- Chris and Mike (Why Rilo Kiley?) at Instrumental Analysis (nothing from Joe so far?)
- Ryan's Smashing Life's 2007 Music Awards
- Eric from Can You See the Sunset from the Southside?'s has an astonishingly long list of his favorite albums of 2007. I keep meaning to mention that I worship his "If it ain't punk it's junk" series (I highly recommend volumes 3, 5, and uh...I think they go up to 12?) and basically his blog in general, but somehow I always forget to let you all in on this important piece of information. Now you know!
- Earfarm's top 10 bands to emerge in 2007.
- Bag of Song's top albums...1-10. (Yes, the blog-love is mutual.)
- The Duke's Top 27 Songs of '07 at The Late Greats
- I Am Fuel, You Are Friends' Fuel Favorites of 2007
- 2007's Top Albums from I Rock Cleveland
- From MOKB: Dodge's top 50 albums in 2007
- Music for Kids Who Can't Read Good's favorite albums of 2007
After ...& the Mysterious Production of Eggs, my expectations were high for the whistling master and violin virtuoso Andrew Bird to produce another masterpiece. The album's more subdued sense of humor and somewhat darker instrumentation (more electric guitar!) work well with its title and theme...oh yes, the apocalypse. Every time I listen to "Yawny at the Apocalypse" I can feel a shiver run down my spine. At TGH's 2-year anniversary I declared Fiery Crash my favorite song of 2007, and it still holds true.
Andrew Bird - Cataracts
Buy Armchair Apocrypha from Amazon.com
Two Hours Traffic
Throughout the year I've found myself continually falling in love with this album's playful take on the intersection between pop music and life. I hope you find yourself listening and giggling too. Two Hours Traffic may have begun my (bad) jokes about being addicted to Canadian artists.
Two Hours Traffic - Nighthawks
Buy Little Jabs (directly from the band)
Admittedly, I've spent more time listening to Alligator this year than Boxer, but mostly I've just spent a lot of time with the National. In "Brainy" Matt Berninger sings, "You might need me more than you think you will," and I'd agree: without the National to bring a sad smile into dark places, I think would have lost my mind this year.
The National - Apartment Story
Buy Boxer from Amazon.com
The Shepherd's Dog
Iron & Wine
This album came as a pleasant surprise. Though he's kept his beard (too bad), Sam Beam is a new man - suddenly he's comfortable with a dramatic piano, guitar solos, and a real drum part... it's crazy! And beautiful...because the man's voice keeps everything in line.
Iron & Wine - The Devil Never Sleeps
Buy the Shepherd's Dog from Amazon.com
The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
Would I miss the opportunity to plug my favorite famous musically-inclined Oberlin alumnus? Never. Josh Ritter, who critics call "the new Bob (Dylan)" produced another prolific album. Beat that, Wesleyan!
Josh Ritter - Open Doors
Buy the Historical Conquests of... from Amazon.com
Page France and the Family Telephone
There's something in Michael Nau's songs that always manages to strike me unexpectedly, despite their cryptic and often whimsical lyrics and dainty instrumentation. This year I've found myself listening to ...and the Family Telephone on repeat, finding some deeper meaning for which words escape me. Goodness, what a great cop-out.
Page France - Wet Dog Afternoon
Buy ...and the Family Telephone
A Cork Tale Wake
Not only do I love this album, but Chris Bathgate has been one of my favorite discoveries this year. Usually I'm not a fan of music that takes itself too seriously, but Bathgate's talk of life-changing moments and awakenings grabbed me. Not to mention his delicate, beautiful instrumentation.
Chris Bathgate - Serpentine
Buy A Cork Tale Wake
Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
This album made the list despite my disappointment after seeing them live this year. Why? Because, to state it simply, I was converted to an Of Montreal fan this year entirely because of this album.
Of Montreal - Bunny Ain't No Kind of Rider
Buy Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? from Amazon.com
I've been dancing to this album's chaotic electro-rock city soundtrack all year and not writing about it on TGH. Shameful? Yes. Catchy? YES.
Peel - Oxford [alt link]
Buy Peel from Peek-A-Boo Records
Heroes and Sheroes
The Eames Era
This album was responsible for filling my ears with female-fronted indie pop all year, and I'm grateful. I think you'll find you are too.
The Eames Era - Could Be Anything
Buy Heroes and Sheroes from Insound
LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver
Pela: Anytown Graffiti
Sea Wolf: Leaves in the River
Not on the list: Bishop Allen. This is because, for me a least, The Broken String didn't really feel like a new release. I listened to the album as though it was the remastered version of 2006's greatest hits...otherwise it would be here.
Coming soon: best songs of 2007.