2007's Best Music: Albums
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Yesterday, we shared some of our favourite songs of the year. Today the three of us talk in fewer words about our favourite albums.
I've heard almost all of them and they're all fuckin' rad. Go buy some music for Christmas, late Hannukah, New Year, end-of-world, or your wedding night.
I know what you're thinking: "Dan, you have impeccable taste". Well, you're right, keep talking. "I notice you've started strong out of the gates with an album no one cared about, and no one can even get ahold of. How eccentric! And then a bunch of canadian bands you've been talking about for three years, mixed with a Brooklyn band you've been harping on for three years, and a new Brooklyn band. And mixed in there, taking up one of the seven slots for the year, the 4th no less, is an album of stand-up comedy. Seriously, you know what you're talking about." Okay, stop talking.
I'll explain the ones I think need explaining. Group Inerane's Guitars From Agadez is the most affecting group of songs I've heard all year. That album is a document of perfect expression, it's like listening to the invention of the electric guitar. After I heard it I went looking for something like it, and though there are many imitators, nothing comes close to this. Paul F. Tompkins is on there for two reasons; he's representing the comedy album, and he made the best one (simple, straightforward, yet formal, classic, like a three-piece suit).
My past 365 days have been profoundly enriched by the following pieces of music (in no particular order):
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In more ways than one, this was for me a year about coming back to life. I want to thank the artists who made living seem easy - Spoon, Basia, Vampire Weekend, Feist, Miracle Fortress. I want to thank those who found new ways to sing the ways it is hard - The Luyas, Of Montreal, Low, Shearwater, Sandro Perri. And I want to thank as well the two or three who I left behind with the ghosts; Burial and Phosphorescent, artists I've not been quite able to look in the incandescent eye.
[photo by Louis Vest]Posted by Sean at December 18, 2007 3:46 PM
Um,it's Palo Santo, not Palo Alto. But it does rule.Posted by David M. at December 18, 2007 5:57 PM
I'd like to thank you, not just for the year end lists, but for all your work this year, and for all the songs I've heard around here, especially : Misha "Shake a little looser", The French Quarter "Stay", Sleeping States "The next step", Nico "Little stone", Black Before Red "Underneath Gold".
My favorite album of the year is the "Clap your hands" thing that everyboody seems to have forgotten. Well...Posted by Sebastien - from Paris at December 18, 2007 6:28 PM
Group Inerane is amazing, thanks for the intro! And thanks to all three of you--Sean, Dan, Jordan--for an awesome and always always humbling site.Posted by Amy at December 18, 2007 11:31 PM
amy, you're my new favourite. and thank you. you are also great. the great kind of great.Posted by dan at December 19, 2007 12:31 AM
Your list i love!
1 - PJ Harvey - White Chalk
Arcade Fire best band! I love it!Posted by Arcade Fire at December 19, 2007 12:43 PM
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Sean Michaels is the founder of Said the Gramophone. He is a writer, critic and author of the theremin novel Us Conductors. Follow him on Twitter or reach him by email here. Click here to browse his posts.
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blue skies turn black
montreal improv theatre
cinema du parc
yoga teacher Thea Metcalfe
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