Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Top 10 for 2007

Each year it is harder and harder to pick the Top 10 records of the year. It actually becomes harder and harder to find ten releases that actually kick my ass. My first inclination was to include the new Wilco and Radiohead and Robert Pollard releases. But despite liking these releases, none of them really kicked my ass the way the new M.I.A. or Spoon or Jamie T did.

But I am compelled to compile such a list in memory of the late, great Greg Dwinell, founder of eggBert Records, who passed away in 2003. He got me to start compiling a best-of list when he approached me to contribute to his Circle of Friends year-end wrap up in the early 1990s. Don’t remember when, and don’t have copies now. But they probably contained a lot of “grunge” at that point.

Greg is missed.

Also, since it is the time of year to think of others. Visit the West Memphis 3 website and do what you can to help these three guys get the justice that has been denied them. And support Capistrano Valley High School instructor James Corbett who is being persecuted by a student for simply encouraging young adults to question the answers and think for themselves.

So, without further ado, here is my Top 10 for 2007.

1. M.I.A. – Kala
2. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
3. Bright Eyes – Cassadega
4. White Stripes – Icky Thump
5. Lightning Dust
6. The Grindermen
7. Jamie T – Panic Prevention
8. The Shins – Wincing the Night Away
9. Steve Earle – Washington Square Serenade
10. The New Pornographers – Challengers

2 Comments:

Anonymous Ty said...

Spoon “ Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” I keep waiting to hear something I don’t like from these guys but it ain’t happened yet.

Amy Winehouse “Back To Black” Don’t hate it because it was popular. This chick has some pipes and she’s a dirty girl…which doesn’t hurt.

Oasis “Stop The Clocks” Pretty solid comp of the band that is a perfect blend of the Beatles and piss and vinegar.

Ryan Adams “Easy Tiger” It had to grow on me but looks like sobriety won’t kill his songwriting talents

White Stripes “Icky Thump” Not as good as the last record or the Raconteurs but the song “Effect and Cause” is one of their best tracks

Radiohead ‘In Rainbows” Apparently they didn’t hock their guitars. A nice return after an electronica-Pink Floyd faze.

Control Soundtrack-Joy Division, Bowie, Roxy Music..what else could you want?

Toni Childs “Keep The Faith” first album in 14 years (and only available directly from her) is not quite worth the wait but her voice still gives me the weak knees.

Shins “Wincing the Night Away”-My second favorite song of the year was “Sleeping Lessons”. Great lyrics.

Lupe Fiasco “The Cool” Much better than Kanye’s overblown/rated album.

Songs:

Rufus Wainwright “Going To A Town” My favorite song of the year

Public Enemy “Harder then You Think” The best PE song in 15 years.

The Teenagers “Starlet Johansson” Stupid but infectious as hell.

Bloc Party “Flux” the second album was crap but this single from late in the year is great.

Placebo “Running Up That Hill” A couple of years old but came into prominence this year. The best cover song I’ve heard in a looong time.

Disappointing:

Prince-“3121” showed promise of a return but “Planet Earth” is a lump of shit

6:17 AM  
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6:27 PM  

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