5 Acts: December 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

My Favorite Albums of 2007

20. Celebration - The Modern Tribe

19. The Deadly Syndrome - The Ortolan

18. White Rabbits - Fort Nightly

17. You Say Party! We Say Die! - Lose All Time

16. Le Loup - The Throne Of The Third Heaven Of The Nations' Millennium General Assembly

15. Throw Me The Statue - Moonbeams

14. Thrushes - Sun Come Undone

13. Cloud Cult - The Meaning Of 8

12. Tegan And Sara - The Con

11. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank

10. Stateless - Stateless

09. The Twilight Sad - Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters

08. The Mary Onettes - The Mary Onettes

07. Mobius Band - Heaven

06. Blonde Redhead - 23

05. The Eames Era - Heroes + Sheroes

04. Pash - The Best Gun

03. The National - Boxer

02. Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position

01. The Rosebuds - Night Of The Furies

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Jealous Girlfriends' Favorites of 2007

1. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
2. The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard lakes Are The Dark Horse
3. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
4. The Clientele - God Save The Clientele

5. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam

6. Celebration - The Modern Tribe

1. Celebration - The Modern Tribe
2. Land Of Talk - Applause Cheer Boo Hiss EP
3. Joan As Police Woman - Real Life
4. Illinois - What The Hell Do I Know? EP
5. Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton - Knvies Don't Have Your Back

6. Beach House - Beach House


1. Radiohead - In Rainbows
2. The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse
3. Illinois - What The Hell Do I Know? EP
4. The Clientele - God Save The Clientele
5. The Good, The Bad & The Queen - The Good, The Bad & The Queen

1. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
2. Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends
3. Blonde Redhead - 23
4. The Good, The Bad & The Queen - The Good, The Bad & The Queen
5. Radiohead - In Rainbows

The Jealous Girlfriends on MySpace

The Jealous Girlfriends on The Hype Machine

Club 8's Favorites of 2007

Karolina and John share their top ten albums for '07.

01. Television Personalities - Are We Nearly There Yet?
02. The Mary Onettes - The Mary Onettes

03. Taken By Trees - Open Field

04. The National - Boxer

05. Sambassadeur - Migration

06. Richard Hawley - Lady's Bridge

07. Mikkel Metal - Brone And Wait

08. Burial - Untrue

09. Nick Lowe - At My Age

10. Kent - Tillbaka Till Samtiden

The Artificial Sea: Kevin's Top 5

1. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Dandelion Gum
2. Burial - Untrue

3. The Go! Team - Proof of Youth

4. The Slop - The Slop

5. The White Noise - An Electric Storm (re-issue)

Ladybirds: Teeter reflects

(a few words from Teeter)

I've been trying to think long and hard about the band/bands that affected me most this year and the outstanding choice for me would, hands down, have to be Okkervil River.

At the beginning of 2006, I went through this phase where I thought it was high time to break up with music, not sure why, mostly because I'm dramatic (Regional Community Theater, sup!) and reactionary and music and all the trappings surrounding it had been wearing me down.

A year later, Okkervil was the band that inadvertantly lead me back to music and made me fall in love with it even harder than I had the first time around.

All of their records have been on my personal loop for most of 2007, with an exacted focus on
Black Sheep Boy and their newest masterpiece, The Stage Names.

The songs that have hit me the hardest from
The Stage Names: "Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe," "Plus Ones," "A Girl In Port," and "Unless It's Kicks."

I can't get these songs to stop spinning around the internal record player of my head and I can't get this band out of the Most Important Band Of The Last 10 Years slot in my brain and heart.

During CMJ this year I had the opportunity to meet Okkervil lead singer, Will Sheff - and I could not, for the life of me, formulate any words outside of, "Hi, I'm Teeter" because I was so shy in the face of such a gifted boy. Normally, I never shut up!

I don't really know what else to say beyond this, except that I love them to death and I can't thank them enough for renewing my faith in contemporary tune-making.

Thanks so so so much for being so kind to our band this year. We love you!


Ladybrids on MySpace

Ladybrids on The Hype Machine

My Teenage Stride: Favorites in 2007

Not at all necessarily released this year...

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Funkadelic - Funkadelic / Free Your Mind / Maggot Brain

Frank Zappa - Absolutely Free

Neu! - Neu 75

Guided By Voices - Suitcase 2

Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds

John Cale - Fear

Tubeway Army

Dion - Runaround Sue (album)

Fear - More Beer

overlord - The World Takes

Brian Eno - Before & After Science

Primus - Frizzle Fry


1.The King Khan & BBQ Show

2. Numbers - Now You Are This

3. The Clientele - God Save The Clientele

4. Black Lips - Good Bad Not Evil

5. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?


Bonnie “Prince” Billy – The Letting Go

Funkadelic - Maggot Brain

Ethiopiques Vol. 1, 4 and 7

Tinawiren - Aman Iman: Water Is Life


Roger Waters - Amused To Death

Rush - Signals

Christie Front Drive - Stereo

Genesis - Three Sides Live

My Teenage Stride on MySpace

My Teenage Stride on The Hype Machine

Monday, December 17, 2007

shuffle: 2007

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Jukebox The Ghost's Favorites of 2007

Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

Lily Allen - Alright, Still

Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin

Radiohead - In Rainbows

Panda Bear - Person Pitch

Battles - Mirrored

Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

Travis Morrison - All Y'All

They Might Be Giants - The Else

The Muggabears' Favorite Songs of 2007

Liars - Leather Prowler
Talibam! - Ordination Of The Globetrotting Conscripts

Slasher Risk - Side A

Grizzly Bear - Alligator

Deerhunter - Like New

The Fiery Furnaces - Restorative Beer

Sean Wilde's Top 7 for 2007

1. Siouxsie - Mantaray
2. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

3. PJ Harvey - White Chalk

4. LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver

5. Blonde Redhead - 23

6. Depeche Mode - Black Celebration (re-issue)

7. David Bowie - Young Americans (re-issue)

The Cloud Room's Favorites

Foreign Born - On The Wing Now
Milton Nascimento - Cluba de Esquina (1972)

Black Moth Super Rainbow - Dandelion Gum

Radiohead - In Rainbows

Panda Bear - Person Pitch

Low - Drums And Guns

Nicole Atkins - Neptune City

The Good, The Bad & The Queen - The Good, The Bad & The Queen

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

Of Montreal - Hissing Faun, Are You The Destroyer?

Amy Winehouse - Back To Black

Robert Wyatt - Comicopera

Bat For Lashes - What's A Girl To Do
Gwen Stafani - The Sweet Escape

Mark Ronson - Stop Me

Soft - You Make Me Wanna Die

The Shins - Phantom Limb

Dappled Cities - Fire Fire Fire

The National - Fake Empire

Amy Winehouse - Rehab

Panda Bear - Comfy In Nautica

Arthur & Yu - Absurd Heroes Manifesto

Menomena - Rotten Hell

The Cloud Room on MySpace

The Cloud Room on The Hype Machine

The Western States Motel's Favorites

The Good, The Bad & The Queen - The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Dr. Dog – We All Belong
Field Music – Tones Of Town

A Band Of Bees – Octopus

The Deadly Syndrome – The Ortolan

Blitzen Trapper – Wild Mountain Nation

Earlimart – Mentor Tormentor

The Broken West – I Can’t Go On I’ll Go On

Caribou – Andorra

The Johnny Cash TV Show - The Best of Johnny Cash

Saturday, December 15, 2007

shuffle: 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

Georgie James's Favorites of 2007

1. Las Palabras - Demos
Rafael from Supersystem's new thing -- sung in Spanish, just him and his amazing guitar playing. Not sure when this will come out, but it's great!

2. Antelope - Reflector
One of the best albums to come out of DC in a long time.

3. Chuck Brown - "Chuck Baby"
As far as Go-Go goes, I'm actually not a big fan of Chuck Brown. I know he's the Godfather and all, but I'm more of an RE/Junkyard guy. That said, this song is a great and it's pretty impressive that someone who's been around as long as Chuck Brown is still able to sound this fresh.

4. Axe Riverboy - "Roundabout"
Off Tutu To Tango, the new solo record from Tahiti 80's Xavier Boyer. Not too dissimilar from Tahiti 80 but fairly well stripped of the electronic touches that have started to dominate their albums. This song is the best of the lot.

5. Ted Leo And The Pharmacists - "The Unwanted Things"
This song is even better live, but the recorded version of this indie-rocksteady tune remains solid. Ted has a rich understanding and respect for rocksteady and Jamaican music, so this comes off as appreciation, not appropriation.


1. The Republic Tigers - Demos
A friend of mine has a band that opened for The Republic Tigers somewhere out in the big US of A this past year and passed along their demos to me. They hardly sound like demos. They're pretty brilliant -- great melodies, inventive production. Last I heard they were still unsigned. This blows my mind. I think we'll be hearing a lot more of them in 2008.

Actually, I have great news for you, Laura. They've just recently signed to the new label Chop Shop - founded by Alex Patsavas, music supervisor for shows like Grey's Anatomy and The OC (RIP). We will most definitely be hearing more from these guys in '08.

2. Dr. Dog - We All Belong
By far one of my favourite new bands, and an amazing album from start to finish to boot. I love their Brian Wilson-ish arrangments and harmonies. A nod to the past, but still fresh.

3. Keren Ann - Keren Ann
Her last album was lovely, but this one is richer in a Velvet Undergound meets Phillip Glass kind of way. I like to see that she's stretching and trying new things, working her velvety voice around new, rawer instrumentation.

4. Richard Swift - Dressed Up For The Letdown
My heart breaks every time I listen to this album but in the best way possible. I'm blown away by the subtle things he does to upend the whole world. A single line, a little melody, a minor chord change, all these things quiet breaths that knock the whole house of cards flat.

5. The Clientele - God Save The Clientele
For some reason this was my definitive summer album, even though it works in quiet waves, more like the lush soundtrack for late fall or the bleak of the winter months. Not really a riot or a new perspective but still entirely gorgeous.

Georgie James on MySpsace

Georgie James on The Hype Machine

Frightened Rabbit's Favorites of 2007

1. The Twilight Sad - Fourteen Autumns And Fifteen Winters
2. Rock Plaza Central - Are We Not Horses?
3. Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin
4. The National - Boxer
5. Queens Of The Stone Age - Era Vulgaris


1. The Twilight Sad - Walking For Two Hours
2. Rihanna - Umbrella
3. Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
4. The National - Fake Empire
5. We Were Promised Jetpacks - Quiet Little Voices

Frightened Rabbit on MySpace

Frightened Rabbit on The Hype Machine

A Sunny Day In Glasgow's Favorites

Tegan And Sara - The Con
Interpol - Our Love to Admire
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart EP
Ulrich Schnauss - Goodbye
Suzanne Vega - Beauty And Crime


1. Tickley Feather (she didn't put out a record this year, but this was my favorite music)
2. The Field - From Here We Go Sublime
3. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
4. Ulrich Schnauss - Goodbye
5. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart EP

A Sunny Day In Glasgow on MySpace

A Sunny Day In Glasgow on The Hype Machine

Parenthetical Girls' Favorites

In alphabetical order...

Au - Au
BARR - Summary
Celebration - The Modern Tribe
Dan Deacon - Spiderman Of The Rings
Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity
Dirty Projectors - Rise Above
Tujiko Noriko - Solo
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Keith Rowe - The Room
Sachiko M - Salon de Sachiko

Parenthetical Girls on MySpace

Parenthetical Girls on The Hype Machine

Immaculate Machine: Brooke's Favorites

Hylozoists - La Nouvelle Gauche
Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
Fort Wilson Riot - Idigaragua
The Choir Practice - The Choir Practice
Spoon - Ga G Ga Ga Ga

fun song of the year:
I'm From Barcelona - We're From Barcelona

Immaculate Machine on MySpace

Immaculate Machine on The Hype Machine

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Love Of Diagrams: Luke's Favorites

In no particular order...

Deerhunter - Cryptograms
Electrelane - No Shouts, No Calls
Eddy Current Suppression - Eddy Current Suppression
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Pylon - Gyrate + (re-issue)

Love Of Diagrams on MySpace

Love Of Diagrams on The Hype Machine

Small Sins: Thom's Favorites of 2007

Thom from Small Sins tells me that he only really enjoyed three albums this year. This means either he's a snob or he's just getting old. Hey, I think it's probably pretty tough to keep up with all the music that's out there these days when you're a rock star yourself. Anyway, according to Thom the three great records of the year were...

Band Of Bees - Octopus

Fujiya & Miyagi - Transparent Things
Radiohead - In Rainbows

Small Sins on MySpace

Small Sins on The Hype Machine

Arizona's Favorites of 2007

The Fiery Furnaces - Widow City
Deerhoof - Friend Oppurtunity
Tyler Ramsey - A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea (to be released in 2008)
Caribou - Andorra
Radiohead - In Rainbows
LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver
Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin
Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II
Blitzen Trapper - Wild Mountain Nation

Shade: Brad's Favorites

No specific order...

Yourself And The Air - Cold Outside Brings Heavy Thoughts To Think

Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin
Up The Empire - Light Rides The Super Major
Cold War Kids - Robbers & Cowards
Maps - We Can Create
Peter Bjorn And John - Writers Block
Silversun Pickups - Carnavas

Shade on MySpace

Shade on The Hype Machine

Blair's Favorites Songs of 2007

M.I.A. - Bamboo Banga
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
Kanye West - Good Morning
Radiohead - Nude
LCD Soundsystem - New York I Love You

Blair on MySpace

Blair on The Hype Machine

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

shuffle: 2007

LoveLikeFire's Favorites of 2007

Like with Ra Ra Riot, I'm still patiently awaiting a full-length from LoveLikeFire. I'm thinking they'll give it up in '08. Here's a list of their top five albums for the year.

1. Blonde Redhead - 23

2. Shout Out Louds - Our Ill Wills
3. M.I.A. - Kala
4. Interpol - Our Love To Admire
5. Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin

LoveLikeFire on MySpace

LoveLikeFire on The Hype Machine

White Rabbits: Stephen's Favorites of 2007

No doubt about it - the debut disc from White Rabbits was one of the freshest revelations for me personally. And their live show even more so solidified my love affair. Now, here are the records that made Stephen's heart melt...

01. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
02. Radiohead - In Rainbows
03. Robert Wyatt - Comicopera
04. Richard Swift - Dressed Up For The Letdown
05. The Good, The Bad & The Queen - The Good, The Bad & The Queen
06. Richard Hawley - Lady's Bridge
07. The Childballads - Cheekbone Hollows (Pop 1/2 Life)
08. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
09. The Veils - Nux Vomica
10. PJ Harvey - White Chalk

White Rabbits on MySpace

White Rabbits on The Hype Machine

The Deadly Syndrome:
Jesse's Favorite Songs

1. Handsome Furs - Sing! Captain!
2. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
3. Sunset Rubdown - The Taming Of The Hands That Came Back To Life
4. Andrew Bird - Scythian Empires
5. Band Of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You

The Deadly Syndrome on MySpace

The Deadly Syndrome on The Hype Machine

Hey Willpower: Will's Favorites

Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
M.I.A. - Kala
Juvelen - EP
Lily Allen - Alright, Still
Electrelane - No Shouts, No Calls
Caribou - Andorra
Justice - Cross


Keyshia Cole / Missy Elliott / Lil Kim - Let It Go
Rihanna / Jay-Z - Umbrella

Live Shows:
Junior Boys at Sonar Festival

Hey Willpower on MySpace

Hey Willpower on The Hype Machine

Au Revoir Simone's Favorites

1. Sinoia Caves - The Enchanter Persuaded
2. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Dandelion Gum
3. M83 - Digital Shades Vol. 1
4. Dirty Projectors - Rise Above
5. Panda Bear - Person Pitch


Electrelane - No Shouts, No Calls
Oh No! Oh My! - Oh No! Oh My!
The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse

Au Revoir Simone on MySpace

Au Revoir Simone on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

shuffle: 2007

new Beach House

...from Devotion, out on Carpark 02/26/08

Beach House on MySpace

Beach House on The Hype Machine

Pash's Favorites

Chris Brown - "Kiss Kiss" single
Blonde Redhead - 23
Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity
Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
The Bad Plus - Prog
Anuna - Celtic Origins
Mark Ronson - Version
Jukebox the Ghost - EP
Pash - The Best Gun
Pash - "Kill the Rich Boys II" Frequency Remix

Pash on MySpace

Pash on The Hype Machine

Ravens And Chimes' Favorites

1. Meho Plaza - Meho Plaza (to be released in 2008)
"Our label signed these guys right after us and their record won’t come out until next year but we’ve been listening to them non-stop since we got it. It’s funny because they’re from L.A. but if they lived in Brooklyn I think they would probably be considered the hippest people on the planet. We did a short tour with them over the summer and hopefully we will be hitting the road together again soon."

2. Basia Bulat - Oh My Darling
"Basia recorded this album with Howard (who did our record) up at the Hotel 2 Tango in Montreal. I think her voice is incredible and the arrangements are so delicate and summery. It reminds me of wind blowing through grass."

3. Bloc Party - A Weekend In The City
"Nora said she took this record with her on a trip and it made everyone happy to drink and party while this was on the stereo. I also love this band."

4. Mice Parade - Mice Parade / Panda Bear - Person Pitch / Dirty Projectors - Rise Above
"These are records Mike and Abe really love. I think they showcase musicians who don’t think like everyone else and play things that are very shocking and different given their initial elements."

5. Noh Cars Go - Demos
"This guy Brendan Reed is incredible. He used to drum in the amazing Montreal band Les Angles Morts. His music isn’t always the most coherent but it has so many raw brilliant ideas and textures that it never fails to inspire me.I was reminded of how awesome Brendan’s music was after hearing from Sean at Said The Gramophone that Brendan and Alden from The Unicorns were working together on a new band called Clues. You can download all of these demos for free at Brendan’s site nocarsgo.org"

6. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
"Abe and Brittany both sweat this record really hard so naturally it was on in the tour van all the time and now we all love it. It’s cool that there’s a house band that produced and played on it like an old Motown record."

7. Vic Chesnutt - North Star Deserter
"This is another record Howard did at the Hotel 2 Tango. The air between the instruments on this is so creaky and ancient sounding that it feels almost Victorian. His voice is broken and ghostly. I love it."

8. Blonde Redhead - 23
"This is a band that Avery adores. We all saw them play for free at the Apple store in Soho. It was cool because the venue was super small and free."

-Asher of Ravens And Chimes

Ravens And Chimes on MySpace

Ravens And Chimes on The Hype Machine

Project Jenny, Project Jan:
Junior's Favorites

In no particular order...

Pela - Anytown Graffitti
The Bees - Octopus
Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity
Au Revoir Simone - The Bird Of Music
Battles - Mirrored
Fujiya & Miyagi - Transparent Things
M.I.A. - Kala
The Good, The Bad & The Queen - The Good, The Bad & The Queen
The White Stripes - Icky Thump
Project Jenny, Project Jan - Xoxoxoxoxo

Honorable Mention:

Great Lake Swimmers - Oniagra
Feist - The Reminder
Black Moth Super Rainbow - Dandelion Gum

Project Jenny, Project Jan on MySpace

Project Jenny, Project Jan on The Hype Machine

Cut Off Your Hands: Nick's Favorites

01. The National - Boxer
02. Foals - Antedote (not officially out til March)
03. Radiohead - In Rainbows
04. Blonde Redhead - 23
05. Vampire Weekend - Mansard Roof (song)
06. The Icarus Line - Slayer (song)
07. Black Lips - Good Bad Not Evil
08. Deerhunter - Fluorescent Grey EP
09. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
10. A Place To Bury Strangers - A Place To Bury Strangers

Cut Off Your Hands on MySpace

Cut Off Your Hands on The Hype Machine