December 17th, 2007


Top 10 CDs of 2007

One of my favorite things is to read "top ten" lists at the end of the year. It's a great way of finding out about new bands/movies/books that I had never heard of. So... here are some of my top picks of the year:

Mudcub's Favorite CDs of 2007
1. Bruce Springsteen "Magic"
2. Amy Winehouse "Back To Black"
3. The Knife "Silent Shout"
4. Joanna Newsome "Ys"
5. The New Pornographers "Challengers"
6. Mika "Life In Cartoon Motion"
7. Spoon "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga"
8. Fountains of Wayne "Traffic & Weather"
9. Richard Thompson "Sweet Warrior"
10. Cloud Cult "The Meaning of 8"
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  • Current Music
    Simon and Garfunkel "The Sounds Of Silence"

More Best of 2007

Mudcub's Favorite Techno CDs of 2007
1. Daft Punk "Alive 2007" (2 CD version)
2. Battles "Mirrored"
3. Gus Gus "Forever"
4. Klaxxons "Myths Of The Near Future"
5. Nine Inch Nails "Y34RZ3R0R3MIX3D"
The Blow "Poor Aim: Love Songs"
Air "Pocket Symphony"
Underworld "Oblivion With Bells"
Pet Shop Boys "Disco 4"
Digitalism "Idealism"

Mudcub's Favorite Best CD Reissues of 2007
1. Laurie Anderson "Big Science"
2. Prefab Sprout "Steve McQueen"
3. Crystal Method "Vegas" (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
4. Superdrag "Changin' Tires On The Road To Ruin"
5. Various Artists "The Brit Box"
(and a runner-up The Killers "Sawdust")

Mudcub's Favorite CD Cover of 2007
1. Joanna Newsom "Ys"
2. The New Pornographers "Challengers"
3. They Might Be Giants "The Else"
4 and 5. Midlake "The Trials Of Van Occupanther" and The Young Knives "Voices Of Animals And Men"

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  • Current Music
    Bee Gees "You Should Be Dancing"

Worst of 2007

Mudcub's Most Disappointing CDs of 2007
1. The Bobs "Rhapsody In Bob"
2. The Chemical Brothers "We Are The Night"
3. Colin Hay "Are You Lookin' At Me?"

Mudcub's Least Favorite CD Covers of 2007
1. M.I.A. "Kala"
The Go! Team "Proof Of Youth"

KalaProof of Youth

For previous year's "best of/ worst of" lists, check out:

  • Current Music
    Consolidated & The Yeastie Girls "You Suck"

Movies of 2007

It's hard for me to rate the best and worst movies of the year, since I usually watch them on DVD, and it takes several months for them to finally come out. For example, I finished my 2006 list just last month. But here goes:

Mudcub's Favorite Movies Of 2007 (So Far)
1. Guys & Balls
2. The Propostiion
3. Wild Hogs
4. Hot Fuzz
5. Severance
6. Sicko
7. Ratatouille
8. Next
9 and 10. Music And Lyrics and Catch And Release
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Mudcub's Least Favorite Movies Of 2007 (So Far)
1. The Secret
2. I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry
3. Tideland
4. Inland Empire
5. A Scanner Darkly
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  • Current Music
    Blondie "Rapture"

Best Book of 2007

The best book of 2007? Hands down, it's Kevin Kling's "The Dog Says How"

Buy it here on Amazon

It's short, it has large print, and it's a collection of Kevin Kling recent hilarious monologues. Kling is a Minneapolis storyteller, but not in the touchy-feely Garrison Keillor way. Instead, he's angry, handicapped, and twisted. And very very funny. Maybe you've heard him on National Public Radio. I was lucky enough to meet him once in person, and yeah... he should be a national treasure.

My favorite line from the book? (at least for today) "How long do you think it will take a beaver to get out of a cardboard box?" Buy this excellent book and find out for yourself.
  • Current Music
    The Wonder Stuff "The Size Of A Cow"