I remember showing my parents my favorite music when I was in my late teens. I received the placating, 'This is pretty cool' or 'interesting'. I promised myself that I would never reach the point where I wasn't interested in the cutting edge music that the kids were playing. 2017 was the first year when I attempted listening to the hip music and found myself lost and disengaged. So I guess that means I'm old now.
So as an old man, my criteria for what is cool is basically that which I know and am comfortable with. This list is a compilation of the music that intrigued me, influenced me, and honestly just got a spin.
I am going to start off my list with a few bands that we actually got to open for this year.
10. Drugs & Attics - EP
This is my favorite Kansas City band, and I can't wait for their first full length album.
9. Frederick the Younger - Human Child
We had the privilege of playing with this Louisville band twice this year. Once at a private party in our neighborhood at C-Point (which was amazing) and in Lawrence. This album got numerous spins and reminds me of the Pretenders meets Dire Straits.
8. Low Cut Connie - Dirty Pictures (Part 1)
We also got to open for this band at the Riot Room in May. What a crazy awesome show they put on! If you like piano rock like Elton John who has had to play 300 shows in dive bars for writing material, you will love this strange album.
7. The Yawpers - Boy in a Well
These guys are wild. We played with them at the Record Bar in September, and their lead singer (Nate Cook) was sick as a dog, but still managed to bow our minds with his dark folk songs. This band reminds me of Led Zeppelin folk.
6. King Krule - The Ooz
Don't really know how to describe this one, but give it a listen. It's either for you or its not.
5. Alvvays - Antisocialites
This album got quite a few spins, and I love the dreamy poppy songs that somehow feel dreary.
4. Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett - Lotta Sea Lice
This album just works. I never would have thought to combine these two, but I fucking love the sound.
3. Future Islands - The Far Field
This band has won my heart. I love their strange quirky frontman and their underrated drummer. We saw them in Pensacola, and they are inexplicably awesome.
2. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN
This album is obviously just great, but I like it because my brother in law got some sound engineering credits on it.
1. Arcade Fire - Everything Now
This album got a lot of hate this year, but I absolutely loved it. The tour was also typical awesome Arcade Fire.