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Your Morning Rock In Review – Seven…Six…. Thursday, December 20, 2007

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The end is near my friends, after today, we’re half way through the Your Morning Rock year in review and I’m realizing how many fantastic albums I’ll be leaving out on this countdown. So, let’s continue to fun of another arbitrary blog list and get a move on with numbers seven and six.

YMR In Review continues…after the jump

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…

2007’s Number Seven album, according to YMR….

Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank

It was an instant love affair between me and WWDBTSES (like I’m typing out that whole title multiple times) as the lead single “Dashboard” got me excited for the album’s release and then the whole thing stayed stuck in my cd player for a solid month. “Missed the Boat” is one of the finest songs Isaac Brock has ever written and is in heavy competition for my favorite song of the year. “Florida”, “We’ve Got Everything”, “Parting of the Sensory” – hell I’m not sure there’s a song on here that I truly dislike at all. The addition of legendary Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr was a wise move by the Mouse and he added a new dimension to the overall dynamic of the band. His guitar is upfront on a few songs, but it doesn’t change things too much from the sound that they’ve established over the past decade plus. The band has tightened their pop sensibilities quite a bit since their indie days, but that doesn’t mean they’ve lost their appeal.

Coming in at Number Six…

Okkervil River – The Stage Names

Following up an excellent album like Black Sheep Boy is no small task for any band, but Okkervil River come to the plate swinging. The fantastic “Plus Ones” alone would warrant inclusion on any best-of list, but the rest of the album is no stinker. “A Girl in Port” and “John Allyn Smith Sails” can both break your heart just as easy as “You Can’t Take the Hand of a Rock and Roll Man” will bring you back to the world of the upbeat and rollicking. Right now, Okkervil River is one of the finest bands playing rock and roll in America, and most of us are sleeping on them.

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1. Greek McPapadopoulos - Thursday, December 20, 2007

I haven’t latched onto the new Modest Mouse as much as other people, but it’s still a very solid album. “Dashboard” was probably one of the best songs that I heard on radio this year, which made hearing it 567,382 times not so unpleasant.

And I hear things about Okkervil River, so I’ll have to check them out.

2. DougOLis - Thursday, December 20, 2007

I like Modest Mouse but I don’t love them. That said, I found WWDBTSES to be quite excellent and I liked it far more than Good News after repeated listenings. I kind of hold reservations because, like you, my favorite song on WWDBTSES is “Missed the Boat” and a lot of what I like in the song is added by James Mercer. It’s not really a pure Modest Mouse song and sounds a bit more like The Shins. I’m rambling here and my logic is pretty flawed but there it is.

Loved The Stage Names. More on that later. Done with my list.

3. Camp Tiger Claw - Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Stage Names is another record that would fit nicely into your “Year of the Grower” bit from yesterday. I initially thought it a bit of a disappointment, but I like it more with each listen.

Also, if you have the chance to see Okkervil River, do so. Always a great set.

4. DougOLis - Thursday, December 20, 2007

Word CTC, Okkervil River was one of the better shows I saw this year.

Catching up on my 10 to Jerkwheat’s:
10) Bloc Party – A Weekend in the City: I wanted to leave this off because of how much it pales in comparison to Silent Alarm but it was still a damned good album. That and because I listened to it more than anything else in the 1st few months of 2007 so that must mean I liked it. 10 seems right; it’s like Mr. Irrelevant.
9)Kanye West – Graduation: I’m not much of a fan of hip-hop or rap or whatever this is, but I have a thing for Kanye and Graduation was a fitting end to his trilogy. Yes, he’s an ass but you do have to give him some respect.
8)Okkervil River – The Stage Names: If you don’t like Okkervil River, you are an idiot. Lyrically it’s brilliant. They’ll get in your face and RAWK the shit out of you when they want (see above show). Or they can sit back and make me cry myself to sleep. Plus they had that incredible performance on Conan which blew him away.
7)Band of Horses – Cease to Begin: Like Paul Shirley, this is probably my favorite album at the moment. I’m not real sure where it will end up over time so this is where I stuck it. Plus, they’re Will Leitch approved. I don’t really know what to say.
6)Battles – Mirrored: Maybe the best show I saw this year, and probably never would have heard of Battles if my friend hadn’t drug me to see them. Math rock isn’t for everyone, but this is an amazing album. Technically it’s like no other rock I’ve heard before; the fusions of style are perfect. Musically it’s orgasmic and seeing them (and hearing) for the first time brought a simple smile to my face.

5. DougOLis - Friday, December 21, 2007

For those interested (hopefully no one), those that didn’t my Top 10 are as follows:
11) Bright Eyes – Cassadaga: I was bummed Jerkwheat placed Cassadaga and Easy Tiger outside his 10 then I ddi the exact same thing. Maybe it could have been higher, but this is where I ended up.
12) Ryan Adams –Easy Tiger
13) The New Pornographers – Challengers
14) Rilo Kiley – Under the Blacklight: My love for Jenny Lewis could only drive it this high. It’s a fun listen to and I like it but it’s not going to be a classic.
15) Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga: Slipped further than I expected. Some excellent songs but also some I don’t really care for.
16) Arcade Fire – Neon Bible: This maybe should be higher.
17) Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
18) Explosions in the Sky – All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone: Not quite up to the standards of their other stuff.
19) Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew – Spirit If…: Excellent album but knocked down several places due to the ridiculous name.
20) Justice – : Best dance album of the year but the longevity is questionable.
21) Deerhoof – Friend Opportunity
22) Iron and Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog: I like the new sound and I’m glad Sam Beam changed it up a bit but it doesn’t completely work for me.
23) Blonde Redhead – 23
24) Bruce Springsteen – Magic: The Boss is back. “Radio Nowhere” is by far one of my favorite singles this year.
25) The White Stripes – Icky Thump: I’m not a huge White Stripes fan but his album is great; I can take them in doses but it’s been horribly overplayed on the radio.
26) Brad Paisley – 5th Gear: Best pure country album of the year.
27) Kelly Clarkson – My December: Throwing a bone for Kelly. I love her but this album is mediocre for the most part.
TBD)The National and Panda Bear were amazing on my first listens through. I see a lot of potential. Still need to pickup Animal Collective.

6. Jerkwheat - Friday, December 21, 2007

Nice list Doug – of those, my near misses for the YMR In Review list are probably Rilo Kiley (which I agree is a lot of fun, but not great by any meants), The White Stripes (initial love, but it’s lost its luster), and Explosions In The Sky (suffers from having to follow the phenomenal previous album).


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