As is often the case, I got into Long Neck because other musicians I follow on Twitter talked them up. Their first record was great, and they just finished a crowdfunding campaign to buy their masters back for their new record from their awful old label. It’s one of the things I am most excited for this year.
Minneapolis songstress with my song of the year.
My other favorite artist I've discovered this year (besides The Beths) is Jade Bird. She rocks. Also, something about her reminds me of a Muppet. But in a good way.
I probably listened to less new music this year than I ever have before. I'm going to try to remedy that some in 2018. But this is one I've been digging a lot. This version is kind of crazy... I mean, there's a tuba. But the song proper is awesome.
From 2016's Shit Bug. I'm real excited for the new Guts Club record that they're finishing up now.
From the excellently titled Stranger in the Alps.
From their debut, So Sick on In The Red, my favorite record label.
I saw Lissie play one of the Current's microshows at Icehouse last year. I didn't understand that microshow meant that she'd only play a few songs. I thought it referred to the size of the venue. I looked for parking for longer than she played.
As the year goes on, I keep finding myself coming back to Psychopomp. It's an album that is over way too fast, but it's impactful over that short running time. I'm glad I got to see them this summer. They were killer live. I have another song below the cut because the video is awesome.
Pitchfork just named Solange's A Seat at the Table, my favorite album of the year, as the best album of the year. So I'd play her, but I just did that like two weeks ago. Here's Angel Olsen singing the lovely, haunting "Intern." It's more than twice the length of the album version, which is cool.