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Top 20 Albums of 2017

# Artist Album Label
1. Aimee Mann Mental Illness SuperEgo Records |Listen|Buy|
2. Tennis Yours Conditionally Mutually Detrimental |Listen|Buy|
3. Alvvays Antisocialites Polyvinyl Records |Listen|Buy|
4. Jesca Hoop Memories Are Now Sub Pop Records |Listen|Buy|
5. Broken Social Scene Hug of Thunder Arts & Crafts |Listen|Buy|
6. Cloud Nothings Life Without Sound Carpark Records |Listen|Buy|
7. Temples Volcano Fat Possum Records |Listen|Buy|
8. Slowdive Slowdive Dead Oceans |Listen|Buy|
9. Wavves You’re Welcome Ghost Ramp |Listen|Buy|
10. Bash & Pop Anything Could Happen Fat Possum Records |Listen|Buy|
11. Shins Heartworms Aural Apothecary |Listen|Buy|
12. Clientele Music For The Age Of Miracles Merge Records |Listen|Buy|
13. Beck Colors Capitol Records |Listen|Buy|
14. XX I See You Young Turk Records |Listen|Buy|
15. Pains Of Being Pure At Heart The Echo Of Pleasure Painbow |Listen|Buy|
16. Kendrick Lamar DAMN. Aftermath |Listen|Buy|
17. Dirty Projectors Dirty Projectors Domino Recording Co |Listen|Buy|
18. Jay Som Everybody Works Polyvinyl Records |Listen|Buy|
19. New Pornographers Whiteout Conditions Matador Records |Listen|Buy|
20. U2 Songs Of Experience Interscope Records |Listen|Buy|

Here are Youtube and Spotify versions of a “Selections from” playlists featuring some of the best songs from these albums:

If you don’t see either of the embedded versions of the playlist, you can listen by clicking the direct links above.

There were also 2 additional releases that were great, but were recorded many years ago, so therefore did not qualify for my best of list.  First off, released in September, Neil Young gifted us with a never before released album that was recorded in 1976 called Hitchhiker.  Do give it a listen, it features a handful of never before released tracks and some alternate versions of already classic songs.  In October we saw the release of The Replacements first official live album called – For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986.

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Top 20 Albums of 2011

# Artist Album Label
1. Wooden Birds Two Matchsticks Barsuk |Listen|Buy|
2. Fruit Bats Tripper  Sub Pop |Listen|Buy|
3. Joy Formidable The Big Roar Atlantic |Listen|Buy|
4. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Mirror Traffic Matador |Listen|Buy|
5. Decemberists The King Is Dead Capitol |Listen|Buy|
6. Gillian Welch The Harrow & The Harvest Acony |Listen|Buy|
7. Dodos No Color Frenchkiss |Listen|Buy|
8. Richard Buckner Our Blood Merge |Listen|Buy|
9. Mates Of State Mountaintops Barsuk |Listen|Buy|
10. Gruff Rhys Hotel Shampoo Wichita |Listen|Buy|
11. Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues Sub Pop |Listen|Buy|
12. Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 Capitol |Listen|Buy|
13. Cults Cults Columbia |Listen|Buy|
14. Sloan The Double Cross Yep Roc |Listen|Buy|
15. Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes Atlantic |Listen|Buy|
16. Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean Warner Bros. |Listen|Buy|
17. Vaccines What Did You Expect From The Vaccines Columbia |Listen|Buy|
18. Gang Of Four Content Yep Roc |Listen|Buy|
19. Feist Metals Interscope |Listen|Buy|
20. Lonely Island Turtleneck & Chain Republic |Listen|Buy|

Honorable Mention:

 Peter Bjorn & John – Gimme Some (Almost Gold)
 PJ Harvey – Let England Shake (Vagrant)
 Yuck – S/T (Fat Possum)
 Phantogram – Nightlife EP (Barsuk)
 Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital (Sub Pop)
 Head & The Heart – S/T (Sub Pop)
 Thao & Mirah – S/T (Kill Rock Stars)
 Sondre Lerche – Sondre Lerche (Redeye)
 Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo (Matador)
 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Belong (Slumberland)
 Josh Rouse & The Long Vacations – S/T (Bedroom Classics)
 Rubblebucket – Omega La La (Megaforce)
 Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde (Fat Possum)

Please see also: my “selections from” playlists for the top 20 list and the honorable mentions. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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Playlist: Selections from my Top Albums of 2011 – Honorable Mention

Considering the faltering legal status of my usual go to music playlist site Grooveshark.com, I am also including a link to the playlist through Spotify.

Selections from Top Albums of 2011 – Honorable Mention

Until its future demise I will continue embedding playlists from Grooveshark.

If you do not see the embedded playlist below please follow this link or check it on Spotify through the link above.

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Playlist: Best Songs of 2009

Running a little late on this one…  As a companion to my list of the top 20 best albums of 2009, I present a playlist featuring one of the best cuts off of each of those albums, re-sequenced for maximum enjoyment.

If embedded content does not appear follow this link.

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Top 20 Albums of 2009

# Artist Album Label
1. Metric Fantasies Metric/Last Gang |Listen|Buy|
2. Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca Domino |Listen|Buy|
3. Handsome Furs Face Control Sub Pop |Listen|Buy|
4. Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career 4AD |Listen|Buy|
5. Joe Henry Blood From Stars Anti |Listen|Buy|
6. Why? Eskimo Snow Anticon |Listen|Buy|
7. Jason Lytle Yours Truly, The Commuter Anti |Listen|Buy|
8. Dinosaur Jr. Farm Jagjaguwar |Listen|Buy|
9. Andrew Bird Noble Beast Fat Possum |Listen|Buy|
10. Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle Drag City |Listen|Buy|
11. Doves Kingdom Of Rust EMI |Listen|Buy|
12. Built To Spill There Is No Enemy Warner Bros. |Listen|Buy|
13. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion Domino |Listen|Buy|
14. Antlers Hospice Frenchkiss |Listen|Buy|
15. Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Slumberland |Listen|Buy|
16. jj jj n° 2 Sincerely Yours |Listen|Buy|
17. Lou Barlow Goodnight Unknown Merge |Listen|Buy|
18. Sonic Youth The Eternal Matador |Listen|Buy|
19. Mountain Goats Life of The World To Come 4AD |Listen|Buy|
20. Yeah Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz Interscope |Listen|Buy|

Honorable Mention:

The Gossip – Music For Men
Girls – Album
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse – Dark Night Of The Soul
Mos Def – The Ecstatic
Mountain Goats & John Vanderslice – Moon Colony Bloodbath
Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
tUnE-yArDs – BiRd-BrAiNs
Boat – Setting The Paces
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