Friday, June 29, 2007

The Year's Best Music So Far, In Videos

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2007 at 12:26 PM

I've been wanting to do this for weeks, and since Kraske had Tim Finn from the Star and Steve Wilson from Kief's in Lawrence on his show to talk about the year's best music so far, I'm thinking it's time for me to come forward. Here's a bevy of YouTube videos of the kind of stuff that's been rocking my tits in '07. This list, by the way, is more about artist and album than song and video. Post your faves in the comments, just be sure to change the width and height of the YouTube code to 400 X 333 so it'll fit in this narrow little blog column.

Cadence Weapon - "Sharks" from Breaking Kayfabe

(I haven't heard the whole album, but this track is really fresh sounding. Cool viddy, too -- a good example of how to appropriate video game culture without being precious about it.)

LCD Soundsystem - "All My Friends" from Sound of Silver

(I would've preferred the song "Someone Great," but there's not a decent video available. James Murphy is the new king of live electronica.)

Sloan - "I've Gotta Try" from Never Hear the End of It

(Criminally overlooked Canadian princes of guitar pop.)

The Tragically Hip - "Yer Not the Ocean" from World Container

(More overlooked Canadians & longtime personal faves)

Ryan Adams - "Off Broadway" from Easy Tiger

(The rest of the album is more tasty and accessible than this song, but it's the best vid avail)

Grinderman - "No Pussy Blues" from Grinderman

(Now this video kicks ass. This song and about 4 other burners from G-man make up probably half of all the best blues that's come out this year, imho.)

Queens of the Stone Age - "Sick, Sick, Sick" from Era Vulgaris

(Heed not the haters; the new QOTSA is a sweet slice a' pie.)

Field Music - "A House Is Not a Home" from Tones of Town

(Paul, you are no longer needed.)

The National - "Mistaken for Strangers" from Boxer

(I was initially disappointed with Boxer, deeming it a half-baked, mumbly work next to Alligator, the band's 2005 masterpiece. But then I found this song bubbling in my head almost constantly for about two weeks, with a few of the other tracks not far behind.)

Peter, Bjorn & John - "Let's Call It Off" from Writer's Block

(These guys blew up so big & fast at the end of last year, there's already backlash. But I still think these Swedes don't have many equals on the scene right now.)

brakesbrakesbrakes - "Hold Me In the River" from Beatific Visions

(The weirdest, funniest, most low-budget video to go with the year's weirdest, funniest, most low-budget album. "I'm sure as evo-lution I was not born guilty.")

The Rosebuds - "Silence By the Lakeside" from Night of the Furies

(Like Everything But the Girl, but with a guy and a guitar)

Jarvis Cocker - "Don't Let Him Waste Your Time" from Jarvis

(WWJCD?)

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