JamBase's Best Of 2007

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

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