Jan 012018
 

Release date order:

  • First Aid Kit – Ruins (January 19)
  • Xylouris White – Mother (January 19)
  • Yhdarl – Loss (January 19)(BM)
  • The Limiñanas – Shadow People (January 19)
  • Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us (January 26)
  • Fire! – The Hands (January 26)
  • Portal – ION (January 26)(DEATH)

Upcoming:

  • Drudkh – They Often See Dreams About the Spring (March 9)(BM)
  • A Place to Bury Strangers – Pinned (April 13)
  • Vampire Weekend – ?
  • My Bloody Valentine – ?
  • Deafheaven – ?
  • Mount Eerie – ?
  • Nothing – ?
  • Sylvaine – ?

Released posthumously:

  • Frank Zappa – The Roxy Performances [box set] (February 2; recorded: December 8–10, 1973)

« Best albums of 2017

Dec 102017
 

Rank order:

  1. Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper (October 20)(DOOM)
  2. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Async (April 28)
  3. Fen – Winter (March 10)(BM)
  4. Wolves in the Throne Room – Thrice Woven (September 22)(BM)
  5. Drudkh / Paysage d’Hiver – Somewhere Sadness Wanders (August 25)(BM)
  6. Rosalía – Los Ángeles (February 10)(FLAMENCO)
  7. Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spoon (September 22)
  8. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers (September 22)
  9. Ulver – The Assassination of Julius Caesar (April 7)
  10. Auðn – Farvegir Fyrndar (November 10)(BM)

Others, release date order:

  • The xx – I See You (January 13)
  • Piano Magic – Closure (January 20)
  • Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol 1 (February 3)
  • Tinariwen – Elwan (February 10)(AFRICA)
  • Lawrence English – Cruel Optimism (February 17)(AMBIENT)
  • Grails – Chalice Hymnal (February 17)
  • Dool – Here Now, There Then (February 17)
  • Vagabon – Infinite Worlds (February 24)
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Don’t Get Lost (February 24)
  • Jay Som – Everybody Works (March 10)
  • Planning For Burial – Below The House (March 10)
  • Yasmine Hamdan – Al Jamilat (March 17)(LEBANON)
  • Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me (March 24)
  • Falls of Rauros – Vigilance Perennial (March 31)(BM)
  • Robyn Hitchcock – Robyn Hitchcock (April 21)
  • The Black Angels – Death Song  (April 22)
  • Mark Lanegan Band – Gargoyle (April 28)
  • Flowers Must Die – Kompost (April 28)
  • Slowdive – Slowdive (May 5)
  • Perfume Genius – No Shape (May 5)
  • Hampshire & Foat – Galaxies Like Grains of Sand (May 26)(JAZZ)
  • Big Thief – Capacity (June 9)
  • Flotation Toy Warning – The Machine That Made Us (June 16)
  • Offa Rex – The Queen of Hearts (July 7)(BRITISH)
  • Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life (July 21)
  • Oh Sees – Orc (August 25)
  • Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Finisterre (August 25)(BM)
  • LCD Soundsystem – American Dream (September 1)
  • The Dream Syndicate – How Did I Find Myself Here? (September 8)
  • Gregg Allman – Southern Blood (September 8)
  • The National – Sleep Well Beast (September 8)
  • Motorpsycho – The Tower (September 8)
  • Myrkur – Mareridt (September 15)(BM)
  • The Horrors – V (September 22)
  • UUUU – s/t (October 6)
  • Yellow Eyes – Immersion Trench Reverie (October 20)(BM)
  • Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights (October 27)
  • Converge – The Dusk in Us (November 3)
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest (November 17)(FRANCE)

Reissues/Compilations:

  • Radiohead – OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017 (Compilation, June 23)

EPs:

  • VANUM – Burning Arrow (EP, April 1)(BM)
  • Oranssi Pazuzu – Kevät / Värimyrsky (EP, April 12)(BM)

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Sep 212017
 

Essential list of early influential recordings, mostly compilations, sorted approximately by recording date:

  • [recordings 1923-] Bessie Smith – The Essential Bessie Smith (Compilation, Columbia/Legacy, 1997)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1927-] Blind Willie Johnson – Dark Was the Night (Compilation, Columbia/Legacy, 1998)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1927-] Blind Lemon Jefferson – The Best of Blind Lemon Jefferson (Compilation, Yazoo, 2000)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1928-] Mississippi John Hurt – Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings (Compilation, Columbia/Legacy, 1996)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1929-] Charley Patton – Founder of the Delta Blues (Compilation, Yazoo, 1969)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1930-] Son House – Complete Recorded Works of Son House & the Great Delta Blues Singers (Compilation, Document, 1990)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1931-] Skip James – I’d Rather Be the Devil: The Legendary 1931 Session (Compilation, Rev-Ola Records, 2007)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1933-] Billie Holiday – The Ultimate Collection (Compilation, Hip-O, 2005)(JAZZ)
  • [recordings 1935-] Billie Holiday – Lady Day: The Master Takes and Singles (Compilation, Columbia/Legacy, 2007)(JAZZ)
  • [recordings 1934-] Lead Belly – King of the 12-String Guitar (Compilation, Columbia/Legacy, 1991)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1935-] The Carter Family – Can the Circle Be Unbroken?: Country Music’s First Family (Compilation, Columbia/Legacy, 2000)(FOLK)
  • [recordings 1936-] Robert Johnson – King of the Delta Blues: The Complete Recordings (Compilation, Columbia/Legacy, 1997)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1937-] Bukka White – The Complete Bukka White (Compilation, Columbia/Legacy,1994)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1938-] Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 [1938-1941] (Compilation, Document, 1996)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1938-] Louis Armstrong – The Definitive Collection (Compilation, Hip-O/Verve,2006)(JAZZ)
  • [recordings 1940 ] Woody Guthrie – Dust Bowl Ballads (Album, Victor Records, 1940)(FOLK)
  • [recordings 1944-] Woody Guthrie – This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1 (Compilation, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1997)(FOLK)
  • [recordings 1944-] Charlie Parker – The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948 (Compilation, Atlantic, 2000)(JAZZ)
  • [recordings 1945-] Bill Monroe – The Essential Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys [1945-1949] (Compilation, Columbia/Legacy, 1996)(FOLK)
  • [recordings 1947-] Hank Williams – 40 Greatest Hits (Compilation, Polydor/Mercury, 1978)(FOLK)
  • [recordings 1947-] Muddy Waters – His Best, 1947 to 1955 (Compilation, MCA/Chess, 1997)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1947-] Lightnin’ Hopkins – Gold Star Sessions, Vol. 1 & 2 (Compilation, Arhoolie, 1990)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1947-] Django Reinhardt – Peche à la Mouche (Compilation, Verve Reissues, 1992)(JAZZ)
  • [recordings 1948-] John Lee Hooker – The Definitive Collection (Compilation, Hip-O, 2006)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1949-] B.B. King – Original Greatest Hits (Compilation, Virgin, 2005)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1951-] Elmore James – The Sky Is Crying: The History of Elmore James (Compilation, Rhino, 1993)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1951-] Howlin’ Wolf – His Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection (Compilation, MCA/Chess, 1997)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1951-] Ray Charles – The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years (Compilation, Rhino, 1994)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1951-] Willie Dixon – The Chess Box (Compilation, MCA/Chess, 1989)(BLUES)
  • [recordings 1953-] Elvis Presley – Sunrise (Compilation, RCA, February 9, 1999)(RnR)
  • [recordings 1954-] Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley (Album, March 23, 1956)(RnR)
  • [recordings 1954-] Bill Haley – 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bill Haley & His Comets (Compilation, MCA, 1999)(RnR)
  • [recordings 1955-] Eddie Cochran – Somethin’ Else: The Fine Lookin’ Hits of Eddie Cochran (Compilation, Razor & Tie, 1998)(RnR)
  • [recordings 1955-] Carl Perkins – Original Sun Greatest Hits (Compilation, Rhino/Warner Bros, 1986)(RnR)
  • [recordings 1955-] Little Richard – The Very Best of Little Richard (Compilation, Fantasy/Specialty Records/Universal, 2008)(RnR)
  • [recordings 1955-] Chuck Berry – The Definitive Collection (Compilation, Geffen/Chess, 2006)(RnR)
  • [recordings 1955-] Bo Diddley – The Definitive Collection (Compilation, Geffen/Chess, 2007)(RnB)
  • [recordings 1955-] Johnny Cash – The Sun Years (Compilation, Rhino, 1990)(FOLK)
  • [recordings 1956-] Buddy Holly – The Definitive Collection (Compilation, Geffen/Decca, 2006)(RnR)
  • [recordings 1956-] Jerry Lee Lewis – Original Sun Singles ’56-’60 (Compilation, Sundazed, 2009)(RnR)
  • [recordings 1956 ] Charles Mingus – Pithecanthropus Erectus (Album, Atlantic Records, July 1956)(JAZZ)
  • [recordings 1957 ] The Crickets – The “Chirping” Crickets (Album, Brunswick, November 27, 1957)(RnR)
  • [recordings 1957 ] John Coltrane – Blue Train (Album, Blue Note, 1958)(JAZZ)
  • [recordings 1958-] Link Wray – Rumble! The Best of Link Wray (Compilation, Rhino, 1993)(RnR)
  • [recordings 1959 ] Miles Davis – Kind of Blue (Album, Columbia, August 17, 1959)(JAZZ)
  • [recordings 1959 ] Ornette Coleman – The Shape of Jazz To Come (Album, Atlantic, October 1959)(JAZZ)
  • [recordings 1960-] The Shadows – Shadows Are Go! (Compilation, Scamp, 1996)
  • [recordings 1960-] The Ventures – Walk Don’t Run: The Best of the Ventures (Compilation, EMI Music Distribution, 1990)(SURF)
  • [recordings 1961-] Roscoe Holcomb – An Untamed Sense of Control (Compilation, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2003)(FOLK)

» Best albums of 1960

Dec 272016
 

Rank order:

  1. Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä (February 26)(BM)
  2. Alcest – Kodama (September 30)(BM)
  3. Sylvaine – Wistful (May 12)(BM)
  4. Emma Ruth Rundle – Marked For Death (September 30)
  5. Ash Borer – The Irrepassable Gate (December 2)(BM)
  6. Marissa Nadler – Strangers (May 20)
  7. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Third World Pyramid (October 8)
  8. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (October 21)
  9. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (May 8)
  10. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (April 29)

Others, release date order:

  • David Bowie – Blackstar (January 8)
  • The Besnard Lakes – A Coliseum Complex Museum (January 22)
  • Atlanter – Jewels Of Crime (January 22)
  • Emma Pollock – In Search of Harperfield (January 29)
  • Amute – Bending Time In Waves (February 5)
  • DIIV – Is the Is Are (February 5)
  • Aluk Todolo – Voix (February 5)(BM)
  • Cavern Of Anti-Matter – Void Beats / Invocation Trex (February 19)(ELECTRONIC)
  • Mogwai – Atomic (April 1)
  • Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow (May 13)
  • Cool Ghouls – Animal Races (August 19)
  • Andrea Schroeder – Void (August 26)
  • Angel Olsen – My Woman (September 2)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (September 9)
  • Drudkh / Grift – Betrayed By The Sun / Mirages (September 16)(BM)
  • Winterfylleth – The Dark Hereafter (September 30)(BM)
  • TOY – Clear Shot (October 28)
  • Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions – Until the Hunter (November 4)
  • Jamie Smith’s Mabon – The Space Between (?)(CELTIC)

Released posthumously:

  • Pink Floyd – The Early Years 1965-1972 [box set] (Compilation, November 11)

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» Best albums of 2017

Mar 062016
 

Release date order:

  1. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (February 3)
  2. Austere – To Lay Like Old Ashes (February 27)(BM)
  3. Marissa Nadler – Little Hells (March 3)
  4. Oranssi Pazuzu – Muukalainen Puhuu (April 22)(BM)
  5. Sunn O))) – Monoliths and Dimensions (May 18)(DRONE)
  6. Natural Snow Buildings – Shadow Kingdom (September)
  7. The Black Heart Procession – Six (October 6)
  8. A Place to Bury Strangers – Exploding Head (October 6)
  9. The Flaming Lips – Embryonic (October 13)
  10. Piano Magic – Ovations (?)

Other albums:

  • Bat For Lashes – Two Suns (April 3)
  • Horrors – Primary Colours (April 21)
  • Japandroids – Post-Nothing (April 28)

 

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