Thursday, December 20, 2007

Top Tracks of 2007

These are tracks off albums that I didn't include the Top 20 of 2007... these were some of my favorite songs of the year, so I figured it was worth posting. I am gonna include the tracks so you can listen to 'em in case there are a couple you haven't heard. That's kinda what I'm doing here, songs that you might not have heard in the past year that were especially good.

10. Momma's Boy - Chromeo
mp3 :: Momma's Boy

9. Collarbone - Fujiya & Miyagi
mp3 :: Collarbone

8. We Used To Vacation - Cold War Kids
mp3 :: We Used To Vacation

7. Ash Wednesday - Elvis Perkins
mp3 :: Ash Wednesday

6. Wolves - Phosphorescent
mp3 :: Wolves

5. Been There All The Time - Dinosaur Jr.
mp3 :: Been There All The Time

4. International Players Anthem - UGK (ft. Outkast)
mp3 :: International Players Anthem

3. Changing Colours - Great Lake Swimmers
mp3 :: Changing Colours

2. Time To Pretend - MGMT
mp3 :: Time To Pretend

1. 2080 - Yeasayer
mp3 :: 2080

Monday, December 10, 2007

Unlike the previous, this was such a fantastic year in music. The two best touring bands in the world came out with seminal albums, the Wilco album being their best yet. This was also a great year for the sophmore album with Band of Horses, Arcade Fire, and Leslie Feist all producing very strong second efforts, while Bloc Party and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! both greeted us with disappointment. Okkervil River came out with the best album of their catalogue, as well as Jens Lekman. Newcomer and Dallas native, St. Vincent put together a really great collection of songs as well.
The selection process for this was kinda tough - the top three albums are pretty much in a three-way tie for me. The same with 8-12, I enjoyed each of those as much as the other. There was also a band that I just recently heard about called MGMT who's new album Oracular Spectacular is a favorite right now, but it just arrived a little too late to include it in the top 20.
Hope you enjoy the list, these are all fantastic albums that would def. be worth purchasing... Also, I would like to hear what you liked as well as anything you think should have been included.

20. Kings of Leon - Because of the Times
Highlights: Fans, McFearless, Knocked Up

19. Menomena - Friend and Foe
Highlights: Wet and Rusting, My My

18. Battles - Mirrored
Highlights: Tonto, Leyendecker, Atlas

17. Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger
Highlights: Goodnight Rose, Everybody Knows, Two

16. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Highlights: The Underdog, Don't Make Me A Target

15. Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
Highlights: Plasticities (a favorite of the year), Scythian Empires, Heretics

14. Caribou - Andorra
HIghlights: Irene, Eli, Melody Day

13. Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight
Highlights: Dreamworld, Dejalo, Close Call, The Moneymaker

12. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
Highlights: No Cars Go, Intervention, Keep the Car Running, My Body Is A Cage

11. Son Volt - The Search
Highlights: Methamphetamine (a favorite of the year), Highways and Cigarettes, Circadian Rhythm

10. Iron & Wine - The Shephard's Dog
Highlights: Lovesong of a Buzzard, Boy With a Coin, House by the Sea

9. Feist - The Reminder
Highlights: I Feel It All, Sea Lion Woman, My Moon My Man

8. The National - Boxer
Highlights: Mistaken For Strangers, Squalor Victoria, Fake Empire, Slow Show

7. Rocky Votolato - The Brag And Cuss
Highlights: Red Dragon Wishes, The Wrong Side of Reno, Postcard From Kentucky, Lilly White

6. St. Vincent - Marry Me
Highlights: Now Now, Marry Me, Paris Is Burning, Your Lips Are Red

5. Band Of Horses - Cease to Begin
Highlights: No One's Gonna Love You, Is There A Ghost, The General Specific, Detlef Schrempf

4. Radiohead - In Rainbows
Highlights: Reckoner, House of Cards, Jigsaw Falling Into Place, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, All I Need

3. Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala
Highlights: The Opposite of Hallelujah, Shirin, A Postcard to Nina, Friday Night At The Drive-In Bingo, Put Your Arms Me (another favorite of the year)

2. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
Highlights: Side With The Seeds, Hate It Here, You Are My Face (favorite on the album), Either Way, The Thanks I Get (bonus disc)

1. Okkervil River - The Stage Names
Highlights: Plus Ones, Unless It's Kicks, Savannah Smiles, John Allyn Smith Sails (amazing), You Can't Hold the Hand of a Rock N' Roll Man, Our Life is Not A Movie Or Is It

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