From the first time I heard it (when it was released Sept. 1) to the last time (about 10 minutes before writing this), American Dream was my favorite album of the year. It’s rare I like something that much on first listen without getting sick of it, and coming from LCD Soundsystem, who’s albums and songs typically go on for a bit too long, this is easily their most concise and accessible. From the opener “oh baby”, a classic LCD Soundsystem slow-build track, through “tonight,” a classic dance-punk anthem, and the pulp-inspired single ‘call the police,” to the 12 minute electronic ballad that closes the album out, there isn’t a sour moment.
Here are my favorite songs that came out in 2017, separated into Alternative, Hip-hop, and Pop lists. Full playlists can be found on Spotify and are updated frequently. As always, thanks for listening!
Cool Your Heart – Dirty Projectors
call the police – LCD Soundsystem
Star Roving – Slowdive
Nothing To Find – The War On Drugs
Something To Remember Me By – The Horrors
Guilty Party – The National
ameriacn dream – LCD Soundsystem
Up All Night – The War On Drugs
Funeral Pyre – Julien Baker
Hologram – The Horrors
The Body Is a Blade – Japanese Breakfast
In Undertow – Alvvays
emotional haircut – LCD Soundsystem
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness – The National
12 Steps – Japanese Breakfast
Gwan – Rostam
S.H.C. – Foster The People
Up In Hudson – Dirty Projectors
Song – Sylvan Esso
Hot Thoughts – Spoon
No Longer Making Time – Slowdive
Beach Life-In-Death – Car Seat Headrest
Machine – The Horrors
Don’t Delete The Kisses – Wold Alice
Darling – Real Estate
Slip Away – Perfume Genius
Thinking Of A Place – The War On Drugs
Paradise – ANOHNI
Diving Woman – Japanese Breakfast
Villains of Circumstance – Queens of the Stone Age
I’m about to start my drive from Minnesota down to Austin, Texas to start my new job at Community Impact Newspaper. I’ve lived in Mankato and worked as a reported in St. James, Minnesota for the last three years, and have found a lot of really awesome music while I was in the land of 10,000 lakes. To celebrate, I made a playlist with a lot of the songs I discovered or got into along the way.
It’s definitely not everything I’ve listened to, but the songs that made a big impact, that when I first heard them I listened to over and over again, and that I associate nostalgically with a certain time or place or action in Minnesota.I tried not to double up on albums too much, so it’s a pretty good mix of indie, rock, Hip-hop and pop songs.
The order is loosely chronological, starting with the first songs I discovered back in July 2013, and ending with the most recent song. Coincidently, the first and last songs are Beck tracks. “Defriended” was the first song I heard on the Current when Melissa and I were looking for apartments in Mankato and I thought it was amazing right away. (“Default” came on right after and I knew it would be a great radio station.)“Wow” is the song we’ve been singing and joking about the last three weeks. You can trace the kinds of music I listened to, how the styles/tastes kind of change over time, which I thought was neat.
I think it’s pretty cool. Maybe no-one else will, but it’s still a good assortment of music if anyone’s looking for something cool to listen to.
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