Staff Lists 2017: Our favorite non-work related music of the year (and photos of our pets)

Staff Lists 2017: Our favorite non-work related music of the year (and photos of our pets)

Daniel Gill

A completely honest, non-work related Top Ten Albums list:

1. Perfume Genius – No Shape
2. Slowdive – Slowdive
3. Fever Ray – Plunge
4. Big Thief – Capacity
5. Sheer Mag – Need To Feel Your Love
6. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
7. Destroyer – Ken
8. Vagabon – Infinite Worlds
9. Thundercat – Drunk
10. Björk – Utopia

Honorable Mention:

Girl Ray – Earl Grey
Actress – AZD
Sacred Paws – Strike a Match
Daphni – Joli Mai
Bargou 08 – Targ
Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng
Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 – Star Stuff
Downtown Boys – Cost of Living
The Clientele – Music For The Age of Miracles
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid (plus remixes)
Omni – Multi-task
Kelly Lee Owens – S/T

Favorite Reissues of 2017:

1. Hüsker Dü – Savage Young Dü
2. Radiohead – OK Computer OKNOTOK
3. Jackie Shane – Any Other Way
4. Various – Zaire 74: The African Artists
5. Various – Pop Makossa
6. Various – Ote Maloya
7. Various – Akwaba Abidjan (Afrofunk in 1970s Ivory Coast)
8. Various – Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969 – 1973
9. Various – Soul of a Nation: Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power
10. Various – Space, Energy & Light (Experimental Electronic And Acoustic Soundscapes 1961-88) ‎

 

Sophie Gilchrist

Top Albums:

1. (Sandy) Alex G – Rocket
2. Alvvays – Antisocialites
3. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
4. Kevin Morby – City Music
5. SZA – Ctrl
6. Alex Cameron – Forced Witness
7. Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm
8. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds From Another Planet
9. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
10. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory

Top Shows:

1. Ween at Music Tastes Good
2. The Avalanches at The Fonda
3. Teenage Fanclub at The Teragram
4. Liam Gallagher at The Wiltern
5. (Sandy) Alex G at Echoplex
6. Alvvays at The Roxy
7. Twin Peaks at The Regent
8. The Jesus and Mary Chain at Cloak & Dagger
9. Lemon Twigs at The Teragram
10. Champion Chills at Cloak & Dagger

 

Juan Izguerra

Top 5 Discogs purchases of 2017

5.  Various – Directions (101 international)
One of 6 compilations released by the obscure 101 international label which consists of random artists who made up band names and played shows at The 101 Club in London.
Favorite Track :
“Expressions That Change” By Alchemist Exvention
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4.  Antennas – “Just Your Love” (Single) – (Polydor)
Prog heads must know about Sensations Fix but some may not know that Franco Falsini had a previous side project. Just Your Love is a beautiful single off of The Antennas full length EP Verticle Love. This 45′ is a must have that can make anyone want to dance.
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3.  Shoc Corridor – Train of Events LP – (Quiet!)
Train of Events is the second and last LP released by Shoc Corridor. The album starts off with a great upbeat dance vibe that progresses into dark minimal synth tracks.
Favorite Track :
“Almost In Walking Distance”
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2.  Pink Industry – New Beginnings (Zulu Records)
Pink Industry’s New Beginnings is a must-own in any record collection. The album was well produced and has plenty of crazy drum beats, reverb, and beautiful vocals.
Favorite Track :
“Pain of Pride”
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1. Various – Le Cimetière Des Passions (New Wave Records)
An insane cold wave compilation compiled together by french label New Wave Records. New Wave Records is a french label is eminent for releasing punk records such as Agent Orange but released one of the craziest compilations that is not only obscure but also different from their other releases.
Favorite Track :
 “Sans Issue” By Analoid.
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Top 5 reissues of 2017
5.  Silvia – Silvia (Dark Entries)
Silvia’s Self titled LP has finally been repressed by one of the best RP labels Dark Entries. This album is full of dark, fast beat, minimal synth.
Favorite Track :
“Ich Bin Nicht Die”
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4.  Hoodoo Fushimi – In Praise of Mitochondria (Left Ear Records)
A release that many record freaks have been waiting for. A great compilation of unreleased music by Hoodoo Fushimi and released by Australian record label Left Ear Records.
Favorite Track :
“Furarete Nambo”
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3.  Chiemi Manabe – Untotooku (Great Tracks)
A holy grail that has finally been repressed for DJ’s who have been wanting to spin this. Untotooku is an amazing track that was produced by YMO’s Haruomi Hosono.
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2.  Marcos Valle ‎– Marcos Valle (Preservation Records)
A repress that has been long awaited. Marcos Valle’s self-titled LP is one of the best represses that has been released. The album features the hit “Estrelar” which is a club hit! Overall this album is a must-own and something to play on a free Sunday afternoon or a cruise to the beach on a summer day.
Favorite track :
“Estrelar”
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1.  Alec Mansion – Alec Mansion (Be With Records)
Alec Mansion’s self-titled LP is a must have. Fortunately the people at Be With Records worked hard to get this amazing album a repress. The album features beautiful vocals by Alec mansion, funky basslines and romantic keyboard sounds. There is no song that you will want to skip on this LP.
Favorite Track :
“Maintenant”