Albums I Bought and Liked in 2007Far from comprehensive, this list doesn't even represent all the new albums I wanted to hear in 2007. And there were plenty of things I didn't want to hear this year. Nevertheless:
Baroness: The Red Album (myspace) (eMusic) Metal album of the year!
Charles Walker and the Dynamites: Kaboom! (myspace) (eMusic) Funk album of the year!
Future of the Left: Curses (myspace) (eMusic) Album that finally brought back two thirds of McLusky... of the year!
Grand Atlantic: This Is (myspace) (eMusic) Power pop album of the year!
Kristen Hersh: Learn to Sing Like a Star (stream it here) (eMusic) Singer songwriter album of the year!
High Tension Wires: Midnight Cashier (myspace) (eMusic) Punk pop album of the year!
The Jai Alai Savant: Flight of the Bass Delegate (myspace) (stream it here) Album that everybody overlooked of the year!
Midnight Movies: Lion the Girl (myspace) (KCRW) (eMusic) Album that helped tide me over waiting for the next Duke Spirit record... of the year!
The National: Boxer (myspace) (eMusic) One of the only albums I liked this year that appears on everybody else's top album of the year list!
Nina Nastasia and Jim White: You Follow Me (myspace) (eMusic) Singer songwriter and drummer collaboration of the year!
Numbers: Now You Are This (myspace) (eMusic) Album that was better than Weirdo Rippers... of the year!
Plumerai: Without Number (Silber Records) (eMusic) (archive.org) Shoegaze meets East European album of the year!
FAVORITE SINGLES OF THE YEAR: "What You Need" by Galactic (with Lyrics Born). Download here.
"It's Getting Boring by the Sea" by the Blood Red Shoes (courtesy of Warped Reality). Download here.
"Adrenaline" by Emma Pollock. Download here.
FAVORITE REISSUES: Young Marble Giants Colossal Youth and Pylon Gyrate Plus
MANY HAPPY RETURNS: Bad Brains, Buffalo Tom, McRad, Meat Puppets
ALBUM I GOT, BUT I DIDN'T QUITE GET: No Age - Weirdo Rippers
PREDICTION FOR 2008: Burial's Untrue will be the equivalent of Moby's Play for this decade. (Don't believe me? Wait til you hear it in car commercials.)