Friday, December 21, 2007

i'll be brief for now...
albums on the top 10
national - boxer
Julie Doiron- woke myself up
feist- my moon my man
Soundtrack- I'm Not There (bob Dylan covers)
Peter Bjorn & John -Writers block
Patty Griffin- Children running through
Robert plant / Alison krauss- Raising sand

also not bad.....

Shins - Wincing the night away (deserves better recognition)
Andre Either - on blue fog

there is other stuff I have forgotten about Im sure.....I will

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sorry Kyle. You don't get Les Savy Fav? That shows unacceptably bad taste on your part. You're white and born between 1960 and 1980...this music should speak to your thinly veiled fear of death, or worse, poverty. Or something. Besides, Pitchfork (infinitely wise as we all agree) had it at No 44 for the year. Yeah!
Hadn't had a chance to read any of the pitchfork lists yet but loved the worst album covers link. Knew the Eagles had a new album out but didn't realize it had such a fitting cover: bland, boring, predictable, inconsequential.

Even better was the Pop Matters link. I've been looking for a few tracks to fill out the christmas discs and the Youtube videos of each featured song are fantastic. Gracias.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

I'd be hard pressed to come up with a top 10 album list for 2007 never mind top 20 so for this year at least I'll restrict it to my favourite tracks of the year. In no particular order:

Feist - My Moon, My Man
Julie Doiron - I Woke Myself Up
Radiohead - All I Need
Arcade Fire - Intervention
The Stars - Take Me to the Riot
Caribou - Melody Day
Luna - You Turned My Head Around
Rihanna - Umbrella
Dr Dog - My Old Ways
Band of Horses - The General Specific
Miracle Fortress - Have You Seen in Your Dreams
Battles - Atlas
brakesbrakesbrakes - Mobile Communication
St. Vincent - Now, Now
Au Revoir Simone - Fallen Snow

Have to agree with Kyle that the Wilco CD was a disappointment and am surprised to see it on several year end best lists. The Okkervill River, Dino Jr and The Sadies all had records this year that despite the hype never made much of an impact on my listening time.

Don't know if you guys are checking out Pitchfork's year-end lists but I did enjoy their worst album covers of the year.

Other sites with some interesting year-end lists include Pop Matters and Dusted Magazine
Thanks for the contrib, Mr. Doyle. Everyone else, bah humbug!

I like the Broken West disc as well and might have put it in my top 20. The Les Savvy Fav has yet to do it for me, though. Haven't heard of The Teeth and I didn't know that Imperial Teen had a new disc out so I'll have to check these out.

[Note: was going to put links to all these discs/tracks but this would have made the page awful to look at and you gents are all tech savvy enough (yes, even stuart) to know how to find these on your own so i'll spare you a screen of bright blue hyperlinks].

Others that would have definitely been in spots 20-11 on my list include:
  • Panda Bear - Person Pitch (great disc, perhaps a little one note and only 7 tracks)
  • The National - Boxer (first three tracks are great, but it kind of wanes at times, still pretty great)
  • Blonde Redhead - 23 (great shoegazer homage, remiscent of Lush and Curve at times)
  • MIA - Kala (the mash of sounds and samples can be a bit much at times but at other times, the result is exciting, magical, etc)
  • The Comas - Spells (fantastic hooks and rock out moments make this the most well-rounded pop record of the year)
  • New Ruins - The Sound They Make (another emusic discovery that panned out well)
  • Amon Tobin - The Foley Room (a return to form after a couple of mixed-bag releases)
  • Apparat - Walls (for downtempo, atmospheric electronica, I'm digging this one more than the much-balleyhooed 'Untrue' by Burial)
  • Brightback Morning Light (after awhile, every one of the Spirtualized-meets-Zero 7-sounding tracks sound the same but I tend to like that sort of thing)
  • Beirut - The Flying Club Cup (quite beautiful music, reminiscent vocally of Stephen Merrit, but compositionally more like some of Rufus Wainwright's stuff, but more eclectic instrumentation)
Disappointments: Wilco - Sky Blue Sky (soporific), Bjork - Volta (Timbaland-produced tracks are the only ones that stand out, the other collaborations seem to drizzle away into the ether), Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam (this is supposed to be their most accessible disc? je ne pense ca), The Sea and Cake - Everybody (the followup to the fantastic 'One Bedroom' fizzles out from track one on. think this is a band where you buy every other album).

My favourite songs of 2007:

-Atlas - Battles (hattip to Derek, for forwarding the video link for this most original song of the year and one that at first seems jarring but quickly becomes what pop writers like to call 'infectious'. probably the best song for running, as well)
You Know I'm No Good - Amy Winehouse (sorry, Guardian, we North American scum didn't get this disc until early 2007, and if you're going to be sticklers, "Young Folks" is definitely 2006)
-Icky Thump - The White Stripes (best lyrics of the year: "White American, what/Nothing better to do?/Why don't you kick yourself out?/You're an immigrant too")
-Double Vision - The Ponys (dreamy 60s-inspired jangly, swirly rock in a year of mostly 60s inspired jangly, swirly pop)
-She's a Rejector - Of Montreal (though it's a minute or so too long, still delivers)
-Our Life is Not a Movie Maybe - Okkervil River
-I Am Taking the Train Home - The Twilight Sad
-Have You Seen in Your Dreams - Miracle Fortress
-Mistaken for Strangers - The National
-Don't You Evah - Spoon
-Window Bird - Stars
-I've Seen it All - Feist (can't wait for that Bell Lightbox to be built! -filmfest goer inside joke)
-Paper Planes - M.I.A. (didn't really hear this track until i had my ipod on shuffle a month ago and it popped into the mix. will figure on several of your christmas discs, which will be handed out on friday at bettys lunch or mailed if you can't make it)

All for now. Looking forward to reading your posts. Don't be like Eye Magazine and come out with your list in late January, after reading hundreds of other publications who have already put out their lists and then just adding one or two obscure bands/artists that don't appear on any of the lists in order to seem really with it. I'll be linking to some of these sites over the next few days so do keep checking back here for updates.

Monday, December 17, 2007

While you busy yourselves assembling your year-end lists, some lighter reading, from my favourite link source, the onion av club. This time, a collection of Worst Band Names of 2007.
Kyle, interesting list. Derek and Stuart, cool lists too. Thanks. Marc, wow, I didn't know you were into that type of music. Neat.

My pop/rock faves for 2007, tempered by the fact that I haven't heard many of the albums being pegged as best of the year, which in itself is moderated by the fact that I probably won't like a bunch of them anyway, are:

Broken West - I Can't Go On I'll Go On
The Earlies - Enemy Chorus
His Name is Alive - Sweet Earth Flower (tribute to Marion Brown) - this is really a jazz record by a pop band.
Apples In Stereo - New Magnetic Wonder
The Besnard Lakes - Dark Horse
Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends (just started listening to it, but me likey)
The Teeth - You're My Lover
Imperial Teen - The TV, the Baby, etc etc

As a sidebar, I tend to find that pop music is filling the "lighter" space in my musical spectrum (unlike say anytime prior to about 2000 or so) and I look to jazz and classical for deeper heavier stuff.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Good timing, Bri. This was going to be my next post.

Here's my top 10 of 2007, along with 5-year probability of staying power.

10. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black 40%
9. Explosions in the Sky - All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone 70%
8. Lewis & Clarke - Blasts of Holy Birth 80%
7. Caribou - Andora 80%
6. The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse 60%
5. Feist - The Reminder 60%
4. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga 70%
3. The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible 70%
2. Radiohead - In Rainbows 80%
1. Miracle Fortress - Five Roses 70%

Albums I have not listened to yet but I've heard good things about so don't give me crap cause they aren't on my list:

New Pornographers-Challengers, The Most Serene Republic-Population, Stars of the Lid-And their Refinement of the Decline

No time for commentary right now but will expand a bit on these later and will add the top songs of the year as well.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Best albums of 2007?

Or, how about this one, albums you are most likely to be listening to in five-ten years.