Thursday, December 28, 2017

On The Right Side of 2017

      To borrow a phrase from the writer James Wolcott, it's Christmas Nocturne - that pleasantly odd week between Christmas and New Years where a significant number of people aren't working and presumably have lots of time to listen to best of the year compilations.  As usual, I tried to exclude any artist who had been on any of the best of compilations from the previous two years, but I couldn't resist including Father John's Misty Pure Comedy as the closing cut.  I've also re-upped all my previous best of compilations (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).  Hope everyone has a great 2018!

Disc One

Pleasure Feist
Dancing Down the Hall Frankie Rose
Goodnight Rhonda Lee Nicole Atkins
Rolling Along The Mavericks
Lonely Girl Chelsea Williams
Long Lonely Road Valerie June
Taste Rhye
Humility Kamasi Washington
Evolution Kelly Lee Owens
Systole Grizzly Bear
Into My Arms Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer
Just a Drink Away Charley Crockett
Only Trouble Is Ron Sexsmith
In Between The Feelies
Sinking Down Son Volt
God Bless the Infidels The Sadies
Downhearted Molly Burch
If You Need To, Keep Time On Me Fleet Foxes
Sparks Fly Waxahatchee
Who's Lovin' You Kelis
Disc Two
You Never Loved Me Aimee Mann
Long Time Coming Coco Hames
Last of My Kind Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Kanimba Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet
Big Fish Vince Staples
Star Roving Slowdive
Shake and Pop Los Straitjackets
I Don't Wanna Die in This Town Old 97's
I Pray When I'm Drunk Robyn Hitchcock
The Singer (For Jason Molina) Mark Eitzel
Til the Goin' Gets Gone Lindi Ortega
Mexican Dust Mosquitos
Road Head Japanese Breakfast
Beautiful Lera Lynn
Morning Dove Julie Byrne
The Silverback The Heliocentrics
The World Is Falling Down Jim James
Plastic Moses Sumney
Wrangled Angaleena Presley
Pure Comedy Father John Misty


rogue46 said...

Good to see The Feelies in your mix. One of the best indie rock bands in America.

Ishkabibliophile said...

It is pretty great that they're still around and making excellent music.

Emily Shorette said...

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Emily Shorette

heartsofstone said...

Plating a bit of catch-up here, but thanks so much for your efforts here. Awesome stuff.

Ishkabibliophile said...


Quite welcome! I think 2017 was a very good year, musically speaking.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the Christmas music, but this 2-parter doesn't seem to have good links. Any chance of a re-up?

And if you're looking for older Christmas music, click on over to my blog and see if there's anything that interests you.

Anonymous said...

Oh, this one isn't Christmas... I got in too much of a download Frenzy. Nevermind...

Ishkabibliophile said...


No problem - I reupped it anyway. And your blog is great - everyone should check out