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Every year in November I feel like I haven’t really heard that many great albums that year. But come December I always have a list of about 50 releases that I either forgot or didn’t know about. Good karma to all those who still find the time to preach about their favourite music, in a time where actually talking about music is unnecessary. Thanks to Not Unloved who, although they haven’t released anything this year, remains an inspiration.

Since restarting this website I’ve made about 40 posts in two months. Here’s to keeping up with that pace in the new year! Now, on to the list of the top 15 records of the year.

  1. Molly Burch – Please Be Mine (Captured Tracks)
  2. The Clientele – Music For the Age of Miracles (Tapete)
  3. Triptides – Afterglow (Requiem pour un twister)
  4. Acid Baby Jesus – Lilac Days (Fuzz Club)
  5. Sweet Nobody – Loud Songs For Quiet People (Burger)
  6. Molly Nilsson – Imaginations (Night School)
  7. Orb – Naturality (Caste Face)
  8. Las Rosas – Everyone Gets Exactly What They Want (Ernest Jenning)
  9. Doug Tuttle – Peace Potato (Trouble In Mind)
  10. Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel – When the Morning Greets You (Rad Cat)
  11. UV-TV – Glass (Deranged)
  12. Holiday Ghosts – s/t (PNKSLM)
  13. Sick Thoughts ‎- Songs About People You Hate (Neck Chop)
  14. Mattiel – s/t (Burger)
  15. Gabriella Cohen – Full Disclosure and No Details (Captured Tracks)

And in cause you’re still thinking it hasn’t been a great year for music, just have a look at the rest of the top 50. As usual, only one album per band – so King Gizzard: releasing 4 albums a year is to no avail. I did however lump the excellent Moon Duo albums into one, my bad.

  1. Bend Sinister – Tape2 (Homeless)
  2. Fazerdaze – Morningside (Flying Nun)
  3. The Echo Ohs – Hot Pockets (1:12)
  4. Roya – s/t (Burger)
  5. Flat Worms – s/t (Castle Face)
  6. Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol. 1+2 (Sacred Bones)
  7. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked At Me (PW Elverum & Sun)
  8. Princess Nokia – 1992 Deluxe (Rough Trade)
  9. Bedouine – s/t (Spacebomb)
  10. Real Estate – In Mind (Domino)
  11. Oh Sees – Orc (Castle Face)
  12. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana (Heavenly)
  13. Girl Ray – Earl Grey (Moshi Moshi)
  14. The Side Eyes – So Sick (In the Red)
  15. Virgin Kids – Greasewheel (Fluffer)
  16. Easy Love – s/t (Burger)
  17. Escape-ism – Introduction to (Merge)
  18. Liquids – 26 Recordings (self-released)
  19. The Stroppies – s/t (Tough Love)
  20. Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble – Find Me Finding You (Drag City)
  21. Nite Jewel – Real High (Gloriette)
  22. Ty Segall – Ty Segall (Drag City)
  23. Los Tones – What Happened (Groovie)
  24. Marietta – La passagère (Born Bad)
  25. Reptaliens – FM-2030 (Captured Tracks)
  26. Omni – Multi-Task (Trouble In Mind)
  27. Hand Habits – Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void) (Woodsist)
  28. Baby Shakes – Turn It On (self-released)
  29. Cool Ghouls – Gord’s Horse (Empty Cellar)
  30. Damaged Bug – Bunkerfunk (Castle Face)
  31. Anna St. Louis – First Songs (Woodsist)
  32. Forever Pavot – La pantoufle (Born Bad)
  33. Patsy’s Rats – Singles (Bachelor)
  34. CFM – Dichotomy Desaturated (In the Red)
  35. Sheer Mag – Need to Feel Your Love (Wilsuns)

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December 22, 2017

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