Two steps forward-Six steps back: Best of 2007~Part 4

Small step for him. Big Jump for me....continued...CD-Atmosphere-Sad Clown Bad Dub seasonal series. 5 new songs on each. Slug and Ant have dropped 3 of the 4 so far. My personal fav is the summer one. I also really dig the artwork..concert-Modest Mouse-Orpheum shows. Although I didn't think this years new album We Were Dead Before the Ship Sank is necessarily one of their bests, I did really enjoy the two shows here in April and December...pro wrestler-Chris Jericho returned to the ring this year. Finally a reason to have someone with cable, tape RAW for me again...CD-Love him or hate him, Kanye West is a talented mofo. Graduation is proof...gallery-Okay, maybe I'm a little biased but dang man, the Back Alley Gallery in Lowertown St. Paul was on point this year. A few old members returned to the fold as well as some new ones and everyone is bringing their A-game to each show. It's been so fuckin' inspiring to be part of it. It all culminated in a great opening night for the Fall Show & Sale...concert-It was a couple of mix tapes made by my uncle when I was in junior high, that got me into punk rock. One of the bands on those tapes was M.D.C. So it was only fitting that my uncle and I went down to the 7th st. Entry to see the old-timers. Talk about things coming full circle. It was an all-ages show with w D4, Cognitive Dissonance and Useless Wooden Toys. Between bands we had beers in the main room and got to watch the Birthday Suits sound check for their Drinking With Ian performance...CD-Black Eyes & Neckties-Apparition. My brother turned me onto these guys a couple years ago because he knew how much I liked the Murder City Devils. They are from Bellingham, WA., where he lives. He also got me this album. If I didn't miss the Devils so much I might hate these guys for straight up ripping them off. I don't. Speaking of...concert-Murder City Devils reunion shows in Austin, TX. First night @ the Mohawk and second night @ FunFunFun Fest. I wrote a shit ton about this earlier, so I wont spend to much time on it now. If they keep up with this reuniting once a year thing, I wont be mad...concert-Wayne Hancock @ Lee's Liquor Lounge. He aint called "the Train" for nothin'. Dude can play all night. Tulsa!...movie-Grindhouse. Really bad cinema on purpose. Love it. I really liked both Planet Terror and Deathproof, but mostly I love the preview for Machete. I don't recommend playing either of these two films for the family on Christmas day. Ask my brother about that one...CD-Perhaps my favorite album of the year was EL-P-I'll Sleep When You're Dead. I love EL-P's crazy smoking meth underwater beats and schizophrenic rhymes. I spent many a late night at the canvas, paint brush in hand, letting I'll Sleep take over my mind and movement. My fav track is The Overly Dramatic Truth. Big Business-Here Come The Waterworks and LCD Soundsystem-Sound of Silver are also a couple of my most listened to albums of the year...bands-As usual, I saw a bunch of local music in '07. So much in fact that I have a hard time remembering who is who. My picks for best new local bands of the year (or at least new to me) are Vampire Hands, The Sinks and the awesome thrashness that is Pandamonium...concert-I developed a man-crush in '07. It all started when, on a whim, a friend and I went to see Justine Timberlake @ the Xcel Energy Center. I've taken a lot of shit for this and I will probably continue. Bring it on. I'll defend JT and my subsequent liking of him to the death...

Okay folks, that's it! Done. Thanks for reading. I know I pretend to be the professor of all things cool and act like a snobby cockhead sometimes, but the truth is, I really do appreciate anyone that has wasted some time reading my crap. I sincerely wish you all the best for 2008. Thank you.

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