1.Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago Fragility and loneliness never sounded better. Bon Iver went to the Wisconsin woods and made the best album of the year.
2.Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes Beards and perfect harmonies! A couple of really beautiful songs that should be played LOUD!
3.She & Him – Volume One Zooey Deschanel is an old flame of mine (haha) and this is the best thing she has ever done. Volume One is the most heartwarming album of the year and Zooey got a really nice voice.
4.Håkan Hellström – Försent för Edelweiss The most unique pop star of Sweden continued making great pop music about loneliness, love and drug addicts.
5.Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst Conor Oberst is more famous as Bright Eyes. This is also a solo project and it does sound almost the same. A little strange, but a couple of great songs!
6.The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of the Understatement The most dramatic album of the year! The songs sound as if they were the soundtrack of an old rock’n’roll western movie.
7.Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue Jenny is never bad and this is a great album. The duet with Elvis Costello, Carpetbaggars, is one of the best songs of the year.
8.Frida Hyvönen – Silence is wild The most beautiful Swedish singer made a great pop album with a couple of fantastic and quirky songs. Check out her MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/fridahyvonen
9.Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak Kanye abandoned the hiphop that made him a star and started singing pop music through Auto-Tune. When getting used to it it’s an interesting album with some great songs.
10.Glasvegas – Glasvegas The hype of the year and I haven’t really understood the hype yet but they have some good songs. I like the dark lyrics and the look of the band members.
What would my life be without music? Sad and boring, that's for sure. Music gives my life a meaning. Altough I mostly listen to pretty old music I try to catch up with everything new that seems interesting. This is my list of the best albums of 2007. I have also listed the best videos and more. It's probably the most accurate list you will read this year, so read it carefully. Just kidding, I would love to if you guys would like to share your opinions with me. So sum up the music year and make a list!
The best albums of 2007:
1.Jamie T – Panic Prevention He came outta nowhere and knocked me over, totally. It was all about the brand new bass guitar as he told us the great stories of Sheila and Ike & Tina. In his own great way he sang about things the way they are, in real life. This year nobody could compete with Jamie, and I hope he'll be back soon with new songs. Also, in every friggin' interview he pays respect to Strummer and The Clash. Every Strummer fan should listen to this. I fuckin' love him. 2.Babyshambles - Shotter's Nation All I wanted to do was to hate, but the only thing I could do was to love. There's no question about it, Pete and the boys made the greatest rock album this year. 3.Bruce Springsteen - Magic Springsteen is back with the E Street Band and could it possibly be any other thing than magical? A great rock album, and it's sad that it's impossible to get tickets to the live shows. Me, if anyone, should get the best tickets. 4.Bright Eyes – Cassadaga Conor Oberst went to Cassadaga and came back happier, and with longer hair, than ever before. He also made the best Bright Eyes album ever. Great lyrics, great music and the folk music fits him well. 5.Rufus Wainwright – Release the stars Is there a more lovely man than Rufus Wainwright out there? No, just listen to this album and you'll see. 6.Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala The best swedish album of the year. The lyrics and the music is way beyond anything produced in Sweden this year. If you like Paul Simon and Jonathan Richman I'm pretty sure you'll like Jens. 7.Kanye West – Graduation The beats, the rhymes, the personality – Kanye West is my favorite rapper (and hip hop producer) of this century and if he doesn't fuck up things real bad it will stay that way. 8. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand Two beautiful voices and a bunch of classic songs. It's just to relax and get swept away! 9. Rilo Kiley – Under the blacklight I fell in love with Jenny Lewis last year, when she released the Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins album. This album is not as great as that one, but it's pretty good. Nice melodies and lyrics as Rilo Kiley explore mainstream music in their own excellent way. 10.Ray Davies -Working Mans Cafe Ray Davies still got his pride as a rock singer and this album is even better than last year's Other peoples lives. Davies seems to be a nice guy and has made a couple of great songs, and he isn't afraid of critisizing the modern world. I look forward to future albums from Davies.
Other good albums that didn't make it into the top 10 list (they are way too many so the really good ones are bold and the less good ones are in parenthesis) :
Patti Smith – Twelve Moneybrother – Mount Pleasure (Swedish rock album of the year) The Good, the Bad & the Queen - The Good, the Bad & the Queen (post Clash of the year) Elliot Smith – New Moon (post death album of the year) Graham Parker – Don't tell Columbus The future is unwritten OST Bruce Springsteen – Live in Dublin Feist – Reminder Tegan & Sara – The Con Teddy Thompson – Up front and down low Kate Nash - Made of Bricks (Lily Allen of the year) Edwyn Collins - Home Again Common - Finding Forever (Conscious hip hop of the year) Jose Gonzalez – In Our Nature Thurston Moore - Trees Outside The Academy (Guitarist of the year) Little dragon - Little dragon (best original swedish music of the year) Talib Kweli – Ear Drum Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II Säkert! - Säkert! The Shins – Wincing the night away Against me! - New wave Neil Young -Live At Massey Hall I'm Not There OST Eldkvarn – Svart Blogg Jack Peñate-Matinee (I'm crazy 'bout the LDN scene) Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger Richard Hawley - Lady's Bridge (Band of Horses – Cease to begin) Arcade Fire – Neon Bible Jonas Game – ADHD (Super Furry Animals - Hey venus!) Christian Kjellvander – I saw her from here/I saw here from her Bob Dylan- The other side of the mirror (The Maccabees – Colour It In) (The Cribs – Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever)
Disappointment of the year: White Stripes – Icky Thump
Best live performance: The second day of Accelerator in Stockholm, 30th June, was incredible! In one single day I enjoyed Kate Nash, Jens Lekman, Bright Eyes, Rufus Wainwright and, best of all, Jamie T. And even more shows! You can't beat that.
1. Jamie T - Sheila 2. Kanye West - Can't tell me nothing (alternate) 3. Bright eyes - Four winds
4. Rufus Wainwright - Going to a town 5. Babyshambles - Delivery
Best mucic documentary: Joe Strummer: The future is written Best movie (with actors) about musician: I'm Not There (the movie of the year!) Control
Best book about music/musician: Chris Salewicz - Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer Anniversary: Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the edge of town (1977) Television – Marquee Moon (1977) The Clash – The Clash (1977) The Smiths – Strangeways, here we come (1987) Bob Dylan – John Wesley Harding (1967) Best TV show about musicians (Kinda strange category cause there aren't too many of those, right? But I just had to mention these two series.): Flight of the Conchords The Mighty Boosh, season 3
Today is a year since I graduated from "gymnasiet". A lot of things have happened since. Now I'm going home for summer. There is a possibility I won't scrobble as much as usual during the summer, but we don't know that yet. Anyway, my laptop and my speakers are coming with me so I won't stop enyoying great music beacuse of the nasty summer.
So what's hot this summer? I would go for classics like The Kinks, Jonathan Richman, Beach Boys, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and so on. If you're in to new stuff (and I guess we all are?) I would recommend you to keep your eyes and ears open for the new albums by Common and White Stripes. I have listened a little to the new Common-album in advance, and it's pretty good. Otherwise the best three albums this year, so far, are the following:
2006 is long gone and it’s high time to lock back!
The 3 best albums (The old men are back, better than ever!):
Bruce Springsteen - "We shall overcome: The Seeger sessions” - Probably his best record since ”Born to run” Bob Dylan – ”Modern times” – Dylan’s back! Workingman's Blues #2 is probably the song of the year. Johnny Cash – ”American V/A hundred highways” – The man in black said ”good bye” in such a great way.
Other great records:
Tom Petty – Highway companion Yusuf - Another cup (The return of Cat!)) Jenny Lewis - Rabbit fur coat (Woman of the year!) Raconteurs - Broken boy soliders Morrissey - Ringleader of the tormentors (Kinda weak, but a few great songs) Jarvis Cocker – Jarvis Moneybrother – Pengabrorsan (Probably best swedish!) Regina Spektor – Begin to hope Herman Düne – Giant (”Jonathan Richman” of the year!) Ray Davies - Other peoples lives
A few other good albums (not great though):
Paul Simon - Surprise Neil Young – Living With War The Dears – Gang of Losers Lupe Fiasco - Food & liquor Lily Allen - Alright still Cale J J & Eric Clapton - Road to Escondido The Pipettes – We are the Pipettes
Most over rated:
Magic Numbers – Please explain the hype! Electronica!
John Graham Mellor August 21, 1952 – December 22, 2002
I still remember that horrible day four years ago. I was just a 15 year old twat, and I had been listening to "the only band that matters" for a little more than a year. I had found a couple of great Clash-records in my parents LP-collection. Since than I've spent so many gloomy, and yet fantastic, years in the company of my hero, Joe Strummer.
I remember the news on the radio, and they played "London calling". I didn't cry.
A few months later "Streetcore" was released, and suddenly "Death or Glory" wasn't just another story.
Today I'm gonna honour the man who showed the world what could happen if music could talk. I've burnt this special memorial-CD (London Calling isn't included) and I'm gonna listen to my Clash and Mescaleros records all night. Rock the Casbah!
Stiff Little Fingers...in my opinion one of the best punk-groups ever (of course you can't compare them to "the only band that matters", but they sure are (were) great). Their best song, according to me, is called Silver Lining, and infact I think that I've been listening to it daily the last couple of years - It's actually that friggin' good! Go get it and listen to the song over and over again, just like me.
Here's the lyrics...it's a true masterpiece among other political punk-songs!
Stiff Little Fingers Silver Lining Lyrics They tell you not to worry, they say they're terribly sorry But that's the way it has to be, for the likes of you and me Just be good and know your station Always look on the bright side Keep you faith and keep your patience Your reward is after you've died
(Chorus:) So don't be told, don't be consoled Things are so bad, you can never make do And there's always someone better off than you
They tell you that's your future, it's all down to human nature Simply settle for what you got, that's destiny and that's your lot All of us cannot come first, yes what you have is second best But it might be a good deal worse Third world peasants get even less
Do you care that it's not fair? Is this the way we have to live? I know I care, and I want an equal share Even if it mean I have to give
The people who are on top Say that you should keep your chin up and They are keen to show you, the unhappy ones below you But I want to more of that stuff, that's looking at it upside down And the world has got money enough for us to make it go around so
Don't be told, don't be consoled Don't be ruled and don't be fooled Because things are so bad you can never make do And there's always someone better off than you