I’m an “album guy,” one of those relics that prefers to listen to music as the artist intended — front-to-back, warts and all, and over and over and over again. I’m also someone who buys the records I really like, which makes it easy to tell when it’s a particularly good year for music: I simply have less money to spend on bills.

By that criteria, 2017 is a pretty damn good year so far. I’ve purchased 19 albums, putting me on pace to crush last year’s total of 27. I’ll make ends meet somehow.

Two quick notes before getting to the list:

  • There are a ton of noteworthy albums on the horizon, so I’m almost certain my end-of-2017 list will look nothing like the one below. Coming soon are records by artists previously featured on SOMETHINGGOOD (St. Vincent, Courtney Barnett, Rostam and Declan McKenna); as well as some musical heavy-hitters like LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, The National, Vampire Weekend and Randy fucking Newman.
  • Embedded at the bottom of this post is a playlist with nine of my 10 album selections. The new Passion Pit isn’t yet on Spotify, but you can get the album with a single tweet supporting scientific research.

 


Favorite albums: 1H2017

BigThief-Capacity

Capacity

Artist: Big Thief
Label: Saddle Creek
Genre: Indie rock
Quintessential track: “Shark Smile”


DAMN

DAMN.

Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Label: Top Dog/Aftermath/Interscope
Genre: Hip hop
Quintessential track: “XXX. (FEAT. U2.)”


dirty-projectors

Dirty Projectors

Artist: Dirty Projectors
Label: Domino
Genre: Indie rock
Quintessential track: “Cool Your Heart”


EVERYBODYWORKS

Everybody Works

Artist: Jay Som
Label: Polyvinyl/Double Denim
Genre: Bedroom pop
Quintessential track: “Baybee”


hot-thoughts

Hot Thoughts

Artist: Spoon
Label: Matador
Genre: Indie rock
Quintessential track: “Do I Have to Talk You Into It”


LAPD

Los Angeles Police Department

Artist: Los Angeles Police Department
Label: ANTI-
Genre: Bedroom pop
Quintessential track: “The Plane”


Melodrama

Melodrama

Artist: Lorde
Label: Lava/Republic
Genre: Pop
Quintessential track: “Perfect Places”


rocket

Rocket

Artist: (Sandy) Alex G
Label: Domino
Genre: Indie rock
Quintessential track: “Proud”


run-the-jewels3

Run the Jewels 3

Artist: Run the Jewels
Label: Run the Jewels, Inc./RED
Genre: Hip hop
Quintessential track: “Panther Like a Panther (Miracle Mix)”


Passion-Pit_TSOL

Tremendous Sea of Love

Artist: Passion Pit
Label: Self-released
Genre(s): Indie pop, Electronic
Quintessential track: “Hey K 2.19.17”