In My Ear – The 2017 Playlist

The ‘why‘ for this blog comes from a lifetime of loving music and an ever-evolving musical taste. But, the name and real inspiration come from annual versions of this playlist that I’ve kept for the last 7+ years. These are artists, tracks, and records that have been in my ear all year long.

Apple Music subscribers can listen here.

For the rest of y’all, I created a YouTube playlist with full versions of all of the tracks.

Who’s been in your ear? Let’s start some chatter! Leave a comment below or on Facebook.

  • Mavis Stapes — “Tomorrow”
  • Run the Jewels — “Talk to Me” / “Thieves! (Screamed the Ghost)” [feat. Tunde Adebimpe]
  • Chris Thile & Brad Mehidau — “Scarlet Town”
  • Naji — “Fallen” [feat. Howle]
  • Miles Mosley — “Abraham”
  • Jesca Hoop — “The Lost Sky”
  • Sampha — “Blood on Me” / “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano”
    • In My Ear Album — Process
  • Loyle Carner — The Isle of Arran / Ain’t Nothing Changed
    • In My Ear Album — Yesterday’s Gone
  • Missy Elliott — “I’m Better” (feat. Lamb)
  • Brother Ali — “Own Light (What Hearts Are For” / “Pen to Paper” (feat. Amir Sulaiman) / “Dear Black Son”
    • In My Ear Album — All the Beauty in This Whole Life
  • Jorja Smith — “Beautiful Little Fools”
  • Earl St. Clair — “Ain’t Got It Like That (feat. PJ)
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain — “Amputation”
  • Henry Green — “Real”
  • Oddisee — “Things”
  • John Mayer — “Helpless” / “Moving On and Getting Over”
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — “Fireproof”
  • Kendrick Lamar — “FEEL.” / “HUMBLE” / “DNA.”
    • In My Ear Album — DAMN
  • Hard Proof — “Stinger”
  • The New Pornographers — “High Ticket Attractions
  • Talib Kweli & Styles P — “Teleprompters” (feat. Common & Vic Orena)
  • Sammus — “100 Percent” (feat. Latasha Alcindor aka LA) / “1080p” (feat. Jean Grae)
  • Gorillaz — “Ascension” (feat. Vince Staples) / “Andromeda” (feat. DRAM)
  • Spoon — “Hot Thoughts” / “I Ain’t The One”
    • In My Ear Album — Hot Thoughts
  • Syd — “Body” / “Dollar Bills” (feat Steve Lacy)
  • Anik Khan — “Kites”
  • Junius Meyvant — “Mr. Minister Great”
  • Aimee Mann — “Goose Snow Cone” / “Patient Zero”
    • In My Ear Album — Mental Illness
  • Joey Bada$$ — “Good Morning AmeriKKKa” / “Land of the Free” / “Super Predator” (feat Styles P)
    • In My Ear Album — All-Amerikkkan Bada$$
  • Perfume Genius — “Slip Away”
  • Hippo Campus — “Way It Goes” / “Monsoon”
  • The Family Crest — “Mirror Love”
  • Beth Ditto — “Fire”
  • The Building — “Have to Forgive”
  • Alt-J — “In Cold Blood”
  • Phoenix — “Fleur de Lys” / “J-Boy” / “Ti Amo”
    • In My Ear Album — Ti Amo
  • Chastity Belt — “Different Now”
  • Somi — “Black Enough”
    • In My Ear Album — Petite Afrique
  • Slowdive — “Sugar for the Pill”
  • Goapele — “Stand”
  • Thievery Corporation — “Letter to the Editor” (feat. Racquel Jones)
  • Tank and the Bangas — “Quick”
  • Jay-Z — “The Story of O.J.”
  • Ibeyi — “Deathless” (feat. Kamasi Washington) / “Away Away”
    • In My Ear Album — Ash
  • Neil Young — “Powderfinger”
  • AHI — “Ol Sweet Day”
  • St. Vincent — “New York”
  • ODESZA — “Higher Ground” (feat. Naomi Wild) / “Across the Room” (feat. Leon Bridges)
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg — “Deadly Valentine”
  • The Roots — “It Ain’t Fair” (feat. Bilal)
  • Ledisi — “Here” / “Add to Me”
  • Jamila Woods — “Blk Girl Soldier” / “Holy”
    • In My Ear Album — HEAVN
  • Canyon City — “Our Way”
  • Middle Kids — “Edge of Town”
  • Beck — “Colors”
  • Earthgang — “Underwater” / “Meditate”
  • Rapsody — “Power” (feat. Kendrick Lamar & Lance Skiiiwalker) / “Black & Ugly” (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid)
    • In My Ear Album — Laila’s Wisdom
  • Valley Queen — “Stars Align”
  • The Wild Reeds — “Only Songs”
  • The Lone Bellow — “Deeper in the Water”
  • The Wailin’ Jennys — “Old Churchyard”
  • Agnes Obel — “Familiar”
  • Jay Som — “The Bus Song”
  • Gurr — “Moby Dick”
  • Cherry Glazerr — “Nurse Ratched” / “Told You I’d Be with the Guys”
    • In My Ear Album — Apocalipstick
  • Phoebe Bridgers — “Smoke Signals”
  • Moses Sumney — “Plastic”
  • Talib Kweli — “Traveling Light” (feat. Anderson .Paak) / “Write At Home” (feat. Datcha, Bilal & Robert Glasper
    • In My Ear Album — Radio Silence
  • Rhye — “Taste” / “Please”
  • Will Stratton — “Some Ride”
  • The Regrettes – “Seashore” / “Hot”
    • In My Ear Album — Feel Your Feelings Fool!

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