Favourite Records of 2007
05. Kanye West - Graduation
I guess it's clear where my vote went in the whole 50 vs. Kanye deal. I'll admit, this record wasn't quite as good as The College Dropout, but it was still pretty fucking good.
04. Feist - The Reminder
Some people seem to be getting a little tired of Feist, what with that iPod nano commercial being played about 52 times a day, but if you can look past that, The Reminder is pretty good. I still think that Feist on record may never live up to her live sound, but this time around she did a better job of capturing that vibe than on her previous effort.
03. Bloc Party - A Weekend in the City
This was definitely a quieter record than I, or anyone really, was expecting. It took me a little while to warm up to this one, but I like that they didn't just serve us a "Silent Alarm Part 2." Instead, they experimented a little and expanded their sound, and (I know a lot of people don't feel the same way) it worked out for the best. I don't understand why this one didn't get more love.
02. Tegan and Sara - The Con
I can't believe how much these girls have grown as songwriters and musicians over the years. The Con felt a bit darker, in both content and tone, than anything they'd put out before, but they still managed to stick a little of that indie pop sheen in there. I'm still addicted to this one.
01. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
Okay. I'll be the first to admit that I may be just a little blinded by my fandom here, so maybe The White Stripes are just taking this one by default. I wasn't really into the direction they went on Get Behind Me Satan, so this one really felt like a return to form for me. I mean, the crunching guitar, the blues, the lack of marimbas? This was the sort of record I expected from The White Stripes, without feeling boring or repetitive.
Favourite Concerts of 2007
05. Stars w/ Miracle Fortress @ The Commodore
Stars sound fantastic live, and the crowd was great too. We even got a genuine second encore. What more could you want?
04. Tegan and Sara w/ Northern State @ The Commodore
This one's up here because in addition to sounding great live, Tegan and Sara are effing hilarious. I picked this one over the super laid back show during summer at the VECC because this one introduced me to Northern State. Who doesn't love raps about Al Gore and global warming?
03. The "Vancouver Hip Hop Jam" w/ Kanye West and Ludacris
This was a ridiculous night. EVERYONE was up and yelling along. It was sort of like being at a hardcore show, minus all the violence. I also learned that I liked Ludacris a lot more than I remembered.
02. The White Stripes w/ Dan Sartain @ Deer Lake Park
After spending hours in line, getting soaked in the rain, and hiding from lightning, I was thinking to myself "this better be good," and it was. I think this was the best White Stripes show I've been to. They've really grown as a live act, and really know how to work a crowd. Who knew Jack White would've turned into such a fucking rock star, leading crowd sing-a-longs and everything? Seeing them get up there and wave Canadian and BC flags, cheesy as it was, made me smile. A lot. That crowd was rough though; I couldn't lift my arms up for two days, but it was entirely worth it.
01. The Spice Girls @ GM Place
It's not really fair to compare this to any other show I went to this year. I mean, it was the fucking Spice Girls. These women were my childhood. I've never heard so much screaming, and have never done so much myself. It was completely insane. Seeing all five of them on stage together, for the first time in nearly ten years, was something special. And you know, this show isn't just my favourite of the year for the nostalgia factor. I'd say it's about 60% nostalgia, and 40% I still really fucking love the Spice Girls (and I'm not ashamed to admit that). Sure, they aren't exactly great dancers, and they sing off key, but who cares? It was still the best damn pop concert I've ever been to.