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?

Currently: On Hold

This weekend, I had planned on catching up on some reading on my own and cutting down some brush in our backyard with my father. My wife had planned on just catching her breath, pretty much literally, after being in the hospital for atrial fibrillation and attempting to adjust to her medications. Then Thursday night, one of my college roommates, who is going through a difficult divorce, called to ask if he could come up for the weekend. As we knew he needed to get away and that he had to be back Sunday night, we couldn’t refuse his request.

So currently, as of this writing, life is on hold, and here’s where I am, and where we are, with “things.”

Reading: I’m in the middle of reading The Rubber Band, the third Nero Wolfe mystery, by Rex Stout, and am enjoying it so far. I have a few others checked out on ebook from the Free Library of Philadelphia and in print from our hometown library where I work. However, since I’m not sure if I’ll get to any of them, I’m not going to mention them yet.

Watching: My wife and I finished The Defenders, and we thought it was pretty good. I liked the first season of Daredevil the best; she, Luke Cage. My roommate and I also watched a few episodes of the first season of Mr. Robot, which he had been wanting to see. It was interesting, but I don’t think it’s something I feel compelled to watch.

Listening: On Friday, The War on Drugs released its latest album, its major label debut, A Deeper Understanding, and while I’ve only heard a few songs so far, based on those, I’m looking forward to listening to more of the album, maybe later this afternoon.

Anticipating (September and beyond): My wife and I are finally going on a wine trip mid-month to wineries on Seneca Lake in New York after one being canceled earlier this year and this one almost being canceled. It is being sponsored by the library where I work in celebration of its 100th anniversary. 

Two weeks ago, we learned that our 17-year-old car is finally on its last wheels and so by the end of the year, specifically November when it’s inspection runs out, we have to get a new (used) car. 

Last but not least, my wife is continuing with tests this week and beyond for her atrial fibrillation to see what her next steps will be. All of this is also making me think about my own health, and “taking care of myself” too, something I have put on the back burner for too long. 

Before I ask my usual questions, I’ll leave you with this earworm (NSFW) my roommate left me with earlier this weekend:

Whatchya reading, watching, listening to, doing, anticipating? Share in the comments.