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As I mentioned in an earlier post,  I am lucky to have a radio show on WRMC.  It’s a lot of fun, and this year I am co-hosting the show with Matt Jennings, editor of the Middlebury Magazine.  Our musical tastes are similar, which makes for some great overlap (though we prepare our set lists independently).  Anyway, we thought it would be a good use of blog space to write up a list of some of our favorite albums from the past year.  We certainly don’t intend this list to be definitive—we know our limits—but we hope it will inspire others to share their recommendations.

  • Andrew Bird     Armchair Apocrypha
  • Iron & Wine     The Shepherd’s Dog
  • Bryan Ferry     Dylanesque
  • Nick Lowe     At My Age
  • The Mary Onettes     The Mary Onettes
  • The National     Boxer
  • The New Pornographers     Challengers
  • Okkervil River     The Stage Names
  • Radiohead     In Rainbows
  • Spoon     Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Matt’s favorite discovery: Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from the soundtrack to Once.

Tim’s favorite discovery: k. d. Lang’s cover of Neil Young’s “Helpless” on the soundtrack to Away From Her.

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  1. hieu_news says:

    Doc and Ed – thanks for the list…good start. No love for Sonic Youth? What about Pink Floyd…Hendrix…Miles Davis? Need to go and sample some Spoon to see what “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” is all about.

  2. Ed says:

    Would have been tough for Hendrix and Miles to put out an album last year!

  3. Tim Spears says:

    Sonic Youth’s last album, “Rather Ripped,” came out in 2006, so it doesn’t make this list. But Hieu’s comment reminded me of an album that came out last May that Matt and I both like. It’s a debut album by a Swedish group called the Mary Onettes, though you could never guess the country of origin by the music, which has a kind of 80s/90′s New Order sound. I added it to our list, giving us an even ten.

  4. hieu_news says:

    Sorry for my dyslexia.

  5. Ryan Kellett says:

    I just watched the movie Once and it was great. Fantastic soundtrack indeed — very real storyline! Good pick.

  6. There’s no way I wasn’t replying to this post. I thought the Okkervil River was the best album of 2007, but it was close–lots of great records released last year. In addition to many of the acts you listed, I would add:

    LCD Soundsystem–Sound of Silver
    The Shins–Wincing the Night Away
    Illinois–What the Hell Do I Know? EP
    Zookeeper–Becoming All Things
    Dinosaur Jr.–Beyond
    The Broken West–I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On
    Feist–The Reminder
    Lily Allen–Alright, Still
    Jay Z–American Gangster
    Bruce Springsteen–Magic
    Elliott Smith–New Moon
    Arcade Fire–Neon Bible
    Panda Bear–Person Pitch
    White Stripes–Icky Thump
    Klaxons–Myths of the Near Future

    Man, I bought a lot of records last year. And no, it’s not that I can’t edit, it’s that all of these were truly “best of the year” candidates.

    Speaking of Neil Young, the “Live at Massey Hall, 1971″ disc was good enough to make one cry, were one so inclined to cry over rock and roll. Which one is. Speaking for oneself.

  7. Antoine Gara says:

    Highway 61 revisited, Bob Dylan

    Zuma, Neil Young… Cortez the Killer has a Pink Floyd sound to it, but done with Neil Young grit.

    Melting Pot, the Charlatans
    Northern Soul, The Verve… some brit-pop albums with a little more edge and indie sound that Oasis or Pulp.

    And for some needed Hip Hop picks:

    Illmatic, Nas. It’s got young energy, and has an unrelenting rhythm.
    Clin d’oeil, The Jazz Liberatorz.. the new wave.

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