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    What were they?

    I'm immediately throwing "Atlas" by Battles into the ring.

    -- W
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    Judgement by VNV Nation
    n00b by De/Vision
    What The F**ck Is Wrong With You People by Combichrist
    Culidh by Julie Fowlis
    Through The Gash by Hannah Fury

    My favourite albums of the year.

    Albums I had high expectations for but disappointed include this year's releases by Zombie Girl, Uninvited Guest and Elusive.
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2007
    Bonde Do Role - "With Lazers", because who doesn't love sex-obsessed loudmouths?

    M.I.A. - "Kala", but only because I want to hump the pants off of her boyfriend Diplo. She could come if she wanted. But only if she brought some guns.

    El P - "I'll Sleep When You're Dead" Because there isn't enough harrowing, science-fiction infused rap out there, damnit.

    Do Make Say Think - "You, You're A History In Rust" Tasty post rock Canadians. Extremely well put together record, flows very well and generally keeps me happy as hell.

    This year has been crazy, so much to sift through before even beginning to choose favourites.
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    Also throwing in GHOST HARDWARE EP by Burial. Not sure if I'm throwing UNTRUE in there yet.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2007
    Here's some albums that bubbled to the top of my playlists again and again:

    TRACEY THORN: "Out of the Woods": This girl could sing my tax return and I'd get a lump in my throat. I dig that she's not afraid to make dance music, but can pull a ballad off without sounding like Mariah Carey. No vocal gymnastics shit, just a great voice.

    ONETWO: "Instead": Claudia from Propaganda and Paul from OMD. Unapologetic synthpop, in the best sense of the word.

    anything produced by MARK RONSON: Despite the fact he seems to pick the most self-destructing chicks to produce (Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen), his productions and solo album this year sounded great. Bravo for dragging a frickin' horn line in to modern music.

    M.I.A.: "Kala": This didn't really click with me until I head it on a really huge sound system, where it slapped me around a bit. Everybody loves it, and it deserves all the kudos.
    • CommentAuthoreggzoomin
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2007 edited
    Being from the more lumpen and rock loving side of the Whitechapel demographic, my top 10 of 2007. There'll be no indie hipster malarkey here.

    In no particular order and off the top of my head:

    1. Rush - "Snake and Arrows" New one from my favourite band. It was always gonna be in this list.
    2. Fall Out Boy - "Infinity On High" New one from my other favourite band. Also always gonna be in the top ten.
    3. Circa Survive - "On Letting Go" Like a cross between Rush and FOB - sort of, maybe, perhaps. Pleasant surprise and waaaaay better than Saosin.
    4. Maserati - "Inventions For The New Season" Expansive, sweeping, progressive, interesting. Smart.
    5. The Rocket Summer - "Do You Feel" Poppoppoppoppoppoppop. Soundtrack to my summer.
    6. Divine Heresy - "Bleed The Fifth" What Fear Factory should always have been.
    7. Newton Faulkner - "Hand Built By Robots" Random find when I worked one of his gigs. Genius player, great singer, great songwriter. I'm told this was number one, even before I got it. Having no television, no radio and only reading "Bass Player" magazine, I had no idea.
    8. Coheed and Cambria - "No World For Tomorrow" Probably won't last that long in the player, but a damned good rock record.
    9. Cougar - "Law" Really, what Battles should have been.
    10. Between The Buried And Me - "Colors" Their best work ever - progressive, melodic, brutal, intriguing and amusing by turns.
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    ONETWO: "Instead": Claudia from Propaganda and Paul from OMD. Unapologetic synthpop, in the best sense of the word.

    I've been meaning to check this out. You recommend "Instead" as a place to start?

    Aah, Claudia Brucken... I still have my Propaganda vinyl downstairs somewhere...
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    anything produced by MARK RONSON: Despite the fact he seems to pick the most self-destructing chicks to produce (Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen), his productions and solo album this year sounded great. Bravo for dragging a frickin' horn line in to modern music.

    ...just when we thought we'd exorcised the ghost of Dave Balfe.

    (I think maybe five people in the room will get that.)
    • CommentAuthorandyroid
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2007
    The Loto Ball show EP/Demo
    Principles of Geometry's "Lazare"
    "Facades And Pink Forms" by PRIMES

    and maybe "Asa Breed" by Mathew Dear
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    There's been some good stuff coming out of the industrial/EBM scene this year. Combichrist finally nailed their sound with What the F*** is Wrong With You People? and Grendel managed to sum up the current state of the scene with Harsh Generation. Otherwise it's been a pretty disappointing year for goth/metal/hardcore and all the other meaningless little scenes I keep my jaundiced eye on. I think I must be getting old or something - all I want to do is sit in the corner with old Black Sabbath and Sex Pistols records.
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007
    I would put Burial's Untrue on the list.
    Also: Eluvium's Copia. I really love that album. It feels like train-travel and oceans and longing to me. Whatever the crap that means.

    Hmm... will have to think about what else. Possibly Panda Bear's Person Pitch.
    There have been a number of albums I've enjoyed this year but I'm not sure they were The Great Records Of 2007.
    I mean, I found Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? from Of Montreal to be fun ... but great?
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007 edited
    edit: moved the list here, once i saw the no-lists edit in the other thread.
    list, diy, vinyl only

    So, for other various outlets I went through the sometimes mind-numbing task of compiling a dreaded "Year end best-of " list. Figured there would be enough variety of people on here that we could get some strange entries. here's mine:

    1) Ampere/ Ringers split 6" (emoviolence/rocknroll)
    2) Dear Landlord/ Chinese Telephones split 7" (pop music for people with beards)
    3) Hot Cross- Risk Revival LP ( the kings of the east coast indie/hardcore)
    4)Warkrime- Give War A Chance 7" (old school "we're a bunch of dicks" hardcore)
    5)Graf Orlock- Destination Time: Tomorrow 10" (movie nerd grindcore)
    6)Mika Miko-666 12" ep (hipster all female art damage that could be from 1976)
    7)George Moshington- seventeen seventy-fuck you 7" ( the colonial circle pit mayhem)
    8)Get Destroyed 7" (phoenix power violence returns)
    9)Threatener-...and the bending of the throats 7" ( inhuman opening track...fastcore!)
    10) J Church- The Horror of Life 12" (the final release from the best pop punk band ever....RIP Lance)

    besides my list from my column (that was by nature only diy) :

    TRANZMITORS-s/t lp (power pop, catchy as all hell)
    PJ HARVEY- white chalk lp ( haunting, but not as mean as her other records)
    NINE INCH NAILS-year zero (most of this is great, the rest good)
    MARILYN MANSON-eat me, drink me (i haaaated this at first. now i think about 3/4 is really good. too bad no critic really ever takes them seriously)
    THE VICIOUS-alienated lp (also a haunting record, but in a decidedly different manner. like walking home from the show half drunk and downtown is empty at midnight.and you're PISSED.)

    edit: olivertwisted:the reason you have been in the corner with your black sabbath is because the early records are better than pretty much everything that came out this year. as for the sex pistols...check out the vicious record above. i think you'll be happy.

    disappointment: dear IN RAINBOWS. sorry album, you just weren't what i wanted. i know that's my fault and not yours, but it didn't stop me from giving my burnt copy to my mom.
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    joe.distort: The Vicious appear to be pretty good in a decidedly retro old school punk fashion. There's just a hint of early goth music in there as well which is nice. I'm also with you on Eat Me, Drink Me, for all that it's the tragically obvious break up record there's some good tunes buried among the self-indulgent nonsense.

    Whilst I'm thinking about mainstream music I should also mention that The Gallows debut album 'Orchestra Of Wolves' is an engaging fusion of traditional punk, post hardcore and an indie production that ought to appeal to the Arctic Monkey generation if they can only get past all the shouting. Also the vocalist looks almost exactly like a young version of me.
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007
    The Hold Steady. Sorry, but I keep going back to Separation Sunday when I need a lift.
    Era Vulgaris by Queens of the Stone Age.
    Loved Sound of Silver by LCD Soundsystem.
    Gots to agree with joe.distort about the PJ Harvey, and I'd throw the Bat For Lashes album in there too.
    Gots to disagree with joe.distort about IN RAINBOWS, although it did take a little time to work itself under the skin.
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    eh, the gallows are alright. im only responding because i applaud you listing it as mainstream, since it is definitely not an independent punk/hardcore record. i do like the little flourishes of the refused ive heard from them, but the refused just blow what gallows do away. indie production, though? on epitaph?

    and yeah, the vicious are part of a whole crew of kids in sweden, denmark and the such that are mining the 79 sound and bringing it up to now in a deliberate fashion.
    among others KNUGEN FALLER, NO HOPE FOR THE KIDS, THE REGULATIONS, and the other leader of the so-called pack GORILLA ANGREB, who didnt release a record this year (i dont think so, anyways). all pretty good.
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    The Hold Steady. Sorry, but I keep going back to Separation Sunday when I need a lift.

    The Hold Steady have the greatest band name in years, but every time I've heard something by them it's just been a sludgy nothing that just kind of lays there, like some swamp animal that's had the guts pulled out of it. What am I missing?
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    "Because We're Dead" by the Slow Club. Just to be perverse.

    And probably "They Made Frogs Smoke 'Til They Exploded" by Múm.
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    I love threads like this. I'm usually two or three years behind the curve on any given piece of culture, and I always use threads like this as a guide for what to go seek out.

    I'm not certain I won't be mocked for this, but I thought Richard Thompson's new album "Sweet Warrior" had some great tracks on it, "Guns Are The Tongues" being the standout.
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    Untrue's soundtracking me now, but it's more a 2008 record for me.

    Two records I've been playing ALL year: New Magnetic Wonder by the Apples in stereo and The Good, The Bad and The Queen. The former's just bright, smart, sunshine-pop, and probably the Apples at one of their best points, while the latter managed to stop being an ego record and seemed to add something to the 'Songs about Blighty' canon, it wasn't just mockney rebels and Albion.
      CommentAuthorAva Jarvis
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007
    Fuzzbox by the Section Quartet.