I'm a huge nerd when it comes to pouring over annual, best of lists (I'm still biting my nails in anticipation of the Idolator critic's poll that should be out soon), and I'm always intrigued by what the favorites of people who work in the business of music but aren't (necessarily) critics or reviewers. So, I asked Chop Suey's brand new booker Pete Greenberg to submit his list of favorite albums with the promise of posting them here - to which he happily complied.
Here's what made his list:
1. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)
2. Future of The Left – Curses (Too Pure)
3. Handsome Furs – Plague Park (Sub Pop)
4. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone Records)
5. The Arcade Fire – Neon Bible (Merge)
6. Big Business – Here Come The Waterworks (Hydra Head Records)
7. Beach House – Beach House (Carpark Records)
8. Blonde Redhead – 23 (4AD)
9. Band of Horses – Cease to Begin (Sub Pop)
10. Siberian – With Me (Sonic Boom Recordings)
11. Matthew Dear – Asa Breed (Ghostly International)
12. Lavender Diamond – Imagine Our Love (Matador Records)
13. Peter Bjorn & John – Writer’s Block (Almost Gold)
We gathered our imaginary staff to determine our collective Northwest favorites for 2007. It was hard work. Imaginary battles were fought, alliances formed, and finally, winners emerged.
You should have seen the way that imaginary Liz can arm wrestle, and how Erik Gonzalez can duke it out for his favorite bands. It was fierce and fun, and we think our final list was well worth the effort.
I have so many favorites for 2007 that narrowing the lists was tricky. Plus I'm preggo as a house and have NO memory at this point, so I'm sure I've inadvertently omitted some really great releases and songs. Forgive me and my wacked out hormones.
But that said, here are some Top of 2007 lists from me, to you. Feel free to leave comments both nasty and supportive. I likely deserve both for some of my erratic tastes.
The official results of the TIG Best NW Releases of 2007 Readers' Poll are coming VERY soon... stay tuned! In the meantime, some of my personal picks for a wonderful year in music past:
Favorite Releases of 2007:
- Amy Winehouse Back to Black
- Okkervil River The Stage Names
- Tullycraft Every Scene Needs a Center
- Beirut The Flying Cup Club
- The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
- Shake Some Action Shake Some Action
- Math & Physics Club Baby I'm Yours
- John Vanderslice Emerald City
- The Cave Singers Invitation Songs
- The Fratellis Costello Music
Favorite Northwest Releases of 2007:
Even though we're in the midst of a celebratory time of year, the shock of the sudden closing of the legendary Crocodile Cafe is still with us.
I normally listen to music while driving/riding my bike/working. During any of these activities, my mixes are super random and I'm a big fan of Shuffle mode on the iPod.
Instead of listing off albums, I decided to share ten of my favorites songs from 2007, both local or otherwise. It was a great year for music, one that expanded my musical tastes. Attending festivals and shows to shoot photos exposed me to some bands I would never have known otherwise, ones that are now in constant rotation.
In no particular order (and with photos I've taken this year, where applicable):
The Arcade Fire - "Antichrist Television Blues"
Brother Ali -"Walking Away"
Japanther -"River Phoenix"
The Lonesome Rhodes - "Sunshine"
Siberian - "Belgian Beers and Catholic Girls"
Mewithoutyou - "Messes of Men"
Andrew Bird - "Imitosis"
J Tillman - "Steel on Steel"
Kevin Drew - "TBTF"
One Be Lo - "Gray"
Chop Suey is hosting a benefit on Sunday, December 30 for The Croc (RIP) staff and Three Imaginary Girls is proud to sponsor the event.
It’s always odd to revisit what you’ve reviewed over the course of a year. Sometimes, much can change – as after subsequent listenings, you realize that record you thought was pretty decent just blows (see The Killers’ Sam’s Town) or you come to love an album that you’d previously dismissed as mediocre (see “Into the Wild” soundtrack). The true test of a “best release of the year” is its stability, so I’ve tried to pick “long-haul” contenders—albums I’ll go to for months (or even years) to come, with no requirement for a set amount of finalists. Here’s what made the cut...
- LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver (this one sits significantly higher than the rest)
- Interpol: Our Love to Admire
- The Shins: Wincing the Night Away
- Eddie Vedder: "Into the Wild" soundtrack
- Minus the Bear: Planet of Ice
- Aqueduct: Or Give Me Death
And, topping the list of what sadly wasn’t as good as I expected:
Modest Mouse: We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
I’ll leave it at that. I can hardly fathom how disappointed I was by that output (mixing the quirky fire of Modest Mouse with legendary jangler Johnny Marr? How did it fall so flat?).
TOP NORTHWEST ALBUMS:
Not that NW artists don't count in overall, national polls! I just felt like making a separate list. To wit:
I have no idea how this news isn’t flashing across Seattleites’ RSS feeds in screaming red font, but United State of Electronica is playing a free show next Wednesday!
Tune in because I am trapped at my mothership dayjob and therefore, can't.