It's no easy task to craft a Local Music Top 10 of the Year list-that's a testament to the abundance of great albums cut from this mighty Kansas cloth. The podcast features a track from each of our picks. Please leave a comment below with your additions or your own full Top 10 list.


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The Dog and Pony Show

Top 10 Local Albums of 2007

It's no easy task to craft a Local Music Top 10 of the year list-that's a testament to the abundance of great albums cut from the loins of the mighty Kansas cloth. Both Lawrence and Kansas City artists were considered for the cut, which inevitably overlooked plenty of deserving records. ...

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10. Cavaliers, "Except for the Birds"
Steven Wolfe pulls it together perfectly and moves to New York City to do it all over again.


9. Approach, "Welcome to Share"
The one album that actually got released from Approach's lock-and-key vault features dance-floor-rattling synth beats and crescent-fresh wordplay.


8. The New Amsterdams, "At the Foot of My Rival"
Sounding more like a band and less like a solo project, Matt Pryor's crew winks at Paul Simon and The Velvet Underground en route to their best album yet.


7. Namelesssnumberheadman, "Wires Reply"
The group's brilliant third LP teases at just how good these guys could be if they lived in Canada and the government paid for them to do music full-time.


6. Minus Story, "My Ion Truss"
Trading the home-recorded potpourri of previous efforts for the hi-fi bombast of Electrical Audio Studios equated to a lively document of inspired performances.


5. Jackie Carol, "Check, Check"
The first shipment of 1,000 CDs arrived without a track listing but no one cared since every chorus stuck like a Werther's Original on a hot tin roof.


4. The Republic Tigers, "The Republic Tigers EP"
Striking the perfect balance of cool musical ideas and hummable melodies, the Tigers might just be the area's biggest breakout band since, um, The Golden Republic.


3. The ACB's, "The ACB's"
Like Matthew Sweet, these Kansas City popsters are 100% fun on their debut collection of harmony-laden hits.


2. Dri, "Smoke Rings"
Adrianne Verhoeven busts out a velvety pastiche of electronica, hip-hop, pop, reggae and doo-wop with help from local producers Steve Swyers (Say My Name), Josh Powers (Scenebooster), Jeremy Nesbitt (Nezbeat) and Patrick Hangauer.


1. Fourth of July, "On the Plains"
It took five years for Fourth of July to make a record, but the wait paid off as the group assembled a five-star backup band (featuring vocalist Verhoeven, see above) and Brendan Hangauer developed into a cunning linguist.

Honorable mentions

Mac Lethal, "11:11"
The Kinetiks, "Music History"
The New Tragedies, "Souvenirs"
The Ants, "Ideabreaker"
iD, "Avatar Hotel"
Mr. Marco's V7, "Spaceraser"
The Hearers, "Flowers & Flames"
Ample Branches, "True Vine"
The Only Children, "Keeper of Youth"

Comments

vertatum 12 years, 11 months ago

  1. minus story
  2. minus story 8.minus story 7.minus story 6.minus story 5.minus story 4.minus story 3.minus story 2.minus story 1.minus story

magneto 12 years, 11 months ago

YEAH LAWRENCE,

WHAT ABOUT WHITE FLIGHT????

Probably my favorite record of the year!

It's actual release date was this last March.

oaas 12 years, 11 months ago

10.Minus Story - My Ion Truss 9. Fourth of July - On the Plains 8. White Flight - White Flight 7. Ssion - Fool's Gold 6. Approach - Welcome to Share 5. I Love You - Drone, Drugs, and Harmony 4. Boo and Boo Too - Boo and Boo Too [ep] 3. Coat Party - 3" cd 2. Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk- Jam Packed Full of Awesome 1. Paper Airplanes - Boyhood

honorable mentions: dri - smoke rings (the production on this one is impeccable) the republic tigers - the republic tigers [ep]

rhoadsstevens 12 years, 11 months ago

You made a big mistake--a mistake that will follow you into the New Year and beyond--by not including Marry Me Moses's album "Engine Engine." What a mistake.

amscoking 12 years, 11 months ago

Approach - Welcome to Share was alright...

and...

nothing else. Lawrence's music scene is pretty dreadful for the most part...especially Fourth of July and anything that is related to that pretentious fuck, Justin Roelofs. May he stay in Guatemala (or wherever he is) and never grace us with his debt-ridden presence again.

oaas 12 years, 11 months ago

amscoking's comment made me chuckle. granted justin roelofs is really talented, i would have much more respect for range life if they stepped out of their comfort zone by adding a band/artist to their roster that doesn't boast a hangauer brother or an ex-member of the anniversary.

smerdyakov 12 years, 11 months ago

No props for Adru? http://www.lawrence.com/bands/adruthemisphit/ That album is brilliant-here's to many more from him.

And "White Flight" by Justin Roelofs. http://www.lawrence.com/bands/white_flight/ This may technically be a 2006 album, but seems like it came out late in the year. Anyway, it doesn't feel the least bit dusty yet.

Not a big fan of the Dri album myself ... would have put it in the honorable mentions and bumped up the Ample Branches album. It's every bit as fun as 4th of July's CD.

smerdyakov 12 years, 11 months ago

oaas- agreed. Would have been beautiful to see a band like Ghosty on Range Life. Hardly regrettable that Robert Moore took them on, but something tells me Zach busts his ass for his artists harder than most anybody else.

Jon- curious: what would the non-safe picks be? Other than Adru, can't think of any egregious oversights or slights. Unless of course, White Flight was a 2007 release... in which case it should be #1 by far and away.

rhoadsstevens- that was a pleasing album indeed ... definitely good enough for an honorable mention.

oaas 12 years, 11 months ago

come on you dummy, sorry to be a spelling and grammar dick but steller is spelled "stellar" dont tell me you havent heard incubus

awwcomeonyoudummy 12 years, 11 months ago

so, rg may be prohibited for throwing his hat in the ring, but ok jones' 'elephantoms' should at least have gotten an honorable mention - how about having someone do the list so that even a 'homey' can get his due. and what about tanner walle's 'future of tape' - he moved to nyc just like cavalier dude, just after making a very slickly produced electro-pop record, with steller vocals and musicianship. both records are as good as any of the others that made it. definitely worth mentioning honorably. L.COM!

rhoadsstevens 12 years, 11 months ago

You are the grammar police, oaas. What about your punctuation, though? Don't you know you have to set apart a direct address with a comma? Also, you have a comma splice in your first "sentence."

come on [,] you dummy. Sorry to be a spelling and grammar dick [,] but steller is spelled "stellar."

snazzo 12 years, 11 months ago

I was also wondering why Marry Me Moses was left off the list. Granted, they haven't played a show since their CD release party, but that doesn't mean they should be forgotten!

lofiunicorns 12 years, 11 months ago

oaas, i'm really confused about your #1. Paper Airplanes' "Boyhood" probably should have held a spot on your best of 2005 list. unless we're counting albums that we first heard in a certain year...

maybe we should add Ghosty's "Grow Up and Sleep In" to this year's list too. maybe "Something to Write Home About" as well?

oops!

richard 12 years, 11 months ago

The problem with doing these is that I always forget a few. Tanner Walle, Marry Me Moses and Adru the Misphit all deserve to be included. Paper Airplanes is awesome but I think they're from Wichita. I gave so much love to "White Flight" last year that I kind of wrote it off as 2006. Haven't yet heard Baby Birds, Boo and Boo Too, I Love You, Coat Party or Ssion. Also - Nick - the ACBs and Jackie Carol and The Republic Tigers and namelessnumberheadman are all 100% Kansas City. -Gintowt

hankscorpio74 12 years, 11 months ago

don't worry lawrence - this was a shitty year for music everywhere - i don't think i could even make a top 10 of 2007 albums nationally (unless you count reissues)

hankscorpio74 12 years, 11 months ago

you're right, there are some good albums listed above (didn't mean to suggest otherwise)

i guess i should have been more specific - not a good year for ROCK music - not many interesting rock bands doing cool/new stuff with guitars (turning your dd6 up to 10 doesn't count) - some decent stuff came out, a few really fun albums, not much though

it was undoubtedly a better year for hip-hop, metal and other genres

and it was a banner year for kids who worship the new animal collective that all think they're making "art" with their laptops too and want to be in "indie" "experimental" "projects" oh yeah, it was a fucking AWESOME year for them

fuck grids fight the computers

alm77 12 years, 11 months ago

Richard, I think your list is awesome. Approach had a GREAT album (and an awesome album release party) this year and for the most part, even my kids can enjoy his music. Great work!!

oaas 12 years, 11 months ago

i really don't see what's wrong with kids making "art" / emulating bands they admire. you've got to start somewhere, right? i really like your band and what you are aiming to create, don't get me wrong, but it's still not completely original or worthy of any more attention than the art-y, experimental, laptop-wielding "indie" kids you speak of. ultimately, creative outlet is healthy and should be encouraged. quit it with the uber pretention. four or five years ago you and your "broseph" were creaming yourselves over the anniversary on an anniversary message board.

hankscorpio74 12 years, 11 months ago

oh look at you you want to fuck me so bad

oaas 12 years, 11 months ago

only if you and your brother wear leather pants and sing me laptop songs about beekeeping

oaas 12 years, 11 months ago

you are completely wrong. the music scene here is not dead.

olpunk66 12 years, 11 months ago

No love for the OxBlood compilation that put Republic Tigers on the map? Shame.

momsy 12 years, 11 months ago

"What?????????????????????????????" "You didnt put my band or my friends band on there?" "But they played some shows with some touring bands!!" "And we heard some guy at the bar, who was in some old lawrence bands say we were really good?"

Give me a break Lawrence. Who cares if you think a band on here deserves it or not. Go back to your house and write a fucking song about it. At least that will be more productive then coming on here and commenting on why a band should or shouldnt be on the TOP TEN Lawrence albums in 2007 according to Richard Gintowt.

Go ahead. Post your list. But i dont need some drawn out reason why its "better" or more "informed" then Richards choices.

Richard has reviewed my bands CD's before and I would agree and disagree with some of the things he says. But at the same time, its LAWRENCE.COM. !!!! The best thing to do when getting worked up over this situation is repeat these words:

"Its Lawrence.com".

Now im not trying to say that Lawrence.com doesent deserve respect. I appreciate everything they do. Its been a positive thing for this scene, no doubt. But there is way too much bitching and not enough music making. Thats what makes this town always on the verge of something better. Lots of talent. Lots of heart. But a thousand times the ego. And even more BITCHING!!!

Makes me sick and tired. Damn, you guys know how to bring a musician/music lover down. Thanks for that.

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fatguy 12 years, 11 months ago

And your bitching was so uplifting...

fatguy 12 years, 11 months ago

And it wasn't. Your bitching about bitching being a downer was a downer. But imagine how many songs you could have written in the time it took you to bitch about how other people bitch instead of writing songs.

momsy 12 years, 11 months ago

...and the song is called "Eat A Dick." ...in the key of C. And sounds similar to the hot summer jam we all love..."Go fuck yourself."

Look for it in local record stores next month.

fatguy 12 years, 11 months ago

So, did you write the song while you bitched or between the bitching and the insulting? I mean, your post mentioned that bitching really gets you down, so it would seem that you must derive a kind of inspiration from that particular type of depression brought on by your own bitching and the bitching of others. I bet you do your best work under such circumstances. That's good, cause we all could use some more melancholy tunes inspired by, in response to, and chock full of of ceaseless bitching. I mean, lots of music "lovers" do their best work only when they've been "brought down". You, comrade artist, find beauty where others see only despair! And this all part of your ultimately uplifting, scene supporting, ego-suppressing, heart-filled artistry anyway, right? I'm just glad I could play my part.

awwcomeonyoudummy 12 years, 11 months ago

good one, lofi ;)

"stellar". i'm usually better at spelling. i try not to listen to incubus.

"interesting rock bands doing cool/new stuff with guitars" - like what? andy mckee throws down. but unless you're doing something like that or you're eddie van halen, what kind of "cool/new stuff with guitars" has been done without pedals and gear? there are plenty of "indie experimental projects" done on computers that are crap, but there are many that produce much better music (that is "art" btw) than alot of "real" bands. just sayin

itwas1 12 years, 11 months ago

it's sad the potential of countless songwriters in lawrence, and the fact that nine times out of ten, they take no advantage of it.

the studios, the money circulating in lawrence in general, the venues, the opportunities to bank on the university itself. so many ways to get your music heard, make a DIFFERENCE in that town. there are so many great albums the past year out of lawrence. and more than likely, we'll see nothing lasting to come from any of them.

meh.

cheetobreath 12 years, 8 months ago

anyone here the new busch album? real good. what's everyone fighting about ne-way?

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