Monday, December 10, 2007

BEST OF 2007


It really sucks if you release a record too late into December, or in the case of the Sic Alps, it sucks if your record was way too limited for me to get my mitts on. It turns out that for the blink of an eye during which their Description of the Harbor was available, I was at home with the flu and not checking the internet. So, while I fully expect that it's another outstanding record by them, that one misses my "best of 2007" list.

Top 20 LP's of 2007

Factums "Alien Native" (Siltbreeze)
Home Blitz "self-titled" (Gulcher)
Hue Blanc's Joyless Ones "Arriere Garde" (S-S)
the Intelligence "Deuteronomy" (In the Red)
the Lamps "self-titled" (In the Red)
Little Claw "Spit and Squalor Swallow the Snow" (Ecstatic Peace)
Los Llamarada "The Exploding Now" (S-S)
Mudboy "Hungry Ghosts!: These Songs Are Doors" (Not Not Fun)
Pink Reason "Cleaning the Mirror" (Siltbreeze)
Plants "Double Infinity" (Paradigms)
Psychedelic Horseshit "Magic Flowers Droned" (Siltbreeze)
Pumice "Pebbles." (Soft Abuse)
Sightings "Through the Panama" (Load)
Times New Viking "Present the Paisley Reich" (Siltbreeze)
Volt "self-titled" (In the Red)
Wooden Shjips "self-titled" (Holy Mountain)
Yellow Swans "At All Ends" (Load)
Michael Yonkers & the Blind Shake "Carbohydrates Hydrocarbons" (Nero's Neptune)
v/a "Hoera! Een Hex Voor Thuis!" (Enfant Terrible)
v/a "Pisspounder" 3xLP (Deathbomb Arc)

20 Best EP's

Billy Bao "Fuck Separation" 10" (S-S)
Blank Dogs "Yellow Mice Sleep" 7" (HoZac)
Blank Dogs "The Doorbell Fire" 7" (Sweet Rot)
Daily Void "Mass Communication Culture" 7" (Boom Chick)
Eat Skull "Seeing Things" 7" (Meds)
Electric Bunnies "Eskimo" 7" (Florida's Dying)
El Jesus de Magico "Funeral Home Sessions" 7" (Columbus Discount)
Factums "See Inside" 7" (Polly Maggoo)
Hank IV "Dirty Poncho" 7" (Plastic Idol)
Human Eye "Spiders & Their Kin" 7" (Cass)
ICK "La Parade des Sans Illusions" 7" (Enfant Terrible)
Dan Melchior und das Menace "The Pink Scream" 12" (Shake Appeal)
Mutators "Paper Words" 7" (The Broadway to Boundary)
Nothing People "In the City" 7" (S-S)
QEK Junior "Wohnanhängar" 7" (Kernkrach)
Slicing Grandpa "Chaos Midnight" 10" (Strain Theory/Scatalogical Liberation Front)
So Cow "Moon Geun Young" 7" (Almost Ready)
Talbot Tagora "Cat Face" 7" (self-released)
Thomas Function "Relentless Machines" 7" (Tic Tac Totally)
Tyvek "Summer Burns" 2x7" (What's Your Rupture?)

Top CDR/cassette ephemera so far

Argumentix "Nightmarcher" cassette (Below PDX)
Catatonic Youth "Piss Scene" CDR (Fuck Jazz)
Antoine Chessex "Silences: 8 Failed Invocations" CDR (Tanz Procesz)
Eat Skull "Tour Tape" (w/ The Wrecks demo on side B) (Palto Flats)
Eternal Tapestry "Vibrations/New Dawn" cassette (Not Not Fun)
Feeling of Love "12 New Tracks" CDR (self-released)
J.P. Herrmann demo CDR (self-released)
Leslie Keffer/Inca Ore split cassette (Cherried Out Merch)
Leaders "Synthesizer Sketchez & 4 Trak demos" CDR (self-released)
Meth Teeth "To My Good Friend" CDR (self-released)
Penetration Camp "The Gooder Book" 3xCDR (Backwards)
Rainbow Jayne/Stab at God "Well, Actually It´s Not Good to Be Home, Well" split CDR (Below PDX)
Soft Shoulder/Shearing Pinx split cassette (Isolated Now Waves)
Superstitions "No One Gets Out Alive" cassette (Red Handed)
Talbot Tagora "Sleepyheads" cassette (self-released)
Tyvek "Fast Metabolism" CDR (self-released)
U.S. Girls "Introducing..." CDR (self-released)
Yves/Son/Ace "No Taboos" CDR (self-released)
v/a "The Fruit Will Rot" vol 3 9x3"CDR (Deathbomb Arc)
v/a "World War Zero" 2xCDR comp (Deathbomb Arc)

5 comments:

Cassette Gods said...

maybe even more than glad... maybe even a way of double-checking that the quality of my own work running a label is meeting a high par... that so many dba items appear on this list. very very cool.

and yes "It really sucks if you release a record too late into Decemeber" because then the robin williams on fire 7" and child p cd would be seen here too. :)

and the sightings and yellow swans lps are in my topX for 07 as well.

Anonymous said...

No TV Ghost?

DJ Rick said...

That was a very good debut 7", and I'm surely gonna watch that band closely for any upcoming releases. But it misses the cut for very best of because the two copies of the record that I got were both a bit warped, and the mastering was pretty haphazard. "Atomic Rain" is a song that I can recall at any moment...definitely a great song for etching itself into my memory. But I also think that this record coulda been improved with a different recording...preferably one that makes the drums pop and the vocals and guitars lit aflame. Please, TV Ghost fellas, have a listen to the "Black Helicopter" LP by Karate Party or the first A Frames LP.

http://urbanology.wordpress.com said...

interesting selection for your bestof2007, some records I don´t know yet, think I have to check them out!

graham said...

I harassed midheaven for a week to get a copy of that sic alps 12"

It is a great record.