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D.C. alt-country stalwarts Shortstack provide their top eleven records of 2007. It’s a list that’s at once dusty and esoteric (Daniel Higgs, Sir Richard Bishop) and contemporary (Spoon, Vic Chesnutt) and entirely befitting of the band—who hold the high honor of being the sole local group that former City Paper staffer John Metcalfe ever admitted to liking. Shortstack’s recently completed The Covers EP—which features excellent arrangements of tunes by John Fogerty, Daniel Higgs, and more—arrives February 5th on Gypsy Eyes.

In no particular order..

SpoonGa Ga Ga Ga Ga VandaveerGrace and Speed Sir Richard BishopPolytheistic Fragments Vic Chestnutt North Star Deserter Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings100 Days, 100 Nights Daniel HiggsAncestral Songs Iron and WineThe Shepherd’s Dog Yo La TengoI Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass Various Artists/Dust-to-Digital RecordsThe Art of Field Recording, Vol. 1 Ted LeoLiving with the Living FeistThe Reminder