My top 10 favorite songs of 2017

Favorite songs of 2017

I added 1,002 songs to my iTunes library in 2017.

Here are my ten favorites, in no particular order. If you like any of these, buy the album or stream them a bunch of times. Enjoy!

  1. Joseph of Mercury — Find You Inside
  2. Calvin Harris — Heatstroke
  3. Parcels — Hideout
  4. Methyl Ethyl — Groundswell
  5. Shout Out Louds — Paola
  6. Sufjan Stevens — Drawn to the Blood (Fingerpicking Remix)
  7. Big Thief — Mythological Beauty
  8. Slyvan Esso — The Glow
  9. Lawrence Rothman — Wolves Still Cry
  10. Human Heat — Slippery

Please don’t sue me. Thanks.

Sisyphus {New Music}

Sisyphus is the new moniker for a collaborative project between Serengeti, Son Lux, and Sufjan Stevens. They were formerly known as s/s/s.

You should check out the whole album. This is one of my favorite tracks.

Sisyphus — “Rhythm of Devotion” {mp3}.

Top 10 New Albums of 2010

#1:Sufjan Stevens — “Too Much”
{Age of Adz}

#2: Joanna Newsom — “81”
{Have One On Me}

#3: Tallest Man On Earth — “Where Do My Bluebird Fly”
{Shallow Grave}

#4: Broken Bells — “The Ghost Inside”
{Broken Bells}

#5: The National — “Lemonworld”
{High Violet}

#6: Woods — “Suffering Season”
{At Echo Lake}

#7: John Vanderslice — “I’ll Never Live Up To You”
{Green Grow the Rushes — a free ep}

#8: Sharon Jones — “Better Things To Do”
{I Learned the Hard Way}

#9: Peter Wolf Crier — “Crutch & Cane”

#10: No Kids — “I Want To Be Around”
{Judy at the Grove}

{See also: top 10 listens on; the all songs considered list}

New Sufjan


Sufjan Stevens is like that distant friend who’s always shifting from city to city, job to job, girlfriend to girlfriend, girlfriend to boyfriend. You get the chance to catch up once a year, around the holidays, but the rest of the year’s a toss up.

I am not friends with Sufjan Stevens. But when you compare the peaceful banjo and lyrics of a song like “He Woke Me Up Again” (Seven Swans: 2004), to the video game electro-madness of Enjoy Your Rabbit (2001), to the symphonic ode to a highway (The BQE: 2009), it makes you wonder if your old friend still knows Jesus and if he’s going to remember to call you on your birthday this year.

Enter Sufjan’s latest: The Age of Adz (2010). It combines the Hallelujah’s of “He Woke Me Up Again” with the spastic synth jabs of Enjoy Your Rabbit (2001). And it’s freakin’ great.

Here’s my favorite track from the new album:
Sufjan Stevens — “Too Much.”