I’d like to say not posting my favorite stuff until after every day of 2017 had been exhausted was some sort of thought-out or principled thing. It wasn’t. Time got weird in 2017 for me, which is what happens when your wife gives birth and you become a father and all three of you become a family. Days disappear, and quickly (so damn quickly) months do too. So anyways, this list is late because, for me, time got warped beyond all recognition in 2017.
It was the best year of my life.
It’s a weird year to say that, but here we are. That’s not to say the year wasn’t weighty, or that I didn’t get lost in an unhealthy way in the all-consuming, endless American political nightmare. I did. I still do from time to time.
But that beautiful baby and her beautiful momma and our beautiful little family made this year something different, something special, something exciting, something better than every other year I’ve experienced.
And the songs and the albums below are what soundtracked that year for me. I don’t have much of a ranking system this year, but I can tell you that Hiss Golden Messenger, Leif Vollebekk and Lorde made my favorite records, and that “Mary,” “Universal Sound” and “Slow Mover” were my favorite songs. I didn’t have a lot of time for albums of 2017, which is why the list of those I loved is about half of what it was in 2016. I had a lot of time for 3 to 5 minute songs, though, which is why that list is pretty large compared to other years. It all evens out.
There are different versions of the songs playlist, because I know not everyone wants to wade through 350+ tunes (even though I would ride for each of the ones on that list). So, the first playlist is all the tunes I liked and the second is a pared down version of 75 of my favorite tunes, with the only rule being that there could be only one song from each artist.
Alright, that’s a lot of writing. On to the tunes and albums. Hope you find something new to love in the pile of music below. Thanks for sticking around this year- I know it’s been quiet, but I’m still here, promise. Enjoy.