Staff Top 10
Top Ten Most Listened To In 2007 (Not From 2007)

By: Nick Southall

Posted 08/24/2007 - 09:13:10 AM by boilingboy:
 Good list, Nick. These are some very worthwhile albums to be getting into. The Lift To Experience album is just incredible.
Posted 08/24/2007 - 10:39:06 AM by mirakle:
 I had the identical Spoon experience when Gimme Fiction came out. Nice list, too: best-of-lists are sometimes countered a couple years later by "Albums I loved when they came out and then realized they didn't really age well" but it's rarer to see "Albums I like that I didn't hear until later" lists.
Posted 08/24/2007 - 10:40:51 AM by J_R_K_:
 pretty cool list. always good to read stars of the lid gained a new fan.
Posted 08/24/2007 - 12:22:45 PM by remission_:
 I'm surprised that more music websites don't do this more often. It's impossible to give necessary focus to all the quality music released during any given year. Half of my favorite albums from this year alone are anywhere from 1-50 years old. I think a column like this should be monthly. Or at least, at the end of the year, have a "best of 2007" list as well as a best of "2007 that wasn't released in 2007".
Posted 08/24/2007 - 04:36:21 PM by mdf---:
 Great idea for a list, writers must be running low on good ideas for lists by now surely? I only wish I'd heard of -or actually heard- any of the artists listed.
Posted 08/24/2007 - 05:04:45 PM by Zarklephaser:
 Hey Nick, I read your stuff regularly and think you have damn good taste. Kudos on discovering Spoon and Stars of the Lid -- two bands from Austin, Texas, that I've been following for about a decade as I'm from Austin, too. Always exciting to see someone discover either of those guys. The Kitchens of Distinction album is also fucking great, and as a big fan, I think it's probably their best album. Still need to hear Bad Timing though I'm into a lot of other O'Rourke releases. Don't care for ATDI, and the rest I'll check out soon enough...
Posted 08/25/2007 - 01:43:04 AM by msheardown:
 Great list Nick. Great to see you discover Stars Of The Lid and Working For A Nuclear Free City this year, just as I have. I am now very intrigued to dive into even more SotL after I discovered "The Tired Sounds Of..." this past month, and the WFANFC album is one that has become a staple in my rotation since I picked it up in late February. Bravo.
Posted 08/25/2007 - 10:04:35 AM by florenz6:
 Nice to see the positive reactions towards Stars of the Lid. And "Tropicalia 2" is just being released as well. I would add that on my list of the Ten Most Listened Records In 2007 "The Very Best Of Ethiopiques" will surely find its place. I just got a copy days ago, so some rotation is still necessary, but this double-cd is an excellent compilation of the "Ethiopiques"-series. And pure magic.
Posted 08/25/2007 - 10:39:40 AM by florenz6:
 Here is my list, and, it even surprises me. 1) Robert Wyatt: Comicopera (release date: Oct.5)- my record of the year (nice to be a journalist:)) 2) Josh Rouse: Country House, City Mouse - underrated, the profound wallpaper minstrel I love 3)Kammerflimmer Kollektief: Jinx - subtile, melodic, full of shadows 4)Go-Betweens: Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express - they will always be with me 5)Miles Davis: Big Fun - as good as Bitches Brew 6)Leonard Cohen: Songs Of Love and Hate - will always stand the test of time 7)Wilco: Sky Blue Sky - a summer record, totally rero and profound 8)David Torn: Prezens - deconstructing jazz with an edge and a heart 9)Mark Hollis: Mark Hollis - timeless, autumnal, fragile & perfect 10) The Very Best of Ethiopiques - african sound mysteries
Posted 08/27/2007 - 06:02:58 PM by grodinsky:
 what an amazing and startlingly interesting column. aaaaaaaactually who gives a FUCK
Posted 08/27/2007 - 07:17:20 PM by barbarian:
 Southall, I have to give you props on this one for mentioning Julian Swales guitar work. He has to be one of the most intriguing early 90s guitarists around with a sweet sound. I consider Strage Free World to be Kitchens' best, but it's all good. I wouldn't consider them a great group, but certainly interesting enough.
Posted 08/27/2007 - 08:05:34 PM by cwperry:
 "I seem to listen to Long Fin Killie, Scotland’s finest postrockers, every Sunday morning while my girlfriend’s still asleep in the next room. This is because they’re brilliant." You listen to them because they're brilliant, or you listen to them while your girlfriend's asleep because they're brilliant?
Posted 09/11/2007 - 12:04:47 PM by lunaharpua:
 Good goddam, do I love Long Fin Killie.