Jan 11, 2008

Pause

Will Ryman - The Bed (2007)

*Whew* So those were 100 Great Songs of 2007... about as many songs in ten days as I usually share in four months. But while you were swaddled in quantity (100 mp3 count converts to about 900 thread count), the blog experienced the longest period without writing in two years. You've surely missed my jumbled metaphors, obscure art references, and ramblings grouped commonly in calming lists of three. I miss your stoic silence. I miss how it challenges me to be better and earn a reaction. I miss how sometimes you stop by to steal an mp3 and leave because you're in a bad mood, but especially when you come back. I miss how you're unsure of what to say. And when you think I'm a little crazy. Or lost.

Before we jump into the routine again, let's pause. Sit. Stare. Unfocus eyes, and focus them again. Reflect. Look at each other from a different perspective. Enjoy silence before noise becomes autonomous again. What are you thinking? Insects? Fry bread? Religion? Any favourite songs from the list? Did you like Rolling Stone's list better? Any ideas for 2008? I miss you.



18 comments

At Friday, January 11, 2008, Blogger Marginal Minds said...

...all I have to say is, thank gawd for great firefox utilities like Down-Them-All...

(no offence, Songbird, your intentions were pure, but I couldn't wait for you to get out of beta)

 
At Friday, January 11, 2008, Blogger Kyle said...

It truly was a ton of downloads... and just as many uploads.

 
At Friday, January 11, 2008, Anonymous Pfoxyjohn said...

*Whew* is right! What a great list. We're in agreement on about 10 of the exact songs, and roughly half of the artists. Many of the other half I had not heard before; thanks! 2007 was such a great year for music that there's another 50 or so artists whose songs I'd like to humbly nominate for a supplemental "More Great Songs of 2007" list.
1-10:

1.) Angus and Julia Stone - What You Wanted

2.) Au Revoir Simone - The Lucky One

3.) The Avett Brothers - Die Die Die

4.) Bishop Allen - Click, Click, Click, Click

5.) Thurston Moore - Honest James

6.) The New Pornographers - Myriad Harbour

7.) Rilo Kiley - Give a Little Love

8.) Bruce Springsteen - Last to Die

9.) Laura Veirs - Pink Light

10.) The Sea and Cake - Transparent

 
At Friday, January 11, 2008, Anonymous pfoxyjohn said...

"More Great Songs of 2007"
11-20:

11.) Band of Horses - Cigarettes, Wedding Bands

12.) The Clientele - Bookshop Cassanova

13.) The Cribs - Be Safe

14.) Fields - Song for the Fields

15.) Flight of the Conchords - The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room

16.) The Good, the Bad and the Queen - Nature Springs

17.) John Vanderslice - Central Booking

18.) Luka Bloom - Tribe

19.) Pinback - Good to Sea

20.) Voxtrot - Introduction

 
At Friday, January 11, 2008, Anonymous beth said...

um ...

for 2008 ...

chris walla
destroyer

 
At Friday, January 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what do the asterisks mean?

thanks btw!

 
At Friday, January 11, 2008, Blogger Johnny said...

I have to go about listening to your songs (I have to admit I just don't. could be lack of time, could be laziness), but I am amazed that I always really enjoy whatever you share. I am grateful for you, as way out here in the sticks I rarely can hear non canned radio music (plus I have NO idea where to find it, short of heading off to the big cities)

 
At Saturday, January 12, 2008, Anonymous Yourhighness said...

Hey there. Great list. For some reason, from 30 onwards, the zip files are corrupt for me :(

 
At Saturday, January 12, 2008, Anonymous pfoxyjohn said...

More Great Songs of 2007 (21-30):

21.) Annie Lennox - Sing

22.) The Apples in Stereo - Energy

23.) Dinosaur Jr. - I Got Lost

24.) The Fiery Furnaces - Restorative Beer

25.) A Fine Frenzy - Whisper

26.) José González - In Our Nature

27.) Kate Havnevik - You Again

28.) Lucinda Williams - Are You Alright?

29.) matt pond PA - Locate the Pieces

30.) Metric - Soft Rock Star

 
At Saturday, January 12, 2008, Anonymous pfoxyjohn said...

More Great Songs of 2007 (31-40):

31.) Maxїmo Park – Books from Boxes

32.) Modest Mouse – Missed the Boat

33.) Robert Pollard – Count Us In

34.) Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Please Read the Letter

35.) The Shins – Phantom Limb

36.) Spoon – My Little Japanese Cigarette Case

37.) Suzanne Vega – New York is a Woman

38.) Ted Leo & the Pharmacists – A Bottle of Buckie

39.) Tegan & Sara – I Was Married

40.) Wilco – Impossible Germany

 
At Sunday, January 13, 2008, Blogger Kyle said...

Thank you for all the awesome song additions. The asterisks mean there may be some debate if the song was actually released in 2007, though it hit my ears in 2007. I'll check into why those zip files may be corrupt. Did anyone download them successfully?

 
At Monday, January 14, 2008, Anonymous pfoxyjohn said...

More Great Songs of 2007 (41-50+):

41.) Damien Dempsey – To Hell or Barbados

42.) Josh Ritter – The Temptation of Adam

43.) Linda Thompson - The Way I Love You

44.) Maria Taylor – A Good Start

45.) Rogue Wave – Lake Michigan

46.) Ryan Adams – Tears of Gold

47.) Stars - In Our Bedroom after the War

48.) Steve Earle – City of Immigrants

49.) Vieux Fraka Toure – Ana

50.) Vusi Mahlasela – Chamber of Justice

+++

**** 3 additional songs, with an asterisk ****

*Shearwater – Hail, Mary
Palo Santo was one of 2006’s best releases, but their new deal with Matador Records led to a re-mastered and partially re-recorded version that can be counted as one of 2007’s best as well.

*Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova; The Frames – Falling Slowly
This was one of my favorite songs from 2006, appearing on Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s “The Swell Season.” In 2007, two versions appeared: one on the soundtrack of the delightful movie “Once”; the other on the Frame’s “Cost”.

*Neil Young - A Man Needs a Maid/Heart of Gold Suite
Released in 2007, but recorded live at Massey Hall in January, 1971 (as I was just beginning my last semester of high school), this relic lets us hear rock history being made. The Toronto audience listens intently to several new songs, not yet recorded for “Harvest”). During the transition between the two songs (both of which would've made my "Great Songs of 1972" list), there is no applause of recognition for what was soon to become a trademark composition, as the audience hears it for the first time. Gives me shivers…


OK, I'll stop now... on to 2008. Keep the songs coming, Kyle!

 
At Monday, January 14, 2008, Blogger Emily said...

I rather enjoy your obscure art references, ramblings and near-haikus. Oh and the music. You have excellent taste. :)

 
At Monday, January 14, 2008, Blogger Mike said...

Random thoughts:
It would have been nice to see Jose Gonzalez make the list, even though I don't think anything on his 2007 album matches up to 'Heartbeats' or 'Crosses.'

I forgot Blonde Redhead existed.

Talib Kweli is still around?

Hooray for 'Reckoner' at #1, even though the list is not a ranking, it's most deserving of that spot.

You absolutely need to come to Discovery World with us next time we go.

Now I need to find the time to sort through these and find some more jewels like 'Preparedness.'

 
At Wednesday, January 16, 2008, Anonymous beth said...

is plastic operator 2007, or is that album for 2008?

because the "pleasure is mine" truly is a pleasure.

 
At Thursday, January 31, 2008, Blogger J said...

Wow! I found your blog at just the right time. Thanks much for the zip files of your top songs! Looking forward to listening to them. Tanks again.

 
At Sunday, March 30, 2008, Blogger laura said...

this is an amazing boon i have stumbled on here. so much music that is new to me here, and that i enjoy, thank you so much for putting up this wonderful sampling. i have so many new artists to check out. Really, thanks.

 
At Monday, March 31, 2008, Blogger Kyle said...

You're welcome, that's what it's here for. I'd be interested to hear what you think about the music. Keep leavin comments...

 

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