Dan’s 100 Best Albums of 2017!

Dan’s 100 Best Albums of 2017!

Written by Dan McCauley

[If you’re looking for yet another remaster of Kind Of Blue or SPLHCB 50—this is not your list. If, however, you’re looking for new music, maybe outrageous music—Dan is your guy. Agree, disagre, whatever—I hope you enjoy this list. —-Ed.]

In no particular order, really – stream of consciousness type of stuff, here is my list of the best 100 albums released in 2017. This is just my opinion, and since I was given the platform, I’m telling the truth! I don’t think there’s a stinker in there, but you may disagree. Whelp. That’s as far as that conversation will go.

If you have a (kind) 2017 recommendation, scribble it down below in the comment section, and I’ll make sure I seek it out and give it a listen. And who knows, someone may read your recommendation and their life will never be the same (yes!). My hope is that this list will introduce you to some new bands and maybe even bring you a new favorite Artist/Group to keep an eye on for a new release. I referenced the bands website so you can go out and support the band/label directly, rather than giving your coin up for the convenience of shopping through retailers.

Follow me on INSTAGRAM : mccauley82_denver or check out my vinyl collection at #mccvinylvault . Had a ball writing my silly reviews this year, and hope some of you had the time to read them. Have a great 2018, and happy listening!

  1. OCS – Memory of a Cut Off Head (Castle Face Records) castlefacerecords.com
  2. Flat Worms – Flat Worms (Castle Face Records) castlefacerecords.com
  3. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard with Mild High Club – Sketches of Brunswick East (Flightless Records) flighlessrecords.com
  4. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Murder Of The Universe (Flightless Records) flightlessrecords.com
  5. Oh Sees – Orc (Castle Face Records) castlefacerecords.com
  6. Cobra Man – New Driveway Soundtrack (Goner Records) goner-records.com
  7. Dean Ween Group – The deaner album (ATO Records) thedeanweengroup.com
  8. Shakey Graves – And The Horse He Rode In On (Dualtone Records) shakeygraves.bandcamp.com
  9. Vincent – Masseduction (Loma Vista Recordings) www.ilovestvincent.com
  10. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 3 (Run The Jewels, Inc.) runthejewels.com
  11. The Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody (Warner Bros) flaminglips.com
  12. The Mountain Goats – Goths (Merge Records) mountain-goats.com
  13. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. (Aftermath Entertainment) kendricklamar.com
  14. Poolside – Heat (via Bandcamp) poolsidemusic.com
  15. Kadavar – Rough Times (Nuclear Blast) kadavar.com
  16. Björk – Utopia (One Little Indian Records) bjork.com
  17. Guided By Voices – August By Cake (Guided by Voices, Inc.) gbv.com
  18. Gorillaz – Humanz (Parlophone Records) gorillaz.com
  19. Grandaddy – Last Place (30th Century Records) grandaddymusic.com
  20. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy (Sub Pop Records ) fatherjohnmisty.com
  21. Ty Segall – Ty Segall (Drag City Records) dragcity.com
  22. Fleet Foxes – Crack Up (Nonesuch Records) fleetfoxes.com
  23. Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins (RCA Records) grizzly-bear.net
  24. Charlie Feathers – Best of Sun Records Sessions (Sun Record Company) sunrecords.com
  25. Elvis Presley – A Boy From Tupelo The Complete 1953-55 Recordings (Sony Music) elvis.com
  26. Roger Waters – Is This the Life We Really Want? (Columbia Records) rogerwaters.com
  27. Gucci Mane – Droptopwop Mixtape (Atlantic Records) guccimaneonline.com
  28. Arca – Arca (XL Recordings) XLrecordings.com
  29. Migos – Culture (Atlantic Records) atlanticrecords.com
  30. Thundercat – Drunk (Brainfeeder) brainfeeder.net
  31. Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life (Interscope Records) lanadelrey
  32. Drake – More Life (Republic Records) republicrecords.com
  33. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – POLYGONDWANALAND (Free for all to distribute!) kinggizzardandthelizardwizard.com
  34. Big Thief – Capacity (Bandcamp) bigthief.bandcamp.com
  35. Lil’ B – Black Ken (BasedWorld Records) basedworld.com
  36. Jack Johnson – All the Light Above It Too (Brushfire Records) jackjohnsonmusic.com
  37. Syd – Fin (Columbia Records) internetsyd.com
  38. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (Mello Music Group) mikeeagle.net
  39. Future – HNDRXX (Epic Records) epicrecords.com
  40. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights (Bandcamp) julienbaker.bandcamp.com
  41. Jlin – Black Origami (Planet Mu) jlin.bandcamp.com
  42. Fever Ray – Plunge (Rabid Records) rabidrecords.com
  43. Jay:Z – 4:44 ( Roc Nation ) lifeandtimes.com
  44. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me (P.W. Elverum & Sun) pwelverumandsun.com
  45. LCD Soundsystem – American Dream (Columbia Records) lcdsoundsystem.com
  46. The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic Records) thewarondrugs.net
  47. Kehlani – SweetSexySavage (Atlantic Records) kehlanimusic.com
  48. Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference (Young Turks Records) kamasiwashington.com
  49. Tyler, the Creator – Flower Boy (Columbia Records) columbiarecords.com
  50. LateNightTales – BADBADNOTGOD (Late Night Tales) latenighttales.co.uk
  51. Beck – Colors (Capital Records) beck.com
  52. Howe Gelb – Future Standards (Fire Records) howegelbmusic.bandcamp.com
  53. Destroyer – Ken (Merge Records) mergerecords.com
  54. Michael Nau – Some Twist (Suicide Squeeze Records) suicidesqueeze.net
  55. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory (Def Jam Recordings) defjam.com
  56. Chicano Batman – Freedom is Free (ATO Records) chicanobatman.com
  57. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Best Troubador (Drag City Records) dragcity.com
  58. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism (Jagjaguwar) mosessumney.com
  59. King Krule – The Ooz (True Panther Sounds) truepanther.com
  60. Deer Tick – VOL. 1 (Patisan Records) deertickmusic.com
  61. SZA – Ctrl (Top Dawg Entertainment) szactrl.com
  62. Chad VanGaalen – Light Information (Sub Pop Records) subpop.com
  63. Ambrose Akinmusire (Blue Note Records) ambroseakinmusire.com
  64. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (Sonovox Records) everythingnow.com
  65. Belle and Sebastian – How To Solve Our Human Problems Pt.1 (Matador Records) belleandsebastian.com
  66. Benjamin Booker – Witness (ATO Records) benjaminbookermusic.com
  67. Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick (Secretly Canadian ) cherryglazerr.bandcamp.com
  68. Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry (Sub Pop Records) wolfparade.com
  69. Nine Inch Nails – Add Violence (The Null Corporation ) nin.com
  70. Big Boi – Boomiverse (Epic Records) bigboi.com
  71. Wooden Wand – Clipper Ship (Three Lobed Recordings) woodenwand.org
  72. The cactus Blossoms – You’re Dreaming (Red House Records) thecactusblossoms.com
  73. Cody ChesnuTT – My Love Devine Degree (One Little Indian Records) cchesnutt.com
  74. Conor Oberst – Salutations (Nonesuch Records, Inc.) conoroberst.com
  75. R.B. – Naturality (Castle Face Records) www.castlefacerecords.com
  76. Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz (Sub Pop Records) shabazzpalaces.com
  77. Marilyn Manson – Heaven Upside Down (Loma Vista Recordings) marilynmanson.com
  78. Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice (Milk Records) milkl.milklrecords.com.au
  79. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Stony Hill (Republic Records) damianmarleymusic.com
  80. Curtis Harding – Face Your Fear (ANTI Records) curtisharding.com
  81. Damaged Bug – Bunker Funk (Castle Face Records) castlefacerecords.com
  82. The Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir (Nonesuch Records, Inc.) houseoftomorrow.com
  83. Mac Demarco – This Old Dog (Captured Tracks) macdemarco.bandcamp.com
  84. Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000 (Vice Records) actionbronson.com
  85. A. Witch – L.A. Witch (Suicide Squeeze Records) www.suicidesqueeze.net
  86. I.D – The Never Story (Dreamville Records) www.jidsv.com
  87. Margo Price – All American Made (Third Man Records) thirdmanrecords.com
  88. Future Islands – The Far Filed (4AD Records) future-islands.com
  89. Flotation Toy Warning – The Machine That Made Us (Talitres Records) flotationtoywarning.co.uk
  90. Feist – Pleasure (Interscope Records) listentofeist.com
  91. Devin The Dude – Acoustic Levitation (Coughee Brothaz Enterprise) cougheebrothaz.blogspot.com
  92. Deerhoof – Mountain Moves (Joyful Noise Recordings) deerhoof.bandcamp.com
  93. Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts – Milano (30th Century Records) milanoalbum.com
  94. The Motels – If Not Now Then When (Sunset Blvd. Records) themotels.com
  95. Jerry Garcia Band – Live Volume 8 (Round Records) jerrygarcia.com
  96. Grateful Dead – Long Strange Trip Documentary (Amazon Music) amazon.com
  97. David Bowie – No Plan (Columbia Records) davidbowie.com
  98. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural (Sister Polygon Records) priests.bandcamp.com
  99. Dan Auerbach – Waiting on a Song (Easy Eye Sound) easyeyesound.com
  100. Real Estate – In Mind (Domino Recording Company) realestatetheband.com   
  101. —-enter your favorite here!!
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