Monday, December 10

The CDP's Favorite Songs Of 2007.

The CDP's Favorite Songs Of 2007.
(One of my favorite hobbies is collecting terrible music and movies. Now you know.)

Here, for your dissecting and scrutinizing pleasure, I present to you my Top 15 favorite songs from 2007. Enjoy and mock at will.

15. I Don't Want To Dance Anymore - Nightmare Of You
(From the 'Bang!' EP)

14. Knights - Minus The Bear
(From the album 'Planet Of Ice')

13. Mirror On You - Enon
(From the album 'Grass Geysers...Carbon Clouds')

12. Take Me To The Riot - Stars
(From the album 'In Our Bedroom After The War')

11. The Punks Are Writing Love Songs - Tullycraft
(From the album 'Every Scene Has A Center')

10. Sunlight - Matt Pond PA
(From the album 'Last Light')

9. We've Been Here Before - Sean Na Na
(From the album 'Family Trees')

8. Brianstorm - Arctic Monkeys
(From the album 'Favourite Worst Nightmare')

7. Closer/My Eyes - Travis
(From the album 'The Boy With No Name')

6. Somewhere In The Between - Streetlight Manifesto
(From the album 'Somewhere In The Between')

5. Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse - Of Montreal
(From the album 'Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?')

4. Night Windows - The Weakerthans
(From the album 'Reunion Tour')

3. Electric Surfin' Go Go - Polysics
(From the album 'Karate House!')

2. I'm Not Going To Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You - Black Kids
(From the 'Wizard Of Ahhs' EP)

1. Intervention - Arcade Fire
(From the album 'Neon Bible')

In case you were wondering, here were the CDP's choices for favorite song of years past:
2003 - Such Great Heights - The Postal Service
2004 - Neighborhood #1 - Arcade Fire
2005 - In This Home On Ice - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
2006 - I Will Follow You Into The Dark - Death Cab For Cutie

Yeah, it's pretty cut and dry. Your snobbery concerns me none.

But wait, there's so much more! You see, this is an interactive post! Sound off in the comments section or e-mail me at with your choices for best song of 2007. It can be a top 20, top 10 or just a single song, but let your voice be heard and I will attach it to this post!

Get going, have fun and enjoy your Monday.

UPDATE #1 - Mike Hoss' Top Musical Discovery Of 2007:
'Pretty Angry' by Blues Traveler

UPDATE #2 - BluStaCon's Top 5 Of 2007:
#5. 'If I had Eyes' - Jack Johnson
#4. 'Misery Business' - Paramore
#3. 'State of Massachusetts' - Drop kick Murphys
#2. 'Thrash Unreal' - Against Me!
#1. 'Big Casino' - Jimmy Eat World

The CDP's Top 20 Albums Of 2007.

I really stopped listening to new music. There's too much music that has already been made that I haven't discovered yet.

With that said: Mike's Best Discovery of 2007 is:
"Pretty Angry" by Blues Traveler (first song on my mix).

When I first heard it, I got chills. And I still do.
Noted and updated. See how this works?

I agree. 2007 wasn't a very good year for music; it was a good time to catch up on the good music of previous years, though. I think I only bought 30 albums from 2007 this year, which is about half of what I normally purchase. The rest were good albums from the last 5 years, and a ton of classic stuff that I had yet to own.
I bought like 4 albums this year. The rest were all purchased for me by the CDP, in an attempt to stop me from listening to Catholic radio.
My only exposure to new music is over the radio. So my choices are based on what songs make me turn the radio up and what makes me turn the radio down.

#5. If I had Eyes - Jack Johnson

#4. Misery Business - Paramore

#3. State of Massachusetts - Drop kick Murphys

#2. Thrash unreal - Against Me!

#1. Big Casino - Jimmy Eat World
Ever thought about Satellite radio? Otherwise, try out, you can get exposed to lots of new music on there too :)
oh and Well Thought Out Twinkles - Silver Sun Pickups is on the bubble.
I think Blu might really like satellite radio, especially if he has to listen to radio all day anyways.

I'll buy you whatever you want, provided I stop hearing about Catholic radio.
I love that Stars song. Well, I love almost anything by Stars. And Travis. And The Weakerthans. I had Night Windows as my MySpace song until this weekend. (yes, yes, I know MySpace is lame) That Matt Pond PA CD is awesome. I still say my best purchase of the year among the handful of CDs I bought was the They Might Be Giants Greatest Hits CD. That or Brand New's "God and the Devil Are Raging Inside Me".

Blu - I love Misery Business, even though it's being played to death by not one but TWO of my local radio stations. Paramore was just in town for our "alternative" station's yearly giant concert extravaganza. I almost got free tickets, but I had no one to go with me so I had to decline. Having few friends with the same bizarre music tastes as myself can be pretty rough. The same thing happened to me when The Flaming Lips were in concert here.

I also endorse Pandora. It's one of the things that keeps me sane at work. I have multiple stations to fit my moods and match the tone of the working day.
I think I was one of the last people in the world to discover Pandora, but it's a pretty sweet gig. I don't have to bring my entire CD collection to work, and it makes up for me failing to charge and load my iPod.
MAUS - Stars, Travis, Matt Pond PA & The Weakerthans are all made entirely of win. We have similar tastes; I would have loved to hear your mixtape! :)

The TMBG album is endlessly replayable, no question about it.

TMBG ABC's is a big hit with the kids right now.

I C U, I C U, N U R O K
They really can do it all.

So, for the first time, I'm spending the day on Pandora, compiling a list of songs to purchase on iTunes. Yeah, I can see getting addicted to this.

By the way, Arctic Monkey's 'Flourescent Adolescent' was an AMAZING 2007 song. I forgot about it until just now.
I've been stuck in a music rut for a long time. Sure, every once in a while I'll add a new band, but I pretty much listen to the same stuff I've always listened to. It's OK, I like my music just fine.

I did get into the Cold War Kids pretty heavy back in the Spring, but that was only because I saw their awesome show at The Annex. That was by far the best concert of 2007 for me.

I heart Pandora so much.
2004 - Neighborhood #1 - Arcade Fire

Yeah, I bet you like the Duke fight song too, pal.

I'm starting to like Pandora, too, but it's going to lead to a lot of spent cash on iTunes, for sure.

Julia, do you like POS? I think you'd freaking love that guy.

JT, Arcade Fire is a 2-time CDP Song of the Year Champion! RESPEK!

Heh-heh. Lulz.
Yeah, I bet you like the Duke fight song too, pal.

AH HA HA HA HA! Long distance high five!
On an even more hilarious note, last night I effectively convinced the CDP that "We Built This City" was written about Cleveland.
All I said was, "Really?"
On an even more hilarious note, last night I effectively convinced the CDP that "We Built This City" was written about Cleveland.

That's just cruel...and hilarious.

Long distance Top Gun high five!
(suddenly feels remorse at picking on theCDP on his own page)
i've recently discovered Sufjan Stevens, specifically the song 'Chicago' ... i love his mellowness (is that a word?)
All I said was, "Really?"

Nope. You said "But why would they sing about Cleveland?" And I told you it was because they built the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame there.
JT, I deserved it for being dumb enough to think that the Missus would retain a fact like that. I even think that song existed before the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame did.

Caitlin, 'Chicago' is a beautiful song from one of the best albums of 2005 (maybe the best), hands down. Sufjan is incredible.
JT, I deserved it for being dumb enough to think that the Missus would retain a fact like that.

You calling me a tard?
You know, I haven't really listened to much POS. I've been far too busy being in love with my imaginary boyfriend Slug. I will definitely check him out on your recommendation though.

Illinois stills get played in my house on a fairly regular basis. It never gets old!
It's all I listen to now.
I also love The Hush Sound.
good stuff.

JULIA - POS is incredible. Saw him in Madison about a year ago. Slug and Atmosphere both have cameos on the album, by the way.

Illinoise! is pretty timeless, no question.

CAITLIN - I'm creating a Hush Sound Pandora station as we speak. I didn't get into them before, even though I thought I'd like them.
I'm sad to see a lack of Architecture because (a) I'm so addicted to their new album it's not even funny, and (b) all of those songs are amazing and it deserves to be listed among it.

But you have Polysics up there. That compensates.
Morgan, I was going to put 'Heart It Races' on the list, but the album was so good as a whole, I gave up on choosing a single song.

They WILL, however, be placed very highly atop the Best Albums Of 2007 list that begins here tomorrow. They also put on one of my favorite live shows of the year.

I had the surreal joy of actually seeing Polysics live this year, and it was worth everything I had to go through to get there. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
I'm with Mike on this one. I only just turned 14, so it seems a waste of time to listen to most modern music when there's so much classic old stuff.

A friend recently told me Arcade Fire's Neon Bible, was the best album of the year, so I'll definetly download that some time soon.

Now, maybe.
At the very least, download Intervention. If it doesn't stir some sort of emotional response from you, than you might not have a soul.

Or, you just might be my wife.
Me have soul!

I just don't appreciate layers on layers of unoriginal, monotone instrumentation.
...that went to Duke.
Whatever you say, mighty CDP.
...and drinks Bomb Pop
I liked The Hush Sound for about a week. There are a couple of Feuled By Ramen bands that I can get into a lot more (Paramore, for one)...although a lot of them seem to be following a formula and tend to sound very similar (Cute Is What We Aim For and Forgive Durden). Of course, Fueled By Ramen is also home to the suckfests known as Cobra Starship, Panic! At the Disco and Fall Out Boy.
JT, do you really dislike Arcade Fire or do you just like to egg me on? :)
Both. It's a win-win-win.
Maus, because I love to hear myself talk, I can give you a quick history lesson on FBR.

FBR used to be my absolute favorite label back in 1999-2001. It was owned by Vinnie, the drummer and lyricist for Less Than Jake; CDP Hall-Of-Famers if there ever was one.

Back in the day, they released albums by some of my favorite bands at the time, including Animal Chin, Discount, Home Grown, Less Than Jake, Limp, Pollen, The Stereo, The Aeffect and THE ALMIGHTY IMPOSSIBLES.

Eventually, up-and-comers like Fall Out Boy and Yellowcard got huge, so the label took turns to become more mainstream and marketable. This lead to Vinny quitting the label. He sez:

"Basically the same reason I started the label is ultimately the same reason why I left Fueled By Ramen, and that is passion for the music. I didn’t feel the same way for some of the bands we had talked about signing in the future or the direction that the label was taking. I always prided myself on the thought of a label being equal parts about creativity and business but months back I felt like music was more about being famous then the actual songs themselves, it felt like style was outweighing substance. At one point I wasn’t feeling the same passion for the direction the label was headed. So faced with staying around and it just being 'business as usual' or trying to steer an iceberg in the way I wanted the direction of the label to go. I decided that it was time for me to step aside and let the label grow with its natural progression."

So, there you have it. What was once cool isn't anymore. Also, despite what the Missus thinks, Vinnie is not getting filthy rich off of his mediocre label. He quit his own label because it started to suck.

There you be!
I've actually been attempting to come up with any songs from this year that stand out to me, but to no avail.
I am, however, quite a fan of The Cab and The Hush Sound (FBR-born). I understand the sucky aspect. Half of the bands on there are not nearly as deserving of a label as some unsigned bands I've seen.

Cargirl's Discovery Song '07: This is the dream of Win and Regine - Final Fantasy
Cargirl's Discovery Artist '07: Jack's Mannequin.
No, he's rich because his band tours with Bon Jovi and writes washed-up ska songs.
JT - Keep trying!

CARGIRL - Final Fantasy, FTW! That seriously made my day a little brighter.

A few hours before seeing Arcade Fire play in Minneapolis a couple years ago, me and the Missus were eating at the Hard Rock across the street, when Win strolled past our window. I so desperately wanted to bolt out of the restaurant and emote all over him, but I was 23 at the time, and it probably would have just freaked him out.

I consider it a lost opportunity.
LTJ opened for Bon Jovi during a festival tour. Those things happen all the time.

Being rich does not mean sacrificing artistic merit. I hope you remember that when I'm rich.
You referred to Less than Jake and artistic merit in the same phrase. You're a funny man.
I quit this blog.
Your writing is good, it's your music that sucks. Beh heh heh.
PO Box status?
Got your package, JT! I'm currently sold out of books, so I'll send it back as soon as I get another shipment (3 days, I think).
No worries, glad to know it got there!
Hey, I got to the end of 65 Poor Life Decisions to find that my wife and I were listed in the thanks section. We are flattered and honored to be in such good company. I loved the book so much that I won't criticize your list.
Wow, thanks Will! I really, truly appreciate that you're not going to make fun of my list. :)

All kidding aside, it means a lot to me; glad you enjoyed the book.
Caveman's Musical Discovery of the year: The Polyphonic Spree

It's like the 70's got into a car accident with the 80's.
"Hey you got 80's in my 70's..."
"Hey you got your 70's in MY 80's.."
You are all wrong! The best song of the year by far is "Sunny Disposition" by 40 Engine, but the year isn't over yet.

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