For fifty weeks this year, we’re celebrating the music of a specific year every Saturday on WXPN. We’ll be choosing the years randomly; for this week’s #XPN5050, Stephen Kallao is putting the musical spotlight on the year 2007.
It’s the year James Murphy got innocuous on LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver. It was the year Wilco brought on Nels Cline to soar into the Sky Blue Sky. It was the year M.I.A. took a Clash flip to fly like paper, get high like planes.
2007 was an intensely good year for music across the board, from the indie-to-mainstream ascent of Arcade Fire’s stellar sophomore album Neon Bible and The National’s breakout fourth LP Boxer, Kanye West’s powerhouse Graduation, Radiohead’s game-changing In Rainbows, Tegan and Sara’s pop crossover The Con, Alicia Keys’ As I Am, and so much more. Continue reading →