Guest Lists: The Best of 2017

Alex of Wood Chickens

Phil Collins - January 4, 2018

We have arrived at our final guest list highlighting the best of 2017. Thanks to all this year's contributors. If you missed it, read picks from Mimi Vacancy (The Vacancy), Elise (Skinny Daisies), Nikki Roberts (Locals Only), Deanna Belos (Sincere Engineer) and Chris DeQuick (Chris DeQuick Productions). We are not finished with our end of the year coverage yet. Soon I will post my list of the top EPs and other release of the year. Following that, we will reveal the results of our best albums of the year bracket. Today's guest list comes from Alex of Wood Chickens. The Madison-based cowpunk band released the full-length Countrycide last summer. Listen to the album on their bandcamp page and find Wood Chickens on Facebook. Catch Wood Chickens live at Ian's Party this Friday night at Subterranean (Downstairs). More info on Ian's Party here. Alex's list follows:

Here's my "best records of 2017" list:

Leche - Inhalant Dangers (Digital Hotdogs)- A whopping 41 tracks of speed-punk, scum-country, and other strange things from these Texas cowpunks!

Fire Heads - Fire Heads (Big Neck Records)- Darker 'n' heavier 2nd LP from these Madison homies!

Angie Hosh - Has The Mystique Faded? (self-released)- 5 fresh tracks from the Sioux Falls, SD death rock quartet!

The Hussy - I See Just Fine 7" (Big Neck Records)- Madison garage-punk heroes release this 3-track EP featuring a hauntingly beautiful A-side and a B-side of 2 powerpop bangers!

Sex Scenes - Swallow EP (Gloss Records)- 5-song cassette that clocks in at under 6 minutes! Noise punk / hardcore from Milwaukee featuring a pounding rhythm section and craaaazy frontman!

Honorable mention:

The bald eagle population of Wisconsin actually INCREASED in 2017!