Wednesday, February 21, 2007

2007 ... amazing year for music?

So far I've already purchased Lily Allen's "Alright, Still" (sic), Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's "Some Loud Thunder" and The Shins' "Wincing the Night Away." They are all outstanding. Nothing against The Shins, but I'd rate them third so far. Lily Allen arrives fresh as promised and in response to the most prematurebacklash ever, I'd say ignore those so hip that they need to hate something for being too popular before they ever even tried to like it.

Bill Simmons at was dead right when he said that the Internet has bred a culture of "Everything sucks now." I don't understand why some people think that they earn more cred for hating something first rather than spreading the gospel of loving something really cool and staying faithful to it?

This could be an expensive year for music then ... upcoming releases this year: Rachael Yamagata, Rilo Kiley, Arcade Fire, Bright Eyes, Brandi Carlile, Tift Merritt (probably), Jem, Gemma Hayes, Wilco and Stars. Those are all absolutely must-buys. And of course there'll be discoveries (courtesy of Nic Harcourt at kcrw and Indie 103.1). I think the first one in the latter category is beyourownpet. Dag, I just realized that Be Your Own Pet released its record in 2006.

1 comment:

Steph said...

Lilly Allen rocks. I found her in Oz last year. I just bought the Shins (loved it), Vincent Black Shadow (not so much), new BNL, Rodrigo and Gabriela, and OK GO, all of which I haven't listened to yet, but will make the most outstanding Thursday morning at work ever.
I'll keep you posted.