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WPKN’s Favourite Picks of the Year, 2018

Bob Anderson: “A Little Bit Of Everything

Albums

  • Courtney Barnett: Tell Me How You Really Feel (Mom+Pop)
  • Los Straightjackets: Complete Christmas Songbook (Yep Roc)
  • Kamasi Washington: Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)
  • Charles Lloyd & the Marvels + Lucinda Williams: Vanished Gardens (Blue Note)
  • The Decemberists: Traveling On (EP) (Capitol)
  • Asleep At The Wheel: New Routes (Bismeaux)
  • Cat Power: Wanderer (Domino)
  • Mike Farris: Silver & Stone (Compass)
  • Jon Cleary: Dyna-Mite! (FHQ)
  • The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album — Super Deluxe edition) (Apple/UMG)

Songs

  • The Zambonis: Joey Saves – single (The Zambonis)
  • Childish Gambino: This Is America – single (mcDJ/RCA)
  • Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore: Downey To Lubbock – Downey To Lubbock (Yep Roc)
  • Kurt Vile: Bassackwards – Bottle it In (Matador)
  • Eminem: Kamikaze – Kamikaze (Aftermath/Shady)

Alec Cumming “Snap, Crackle, POP!

Albums

  • Peter Holsapple: Game Day (Omnivore)
  • Insecure Men: Insecure Men (Fat Possum)
  • The Lemon Twigs: Go To School (4AD)
  • Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: Sparkle Hard (Matador)
  • Pistol Annies: Interstate Gospel (RCA)
  • Robert Poss: Frozen Flowers Curse The Day (Robert Poss)
  • Amy Rigby: The Old Guys (Southern Domestic)
  • Rosine: L (Rosine)
  • Sunflower Bean: Twentytwo In Blue (Mom+Pop)
  • Lenny Zenith: What If The Sun (XYYX)

Songs

  • Belle & Sebastian: I’ll Be Your Pilot – How To Solve Our Human Problems (Parts 1-3) (Matador)
  • The Lemon Twigs: If You Give Enough – Go To School (4AD)
  • Low Cut Connie: Beverly – Dirty Pictures (Part 2) (Contender)
  • Paul McCartney: Dominoes – Egypt Station (Capitol)
  • Tom Misch (feat. Loyle Carner): Water Baby – Geography (Beyond The Groove)
  • The Monochrome Set: I Feel Fine (Really) – Maisieworld (Tapete)
  • Pistol Annies: Best Years Of My Life – Interstate Gospel (RCA)
  • Amy Rigby: Playing Pittsburgh – The Old Guys (Southern Domestic)
  • Sunflower Bean: Twentytwo – Twentytwo In Blue (Mom+Pop)
  • TC&I: Scatter Me – Great Aspirations (TC&I)

Eric Cocks: “Connections

Albums

  • Galen Ayers: Monument (Bombinate)
  • Roseanne Cash: She Remembers Everything (Blue Note)
  • Bob Dylan: More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 14 Deluxe Edition (Columbia)
  • Marianne Faithfull: Negative Capability (Panta Rei/BMG)
  • Peter Holsapple: Game Day (Omnivore)
  • The Kinks: The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Super Deluxe) (Sanctuary)
  • John Lennon: Imagine – The Ultimate Collection (Capitol)
  • Sam Phillips: World On Sticks (Littlebox)
  • Harriet Stubbs: Heaven & Hell: The Doors of Perception (Suite 28)
  • Mike Viola: The American Egypt (Good Morning Monkey)

Songs

  • The Beatles: I’m So Tired (Take 7) – The Beatles White Album (Super Deluxe) (Apple/UMG)
  • Bird Streets: Betting On The Sun – Bird Streets (Omnivore)
  • Neko Case: Last Lion Of Albion – Hell-On (Anti-)
  • Christine and The Queens: 5 Dollars – Chris (Because)
  • Emily Duff: Mr. Dollar & A Dime – single (Mr. Mudshow)
  • Japanese Breakfast: Diving Woman – Soft Sound From Another Planet (Dead Oceans, 2017)
  • Jimmer & Syd: Shoulder To Cry On – Shoulder To Cry On EP (Chace)
  • Richard Lloyd: Countdown – The Countdown (Plowboy)
  • Mitski: Nobody – Be The Cowboy (Dead Oceans)
  • Willie Nelson: Something You Get Through – Last Man Standing (Legacy)

Del “in Transition

Albums

  • Alexandro Escovedo: The Crossing (Yep Roc)
  • Jimi Hendrix: Both Sides of the Sky (Experience Hendrix/Legacy)
  • Mark Knopfler: Down the Road Wherever (Blue Note)
  • Charles Lloyd & the Marvels + Lucinda Williams: Vanished Gardens (Blue Note)
  • John Medeski: Mad Skillet (Indirecto)
  • Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads: Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads (BFD)
  • Punch Brothers: All Ashore (Nonesuch)
  • Amanda Shires: To the Sunset (Silver Knife)
  • Paul Simon: In the Blue Light (Legacy)
  • VA: King of the Road – Tribute to Roger Miller (BMG)

Steve di Costanzo: “Radio Base Camp

Albums

  • Amen Dunes: Freedom (Sacred Bones)
  • The Fernweh: The Fernweh (Skeleton Key)
  • Insecure Men: Insecure Men (Fat Possum)
  • Janelle Monae: Dirty Computer (Bad Boy)
  • Jupiter & Okwess: Kin Sonic (Zamora)
  • V/A: Try A Little Sunshine: British Psychedelic Sounds Of 1969 (Grapefruit)
  • The Orielles: Silver Dollar Moment (Heavenly/Pias America)
  • Parquet Courts: Wide Awake! (Rough Trade)
  • Travis Scott: Astroworld (Epic)
  • Warmduscher: Whale City (Leaf)

Songs

  • Andrew Bird: Bloodless – single (Concord/Loma Vista)
  • Childish Gambino: This is America – single (RCA)
  • Dizzee Rascal: Don’t Gas Me (Beez Neez Remix) – single (Island)
  • Donny McCaslin: What About The Body – Blow. (Modema)
  • Jessica Lauren: Kofi Nomad – Almería (Freestyle)
  • Kamasi Washington: Fists of Fury – Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)
  • The Last Poets: We Must Be Sacred – Understand What Black Is (Studio Rockers)
  • Olden Yolk: Takes One To Know One – Olden Yolk (Trouble In Mind)
  • Warmduscher: Big Wilma – Whale City (Leaf)
  • Yo La Tengo: Shades Of Blue – There’s A Riot Going On (Matador)

Kevin Gallagher

Albums

  1. Charles Lloyd & the Marvels + Lucinda Williams: Vanished Gardens (Blue Note)
  2. Bettye LaVette: Things Have Changed (Verve)
  3. I’m With Her: See You Around (Rounder)
  4. Eric Bibb: Global Griot (Stony Plain)
  5. John Prine: The Tree of Forgiveness (Oh Boy)
  6. Courtney Barnett: Tell Me How You Really Feel (Mom+Pop)
  7. Rodney Crowell: Acoustic Classics (Rodney Crowell)
  8. Buddy Guy: The Blues Is Alive Aand Well (RCA)
  9. Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite: No Mercy In This Land (Anti-)
  10. Van Morrison: The Prophet Speaks (Caroline International)

Songs

  1. Alice Merton: No Roots – No Roots EP (Mom+Pop)
  2. Charles Lloyd & the Marvels + Lucinda Williams: Dust – Vanished Gardens (Blue Note)
  3. I’m With Her: Ain’t That Fine – See You Around (Rounder)
  4. Eric Bibb: We Don’t Care (ft. Habib Koité) – Global Griot (Stony Plain)
  5. Van Morrison: The Prophet Speaks/Ain’t Gonna Moan No More – The Prophet Speaks (Caroline International)
  6. Tom Petty: Two Men Talking (Outtake, 2012) – An American Treasure (Deluxe Ed.) (Reprise)
  7. Willie Nelson: Vote ‘Em Out – single (Legacy)
  8. Marc Ribot: John Brown (w/Fay Victor) – Songs of Resistance 1942–2018 (Anti-)
  9. Bettye LaVette: Things Have Changed – Things Have Changed (Verve)
  10. Rosanne Cash: The Only Thing Worth Fighting For (ft. Colin Meloy) – She Remembers Everything (Blue Note)

David Golden: “Morning Maniac Music

Albums

  • Abelita Mateus: Mixed Feelings (Vivenda)
  • Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band: West Side Story Reimagined (Jazzheads)
  • Jared Gold: Reemergence (Strikezone)
  • Jimmie Smith: Live in Music City: Jimmie Smith Plays Jimmy Smith (Woodward Avenue)
  • John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  • Kobie Watkins Grouptet: Movement (Origin)
  • Margo Rey: The Roots of Rey | Despacito Margo (Origin)
  • McClenty Hunter, Jr.: The Groove Hunter (Strikezone)
  • Mike Freeman ZonaVibe: Venetian Blinds (VOF)
  • Miles Davis & John Coltrane: The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (Columbia/Legacy)

Dave Hogan: “Dave Hogan Radio

Albums

  1. Kevin Gordon: Tilt and Shine (Crowville Media)
  2. John Prine: The Tree Of Forgiveness (OH BOY)
  3. Neko Case: Hell-On (Anti-)
  4. Corrosion Of Conformity: No Cross No Crown (Nuclear Blast)
  5. Ace Frehley: Spaceman (eOne)
  6. Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis: Wild! Wild! Wild! (Bloodshot)
  7. The Bottle Rockets: Bit Logic (Bloodshot)
  8. Mott The Hoople: Mental Train – The Island Years 1969-1971 (Island/UMC)
  9. The Magpie Salute: High Water I (Provogue)
  10. Lucero: Among The Ghosts (Liberty & Lament)

Song

  • Kevin Gordon: Saint On A Chain — Tilt and Shine (Crowville Media)

Rich Kaminsky: “Off-Beat

Albums

  1. Shannon & the Clams: Onion (Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch)
  2. 6 String Drag: Top of the World (Schoolkids)
  3. Phil Yates & the Affiliates: Party Music (Futureman)
  4. Axolotes Mexicanos: Salu2 (Elefant)
  5. Connections: Foreign Affairs (Trouble in Mind)
  6. Half Man Half Biscuit: No One Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut (Probe Plus)
  7. The Interrupters: Fight the Good Fight (Hellcat)
  8. Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers: Bought to Rot (Bloodshot)
  9. Muncie Girls: Fixed Ideals (Specialist Subject)
  10. The Vaccines: Combat Sports (Columbia)

Songs

  1. Frank Turner: 1933 – Be More Kind (Xtra Mile/Interscope)
  2. Reggae Workers of the World: Wonder – RWW2 (Badasonic)
  3. Hockey Dad: I Wanna Be Everybody – Blend Inn (Kanine)
  4. Proud Parents: Proud Parents – Proud Parents (Dirtnap)
  5. Brazilian Girls: Pirates – Let’s Make Love (Six Degrees)
  6. Fruition: I’ll Never Sing Your Name – Watching it all Fall Apart (LoHi)
  7. Titus Andronicus: Above the Bodega (Local Business) – A Productive Cough (Merge)
  8. Cut Worms: Cash for Gold – Hollow Ground (Jagjaguwar)
  9. Très Oui: Looking For – Poised to Flourish (Shrimper)
  10. Chai: ボーイズ・セコ・メン (Boyz Seco Men) – Pink (Burger)
  11. The Frights: Whatever – Hypochondriac (Epitaph)

Martha Willette Lewis: “The Flux Capacitor

Albums

  1. Fruition: Fire EP (Fruition)
  2. Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer (Bad Boy)
  3. Arctic Monkeys: Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino (Domino)
  4. Chris Smither: Call Me Lucky (Signature Sounds)
  5. Ezra Furman: Transangelic Exodus (Bella Union)
  6. Father John Misty: God’s Favorite Customer (Sub Pop)
  7. Fruition: Watching It All Fall Apart (LoHi)
  8. Jon Batiste: Hollywood Africans (Verve)
  9. Prince: Piano & A Microphone 1983 (Warner Bros.)
  10. Amy Rigby: The Old Guys (Southern Domestic)

Songs

  1. LCD Soundsystem: (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang – single (DFA)
  2. Death Cab For Cutie: Gold Rush – Thank You For Today (Atlantic)
  3. Ezra Furman: Love You So Bad- Transangelic Exodus (Bella Union)
  4. Fea: Feminazi – Bad Reputation (Music from the Original Motion Picture) (Blackheart)
  5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Not in Love We’re Just High – Sex & Food (Jagjaguwar)
  6. Lily Allen: Three – No Shame (Parlophone)
  7. Father John Misty: Mr. Tillman – God’s Favorite Customer (Sub Pop)
  8. Chris Difford: Flat – Pants (Pants)
  9. She Drew The Gun: Revolution of Mind – Revolution of Mind (Skeleton Key)
  10. Neil Young: Campaigner – Songs For Judy (Reprise)

Michelle Morgan: “Love and Communication”

Albums

  • Caroline Rose: Loner (New West)
  • Haley Heynderickx: I Need to Start a Garden (Mama Bird)
  • Kississippi: Sunset Blush (Bug Crusher)
  • Mélissa Laveaux: Radyo Siwèl (No Format!)
  • Mitski: Be the Cowboy (Dead Oceans)
  • Pinc Louds: Delancey St. Station (Tunnel Vision)
  • Rose Droll: Your Dog (Father/Daughter)
  • Slothrust: The Pact (Dangerbird)
  • U.S. Girls: In a Poem Unlimited (4AD)
  • Young Fathers: Cocoa Sugar (Ninja Tune)

Mark Mushin: “One Step Ahead Of The Blues

Albums

  1. Dana Fuchs: Love Lives On (Getalong)
  2. Danielle Nicole: Cry No More (Concord)
  3. Tinsley Ellis: Winning Hand (Alligator)
  4. Myles Goodwyn: And Friends Of The Blues (Linus)
  5. Rhythm X Revival: Rhythm X Revival (Unsigned)
  6. Teresa James and The Rhythm Tramps: Here In Babylon (Jesi-Lu)
  7. Sean Chambers: Welcome To My Blues (American Showplace)
  8. Victor Wainwright: Victor Wainwright And The Train (Ruf)
  9. Vanessa Collier: Honey Up (Phenix Fire)
  10. Gina Sicilia: Heard The Lie (Blue Elan)

Songs

  1. Danielle Nicole: Save Me – Cry No More (Concord)
  2. Dana Fuchs: Ready To Rise – Love Lives On (Getalong)
  3. Shari Puorto Band: All I Want Is You – Live At Bogies (Little Lightning)
  4. Andy Watts: Blues On Fire – Blues On Fire (Kame’a)
  5. Anthony Gomes: Come Down – Peace, Love & Loud Guitars (Up 2 Zero)
  6. Bernard Allison: Blues Party – Let It Go (Ruf)
  7. Janiva Magness: Back To Blue – Love Is An Army (Blue Elan)
  8. Jonathon Long: Shine Your Love – Jonathon Long (Wild Heart)
  9. Deb Ryder: A Storm’s Coming – Enjoy The Ride (Vizz Tone)
  10. Jeremiah Johnson: Blues In Her Eyes – Straightjacket (Ruf)

Martha Nachman: “The Music Never Stopped

Albums

  1. Shakey Graves: Can’t Wake Up (Dualtone)
  2. Lucius: Nudes (Mom+Pop)
  3. Courtney Barnett: Tell Me How You Really Feel (Mom+Pop)
  4. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats: Tearing At The Seams (Stax)
  5. Wood Brothers: One Drop Of Truth (Honey Jar)
  6. John Prine: The Tree Of Forgiveness (Oh Boy)
  7. The Milk Carton Kids: All The Things That I Did & All The Things That I Didn’t Do (Anti-)
  8. Phil Cook: People Are My Drug (Psychic Hotline)
  9. Vulfpeck: Hill Climber (Vulf)
  10. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real: Forget About Georgia EP (Fantasy)

Songs

  1. Phosphorescent: C’est La Vie No. 2 – C’est La Vie (Dead Oceans)
  2. Shakey Graves: Foot Of Your Bed – Can’t Wake Up (Dualtone)
  3. Lucius: Something About You – Nudes (Mom+Pop)
  4. Father John Misty: Mr. Tillman – God’s Favorite Customer (Sub-Pop)
  5. Wood Brothers: Laughing Or Crying – One Drop Of Truth (Honey Jar)
  6. Vulfpeck: Love Is A Beautiful Thing – Hill Climber (Vulf)
  7. Jade Bird: Uh-Huh – single (Glassnote)
  8. Lord Huron: Moon Beam – Vide Noir (Republic)
  9. Rayland Baxter: Casanova – Wide Awake (ATO)
  10. Sarah Shook & The Disarmers: Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don’t – Years (Bloodshot)

Rod Richardson: “Radio Nothing

Albums

  • Alec K. Redfearn and The Eyesores: The Opposite (Cuneiform)
  • Gogo Penguin: A Humdrum Star (Blue Note)
  • 47SOUL: Balfron Promise (Cooking Vinyl)
  • Die Wilde Jagd: Uhrwald Orange (Bureau B)
  • Monsieur Doumani: Αγκάθθιν/ Angathin (Monsieur Doumani)
  • Park Jiha: Communion (Glitterbeat)
  • Kamasi Washington: Heaven & Earth (Young Turks)
  • Far Corner: Risk (Cuneiform)
  • Nordic Raga: Nordic Raga (Riverboat)
  • Issam Rafea and Gao Hong: Life As Is (Innova)

Songs

  • Alec K. Redfearn and The Eyesores: Bat Living In My Room – The Opposite (Cuneiform)
  • The Hu: Wolf Totem – Wolf Totem [single] (Dashka)
  • Die Wilde Jagd: Kreuzgang – Uhrwald Orange (Bureau B)
  • Astroboter: Muzumantra – Form & Void (Astroboter)
  • Gogo Penguin: Prayer – A Humdrum Star (Blue Note)
  • The Hu: Yuve Yuve Yu – Yuve Yuve Yu [single] (Dashka)
  • 47SOUL: Moved Around – Balfron Promise (Cooking Vinyl)
  • Dirtmusic: Bi De Sen Söyle – Bu Bir Ruya (Glitterbeat)
  • Hristo Vitchev Quartet: The Shortest Wavelength – Of Light And Shadows (First Orbit Sounds Music)
  • Steve Reich: Pulse – Pulse / Quartet (Nonesuch)

Valerie Richardson: “Radio Something

Albums

  • Angélique Kidjo: Remain in Light (Kravenworks)
  • Brian Eno: Music for Installations (Opal/UMC)
  • Fantastic Negrito: Please Don’t Be Dead (Cooking Vinyl)
  • GURLS: Run Boy, Run (Grappa)
  • I’m With Her: See You Around (Rounder)
  • Joe Strummer: 001 (Ignition)
  • John Prine: The Tree of Forgiveness (Oh Boy)
  • Karine Polwart: Laws of Motion (Hudson)
  • Leo Sidran: Cool School (The Music of Michael Franks) (Bonsaï)
  • Monsieur Doumani: Αγκάθθιν/ Angathin (Monsieur Doumani)

Songs

  • Angélique Kidjo: Listening Wind – Remain in Light (Kravenworks)
  • Bokanté + Metropole Orkest (Conducted by Jules Buckley): All The Way Home – What Heat (Real World)
  • Fantastic Negrito: The Duffler – Please Don’t Be Dead (Cooking Vinyl)
  • Gruff Rhys: Selfies in the Sunset – Babelsberg (Rough Trade)
  • GURLS: Pork Chop Lover – Run Boy, Run (Grappa)
  • Lonnie Holley: Sometimes I Wanna Dance – Mith (Jagjaguwar)
  • Lys Guillorn & Her Band: Tinctoria – Tinctoria [Single] (Little Cowgirl)
  • Norma Waterson & Eliza Carthy: The Galaxy Song – Anchor (Topic)
  • Ry Cooder: Gentrification – The Prodigal Son (Fantasy)
  • Underworld & Iggy Pop: Bells & Circles – Teatime Dub Encounters [EP] (Caroline)

Colette Rossignol: “Capital Radio

Albums

  • Mark Wenner’s Blues Warriors: Mark Wenner’s Blues Warriors (Eller Soul)
  • Steve Krase: Just Waitin’ (Connor Ray Music)
  • Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones: Complicated Mess (Eller Soul)
  • The Bob Lanza Blues Band: Kids, Dogs & Krazy Women (Connor Ray)
  • Little Red Rooster Blues Band: Lock Up The Liquor (Little Red Rooster Blues Band)
  • Trudy Lynn: Blues Keep Knockin’ (Connor Ray)
  • Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite: No Mercy in This Land (Anti-)
  • Eugene Hideaway Bridges: Live in Tallahassee (Armadillo)
  • V/A: Chicago – The Blues Legends Today! (West Tone)
  • Ms Zeno the Mojo Queen: Back in Love (Blue Lotus)
  • Buddy Guy: The Blues is Alive and Well (Silvertone/RCA)

KC Ryan

Songs

  • Ry Cooder: Jesus and Woody – The Prodigal Son (Fantasy)
  • The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band: Chinese Butterfly – Chinese Butterfly (Concord Jazz)
  • Abbie Gardner: I Can’t Believe – Wishes On A Neon Sign (Abbie Gardner)
  • The Hu: Yuve Yuve Yu – single (Dashka)
  • Laraaji, Arji OceAnda, Dallas Acid: This Much Now – Arrive Without Leaving (Flying Moonlight)
  • Janelle Monàe: Make Me Feel – Dirty Computer (Bad Boy)
  • Willie Nelson: Something You Get Through – Last Man Standing (Legacy)
  • The Rheingans Sisters: This Forest – Bright Field (Rootbeat)
  • Alfredo Rodriguez: Bloom – The Little Dream (Mack Avenue)
  • M. Ward: Motorcycle Ride – What a Wonderful Industry (M. Ward)

Lisa Sahulka: “Afternoon Jazz

Songs

  • Carlos Henriquez: A Night in Tunisia- Dizzy Con Clave (RodBros)
  • Fred Hersch Trio ’97: Easy to Love – @ The Village Vanguard (Palmetto)
  • Keith Jarrett: Part VIII – La Fenice (ECM)
  • Michael Leonhart Orchestra: 1500 Feet Above the Sahara – The Painted Lady Suite (Sunnyside)
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant: Visions – The Window (Mack Avenue)
  • Allison Miller & Carmen Staaf: Skyway – Science Fair (Sunnyside)
  • David Murray feat. Saul Williams: Positive Messages – Blues for Memo (Motema)
  • Logan Richardson: Black Brown & Yellow – Blues People (ropeadope)
  • Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band: America – West Side Story Reimagined (Jazzheads)
  • Esperanza Spalding: Thang – 12 Little Spells (Concord)

Rob Silber: “Rock Therapy

Albums

  1. Willie Nile: Children Of Paradise (River House)
  2. Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul: Soulfire Live (Wicked Cool)
  3. Dana Fuchs: Love Lives On (Get Along)
  4. Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads: Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads (MTMB)
  5. Screen Test: Through The Past Brightly (Northside)
  6. Peter Karp: Blue Flame (Peter Karp)
  7. Marianne Faithfull: Negative Capability (Panta Rei)
  8. Sunflower Bean: Twenty Two In Blue (Mom + Pop)
  9. Amy Rigby: The Old Guys (Southern Domestic)
  10. Crushing Violets: Ghost Fields (Crushing Violets)

Bruce Swan: “Music My Mother Would Not Like

Albums

  • Jamie McLean Band: One & Only (Jamie McLean Band)
  • Steep Canyon Rangers: Out in the Open (Ramseur)
  • Bombino: Dehran (Partisan)
  • Rod Picott: Out Past the Wires (Welding Rod)
  • Steve Forbert: Little Stevie Orbit (Rolling Tide)
  • Sarah McQuaid: If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous (Shovel & a Spade)
  • We Banjo 3: Haven (We Banjo 3)
  • James Maddock: If It Ain’t Fixed, Don’t Break It (Songs of Avenue C)
  • Tracy Grammer: Low Tide (Tracy Grammer)
  • Chris Smither: Call Me Lucky (Signature Sounds)
  • Rebecca Haviland & Whiskey Heart: Bright City Lights (Rebecca Haviland)

howard thompson: “PURE

Albums

  • Jon Cleary: Dyna-Mite! – Dyna-Mite! (FHQ)
  • Angel Corpus Christi: The Real Angel Corpus Christi (Mono-Tone)
  • Marianne Faithfull: Negative Capability (Panta Rei/BMG)
  • Hamell on Trial: The Night Guy at The Apocalypse – Profiles of a Rushing Midnight (Saustex)
  • Ashley McBryde: Girl Going Nowhere (Atlantic)
  • The Red Propellers: The Fragility of Love: Collected Works (Rollercoaster)
  • Spiritualized: And Nothing Hurt (Fat Possum)
  • Cliff Westfall: Baby You Win (Cliff Westfall)
  • Tony Joe White: Bad Mouthin’ (Yep Roc)
  • Lee Ann Womack: The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone (ATO)

Songs

  • Mandy Barnett: My World Keeps Slipping Away – Strange Conversation (Dame)
  • Nathan Bowles: The Road Reversed – Plainly Mistaken (Paradise of Bachelors)
  • Addie Brik: Belly – I Have a Doctor on Board (Itza)
  • Will Hoge: Nikki’s a Republican Now – My American Dream (Edlo)
  • Donny McCaslin: What About the Body – Blow. (Motema)
  • Janelle Monáe: Americans – Dirty Computer (Bad Boy)
  • Scott Mulvahill: Begin Againers – Himalayas (West Sterling)
  • Josefin Öhrn & the Liberation: Rushing Through My Mind – single (Mangled)
  • Gretchen Peters: Wichita – Dancing With the Beast (Scarlet Letter)
  • Dean Wareham & Cheval Sombre: If I Could Only Fly – Dean Wareham vs Cheval Sombre (Double Feature)

Amy “Night Nurse” Wachtel: “Rockers Arena

Albums / Songs

  1. Protoje: A Matter of Time (Easy Star)
  2. The Temple Rockers: Festival of Lights (Fresh Roots)
  3. David Byrne: American Utopia (Nonesuch)
  4. Alborosie: Contradiction (ft. Chronixx) – Unbreakable Alborosie Meets The Wailers United (Greensleeves/VP)
  5. Koffee: Raggamuffin – Reggae Gold 2018 25th Anniversary (VP)
  6. Lake Street Dive: Good Kisser – Free Yourself Up (Nonesuch)
  7. Hollie Cook: Stay Alive (Hempolics remix) – Vessel of Love (Merge)
  8. Amos Lee: No More Darkness, No More Light – My New Moon (Dualtone)
  9. Beres Hammond: I’m Alive – single (Harmony House/VP)
  10. Angelique Kidjo: Remain in Light (Kravenworks)

WPKN’s Favourite Picks of the Year, 2017

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