Dan and Richard share their favorite albums of 2017 (so far) and have a lovely chat with music writer Lauren Rearick. Lauren has had her work published in the Huffington Post, USA Today, and CNN Opinion and she runs The Grey Estates, a blog that highlights unique voices in indie rock and pop. If you love silly award categories and sincere conversations about indie music, you'll enjoy today's show. Are you a reader of the Grey Estates? Do you have your own list of favorite albums of 2017? Reach out to us on Twitter/Instagram at @surfacenoisepod (Richard) and @yckmd_ (Dan) or send us an email at email@example.com and let us know.