For the past few years I've put a lot of time and thought into my year-end lists... now everyone and their grandmothers have top tens, and this year I was so preoccupied with making music myself that I barely caught up with this year's new music. For me this year was all about digging into old music, and I discovered several old records that ended up meaning a lot more to me than any new ones. But to keep up the tradition, here's my abbreviated, self-explanatory list of the records I enjoyed this year.
1. Radiohead - In Rainbows
2. Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight
3. Cortney Tidwell - Don't Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up
4. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
5. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
6. Peter Bjorn & John - Writer's Block
7, Coconut Records - Nighttiming
8. The Nobility - The Mezzanine
9. Silverchair - Young Modern
10. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Also liked: Aqualung - Memory Man, Air - Pocket Symphony, Amiina - Kurr, Rufus Wainwright - Release the Stars, The Clutters - Don't Believe a Word, Feist - The Reminder, Band of Horses - Cease to Begin, Panda Bear - Person Pitch
It was just aight for me: Justice - Cross, Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, The Shins - Wincing the Night Away, Caribou - Andorra, Dungen - Tio Bitar, Iron and Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
Didn't Get To: The National - Boxer, LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver, Menomena - Friend and Foe, The Hives - Black and White Album, Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity, Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala, The New Pornographers - Challengers, Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger, The Bird and the Bee - Please Clap Your Hands, Battles - Mirrored, Kanye West - Graduation, The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible, Amy Winehouse - Back to Black, Lily Allen - Alright, Still
I'd love to hear what everyone else listened to this year, so post your list below if you got one.
And if you see me, ask me for a 2007 mix CD. Just be forewarned, John Mayer is on it.