Now with downloads! Act fast, bandits & varmints …
Why not just a list? A list of things. No specific number but the one the list leaves. No “top” anything, just the best things, whatever art. A list that functions as only a list.
Maybe the confines of a single year will be applied, but then only to define the time in which these particular things pleased me. These things need not have been made or released in said year. What’s the point of calling anything the best [whatever] of 2007 when it could have been made in 2006 or maybe earlier?
Why must I leave out a record released in November of 2006 if I spent almost all of 2007 listening to it? That’s 2007’s fault for being shitty.
2007 made good with:
Les Savy Fav – “Patty Lee”
Boris & Michio Kurihara – Rainbow
Electrelane – No Shouts No Calls
PJ Harvey – “White Chalk” (title track only)
LCD Soundsystem – “Get Innocuous” (blatant Scott Walker impression, but it works)
(LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous; soulwax remix)
Liars-Liars and I don’t even like them. Liars – Freak Out [it’s not incomplete]
Jandek on Corwood DVD (2003, but I saw it in 2007)
Paul Duncan – “Red Eagle”
Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals (Yeasayer – Sunrise)
The fourth season of the Wire
Soft Circle – Full Bloom (Soft Circle – Untitled)
Nick Jaina & the 7 Stations – “Maybe Cocaine”
Shearwater – Palo Santo Expanded (Shearwater – White Waves)
Deerhunter – Cryptograms
Flight of the Conchords
Allesandro Stefana – Poste e Telegraphi (Allesandro Stefana – Western Soda)
The reissue of Seefeel’s 1993 album Quique
Oakley Hall – I’ll follow You (Oakley Hall – No Dreams)
Radiohead – “All I Need” and “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi”
The announcement of Big Dipper’s reunion shows coming in 2008
Big Dipper – All Going Out Together
Big Dipper – When Men Were Trains
Jay Reatard live in NYC, all 20 minutes of him. And then being introduced when he walked into a bar much later that night. And his album Blood Visions, although it was 2006, because y’all slept on it. (Jay Reatard – Don’t Let Him Come Back; Go-betweens cover!)
Ditto for the Drones’ Gala Mill (The Drones – Jezebel)
In 2007 I was excited for but ultimately disappointed by:
Richard Hawley’s Lady’s bridge
MIA – Kala
Pharoahe Monche – Desire
Someone covering an Indio song
Dinosaur Jr. – Beyond
Beirut – The Flying Club Cup (maybe I wasn’t even excited)
Crowded House’s new album
Jens Lekman – Night Falls on Kortedala
Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam
Kate Bush –Aerial
That new Okkervil River album, what was it called? Yeah.
Any good new hip hop (although Kanye came close)
Human Giant. The mix-tape battle was great, but otherwise, human giant failure.
2007 Would have been improved without:
Eddie Vedder covering an Indio song
ATP failing to commission Ride to play their Nowhere album in entirety. There’s always 2008.
The Shins leaving “Split Needles (Alt Take)” off their album. The whole album needed an alt take.
People with good taste loooooving the National
Jay-Z as both executive and resurrected MC (well, at least for def jam, 2007 would have been better without him)
Grizzly Bear’s Friend EP. I love the two albums, but this was like hearing paint peel. More boring than C-Span while on meth.
Blitzen Trapper. See above.
A new Smashing Pumpkins album
Lee Hazlewood dying
And most everything else