Thursday, January 03, 2008

Assorted Top Ten Lists for the Year 2007

Getting some love over at Arthur magazine's blog:
http://www.arthurmag.com/magpie/?p=2529

And my perfunctory year-end albums list for the Metro Times:

To (maybe?) be featured on Chunklet.com
List of Things I Didn't or Couldn't Include on My Lists For the Metro Times or Arthur:
1. The White Stripes Icky Thump
2. The Go Howl On the Haunted Beat You Ride
3. Blanche Little Amber Bottles
4. The Muldoons s/t
5. The Art of the Band T-Shirt book
6. Trees Community The Christ Tree 4xCD reissue
7. Amy Winehouse Back to Black
8. Bo Diddley I'm a Man 2xCD reissue
9. Ghetto Brothers Power/Fuerza reissue
10. Michael Yonkers Carbohydrates Hydrocarbons

My actual, honest-to-god top ten albums of 2007 regardless of my involvement or blood-relation:
1. The White Stripes Icky Thump
2. The Black Lips Good Bad Not Evil
3. Liars s/t
4. The Horrors Strange House
5. The Go Howl on the Haunted Beat You Ride
6. Tyvek Fast Metabolism
7. The Muldoons s/t
8. Amy Winehouse Back to Black
9. Magik Markers Boss
10. Blanche Little Amber Bottles
Top 7" singles of 2007 soon to follow.

And y'all?

10 comments:

Eric said...

My Top 10 Records of 2007 (and the 5 that I had to cut off for RDW)

1. The Go — “Invisible Friends” b/w “Yer Stoned Italian Cowboy”

I’d be remorse to not put the “Invisible Friends” single that was released by Cass Records and The Go earlier this year at the top of my list. John Krautner is my favorite songwriter, local or worldwide, by far and the A-side of this piece of vinyl is the perfect example of his talent.

2. The Black Lips — Good Bad Not Evil

More psych Beatles meets Back From the Grave garage from evereyone’s favorite Atlanta kids. Including the holy trinity of “O Katrina!,” “Cold Hands” and “Bad Kids,” GBNE received the most spins of any album this year and I love it to death.

3. King Louie/Mark Sultan/King Khan

I couldn’t leave these records out of my list because they’re all deserving. Louie’s “Gypsy Switch” is essential listening, Sultan’s Sultanic Verses rules my world and Khan’s “What Is?” is one of the years best albums for sure. Check them out.

4. The White Stripes — Conquest EP

I got a fever and the only thing that can cure it is more “Conquest.” On this new EP you get the Icky Thump version, an acoustic Marachi-fied version and three other new songs. The easy B-side favorite is “It’s My Fault for Being Famous” which is an indie answer to Nickelback’s “Rock Star.”

5. Soulja Boy — “Crank Dat”

It’s undeniable the power of Soulja Boy and his tune, “Crank Dat.” It was inescapable from the first moment I heard it 80 times in a row up at my friends’ house at State and I still don’t turn it off when it comes on the radio today. This is the first time I actually tried to learn a dance for any song.

6. The Go — Howl on the Haunted Beat You Ride

I like The Go. Can you tell? They make 3 appearences on a list of 10 records. Anyway, great album from Detroit's greatest band right now. I love that people thought they were washed up and then the boys stuck this gem in their face.

7. Tin Knocker — "Power Me Up" b/w "Tired of You"

I regret not putting this up higher. It had the single greatest packaging I believe I've ever seen in a 7 inch release or maybe any vinyl release ever. Between the bonus CD-R, the race way pass and the beautiful smelling laquered cover that I enjoy everytime I pull the single out, it is a perfect little package. Oh and the record is pretty fucking great too. I love that this is catching around $40 bucks on Ebay. It is now probably my most valuable single. Thanks Jack White!

8. The Go - Whatcha Doin

This record came out in 1999 I wanna say and I probably picked it up in CD form in my formative teenage years. I've put it on this list because I finally found it for a reasonable price on vinyl and have nearly completed my Go collection. Thanks must go again to Jack White for jacking, sorry for the bad pun, up the price this thing goes for on Ebay. Thanks again Jack! Now if I could only get a vinyl version of Supercuts everything would be grand.

9. Arctic Monkeys - "Brianstorm" b/w "Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend"
I hate being that dick record nerd who puts singles in their top tens, but it's really what I have become. Sorry. Anyway I'm not even really that fond of the A-side of this single, "Brianstorm." What I do like is the Arctic Monkeys infusing Dizzee Rascal into their already interesting mix of Buzzcocks meets trip-hop. Dizzee goes off on this song and got my hopes up for what turned out to be a lackluster record. With that being said, it's the Arctic Monkeys and they can't do wrong. Right again Mr. Blackwell.

10. Vampire Weekend- S/T

I rarely fall into the trap of blogosphere hype. Yet, there is something about Vampire Weekend that is ultimately interesting to me. I don't exactly know what "Yacht Rock" is, I'm assuming music played on a yacht, but nonetheless there is an extreme charm to "The Kids Don't Stand a Chance" and "One(Blake's Got A New Face)."

agf3 said...

This is from a list I made before this blog entry. I really did have the tyvek album in there

Carbonas - s/t
Tyvek - Fast Matabolism
Bat For Lashes - Fur and Gold
Nellie McKay - Obligitory Villagers
Cold War Kids - Robbers and Cowards
Two Gallants - Two Gallants
White Stripes - Icky Thump
Black Lips - Good Bad, Not Evil
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Blues Explosion Rockin' Mid-90's Punkers
Grinderman - Grinderman
Horrors - Horrors

dpc said...

Didn't get the chance to hear the last Go. According to your list I seriously should, as for the Black Lips.

The Stripes were one of my highest expectations for 2007 and they made it. Icky Thump is one of their best records, from the cover to the sound to the public. The Parisian show burnt like hell. However Arcade Fire and Editors were closer to me this year, can't tell why. It's all so subjective, indeed.

Here goes the list :

1. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
2. Editors - An End Has A Start
3. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
4. PJ Harvey - White Chalk
5. Kings Of Leon - Because Of The Times
6. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Baby 81
7. The Wombats – The Wombats Proudly Present: A Guide To Love, Loss And Desperation
8. I’m From Barcelona – Let Me Introduce My Friends
9. Interpol – Our Love To Admire
10. Radiohead - In Rainbows

The whole review is here but all in French.

Happy new year !

Anonymous said...

Here's my top 11, in no particular order other than the top two and the last two:

The Go; Howl On the Haunted Beat You Ride
Grinderman: Grinderman
LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver
M.I.A.: Kala
Clientele: God Save the Clientele
White Stripes: Icky Thump
Arctic Monkeys: Favourite Worst Nightmare
St. Vincent: Marry Me
Pylon: Gyrate (Someone finally decided to reissue this. Thanks, DFA!)
Shins: Wincing the Night Away
The National: The Boxer

--Moose

Anonymous said...

Gotta agree with Eric on the "Soulja Boy" tip. By far my favorite song about ejaculating on women.

Doug Coombe said...

The Budos Band – The Budos Band II
Jose Gonzalez – In Our Nature
Radiohead – In Rainbows
Eddy Senay – Soul Preachin’ (Reissue of great unsung 70’s Detroit funk guitar player)
Justice - ┼
M.I.A. – Kala
Neil Young – Live at Massey Hall 1971
Various Artists - The ABCs Of Kid Soul: Home Schooled (Numero Group Reissue)
Miles Davis – The Complete On The Corner Sessions
Sigur Ros – Hvarf/Heim

TOP SONGS
Wilco – “Impossible Germany”
White Stripes – “Icky Thump”
Saturday Looks Good To Me – “Money in the Afterlife”
The Sights – “How Do You Sleep”
“Joanna”
LCD Soundsystem – “North American Scum”
Justice – “D.A.N.C.E”
Lil Mama – “Lipgloss”
Feist “1 2 3 4”
Great Lakes Myth Society – “Debutante”
“Heydays”
Lily Allen – “Smile”

WORST SONG OF THE YEAR
Sean Kingston – “Beautiful Girls”

b. said...

the horrors? are you fuh real?

mine... um.

1) arctic monkeys - favourite worst nightmare (brianstorm. my song of the year. good LAWD! then there's sentimental value. screw being subjective, i had some great times in the car with my friends and this album.)
2) arcade fire - neon bible

the "fuck yeah, i'm predictable." selections.

3) las rayas blancas - conquest EP!
4) amy winehouse - back to black
5) the white stripes - icky thump
5) black lips - los valientes del mundo nuevo
6) the go - howl on the haunted beat
7) pj harvey - white chalk
8) patrick wolf - the magic position
9) damn, i dunno. i'm out of 2007 releases. yyys? ...feist? freakin' yeasayer?
10) ... i liked the kate nash rekkerd. X: FAIL.

Matilde said...

All the way from portugal!

Not in any particular order:

Blonde Redhead - 23
PJ Harvey - White Chalk
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Cocorosie - the adventures of ghosthorse and stillborn
Magik Markers - Boss
White Stripes - Icky Thump
Suicidal Birds - Versus Life
The Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust
Queens of the Stone Age - Era Vulgaris
Patrick Wolf - the Magic Position

Matilde said...

no no, im gonna replace Suicidal Birds - Versus Life by Arcade Fire, most definetly, what a shame!

Anonymous said...

okay so...two questions.

1. i was not aware that tyvek had even released a full length, thought it'd just been singles. so is fast metabolism the tour cd-r they never gave me a copy of, or what?

2. how come you only worked at the pressing plant for 3 days? sounds cool to me. (re: arthur list)