11.29.2007

Best of 2007

That's right. The year is close enough to it's end that we feel comfortable closing the book on it. Here's some of what stood out to us.

Songs

Best songs that sounded like they were recorded 30 years ago
Caribou - Melody Day
Black Lips - Veni Vidi Vici

Best opening songs on an album
Blitzen Trapper - Devil's a Go-Go
Radiohead - 15 Step

Best song that sounds exactly like everything else they've ever put out
Spoon - You Got Yr Cherry Bomb

Best cover
Britt Daniel - Bring It On Home To Me (Sam Cooke)

Best song by someone that looks just like Alastair's roommate
Elvis Perkins - While You Were Sleeping

Best song with unintelligible lyrics
Battles - Ddiamondd

Best old song that I'll admit I only just heard for the first time
ABBA - Ring Ring

Best use of harmony since 1969
Dr. Dog - My Old Ways

Best reason to play a video game
Still Alive (The closing theme song from Portal)


Best Albums of 2007

Okkervil River - The Stage Names
Far and away the collection of songs that I listened to the most this year. I can't completely understand why I enjoy it so much. The song structures are straight-forward and unsurprising and the subject matter is rather pedestrian, but the lyrics are full of interior rhymes and form fun little rhythmic puzzles that I still don't have figured out yet.

Radiohead - In Rainbows
Everyone's been waiting 4 years for this one, and it didn't disappoint. It's got all the things that make Radiohead albums so great: tricks with rhythm and meter, occasional glimpses of instrumental virtuosity, whatever the fuck Thom Yorke is saying. But it also slows down a bit about half way in, and starts to groove very gently. A song like "House of Cards" is a testament to their skills. A song in which absolutely nothing happens, but still compels you to listen to every second of it.

Dr Dog - We All Belong
All the best parts of music are in this album.

Field Music - Tones of Town
This band follows to the letter the Rule of 50%. The rule is that in order to keep a listener involved and interested, you must spend half the time confirming what he expects, and the other half surprising him. Their songs are hummable and tuneful, but constantly taking you down hidden pathways that open up between the beats and notes of their melodies.


I think that'll do it for now. Tune in next week when I fill in all the gaps that I left here.

alstr

Mad with Cobra Venom 11.27.2007

Alright!

Nice long show this week. You can listen to it in it's entirety by clicking the links below (until next Tuesday night, that is...then it's back to just GNC):
Fermata (11pm to 1am)
Grand National Championships (1am to 4am)

ArtistTrackAlbum/CD
Shout Out Louds You Are Dreaming Our Ill Wills
Justice Let There Be Light Cross
set break
Radiohead Bodysnatchers In Rainbows
so many dynamos Progress Flashlights
Grizzly Bear Knife (Coverd By CSS) Friend EP
Teenage Fanclub Did I Say Four Thousand Seven Hundred And Sixty-Six Seconds
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Love Burns Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
set break
Animal Collective Peacebone Peacebone
Clor Hearts on Fire Clor
Arcade Fire Cold Wind Six Feet Under OST
set break
Self What a Fool Believes Gizmodgery
Frank Black Headache Teenager of the Year
Battles Ddiamondd Mirrored
Koufax 'Saturday\'s Alone' Social Life
set break
Ratatat Wildcat Classics
Field Music Give It Lose It Take It Tones Of Town
Antipop Consortium Lift Tragic Epilogue
Figurines Drunkard's Dream When The Deer Wore BLue
set break
Jonathan Coulton/Ellen McLain Still Alive Portal Soundtrack
Grandaddy Saddest Vacant Lot In All The World Sumday
Blitzen Trapper Wild Mountain Nation Wild Mountain Nation
black moth super rainbow Melt Me Dandelion Gum
Talking Heads Love For Sale True Stories
set break
Stephen Malkmus Ballad of a Thin Man I'm Not There (Soundtrack)
The Octopus Project I Saw the Bright Shinies The Octopus Project - Hello, Avalanche
set break
Caribou She's The One Andorra
Rush 2112 2112
set break
curious hair Wax On Roundhouse Comp
Joyside Dang Look Directly Into The Sun
The National Mistaken For Strangers Boxer
The Flaming Lips The Gash The Soft Bulletin
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks Dark Wave Pig Lib
set break
Shocking Pinks Second Hand Girl Shocking Pinks
Can't
Remember This
Song, Damnit!
The Sea And Cake The Ravine The Fawn
thom yorke Jetstream Spitting Feathers EP
set break
Stevie Wonder I Was Made to Love Her Looking back
Clairvoyants To Harm Your New Boundaries
Faraquet Call It Sane -
I love you but I've chosen darkness i want to die in the hot summer s/t
Lansing-Dreiden Glass Corridor The Incomplete Triangle
set break
The Mars Volta Cygnus....Vismund Cygnus Frances The Mute
Nada Surf Treading Water Let Go
Stereolab How To Play Your Internal Organs Overnight Aluminum Tunes (Disc 1) [Japan]
set break
The Long Winters Ultimatum Ultimatum
Jenny Lewis And The Watson Twins You Are What You Love Rabbit Fur Coat
Quasi Peace And Love When The Going Gets Dark
Jose Gonzalez Teardrop In Our Nature
Mission of Burma Donna Sumeria The Obliterati
set break
Can Paperhouse Tago Mago
Electrelane Bells Axes
!!! Sweet Life Myth Takes
Pavement Platform Blues Terror Twilight
set break
Built To Spill Reasons There's Nothing Wrong With Love
Radiohead 15 Step In Rainbows
Okkervil River A Hand To Take Hold Of The Scene The Stage Names
Police Can't Stand Losing You Outlandos D'amour
Elliott Smith Bottle Up And Explode! XO
set break
Rocky Votolato White Daisy Passing Makers
Hot Chip Over And Over The Warning

11.13.2007

11.13.2007

Hello.

Mostly hot old tunes today. We did hear a little live Radiohead from their wildly exciting webcast the other night. Jerrad's new favorite group was in the mix, as well. Do you know who Jerrad professed this to be? You'll get a free CD (not necessarily by them) if you're the first to send an email to grandnationalchamps@yahoo.com with the correct answer.

To celebrate Make Believe's recording of a new album, Goin' to the Bone Church, despite claiming the future of this project to be uncertain, let's have a video. The album should be available come springtime as a vinyl on Flameshovel or a digital download.

Don't forget Prefuse 73 with School of Seven Bells this Thursday at Crowbar.

Oh, and how's this for a dilemma?


Those are kind of small, but the shows are on the same night down the street from each one other. Classic tale, the old gun versus a young upstart....from Jacksonville. I'll probably take a some from column A and some from column B.

ArtistTrackAlbum/CD
Battles TRAS2 EP C
Justice Phantom Cross
Radiohead Bodysnatchers (live) In Rainbows
set break
Prefuse 73 Girlfriend Boyfriend Preparations (Warp Recs)
Aloha Your Eyes Some Echoes
Animal Collective Peacebone Strawberry Jam
Cassius Feeling for You (Les Rythmes Digitales Dreamix) Remixes, Bootlegs and Promos
Daft Punk Prime Time of Your Life Human after all
set break
junior senior 'Boy Meets Girl' D-D-Don't Don't Stop The Beat
Figurines Childhood Verse When The Deer Wore BLue
Pillbugs Faceless Wonder Monclovia
Arcade Fire My Body is a Cage Neon Bible
set break
Grizzly Bear Knife (Coverd By CSS) Friend EP
Bjork Earth Intruders Volta
Dick Dale & The Del-Tones The Wedge The Best of Dick Dale & The Del-Tones
The Primitives The Ostrich The Ostrich
set break
Curtis Mayfield freddie's dead [single mix] Super Fly Soundtrack
Sly and The Family Stone Somebody's Watching You Stand!
The Avett Brothers Color Show Four Thieves Gone
Creedence Clearwater Revival Born On The Bayou The Concert
set break
Hot Hot Heat Let me in Happiness ltd.
Islands
Rough Gem Return To The Sea
Pixies Hey Doolittle
Tempo No Tempo Narrowed Scopes And Sharpened Knives Repetition E.P.
set break
Otis Redding Cigarettes & Coffee Soul Album
Belle & Sebastian Act Of The Apostle The Life Pursuit
Zillionaire Loose Leaf The Street Lights Have Been Turned Down
Fake Prince Hey (Pixies) -
set break
John Lennon Jealous Guy Imagine 1971
Beauty Pill Goodnight For Real The Unsustainable Lifestyle
Spoon The Underdog Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Beck Think I'm In Love The Information
Radiohead Headmaster Ritual Live
set break
The Beatles She's Leaving Home Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band 8th LP rel 6-1-1967
minus story Aaron My Ion Truss
folk implosion Slap Me Take a Look Inside...
death from above 1979 romantic rights you're a woman, i'm a machine
set break
Make Believe We're All Going To Die Make Believe
The Zombies This Will Be Our Year Odyssey & Oracle

11.07.2007

Silly Robot 11.6.2007

Greetings.

This week we heard some brand new tunes from Kutiman, Vampire Weekend, and Ezra Furman, who could possibly be a total loser.

I also finally heard an ABBA song that I could completely get on board with. All right!!!

Here's an old fave to go with this week's show


ArtistTrackAlbum/CD
kutiman Music is Ruling My World kutiman
Spoon You Got Yr Cherry Bomb Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
ABBA Ring Ring Ring Ring
Black Lips Veni Vedi Vici Good Bad Not Evil
set break
Fugazi Fell, Destroyed Red Medicine
sigur ros Hljomalind Hvarf-Heim
Justice Genesis Cross
The Magnetic Fields Yeah! Oh, Yeah! 69 Love Songs, Vol. 3
set break
barons Some Kind of Fool
-
Blitzen Trapper Devil's A-Go-Go Wild Mountain Nation
Shout Out Louds Suit Yourself Our Ill Wills
Grizzly Bear He It Me Friend EP
Calvin Harris Merry Making At My Place I Created Disco
set break
Daft Punk Short Circuit Discovery
Tempo No Tempo Repetition Repetition E.P.
junior senior 'Move Your Feet' D-D-Don't Don't Stop The Beat
Animal Collective Peacebone (Black Dice Remix) Peacebone
Vampire Weekend Oxford Comma Vampire Weekend (Blue CD-R)
set break
The Beatles Ticket To Ride Help
Tortoise Madison Area Lazarus Taxon
Elliott Smith All Cleaned Out New Moon
Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew TBTF Spirit If...
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion bellbottoms orange
Lou Reed Satellite of Love Transformer
set break
David Dondero Mighty Mississippi Simple Love
Pearl Jam 'Cropduster' Riot Act
The Sugar Oaks Red Grapes In The City Red Grapes In The City EP
Liars Clear Island (Tiny Masters of Today Remix) Liars
The Horrors sheena is a parasite Strange House
set break
Ratatat Gettysburg Classics
Band Of Horses No Ones Gonna Love You Cease To Begin
The Octopus Project Upmann The Octopus Project - Hello, Avalanche
Danzig dirty black summer How the Gods Kill
set break
new young pony club Get Lucky Fantastic Playroom
Home Movies McGuirk on a date -
ezra furman and the harpoons Mother's Day -
Mary Timony Band Sharpshooter The Shapes We Make
set break
Andrew Bird Don't Be Scared Weather Systems
Figurines The Air We Breathe When The Deer Wore BLue
MGMT The Youth Oracular Spectacular
Okkervil River Title Track The Stage Names
set break
Radiohead All I Need In Rainbows

11.01.2007

Racist Games 10.30.2007

ArtistTrackAlbum/CD
deerhunter Cryptograms Cryptograms
Sam Prekop Showrooms Sam Prekop
Iggy and the Stooges Search and Destroy Raw Power
melvins queen stoner witch
set break
the verve Sonnet Urban Hymns
Enon Natural Disasters High Society
Autechre Milk DX Peel Sessions 1
Peter Bjorn & John Roll the Credits Writer's Block
set break
+/- One Day You'll Be There Let's Start a Fire
Swearing At Motorists Time Zones And Area Codes Last Night Becomes This Morning
Procol Harum A Whiter Shade of Pale Best Of
Archer Prewitt No More Wilderness
Tortoise And Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Cravo e Canela The Brave And The Bold
set break
Figurines Drunkard's Dream When The Deer Wore BLue
Doves Words The Last Broadcast
Booker T & the MG's Outrage Complete Stax Singles 59-68
Radiohead Jigsaw Falling Into Place In Rainbows
Stereolab Household Names The First of the Microbe Hunters
set break
Concert Report - -
Prefuse 73 Smoking Red - Featuring: John Stanier Preparations (Warp Recs)
Dr. Dog The Pretender Easy Beat
Zillionaire Three Ghosts The Street Lights Have Been Turned Down
J Mascis So What Else Is New? Martin & Me
Leon Russell A Song For You Leon Russell
set break
The Appleseed Cast Silas' Knife Peregrine
Elvis Costello Blame It On Cain My Aim Is True
loose joints Tell You Today Disco Not Disco
Hot Chip And I Was A Boy From School The Warning
Jonathan Coulton/Ellen McLean Still Alive Portal Soundtrack
set break
The Magnetic Fields I Don't Believe In The Sun 69 Love Songs Vol. 1
Velveteen Pink I Will Find You Velveteen Pink
Unknown Unknown Ovenguard Records Volume One
showdown at the equator Dear Friend Character Study
Radiohead bones the bends
set break
The Shins Sleeping Lessons Wincing The Night Away
Johnnie Taylor You Can't Get Away From It Stax Box 1959-1968
On! Air! Library! Feb. Self-Titled
The Beach Boys Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) Pet Sounds
Luke Temple Make Right With You Hold A Match For A Gasoline World
Smokey And Miho 'Bocoche' Tempo De Amor