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Rrampt’s Fav Albums of 2017: Wilko’s Picks

Written by Jesse Wilkinson

Here is the final list of Rrampt’s Fav Albums of 2017. It’s from the guy who started this whole damn thing, this experiment in local culture, this exercise in all things good, bad, cool and funny about our area. We’re already getting geared up for what 2018 brings, but until then….

Here are my favourite albums of 2017:

First: some notable omissions that just didn’t make the final cut were Big Thief’s Capacity, Ryan Adams’ Prisoner, Jay Z’s 4:44, and The National’s Sleep Well Beast. I know that’s kind of cheating to mention these in my preamble, but, hey – it’s my website and I’m giving myself some leeway here. I’m just terrible at making decisions is what it really comes down to.

Ok, for real this time….

10. Run the Jewels 3

We return from the depths of the badland/With a gun and a knife in our waistband/Went to war with the devil and the shaytan/He wore a bad toupee and a spray tan/So high now hoping that I land/On a Thai stick moving through Thailand


9. The Barr Brothers – Queens of the Breakers

When Icarus was falling/Burning and blinded/He was born and buried along with his pride/Woke up in the bed last night/Her features were golden/And the walls, they were crowded with symbols of lust


8. Brand New – Science Fiction

Under the ocean/Next to a boiling vent/He’s none the wiser/Earth’s only resident/It piled up/man, it was wall to wall/Blink of an eye/And all our problems solved/Let’s all go play Nagasaki/We can all get vaporized/Hold my hand let’s turn to ash/I’ll see you on the other side


7. Deer Tick – Vol 1 and 2

If I lose another pound/I’m heading underground/I’m outta place in my own skin/How the pit of my heart got its pitiful start/Well, we may always ponder that.


6. Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry

Lazuras online/I received your message/You’re a fan of mine/Your name’s Rebecca and you’ve decided not to die/Alright let’s fight/Let’s rage against the night


5. Benjamin Booker – Witness

I just want to believe in something/I don’t care if it’s right or wrong/I just want to believe in something/I cannot make it on my own.


4. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights

Born cutting teeth on the curb/Summoning ghosts up from the concrete/Keep me company while I learn/Shadowboxing with giants/That grew from our feet.



3. LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

Wake up with somebody near you/And at someone else’s place/You took acid and looked in the mirror/Watched the beard crawl around your face/Oh, the revolution was here/That would set you free from that bourgeoisie/In the morning everything’s clearer/When the sunlight exposes your skin.



2. Valerie June – The Order of Time

Pops earned his bread in dust/but his heard working hands fed us/sun up ’til sun sank down/his body worked to the ground/folks thought we had it made/’cause we always kept a face/meanwhile there’s bills to pay/and the stack growing every day



1. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

I’m aware you’re tired and lost/Like a demon in the doorway waiting to be born/But I’m here all alone, just beggin’/Pull me close and let me hold you in/Give me a deeper understanding of who I am.



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