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Friday, December 14, 2007

Well, this is the last post of 2007.  Its been a great year for me and the blog, so thanks for taking the time to visit and read my rambles about myself and the music that I think you might like.  Can you believe that I've actually shared about 730 different songs over the last 12 months?  It's insane to think about.  Maybe I can top that next year.

Anyhow, here is the last of my favorite albums and such.  Enjoy.


#05)  The White Stripes - Icky Thump

For me, this was Jack and Meg's return to glory after the boring and uninspired piece of whatever that was Get Behind Me Satan.  I especially liked the more wild tracks on the album like Conquest, Rag & Bone and, to some degree, Icky Thump.  I have no idea where they will go from here, but I can safely say that I'm more than a little interested to find out.

:The White Stripes - Icky Thump:


#04) Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Of all the bigger albums that dropped this year this was the one that I really wasn't too thrilled about.  Now, it wasn't because I don't like Spoon.  It was more due to the fact that The Ghost Of You Lingers was such a weird single.  But, once I got my hands on the whole effort I couldn't stop listening.  In fact, I still listen to it at least once every couple of days.  All 10 songs are unforgettably great.

:Spoon - You Got Yr Cherry Bomb:


#03)  Nicole Willis And The Soul Investigators - Keep Reachin' Up

When I wasn't watching 70s grindhouse movies this summer I spent the better part of my time absolutely loving this album.  Nicole has such a great voice and the Soul Investigators really know how to lay it down.  If you've been wanting an introduction to modern soul music then I believe this lady is exactly what you need.

:Nicole Willis And The Soul Investigators - If This Ain't Love (Don't Know What Is):


#02)  Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights

That's right, there are two soul in albums in the Top 5.  It's been a great year for the genre,, and this is definitely the best it had to offer in 2007.  I've probably heard it a zillion times and there are still moments here and there that give me chill bumps.  You need it.  Go get it.  Also, forget the Dap-Kings' work with Amy Winehouse.  This is where it's at, and where it will always be.

:Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights:


#01)  St. Vincent - Marry Me

I'm not sure when it happened, but at some point over the last few months Annie Clark sort of took over my life.  I honestly don't think I've listened to a record this much since I was a kid and could only afford to buy a CD every blue moon.  If she ever manages to top this infinitely dynamic effort then it's highly possible that my head will explode.  It just doesn't get better than this.  Kudos to Annie for making my album of the year.

:St Vincent - Paris Is Burning:

Album That Everyone Loved But Me - (Tie) Radiohead - In Rainbows/The National - Boxer

Yeah, I don't really have anything to say except that I just don't get what everyone loves so much about either of these efforts.  They honestly do nothing for me.

Five Albums That Should Be On My List But Aren't Because I Did A Top 25 And Not A Top 30

1.  Minus The Bear - Planet Of Ice
2.  Brazos - A City Just As Tall
3.  Page France - Page France And The Family Telephone
4.  Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
5.  Stars -  In Our Bedroom After The War

This mini-list is why people say that hind-sight is 20/20.

Top 3 Albums That I Was Excited About But Ended Up Not Actually Hearing In Their Entirety

1.  Celebration - The Modern Tribe
2.  The Go! Team - Proof Of Youth
3.  Gravy Train!!! - All The Sweet Stuff

I'm not sure what happened here, but I blame the President.

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