Thursday, February 22, 2007

The 11 Best Albums of 2007

Okay, yes, I own a calendar. I know it's only February. But just yesterday, I was talking to a friend of mine who said 2007 was the worst year in music he's ever lived through. Granted I thought he was talking out his ass and was accidentally saying 2007 when he really meant 2006. But he didn't. He claimed that usually by February there has been at least 2 or 3 great records released. This year, the best thing he heard was the new Shins and he hates the Shins. He challeneged me to come up with the 11 Best Albums so far this, for you go.

1. Bloc Party - A Weekend in the City - It's not as commercial as their debut but that's what makes this album so good. Scoping musical tracks push the band's sound in way that makes you think that these guys will surely outlive the 80s revival trend.
2. Bloc Party - Another Weekend in the City - Their internet only album is every bit as digestable as their debut. If that's the Bloc Party you want, then hunt this puppy down.
3. The Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future - A new generation of dance rock has been born. And these guys are leading the way. Think of them as the opening act for the new LCD Soundsystem out in March.
4. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? - It's not a dance record but it sure as hell moves like one. Stuck somewhere between Beck and the Flaming Lips, it's one helluva good time. Helluva? I sound like a freaking teenage girl.
5. Explosions in the Sky - - 10 years after the math rock trend was in it's last throws, EITS re-invents the genre by mashing it with emo grooves.
6. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Some Loud Thunder - Not as delicious as their first album but ten times more mature. It's like the band concentrated more on making interesting ever-evolving music rather than 3-minutes pop ditties.
7. Vietnam - Vietnam - They sound like a stoned version of Kings of Leon. Vietnam reminds of the cool guy at all the high school parties who would always share his weed with you.
8. The Good, The Bad, And The Queen - The Good, The Bad, And The Queen - No, I didn't just pick them because of their clever band name (well, sorta). A supergroup, featuring memebers of Blur, The Verve, The Clash, and Danger Mouse. The album sounds like a cross between Blur and Verve, but seriously, were you expecting it to sound differently?
9. The Frames - The Cost - If you're a fan of Damien Rice or Jose Gonzalez, this might be the record for you. A beautiful lo-fi acoustic journey with soft vocals that will melt your ice cream on the coldest of winter days.
10. America - Here & Now - Everybody's likes America, if you don't, then you're a terrorist. The soft rock kings make a pretty hefty comeback with an album produced by James Iha of the original Smashing Pumpkins and Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne . If that's not enough cool cred for you, Ryan Adams and Jim James of My Morning Jacket make guest appearences.
11. The Shins - Wincing The Night Away - If you haven't heard of this record then there's no reason to even be talking to you in the first place.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

The 11 Best Tracks on Bloc Party's "ANOTHER Weekend in the City"

The greatest thing about loving music is discovering new music before your friends do. There is no feeling greater than turning a buddy onto a new band that they've never heard of. Well, there is one feeling greater... Having a unreleased track by your friend's favorite band AND being able to introduce them to that. THAT may actually take the cake. As I posted in my last entry, a lost track is like Holy Grail in an audiphile's collection. And when you have one of those tracks and your friends don't then you're just that much cooler. UNLESS, you have an entire album of unreleased tracks. That may be the best.

Enter Bloc Party...

Their new album, A Weekend in the City, has received many lukewarm reviews. It's rather disappointing considering the great B-sides and EP tracks over the past couple of years. "Two More Years," "Hero" and "The Present" were exceptional and paved the way for one mother of an album. Only, the new album isn't that great. Don't get me wrong, it's not's just not that great. So what should you do when you're new album isn't living up to the incredibly high expectations of the world? Release a B-sides album simultaneously...that's actually better than the original album.

Why not release the B-Sides album as the A-sides album instead? Good question! But think about it. Everyone is going to be talking about the "secret B-Sides" album for the next few months. That only means Bloc Party will be on the tips of everyone's tongues. And in publicity and marketing...that's all you can ask for...consumers talking about your product. Hey, I got no work done today because I spent the whole day on the unofficial Bloc Party scavenger hunt!

Currently, it's being calling it "Another Weekend in the City." Since there is no "official" song list yet, here is my version. I think you'll like it.

Bloc Party's ANOTHER Weekend in the City:

1. Version 2.0
2. The Once And Future King
3. Cain Said To Abel
4. Secrets
5. Selfish Son
6. A Vision of Heaven
7. We Were Lovers
8. Rhododendrum
9. Atonement
10. England
11. Emma Kate's Accident

Now since I'm still trying to figure out where to host files, I'm linking to the sites that have the songs. Thank you i guess I'm floating, neiles life, The Test Pilot, The Next To Last Mohican, Indie Christoph., and As The Cry Flows.

AND if anyone can suggest an affordable place to host tracks...I would be very appreciative.