Albums of the Year: 2007

1.  The National — /Boxer/ In a year that saw face-plants from the Shins, Modest Mouse, Interpol, and the other usual suspects, Brooklyn’s National made what is probably the only clear-cut Great record of the year.  When I reviewed Boxer this summer, I called Matt Berninger’s exploration of 21st-Century American disenfranchisement “perfectly controlled and composed … Continue reading

Don’t Call ‘Em Post-rock: Do Make Say Think

Don’t Call ‘Em Post-Rock: Charles Spearin of Do Make Say Think “You know what happens after rock ‘n’ roll?” a good friend once asked me.  “All lead singers die.”  He was referring, of course, to post-rock, the catch-all term for diverse groups like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Explosions in the Sky, and Rachel’s, bands whose … Continue reading