Thursday, February 28, 2008

Top 12 Albums of the Year That Ended 2 Months Ago

It's taken me so long to post my Top 12 Albums of 2007 because I was looking at it as a mountainous chore; something I had to do well and in detail. Well, I've decided that's bull and that I just want my list out there. So, here are the albums. No frills, no fuss. (Also no links and no pictures. Suck it up.)

1. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
2. Emma Pollock - Watch the Fireworks
3. Eric Clapton - Complete Clapton
4. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
5. The Guess Who - Let's Go
6. Kristin Hersh - Learn to Sing Like a Star
7. Herbie Hancock - River: the joni letters
8. Rufus Wainwright - Release the Stars
9. Detroit Cobras - Tied & True
10. Macy Gray - Big
11. Jon Rauhouse - Steel Guitar Heart Attack
12. Imperial Teen - the hair the tv the baby & the band

Honorable Mentions: Rufus Wainwright - Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall; Laura Veirs - Saltbreakers

Albums that May Have Made the List Had I Heard Them: Radiohead - In Rainbows; Kamikaze Hearts - Oneida Road; The National - Boxer

Most Disappointing: The Go! Team - Proof of Youth

Most Overrated: The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America (except for the song w/ Elizabeth Elmore)

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Rant from the Stone Age

Due to recent changes in living arrangements, I am currently without a computer and TV and have been so for a couple months. When I tell some people this fact, they seem utterly amazed. "Do you have electricity?" Yes, and running water, thank you very much.

I've also returned to my childhood habit of starting off every day reading the newspaper cover-to-cover while eating cereal. (Inevitably, the cereal runs out before the newspaper.) It's absolutely blissful. "But, how can you trust the information in the newspaper? It's so slanted!" Uh, I actually don't think it's all that bad, and it's certainly not as slanted as the liberal conspiracy theory blogs you read, thank you very much.

Actually, my home life right now is damn near perfect. After Tuesday, I will have my very own cat whose name will either be Victor or Hugo -- the verdict is still out. All I need now is a record player and I will be perfectly satisfied with the state of my apartment. Technology-less and all.