2017 in Music

With the podcast, I’m mostly listening to old music. So I got around to listening to very little music this year, yet again.

1. Godspeed You! Black Emperor: “Luciferian Towers” (9/10)

The best GY!BE album in a very long time, in my humble opinion. Read the review.

2. The Bob’s Burgers Music Album (8/10)

If you like musical parody or musical comedy, this is for you. Read the review.

3. Ex Eye (8/10)

I have been intending to listen to Colin Stetson for way too long and so I find myself coming to this, without having ever listened to his records – or seen him in concert – knowing about the technique but not much else.

This music is kind of like mathy metal (on the metal side, for the most part) that might sound a little too similar to some other acts if it weren’t for Stetson’s saxophone. But the saxophone is here; the music that surrounds it, though perhaps a little too traditional in terms of the genres it references for some, is pretty much exactly what I like in life.

Like many people are suggesting, I suspect this band is better live, but I quite enjoy this.

4. Vijay Iyer Sextet: Far From Over (8/20)

Good contemporary jazz. Read the review of Far From Over.

Not Ranked:

Radiohead: OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997-2017 (?/10)

Worth it for fans. Read the review.