After the impossible highs that were reached in music in 2016, the question of how that could be topped would always weigh heavy on 2017, but nobody could have really predicted the year that was. Our nation, our home, shifted at long last towards the deep-seeded hatred, misogyny, and generalized loathing that had always hid just underneath the surface of our communities, our entertainment, our ART. Turns out that for many, the American way was a freeway to self-destruction, and in 2017 all lanes were suddenly open.
And man, did we feel it. We ALL felt it. At times throughout this year of shellshock, music was our only refuge. I spent the first two months of 2017 listening to nothing but Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On on repeat, desperately searching for an answer, for something to slow down what seemed to be quick slide into the abyss. All of this had happened before, it seemed, but how had we survived it? How would I survive it? This was a question that a lot of my peers, friends, and musicians asked and the results, while mostly understated, were what saved US this year. All of the fear, joy, heartbreak, and confusion, laid down on wax to help us navigate this minefield of shit and bile one 33 1/3 rotation at a time. An anchor in the existential storm, that was never more needed than now.
But now we’re at the end. We made it…for now. The blunt-force psycho-trauma that any of you reading this likely experienced has had it’s year. How YOU made it through varies from person to person, but this list of what I consider to be the best music of 2017 is how I made it through.