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MORE YEAR-ENDERY
December 18, 2007, 4:25 pm
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This time, in City Pages: 2007 in rap (please accept my apologies for screwing up the actually-more-than-12-months timespan between Fishscale and Big Doe Rehab) and a few writeups in 2007’s best local (i.e. Twin Cities) music. And Pitchfork’s 50 best albums are also up; my ballot can be viewed here.



ALSO
December 17, 2007, 1:58 pm
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Me on Sean Price’s “Mess You Made” for Paper Thin Walls’ 2007 Mixtape, and a show review of the Wu-Tang Clan at First Avenue.



2007 – THE YEAR IN SOMETHING, PART 1: INTRO/07×100
December 17, 2007, 1:48 pm
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2007 was a good year cleverly disguised as a shitty one. Genre specialists stressed over cheeseball YouTube gimmickry, here-and-gone trends, crossover interlopers, and any advance that, good or otherwise, was a problem in that it replaced their own comfortable familiarity with someone else’s — and damn if that someone else wasn’t invariably a dirty opportunistic self-absorbed hipster. Popists and industry-watchers worried, rightfully so, about the record biz’s stagnant sales; as Idolator pointed out recently, the best-selling albums of 2007 were ones that dropped in 2006 or even 2005 (and not Late Registration 2005 – All the Right Reasons 2005). And trendspotters largely spent a bunch of time adjusting their rearviews, tossing grime and dance-punk and hyphy casually over their shoulders before cracking their knuckles in preparation of the inevitable early-to-mid-’08 declaration that dubstep is over. There’s probably more depressing, cynicism-stoking areas to cover (like Congressional politics or the Minnesota Timberwolves), but being a music geek isn’t as fun as it could be.

Unless you adapt. Five years ago I was fairly comfortable where I was, somewhere in this weird indie rap/semi-indie-mainstreamish-rock continuum that didn’t have much room for current pop or mainstream hip hop, and I wasted untold hours and brain cells and reputation points trying to justify this to people on the internet. Music seemed like something to draw borders around, and once you got inside your niche there wasn’t much point trying too hard to look past it – it’s not like there’s a chance you’d be missing something while your area of interest gets stagnant and complacent, right? (I know nobody really wants to admit that they were uncool or underdeveloped taste-wise at such a relatively recent point in time, especially if they’ve just hit their thirties, but if this makes me a new jack, at least now I’m a pretty fucking happy new jack.) Eventually I got the notion that something didn’t feel quite right, and I found a way to come to terms with it. Sometime around the end of 2002 I bought a portable CD player that could read CD-Rs of MP3s, and I put it to use by assembling a playlist of what I thought were the best tracks from 2002. Thanks to the storage capacity of the CD-R format and my impulse to cram as much into it as I could, I eventually wound up with 106 tracks, and to get to that point I wound up drawing from enough disparate sources, some of which I’d previously written off, that I grew to believe there was something to this whole eclecticism/popism thing and eventually that led to the conclusion that reactionary purism could go piss up a rope.

So to start my 2007 wrap-up, here’s the 2007 edition of what was once colloquially known on I Love Music as “CD-R Go!” and, thanks to an impulse for round-number tidiness, is now known as “x100”. (As 1950s sci-fi nomenclature has taught us, “x” = “the future”.) Since this is a playlist, it foregoes ranking and hierarchy in favor of assembling a sort of semi-continuous, logically-segueing thread that ties everything together. The #1 and #100 positions are a bit symbolic (favorite single of the year and first great single I heard this year, respectively – and what better way to end a 2007 mix than with a tongue-in-cheek ode to bourgeois ennui), and I front-loaded the first five tracks with huge epic blockbuster stuff to build some early momentum, but other than that this is largely just a way to put Earthless, Turf Talk and Kylie Minogue on the same list and still have it make sense somehow.

(Also, Pfork’s 100 top singles of the year are up. Three of my four blurbs are about tracks on this list, with the fourth being the remix of “Paper Planes” – which I decided to omit in favor of the original version for reasons I’m not entirely sure of. Also note that I changed my mind a bit between submitting my ballot and assembling this mix: “Over” is a better Kathy Diamond track than “On & On”, and I plan on submitting my Pazz & Jop/Idolator poll ballots with “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” – remembered at the time I filled out my Pfork ballot as “not too bad” and, since then, a serious grower — in place of the Nicole Willis track, which originally came out in 2005 anyways, good as it is.)

1. UGK – Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose U) (ft. OutKast) (4:17)
2. Kanye West – Can’t Tell Me Nothing (
4:31)
3. Rihanna – Umbrella (
ft. Jay-Z) (4:35)
4. Jay-Z – Ignorant Shit (
ft. Beanie Sigel) (3:42)
5. LCD Soundsystem – Someone Great (
6:25)
6. Kathy Diamond – Over (
5:49)
7. Sugar & Gold – Do It Well (
4:09)
8. Chromatics – In the City (
7:08)
9.
Quiet Village – Desperate Hours (7:09)
10. Kalabrese – Hide (
ft. Guillermo Sohrya) (6:02)
11. Pantha du Prince – Saturn Strobe (
7:27)
12. Gui Boratto – Beautiful Life (
8:30)
13. Fleetwood Mac – You Make Lovin’ Fun (Trailmix Remix) (
6:24)
14. Air – Mer du Japon (Kris Menace Remix) (
4:51)
15. Daft Punk – Too Long / Steam Machine (
7:01)
16. Escort – All Through the Night (
5:26)
17. Felix Da Housecat – Like Something 4 Porno! (
3:22)
18. Diddy – Tell Me (
ft. Christina Aguilera) (DFA Club Mix) (8:17)
19. !!! – Heart of Hearts (
7:03)
20. Justice – D.A.N.C.E. (
4:34)
21. Róisín Murphy – Overpowered (
5:08)
22. Ne-Yo – Sex With My Ex (
3:39)
23. Justin Timberlake – LoveStoned (Justice Remix) (
4:45)
24. Kavinsky – Wayfarer (
4:29)
25. Digitalism – Anything New (
4:59)
26. Bonde Do Role – Dança Do Zumbi (
2:51)
27. Kylie Minogue – In My Arms (
3:32)
28. The Long Blondes –
Five Ways to End It (12″ Erol Alkan Mix) (6:07)
29. Simian
Mobile Disco – I Got This Down (4:09)
30. Beck – Timebomb (
2:52)
31. Miss Derringer – Black Tears (
3:16)
32. King Khan & the Shrines – I Wanna Be a Girl (
2:34)
33. The White Stripes – Conquest (
2:48)
34. Dungen – Mon Amour (
8:42)
35. Liars – Plaster Casts of Everything (
3:56)
36. Dan Deacon – The
Crystal Cat (3:53)
37. Radiohead – Bodysnatchers (
4:02)
38. Trans Am – 4,738 Regrets (
3:50)
39. Kelly Clarkson – Never Again (
3:37)
40.
Midnight Juggernauts – Twenty Thousand Leagues (4:26)
41. Sophie Ellis-Bextor –
China Heart (3:44)
42. Franz Ferdinand – All My Friends (
5:52)
43. Les Savy Fav – What Would Wolves Do? (
2:56)
44. Shitdisco – Disco Blood (
4:30)
45. Modest Mouse – Dashboard (
4:08)
46. The Clientele – Bookshop Casanova (
3:53)
47. Spoon – Finer Feelings (
4:54)
48. Rilo Kiley – Dreamworld (
4:45)
49. The Go – Help You Out (
3:49)
50. Gogol Bordello – Your Country (
4:15)
51. Miranda Lambert – Gunpowder & Lead (
3:11)
52. Buck 65 – Dang (
2:38)
53. Wu-Tang Clan – Take It Back (
4:12)
54. Brother Ali – Whatcha Got (
4:33)
55. Freeway – It’s Over (
3:40)
56. Rhymefest – Angry Black Man on a Elevator (ft. Lil Jon) (
4:08)
57. Dizzee Rascal – Sirens (
3:30)
58. El-P – Smithereens (Stop Cryin’) (
ft. Hangar 18) (4:32)
59. Oh No – Heavy (
1:54)
60. Prodigy – Nickel and a Nail (
2:57)
61. The Budos Band –
Chicago Falcon (2:53)
62. Ghostface Killah – Shakey Dog Starring Lolita (
ft. Raekwon) (3:09)
63. The Dynamites – Way Down South (
7:21)
64. Amerie – Hate2LoveU (
3:13)
65. Mark Ronson – Valerie (
ft. Amy Winehouse) (3:39)
66. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – I’m Not Gonna Cry (
3:27)
67. The New Mastersounds – Witness (
5:27)
68. Sean Price – Oops Upside Your Head (
ft. Steele) (2:37)
69. The Heliocentrics – Before I Die (
3:37)
70. Black Milk – Insane (
2:54)
71. Turf Talk – Back in the Day (
4:19)
72. Scarface – Never (
3:00)
73. Witchdoctor – Suicide Bomber (
4:17)
74. Devin the Dude – What a Job (
ft. Snoop Dogg & Andre 3000) (5:32)
75. M.I.A. – Paper Planes (
3:24)
76. MIMS – This Is Why I’m Hot (Remix) (ft. Junior Reid & Cham) (
3:37)
77. Messy Marv – Get on My Hype (
3:26)
78. Eve – Tambourine (
3:14)
79. Federation – Scraper 2 a Benz (ft. E-40) (
4:50)
80. Lil’
Wayne – Upgrade U (4:12)
81. Dude ‘N Nem – Watch My Feet (Radio) (
3:31)
82. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Flow Motion (
3:09)
83. Lethal Bizzle – Police on My Back (
3:19)
84. Durrty Goodz – Switching Songs Pt. 2 (The Good Ol’ Days) (
6:45)
85. Skepta – Rockstar (Poomplex Edit) (
2:34)
86. Boxcutter – Foxy (
5:02)
87. Burial – Ghost Hardware (
4:53)
88. The Bug – Skeng (Kode9 Remix) (
5:51)
89. Neil Landstrumm – Assassin Master (
5:52)
90. Plastician – Walk in the Carpark (
5:03)
91. Distance – My Demons (
4:51)
92. Nine Inch Nails – The Great Destroyer (
3:17)
93. The Field – From Here We Go Sublime (
4:09)
94. Earthless – Sonic Prayer (
21:12)
95. The Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound – The Corner Zombies (
3:44)
96. The Dynamics – Music (
3:56)
97. Built to Spill – They Got Away (
6:50)
98. The Raveonettes – Aly, Walk With Me (
5:00)
99. Blonde Redhead – My Impure Hair (
4:52)
100. The Pierces – Boring (
3:28)



HOLDING PATTERN ENDING SOON
December 15, 2007, 11:32 am
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’07 year-end stuff should start sometime next week (Monday, fingers crossed). In the meantime, please enjoy this clip of the chase scene from Bullitt. An abridged version. With an alternate soundtrack.



R.I.P. PIMP C
December 4, 2007, 3:05 pm
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I’ve been scrambling to catch up with late-year assignments and year-end stuff (expect some sort of ’07-in-review rundown in something like a week or so), so the news that Pimp C of UGK was found dead in a Hollywood hotel room this morning hit me pretty hard. Underground Kingz and “Int’l Player’s Anthem” had been at the forefront of my mind in recent weeks due to poll business; both the album and the single topped my lists for reasons I’m not even sure I can adequately articulate right now other than they showed up right in the middle of what felt like a gigantic lull and just got better with each listen. I guess all I really have to add to this whole thing right now is that the news-talk parasites are going to exploit the hell out of this and that isn’t going to be good for anyone.