Finally, I’m getting around to posting this list. I’m having too hard a time putting them in order, so I’ll stick to alphabetical.
Here they are.
Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha. Still not sure what he’s better at, the violin, singing or whistling. This album is a great listen, a nice mosiac of many different sounds. Songs the find their way into your head and stay there. His show in Toronto was one of the best I saw this year.
The Arcade Fire – Neon Bible. Winners of my best concert of the year and most interactive video of the year, Neon Bible really crept up on me. Initially, I wanted Funeral again. What I got was an amazing follow up. Results under pressure.
Caribou – Andorra. A critically acclaimed crossover record; something to keep the cool challenged and the rest interested.
Jose Gonzalez – In Our Nature. The Swede with the most un-Swedish name. Great ability here. Lighting quick precision fingers on the classical guitar, soft vocals sprinkled overtop. Even though I’m a bigger fan of Veneer, its a good record to buy the sig nif other.
Justice – +. I had no idea I’d really open my mind up to so much dance music this year, but this French duo helped blow it right open. Pick this record up soon, before you hear the whole record as a background to tv commercials.
Miracle Fortress – Five Roses. One of two records here I’d recommend to fans of Brian Wilson. A surprise Polaris nominee. A great start.
Panda Bear – Person Pitch. The other I’d recommend. Love the production on this record. When I hear this album, I picture myself at some crazy beach campire sing-along.
Radiohead – In Rainbows. Winner of best sales tactic of 2007 and still #1 band in my books. Now if I could figure out how to get tickets when they tour here again…..
Wintersleep – Welcome To The Night Sky. Over the past two months, this record has had the most amount of play in my rotation. A great third record, a band growing and opening up. Its nice to see that people are taking notice.
The Arcade Fire. The new track is called Intervention. If you go looking, you can find a whack of versions of this song played live on KCRW.
Here’s a way to hear the studio version. Got to this great music blog You Ain’t No Picasso. This got played yesterday BBC radio 1, someone taped it, and now’s its up on the net. Sound quality isn’t the best, but I think its an amazing song. I wonder which Montreal church organ that could be in the song?? New album in March, start salivating, good luck finding tickets.
Also, apparently you could also hear the track by dailing 1-866-NEON-BIBLE ext 7777. I tried, no dice. Maybe I’m a little late on this one…