Sing a Song of ’07

Posted by Jim on Dec 30th, 2007
Dec 30

I listened to more new music this year than any previous year, thanks to all the music blogs listed in the sidebar.  It’s through them that I discovered all sorts of new bands and great albums.  What follows is a list of my favorite albums of the year (in alphabetical order).

  • Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights
  • Daft Punk – Alive 207
  • Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha
  • The National – Boxer
  • New Pornographers – Challengers
  • Chromeo – Fancy Footwork
  • Polyphonic Spree – Fragile Army
  • Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  • Octopus Project – Hello Avalanche
  • Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
  • Josh Ritter – The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
  • Broken West – I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On
  • White Stripes – Icky Thump
  • Stars – In Our Bedroom After the War
  • Rustic Overtones – Light At the End
  • Hold Steady – Live at Fingertips EP
  • The Miss Fairchild Mix Tape
  • Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala
  • Shout Out Louds – Our Ill Wills
  • Feist – The Reminder
  • Bettye Lavette – Scene of the Crime
  • Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
  • Dan Deacon – Spiderman of the Rings
  • Okkervil River – The Stage Names
  • David Bromberg – Try Me One More Time
  • Rilo Kiley – Under the Blacklight
  • Mavis Staples – We’ll Never Turn Back
  • Shins – Wincing the Night Away
  • Black Kids – Wizard of Ahhs EP

Late every December, I like to make a mix CD of my favorite songs from the past year to play at whatever New Years party I find myself at.  This year, I heard so much good music, I had to make two discs.  Here are the track lists:

Disc 1 (Track – Artist – Album)

  1. Tell Me    Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings    100 Days, 100 Nights
  2. Section 22: Running Away    The Polyphonic Spree    The Fragile Army
  3. Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse    Of Montreal    Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
  4. Okie Dokie    Dan Deacon    Spiderman of the Rings
  5. Truck    The Octopus Project    Hello Avalanche
  6. + 81    Deerhoof    Friend Opportunity
  7. Rehab    Amy Winehouse    Back To Black
  8. Down in the Valley    The Broken West    I Can’t Go On I’ll Go On
  9. 15    Rilo Kiley    Under The Blacklight
  10. Ankle Injuries    Fujiya & Miyagi    Transparent Things
  11. The Underdog    Spoon    Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  12. A Postcard to Nina    Jens Lekman    Night Falls Over Kortedala
  13. I Feel It All    Feist    The Reminder
  14. Myriad Harbour    The New Pornographers    Challengers
  15. You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)    The White Stripes    Icky Thump
  16. What’s Left Behind    The Sadies    New Seasons
  17. Hate It Here    Wilco    Sky Blue Sky
  18. Our Life is Not a Movie or Maybe    Okkervil River    The Stage Names
  19. A Comet Appears    The Shins    Wincing The Night Away
  20. Empty Hearts    Josh Ritter    The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
  21. Light At The End    Rustic Overtones    Light At The End

Disc 2

  1. The Dance of the Hours    The Clientele    God Save the Clientele
  2. Heretics    Andrew Bird    Armchair Apocrypha
  3. Melody Day    Caribou    Andorra
  4. Computer Camp Love    Datarock    Datarock Datarock
  5. Around The World / Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger    Daft Punk    Alive 2007
  6. D.A.N.C.E.    Justice    †
  7. Det snurrar i min skalle    Familjen    Det snurrar i min skalle
  8. Paper Planes    M.I.A.    Kala
  9. Grace Kelly    Mika    Life In Cartoon Motion
  10. I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You    Black Kids    Wizard of Ahhhs
  11. Boy With A Coin    Iron & Wine    The Shepherd’s Dog
  12. Two    Ryan Adams    Easy Tiger
  13. I Want You to Want Me    The Holmes Brothers    State Of Grace
  14. Before the Money Came (The Battle of Bettye Lavette)    Bettye Lavette    The Scene of the Crime
  15. Mistaken For Strangers    The National    Boxer
  16. Welfare Bread    King Khan & His Shrines    What Is?!
  17. Tonight I Have To Leave It    Shout Out Louds    Our Ill Wills
  18. Missed the Boat    Modest Mouse    We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
  19. The Man In Love    Nick Lowe    At My Age
  20. When I Get To The Border    M. Ward ft. Zooey Deschanel    The Go-Getter OST
  21. The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room    Flight of the Conchords

There are a few albums I have yet to hear, which may end up added to my list of 2007 favorites (such as the I’m Not There soundtrack and releases from The Autumn Defense, Ween, Bruce Springsteen, and Son Volt), but as of year-end these are my favorites.  What were some of your favorite songs/albums from the past year?  What have I missed that I should check out?