Writer’s top 25 lists admin December 13, 2007 Music Keith Hollenkamp’s list: 25. No World for Tomorrow by Coheed and Cambria 24. We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank by Modest Mouse 23. Cassadaga by Bright Eyes 23. Is Is EP by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs 21. Armchair Apocrypha by Andrew Bird 20. Marry Me St. Vincent 19. † by Justice 18. The Reminder by Feist 17. Icky Thump by The White Stripes 16. The Great Unwanted by Lucky Soul 15. The Magic Position by Patrick Wolf 14. In Defense of the Genre by Say Anything 13. The Shepherd’s Dog by Iron & Wine 12. Good Bad Not Evil by Black Lips 11. Random Spirit Lover by Sunset Rubdown 10. Planet of Ice by Minus the Bear 9. Kala by M.I.A. 8. Person Pitch by Panda Bear 7. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga by Spoon 6. Stage Names by Okkervil River 5. Neon Bible by The Arcade Fire 4. Hissing Fauna Are You the Destroyer? By Of Montreal 3. Boxer by The National 2. In Rainbows by Radiohead 1. Strawberry Jam by Animal Collective Bonnie Stiernberg’s list: 25. Life in Cartoon Motion by Mika 24.Young Modern by Silverchair 23. At My Age by Nick Lowe 22. Our Love to Admire by Interpol 21. The Fragile Army by The Polyphonic Spree 20. Shotter’s Nation by Babyshambles 19. The Con by Tegan and Sara 18. Have Mercy by The Mooney Suzuki 17. Calling The World by Rooney 16. The Redwalls by The Redwalls 15. Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? by of Montreal 14. Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys 13. Cookies by 1990s 12. Kala by M.I.A. 11. Cryptograms by Deerhunter 10. Boxer by The National 9. VietNam by VietNam 8. Person Pitch by Panda Bear 7. Sky Blue Sky by Wilco 6. In Rainbows by Radiohead 5. Icky Thump by The White Stripes 4. The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter by Josh Ritter 3. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga by Spoon 2. Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss 1. The Stage Names by Okkervil River Trendy Rende’s list: 25. The Stage Names by Okkervil River 24. Neon Bible by Arcade Fire 23. Person Pitch by Panda Bear 22. Liars by Liars 21. We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank by Modest Mouse 20. Wincing The Night Away by The Shins 19. The Shepard’s Dog by Iron and Wine 18. Challengers by The New Pornographers 17. Some Loud Thunder by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 16. The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse by The Besnard Lakes 15. Graduation by Kanye West 14. Desire by Pharoae Monch 13. Myth Takes by !!! 12. Lets Stay Friends by Les Savy Fav 11. Random Spirit Lover by Sunset Rubdown 10. Boxer by The National 9. Places Like This by Architecture in Helsinki 8. Strawberry Jam by Animal Collective 7. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga by Spoon 6. I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead by El-P 5. Mirrored by Battles 4. Kala by M.I.A. 3. Hissing Fauna, Are you The Destroyer? by Of Montreal 2. Sound of Silver by LCD Soundsystem 1. In Rainbows by Radiohead Anthony Collebrusco’s list: 25. “Kala” by M.I.A. 24. “Cookies” by 1990s 23. “Mirrored” by Battles 22. “Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon” by Devendra Banhart 21. “No World for Tomorrow” by Coheed and Cambria 20. “Music from Regions Beyond” by Tiger Army 19. “Magic” by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 18. “Planet of Ice” by Minus the Bear 17. “Neon Bible” by The Arcade Fire 16. “The Mix-Up” by The Beastie Boys 15. “Finding Forever” – Common 14. “All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone” by Explosions in the Sky 13. “Cassadaga” by Bright Eyes 12. “Myth Takes” by !!! 11. “None Shall Pass” by Aesop Rock 10. “Super Taranta!” by Gogol Bordello 9. “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” by Spoon 8. “Graduation” by Kanye West 7. “Boxer” by The National 6. “The Stage Names” by Okkervil River 5. “8 Diagrams” by Wu-Tang Clan – Yeah, yeah. I know this album just came out Tuesday, which is one thing in itself, but calling it my favorite hip-hop of the year is bordering on insane, right? It’s really better than Graduation??? Oh yes. Wu-tang brings the grit back to hip-hop in a way that no other 8-piece hip-hop group can (not counting a posthumous appearance by ODB). 8 Diagrams is as dirty as it is well-produced and it’s rare to find a hip-hop album that is balanced like that. Or one that has John Frusciante. On an adaptation of a Beatles song. Yeah. 4. “New Wave” by Against Me! – Amidst cries of “sell-outs” from traditionalists, Against Me! have solidified their place in mainstream culture with their fourth full-length studio album. While some credit must be given to the masterful production by Butch Vig, the simple fact is that Against Me! has never been better. They rock as hard as ever musically and lyrically, we see a band with sincerity and devotion to the thing they do best (i.e. rock my face off). 3. “Because of the Times” by Kings of Leon – The three brothers and one cousin that comprise Tennessee Southern rock band Kings of Leon have come a long way after only three albums. Their maturity is evident in this album with songs like the epic seven-minute opener “Knocked Up” and their first single “On Call.” Gone is the sound of an aggressive rock n’ roll garage band that characterized their first album, but it’s not lost – Kings of Leon adapt to the times because of the times. 2. “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank” by Modest Mouse – After the mainstream success of Good News for People Who Love Bad News, Modest Mouse reemerge with this gem. It’s no The Moon and Antarctica but it’s aggressive, darker, and equipped with a fuller sound than previous albums, thanks to an newly stacked lineup featuring Johnny Marr, formerly of the Smiths. Modest Mouse may not be the same band we knew three years ago and they are, for sure, not the band we knew five years ago, but they’re still good enough to make number two on this list, so keep it up you crazy mice. 1. “In Rainbows” by Radiohead – The drum beat kicks in on “15 Step,” the first track of Radiohead’s newest masterpiece, and I, foolishly expecting a standard 4/4 beat, trip over the extra beat of a dancey 5/4 and quickly readjust to the time signature. And that pretty much sums up Radiohead – just when you expect a little more of the same, they take their music in a completely new direction. In Rainbows is beautiful, simple, nothing like they’ve ever done before, and, in that sense, pure Radiohead. There is no doubting the potential implications this album has towards future album release and distribution methods either. Josh Fisher’s list: 25. Rise To Your Knees by Meat Puppets 24. Snakes and Arrows by Rush 23. Friend and Foe by Menomena 22. Fear of a Blank Planet by Porcupine Tree 21. Strawberry Jam by Animal Collective 20. Oh, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? by Of Montreal 19. Myth Takes by !!! 18. Fragile Army by The Polyphonic Spree 17. Graduation by Kanye West 16. Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow by Coheed & Cambria 15. The Conch by moe. 14. Challengers by The New Pornographers 13. In Rainbows by Radiohead 12. The Shepherd’s Dog by Iron and Wine 11. The Stage Names by Okkervil River 10. UFOs at the Zoo by The Flaming Lips [MVI format] — Music Video Interactive is cutting edge technology that can potentially revitalize the music industry. The Lips’ live performance at Oklahoma City Zoo is captured beautifully as an album and as a feature film, all in one disc. 9. Alive 2007 by Daft Punk 8. We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank by Modest Mouse 7. Sky Blue Sky by Wilco 6. Neon Bible by Arcade Fire 5. Wincing the Night Away by The Shins 4. Dream by Keller Williams — This album has more special guests than Graduation! 3. Planet of Ice by Minus The Bear 2. Because of the Times by Kings of Leon 1. Armchair Apocrypha by Andrew Bird — It blew me away to hear a couple recycled motifs from 2003s Weather Systems become fully developed songs on this record. He continues to set the standard with his clever lyrics and vast musical arrangements. Joe Smyth’s list: 25 Albums That Are Better Than Britney Spear’s Blackout 25. Super Taranta! by Gogol Bordello 24. Shotters Nation by Babyshambles 23. Destroy Their Future by American Steel 22. Armchair Apocrypha by Andrew Bird 21. T.I. vs. T.I.P. by T.I.” — This isn’t as good as King, but the T.I.P. part of this album is great. 20. Once Upon a Time in the West by Hard-Fi 19. Somewhere in the Between by Streetlight Manifesto 18. Finding Forever by Common 17. Made of Bricks by Kate Nash — She’s like Lily Allen, but a lot better. 16. † by Justice 15. Four One Five Two by Sundowner 14. Kala by M.I.A. 13. Living with the Living by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists 12. Graduation by Kanye West 11. Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? by of Montreal 10. The Reminder by Feist 9. Yours Truly, Angry Mob by Kaiser Chiefs” — This album can put anyone in a good mood at anytime. 8. Eardrum by Talib Kweli 7. A Weekend in the City by Bloc Party 6. Neon Bible by Arcade Fire 5. Voxtrot by Voxtrot 4. Cold and Kind by The 1900’s —These guys are on local label Parasol and not getting nearly enough love. 3. The Black and White Album by The Hives 2. Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys 1. New Wave by Against Me! Tommy Trafton’s list: Stop pretending…this wasn’t a great year for new music. I wish Sky Blue Sky didn’t make it on my list (is Wilco starting to sound their age?) but I couldn’t find much else to bump it off. The anticipation for Neon Bible was overwhelming, but not as much as the eternal drone of Win’s new cathedral organ obsession. And I guess Kanye West graduated. On the other hand, however, these disappointments allowed us the opportunity to recognize new talent. Persistent artists such as White Rabbits, Tunng, and Caribou, after a few tries, finally established themselves as innovators. Feist deservingly broke out into the mainstream as the National calmly and gently reconfirmed their genius. Battles turned the art of recording upside down and Radiohead…came out with an album. Anyways, here is the list: 25. Sky Blue Sky by Wilco 24. We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank by Modest Mouse 23. Love is Simple by Akron/Family 22. Graduation by Kanye West 21. The Shepherd’s Dog by Iron and Wine 20. Let’s Stay Friends by Les Savy Fav 19. Tio Bitar by Dungen 18. Sound of Silver by LCD Soundsystem 17. Good Arrows by Tunng 16. The Flying Club Cup by Beirut 15. Pride by Phosphorescent 14. The Stage Names by Okkervil River 13. The Reminder by Feist 12. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga by Spoon 11. Neon Bible by The Arcade Fire 10. The Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse by The Besnard Lakes 9. Emotionalism by The Avett Brothers 8. Back East by Joshua Redman 7. Night Falls Over Kortedala by Jens Lekman 6. Andorra by Caribou 5. In Rainbows by Radiohead 4. Organic Warfare by Phronesis 3. Fort Nightly by White Rabbits 2. Boxer by The National 1. Mirrored by Battles Tom Cyrs’ list: 25. Yours To Keep by Albert Hammond Jr. 24. Some Loud Thunder by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 23. Our Love to Admire by Interpol 22. Tio Bitar by Dungen 21. We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank by Modest Mouse 20. Good Bad Not Evil by The Black Lips 19. In Our Bedroom After the War by Stars 18. Kala by M.I.A. 17. Wincing the Night Away by The Shins 16. Friend and Foe by Menomena 15. Cease To Begin by Band of Horses 14. The Stage Names by Okkervil River 13. Cryptograms by Deerhunter 12. The Reminder by Feist 11. Icky Thump by The White Stripes 10. Sky Blue Sky by Wilco 9. Boxer by The National 8. Strawberry Jam by Animal Collective 7. Because of the Times by Kings of Leon 6. Armchair Apocrypha by Andrew Bird 5. † by Justice 4. Sound of Silver by LCD Soundsystem 3. In Rainbows by Radiohead 2. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga by Spoon 1. Neon Bible by Arcade Fire Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.