SPIN CYCLE’S BEST OF 2017

Here are Spin Cycle columnist Dave Thompson's picks for 2017.
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THIS WAS HARD - ONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Mordecai Smyth - The Mayor of Toytown is Dead (Mega Dodo) - review

THIS WAS EASY - TWO YOUTUBE VIDEOS

Jayne County with Jimi LaLumia - “Leave My Pussy Alone” (Youtube) - video

and then watch it again.

FOR THE HOLE IN YOUR STOCKING - THREE CHRISTMASSY THINGS

A Year In The Country - All The Merry Year Round (A Year in the Country)

The Beatles - The Christmas Records (Capitol)

The Bordellos - … Do Christmas (bandcamp)

plus an honorary mention for... Schizo Fun Addict - Stupid Cat's Christmas Song 

HOME TAPING IS KILLING MUSIC - FOUR LEGAL DOWNLOADS

The Bordellos - Life, Love & Billy Fury (bandcamp) - review

Hanford Reach -“Caught My Mind” (bandcamp) - review

The Hare And The Moon - The Hare And The Moon- Futur Passé (bandcamp) - review

Sendelica - Live in Berlin 2017 (bandcamp) - review

WATCH THE SHOW, NOT YOUR PHONE - FIVE LIVE ALBUMS

Black Sabbath - The End (Eagle Vision) - review

King Crimson - Live in Chicago 28 June 2017 (Inner Knot) - review

Cary Grace - The Uffculme Variations (Door 13 Music) - review

Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015 (Eagle Rock)

Frank Zappa - Halloween 77, The Palladium, NYC (Universal)

‘OOZAT THEN? - SIX VARIOUS ARTISTS COLLECTIONS

Am I Dreaming? – 80 Brit Girl Sounds of the 60s (RPM) - review

The Brain Box – Cerebral Sounds Of Brain Records 1972-1979 (UMC) - review

Classic English & Scottish Ballads from the Francis James Child Collection (Smithsonian Folkways) - review

Close to the Noise Floor Presents… Noise Reduction System (Formative European Electronics 1974-1984) (Cherry Red) - review

Milk of the Tree – An Anthology of Female Vocal Folk and Singer-Songwriters 1966-73 (Grapefruit) - review

The Texas Box (Bear Family)

A QUICK SPIN - SEVEN NICE SINGLES

Anton Barbeau - Heaven Is In Your Mind (Regal Crabomophone) - review

The Chemistry Set -“Lovely Cup of Tea” (Regal Crabmophone) - review

Mick Jagger - England Lost (Interscope)

Patti Smith - Hey Joe (7-inch) (Sire)

The Pretty Things -“The Same Sun” (Fruits de Mer) - review

The Tex Pistols - Chip Shop EP (RDJ Recordings) - review

Us and Them -“When I Was Walking” (Mega Dodo) - review

ONCE MORE INTO THE VAULT - EIGHT ARCHIVE CDS

Blind Alfred Reed - Appalachian Visionary (Dust To Digital)

Frank Zappa - Greasy Love Songs (Zappa Records)

Ian Lowery - Agent Orange ’92 plus Drug of Choice Sessions (Spectacle Music) - review

Kevin Ayers, Lady June, Ollie Halsall - The Happening Combo (Market Square) - review

Lal and Mike Waterson - Bright Phoebus (Domino)

Philippe Debarge with the Pretty Things - Rock St Trop (Madfish) - review

Tim Blake - New Jerusalem (Cherry Red/Esoteric) - review

Washington Phillips - … & His Manzarene Dreams (Dust To Digital)

IT’S NOT AS GOOD AS IT USED TO BE - NINE REASONS TO CELEBRATE RECORD STORE DAY

David Bowie - Bowpromo (Parlophone)

The Doors - Live at the Matrix ’67 (Rhino)

Marianne Faithfull - Rich Kid Blues (Demon)

Neil Young - Decade (Reprise)

Nico & the Faction - the Last Sessions (Tidal Waves)

Panduranga Henderson - Ocean of Love (Luaka Bop)

Richard Hell and the Voidoids - Blank Generation (Sire)

United States of America - United States of America (Sundazed)

various - Ciao! Manhattan Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Light in the Attic)

SCRATCHY WAXY THINGS - TEN VINYL TREATS

3 Teens Kill 4 - No Motive (Dark Entries) - review

From Nursery to Misery - Pixies in the Woods (Dark Entries) - review

Ian Dury and the Blockheads - New Boots and Panties (Demon)

Kraftwerk - 3-D: The Catalogue (Atlantic)

Mothers of Invention - Absolutely Free 50th Anniversary (Universal)

Schizo Fun Addict - Sun Yard (Fruits de Mer) - review

Sendelica - Cromlech Chronicles II (Fruits de Mer/Strangefish) - review

Sister Gertrude Morgan - Let’s Make a Record (Vinyl Me Please)

Sisters of Mercy - Some Girls Wander By Mistake (Elektra)

Stargaze & Poliça - Bruise Blood: Reimagining Steve Reich's Music for Pieces of Wood (Totally Gross National Product)

COASTERS AND BEERMATS - ELEVEN CD BOX SETS

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Exodus 40th Anniversary (Island)

David Bowie - A New Career in a New Town (Parlophone)

Doctors of Madness - Perfect Past: The Complete Doctors of Madness (RPM/Cherry Red) - review

Fairport Convention - Come All Ye - The First Ten Years 1968 To 1978 (A&M)

The Fall - A/B-Sides 1978-2016 (Cherry Red) - review

The Honey Pot - Ascending Scales Special Edition (Regal Crabomophone) - review

Humble Pie - The A&M Vinyl Box Set 1970-1976 (Universal)

Luke Haines - is Alive and Well and Living in Buenos Aires (Cherry Red) - review

Ola Bella Reed - … & Southern Mountain Music on the Mason Dixon Line (Dust To Digital)

Radio Stars - Thinking Inside the Box (Anagram) - review

The Residents - 80 Aching Orphans (MVD/Ralph) - review

NOBODY PUTS OUT GOOD ALBUMS ANYMORE - TWELVE (OR THIRTEEN) NEW RELEASES

A Year in the Country - From The Furthest Signals (A Year in the Country) - review

Alison O’Donnell - Climb Sheer The Fields of Peace (Mega Dodo) - review

Crystal Jacqueline - Await the Queen (Mega Dodo) - review

Danny Adler - Gaslight Angels (Roogalator DALP 21) - review

The Feelies - In Between (Bar/None)

Gene Loves Jezebel - Dancing Underwater (Westworld Recordings) - review

Judy Dyble/Andy Lewis - Summer Dancing (Acid Jazz) - review

Mortlake Bookclub - Mysteriorum Libri Quinque (Reverb Worship)

Peter Hammill - From the Trees (Fie)

Sex Clark Five - Rembrandt X ((Records to Russia) - review

Tim Bowness - Lost in the Ghost Light (Inside Out Music) - review

Tricky - ununiform (!K7)

The Unthanks - Diversions Vol. 4: The Songs And Poems Of Molly Drake (Rabble Rouser)

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