The Fashionably Late Top 66 of 2017: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

It’s been a hell of a year. 2017 was exhausting, stressful, and at times just plain terrifying. But for all the mess that’s happened over the past 12 months, and there’s certainly been so much, there’s also been a lot of good going on in the world. From a musical standpoint, for instance, 2017 was rather exceptional. There were so many glorious new sounds to take in.

I’ve put together my list of favorites from the year that was, a touch fashionably late as always. Once again, I’ve decided to eschew a ranking system and instead give you an alphabetical look at the records I fell for this year. There’s some names here that will come as no surprise to anyone, and perhaps a few that might surprise you. These are simply my favorites from 2017, the albums I went back to again and again, the albums that I swooned over. So, without further exposition, here’s my list. I think you’ll find you can get your kicks from any and all of the 66 records I’ve chosen, and I truly hope you’ll find some treasures to cherish, as I cherish each and every record here. Many, many thanks to the artists who put out this fantastic music, their sounds helped make 2017 bearable.

Who: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

What: Lotta Sea Lice

When: October 2017

Where: Matador

Why: I'm sure Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile knew this record would turn out so well, but I was a little surprised by just how much I enjoyed this record. A bit of a lo-fi, ramshackle Sunday morning affair, this collection of each other's work/the work of others has a well-worn familiarity. It's a free and easy listen, a little Laurel Canyon and a little 90s radio rock. As a side note, their recent DC show at The Anthem was one of my favorite shows of 2017. These two really do work incredibly well together.

[posted 1.23.18]


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