It was way back in January of 2007 that I revved up the prehistoric blogspot version of PHW and began this all-consuming hobby of mine wherein I write about and share the music that matters to me. It’s kind of depressing to think about all that I might have been able to do with the literally thousands of hours I’ve spent sitting in front of a computer in the intervening time. I could have watched about 700 more movies, read about 300 more books, run about 5000 more miles, or hell, fathered 3 or 4 more children. 5 years is a long time. I’ve gotten married (just once), had 3 beautiful daughters, moved 6 times (and another coming in about 9 months), and worked 3 or 4 side jobs in addition to my main gig teaching since the first time I clicked “publish”.
I thought about doing a big “favorite albums 2007-2011” list or something to celebrate the milestone (and I still might). But more appropriately I thought I should revisit and share a bunch of songs I’ve discovered and loved over the past 5 years that I feel deserve another listen. Over the next week I’ll be sharing 5 songs a day from each year since I started PHW. Songs that I feel didn’t get the widespread acclaim I think they should have. Some are local musicians I saw in small clubs and bars along the way, some are national artists who don’t get mentioned as much as they maybe should. Today I’m starting off with a batch from 2007 – a year dominated by Panda Bear, LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, The National, and Radiohead. Here are 5 songs that I wrote about back then and love even more today. Hope you find something great that you missed the first time around:
Lucero / I Can Get Us Out of Here Tonight
Led by the raspy-throated Ben Nichols, Memphis roughnecks Lucero released a string of stirring, drunken punk/soul albums leading up to Rebels, Rogues, & Sworn Brothers. “I Can Get Us Out of Here Tonight” is a shit hot showdown where Drive-by Truckers-like southern rock fury meets the stadium-sized drama of The E-Street Band.
Adam Chandler / Shine to Me
Chandler is still a mystery even after all this time. Though the enigmatic Virginia songwriter has released a couple of gems over the years, he still has hardly any online presence whatsoever. The simple and passionate “Shine to Me” comes from his Icon T-Shirt album, which you probably won’t be able to find anymore unless you happen to live next door to him. If I had his address I’d give it to you – it might be worth moving there.
The Octopus Project / I Saw the Bright Shinies
This Austin band, somewhat forgotten here in 2012, struck gold with this shimmering electro-pop instrumental from Hello, Avalanche.
Wynn Walent / A Question of Water
The very admirable Wynn Walent spends most of his time working/volunteering in Haiti, so it’s only a rare treat when you can catch him playing shows around Brooklyn these days. Regardless, he has managed to drop a handful of excellent releases over the past 5 years. The winding “A Question of Water” comes from his Upon Leaving EP.
Eric Wolfson / Sleeping Is A Sucker’s Game
State Street Rambler wears Wolfson’s Dylan fixation on the sleeve, and this anti-folk theme song vividly captures the life and times of the Sidewalk Café Open Mic regulars.