It's December 21, and we're just finally getting around to our annual list of favorite songs to come out of Boston in 2017. Two conclusions can be drawn from this -- first, the year was so packed that our Year End obligations were pushed back to the very last minute, and secondly, we kind of hate these posts. Through our New Sounds features and pages of Boston News posts, it's virtually impossible to come up with a full portrait of Boston's year in music. We hope that our dedicated coverage from January to December acts as our compass of what's good around town; this list here can be best described as a loose collection of our "faves." It's in no order, it's by no preference; these tracks stuck with us over the course of the calendar, and if you missed one or two when released, perhaps it can help fill in some blanks. Because it was a crazy good year for Boston music, and 2018 feels as promising as ever.
Weakened Friends featuring J. Mascis, “Hate Mail”
Weakened Friends have no time for your toxicity. And they’ve got J. Mascis on their side to make you you hear that loud and clear. In September the Portland trio teamed up with the Dinosaur Jr. legend for “Hate Mail,” and it’s a cathartic guitar-rock banger that finds a sweet middle ground between Weakened Friends’ rocket-charged pop and Mascis’ casual sonic explosiveness. It’s also “a bye-bye-good-riddance-f-u-very-much breakup song,” Weakened Friends wrote on Facebook. “Not about a soured romance, necessarily, but more so about toxic ‘friendships’ that can contaminate the best parts of a person. This song is for anyone who has ever been gaslighted into questioning their own purpose, passions, sanity, or self-worth.” Good way to end the year.