earthings! 2017: My ten favorites of the year

Here’s more proof that I am starting to fall by the wayside, at least when it comes to listening to the songs I’m apparently supposed to listen to and like, here’s a relatively pop-centric list of my ten favorite songs for 2017. I attribute it to the fact that I may have listened more to my K-pop library this year (it does have some therapeutic claims) and that things seem to blend with each other more this year than in previous years. In a way, it’s a good thing: finally, some parity between the slickly produced and the more down-to-earth ones. But some will say this is me selling out. Nah, nobody is saying that. Nobody cares about this thing, yes? But we have to put it out, like everybody else, so here, in alphabetical order, are my ten favorite songs of the year. [NB]

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“Is this blood on my hands or is it just red wine?”

“I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of Myself” by Alex Lahey | As you may have known (but I shouldn’t assume; nobody reads this thing) my parents were in Australia a couple of weeks back, so I ended up returning to Triple J and listening to a lot of stuff. (That, and ABC Radio Melbourne – naturally, I am still on my awkward-for-a-so-called-music-blogger “I’d rather listen to talk” phase.) This song’s on high rotation, and rightly so, timing-wise: Alex Lahey’s just dropped her debut full-length, I Love You Like A Brother, after a period of hype that does extend beyond her home country. (Also, she’s from Melbourne, too. Everything goes full circle here.) I like the exuberant nature of this song, and how matter-of-factly it is, and how it has this tinge of sweetness despite all that. A perfect little song for the Aussie summer. Or, well, any time, I’d assume. [NB]