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    UNKLE - War Stories

    Enter Shikari - Take to the skies

    Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero

    Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

    The Good The Bad and The Queen (the perfect thing to listen to when jumping the trains on the underground)

    Mando Diao - Ode To Ochrasy
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    Dax riggs - we sing of only blood or love
    (a seemless culmination of all his previous influences ranging from blues, glam rock, metal and punk. I can't stop listening to it)
    vnv nation - judgement
    minus the bear - planet of ice
    jesu - conqueror/lifeline ep
    high on fire - death is the communion
    neurosis - given to the rising
    boris - rainbow
    white stripes - icky thump
    tegan and sara - the con
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007 edited
    Only two from my list that haven't been mentioned are FROM HERE WE GO SUBLIME, by The Field, and ANDORRA, by Caribou.

    Oh, and singles!

    Misstress Barbara - BARCELONA
    Justice - D.A.N.C.E.
    Gary Beck - A590 BEATS
    Nero - LOST (C79 Remix)
    Dapayk - HOLLIS (The Wolves Outside Remix)
    Avus - SPNKR
    Rob Babicz - SIN (Gui Boratto Remix)
    Andrey Burtaev - MOSTLY HARMFUL
    Guy J - SELF LOVE
    • CommentAuthorOtiose
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
    Really think The Flying Club Cup by Beirut is worth checking out.
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2007
    My album of the year, hands down, has to be Grinderman. From note one through to the end, Nick Cave and crew at their best.

    After YEARS, Twin Peaks 'season 2 and more' soundtrack. FINALLY the track Bobby Briggs plays on the jukebox in the RR!!!

    Also, Ministry's 'final' album, The Last Sucker is, if it is a farewell, a great note for them to end on.

    Black Rebel Motorcyle Club put out my favorite (and I think, their most solid work, Baby 81)

    Ween, La Cucharacha

    Underword, Oblivion with Bells. They can do no wrong.

    Bullet Treatment - The Mistake. Newer band with Matt Caughthran, singer of The Bronx. You know that crazy guy that comes into Your work? Sounds like he beat you within an inch of your life in the parking lot with a ballpean hammer.

    Also, have to back all the votes for High on Fire's Death is this Communion, QOTSA Era Vulgaris (love everything they do but this is, in my opinion, the best 'album' since masterpiece RATED R) NIN year0, Tomahawk Anonymous, Dillinger Escape Plan's Ire works.

    And I spent one night with Kings of Leon's newest record a couple months back, haven't bought it yet, don't know its name, but its pretty fucking wicked.
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    I'll grudgingly have to go with Atlas by Battles because that squeaky voice makes me more happy than agreeing with people makes me angry and ashamed.

    Uh... that makes sense, right? Forget it.

    Grinderman - Electric Alice; which is one of those rare tracks that makes me both horny and petrified in one sitting (which is something no-one need see).

    Radiohead - Videotape; Because its the barest and most honest track I've heard from them for a while.

    Modest Mouse - March into the Sea; I'd never heard of these guys before (insanity) but they managed to mix pinches of Godspeed and Pixies into one song which shouldn't, by all known laws of physics, work.

    Portishead - Machine Gun; It looks like they are being brave enough to no longer be trapped by their own (albeit excellent) stylistic tendancies.

    Bjork - Wanderlust; Another one of those magic Bjork tracks. You caterwaul (sp?), girl!

    Howling Bells - Low Happening; It latched on to my cherry-picker like a agoraphobic pet-monkey on a day-trip to Lakeside.

    I'm sure there are more...

    Oh yeah: Arcade Fire - My Body is a Cage; although the rest of the album doesn't live up to the good half of 'Funeral'.

    Nothing woefully obscure on my list which is unusual...
    • CommentAuthorrobb
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2007
    i'll try to leave out those listed above, some mentioned in other threads:

    edIT "certified air raid material" - is my favorite. warpy instrumental booty shaking music

    nico muhly "speaks volumes" - phillip glass-ite, bjork arranger, last track is the most human thing ever composed (once vocals kick in towards the end)

    cars & trains "rusty string" - electro-acoustic multiinstrumental goodness

    Mochipet's Spank Rock remixes came out this year? breakcore party hip hop

    low "drums and guns" - amazing what pianos can add to such a minimal sound

    aggrolites "reggae hit l.a." - best live show all year

    others: pole (idm), bad religion (not broken), tiombe lockhart (weird soul), jesu, the geeks (japanese youth crew edge hardcore), lee rocker (stray cats bassist), fisk industries (idm), various bits of label mad decent's podcast mixes/samples (diplo, blaqstarr, switch), "28 weeks later" soundtrack, 27, and timbaland's solo album for the guilty pleasure of it all.
    • CommentAuthorlasse_toft
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2007
    i loved Panda Bear - Person Pitch, those syruppy (sp?) guitars and overlayered voices doesn't make it seem so fucking cold in Denmark all of a sudden

    Strawberry Jam by Animal Collective was also fantastic.

    Da Drought 3 By Lil Wayne. 2 cd's worth of Weezy just going through his rhymebook over everything from the familiar southern beats, to NY flavoured beats, to Gnarls Barkley and killing it every time... oh, and it's free

    UGK - Underground Kingz. Even though i love hiphop and all, i couldn't ever see me get all that hyped for a double hiphop album, since it's almost always the unnecessary filler that drags the overall down, and a double album would only seem to drag that further down. But i haven't tired of Da Drought 3 or Underground Kingz yet, which of course is great. Bun-B is, as always, tighter than a motherfucker, and the late Pimp C is nice on the mic as well as on the beats. And the guest appereances are fantastic: Outkast, Dizzee Rascal, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Scarface, Talib Kweli and a couple more, oh lord.

    Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala. If there is one thing i gotta envy about the swedes, it's gotta be their pop music, the rest they can keep.

    Nifty - s/t EP. Great electronica.

    Wu-Tang Clan - 8 Diagrams. It looked to be a hellish year for hiphop... which it was... but a couple of records came in at the end of the year and saved it a little for me, this and The Big Doe Rehab by Ghostface Killah and Underground Kingz were it.
    • CommentAuthorRob Diston
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2007
    Not strictly 2007, but the reissue of Botch's 'We Are The Romans' sounds better than ever.
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    great record, but its like 8 years old at this point. next! :)
    • CommentAuthorRob Diston
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2007
    I know, but pretty much everything else good I've heard is already mentioned. Liking the new Einsturzende Neubauten, not sure whether it's great though.
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2007 edited
    The mindblowing stuff I've heard this year includes the following two albums:

    The new Deathspell Omega is an acid jazz album pretending to be black metal. The new OM was produced by Steve Albini, which says more than enough.

    Also lots of other great stuff happened (Neurosis, Big Business, Reverend Bizarre, et al.), along with some killer shows. VNV Nation and Enslaved were probably the two best I can think of / remember from that side of music things. I've also been listening to an extraordinary amount of Miles Davis this year, which made the whole affair even better than it already very much was.

    EDIT: My only disappointment was the new Queens of the Stone Age album, I thought it was absolutely horrid.
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    In no particular order:

    In Sorte Diaboli, by Dimmu Borgir

    Antichrist, by Akercocke

    Dethalbum, by Dethklok

    Colors, by Between the Buried and Me

    Ire Works, by Dillinger Escape Plan (my #1 this year)

    Build A Nation, by Bad Brains
    • CommentAuthorsts_54
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2007
    Apparat - Walls [Style: Ambient, Glitch, IDM, Downtempo]
    Lusine Icl - Language Barrier [Style: Minimal, Experimental, Ambient]
    Synapscape - Now [Style: Rhythmic Noise, Industrial]
    Ab Ovo - Mouvements [Style: IDM, Ambient]
    Herbst9 vs. Z'EV - Through Bleak Landscapes [Style: Tribal, Industrial, Ambient]
    • CommentAuthorRedwynd
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2007 edited
    If live recordings count, then Daft Punk's Alive 2007 has got to be my favorite of the year, but then I just love Daft Punk. If not, then Radiohead's In Rainbows. Not that it's anything special in and of itself, but it's great sitting-in-the-background-while-surfing-the-web music, and for that I love it.

    Also: fuck Arcade Fire. I finally broke down and bought Neon Bible after having everyone and their mother tell me how awesome it was, but it's not. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad stuff, but it does not live up to what I had been told about it. For the amount of talk it's getting, I was expecting my mind to melt from the awesomeness, instead I got an album I was thoroughly bored with by the third listen.
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    Don't get me wrong, it's not bad stuff, but it does not live up to what I had been told about it.

    Can't disagree.
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2007
    Bat For Lashes-Fur and Gold
    Tegan and Sara-The Con
    Mew-Frengers (yeah, it's a re-issue but I didn't get it 'til now...)
    Others, hell, lots of others but I'm at work and have a piss poor memory as the result of the vomiting death that I'm only just recovering from.
    • CommentAuthoracacia
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2007
    I'm uncertain whether this is the appropriate thread, but Largehearted Boy has an enormous 'Master List' of the Best Of 2007 music lists...
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    I just got turned on to a great disc of curated New Orleans affiliated brass bands, put together by Brooklyn-based DJ Concerned, called TALKING LOUD BUT SAYING SOMETHING, released this year. Link here.

    The "Sexual Healing" version by the Hot 8 Brass Band is indeed the killer track (as is ballyhooed in the above link) but the whole disc is really something.
    • CommentAuthorItsthatguy
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2007
    The Apples In Stereo's "New Magnetic Wonder" was one of the most horrificly addictive records I've heard in a long, long time.

    "Good, Bad, Not Evil" by The Black Lips was pretty fucking amazing, despite the colossal chunk of weirdness (yet still sort of funny) that was "How Do You Tell A Child That Someone Has Died". The bass line to "O Katrina" won't ever leave my head and that, "Feels Alright", "Bad Kids", "Veni Vidi Vici" were all excellent tracks. It's a bit more accesable than their earlier stuff, though you can only be so accesable when you have a habit of literally pissing on the crowd. A bit dissapointed that pretty much every entity that's been putting out a "Best of 2007" list has ignored this album entirely.

    "Night at The Ritz" was a nice little indie pop record, but I'm not quite sure that that one even got a proper release. Then there was the new Go! Team album which wasn't "Thunder Lightning Strike" by any means, but still a nice bit of background noise, and Whatever the name of the New Young Pony Club album was, whihc the record store girl gave me and reminds me of The Long Blondes with synth or something.

    Oh and, for the fuck of it, LCD Soundsystems' "Sounds of Silver". Sort of an uneven album, with really great high points and really shit low points, but still better than most of the stuff I've heard come out this year.