For the Time Capsule -- 2007: And If It's Crowded, All the Better

Artist Song
The Whore Moans  X-ray Eyes 
Aqueduct  Living a Lie 
Kaiser Chiefs  Ruby 
Kanye West  Flashing Lights [feat. Dwele] 
M.I.A.  Jimmy 
Silverchair  Waiting All Day 
Nicole Atkins  Party's Over 
Common  Break My Heart 
Mark Ronson  Just (feat. Phantom Planet) [Radiohead cover] 
Apparat  Hailin from the Edge 
Grizzly Bear  Knife (Girl Talk mix) 
Nine Inch Nails  Vessel 
Black Lips  Step Right Up 
Foo Fighters  The Pretender 
Klaxons  Golden Skans 
Menomena  Wet & Rusty 
Tegan and Sara  Back in Your Head 
LCD Soundsystem  All My Friends 
Lucinda Williams   Unsuffer Me 
Nick Drake and Gabrielle Drake  All My Trials [Traditional] 


Most creative mash-up of the year goes to Girl Talk, hands down.

One 2007 release that really spoke to me was the Nick Drake collection "Family Tree." It's a clutch of home recordings from before his first album, and members of his family accompany him on some of the songs, including "All My Trials," in which he duets with his sister. The lo-fi nature heightens the intimacy of the songs, and the fact he's primarily singing other people's songs provides insight into his influences and how he interprets others' work. I'm sure the fact that my family, too, had home recording sessions when I was young heightened my fondness for this collection, but it's really a touching CD.


Date: 1/28/2008
love the lucinda track.