In recent weeks, I've been re-listening to a series of this year's CDs as a prologue to my eventual Top 12 (or so) Albums of 2007. I know you can hardly wait for the final tally; the air is thick with anticipation (metaphorically-speaking, at least). Unlike some early-bird, eager-beaver bloggers, however, I will wait until this calendar year has actually come to a close before compiling my final line-up. You just never know what through-the-roof behemoth or under-the-radar overachiever might be waiting in the wings for a December 18th or 31st release.
(On the other hand, the wait for the always much-sought-after Plague of Angels Best of November mix is almost over. Look for it Friday.)
One 2007 LP I just eliminated from Top 12 (or so) consideration this past weekend is TEGAN AND SARA's THE CON. As indie-pop efforts go, it's perfectly okay. It's just that I thought the identical twins from Canada's Calgary were better on 2004's new wave-y SO JEALOUS. The songs were stronger; the melodies more memorable. Still, THE CON is a worthwhile follow-up, and those of you out-and-about in my beloved Ann Arbor today can catch the ladies live and in-person.
TEGAN AND SARA on MySPACE.
TEGAN AND SARA, world-travelers >>>
Nov 27 2007 12:30P/Borders In-Store/Ann Arbor, Michigan
Nov 28 2007 8:00P/St. Andrews - SOLD OUT/Detroit
Nov 29 2007 8:00P/Portage Theater - SOLD OUT/Chicago, Illinois
Nov 30 2007 8:00P/Pantages Theater - SOLD OUT/Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dec 3 2007 8:00P/Showbox - SOLD OUT/Seattle, Washington
Dec 4 2007 8:00P/Crystal Ballroom - SOLD OUT/Portland, Oregon
Dec 5 2007 8:00P/The Senator/Chico, California
Dec 10 2007 8:00P/Metropolis Fremantle/Fremantle, Western Australia
Dec 12 2007 8:00P/Forum Theatre - SOLD OUT/Melbourne, Victoria
Dec 13 2007 8:00P/Enmore Theatre - SOLD OUT/Newtown, New South Wales
Dec 15 2007 8:00P/Tivoli Theatre - SOLD OUT/Fortitude Valley, Queensland
Feb 22 2008 8:00P/Concorde/Brighton
From the LP THE CON, 2007 >>>
[MP3] "Relief Next to Me"
[MP3] "Back in Your Head"
From the LP SO JEALOUS, 2004 >>>
[MP3] "Walking With a Ghost"
[MP3] "I Know I Know I Know"
From the LP IF IT WAS YOU, 2002 >>>