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Employee Record Picks 2017

Trying to listen to a lot of music means that it is hard to find the time for repeated plays and the accompanying brain imprint that allows for a discerning “Best of “ list.  These are some of the records that a few folks at GGR found the time to listen to and enjoy this year:

 

Clint Holley (www.wellmademusic.net)

Colter Wall – Imaginary Appalachia
Amythyst Kiah and her Chest of Glass
Barbara Dane and The Chambers Brothers
Rachel Brown and The Beatnik Playboys — Look Whose Back
Son House @ Oberlin College
Phil Ochs – Live In Montreal
Thor Platter – Take Time
Turnpike Troubadours – A Long Way From Your Heart

 

Dave Polster (www.wellmademusic.net)

AJ and the Woods-Self Titled
Amythyst Kiah and Her Chest of Glass-Self Titled
Bill Fox-Before I Went to Harvard
Big Surr-In Business
The Brides-2001-2003 LP
Charles Hill Jr.-Little Buddy/If I Could Only Fly 7”
Charlie Hunter-Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth
Cheap Trick-The Epic Archive Vol. I
DANA-Self Titled
The Dip-Sure Don’t Miss You 7”
Fascinating-Picture This
Gloria Barnes-Uptown
Ikebe Shakedown-The Way Home
Laser Background-Dark Nuclear Bogs
Moon Taxi-Daybreakers
PR Newman-Turn Out
Republican Hair-Miss Prince 7”
Shagg-Self Titled
Shitbox Jimmy/Goldmines-Split 12”
Sister Smirk-Animals 7”
Steelism-Ism
Thor Platter-Earnest Tube Sessions 7”
Turnpike Troubadours-A Long Way From Your Heart
Vanilla Poppers-Self Titled
Various Artists-Colemine Compilation: Soul Slabs Vol. 1
Various Artists-Songs From the Motion Picture “Zodiac”
Various Artists-Wax Mage Records Collection 2: Double Trouble
The Wood Brothers-Live at The Barn
Wyclef Jean-J’ouvert

Matt Earley

Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso UFO / ST 37
Bohannons – Luminary Angels
Brat – Straight Outta East L.A.
Bridget Kearney – Won’t Let You Down
Bubble Girl Soundtrack
Cereal Banter – Junk Jazz
Charlie Hunter – Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched In The Mouth
Cheap Trick – The Epic Archive v1
Colter Wall – Self Titled
The Cordial Sins – Only Human
Dracula (Tony Todd & Bleak December)
Faith Maxwell – People Person
The George Freeman & Mike Allemana Organ Quartet – Live At The Green Mill
Gloria Barnes – Old Before My Time
Golden Streets of Paradise – World War
Habaticion — Jasonica
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
Joel Baer Quartet — Structures
Johnny Butler – Hyperviolet
Johnny Irion – Driving Friend
Kabasa – Kabasa
La Chamba – Ecos De La Selva
Lil Smokies – Changing Shades
Matthew Stubbs & The Antiguas – Self Titled
The Mavericks – Brand New Day
Mesita – Here’s To Nowhere / Living Breathing
The New Year – Snow
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers – Sidelong
Son Volt – Notes of Blue
Summer Salt – Driving to Hawaii
Todd Kessler – About Memory
Vladimir Vysotsky – Memories of the Past
Nexus – En El Comienzo del Topos Uranos
Various – With A Cuban Song In The Heart

 

Sarah Snyder

BASK – RAMBLE BEYOND
CAVERNLIGHT – AS WE CUP OUR HANDS AND DRINK FROM THE STREAM OF OUR ACHE
CITYCOP – THE SAME STORIES THAT NEVER GET OLD
GATECREEPER / HOMEWRECKER / OUTER HEAVEN / SCORCHED – SPLIT
GOLDMINES / SHITBOX JIMMY – SPLIT
GOYA – HARVESTER OF BONGLOADS
HIRAM MAXIM – GHOSTS
KOWLOON WALLED CITY – GAMBLING ON THE RICHTER SCALE
KOWLOON WALLED CITY – TURK ST
LESS ART – STRANGLED LIGHT
MANESS BROTHERS – S/T
PART-TIME LOVER – KELLY
SISTER SMIRK – S/T
STNNNG / CHILD BITE – SPLIT
S U R V I V E – HDXV
SWEET SPIRIT – ST. MOJO
TOBACCO – RIPE + MAJESTIC
VAMPILLIA / THE BODY – XOROAHBIN

 

Tim Thornton

The Brat – Straight Outta East LA (Rock Beat)
Cash Rivers – She Laughed I Left (Yuk Yuk Motherfucker)
Eric Copeland – Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect (Long Island Electrical Systems)
Alessandro Cortini / Merzbow – EMS Sessions (Important)
Death’s Dynamic Shroud – I’ll Try Living Like This (Orange Milk)
Diamond Ortiz – Goodies (Austin Boogie Crew)
Euglossine – Sharp Time (Orange Milk)
Peter Friel – Fish & Chips (FQW)
Dick Higgins – Poems & Metapoems (Recital)
Giant Claw – Soft Channel (Orange Milk)
Kicking Giant – Halo (Reissue, Drawing Room)
Dominique Lawalree – First Meeting (Catch Wave)
Lower Plenty – Sister Sister (Bedroom Suck)
Mukqs – 11,666,666,666,666,666,666 (Midwich)
Octo Octa – New Paths (Argot)
Planetary Peace – Synthesis (Love All Day)
Eric Schmid – Alain Badiou (Recital)
3 Teens Kill 4 – No Motive (Dark Entries)

 

Tom Dechristafaro

Benjamin and The Dreamdancers 7″-That’s What You Mean to Me
Gloria Barnes-Uptown
Flying Stars of Brooklyn 7″- My God Has a Telephone
Trailer Limon 7″-Love Don’t Pay the Bills
Loren Connors- Evangaline
Troyes- Complete Recordings
Sugar Candy Mountain-666
Various Artists- With a Cuban Song in the Heart

 

Vince Slusarz

Anitbalas Afrobeat Orchestra- 7” Che Che Makossa/Che Che Cole
Kimon Kirk 7” Baby Who Knows/Powerstroke
Charles Hill Jr. – 7” Little Buddy/If I Could Fly
Terry Anderson 7” Knock It Off/Never Get Enough of You
Thor Platter 7”- Destined/Since I’ve Been Gone
The Dip 7” Sure Don’t Miss You
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings 7” What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes/This Land Is Your land
Flat Five 7” The Raven
Sister Smirk 7” Animals/Babylady/I Found My Baby
Flying Stars of Brooklyn 7” That’s What You Mean to Me/Not One More Tear
Phil Ochs- Live in Montreal 10/22/66
Amythyst Kiah and Her Chest of Glass
Soul Slab Volume 1
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit- The Nashville Sound
Shelby Lynn and Alison Moore- Not Dark Yet
Yawpers- Boy in a Well
Sugar Candy Mountain-666
Bill Fox- Before I Went to Harvard
Barbara Dane and the Chambers Brothers
Jon Langford’s Four Lost Souls
Sarah Shook and the Disarmers- Sidelong
I Am the Polish Army- My Old Man
The Figgs- The Man Who Fights Himself
Golden Streets of Paradise- World War
BA Johnston- Gremlins 3
Split Lip Rayfield- On My Way
The Wood Brothers- Paradise
Colter Wall- self titled
David Childers- Run Skelton Run
Fascinating-Picture This
Shitbox Jimmy/Goldmines- split
Lil Smokies-Changing Shades
Mavericks- Brand New Day
The Autumn Defense- Circles
James Chance and the Contortions-The Flesh is Weak
Gloria Barnes- Uptown
Hiram Maxim – Ghosts
Todd Rundgren and Utopia- A Different POV
Amy Black- Memphis
Matthew Logan Vasquez- Does What He Wants
Letters to Cleo- Aurora Gory Alice
Mic Harrison and the High Score- Vanishing South
Moon Taxi- Daybreaker
Stutter Steps-Floored
Son House Live at Oberlin College
Banditos- Visionland
Bridget Kearney- Won’t Let You Down
John Nemeth- Feeling Funky
David Bazan- Care
Kalaika Home/Away
Obnox- Murder Radio
Truck Stop Love- Can’t Hear It 1991-1994
Charlie Hunter- Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Face
The Temperance League- Space Aquarium
Rachel Brown and The Beatnik Playboys- Look Who’s Back

 

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