a top songs list but I think lil uzi vert - the way life goes is my number one.
eh let's try to list some others
ariadne - on your knees (this album should be in my top 10 now actually)
alan vega - prayer
Jlin - The Escape of the Blvck Rxbbit
Information Flash - Early in the Mornin
oto hiax - Creeks
Kav - Chattering Medicine
Clark - Butterfly Prowler
Tzusing - 日出東方 唯我不敗
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Old 12-26-2017, 04:27 PM
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i guess i'll be that guy- my favorite song this year was despacito, by a wide margin. Followed by Neil C.
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Old 12-27-2017, 07:22 PM
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I loved -loved- that in the year of Trump the biggest hit was by a Puerto Rican national.
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Old 12-30-2017, 02:21 AM
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i love everything but i mostly listen to japanese trash music so i've really appreciated this thread

with both of those things in mind here are my contributions (with slight cheating due to the oddity of comiket being at the very end of the year)

lapix - come to me feat. such
aran and powerless - hymn to gaia
redalice & monico - find me!!
kobaryo and dj genki - yggdrasil
taishi - imitation of our history
sakuzyo - 乙姫
xi and sta - northward
srav3r - air
camellia - love yiff!
dj noriken - #hyprflvx
tomoyuki sakakida and aikapin - ctrl+c
lapix - concept of reality feat. renko

twelve seems like a good number
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One song I'd be remiss if I didn't mention: Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man.

Just try not to move to that.
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P4K called Bodak Yellow song of the year and that works for me
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Apologies for the lack of links. I post from my phone.

Artificial Brain - Infrared Horizon

This is technical death metal that borders on prog. Seems to have fully digested and reinterpreted the recent albums of Gorguts. This might normally be a strike against a new album, but given how modern and revolutionary those recent Gorguts albums are, it’s an impressive achievement to even approach that sound in a competent way.

Grails - Chalice Hymnal

Instrumental rock, like film music. Compares to Earth and Tortoise. I think this is Grails’ best album. It took me by surprise a few times.
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One song I'd be remiss if I didn't mention: Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man.

Just try not to move to that.
I'm so happy with the success Portugal. The Man has seen with this single. They're one of the hardest working bands around. I remember seeing them in like... 2006?? in salt lake city. They were on tour with mewithoutYou, the opening act. I'd never heard of the band at this point, only that they were former members of Anatomy of a Ghost. They walked up on stage for their set, holding bongos and acoustic guitars. The singer got on the mic and said something along the lines of "Hey, we're going to play an unplugged set tonight. Not because we want to. Long story short, our trailer broke. So here we go." And then they played this acoustic set, with band members from every other band joining them on stage to add percussion and whatever else, clearly just sort of winging it, very unplanned, very intimate and cool.

Fast forward a couple years (2009??), I've got most of their discography at this point (Church Mouth being my favorite record of theirs). I finally get to see them play a real-ass show where they were headlining, touring for their album Censored Colors, and it was seriously one of the most amazing shows I've ever seen. They would go off on musical tangents for minutes at a time, right in the middle of their songs, breaking out into stuff like "Raindrops keep fallin on my head" or whatever other classics. They would add massive solo sections in their own songs, with a massive light show to accompany it all. All the band members would sing and it was incredible. They played all the songs I wanted to hear. I'll never forget it, such an amazing performance.

Fast forward another nine years, suddenly P.TM comes out with this fucking explosive single, and you can't go anywhere without hearing this goddamn earworm of a song. I love it so much. The whole album ain't bad either, y'all should check it out. I'm just incredibly happy these guys have found so much success.

EDIT: Gonna just drop this in here. It's an old ass song, but one of my favorites from this band, who everyone should check out, because they're awesome. They have a huge catalog of music across multiple full length and EP records!
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Old 01-10-2018, 01:45 PM
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Boy, that "Feel It Still" songs sounds like something that would in an Apple commercial.

*Googles the song*

Oh. Well then.
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I'm 41, and the only new music I listen to is the stuff on pop/adult pop radio.

Portugal the Man. Feel it Still
Imagine Dragons - Thunder/Believer

Most of the stuff I listen to in the car is mainly what's on my iPod, which is almost all 90s-2000s Industrial like KMFDM, Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy, Assemblage 23, Ministry.
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Old 03-01-2018, 09:31 PM
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I've also been listening to Don't Take the Money by Bleachers a lot lately. The more I listen to music from last year the more convinced I am it's the best year in music this decade.

Probably the same for movies and games. We needed escape from 2017 and 2017 delivered.
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