Sunday, January 20, 2008

Record Den Top 100 Sellers Of 2007

1. TRAVELING WILBURYS Traveling Wilburys Collection
2. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Magic
3. THE WHITE STRIPES Icky Thump
4. THE RASPBERRIES Live On Sunset Strip
5. RUSH Snakes & Arrows
6. LINKIN PARK Minutes To Midnight
7. MICHAEL STANLEY Soft Addictions
8. LED ZEPPELIN Mothership
9. PAUL McCARTNEY Memory Almost Full
10. NEIL YOUNG Live At Massey Hall
11. THE SHINS Wincing The Night Away
12. VELVET REVOLVER Libertad
13. NINE INCH NAILS Year Zero
14. OZZY OSBOURNE Black Rain
15. EAGLES Long Road Out Of Eden
16. SMASHING PUMPKINS Zeitgeist
17. DAVID GILMOUR On An Island
18. WILCO Sky Blue Sky
19. FOO FIGHTERS Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
20. ARCADE FIRE Neon Bible

21. GENESIS A Trick Of The Tail
22. PINK FLOYD Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
23. BONE THUGS 'N HARMONY Strength & Loyalty
24. LED ZEPPELIN Led Zeppelin IV
25. AMY WINEHOUSE Back To Black
26. FALL OUT BOY Infinity On High
27. LED ZEPPELIN Led Zeppelin II
28. INSANE CLOWN POSSE The Tempest
29. ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS Raising Sand
30. TWIZTID Independent's Day
31. PINK FLOYD The Dark Side Of The Moon
32. GENESIS Live Over Europe
33. NEIL YOUNG Chrome Dreams II
34. KANYE WEST Graduation
35. DREAM THEATER Systematic Chaos
36. BLACK SABBATH The Dio Years
37. NICKELBACK All The Right Reasons
38. LED ZEPPELIN The Song Remains The Same
39. SPOON Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
40. JOSH GROBAN Noel
41. HELLYEAH Hellyeah
42. ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Out Of The Blue
43. THE DOORS The Best Of The Doors
44. INTERPOL Our Love To Admire
45. NEIL YOUNG Greatest Hits
46. GENESIS Wind & Wuthering
47. LED ZEPPELIN Houses Of The Holy
48. U2 The Joshua Tree
49. KORN Untitled
50. MARILYN MANSON Eat Me, Drink Me
51. MODEST MOUSE We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
52. BUCKCHERRY 15
53. SERJ TANKIAN Elect The Dead
54. RINGO STARR Photograph: The Very Best Of Ringo Starr
55. PORCUPINE TREE Fear Of A Blank Planet
56. GENESIS And Then There Were Three
57. TODD RUNDGREN A Wizard, A True Star
58. T.I. T.I. Vs. T.I.P.
59. MEGADETH United Abominations
60. ELLIOTT SMITH New Moon
61. GENESIS Duke
62. JOHN FOGERTY Revival
63. GENESIS 1976-1982
64. BLOC PARTY Weekend In The City
65. GENESIS Genesis
66. EDDIE VEDDER Into The Wild
67. TYPE O NEGATIVE Dead Again
68. THE JAMES GANG Rides Again
69. CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL Chronicle Vol. 1
70. KID ROCK Rock N Roll Jesus
71. STARZ Come Out At Night: Live In Ohio
72. AVRIL LAVIGNE Best Damn Thing
73. PETER, BJORN & JOHN Writer's Block
74. FERGIE Dutchess
75. MUSHROOMHEAD Savior Sorrow
76. SILVERSUN PICKUPS Carnavas
77. MICHAEL STANLEY BAND Right Back At Ya
78. DOWN Over The Under
79. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Era Vulgaris
80. MAROON 5 It Won't Be Soon Before Long
81. DAUGHTRY Daughtry
82. THE BLACK KEYS Magic Potion
83. LED ZEPPELIN Presence
84. DEEP PURPLE Machine Head
85. THE BEATLES Abbey Road
86. THE BEATLES Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
87. 50 CENT Curtis
88. GENESIS Turn It On Again: The Tour Edition
89. PRINCE Planet Earth
90. BJORK Volta
91. BRIGHT EYES Cassadaga
92. NORAH JONES Not Too Late
93. AKON Konvicted
94. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS Stadium Arcadium
95. FUNKADELIC Maggot Brain
96. HINDER Extreme Behavior
97. GENESIS Abacab
98. GENESIS Foxtrot
99. THE TUBES The Tubes
100. STEPHEN STILLS Just Roll Tape - April 26th 1968

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Enter 2008

Happy 2008, everyone!Though it ended as well and as peacefully as could be expected, 2007 started off with me in the hospital with kidney stones for the second time in seven months. This was certainly not the way one wants to start any year, really, but what seemed then like a harbinger for a truly terrible year was really just an isolated affair.

I suppose it goes without saying that 2007 could have been a lot better (having a few grand in the bank and still being delirious over an Indians world championship would have been really nice, for starters) and it also could have been a lot worse than it wound up becoming (that settlement from Hillcrest really saved my ass, considering the cash I'd be dealing out a few months down the road). The truly bad news for the year would be the bill coming due for not visiting a dentist's office for the better part of two decades, yet on the other side of the coin, I have now been literally stone-free and smoke-free for exactly a year as I write this. The money saved from that sacrifice alone (4 bucks a day times 365) doesn't quite make up for the expenditures to keep myself with a mouthful of choppers for the foreseeable future, but it definitely helped.

With all of that now officially in the past, here's to a great 2008 for everyone. This is not going to be a cakewalk by any means; I still have some work cut out for me in the tooth department (nowhere near as nasty as this year's ordeals, but still to the probable tune of 2-3 grand), and I'd very much like to get enough money put aside to get a new (used) car sometime in early 2009. With a little bit of luck, these will be the only big hurdles to jump over the next 12 months.

Oh, and maybe I can lose a few of these twenty "stop smoking" pounds I've put on since last January 1 as well ...