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The Best of 2017 … So Far (Encore Episode 150) Podcast

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  1. Melody Bot

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    On this week’s episode of Encore I am joined once again by special guest Craig Manning. This week our main topic is all about the best albums released in 2017 … so far. As we hit the midway mark of the year, it’s time for our annual tradition of discussing what albums we’ve fallen in love with during the first six months, what didn’t make the list, what we were anticipating and how those stacked up, and all that jazz. (There’s also a rant about movie theaters at the beginning because some people can’t put their phones away.)

    What albums have you loved this year so far? We’d love to hear from you and see if there’s something new for us to discover as well. As always, thanks for listening.


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    Show Notes

    Jason’s Top 10

    1. The Menzingers – After the Party
    2. Bleachers – Gone Now
    3. Kendrick Lamar – Damn.
    4. Paramore – After Laughter
    5. Muna – About U
    6. Aaron Sprinkle – Real Life
    7. Allie X – Collxtion II
    8. Acceptance – Colliding By Design
    9. The Maine – Lovely Little Lonely
    10. Betty Who – The Valley
    Craig’s Top 10

    1. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
    2. Steve Moakler – Steel Town
    3. Natalie Hemby – Puxico
    4. Colter Wall – Colter Wall
    5. Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Vol. 1
    6. The Menzingers – After the Party
    7. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – Zombies on Broadway
    8. Ryan Adams – Prisoner
    9. John Moreland – Big Bad Luv
    10. Sam Outlaw – Tenderheart

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  2. bachna84

    we are nothing more than mannequins Prestigious

    Looking forward to listening to this later today! I always enjoy the Craig episodes.
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  3. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Thanks! This one was a lot of fun.
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  4. redwing91007

    Next Show - Foals April 22nd

    Going to listen to this one over the weekend.

    Here's where I'm at with my top 10:

    1. Tigers Jaw – spin

    2. Dryjacket – For Posterity

    3. The Smith Street Band - More Scared of You Than You Are Of Me

    4. Paramore – After Laughter

    5. A Will Away – Here Again

    6. Oso Oso – The Yunahon Mixtape

    7. Mystery Weekend – Surprise

    8. Rise Against – Wolves

    9. Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms

    10. The Menzingers – After the Party
  5. omgrawr

    That loneliness is not a function of solitude.

    Haven't had a chance to listen yet. Is there going to be a mid-year list posted this year?
  6. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Yep, coming next week.
  7. omgrawr

    That loneliness is not a function of solitude.

    Awesome! I always look forward to those and the Spotify playlists I create for them haha
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  8. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Yep! I believe that's going up on the 5th.
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  9. bachna84 Jun 30, 2017
    (Last edited: Jun 30, 2017)

    we are nothing more than mannequins Prestigious

    Just finished listening to this - I have a lot of albums I need to check out now!

    On Craig's list I've really only spent a good amount of time with the albums by The Menzingers and Andrew McMahon. I'm not familiar at all with Sam Outlaw, John Moreland, Colter Wall, Natalie Hemby or Steve Moakler but I look forward to giving those a listen!

    On Jason's list I'd like to check out Betty Who, The Maine, Allie X, Aaron Sprinkle and MUNA. And Paramore and Bleachers are both so recent that I need to give those some more listens.

    Really good episode, guys!
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  10. ARo24


    I was just in Traverse City a few weeks ago! Great town a lot of fun up there.
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  11. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    A lot of those are country or country leaning, so I'm not sure if that's your cup of tea of not. That said, most of them are a considerable distance outside of the mainstream country sound/scene, and the songwriting is so good that you might appreciate it even if you aren't a huge fan of the genre. Moreland in particular seems to have fans across every genre.

    Nice! I grew up there. Still nowhere I'd rather be in the summertime.
  12. FTank

    Prestigious Prestigious

    This is probably the most I've differed with both of you, though I do share Menzingers with both lists as well as Natalie Hemby and Andrew McMahon with Craig.

    How close was the All Time Low album to either of your lists?
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  13. Craig Manning

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    It's in my next 10, which I didn't put in order. Title track is probably a top 10 song of the year for me right now though.
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  14. bachna84

    we are nothing more than mannequins Prestigious

    I really do not listen to much country (or country leaning) music, but I am willing to check anything out at least once especially albums given high praise by you guys.

    I put together a playlist with the albums you and Jason discussed and I plan on checking them out over the next couple of weeks. I'll let you know my thoughts! The Jason Isbell album is first on my list.
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