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Monday, December 31, 2007

Seventy-three albums I liked in 2007

Your mileage may vary, but for me, best year ever.

1. M.I.A., Kala: We are the one who make a brighter day, so let's start giving.
2. Arcade Fire, Neon Bible: Helping us understand why this world-historical moment is emo.
3. Gogol Bordello, Super Taranta!: Helping us understand why we shouldn't be emo in this world-historical moment.
4. Golden Afrique Vol. 2: "The best Congolese album in the world... ever!"
5. Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra, MTO Vol. 1: Translated to the present, or, all your Basie are belong to us.
6. Miranda Lambert, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Unlike the Dixie Chicks, she understands the fun of violence is in the anticipation.
7. Yo La Tengo, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass: Ira should get into a Guitar Hero game any century now.
8. Jewels and Binoculars, Ships with Tattooed Sails: Better than Muldaur's Dylan covers album because it doesn't have any words.
9. Gothic Archies, The Tragic Treasury: Deadpan with a capital "dead".
10. African Pearls: Congo: Rumba on the River: A more coherent Congolese collection, though with lower highs than the Golden Afrique volume.

11. Art Pepper, Unreleased Art Vol. 1
12. Powerhouse Sound, Oslo/Chicago Breaks
13. Lupe Fiasco, Food and Liquor
14. Manu Chao, La Radiolina
15. The Apples in Stereo, New Magnetic Wonder
16. Common, Finding Forever
17. Lil Wayne, Da Drought 3
18. Youssou N'Dour, Rokku Mi Rokka
19. Rilo Kiley, Under the Blacklight
20. Brakes, The Beatific Visions
21. Justice, Cross
22. Maria Muldaur, Heart of Mine: Love Songs of Bob Dylan
23. Balkan Beat Box, Nu Med
24. Fountains of Wayne, Traffic and Weather
25. Les Savy Fav, Let's Stay Friends
26. The Rough Guide to Astor Piazzolla
27. Lily Allen, Alright, Still
28. Spoon, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
29. LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver
30. The White Stripes, Icky Thump
31. Africa Remix: Ah Freak Iya
32. Fats Domino, Alive and Kickin'
33. James McMurtry, Childish Things
34. Fanfare Ciocarlia, Queens and Kings
35. Bebo Valdes, Bebo de Cuba
36. Lee "Scratch" Perry, Panic in Babylon
37. James Murphy & Pat Mahoney, FabricLive.38
38. Vandermark 5, Free Jazz Classics Vols 3 & 4
39. Against Me!, New Wave
40. Public Enemy, How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul
41. The Thermals, The Body, The Blood, The Machine
42. Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat
43. David Murray Black Saint Quartet, Sacred Ground
44. Albert van Veenendaal, Predictable Point of Impact
45. The Sound of Girls Aloud
46. Busdriver, Fear of a Black Tangent
47. Billy Bang Quartet, Above and Beyond
48. Blueprint, 1988
49. Jesus H. Christ & the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse
50. The Knife, Silent Shout
51. John Fogerty, Revival
52. The Ponys, Celebration Castle
53. Kanye West, Graduation
54. The Handsome Family, Last Days of Wonder
55. Wolfgang Muthspiel & Brian Blade, Friendly Travelers
56. Lucinda Williams, West
57. Mariem Hassan con Leyoad
58. Nils Petter Molvaer, An American Compilation
59. Sir Douglas Quintet, Live in Austin, TX
60. Kahil El'Zabar's Infinity Orchestra, Transmigration
61. Adam Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra, New Magical Kingdom
62. Mario Pavone Sextet, Deez to Blues
63. Scritti Politti, White Bread, Black Beer
64. Balkan Beat Box
65. Gerry Hemingway Quartet, The Whimbler
66. Dennis Gonzalez's Spirit Meridian, Idle Wild
67. Bokoor Beats
68. Radiohead, In Rainbows
69. Rachid Taha, Tekitoi
70. Ibrahim Electric Meets Ray Anderson
71. Scott Hamilton, Back in New York
72. Steve Lacy Quartet, Esteem
73. Nils Petter Molvaer, Streamer

For completeness, here's everything I listened to this year.

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