2007 contenders

I’m going to play the blogger’s best of the year game differently this year, but I need to keep the rules roughly the same so that I am (for once) on the same planet. I’m going to choose ten best albums, but they’re what I discovered in 2007, not just those released in 2007.

So these are my contenders:

  • A Hawk And A Hacksaw And The Hun Hangár EnsembleA Hawk And A Hacksaw And The Hun Hangár Ensemble
  • AirPocket Symphony
  • Akron/FamilyLove Is Simple
  • Akron/FamilyMeek Warrior (2006)
  • Animal CollectiveStrawberry Jam
  • Architecture In HelsinkiPlaces Like This
  • Avey Tare & Kría BrekkanPullhair Rubeye
  • BeesOctopus
  • BeirutThe Flying Club Cup
  • Black LipsGood Bad Not Evil
  • Bonnie Russell and the Russell FamilyMountain Dulcimer Galax Style (1995)
  • Bright EyesCassadaga
  • CaribouAndorra
  • Cathy FinkBanjo Talkin’
  • ColleenThe Golden Morning Breaks (2005)
  • Dan Jones and The SquidsTotally Human
  • Devendra BanhartSmokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
  • Dock BoggsHis Folkways Years (1963-1968) (1998)
  • DonovanBarabajagal (1969)
  • DonovanHurdy Gurdy Man (1968)
  • DonovanMellow Yellow (1967)
  • DonovanSunshine Superman (1966)
  • Enoch KentI’m a Rover (2006)
  • Erynn Marshall & Chris CooleMeet Me In The Music
  • FeistThe Reminder
  • Fountains of WayneTraffic and Weather
  • Fred Spek’s Camp ComboRock Paper Scissors (2006)
  • GrindermanGrinderman
  • Hamish ImlachCod Liver Oil & Orange Juice (2006)
  • Howe Gelb‘Sno Angel Like You (2006)
  • Ideal Free DistributionIdeal Free Distribution
  • Jeffrey Frederick & the ClamtonesThe Resurrection of Spiders in the Moonlight
  • Jesse Sykes & The Sweet HereafterLike Love, Lust, & The Open Halls of the Soul
  • Joanna NewsomJoanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band EP
  • John FaheyThe Best Of John Fahey Vol. 2 1964-1983 (2004)
  • Johnny CashAmerican I & II
  • Judee SillJudee Sill (2006)
  • Ken ReaumeFour Horses
  • Kevin DrewSpirit If…
  • Kilby SnowKilby Snow: Country Songs and Tunes with Autoharp
  • Kimberley RewRidgeway (2006)
  • Marissa NadlerSongs III: Bird On The Water
  • Michael HurleyFirst Songs (1964)
  • Mimi & Richard FariñaVanguard Visionaries – Mimi & Richard Fariña
  • Monica GrabinContinental Village
  • Neil YoungHarvest (1972)
  • Of MontrealHissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
  • Okkervil RiverThe Stage Names
  • Old Man LuedeckeHinterland (2006)
  • Otha TurnerEverybody Hollerin’ Goat (1998)
  • Panda BearPerson Pitch
  • Po’ GirlHome to You
  • Porter WagonerWagonmaster
  • RadioheadIn Rainbows
  • Ragged But RightDown Harmony Road
  • Robert Force & Albert d’OsschéTiger Dreams
  • Sons of the Never WrongNuthatch Suite (2005)
  • StewGuest Host (2000)
  • The AliensAstronomy For Dogs
  • The Apples in StereoNew Magnetic Wonder
  • The Arcade FireNeon Bible
  • The Besnard LakesThe Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse
  • The Carter FamilyThe Carter Family 1927-1934 (2001)
  • The Foggy Hogtown BoysPigtown Fling
  • The Harvey GirlsThe Wild Farewell (2005)
  • The High Water MarksPolar
  • The HouseplantsLivingroom
  • The HylozoistsLa Fin du Monde (2006)
  • The IciclesArrivals & Departures
  • The Ladybug TransistorCan’t Wait Another Day
  • The Negro ProblemPost Minstrel Syndrome (2002)
  • The Polyphonic SpreeThe Fragile Army
  • The Soft MachineThe Soft Machine (1968)
  • The UnicornsWho Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? (2003)
  • They Might Be GiantsThe Else
  • Tiger Lillies (with Kronos Quartet)The Gorey End (2003)
  • Uncle Dave MaconClassic Sides
  • Various ArtistsSkiffle – The Best Of (2006)
  • Various ArtistsThe Old Time Banjo Festival
  • Vashti BunyanSome Things Just Stick in Your Mind
  • Wendy ArrowsmithNow Then…?
  • WilcoSky Blue Sky
  • Willie NelsonRed Headed Stranger (1975)

(Before you freak out at the number of CDs I bought, I do subscribe to emusic, so a bunch of these were MP3 only.)

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