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Recap: Best Of 2007

If you haven’t noticed, it’s unlikely we will post any more detailed, comprehensive, elaborate posts about the media that appeared in 2007. But there’s this post. Which is slightly comprehensive (at least on the music side of things).

Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters by the Twilight Sad is the best album of 2007. Original, new, brilliant, meaningful, emotional, real, great. Great live performers, as well.

UPDATE: Curses by Future Of The Left is the second best album of 2007. It is a great record.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is probably the best 2007 film I have seen. It is the most enjoyable film of the year. UPDATE: Hot Fuzz is a pretty fantastic film.

Some of my favorite tracks of 2007 include (there are some covers here):

  • “Furwinked The Lion/Bear Song” by Tereu Tereu, from Feline Ambition
  • “Ed Is A Portal” by Akron/Family, from Love Is Simple
  • “City Of Echoes” by Pelican, from City Of Echoes
  • “The Opposite of Hallelujah” by Jens Lekman, from Night Falls Over Kortedala
  • “We’re All From Barcelona” by I’m From Barcelona, from Let Me Introduce My Friends
  • “I Love The Unknown” by Eef Barzelay, from the Rocket Science motion picture soundtrack
  • “Grizzly Jive” by Georgie James, from Play
  • “Pretty in Pink” by The National, from their Daytrotter Session
  • “Pinklon” and “Ethiopians” by the Mountain Goats, from their Daytrotter Session at SXSW
  • “Pom Pom” by Matthew Dear, from Asa Breed
  • “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright III, from Strange Weirdos…
  • “Conqueror” by Jesu, from Conqueror
  • “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver, from For Emma, Forever Ago
  • “Brand New Kind Of Actress” by Jason Isbell, from Sirens Of The Ditch
  • “Statues” by Foo Fighters, from Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
  • “I Was Zapped By The Lucky Super Rainbow” by The Flaming Lips, from Good Luck Chuck Soundtrack
  • “In Our Talons” by Bowerbirds, from Hymns For A Dark Horse
  • “Not A Problem” by Black Lips, from Los Valientes del Mundo Nuevo

And of course, the standard indie rock singles were all nice and fine:

  • “The Underdog” by Spoon, from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  • “Keep The Car Running” and “Neon Bible” by Arcade Fire, from Neon Bible
  • “Thrash Unreal” by Against Me!, from New Wave
  • “Dashboard” by Modest Mouse, from We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
  • “D.A.N.C.E.” by Justice, from † (yes, it’s a catchy song)

Some of my favorite albums of 2007 include (key track/s. If no key tracks that means the album is really, really good.):

  • Let’s Stay Friends by Les Savy Fav
  • A Place To Bury Strangers by A Place To Bury Strangers
  • In Rainbows by Radiohead
  • Armchair Apocrypha by Andrew Bird
  • Challengers by The New Pornographers ( “My Rights Versus Yours,” “Myriad Harbour”)
  • Sing the Greys (2006) by Frightened Rabbit ( “Be Less Rude,” “The Greys”)
  • Era Vulgaris by Queens of the Stone Age ( “Turnin’ On The Screw,” “I’m Designer,” “Misfit Love,” “3’s & 7’s”)
  • Places by Georgie James ( “Cake Parade,” “Need Your Needs”)
  • Casually Smashed To Pieces by the Six Parts Seven ( “Falling Over Evening” <great, great song)
  • From Beale Street To Oblivion by Clutch ( “You Can’t Stop Progress,” “When Vegans Attack”)
  • Graduation by Kanye West ( “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” “Stronger”)
  • Mirrored by Battles
  • It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s The Way You Land by Soulsavers ( “Revival,” “Paper Money,” “Kingdoms Of Rain”)
  • In Our Nature by José González

Notable Albums of 2007 include (they range from good/okay to excellent):

  • Friend Opportunity by Deerhoof ( “+81,” “Believe E.S.P.”)
  • Holy F**k by Holy F**k
  • Nothing Is Underrated by Joe Lally
  • Myth Takes by !!! ( “Must Be The Moon,” “Heart Of Hearts”)
  • HEALTH by HEALTH
  • U.F.O.s At The Zoo – The Legendary Concert In Oklahoma City by The Flaming Lips
  • VI by The F**king Champs
  • All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone by Explosions In The Sky
  • Legendary Demo by Clouds
  • Play Drums + Bass by C.O.C.O.
  • Here Come The Waterworks by Big Business
  • Adrian Orange & Her Friends by Adrian Orange & Her Friends
  • Good Bad Not Evil by Black Lips
  • The Last Days of Rome by Snog
  • Harmonic Tremors by Zozobra
  • Tears of the Valedictorian by Frog Eyes

– R.H.

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Review: There Will Be Blood

There was blood. And great, groundbreaking film making. Paul Thomas Anderson does not make movies, he makes symphonies, scoring themes and grand ideas with his characters and their stories. He is also the farthest thing from a typical Hollywood director, straying from both the lowest common denominator Michael Bay esque school of thinking and the quirky indie irony posse.

In fact, I am sure that almost every filmmaker in America wants what Paul Thomas Anderson has, the ability to make movies with final cut and relative independence with A list stars and constant funding. Anderson also draws fawning reviews and hyperbolic admiration. Award shows have not been especially kind to him but when he does not win, the institutions awarding the awards appear to be at fault and not him. All that being said, There Will Be Blood seemed destined for greatness from the start, especially since Daniel Day Lewis, a fine actor, whose amazing acting is commonly mistaken for overracting, would be the one anchoring Anderson’s loose adaptation of Upton Sinclair’s Oil.

The movie is concerned with the life and times of an oil man, Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day Lewis) in pre industrial America. The running time of around three hours might put off some but this movie is pure hypnosis. The performances, the incredible score by Jonny Greenwood, the trance like tracking shots and overall excellent cinematography all work harmoniously to form, you guessed it, a symphony. There Will Be Blood was destined for greatness and fully matched what filmgoers can expect when talent the level of Anderson and Lewis work together.

There are numerous standouts in Blood as well. Paul Dano forgoes his Little Miss Sunshine emo super quirky teenager past and thoroughly slips into the role of a preacher, Eli Sunday, who is possibly as deranged as the oilman, Plainview, that he rails against. Plainview’s son, whom he uses as a benign front for his dealings, also delivers an unusual amount of depth for a child actor, giving off a sense of ambiguity that’s apparent throughout the movie.

Now, we must discuss the ending. A large number of critics have hated it. I must say, however, that it was stunning and brilliant. It would have been a cruel joke to make a movie so singularly different and great as There Will Be Blood and top it off with a stock Hollywood ending. Instead, Anderson raises the volume of his symphony to delirious heights and delivers a flawless conclusion to a flawless picture.

Now to deviate from the script. It is not unfair to label this the next Citizen Kane, the film is an American epic much like Welles’ masterpeice. The entire film geek populace is on the lookout for Anderson’s next project, which hopefully will not take three years to make. How necessary is film school if he didn’t need it? Then again not everybody is a Paul Thomas Anderson. Where did he learn from and how did he become so technically proficient? That is the question.

-Vman

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Review: ‘In Rainbows’ by Radiohead

In Rainbows. Boy, oh, boy. It’s been the subject of blogmania for over a month now, and is still worthy of a write-up.

Radiohead’s seventh studio album got its famous release on October 10, 2007. Good fans (young, old, cheap, affluent, new, experienced, hobbits, Kim Jong Il, Chelsea Clinton) everywhere downloaded the album as the buildup for it exploded. Is the hype deserved? Very much so.

For brevity: In Rainbows is a very enjoyable album filled with musicality of a great level. Thom Yorke’s voice is amazing. Johnny Greenwood and the entire gang rock to glorious extent. ’15 Step’ is very catchy. ‘All I Need’ is very immediate. ‘Videotape’ is a superb closer. All the tracks are highlights, by the way, not just those three.

In Rainbows will surely be in the top 10, if not the top 5, of many, many year-end best-of lists. 2007: The year digital went household.

– R.H.

In Rainbows is a perfect blend of all that makes Radiohead well Radiohead. Critics adore OK Computer because it was essentially the perfect rock record, filled with dueling guitars and consistent themes of alienation in the modern world, OK Computer pushed the genre forward. What Radiohead and Thom Yorke specifically has tried to do since then is to leave rock behind. Mr.Yorke saw the future in electronica and drum machines not in one mic, two guitars, one bassist and one drummer.

Radiohead’s post OK Computer albums strictly adhere to this not a rock band complex. Kid A and Amnesiac feature distorted barely human vocals and forgo conventional strong structure for long, atmospheric compositions. In Rainbows is the product of all of this musical searching. Radiohead has finally realized that at heart it is a rock band but that their identity still remains flexible.

In Rainbows is a mix of emotive experimental ballads and just straight out rockers. 15 Step, Bodysnatchers, and Jigsaw Falling Into Place bring energy and come straight out of Radiohead’s glorious rockin’ past. Nude, Videotape, Faust Arp and House of Cards feature Yorke’s trademark abstract yet undeniably feeling lyrics and subtle,moving melodies. The 2nd best song on the album is the unclassifiably weird yet undeniably mind blowing Wierd Fishes/Apreggi. I guarantee you that as soon as you listen to this song you too will feel what it’s like “get eaten by the world.” That being said, I must take this opportunity to embrace my inner romantic sap and name Videotape the best song on In Rainbows and one of the best of 2007. You either feel it or you don’t. If you do feel it, you leave the song a changed human. If you do not, well you’re dead inside.

-Vman

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