It’s that time again. Time for every obsessed musician with a blog to list their top 10 Favorite albums for the year.
Far be it for me to ignore this tradition.
Here’s my list: Thoughtfully provided with links to the band’s main websites.
So you can hear them silly.
I’ve also inserted album artwork.
So you can see them silly.
Have fun creating your own list this year. Whenever I have money burning a hole in my pocket (a constant source of irritation as you might imagine) it goes to purchase CDs or MP3s
Don’t forget that all of these bands are on MySpace and if you want to catch a few samples of my favorite tunes this year then just let your fingers do the walking….
|Boxer by The National My favorite Cut: Fake Empire
It’s difficult not to love Murder Me Rachael as well though. Thanks to Peter Clough at Dad’s Car Radio for turning me on to this great band.
|Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga by Spoon
My favorite Cut: The Underdog.
This band has been around for a while but has not gained wide popularity until this more accessible release. First heard of Spoon when listening to the band doing a cover from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which I have on Wig in a Box.
|In Rainbows by Radiohead
My favorite Cut: Jigsaw Falling into Place.
|Fear of a Blank Planet by Porcupine Tree
My favorite Cut: Anesthetize
The band has been around since 1997, yet this is the first time I’ve heard their music. Porcupine Tree integrates genres in each tune with ambient, rock and pop. Great music to cook, ski or just kick back with. It’s difficult to find a sound that works for such a spectrum of listening pleasure, yet this album accomplishes just that.
If you like ‘And You Shall Know Them by the Trail of their Dead’ (and I do) you’ll enjoy this CD. I refuse to bow to the media hype about these guys being the next Pink Floyd. Bullshit. Different slant. New music. Creepy happy fun!
|New Moon byElliot Smith
My favorite Cut: Big Decision
Speaking of creepy what’s better than a top-notch release from a dead guy? Elliot was one of my heroes, and this CD has some quality outtakes and all newly released material. It’s as good as Figure 8 and WAY better than Basement on a Hill. There’s a great early version of Miss Misery on here too. Worth the price of admission.
|Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys
My favorite Cut: Fluorescent Adolescent
Fun Intricate punk pop music. Listen to Fluorescent Adolescent; about getting older but not growing up. The lyrics are friggin’ hysterical “Older boys are slag, the best you ever had” and “You used to get it in your fishnets now you only get it in your house-dress” are wonderfully sardonic
|We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank by Modest Mouse
My favorite Cut: Little Motel
As the years go on Modest Mouse grows in popularity. I’m thinking that their management finally forced the band to include at least one song per album that could potentially get some airplay. This entire album is fine, the lyrics dark as ever and the orchestrations bizarre as well they should be. Had to pick Little Motel since the video was filmed here in Reno, but their Billboard Hit right now is Dashboard. The video gets my Number One Video of 2007
|New Wave by Against Me!
My favorite Cut: Thrash Unreal
Got this album after hearing Thrash Unreal on XM Satellite Radio. The entire album burns. They’re categorized as a punk band and hail from the U.K. It’s the lyrics that captured my attention on this album. Trash Unreal is a slam, infused with a poignant point and pity, at the downward plunge of a party girl. Catch the line “She can still hear that Rebel Yell” a wicked reference to the Billy Idol song. The music itself catches you with an upbeat rock-out. Great dichotomy and brilliant message.
Chase This Light by Jimmy Eat World
My favorite Cut: Big Casino
Great CD. Lots of excellent tracks. I give it a 9 and you can dance to it! See them live if you can. Caught them in Santa Cruz a few months back. Awesome show and fab musicianship.
|Under the Influence of Giants by Under the Influence of Giants
My favorite Cut: Mama’s Room
The eponymously named first album form UTIOG can induce dancing, thoughtfulness and a ‘wow what intricate orchestrations with only a few instruments’ snaps. Great pop hooks with a tiny bit of the dépêche mode thang happening as well. Good breaks. Not pop, not punk, not rock. We like.Now please don’t fuck up and fade away like Fastball. I liked their first two albums as well. Fist two alone.
By: The National
Release date: 22 May, 2007