Sunday, December 30, 2007

Daniel Rubin’s Best of 2007

Daniel Rubin is a scribe with the Philadelphia Inquirer. He once wrote about us for the paper, and called us “rockist.” We like him anyway. Here’s a list of his fave discs from the year gone by.

1. Radiohead, In Rainbows - good enough to pay for, which i did.
2. Bruce Springsteen, Magic - no disappearing act, here. channels tim o'brien, brian wilson and rufus wainwright.
3.Josh Ritter, Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter - came up with the best nick lowe song in years.
4. Bettye LaVette, Scene of the Crime - this one cuts deep
5.Wilco, Sky Blue Sky - for 'impossible germany' alone, makes the list. groovy flashback to future games and reelin in the years.
6. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black - the kind you don't take home to mother, even if she reads right to left.
7. Spoon, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga - ya, ya, ya, ya, ya,
8. Feist, The Reminder. almost forgot.
9. Dr. Dog, We All Belong: Lo-fi all-stars. Sound like they grew up in my record collection.
10. Arcade Fire, Neon Bible - keeps the car runnin'


Trip McClatchy said...

Dan... thanks for participating. And for the reminder to check out the Bettye LaVette. Next time we has out why Trip can't get into Radiohead?

Daniel Rubin said...

Can't get into Radiohead? I got into them at gunpoint. At least the promotional sort of gunpoint. When "OK Computer" was released, the record company sent out Sony Walkmen with the album on one side, and had soldered the damned things shut so we could only use it to hear the release. Tom Moon lent his to me one day when I wanted to use the treadmill in our basement at the paper, and I grabbed it two days later, and two days later. A powerful piece of music. Then I hit reverse and picked up "The Bends" and was hooked. I liked "Kid A" Ok, happily forgot "Amnesiac," then saw them in 2003 in Camden, and they fucking rocked. More on this later over a pint of Young's.