Sunday, December 23, 2007

George's Top 50 Songs of 07

The funny thing is I've only heard 33 new records this year, so inevitably there will be a number of artists making multiple showings on this list. I think there are only 23 different artists actually. But I stand by it. For what it's worth, here it is:

50. The Clientele - No Dreams Last Night
49. Lucinda Williams - Fancy Funeral
48. Andrew Bird - Imitosis
47. Johnny Irion - Eyes Like a Levee
46. The Shins - Phantom Limb
45. Wilco - Please Be Patient With Me
44. The Avett Brothers - Shame
43. Everybodyfields - Aeroplane
42. The White Stripes - Rag and Bone
41. Modest Mouse - March Into the Sea
40. Okkervil River - Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe
39. Ryan Adams - Tears of Gold
38. Arcade Fire - Intervention
37. Kings of Leon - Ragoo
36. Spoon - Don't You Evah
35. Radiohead - Nude
34. The White Stripes - Little Cream Soda
33. Radiohead - Videotape
32. Band of Horses - The General Specific
31. Fionn Regan - The Underwood Typewriter
30. Ryan Adams - Pearls On a String
29. Lyle Lovett - South Texas Girl
28. Johnny Irion - Short Leash
27. The Shins - Sleeping Lessons
26. Jason Isbell - The Magician
25. Iron and Wine - Lovesong of the Buzzard
24. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Blue Hotel
23. Kings of Leon - McFearless
22. Wilco - Side with the Seeds
21. Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
20. Spoon - You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
19. Jason Isbell - Razor Town
18. The National - Green Gloves
17. Everybodyfields - Worker's Playtime
16. Menomena - Wet and Rusting
15. Ryan Adams - I Taught Myself How to Grow Old
14. Andrew Bird - Armchairs
13. Wilco - Impossible Germany
12. Spoon - Don't Make Me a Target
11. The National - Start a War
10. Okkervil River - Girl in Port
9. Modest Mouse - Parting of the Sensory
8. Iron & Wine - Carousel
7. The Avett Brothers - Weight of Lies
6. Band of Horses - Marry Song
5. The White Stripes - Effect and Cause
4. Spoon - Finer Feelings
3. Radiohead - Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
2. Bright Eyes - Four Winds
1. Iron & Wine - Flightless Bird, American Mouth

Notes:

- Even though neither his album or EP were stellar, Ryan Adams still can write a damn good song. 4 songs on the list tied with Spoon for the most.
- 5 album closers appear, including the #1 song
- 5 album openers appear
- I managed to hear 9 of these songs live this year, but none of the 4 Ryan Adams songs were played at the 2 shows of his I attended. I heard all but "Finer Feelings" at the Spoon show, and all but "Please Be Patient With Me" at the Wilco show.

Monday, December 17, 2007

George's Top 33 of 2007

Gadzooks! 2008? You know those numbers add up to ten. This is a phenomenon the world has not known since...1900. Relatively speaking, that wasn't very long ago. Consider this a failed attempt at an quirky and timely intro. But, hey, here's a horrific segue for you:

SPEAKING OF 10!!!

Every December, a rash of top ten lists stretches across the blogosphere, creating a vast aurora which has no real function aside from coddling each writer's ego. That's why I'm saying to hell with top 10 lists! I'm gonna rank all the new albums I got my mitts on this year. Let's do it.

The Ultimately Incredible No-holds-barred Final Frontier of 2007 New Music Sequence of Excellence!*

*Only covers two dozen and change 2007 releases I bought.


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And if you need a key...here you go:

33. Lucinda Williams - West
32. Fields - Everything Last Winter
31. BRMC - Baby 81
30. Ryan Bingham - Mescalito
29. Golden Smog - Blood On the Slacks
28. Mary Gauthier - Between Daylight and Dark
27. Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard/Ray Price - Last of the Breed
26. Lyle Lovett - It's Not Big, It's Large
25. The Shins - Wincing the Night Away
24. The Clientele - God Bless the Clientele
23. The Afghan Whigs - Unbreakable (A Retrospective 1990-2006)
22. Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger
21. Okkervil River - Stage Names
20. Menomena - Friend and Foe
19. Johnny Irion - Ex Tempore
18. The Everybodyfields - Nothing Is Ok
17. Elliott Smith - New Moon
16. Ryan Adams - Follow the Lights
15. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
14. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
13. Jason Isbell - Sirens of the Ditch
12. Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
11. Kings of Leon - Because of the Times
10. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
9. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
8. Fionn Regan - The End of History
7. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
6. Bright Eyes - Cassadaga
5. The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
4. The National - Boxer
3. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
2. Radiohead - In Rainbows
1. Iron and Wine - The Shepherd's Dog

Just a few notes:

That Afghan Whigs collection is actually pretty incredible. My introduction to the band, and I plan on pursuing their individual records. I just wanted to reserve higher spots for new music releases, which is why it turns up in the mid twenties.

Biggest disappointment of the year: Arcade Fire. Hard to live up to their flawless debut though, so I guess it was almost inevitable.

Some major releases I didn't get to this year: LCD Soundsystem, Feist, Rilo Kiley, Interpol, Justice, The New Pornographers, and a few more. Definitely want to get to them, except for that Rilo Kiley and the Interpol, which I'll be fine without.

Check back soon for my top 50 songs of 07.