2017 Review: Music

Here are some of the highlights of the music I listened to the most in 2017.

There’s a full playlist of the tracks I listen to the most here, and a playlist of all the songs I was recommended/found/started listening to in 2017 here.

As always I keep a rolling playlist of stuff I’m listening to at the moment update nearly daily here.

Deadcrush by Alt-J

Melatonin by A Tribe Called Quest

To Be A Young Man by Nadine Shah

Off You by The Breeders

We Can Talk by The Band

Iron Sky by Paolo Nutini

Girl by The Internet

I Give You Power by Arcade Fire and Mavis Staples

The Heart Part 4 by Kendrick Lamar

Shark Smile by Big Thief

The Wheel by PJ Harvey

Redbone by Childish Gambino

How Long by The Pointer Sisters

Dolphins by Fred Neal

Aggrophobe by PINS, Iggy Pop

Situation by Margaret Glaspy

Rapt by Karen O

All About Me by Syd

Open Eye Signal by Jon Hopkins

See also what I watched and read in 2017.

Jello Biafra’s Record Collection

I have a really hard time being patient with people who get locked into one era, “Oh there’s no good music after the grunge era, there’s no good music after the sixties.”

Wrong people, you want that energy you liked as a kid? Put down that needle, leave your home and go see somebody new and random. You neve know what’s going to happen to you.

Interview continues here.


But overall I think the best era for music is right now. And the reason I do is because everything is available. Everything. Imagine trying to find fresh rockabilly records in 1975. It’s not like that anymore.

Playlist for the Indian Summer

Children back at school.

Apples falling.

People talking about Halloween already.

Indian Summer ahead.

This one is really long I ought to be doing these weekly.


Dot To Dot by Melt Yourself Down


Malukayi (feat Konono No.1) by Mbongwana Star


Spit It Out by Slaves


My Willing Heart by James Blake

22 (OVER S∞∞N) (Bob Moose Extended Cab Version) by Bon Iver

Baltimore by Nina Simone


TVR by Sleaford Mods

The Jordan River Song by Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou


Sele Genna by Alemu Aga





Playlist for late summer

Sun setting later than expected.

Wasps harassing one when eating salad.

Leaves falling.

Fruit heavy on the vine.

People selling Massive Attack tickets.

All that.

Shakedown Street by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Her Life by Two Feet

I am Chemistry by Yeasayer

The Window Cleaner by Purson

Mr.Judge by Victor Olaiya

One More by Weaves

Glue by Kagoule

Águas de Março – Elis Regina

I Can Phil it – Luke Vibert

Small Car by Martin Pontiac

Three Playlists for the End of English Spring

A Little Madness in the Spring is Wholesome even for the King

-Emily Dickinson

These three lists, on different platforms and all contain different tracks from each other, are a rough account of what I have been listening to for the last season. After November I didn’t listen to any music at all for a while, then coming back to it like someone who has been on holiday in the seventies and missed all the news in the meantime.

On listening again I personally sense a theme of renewal and progression, pretty obvious for the season I know, maybe you can feel that too.

(beware the 8tracks list autoplays on mobile)

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