In the past, I’ve posted this mid-year list at the beginning of June, but I decided that to truly be a mid-year list, I needed to post it in July. This is list is comprised of some of my favorite albums released between January 1st and June 15th (there is a two week window in June because I didn’t want to put anything on the list that didn’t have time to marinate). 2017 started slowly in terms of great releases, but the past three months have been chock full of great work by both up-and-coming artists and veterans who have returned with outstanding offerings.
In this episode we listen to new music that pairs well with a sunny, summer afternoon. You’ll hear new songs from Sacred Paws, Spiral Stairs, The Feelies, Slowdive, Real Estate, Pile, Julie Byrne, and Why?. We also take a look at the Showtime documentary “Making Pet Sounds” and listen to Bob Dylan’s “North Country Blues”.
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Sacred Paws “Everyday”
Spiral Stairs “Dundee Man”
The Feelies “Gone, Gone, Gone”
Slowdive “Sugar for the Pill”
Real Estate “Darling”
Pile “Rope’s Length”
Julie Byrne “Follow My Voice”
Why? “Proactive Evolution”
The Beach Boys “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times”
Bob Dylan “North Country Blues”
Here we are again. I’ve been writing this lists for so long that I can’t recall the first year I did it (2002?). At first it started as just being one album of the year, then it moved to 10 per year. It jumped to 20 once I moved my blogs over here to BDWPS.com, and of course last year it peaked at 40, the number I’m going with again this year. Although this may seem like a bit much, I can promise you that if it weren’t 40, I’d feel guilty for all the great albums that were left out. It’s a strange obsession, obviously, but I love music. If I can spread that love to others, it’s worth all the effort. And so it begins…
Julianna Barwick “The Magic Place”
Havok “Time is Up”
Paul Simon “So Beautiful Or So What”
Six Organs of Admittance “Asleep On the Floodplain”
Thurston Moore “Demolished Thoughts”
Times New Viking “Dancer Equired”
UV Race “Homo”
You are about to read through what I deem the top 60 tracks of 2011. Yes, 60. For some reason, lists need to fit within the confines of the top 100, top 50, top 40, Top 20, or Top 10. Any other number seems arbitrary. I had the same uncertainty with the number 60. When I first assembled my list it consisted of 87 songs. I had a decision to make: force 13 more songs onto the list and create another monolith like I did last year (it was a lot of work by the way), or attempt to whittle the list down to 50. I went with the latter, but when finished, I found I still had 67 songs. I struggled and struggled and eventually had it to the number we have now: 60. At this point, I couldn’t remove one more song. None of these songs could be tossed aside, each holding a special meaning, memory, or melody that helped me through another year.