Best of 2017 in Music

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Since 2002, I have obsessively tracked and categorized the music I listen to. It started as a way to share the songs and artists discovered while working in college radio with friends. I would regularly rip audio files, make quarterly Windows Media playlists and even burn CD’s.

For the last few years Spotify and YouTube have been my main source for listening to music and organizing monthly “Mixtapes.”

50-26 | Best Concerts and Albums 25-1



5) St. Vincent – Masseducation

Fun, dark, weird, aurally pleasing. Everything you want fom St. Vincent.


4) LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

The “we’ve grown up partying together but everything is fucked now” album of the year.


3) Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

Josh Tillman uses his charm and wit to go for society’s throat. Sure, it feels preachy at times but maybe that’s what we need.


2) The National – Sleep Well Beast

Easily one of my most listened to records of the year! Unfortunately, my love for the National left me a bit disappointed with this one as compared to previous albums. The first single, The System Only Dreams of Darkness was a fucking killer and probably sits at the top of many year-end lists. After that though, not much of anything. Sure there are some other good tracks (Empire Line, I’ll Destroy You, Day I Die, Guilty Party) but nothing else really lives up to their top track. That being said, it is still a wonderful piece to throw on the record player and listen to beginning to end.


1) The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

Hands down, the best album of 2017. Each song seems to start slow then build and end with a sonically stout jam session.


Also: the xx – I see you, Kendrick Lamar – DAMN, SZA – CTRL, Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry


5) A Perfect Circle | Cedar Park Center April 25th

I bought these tickets long in advance and was excited to see APC for the first time! They did not disappoint.

4) Murder By Death | Mohawk Jun. 25th

Got to see two of my girlfriend’s favorite bands (Tiger Army) do two very different styles of music – and I absolutely loved it! Sometimes the best shows are the ones you are not expecting anything from.

3) The War on Drugs | Stubbs Oct. 1st

The War on Drugs was the soundtrack to most of my 2017 road trips. Seeing them jam at Stubbs helped solidify A Deeper Understand as my top album.


2) Sigur Rós | ACL LIVE June 9th & 10th

Two amazing nights of one of the greatest live shows I have ever seen! Night one we set in the mezzanine area amongst a few folks who wouldn’t shut the fuck up. Also, there were clearly audio problems towards the end as Jónsi smashed his guitar until it no longer made a sound during the closing of #8. Still – amazing. A FUCKING MAZING LIGHTS AND SOUNDS. Also, I think the LSD hit me a bit too hard.

Night two we drive back from a funeral in Houston just in time for the show. It was the same set list but something was more magical that night. The audio was perfect, the crowd was much better, and we didn’t want it to end.

1) Father John Misty | Bass Concert Hall Sept. 29th

Thanks to a friend, I was able to purchase incredible seats only nine rows back (center) for this amazing light show and performance. I had already been amazed by FJM during an ACL Taping earlier in the year but was blown away watching them inside the wonderful confines of Bass Concert Hall. Rarely does a show sweep me away to where I lose track of time and don’t want it to end.  And yes, I cried, again.

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Notable: Stevie Nicks | Erwin Center, FJM | ACL LIVE, Harvey Benefit | Erwin Center, Angel Olsen | ACL Fest, Day For Night Fest, SOHN | Mohawk, SXSW, Dudley & Bob 25th Anniversary Show | Paramount, Sylvan Esso | Stubbs, Hamilton Leithauser | ACL FEST, Whitney | ACL FEST, the xx | ACL FEST


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Top in Hip Hop

I don’t know enough about hip-hop to include it in my top 50 BUT there are always a few songs that stick out.

t-5) Vince Staples-  Big Fish

Could not get it out of my head.

5) Royce da 5’9 – Chopping Block

Thanks to Chuy for getting me turned on to this!

4) Drake – Passion Fruit

I know, I know, I know… still like it though.

3) Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE

Just so damn good.

2) Run the Jewels  – Call Ticketron

Crunchy fast and fun to dance to.

1) Future – Mask Off

Overplayed? Sure. Still fucking dope ass hell? Oh yeah!


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Most Played of 2017

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2016: M83 – Solitude

2) The Range – Florida
3) James Blake – Timeless

2015: Purity Ring – dust hymn

2) Tame Impala – Eventually
3) ODESZA, Zyra – It’s Only

2014: Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting on You)

2) Sylvan Esso – Could I Be
3) Little Dragon – Pretty Girls

2013: The National – Sea of Love

2) Major Laser – Get Free
3) Dan Croll – From Nowhere (Baardsen  GTA-V soundtrack Remix)

2012: Divine Fits – My Love is Real

2) Santigold – Disparate Youth
3) Hot Chip – Look at Where We Are (Major Lazer remix)

2011: My Morning Jacket – Holding on to Black Metal

2) TV on the Radio – Will Do
3) …And You Will Know Us – Weight of the Sun

2010: Odessa – Caribou

2) Interpol – Lights
3) Arcade Fire – Ready to Start

2009: Matt & Kim – Daylight

2008: Yeasayer – 2080

2007: Peter, Bjorn and John – Young Folks

2006: Muse – Knights of Cydonia

2005: Postal Service – Against all Odds

2004: Modest Mouse – Float On

2003: Interpol – Obstacle 1

2002: Wilco – Jesus etc.

2001: Pete Yorn – For Nancy


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