Friday, December 21, 2007

Best Music of 2007?

Hello there fellow music-lovers!

We here at Rising Hegemon HQ are dealing with our feelings of abandonment now that Atta J. Turk have left us for some holiday with his folks. 

So, one item that we came up with was to share our responsibility in creating a Best Music of 2007 list.  Now, of course, in creating such a list there comes great awesome responsibility.  And this power must be wielded carefully.

For example, I do not understand the buzz around Amy Winehouse - the CD left me cold and the live performances that I have seen were simply awful.  Not just bad but may the ground open up and swallow her to never be seen again awful.  So, perhaps some of you can explain to me why her CD is so good, I just can't hear it.

Some music just fell a little short of making my list:  The Fratellis, Bruce Springsteen, Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, The Nines, Everybody Else, Minipop, Tori Amos, Kaiser Chiefs, Leona Lewis, Arctic Monkeys, Last Stone Cast (exciting heavy band from Cleveland) and Jason Faulkner.  All had good records this year but were not as good as they could be - in some way to my listening they failed to live up to their potential.  And for something to make the 'Best of' list', the entire CD has to grab my attention.

DeDurkheim, all around enjoyer of music, has generated a long list of some of his faves for 2007 (the list is in no way complete but does get this experiment off the ground).  The list below crosses a few musical boundaries because I listen to lots of different stuff.  I will write another post about the reasoning behind my choices soon.

In no particular order, I give you:

DeDurkheim's Best Music of 2007

Linda Thompson Versatile Heart
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace
Fountains of Wayne Traffic & Weather
Rooney Calling the World
Paul McCartney Memory Almost Full
Graham Parker Don't Tell Columbus
Mitch Easter Dynamico
Lily Allen Alight, Still
The White Stripes Icky Thump
Son Volt The Search
Radiohead In Rainbows
Wilco Sky Blue Sky
Richard Thompson Sweet Warrior
The Eagles Long Road out of Eden
Robert Plant and Alison Kraus Rising Sand
Kanye West Graduation
Ian Hunter Shrunken Heads
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
Cold War Kids Robbers & Cowards
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Tomahawk Anonymous
Monarch Lowly
Donald Fagan The Nightfly Trilogy
Scott Colley Architect of the Silent Moment

So, what are your favorites for 2007?

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