Snobcast Recap:2007.2

Written by  //  December 10, 2007  //  The Conservatory  //  6 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.

What has the music world offered us this year?

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. 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?

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 the two rounds of voting we have some bouncing back and forth of nominees (PJ Harvey, The White Stripes, LCD Soundsystem); some of you were upset about Jens Lekman, Justice and Battles being pulled from the list so they made it back this week; and many of you wondered where Panda Bear was so you will be pleased to see he’s making his first appearance. Now that the dust has settled from the first week of voting Jason Isbell is by far the most voted for. This is who else has been dismissed
from and who has been added to the list:

Additions: Subtractions:
LCD Soundsystem Band of Horses
Arctic Monkeys The Shins
PJ Harvey The New Pornographers
Battles Georgie James
Panda Bear Kings of Leon
Jens Lekman St. Vincent
The Black Lips Animal Collective
Justice Yelle
The Mary Onettes
Richard Hawley

Continue voting after the jump.

Our next subject of criticism is Uncut magazine. Uncut is a popular magazine from the UK. They tend to focus on genres such as Americana, rock and alternative country. Uncut periodically puts out Special Issues. Some of these Special Issues have covered Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Byrds, David Bowie, Demon Records, Eric Clapton, John Lennon, Martin Scorsese, Motown Records, Morrissey, and more.

Personally I don’t know what to think of their top 50 albums. It’s nice to see Manic Street Preachers get some love, but the only reason I can fathom the Arctic Monkeys and Babyshambles being so high up there is because it’s written into British law or something.

Here’s their List:

50 Dinosaur Jr. – Beyond
49 Ry Cooder – My Name Is Buddy
48 Thurston Moore – Trees Outside the Academy
47 Nick Lowe – At My Age
46 Von Sudenfed – Tromatic Reflexxions
45 Richard Hawley – Lady’s Bridge
44 Maps – We Can Create
43 Manic Street Preachers – Send Away the Tigers
42 Richard Thompson – Sweet Warrior
41 Justice – †
40 Iron and Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog
39 Interpol – Our Love to Admire
38 The Cribs – Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever
37 Beirut – The Flying Club Cup
36 Bright Eyes – Cassadaga
35 Bill Callahan – Woke on a Whaleheart
34 The National – Boxer
33 Tinariwen – Aman Iman: Water Is Life
32 Queens of the Stone Age – Era Vulgaris
31 Devendra Banhart – Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
30 The Good, The Bad & The Queen – The Good, The Bad & The Queen
29 The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse
28 Rufus Wainwright – Release the Stars
27 Steve Earle – Washington Square Serenade
26 Manu Chao – La Radiolina

25 Kings of Leon – Because of the Times
24 Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends
23 Rilo Kiley – Under the Brightlight
22 Babyshambles – Shotters Nation
21 Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
20 Bruce Springsteen – Magic
19 Feist – The Reminder
18 Voice of the Seven Woods – Voice of the Seven Woods
17 Super Furry Animals – Hey Venus!
16 Grinderman – Grinderman
15 Panda Bear – Person Pitch
14 M.I.A. – Kala
13 Neil Young – Chrome Dreams II
12 Battles – Mirrored
11 Björk – Volta
10 Klaxons – Myths Of The Near Future
09 Radiohead – In Rainbows
08 The White Stripes – Icky Thump
07 The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America
06 Robert Wyatt – Comicopera
05 Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
04 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
03 PJ Harvey – White Chalk
02 Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
01 LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver

Here’s the player:
Click here to get your own player.Here’s the songs:“All My Friends” LCD Soundsystem Sound Of Silver
“Fluorescent Adolescent” Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare
“Dear Darkness” PJ Harvey White Chalk
“Hate It Here” Wilco Sky Blue Sky
“Bad Trails” Battles Mirrored
“No Hidden Path” Neil Young Chrome Dreams II
“Bamboo Banga” M.I.A. Kala
“Comfy in Nautica” Panda Bear Person Pitch
“My Moon My Man” Feist The Reminder
“Intervention” The Arcade Fire Neon Bible
“Down In A Hole” Jason Isbell Sirens Of The Ditch
“Safety Bricks” Kevin Drew Spirit If…
“Traffic Cops” Calvin Harris I Created Disco
“And I Remember Every Kiss” Jens Lekman Night Falls Over Kortedala
“Step Right Up” The Black Lips Good Bad, Not Evil
“Phantom” Justice

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6 Comments on "Snobcast Recap:2007.2"

  1. Team Donnybrook
    admin December 10, 2007 at 10:31 am · Reply

    I think they’ve been smoking crack with Pete Doherty.

  2. Toastface Killa December 10, 2007 at 12:06 pm · Reply

    This list seems much more up my alley, what with its inclusions of Hawley, Von Sudenfed, and the Manic Street Preachers. While it doesn’t suffer from the irritating Pitchfork-centric American bias, it does suffer from the equally irritating Brit press bias (Arctic Monkeys #2? WTF?).

    At least Arcade Fire isn’t in the top 20 on this one.

  3. breathe. easy. er. December 10, 2007 at 1:23 pm · Reply

    Jeeeeeeeez, the Arctic Monkeys? The album was/is good, that I can’t deny, but #2? And how could they ignore such instant gems like the Eagles’ “The Long Road Out of Eden” or Kid Rock’s “Rock & Roll Jesus”?

  4. Bang Tango'ed December 13, 2007 at 2:32 pm · Reply

    Rolling Stones just released their top 100 of ’07. It triggered my gag reflex.

  5. Bang Tango'ed December 13, 2007 at 2:36 pm · Reply

    Also, rarely does ones opinions anti-resonate across the blogocube as mine does with respect to both Animal Collective and Panda Bear. So I’d like to take the chance to nominate both as the most overrated of ’07. Hate away.

  6. Team Donnybrook
    admin December 13, 2007 at 3:43 pm · Reply

    re: Rolling Stone’s pick for #7: for the sake of Amy Winehouse herself, stop fucking playing “Rehab”! I will never curse or drink or do naughty things again if you just make it stop, God, please! PLEASE! PLEEEEEEASE! “Rehab” makes me want to inject hard drugs into my veins. It makes me want to go far far away, somewhere where…oh look! It’s Amy…

    And it’s funny, cuz I looove the rest of her stuff.

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