The Best Of 2007: Matt Kleinschmidt

Top 10 Albums:
1. Gaslight Anthem – Sink Or Swim
2. Against Me! – New Wave
3. Idlewild – Make Another World
4. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
5. Band Of Horses – Cease To Begin
6. Jose Gonzalez – In Our Nature
7. Jimmy Eat World – Chase This Light
8. Manchester Orchestra – Like A Virgin Losing A Child
9. LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver
10. Dustin Kensrue – Please Come Home

Jose Gonzalez rocked 2007 because:
Jose GonzalezIt seemed I could not escape Jose this year. No matter what I did or where I went, he was there. Even though he’s just a guy with a guitar, he’s captivating to watch live. His music is delicate and solid at the same time. I’m not sure if it’s strumming technique, his punk rock roots, or his willingness to cover electronic bands like The Knife and Massive Attack. It seems there’s not much that Jose Gonzalez can’t do. And there’s even less that he can’t do amazingly.

Favorite thing of the year? The return of relevant and great rock music. I like ridiculous and superficial music as much as the next person, but 2007 restored my faith in artists and their ability to say something meaningful. From a veteran like Bruce Springsteen putting out an amazing album, to Against Me! finally getting heard outside my shouting distance. Even newcomers The Gaslight Anthem came in and blasted people away. 2007 was all about being bands you want to be and not waiting for someone else to do it. While on the topic, those three bands should tour together, great idea if I say so myself.

What did you wish you did more of in 2007? I wish I spent more time reading books that I’ve been meaning to read as well as seeing more movies that I wanted to see. I’ve also yet to end up on a clip show answering questions with the tag “music know-it-all” listed under my name as I discuss the rise and fall of Britney Spears.

What are you looking forward to in 2008? An end to the writer’s strike so my TiVo will no longer hate me. The new Whigs record. As well as new albums from The Gaslight Anthem, Death Cab For Cutie, The Hold Steady, Eagles Of Death Metal, Margot & The Nuclear So & Sos, Nada Surf, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Spiritualized, and Joseph Arthur.

Outside of work I’d like to finish building cd shelves in my house that I’ve threatened to build for the last year and a half. As well as put up trim around my windows, ya know…man shit!

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