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***December Seventeenth Two Thousand and Seventeen***   



It's December so that means another round of...
Top Records of 2017!!!
Wherein an old dude picks mostly predictable old dude rock music, with a few exceptions.  These are mostly in order.  



Run The Jewels - RTJ3 (Self-Released)
Sure, this technically came out last year, but it was late in December after all the lists came out and deserves recog-
nition and years are just a social contruct developed to keep old man hip hop like Run The Jewels down.  Plus, the
actual physical manifestation of the record didn't happen until this year, so, you know, fuck it...best record of the year.  
Legend Has It
Talk To Me
Thieves! (Screamed The Ghost) (feat. Tunde Adebimpe)

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The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic)
Not as good as "Lost In The Dream."  Still really damn good though.
Holding On
Pain
Strangest Thing


Grandaddy - Last Place (30th Century)
Grandaddy decided to be a band again and then make a new record that sounded exactly like their old records, but
guess what?!?  I love their old records and I'm totally fine with that.  And then their bassist Kevin Garcia died way too
young and that really fucking sucked.  
Brush with the Wild
The Boat is in the Barn



ISS - Endless Pussyfooting (State Laughter)
I'm pretty sure these guys requested to be known as the Postal Service of punk rock.  Rich formerly of Whatever Brains
continues his effort to be in as many good bands as possible.  This shit is catchy.  
penISS envy
THE GOV'T IS AFTER ME


Protomartyr - Relatives in Descent (Domino)
Detroit dad and the kids released another collection of professor punk...sometimes it feels like this band was custom
made just for me.  
Don't Go To Anacita
Up The Tower


Spiral Stairs - Doris & The Daggers (Nine Mile)
You know those Pavement songs that Spiral Stairs sang?  This is a lot like that, but for a whole album.  This is def-
initely the best dad rock record of the year.  
Angel Eyes
Dance (Cry Wolf)
The Unconditional


Destroyer - Ken (Merge)
There's kind of a dancy vibe to this version of the Dan Bejar Musical Review, but it still mostly sounds like what you
expect and/or want a Destroyer album to sound like.  
In The Morning
Tinseltown Swimming In Blood


Future Islands - The Far Field (4AD)
Jesus, I pretty much just keep listening to the same bands make more or less the same records, but goddammit
eventually you just figure out what you like, ya know?
Cave
Ran


Booji Boys - Booji Boys (Drunken Sailor)
Catchy punk that sounds like it was recorded inside of an old coffee can buried two blocks from the recording studio.
Dear Donnie
Dream Of Booji


King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard - Murder Of The Universe (ATO)
I'm always in and out on this band, but this record is a non-stop multi-guitar orgy of Dungeons & Dragons-esque silli-
ness...it shouldn't work, and it might not for most people, but I'm feeling it.     
(This is sort of a tough one to post individual song from, cause the whole thing plays as one long song, so just con-
sider these excerpts.)
Altered Beast I
The Lord Of Lightning


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Honorable Mention!
Better than bad but not quite great.  Listed in alphabetical order.

Alvvays - Antisocialites (Polyvinyl)
Birds Of Avalon - Operator's Midnight (Third Uncle)
Brad Pot - Brad Pot (Slovenly)
The Clientele - Music for the Age of Miracles (Merge)
Diet Cig - Swear I'm Good At This (Frenchkiss)
Jeremy Enigk - Ghosts (Lewis Hollow)
Escape-ism - Introduction to Escape-Ism (Merge)
The Flaming Lips - Oczy Mlody (Warner Bros)
Guided By Voices - How Do You Spell Heaven (Guided By Voices Inc)
Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble - Find Me Finding You (Drag City)
Metz - Strange Peace (Sub Pop)
The New Pornographers - Whiteout Conditions (Concord)
Pallbearer - Heartless (Profound Lore)
Sylvan Esso - What Now (Loma Vista)


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Best Singles/EPs!
Note: The B&S EP is getting two friends in 2018 to make an EP box set, and the whole thing will probably be high on
my best of 2018 list because I'm psychic and also that's where B&S records always end up.  

Belle & Sebastian - How to Solve Our Human Problems (Part 1) EP (Matador)
Chavez - Cockfighters EP (Matador)
Superchunk - Break The Glass 7'' (Merge)
Superchunk - I Got Cut 7'' (Merge)
Total Control - Laughing At The System 12'' (Alter)





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