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CHIRP Radio writesCHIRP Radio’s Top 10 Albums of 2017!

CHIRP Radio Best of 2017

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2017. Here are CHIRP Radio’s Top Ten Albums of 2017!

As several of our volunteers have said in their lists, it's been a year. And it's been a historic year for CHIRP Radio, as we took to the broadcast airwaves for the first time at 107.1 FM. Thanks to the support of our fantastic listeners, we plan to keep rocking into 2018 and beyond.

In the meantime, here are the albums that were cited the most by our volunteers as their favorites of the year. The #1 spot goes to an artist making her debut album after 5 years of singles. All 10 records are fantastic. As usual, no matter what else is going on, it was a great year for music. Happy New Year!

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Shawn Campbell writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2017: Shawn Campbell

CHIRP Radio Best of 2017

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2017. Our next list is from Founder, General Manager, and DJ (Saturday 12-2pm) Shawn Campbell.

2017 was a year. Rather than dwell on the darker parts, though, I want to celebrate the great music that came out as we finally achieved the founding dream of the organization and launched our broadcast at 107.1FM. It's been so gratifying to see how much that still means to people, and I've been so happy to get to play these records (and tons more) on the terrestrial, as well as the internet, airwaves.

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MDReed.gb@gmail.com writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2017: Michael Reed

CHIRP Radio Best of 2017

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2017. Our next list is from Assistant Director of Underwriting and Sponsorship Michael Reed.

2017 was not a good year on this island Earth. Standards of decency were shattered, the threat of nuclear war once again became a plausible outcome of international relations, environmental degradation and science denial became official government policy, immigrants became outlaws, facts fell before propaganda, and the powers-at-be resumed the Bush-era project of criminalizing political dissent. Need I say more? Oh yeah, and Nazis. Nazis became a viable political force again.

One of the often parroted sentiments at the beginning of this year was “With the world going to hell, at least music will be good again.” This statement was thoroughly unpacked and flayed for its indifference towards the suffering of real people at the time, and twelve months in, it is safe to say that this statement was not only arrogant but inaccurate. Many of the hotly anticipated releases of this year, while some initially well received, with only a few months of hindsight, can be slotted somewhere between “Fine, I guess…” to “Meh” to “What were they thinking?” (Sidebar: I’m officially declaring Dead Crosses clown-show-core, trademark pending).

The high profile mediocrity did have its upside in the form of more attention paid to fantastic indie soul, dance, and rock artists, whose releases might have slipped through the cracks in a year where established music press darlings had actually delivered the goods. Even the massive wave of death and doom metal released this year saw some well-deserved mainstream buzz. Bell Witch’s Mirror Reaper inexplicably made it on to the AV Club’s “Best of” list (inexplicable not because Mirror Reaper isn’t a great album [it totally is], but because the AV Club is not typically on the bleeding edge of the metal underground, good on them for digging deep)! Despite some major disappointments, there was still a lot to love about music this year, and I’m positive that many of the albums I discovered this year will be sticking with me for many years to come. These are my top LP picks for 2017.

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Eddie writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2017: Eddie Sayago

CHIRP Radio Best of 2017

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2017. Our next list is from volunteer Eddie Sayago.

To put it in the most family-friendly way possible: $#@&! What a year. It's finally over. As a few fellow CHIRP-folk already mentioned, Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. is a masterpiece, so this list will feature some lesser-known acts that helped me tolerate the year straight outta hell, including a Sicangu Lakota rapper, a Mexican singer songwriter, and a NYU student/musician who is despite her stage name is definitely not a soccer mom.

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Tony Breed writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2017: Tony Breed

CHIRP Radio Best of 2017

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2017. Our next list is from DJ and Board Member Emeritus Tony Breed.

In recent years, my best-of list has skewed toward the music I listen to the most, and the things I expect will get play for years to come. Every year I also pick a song of the year, which typically comes from an album that didn’t make my top ten. This year I almost went with Iverson’s synth-prog masterpiece “Stand Up”, or Fujiya & Miyagi’s dance track about aging, “Extended Dance Mix”, but in the end I picked The XX's perfectly evocative song about loneliness: The XX “Say Something Loving” Now for my top 10:

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Craig Reptile: Your Sunday Sonic Sundowner writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2017: Craig Reptile

CHIRP Radio Best of 2017

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2017. Our next list is from Assistant Music Director Craig Reptile.

2017 brought an embarrassment of excellent records to my ears, and presented the toughest choices I can remember since I started doing this for CHIRP seven years ago. Yes, there were reliably excellent releases from “old faithful” and resurgent musical acts like Antietam, Beck, The Clientele, Deerhoof, Fur Coats, Luna, The New Pornographers, Ride, Slowdive, Stars, Son Volt, and Zola Jesus, and possibly too much music from habitual overachievers like Guided By Voices, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Obnox. But the records that made the agonizing “Top Ten” cut for me were the ones that really knocked off my socks and garnered a steady diet of repeat spins in my headphones, most of which were artists that either seemed to come out of nowhere or finally fulfilled the promises of their earlier recordings. With the caveats that my predilections veer toward a new shoe event horizon, that any one of these 10 could have been ranked differently depending on my daily mood and that I didn’t hear the entirety of everything that was released this year (is such a thing possible?), my methodology went like this: I started with a list of about 60 records, winnowed that down to 40, then down to 30, and then started really sweating. I also took pains (and it was painful) to avoid looking at other “Best of 2017” assessments, in the hopes that I would avoid regurgitating critically received wisdom. Here’s hoping 2018 will be even better than 2017! Musically, I mean. Although 2018 couldn’t possibly be much worse than 2017 was in all other respects. Right?

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DJ Stranger Waves writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2017: Mel Marquez

CHIRP Radio Best of 2017

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2017. Our next list is from DJ and Assistant Marketing Director Mel Marquez.

I've been with CHIRP for a little over a half a year and I'm excited to say that I'll be hosting my own show in the new year on Sunday mornings from 6-9am. You can get a taste of the kind of music I'll be playing from this list. My aim is to showcase as many women, queer folks, and people of color as possible because I think they can be underrepresented and their voices deserve to be heard. Also, I want to have lots of fun and shake up Sunday mornings a bit, so I hope you'll tune in. Here are my faves of 2017 in no particular order...

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Eric Wiersema writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2017: Eric Wiersema

CHIRP Radio Best of 2017

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2017. Our next list is from volunteer Eric Wiersema.

2017 has been an incredible year for music and I listened to over double the amount of new music than I usually do thanks to reviewing 46 albums for CHIRP this year. I listened to around 100 full albums total and here are my top 10!

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Melissa! writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2017: Melissa

CHIRP Radio Best of 2017

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2017. Our next list is from DJ (Wednesday Nights 10pm-Midnight) Melissa.

2017 has been another year of killer music here in Chicago and beyond. Here is a list of records that I've spent a lot of time with this year. If you're into any of these give my Wednesday night show a listen - 10:00pm to Midnight.

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The Audible Snail writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2017: Sondra the Audible Snail

CHIRP Radio Best of 2017

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2017. Our next list is from DJ and Campaign Manager Sondra: The Audible Snail.

A combination of upbeat dashed with a strong sense of skepticism. At times flippant (most times flippant). A little feminist, a little angry, a lot of love dancing with defiance. Some sweetness. That probably best fits my selections. 2017 was a hard year, for many people, but the music is getting louder, and so are our voices.

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Nicole Oppenheim: Ear Candy writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2017: Nicole Oppenheim

CHIRP Radio Best of 2017

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2017. Our next list is from DJ (Ear Candy, Friday mornings 9-12) Nicole Oppenheim.

Before I begin, can we all just agree that Kendrick Lamar made the best record of 2017? Yes? Good. What follows is a top ten list of all non-Kendrick records of the year. While all albums on this list are great, DAMN. was a masterpiece.

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Doug Mosurock writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2017: Doug Mosurock

CHIRP Radio Best of 2017

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2017. Our next list is from DJ and Assistant Music Director Doug Mosurock.

This list covers new albums by current groups. Reissues and singles will be listed some other place. These are some of the records I spent time with and enjoyed in 2017. Hopefully you'll dig into some of these and get on my level. Time to break ruts and avoid easy choices.

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