Staff Best of 2017 Lists

As 2017 comes to a close, the staff would like to share the music and gift items that made an impression on them this year. See what made your own list, and maybe find something new to check out.

Jacob
Minneapolis
1. Slowdive - Slowdive
2. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
3. Timber Timbre - Sincerely, Future Pollution
4. Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens
5. Dirty Projectors - Dirty Projectors
6. Moses Sumney - Aromanticism
7. War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
8. Gaussian Curve - The Distance
9. Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions
10. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid

Top 5 Reissues
1. Jan Jelinek - Loop Finding Jazz Records
2. Acetone - 1992-2001
3. Alice Coltrane - World Spirituality Classics 1
4. Bark Psychosis - Hex
5. Radiohead - OKNOTOK


Tom
Minneapolis
1. Alice Coltrane - World Spirituality Classics 1: Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda
2. John Moreland - Big Bad Luv
3. Chastity Brown - Silhouette Of Sirens
4. Glenn Jones & Matthew Azevedo - Waterworks (vinyl only)
5. Laura Marling - Semper Femina
6. Charlie Parr - Dog
7. Yasmine Hamdan - Al Jamilat
8. Robert Plant - Carry Fire
9. Kamasi Washington - Harmony Of Difference
10. Jake Fussell - What In The Natural World

Best Reissues
1. Alice Babs & Duke Ellington - Serenade To Sweden (CD)
2. Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest (vinyl)
3. Glenn Jones - This Is The Wind That Blows (vinyl)
4. Glenn Jones - Against Which The Sea Continually Beats (vinyl)
5. F.J. McMahon - Spirit Of The Golden Juice


Sarah
Minneapolis
1. Golden Donna - Alone In The City
2. Porter Ricks - Anguilla Electrica
3. Hiro Kone - Love Is The Capital
4. Pharmakon - Contact
5. Steve Reich / Poliça / Stargaze - Reimagining Steve Reich’s Music For Pieces Of Wood
6. Uniform - Wake In Fright
7. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
8. Ryuchi Sakomoto - Async
9. Johnny Jewel - Windswept
10. Laurel Halo - Dust


Ed
Minneapolis
1. Grateful Dead - Cornell 5/8/77
2. Bee Gees - Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits
3. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
4. Calvin Harris - Funk Wav Bounces, Vol. 1
5. Sampha - Process
6. Migos - C U L T U R E
7. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3
8. Depeche Mode - Spirit
9. John Mayer - The Search for Everything
10. King Krule - The Ooz


Madi
Minneapolis
Top Ten Gift Items:
1. Naked Bee lotion
2. JaxKelly candles
3. Burlap Bag candles
4. SunLeaf oils
5. Blue Q socks
6. Morning Star incense
7. Hem & Thread clothing
8. Slow Brew - Sloth shaped tea infuser
9. Whiskey River Soap Co. products
10. Chocolove peanut butter cups


Emily
Minneapolis
1. Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planet
2. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
3. Alvvays - Antisocialites
4. Tyler, The Creator - Flower Boy
5. Lorde - Melodrama
6. Rostam - Half-Light
7. St. Vincent - Masseduction
8. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly - Planetarium
9. Washed Out - Mister Mellow
10. Marika Hackman - I’m Not Your Man


Chelsea
Minneapolis
Top Ten Gift Items:
1. Vinyl Me, Please: 100 Albums You Need In Your Collection book
2. Blue Q oven mitts
3. Hawkhouse jewelry
4. Burlap candles
5. Prosperity Sticks incense
6. Barsy’s Almonds
7. Solmate socks
8. Electric Fetus Classic Tern T-shirt - 3 Color
9. Naked Bee Nag Champa lotion
10. Songversations: Conversation Starters About Music and Life game

Top Ten Music:
1. Queens of the Stone Age - Villains
2. The Black Angels - Death Song
3. SZA - Ctrl
4. Sampha - Process
5. Thee Oh Sees - Orc
6. Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planet
7. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
8. Kevin Morby - City Music
9. Arcade Fire - Everything Now
10. Froth - Outside (briefly)


Jason
Minneapolis
New Releases:
The New Year - Snow
Ride - Weather Diaries
The Replacements - For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s
Slowdive - Slowdive
Alvvays - Antisocialites
Valerie June - Order of Time
Grandaddy - Last Place
Luna - Sentimental Education

Reissues:
Buffalo Tom - Let Me Come Over
Garageland - Last Exit Garageland


Brett
Minneapolis
1. Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest
2. LCD Sound System - American Dream
3. Brian Jonestown Massacre - Don’t Get Lost
4. Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives - Way Out West
5. Thurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness
6. Slowdive - Slowdive
7. Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins
8. Jane Weaver - Modern Kosmology
9. Wand - Plum
10. Jessica Lea Mayfield - Sorry is Gone
Concert/Show of the Year: Roger Waters


Orion
Minneapolis
New Releases:
1. Priests - Nothing Feels Natural
2. Jean Weaver - Modern Kosmology
3. Liars - TFCF
4. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Murder of The Universe
5. Myrkur - Mareridt
6. Thurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness
7. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
8. Brian Eno - Reflection
9. Brian Jonestown Massacre - Don’t Get Lost
10. John Maus - Screen Memories

Reissues:
1. Jon Hassell - Dream Theory In Malaya
2. Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch - Fire Walk With Me
3. John Carpenter - Anthology
4. Can - Singles
5. Patrick Cowley - Afternooners

Top 5 Local:
1. Rupert Angeleyes & Joey Joey Michaels
2. Uranium Club - All of Them Naturals
3. Miami Dolphins - Water Your Waiting For
4. Brian Just - Changing Traffic Lights
5. Har-Di-Har - We Will Will You


Paul
Minneapolis
1. Public Service Broadcasting - Every Valley
2. Jesca Hoop - Memories Are Now
3. Big Thief - Capacity
4. Escape-Ism - Introduction to Escape-Ism
5. Courtneys - Courtneys II
6. Hüsker Dü - Savage Young Dü
7. Sneaks - It’s A Myth
8. Priests - Nothing Feels Natural
9. St. Vincent - Masseduction
10. R. Ring - Ignite the Rest


Patrick
Minneapolis
1. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
2. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
3. Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens
4. Juana Molina - Halo
5. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
6. Molly Burch - Please Be Mine
7. John Maus - Screen Memories
8. Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruin
9. SZA - Control
10. Washed Out - Mister Mellow


Kendall
Minneapolis
1. Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions
2. Big Thief - Capacity
3. Laura Marling - Semper Femina
4. Slowdive - Slowdive
5. Julia Holter - In The Same Room
6. Visible Cloaks - Reassemblage
7. Gas - Narkopop
8. Real Estate - In Mind
9. Ariel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
10. Sass - Wet Paint


Brant
Minneapolis
1. Charlie Parr – Dog
2. Toro Y Moi – Boo Boo
3. Laura Marling – Semper Femina
4. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
5. Blitzen Trapper – Wild and Reckless
6. Camille – Ouï
7. Robert Plant – Carry Fire
8. PHO – Two
9. Cornbread Harris – Live at the Hook & Ladder
10. Various Artists – Baby Driver soundtrack


Cooky
Minneapolis
Top Ten Gift Items:
1. JaxKelly jewelry
2. Blue Q accessories
3. Curbside clothing
4. Mercury sunglasses
5. Amano Trading jewelry
6. Jellycats toys
7. B.T. McElrath Chocolatier
8. Illume candles
9. Blue Pepper clothing
10. Choke T-Shirts


Luke
Minneapolis
1. Girlpool - Powerplant
2. Slowdive - Slowdive
3. Weed - Born Wrong Love
4. Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts - Milano
5. Denzel Curry - 13
6. Snail Mail - Habit
7. Gucci Mane - Droptopwop
8. Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planet
9. Jessica Lea Mayfield - Sorry Is Gone
10. Vic Mensa - The Autobiography


Cris
Duluth
1. Septicflesh - Codex Omega
2. Mastodon - Emperor of Sand
3. Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun
4. Ulver - The Assassination of Julius Caesar
5. The Horrors - V
6. Ride - Weather Diaries
7. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
8. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
9. Queens of the Stone Age - Villains
10. Moonspell - 1775


Letisha
Duluth
1. Queens of the Stone Age - Villains
2. Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun
3. Cheap Trick - We’re All Alright
4. Radio Moscow - New Beginnings
5. Electric Wizard - Wizard Bloody Wizard
6. Odesza - A Moment Apart
7. Metz - Strange Peace
8. Zola Jesus - Okovi
9. Mastodon - Emperor of Sand
10. Satyricon - Deep Calleth Upon Deep


Chad
Minneapolis
Top 10 Music:
1. Richard Dawson - Peasant
2. James Elkington - Wintres Woma
3. John Murry - Short History of Decay
4. Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest (reissue)
5. Endless Boogie - Vibe Killer
6. Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu of Ethiopia (reissue)
7. Big Thief - Capacity
8. Neil Young - Hitchhiker
9. Lal & Mike Waterson - Bright Phoebus (reissue)
10. Kamasi Washington - Harmony of Difference

Top 10 Musical Events:
1. Patti Smith @ Northrop Auditorium (3-8-17)
2. Radiohead @ Sprint Center Kansas City (4-5-17)
3. The Zombies @ First Avenue (4-17-17)
4. Michael Kiwanuka @ First Avenue (5-26-17)
5. Tom Petty @ Xcel Center (6-3-17)
6. Seu Jorge @ Pantages (6-17-17)
7. Joan Shelley & Nathan Salsburg @ Bryant Lake Bowl (6-2-17)
8. David Rawlings Machine @ Pantages (8-23-17)
9. Kevin Morby @ Turf Club (8-27-17)
10. Hiss Golden Messenger @ Turf Club (10-26-17)


Mady
Duluth
1. Xiu Xiu - Forget
2. Angel Olsen - Phases
3. King Krule - The Ooz
4. Ema - Exile in the Outer Ring
5. Ariel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
6. Various Artists - Ote Maloya
7. Arca - Arca
8. Sylvan Esso - What Now
9. Girlpool - Powerplant
10. Ghostpoet - Dark Days + Canapés


Val
Minneapolis
1. Portugal.The Man – Woodstock
2. Foo Fighters – Concrete & Gold
3. Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile To The Surface
4. Isley Brothers & Santana – Power of Peace
5. Dwight Yoakam – Live From Austin, TX
6. Keely Smith – I Wish You Love/Swingin Pretty reissue (also used vinyl Fetus find of I Wish You Love)
7. Radiohead – “I Promise” OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997-2017
8. Gary Clark, Jr. – “Come Together” Justice League soundtrack
9. Spoon – “Do I Have To Talk You Into It” Hot Thoughts
10. “Bill Evans Time Remembered” documentary & The Larry McDonough Quartet @ Heights Theater 11/9/17


Sophie
Duluth
Top 10 Gift Items:
1. Illume candle Woodfire scent
2. Primal soap Midnight Moon
3. Jellycat Stuffed Animal-Fox
4. Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein book
5. Nag Champa incense
6. Baizaar jewelry - opal earrings
7. Handwarmer Mug
8. Slow Brew loose leaf tea diffusers
9. Puzzle Twist - jigsaw puzzle of Canal Park Duluth
10. Sock It To Me socks


Corinne
Minneapolis
1. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
2. Sheer Mag - Need To Feel Your Love
3. Sampha - Process
4. St. Vincent - Masseduction
5. Calvin Harris - Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
6. Alvvays - Antisocialites
7. Beck - Colors
8. Alex Lahey - I Love You Like A Brother
9. The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
10. Girlpool - Powerplant


Steve
Duluth
1. Ghostpoet - Dark Days + Canapés
2. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
3. Wolves in the Throne Room - Thrice Woven
4. Mastodon - Emperor of Sand
5. Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions
6. Mark Lanegan Band - Gargoyle
7. Ride - Weather Diaries
8. Timber Timbre - Sincerely, Future Pollution
9. Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun
10. The Horrors - V


Will
Duluth
1. Ariel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
2. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me
3. Two Knights - Effing
4. Lina Tullgren - Won
5. The Body + Full of Hell - Ascending A Mountain of Heavy Light
6. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
7. Planning For Burial - Below the House
8. Colin Stetson - All This I Do For Glory
9. (Sandy) Alex G - Rocket
10. Amnesia Scanner - AS Truth


Scotty
Minneapolis
1. Jack Klatt - Shadows In The Sunset
2. Charlie Parr - Dog
3. Kamasi Washington - Harmony of Difference
4. Red Planet with Bill Carrothers - Red Planet with Bill Carrothers
5. Thelonious Monk - Les Liaisons Dangereuses
6. Thundercat - Drunk
7. Dead Man Winter - Furnace
8. Craig Taborn - Midnight Ghosts
9. Tinariwen - Elwan
10. Pho - 2


Phil
Minneapolis
1. Ted Leo - The Hanged Man
2. The Dream Syndicate – How Did I Find Myself Here?
3. Game Theory – Supercalifragile
4. The Flywheels – I’m For The Flowers
5. Extraterrestrials – Extraterrestrials
6. Rodney Crowell – Close Ties
7. Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology
8. Todd Rundgren – White Knight
9. Paula Frazer & Tarnation – What Is And Was
10. Brian Just – Changing Traffic Lights


Neil
Minneapolis
Top 10 Music:
Brainwaltzera - Poly-Ana
Tomoko Sauvage - Musique Hydromantique
Justin Walter - Unseen Forces
Oxbow - Thin Black Duke
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid
Carla dal Forno - The Garden
Slowdive - Slowdive
F ingers - Awkwardly Blissing Out
Various Artists - Mono No Aware
Love Theme - Love Theme

Top 10 Reissues:
Various Artists - Tokyo Flashback
Midori Takada - Through the Looking Glass/Lunar Cruise
Deathprod - Treetop Drive/Imaginary Songs From Tristan Da Cunha/Morals and Dogma
Angelo Badalamenti - Twin Peaks/Fire Walk With Me
Lift to Experience - The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads
Blind Mr. Jones - Stereo Musicale Retrospective
Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets/Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy/Another Green World/Before and After Science
Giusto Pio - Motore Immobile


Jess
Minneapolis
Top Music:
1. Solange - “Cranes in the Sky” Seat At The Table Anniversary Edt.
2. Escape-ism - Introduction to Escape-ism
3. Highly Suspect - Boy Who Died Wolf
4. Alex Lahey - I Love You Like A Brother

Top Gifts:
Kalli incense Purple Rain scent
Aromatherapy shower tablets Relaxing Lavender scent
SunLeaf essential oils Orange Ginger
B.T. McElrath Chocolatier Salted Butter Caramel Bites

Favorite Movies:
Wind River (Nick Cave soundtrack score)
Get Out (Michael Abels soundtrack composer)


Chance
Minneapolis
1. Slowdive - Slowdive
2. Beach Fossils - Somersault
3. B Boys - Dada
4. Froth- Outside (briefly)
5. A7PHA - A7PHA
6. Princess Nokia - 1992 Deluxe
7. Horseback - Beauty & Sadness
8. Alex G - Rocket
9. Molochs - America’s Velvet Glory
10. Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens
Top Reissue: Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu of Ethiopia


Max
Minneapolis
Top Music:
1. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
2. Kelela - Take Me Apart
3. Downtown Boys - Cost Of Living
4. Brockhampton - Saturation II
5. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
6. Kamasi Washington - Harmony Of Difference
7. Smino - blkswn
8. Ariel Pink - Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
9. Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planet
10. Girlpool - Powerplant
11. Palm - Shadow Expert
12. Tyler The Creator - Scum F•ck Flower Boy
13. Ty Segall - Ty Segall
14. Jay Som - Everybody Works
15. Thundercat - Drunk

Top Reissues:
1. Angelo Badalamenti - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me OST
2. Various Artists - Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984
3. Princess Nokia - 1992 Deluxe
4. Alice Coltrane - The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda
5. Kairon; IRSE! - Ujubasajuba


Brad
Minneapolis
Top Music:
Oumou Sangaré - Mogoya
Yazz Ahmed - La Saboteuse
A-Wa - Habib Galbi
Camille - Ouï
Jlin - Black Origami
Juana Molina - Halo
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest
Les Amazones d’Afrique - Republique Amazone
Elida Almeida - Kebrada
Ladama - Ladama

From the Vaults:
Various Artists - Jesus Rocked The Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel(1951-65)
Various Artists - Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-73
Various Artists - Seafaring Strangers: Private Yacht
America - Heritage: Home Recordings/Demos 1970-73
Neil Young - Hitchhiker


Jon Jon
Minneapolis
Sampha - Process
Broken Social Scene - Hug Of Thunder
Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
Bjork - Utopia
Greg Grease - Down So Long
Thelonious Monk - Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960
Moses Sumney - Aromanticism
Kelela - Take Me Apart
Jay-Z - 4:44
Jackie Shane - Any Other Way


David
Minneapolis
1. Dopplereffekt - Cellular Automata LP
2. Terrence Dixon - Like A Thief In The Night 12"
3. Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald - Angles 12"
4. Rupert Gregson-Williams - Wonder Woman soundtrack
5. Jamiroquai - Automaton LP


Bob
Minneapolis
Rolling Blackouts C.F. - Talk Tight
Rolling Blackouts C.F. - The French Press
Hiss Golden Messenger - Hallelujah Anyhow
Kevin Morby - City Music
Marty Stuart - Way Out West
Soccer Mommy - Collection
Alvvays - Antisocialites
Waxahatchee - Out In The Storm
Angaleena Presley - Wrangled
Justin Townes Earle - Kids In The Street

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