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Best albums of 2017: staff picks

The Aggie Radio team wouldn’t be the Aggie Radio team if they didn’t love music. From psych-rock to americana and everything in between, here’s what we were spinning on our personal playlists this year.


Zoey Marty

Real Estate – In Mind
Cults – Offering
Phoenix – Ti Amo
Peachtea – N. America
Girlpool – Powerplant

John Wheeler

Fleet Foxes – Crack-up
War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
The Ghost of Paul Revere – Monarch
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
Iron and Wine – Beast Epic

Kali Tuttle

Seaway – Vacation
Beck – Colors
The Front Bottoms – Going Grey
Towers Of London – Shot In The Dark EP
Sufjan Stevens – The Greatest Gift

Eden Withers
Alvvays – Antisocialites
Puzzle – Laying in the Sand
Florist – If Blue Could Be Happiness
Girlpool – Powerplant
Lorde – Melodrama

Cody Crofoot

Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
Mac Demarco – This Old Dog
The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Chris Thile/Brad Mehldau – Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau

Sydney Dahle

Vinyl Theatre – Origami
Misterwives – Connect the Dots
Imagine Dragons – Evolve
Brand New – Science Fiction
The Killers – Wonderful, Wonderful

Daniel Butters

Dan Croll – Emerging Adulthood
Foster The People – Sacred Hearts Club
Alt-J – Relaxer
1982 – 1982
Grouplove – Big Mess

Lydia Velazquez

The Districts – Popular Manipulations
Lorde – Melodrama
Hippo Campus – Landmark
Girlpool – Powerplant
Surf Curse – Nothing Yet

Spencer Johnson

Pierre Kwenders – MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time
Daniel Caesar – Freudian
Rosalía – Los Angeles
Four Tet – New Energy
Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex

Daniel Hansen

I the Mighty – Where the Mind Wants to Go / Where You Let It Go
The Front Bottoms – Going Grey
Vinyl Theatre – Origami
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – Zombies on Broadway
Knuckle Puck – Shapeshifter

Johnny Woodall

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
Damien Dubrovnik – Great Many Arrows
Lorde – Melodrama
Havah – Contravveleno
Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent

Nic Renshaw

Upper Wilds – Guitar Module 2017
The Mountain Goats – Goths
Brand New – Science Fiction
death’s dynamic shroud – Heavy Black Heart

Byron Isaac Morales

All them witches – Sleeping Through the War
Tribal Seeds – Roots Party
Cisco Adler – Don’t Kill My Buzz EP
Gregory Porter – May King Cole and Me
Shpongle – Codex VI

Mckay Jensen

Alvvays – Antisocialites
Julien Baker – Turn off the Lights
Big Thief – Capacity
Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
Lorde – Melodrama

Jaden Johnson

Deca – The Way Through
Vulfpeck – Mr. Finish Line
The Classic Crime – How To Be Human
Theo Katzman – Heartbreak Hits
Mutemath – Play Dead

Juan Haro

Joey Bada$$ – All-Amerikkkan Bada$$
Ryan Adams – Prisoner
Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark
U2 – Songs of Experience
Sam Smith – The Thrill of it All

Ari Romo

Iron and wine – Beast epic
Illenium- Awake
Oh Wonder – Ultralife
FKJ – French Kiwi Juice
Breath Carolina – Coma/Sleepless EP

Wyatt Jones

DEAMN – Deamn
Cody Fry – Flying
Disco Fries – DF
Don Diablo – Take Her Place
Mura Masa – Mura Masa

Mekenna Malan

Homeshake – Fresh Air
Mac Demarco – This Old Dog
Knox Fortune – Paradise
Field Medic – Songs From the Sunroom
The Districts – Popular Manipulations

Nathan Laursen

Portugal.the Man – Woodstock
Pickwick – LoveJoys
Strange Familia – Strange Familia
The Young North – Passenger Seat
Foster The People – Sacred Hearts Club

Mikey Kettinger

Kendrick Lamar – D.A.M.N.
Arcade Fire – Everything Now
Fred Thomas – Changer
Earthworm – Flowers
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana

JD Herndon

All 5 albums by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard released this year, in the order most enjoyed:

     Flying Microtonal Banana
     Sketches of Brunswick East
     Murder of the Universe
     ???? Only singles have been released for the last album they will release this year

ORB – Naturality
Palm – Shadow Expert
Here Lies Man – Here Lies Man
The Babe Rainbow – The Babe Rainbow

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