my most obsessive songs of 2007 (a “most of” but sort of like a “best of”)

This is the songs I’ve been most obsessed with in 2007. I have been doing the song obsessions weekly series since nearly the beginning of this blog, giving me a good record of what I’ve been obsessed with this year. Most of them (click to see full list) were among mentioned previously in the song obsessions series but some were before that time and some were other peoples obsessions that I then became obsessed with or some were just slow-burning obsessions (if there can be such a thing).

I’m not picking these songs; they picked me, getting jammed in some little nook of my brain that made me need to hear them many times, often on repeat. This list isn’t simply my most played songs this year, though that does factor in–obsession requires a need to hear it again. I also take into account the urgency of that need initially and the urgency over the longer term. The level of my music evangelism of each song–that is, how much I wanted to tell others about it–also was taken into account.

In a way this is the third of my best of series of year-end “best of” 2007 pieces, after concerts and releases (albums, EPs, box sets).

The songs that I’ve been most obsessed with in 2007 in order of approximate level of obsession:

  1. Jenda Wight Luxury of Time (original post)
    I actually used the phrase “holy shitballs that’s a beautiful song!” and threatened not to be friends with people who wouldn’t listen to this it back when I first heard this track. The instrumentation is unbelievable and Jenda’s just-breathy-enough voice works wonders. That this track came seemingly out-of-nowhere and that surprise factor definitely helped me get hooked.

    Jenda Wight – Luxury of Time (mp3) (available at artist’s myspace)

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  2. Beatbeat Whisper Lulu (pre-song obsessions)
    Again the surprise factor help me get hooked. This track combines an anglo-folk ballad style that I like and I’m familiar with with ethereal sounds in a way that make it seem like it’s floating right into the deepest part of my brain.

    Beatbeat Whisper – Lulu (mp3) (buy)

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  3. Magnolia Electric Co Shiloh Temple Bell (original post)
    This song breaks my heart every time I hear it; I am arrested in whatever I’m doing or thinking for the three minutes and nine seconds of the song (and probably a few afterwards). Jason Molina (also of Songs: Ohia) has written some pretty amazing songs in his time, but this might be his best and it is certainly among my favorites. It’s deadly simple: just a guitar and his warbling voice; it’s not even recorded that well (his vocals clip) but somehow it’s so much more than just that.

    Magnolia Electric Co – Shiloh Temple Bell (mp3) (buy)

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  4. Or, the Whale Call and Response (original post)
    The wow-now-it’s-time-to-wake-up! lead-off track to the surprising debut album (and number 1 album of the year) from Or, the Whale. I listened to this track like crazy when I first got it and that continued for months in my car and on my ipod. I was also playing this track for anyone who would listen.

    Or, the Whale – Call and Response (mp3) (buy)

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  5. Lightning Bug Project Message To Myself after Franny was Born (original post)
    Brian Miller (who is tLBS) emailed me and it was when I heard this song that I knew I wanted to hear more. The opening’s piano part and vocals are good good, but it’s really when the chorus and then the slide guitar hit that I took notice. It’s just a gorgeous song.

    The Lightning Bug Situation – Message To Myself After Franny was Born (mp3) (buy)

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  6. Port O’brien I Woke Up Today (original post)
    I was (and am) fascinated by how this song somehow stays in control despite how wild it seems.

    Port O’Brien – I Woke Up Today (mp3) (buy)

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  7. Mobius Band Friends like These (original post)
    As soon as the circuit-bent keyboards came in under the melancholy vocals, I am pretty sure I was hooked. The juxtaposition of dancey beat with the melancholy vocals and keyboard probably helps it get its hooks into my brain.

    Mobius Band – Friends Like These (mp3) (buy)

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  8. Coconut Records West Coast (original post)
    Catchy catchy catchy pop. It’s like someone made a pop song that was perfectly engineered to gain access to my head-nodding mechanisms.

    Coconut Records – West Coast (mp3) (buy)

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  9. Octopus Project Queen (original post)
    The seemingly simple but rhythmically-off time main figure, the catchy and interesting beat and follow-the-scale-up-and-then-down vocal line are, I’m pretty sure, what does it for me on this one. This is a song that shows no sign of getting old…well…ever.

    Octopus Band – Queen (mp3) (buy)

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  10. Kanye West Everything I Am (original post)
    Easily my favorite off of Graduation. Mix Kanye’s railing against pretensions and violence in hip hop with a fantastic sample and tasteful scratching and you have a winner, in my eyes.

    Kanye West – Everything I Am (mp3)

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  11. Madvillian Money Folder (Four Tet Remix) (original post, Dave’s obsession)
    This has been a slow burner. A few repeat listens one week and a few the next and a few the next. Four Tet’s production is crazy, dark and awesome and Madvillian’s flow seems is great. They seem to work very well together.

    Madvillian – Money Folder (Four Tet Remix) (mp3) (buy)

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  12. Dr. Dog Heart it Races (original post, Oz’s obsession)
    Listen listen, head nod, clap along, (potentially embarrassingly) sing along, (almost definitely embarrassingly) dance around. That’s how it goes just about every time I listen to this track…and then I press repeat.

    Dr. Dog – Heart It Races (mp3) (buy)

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  13. The Berg Sans Nipple Mystic Song (pre-song obsessions post)
    I was telling almost everyone I knew to have a listen to this track. Something about tracks with nice beats, deep synth bass lines and breathy vocals seems to work for me.

    The Berg Sans Nipple – Mystic Song (mp3) (buy)

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  14. Andy Samberg & Adam Levine Iran So Far (original post)
    It’s somewhat embarrassing to have an SNL song, a comedic song, as a top song obsession. But if they didn’t want me to listen to it simply as music, they shouldn’t have made it so catchy! Yes, the original sample in good, but the beat and vocals actually work really well, too.

    Andy Samberg and Adam Levine (and Richard James) – Iran so Far (mp3) (buy the original Aphex Twin tune)

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Listening back through this list I feel like I could get obsessed with each all over again.

Honorable mentions:

  • The Acorns Dents
  • J Tillman Crooked Roof
  • Or, the Whale Fight Song
  • the Dodos Notes

I think I’m out of lists for a few days now…



2 Responses to “my most obsessive songs of 2007 (a “most of” but sort of like a “best of”)”

  1. George says:

    Dr. Dog – Heart it Races AWESOME !!
    Delta Spirit – Strange Vine
    Okervil River – A Girl in Port
    The Weather Underground – Neal Cassady
    Rumble Strips – Girls and Boys in Love
    Cold War Kids – Change is gonna come (cover)
    Beirut – A Sunday Smile
    The National – fake empire

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