Music is deeply tied to my work. All day long, while I’m designing, I listen to what I consider to be the best music out there. And for the last few years I pick my Top 10 albums of the year for the KEXP countdown. This year was extra difficult.
I had a shortlist of about 30 albums. From some of my all-time favorite bands to other artists I heard for the first time this year. It was tough getting it down to only 10.
It’s also worth noting, given the state of America and our insistence on going backwards, the music was a counter. It pushed us forward. It kept us dreaming, hoping, wondering, working. It was full of beauty, hope, outrage, unity, solidarity, and, most of all, truth.
With that, these are the albums that spoke to me in the year 2017, in no particular order:
- Run The Jewels, RTJ 3
- Kendrick Lamar, DAMN
- Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Navigator
- Ibeyi, Ash
- Ted Leo, The Hanged Man
- LCD Soundsystem, american dream
- SZA, Ctrl
- Jay Som, Everybody Works
- Vince Staples, Big Fish Theory
- Beck, Colors
Also worth noting, the Arcade Fire Everything Now tour was absolutely incredible. While their album, which I liked very much, didn’t make my Top 10, their Seattle show was probably the best concert I’ve ever been to. And Valerie June on a freezing cold winter’s day in Omaha? I’m in love.