Thursday, December 28, 2017

Albums 2017 - Top Ten

Hey, folks.  Regrettably, it's been a while.  Due to time limitations, this year I've changed the format a bit.  Primarily photos, lists, and links for the foreseeable future instead of reviews and analysis.  

These are my top ten albums of 2017.  Subjective favorites, of course.  Albums that made the most impact and were in heaviest rotation during the year.  Suffice it to say, Chris Stapleton's pair of earnest and emotive From A Room albums (an eclectic two-volume set of originals and choice covers recorded at the legendary "Studio A" in Nashville, TN - released seven months apart) dominated my earbuds and hi-fi in 2017.

Click the hyperlinks below each album image for audio/video and check out my 2017 Runners Up and Honorable Mention list.  Thanks for reading and listening, and have a Happy New Year!  See you in 2018.

1.  Chris Stapleton:  From A Room Vol. 1 & 2 (Mercury Nashville - 5/5/17 & 12/1/17)







2.  Queens of The Stone Age:  Villains (Matador - 8/25/17)






3.  Beck:  Colors (Capitol - 10/13/17)






4.  Mastodon:  Emperor of Sand (Reprise - 3/31/17)






5.  Royal Blood:  How Did We Get So Dark? (Warner Bros - 6/16/17)






6.  Power Trip:  Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord - 2/24/17)






7.  Kairon; IRSE!:  Ruination (Svart - 2/3/17)







8.  Wolf Alice:  Visions of a Life (Dirty Hit - 9/29/17)






9.  Spoon:  Hot Thoughts (Matador - 3/17/17)






10.  Havok:  Conformicide (Century Media - 3/10/17)







Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Albums 2017 - Runners Up & Honorable Mention

In alphabetical order (tip:  click the hyperlinks below each album image for audio/video). . . . 

Chelsea Wolfe:  Hiss Spun (Sargent House - 9/22/17)





Com Truise:  Iteration (Ghostly International - 6/16/17)





Dan Auerbach:  Waiting On A Song (Easy Eye Sound - 6/2/17)





Ghost:  Ceremony & Devotion (Loma Vista - 12/8/17)





Joey Bada$$:  All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ (Pro Era - 4/7/17)





Overlook:  Smoke Signals (UBV-76 - 3/31/17)





Pallbearer:  Heartless (Profound Lore - 3/24/17)





Pulled Apart By Horses:  The Haze (Caroline - 3/17/17)





Ride:  Weather Diaries (Wichita - 6/17/17)





Wiley:  Godfather (CTA - 1/13/17)




Live Show Photos, August, 2017 - December, 2017: Broken Social Scene, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Wolf Alice. . . .



Wolf Alice, 9:30 Club, Washington DC - 12/8/17

Wolf Alice, 9:30 Club, Washington DC - 12/8/17


Wolf Alice, 9:30 Club, Washington DC - 12/8/17



Queens of The Stone Age, The Anthem, Washington DC - 10/20/17



Queens of The Stone Age, The Anthem, Washington DC - 10/20/17


Queens of The Stone Age, The Anthem, Washington DC - 10/20/17

Foo Fighters, The Anthem, Washington DC - 10/12/17

Broken Social Scene, 9:30 Club, Washington DC - 9/19/17

Swervedriver, The Black Cat, Washington DC - 9/12/17

Mark Lanegan Band, Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC - 8/16/17

Live Show Photos, March, 2017 - July, 2017: Sunn O))), Baroness, Mastodon, Iron Maiden. . . .



Darkest Hour, Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC - 7/14/17


Havok, Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC - 7/14/17



Skepta, The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD - 6/5/17



Iron Maiden, Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA - 6/3/17


Iron Maiden, Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA - 6/3/17

Pallbearer, Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC - 6/1/17

Mastodon, The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD - 5/2/17


Mastodon, The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD - 5/2/17



Baroness, 9:30 Club, Washington DC - 4/12/17



Baroness, 9:30 Club, Washington DC - 4/12/17


Baroness, 9:30 Club, Washington DC - 4/12/17
Toxic Holocaust, Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC - 3/19/17

Toxic Holocaust, Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC - 3/19/17


Toxic Holocaust, Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC - 3/19/17



Sunn O))), 9:30 Club, Washington DC - 3/12/17

Albums 2016 - Top Ten


1.  David Bowie:  Blackstar (ISO - 1/8/16)





2.  Vektor:  Terminal Redux (Earache - 5/6/16)





3.  Skepta:  Konnichiwa (Boy Better Know - 5/6/16)





4.  A Tribe Called Quest:  We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic - 11/11/16)





5.  Sturgill Simpson:  A Sailor's Guide To Earth (Atlantic - 4/15/16)





6.  Iggy Pop:  Post Pop Depression (Loma Vista - 3/18/16)





7.  Break:  10 Years of Symmetry (Symmetry - 10/28/16)




8.  Distance:  Dynamis (Tectonic - 10/24/16)





9.  Total Slacker:  Parallels (ONErpm - 8/19/16)





10.  Kvelertak:  Nattesferd (Roadrunner - 5/13/16)