Thursday, January 3, 2008

2007: The Year in Review

Before I turn my attention to the new year, let's look at some of the developments in art from 2007:

It was an interesting year, with the regular flood of garbage films. There were nearly 600 films released this year! I saw 30 movies, all carefully chosen(No Alvin and the Chipmunks etc.)

Top 5 Films of 2007:

No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
The Orphanage

It was not a great year for new music, as the industry remains locked into a routine of releasing vapid, trite hip hop(except for Common), pathetic pop and weak "alternative" bands. The most creative CD, by far, was from the jazz world, as saxophonist Redman produced his most accomplished work of his prolific young career. Check him out!

Top 5 CDs of 2007:

Back East by Josh Redman
Easy Tiger by Ryan Adams
Magic by Bruce Springsteen
Baby 81 by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Road Trips Vol 1 Grateful Dead

It was a great year for live music, and I was lucky to see 30 concerts. Here were the top live shows.

Top 10 Concerts of 2007:
Radiators January 27, Tipitina's in New Orleans
Ratdog February 10th Ventura Theater, Ventura, CA
BRMC May 8, Wiltern Theater. LA
Frank Morgan June 30, Jazz Bakery LA
Ryan Adams July 19 Wilshire Theater Beverly Hills
Bruce Hornsby Jazz Trio August 22, Hollywood Bowl
Bruce Springsteen October 26, Oakland
Spiritualized November 12, Vista Theater, Hollywood
Van Halen November 20, Staples Center, LA
Cracker December 30, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach

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