Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Year of The Hunter



TOP ALBUMS OF 2007

1. Deerhunter, Cryptograms
G-spot marksmen; tingly
2. Okkervil River, The Stage Names
It’s not a Greatest Hits compilation but it sure as hell sounds like one
3. Ween, La Cucaracha
My favourite since Chocolate and Cheese
4. Kes, Grey Goose Wing
Mad brilliance
5. Handhell, Phonography
Once bitten former Bites bite back at America, bar blues, f-f-fashion, et al
6. Bad Luck Charms, Rant & Drift
Again this Tassie band’s swan song sounds rather extraordinarily like a
Greatest Hits collection
7. Tranquilizers, Galaxy vs. Motion
Music to drive your rented convertible up the Pacific Coast Highway
to (which we did) and off the cliff (which luckily we didn’t)
8. Batrider, Pink Stars, Yellow Guitars
Great songs full of passion
8. Sir, The Brando Room
Real-life break-up led to this cool synthesis of Badlands, Bloodsport and
The Last Tango in Paris
9. New Estate, Is it real?
Perhaps not their best, but still totally essential
10. Actor/Model, My agent says
The slashies rule, okay?
11. Deerhoof, Friend Opportunity
Ravishing as venison; also creates nice bookend


TOP LIVE SHOWS

1. Deerhunter, Portland, Oregon, USA
Thought my back would disintegrate from monkeying around jig-wise
2. Aleks and the Ramps at E. Brunswick
Puts the arty back in party
3. Lighthouse Keepers at Wipplegong
Hell of a fine act at a party for a hell of a fine woman
4. David Kilgour and Panel of Judges at Cloud City
DK played Point that thing somewhere else. ‘Nuff said.
5. Jane Badler and Sir at Forum
Smooth music in classy venue, got given free wine
6. Applecore Festival
Just your average otherworldly Melbourne backyard rock and roll barbeque
7. Built to Spill at The Corner
Guitar pig mania especially the cover of Eno’s Third Uncle and an outtasite Carry that Zero that took me out of my mind
8. Vashti Bunyan & Guy Blackman at Prince of Wales
A tender bender of lovely music
9. Outward Obtooce, Coinflow $ debut at Evelyn
I've got a pumpkinhead full of books
10. Bob Scott, Batrider, Handhell at RobRoy
Probably the best Tuesday night of the year
11. Deerhoof at The Corner
Bill Harrison aka James Earthenware aka Cam Salad aka Steve Layout aka Red Engineer's favourite band. 'Nuff said.