Band of Horses Beach House Big Business Blonde Redhead Handsome Furs Imaginary Scoop Lavender Diamond Matthew Dear Peter Bjorn and John Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings Siberian Spoon The Arcade Fire The Future of the Left

Another Best of '07 list: Chop Suey booker Pete Greenberg's favorite albums

I’m a huge nerd when it comes to pouring over annual, best of lists (I’m still biting my nails in anticipation of the Idolator critic’s poll that should be out soon), and I’m always intrigued by what the favorites of people who work in the business of music but aren’t (necessarily) critics or reviewers. So, I asked Chop Suey’s brand new booker Pete Greenberg to submit his list of favorite albums with the promise of posting them here – to which he happily complied.

Here’s what made his list:

1. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)

2. Future of The Left – Curses (Too Pure)

3. Handsome Furs – Plague Park (Sub Pop)

4. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone Records)

5. The Arcade Fire – Neon Bible (Merge)

6. Big Business – Here Come The Waterworks (Hydra Head Records)

7. Beach House – Beach House (Carpark Records)

8. Blonde Redhead – 23 (4AD)

9. Band of Horses – Cease to Begin (Sub Pop)

10. Siberian – With Me (Sonic Boom Recordings)

11. Matthew Dear – Asa Breed (Ghostly International)

12. Lavender Diamond – Imagine Our Love (Matador Records)

13. Peter Bjorn & John – Writer’s Block (Almost Gold)

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TIG Best Northwest Releases of 2007: Editors' picks

We gathered our imaginary staff to determine our collective Northwest favorites for 2007. It was hard work. Imaginary battles were fought, alliances formed, and finally, winners emerged.

You should have seen the way that imaginary Liz can arm wrestle, and how Erik Gonzalez can duke it out for his favorite bands. It was fierce and fun, and we think our final list was well worth the effort.

Here they are: the TIG official editor picks for best Northwest releases of 2007. Enjoy!

#20 Grand Hallway Yes Is the Answer (Self-released)
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#19 Aqueduct Or Give Me Death (Barsuk)
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#18 Night Canopy Of Honey and Country (Go Midnight)
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#17 Team Gina Gina Gina Revolution (Self-released)
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#16 Arthur & Yu In Camera (Hardly Art)
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#15 Minus the Bear Planet of Ice (Suicide Squeeze)
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#14 The Cops Free Electricity (The Control Group)
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#13 Ms Led Shake Yourself Awake (Fish the Cat)
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#12 The Femurs Modern Mexico (HomeSpun)
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#11 Patience Please Fleeting Frequencies (Happy Happy Birthday To Me)
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#10 Grand Archives Grand Archives (Self-released / Sub Pop)
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#9 Shake Some Action! Shake Some Action (Satellite 451)
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#8 Math & Physics Club Baby I’m Yours (Matinee)
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#7 Throw Me The Statue Moonbeams (Baskerville Hill)
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#6 Blue Scholars Bayani (MassLine Media, Rawkus)
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#5 Siberian With Me (Sonic Boom Recordings)
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#4 BOAT Let’s Drag Our Feet (Magic Marker)
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#3 Menomena Friend and Foe (Barsuk)
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#2 Tullycraft Every Scene Needs a Center (Magic Marker)
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#1 Cave Singers Invitation Songs (Matador)
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Honorable mentions:

Blitzen Trapper Wild Mountain Nation (Lidkercow Ltd.)

Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (Epic)

Schoolyard Heroes Abominations (Stolen Transmission)

The Shaky Hands The Shaky Hands (Holocene Music)

The Shins Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop)


El Corazon Live Show Review Siberian

Siberian @ El Corazon

One part Northwest cold, another part summertime warmth, and all soul, Siberian’s live show emanated a strange nostalgia: a tumbling spectrum of emotions encompassing all that it means to win, lose, and sometimes, just have to walk away.

Despite the palpable awkwardness of the audience in El Corazon’s unchartered territory, and an ominous leaky pipe dripping (why I suspect attendees chose to stray far from the forefront of the stage), Siberian proved themselves contenders and moved their way to the top of my favorite current acts.

From the epic "Belgian Beer and Catholic Girls" to the chaotic crescendo of “Islands Forever,” this Seattle band clearly possess the talent and “Please-buy-our-CD” attitude to carry them far in the music world. Hints of rock star greatness are easily heard in their songs, from Muse in “Wolf and Crane” to the traces of Radiohead in “Tightrope.” Fans of Seattle band Slender Means will certainly love this young up-and-coming quintet. Siberian is a marvelous example of a band going to the cutting room table, dissecting their influences, and incorporating a bit of each into their work without overwhelming their own voice.

Siberian. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

The delightful melancholy of Finn Parnell’s voice is comparable to that of a kinder and infinitesimally smoother toned Hamilton Leithauser (of the Walkmen). Sounding years older than he looks, Parnell lazily crooned through the set with his subtle vibrato, appropriately punctuating with full-on wails supported by bassist Zach Tillman. The vodka drenched, icy stringed reverb floated affixedly with Parnell’s soaring vocals, creating parts to the brilliant soundtrack that came to be known as “With Me.” Every bit as convincing as the recorded album, Siberian’s live show is not something to be missed amidst the sea of Seattle bands.

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Best of 2007: imaginary Dana's picks

I have so many favorites for 2007 that narrowing the lists was tricky. Plus I’m preggo as a house and have NO memory at this point, so I’m sure I’ve inadvertently omitted some really great releases and songs. Forgive me and my wacked out hormones.

But that said, here are some Top of 2007 lists from me, to you. Feel free to leave comments both nasty and supportive. I likely deserve both for some of my erratic tastes.

The official results of the TIG Best NW Releases of 2007 Readers’ Poll are coming VERY soon… stay tuned! In the meantime, some of my personal picks for a wonderful year in music past:

Favorite Releases of 2007:

  1. Amy Winehouse Back to Black
  2. Okkervil River The Stage Names
  3. Tullycraft Every Scene Needs a Center
  4. Beirut The Flying Cup Club
  5. The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
  6. Shake Some Action Shake Some Action
  7. Math & Physics Club Baby I’m Yours
  8. John Vanderslice Emerald City
  9. The Cave Singers Invitation Songs
  10. The Fratellis Costello Music

Favorite Northwest Releases of 2007:

  1. Grand Archives Grand Archives
  2. Tullycraft Every Scene Needs a Center
  3. Shake Some Action Shake Some Action
  4. Cave Singers Invitation Songs
  5. Math & Physics Club Baby I’m Yours
  6. Siberian With Me
  7. Throw the Me Statue Moonbeams
  8. Arthur & Yu In Camera
  9. Night Canopy Of Honey and Country
  10. BOAT Let’s Drag Our Feet


Favorite Songs of 2007:

  1. Amy Winehouse “Love Is A Losing Game” and “Back to Black”
  2. Nicole Atkins “The Way It Is”
  3. Scotland Yard Gospel Choir “I Never Thought I’d Feel This Way for a Boy”
  4. Tullycraft “The Punks Are Writing Love Songs”
  5. Interpol “Heinrich Maneuver”
  6. Grand Archives “Southern Glass Home”
  7. Cloud Cult “Chemicals Collide”
  8. The Broken West “Down in the Valley”
  9. LCD Soundsystem “Someone Great”
  10. Sleeping in the Aviary “Another Girl”
  11. Lily Allen “LDN”
  12. Los Campesinos “You! Me! Dancing!”
  13. Throw Me the Statue “Lolita”
  14. Shake Some Action “Damaged”
  15. The Saturday Knights “45”
  16. Cave Singers “Seeds of Night”
  17. Siberian “Paper Birds”
  18. The Shaky Hands “Why and How Come”
  19. The Blakes “Don’t Bother Me”
  20. Night Canopy “Boom It’s Spring”
  21. The Pipettes “We Are the Pipettes”
  22. The Fratellis “Chelsea Dagger”
  23. John Vanderslice “The Parade”
  24. The Twilight Sad “That Summer, At Home I Had Become the Invisible Boy”
  25. Jon Rauhouse (and Rachel Flotard) “Harbor Lights”


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Join us Chop Suey this SUNDAY for the Unscrew the Croc Employees Benefit

The Croc - Thanks Fnarf Even though we're in the midst of a celebratory time of year, the shock of the sudden closing of the legendary Crocodile Cafe is still with us.

To help the stellar group employed there who found themselves suddenly without income, Chop Suey and Three Imaginary Girls have assembled a benefit show for those fine Ex-Croc folks this Sunday, December 30 at Chop Suey.

Join us this Sunday for an evening of fine songs from some of Seattle's rock star royalty, share your Croc story, and get a chance to say goodbye…

    Unscrew the Crocodile Employees Benefit Show
    with members of Fleet Foxes, Peter Parker, Siberian, Pale Pacific, J.Tillman, Damien Jurado, Pleasureboaters, Dave Bazan, Triumph Of Lethargy, Dave Terry (of Aqueduct), Sonny Votolato and many more!

    $10 adv | 7pm doors | 21+
    * Auction/raffle prizes too! Show your support!
    Buy your ticket now

If you're not able to make it to the show but still want to donate, organizers suggest you buy a ticket (or two) to the show as all proceeds will benefit the cause.

(Thanks for the photo Fnarf!)

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Best of 2007: Kyle Johnson’s top 10 songs

I normally listen to music while driving/riding my bike/working. During any of these activities, my mixes are super random and I’m a big fan of Shuffle mode on the iPod.

Instead of listing off albums, I decided to share ten of my favorites songs from 2007, both local or otherwise. It was a great year for music, one that expanded my musical tastes. Attending festivals and shows to shoot photos exposed me to some bands I would never have known otherwise, ones that are now in constant rotation.

In no particular order (and with photos I’ve taken this year, where applicable):

The Arcade Fire – “Antichrist Television Blues”

Brother Ali -“Walking Away”

Japanther -“River Phoenix”

The Lonesome Rhodes – “Sunshine”

Siberian – “Belgian Beers and Catholic Girls”

Mewithoutyou – “Messes of Men”

Andrew Bird – “Imitosis”

J Tillman – “Steel on Steel”

Kevin Drew – “TBTF”

One Be Lo – “Gray”

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Help "Unscrew the Crocodile Employees" on Dec. 30

Let's face it, amongst the many pleasant things in this world, one thing NOT on that list would be getting a voicemail from your boss on a Sunday afternoon informing you that you no longer have a job. It sucks times ten during the holidays.

Alas, such was the fate for the employees of our beloved staff at the Crocodile who spent many a night serving us drinks or engineering crystal clear sound or booking the shows that made us get off our asses from the comforts of our couches and go see some live rock and/or roll. And unfortunately, their bills won't pay themselves.

So Chop Suey, likely the idea of former Croc (and new Chop Suey) booker Pete Greenberg, is hosting a benefit on Sunday, December 30 for his old coworkers and Three Imaginary Girls is proud to sponsor the event.

The assembled line-up is a very impressive list of rock star royalty to play the benefit, including members of the Fleet Foxes, the Pale Pacific, and singer-songwriter J. Tillman (as you'll surely recall, FF's Robin Pecknold and Tillman played the final Croc show last Saturday). And word has it there's more folks comfirming to be on the bill as we type this…

The full details are (from Chop Suey's weekly e-mail):

12.30 Sunday Chop Suey Presents

with members of Fleet Foxes, Peter Parker, Siberian, Pale Pacific, J.Tillman, Damien Jurado, Pleasureboaters, and many more!
Come down, hear some songs, share a story, get a chance to say goodbye…
7pm doors
21 & over

* TBA = priceless

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Best of 2007: imaginary stella's picks

It’s always odd to revisit what you’ve reviewed over the course of a year. Sometimes, much can change – as after subsequent listenings, you realize that record you thought was pretty decent just blows (see The Killers’ Sam’s Town) or you come to love an album that you’d previously dismissed as mediocre (see “Into the Wild” soundtrack). The true test of a “best release of the year” is its stability, so I’ve tried to pick “long-haul” contenders—albums I’ll go to for months (or even years) to come, with no requirement for a set amount of finalists. Here’s what made the cut…


  • LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver (this one sits significantly higher than the rest)
  • Interpol: Our Love to Admire
  • The Shins: Wincing the Night Away
  • Eddie Vedder: “Into the Wild” soundtrack
  • Minus the Bear: Planet of Ice
  • Aqueduct: Or Give Me Death

And, topping the list of what sadly wasn’t as good as I expected:
Modest Mouse: We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

I’ll leave it at that. I can hardly fathom how disappointed I was by that output (mixing the quirky fire of Modest Mouse with legendary jangler Johnny Marr? How did it fall so flat?).


Not that NW artists don’t count in overall, national polls! I just felt like making a separate list. To wit:

  • The Shins: Wincing the Night Away
  • Eddie Vedder: “Into the Wild” soundtrack
  • Minus the Bear: Planet of Ice
  • Aqueduct: Or Give Me Death
  • Blue Scholars: Bayani
  • Ms. Led: Shake Yourself Awake
  • Siberian: With Me
  • Schoolyard Heroes: Abominations
  • Menomena: Friend and Foe
  • Charmparticles: Alive in the Hotspell



Just call me John Cusack in “High Fidelity” — I can’t stop making lists! Here are my top songs of 2007. This is basically a list of the most-played new tracks on my iPod this year…

  • “Underdog” by Spoon
  • “Dashboard” by Modest Mouse
  • “Split Needles” by The Shins
  • “Someone Great” by LCD Soundsystem
  • “Golden Skans” by Klaxons
  • “White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes
  • “Misery Business” by Paramore
  • “The Story” by Brandi Carlile
  • “What Goes Around…Comes Around” by Justin Timberlake


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Free U.S.E. show at Neumo's next Wednesday!

I have no idea how this news isn’t flashing across Seattleites’ RSS feeds in screaming red font, but United State of Electronica is playing a free show next Wednesday!

Get to Neumo’s early, as I’m sure the line’s gonna be around the block.

Also on the bill are Siberian and Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground. And it’s all in the name of celebrating the anniversary of Prohibition’s end. I’ll tip my glass to that.

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Siberian live on KEXP at noon today

Tune in to 90.3FM in Seattle and www.kexp,org everywhere else to hear Seattle band Siberian on Cheryl Waters' show today at noon.

Tune in because I am trapped at my mothership dayjob and therefore, can't.

Sibreian photo by Kyle Johnson