It wasn't his 2007 album Planet Earth that disappointed. It was the purple one himself, and the self-sabotaging litigious campaign against his fan sites. Completely baffling and unnecessary. Then again, if Prince's decision-making skills were sound, Batdance, Grafitti Bridge, The Rainbow Children album, and the Lovesexy cover photo would not exist.
Best Cover Art
Vicious Vicious: Parade
Lots of great design choices this year, but this one gets the nod for no particular reason. I just like it.
Best Cover Version
Robbers On High Street, Monkberry Moon Delight
A little known McCartney song that wasn't so great in the first place is resurrected and much improved by ROHS. If only their 2007 album, Grand Animals, had been as fun.
The Pierces: Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge
They swiped it from the fictional author in Diane Setterfield's 2006 The Thirteenth Tale, but the title is an excellent description of The Pierces creepy/sweet aesthetic. Good book, too.
LOVE, Cirque Du Soliel
The Mirage, Las Vegas
Not technically a concert, I guess, but nonetheless amazing. The sound system was epic and the visuals were breathtaking. Oh, and the music was pretty good too. I only wish more people across the country could see this.
Flight Of The Conchords
This HBO show about "New Zeland's fourth most popular folk parody act" is hilarious. It's a combination of Wes Anderson, the British Office and Tenacious D. Long live the Rhymenoceros and Hiphopapotamus!
Every June and December I create mixes to summarize the half year. Here's what made it:
1. The Debut - Hey!
2. The Magic Numbers - Take A Chance
3. Arcade Fire - Keep The Car Running
4. Feist - 1 2 3 4
5. The Pierces - Sticks And Stones
6. The Broken West - Big City
7. Fountains Of Wayne - Fire In The Canyon
8. Lucy Kaplansky - Swimming Song
9. Bright Eyes - Classic Cars
10. Youth Group - Start Today Tomorrow
11. Brother Ali - Take Me Home
12. Kaiser Chiefs - Everything Is Average Nowadays
13. Tim Finn - Still The Song
14. Sloan - Can't You Figure It Out
15. The Shins - Australia
16. Wilco - Either Way
1. Albert Hammond, Jr. - Cartoon Music For Superheroes
2. Paul McCartney - See Your Sunshine
3. Rooney - I Should Have Been After You
4. Jimmy Eat World - Here It Goes
5. Matt Pond PA - People Have A Way
6. Loudon Wainwright III - You Can't Fail Me Now
7. Glen Hansard & Marketa Iglova - Falling Slowly
8. Foo Fighters - The Pretender
9. Rilo Kiley - Dreamworld
10. Josh Ritter - Right Moves
11. No More Kings - Sweep The Leg
12. White Light Riot - Transit State
13. Motion City Soundtrack - This Is For Real
14. Dan Wilson - Easy Silence
15. Lewis Taylor - Say You Love Me
16. Bruce Springsteen - Your Own Worst Enemy
17. Vicious Vicious - Girl, What's Your Name?
18. Robbers On High Street - Monkberry Moon Delight