15 Albums to Look for in Early 2017

Posted by Amoebite, January 17, 2017 03:19pm | Post a Comment

15 albums to look for in early 2017

New year, new tunes. If your New Year's Resolution was to make your record collection bigger, bolder, and better (a common resolution, surely), then you're in luck. We've rounded up some of our top picks for albums coming out in the first few months of 2017. Featuring special colored vinyl releases, some of the most buzzed-about names in popular music, and some old favorites returning with new tricks, each of these LPs is available for pre-order now. 


Kehlani - SweetSexySavage (out 1/27)

Nominated for a Grammy (for her You Should Be Here mixtape) before she even had a full-length out, Kehlani's debut LP is hotly-anticipated. Produced largely by hitmakers Pop & Oak, the album features singles "CRZY," "Distraction" and "Advice."

Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings - Life Without Sound (out 1/27)

The Cleveland indie rockers return with the follow up to their 2016 collaboration with WavvesNo Life for Me. The LP features production from the always excellent John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie).


Sleater-Kinney - Live in Paris (out 1/27)

Recorded on March 20, 2015, Live in Paris is the first audio recording to capture the legendary riot grrrls' bold, no holds-barred stage presence. The album features live tracks from The Woods, No Cities to Love, Dig Me Out, The Hot Rock, One Beat, and Call the Doctor.

Gabriel Garzon-Montano

Gabriel Garzón-Montano - Jardin (out 1/27)

Sampled by Drake on If You're Reading This It's Too Late, the Brooklyn-born Garzón-Montano takes inspiration from Prince, cumbia, and Philip Glass. (His mother performed with the noted avant-garde composer.) Labelmate Mayer Hawthorne counts himself as a fan. Don't miss his live performance at Amoeba Hollywood on February 2nd.

Ty Segall

Ty Segall - Ty Segall (out 1/27)

The uber-prolific garage rocker returns with his ninth studio LP. Featuring a little help from pals Mikal Cronin, Emmett Kelly, and Charles Moothart, this is his second self-titled release. 

moon duo

Moon Duo - Occult Architecture Vol. 1 (out 2/3)

The psych rockers embark on a space odyssey to explore the themes of light and dark, yin and yang, day and night. Also available on super limited edition black and red marbled vinyl.


HOMESHAKEFresh Air (out 2/3)

Former Mac DeMarco guitarist Peter Sagar takes center stage with his third LP as HOMESHAKE. After two self-released albums, this is his first for Captured Tracks' sister label Sinderlyn.


Sinkane - Life & Livin' It (out 2/10)

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Ahmed Gallab is back with another LP under the Sinkane moniker. The album is rooted in funk, soul, and sub-Saharan grooves, and intended to be a celebration of life, even in tough times.

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams - Prisoner (out 2/17)

Raw, vulnerable, and potent, Adams wrote Prisoner while going through the process of divorce and finding salvation in rock 'n' roll. This is his first collection of original new material since 2014's excellent self-titled LP


Vagabon - Infinite Worlds (out 2/24)

Cameroon-born, New York-based singer Laetitia Tamko has been performing as Vagabon since 2014; this is her debut full-length. The album title is a nod to poet Dana Ward's book The Crisis of Infinite Worlds.

Ibibio Sound Machine

Ibibio Sound Machine - Uyai (out 3/3)

Londoner Eno Williams imbues Ibibio Sound Machine with a unique blend of '80s funk, new wave, post-punk, disco, and West African rhythms. The album title, Uyai, means "beauty" in the Ibibio language of Nigeria. It's a nod to the beauty and resilience of women in general, and the women in Williams' life in particular.


WHY? - Moh Lhean (out 3/3)

After four years away, Yoni Wolf returns with his WHY? project and an album named after his home studio, Moh Lhean. Eclectic as ever, the assembled tracks feature samples of Ram Dass talks, plus appearances by Son Lux and mewithoutYou's Aaron Weiss.


Grandaddy - Last Place (out 3/3)

Grandaddy haven't released a studio album in a decade, but that all changes once Last Place hits shelves. It's coming out via Danger Mouse's 30th Century Records.

The Shins

The Shins - Heartworms (out 3/10)

Coming off a five-year hiatus, The Shins return with Heartworms, their fifth studio album. Produced by the band's mastermind, James Mercer, the LP features the singles "Name for You" and "Dead Alive."


Pharmakon - Contact (out 3/31)

On her latest release, NYC noise artist Margaret Chardiet's brutal, transcendent Pharmakon project takes on the topics of power, empathy, and connection. Also available on special limited edition "flesh vinyl."


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Kehlani (2), Cloud Nothings (8), Sleater-kinney (16), Gabriel Garzon-montano (2), Ty Segall (41), Moon Duo (8), Homeshake (2), Mac Demarco (35), Sinkane (2), Mayer Hawthorne (10), Ryan Adams (15), Vagabon (1), Ibibio Sound Machine (2), Yoni Wolf (2), Why? (3), Grandaddy (2), The Shins (7), Pharmakon (9)