Our good friends at Songpickr asked Matt for his favorite records of 2017. Here's his list along with a short note about the records.
My favorite records of 2017 have seemingly little in common. From The Dream Syndicate's first record in almost twenty years to Audika Records' reissue of Arthur Russell compositions, there's new music, new old music, reissues, and a couple of covers albums to boot. Most of my picks, though, do have a personal connection for me. Tom Schick, who produced Belle Adair's forthcoming record, Tuscumbia, engineered Joan Shelley's quiet and brilliant self-titled record. Dylan's first record of his "Christian period," Slow Train Coming, was recorded in Sheffield, Alabama at 3614 Jackson Highway (better known as Muscle Shoals Sound) right across the river from where I live. Ben Gibbard's covers album of Teenage Fanclub's Bandwagonesque lovingly recreates one of my favorite records. It's a hodgepodge of records, to be sure, but it's my hodgepodge and each one means something personal to me.
Joan Shelley - Joan Shelley
The Clientele - Music for the Age of Miracles
Randy Newman - Dark Matter
The Dream Syndicate - How Did I Find Myself Here?
Bob Dylan - Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 13 / 1979-1981
Luna - A Sentimental Education
Ben Gibbard - Bandwagonesque
Acetone - 1992-2001
Arthur Russell - Instrumentals
Nick Lowe - Nick the Nife