Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Best Of 2007

The music released this year has been wonderful. Here are my favorites:

The top 20 of 2007
1. Radiohead - In Rainbows (Vocal Post Rock)
2. Amon Tobin - Foley Room (Symphonic Breakbeat)
3. Serj Tankian - Elect The Dead (Hard Rock)
4. Explosions In The Sky - All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone (Post Rock)
5. Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience And Grace (Rock)
6. Free The Robots - Free The Robots Ep (Psychedelic Indie Electronic Rock)
7. Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero (Apocalyptic Industrial Rock)
8. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank (Indie Rock)
9. White Stripes - Icky Thump (Lo-Fi Indie Rock)
10. The Good, The Bad, And The Queen - (Self Titled) (Rock)
11. Cinematic Orchestra - Ma Fleur (Post Rock)
12. Blockhead - Uncle Tony's Coloring Book (Instrumental Hiphop)
13. Low - Drums And Guns (Shoegazer)
14. John Butler Trio - Grand National (Jam Rock)
15. Flow Dynamics - Flow Dynamics (Funk)
16. Kate Nash - Made Of Bricks (Punk Folk Pop)
17. Quantic Soul Orchestra - Tropidelico (Latin Infused Funk)
18. Hooverphonic - The President Of The LSD Golf Club (Triphop)
19. Chemical Brothers - We Are The Night (Big Beat Electro)*
20. Cocosuma - Pointing Excitedly To The Sky (Post Rock Folk Pop)

The next ten (21-30):
Wax Tailor - Hope And Sorrow
Belleruche - Turntable Soul Music
God Is An Astronaut - Far From Refuge
Gudrun Gut - I Put A Record On
Bamboos - Rawville
Dub Pistols - Speakers And Tweeters
Ez3kiel - Naphtaline
Au Revoir Simone - The Bird Of Music
Money Mark - Brand New By Tomorrow
Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha

The next ten (31-40):
Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet
Pilote - Pop Will Make Us Free
Unkle - War Stories
Feist - The Reminder
Tomahawk - Anonymous
Beastie Boys - The Mix Up
Emilie Simon - L'Olympia
Jumbonics - Talk To Animals
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Isis EP
Rjd2 - The Third Hand Instrumentals*

The next ten (41-50):
Laura Veirs - Saltbreaker
Eddie Vedder - Into The Wild
Bjork - Volta
Jose Gonzalez - In Our Nature
And So I Watch You From Afar - This Is Our Machine And Nothing Can Stop It EP
Marilyn Manson - Eat Me Drink Me
Joanna Newsom And the Ys Street Band - EP
Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist
Black Moth Super Rainbow - Dandelion Gum
Joss Stone - Introducing Joss Stone

Other albums of note: Sigur Ros - Hvarf/Heim, Nostalgia 77 - Everything Under The Sun, Ben Harper - Lifelines, Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass, Air - Pocket Symphony, Tori Amos - American Doll Posse, Sage Francis - Human The Death Dance, Pg.Lost - Yes I Am, Marsmobil - Une Affaire De Mode Et De Musique, Holy Fuck - Holy Fuck EP, Cake - Bsides And Rarities, Burning Spear - The Experience

Fair (but not great) albums (usually with a few good songs): Satellite Party - Ultra Payloaded, Nightwatchman - One Man Army, Underworld - Oblivion With Bells, Chris Cornell - Carry On, Velvet Revolver - Libertad, Groove Armada - Soundboy Rock, Will.I.Am - Songs About Girls

Unheard albums:
Ulrich Schnauss - Goodbye
Talib Kweli - Ear Drum
Trey Anastasio - Horseshoe Curve
Kula Shaker - Strangefolk
Caribou - Andorra
Athlete - Beyond The Neighborhood
Iron And Wine - The Shepard's Dog
Mum - Go Go Smear The Poison Ivy, Let Your Crooked Hands Be Holy
Wyclef Jean - The Carnival II

Bands I want to try to listen to their 2007 releases: Panda Bears, Spoon, Bright Eyes, Deerhoof, Shins, The National

Possible 2008 Releases:
Sia - Some People Have Real Problems (Jan 8th 2008)
Black Crowes - Warpaint (March 4th 2008)
Massive Attack - Weather Underground
Mike Doughty - Golden Delicious
Murs - Murs For President
Moby - Last Night
Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero Part 2
Cannibal Ox?
Peter Gabriel?
Gnarls Barkley?
Jack Johnson?
Scott Weiland?

* The vocals on RJD2's album 'The Third Hand' are a disappointment. The instrumental version is much better
* Do It Again (the first single) is the worst song on the Chemical Brother's album 'We Are The Night' except Salmon Dance. Most of the rest of it is phenomenal.