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Old 12-05-2007, 03:48 PM   #46
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I think people definitely are less inclined to read (also respond to) stickies. I normally skim right over them.
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I unstuck it for now, we'll see how it goes!
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I'm planning on posting a little later in the month.

Yeah, there's been some awesome music this year, that's for sure.
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I don't think it really matters, to be honest. If it is a topic that people are interested in, they will post.

Seems simple enough to me.
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Old 12-05-2007, 05:16 PM   #50
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Send Away The Tigers, dammit.

My current favourite listen now is 'In Our Bedroom After The War' though. Swoon.
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I’ve enjoyed so much this year that I have a Top 20.

1. Alcest – Souvenirs d’un autre monde

Ever wondered what would happen if you took shoegazing music and combined it with black metal? Well, it would be one of the most beautiful albums you’ve ever heard. Alcest, which consists of just French artist Neige, sounds nothing like the raw black metal from which its sole participant is known for (a genre that I don’t particularly care for), so don’t let those musical roots fool you. Hands down my favorite album of 2007.

Favorite tracks: Printemps Émeraude, Ciel Errant, Tir Nan Og

2. Porcupine Tree – Fear Of A Blank Planet

Perhaps the best progressive rock album in over a decade. Porcupine Tree have gone through a few transformations during their storied career, and this is easily the best of the latest one. The only reason I don’t consider it on par with Alcest is due to Sleep Together, which I think could have been a little better. But that’s really nitpicking.

Favorite tracks: Anesthetize, Sentimental, My Ashes

3. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

I know I’m in the minority here when I say that I like this album more than Funeral. Perhaps it has something to do with the obvious Springsteen influences scattered throughout.

Favorite tracks: Windowsill, Keep The Car Running, (Antichrist Television Blues)

4. Bruce Springsteen – Magic

I could do without one or two songs, but the second half of this album, from “Magic” to the unlisted “Terry’s Song”, is the best sequence of songs on a Springsteen album since Tunnel Of Love.

Favorite tracks: Magic, Long Walk Home, Devil’s Arcade

5. LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver

This one took me by surprise, as I expected a basic dance/electronic record here, but several songs on this album are absolutely fantastic. I don’t like all of it, but “All My Friends” and “Someone Great” alone would place it fairly high anyway – that’s how incredible those two songs are.

Favorite tracks: All My Friends, Someone Great, North American Scum

6. Battles – Mirrored

What’s this? An experimental/indie album with progressive rock tendencies? Sign me up! This album sounds like absolutely nothing that I’ve ever heard before, and while it can start to drag toward the end, the high points easily outweigh the few lows it has.

Favorite tracks: Atlas, Tonto, Rainbow

7. The National – Boxer

I think it loses a bit of steam during the last few songs, but the rest is just gorgeous.

Favorite tracks: Fake Empire, Mistaken For Strangers, Slow Show

8. Stars – In Our Bedroom After The War

Not as strong as their last two albums, but still very well done with lots of pop hooks and lovely ballads.

Favorite tracks: Personal, Take Me To The Riot, In Our Bedroom After The War

9. White Stripes – Icky Thump

I think I enjoy this one almost as much as Elephant now – it’s that good.

Favorite tracks: Effect And Cause, Rag And Bone, You Don’t Know What Love Is

10. Jesu – Conqueror

Another band where the principal member has left his metal roots behind him a bit by venturing into a more experimental/post-rock territory, with excellent results.

Favorite tracks: Transfigure, Brighteyes, Stanlow

11. Okkervil River – The Stage Names

I might be in the minority on this, I don’t know, but I think this album is miles ahead of their previous effort (Black Sheep Boy), with an excellent mix of upbeat numbers and reflective compositions, with horns and strings used to brilliant effect.

Favorite tracks: Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe, Savannah Smiles, A Girl In Port

12. Radiohead – In Rainbows

I like the album, but don’t place it on the pedestal that others have. I think it’s beautifully done, but there are a few tracks that I don’t like what they did with (yes, I’m looking at you, Videotape).

Favorite tracks: Bodysnatchers, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, All I Need

13. The Shins – Wincing The Night Away

If only all pop-oriented albums were done this way.

Favorite tracks: Sleeping Lessons, Australia, Phantom Limb

14. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

The songs flow seemlessly from one to the other, and I think the horns work very well.

Favorite tracks: Rhthm & Soul, Don’t You Evah, The Underdog

15. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand

The chemistry between these two is evident throughout this entire disc. The vocals sound lovely together, and the music works perfectly. Fantastic album.

Favorite tracks: Rich Woman, Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On), Please Read The Letter

16. Iron & Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog

A bit further down my list due to the fact that their music can still be a bit too introspective for me, but I think this is their best effort to date.

Favorite tracks: Pagan Angel And A Borrowed Car, Boy With A Coin, Flightless Bird,American Mouth

17. The Third Ending – The Third Ending
18. Airbag – Safetree EP

Two progressive rock acts that are new to the scene, and while they may not be the most original bands out there (hopefully they will continue to evolve and find their own paths), the music so far has been impressive. The Third Ending is kind of a blend of Porcupine Tree and Spock’s Beard, while Airbag is an obvious Pink Floyd clone. Both are recommended nonetheless.

Favorite tracks (The Third Ending): Eleven, Fingerprints Suite
Favorite tracks (Airbag): No Escape, Safetree

19. Explosions In The Sky – All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone

It’s impossible, really, to top The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place, which is a classic, but this is still a very good piece of music.

Favorite tracks: The Birth And Death Of The Day, It’s Natural To Be Afraid

20. Editors – An End Has A Start

Yeah, people think they are a ripoff of Interpol, but this year, their album was better. Whereas I was a bit disappointed with the latter band, I found this album to be a very good follow-up to their debut, although it doesn’t quite reach its predecessor’s level.

Favorite tracks: Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors, An End Has A Start, Bones
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Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
imitosis
scythian empires
simple x

Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
fireworks
chores
unsolved mysteries

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
windowsill
ocean of noise
well and the lighthouse

Band of Horses - Cease To Begin
window blues
general specific
cigarettes, wedding bands

Battles - Mirrored
atlas
ddiamondd
tij

Black Lips - Good Bad Not Evil
cold hands
i saw a ghost
locjk and key


Bruce Springsteen - Magic
magic
last to die
livin in the future

Kanye West - Graduation
good morning
everything i am
can't tell me nothing

National - Boxerr
mistake for strangers
start a war
squalor victoria

Radiohead - In Rainbows
jigsaw falling into place
reckoner
house of cards

Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger
the sun also sets
tears of gold
goodnight rose

Spoon - GaGaGaGaGa
little japanse cigarette case
the ghsot of you lingers
finer feelings

Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
impossible germany
please be patient with me
you are my face
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Black Lips - Good Bad Not Evil
cold hands
i saw a ghost
locjk and key

Sweeeeeeeet!



Great choice. I probably would have picked Cold Hands as well with Navajo & Bad Kids.

Good lists, Elevation and Phanan. I've said it before, but I'm surprised how good everyones' lists have been.
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i just went back and looked at others' lists, i didn't even know Battles is apparently popular,
and u2popmofo you're list has definitely sparked my interest in Sea Cake!

there's a lot of album I wanted to hear but never got around to including MIA, Eddie Vedder, Okkervil River (sp?), Elliott Smith, Neil Young, Babyshambles among many

I was quite disappointed in this year's
Bright Eyes, White Stripes, Devendra Banhart, Iron& wine and Kings of Leon
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u2popmofo you're list has definitely sparked my interest in Sea Cake!

Sea Wolf


There are lots of "Sea" related indie bands, it can get confusing. Sea Wolf, Sea Cake, Seachange, etc.
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Ditto. I've only heard a few albums from this year, but I'll put 'em down sometime soon once I gather them all together. And I've been hearing songs here and there from a bunch of the artists in this list, and based on what I've heard, I will definitely be tracking down a lot of these albums in the future. The stuff I've heard has me very curious.

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Old 12-06-2007, 12:05 AM   #57
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Sea Wolf


There are lots of "Sea" related indie bands, it can get confusing. Sea Wolf, Sea Cake, Seachange, etc.
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Sea Wolf


There are lots of "Sea" related indie bands, it can get confusing. Sea Wolf, Sea Cake, Seachange, etc.
I just checked out their myspace page and liked what I heard. I'll have to give them more of a listen. Thanks for the tip.
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Ohhhhh shit, gang. It's time for my list:

1. The National – Boxer
+ Fake Empire
+ Slow Show
+ Apartment Story

2. Okkervil River – The Stage Names
+ Plus Ones
+ A Girl In Port
+ John Allyn Smith Sails

3. Iron & Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog
+ Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car
+ Lovesong of the Buzzard
+ Carousel

4. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
+ You Are My Face
+ Either Way
+ Side With The Seeds

5. Radiohead – In Rainbows
+ 15 Step
+ Bodysnatchers
+ Weird Fishes/Arpeggi

6. Feist – The Reminder
+ I Feel It All
+ Past in Present
+ Intuition

7. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
+ Keep the Car Running
+ Ocean of Noise
+ No Cars Go

8. The White Stripes – Icky Thump
+ Rag & Bone
+ Catch Hell Blues
+ Little Cream Soda

9. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
+ Don’t Make Me a Target
+ Don’t You Evah
+ Black Like Me

10. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
+ All My Friends
+ North American Scum
+ Someone Great

11. Interpol – Our Love to Admire
+ Pace is the Trick
+ Wrecking Ball
+ The Scale

12. Sigur Rós - Hvarf/Heim
+ Hljómalind
+ Í Gær
+ Von

13. Broken Social Scene presents Kevin Drew - Spirit If...
+ Fucked Up Kid
+ Lucky Ones
+ Safety Bricks

14. Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha
+ Fiery Crash
+ Heretics
+ Spare-ohs

15. Explosions in the Sky – All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
+ The Birth and Death of the Day
+ Welcome, Ghosts
+ So Long, Lonesome

16. Do Make Say Think – You, You’re a History in Rust
+ Bound to Be That Way
+ Executioner Blues
+ A Tender History in Rust

17. Battles – Mirrored
+ Tonto
+ Atlas
+ Rainbow

18. Björk – Volta
+ Innocence
+ Declare Independence
+ Wanderlust

19. Kanye West – Graduation
+ Good Morning
+ Stronger
+ I Wonder

20. Bright Eyes – Cassadaga
+ Four Winds
+ Lime Tree
+ Clairaudients (Kill or Be Killed)

21. José González – In Our Nature
+ Teardrop
+ Cycling Trivialities
+ In Our Nature



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Cassadaga, really??? I keed, I keed.

hmm, I never heard In Our Nature in its entirety but it reminded me that I got to see him play live and meet him sorta at the most random place across the border.
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