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Dec.
19th

If I had to redo my top albums of 2007 list …

As mentioned in today’s column, I’m starting a new tradition of re-examining my favorite albums list, a year removed. And there aren’t the same sorts of glaring discs that I missed like in ’06, when I totally slept on The Hold Steady’s “Boys & Girls in America,” C.S.S.’s wildly fun “Cansei de Ser Sexy” and Meshuggah’s “Catch Thirty-Three.” Notably, Brandi Carlile’s sophomore effort really grew on me, jumping several spots, as did John Vanderslice’s “Emerald City” album, which cracked the top 10 as my appreciation for “Central Booking” and other cuts from disc grew.


Amended favorite albums of

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Jan.
19th

Definitive Tacoma bands

Many bands have represented Tacoma well over the years. You’ve got the Sonics, the Wailers and soon-to-be-Rock-Hall-of-famers, the Ventures. You’ve got Girl Trouble and Seaweed carryin’ the torch for the alt-rock era. Hell, you could even go way back to Bing Crosby if you wanna. We’ve got a rich musical history here.


But who would be on your list of the absolutely, positively most definite Tacoma bands? And is there anyone holdin’ it down now that you would say represents Tacoma more than the rest?


Leave your picks in the comments section — as many as you

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Dec.
27th

Best albums of 2007

OK, I feel much better now, and I’m back to writing about stuff I liked this year. So, without further ado, here are …



EJ’s Best albums of 2007



1. "Back to Black" Amy Winehouse: The sounds of Motown updated for a new millennium. Winehouse is the most talented and refreshing soul singer to emerge in a while. Unfortunately, we now know she ain’t kiddin’ on that "Rehab" song. She’s the new Pete Doherty with weekly tabloid reminders of how much she needs to say "yes, yes, yes" to the whole detox thing. Here’s

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Dec.
27th

Raaaargh!!! Most hated songs of 2007

If there’s anything more fun than rattling off your favorite albums and concerts at the end of the year, it’s making fun of the songs that you absolutely HATE, HATE HATE! So along those lines I’m taking an informal survey of the most annoying and played out songs of ’07. You know, the stuff that should be band for ’08.


I’ll even kick it off with the Shop Boyz “Party Like a Rockstar.” What? That’s all it takes to parlay in 2007? Mumbling a bunch of cliches over a generic beat? It’s this year’s “Who Let the Dogs

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Dec.
27th

The essential 2007 mix tape

OK, I went through that 50 albums, 50 artists list I posted the other day and narrowed it down to my 10 favorite songs for 2007. Well, more like 11. Those Shins songs are equally awesome, and I tend to play them back to back, anyway. So, without further ado, here they are:



1. (tie) "Sea Legs" and "Phantom Limb" The Shins: Portland’s indie-pop heroes take chances on their third album and come up with the two dreamiest tracks of their career.



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Dec.
24th

Best concerts 2007

This year, I didn’t break ‘em, down by individual performances as in the past. Otherwise, Sasquatch would have accounted for the bulk of my top 5.


1. Stevie Wonder (Aug. 31, Chateau Ste Michele, Woodinville): The living legend hadn’t played the Seattle market for more than two decades, and it felt like seeing the Beatles must have. I literally got goose bumps during "Living for the City." But seeing Burberry-clad yuppies shaking their money makers with the wild abandon of Soul Train dancers was a bit weird, though.


2. Sasquatch Festival (May 26 to

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Dec.
21st

50 songs, 50 artists for 2007

Rolling Stone’s 100 best songs of 2007 list list lost all credibility the moment they included Avril Lavigne’s "Girlfriend." What? Have they not heard Mickey? Or the Rubinoos "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," two songs Avril clearly ripped off – allegedly? This is a travesty!


So I thought I’d come up with my own list and ask for some of your favorite songs. But I thought I’d do something a little different from a straightforward best songs list, which would feature multiple entries from all of my top albums, anyway. Boring. Instead, I mentally filed through all the

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Dec.
11th

Best of the best albums of 2007 lists

Jay-Z’s “American Gangster” tops Blender’s best albums list. Paste is going with the National’s “Boxer” to top its list. “Untrue” by British dubstep act Burial tops Metacritic.com’s list (which often has little, if anything, to do with what the average person actually listens to.) And that all goes to remind me that I need to quick slackin’ finalize my ’07 picks. Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks.