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Coach Tuesday
Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:26 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 05 Apr 2011 Posts: 109
Let's get this going early this year, since I've been more out of the loop than usual in 2017 and need some recs.

A few of the releases I liked:

Slowdive
The Lee Hazlewood re-releases
Ty Segall
Neil Young
How To Disappear Completely
Spoon
New Pornographers
GAS
Robyn Hitchcock
Endless Boogie
Lost Balloons
Acetone re-releases
Kevin Morby
Electric Wizard
Kelley Stoltz
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jpp10780
Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:28 am Reply with quote
Joined: 22 Apr 2006 Posts: 307
in alphabetical order...and *mostly* guitar stuff for you guys...

bed wettin bad boys - rot
cloakroom - time well
david nance - negative boogie
dream syndicate - How Did I Find Myself Here?
electric wizard - wizard bloody wizard
girl ray - earl gray
gnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine
Group Doueh & Cheveu - Dakhla Sahara Session
Jarvis Cocker And Chilly Gonzales - room 29
Jeremy Enigk - ghosts
The Jesus And Mary Chain - damage and joy
Joshua Abrams - Simultonality
The New Year - snow
The Newsletters - s/t (australian band)
pile - A Hairshirt of Purpose
power trip - Nightmare Logic
a specific kind of gay porn involving guys wearing basketball shorts high fiving each other - interiors
slowdive - s/t
thurston moore - Rock N Roll Consciousness
Tonstartssbandht - sorcerer (probably my favorite lp of the year)
wand - plum
xetas - the tower
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jpp10780
Posted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:15 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 22 Apr 2006 Posts: 307
ahh, landmine for quicks@nd...
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Romoidinut
Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:31 am Reply with quote
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I'm grateful to find out about it. I do not have to go anywhere else. I really thank you
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cpittman
Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:50 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 03 Nov 2013 Posts: 5
i think this is the only thread i ever participate in, but i always look forward to looking at everybody else's lists

pissed jeans - why love now
snapped ankles - come play the trees
open city - s/t
feral ohms - s/t
sheer mag - need your love tonight
daniel romano - modern pressure
bask - ramble beyond
iss - endless pussyfooting
florida man - s/t
haram - when you have won, you have lost
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coyler from the toilet
Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:35 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 30 Jul 2009 Posts: 607 Location: Amazottle, WA
LPs / EPs
U-MEN - U-MEN
WOOD CHICKENS - COUNTRYCIDE
DES DEMONAS - DES DEMONAS
THE CONNECTION - JUST FOR FUN
THE TRIPWIRES - FAT CITY LET'S GO!

Singles
KID CONGO & THE PINK MONKEY BIRDS - SPIDER BABY
MOMMY LONG LEGS - ROCK PRODUCT
THE HUSSY - THE HUSSY
NOTS - CRUEL FRIEND
MONO MEN - YOUR EYES
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Tom
Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:13 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 16 Feb 2005 Posts: 302
Not saying this purely as this is the land of the SW@MI, but RFTC's Waiting for the Shoe to Fall has moved my synapses in such a way it is easily the most exciting thing in years; as though someone put on record just why Rock'N'Roll is so very beautiful.

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Dan B
Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:40 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 16 Feb 2005 Posts: 378 Location: Daaan saarrfff, UK
As usual, I'm completely out the loop these days so thanks for these. For the record, I have been enjoying the White Reaper album a lot this year.
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Jeffrey
Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:41 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 20 Jun 2008 Posts: 687 Location: Upper dena ,CA.
Chris Bell/ The Complete Chris Bell 5 LP box set- Omnivore records. My 1st time diving into the other genius of Big Stars solo work. Some really cool stuff on here.

Doug Tuttle/ Peace Potato- Trouble in Mind records. Don’t know much about this guy, but what a great song writer, really different and brilliant.

The Fleshtones/ Just the Hits- Yep Roc records comp of B-sides and Rarities, what’s not to love.

Lee Hazlewood/ Lee Hazlewood 13- Light In the Attic records. I somehow missed hearing this Hazlewood record until it was reissued this year. Man what great piece of work, if you’re a fan of Lee and don’t know this record you need to run to the store now.

King Khan- Murderburger- Eric Jenning record company. Not the best stuff he’s ever done but its still really great

Low Culture/ Places to Hide- Dirt Nap records I think this came out last year but its new to me, some no nonsense rippin punk rock.

Los Strightjackets/ What’s so funny about peace, love and… -Yep Roc records. Los doin instrumental Nick Lowe songs. Love this record

Schizophonics/ Land of the Living- Sympathy for the record industry. Gotta give it up for the home team.

Robyn Hitchcock/ST Yep Roc. What a great record, it always makes me happy to see people in their 60’s making terrific new music.

Huge bummers of the year. Losing Fred Cole and god riff architects Malcom and George Young,

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Coach Tuesday
Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:36 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 05 Apr 2011 Posts: 109
Good stuff Jeffrey! Obviously love the Hazelwood reissues too. As for Los Straightjackets, I caught 3 of the Yo La Tengo shows last week but missed the show they played at - BUT - I was there for Night 1 when Nick Lowe came out and played that song with YLT, it was really something else.
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Duncan Idaho
Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:48 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 03 Aug 2009 Posts: 484 Location: Los Angeles, CA
I made a "My Favorites of 2017" playlist for you to enjoy: https://www.mixcloud.com/ChrisWhiteheadShow/my-favorite-albums-of-2017/

Here's my random ramblings on this years releases:

Most Essential
1. The RubsImpossible Dream – Hozac
Goddamn, Joey Rubbish just fucking killed it with this one. My most-played record of the year. This is power-pop perfection. Every single song is a hit. All of these songs have hooks that got stuck in my head more than once. For a guy that I’m told came to music later in life, he really is making up for lost time. Listen to this record front-to-back twice in a row and you’ll fall in love with it.

2. Lo TomLo Tom – Barsuk Records
This is a quote/un-quote “supergroup” of wimpy turds rock lifers, featuring two of my wife’s all-time favorites, David Bazan and TW Walsh of Pedro the Lion fame (and like a million other bands). The story goes that this group of aging dads took multiple years to make this record that was born of them jamming in their off-time. If you like RIFFS (and I know my SW@MI peeps do), this is for you. 8 tracks with no fat on the bone. Come for the opening riff, stay for the Jehu-level guitar interplay on the last track. Live show also crushed.

3. Jack CooperSandgrown – Trouble In Mind
I made a very personal connection to this record and this is what I wrote about this record a few months back on Facebook, which remains my feelings. Jack also plays in Ultimate Painting and used to play in Mazes.
I've really been enjoying the new Jack Cooper LP that came out on Trouble In Mind Records recently. It's a slightly melancholic rumination/reflection on life in his hometown of Blackpool and the wider Fylde Coast in the North West of England. (Coincidentally, a few miles down the road from where spent the bulk of my formative years...) I love any culture that reflects the Northern English experience, as I've always felt it's under-exposed.
My take on the album is that it's really a concept record about being from somewhere - anywhere, really - and what that place meant to you growing up and what it means to you now and all the nostalgia and complicated emotions that can bring up.
That's a complex series of thoughts and feelings for me personally, in that I've always felt like I'm from multiple places all at the same time - and hence kind of from nowhere. So, it's been a trip to think about this stuff, especially as I'm now lucky enough to feel settled where I always wanted to be.


4. The SchizophonicsLand Of The Living – Sympathy For The Record Industry
This is not a band that needs any introduction to anyone that pays attention around these parts, but I was stoked to be able to own not one but TWO records from this year. Both are great, both are in mono, and both perfectly capture the live sound, but also manage to showcase them as a studio band at the same time. Never have a band deserved to have a breakout year as much as Pat and Lety Beers and whichever bassist is lucky enough to be playing with them on any given night.

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Everything Else
Alvvays - Antisocialites – Polyvinyl
Dream Machine* – The Illusion – Castle Face
Doug TuttlePeace Potato – Trouble In Mind
Freak GenesPlaytime – Alien Snatch!
The Golden BoysBetter Than Good Times – 12XU
Kelley StoltzQue Aura – Castle Face
Lord LoudPassé Paranoia – King Volume
Lost BalloonsHey Summer – Dirtnap
Mike KrolMike Krol Is Never Dead: The First Two Records – Merge [Re-issue]
Mind MeldMind Meld – Permanent Records
Oh SeesOrc – Castle Face
Skip ChurchOut Of Tune, In Touch With The Devil – Randy Records
Ty Segall Ty Segall – Drag Shitty
The SchizophincsOoga Booga 10” EP – Pig Baby Records
Warm Soda* – I Don’t Wanna Grow Up – Castle Face
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*I understand many of you will be turned off by me including these bands, given the unpleasant statements that Matthew and Doris Melton made earlier this year. I don’t condone their views but I’m choosing to separate artist from art. Your mileage my vary with that.

Random “Bests”
Best Album Cover (photo) - “Ooga Booga” by The Schizophonics
Best Album Cover (non-photo) - “Orc” by Oh Sees
Best song not on the playlist – “Put Your Weight On It” by The Schizophonics
Best Re-issue – Mike Krol Is Never Dead: The First Two Record
Best Band T-Shirt I bought this year: Death By Unga Bunga logo, black on white, baseball Tee: https://deathbyungabunga.tumblr.com/image/166723517469
Best Live Shows
Angel Olsen @ Wiltern
Lo Tom @ Bootleg Theatre,
A Giant Dog @ Bootleg Theatre and
Hot Snakes @ Alex's Bar and Troubadour

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rab
Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:07 pm Reply with quote
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Control Freaks
Schizophonics
Sweet Apple
Botox Rats
Unsane
Pissed Jeans
White Reaper
The Bronxxx
The Virus
All Pigs Must Die
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Master Control
Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:33 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 16 Feb 2005 Posts: 722 Location: Truth Or Consequences, NJ
01 - The Chinchees - The Chinchees - Dirt Cult
02 - Charly Bliss - Guppy - Barsuk
03 - Short Straw Fate - For The Heroes In My Record Rack - Fixing A Hole
04 - Racquet Club - Racquet Club - Rise
05 - Remnants - True Places Never Are - Tour Van / Different Kitchen / Emily
06 - Needles // Pins - Good Night, Tomorrow - Dirt Cult / Mint
07 - A Giant Dog - Toy - Merge
08 - Lost Balloons - Hey Summer - Dirtnap
09 - Phoenix Foundation - Closer - Waterslide / Boss Tuneage
10 - Cloud Nothings - Life Without Sound - Carpark

The rest of my list is up at:
http://www.ibuywaytoomanyrecords.com/2017/12/the-absolute-best-records-of-2017.html?m=1

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jpp10780
Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:40 am Reply with quote
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that ted leo lp was underrated.
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charles616
Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:48 am Reply with quote
Joined: 15 May 2006 Posts: 751 Location: Chicago, Colorado Springs
Got a lot of the same as a lot of ya so here is some stuff I liked that hasn't been mentioned:

Scour- RED EP
Petyr- Self-Titled
Cloud Catcher- Trails of Kozmic Dust
Zeal and Ardor- Devil is Fine
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