​2017 PV Staff / Artists / Friends Year-End Lists
​2017 PV Staff / Artists / Friends Year-End Lists
Posted 12/20/2017

Are you sick of year end lists? TOO BAD!!

We rounded up our lovely staff, artists, and funny friends to give us the lowdown on their 2017 greats, including music & movies, general life happenings, and fav press secretary of the year.

Below you’ll hear from Generationals, Palehound, Sonny & The Sunsets, Aloha, Tancred, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Psychic Twin, Rainer Maria, and many (maybe too many) more. Here's what the year two thousand and seventeen meant to us –

POLYVINYL STAFF

Aaron - Top 10 Donuts from 2017

  • 10. French Toast Donut from Dun-Well Doughnuts (New York, NY)
  • 9. Buttermilk Oldfashioned from John's Donuts (St. Louis, MO)
  • 8. Smoked Salt Butterscotch from Destination Donuts (Columbus, OH)
  • 7. Tiramisu Old Fashioned from PV Donuts (Providence, RI)
  • 6. Thai Tea Donut from Dottie's Donuts (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 5. Butterscotch Brown Sugar from Habit Doughnut Dispensary (Denver, CO)
  • 4. Cherry Glazed Cake from Trefzger’s Bakery (Peoria, IL)
  • 3. Butterscotch Praline from Firecake's Donuts (Chicago, IL)
  • 2. Oreo from Pandamonium Doughnuts (Champaign, IL)
  • 1. Peach Crumb from PV Donuts (Providence, RI)

Alexis

  1. Meeting my daughter, Lucette, in January!
  2. Taking the train to New Orleans Jazz Fest with my family
  3. Getting a job at Polyvinyl
  4. Starting to commute by bike while the weather was tolerable
  5. Finally seeing Regina Spektor live
  6. Taking my daughter to her first Phish show + many others throughout the year
  7. Favorite book read this year: Ready Player One
  8. Favorite podcast listened to this year: S Town
  9. Most played video games: Fallout 4, South Park
  10. Star Trek seasons watched: 14.9 (7 Voyager; 6.9 Deep Space Nine; 1 Discovery)
Andy
  1. Becoming a dad with our first son, Jack!
  2. Cycling from Portland to Bend
  3. Bonny Doon - Bonny Doon
  4. The Nine Club podcast
  5. Dirty Projectors - Dirty Projectors
  6. Polyvinyl 2017 Summit
  7. Launching "Shooting The Breeze" Series
  8. Chad Vangaalen - Light Information
  9. Angelo De Augustine - Swim Inside the Moon
  10. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Sketches of Brunswick East (Featuring Mild High Club)
Chris - An Alphabetical List of My Favorite Things About 2017
  • Cloud Nothings Life Without Sound
  • Daddy Issues Deep Dream
  • Diet Cig Swear I’m Good At This
  • Downtown Boys “A Wall”
  • The Expanse (Season 2)
  • Hazel English Just Give In/Never Going Home
  • How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell
  • Meat Wave The Incessant
  • Mitski/Miya Folick/Hazel English @ Lincoln Hall (Chicago, IL)
  • Palehound “Carnations”
  • Pinact The Part That No One Knows
  • Podcasts (Planet Money, How I Built This, In the Dark, ESPN 30 For 30, etc…)
  • Polyvinyl SXSW Showcase @ Cheer Up Charlies (Austin, TX)
  • Scarlet, my daughter, learning how to walk
  • Sorority Noise You’re Not As _____ As You Think
  • Vagabon Infinite Worlds

Michael

  • Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
  • Jeff Rosenstock - WORRY.
  • Deerhoof - Mountain Moves
  • Princess Nokia - 1992 Deluxe
  • White Reaper - The World’s Best American Band
  • David Bazan - Care
  • Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
  • Tyler, The Creator - Flower Boy
  • Rico Nasty - Sugar Trap 2
  • Karaoke in NYC

Natalie

Best use of a song in a movie in 2017: Bone Thugs N Harmony - “Crossroads” in Lady Bird

Books that wrecked me in 2017:

  • Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
  • This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Top 20 tracks of 2017:

  • Aldous Harding - Blend
  • Alvvays - Not My Baby
  • Ariel Pink - Another Weekend
  • Big Thief - Shark Smile
  • Drake - Blem
  • Dreamdecay - Ian
  • Grouper - Headache
  • Hovvdy - Problem
  • Jay Som - The Bus Song
  • Julia Jacklin - Cold Caller
  • Julie Byrne - Natural Blue
  • Kelela - Bluff
  • Mas Ysa - Hold Out
  • Phoebe Bridgers - Smoke Signals
  • Pile - Texas
  • (Sandy) Alex G - Bobby
  • Snail Mail - Thinning
  • TOPS - Cutlass Cruiser
  • You’ll Never Get to Heaven - Exquisite Tension
  • Yumi Zouma - Depths (Pt. 1)

Pilar - 2017 Favorite Things

  1. 1 year anniversary with Polyvinyl
  2. 2 year anniversary with Bae
  3. Trip to Buenos Aires
  4. Pitchfork 2017
  5. Going Vegan
  6. Getting a 3.5 GPA
  7. Podcasts: The Daily, 2 Dope Queens, & Serial Killers
  8. TV & Movies: Broad City, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Crown, & Get Out
  9. Music: White Reaper, Somos, No Vacation, The Drums, & Bully
Rob - Top 10 Albums of 2017:
  • Alvvays – Antisocialites
  • Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
  • David Bazan – Care
  • Bed Wettin' Bad Boys – Rot
  • Hiss Golden Messenger – Hallelujah Anyhow
  • Land Of Talk – Life After Youth
  • Rainer Maria – S/T
  • Kevin Morby – City Music
  • White Reaper – The World's Best American Band
  • Wild Pink – Wild Pink

Ryan

Favorite records:

  1. All Them Witches - Sleeping Through the War
  2. The Black Angels - Death Song
  3. Bill Mackay & Ryley Walker - Spiderbeetlebee
  4. Moon Duo - Occult Architecture (Vol 1 & 2)
  5. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana
  6. White Reaper - The World’s Best American Band
Favorite adventure: Car camping in Sedona, Albuquerque, and Taos

Favorite New Podcasts: Drifter’s Sympathy, Heaven’s Gate

Favorite Reads of the Year:

  • Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock n’ Roll Group by Ian F. Svenonius
  • The Middle Pillar by Israel Regardie
  • True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Sara

  • All the PV Jamz - 2017 was a very good year!
  • Book Club didn't die
  • Gina moved back to Illinois
  • Guppy - Charly Bliss
  • Joanna’s Birthday Cake
  • Kitties!!! (adopting Charlie and Flynn)Living Room/Dining Room Swap
  • Illinois Marathon (watching) Party
  • Other people's babies
  • PV Grew (rad work friends - old and new)!
  • Thanksgiving Pies (homemade apple and pecan)
  • The Courtneys II - The Courtneys
  • Turn Out The Lights - Julien Baker
  • Yardwork (j/k still hate it, but Dan and I did a way better job keeping up with it this year!)
  • Yours Conditionally - Tennis

Sean - Top 5 rekkids of 2017 (with no personal involvement):

  • Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
  • Cloakroom - Time Well
  • Great Grandpa - Plastic Cough
  • Converge - The Dusk In Us
  • Nnamdi Ogbonnaya - DROOL

Seth

  • Spending 3 weeks in Italy this summer
  • Finding out that my wife and I will have another daughter in March 2018
  • Tribe by Sebastian Junger
  • The Tim Ferriss Show
  • Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Audible.com
  • Bitcoin
  • The Ketogenic Diet
  • Bulletproof Coffee
  • Oura Ring
  • S Town
  • Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps
  • Kendrick Lamar - Damn
  • Sylvan Esso - What Now
  • Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog
  • Dirty Projectors - Dirty Projectors

Tim - Top 10 Albums:

  • Midnight Reruns - Spectator Sports
  • Robot Bachelor - The Third House Boat Album
  • The Dopamines - Tales Of Interest
  • The Blendours - No Respect
  • Oh Sees - Orc
  • Ghostmane - Hexada
  • (Sandy) Alex G - Rocket
  • Cende - #1 Hit Single
  • White Reaper - The World’s Best American Band
  • Kendrick Lamar - Damn.

- RIP Lil Peep


POLYVINYL ARTISTS

Grant Widmer (Generationals)

Music:

  • Anna Burch- Quit the Curse
  • Raindeer- Neon Death
  • Benjamin Jones- Light Up the Room
  • Casual Male- Time, Wasted

Books:

  • China Mieville- October
  • Naomi Klein: No Is Not Enough

Movies:

  • The Lost City of Z
  • The Boss Baby

Podcasts: Your Kickstarter Sucks

Ellen Kempner (Palehound)

Favorites in no order:

  • Dirty John (Podcast)
  • S Town (Podcast)
  • Her Body And Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (Book)
  • Things We Lost In The Fire by Mariana Enriquez (Book)
  • Lomelda- Thx
  • Big Thief- Capacity
  • Alvvays- Antisocialites
  • "Flower Glass" by Hand Habits (song)
  • SZA- CTRL
  • Get Out (movie)
  • Sandy Alex G- Rocket
  • Powerplant- Girlpool
  • "Honey"- Kehlani (song)
  • Syd- Always Never Home EP
  • Syd - Fin
  • Kendrick Lamar- DAMN.
  • NY Times Crossword App
  • SSX Tricky on PS2

Sonny Smith (Sonny & The Sunsets)

2017, I stopped paying any attention to music, movies or pop culture of any sort. I didn’t play too many shows. i didn’t go on too many trips. Just stuck to my neighborhood.

  1. The asshole at the corner store underneath my apartment. No one in the whole neighborhood likes him. he’s this decaying old chinese man that plays cards with his buddies all day. His skin is grey and he looks right through you. He takes ten minutes to put down his cards and make a sale and when he does he doesn’t even look at you. I secretly admire him.
  2. The two older Filipino ladies in my beginning drawing class at city college.
  3. The security guard at my kids school, this old black guy who hates me and every other adult. And the kids too. Except the special needs kids. He dotes on them. I don’t know if he sees all adults as pedophiles, or if it’s cause I’m a dumb white guy or what. But I love him. I love him cause he hates everybody. Even kids. And he dresses impeccably. He dresses like John Lee Hooker. And he has a cadillac station wagon he parks in the handicap spot. With spoked wheels. I would ask him what he did before this job but I think he would spit on me. He looks at people the way llamas do just before they are going to spit.
  4. The Irish bar in my neighborhood. I haven’t really had a bar to call my own for a while, where you know the bartender and so they give you free drinks. And you know the owner. That kind of bar. And this irish bar isn’t gonna be my bar, because they play the shittiest music you can imagine. They play ski resort music. And the irish lady bartenders love it, it’s their own personal mix. It’s like Spin Doctors and Third Eye Blind and grotesque shit like that. But it’s worse. But because this bar is so repulsive in its music, it’s always empty. So I like it.
  5. The dad and daughter in my intermediate painting class at city college. They’ve taken the course together like six times. They just keep taking the same class. The painting class is basically a workshop for them. They just have this cool relationship where they sit around and paint together and take the same class together every semester.
  6. I saw King Kahn this year and he was inspiring. He was really amazing. His daughters were up there, he had old guys up there. He just had this big family up on stage, making everyone feel like life mattered. Really wonderful.
  7. Ronnie bimbo. he’s this guy from vegas that sold me a cadillac. He was so shifty. I couldn’t tell if he was a gangster, or a wanna be gangster. I had to research him. I paid one of those websites that does criminal checks. I was just so curious about him. It turns out his mother ran a crime ring in San Francisco in the 80’s where her daughters married old men and then they would immediately die and leave them everything. My cadillac is wonderful but something is wrong with the radiator. Fuck you ronnie! I love you.
  8. These two teenagers in my band. I hired these teenagers on drums and guitar. They’re basically better then most adults I know.
  9. My baseball teacher, he’s showed me how to throw a forkball and a curve. It’s been great.
  10. Philip guston
Tony Cavallario (Aloha)

Tony’s 16 for 17

1. Jim-e Stack - Moments Noticed

2. The Japanese House - Saw You in a Dream

3. White Reaper - Judy French

4. SZA - Go Gina

5. Travis Scott - Butterfly Effect

6. Nav - Myself

7. Porches - Country

8. Lana Del Rey - Love

9. Sportstar - Sandy Alex G

10. Big Thief - Mary

11. Manchester Orchestra - The Mistake

12. Playboy Carti - Magnolia

13. Dirty Projectors - Little Bubble

14. Paramore - Told You So

15. Julie Byrne - Natural Blue

16. Kamasi Washington - Truth

Jess Abbott (Tancred)

Albums:

  1. Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun
  2. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me
  3. Charly Bliss - Guppy
  4. The Obsessives - S/T
Songs:
  • Mount Eerie - Real Death
  • Phoebe Bridgers - Motion Sickness

Shows:

  • The Punisher S1 (Netflix)
  • Bojack Horseman S4 (Netflix)
  • The Handmaids Tale S1 (Hulu)
  • Stranger Things 2 (Netflix)
  • Black Mirror S3 (Netflix)

Movies:

  1. Wonder Woman
  2. Atomic Blonde
Podcasts:
  1. Buffering The Vampire Slayer
  2. The Astrology Podcast
Books: The Astrological Moon (Revised Edition/Raven Dreams Press) - Darby Costello

Phil Dickey (Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin)

Favorite Songs of 2017

  • Phoenix- “Fior Di Latte"
  • Broncho- “Get In My Car”
  • Public Access TV- “Metrotech”
  • Kesha- “Praying”
  • Adult Mom - “J Station”
  • Kississippi- “Cut Yr Teeth”
  • Paddlefish- “My Place To Be”
  • The ACBs/Konnor Ervin- “Combos”
  • Ha Ha Tonka- “Everything”
  • Ratboys- “Elvis Is In The Freezer”
  • Human Heat “Best For You”
  • minihorse- “Blueblack”
  • Jenny O.- “Case Study”
  • Anna Burch- “Tea Soaked Letter”
  • Single Player- “Where Did Brian Go?”
  • Talkie- “Marcy”
  • Joy Riding- “Suzie Lynn”

Erin Fein (Psychic Twin)

Erin’s 2017 Rainbow of Beautiful Music:

  • Porches :: Country
  • John Maus :: Teenage Witch
  • Ibeyi :: I wanna be like you
  • St. Vincent :: New York
  • Bjork :: The Gate
  • Armand Hammer :: Pakistani Brain
  • The XX :: Say Something Loving
  • The War on Drugs :: Pain
  • King Krule :: The Ooz
  • Sza :: Broken Clocks

Rainer Maria

"BEST OF” 2017

  • —S21 - final show at First Unitarian Church
  • —'New American Songbook' - Greg Saunier Mary Halvorson Ron Miles
  • —Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction
  • —American Football / Pure Bathing Culture show
  • —Hundred Waters
  • —Olivia Neutron John
  • —James Parker, “A Mind-Bending Translation Of The New Testament,” in The Atlantic
  • New Wash hair cleanser
  • —favorite guitar effect purchase of the year: Moog MF Delay

Jacco Gardner

  • Fav Podcast: A History of Electronic Music
  • Fav Movie: Roger Corman's “The Tomb Of Ligeia" at Cinemateca Lisboa
  • Fav show: Riley Walker at ZDB Lisbon
  • My own fav performances:
  • Live Soundtrack to “Faust" by FW Murnau at Cinematheque Française / The WITCH at Moth Club London
  • Fav album discovered: Patrick Cowley - Muscle Up
  • Fav Mixtape: JJ Whitefield's - "Passivity Won’t Change The World”


FRIENDS

Caroline Borolla (Clarion Call Media)

Favorite (non-work) Albums of 2017

  • Dude York - Sincerely
  • Drab Majesty - The Demonstration
  • Kelly Lee Owens - Self Titled
  • Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun
  • Eluvium - Shuffle Drones
  • Sextile - Albeit Living
  • Odonis Odonis - No Pop
  • Algiers - The Underside Of Power
  • Charly Bliss - Scare U
  • Phoebe Bridgers - Strangers In The Alps
  • Fred Thomas - Changer
  • Waxahatchee - Out in the Storm
  • Exit Order - Seed Of Hysteria

Favorite (non-work) Shows Of 2017

  • Explosions In The Sky + Holy Fuck at the Greek Theater
  • Petheaven, Emma Ruth Rundle, Black Mare at Complex
  • SRSQ + Choir Boy + Some Ember at The Echoplex
  • everything at Cloak and Dagger Festival
  • Tacocat at Coachella
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Growlers 6
  • Phoenix at The Governors Ball
  • Bassnectar at Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
  • The Anniversary + Dude York at The Troubadour
  • Cuco at The New Parish Oakland

Favorite Moment of 2017: Playing in the Wire Pinkflag Guitar Orchestra at The Echoplex as part of DRILL : LA. I can’t think of a better way to end Wire’s three day LA festival and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band’s first show! So many friends on stage, so many amps and so much noise = SO much fun!! Can’t wait to do it at the next DRILL fest! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOvi6EiT66o

Robbie Lackritz (Artist Manager)

  • Best bolo tie auction - Neil Young
  • Most racist superhero youtube video - Latino Superman vs Black Superman
  • Most hugs refused from a single individual on camera - Jerry Seinfeld to Kesha
  • Best white house press secretary - Sean Spicer
  • Best celebrity birth of a duo or trio - Beyonce
  • Best Hillary Clinton post election activity - hiking

Vickie Starr (Girlie Action)

Top 10 albums of 2017 (non work related)

  • Princess Nokia - 1992 Deluxe
  • Kendrick Lamar - Damn
  • SZA - Ctrl
  • Father John Misty - Pure Comedy
  • War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
  • Bedouine - Bedouine
  • Dirty Projectors - Dirty Projectors
  • Moses Sumney - Aeromanticsm
  • Sampha - Process
  • Texas Gentleman - TX Jelly

Sarah Avrin (Girlie Action)

  • Angel Olsen - Phases
  • Lorde - Melodrama
  • Alvvays - Antisocialites
  • Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins
  • Haim - Something to Tell You
  • St Vincent - Masseduction
  • Perfume Genius - No Shape
  • Japandroids - Near to the Wild Heart of Life
  • Sheer Mag - Need to Feel Your Love
  • Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 3

Lanny Lieu (Salty Artist Management)

Favorite albums:

  • Coma Cinema - Loss Memory
  • James Deen - Never Been Cool
  • Julien Baker - Turn Out The Lights
  • Lorde - Melodrama
  • Oso Oso - The Yunahon Mixtape
  • Princess Nokia - 1992 Deluxe
  • SZA - Ctrl
  • Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory

Favorite EPs

  • Aaron Carter - LøVë
  • Virtual Self - S/T
  • yuele - Coma

Favorite discoveries

  • Tommy Genesis
  • gabriel black
  • Kaizen
  • Shannen Moser
  • Superorganism
  • Smerz
  • Yucky Duster
  • Cuco

Frank Nieto (Sub Pop)

Music I Loved in 2017

  • Arca’s s/t album and the beautifully disturbing “Reverie” video.
  • Big Thief’s Capacity, and the devastating “Shark Smile” (That opening guitar line stops me in my tracks. Every. Single. Time).
  • Jay Z’s 4:44, especially the “The Story of O.J.” and the Clark Sisters-sampled “Family Feud”.
  • Jlin’s mind-bending Black Origami.
  • Kelela’s kaleidoscopic R&B on Take Me Apart, as evidenced by the songs “Frontline,” “Blue Light,”LMK,” and the title track (especially at the 2:50 mark, which is my favorite moment in song this year). Tied for my album of the year (hey, Solana!).
  • Kendrick Lamar DAMN continues one of the most impressive creative streaks in modern music. Consistently blown away with each release.
  • Sampha’s Process is everything I wanted from him and more. I first heard him through his guest vocal on Solange’s “Don’t Touch My Hair,” and I immediately fell in love. The arrangements are strong, but it’s the power he wields with his voice that seals the deal. Chill-inducing moment: when he delivers the “I hear them coming for me!” lyric from “Blood on Me.”
  • Sheer Mag Need To Feel Your Love my favorite new(er) rock band of the ‘10s deliver another solid gem.
  • Syd’s Fin is one of the most satisfying, remarkable solo debuts of this decade.
  • SZA’s CTRL is a wonderful album, one that won me over so much that it was the only album I played (besides work tunes) for a month straight. Hard to pick a standout because there are many, but if asked today it would be a three-way tie between “Drew Barrymore,” “Prom” and “Garden (Say It Like Dat).” Her Neptune show in Seattle was also the loudest crowd response I have EVER witnessed. Ever.
  • Tierra Whack’s Back Mirror-esque “Mumbo Jumbo,” my favorite music video this year. Fantastically weird, nods to Young Thug and Missy, and vocal work that’s reminiscent of Liz Fraser/Cocteau Twins’ play on nonsensical lyricism/sounds. Hope to hear more from her in 2018.

Sarah Cass (Sub Pop)

Best of 2017:

  • Dog of the year: Punky!
  • Cat of the year: Frampton!

Big shows I saw (excluding Sub Pop bands): John Waters, Elton John, Alton Brown, Teenage Fanclub, David Crosby, Kiefer Sutherland, Impractical Jokers, Paula Abdul, New Kids On the Block, The Anniversary, Queen and Adam Lambert, Neil Diamond, Tom Petty, Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie, Jason Mewes, Hanson, Garth Brooks, Daniel Johnston, and Built to Spill.

Best places I went:

  • Washington: Anacortes, Vashon Island, Bellingham, North Bend, Tacoma, Seaview, and Olympia.
  • Colorado: Denver, Grand Junction, Ouray, Glenwood Springs, and Estes Park.
  • Missouri: St. Louis.
  • Illinois: Champaign, Granite City, and Springfield.
  • Oregon: Portland.
  • Mexico: Los Cabos!

Favorites things: Seeing whales in two countries and newborn baby turtles on the beach, seeing and photographing the northern lights, finding the Bubbleator, finding a new swimming spot and swimming all summer long, and seeing a solar eclipse in MO!

New favorite interests: Yard Birds and the Veiled Prophet!

Jessi Frick (Father Daughter Records / Riot Act Media)

My list is "Records I haven't spent enough time with in 2017 but making it a priority to in 2018"

  • Sampha - Process
  • Kamasi Washington - Harmony of Difference
  • Fred Thomas - Changer
  • Kelela - Take Me Apart
  • Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
  • Jamila Woods - HEAVN
  • All of Drag City's 2017 releases
  • Priests - Nothing Feels Natural

Also some overall favorites...

  • The Disaster Artist
  • American Vandal
  • Chris Gethard - Career Suicide
  • Paramore - After Laughter
  • Big Thief - Capacity
  • Get Out
  • TWIN PEAKS: THE MFING RETURN
  • Halt & Catch Fire finally getting the recognition it deserves a few seasons to late :(
  • Insecure
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Sheer Mag - Need to Feel Your Love

Debbie Ball (Create Spark)

Here we go with my favourite fourteen albums of 2017:

  • Beck - Colors
  • Ariel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
  • Cigarettes After Sex - S/T
  • Future Islands - The Far Field
  • Ride - Weather Diaries
  • The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
  • Slowdive - Slowdive
  • Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now
  • Mogwai - Every Country’s Sun
  • Susanne Sundfør - Music For People In Trouble
  • Gothic Tropic - Fast or Feast
  • Joe Goddard - Electric Lines
  • The xx - I See You
  • Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness

Also a special mention to Del Shannon in a new old discovery way, chanced upon his late 60s work and I love 'The Further Adventures of Charles Westover' and 'Home And Away'.

Erik Carter (Uncle Booking)

  • Worst of 2017 - Hurricane Harvey flooding my house
  • Best of 2017 - 3 months later moving out of the FEMA hotel and back into my mostly fixed up house.

Nathan Walker (Riot Act Media)

Nathan Walker’s Top 10 Excuses For Not Making A Year End List:

  1. I’ve had to shovel my sidewalk and driveway three times this week and it just started dumping snow again.
  2. The only songs I can think of off the top of my head right now are all Sesame Street songs.
  3. Did I mention my daughter Smokey? She’s almost two and she adores ALL of the attention and has strong opinions on what we listen to (hint: She’s got 99 problems but her love of Jay-Z ain’t one). Which means, often, I don’t get to dedicate much time to new music outside of all my wonderful clients which are all on my top 10 but you already knew that.
  4. I had shoulder surgery just over a year ago now and need to go to a gym to work on physical therapy. Have you ever been in a gym? The music is SO shitty!
  5. We moved across the country from Portland, OR to Detroit, MI and I’m tired. Tired will be a theme here.
  6. Does anyone read these lists?
  7. Considered making a list of the top things that made me cry this year but then I realized that would make me cry. Again.
  8. Would I have to sneak in a subtle nod to loving Polyvinyl? Probably? I mean I do but if they’re asking for it, I get a little shy.
  9. I’m tired…
Seth Fein (Nicodemus Agency)

Top 12 Things I Ate in 2017

  • 12. Linguiça sausage; Kruger's Farm; Portland, OR
  • 11. BBQ; Micklethwait Craft Meats; Austin, TX
  • 10. Ice Cream; Original Rainbow Cone; Chicago, IL
  • 9. Ribeye with bernaise sauce; Timmerman's Supper Club; East Dubuque, IL
  • 8. Deep dish pizza w/ Italian sausage; Louisa's; Crestwood, IL
  • 7. Xiao long bao; Golden Harbor; Champaign, IL
  • 6. Lake perch; Glenn's Diner; Chicago, IL
  • 5. Dungeness crab; Noyo Fish Company; Ft. Bragg, CA
  • 4. Whole pig plate; Higgin's; Portland, OR
  • 3. Stone crab; Joe's; Miami Beach, FL
  • 2. Shrimp tempura ramen; Sakanaya; Champaign, IL
  • 1. Cuban sandwich; Versailles Restaurant; Miami, FL

Patrick Singer (Nicodemus Agency)

Here are 10 albums I really enjoyed, released in 2017:

  1. Kendrick Lamar — DAMN.
  2. Slowdive — Slowdive
  3. Kelly Lee Owens — Kelly Lee Owens
  4. The War on Drugs — A Deeper Understanding
  5. Fever Ray — Plunge
  6. The National — Sleep Well Beast
  7. Run the Jewels — Run the Jewels 3
  8. LCD Soundsystem — american dream
  9. SZA — CTRL
  10. Big Thief — Capacity
A list of some cool shows I saw in 2017:
  • Run the Jewels @ Terminal 5 // NYC
  • Slowdive @ The Vic // Chicago
  • Turnover @ Hawthrone Theatre // Portland
  • LCD Soundsystem @ Pitchfork Festival // Chicago
  • Janelle James @ Mission Creek Festival // Iowa City
  • Explosions in the Sky @ Empty Bottle // Chicago
  • Julien Baker @ The Accord // Champaign

Dave Mount (United Management)

Favorite Books I Read This Year (not all came out this year)

  • 5. Story of Your Life - Ted Chiang
  • 4. The Death Archives: Mayhem 1984-94 - Jorn "Necrobutcher" Stubberud
  • 3. The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory - John Seabrook
  • 2. The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins - Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
  • 1. Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group - Ian Svenonius

Mahmood Shaikh (Flower Booking)

Top 3 Mike WiLL Made-It Produced Songs Released in 2017

  • 1) "DNA" (Kendrick Lamar)
  • 2) "Burnin" (featuring Andrea)
  • 3) "Humble" (Kendrick Lamar)

Top 3 U2 Shows I Saw in 2017

  • 1) 5/20/17 - Pasadena, CA - Rose Bowl
  • 2) 6/25/17 - Foxborough, MA - Gillette Stadium
  • 3) 6/4/17 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field

Top 3 Veggie Burgers I Consumed in 2017

  • 1) Mana Food Bar - Chicago, IL
  • 2) Superiority Burger - New York, NY
  • 3) Cleos - Chicago, IL

(Haven’t had the Impossible Burger yet and I think I by CHLOE. got me sick)

Top 1 Other Thing to Make This a Top 10 List instead of a Top 9 List

  • iMessage Stickers

Josh Erickson (ADA)

Top 5 Favorite Podcasts of 2017

Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2017

  • 1. Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now
  • 2. Jamila Woods - HEAVN
  • 3. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
  • 4. Alvvays - Antisocialites
  • 5. Jay Som - Everybody Works
  • 6. Julien Baker - Turn Off The Lights
  • 7. Big Thief - Capacity
  • 8. Shannen Moser - Oh, My Heart
  • 9. Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planet
  • 10. Cayetana - New Kind of Normal

Chance Jackson (STRFKR Astronaut / DJ Chancie Chance / Best Dude Ever)

top records in no particular order

  • ty segall - ty segall
  • Sza - CTRL
  • Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now
  • reptaliens - FM 2030
  • nick hakim - green twins
  • Mac DeMarco - This old dog
  • Kendrick - DAMN
  • Jay Som - Everybody Works
  • alvvays - antisocialites
  • alex cameron - forced witness
  • thundercat - drunk
  • the shins - heartworms
  • Because - l want to be your B

top games played on STRFKR tour bus

  • 1. Player Unknown's Battle Ground
  • 2. Mario Kart
  • 3. Rocket League
  • 4. Kiriki

Top Crypto Coins of the year:

  • 1. Bitcoin
  • 2. Dragonchain
  • 3. Monero
  • 4. Tokes
  • 5. Neo
  • 6. Nexus
  • 7. Factom

favorite show of the whole year: Sam Evian and Nick Hakim at the Doug Fir