the best of whatever and ever amen


20 jan. 2008, 22h10m

here's my month-overdue and (for some reason) heavily demanded hipster-prerequisite "best of" list for the music world or whatever in 2007 (phew).

favorite favorites have album links.

favorite albums

Akron/Family - Love Is Simple
Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
Beirut - The Flying Cup Club
Castanets - In The Vines
Chromeo - Fancy Footwork
Deerhunter - Cryptograms
Feist - The Reminder
Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
Low - Drums and Guns
Menomena - Friend & Foe
Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
The National - Boxer
The New Pornographers - Challengers
of Montreal - Hissing Fauna Are You the Destroyer
Okkervil River - The Stage Names
The Shins - Wincing the Night Away
The Snake The Cross The Crown - Cotton Teeth
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement of the Decline

biggest disappointments
Air - Pocket Symphony
Bloc Party - A Weekend in the City
Caribou - Andorra
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Some Loud Thunder
Explosions in the Sky - All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
Rogue Wave - Asleep at Heaven's Gate
Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist

happy discoveries from years past

Arizona - Welcome Back Dear Children (2006)
Hayden - Skyscraper National Park (2003)
Midlake - Bamnan and Slivercork (2005)
Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther (2006)
Mountains - Sewn (2006)
Tapes 'n Tapes - The Loon (2006)
Vetiver - To Find Me Gone (2006)

...still processing/haven't given enough attention to (yet)...

Radiohead - In Rainbows
Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
anything else that I may get shit for not including

some thoughts...

- The Mountains album Sewn was and is my favorite musical discovery of the past year. This album changed the way I listen to music, what I take away from it, and what it means to me. Maybe not for everyone, but I've found hints to some secret of the cosmos in the sounds of this album.

- On a similar note, I find myself gravitating more and more towards atmospheric, organic sounding musiks, and having a far greater understanding and appreciation for textures in sound. Not sure why this is... maybe it's because I'm becoming an old man, my ears are more experienced, whatever.

- I'm gonna have some hearing loss by the time I'm old. If I can notice it now, I'll be in trouble in forty years.

- I really enjoy artists who know when and how to use brass effectively. Beirut, Spoon, and Akron/Family, this means you.

- I was lucky enough to see some really awesome live music last year, with the highlights being Band of Horses in March at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC, and Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Okkervil River, and Damien Jurado at NorthWest MusicFest in Portland, OR. Lytle gave me a number of weird looks for my 'Sweat of the Alps' hat, which I got for free off the old (now-defunct) Grandaddy website. He put on a good show, though.

- 2007 was a phenomenal year for music. Every year is a phenomenal year for music; something awesome is always happening somewhere. If you're unhappy with the music you've come across, then you're not looking hard enough.


  • thousandjulys

    good to hear you ended up digging cotton teeth. i feel they are quite underated. i really tried to like asleep at heavens gate. its not bad, really its not. just mediocre. drums and guns is a great album that i forgot about. surprised to see lcd and chromeo but no MIA. i guess i don't understand the fascination with lcd. but that is indeed the beauty of music, it holds something different for everyone. if we all enjoyed exactly the same things, life would be boring as hell. ps didn't know you were into deerhunter, it is an album in the truest sense of the word

    21 jan. 2008, 4h07m
  • ChudleyCannons

    and major boredom singing? no? I just wanted to say (besides having a really good list) I fully agree with your last sentiment. I was talking to someone about how great I thought 07's albums were and they said they couldn't come up with a top 10 even. And I had a hard time ranking my top 30.

    21 jan. 2008, 7h36m
  • hjtadros

    nice, been waiting for your golden nuggets of wisdom for a while as well. really i'm all with you on the best albums, and apart from personal dislikes to Zach Condon and A.C Newman can't fault it apart from a a mysterious lack of Panda Bear! Actually I haven't heard of Chromeo and The Snake The Cross the Crown, so I'll check them out. And once again thanks for the Mountains tip, I frikking love that organic sound. You might want to try some David James Broughton I posted a while ago on MIE, very acousto-organic. cheers admiral.

    21 jan. 2008, 16h22m
  • lastbroadcast

    i'm glad someone loves that vetiver album as much as i do. it's always in rotation. sadly, my love affair with band of horses has kinda ended after this new album...i mean, i'll always be obsessed, but cease to begin just can't compete with the demos and the first album. your list is good-o. :)

    21 jan. 2008, 18h07m
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