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Ear candy: What you should have listened to in 2017, according to the staff at Boo Boo Records 

I've been feeling like my repertoire of music needs a definitive update. And after the staff members at Boo Boo Records provided New Times with their Top 10 releases of 2017, I felt like I just needed to throw everything away and start over. But thankfully, Jan. 1 is almost here, and now I have some lists to help kick start my search for new tunes ... in 2018.

click to enlarge LOCAL HERO Jade Jackson's May release, Gilded, made Ryan East's picks for top 10 albums of the year. - FILE PHOTO COURTESY OF JADE JACKSON
  • File Photo Courtesy Of Jade Jackson
  • LOCAL HERO Jade Jackson's May release, Gilded, made Ryan East's picks for top 10 albums of the year.

Look, I get it.

I'm way behind.

Guess what though? You probably are, too, unless you work at a record store. So, even though you won't admit it to yourself, I'm going to help you out.

Here's the down low on hip picks, in every genre imaginable but no particular order:

Fred Friedman's jazzy, soulful, bluesy faves

• Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield: Hudson - "Four jazz all stars coming together and making it work."

• Vijay Iyer Sextet: Far from over - "I saw this group at the Ojai Music Festival and they were amazing."

• Steve Winwood: Greatest Hits Live - "The songs span the length of his career."

• Bill Evans: Another Time, The Hilversum Concert - "A newly discovered 1968 concert."

• Ranky Tanky: Ranky Tanky - "Saw their performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival. I couldn't wait to get their CD."

• Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul - "A never before released 1982 concert recording from the late genius of the bass."

• Mavis Staples: If All I Was Was Black - "Mavis keeps getting better with age."

• Stanton Moore: With You In Mind - "Outstanding tribute to Allen Toussaint."

• Don Bryant: Don't Give Up On Love - "A gem from this unknown veteran soul singer and writer."

• Bill Frisell/Thomas Morgan: Small Town - "Anything Bill Frisell records is going to make my list of top recordings."

Malik Thorne's eclectic, even electric, picks

• Cigarettes after Sex: Cigarettes After Sex - "Blissed out serenades. Simple yet seductive."

• Lord Echo: Harmonies - "Dubbed-out soul."

• Isaac Hayes: The Spirit of Memphis - "Record store day collection of the production muscle of our favorite chef."

Inner Peace: Rare Spiritual Funk and Jazz Gems/The Supreme Sound of Producer Bob Shad

Doing Our Thing: More Soul From Jamdown 1970-1982 - "Rock-steady version of soul hits almost never sound bad."

• Acetone: 1992-2001 - "A reexamination of Acetone's vapor rock languid ruminations."

• Thom Yorke: Tomorrow's Modern Boxes - "That falsetto and voice, and here it's warped and textured over electronic production."

• Gaussian Curve: The Distance

• Chuck Johnson: Balsams - "A desert ambient trip."

• Jay-Z: 4:44 - "Slept on this until this month. A great bed of cut and paste soul provides the bed for a more personal examination."

Frank Hayes' metal masterpieces with other things, too

War Cloud: War Cloud - "Modern technicians of a classic sound in the same vein as Pentagram, Black Sabbath, and UFO."

• Exhumed: Death Revenge - "It's the perfect soundtrack for any horror fan."

• Brume: Rooster - "Brume are a female fronted psychedelic, doom metal power trio that call San Francisco home."

• Conan: Man is Myth - "It has been described as 'caveman battle doom.'"

• Sonny Clark Trio: 1960 Time Sessions - "Bob Jazz fans have a reason to celebrate with this long lost gem."

• The Obsessed: Sacred - "A hard rock/metal masterpiece 20 years in the making."

• Slowdive: Slowdive - "A rare shoe-gaze treasure to take you back in time to when it was at the height of popularity."

• Iced Earth: Incorruptible - "It's epic, heavy, and full of dynamic flare that Iced Earth have always been known for."

• Iron Maiden: Book of Souls Live - "They are still selling out arenas for a reason and Book of Souls Live is just another feather in the band's giant hat"

• Bearcats: No Friends - "Local female duo stomps down any stereotypes with a luscious, Riot Girrrl inspired indy pop/punk."

Dustin Lehman's nostalgia-charged releases

• At the Drive-In: in•ter a•li•a - "It oozes raw, punctuated power that makes you want to challenge the world!"

• Slowdive: Slowdive - "Somehow this album is perfect for both a rainy day or a sunny beach cruise. How do they do it?!"

• Time Machines: Time Machines - "We finally got a re-issue of this monolithic drug-fueled masterpiece! Maximum volume required."

• Robert Turman: Veiling Reflections - "There are, without question, no rivals to his trance-inducing tape loop rhythms."

• Chelsea Wolfe: Hiss Spun - "Our dark princess strikes again! The cover art symbolizes the sound perfectly."

• Drew McDowell: Unnatural Channel -"The mastermind behind Time Machines and a key player in the experimental scene. This second solo effort really showcases his genius."

• Swans: The Great Annihilator/Drainland [reissue] - "One of my all-time favorite albums and the pinnacle of pre break-up Swans!"

• Coil: Astral Disaster [prescription edition reissue] - "Trust me, you need more Coil in your life."

• The Doors: The Doors & Strange Days [mono reissues] - "A breath of fresh air for these seminal albums. The mix sounds like you are the only audience member in a private show. Is everybody in?"

• Pink Floyd: 1965-1967 Cambridge Station - "While full of amazing and rare Barrett-era cuts, we finally see an official release, mix, and master of Scream Thy Last Scream and the fabled In The Beachwoods!"

Ryan East's mostly twang hits

• Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit: Nashville Sound - "Politically and emotionally charged alt-country from one of the most talented songwriters working today."

• Tyler Childers: Purgatory - "Booze and cocaine-fueled fun recorded over two days by heavy hitters in Nashville and produced by Sturgill Simpson."

• Deer Tick: Vol. 1 - "Favorite song of the year is 'Me and My Man' sung from a dog's perspective."

• Beck: Colors - "Such perfectly crafted pop with chops that get better with every listen."

click to enlarge PUT IT ON REPEAT Vagabonds, The Creston's Lines' 2017 release, is an "emotional roller coaster of an album." - FILE PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CRESTON LINE
  • File Photo Courtesy Of The Creston Line
  • PUT IT ON REPEAT Vagabonds, The Creston's Lines' 2017 release, is an "emotional roller coaster of an album."

• The Creston Line: Vagabonds -"Emotional roller coaster of an album that didn't leave my player for a month."

• JD McPherson: Undivided Heart & Soul - "Full vintage soul rock 'n' roll fun from front to back."

• Old '97s: Graveyard Whistling - "Check out the video for 'Good with God,' featuring Fred Armisen on drums, although unfortunately missing the haunting howl of Brandi Carlile as the voice of God."

• Jade Jackson: Gilded - "Mike Ness produced local hero achieving international acclaim for what is undoubtedly the first of many gigantic albums."

• Thievery Corporation: The Temple of I & I - "Perfect rocksteady reggae rhythms featuring guest vocalists of the highest caliber."

• Ikebe Shakedown: The Way Home - "Soul, funk instrumental fire from Brooklyn released by our friends at Colemine Records."

Gabriel Olivarria chooses pop, punk, hip-hop, and dreams

• Maktha Verskan: III - "Pure catchy post-punk joy."

• Power Trip: Nightmare Logic - "Riff on riff! Amazing follow up record."

• Ho99o9: United States of Horror - "First full-length album of pure non-stop hell."

• Ariel Pink: Dedicated to Bobby Jameson - "Amazingly catchy pop."

• Midnight: Sweet Death and Ecstasy - "Disgusting and filthy, aka, a new solid midnight record."

• Stallion: From the Dead – "What I imagine 1985 sounded like."

• Beach House: B-Side and Rarities - "Purely dreamy A-side worthy material."

• Yung Lean: Stranger - "Sadboy for life."

• Depeche Mode: Spirit -"Amazing 14th studio album."

• Machine Girl: Because I'm Young Arrogant And Hate Everything You Stand For - "38:46 of absolute chaos."

Abe Gibson is underground, rockin', and ethereal

• Pearls Before Swine: One Nation Underground - "Freak folk classic originally issued by ESP gets a 50th anniversary reissue via Drag City."

• Shabazz Palaces: Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star, Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines - "Seattle hip-hop duo release two albums of exquisite far-out space jams on the same day."

• Sleaford Mods: English Tapas -"I don't know how I got through life before I heard these guys."

• Cate Le Bon: Crab Day – "Hear Cate shine before Bradford Cox ruins her!"

• SQÜRL: EP - "Jim Jarmusch's band is way better than the last couple of movie's he's made."

• Ian Svenonius: Escape-ism - "'The sexiest boy alive' is back preaching the gospel with a new project. Must shake ass."

• Lee Ranaldo: Electric Trim - "Former Sonic Youth guitar man collaborates with bestselling author Jonathan Lethen in the Dylan/Levy, Garcia/Hunter vein."

Acid Nightmares - "Killer compilation of lost stoner jams from the Numero group."

• Hüsker Dü: Savage Young Dü - "Another stellar release from the Numero Group that compiles all the early material from the band."

• Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Best Troubador - "Will Oldham's tribute to one of California's finest—Merle Haggard." Δ

Editor Camillia Lanham knows you're waiting for Glen Starkey to come back, but still wants you to check the New Times' calendar for New Year's shows! Send comments to clanham@newtimesslo.com.


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