Saturday, December 22, 2007

Favorite music of '07

As if I had to provide more proof of what a music nut I am... here's all the musical goodies I enjoyed in '07 as of today, in a very rough order of preference...


Apples in Stereo New Magnetic Wonders (Yep Roc)
Clinic Visitations (Domino)
Of Montreal Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (Polyvinyl)
Kanye West Graduation (Roc-A-Fella)
Bonde Do Role With Lasers (Domino)
Amon Tobin Foley Room (Ninja Tune)
The Ponys Turn the Lights Out (Matador)
Jesse Malin Glitter in the Gutter (Adeline)
Sage Francis Human the Death Dance (Anti-)
Architecture in Helsinki Places Like This (Polyvinyl)
British Sea Power Krankenhaus? (Rough Trade)
Various Artists Got Howls (Pish Posh of North America)
Enon Grass Geysers... Carbon Clouds (Touch and Go)
Consequence Don't Quit Your Day Job (G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia)
James Blood Ulmer Bad Blood in the City- The Piety Street Sessions (Hyena)
The Busy Signals The Busy Signals (Dirtnap)
Various Artists Soul-Patrol Digital Virtual Album 1.0 (
Gogol Bordello Super Taranta! (Side One Dummy)
Bottomless Pit Hammer of the Gods (Comedy Minus One)
Los Campesinos! Sticking Fingers into Sockets (Arts & Crafts)
Various Artists Hyphy Hitz (TVT)
Raekwon The Vatican Mixtape Vol. 1 (Ice Water)
Bikeride The Kiss (Shmammi)
Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles Diamonds in the Dark (Sugar Hill)
Mendoza Line 30 Year Low (Glurp)
Galactic From the Corner to the Block (Anti-)
Electrelane No Shouts No Calls (Too Pure)
Imperial Teen The Hair, The TV, The Baby & The Band (Merge)
Robert Plant & Allison Kraus Rising Sand (Rounder)
Mavis Staples We'll Never Turn Back (Anti-)
Various Artists Worldwide Babylon Vol. 1 (Dubkraft)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Is Is (Fontana)
Black Tie Revue Code Fun (Gearhead)
Gonzales Solo Piano (No Format)
Plan B Who Needs Actions When You Got Words (679)
Dalek Abandoned Language (Ipecac)
Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad (Def Jam)
Sylvain Chauveau Nuage (Type)
Chuck Prophet Soap and Water (Yep Roc)
White Stripes Icky Thump (Warner Bros)
Gavin Bryars/Alter Ego/Philip Jeck The Sinking of the Titanic (Touch)
Venetian Snares Pink and Green (Sublight)
Health Health (Lovepump Unlimited)
The Book of Lists The Book of Lists (Scratch)
Troum Aiws (Transgredient)
Charlotte Gainsborough 5:55 (Atlantic)
Guiseppe Ielasi & Nicola Ratti Bellows (Kning Disk)
Dewey Redman The Struggle Continues (ECM)
Holy Fuck LP (XL)
Mas Rapido! Pity Party (Parasol)
XBXRX Wars (Polyvinyl)
Bad Brains Build A Nation (Megaforce)
Kenge Kenge Introducing (World Music Network)
Clorox Girls J'Aime Les Filles (Better Youth Org)

Liked their singles but haven't gotten into albums by... M.I.A., Fountains of Wayne, Modest Mouse, Common, Amy Winehouse, LCD Soundsystem, Battles, Bjork, Arcade Fire.


Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration (Stax)
Gozalo! Bugalu Tropical Vol. 2 (Vampisoul)
King Sunny Ade Gems from the Classic Years (1967-1974)(Shanachie)
Johnny Cash Ultimate Gospel (Columbia)
Neil Young Live at Massey Hall (Reprise)
Johnny Taylor Live at the Summit Club (Stax)
Various Artists Bay Area Funk II (Ubiquity)
Various Artists Can't Stop It II- Australian Post Punk 1979-1984 (Chapter Music)
Various Artists Studio Rub-A-Dub (Soul Jazz)
Moby Grape Moby Grape (Sundazed)
Various Artists Colombia! The Golden Years of Discos Fuentes (Soundway)
Tom T. Hall In Search of a Song (Hip-O Select)
Pop Group Y (Rhino)
Terry Riley Les Yeux Fermes/Lifespan (Elison Fields)
Ruby Braff Hi Fi Salute to Bunny (Mosaic)
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Hard Bop (Mosaic)
Various Artists City of Dreams: A Collection of New Orleans Music (Rounder)
Warren Zevon Preludes (Ammal/New West)
David Byrne The Knee Plays (Nonesuch)
Erik Satie Avant-Dernieres Pensees- Selection Piano Works (Vol. 1) (LTM)
Dennis Brown Visions of Dennis Brown (Crazy Joe)
Lubomyr Melnyk KHM (Unseen Worlds)
Various Artists Authenticite- The Syliphone Years (Sterns)
Fire Engines Hungry Beats (Acute)
Booker Ervin The Freedom Book (Prestige)
Nas Greatest Hits (Columbia)
Richard and Linda Thompson Live 1975 (Island)
Various Artists People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938 (Tompkins Square)
Orchestra Baobob A Night at Club Baobob (Oriki)
Various Artists Brazil 70 (Soul Jazz)
Bootsy Ultra Wave (Collector's Choice)
Young Marble Giants Collosal Youth (Domino)
African Virtuosos The Classic Guinean Guitar Group (Stern's)
Marvin Gaye In Our Lifetime? (Hip-O Select)
Buell Kazee Buell Kazee (June Appal)
Various Artists Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts of Deep City (Numero Group)
African Music Machine Black Water Gold (Fuel 2000)
Djelimady Tounkara & Super Rail Band International Allo Bamako (Sheer)
Kurious A Constipated Monkey (Amalgam)
Gram Parsons with the Flying Burrito Brothers Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969 (Amoeba)

Note: though I love Sly and the Family Stone and Sonic Youth, I don't like to list and pump up re-releases of albums that are already available. I know that's picky but... Also, the Miles On the Corner box was much too expensive and gave up too little new material.


Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip "Thou Shalt Always Kill"
Lil Wayne "I Feel Like Dying"
Tinariwen "Cler Achel"
Art Brut "Nag! Nag! Nag! Nag!"
Polyphonic Spree "Running Away"
Minus A Few "I Got That Feeling"
The Sounds "Painted by Numbers"
Kate Nash "Pumpkin Soup"
Yo Majesty "Club Action"
Amerie "Take Control"
Funkadelic "By Way of the Drum" (extended version)
Jake Gyllenhaal "And I Am Telling You..."
Rihanna "Umbrella"
Teddy Bears "Cobrastyle"
Common featuring Lily Allen "Drivin' Me Wild"
Kid Sister "Control"
Usher featuring Ludacris "Dat Girl Right There"
Throw Me the Statue "Lolita"
Ting Tings "That's Not My Name"
Mr. Vegas "Hot Wuk"
Mike Jones "Like What I Got"
Los Campesinos! "You Me Dance"
Immaculate Machines "Dear Confessor"
Asobi Seksu "Thursday"
T.I. featuring Wyclef "You Know What It Is"
DJ Benzi "Gettin' It"
James Zabiela, Nic Fanciulli "No Pressure"
LCD Soundsystem "All My Friends"
Hallelujah the Hills "Hallelujah the Hills"
Blaqstarr "Shake it to the Ground"
Dizzee Rascal "Pussyhole"
Pack FM featuring Slug, Brother Ali "FYM"
DJ Khaled featuring Mr. Vegas "We Taking Over" (Benja Styles remix)
Eve "Tambourine"
Lady Sovereign "Love Me or Hate Me"
M.I.A. "Hit That"
Battles "RACE: OUT"
Lil Mama "Lip Gloss"
Black Kids "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance"
Duffy "Rockferry"
Brother Ali "Lookin' At Me Sideways"
Justin Timberlake "What Goes Around"
Redman "Put It Down"
Elizabeth Cook "Sometimes It Takes Balls To Be A Woman"
The Shins "Phantom Limb"
Amy Winehouse "You Know I'm No Good"
Kelly Rowland "Work"
Gui Boratto "Beautiful Life"
Blood Red Shoes "It's Gettin' Boring By the Sea"
The Mae Shi "Run To Your Grave"
Aesop Rock "None Shall Pass"
Peter Bjorn and John "Young Folks"
Alanis Morissette "My Humps"
KJ Ferguson "Talk Show"
Cornelius "Gum"
Lauryn Hill "Loose Yourself"
Ali & Big Gipp featuring Nelly "Hard in Da Paint"
TIMZ "Iraq"
B.G. & the Chopper City Boyz "Bounce"

Note: Sorry I didn't have time to include label names.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you have to give a thumb up to the fact that Epic reissued There's A Riot Goin' On with the original LP cover art (an American flag) restored. The first CD version featured a lame live photo of Sly and the band instead.

That Electrelane record is terrific (did your copy include the cloth patch with the front cover art?) I saw the band at Irving Plaza this year, touring for that record, and it was one of the best shows I've seen in 2007. I had no idea at the time that the group was calling it a day (I think the news was announced a few weeks later). I might have enjoyed myself even more if I had known.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Perfect Sound Forever said...

Right you are on both accounts. I do love the original flag cover on Riot (copied by Outkast later too). Also, it's a shame about Electrelane- I missed that Irving Plaza show too and didn't know before that they broke up. There's such a reunion craze going on in the indie world that maybe we'll get the chance to see them again in 5-10 years.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know. I keep waiting for a Pavement reunion, but Stephen Malkmus has made it clear in recent interviews that it won't happen anytime soon (plus, Spiral Stairs apparently has a career outside of music now).

Speaking of Miles Davis - Columbia has done an exemplerary job in recent years on remastering and reissuing his catalog, and the box sets are terrific, etc... But, wow, they *still* haven't upgraded Agharta/Pangaea yet. The version on CD now dates back to the early 90's, long before Columbia started their Miles upgrade program, and the packaging looks shoddy, too. You think they would have cleaned those records up (unless they are keeping them in reserve until the well runs dry. Supposedly, though, the On The Corner box is the last one of the Miles reissues, which mystifies me if it's true..)

10:31 AM  

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