RIYL: vinyl records. =)

So let’s get one thing out of the way… this was supposed to be out like a month ago. Yeah I know, unacceptable, I shall flog myself mercilessly to make it right. But also i mean were you really waiting on this one? Maybe so. I mean lists in general have gotten pretty expected and i feel ours is original. Though everyone thinks their own kid is cute. Speaking of; I’m about to have my first, and by that i mean i’ll just be standing there awkwardly not knowing what to do with my hands while my wife screams. Which as some point is a great analogy to making top 10 lists. It’s a bunch of work, uncomfortable and everyone you don’t know is just going to tell you how to do it or you’re doing it wrong.

Ok wait, we’re here to talk 2017. Guys.. we made it through a year of Trump. Can you believe it? I hope you’ve all found ways to eek out some hope in humanity or renewed drive for change and equality, I think i have. The music this year really helped, it was such a strong year for music. Is an outcry for social change perhaps the best soil for great music? I mean I didn’t want to live in a society so torn and ridiculed by all comparative nations, but damn if it didn’t drive us as a nation to make some ferocious music.

I have personally felt the most empowered and excited about the growth of all the fantastic female bands. It feels like it’s almost 50/50 out there these days. Maybe it’s because they are even more affected but the current climate. Maybe all of our ears have just been thirsty and now we’re drinking it up uncontrollably like my dog does after a run and we’ll end up vomiting it up on the rug about 5 mins later. But no, I think it’s here to stay. I don’t really know why it hasn’t always been that way, probably an NPR podcast out there to tell me why, but alas i’m too lazy to learn now.

Hopefully you’re not, and this list can help you stumble upon something great you missed. But hell maybe you’re like me and if you didn’t magically find something hidden in a lost forest then it’s not yours to love. Great friends will tell me of a release, I’ll ignore them, then listen to the same damn artist by seeing it on a related artist on Spotify and think i’m a genius. If that sounds familiar then I have a quick solution. Write this list down on a sheet of paper then put it in that weird small pocket on your jeans., you’ll forget. One day you’ll find it and then be ready for love. And with that, I give you the SlyVinyl writers top 10 list, which you’ve already scrolled a long time back. We love you dearly.

The SlyVinyl Team

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#10 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana

“Man, just when you thought you could take a breather from Nonagon Infinity‘s everlasting psych groove loop…WHAM!  New album.  Prepare yourself for Flying Microtonal Banana, 9 tracks featuring nothing but microtonal instruments.” -David Hampton

 

#9 Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog

“The world’s most revered cockamamie Canuck cuck, Mac Demarco, has been on a wet and wild ride since he dropped his debut full-length, 2, in 2012.  Some of you fell for his Cheshire Cat gap-toothed grin, others swooned to his warpy slacker songwriting style and the rest of you subscribed to his carefree PMA ethos.  Whichever route you took to get on the Mac Track, hello and welcome.  You’re safe here.” – David Hampton

 

#8 Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me

Easily one of the most powerful releases I’ve heard in many years. This album tore my heart out and punted it across the interstate. Written in the couple months after his wife’s early death, Phil spills out all his hurt. It’s beautiful and horrible all at once. When i first listened to it i had to stop everything and just sit, do yourself a favor and do the same.

 

#7 Here Lies Man – Here Lies Man

“The repetitive guitar figures that happen in Afrobeat music are very close to heavy rock guitar riffs,” frontman Marcos Garcia explains about his debut full-length from 5-piece LA afropsychers Here Lies Man.  Garcia has taken the deep, gut punch riffage from Sabbath’s Iommi and combined it with sweaty pelvic-thrusting rhythms from Fela Kuti, William Onyeabor and other Afrobeat greats.  It’s fist-pumping, it’s funky and best of all, it sounds NEW.  This is a debut of massive proportions and you need to get on this like now. – David Hampton

 

#6 Dirty Projectors – Dirty Projectors

“Even as huge fan of Dirty Projectors, I admittedly never picked up on the fact that Dave Longstreth and Amber Coffman had been together until the moody, artsy “Keep Your Name” video dropped out of the blue. I didn’t feel too out of the loop as I quickly found many fans on the internet didn’t know either. But with that revelation, everything snapped into place, and a compressed wave of emotions felt through the rise and fall of an incredible working relationship hit all at once—the realization of how many songs on the past albums were love notes, the awe of their musical chemistry, the disappointment that it is likely gone for good, and heartbreak for two people losing a partner in every sense.” – Chris Chew

 

#5 Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice

“Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile are two musicians that I have been a fan of since the very first moment I ever heard one of their songs. Once they announced that they didn’t just record a song together but an entire album I felt like I had done way too many dabs. Is this real? Am I possibly asleep? Hey, I can’t drive anymore guys.” – Jon Hamilton

 

#4 Tyler, the Creator – Scum Fuck Flower Boy

“Tyler, the Creator has grown so much since the interwebs first started hyping OFWGKTA. In his Colbert interview he said for this album he wanted to rap less and produce more by bringing in lots of guests to sing throughout the album.

If you’re wondering where all of the recent amazing indie R&B is originating from then just remember that Tyler and Frank Ocean are best buds, and that Tyler thought thought that Blond was amazing. So did I, but I only bought a copy instead of going out and being inspired to record my own album of R&B.” – Jon Hamilton

 

#3 Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

“Just remember what happens on earth stays on earth! We gon’ put it in reverse!”

“Wheww, no need to go through all the strenuous effort of clicking a button to flip your playlist anymore! Since Kendrick confirmed fan theories about listening to DAMN. in reverse order, he and Top Dawg Entertainment decided to cap off the year by releasing a new edition that does just that. Brilliant artistic move, marketing ploy, or a bit of both—I’m definitely buying into it. I guess I can forgive them for not pressing the Collectors Edition with reverse grooves…hey, unless they did which would be a cool surprise. I should get in touch with the TDE marketing team.” – Chris Chew

 

#2 Alvvays – Antisocialites

“It may have been 4 years since Toronto 5-piece Alvvays released their debut full-length, but it feels like they never left us.  Fronted by Molly Rankin’s everdreamy falsetto, Alvvays made an immediate impact on the indie rock landscape with their sun-kissed jangly surf pop and lovelorn lyrical treatments.

The band has invested more time for studio sheen on sophomore follow-up Antisocialites, and it feels like the right move.  First single In Undertow will undoubtedly be one of 2017’s finest summer anthems, a blissful 3 minutes of washed-out dream pop bursting with elation and simultaneously aching with melancholia.  It could soundtrack a road trip to the beach with your friends and just as easily be the song to lick your wounds after your summer fling turns sour.” -David Hampton

 

#1 The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

“One of Philly’s greatest exports are back with a brand spanking new album. That’s right kids, it’s The War on Drugs. The new track, Holding On is a driving guitar jam that brings to mind thoughts of Springsteen.” -Jon Hamilton

 

Each album was available on limited vinyl, all 10/10, Hope you got em! Vinyl is alive and well.

See Each Writer’s List

Scott Wickberg

alvvays dirty projectors leif vollebekk david bazan lcd soundsystem war on drugs electric guest tennis mount eerie big thief

Aaron Greufe

K. Flay – Every Where is Some Where Sylvan Esso – What Now The Front Bottoms – Going Grey Hoodie Allen – The Hype Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile To The Surface Lewis Del Mar – Lewis Del Mar The Dear Hunter – All Is as All Should Be Have Mercy – Make The Best Of It Sir Sly – Don’t You Worry Honey Sohn – Rennen

Jon Hamilton

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN> Benjamin Booker – Witness Perfume Genius – No Shape Tyler, the Creator – Flower Boy Ty Segall – Ty Segall Beth Ditto – Fake Sugar Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – Soul of a Woman Conor Oberst – Salutations

Burt Kohler

Kendrick Lamar – Damn Tyler The Creator – Flower Boy Alvvays – Antisocialites Run The Jewels – RTJ3 Chicano Batman – Freedom is Free Gorillaz – Humanz Diet Cig – Swear I’m Good at This Odesza – A Moment Apart Waxahatchee – Out In the Storm Kelly Lee Owens – S/T

Brian Bruemmer

The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding John Moreland – Big Bad Luv The National – Sleep Well Beast Conor Oberst – Salutations Richard Edwards – Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset Sallie Ford – Soul Sick Courtney Barnett / Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice Thundercat – Drunk Father John Misty – Pure Comedy Kamasi Washington – Harmony Of Difference

Sindre Ernst

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard with Mild High Club – Sketches Of Brunswick East Once And Future Band – S/T Ariel Pink – Dedicated to Bobby Jameson King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana Here Lies man – S/T Sugarfoot – The Santa Ana Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog Motorpsycho – The Tower Wobbler – From Silence To Somewhere Tusmørke – Bydyra

Chris Chew

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. Lexie – Record Time! Karriem Riggins – Headnod Suite Palehound – A Place I’ll Always Go Dirty Projectors – Dirty Projectors Alvvays – Antisocialites A$AP Mob – Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy Princess Nokia – 1992 Deluxe Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy The Regrettes – Feel Your Feelings Fool!

Andrew Saputo

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice Alvvays – Antisocialites War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog Thundercat – Drunk Protomartyr – Relatives In Descent Perfume Genius – No Shape Siriusmo – Comic Wild Ones – Mirror Touch Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up

David Hampton

The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding Tyler the Creator – Flower Boy Alex Cameron – Forced Witness Here Lies Man – S/T Damaged Bug – Bunker Funk Alvvays – Antisocialites Slowdive – S/T Iglooghost – Neo Wax Bloom Benjamin Clementine – I Tell a Fly King Gizzard – Flying Microtonal Banana

Ralph Etter

richard dawson mount eerie alduos harding leah senior mario batkovic ian william craig holly macve facteurs chavaux out lines kuolema-duo

 

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