Year-End Music Roundup

Liam & Neil Finn

This year, I have been mostly listening to:

Crowded House – Farewell to the World, Time on Earth
Eliza Carthy – Rough Music
The Divine Comedy – Victory for the Comic Muse, Absent Friends
Liam Finn – I’ll Be Lightning, Live@Spaceland
Hoots and Hellmouth – Hoots and Hellmouth
The Lucksmiths – Spring a Leak, Warmer Corners, Naturaliste
Math and Physics Club – Math and Physics Club
Kate Rusby – Awkward Annie
The Tallboys – Rubber Dolly
The Wedding Present – Take Fountain, Search for Paradise

Concerts attended in 2007:

Waterson: Carthy (minus Norma Waterson), Mandell Theater, Philadelphia
Crowded House (with Liam Finn opening), The Mann Center, Philadelphia (and also earlier in the day at World Cafe Live)
The Lucksmiths (with Ladybug Transistor and Still Flyin’ opening), DC9, Washington, DC
I suppose technically The Wiggles (The Spectrum, Philadelphia) counts as a concert too…

Year-End Beer Roundup, Take One

In no particular order, here’s my first crack at my top ten beers for 2007 — and yes, there are more than ten at this point:

Troubadour Obscura – Belgium
Bell’s Batch 8000 – USA
Berliner Kindl Weisse – Germany
Dogfish Head Fed-Extra Mild – USA
Dogfish Head Baltic Porter – USA
Russian River Pliny the Elder – USA
J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale 1998 – UK
Stone XI Anniversary (on tap) – USA
Elysian Fields ESB (hand pump) – USA
Thomas Hooker Liberator – USA
Avery/Russian River Collaboration, Not Litigation – USA