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Old 07-01-2009, 02:16 AM   #16
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Shuttlecock, No Net on the Horizon
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It's Blitz!
Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca
Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Dinosaur Jr., Farm
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Been a pretty rough year for me, away from music, so I haven't been able to listen to as much as I usually do. Haven't even heard the Dino album, laz. If I thought that "Over It" kinda sucked, do you think that I should bother with the album? I'm only a fan in passing (ie, I only have Your Living All Over Me and mostly didn't give a shit about Sebadoh), for context. Anyway, after thinking about it for like five minutes, it looks something like this...

1) Future of the Left: Travels With Myself and Another
2) Lotus Plaza: The Floodlight Collective
3) Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion
4) Super Furry Animals: Dark Days/Light Years
5) The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
6) The Fiery Furnaces: I'm Going Away
7) Sunset Rubdown: Dragonslayer
8) Dan Deacon: Bromst
9) A.C. Newman: Get Guilty
10) Asobi Seksu: Hush

That's a pretty fluid list, right now. Even near the top. I mean, if that Los Campesinos! record winds up coming out later this year, rather than earlier next year, it is conceivable that my top three records will be Welsh, as I am hopelessly in love with Dark Days/Light Years. Added to this list or just after it could be some, all, or even none of the following records, mood depending:

The Phantom Band: Checkmate Savage
The Horrors: Primary Colours (the record suffers a bit, at the hands of the longer numbers...they're not bad songs, but I feel that they overstay their welcomes, after several listens)
Japandroids: Post-Nothing

Special shout-out to Charles Spearin and The Happiness Project. Magnificent stuff.
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i'm not seeing enough mention of the new Phoenix album. it's my favorite of the year.
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:13 PM   #20
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1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion


2. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest


3. St. Vincent - Actor


4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!


5. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca


6. Wilco - Wilco (the Album)


7. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix


8. Here We Go Magic - Here We Go Magic


9. Bob Dylan - Together Through Life


10. Bat for Lashes - Two Suns
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:31 PM   #21
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U2 - No Line on the Horizon
Alamaailman Vasarat - Huuro Kolkko
Sonic Youth - The Eternal
Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
Zu - Carboniferous
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:27 PM   #22
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So Impy, Dylan in bordertown coasting mode is better than the new Shuttlecock?

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Old 07-01-2009, 06:35 PM   #23
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Uh, yeah. It really is. The only song I really don't care for is "Life is Hard."
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:59 PM   #24
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I find it rather boring, considering the last few albums. Nothing I actually dislike (though I agree that Life is Hard is the weakes), but only a couple that sound particularly inspiring, whereas each of the last three have had half an album full of future classics each. Just because he makes it look easy doesn't prevent it from being a bit disappointing.
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:17 PM   #25
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It's tough to say Together is better than the previous two, but those are two of the finest of his career. That doesn't keep it from being a nice album, although I'd probably put Two Suns above it if I could edit that post.

But I certainly find it better than No Net.
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Which was the Daniel Lanois Dylan album. That thing fucking rules my world. I always get two of his latter albums confused. Love and Theft and Time Out of Mind, yes? In either case both of those are stunning.
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Cockois did Time Out of Mind (and also Oh Mercy, if I remember correctly), not Love & Theft.
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Right, I knew he did one of those two. I always get their titles confused for some reason. Time Out Of Mind is one of my favorite Dylan albums.
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I prefer the Lanois-produced Oh Mercy, as Dylan's vocals are significantly smoother, and more importantly there's a couple upbeat songs to lighten the mood (throw in the songs cut from the album and it's even better), but both albums, as well as Love & Theft, are all masterpieces.

Modern Times was a bit of a step down, but its high points are as good as its predecessors. This new one, though, it's just really underwhelming to me. Compare it to Desire, which also had a similar southwestern flavor (substitute David Hidalgo's accordion on Together Through Life for Scarlet Rivera's fiddle), and it's not even close.
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I also must add as a strong contender for the end-year list The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists.
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