Friday, December 21, 2007

Albums I Bought and Liked in 2007

Far 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) ( 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.)


At 12/27/2007 11:28 PM , Blogger Happy In Bag said...

Baroness! Thanks for the tip.

At 12/28/2007 2:54 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

I liked Baroness, too.

Hey, what do you suppose is the special appeal of Burial? It seems like good but not especially different-sounding dub.

At 12/30/2007 7:29 AM , Blogger jonder said...

Now I am listening to Era Vulgaris and thinking that maybe it should be my metal album of the year. Or at least QOTSA could share the crown with Baroness. Best metal albums by bands with regal/femme band names!

As far as Burial, I don't know. I guess we could ask someone who keeps up with genres like dubstep and IDM. I think the album benefits from its late release this year. I do like it: I think the music conjures (or enhances) the feeling of being alone in a crowd.

At 1/06/2008 3:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jon

LTSLAS is definitely going to be on my list - I haven't made my mind up yet if it's going to be beaten by 1 or 2 solo LPs! Ooh, the suspense ...

Happy New Year


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