My Top 15 Albums of 2017

Today, I’m going to give you My Top 15 Albums of 2017; tomorrow, Our Top 10 Shows/Movies Watched In 2017; and Sunday, My Top Five Books Read In 2017. Here are my top 15 albums of this year:

15. EP/EP2 – Yaeji
14. Black Origami – Jlin
13. Aromanticism – Moses Sumney
12. Take Me Apart – Kelela
11. Melodrama – Lorde
10. Sleep Well Beast – The National
9. I See You – The xx
8. Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens
7. Okovi – Zola Jesus
6. Utopia – Björk
5. MASSEDUCTION – St. Vincent
4. american dream – LCD Soundsystem
3. A Deeper Understanding – The War on Drugs
2. Drunk – Thundercat
1. DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar

And here is a list on Spotify with one selection from each of those albums:

So how about you, what are some of your favorite albums from this year?

Holy Saturday: Joy, Lion, and DAMN. 

Today is Holy Saturday, the end of the day in the Christian tradition when the Easter Vigil is held in many churches, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. Like that, but not really, I am arising again here on the blog after a five-day absence and not the three days Jesus laid in the grave and descended into Hell (referred to as the Harrowing of Hell). Nope, the analogy continues to break down as I didn’t die and didn’t have a harrowing week. So yeah, like that, but not really, sooooooo…

29496453…anyway, I’m back and I am in the midst of celebrating a four-day weekend that started Friday and ends Monday. On Friday, I continued reading The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas C. Abrams and probably will be continuing to read that today. Tomorrow, my wife and I are going to my parents’ for Easter, and on Monday, we have nothing planned. I probably will look for my next book via Overdrive from the Free Library of Philadelphia, but beyond that, nothing on the radar.

Since I didn’t write posts on what we’re watching and what I’m listening to, I will recap that here this week.

What we’re watching

…or what we have watched. This past week, Kim and I watched two movies, the first of which we can’t recommend enough:

Just see it.

The second one, well, we can’t recommend, period. I won’t put up the trailer, but will put the Honest Trailer from Screen Junkies instead:

We really, really wanted to like it, but we just couldn’t and not because of the new all-female crew of the Ghostbusters.  We like these actresses, or at least some of them, but they were completely wasted with this script. Bottom line: ugh!!!!! (The fifth exclamation point is for Chris Hemsworth, sadly.)

What I’m listening to


So what’s good that you have been reading, watching, and/or listening to?