2007: The Year In Music

According to last.fm these are the bands that I listened to most during 2007. There are a few bands that were also on last years list, namely Ween and Modest Mouse, however both have slid down in there positioning.

    1. Wolfie
    2. Rainer Maria
    3. Carissa’s Wierd
    4. Ween
    5. Mindless Self Indulgence
    6. Modest Mouse
    7. The Softies
    8. Tool
    9. The Beatles
    10. Pink Floyd

Below is a wave graph of the top 75 artists that I listened to over the last year (click for a larger image). It’s a great way to visualize the trends in my listening habits throughout the year. And it sure is purty.
2007 Wave Graph

And these are the songs I listened to most:

    1. Modest Mouse – Float On
    2. Beastie Boys – Son of Neckbone
    3. Modest Mouse – Medication
    4. Sufjan Stevens – John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
    5. Cat Power – Remember Me (eMusic Solo Version)
    6. Wreckless Eric – Whole Wide World
    7. Control Freq – Sweetest Day (radio mix)
    8. Rainer Maria – Planetary
    9. Digable Planets – Nickel Bags
    10. Donavon Frankenreiter – Move By Yourself

I don’t think I went to enough concerts this year to complete a top 10 list so I’ll settle for a top three. Here they are (with links to what I thought about them):
1. Manu Chao/Gogol Bordello
2. Widespread Panic / DJ Logic
3. Beastie Boys

If you’re curious, here is a link to my music stats during 2006.

I’m always trying to discover new music so please go ahead and friend me over at last.fm

Willy Juanka And The Cha Cha Factory

I saw Cabaret Diosa’s last show (ever!) on Friday at the Boulder Theater. Titled “Willy Juanka and the Cha Cha Factory”, it must have been one of the most turbo fun and sexually charged shows I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy. Seriously, it was more fun than a janitor juggling chainsaws!

Cabaret Diosa is known more as a performance art group than an a straight-up band. Of it’s many musicians, (there must have been at 10+ members on stage at all times, not including the oompa loompas and various others characters running around) some are in bands in Chicago and Austin among other places. The percussionist, Manuel Rabinizmo, owns a film production company. The female lead singer, Montana del Fuego, is starting a Cirque du Soleil-style dance show at the St. Julien this winter. The band is full of talent both musically and otherwise making for a quality production.

The show was an unbelievable re-enactment of the entire “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Book” laid on top of a new mambo revival/tiki theme, all of which was given the self imposed rating of NC-17. The show started out with a custom made motion picture featuring the members of the band acting out the “golden ticket” scenes with all sorts of extra laughs and naughty, raucous behavior. A great way to introduce what band members would be playing what story characters.

The stage antics were astonishing. There was an actual pipe on the stage that sucked up Agustus Gloop. There was a version of the Candy Man that involved all kinds of sexual innuendo from sucking lollipops to smearing chocolate all over their faces. There was an phenomenal cover of Bow wow wow’s “I Want Candy”. Veruca Salt was eaten by a giant duck that kept yelling Aflac. The river boat scene, that had an actual boat, was done to a cover of Ozzy Osborne’s “Crazy Train”. There was a disco ball interlude and all kind of other lighting and special effects. There were oompa loompas who stripped down to nothing but panties and pasties. Violet Beauregarde was blown up to an enormous size. It was all so incredibly elaborate and downright fun. Everyone in the audience wore costumes. Golden tickets were handed out for free shows and free drinks. Congo lines danced through the audience. There was a weird cover of Dick Dales “Miserlou“. There were sweaty bodies dancing the night away till the show finally ended sometime around two in the morning. There was an oncore consisting of a cover of Queens “We Are The champions”. Caberat Diosa finished of the night with each member dawning a large drum and marching into the audience for a half hour jam “Rhythym Of The Saints” style. It was all pretty staggering. An undeniably wonderful night.

Of Montreal

I went to see Of Montreal (one of their better songs can be found here) last night. I had to coax myself out though. It was raining like crazy and I knew I wouldn’t be home till sometime after midnight (my head ended up hitting the pillow at 1:20. ugg) and I was just feeling generally lazy. But I went and it was worth it.

The show was held at the Larimer Lounge. This is the first time I’ve been there and it was hardly a lounge, more of an ordinary dingy bar – in somebody’s basement. Something akin to the 15th Street Tavern. The stage was a smallish platform backed by black sheets nailed to the wall. It’s small and smoky and intimate and I can’t decide if I liked it or not. However the lounge does have a great schedule including Essex Green, Dressy Bessy (they were in the crowd last night) and Mates Of State in the next couple of months.
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