Thursday, December 27, 2007

...and speaking of obligations...


Now that I've succeeded in making a hideous logo that resembles a pound sign...and compiled lists of records and songs that, while not even-numbered on their own, comprise a collective list of forty...here are my favorites of 2007.

13 Favorite Albums (nearly in order):

1. Celebration – The Modern Tribe
2. The Good, the Bad and the Queen
3. Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam
4. The Twilight Sad – Fourteen Autumns, Fifteen Winters
5. Les Savy Fav – Let's Stay Friends
6. Pissed Jeans – Hope for Men
7. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights
8. King Khan and His Shrines – What Is?!
9. Caribou - Andorra
10. Siouxsie – Mantaray
11. Battles - Mirrored
12. Marco Mahler – Design in Quick Rotation
13. Tom Brosseau – Grand Forks

A sad sort of list, isn't it? I listened to everything I'd anticipated and then some; I wound up disappointed by some of the anticipated records and pleasantly surprised by a few I'd never expected, but overall came out with a shockingly small list of favorites. A number of records made the Honorable Mentions list: Spoon, Frog Eyes, Shellac (best album art!), Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, Billy Childish and the Musicians of the British Empire, The Saints, Grinderman, Common, Elvis Perkins, Black Lips, Devendra Banhart, Times New Viking, Dizzee Rascal, Wiley (little known fact: I like grime), Antelope, Foetus, The Hives, Pharoahe Monch, Blonde Redhead, Eilen Jewell, Babyshambles, Thurston Moore, Fridge, Old Time Relijun, Mika Miko, M.I.A., The Oh Sees, PJ Harvey -- I liked you. I liked all of you. And I really wanted to put you on my favorites list but couldn't quite do it. Bettye Lavette, Panda Bear and Justice...I tried to like you, I really did. Candie Payne and Michael Yonkers...I never found copies of your respective debut and long-delayed album, but I'm sure I would have liked them. Beirut, Band of Horses, Department of Eagles, Dungen, Shocking Pinks, Deerhoof, Iron and Wine, Liars, The Books, Dinosaur Jr. and Radiohead...I never bothered to listen, and I'm sorry, but I'm sure I'll buy the albums one day.

Looking at others' lists, I realize there are tons and tons of albums that I didn't know about even by name, but hell, who has the time to listen to every album out there? So this is this, and that is that. Never mind that I didn't even touch the electronic genre!

And then there was that dreadful dilemma, the one where individual songs off an album wow you to pieces but you can't bear to put the whole album on the list. Hence the “favorite tracks” list, which looks rather bland when I stare at it.

27 Favorite Songs (alphabetical by artist, because I hate prioritizing):

Animal Collective – Fireworks
Battles – Atlas
Bjork – Declare Independence
Black Lips – I Saw a Ghost (Lean)
The Boonaraaas – Out of Sight
Britt Daniel – Bring it On Home to Me (Sam Cooke cover)
Cajun Dance Party - Amylase
Celebration – Hands Off My Gold
Colleen – Blue Sands
Elvis Perkins – While You Were Sleeping
Foetus – Mon Agonie Douce (J.G. Thirwell remix)
Frog Eyes – Stockades
Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs – Devil Do
King Khan and His Shrines – Welfare Bread
Les Savy Fav – The Equestrian
Mark Sultan – Cursed World
The Muslims - Extinction
Pharoahe Monch – What It Is
Pharoahe Monch – Body Baby
Pissed Jeans – A Bad Wind
Sea Wolf – You're a Wolf
Siouxsie – Sea of Tranquility
Spoon – Don't Make Me a Target
The Wombats – Little Miss Pipe Dream
Tom Brosseau – Blue Part of the Windshield
Twilight Sad – And She Would Darken the Memory
The Walkmen – Red River


*On a side note, cursing the baby Jesus the other day apparently brought me to his attention, for when I awoke Christmas morning, baby Jesus had blessed me with a head cold. Goddamn you, baby Jesus.

3 comments:

Kevin said...

Nice list! Now I have fun stuff to look up on Hype Machine.

"Tonto" > "Atlas" though.

China said...
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China said...

Tonto > Atlas? No way! A close third for me, though.

By the way, your class of UPS folk is far more professional in your blogging exercises than anyone in my class.

Also, I am lame and can't seem to properly post/delete comments. Oy.