Posted by: will | December 6, 2007

Top Ten List – Brian

Brian McKinney – 1-Up PR, Los Angeles, CA


In No Particular Order:

Minus The Bear “Planet Ice” (Suicide Squeeze)
Witch’s Hat “Mastery Of The Steel” (Emergency Umbrella)
Architecture In Helsinki “Places Like This” (Polyvinyl)
Of Montreal “Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (Polyvinyl)
Dntel “Dumb Luck” (Sub Pop)
The Good Life “Help Wanted Nights” (Saddle Creek)
Memphis “A Little Place In The Wilderness” (Arts & Crafts)
The National “Boxer” (Beggars Banquet)
The Hold Steady “Boys And Girls In America” (Vagrant) – (Yeah, this album came out 14 months ago…FYI. – Will)
Spoon “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” (Merge)

Top 5 Most Overrated:
Arcade Fire “Neon Bible” (Merge)
Band Of Horses “Cease To Begin” (Sub Pop)
Radiohead “In Rainbows” (Self-Released)
Sunset Rubdown “Random Spirit Lover” (Jagjaguwar)
Iron And Wine “The Shepherd’s Dog” (Sub Pop)

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  1. This Brian guy seems alright to me.

  2. eh

  3. Though, I did say that I included albums from Nov/Dec of ’06 because they never get a fair shake in “best of” lists for that year. Hence, the Hold Steady.

  4. The Hold Steady album came out in October of 2006 smart guy.

    “Ugh…I can’t even imagine if Dntel was on my list. What a boring turd that was.”


  5. well, it’s on Mojo’s top 10 list. i just saw that.

    i used to like listening to dntel while driving around LA. it gave the city a super real depressing perspective. much like your blog does for the internet.

  6. Hey man, I didn’t say that. I was just quoting someone else who shall remain nameless.

  7. chuck daley, no doubt. if it’s not pop-punk, it’s not cool.

  8. we could switch hold steady for andrew bird. i forgot all about that album. grr… and i’m seeing him tonight.

  9. the only thing right about that list is the national and spoon

    sunset rubdown and radiohead aren’t overrated

    the hold steady are very much overrated! get some balls and put andrew bird up there like now!

  10. once a list is published…you are fucked! you must face the consequences for all eternity!

  11. that’s not very fair. either of you. there is lots right about my list. and i’ll fit to the death anyone who thinks that radiohead and SR are not overrated. i love both bands and these albums are like slaps in my face. but, go ahead and sit around the arcade fire and praise “originality”…

  12. can’t we all agree that arcade fire are the most overrated band EVER?

  13. yes.

  14. so happy to see The Good Life in your list!
    I totally agree with this post, saying Help Wanted Nights is the best 2007 album. Too bad most lists couldn’t see it.

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