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Top 10 Albums Of 2017

27 Dec

#10 – Daddy Issues – Deep Dream

The Good – Grunge is alive.

What I Think – This sounds like it’s from 1993, not 2017. Three nice girls from Nashville telling you how it is, but girl’s aren’t always nice. Nashville’s Daddy Issues is proof. In an awsome I want more kinda way. Plus there’s a kick ass cover of Boys Of Summer.

Best Tracks – In Your Head, Lemon, Boys Of Summer

#9 – The Lulls In Traffic – Rabbit In The Snare

The Good – Copeland frontman Aaron Marsh and rapper Ivan Ives collaborate on an album seven years in the making.

What I Think – At times, listening to this album gives you the feel that you are eavesdropping on someone’s personal conversation. At other times, you start to feel that maybe it’s a conversation you also had in the past. It’s deep and not all that happy. There are catchy choruses, haunting keyboards and enough beats to keep you interested. It’s a cold winter night and winter seems to last forever. Copeland and Ives knock it out the park with one of the best “indie rock/hip hop” albums to date.

Best Tracks – Coldest Night, Regret, I Can Hear Your Laughter In The Wind

#8 – Craig Finn – We All Want The Same Things

The Good – The Hold Steady Frontman is back with his third solo album.

What I think – FULL DISCLAIMER! I am a HUGE fan of The Hold Steady so basically this could be an album of just armpit farts and I would be like “amazing!” Lucky for us, it’s not. Finn has always been a great storyteller and We All Want The Same Things takes storytelling to new heights. The massive nights and celebrations are long gone. The struggle to survive is here. There are many great stories on this album but the spoken-word God In Chicago is like nothing you’ve heard before.

Best Tracks – God In Chicago, Ninety Bucks, Jester & June

#7 – Benjamin Booker – Witness

The Good – Benjamin Booker gives us a soulful and gospel influenced second.

What I ThinkWitness isn’t as guitar heavy as Booker’s first album but that doesn’t mean it’s not as awesome. The legendary Mavis Staples helps out in the choir and together, with all due respect to Prophets Of Rage and the great Unfuck the World, they give us the best protest song of the year in the title track. Booker didn’t forget how to rock, he just got a little more soulful doing it and for that I say thank you.

Best Tracks – Witness, Right On You , All Was Well

#6 – Strand Of Oaks – Hard Love

The Good – Timothy Showalter’s fifth album as Strand Of Oaks doesn’t disappoint.

What I Think – 2014’s Heal is one of my favorite albums of all-time. I didn’t do a list that year but it would probably be number one. Hard Love is almost as good. When Strand Of Oaks turns it up a notch, that’s when they’re at their best.

Best Tracks – Rest Of It, Hard Love, Cry

#5 – Ron Gallo – Heavy Meta

The Good – Rock and Roll!

What I Think – Punk, Glam, Garage, Psychedelic, you name the Rock and it’s here. The confidence of this album makes it a repeat listen.

Best Tracks – Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me, Put The Kids To Bed, Please Yourself

#4 – Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

The Good – Never make the same album twice.

What I Think – A Lot of Japandroids fans thought this album was a bit too polished or not as raw sounding as previous ones. And they would be correct. But change is good and they really haven’t changed all that much. The title track will get you fired up. You will keep listening. Over and over. The standout track is an ode to their homeland. We can all start to forgive Canada for Nickelback now.

Best Tracks – North East South West, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, No Known Drink Or Drug

#3 – Goodbye June – Magic Valley

The Good – Goodbye June gives us the album Kings Of Leon wish they made.

What I Think – Throughout the album you can hear influences from the Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin to early Kings Of Leon. Lead Singer Landon Milbourn’s vocals throughout Magic Valley are increible and fierce. Truely a band to keep on eye on going forward.

Best Tracks – Daisy, Oh No, Bamboozler

#2 – Curtis Harding – Face Your Fear

The Good – Curtis Harding avoids the sophomore slump and gives us the best Soul album in years.

What I Think – This is Soul music with a bit of an edge. Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke and plenty of others set the standard. Harding is here to make sure it stays. This is baby making stuff.

Best Tracks – Need Your Love, On And On, Wednesday Morning Atonement

#1 – White Reaper – The World’s Best American Band

The Good – The Louisville rockers return with their second full length.

What I Think – It takes balls to name your album The World’s Best American Band but they did name their first album White Reaper Does It Again so who knows what they are trying to say. This was my pick for album of the year so they are onto something and the rest of us should start paying attention.

Best Tracks – The World’s Best American Band, Party Next Door, Judy French


Longest Songs On TouchTunes

10 Dec


If you ever feel the need to piss people off at the bar, these are the longest songs currently on the TouchTunes jukebox. Next time someone “plays next” your songs, return the favor. If you know of any more, please leave them in the comments.

The Allman Brothers Band – Mountain Jam – 33:42

Emerson Lake & Palmer – Karn Evil 9 – 29:41

Manowar – Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy In Eight Parts – 28:37

Mike Oldfield – The Orchestral Tubular Bells – 26:34

Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells (Part One) – 25:30

Phish – Union Federal – 25:29

Pink Floyd – Echoes – 23:29

Moe – Timmy Tucker – 23:26

Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells (Part Two) – 23:20

Dream Theater – Change Of Season – 23:09

Yes – The Gates Of Delirium – 21:55

Emerson Lake & Palmer- Memoirs Of An Officer And A Gentleman – 20:16

Yes – Close To The Edge – 18:41

Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant Massacree – 18:37

Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida – 17:03