Snobcast Recap:2007.1

Written by  //  December 6, 2007  //  The Conservatory  //  14 Comments

Do you feel like every week there’s some band your “eccentric” co-worker/friend is trying to turn you on to? Are you confused as to which band with the word “wolf” or “horse” you’re supposed to like? Lucky for you, every week DJ Father Guido spends hours in his lab sifting through bits and bytes of hipster blog entries and indie magazines searching for the finest aural pleasures available. Then the Father compiles them here for you to enjoy in the comfort of the Donnybrook Campus.

So here we are at the end of another year. What do we have to show for it?

Well, T.I. was on his way to being the Jay-Z of the South, while
Jay-Z was working on becoming the Jay-Z of 1998. The Tims brought sexy
back. Kanye West became the best-paid hipster in
North America, Brandon Flowers tried to become Springsteen before
listening to Neon Bible, and TV on the Radio made an album, did
anybody hear that one? Then there’s the bands that we’ll be talking about next year
(Glasvegas, Murs, Black Mountain, Burial).

However, all that is in the past. The best-of lists are being compiled and nothing can be
changed. Everybody longs to have the definitive
outlook, but nobody ever gets it right. So here’s what we will be
doing: We will be analyzing the year end lists of some other
“reputable” music publications, I’ll sort of edit them accordingly to
fit my preferences, and then play those songs on the Snobcast. Then
you, the reader, can tell me what you think should stay; what should
go; and what should be added or subtracted from the list/playlist. In
the end we will have compiled the definitive Best of 2007 list.

After our first round of criticism we have concluded that Paste Magazine’s target demographic is not the Elitist Hipster Snobs that reside at the Donnybrook Writing Academy. In other words, Paste sucks. Know who doesn’t suck though? Our readers. After the first round of votes, this is who has been dismissed from and who has been added to the list:

Additions: Subtractions:
Richard Hawley Bruce Springsteen
Calvin Harris The White Stripes
Rumskib Modest Mouse
The Mary Onettes Amy Winehouse
Yelle Kanye West
Animal Collective Jens Lekman
St. Vincent LCD Soundsystem
Kevin Drew The Black Lips
Kings Of Leon Spoon
Rilo Kiley PJ Harvey
Georgie James Peter Bjorn & John
The New Pornographers Justice
Jason Isbell Linda Thompson
Neil Young Battles

Continue voting after the jump.

Our next subject of criticism is Harp Magazine. All I know about Harp is that they are “aimed at serious music enthusiasts” and judging from their top 50 albums of 2007 it does seem that they take more risk. For example, Future Clouds & Radar are at #4, and Jason Isbell makes the top 10 beating out The White Stripes. That makes my day. However, Okkervil River (?) are #1 and both Band of Horses and Feist are still in the top 5, huh? What do you guys think?

Here’s their List:

50 Tunng – Good Arrows
49 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights
48 Oakley Hall – I’ll Follow You
47 Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals
46 Manu Chao – La Radiolina
45 Bettye LaVette – The Scenes Of The Crime
44 Beirut – The Flying Club Cup
43 Explosions In The Sky – All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone
42 Mavis Staples – We’ll Never Turn Back
41 Dr. Dog – We All Belong
40 Ian Hunter – Shrunken Heads
39 Patty Griffin – Children Running Through
38 Eleni Mandell – Miracle Of Five
37 Rufus Wainwright – Release The Stars
36 Bright Eyes – Cassadaga
35 Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam
34 Ryan Adams – Easy Tiger
33 St. Vincent – Marry Me
32 Kevin Drew – Spirit If…
31 Robert Wyatt – Comicopera
30 Grinderman – Grinderman
29 Kings Of Leon – Because Of The Times
28 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – This Is Somewhere
27 of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
26 Steve Earle – Washington Square Serenade

25 Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter – Like, Love, Lust And the Open Halls Of The Soul
24 M.I.A. – Kala
23 Bill Callahan – Woke On A Whaleheart
22 Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Living With The Living
21 The National – Boxer
20 Rilo Kiley – Under The Blacklight
19 Bruce Springsteen – Magic
18 Georgie James – Places
17 The Good, The Bad & The Queen – The Good, The Bad & The Queen
16 Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
15 The New Pornographers – Challengers
14 The Shins – Wincing The Night Away
13 Avett Brothers – Emotionalism
12 Devendra Banhart – Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
11 The White Stripes – Icky Thump
10 Jason Isbell – Sirens Of The Ditch
09 Neil Young – Chrome Dreams II
08 Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
07 Radiohead – In Rainbows
06 Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
05 Feist – The Reminder
04 Future Clouds & Radar – Future Clouds & Radar
03 Iron & Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog
02 Band Of Horses – Cease To Begin
01 Okkervil River – The Stage Names

Here’s the player:

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Here’s the songs:

“The General Specific” Band of Horses Cease to Begin
“1234″ Feist The Reminder
“Shining Light” Neil Young Chrome Dreams II
“The Devil Is My Running Mate” Jason Isbell Sirens Of The Ditch
“Sleeping Lessons” The Shins Wincing The Night Away
“Challengers” The New Pornographers Challengers
“What Light” Wilco Sky Blue Sky
“Need Your Needs” Georgie James Places
“Close Call” Rilo Kiley Under the Blacklight
“$20″ M.I.A. Kala
“Charmer” Kings Of Leon Because Of The Times
“TBTF” Kevin Drew Spirit If…
“Paris Is Burning” St. Vincent Marry Me
“The Well And The Lighthouse” The Arcade Fire Neon Bible
“Derek” Animal Collective Strawberry Jam
“A Cause des Garcons” Yelle Pop Up
“Void” The Mary Onettes The Mary Onettes
“Where Are the Flowers” Rumskib Rumskib
“I Created Disco” Calvin Harris I Created Disco
“Valentine” Richard Hawley Lady’s Bridge

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14 Comments on "Snobcast Recap:2007.1"

  1. Elmer Honeydew December 6, 2007 at 12:56 pm · Reply

    #1 Okkervil River is superb, although I’m not convinced they are worthy of the #1 designation. Their previous full-length, perhaps.

    #2 Still a preponderance of boring, safe picks on this list–Iron & Wine, Feist, Spoon, Arcade Fire, Shins, New Pornographers, Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams–from artists who should have been on a Best Of three or four years ago.

    #3 Points for the inclusion of Future Clouds & Radar and Jason Isbell; points docked for acting like Beirut was ever worth talking about.

    #4 Not sure how I feel about Jens Lekman getting dropped off DWA the list (which is a nice way of saying I find the move reprehensible).

    #5 I support the addition of Calvin Harris, whose record is eminently enjoyable if wholly unoriginal. Georgie James isn’t in the top 200.

  2. what more can i say December 6, 2007 at 1:41 pm · Reply

    that Georgie James joint bumps.

  3. Western Homes December 6, 2007 at 7:11 pm · Reply

    Put the Battles record back on there. That was THE prog rock party jam of 2007.

  4. Wetypewords December 6, 2007 at 7:28 pm · Reply

    Yea the Jens Lekman is just one of many. What about Panda Bear ‘pitch perfect’ or Loney Dear ‘Loney Noir’. Also no Deerhoof. All will be in my top 10.

  5. Wetypewords December 6, 2007 at 7:34 pm · Reply

    Yea the Jens Lekman is just one of many. What about Panda Bear ‘pitch perfect’ or Loney Dear ‘loney noir’. Also no Deerhoof. All will be in my top 10.

  6. Pirate's brother December 7, 2007 at 9:19 am · Reply

    I’m pleased to see Okkervil River getting some recognition, but they don’t belong in the top 10 simply for putting out an album inferior to previous works. The same should apply to Iron and Wine and Band of Horses, although in their case I’m pleased to see 803 represent. I’m similarly glad to see Jason Isbell getting his due. I’m upset that Son Volt’s The Search isn’t making any of these lists. I assume it’s punishment for a return to a more Uncle Tupeloish, but Jay Farrar is as powerful as ever on this album. David Dondero is also noticeably absent, despite the NPR hype.

  7. Cap'n Colleen December 7, 2007 at 9:35 am · Reply

    At the risk of everyone thinking I’m a moron, I’m gonna nominate Rogue Wave’s Asleep at Heaven’s Gate album. I don’t think it deserves to be in the top 10, but it’s a solid record and should make an appearance somewhere on the list.

  8. murr December 7, 2007 at 9:47 am · Reply

    Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus.

  9. Angora December 7, 2007 at 10:29 am · Reply

    Damn, I should have weighed in before you removed Black Lips. Their album certainly isn’t worthy of being like, “THE BEST,” because there are a few songs on the album that I actually hate (one of them being the one you chose to Snobcast last, or any attempts at humor – I actually just want them to be straightforward), but they more than make up for the crap with their good songs, especially “Slime and Oxygen.”

  10. Angora again December 7, 2007 at 10:32 am · Reply

    Also PJ Harvey (I really like her new album), Justice, and PB and J are gone? I agree with the rest of the removals, though. I’m pretty much over all of them. Also, I want Kevin Drew’s Spirit If to stay in the rotation. I mean, the album starts with an ending and ends with a beginning, but still the man doesn’t seem kitschy. I play that intro song on repeat.

    Love, Angora

  11. Angora again again December 7, 2007 at 10:35 am · Reply

    Also, I can’t stand Jenny Lewis

  12. what more can i say December 7, 2007 at 10:40 am · Reply

    that achy-breaky heart guy is way too into the whole alternate identity thing.

  13. Mikhail Emelianov December 7, 2007 at 11:22 am · Reply

    can i mention The Dirty Projectors’ latest album Rise Above? it’s very good, if you like that kind of music!

  14. Fritz Godard December 7, 2007 at 11:33 am · Reply

    The Menomena album came out early early 07, but least it be forgotten. It is beyond grand!

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