JamBase's Best Of 2007

The end of the year means Best Of lists! As we shut the door on 2007 we gathered up some of our favorite Artists, Industry Friends, and of course, your humble JamBase Staff, to report back on what knocked us out this year. While we surely hope you enjoy a look into our lives, as always, we want to hear from you, so please use our Comments Section to tell the world what your favorite shows and albums from 2007 were. Happy New Year!

ARTISTS

Patterson Hood - Drive-By Truckers

P. Hood
Albums
1. Iron And Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
An incredible album that rewards multiple listens and my pick for the best album of the year.

2. Radiohead - In Rainbows
My close pick for second favorite. After all the hype of how it was released (or not), the album stands on its own as their best work since Kid A, maybe better.

3. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
Their best studio album. Even better when played live. Possibly the best band in America.

4. Vic Chesnutt - North Star Deserter
I've been saying this is his finest since West of Rome (1992), but this is his best album ever.

5. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
My vote for most fun album of year. Great live act also.

Shows
1. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band | 10.21.07 | United Center, Chicago IL
Still the best arena rock show in the world.

2. Neko Case w/ Jon Rauhouse and Kelly Hogan 04.13.07 | Hi Tone | Memphis TN
My favorite album last year and favorite club show this year. Can't wait til next year.

3. Wilco | 09.15.07 | Austin City Limits Taping | Austin, TX
As fine as their new album, they're much better live.

Schools by Stein
Dave Schools - Widespread Panic, Stockholm Syndrome
Albums
1. Radiohead - In Rainbows
2. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
3. Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II
4. Maserati - Inventions for the New Season
5. Outformation - Traveler's Rest

Shows
1. The Meters | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA
2. Dinosaur Jr. | 40 Watt Club | Athens, GA
3. Dead Confederate | Caledonia Lounge | Athens, GA

Banhart by Dukoff
Devendra Banhart
Albums
1. Matteah Baim - The Death of the Sun
2. M.I.A - Kala
3. Jana Hunter - There's No Home
4. Rio en Medio - The Bride of Dynamite
5. Michael Hurley - Ancestral Swamp

Shows
1. HECUBA
2. Liars
3. David Crosby & Graham Nash

Schnier by Weiand
Al Schnier - moe., Al & The Transamericans
Albums
1. Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity
2. Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II
3. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
4. Death Cab For Cutie - Plans
5. Umphrey's McGee - The Bottom Half

Shows
1. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band | 10.18.07 | MSG | NYC, NY
2. Neil Young | 12.13.07 | NYC, NY
3. Daft Punk | 08.02.07 | Lollapalooza | Chicago, IL

Zach Velmer
Zach Velmer - STS9
Albums
1. Justice - Cross
2. edIT - Certified Air Raid Material
3. Grizzly Bear - Yellow house
4. Battles - Mirrored
5. Sigur Ros - Hvarf

Shows
1.Daft Punk | Greek Theatre | Berkeley, CA
2. TV on the Radio | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA
3. CocoRosie | Rio Theatre | Santa Cruz, CA
4. Dave Chappelle | Cobbs Comedy Club | San Francisco, CA

Ethan Miller - Howlin Rain, Comets On Fire
Albums (in no order)

Ethan Miller
1. Magik Markers - Boss
I knew and very much wanted the Markers to make a record this good but I just had my doubts as to whether they would do it, not whether they could. Well, they have! Vertiginous human drum loops, trance inducing beat, dark, passionate, romantic, at times predatory, poetry and riffs. An awesome rock record.

2. Bruce Springsteen - Magic
I loved this album. I love the chords and hooks. I love the vocals and the lyrics. There's really nothing else to say about a Boss record. You either like it or you don't. They don't really grow on you or reveal themselves. He doesn't make them for that purpose. They haunt you, make you laugh, cry, dance, whatever, upon impact. Sudden impact music.

3. Stephen Stills - Just Roll Tape
I love Stephen's music. This album cuts to the soul in its rawest of forms. An absolute must for Stephen fans and even a great place to win over some new ones.

4. Jim Ford - Harlan County
This is from way back but it just came to me this year. An amazing album. When people say a "Great Lost Album" very few of the albums actually back that up. This one goes way beyond and leaves a term like that in the dust.

5. Chris Corsano/Mick Flower Due - Radiant Mirror
Incredible and transcendent music. The very best album made this year, in my opinion. It is timeless and unique at the same time. This album will enrich your very life and soul. You will be hard pressed to find more elevating music than this.

TT Tommy by Milner
Two Tone Tommy - My Morning Jacket
Albums
1. Wax Fang - La La Land
2. Dr. Dog - We All Belong
3. Rogue Wave - Asleep at Heaven's Gate
4. The Fucking Champs - VI
5. Miles Davis - Live at the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival

Skerik
Skerik - Critters Buggin, Syncopated Taint
Albums:
1. The Wild Magnolias - They Call Us Wild
2. Weedeater - God Luck and Good Speed

Shows
1. The Melvins and Big Business | 10.13.07 | Nashville, TN
2. Thrones and Bob Bruno | 11.12.07 | The Greenhouse | Seattle, WA

Marc Brownstein
Marc Brownstein - The Disco Biscuits, Tractorbeam
Albums
1. Kanye West - Graduation
2. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
3. Radiohead - In Rainbows
4. Justice - Cross
5. Younger Brother - The Last Days of Gravity

Shows
1. Hallucinogen In Dub | Camp Bisco | Mariaville, NY
2. STS9 | 09.29.07 | Nokia Theater | New York, NY
3. Tractorbeam | 06.26.07 | Lancaster, PA

McFadden
Eric McFadden - Eric McFadden Trio, Stockholm Syndrome
Albums
1. Nels Cline Singers - Draw Breath
2. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - In Glorious Times
3. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
4. Lucinda Williams - West
5. The White Stripes - Icky Thump

Shows
1. Tom Waits and the Kronos Quartet | Bridge School | Mountain View, CA
2. Fishbone | West Coast Music Festival | Byron Bay, Australia
3. Nels Cline Singers | Cafe du Nord | San Francisco, CA

Reed Mathis
Reed Mathis - Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Tea Leaf Green
Albums
1. Radiohead - In Rainbows
2. Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity
3. The Shins - Wincing The Night Away
4. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
5. Belle and Sebastian - The Life Pursuit

Shows
1. Surprise Me Mr. Davis | High Sierra Music Festival | Quincy, CA
2. The Flaming Lips | Diversafest | Tulsa, OK
3. Marco Benevento Trio | Triple Door | Seattle, WA

Josh Clark
Josh Clark - Tea Leaf Green
Albums
1. House Of Fools - Live and Learn
2. Paulson - All at Once

Shows
1. Ween | The Warfield | San Francisco, CA
2. Pat O'Brien & the Priests of Love | The First Cabin | Arcadia, CA
3. Band of Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Graders | San Francisco Day School Performing the TLG song "Incandescent Devil" during their morning assembly

Willy Vlautin
Willy Vlautin - Richmond Fontaine
Albums
1. Grand Champeen - Dial T For This
2. Dolorean - You Can't Win
3. The Endrick Brothers - Attraction Vs. Love
4. Richard Buckner - Meadow
5. The Sadies - New Seasons

Shows
1. Grand Champeen | Portland, Oregon
2. Grand Champeen - Walla Walla, Washington
3. The Sadies | Holland

Claudio Sanchez
Claudio Sanchez - Coheed and Cambria
1. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
2. Iron And Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
3. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
4. Radiohead - In Rainbows
5. The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

Steel Train
Evan Winiker - Steel Train
Albums
1. Dr. Dog - We All Belong
2. The 1900's - Color and Kind
3. The Dears - Gang of Losers
4. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
5. M.I.A. - Kala

Shows
1. Feist | SNL | New York, NY
2. Arcade Fire | Coachella | Indio, CA
3. The Dears | SXSW | Austin, TX

Brian Stoltz
Brian StoltzPorter-Batiste-Stoltz
Albums
1. Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II
2. Bob Dylan - Dylan
3. Paul McCartney - Memory Almost Full
4. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
5. Annie Lennox - Songs Of Mass Destruction

Shows
1. Bob Dylan | 9.16.07 | Austin, TX
2. Johnny Winter | 10.11.07 | New Orleans, LA
3. Bonerama w/ Porter Batiste Stoltz | 11.24.07 | Denver, CO

Jeremy Black
Jeremy Black - Apollo Sunshine
Albums
1. Drug Rug - Drug Rug
2. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
3. Radiohead - In Rainbows
4. Dr. Dog - We All Belong
5. Self Righteous Brothers - In Loving Memory

Shows
1. Drug Rug | 09.21.07 | P.A. Lounge | Boston, MA
2. Dr. Dog | 10.20.07 | The Troubadour | Los Angeles, CA
3. The Delta Spirit | 11.18.07 | Rock n Roll Hotel | Washington DC

Metzger by Gardner
Scott Metzger - American Babies, Chris Harford, Bustle in Your Hedgerow, RANA
Albums
1. Richard Thompson - Sweet Warrior
2. Miles Davis - The Complete On The Corner Sessions
3. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
4. Sharon Jones - 100 Days, 100 Nights 5
5. Ween - La Cucaracha

Shows
1. Gillian Welch | 6.15.07 | Bonnaroo | Manchester, TN
2. Richard Thompson | 6.15.07 | Bonnaroo | Manchester, TN
3. The Waterboys | 11.02.07 | Webster Hall | New York, NY

Andy Cabic
Andy Cabic - Vetiver
Albums
1. The Bees - Octopus
2. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
3. Papercuts - Can't Go Back
4. Dirty Projectors - Rise Above
5. Various Artists - Pop Ambient 2007

Shows
1. Dirty Projectors | Showpaper Benefit | Death By Audio | Brooklyn, NY
2. Juana Molina | La Trastienda | Buenos Aires, AR
3. Conan & The Moccasins | Green Man Festival | Wales, UK

Matthew McDonald
By B. Kuntz
Matthew McDonald - Perpetual Groove
Albums
1. Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero
2. Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew - Spirit If...
3. Saul Williams - The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust
4. Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild Soundtrack
5. Radiohead - In Rainbows

Shows
1. My Morning Jacket | Langerado | Florida
2. The Slip | Langerado | Florida
3. Tool | Atlanta, GA

Tom Hamilton
Tom Hamilton - American Babies, Brothers Past
Albums
1. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
2. Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
3. Radiohead - In Rainbows
4.
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
5.
Justice - Cross

Shows
1. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings | 06.15 | Bonnaroo | Manchester, TN
2. Richard Thompson | 06.15 | Bonnaroo | Manchester, TN
3. Chris Harford and the Band of Changes | 11.22 | John and Peter's | New Hope, PA

J. Miller by Massie
Jesse Miller - Lotus
Albums
1. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
2. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
3. Menomena - Friend and Foe
4. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
5. Radiohead - In Rainbows

Shows
1. !!! w/ Holy Fuck | 06.17.07 | The TLA | Philadelphia, PA
2. My Morning Jacket | 03.10.07 | Langerado | Florida
3. Menomena w/ Illinois | 11.07.07 | First Unitarian Church | Philadelphia, PA

Scott Amendola - Nels Cline Singers, Madeleine Peyroux, Scott Amendola Band

Scott Amendola
There's no number 1 or anything like that, it's in order of what I thought of. Fuck music as contests or rating systems, etc. I'm happy to turn people on to some great stuff, things I really dig and you will, too. By the way, buy CDs and LPs, and do downloading, but don't buy the record industry cries of things falling apart. Music will live on in some form or another. Keep the artwork alive! Keep going out to hear music live!

Albums
1. Paul Motian - Time and Time Again
2. Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity
3. Mavis Staples - We'll Never Turn Back
4. John Zorn put out a series of records: Astronome, Heliogabalys and Asmodeus. They all need to be mentioned.
5. Tony Allen - Lagos No Shaking
OK, this came out in '06 but I bought it a couple weeks ago. The beats man, the beats!!
6. Black Sabbath - Masters of Reality
Maybe this is 36 years old, but damn, this record is so relevant today.

Shows
1. John Zorn's Moonchild | 11.2.07 | Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
2. T-Bone Burnett | Bonnaroo Music Festival
3. Mike Watt's Missing Men | 3.3.07 | Safari Sam's, Hollywood, CA
4. Carole Kaye | 1.20.07 | NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA
5. Secret Chiefs | 11.10.07 | Wels, Austria

Thomas Denver Jonsson - A Perfect Friend

Thomas Denver Jonsson
Albums
1. Fennesz/Sakamoto - Cendre
(Austrian/Japanese minmalistic/ambient/laptop/piano)
2. Aroah - El Dia Despues
(Spanish indie/folk/pop)
3. Seabear - The ghost that carried us away
(Icelandic indie/pop)
4. Helios - Ayres
(U.S. experimental folk)
5. The National - Boxer
(U.S. rock - Tindersticks vs. Joy Division)

Since M. Ward didn't release any album this year, I was able to put another artist at number 1. It was very hard to choose the order of 1-3. In the end I chose the fantastic Cendre as my favorite this year. Perfect for headphones and nightly train rides. 2-3 the lovely, warm albums by Aroah and Seabear. Great voices, lovely melodies. Experimental artist Helios' 2006 release Eingya is one of my top 15 albums all time. The new mini-album Ayres is also great. And this time he sings! Number 5, The National, my new favorite band, since I saw them live.

Shows
1. The National | Vega | Copenhagen, DK
Brilliant show. My girlfriend and I went for the support (Hayden) but The National was fantastic. Blew my mind.
2. AMute | Cimatics Festival 2007 | Brussels, BE
3. Marissa Nadler | Phoenix | Manchester, UK

Fred Torphy
Fred Torphy - Big Light
Albums
1. Nathan Moore - In His Own Worlds
2. The Boticellis - Old Home Movies
3. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
4. Dr. Dog - We All Belong
5. Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin

Shows
1. Surprise Me Mr. Davis | 12.06.07 | The Independent | SF, CA
2. Wilco | 08.24.07 | Greek Theatre | Berkeley, CA
3. Built To Spill | 09.15.07 | The Independent SF, CA

Zack Smith
Zack Smith - Rotary Downs / JamBase Photographer
Albums
1. Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity
2. The Happy Talk Band - There There
3. Feist - The Reminder
4. The Lost Bayou Ramblers - Live A La Blue Moon
5. Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars - The La Louisianne Sessions

Shows
1. Monica Heldmann Band feat. Simon Lott, and Brian Coogan | 9/9/07 | Big Top | NOLA
2. Bingo! Show | Voodoo Music Festival | New Orleans, LA
3. Heavy Metal Parking Lot feat. Evil Army, Suplecs | 9th Ward | New Orleans, LA

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