Year End List Finds

by Woody on December 15, 2017

Steven Hyden did an excellent year-end podcast with his colleague Caitlin White from Uproxx. He echoed something I’ve thought for a while. Year-end lists are in their essence, stupid as hell. But for me, I love them because I’ll always wind up picking up a few new albums that slipped through the cracks during the year. So here is a small collection of albums that have piqued my interest since reading about them.

Katie Ellen – Cowgirl Blues

Lucy Stone live at Beat Kitchen

Tyler The Creator – Flower Girl

Flower Girl on Tiny Desk

Weaves – Wide Open

KEXP Session

Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness

Natural Blue at Paste

This Is The Kit – Moonshine Freeze

Cayetana – New Kind Of Normal

Mesa on Audiotree

Lee Ann Womack – The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone

Hollywood on The Current

Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream

Brick Body Complex (official video)


2017 Top 50 Albums 1 to 25

by Woody on December 12, 2017

1. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound

Hope The High Road on Colbert

2. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

Pain on Kimmel

3. Big Thief – Capacity

Shark Smile via NPT @ SXSW

4. The National – Sleep Well Beast

Carin At The Liquor Store Live on KCRW

5. Tyler Childers – Purgatory

Whitehouse Road via Our Vinyl Sessions

6. Spoon – Hot Thoughts

Hot Thoughts on Kimmel

7. Margo Price – All American Made

Pay Gap on Songkick

8. Run The Jewels – RTJ 3

Legend Has It on KEXP

9. White Reaper – The World’s Best American Band

The World’s Best American Band – Official video from The Metro

10. Diet Cig – Swear I’m Good At This

Barf Day on KEXP

11. Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights

Appointments on CBS Saturday

12. Ratboys – GN

Molly on Audiotree

13. Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator

Living In The City on The Current

14. John Moreland – Big Bad Luv

Sallisaw Blue on WFUV

15. Gold Star – Big Blue

Sonny’s Blues on Live at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studio

16. Lilly Hiatt – Trinity Lane

Trinity Lane on World Cafe

17. Kevin Morby – City Music

City Music on KEXP

18. Ryan Adams – Prisoner

Outbound Train on Colbert

19. Fleet Foxes – Crack Up

Fool’s Errand on CBS Saturday

20. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger In The Alps

Motion Sickness on Paste

21. NE-HI – Offers

Since I’ve Been Thinking at Pitchfork

22. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

Pure Comedy on Austin City Limits

23. Courtney Barnett/Kurt Vile – Lotta See Lice

Over Everything on The Current

24. Ron Gallo – Heavy Meta

Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me on Paste

25. Vagabon – Infinite Worlds

Cold Apartment on UOTV @ SXSW


2017 Top 50 Albums 26 to 50

by Woody on December 12, 2017

26. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural

JJ/Nothing Feels Natural (Live on Radio K)

27. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – The French Press

French Press on KEXP

29. Hiss Golden Messenger – Hallelujah Anyhow

Gulfport You’ve Been On My Mind on The Current

29. Joseph Childress – s/t

Dance With Me (official video)

30. Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound

Modern Act on WFUV

31. The Black Angels – Death Song

Currency on WWFUV

32. Waxahatchee – Out In The Storm

Silver on World Cafe

33. Justin Townes Earle – Kids In The Street

Trouble Is on Paste

34. Sheer Mag – Need To Feel Your Love

Just Can’t Get Enough on World Cafe

35. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Youth Detention

Nail My Feet Down on Spectra Sonic Sound Sessions

36. Palehound – A Place I’ll Always Go

If You Met Her on Audiotree

37. Bedouine – s/t

One Of These Days via Issue Magazine

38. Blank Range – Marooned with the Treasure

Opening Band via Paste

39. Sarah Shook & The Disarmers – Sidelong

Sidelong on WDVX

40. Deer Tick – Vol. 2

Jumpstarting on KEXP

41. Molly Burch – Please Be Mine

Please Be Mine on KUTX

42. Strand of Oaks – Hard Love

Radio Kids on WFUV

43. Quiet Hollers – Amen Breaks

Broken Guitar via Fire Escape Sessions

44. Langhorne Slim – Lost At Last, Vol. 1

Never Break via Jam In The Van

45. Andrew Combs – Canyons Of My Mind

Hazel via WFUV

46. Craig Brown Band – The Lucky Ones Forget

Planet Song in some caves in Tennessee

47. Deep State – Thought Garden

Heavy Lunch (official video)

48. The Districts – Popular Manipulations

Violet on KEXP

49. Banditos – Visionland

Fine Fine Day via Paste/Same Sky Productions

50. Trevor Sensor – Andy Warhol’s Dream

Reaper Man via Audiotree


Will Johnson & Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster have joined forces to release an album under the name of Marie/Lepanto. The idea was hatched during a living room tour they did together. These are two of my favorite voices in music and I can’t emphasize how happy I am about this. The tune below kicks ass. Get excited for this one.

In the sunken lands of Arkansas along I-55, there’s a road sign that directs you to a pair of tiny, hardscrabble towns in the Delta. It reads: Marie/Lepanto and resides roughly between where each artist grew up: Justin in Arkansas and Will in Missouri. Alternating between lofi folk and distorted indie rock, ‘Tenkiller’ finds their two voices shadowing one another, with Johnson’s battered vocals and Kinkel-Schuster’s wavering tenor complementing one another. Many of the songs then funnel into expansive instrumental breaks. “Inverness” segues into the fingerpicking, creaky “Rest Be Mine.” The widescreen waltz “High Desert” coexists with the ghostly title track, named for a lake in Oklahoma and inspired by Justin’s reading the book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

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Marie/Lepanto is here


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Lina Tullgren – Won (album review)

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