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