2007: the end
my 2007 highlights:
I bought more music in 2007 than probably the previous 10 years combined (damn record companies!).
Easily the best song I heard was Kanye West's "Stronger". I got a little sick of it but it was THE BANGER of 07.
Blaqk Audio and M.I.A. are close to the top. However the most solid album all the way through goes to Common "Finding Forever".
The only super standout punk/HC release this year could be Go It Alone's "Histories".
I am gonna break my own rules and suggest that an album released in 2006 was actually my favorite of 2007...
"The Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance!
I am almost embarrassed to admit it but a year later, I still can't get enough of this concept album.
I enjoyed all the art openings I attended at Shooting Gallery/White Walls and Upper Playground but I think Chris Conn Askew's prints got me more excited.
As for live music, the best of 2006 ended up my favorites of 2007 too: 108 and Never Healed with From Monument To Masses right up there too.
Of course Baader Brains killed it with their live return and lp + shirt.
Maybe the biggest highlight of 2007 was the band that I helped form with some friends. In the end, it dissolves without much of anything. However, it did allow me to sharpen my teeth.
I also enjoyed my first proper vacation in many many years as I travelled across the American Southwest. Along the way, a lot of food, fun, and family were found.
My mood starting 2008 is far far better than my mood a year ago.
I look forward to a year with new beginnings, being more creative, and pursuing interests found in the later part of 2007.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!