So This Is The New Year
And I Don't Feel Any Different

Tully Rohrer

January 1st, 2007

Happy New Year! This is a nice shot to start the year off and remind us that the world keeps spinning no matter what we do. This is a small patch of scrub oaks just outside my house in Colorado, exposed for an hour, after 15 minutes of which I shut off our outdoor lights to allow for the sky to expose and twirl. I think it’s cool you can see which stars are red giants and which are white dwarfs, just based on the color.

Our apologies for the week-long hiatus, but Justin and I needed a little time to focus on other things. Thank you very much for your support over 2006 and we expect 2007 to be even better than 2006, especially as it pertains to opticDistraction.

And, let’s be realistic, 2007 just HAS to be better than 2006. Not only because it’s a new beginning from all the mistakes and agony of the past year, but also because of this lineup:

Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha (March)
The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (Spring)
Bloc Party - A Weekend in the City (February)
Blur - TBA
Bright Eyes - Cassadaga (April)
Britt Daniel - TBA
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Some Loud Thunder (January)
Do Make Say Think - You, You’re A History in Rust
Doves - TBA
Feist - TBA
Final Fantasty - Heartland
Jose Gonzalez - TBA
Interpol - TBA
Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (Spring)
Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (January)
Okkervil River - TBA
The National - TBA (Spring/Summer)
The New Pornographers - TBA
The Postal Service - TBA
Radiohead - Up is the New Down (Autumn)
Rilo Kiley - TBA
The Shins - Wincing the Night Away (January)
Sondre Lerche - Phantom Punch (February)
Spoon - TBA
Sufjan Stevens - TBA
Voxtrot - TBA
Wilco - TBA (May)
Wolf Parade - TBA

That’s the list of albums slated for release in 2007. Can you say best year of music ever? Thank God for one good reason to expect 2007 to be better than 2006.

That said, I left you hanging with the Best of the Year list. So here is the full thing:

Favorites of 2006:
#16: Islands - Rough Gem
#15: The Decemberists - The Crane Wife 3
#14: Headlights - Owl Eyes
#13: Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
#12: Thom Yorke - The Eraser
#11: Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton - Our Hell
#10: Band of Horses - The First Song
#09: My Brightest Diamond - Golden Star
#08: Danielson - Ship the Majestic Suffix
#07: Voxtrot - Warmest Part of the Winter
#06: St. Vincent - Paris is Burning
#05: Yo La Tengo - I Feel Like Going Home
#04: Annuals - Brother
#03: Destroyer - European Oils
#02: Midlake - Roscoe
#01: Sunset Rubdown - Stadiums and Shrines II

And that’s that. I’ll post a top ten album list on Friday. Thanks for visiting, y’all.

tully i absolutely love this picture. to me it seems like looking through a blown glass bowl. great job capturing the stars’ movement so clearly. a photographic genius you are!

noraJanuary 2nd, 2007

neato

mego — January 3rd, 2007

Nice photo but you are not use digital effect .this photo is already beautiful without using effects .good luck .

Syed.Mumtaz.Jilani — January 6th, 2007

Syed - Thank you for your input! I thought you should know, however, that aside from a contrast adjustment, this photo has no ”digital effects”. Those are stars and their natural motions - no fancy stuff here.

TullyDecember 16th, 2007

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