Happy New Year From Half Waif And A Dancing Julien Baker

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Thanks to her catalog of emotionally charged indie-rock ballads and a seemingly endless series of thoughtful interviews (including a recent Stereogum cover story), Julien Baker has a reputation for deep melancholia. Her sad-girl brand is strong. So she’s not the first artist you’d expect to dance with abandon in a goofy YouTube video. Yet … More »

Top 100 Songs of 2017

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2017 was quite the year, and we couldn’t have gotten through it without these songs.

Songs are like friends for us. When we hear a song that we love at The Wild Honey Pie, it becomes an integral part of our lives. I remember having contests in the office to see who could transcribe the lyrics to “Mary” by Big Thief first, or who could belt out “Don’t Kill My Vibe” by Sigrid the hardest. These songs have been the soundtrack of so many changes in our lives, and have given us those truly special moments of realizing that we are not alone.

Though it is pretty much impossible to fully dive into every song that came out this year and hold them up against one another, these are, quite simply, the ones that have found their way into our lives and have not left. These are our favorites of 2017 – the ones that have gotten us through the hardest times, and gave us a little bit of hope through it all.

Please let us know if we missed any of your favorites, and click here for our Top 30 Albums of 2017!

Playlist

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100. Palehound – “Room” – Listen
99. Yebba – “Evergreen” – Listen
98. Middle Kids – “Your Love” – Listen
97. Now, Now – “SGL” – Listen
96. Waxahatchee – “Silver” – Listen
95. NIGHT FLIGHT – “Death Rattle” – Listen
94. Cut Worms – “Don’t Want To Say Good-Bye” – Listen
93. Nicole Atkins – “Darkness Falls So Quiet” – Listen
92. Penny and Sparrow – “Wendigo” – Listen
91. James Vincent McMorrow – “National” – Listen
90. Camp Howard – “Juice” – Listen
89. Haux – “Touch” – Listen
88. PARC – “4U” – Listen
87. LPX – “Tightrope” – Listen
86. Tashaki Miyaki – “Girls On TV” – Listen
85. Faye Webster – “She Won’t Go Away” – Listen
84. Said The Whale – “Step Into Darkness” – Listen
83. The Staves and yMusic – “Trouble On My Mind” – Listen
82. Half Waif – “Severed Logic” – Listen
81. Generationals – “Catahoula Man” – Listen

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80. Japanese Breakfast – “Boyish” – Listen
79. Noah Gundersen – “DRY YEAR” – Listen
78. Alex Cameron – “Stranger’s Kiss (Duet with Angel Olsen)” – Listen
77. Lomelda – “Interstate Vision” – Listen
76. Iron & Wine – “Last Night” – Listen
75. Land of Talk – “This Time” – Listen
74. Gordi – “Can We Work It Out” – Listen
73. Yoke Lore – “Beige” – Listen
72. Pearla – “Somewhere” – Listen
71. Julia Jacklin – “Eastwick” – Listen
70. Chimney – “Paintings Are The Only Place You Never Lied To Me” – Listen
69. Kllo – “Dissolve” – Listen
68. Cape Francis – “Iditarod” – Listen
67. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – “Over Everything” – Listen
66. HAIM – “Found It In The Silence” – Listen
65. Middle Kids – “Edge Of Town” – Listen
64. Maggie Rogers – “On+Off” – Listen
63. WHY? – “Easy” – Listen
62. Wilder Maker – “New Streets” – Listen
61. Lucy Rose – “Strangest of Ways” – Listen

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60. Wilsen – “Final” – Listen
59. Father John Misty – “Pure Comedy” – Listen
58. Valerie June – “Astral Plane” – Listen
57. Ibeyi – “Deathless” – Listen
56. Dirty Projectors – “Cool Your Heart” – Listen
55. The War On Drugs – “Strangest Thing” – Listen
54. Laura Marling – “Soothing” – Listen
53. Real Estate – “Darling” – Listen
52. MUNA – “I Know A Place” – Listen
51. Jessie Ware – “Alone” – Listen
50. Nilüfer Yanya – “Sliding Doors” – Listen
49. Carly Rae Jepson – “Cut To The Feeling” – Listen
48. Alvvays – “In Undertow” – Listen
47. San Fermin – “Bride” – Listen
46. Weaves – “Walkaway” – Listen
45. Laura Marling – “Wild Fire” – Listen
44. Grizzly Bear – “Mourning Sound” – Listen
43. Arcade Fire – “Everything Now” – Listen
42. alt-J – “Deadcrush” – Listen
41. King Krule – “Dum Surfer” – Listen

40-21

40. Henry Jamison – “The Wilds” – Listen
39. Slowdive – “Sugar For The Pill” – Listen
38. Cigarettes After Sex – “Sweet” – Listen
37. Vagabon – “The Embers” – Listen
36. Sigrid – “Don’t Kill My Vibe” – Listen
35. LCD Soundsystem – “oh baby” – Listen
34. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still” – Listen
33. Big Thief – “Mythological Beauty” – Listen
32. Tourist – “Apart” – Listen
31. Overcoats – “Leave The Light On” – Listen
30. St. Vincent – “Los Ageless” – Listen
29. Feist – “Pleasure” – Listen
28. Fleet Foxes  – “If You Need To, Keep Time On Me” – Listen
27. Sylvan Esso – “Die Young” – Listen
26. Julie Byrne – “Natural Blue” – Listen
25. Overcoats – “23” – Listen
24. Ryan Adams – “Shiver and Shake” – Listen
23. Phoebe Bridgers – “Scott Street” – Listen
22. (Sandy) Alex G – “Bobby” – Listen
21. SZA – “The Weekend” – Listen

20. Perfume Genius – “Slip Away”

19. Jay Som – “The Bus Song”

18. Julia Jacklin – “Eastwick”

17. Vince Staples – “Big Fish”

16. Phoebe Bridgers – “Would You Rather”

15. Lorde – “The Louvre” 

14. Mount Eerie – “Real Death”

13. HAIM – “Want You Back”

12. Beck – “Colors”

11, Bjork, Arca – “The Gate”

10. Frank Ocean – “Chanel”

9. Moses Sumney – “Plastic”

8. Julien Baker – “Appointments”

7. Big Thief – “Shark Smile”

6. SZA – “Love Galore”

5. Sufjan Stevens – “Tonya Harding”

4. St. Vincent – “New York”

3. Kendrick Lamar – “DNA.”

2. Big Thief – “Mary”

1. Phoebe Bridgers – “Motion Sickness”

25 Great EPs From 2017

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Over the last couple years, we’ve seen the rise of the “mini-album,” an inexplicable term that is, I guess, supposed to signify some kind of intentionality and artistic vision that an EP simply cannot capture. It’s a designation that’s been rightfully met with ribbing derision, but it’s an interesting development that speaks to some larger … More »

Watch Julien Baker Sing “Good News” With Half Waif & Petal In NYC

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On Friday, Julien Baker released her absolutely astonishing new album Turn Out The Lights. And on Friday night, she headlined her biggest-ever New York show at Town Hall, a gorgeous and ornate seated venue in the middle of Town Hall. Baker has lately been touring with two other women who come from the DIY … More »

swim good now – “It Was The Longest Day Ever” (Feat. Half Waif & Georgian Bay)

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Toronto’s swim good now (fka swim good, aka Jon Lawless) has been known to produce bumpin’ track after bumpin’ track, with a few slow (but still bumpin’) jams in between. Having frequently teamed up with contemporary Ryan Hemsworth, Lawless’ collaborative career will soon culminate into Daylight, a full-length record on … More »

Half Waif – “Dream Cycle”

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Nandi Rose Plunkett’s most recent Half Waif release is this year’s excellent form/a EP, but the project’s been around for over five years and has amassed a strong back catalog in that time. Half Waif’s last full-length is Probable Depths, which came out via DZ Tapes in 2016, and … More »

Kevin Devine – “I Was Alive Back Then (Acoustic)” (Feat. Half Waif)

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Last year, Kevin Devine released Instigator, yet another in a long line of great albums, and he’s recorded reimagined acoustic versions of all the songs on it for a new album called We Are Who We’ve Always Been, which will be out on 10/20. It features a number of special guests, including the Mynabirds, … More »

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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It’s been a pretty slow news week, all things considered. The 4th Of July is upon us, and everyone’s gunning to get out of town. If you’re looking for something to read while you’re lounging poolside (lucky!) or just holed up in your apartment with the A/C blasting, we’ve got you covered. Check out Chris’ … More »

Half Waif – “Frost Burn”

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Half-Waif-forma-Hi-1483737755-compressed“Frost Burn,” the second single from Half Waif’s upcoming form/a EP, is about how impossible it is to run away from your problems. As we talked about with Nandi Rose Plunkett, it was conceived of during a writing retreat in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, and the song illustrates this struggle through icy imagery … More »

Q&A: Half Waif On The Search For Meaning In Her New EP form/a

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half-waif-278-VSCO-STG2-FINALMusic acts as a way to conjure emotions that we don’t possess precise enough language to express ourselves. Nandi Rose Plunkett has found herself fixated on that idea through her work as Half Waif — the interplay between abstract and concrete meaning, the attempt to provide definition to inexplicable feelings like love and pain … More »