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Our Favorite Music Releases Of 2017


We look back at our favorite music releases of 2017, with audio clips of the most memorable songs curated by three of SDPB's music producers/hosts.

We welcome Steve Zwemke, host of No Cover, No Minimum Radio, Karl Gehrke, host of Jazz Nightly, and SDPB reporter (and occasional music critic) Lee Strubinger.

Karl Gehrke's 2017 picks:


Charly Bliss– Guppy

Alvvays – Antisocialites

The Replacements – For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986 

Waxahatchie– Out in the Storm 


Tony Allen – The Source 

Arturo O'Farrill/Chucho Valdes– Familia

Cecile McLorin Salvant – Dreams and Daggers 

Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far From Over 

Troy Roberts - Tales and Tones


Jas Quintet - Leap Year Baby 

Jami Lynn & Andrew Reinartz - Sparse

Lee's album Picks:

Earth Girl Janis Grey resting on some of Lee's top picks for the year

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard -- Crumbling Castle

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard w/ Mild High Club -- Tezata

Ty Segall -- Alta

Earth Girl Helen Brown -- Earth Elevator

War On Drugs -- Up All Night

Mac DeMarco -- Dreams From Yesterday

Steve Zwemke's Best Albums of 2017:

Real Estate - In Mind

Slowdive - Slowdive

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice

Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planet

Thurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness


Burlap Wolf King - Bitter Honey

NW Engbers - The Inner World

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