Grimey's Staff Picks - Best of 2017

Here are some of our favorite (musical) things from 2017. Some are lists of new releases, some include reissues, some feature live shows. Here's what the Grimey's staffers thought was toppermost of the poppermost this past year!. Feel free to use these lists as recommendations or to make fun of our taste. We don't care. We just love music and we're happy to share.

 Doyle "D-Funk" Davis, Vinylist / Co-Owner / Host of Indie Underground Hour

Doyle "D-Funk" Davis, Vinylist / Co-Owner / Host of Indie Underground Hour

new records:

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Soul Of A Woman
Kamasi Washington - Harmony Of Difference
Bully - Losing
Margo Price - All American Made
Lilly Hiatt - Trinity Lane
Tristen - Sneaker Waves
Jane Weaver - Modern Kosmology
Guided By Voices - How Do You Spell Heaven
Tony Allen - The Source
Curtis Harding - Face Your Fear
Linda Perhacs - I'm A Harmony
Charly Bliss - Guppy
Chris Stapleton - From A Room Volumes 1 & 2
Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black

reissues & from the vaults:

The Replacements - For Sale: Live at Maxwell's 1986
Prince - Purple Rain expanded edish
Grateful Dead - May 1977: Get Shown The Light
The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's new stereo mix
Minnie Riperton - Perfect Angel expanded edish

 Mike "Grimey" Grimes, Grimey's Co-Owner / Basement Proprietor

Mike "Grimey" Grimes, Grimey's Co-Owner / Basement Proprietor


favorite records of 2017

1. Jillette Johnson 'All I Ever See In You Is Me'
2. Kacy and Clayton 'The Siren's Song'
3. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith 'Kid'
4. Warehouse 'Super Low'
5. Robyn Hitchcock 'Self Titled'
6. Thundercat 'Drunk'
7. Tobacco 'Ripe and Majestic'
8. Replacements 'Live At Maxwell's-1986'
9. Tristen 'Sneaker Waves'
10. Langhorne Slim 'Long At Last Vol. 1


Anna Lundy, The Indie Pop Princess / Store Manager


My top 10 records of 2017!

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice (Matador)
Bully - Losing (Subpop)
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest (Because Music)
LCD Soundsystem - American Dream (DFA Records / Columbia)
Look Blue, Go Purple - Look Blue, Go Purple (Flying Nun / Captured Tracks)
Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts - Milano (Columbia)
Priests - Nothing Feels Natural (Sister Polygon)
Tristen - Sneaker Waves (Modern Outsider Records)
UT - UT & Confidential (Out Records)
Various Artists - Sharon Signs To Cherry Red (Cherry Red/RPM Records)

Fave Grimey's In-store Performances of 2017

Kacey Musgraves (12/9/17)
Bully (10/20/17)
Margo Price (10/17/17)
Old Crow Medicine Show (9/16/17 - Americanarama)
Hiss Golden Messenger (9/13/17)
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real (9/12/17)
Ornament (9/1/17)
Tristen w/ Queens of Noise (7/11/17)
Steelism (6/23/17)
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit (6/16/17)
Dan Auerbach (6/2/17)
Charly Bliss (4/29/17)
Coco Hames (3/31/17)
Six Organs of Admittance (3/27/17)
Cherry Glazerr (3/24/17)
Louie Louie (2/22/17)
Lylas (1/27/17)

 "Smokin'" Josh Walker (assistant manager/import buyer)

"Smokin'" Josh Walker (assistant manager/import buyer)

My Favorite Record Label:

Erased Tapes Records turned 10 years old this year. I have been following them since the beginning. I am a massive fan! These are the releases that came out this year...and I love them all!

Daniel Brandt--Eternal Something
Allred & Broderick--Find the Ways
Penguin cafe--The Imperfect Sea
Ben Lukas Boysen--Golden Times
Hogni--Two Trains
Peter Broderick--All Together Again
Kiasmos--Blurred EP
Penguin Cafe / Cornelius--Umbrella EP
Erased Tapes Collection VIII

Reissues that I bought this year & loved:
 Lilys--In the Presence of Nothing
Super Furry Animals--Fuzzy Logic
Catherine Wheel--Ferment / Chrome
David Bowie--A New Career in a New Town
The Smiths--Queen is Dead
R.E.M--Automatic for the People
Olafur Arnalds--Eulogy for Evolution 2017
Penguin cafe--Union Cafe
Grandaddy--Under the western Freeway
The Afghan Whigs--Uptown Avondale / Congregation
Starflyer 59--Plugged
The Sundays--Blind / Static & Silence
Johann Johannsson--IBM 1401, A Users Manual
Sunny Day Real estate--The Rising Tide
Idlewild--100 Broken Windows

Alright y'all...if you have been following along, I typically have massive Best Of lists every year. I am gonna try and keep it simple this year (it will still be pretty large) and do a honest to goodness Top 10-ish list. There will be lots of "almost" made the list type lists attached. I hope you enjoyed as much music as I did this year! Here we go! 

Best Albums of the Year (non-soundtrack/reissue) (in no particular order)

Elbow--Little Fictions
Lo Tom--Lo Tom
Mogwai--Every Country's Sun
Poppy Ackroyd--Sketches / Feathers / Escapeism
Pia Fraus--Field Ceremony
Tori Amos--Native Invader
The New Pornographers--White Out Conditions
Mark Lanegan Band--Gargoyle
The Lees of Memory--The Blinding White of Nothing at All
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit--The Nashville Sound
Ben Frost--Threshold of Faith
Public Service Broadcasting--Every Valley
UNKLE--The Road, Pt.1
Lee Bozeman--The Majesty of the Flesh
Arcade Fire--Everything Now
The National--Sleep Well Beast
Lotte Kestner--Off White


A Winged Victory for the Sullen--Iris
Max Richter--Taboo / Black Mirror:Nosedive / Three Worlds...
Olafur Arnalds--Broadchurch:The Final Chapter
Ben Lukas Boysen--Everything
Ben Frost--Super Dark Times

Honorable Mentions:
 Duke Garwood, Grandaddy, Ryan Adams, David Bazan, Jesus & Mary Chain, Goldfrapp, Chilly Gonzalez / Jarvis Cocker, Maximo Park, Kasabian, Gorillaz, Mew, Morrissey, The Afghan Whigs, Sylvan Esso, Phoenix, Ride, British Sea Power, Broken Social Scene, Hazel English, The Dears, The Cribs, Widowspeak, Foo Fighters, Luna, The Shins, LCD Soundsystem, The Horrors, The Clientele, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Crash City Saints, The Stargazer Lilies, The Life & Times, Japandroids, The Besnard Lakes, Tindersticks

Thanks for indulging me as always. I have surely omitted tons of releases that I bought and enjoyed this year, but these lists compile the releases that I bought and listened to the most in 2017. I am looking forward to 2018 and all of the great music that will be released, bought and listened to.

Rodrigo Avendano

Ten favorite new releases:
Tony Allen - The Source
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest
Blue Hawaii - Tenderness
Daphni - Joli Mai
The Districts - Popular Manipulations
The Dove & the Wolf - I Don't Know What to Feel
Jessica Lea Mayfield - Sorry Is Gone
Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens
Shabazz Palaces - Quazarz
Tristen - Sneaker Waves

Reissues & compilations:
Bobo Yeye - Belle Époque un Upper Volta
Can - Singles
Brian Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets, Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy, Another Green World, Before & After Science
Prince - Purple Rain
Hiroshi Yoshimura - Music for Nine Postcards

Joey Mooradian

1. Tristen - Sneaker Waves
2. Lilly Hiatt - Trinity Lane
3. Poor David's Almanack - David Rawlings
4. The National - Sleep Well Beast
5. Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now
6. Big Thief - Capacity
7. The Jesus & Mary Chain - Damage & Joy
8. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy
9. Nick Hakim - Green Twins
10. Sylvan Esso - What Now

Will Orman:

Favorite albums of 2017:
1. Hazel English - Just Give In / Never Going Home
2. Charly Bliss - Guppy
3. Baths - Romaplasm
4. Blue Hawaii - Tenderness
5. Showtime Goma - Smiley Face
6. Juana Molina - Halo
7. Blanck Mass - World Eater
8. Deerhoof - Mountain Moves
9. Alvvays - Antisocialites
10. The Magnetic Fields - 50 Song Memoir
11. Yumi Zouma - Willowbank
12. Austra - Future Politics
13. Jlin - Black Origami
14. Iglooghost - Neō Wax Bloom
15. Björk - Utopia
16. Kelela - Take Me Apart
17. Arca - Arca
18. Pixx - The Age of Anxiety
19. Lydia Ainsworth - Darling of the Afterglow
20. Jay Som - Everybody Works
21. Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds from Another Planet
22. Geotic - Abysma
23. Herva - Hyper Flux
24. The National - Sleep Well Beast
25. The Newcomer - Earth Motivation
26. Children of Alice - Children of Alice
27. KLLO - Backwater
28. Moiré - No Future
29. Dirty Projectors - Dirty Projectors
30. Shit and Shine - Some People Really Know How to Live

Will Orman (cont'd)

Transportive dreamy pop:
Hazel English - Just Give In / Never Going Home
Blue Hawaii - Tenderness
Alvvays - Antisocialites
Yumi Zouma - Willowbank
KLLO - Backwater

Melodic overdrive: 
Charly Bliss - Guppy
Baths - Romaplasm
Showtime Goma - Smiley Face
Kelela - Take Me Apart
Lydia Ainsworth - Darling of the Afterglow

Dancefloor de-/reconstruction:
Blanck Mass - World Eater
Jlin - Black Origami
Iglooghost - Neō Wax Bloom
Herva - Hyper Flux
The Newcomer - Earth Motivation

Favorite performances:
Xenia Rubinos @ the High Watt
Deerhoof @ Exit/In
Charly Bliss @ the High Watt
Hazel English @ Grimey's
Alvvays @ Exit/In
Austra @ Exit/In


Tyler Glaser:

Top 10 New Albums
1. Jen Cloher - Jen Cloher
2. Lindsay Buckingham/Christine McVie - Buckingham/McVie
3. Tristan - Sneaker Waves
4. Randy Newman - Dark Matter
5. Josh Ritter - Gathering
6. Caroline Spence - Spades & Roses
7. Andrew Combs - Canyons of my Mind
8. Steelism- Ism
9. Liam Gallagher - As You Were
10. Sharon Jones - Soul Of A Woman

Top 10 Comps/Reissues
1. Angel Olsen - Phases
2. Voyager Golden Record
3. The Replacements - For Sale
4. The Creation - Action Painting
5. Wilco - A.M./Being There
6. Neil Young - Hitchhiker
7. Bob Dylan - Trouble No More
8. The Easybeats - Vigil
9. The Meters - Message From The Meters
10. Stevie Nicks - Rarities


Rollum Haas


Raad Shubaily:

My top 10 albums of 2017, in no particular order:
Snoop Dogg - "Neva Left"
Beck - "Colors"
Kendrick Lamar - "Damn."
LCD Soundsystem - "American Dream"
Tyler, the Creator - "Flower Boy"
Thundercat - "Drunk"
DJ Harrison - "HazyMoods"
Karriem Riggins - "Headnod Suite"
Mild High Club / King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard "Sketches Of Brunswick East"

Dillon Jones:

Top Ten of 2017:
Angelo Badalamenti - Twin Peaks: The Return Soundtrack
Bully - Losing
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest
Coupler - Gifts from the Ebb Tide
Kamasi Washington - Harmony of Difference
Kedr Livanskiy - Ariadna
Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
Lylas - Warm Harm
Timber Timbre - Sincerely, Future Pollution
Tom Rogerson & Brian Eno - Finding Shore

Anna Chittom:
Top 10 New Records:

1. Alvvays- Antisocialites
2. Tristen- Sneaker Waves
3. Sylvan Esso- What Now
4. Jay Som- Everybody Works
5. Charly Bliss- Guppy
6. Waxahatchee- Out in the Storm
7. Dirty Projectors- s/t
8. Slowdive-s/t
9. Destroyer- Ken
10. The War on Drugs- A Deeper Understanding
11. Lilly Hiatt- Trinity Lane
12. Look Blue Go Purple- Still Bewitched
13. Chastity Belt- I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone
14. Broken Social Scene- Hug of Thunder
15. Japanese Breakfast- Soft Sounds From Another Planet
16. Kacy & Clayton- The Siren's Song
17. Hazel English- Just Give In/Never Going Home
18. Songhoy Blues- Resistance
19. Jessica Lea Mayfield- Sorry is Gone
20. Idle Bloom- Little Deaths

Nick Widener

alt-j - Relaxer
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest
Elbow - Little Fictions
Jarvis Cocker/Chilly Gonzales - Room 29
Slowdive - Slowdive
Spoon - Hot Thoughts
The Horrors - V
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Damage and Joy
Timber Timbre - Sincerely, Future Pollution
Wilsen - I Go Missing In My Sleep

Virginia DeRosa:

Top 17 New Releases of 2017:
1. Kamasi Washington - Harmony of Difference
2. Nick Hakim - Green Twins
3. Kacy & Clayton - Siren's Song
4. Daniel Romano - Modern Pressure
5. Lilly Hiatt - Trinity Lane
6. Colter Wall - s/t
7. Aldous Harding - Party
8. Omni - Multi-task
9. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - Soul of a Woman
10. The Clientele - Music for the Age of Miracles
11. Margo Price - All American Made
12. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard/Mild High Club - Sketches of Brunswick East
13. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3
14. Skyway Man - Seen Comin' From A Mighty Eye
15. Ornament - It Must Be the Season/Family Happiness 7"
16. Even A Tree Can Shed Tears (Japanese 60s-70s folk/rock comp)
17. Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest

Honorable mentions mash: Angel Olsen (Phases), Curtis Harding (Face Your Fear), Blank Range (Marooned by the Treasure), The Babe Rainbow (AUS - s/t), Texas Gentlemen (TX Jelly), Ron Gallo (Heavy Meta Music), Bully (Losing), Aaron Lee Tasjan (Silver Tears), Jon Latham (Lifers), Songhoy Blues (Résistance), Art Feynman (Blast Off Through the Wicker), Willie Watson (Folksinger Vol. 2), Neil Young (Hitchhiker), Sun Seeker (Biddeford), Moon Diagrams (Lifetime of Love), Charly Bliss (Guppy), Randy Newman (Dark Matter), The Fresh & Onlys (Wolf Lie Down), Kelley Stoltz (Que Aura), A Drug Called Tradition (Medicine Music), Little Bandit (Breakfast Alone), Teddy & the Rough Riders (EP), David Rawlings (Poor David's Almanack), Coupler (Gifts from the Ebb Tide), Robyn Hitchcock (s/t), Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble (Find Me Finding You), Luna (A Sentimental Education), Steelism (ism), Tristen (Sneaker Waves), Chris Bell (Looking Forward: The Roots of Big Star)

Larry Vaughn:

Best of 2017 in no particular order
Kryshe - March of the Mysterious
Tristen - Sneaker Waves
Juana Molina - Halo
Bully - Losing
Kamasi Washington - Harmony of Difference
St. Vincent - Masseduction
Jessica Lee Mayfield - Sorry Is Gone
Lilly Hiatt - Trinity Lane
Schinichi Atobe - From the Heart, It's a Start, a Work of Art
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid
SW - The Album
Margo Price - All American Made
Talaboman - The Night Land
Earthen Sea - An Act of Love
Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest
Chuck Johnson - Balsams
Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives
Big Thief - Capacity
Photay - Onism
Bitchin Bajas - Baja Fresh
Bjorn Torske/Prins Thomas - Square One
Laurel Halo - Dust
Steelism - Ism
Four Tet - New Energy
Coupler - Gifts From the Ebb Tide
Bjork - Utopia
Sun Seeker - Biddeford

Can - The Singles


Jacob Eckert

favorite albums of 2017 (vaguely in order with most loved at the top):
deerhoof - mountain moves
kevin morby - city music
alex g - rocket (i REFUSE to call him (sandy) alex g)
alvvays - antisocialites
ocs - memory of a cut off head
the clientele - music for the age of miracles
ariel pink - dedicated to bobby jameson
kamasi washington - harmony of difference
richard dawson - peasant
perfume genius - no shape
cornelius - mellow waves
mono no aware
charlotte gainsbourg - rest
oh sees - orc
thundercat - drunk
protomartyr - relatives in descent

favorite things that got reissued / were archival releases in 2017 (also vaguely in order):
even a tree can shed tears: japanese folk & rock 1969-1973
the books - the lemon of pink
solid space - space museum
the avalanches - since i left you
erasmo carlos - sonhos e memórias 1941-1972
midori takada - through the looking glass
tobin sprout - carnival boy
the creation - action painting
14 iced bears - s/t
tokyo flashback

favorite random musical discoveries of the year (things you need to listen to NOW):
sweet trip - velocity : design : comfort
ooioo - feather float (and the rest of their discography too)
disco inferno - the 5 eps
the books - the lemon of pink
cornelius - fantasma
fishmans - long season
quasi - featuring "birds"
crying - beyond the fleeting gales
the caretaker - an empty bliss beyond this world
absurd amounts of late 60s / early 70s brazilian stuff

Jason Bennett:

A Top Ten:
Priests - Nothing Feels Natural
Big Thief - Capacity
Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life
The Weather Station
Moses Sumney - Aromanticism
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice
Kamasi Washington - Harmony Of Difference
Joan Shelley
Thundercat - Drunk
Michael Chapman - 50

Another Ten:
Mountain Goats - Goths
Royal Trux - Platinum Tips & Ice Cream
Craig Finn - We All Want The Same Things
Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie
Chad VanGaalen - Light Information
Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planet
Waxahatchee - Out In The Storm
The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
Randy Newman - Dark Matter
Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness

Vault Releases/Reissues:
Replacements - For Sale: Live at Maxwell's 1986
Bob Dylan - Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 13/1979-1981
Husker Du - Savage Young Du
Prince - Purple Rain Deluxe Edition
American Epic
Neil Young - Hitchhiker
Alice Coltrane - World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane
Rolling Stones - On Air
Grateful Dead - Cornell 5/8/77
Pharoah Sanders - Tauhid/Jewels Of Thought/Deaf Dumb Blind (Summun Bukmun Umyun) 
R.E.M. - Automatic For The People (25th Anniversary Edition)
The Creation - Action Painting
Angel Olsen - Phases
PP Arnold - The Turning Tide
Thelonious Monk - Les Liasons Dangereuses 1960
Lal & Mike Waterson - Bright Phoebus
Tim Buckley - Greetings From West Hollywood/Venice Mating Call

Three Books:
Shock & Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-First Century/Simon Reynolds
Dreaming The Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World / Rob Sheffield
Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z / Jonathan Lethem & Kevin Dettmar, editors