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

Continue reading for the JamBase Staff picks for Best of 2007...

JamBase Staff

Kayceman
Aaron Kayce (Kayceman) - Editor-in-Chief
Albums
1. Great Lake Swimmers - Ongiara
2. Iron And Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
3. Radiohead - In Rainbows
4. Band of Horses - Cease To Begin
5. The White Stripes – Icky Thump

Shows
1. Daft Punk | 10.27.07 | Vegoose | Las Vegas, NV
2. The Mars Volta | 03.31.07 | Berkeley Community Theater | Berkeley, CA
3. The Arcade Fire | 06.02.07 | Greek Theatre | Berkeley, CA

SuperDee
SuperDee - Creative Director
Albums
1. Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight
2. Feist - The Reminder
3. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
4. Steel Train - Trampoline
5. Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger

Shows
1. My Morning Jacket | Langerado | Florida
2. Surprise Me Mr. Davis | High Sierra (Vaudeville Tent & Camp Harry) | Quincy, CA
3. Daft Punk | Lollapalooza | Chicago, IL

David Rosenheim
David Rosenheim - CEO
Albums
1. Refugee Allstars - Living Like a Refugee
2. Bright Eyes - Cassadaga
3. New Pornographers - Challengers
4. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Baby 81
5. M.I.A. - Kala

Shows
1. Mother Hips, Backyard Tire Fire | 05.04.07 | Mercury Lounge | NYC, NY
2. Dinosaur Jr. | 05.16.07 | Slim's, SF, CA
3. Meat Puppets | 08.29.07 | Knitting Factory | NYC, NY

Andy Gadiel
Andy Gadiel - Founder
Albums
1. Steel Train - Trampoline
2. Corinne West - Second Sight
3. ALO - Roses and Clover
4. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
5. Neil Young – Live at Massey Hall

Shows
1. Jam Cruise - The most fun I've ever had
2. Ben Kweller | 09.04.07 | Bottom of the Hill | San Francisco, CA
3. Tea Leaf Green w/ Reed Mathis | 12.07.07 | Rio Theatre Santa Cruz, CA

Andrew Warren
Andrew Warren - Tour Date Guru
Albums (in no particular order)
1. Feist The Reminder
2. Against Me! - New Wave
3. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
4. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
5. Iron And Wine - The Shepherd's Dog

Shows
1.Patrick Wolf | 05.21.07 | Café Du Nord | San Francisco, CA
2. Cold War Kids | 02.23.07 | Great American Music Hall | San Francisco, CA
3. Surprise Me Mr. Davis | 07.05.07 | High Sierra Vaudeville Tent | Quincy, CA

Geoff Harrison
Geoff Harrison - Sales Manager
Albums
1. Kings of Leon - Because of the Times
2. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
3. New Pornographers - Challengers
4. Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
5. Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha

Shows
1. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band | 10.22.07 | United Center | Chicago, IL
2. Neil Young | 11.12.07 | Chicago Theater | Chicago, IL
3. Meat Puppets | 08.29.07 | Knitting Factory | NYC, NY

Tanner Wyer
Tanner Wyer - Sales
Albums
1. Radiohead - In Rainbows
2. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
3. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
4. Great Lake Swimmers - Ongiara
5. The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism

Shows
1. Daft Punk | 10.27.07 | Vegoose | Las Vegas, NV
2. ALO | 08.18.07 | SoHo (Time Expander Backwards) | Petaluma, CA
3. Wilco | 08.24.07 | Greek Theatre | Berkeley, CA

Patty Kaufman
Patty Kaufman - Information Coordinator
Albums
1. Radiohead - In Rainbows
2. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
3. Battles - Mirrored
4. Ween - La Cucaracha
5. Beastie Boys - The Mix Up

Shows
1. The Disco Biscuits | 07.08.07 | High Sierra | Quincy, CA
2. Apollo Sunshine | 10.18.07 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA
3. STS9 | 07.21.07 | Greek Theatre | Berkeley, CA

Leah Elton
Leah Elton - Accounting Manager
Albums
1. M.I.A. - Kala
2. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
3. The Submarines - Declare A New State
4. Tegan & Sara - The Con
5. Digitalism - Idealism

Shows
1. The Presets | 3.16.07 | The Mezzanine | San Francisco, CA
2. Patti Smith | 8.16.07 | The Catalyst | Santa Cruz, CA
3. The Jesus & Mary Chain | 10.27.07| The Filllmore | San Francisco, CA

Mason Blake
Mason Blake - Lead Engineer
Albums
1. Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
2. Cloud Cult - The Meaning of 8
3. Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger
4. Akron/Family - Love Is Simple
5. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Shows
1. Rose Hill Drive | 01.26.07 | Cafe du Nord | San Francisco, CA
2. Dr. Dog | 10.18.07 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA
3. The Slip | 4.27.07 & 4.28.07 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA

Sarah Randolph
Sarah Randolph - Web Producer & Designer
Albums
1. Chromeo - Fancy Footwork
2. Justice - D.A.N.C.E
3. Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future
4. Moving Units - Hexes for Exes
5. Feist - The Reminder

Shows
1. Justice, LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture | Coachella | Indio, CA
2. Daft Punk | Greek Theatre | Berkeley, CA
3. Moving Units with VHS or Beta | Blender Theatre | New York, NY

Matt Kozak
Matt Kozak - Sales & Marketing Coordinator
Albums
1. Radiohead – In Rainbows
2. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
3. The GO! Team - Proof Of Youth
4. Justice -
5. Burial – Untrue

Shows
1. Daft Punk | 07.27.07 | Greek Theatre | Berkeley, CA
The GO! Team | 10.19.07 | Mezzanine | San Francisco, CA
3. Kid Koala | 09.14.07 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA

Dennis Cook
Dennis Cook - Associate Editor
Albums
1. Akron/Family - Love Is Simple
2. The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
3. Bad Religion - New Maps of Hell
4. Society of Rockets - Our Paths Related
5. Backyard Tire Fire - Vagabonds & Hooligans

Shows
1. Akron/Family | 10.11.07 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA
2. Chris Thile | 02.25.07 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA
3. Ryan Adams | 09.21.07 | Catalyst Club | Santa Cruz, CA

Randi Sachs
Randi Sachs - Community Marketing Manager
Albums
1. Ryan Adams – Easy Tiger
2. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
3. Neil Young – Live at Massey Hall
4. Phish - Vegas '96
5. Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova - Once (Music from the Motion Picture)

Shows
1. Ryan Adams | 07.23.07 | Herbst Theater | San Francisco, CA
2. Greg Brown | 03.23.07 | Mystic Theater | Petaluma, CA
3. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band | 10.26.07 | Oakland Arena | Oakland, CA

Andy Tennille
Andy Tennille
Albums
1. Iron And Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
2. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights
3. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
4. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
5. Two Gallants - Two Gallants

Shows
1. Band of Horses | 11.28.07 | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA
2. Bright Eyes, Gillian Welch, Jim James | 05.04.07 | The Greek Theater | Berkeley, CA
3. Ryan Adams | 06.19.07 | Biograph Theater | Chicago, IL

Continue reading for the Best Of 2007 selections from a few of our favorite Industry Associates including magazine editors, managers, label reps and more...

Industry Associates

Scott Crawford
Scott Crawford - Harp Magazine - Editor-in-Chief
Albums
1. Okkervil River - The Stage Names
2. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
3. Jason Isbell - Sirens of the Ditch
4. St. Vincent - Marry Me
5. Georgie James - Places

Shows
1. Comedians of Comedy
2. Arcade Fire
3. Explosions in the Sky

Josh Baron
Josh Baron - Relix Magazine - Editor-in-Chief
Albums
1. Radiohead - In Rainbows
2. Feist - The Reminder
3. Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger
4. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
5. Kings of Leon - Because of the Times

Shows
1. Manu Chao | 06.15.07 | Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN
2. Tiken Jah Fakoly | 07.05.07 | Timitar Music Festival | Agadir, Morocco
3. The White Stripes | 07.14.07 | Savoy Theater | Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

Mike Greenhaus
Mike Greenhaus - Relix Magazine - Associate Editor
Albums
1. The National - Boxer
2. American Babies - American Babies
3. The Shins - Wincing the Night Away
4. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
5. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

Shows
1. Arcade Fire/The National | 05.08 | United Palace Theater | New York, NY
2. High Sierra | Page McConnell's Workshop, The Slip, The Disco Biscuits' Meadow Stage sets, ALO's late night show
3. Tie: Daft Punk | Lollapalooza or Yo La Tengo | Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington, NY

Ted Kartzman
Ted Kartzman - Sr. Manager of Independent Labels at Rhapsody.com
Albums
1. Bishop Allen - The Broken String
2. Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
3. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
4. Cloud Cult - The Meaning of 8
5. Pela - Anytown Graffiti

Shows
Stevie Wonder | 08.26.07 | Concord Pavilion | Concord, CA
2. Ratatat w/120 Days | 03.30.07 | Bimbo's 365 Club | San Francisco, CA
3. Built to Spill | 09.15.07 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA

Bret Gladstone - Village Voice/Associated Press
Albums
1. Radiohead - In Rainbows
2. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
3. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
4. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
5. Amy Winehouse - Back in Black

Shows
1. The White Stripes 10th Anniversary | Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
2. Arcade Fire / LCD Soundsystem | Randall's Island | NY, NY
3. Wilco | Bonnaroo | Manchester, TN

Ken Weinstein - Big Hassle Media
Albums (in no particular order)
1. Grinderman - Grinderman
2. Blitzen Trapper - Wild Mountain Nation
3. Joan as Policewoman - Real Life
4. Nicole Atkins - Neptune City
5. Julian Cope - You Gotta Problem with Me

J. Bau - Hard Head Management
Albums

1. Jason Isbell - Sirens Of The Ditch
This past weekend at the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, Mike Farris, an undisputed talent in his own right, took Jason aside and told him that he is "A True American Poet." Truer words cannot be said. This record explores a broad spectrum of emotions and characters with detailed imagery when needed and, at other times, brilliant simplicity. Every listen, I have a new favorite song.

2. The Hold Steady - Boys & Girls In America (late 2006)
This band was my new obsession of 2007. Sure they wear their love of Springsteen and classic rock on their sleeve. So what? I love those things too. Brilliant lyrics that are instantly relatable and absolutely hysterical. If their new song "Ask Her For Some Adderall" is any indication, the next record will be firmly planted on my Favorite Albums of 2008 (I hope) list.

3. Dungen - Tio Bitar
One part Zeppelin hard rock, one part Zornian free-jazz freak out, this Swedish band, which it appears is no longer together, is best when they combine the two worlds and just don't dance between them. The mixture, along with the Swedish lyrics, create a heady (used in a non-"heady" way) stew that challenges the mind.

4. The Beastie Boys - The Mix-Up
Silky Smooth grooves that just don't sound as good with clothes on.

Wilco – Blue Sky Blue
A collection of absolutely amazing songs. With this record they solidified their position among the elite.

Shows

Foo Fighters
1. Foo Fighters | 09.20.07 | Irving Plaza | NYC, NY
They played to 1000 people with the same intensity that they do to 10x that many on a regular basis. I had never seen them live before and was glad they lived up to the hype of my close friends who have declared them one of the best live bands they've ever seen.

2. The White Stripes | Bonnaroo | Manchester, TN
Meg & Jack just had this presence in front of the biggest crowd I've seen in six years at the Which Stage. From the red and white stage to the crew in black suits with red ties, there was this feeling that they were completely in control. The SOUND that came from the two of them was remarkable. I was particularly amazed by the power coming from Meg. She was pure thunder.

3. Ween | 11.30.07 - 12.01.07 | Terminal 5 | NYC, NY
I had become a little bored with seeing the same Ween show every time, so these two nights were exactly what I needed to restore my faith. These shows reminded me what I fell in love with over 10 years ago.

J. Gibson - reapandsow - Director Of Operations
Albums
1. The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse
2. Radiohead – In Rainbows
3. A Place To Bury Strangers – A Place To Bury Strangers
4. LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver
5. Society of Rockets - Our Paths Related

Shows
1. Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene) | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA
2. Muse | Bill Graham Civic Centre | San Francisco, CA
3. Daft Punk | Red Rocks | Morrison, CO

Kerry Black - Superfly Productions
Albums
1. Feist - The Reminder
2. Fiery Furnaces - Widow City
3. Grinderman - Grinderman
4. Devendra Banhart - Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
5. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black

Shows
1. Rage Against the Machine | Coachella | Indio, CA
2. The White Stripes | Bonnaroo | Manchester, TN
3. Prince | Hampton Social

Dan Berkowitz - Consider It Dan
Albums
1. M.I.A. - Kala
2. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
3. LCD Soundsystem - Sounds of Silver
4. The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
5. The Grimace Federation - Tasted by Chemists

Shows
1. Muse | Red Rocks | Morrison, CO
2. Arcade Fire | Radio City Music Hall | New York, NY
3. Rage Against the Machine | Vegoose | Las Vegas, NV

Continue reading for a look at 2007's JamBase By The Numbers...

JamBase 2007 By the Numbers

1,543 articles published
234,781 performances listed
1,007 contests
286,535 contest entries

Bands with the Most Shows:
56 Hope Road 210
Brett Dennen 185
Jason Boland and The Stragglers 185
The Station 175
Saosin 172
Blue Turtle Seduction 171
Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster 168
Jon McLaughlin 167
Ryan Montbleau Band 167
Public Property 166

Don't forget to use the Comments Section to list YOUR Top Albums and Shows from 2007...


Take full advantage of all JamBase has to offer by signing up for an account!


You'll receive

show alerts

when your favorite artists announce shows, be eligible to enter contests for

free tickets

, gain the ability to

share your personalized live music calendar

and much more. Join JamBase!



 
 

Comments

Dgold starstarstarstarstar Sun 12/23/2007 05:40PM
+4 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Dgold

Great piece, Jambase!

Here is my list from Honest Tunes Radio Show,

Best of 2007...

ALBUMS

1. Col. Bruce Hampton & The Quark Alliance - Give Thanks To Chank

2. Infradig - Ecstatic Everywhere

3. The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism

4. North Mississippi Allstars - Mississippi Folk Music Volume 1

5. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black

6. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand

7. Levon Helm - Dirt Farmer

8. Mavis Staples - We'll Never Turn Back

9. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - This Is Somewhere

10. Betty LaVette - The Scene of the Crime

11. Backyard Tire Fire - Vagabonds and Hooligans

12. Dinosaur Jr - Beyond

13. Mama's Cookin' - Mama's Cookin'

14. Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II

15. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - 100 Days 100 Nights

16. Outformation - Traveler's Rest

TOP 4 LIVE ALBUMS

Lotus - Escaping Sargasso Sea (Live)

Neil Young - Live At Massie Hall 1971

Umphrey's McGee - Live at the Murat Egyptian Room

Brian Stoltz - Up All Night (Live)

Snackman starstarstarstarstar Sun 12/23/2007 06:04PM
+3 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Snackman

Albums

1. devendra banhart-smokey rolls down the canyon

2. Of montreal-hissing fauna, are you the destroyer?

3. Radiohead-In Rainbows

4. WeeN-La Cucaracha

5. Bassnectar-Underground Communication

6. AIR-Pocket Symphony

Shows

1.STS9-All Good Music Festival-7/13

2.Daft Punk-Vegoose Music Festival-10/27

3.Flaming Lips-SoCo Music Experience-9/8

4.Lotus-Copper Mountain-4/16

5.Moe.-The Rave-2/1

6.***lotus-kinetic playground-12/29***(i know this is gonna rock my face off)

3.

mickrod420 starstarstarstarstar Sun 12/23/2007 06:18PM
+4 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Album:

1.) Ryan Adams- Easy Tiger

2.) Phish- Vegas 96

3.) Daft Punk- Alive

4.) Wilco- Sky Blue Sky

Shows:

1.) Daft Punk- Vegoose

2.) Xavier Rudd- North Hampton MA

3.) Disco Biscuits- Late Night Jam on the river

4.) Moe. Philly february 07'

5.) Railroad Earth- Stroudsburg PA

6.) String Cheese- 10k

Happy holidays to all you heads out there. Have a fun NYE with what ever your doing.

Jam base says it best..."Go see live music". Peace and love.

cuttyfives Sun 12/23/2007 07:12PM
+3 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Great Article JB...

My favorite album this year has to be Common, Finding Forever. Best show of da year...Prefuse 73, empty bottle Chicago last month...I really enjoyed reading everyone's favorites/best lists, i am def. gonna get a bunch of cds from peoples selections...Great Job base and to all Happy Holiday and happy New Year. PEACE YA'll.

Chillybill starstarstarstar Sun 12/23/2007 07:28PM
+3 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Chillybill

Cool beans, here's what I think...

Albums of the Year:

Bassnectar-Underground Communication

Ween-La Cucaracha

Tsitra-Project Pedro

Shows of the Year:

July 7-Les Claypool-High Sierra Grandstand Stage, Quincy, CA

Aug. 9-12-String Cheese Incident-Red Rocks, Morrison, CO

Nov. 8-Ween-The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA

May 15-Elvis Costello-The Avalon, Boston, MA

July 6-Leftover Salmon-High Sierra Music Hall (late night), Quincy, CA

Nov. 27-Phil Lesh & Friends-The Warfield, San Francisco, CA

July 27-Bob Weir & Ratdog w/ Keller Williams-Humphrey's by the Bay, San Diego, CA

Festival of the Year:

WAKARUSA

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year-See you at the shows.

mrkrinkle6884 starstarstarstar Sun 12/23/2007 07:58PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

mrkrinkle6884

Scott Amendola said it best. John Zorn put out some amazing albums this year which included Mike Patton, Marc Ribot and the amazing drumming by Joey Baron. Seeing Moonchild would be a dream come true or to just see John Zorn live period in any form.....

crescentvale Sun 12/23/2007 08:47PM
Show -5 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!
Chaloupka Sun 12/23/2007 09:37PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Chaloupka

Albums:

Backyard Tire Fire - Vegabonds & Hooligans

Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

Daft Punk - Alive 2007

Shows:

Panic - Loveland, CO - 10/12/07

Dumpstaphunk - Denver - 11/23/07

Dcknyc starstarstarstarstar Sun 12/23/2007 10:13PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Dcknyc

albums:

Captain Coconut - Shoop! (http://www.myspace.com/captaincoconut1234)

Soulive - No Place Like Soul

Joshua Redman - Back East

shows:

NOLA JazzFest 4/27-4/29

Stevie Wonder - MSG - 11/17

Captain Coconut (w. Emily Elbert & the Coconut Funk Orchestra) - Bowery Poetry Club - 11/23

groovatronics starstarstarstar Sun 12/23/2007 11:58PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

i didn't think brownstein was actually THAT self absorbed -- he lists his own band as one of his favorite shows?? and i liked bisco.

phildork Mon 12/24/2007 12:42AM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

phil lesh and friends warfield 11-27-07

string cheese incident 7-22-07 the greek theatre

railroad earth 12 galaxies in october

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/24/2007 06:00AM
Show -6 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!
Grupp starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/24/2007 06:43AM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Grupp

Albums:

New Pornographers, CHALLENGERS - another great collection of tunes to sing along with and infectious melodies that stick (how do they keep them coming? unreal)

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Damo Suzuki, PLEASE HEAT THIS EVENTUALLY - opposite of above, and awesome.

Michael Brecker, PILGRIMAGE - swan song of a jazz great, surrounding himself with talent and recording his final musical ideas

Radiohead, IN RAINBOWS

Shows:

Gov't Mule Bonnarroo set in June was spectacular (Panic and Sasha/Digweed also fab)

Zappa Plays Zappa Beacon in NYC on Halloween - 3 hours, no break, great music

Worst of 2007 = Police reunion show. ugh.

ScIFreak Mon 12/24/2007 06:53AM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

ScIFreak

Shows

String Cheese Incident - Winter Carnival 2007

Phil Lesh and Friends - 2007/10/20 G.F, NY

Gov't Mule - 2007/06/16 Bonnaroo, TN ( The Best show at the Roo in my opinion)

'07 was fun, can't wait for '08

Cleofus Mon 12/24/2007 08:19AM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Cleofus

shows:

Niyorah One World Innernational Festival Deerfields, Mills River, NC

Michael Franti & Spearhead Asheville Music Jamboree Deerfields, Mills River, NC

Toubab Krewe Asheville Music Jamboree Deerfields, Mills River, NC

Perry Farrel's Satelite Party Orange Peel, Asheville, NC

Drive By Truckers "Dirt Underneath" Orange Peel, Asheville, NC

Chalwa & Selector Cleofus ALL

laxma13951 Mon 12/24/2007 08:40AM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Best Albums: Kings of leon: because of the times, Dr Dog: We all Belong, Apollo Sunshine: Apollo Sunshine (came out in 2005 but just got around to it this year), ALO: roses and clover

Shows: Galactic w/ their mob of emcees, ALO, Umphrey's, Tool

ganjjjj star Mon 12/24/2007 09:45AM
Show -5 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!
Window starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/24/2007 11:06AM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Shows:

Stockholm Syndrome - 2/10 - Independent

Bustle in Your Hedgerow - 5/11 - Independent

Disco Biscuits - 7/22 - Independent

Marco Benevento, Reed Mathis, Matt Chamberlain - 8/11 - Yoshi's

MSMW - 9/20 - Montalvo

Dark Star Orchestra - 10/5 - Fillmore

Bela Fleck and The Flecktones - 10/7 - Cascade Theatre

Robert Walter's 20th Congress - 10/12 - Boom Boom Room

Benevento Russo Duo - 10/31 and 11/1 - Independent

Phil Lesh & Friends - 11/27 - Warfield

Rex Foundation - Little Feat and Ratdog - 12/15 - Warfield

billydog712 Mon 12/24/2007 11:45AM
+4 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

My Favorite shows of 2007: (Angela and I had an amazing year!)

1. Ekoostik Hookah (Saturday Night Fall Hookahville)

2. moe./moe. All Star Jam (All Good Music Festival)

3. Join/Orchard Lounge/Psylab (Late Nite Camp Bisco)

4. Lotus (10-27 Pontiac Mi)

5. Perpetual Groove (Echo Project)

insignia starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/24/2007 12:35PM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

LOTUS

MOE.

NEW MONSOON

iamkickinit Mon 12/24/2007 01:04PM
+3 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

iamkickinit

Favorite Album - Bassnectar Underground. Shit is hot.

Favorite Festi/Show - 1. all three cheese BIG SUMMER CLASSIC shows. Highly recommend getting them from live cheese to all who attended, my girl just got them for me for xmas, incredible!

2. Umphreys South Bend in August.

3. Tea Leaf Green w/New Monsoon 3/8/07 - ft. lauderdale

4. Phil and Friends Riviera 10/5/07

Favorite "New" Band - Although they arent really new, It was the first year for me seeing Covert Operations, great band, highly recommend checking them out if you're in the midwest.

moecheeseplease Mon 12/24/2007 03:13PM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

moecheeseplease

yeah, marc brownstein is a bigg tool. i love bisco but still hes such a douche. i saw him on an interview saying that you could tell the bisco fans apart from the umphreys fans. the umphreys fans were all wearing polos and preppy (kinda true) and all the bisco fans had their flat billed hats to the side and bobbing their heads like him which isnt true. hes not even that good anymore. but the overall winner of this article is clearly wilco.

ghilliesblunt starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/24/2007 05:10PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

ghilliesblunt

great article, i wouldve like to have seen what some of the artists & everyone elses favorite songs of 07 were

vwphan starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/24/2007 05:39PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

SHOWS:

1. TEA LEAF GREEN 2/15/07?? 8150 Club (Vail, CO) TLG's first time there and they new it would be their last because it was getting torn down. The legendary bouncy floors were going crazy!

2. STRING CHEESE Dobson Ice Arena (Vail, CO) was hot as hadies but the boys left everything they had there for those two shows.

3. WIDESPREAD PANIC Wakarusa June 9th. My 30th B-day, with my best friends, 80 degrees, BEAUTIFUL sunset, and they opened up with AIN'T LIFE GRAND!

4. ASSEMBLY OF DUST - Saw them about four times last year and I still believe they are one of THE MOST underrated bands on the scene. Reid Genauer is a modern-day lyrical genius and Nate Wilson is THE best keyboardest on the scene. PERIOD.

5. PHIL AND FRIENDS Sept ? Kansas City/Uptown Theater - Jackie Greene really blew me away. Guy's got soul. This lineup as a whole has it locked in.

6. MOE Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS

7. ARKAMO RANGERS Canoe Club 10/13 One of the best up and coming bluegrass bands on the scene. www.arkamorangers.com

8. TONY FURTADO Samana Lounge VAIL,CO WOW!!!

theguykeator Mon 12/24/2007 07:07PM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

theguykeator

Shows:

The Roots 3/20/07 First Ave

UM 3/24/07 First Ave

DB 7/19/07 10klf

moe. and String Cheese 7/20/07 10klf

Raq 9/21/07 Cabooze

Go See Live Music!!

sjmckinn Mon 12/24/2007 07:15PM
-1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

1.Stampead-Milk and Honey

2.Kings of Leon-Because of the times

3.Cold War Kids-Robbers and Cowards

4.Ryan Adams-Follow the Lights

nickMACd Mon 12/24/2007 07:41PM
+3 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

nickMACd

Albums / DVD

1. Avett Bros - emotionalism

2. Umphrey's - Live @ the Murat

3. Flaming Lips - Ufos @ the Zoo

Shows

1. moe. All Good 07 rebubula sandwich

2. Tea leaf echo project

3. Ziggys Thanksgathering 9 - Closing Weekend w. Pgroove and the booty band

4. Panic - 4/20 Raleigh

5. gov't mule and friends - Mountain Jam 07, Saturday

rulosa01 Mon 12/24/2007 07:42PM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

albums: Ween - la cucaracha, Devendra - smokey rolls..., radiohead - in rainbows.

shows:

1. The Breakfast 12/21/07

2. STS9 Baltimore 9/22/07

3. Claypool Boston 7/17/07

grisman1988 Mon 12/24/2007 08:12PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Albums

ALO-roses and clover

New Pornographers- Challengers

Tea Leaf Green- Rock and Roll Band

Shows-

Thievery Corporation-Echo Project

Gov't Mule- Bonnaroo

Galactic- Georgia Theatre

freetime3 starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/24/2007 10:46PM
+3 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

freetime3

Shows:

Ekoostik Hookah- saturday night Spring Hookahville

Red Hott Trio- late night at NLQP

moe./all star jam- all good

Tea leaf green- late night at Hookahville

freetime3 starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/24/2007 10:49PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

freetime3

Oh yea, BOOMBOX at Shamybash. They raged for like 5 hours. Great time.

Also, I second the new band nod at Covert Opps. also, Boogie Matrix Mechanism is my favorite new band.

jesposito starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/24/2007 11:20PM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

jesposito

overall great picks! what a fantastic year for music!! my fav albums were radiohead, wilco, arcade fire, feist, menomena, lcd soundsystem, moe., john butler trio, of montreal. best shows:

The Roots at moe.down (Bassist Hubb's last show) Turin NY 8/31/07

Galactic (and entourage) at the TLA in Philly 11/16/07

STS9 Late night at Jam on the River in Philly during torrential downpours 5/27

Questlove's DJ set New Years Eve at the Tweeter in Camden, NJ 1/1/07

Girl Talk at the Starlite ballroom in Philly 9/17/07

Lotus at moe.down 9/1/07 (seriously, that was sick!!!)

Super Jam, Flips, Wilco, WSP, DJ Sasha/Digweed at Bonnaroo 6/07

Daft Punk at Vegoose (wasn't there but saw the footage) 10/27

many more to come in '08!!

mikem3289 Mon 12/24/2007 11:52PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

"i didn't think brownstein was actually THAT self absorbed -- he lists his own band as one of his favorite shows?? and i liked bisco."

so what? is it such a bad thing that an artist happened to have the most fun at one of his own shows? not to mention, you dont even know why he chose it as one of his favorite shows, maybe hes got a reason that goes beyond the music. maybe it is something personal, who knows?

OaksterDan starstarstar Tue 12/25/2007 07:21AM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

OaksterDan

It was ALO all year long!

Album - ALO, Roses & Clover

Shows...

1) Alo - Soho 8/18 & 5/19

2) Alo - High Sierra 7/8

3) Alo - Las Tortugas Dance of the Dead II - Yosemite 10/25

4) Phil Lesh & Friends - Jackie Greene B-day Show 11/27 (The balcony shook during Sugaree and this might have been the best phil show in last 6 yrs for me)

5) Rhythm Devils & Tea Leaf Green - Seva Bash 5/18

6) Ryan Montbleau Band - High Sierra (starting set with Johnny Cash "Sunday Morning Coming Down" Sick!

7) Brett Dennon - High Sierra with ALO Steve & Dan in tow

8) ALO - Fillmore 5/5 Roses & Clover Release party!

9) Ratdog - 2/14 Valentine's Day @ Fillmore

Dgold starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/25/2007 12:41PM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Dgold

For the record, Brownstein listed the Tractorbeam show, which was an experimental off-shoot of the Biscuits: a 100% instrumental show, no singing. For anyone who has heard it -- traditionally a fan of the Biscuits or a vocals hater -- the show unquestionably ruled. Apparently Marc loved it like the fans did. He is so much like a fan himself in caring about the setlist and the improvisations. It would be neat to hear exactly why he listed that show if Jambase could do an interview with him on this. I think that is great to have confidence & enthusiasm, and to compliment his band-mates like that especially considering they're working with a newer drummer, and they had never played a show like this one before. Listing it 3rd best is humble enough for me, I think he was being honest.

The Tractorbeam show is available here

http://www.livedownloads.com/show.asp?show=1783&artist=128

I am really enjoying all the Comments. I am going to pick up some of these discs that I haven't heard yet, that are recommended here, like Bassnectar.

Cookie Tue 12/25/2007 01:17PM
-2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

A lot of good eclectic cross-genre picks, very un-jam band too. Seems like the door has been shut on jam bands as we know them. Good songwriting and real experimental music are back in vogue finally. Phew!

deftone984 Tue 12/25/2007 07:40PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

deftone984

my top shows of the year: 1)Hallucinogen in Dub (camp bisco) 2)Rage Against the Machine (Randall's Island NYC) 3)Rabbit in the Moon (Echo) 4)Biscuits/Younger Brother/Prometheus/Shpongle (NYE Tweeter Center) 5)Manu Chao (Bonnaroo) 6)Tool (Bonnaroo) 7)Bassnectar (camp bisco) 8)thievery corporation (echo) 9)flaming lips (house of blues myrtle beach) 10)Sasha & Digweed (Bonnaroo)

onemanband starstarstar Tue 12/25/2007 08:57PM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

2007 was full of good times, and not that i expect anyone else to care where i went, but i chose to support a wide variety of acts...

what caught my eyes and ears best were -

Favorite Shows attended(in chronological order):

Wood Brothers - Parting Glass - Saratoga, NY - 1/18/07 (best acoustic duo, ever???)

Ratdog - Landmark Theatre - Syracuse, NY - 3/2/07 (yeah bobby!!)

Allman Brothers - Beacon Theatre - NYC - 3/30/07 & 3/31/07 (no repeats)

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad - Sterling Stage Folkfest - Sterling, NY - 5/25/07 (can't wait to see them again)

Sam Kininger Band & The Buddahood - Sterling Stage Folkfest - 5/26/07 (a night of funky horns)

Phil Lesh & Friends - Mountain Jam - Hunter Mountain - 6/3/07 (Rain & Mud all day)

Chick Corea & Bela Fleck - Proctor's Theatre - Schenectady, NY - 6/14/07 (most unique sonic experience)

Buddy Guy - Gathering of the Vibes - Bridgeport, CT - 8/12/07 (most authentic blues feeling - 70+ years old, one of the best performers/entertainers)

Ryan Adams - Calvin Theatre - Northampton, MA - 9/15/07 (he's better off sober)

Ryan Montbleau Band - Revolution Hall - Troy, NY - 10/13/07 (new album - band on fire!)

David Crosby & Graham Nash - Proctor's Theater - 10/14/07 (classic)

North Mississippi All-stars & Friends - SOLID BLUES tour - Proctor's Theatre - Schenectady, NY - 11/13/07 (true blues - good times)

Favorite new Albums:

Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger/Follow the Lights

Brothers of a Feather - Live at the Roxy CD/DVD

Neil Young - Chrome Dreams 2... Live at Massey Hall 1971... Live @ Fillmore East 1970

jonathan starstarstarstar Tue 12/25/2007 11:07PM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

jonathan

Albums_____

Trampled By Turtles - Trouble

Keller Williams - Dream

John Medeski and Billy Martin - MAGO

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand

Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II

SHOWS____

Yonder Mountain String Band's 1000th show - Simon Estes Amph. Des Moines,IA

B.B. King 7/1/07 - Surf Ballroom Clear Lake, IA

Hot Buttered Rum 9/1?/07 - Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, IA

Dane! starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/26/2007 06:24AM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Dane!

Favorite shows:

Daft Punk - Lollapalooza. No explination needed.

Allman Bros & Dave Matthews in Piedmont Park - 50k Atlantans, beautiful summer day, my favorite park, ALL of my friends. Fantastic day.

Umphrey's & Disco Biscuits on their DUMB tour - Again, beautiful location, the sun was setting and the lightening in the sky made it's own really cool show.

Tea Leaf Green at Bonnaroo- my first festival ever and my favorite band ever.

tmercurio Wed 12/26/2007 08:34AM
-2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Dude...the new Robert Plant album is soooo lame!!! I can't get passed the third track

aquariumdrunk starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/26/2007 08:44AM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

aquariumdrunk

Great piece, JamBase! I've seen plenty of incredible live music this year, but without sorting through stubs and Googling myself out of my mind, I'd be hard pressed to produce actual dates. I'll join the album indulgence instead...

40. The Bees - Octopus

39. Frog Eyes - Tears of the Valedictorian

38. Battles - Mirrored

37. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - This is Somewhere

36. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog

35. The Dexateens - Hardwire Healing

34. Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala

33. Ryan Bingham - Mescalito

32. The Its! - M!stakes

31. Jana Hunter - There's No Home

30. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

29. Grand Champeen - Dial T for This

28. Hot Buttered Rum - Live in the Northeast

27. Bright Eyes - Cassadaga

26. Blitzen Trapper - Wild Mountain Nation

25. Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger

24. The Redlands Palomino Company - Take Me Home

23. The Apples in Stereo - New Magnetic Wonder

22. The Broken West - I Can't Go On, I'll Go On

21. Bowerbirds - Hymns For a Dark Horse

20. Lotus - Escaping Sargasso Sea

19. American Babies - American Babies

18. The National - Boxer

17. Akron/Family - Love is Simple

16. Jason Isbell - Sirens of the Ditch

15. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam

14. Steep Canyon Rangers - Lovin' Pretty Women

13. The Good, The Bad & The Queen - The Good, The Bad & The Queen

12. Perpetual Groove - LiveLoveDie

11. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

10. Kings of Leon - Because of the Times

9. The Besnard Lakes - …Are the Dark Horse

8. Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid - Tongues

7. Bruce Springsteen - Magic

6. Radiohead - In Rainbows

5. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin

4. Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests of…

3. Great American Taxi - Streets of Gold

2. Vampire Weekend - The Blue CD-R

1. Eluvium - Copia

foshizzle Wed 12/26/2007 08:58AM
+3 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Radiohead - In Rainbows

Battles - Mirrored

Wilco- Sky Blue Sky

Robert Plan & Allison Krauss - Raising Sand

Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog

Burial - Untrue

Kanye West - Graduation

The Field - From Here We Go Sublime

The Bad Plus - Prog

Antibalas - Security

RiderOnTheStorm starstarstarstar Wed 12/26/2007 11:53AM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

RiderOnTheStorm

ALBUMS:

Bassnectar - Underground Communication

Beastie Boys - The Mix-Up

ALO - Roses & Clover

Grateful Dead - Road Trips Vol. 1: Fall '79

SHOWS:

moe. - SummerCamp (night 2)5-26

Tea Leaf Green - Late night SummerCamp (preparty) 5-24

String Cheese Incident - Red Rocks (night 3) 8-11

Zappa Plays Zappa - 10KLF 7-19

Cornmeal - Dogstock late night 7-27

moe. - Liberty Hall: Lawrence KS = 1-29

Umphreys McGee - 10KLF 7-19

YMSB - Granada Theater: Lawrence KS = 10-27

Widespread Panic - Wakarusa 6-19

.... and soo many more: Lotus, Bassnectar, EOTO, RAILROAD EARTH.... etc

christophebaise Wed 12/26/2007 02:51PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

christophebaise

My favorite shows of the year are as follows

1. Phil and Friends at Mountain Jam

2. Tool in Albany NY

3. Dickey Betts at NY State Fair

4. Roots at moe.down

5. Ratdog 03-02-07 Landmark in Syracuse

johnnyblaze36 starstarstarstar Wed 12/26/2007 08:53PM
+3 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

I enjoyed reading everybody's lists and certainly have respect for everybody's opinions but I am surprised to see not a single person list moe.'s "The Conch" in their top 5. It happens to be my #1 and I find it to be an exceptional album. Just my .02. It was a great year for music imo.

freekfreely starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/26/2007 09:11PM
+3 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Top Shows of 2007 for me.

1) Brain Damaged Eggmen Jam Cruise V

2) Widespread Panic Loveland ,CO 10-12-07

3) STS9 Red Rocks, CO

4) Zappa Plays Zappa Filmoore Denver, CO

5) Leftover Salmon High Sierra Late Night

6) moe. Summer Camp

7) Disco Biscuits Independent, SF

8) Daft Punk Vegoose

9) Perpetual Groove Langerado Late Night

10) Motet Hodis Half Note, Ft Collins ,CO

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/27/2007 05:07AM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^›      {¬¿¬}

my top shows of 2007

garaj mahal charlotte nc

wsp tour closer birmingham albama

umph and bisco at the masquerade music park ATL

buddy guy chattanooga tn

raq, twice in knoxville

sts9 tenn theater

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/27/2007 05:08AM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^›      {¬¿¬}

the album route. I will say Lotus escaping sargasso sea.

screw all the triple A crap.

D.B.Higdon starstarstarstar Thu 12/27/2007 07:53AM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

D.B.Higdon

As far as albums...

1)Springsteen - Magic

2)Velvet Revolver - Libertad

3)Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

4)John Doe - A Year in the Wilderness

5)Kings of Leon - Because of the Times

For shows...

1)Alejandro Escovedo - acoustic -Birmingham in January

2)Alejandro Escovedo - full band - Birmingham in August

3)Velvet Revolver/Alice in Chains - Atlanta (both bands were sonic)

4)The Blasters - Drive-Invasion - first Atlanta stop in 15 years, and it did not disappoint.

5)Lucinda Williams - The Masquerade - the perfect blend of sex, blues, booze, heartache, and dismissal.

6)Peter Frampton's pre-jam & X-mas Jam sets.

shanky95 starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/27/2007 08:29AM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

shows:

1. 10klf

2. Bela Fleck & Keller Williams, Brookhaven Amphitheatre, L.I. New York

3. Blue Man Group, Las Vegas NV

Elemley starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/27/2007 09:36AM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Alrighty, good stuff.

ALBUMS__________

Radiohead- In Rainbows

Trampled by Turtles- Trouble

Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II

Greyboy Allstars - What happened to tv?

Richard Thompson - Sweet Warrior

SHOWS_______

Flaming Lips - Bonnaroo

Widespread-Roo

Gov't mule-10k

STS9-pontiac

Bisco-10k

SCI-10k

STS9-roo

Richard Thompson-Roo

Black Keys-Roo

NorthMiss-roo

UV HIPPO-Big Rapids,MIchigan!

Seth Bernard and Daisy May- Dunegrass

Robusto Thu 12/27/2007 11:00AM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Robusto

Am I the only one who heard Bird's Armchair Apocrypha?

rzrsk8 Thu 12/27/2007 11:21AM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Shows:

1. DARK STAR ORCHESTRA | May 8, 2007 | State Theater | Ithaca, NY

Grateful Dead Day in Ithaca...what more can I say?

2. THE BRIDGE | November 21, 2007 | Rams Head Live | Baltimore, MD

Watch out for these guys in 2008...

3. STRING CHEESE INCIDENT | July 12, 2007 | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY

Final tour? Sure hope not...

DrEricFautstein Thu 12/27/2007 12:22PM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

DrEricFautstein

Albums = EOTO (only album to date)

Greyboy Allstars - What Happened to TV

Lotus - Escaping the Sargasso Sea

Shows = EOTO -(Halloween costume ball in Lawrence, KS)

Dead Kenny G's -Oct. 16th at Bottleneck(Skerik, M.Dillon, B.Houser)

The Everyone Orchestra at Wakarusa

Bassnectar Nov 2nd at Granada

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey at the World Cafe

RedHeaven starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/27/2007 02:00PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

RedHeaven

ALBUMS:

ALBINO!: Rhino

IZABELLA: Dream When You Sleep

The LEVELLERS: Chaos Theory live!

UMPHREYS; Live at the Murat

NEW MODEL ARMY: High

BURIAL

RANDOM RAB: The Elucidation of Sorrow

Songs:

NEW MONSOON: Alaska

IZABELLA: Heads Up

BLUE TURTLE SEDUCTION: Foot by Foot

ALO: Maria

Shows:

ALBINO!: Center Camp/Black Rock City NV. Sept

Railroad Earth/String Cheese Incident: 07/22/07 Berkeley Greek

Blue Turtle Seduction: June Coopers, Nevada City

Izabella: early morning set by the river Bobolink Festival May

Garaj Mahal w/ Karl Denson: Bobolink Fest May

New Monsoon: Oct. Las Tortugas dance of the Dead late nite

Yonder Mtn w/ Vince Herman: 04/26/07 Tahoe

SHOWS OF THE YEAR:

LEFTOVER SALMON: HIGH SIERRA LATE AND MAIN STAGE: thanks for coming back, guys!!! "It couldnt be better..."

RedHeaven starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/27/2007 02:04PM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

RedHeaven

OOOOPS! I hate to leave out

HOT BUTTERD RUM: Live in the Noretheast.....and AMAZING live cd!!! One of my most played of the year.

The Conch by moe. is really awesome too, but I leave it out because of how it peters out at the end of the album. Thats what makes it not reach my top 5, other than that it deserves note IMO.

gmoo Thu 12/27/2007 02:23PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

gmoo

Anyone else notice the lack of great shows by the artists with 'the best albums'? Prediction for 2008: Return to Forever...whereever the hell they go, I'll be there.

joshpotter Thu 12/27/2007 08:13PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

joshpotter

Where's the Bad Plus at, y'all? "PROG" anyone?

fonsja starstarstarstar Fri 12/28/2007 10:28AM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Albums

1. moe.- The Conch

2. Gov't Mule- Mighty High

3. Modest Mouse- We Were Dead Before The Ship Sank

Shows

1. Neil Young- 11.08.07

2. Michael Franti- 7.03.07

3. Gov't Mule- 10.31.07

4. Ben Harper- 9.04.07

lewiscipher Fri 12/28/2007 03:54PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

i have two words for you people: LED ZEPPELIN.....jesus, do you know how to rock?

Uncle Fishbits Sat 12/29/2007 12:37AM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Uncle Fishbits

Mine is sort of weird. The first are in no particular order

Burial - Untrue

Bassnectar - Underground Communication

Skream - Rinse

Justice - Cross

5) Caribou - Andorra

6) LCD Sound Sytem - Sound of silver

7) Radiohead - in rainbows

8) MIA - Kala

9) Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

10) I am voting dubstep as a genre. Period.

Why dubstep?

The second effort from Skream and Burial are phenomenal... but it isn't indicative of them as artists, so much as a new artform taking shape as a legitimate and interesting method of using electronic music to filter dub dancehall beats. In the end, they are not only groundbreaking albums... It is the artist maturing secondary to the art form.

Untrue wins hands down as most interesting and innovative album of 2007. This is excited and uncharted new territory in the world of music, as well as electronica.

Rinosquad starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/29/2007 10:45PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Heres some in no particular order

Albums:

Dungen "Tio Bitar"

Radiohead "In Rainbows"

Iron and Wine "Shepard's Dog"

BTF "Vagabonds and Hooligans"

Dolorean "You Can't Win"

Jose Gonzalez "In Our Nature"

Slightly Stupid "Chronchitis"

Stephen Marley "Mind Control"

Ween "La Cucaracha"

Wilco "sky blue sky"

Robert Wyatt "Comicopera"

Aesop Rock "None Shall Pass"

Explosions in the sky "All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone"

Shows

Gov't Mule (Bonnaroo Music Festival: John Paul Jones and Bob Weir highlights: show was the best of the fest)

STS9 (Wherever they are playing)

Tool (Bonnaroo) "I smell puchuli . . ." (Maynard)

Tortoise (Blind Pig Ann Arbor, MI)

Bela Fleck and Chick Corea (East Lansing, MI) beautiful, two virtuosos

ao1 starstarstarstar Sun 12/30/2007 11:19AM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

ao1

Albums: BIll Frisell (floratone)

Apollo Sunshine (self title)

Peter Rowan and Tony Rice (quartet)

John Scofield (out louder)

Shows:Addison groove project at the paradise (last show)

Gary Backstrom (jiggle the handle) at the attic

String Cheese Incident at the beacon 7.14

Yonder Mountain string band at the roxy

Sound Tribe at the Avalon

In 08 everyone should check out the Gary Backstrom Band.....He was the guitarist for Jiggle the Handle and has now been playing in a new project. Probably one of the best if not the best guitarists on the scene today. Im talkin up there with derek trucks and haynes....you can find stuff on archive.org or check him out at garybackstrom.com

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Sun 12/30/2007 04:40PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

RothburyWithCheese

My top 5:

Amy Winehouse

Grand Ole Party

Ryan Adams

White Stripes

Keller williams

i also want to add: Rilo Kiley, iron and wine, Jose gonzalez, and Govt. Mule

I want to know what everyone's obsession with MIA is? She's obnoxious, boring and her music is so jumbled it's sad.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Sun 12/30/2007 04:44PM
-2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

RothburyWithCheese

And LCD Soundsystem too?? That guy is horrible. I thought electronica was killed back earlier this decade.... if you want to listen to some good electronic music check out tortoise.

fonsja Sun 12/30/2007 06:07PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

grace potter

derreck Mon 12/31/2007 07:13AM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

derreck

Check out my picks here......

http://nba-jam.blogspot.com/

EVILFUNK starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/31/2007 04:36PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

EVILFUNK

Some live experiences from 07 that I can actually remember: Badu calling the culture on our shit during 'the other side of the game'@ harmony Festival in Santa Rosa, CAMPO BRAVO at the REVOLUTION!!! Ivan Neville scorching delivery of CCR's 'Fortunate Sun' on Austin City Limits, The Mother Hips @ GAMH, Mechelle Amador @ Amnesia, the Blue Cranes from Portland @ the Revolution Cafe,Marcus Shelby @ the Revolution Cafe, PHIL LESH ON UPRIGHT BASS AT THE WHARF!!! Phil's band also sounded the best i have heard since the Q @ that show, KAI ECKART PLAYED SOME OF THE GREATEST ELECTRIC BASS I HAVE EVER SEEN @ 12G'S, I dont know exactly who I have been hearing at FULL MELT parties @ Jellys this year but they have the highest standards for electronic dance music of varied flavors&textures that i have found around the Bay. also had a blast on a road trip to see a few LOTUS shows this year highlighted by a sweet version of Herbie Hancock's 'Rocket' @ Great American Music Hall.

nickMACd starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/2/2008 10:12AM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

nickMACd

Because of so many of y'alls recommendations I bought the spoon album and the iron and wine album that have been mentioned throughout this list so many times - Incredible Stuff! mind blowing even, perfect for my long drive home to NC from DC. Also the new lotus remix album (copy past repeat?) was quite nice after a quick blaze ...This list is awesome. So much cool new music to check out. Thanks everybody.

Here's another new album you might also like - myspace.com/anonymousjams

Smittea starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/2/2008 12:05PM
-1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Smittea

Not As Good As Last Year:

I read and sampled most of the "favorite lists" published by the musicians and other industry members listed in this article. Quite frankly most were disappointing - certainly not 1/2 as good as last year's recommendations. I think I am going to pass on the "expert" opinions this time around and check out what some of you fans have recommended.

So far so good. Many of which I can easily agree with....

RedHeaven starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/2/2008 06:36PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

RedHeaven

Yeah, Im kinda bummed on the whole "rolling Stone" magazine type of choices for many a jam and music fans, but only because it makes me feel alienated that I dont like a lot of it and others do. I find a lot of it quality music, just not my tastes at all. The new Radiohead is genious, but I cant even stand one note of it. The Iron & Wine album is very nice, and Spoon kinda floats my boat, too.....but other than that Im just a little frusterated that I cant get into most of whats popular. The QUALITY jammy dance rock shred groove & or grass music that IS around is just what makes me most happy. I love all the experimentation with genres that everyone is experiencing: its really OK to love anything these days without feeling in your own personal music closet....there are still trends that dominate, and like I said that can be alienating to some, but all in all its just so fun to hear what all of YOU, jambase and comments posters, have to say as a whole....this is a very diverse community, cheers to that!

Tho i do have to say, that it is a crying freakin shame that this country doesnt hear much of the band the Levellers from Europe. They are celebrating their 20th anniversary and are at their best, NOW....seriously my favorite band of all time, doing their best work now.....Beautiful raging celtic folk rock punk beauty that I am not sure if we will ever experience out here. They even have their own festival and won best festival band in England. There is some top notch things going on out there beyond our Rolling Stone/Relix/americania world.........IMO its an incredible time for music and the past aint got nothing on right now. I'll keep an open mind with the music I dont understand or like yet.

DELYEAH starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/3/2008 12:46PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

DELYEAH

ALBUMS:

1. TURBINE-REWARD

2. JJ GREY AND MOFRO-COUNTRY GHETTO

3. ROBERT PLANT AND ALISON KRAUSS-RAISING SAND

4. THREE FROM THE VAULT-GRATEFUL DEAD

5. PHISH-VEGAS 96

6. UMPHREY'S MCGEE-LIVE AT THE MURAT

7. UMPHREY'S MCGEE-THE BOTTOM HALF

8. RICKY SKAGGS AND BRUCE HORNSBY-SELF TITLED

9. GREYBOY ALLSTARS-WHAT HAPPENED TO TV?

10. IRON AND WINE-THE SHEPERD'S DOG

**********************

SHOWS:

1. WIDESPREAD PANIC-VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE IN CHARLOTTE, NC (7/28)

2. UMPHREY'S MCGEE-THE ORANGE PEEL IN ASHEVILLE, NC (3/1)

3. BOB WEIR & RATDOG-MEYMANDI CONCERT HALL IN RALEIGH, NC (11/11)

4. GOV'T MULE-HERITAGE PARK IN SIMPSONVILLE, SC (5/25)

5. STOCKHOLM SYNDROME-ASHEVILLE CIVIC CENTER IN ASHEVILLE, NC-WARREN HAYNES CHRISTMAS JAM (12/15)

6. BRUCE HORNSBY-ASHEVILLE CIVIC CENTER IN ASHEVILLE, NC-WARREN HAYNES CHRISTMAS JAM (12/15)

7. GOV'T MULE-ASHEVILLE CIVIC CENTER IN ASHEVILLE, NC-WARREN HAYNES CHRISTMAS JAM (12/15)

8. PETER FRAMPTON-ASHEVILLE CIVIC CENTER IN ASHEVILLE, NC-WARREN HAYNES CHRISTMAS JAM (12/15)

9. ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND-HERITAGE PARK IN SIMPSONVILLE, SC (5/25)

10. TOUBAB KREWE-THE HANDLEBAR IN GREENVILLE, SC (11/2)

11. PAGE MCCONNELL-THE ORANGE PEEL IN ASHEVILLE, NC (6/8)

12. THE WORK-ARTISPHERE IN GREENVILLE, SC (4/22)

13. DAVID RAWLINGS EXPERIENCE FEATURING GILLIAN WELCH-THE HANDLEBAR IN GREENVILLE, SC (2/14)

14. DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER-CIVIC CENTER IN FOUNTAIN INN, SC

15. GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS-ASHEVILLE CIVIC CENTER IN ASHEVILLE, NC-WARREN HAYNES CHRISTMAS JAM (12/15)

HOPEFULPHAN starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/3/2008 01:17PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

lots of great pics. am i the only one who knows how good raq's ton these is? i love that cd.

raszputini starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/4/2008 05:12PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Albums:

1. Porcupine Tree - Nil Recurring (This is an EP that followed up their album, Fear of a Blank Planet. Both are phenomenal, but the EP is my favorite release of the year.

2. Oceansize - Frames - A brit progressive "post-rock" band that it seems few in America have heard about. This album is full of great grooves, tempo changes, different voicings.

3. Radiohead - In Rainbows w Bonus disk - The bonus disc has my favorite track of the entire release. Make sure you get it too. Great Album.

4. Pearl Jam - Live at the Gorge - This set includes three complete EPIC shows from the 2005 and 2006 tours. Pearl Jam really raised hell on this last tour - like a band reborn. This is a great representation of it.

5. Miles Davis - The Complete On The Corner Sessions. This album is often overlooked in the Mile scatalog, but has been my personal favorite for awhile now. Some of the most psychedelic and ground breaking material he ever released. To have alternate takes, improvs, and outtakes from those sessions is more than I thought I'd ever get.

Shows:

1. Porcupine Tree, The Orange Peel, Asheville NC - November

2. Umphrey's McGee - 10KLF

3. The Dead Kenny G's (Skerik, Dillon, Houser) - Emerald Lounge, Asheville, NC - November

4. Les Claypool & the Fancy Band, Asheville NC

5. Toubab Krewe - 10KLF

rls1980k starstarstarstar Sun 1/6/2008 08:36AM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

The Breakfast - Toad's Place, New Haven 12-29-07

The Breakfast - Higher Ground, Burlington 10-27-07 (covered "Lawn Boy" album)

carphishhead starstarstarstarstar Sun 1/6/2008 10:48AM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

carphishhead

For shows I gotta say that the All Good Late Nights were unbelievable. Lotus>Ratdog>Duo>STS9??! And the moe. set and All-Star Jam were both fantastic. But my show of the year occurred just a few days before the new year. THE JOIN - 12/29 at the Sonar in Baltimore. These guys should win New Groove at the Jammys even though they're from existing bands. Good work all!

bri322 starstarstarstar Mon 1/7/2008 08:12AM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

bri322

best albums:

radiohead in rainbows

band of horses cease to begin

modest mouse before the ship even sank

mia kala

best shows:

satellite party's pittsburgh show 8/14

george clinton & p funk @ cleveland house of blues 9/13

flaming lips' nye show in oklahoma city!!!

& bob weir & ratdog & keller @ red rocks 7/24(that was my first time @ red rocks. wow.)

Michael9 starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/9/2008 08:35AM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Albums:

1. Wilco- Sky Blue Sky

2. moe.- The Conch

3. The Shins- Wincing the Night Away

4. Arcade Fire- Neon Bible

5. Ghostface Killah- Big Doe Rehab

6. Wu-Tang Clan- 8 Diagrams

Shows:

1. Gov't Mule w/ Keller Williams-Beacon Theatre NYC; 12.28.07--> Had high expectations for this show and they were blown away. Incredible show.

2. Page McConnell-Gramercy Theatre NYC; 04.03.07--> Ditto. I was also great to see the Chairman again.

3. Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem-Randalls Island NYC; 10.06.07--> I knew Arcade Fire would be great but had no idea LCD Soundsystem would be this entertaining. There set was probably the most fun show I saw in 2007. It also blew me away that so many of the nyc "hipsters" attending this show would leave the Arcade Fire's tour ending set early. I remember thinking to myself that hippies would never do such a thing.

4. GZA/Genius from Wu-Tang Clan 12.13.07--> He performed almost all of his classic Liquid Swords at the Knitting Factory in NYC. Absolutely amazing. So many memorable moments. The crowd finishing his every line for the first 6 or 7 songs. His a cappella tribute to ODB. He and his crew walking through the crowd before coming onstage. Killah Priest slaying the crowd for what seemed like a half hour straight. Good times indeed.

5. The Slip @ Maxwells in Hoboken, NJ--> Nailed most of Eisenhower and Marco Benevento on keys for a tune.

6. moe. @ Highline Ballroom NYC; 05.06.07--> Typically great moe. show. "Kids" in the second set was sick.

7. Wilco @ Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ--> My first time seeing them. I am now a hardcore fan. Yes, they are that good.

Events:

1. Led Zeppelin played a show. 2008 Summer Tour?

2. Confirmation that Radiohead will tour in 2008.

3. Mike Gordon stayed home all year to write music so this year we may get to see him play.

4. Langerado at Big Cypress. I predict good things.

djdaddyp starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/9/2008 01:20PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

djdaddyp

1. Kings of Leon

2. Modest Mouse

3. Band of Horses

4. Albert Hammond Jr.

5. Brett Dennon

Best Live: Umphrey's McGee

pottad starstarstarstar Wed 1/9/2008 06:02PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

I really like the variety of music people chose. I honestly don't buy cd's anymore but some of these sound tempting. My list is not as diverse as most, but they were some kickass shows.

Shows:

1. Umphreys: 12/30 and 12/31

2. Camp Bisco: Infected Mushroom, Biscuits friday day set, Umphrey's (N2F), Bassnectar

3. SCI: The Beacon, 1st night set 2

4. DSO: 2 night run in June at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

5. Echo Project: Infected Mushroom preparty, Thievery Corp., The Roots, Umphreys Murat CD release afterparty

6. Umphrey's: 10/24 Burlington, VT

Also, YMSB and Umphreys July NE run

Smittea star Thu 1/10/2008 10:17AM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Smittea

Deerhoof?!?! I have sampled that disc SEVERAL times.... It is music to go psychotic by. This music grabs you, jostles you around and then throws you to the floor like a pair of dice... Sound like a crap shoot? It is. Crap shot out of a canon!

Poly420 starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/11/2008 10:29AM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Poly420

How do I get a job with Jambase?

migus00 starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/15/2008 06:30PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

migus00

I'd have to say Wilco for best album and Zappa plays Zappa in San Diego for best show of 07

Tall starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/16/2008 01:12PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Tall

It's been on a slow boil for me but Iron and Wine is my favourite album of the last few YEARS not to mind 2007. Didn't love them live but Brilliant album.

Other highlights include Back Door Slam, Feist, and Arcade Fire (especially live).

Top show for me would be Rodrigo y Gabriela in April in NYC. Outstanding talents.

Other shows include My Morning Jacket, Grace Potter, Bela Fleck and DeVotchKa.

Regret? Not catching Daft Punk.

spinyn Sat 1/19/2008 10:51AM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

Albums:

1. Tinariwen - Water Is Life

2. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band - Magic

3. Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II

4. Linda Thompson - Restless Heart

5. I'm Not There Soundtrack

6. Flying Burrito Brothers - Live at The Avalon

7. Wilco - Blue Sky

8. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand

9. Levon Helm - Dirt Farmer

10. Mavis Staples - We'll Never Turn Back

Live Shows:

1. Phil Lesh and Friends - Warfield 11.27

2. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival - Fillmore, SF 6.16

3. Dumpstaphunk - The Independent early July

4. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band - Oakland 10.26

5. The Hacienda Brothers - Palms Playhouse August

PoppaBakes starstar Tue 2/5/2008 08:54AM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

PoppaBakes

lol at minimal justice attention