Our Favorite Things 2017

Best Of 2017

Lana Del Rey-Lust For Life (Interscope)

Hurray For The Riff Raff-The Navigator (ATO)

Little Simz-Stillness In Wonderland (Age 101)

Shinichi Atobe-From The Heart, It’s A Start, A Work Of Art (DDS)

Tara Jane O’Neil-Tara Jane O’Neil (Gnomonsong)

Kari Faux-Primary (Subjective Records)

Shilpa Ray-Door Girl (Northern Spy)

Nina Becker-Acrilico (YB Music)

Various: Mister Saturday Night, Then And Now (Mister Saturday Night)

L’Rain-L’Rain (Astro Nautico)

Girl Ray-Earl Gray (Moshi Moshi)

Nadah El Shazly-Ahwar (Nawa Recordings)

Rat Columns-Candle Power (Upset! The Rhythm)

Brainwaltzera-Poly-Ana (FILM)

Sampa The Great-Birds And The Bee9 (Big Dada)

Richard Dawson-Peasant (Weird World)

Hand Habit-Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Old) (Woodist)

Circuit Des Yeux-Reaching For Indigo (Drag City)

Mavis Staples-If All I Was Was Black (Anti-)

Spirit Fest-Spirit Fest (Morr Music)

Rata Negra-Oído Absoluto (La Vida Es Un Mus)

Aimee Mann-Mental Illness (SuperEgo)

Roe Enney-Glare (Root Strata)

Erasure-World Be Gone (Mute)

Kelela-Take Me Apart (Warp)

Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow, Bobby Previte-Loneliness Road (Rare Noise)

Felicia Atkinson-Hand In Hand (Shelter Press)

Armand Hammer-Rome (Backwoodz Studioz)

You’ll Never Get To Heaven-Images (Yellow K)

Carol Craig-Versus (Planet E)

Adult Mom-Soft Spots (Tiny Engines)

Anna Of The North-Lovers (Honeymoon/Plus 1)

Hampshire & Foat-Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand (Athens Of The North)

Ian Felice-In The Kingdom Of Dreams (New York Pro)

Nidia Minaj-Nídia É Má, Nídia É Fudida (Principe)

Diamondstein-Lullabies For Broken Spirits (Diamondstein)

Dai Burger-Soft Serve (First One Up)

Baxter Dury-Prince Of Tears (Le Label/Heavenly)

Ladama-Ladama (Six Degrees)

Ella & Sage-To Lose My Muse (Ella & Sage)

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith-The Kid (Western Vinyl)

Porter Ricks-Anguilla Electrica (Tresor)

Sawako-Planetary Music: Tokyo Yoga Sleep Meditations 001 (Tiny Tiny Press)

Spinning Coin-Permo (Geographic)

Maximum Joy-I Can’t Stand It Here On Quiet Nights: Singles 1981-82 (Silent Street)

Mz. Vee-DaaVee (Lynx)

Roger Eno-This Floating Work (Recital Work)

Lomelda-Thx (Double Double Whammy)

Sudan Archives-Sudan Archives (Stones Throw)

CEP-Drawing A Target Around The Arrow (Pannonica)

Julie Byrne-Not Even Happiness (Ba Da Bing)

Motion City Drum Ensemble-DJ Kicks (K7)

Becca-Unveiling (Zylofon Music)

Tiny Blue Ghosts-Growing Pains (Tiny Blue Ghosts)

Yaeji-EP2 (GODMODE)

Mega Bog-Happy Together (Nicey)

Depeche Mode-Spirit (Mute)

The Beacon Sound Choir-Sunday Songs (First Terrace)

Nick Hakim-Green Twins (ATO)

Neil Young-Hitchhiker (Reprise)

Opposum Sun Trail-Death Raga Run-on Sentence (Opposum Sun Trail)

Kelly Lee Owens-Kelly Lee Owens (Smalltown Supersound)

Golden Teacher-No Luscious Life (Golden Teacher)

Tony Humpries-Running Back Mastermix (Running Back)

Jackie Shane-Any Other Way (Numero)

Amy O-Elastic (Winspear)

Sam Amidon-The Following Mountain (Barn None)

J.O.B. Band-Live At The Point After, 20 Aug 1977 (Athens Of The North)

Zara McFarlane-Arise (Brownswood)

The Weather Station-The Weather Station (Paradise of Bachelors)

DJ Stingray-Kern Vol 4 (Tresor)

Wu-Tang-The Saga Continues (eOne)

Jlin- Black Origami (Planet Mu)

Radiator Hospital-Play The Songs You Like (Salinas Records)

Poppy-Poppy.Computer (Mad Decent)

Phoebe Bridgers-Strangers In The Alps (Dead Oceans)

Dominique Lawalree-First Meeting (Catch Wave)

Ron Trent-Primitive Arts (Peace Frog)

Laetitia Sadier Souce Ensemble-Find Me Finding You (Drag City)

Arca-Arca (XL)

Saint Etienne-Home Counties (Heavenly)

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Our favorite things 2015

Top of the list this year:

Lin-Manuel Miranda-Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording (Atlantic)

Sarah Mary Chadwick-9 Classic Tracks (Silt Breeze)

Ela Orleans-Upper Hell (HB Recordings)

Jessica Pratt-On Your Own Love Again (Drag City)

Dr. Yen Lo (Ka)-Days With Dr Yen Lo (Pavlov Institute)

Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators-Happiness Is Every Style

Blur-The Magic Whip (Parlophone)

Pagans-Pirates’s Cove 9/24/79 (Thermionic)

Santiago Salazar-Chicanismo (Love What You Feel)

The Weather Station-Loyalty (Parade of Bachelors)

Synkro-Changes (Apollo)

Heather Woods Broderick-Glider (Western Vinyl)

Big Miz-Midnight Man Handle 12″ (Dixon Avenue Basement Jams)

C. Duncan-Architect (Fat Cat)

Mumdance & Logos-Proto (Tectonic)

Sleaford Mods-Key Markets (Harbinger Sound)

Bcee-Come & Joins Us (Spearhead)

Anna Caragnano & Donato Dozzy-Sintetizzatrice (Spectrum Spools)

Suzanne Kraft-Talk From Home (Melody As Truth)

Knife Pleats-Hat Bark Beach (Lost Sound Tape)

L’Orange & Kool Keith-Time? Astonishing! (Mello Music)

Happy Meals-Apero (Night School)

Jex-Good Timin’ 12″ (Running Back)

Gloria Ann Taylor-Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing (Luv n’ Haight)

DJ PayPal-Sold Out (Brainfeeder)

Yo La Tengo-Stuff Like That There (Matador)

Event Cloak-Life Strategies (Orange Milk Records)

High Up-Two Weeks/You Can’t Give Up On Me (self tape)

Roots Manuva-Bleeds (Ninja Tunes)

Maki Asakawa-Maki Asakawa (Honest Jon’s)

Tica Douglas-Joey (Swell Records)

Nidia Minaj-Danger 12″ (Príncipe)

Yowler-The Offer (Double Double Whammy)

New Order-Music Complete (Mute)

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment-Surf (self)

Inflatable Boy Clams-2×7″ reissue (Superior Viaduct)

Archie Pelago-Clammy Customer 12″ (Mister Saturday Night)

Will Sessions-The Elmatic Instrumentals (Fat Beats)

Spinning Coin-4 Song EP (blue tape)

Linkwood-Expressions (Firecracker)

Snoop Dogg-Bush (Doggy Style/Columbia)

Teknospray-God In Land reissue (Der Klang)

DJ Spinn-Off That Loud 12″ (Hyperdub)

Goldberg-Misty Flats (Future Days)

This Is The Kit-Bashed Out (Brassland)

Shilpa Ray – Shilpa Ray Is Last Year’s Savage (NSPY)

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Our Favorites of 2012

[one_half] Cian Ciaran-Outside In
Gudrun Gut-Wildlife
Various-Laila Je T’Aime
LV-Sebenza
Donald Fagen-Sunken Condos
Tin Man-Neo Neo Acid
Frank Ocean-Orange
Chairlift-Something
the Clean-Oddities
Julia Holter-Ekstasis
Big K.R.I.T.-Return of 4Eva
Leron Carson-Redbulb Theory ’87-’88
Kevin Ayers-Joy of a Toy (reissue)
Nas-Life Is Good
Saint Etienne-Word and Music
Andy Stott- Luxury Problems
Aimee Mann-Charmer
Carter Tutti Void- Transverse [/one_half]

[one_half_last] Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe – Timon Irkok Manta
Cat Power – Sun
Beach House – Bloom
Actress – R.I.P.
Patti Smith – Banga
Damon Albran – Dr Dee
Azealia Banks – 1991
The Trypes – Music For Neighbors
Millions of Boys – Competing For Your Love
Lower Dens – Nootrpics
Laetitia Sadier – Silenco
Shop Assistants – S/T Compilation
Solange – True
Sharon Van Etton – Tramp
The Roots – Undun
Fiona Apple – the idler wheel is wiser than the driver of the screw and whipping cords will serve you more than ropes will ever do
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