Tracks of the Year – 1967

Every weekday, for the next 10 weeks, I’ll post a playlist of the best songs by year for the period spanning 1967-2017. I’ve limited myself to one song per album, but artists who released more than one album in a year may be listed multiple times. Happy listening!


Greta Van Fleet

Rock is dead. Long live rock. Greta Van Fleet is a (very) young band with an old sound, resurrecting the thunder-and-lightning aesthetic of Led Zeppelin for a modern audience. In fact, they sound so much like the legendary foursome (especially lead singer Robert Plant) that it’s almost scary. While they’ve only released a four-song album thus far, I am eager to see how this group of recent high school grads will evolve in the years to come.

Listen to their debut EP, Black Smoke Rising, on Spotify.

“Highway Tune”

Shout-out to my friend Dan for tipping me off to these guys.

Summer 2017 Music Preview

Relaxer by Alt-J (June 2)

“The Mercury Prize-winning English band have been relatively silent since their 2014 sophomore set This Is All Yours, save for a 2016 solo record from drummer Thom Sonny Green. Next month’s third album (which returns Charlie Andrew as producer) will be followed by a world tour.”

Waiting on a Song by Dan Auerbach (June 2)

“Described by the artist as ‘a love letter to Nashville,’ the second solo album from the Black Keys frontman/guitarist is culled from five dozen songs that Auerbach recently recorded in his Nashville studio with guests including Duane Eddy, Gene Chrisman, John Prine, and Mark Knopfler. It’s the debut release for his new label, Easy Eye Sound. A second album from Auerbach’s side project The Arcs could also be in the works, though the Black Keys themselves remain on a break.”

Crack-Up by Fleet Foxes (June 16)

“The critically acclaimed indie-folk band’s third album (and first since 2011’s Helplessness Blues) is an ambitious and experimental set (mixed by Phil Ek) that arrives next month on the band’s new label, Nonesuch. It’s the Foxes’ first LP without drummer Josh Tillman, who has since gone on to a successful solo career as Father John Misty. An expanded version of the band is touring this summer (for the first time in six years), and frontman Robin Pecknold is also working on a solo album, with a fourth FF album to follow.”

Painted Ruins by Grizzly Bear (August 18)

“Two years in the making, the Brooklyn art-rockers’ first new studio album since 2012’s Shields will be followed by a tour this fall. The band’s own bassist Chris Taylor again serves as producer.”

City Music by Kevin Morby (June 16)

“Former Woods and current The Babies member Kevin Morby returns with his fourth solo album, which he is billing as a counterpart to last year’s Singing Saw. Given the acclaim for that release, that’s only a good thing.”

Ti Amo by Phoenix (June 9)

“The French band has been relatively silent since the release of 2013’s Bankrupt!, though the coming months will see not just the arrival of summery sixth album Ti Amo and a world tour, but also the release of Sofia Coppola’s new drama The Beguiled, which features music composed for the film by Phoenix. (Frontman Thomas Mars is married to Coppola.)”


Dylan at 76

In honor of Bob Dylan’s 76th birthday, I present 76 of his greatest tunes…

Spotify Playlist

House of the Risin’ Sun
Song to Woody
Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
In My Time of Dyin’
Man of Constant Sorrow
Blowin’ in the Wind
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Girl From the North Country
Masters of War
It Ain’t Me Babe
My Back Pages
Chimes of Freedom
All I Really Want to Do
The Times They Are A-Changin’
With God on Our Side
The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
Boots of Spanish Leather
Only a Pawn in Their Game
One Too Many Mornings
Mr. Tambourine Man
Subterranean Homesick Blues
It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Love Minus Zero/No Limit
She Belongs to Me
Maggie’s Farm
Like a Rolling Stone
Desolation Row
Ballad of a Thin Man
Tombstone Blues
Queen Jane Approximately
I Want You
Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again
Visions of Johanna
Just Like a Woman
Sad Eyed Lady of The Lowlands
One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)
Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
4th Time Around
All Along the Watchtower
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
As I Went Out One Morning
Lay Lady Lay
Peggy Day
All the Tired Horses
The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)
If Not for You
New Morning
The Man in Me
Watching the River Flow
Mr. Bojangles
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Forever Young
Tangled Up in Blue
Shelter from the Storm
Simple Twist of Fate
Idiot Wind
One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
Changing of the Guards
Gotta Serve Somebody
Man in the Long Black Coat
Most of the Time
Not Dark Yet
Love Sick
Things Have Changed
Thunder on the Mountain
Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
Duquesne Whistle

Drakkar Nowhere

An expansive blend of pastoral psychedelia, mutant progressive rock, and sonic astral projections, Drakkar lays down soulful grooves on their self-titled debut that will have you bopping around in a nocturnal nowhere.