Parker’s most listened to in 2007

This was going to be a Best Albums of 2007 review, but I usually change my favorites about 3 times a day depending on what kind of mood I am in or who I am talking to. Instead I thought it would be easier (and more honest, see Lily Allen) to list the albums that were new to me in 2007, that I played the most. So without further ado, my most listened to in order of guessed # of spins.

 

Gorillaz Demon Days
demondaysCame out some time in 2006 but I didn’t really start listening to it until 2007. I probably played it for the entire month of March. I just kept finding more and more I liked about it. Plus front man Damon Albarn (better known as the dude from Blur) collaborates with so many people that it kept me coming back all year to listen again and learn more about who he worked with on some other track. The album influenced most of the music that I listened to for the rest of the year. Most listened to song: Intro + Are We the Last Living Soles.

DangerDoom The Mouse and the Mask
themouse Released in late 2005, but I didn’t find it until early 2007 after trying to figure out what else Danger Mouse had been working on. It is a collaboration between Danger Mouse and rapper MF Doom. It’s nice to hear a rapper who has a better understanding of the language than I do, though I some times get lost in his rhymes. MF Doom wears a crazy supervillian mask at all times, and raps as a fictional character. The album is strangely centered on their love and previous work on Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force and features the characters in the show. Most listened to song: Sofa King. MF Doom is supposedly working on an album with Ghostface Killah for 2008.

Common Market Common Market
commonmarketI think this album was released in early 2006, but I listened to the shit out of it in 2007. The Seattle group is MC’ed by RA Scion and produced by Sabzi (who also represents half of the Blue Scholars). Sabzi went to UW, which is pretty cool too. The lyrics are highly political and spiritual:

Devout by choice, but providentially Baha’I* by chance
I make the most of an unusual circumstance
For a Cause I discovered in another land
I don’t expect y’all to fully understand

from most listened to song: G’dang Diggy . It is intelligent hip-hop and it is really good. They are releasing “Tobacco Road” in 2008.
*his strange religion

Radiohead In Rainbows
inrainbowsEven though In Rainbows didn’t come out until late in 2007, I will still add it to this list because I listened to a lot of Thom Yorke’s solo album Eraser last year as well. If you combined those two albums, it would definitely crack the top of my plays. The album dips into the electronic sound of Kid A/Amnesiac but stays fairly remiscent of Hail to the Theif through most. I suppose the way they leaked their album on their website, while accepting donations, will end up making more history than the music, but still, it’s pretty good. Most listened to song: 15 steps

Lily Allen Alright, Still
alright I don’t know what to tell you about this one besides that I listened to it about 1000 times back around April, mostly because I’ve never really listened to much like it. She somehow makes her songs sound like radiofriendly pop songs, but they are all mostly about the dirty side of London or drugs or confrontation. She seems rather angry in several songs. She is probably the only other female artist I have besides Lady Sovereign. Most listened to song: LDN

The Good the Bad and the Queen (self titled)

thegoodAnother Damon Albarn and Danger Mouse production, but it sounds nothing like the Gorillaz. The music is a lot simpler than some of their other stuff and not much of it is electronic. The first song is my most listened to song: The History Song. Just listen to it and you will know what the album is about. The album is a story put together about everyday life. It’s a good listen all the way through, with most the songs having a great building until they break down into the chorus (ie song 11 “Green Fields”).

El-P I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead
illsleep A New York hip hop artist who goes by El Producto. The album features the Mars Volta, Trent Reznor, Aesop Rock and others. This one actually took me a couple plays through before I really got into it. I like it because seems like something more than just hip-hop, instead he might be actually doing something with it, taking it somewhere if you will. He described it himself as old school hip-hop on acid (basically it has a psychedelic rock influence to it). Most listened to song: The Overly Dramatic Truth.

 

Pre-view 2008: The albums I am most looking forward to being released

The Mars Volta – The Bedlam in Goliath (Jan 29)
Common Market – Tobacco Road (early 2008)
The Streets – not yet titled (mid-late 2008)

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15 Responses to “Parker’s most listened to in 2007”

  1. Parker this is a very informative post. I enjoyed reading it quite a bit and will be illegally downloading all of these albums that I dont currently have (which is all of them).

  2. That is a hip collection of tunes. The fact that I haven’t heard of any of it only verifies that it is probably sweet.

    I now recommend that everybody make a similar post for their top 2007 hits. I exempt myself from this conversation, because I am still listening to that Cranberries album. God that Zombie song is good.

  3. I like that idea Kev and will be doing it tonight. I really think you should put together an honest list of your top tunes for 2007. I will go ahead and start er’ off for you…

    – Greenday “Dookie”
    – Blink 182 “Enema of the State”
    – Nelly “Nellyville”
    -……..

  4. Parker has a pretty good list there. Gorillaz released an album this year called D-Sides that is dope. I would suggest getting everything that MF Doom has ever done, especially Madvillain. I saw RA Scion taking out the garbage outside of Safeway on Queen Anne and I think that makes him more awesome. In Rainbows is real good, and I even paid 2 pounds for it. I listened to that Lily Allen album a few times, not bad. The Good, The Bad, & The Queen should be called Not Good, Very Bad, & for Faggots, but I actually kind of like that album. And finally, El-P. I really like that album too and it is probably on my honorable mention list.

    2007 will mark the year that I started listening to that new fangled rock and roll music again. Here is my top ten:

    10. Justice – Cross
    (Sounds like two computers fucking each other in a lightning storm)

    9. Iron & Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog
    (Faggy, but still good somehow. I think chicks would dig it if they didn’t run away when I tried to force them into my car to listen.)

    8. Jose Gonzalez – In Our Nature
    (Heard him on the last Zero 7 album, made a good album all by himself. Same things with the chicks.)

    7. The National – Boxer
    (I don’t know what is National about them because they don’t sing about America as much as I’d like. I also don’t remember them mentioning a boxer. Despite all this, they still made a good album.)

    6. Wu-Tang Clan – 8 Diagrams
    (Anytime you can have that many crazy people on one album is amazing.)

    5. Lifesavas – Gutterfly
    (A funky, hip-hop soundtrack to a blaxploitation flick that doesn’t exist. Thank god because I don’t like looking at those National Geographic titties in those movies.)

    4. Aesop Rock – None Shall Pass
    (Crazy flows that take a couple listens to figure out. One of his songs is all about how horrible it is that Pluto isn’t a planet anymore. That’s the kind of real-life issues I want to hear people rap about.)

    3. Lupe Fiasco – The Cool
    (Working man’s Kanye)

    2. Radiohead – In Rainbows
    (Still listening to it a lot, plus it is the only thing I paid for in pounds last year.)

    1. The Cinematic Orchestra – Ma Fleur
    (They write emotional, atmospheric music for films that have yet to be made. Plus, the cd comes with these weird pictures that you are supposed to look at while listening to the album.)

  5. Due to my lack of nerdiness/intelligence I’m not sure how to do those fancy album covers and hyperlinks so I guess you’ll just have to look these albums up if you want an insight into my musical tastes. Sorry for the amount of stuff on here, I have a hard time making choices.

    Top Five Most Listened To (Hip-Hoppin):
    El-P – I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead
    Like Parker it took me a few complete listens to realize how great this album is. Taken as a whole, it is a crazy adventure filled with amazing lyrics, fantastically original beats and weird shit, including a cyborg/alien? prison love story complete with execution. Also I’m pretty sure it blessed me with at least a couple of much needed flashbacks.

    Aesop Rock – None Shall Pass
    Uses a lot of words I don’t understand and raps off-kilter at an incomprehensible speed. Most of the time I’m unsure if I really like the music but I can’t seem to stop listening to it. Bonus: Includes a song about how shitty cops are (unless he is literally referring to the animal pig, in which case I’m not quite as on board).

    Blue Scholars – Bayani
    Another awesome album from fellow Huskies. Makes me miss Seattle.

    Cage – Hell’s Winter
    Deals with everyday issues like your dad forcing you to help him shoot heroin and killing your girlfriend on her birthday in a ketamine-induced car accident. With production from El-P, RJD2, DJ Shadow, and Blockhead I’m pretty sure you could rap about anything and make it sound good.

    Pharoahe Monch – Desire
    Best rapper alive? I don’t know but I’ve never met a Pharoahe Monch song I didn’t absolutely love.

    Top Five Most Listened To (Non Hip-Hoppin):
    Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam
    Probably my favorite band. I’m not really sure how to describe them. They are just refreshingly different from everything I’ve ever heard and constantly put out impossibly great songs. Disclaimer: I’m pretty sure I actually hated them when I first heard them. Give it a couple listens.

    Radiohead – In Rainbows
    I listen to Radiohead almost exclusively to fall asleep to. Therefore I don’t believe I’ve ever even heard any songs toward the ends of their albums. Those first few songs blow me away every time though. Beautiful, haunting, makes me sleepy.

    Devendra Banhart – Cripple Crow
    Came out a couple of years ago but seeing him play live reminded me how much I love this album. Weirdly catchy folky rock songs that always seem to get stuck in my head.

    M.I.A. – Kala
    Upside: Energetic upbeat songs that always seem to put me in a good mood.
    Downsides: Songs are made by a woman. Also, If you can decipher the lyrics you will find that she’s talking about the depressing problems plaguing the (mostly third-) world…buzzkill.

    Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
    While admittedly not as good as their old albums, it’s still great music. They’ve received a lot of criticism for “selling out” and going mainstream but I think they just make good, original music which has unexpectedly found commercial success. Plus they deserve it much more than 99% of the bands who actually achieve success today.

    Most Disappointing Album: Kanye West – Graduation
    With his two prior albums I could overlook indescribably shitty lines about Regis Philbin and Jenifer Anniston because they were fairly sparse amid good lyrics and genius beats. On Graduation, however, I simply can’t get over how terrible the majority of his raps are, which is frustrating since the actual music (with the notable exception of that song with the coldplay guy) is some of his best. In fact “Barry Bonds” might have been my favorite song of the year if only it was an instrumental.

    Some lyric examples for proof of shittiness: Have you ever popped champagne on a plane/While getting’ some brain/Whipped it out, she said “I never seen snakes on a plane”

    I told Jay I did a song with coldplay/Next thing I know he got a song with coldplay/Back in my mind I’m like damn, no way/Translate espanol/No way Jose

    Albums I’m Most Excited About listening to in the near future : Wu-Tang Clan – 8 Diagrams, Lupe Fiasco – The Cool, and The Randy Band – Putting the Rock Back in Iraq (A collection of classic rock covers with proceeds going towards the rebuilding of C&C’s sister gun shop in Baghdad).

    Most Listened to Songs:
    Kanye West – Can’t Tell Me Nothing (mostly because of the Zach Galifianakis video)
    Professor Murder – Free Stress Test
    Panda Bear – Comfy In Nautica
    El-P – Tasmanian Pain Coaster
    Animal Collective – Reverend Green
    M.I.A. – Paper Planes
    Devendra Banhart – Long Haired Child
    The White Stripes – I’m Slowly Turning Into You
    Radiohead – Nude
    Blue Scholars – North By Northwest
    Pharoahe Monch – When the Gun Draws
    Arcade Fire – My Body Is a Cage
    Gogol Bordello – Start Wearing Purple

    In response to Parker’s list, MF Doom is probably the most talented mask-wearing MC ever. Despite rarely knowing what the fuck he is talking about I love listening to his hypnotic rhymes. Plus he seems like a man who has done his fair share of shrooms. Also that Common Market album is one of the few albums that I listen to as much now as when I first heard it. I’ve never heard Lily Allen or The Good, The Bad, and The Queen but judging by your other choices I might do some downloading.

  6. After reading you three hipsters’ music lists I feel ever more like a fag for my list. My list is just the albums I listened to most for the 2007 Calendar year. I am always about 1 year behind the current cool music scene , but this year I got pretty into Classic Rock so don’t be expecting anything new or cool on this list.

    Top 10 albums I listened to in 2007

    -The Beatles “The White Album” (1968)- On my road trip with Spencer I was pretty obsessed with the Beatles. The White Album is pretty incredible when you look at how fucking retared music was before the Beatles. Also Rocky Raccoon makes me happier than any other piece of media I have ever come across.
    Favorite Song- “Rocky Raccoon”

    -Bright Eyes “Cassadaga” (2007)- I find Bright Eyes’ lyrics to be incredibly insightful and meaningful, this album more than any other seems relevant to me.
    -Favorite Song- “Classic Cars”

    -The Flaming Lips “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” (2002)- Between April and June there was no album that I listened to more. I really don’t know what to say besides that I really like songs about people fighting robots. Sadly after the excitement this album drummed up I downloaded every other song The Flaming Lips have created and so far I have not found anything else about fighting Robots.
    Favorite Song- “Flight Test”

    -Radiohead “Kid A” (2000)- I did drugs a lot this year
    Favorite Song- “Idioteque”

    -Neil Young “Harvest” (1972)- This was my favorite of the 3 Neil Young albums Richard let us borrow on our road trip needless to say it got a lot of plays (Other 2 Neil Young Cds: one was entirely about Indians and the other one skipped badly due to being scratched). Neil Young is not only a really amazing singer/song writer he is also incredibly fucking crazy looking. ( http://www.musik-fotos.de/homepage/Bilder/roskilde2001/neil_young-02.jpg)
    Favorite Song- “Old Man”

    -The Decemberists “Picaresque (2005)- Every time I hear the Decemebrists it reminds me of that one time I did a bunch of mushrooms and went to a Grateful Dead cover band concert at the Ballard VFW hall with my tailgating friend Howie and Eric. The opening band was this old timey band that looked exactly what I imagine the Decembrists would look like.
    Favorite Song- “We Both Go Down Together”

    -David Gray “White Latter” (1999)- I wish I could say that it was just because I lived in a car with my girlfriend for 4 ½ months, but to be honest I really love David Gray.
    Favorite Song- “This Years Love”

    – White Stripes “Icky Thump” (2007)- Another sweet album by the White Stripes
    Favorite Song- “Icky Thump”

    – Zion I “Mind over Matter” (2000)- A great example of how far behind I am on cool music. I had never heard of Zion I until Spencer gave me some advice on some cool Hip Hoppin Tunes. This was my favorite of all the Hip Hoppin stuff I downloaded. I was never really into the urban music, but once I got started I was pretty much hooked.
    Favorite Song- “Trippin” (wonderful song)

    – Modest Mouse “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank” (2007)- While admittedly not as good as their old albums, it’s still great music. They’ve received a lot of criticism for “selling out” and going mainstream but I think they just make good, original music which has unexpectedly found commercial success. Plus they deserve it much more than 99% of the bands who actually achieve success today.
    Favorite Song- “People as Places as People

  7. I will now download all of these tunes onto an MP3 playing device, grow a three day beard, wear a black hooded sweatshirt, and will become a very hip and urban dude. Cya later suburb Kevin.

  8. I like the additional lists, theres a lot of music to check out. Anyone else looking at this should post as well. Corey, i’ll look into these “Beattles” you keep talking about, you might be on to something there.

  9. I demand a Joe Greenberg list.

  10. Speak of the devil and he shall appear, wearing a yamikah (or Jewish skull cap to all you gentiles). I too was not listening to recent material over the last year due to the fact that I went AWOL in South America for much of 2007. But these were the top ten artists I was listening to with the heaviest frequency on Bolivian night bus rides that were stopped every hour at drug check points so Jose and his AK could search for product on gringos.

    1. Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Collections, Vol. 1-3. They just dont make music like this anymore: bluesish guitar twang and staggering harmonies. They wrote music about real things as opposed to smudging pumas and getting dome in the whip. I played a song of theirs called “where will I be,” to this chick and made her cry. No joke. Although it could have been the fact that she was confined to a wheel chair though.

    2. Sigur Ros. Takk. This icelandic band just creates a fucking wall of sound that hits you like a car. Extremely emotional stuff, even though you cant understand their language. If 9-11 had a soundtrack, they would headline it. And thats probably the most subjective thing I have ever said.

    3. Phil Collins. Greatest Hits. Somewhere along the line I turned gay and discovered the 80’s beyond all those putrid played out hair bands. I think it happened when I was at these pretty waterfalls in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina. His stuff is just uplifting, and gets you through the tough times of chronic butt pee experienced with 3rd world food.

    4. Hall and Oates. Every Album. Another diamond in the rough from the 80s. They just have dope shit. Scathing hooks and wonderful singing tandems. Listen to the track, “baby come back.”

    5. Jay-Z. Life and Times of Sean Carter, Vol. 3. For some reason I rediscovered Jigger here for lyrics like “38 waist enough to put one 9 in/really a 36 without the gun Im thin/but when the gat is tucked im fat as fuck” and other such peotry. For those reasons and more, like his huge nostrils, I listened to him alot.

    6. Team Sleep. Self Titled. Side project from the lead singer of the Deftones, however it is not metal. Its dark, melodic, and digitized. Kinda feels like Thom Yorke produced it, just a bit less talent. I needed about 5 listens over the course of a year to like it.

    7. Radiohead/Thom Yorke. Amnesiac/The Eraser. Everybodys darling. This band and lead singer is undeniable, even though Thom looks like his mother drank heavily while she was pregnant with him. Bust your shit open beats; haunting, ghost chain rattling melodies.

    8. Beck. Sea Change. Hes got tons of good stuff, album upon album. But Sea change is my favorite, the most relaxing, chilled out combination of songs that leave you feeling like you just did some drugs. More specifically oxycotton.

    9. The Sword. Age of Winters. Heres my metal shot out. Black Sabbath feeling. The thing that makes them awesome is that they only sing about things that would occurr in Middle Earth, or the realm of the Lord of the Rings. Battles, axes, trolls, armor, feasting, and breaking off some elf princess. They have songs titles like Celestial Crown and the Horned Goddess.

    10. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Howl. Some of the best recent rock and roll I have heard. Very easy to tell their sound was heavily influenced by 70’s classic rock.

    10.1 Deep Forest. Self titled. Both touching and hilarious. I think Yanni gets some writing credits. But mobbing through the jungle with deep forest in the tape deck definately got me in touch with my pre-Incan roots.

    And dudes, thats all she wrote. I had the same 12 gigs of music for 6 months, and it is miraculous that my ipod, and my identity did not get jacked in South America. Westberg, im gonna get on that Justice stuff for the computer lightning storm fucking, and for shits and giggles, can I request a Gary Fox list?

  11. The decision to tell Gary Fox about this blog should not be made lightly.

  12. I think we all know where I stand on Gary. Hopefully his throat. My top picks of 2007:
    1) Gomez – Liverpool Ameripop thats been around for damn near 10 years. “How We Operate”, their newest release, contains a full album worth listening too.

    2) Kings of Leon – Other than selling out to the new Ford Forge comercials (not that postal service didnt sell to M&Ms and UPS) its ruff and tumble goodness.

    3) If that doesn’t float you, I always recommend Creed. My arms are wide open, are yours?

  13. Joshua Colwell Says:

    There is a lot of good music on here. I must admit that I am only as hip as whatever Eric has shown me last. Thus, sometimes I’m way ahead of the times and I feel really cool, like when we listened to Bayani by Blue Scholars over and over again, before it was released, on our California road trip to Siegel’s wedding. Bayani is an incredible album, arguably top ten hip hop albums for me of all time. However, sometimes Eric gets sick of me and we don’t hang out for awhile and I fall back into my playlist of Third Eye Blind, The Gin Blossoms, The Wallflowers, and Hootie and the Blowfish. So I don’t know what I can really add to this discussion of new and hip music that wouldn’t just be straight from Eric.

    However, I can tell all you music lovers about an incredible new website that some of you probably already know about. It’s called Pandora.com. It’s a sweet online radio station basically, where you go type in a band or a song you really like and it just spits out song after song of a bunch of other shit you’ll probably like. As you go you can give a thumbs up or a thumbs down to the songs it is suggesting and it will learn from your preferences and continue to learn your tastes. It is fueled my the Music Genome Project which is basically a really intricate way to classify music. Anyway, check it out. You can kill hours without even realizing it.

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