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Harp Magazine

1 OKKERVIL RIVER, The Stage Names(JAGJAGUWAR)
2 BAND OF HORSES, Cease To Begin (SUB POP)
3 IRON & WINE, The Shepherd's Dog (SUB POP)
4 FUTURE CLOUDS & RADAR, Future Clouds & Radar (STAR APPLE KINGDOM)
5 FEIST, The Reminder (CHERRY TREE/INTERSCOPE)
6 SPOON, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (MERGE)
7 RADIOHEAD, In Rainbows (SELF-RELEASED)
8 ARCADE FIRE, Neon Bible (Merge)
9 NEIL YOUNG, Chrome Dreams II (REPRISE)
10 JASON ISBELL, Sirens of the Ditch (NEW WEST)
11 WHITE STRIPES, Icky Thump (THIRD MAN/WARNER BROS.)
12 DEVENDRA BANHART, Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (XL)
13 AVETT BROTHERS, Emotionalism (RAMSEUR)

Ween made their cover, but not the actual list. Ween are playing two shows at Terminal 5 this weekend. Get Ween Christmas song in my 2007 holiday mix.

Paste also has Avett Brothers high up on their list. Stylus seem to be the only ones MADLY in love with Miranda Lambert so far (Paste has her at 18) (and J likes her a lot). Nic Harcourt's list is still way different than everyone's. The rest of Harp Magazine's list is below....

Stage Names

SILVER SPRING, M.D.: En route is the December 2007 issue of Harp, about to enter its seventh year of publication. Set to hit newsstands December 11, the new issue will zero in on the 50 best CDs of 2007 in the magazine’s annual year-end round-up. Voted Number One album of the year by the Harp staff and writers: Okkervil River’s The Stage Names (Jagjaguwar).

Receiving the news from Harp, Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff said, “I’m very flattered and somewhat shocked. I’ve been doing this for so long and remember moments where nobody would write about us at all. It feels like people are actually appreciating us to elevate [the record] like this.”

Following close behind Okkervil River are ’07 releases from Band Of Horses, Iron and Wine, Future Clouds & Radar, Feist, Spoon, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Neil Young and Jason Isbell, occupying the 2 through 10 spots, respectively. Also dotting the Top 50 are the White Stripes, Devendra Banhart, Manu Chao, the Avett Brothers, M.I.A., Steve Earle, Robert Wyatt, Bettye LaVette, Explosions in the Sky, Mavis Staples and Tunng— all proof of Harp’s commitment to broad-reaching coverage of musical disciplines of all stripes. The complete list can be viewed below.

Future Clouds & Radar
14 > THE SHINS
WINCING THE NIGHT AWAY (SUB POP)

15 > THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
CHALLENGERS (MATADOR)

16 > WILCO
SKY BLUE SKY (NONESUCH)

17 > THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN
THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN (VIRGIN)

18 > GEORGIE JAMES
PLACES (SADDLE CREEK)

19 > BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
MAGIC (COLUMBIA)

20 > RILO KILEY
UNDER THE BLACKLIGHT (BRUTE/WARNER)

21 > THE NATIONAL
BOXER (Beggars)

22 > TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS
LIVING WITH THE LIVING (TOUCH & GO)

23 > BILL CALLAHAN
WOKE ON A WHALE HEART (DRAG CITY)

24 > M.I.A.
KALA (INTERSCOPE)

25 > JESSE SYKES AND THE SWEET HEREAFTER
LIKE, LOVE, LUST AND THE OPEN HALLS OF THE SOUL (BARSUK)

26 > STEVE EARLE
WASHINGTON SQUARE SERENADE (NEW WEST)

27 > OF MONTREAL
HISSING FAUNA, ARE YOU THE DESTROYER? (POLYVINYL)

28 > GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS
THIS IS SOMEWHERE (HOLLYWOOD)

29 > KINGS OF LEON
BECAUSE OF THE TIMES (RCA)

30 > GRINDERMAN
GRINDERMAN (ANTI-)

31 > ROBERT WYATT
COMICOPERA (DOMINO)

32 > BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE PRESENTS: KEVIN DREW
SPIRIT IF… (ARTS & CRAFTS)

33 > ST. VINCENT
MARRY ME (BEGGARS BANQUET)

34 > RYAN ADAMS
EASY TIGER (LOST HIGHWAY)

35 > ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
STRAWBERRY JAM (DOMINO)

36 > BRIGHT EYES
CASSADEGA (SADDLE CREEK)

37 > RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
RELEASE THE STARS (GEFFEN)

38 > ELENI MANDELL
MIRACLE OF FIVE (ZEDTONE)

39 > PATTY GRIFFIN
CHILDREN RUNNING THROUGH (ATO)

40 > IAN HUNTER
SHRUNKEN HEADS (YEP ROC)

41 > DR. DOG
WE ALL BELONG (PARK THE VAN)

42 > MAVIS STAPLES
WE’LL NEVER TURN BACK (ANTI-)

43 > EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
ALL OF A SUDDEN I MISS EVERYONE (TEMPORARY RESIDENCE)

44 > BEIRUT
THE FLYING CLUB CUP (BA DA BING!)

45 > BETTYE LAVETTE
THE SCENE OF THE CRIME (ANTI-)

46 > MANU CHAO
LA RADIOLINA (NACIONAL)

47 > YEASAYER
ALL HOUR CYMBALS (WE ARE FREE)

48 > OAKLEY HALL
I’LL FOLLOW YOU (MERGE)

49 > SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS
100 DAYS, 100 NIGHTS (DAPTONE)

50 > TUNNG
GOOD ARROWS (THRILL JOCKEY)

DEBUT/NEW ARTIST:
FUTURE CLOUDS & RADAR
FUTURE CLOUDS & RADAR (STAR APPLE KINGDOM)

REISSUE:
SONIC YOUTH
DAYDREAM NATION DELUXE EDITION (GEFFEN/UME)

DVD:
YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME: A FILM ABOUT ROKY ERICKSON (PALM PICTURES)

BOOK:
THE REPLACEMENTS: ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTING, BY JIM WALSH (VOYAGEUR PRESS)

TOUR:
THE ARCADE FIRE

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Comments (58)

Nice to see Spoon ahead of Arcade Fire.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 4:01 PM

I thought that read Top 50 CDs of the Future...now that's a list I'd be interested in!

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 4:04 PM

we should compile a list of top albums from 2006. see how last year's picks held up.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 4:10 PM

I say lets do some top picks from 2002 as well. But not all of them. Let's just do the odd numbered picks from slots 50 to 1. Also, let's leave out number 29 too.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 4:14 PM

I don't consider this a list until the new Ja Rule and Three Six Mafia albums come out.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 4:16 PM

Not only is it WAY too early to say things like "Stylus seem to be the only ones in love with Miranda Lambert," it's wrong. Paste had her at #18.

It's not even December.

And I'm totally effin' in love with the Miranda Lambert. Great writing, great record.

Posted by J | November 28, 2007 4:17 PM

national should be much higher. and new pornos and good bad queen should be much lower.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 4:29 PM

people who are all upset over the fact that these lists are coming out a month before the year is over have to take in mind that most people in the media have probably already had a chance to listen to the rest of the 2007 releases via advanced copies.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 4:29 PM

Ween fucking rules.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 4:35 PM

is it just me or is the new band of horses completely mediocre - how did it get to #2

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 4:45 PM

i haven't heard it but is the feist cd really that good? i can't help but think that if she wasn't so hot that she wouldn't be famous.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 5:13 PM

what time does daft punk get on the list?

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 5:13 PM

Spoon should be #1...Band of Horses not in the top 30 (I'm being nice). Sky Blue Sky shouldnt be top 40...very disappointed with that album.

No LCD, No Panda Bear? meh

And Daft Punk probably should be the top tour of 2007 (even though i guess technically it started at Coachella 2006)

Posted by D | November 28, 2007 5:14 PM

At anon 5:13:

i think her looks are playing a factor here...tha album was really good i thought, but not top 10.

Posted by d | November 28, 2007 5:16 PM

1, 2, 3, 4 I'm a sell-out coke whore

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 5:16 PM

Future Clouds & Radar definitely deserving at #4, great album.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 5:34 PM

nice! love okkervil river--they deserve it

Posted by owen | November 28, 2007 5:40 PM

Ween is (and has been for a long time) the best live band around. They are supposedly doing 3 hours at Terminal 5 and I can't think of many bands that I could happily sit through 3 hours of.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 5:57 PM

I'd happily watch three hours of the mars volta, radiohead, bruce springsteen.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 5:59 PM

In some countries, subjecting terrorists to 3 hours of Ween in order to obtain information is an accepted practice.

Posted by j | November 28, 2007 6:06 PM

hey fat-boy...
hey asshole...
you killed my mother...
I going to kill you...

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 6:13 PM

Nice job Harp! I think this list nails it for the most part. I don't get #1 for Okkervill though. I should give it another try.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 6:33 PM

every third song on the feist record is great and all the rest seems like unessary down-tempo filler.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 6:34 PM

How in God's name did Soulja Boy make this list??

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 6:34 PM

Rilo Kiley, Wilco, Pornos, Shins, GoodBadQueen, Banhart in the top 20 makes this list a complete joke, even if they do put Isbell in the top 10 and show some love for All Hour Cymbals.

Posted by feedbacker | November 28, 2007 6:55 PM

Animal Collective and the National below Rilo Kiley, Dashboard Confessional on the cover. Makes me wary about the quality of this list. Interesting that Future Clouds and Radar who is number 4 rated a 4.0 in their pitchfork review. I'll have to take a listen to them and see.

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/43534-future-clouds-radar

Posted by Joe | November 28, 2007 7:30 PM

don't forget to take in the target demographics of these publications. they exist to inform the mass public a general view of what was released this year, as opposed to some niche audience. this gets the somewhat informed, yet still casual, music fan to try some new bands out.

Posted by mat | November 28, 2007 7:43 PM

Yeah, Pitchfork really missed the mark on the Future Clouds & Radar album. Great songs across a wide range of genres.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 7:47 PM

crap

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 9:41 PM

Harp is a class act--one of the few i actually read (and listen to)

Posted by james | November 28, 2007 10:16 PM

cant wait for friday!

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2007 10:35 PM

Radiohead at #7? Someone is on a one-person mission to level the playing field.

Posted by Jo | November 29, 2007 1:14 AM

A lot of people have slammed the NP's cd "Challenger". It's one thing, if people simply don't like the band. However, for fans of the NP's, "Challengers" deserves repeat listens. The cd is really a grower, and IMO, their most cohesive and skillful release to date. Sure it doesn't have as many attention grabbers as "Twin Cinema", but "Challengers" makes up for that deficiency with beautifully crafted pop melodies. It is definitely in my top 10 this year.

Of course, I also have the U.N.K.L.E. cd "War Stories" and NIN "Year Zero" in my top 10 so I clearly have no idea what I am talking about.

Posted by Dan | November 29, 2007 9:41 AM

WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN WEEN

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2007 10:06 AM

what, no Menomena? they produced a great album this year.

Posted by Man Enema | November 29, 2007 10:10 AM

i'm so sad about not going to ween. :(

those tickets sold out way too fast for me....guess that's the price you pay for not being on the ball.

at least i have my ween concert memories from 2000-2004 to keep me going strong through these difficult times.

Posted by klk | November 29, 2007 2:15 PM

"A lot of people have slammed the NP's cd "Challenger". It's one thing, if people simply don't like the band. However, for fans of the NP's, "Challengers" deserves repeat listens. The cd is really a grower"

I agree with this portion of the post. The album grew on me, but it's still their weakest album. There's not a single song on the first three that is as bad as Go Places or Failsafe. The latter is just horrible. I've come to really like and even love some of the other tracks on the album, but I still stand by what I said in my first post: this album does not deserve (in my opinion, of course) to be named one of the top 20 of the year.

Posted by feedbacker | November 29, 2007 2:21 PM

>>>NP's cd "Challenger"

Slow descent of a rock band - getting too clever for its own good.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2007 3:54 PM

Your 33 Black Angels' "Lonely Street" should be up there, too, plus they don't have the corporate hype pushing their record onto people!

Posted by Reginald | November 29, 2007 3:55 PM

Thank you, Porn fans, for giving the very great "Challengers" album some kind words. The one list position I take most issue with is #2 for Band of Horses. The album is a snoozer compared to everything this band's predecessor, Carissa's Wierd, did. Sorry, I just can't get thrilled over BoH. And where the hell is Tori Amos? I'm not even a Tori fan, and I consider "American Doll Posse" to be the best of her career, and one of those sprawling albums like "White Album" or "69 Love Songs."

Posted by Loring Wirbel | November 29, 2007 4:23 PM

HARP is based in silver spring? well shit. I grew up there and since I left it seems to be getting cooler and cooler.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2007 8:32 AM

Silver Spring used to be the home of one of the five coolest music stores on the planet, Vinyl Ink, until the owner George died of cancer or something. Sad.

Posted by Loring Wirbel | November 30, 2007 10:33 AM

No Ritter? C'mon.

Posted by Bandwagon | December 6, 2007 10:30 AM

Boognish is my god.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2007 9:17 PM

Jim Walsh's book on The Replacements is AMAZING.

Posted by Sha | December 10, 2007 11:58 PM

Band of Horses---hell yeah, boyzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Light my stinkin fire
Lick my fricki dicki

this rocks the casbah!

DM

Posted by Dweezil | December 11, 2007 7:41 AM

I'm totally effin' in love with the Miranda Lambert. Great writing, great record.

Posted by Office Furniture | April 2, 2008 4:53 AM

Boognish is my god.

Posted by office furniture | March 2, 2009 4:23 AM

Hi.. I think people who are all upset over the fact that these lists are coming out a month before the year is over have to take in mind that most people in the media have probably already had a chance to listen to the rest of the 2007 releases via advanced copies.

Posted by online games | April 21, 2009 4:35 AM

I consider "American Doll Posse" to be the best of her career, and one of those sprawling albums like "White Album" or "69 Love Songs."

Posted by online cipro | August 6, 2009 9:34 PM

Great CD top list. Some of these are my favorite too.

Posted by Free online games | October 3, 2009 5:51 PM

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Posted by Dress up games | December 7, 2009 5:16 PM

I really agree with them these are awesome cds. Real good choice!

Posted by Mario | February 5, 2010 12:17 PM

Yap Great CD top list. Some of these are my favorite too.

Posted by free games online | February 14, 2010 6:20 AM

Jeg er enig i denne del af stillingen. Albummet voksede på mig, men det er stadig deres svageste album. Der er ikke en enkelt sang på de tre første, der er lige så slemt som Go Places eller Failsafe.

Posted by apotek online | March 25, 2010 4:55 AM

Jeg tror denne liste negle det for det meste. Jeg får ikke # 1 for Okkervill selv. Jeg skulle give det en anden prøve.

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