Category Archives: best of 2017

(31) Days of Good//12.1.17

I know, I know. Run the Jewels 3 is technically a 2016 release, but they dropped it at the end of the year (on Christmas day to be exact), without warning, and I wasn’t able to properly feature them during #31days2016. So it’s only fair I kick things off this year with my favorite track from the incredible RTJ3, the raw and explosive “Call Ticketron.”

Run The Jewels – Call Ticketron [from Run the Jewels 3]
[runthejewels.com]

 

The debut single from the NYC-based Gussie is a chirpy blend of blurred synths and tenacious electronic beats, which creates a near perfect 80’s throwback sound.

Gussie – Others [single]
[soundcloud.com/blairblairblair]

 

There are certain songs I become completely lost in and this is one of those. Originally released back in 2015 as part of the Lost River Original Motion Picture Score, but released this year as a proper single, so i’m counting it towards 2017.

Johnny Jewel – Tell Me (feat. Saoirse Ronan) [single]
[soundcloud.com/johnnyjewel]

 

♩ Swells – Dream Girl [from What Are You Gonna Do?]

North Hollywood surf-punk rockers Swells dropped their excellent debut LP this year and it included this solid ballad.  Swells is one of the hardest working bands out there right and they put on a super fun live show…and they just happen to be hosting the inaugural Swells Christmas Special tonight in Los Angeles. Swing by if you can manage.

 

#31days2017

(31) Days of Good//2017

The holiday season is finally upon us and with it comes the 2017 edition of (31) Days of Good!

For those of you unfamiliar with (31) Days of Good, it’s an annual trip down memory lane and look back at some of the year’s best music. There really isn’t a particular order or rank for the songs, I simply pick my favorites and hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Some days will feature a handful of picks, some days might only feature one or two, and like previous years, my good friend and frequent collaborator, Brendan will be offering up his favorite tunes of the year as well. And if we’re lucky, we’ll also be treated to some favorites from the one and only Slippery Duves, so “hold on to your butts.”

It all kicks off tomorrow morning. Stay tuned.

#31days2017

p.s. tune in Dec. 8th for my favorite EPs & Dec. 15th for my favorite LPs of 2017.