FAVORITE ALBUMS (as of March 2017)

by sarahgrand

A couple weeks ago, I was out with a friend, and we somehow got on the subject of music. He asked me what my “top albums” were, and in that moment, I basically FORGOT LITERALLY EVERYTHING I KNEW and couldn’t even come up with anything! 

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve given this question some legitimate thought, so that next time I’m asked, I’ll ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT TO SAY (and it will be accurate). So, here it goes… in no particular order, here are MY FAVORITE ALBUMS AS OF MARCH 2017:

1. We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic — Foxygen

This album is gold. Currently OBSESSED. I first discovered Foxygen on Spotify — my friend suggested I listen to this song called “Lady, You Shot Me” by Har Mar Superstar (also good), and after checking that out, I clicked on Har Mar’s Related Artists. Foxygen was wayyyyy at the bottom of the Related Artists list, but the name intrigued me so much that I actually clicked on it (kudos on the band name I guess?). The first Foxygen song I listened to was “Shuggie.” INSTANTLY HOOKED. I think I had it on repeat at work for like 3 days straight. Once I got over that obsession, I checked out the rest of the album, AND MY LOVE ONLY GREW! My favorite songs are probably “No Destruction,” “Oh No,” and “San Francisco.” Can’t say I’m a big fan of Foxygen’s latest album Hang (it’s a bit too theatrical for me), but I saw them perform the whole thing live last Friday, and I definitely have more of an appreciation for it now. I’ll give it another listen and maybe it will grow on me! 

2. I Love You, Honeybear — Father John Misty

My friend Lauren suggested this album to me. Obsessed. LITERALLY OBSESSED. I think I could listen to “Chateau Lobby #4” on repeat for the rest of my life and be kind of ok with it. Now, I have to admit, for some reason, I pretty much despise the song “True Affection.” But that’s ok, because everything else on this album is sooooooo freaking good! I actually saw Father John Misty this past October at the New Yorker Festival. It wasn’t a concert—it was a “talk” with him—but he did end up singing “Holy Shit” at the end. His voice was so angelic and true to the album that it was honestly chilling. YOU COULD BASICALLY FEEL THE CHILLS REVERBERATING THROUGHOUT THE AUDIENCE. I would love to see him again live, but I think tickets to his show in Brooklyn this Spring are $80? We’ll see. On another note, I wonder if FJM would make fun of my overzealous use of the word “literally” on this blog (and in conversation)…oh well, I USE IT FOR EMPHASIS.

3. Melody’s Echo Chamber — Melody’s Echo Chamber

This album is PERFECTION, and I think it’s so underrated! I feel like everyone always freaks out over Tame Impala, but to me, THIS IS BETTER THAN ANY TAME IMPALA ALBUM EVER (…even though I do really like Currents). (For reference, in case you don’t know the connection, this album was produced by Kevin Parker). Ok, so, favorite song from this album is “I Follow You,” but a close second is “Mount Hopeless.” I love every single part of every single song on this album, and I’m excited for Melody’s next album, which is coming out next week!

4. Oracular Spectacular — MGMT

Gonna throw it back to junior year of high school and include Oracular Spectacular on here. This album is not only so good, but it’s also so nostalgic. I don’t know what it is about “Time to Pretend” but it honestly MAKES ME SAD because it’s so damn nostalgic! I used to think the whole Oracular Spectacular/nostalgia thing was just me, but I’m starting to realize that this album DOES THAT TO BASICALLY EVERYONE. EVEN MGMT THEMSELVES. In this one MGMT interview I watched, Andrew and Ben said “Time to Pretend” makes them sad too (so it’s basically totally a thing). Favorite songs from this album are “Time to Pretend” (obvi), “The Youth,” “Weekend Wars,” and “The Handshake.” Also, this isn’t included on the list, but honorable mention to Congratulations. I know some people who weren’t crazy about it, but I actually really like that album too, especially the song “Siberian Breaks.”

5. Miracle Mile — STRFKR

STRFKR is probably my favorite band. I like pretty much everything by them, but I’m going to go ahead and choose Miracle Mile for this list, cause it’s currently my favorite of the favorites. I love STRFKR not only because of their music, but also because the guys in the band seem so DOWN TO EARTH and chill and friendly. Like, just watch this interview and TRY NOT TO FALL IN LOVE. Ok??

6. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix — Phoenix

Ok, so I’m not super obsessed with this right now, but I went through a hardcore Phoenix phase a couple years ago. It was honestly pretty hardcore. I think I listened to this album on loop for like 3 months straight. Of all the wonderful albums on this list, I think this one takes the cake for being the most CLEAN AND EFFICIENT. Every song on this album just flows together, and it all just MAKES PERFECT SENSE. Another reason I love this album is because it’s really inspiring for my graphic design work, since the songs feel really colorful and punchy (which is pretty much exactly my aesthetic). This isn’t mentioned on the list, but honorable mention to Phoenix’s latest album Bankrupt! (and basically everything else by them). I’m hoping to get tickets to their Philadelphia show for this June! This will be Phoenix’s first time touring in the US since 2014! I’ve been waiting years for this!

7/8. Vampire Weekend & Contra – Vampire Weekend

I knew I needed to include something by Vampire Weekend on this list, but I couldn’t choose between Vampire Weekend and Contra, so I’m going to include both (I also love their latest album, Modern Vampires of the City, but I guess not as much as these two?). Ok, so you know how I said Oracular Spectacular makes me nostalgic? Well, both of these albums make me really nostalgic too, but in a really specific way. They almost make me nostalgic for something I DIDN’T EVEN EXPERIENCE….does that make sense?? All the references to Massachusetts, and campuses, and the fact that they all met at Columbia, and their preppy image, make me nostalgic for that time I went to college on a big campus (which literally never happened). DOES ANYONE ELSE FEEL THIS WAY?? On another note, I’m really looking forward to new stuff by Vampire Weekend, but I’m also a little worried I’ll be let down, since Rostam left the band. Apparently, he’s still contributing though, so maybe it won’t be too different.

So, there are my current favorite albums! There are so many individual songs that I love that are not included on these albums, so maybe I’ll do a separate post on my favorite songs one day. I love discovering new music, so let me know if you have any suggestions! 

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