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    • CommentAuthoromer333
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007
    2007 was a bit rough for me as far as music, went back to the well and picked up older music, but what I did get that was made in 07 is as follows:

    Queens of the Stone Age- Era Vulgaris
    High on Fire- Death is This Communion
    Down III- Over the Under
    Iggy & The Stooges- The Weirdness
    NIN- Year Zero
    Black Sabbath- The Dio Years

    A lot of metal, but it's what I'm into.

    I was unaware that VNV Nation had a new record this year, thanks for the info!
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007
    Seriously, Everythingisamiraclenothingisamircaleeverythingis by Kickball. Despite the annoying title.
    Kala is pretty amazing too.
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    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007

    Oog. I don't know if I can agree with None Shall Pass. I found way less inspired lyrics and I really dislike Rob Sonic and DJ Big Whiz. No innovation, just feels like a pop album with two good songs that you have to fight to get to. Those being Coffee and Five Fingers. The title track is okay, but none of it shone for me after two or three listens.
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007
    I'm on some level embarrassed by this but I've really enjoyed Feist's The Reminder. If you want a really well produced pop album that's more infectiously catchy than that itching in your crotch, I suggest it. The instrumentation sits down there with you while Feist's voice is very clear and crisp. (some of this is probably Pro-Tools pitch adjustments, so says the cynic in me.) I've probably listened to it like once a week since I bought it (7.99USD @ amazon's MP3 store)
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007
    I love Feist, but I haven't heard the new album yet.
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007
    I don't think its entirely possible for me to make a Best of 2007 list without adding in U.N.K.L.E. - "War Stories". Such a great blend of styles and talent.
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    Albums that I thought really nailed something:

    Liars - Liars
    Melt-Banana - Bambi's Dilemma,
    Dan Deacon - Spiderman of the Rings
    Marnie Stern - In Advance of the Broken Arm
    Nina Nastasia & Jim White - You Follow Me

    Very nearly also:

    Future of the Left - Curses!
    Radiohead - In Rainbows (not sure, do people not like Radiohead? Is this not cool?)
    Shellac - Excellent Italian Greyhound

    I think this was the year that I finally grew up and decided it was ok to like pop music.

    @ Jason Michelitch: right there with you. I thought Sweet Warrior was more solid than great, but Guns Are The Tongues is an incredibly good dramatic slow-burner. Great song!
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    I'd agree with several picks already mentioned (especially Future Of The Left... I have a fetish for being yelled at by nasally Welshmen) but I don't want to rehash other people's picks, so...

    KTL - KTL and 2.
    Qui - Love's Miracle
    Earth - Hibernaculum
    Unsane - Visqueen (Distorded bass guitar is like catnip to me.)
    Otto Von Schirach - Spine Serpents From Sperm Island
    Patton Oswalt - Werewolves And Lollipops
    Justice - Cross
    • CommentAuthorhank
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2007
    Thank you all for giving me ideas of where to start with new music. I detest buying shitty albums and this will at least allow me to distill some stuff I know wont entirely suck.
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    I didn't buy anywhere enough music this year. From what I did buy, the one that keeps getting replayed and gets more interesting each time is
    The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! by Saul Williams
    • CommentAuthoracacia
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2007
    3 more for consideration:

    Hearts of Black Science - The Ghost You Left Behind
    David Toop - Sound Body
    Motoro Faam - ... and Water Cycles
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    The Con - Tegan and Sara

    Armchair Apocrypha - Andrew Bird

    And LoveLikeFire -- so fucking good.
    • CommentAuthorMidweeker
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
    This is cut n' pasted from a much longer list over at Panel & Pixel. It's a top 13, as I have no control...

    That Boy, That Girl - Hadouken
    Begat by the Klaxons, this was even more ravey and bratty. Wonderful though.

    Atlas - Battles
    Seemingly out of nowhere, this was the buzz track of the year. Didn't much like the album though.

    23 - Blonde Redhead
    Drenched in My Bloody Valentine, a feedback ridden gem. Again, not a great album.

    XR2 - MIA
    I was really looking forward to the album, but was a bit disappointed. This was the standout though.

    Must Be The Moon - !!!
    Funktastic. This makes me smile everytime I hear it.

    Foundations - Kate Nash
    Massively overplayed, but for a couple of months I loved Kate Nash

    We Know All About You - Ebony Bones
    My tip for next year, sounds like nothing else out there. Sounds like it's played on milk bottles.

    North American Scum - LCD Soundsystem
    Incredibly smart and witty, the standout track from the standout album of the year.

    Charmer - Kings Of Leon
    Best track on the album for me from the first time I heard Caleb's guttural screech.

    The Beat That My Heart Skipped/ Thou Shalt Always Kill - Scroobius Pip vs DanleSac
    Two wonderful singles from the locquacious Pip and his casio partner DanLeSac, smart, funny lyrics.

    Homecoming - The Teenagers
    Devastatingly nasty boy-girl tune. "I loved my English romance" sings the girl. "I fucked my American cunt" sings the boy...

    Dance Of The Manatees - Fair To Midland
    On Serj's label, this is a slightly schizophrenic track, all sweet crooning one moment, and grunted screams next.
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    "Thou Shalt Always Kill" - Scroobius Pip vs Dan le Sac -- yes, that should go on the list.
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
    I don't pay much attention to new music, but three of my favourite bands have put out some some pretty powerful albums this year.

    Anonymous by Tomahawk. New songs based on traditional Native American chants, filtered through the innards of a bourboun swilling trailer trash robot who also happens to be a sociopath.

    Hey Venus by Super Furry Animals. Lush, glorious pop/art rock that manages to combine fist pumping exuberance with contemplative melancholy.

    From Beal Street to Oblivion by Clutch. Riffs, grandeur, and just the right amount of southern fried eccentricity.
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    almost forgot the best song title of the year: " IF YOUR FACE WAS GEORGIA, MY FIST WOULD BE HOME BY NOW" by american cheeseburger. the song is only so-so, but the title is worth the price of the seven inch alone.
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
    Ooh, also, Ectopia by Steroid Maximus. The soundtracks to 10 or so of the best sci fi/schlock/pulp/blaxploitation films never made.
    • CommentAuthoracacia
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
    Wow, "Thou Shalt Always Kill" is so therapeutic.
    • CommentAuthorgrnr
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
    gonna go with 'rise above' by dirty projectors. a skronky reimagining of a black flag album with gorgeous vocal harmonies and skronky almost graceland-esque guitars. pure wondies, as they say.