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Bedouine at Joe’s Pub (November 16, 2017)

By Will Oliver, December 19th 2017 — with 1 comment

One of the best debut albums of 2017 came from Bedouine, the project of Syrian-born and Los Angeles-based folk singer Azniv Korkejian. Released by Spacebomb Records earlier in the year, it’s remained one of my favorite albums of the whole year.

On November 16 Bedouine made her debut New York performance at Joe’s Pub in an intimate setting that was well suited for her music, aside from the busy wait staff running around the venue. It was just her and her acoustic guitar and although the album benefits from some big-time arrangements, the stripped-down nature suited the songs equally as well.
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Preview: Bedouine at Joe’s Pub

By Will Oliver, November 13th 2017

Bedouine is the project of Syrian-born (and now L.A. based) singer Azniv Korkejia who caught my attention earlier this year with her absolutely gorgeous debut self-titled album that was released via Spacebomb. The record is a dreamy folk delight that captures your imagination and clears the mind. It hasn’t quite gotten the attention from the rest of the “indie scene” that it no doubt deserves, but I’m sure that is soon to change in due time.

She’s currently on her first headlining tour and will make her New York debut this Thursday at Joe’s Pub. This will be your first chance to catch her performing live and it’s not one to be missed. Only a few tickets still remain so don’t wait too long if you want to attend.
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All photos by Joe Saturday

Among the albums released in 2017, The Navigator by Hurray for the Riff Raff (released via ATO Records) and Out of the Storm by Waxahatchee (released via Merge Records) were two of my personal favorites. Much to my delight, the two acts embarked on a co-headlining tour this past April which found them playing the New York area twice. I caught the first of the two shows, which took place at Warsaw in Greenpoint on April 13th. Accompanying Waxahatchee and Hurray for the Riff Raff as the opening act was Spacebomb Records recording artist Bedouine.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Songs Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2018

[artwork by Anthony Bauer]

And the time has come for the one post that all my friends actually read on these here pages, my best (or favorite) songs of 2017. These are the songs that I obsessed over throughout all of last year and many are still getting heavy rotation into the new one.

You’ll find select highlights from many of the albums that appeared on my best albums list but also a few new acts who blossomed or select songs that stood out on albums that didn’t quite shine as bright. Either way, I hope that you find at least one new song or artist that you didn’t know beforehand and that they make your day that much brighter. Thanks again for sticking around with us for another year and here’s to a bigger and better year in 2018.

As usual, the list is posted in a countdown format from 100-1 and I have made a Spotify playlist which you can find here or embedded at the very end of the post. All the songs are in there except for Ty Segall’s “Orange Color Queen,” as the album is not on Spotify.

Without further ado, here are my favorite songs from 2017:
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Best Albums of 2017: Anthony’s Picks

By Anthony Bauer, January 12th 2018 — with 1 comment

Before we dive into my favorite albums of 2017, lets quickly visit some of the years best EP’s.  There were a lot of really fantastic EP’s released this year but that doesn’t mean any of these skimped out on quality.  Here are my favorite, or most listened to EP’s of 2017:
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Best Songs of 2017: Anthony’s Picks

By Anthony Bauer, January 11th 2018

This ‘top 100 songs of 2017’ post could have easily been ‘top 200 songs of 2017’ due to the insane (yet absolutely amazing) amount of great music that was released this past year.  While it is near impossible to listen to it all, here were my favorite 100 songs from 2017 (with a bonus 5, because… why not?):
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We All Want Someone’s Best Albums Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 9th 2018 — with 6 comments

[Artwork by Anthony Bauer]

Was 2017 a good year for music? Was it a bad year? Who knows, it seems like every year your social media pages are bombarded with think pieces about it being the best year of music ever, the worst year, the end of rock music, or the album as we know it. But every year I seem totally and utterly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of musical releases in a year. It’s one thing to keep up with the high volume of new releases that seem to come out at an increasing pace with every passing week. Before you know it, the year is over and you’re somehow trying to rank all the stuff that occupied your ears.

Whether it was alone in your room, on the subway, stuck in traffic on the highway, or at a party with friends, albums have the power to create literal soundtracks for our lives. While these rankings are where I am at during this particular moment in time if you checked back in with me in a couple of weeks who knows how it would change. But rankings aside, these are a bunch of albums that had some sort of effect on me throughout the year.

Using the word best is course objective, so if you will, these are my favorite albums of 2017: Read the rest of this entry »

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