Saturday, December 22, 2007

Sonic Parthenon's The Year In Music 2007: Part 7

The XYZ Affair
  • Live Show
Songs: “Little Fool”; “All My Friends”
The best-named band in New York is getting bigger all the time and they deserve it. The pitch perfect harmonies, the stellar riffs, - it didn’t get much better than “Little Fool” and “Ally My Friends”.

The Yarrows
  • Live Show
  • Record: Plum
Just go seem them.

“1 2 3 4” by Feist
How much can be written about this? OK, how’s this: I’ve never seen the commercial! Ha! Damn good song, I don’t care what anyone says. As for “Best New Artist” nomination at the Grammy Awards…um…sure.

  • Live Show
  • Record: Cookies
  • Song: “You Made Me Like It”
They had a successful run at CMJ and they also had the deserved good fortune to open up the Hold Steady/Art Brut show at Terminal 5. They may not have been the most harped-on Scottish band on this blog this year, but keep an eye on ‘em.

“23” by Blonde Redhead
Blonde Redhead was one of those bands that were hard to get used to. But this single is where the change happened. Ethereal, empowering, forceful – this is how that awful label New Age should be readjusted.

“99 and ½” by Mavis Staples
Ry Cooder treated Mavis well on her record and her sincerity is what it is all about.
Listen here

Last minute addition!:
“Guns of Navarone” by Maritime
In the last month of the year, this one is rising fast and furious. It’ll be on the 2008 list as well. Perfect Indie pop.
Stereogum provies the MP3

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