Belated USSM 2007 Music post
The last off-season post was a hit with some people and annoying to others. If you’re in the latter group, please, don’t read any further.
Plug: here’s the unofficial last.fm USSM group.
DMZ’s Top Ten of 07, not in a particular order
LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver. I feel the same way I did about “Funeral” — I listened to it a couple of times and it was good, and then there was one listen where I just got it.
The National, Boxer. Mmmmmmm. Ridiculously good listening.
Modest Mouse, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. I love Modest Mouse so much.
Neon Bible, Arcade Fire.
The Meaning of 8, Cloud Cult.
Myth Takes, !!!
Learn to Sing Like a Star, Kirsten Hersh. I really like this album, but it also kind of grates on me to the point I don’t listen to it that often.
Disclaimer on the next entries: I once listened to a lot of shoegaze. Now I’m listening to Mogwai… so bands like Explosions in the Sky and Worker Bee start off with a huge advantage.
All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone, Explosions in the Sky
Divorce Your Legs, Worker Bee. Worker Bee is ridiculously obscure. They have some tracks on their myspace page.
You, You’re a History in Rust, Do Make Say Think. Yup.
Other stuff I listened to a lot: MIA’s Kala, A Weekend in the City, Bloc Party, Love of Diagrams’ Mosaic, The Reminder, Feist, Alright, Still, Lily Allen (this was hilarious to listen to while in London, War Stories, UNKLE, uhhh… I realize I could go on for a long, long time. I think the only thing super critically-acclaimed I didn’t get was Radiohead, which I haven’t even listened to. I feel like — okay, so I’m a huge beer drinker. I don’t like Mack & Jack’s at all. I’ve had it a couple of times, and I don’t hate it, it’s not disgusting, and when people tell me why they like it, I can see why, but I still don’t like the taste.
That’s how I feel when people talk to me about Radiohead. Yes, I understand that I should like them, given the other music I’m into. But I don’t.
Anyway. KEXP’s year-end list was quite good. We’re fortunate here to have KEXP in town, even if it means sometimes you tune in and get CGx44′s “Two Hours of Faint Office Noises and Anti-melodic Scratching Show”.