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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Number 1

Numero Uno The White Stripes - Icky Thump

Didn't know how else to do it . . . . my vote is based on number of spins. Icky Thump went round and round my cd player for a good long while, and it's still in the mix. Jack White is a lyrical savant of sorts. So simple, so clever . . . . all coming from the mind of a creative workhorse. This record has some very borderline 'silly' songs, but they keep it legit and baja fresh like it's mostly south of the border.
As for Meg . . . . acute anxiety? I'd be a little anxious too if the devil were staring over my shoulder. And sex tape scandel . . . . don't believe everything you read on the internet.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

#4 #3 #2

Beirut - The Flying Club Cup
If Ringo and Jens Lekman trained a young vocalist and sent him on the road with Sufjan and Gogal Bordella . . . . . you might have Beirut

The Go Team! - Proof of Youth
Love these guys. Feel like I'm watching the a-team every time I listen. Plus the virtual rapping with some heavy hitters from the late 70's/early 80's is insanely good.

LCD Sound System - Sounds of Silver
James Murphy gets mucho respect, especially now that I know he can play some sick beats with the sticks. Incredible layering and repetative but strong lyrics

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Deerhoof - Friendship Opportunity
tiny Japanese woman with experimental beats and loops. Worthy.

Friday, December 07, 2007


Panda Bear - Person Pitch

If you like the mamas and papas vs. electronic folk then this is your next purchase.

Thursday, December 06, 2007


#7 Bloc Party - A Weekend in the City

Guilty pleasure. Sucker for creative beats. Not so much a sucker for thick english accents, but these guys have their time and place.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


Not a top 10 list, but I stumbled on this just a few minutes ago and was blown away. Go to the site, input one of your favorite artists and it will create a great visual map of other artists that are similar, or that you might also enjoy.

Not sure what the parameters are for this, or how he initially set up the program to work, but it is very interesting.

Enjoy -

My Top Picks for '07

Hello fellow DJ Readers (i.e. Hayes). I've been enjoying the daily posts from Mr. Trotter. In fact, the first thing I do every morning is merge onto the Information Superhighway and soak it in while Hayes drops his musical knowledge. I (not being as patient) have crafted a ridiculously long (borderline nerdy----very nerdy) year end list of songs (top 40) and albums (top 10). Check em out and comment if you feel the need:

Top 40 Songs of 2007
1 Apartment Story- The National
2 Willow- Gilbert
3 Wild Mountain Nation- Blitzen Trapper
4 To The Dogs or Whoever- Josh Ritter
5 Antichrist Television Blues- Arcade Fire
6 Safety Bricks- Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene)
7 The Sun Also Sets- Ryan Adams
8 New Violence- White Williams
9 Sunrise- Ryan Bingham
10 Cyncadian Rhytem- Son Volt
11 Crooked Roof- J. Tillman
12 Ragoo- Kings of Leon
13 General Specific- Band Of Horses
14 Words- Lucinda Williams
15 Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe…- Okkervil River
16 Kanske Ar Jag Kar I Dig- Jens Leckman
17 And Never Look Back- Matthew Ryan
18 Hate It Here- Wilco
19 Heretics- Andrew Bird
20 The Underdog- Spoon
21 Impossible Germany- Wilco
22 Sea Legs- The Shins
23 Hollywood Bass Player- Josh Rouse
24 Frightening Lives- Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene)
25 Fractured Skies- Parts and Labor
26 Man Overboard- Kristoffer Ragnstam
27 Underwater- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
28 Going Down- White Williams
29 North American Scum- LCD Soundsystem
30 Real Long Distance Call- Josh Ritter
31 Mistaken For Strangers- The National
32 It's Not True- Williams Fitzsimmons
33 Islands on the Coast-Band of Horses
34 Keep the Car Running- Arcade Fire
35 Nothing Changes Around Here- The Thrills
36 Southside of Heaven- Ryan Bingham
37 Phantom Limb- The Shins
38 Unless it Kicks- Okkervil River
39 You're A Wolf- Sea Wolf
40 Sisters Daughters and Wives- Voxtrot

Top 10 Albums of 2007
1 Spirit If- Kevin Drew
2 The Boxer- The National
3 The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter- Josh Ritter
4 Easy Tiger- Ryan Adams
5 The Stage Names- Okkervil River
6 Because of the Times- Kings of Leon
7 The Avett Brothers- Emotionalism
8 Band of Horses- Cease To Begin
9 Sky Blue Sky- Wilco
10 I'm Not There Original Motion Picture Sountrack- Various Artists

Honorable Mention

Radiohead- In Rainbows
The Shins- Wincing the Night Away

Mescalito- Ryan Bingham

Neon Bible- Arcade Fire

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


#8. Arcade Fire "Neon Bible"
I know that some of you (actually I'm pretty convinced that no one is reading this) are much bigger Arcade Fire fans than I am. Haven't given Spirit If . . . . enough spins to challenge AF for the Canadian slot on my list, but this will do. Huge sound, huge personality to this record. If I hadn't seen them live it wouldn't have made my 10. Sorry.