It’s Coming Up Lavender: My Favorite Music of 2017

My Favorite Records of 2017:
Phoebe Bridgers, STRANGER IN THE ALPS
Julien Baker, TURN OUT THE LIGHTS
John Moreland, BIG BAD LUV
Mount Eerie, A CROW LOOKED AT ME
Shilpa Ray, DOOR GIRL
Jake Xerxes Fussell, WHAT IN THE NATURAL WORLD
The Weather Station, S/T
Moses Sumney, AROMANTICISM
Margo Price, ALL AMERICAN MADE
Big Thief, CAPACITY
Hurray for the Riff Raff, THE NAVIGATOR
Big K.R.I.T., 4EVA IS A MIGHTY LONG TIME
(Sandy) Alex G, ROCKET
Songhoy Blues, RESISTANCE
Mark Lanegan Band, GARGOYLE

Favorite Reissues, Box Sets, Live, Best Ofs, Soundtracks, B-Sides/Rarities:
Bob Dylan, TROUBLE NO MORE
Neil Young, HITCHHIKER
Chris Bell, I AM THE COSMOS
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, LOVELY CREATURES
Townes Van Zandt, REAR VIEW MIRROR
The Replacements, FOR SALE: LIVE AT MAXWELL’S, 1986
TWIN PEAKS: MUSIC FROM… & SERIES SOUNDTRACK
Angel Olsen, PHASES
Y Kant Tori Read, S/T
Hüsker Dü, SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ
Sharon Van Etten, (IT WAS) BECAUSE I WAS IN LOVE
John Carpenter, ANTHOLOGY
Wilco, BEING THERE (DELUXE)
Elliott Smith, EITHER/OR (EXPANDED)
Lucinda Williams, THIS SWEET OLD WORLD

Other stuff I really liked: Courtney Marie Andrews, HONEST LIFE; Neil Young and Promise of the Real, THE VISITOR; Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, SOUL OF A WOMAN; Bob Dylan, TRIPLICATE; Lee Ann Womack, THE LONELY, THE LONESOME, AND THE GONE; Craig Finn, WE ALL WANT THE SAME THINGS; Bell Witch, MIRROR REAPING; Mavis Staples, IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK; Jessica Lea Mayfield, SORRY IS GONE; Joan Shelley, S/T; Waxahatchee, OUT IN THE STORM; Lily Hiatt, TRINITY LANE; Dent May, ACROSS THE MULTIVERSE; Hiss Golden Messenger, HALLELUJAH ANYHOW; Angaleena Presley, WRANGLED; Kendrick Lamar, DAMN; Electric Wizard, WIZARD BLOODY WIZARD; Johnny Jewel, WINDSWEPT; The Como Mamas, MOVE UPSTAIRS; Don Bryant, DON’T GIVE UP ON LOVE; Marvin Pontiac, THE ASYLUM TAPES; Randy Newman, DARK MATTER; Will Johnson, HATTERAS NIGHT, A GOOD LUCK CHARM; The War on Drugs, A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING; Sean Rowe, NEW LORE; Lana Del Rey, LUST FOR LIFE; Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, SIDELONG; Garland Jeffreys, 14 STEPS TO HARLEM; Sun Kil Moon, COMMON AS LIGHT AND LOVE ARE RED VALLEYS OF BLOOD; Bobby Bare, THINGS CHANGE; Colter Wall, S/T; Destroyer, KEN; Big Sean, I DECIDED; Bonnie Prince Billy, WOLF OF THE COSMOS; William Eggleston, MUSIK; Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett, LOTTA SEA LICE; Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye & Jim White, S/T; Godspeed You! Black Emperor, LUCIFERIAN TOWERS; Björk, UTOPIA; Kamasi Washington, HARMONY OF DIFFERENCE EP; Jon Langford, FOUR LOST SOULS; Ryan Adams, PRISONER; David Rawlings, POOR DAVID’S ALMANACK;  Lo Tom, S/T; Soccer Mommy, COLLECTION; Japandroids, NEAR TO THE WILD HEART OF LIFE; The Afghan Whigs, IN SPADES; Allison Crutchfield, TOURIST IN THIS TOWN; Molly Burch, PLEASE BE MINE; Bash & Pop, ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN; Matt Arbogast, DADDY WAS A SICK-HEARTED SINGER; Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, THE NASHVILLE SOUND; Cigarettes After Sex, S/T.

Here are some of my favorite songs of 2017.

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GRAVESEND is nominated for the PRIX SNCF DU POLAR 2017. If I’m reading this right, you can get a free digital copy with an application to SNCF e-LIVRE and you can vote for the prize.

There’s also a great trailer here (the GRAVESEND bit starts at the 50 second mark).

I talked to my publisher & pal J. David Osborne on his podcast. You can also download it on iTunes. Subscribe while you’re at it. One of my few go-to podcasts these days. Thanks for having me on, David.

My story, “Most Things Haven’t Worked Out,” from Mississippi Noir (Akashic Books, 2016) is nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

A couple of new songs by Sean Rowe I’ve been pretty obsessed with this week: “To Leave Something Behind” and “Gas Station Rose”

Kim Morgan on True Romance is one of the best things I’ve read lately. I watched True Romance almost every day in high school. I loved it. Still do.

 

 

Beneath the Rubble

A big honor to see Gravesend on Woody Haut’s Favorites of 2016 list. He’s a writer I’ve long admired. Incredible company here too. Sallis, Abbott, Ginsburg–my favorites of the year. Mercedes Lambert’s El Niño blew me away. Garnier’s Goodis book. Simenon. Hinkson. Evenson. Lots of stuff I can’t wait to check out–Gonna order the Martinet now. Thanks, Woody.

Also reminds me that in his review of Gravesend, Haut wrote: “It’s the sort of book that one might find buried beneath the rubble of an early Springsteen song.” That’s my favorite thing anyone’s said about the book.