2007 (year in review)

So, 2007 was a bizarre year for me musically. I really didn’t listen to anything the first half of the year (and the second half of 2006 for that matter), but I picked up the pace starting in May. I got to see a lot of wonderful music, and surprisingly enough I actually purchased hard copies of every album on my top ten. This is my year in review…mostly lists, but some amorphous blobs of information that I also found important.

Tom’s Best of 2007 LPs
1. Scout Niblett- “This Fool Can Die Now”
2. Jens Lekman – “Night Falls Over Kortedala”
3. Mt. Eerie- “pts 6 & 7”
4. Boris with Michio Kurihara – “Rainbow”
5. Les Savy Fav- “Let’s Stay Friends”
6. Dan Deacon- “Spiderman of the Rings”
7. Deerhoof – “Friend Opportunity”
8. Karl Blau- “Dance Positive”
9. St. Vincent- “Marry Me”
10. Animal Collective- “Strawberry Jam”

Other Things I really liked:
Bonnie Prince Billy- “Ask Forgiveness”
Melt Banana “Bambi’s Dilema”
The Fiery Furnaces- “Widow City”
Bill Callahan- “Woke on a Whaleheart”
Caribou- “Andorra”
Of Montreal- “Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?” (Please note this is the first Of Montreal record I have ever enjoyed)
M.I.A.- “Kala” (I hated this at first)
Blitzen Trapper- “Wild Mountain Nation”
Aesop Rock-“None Shall Pass”
Feist- “The Reminder”
Baroness- “Red Album”
Peter, Bjorn, and John “Writer’s Block”

Bands/Albums I wish I would have given more/some time in 2007….maybe in 2008:
Akron/Family- “Love Is Simple”
Black Moth Super Rainbow – “Dandelion Gum”
Times New Viking- “Present the Paisley Reich”
Pissed Jeans- all
Frog Eyes- “Tears of the Valedictorian”
Maritime- “Heresy and the Hotel Choir”
Yeasayer- “All Hour Cymbals” and live
Ariel Pink- “Scared Famous” (among other things…I think it is time I revisit)
Team Robespierre- any recorded and live
Deer tick- any recorded and live

Two genres that I was never really into that effected me drastically at the end of 2007
1. No Wave
—thanks to the two v/a comps “No New York” (compiled by Brian Eno) & “New York Noise Vol. 1” (Soul Jazz Records)
——-also The Contortions “Buy”
2. Reggae (thanks to Tunnel One on WNYU, When Roots Attack on KVRX, and Mystic Sounds on East Village Radio)
——-albums specifically Augustus Pablo’s “Africa Must Be Free by 1983 Dub”
——————————-“Studio One Dub” (Soul Jazz Records)
——————————-“More Pressure- Straight to the Head” (Pressure Sounds Records)

Top 10 Live Shows
1. Limp Wrist @ the Knitting Factory
2. Scout Niblett & St. Vincent @ Bowery Ballroom
3. Jens Lekman (solo) @ MHOW
4. Mountain Goats @ Soundfix
5. Defiance, Ohio @ Death By Audio
6. Built to Spill @ McCarren Pool
7. Boris with Michio Kurihara @ MHOW
8. Melt Banana @ the Knitting Factory
9. Karl Blau @ Cake Shop
10. Dan Deacon & USAISAMONSTER @ The Yard (Brooklyn)


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