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    • CommentAuthorNil
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2007
    2007 for me has very much been the year of the back catalogue. I've spent an awful lot of time listening to various older albums and very little time listening to anything new. That having been said, there are a few albums that stick out as being particularly notable for me.

    The Locust - New Erections. They're back, and they're still spazzy, mathy and highly abrasive. However, there's a marked shift away from the ultra-fast noise of Plague Soundscapes with the album as a whole sounding much closer to the Safety Second, Body Last EP - there seems to be more of a focus on longer songs with multiple shifts in tempo. Good stuff (also, possibly contains the best song title of the year, with "God Wants Us All To Work In Factories").

    Dimmu Borgir - In Sorte Diaboli. I know they're not regarder as "proper" black metal by the purists but frankly, fuck the purists. Dimmu Borgir show once again that black metal can be symphonic and still heavy enough to make the uninitiated soil themselves in terror - and without sounding like it was recorded in a bin to boot.

    On a similar note, I rather enjoyed Anaal Nathrakh - Hell is Empty, and All the Devils Are Here. This one took me a couple of listens to get my head around - I was expecting the pure sonic excesses of The Codex Necro, but what I got was something exciting, intelligent and (dare I say it) melodic. And that's no bad thing.

    Dälek - Abandoned Language. I confess, I haven't listened to this as much as I should have to justify inclusion here, but it showed me that hip-hop can be intelligent, and that's enough.

    Melt Banana - Bambi's Dilemma. It really feels like Melt Banana finally nailed something with this album and annoyingly I can't quite put my finger on it. This is a cop-out, I know, but it just feels right.

    This next one might be cheating slightly. Boris and Michio Kurihara - Rainbow (really released in 2006, but the U.S. release wasn't till 2007). Very hard to classify - psychedelic stoner sludge-punk or something - but whatever the case, they do special things to my brain with their guitars.

    Strapping Young Lad - City (the remastered edition released in 2007). This is definitely cheating, but I don't care. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

    Biggest disappointment of the year: The Dillinger Escape Plan - Ire Works. Don't get me wrong, it's a very good album, but I wanted it so badly to be the best thing ever and it just wasn't. An honorary WTF also goes out to Devin Townsend - Ziltoid the Omniscient. Again, a good album, but I just cannot for the life of me figure out what made people love it so much.

    Finally, here are some that I liked this year but just didn't offer quite enough to justify inclusion in a best-of: Arch Enemy - Rise of the Tyrant, Buckethead - Pepper's Ghost, Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity, Nile - Ithyphallic, Pig Destroyer - Phantom Limb.
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    Gogol Bordello - Super Taranta!
    Big Business - Here Come the Waterworks

    Obviously I don't get out much....
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2008
    Battles - Race Out \ Race In.
    Scroobius Pip - Thou Shalt Always Kill

    Took a while to get into it, but also Jarre - Teo & Tea.
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2008
    God bless hype machine.

    Let's see:

    Explosions in the Sky, Panda Bears, Battles, Beirut, Hadouken!, Burial, Unkle, Deerhoof, Dizzee Rascal, Of Montreal, Animal Collective, Feist, Les Savy Fav, M.I.A., Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, Kings of Leon, Justice, Klaxons, Athlete, Aqualung, Bill Callahan, BRMC,..

    That's about it for 2007 I think.
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2008 edited
    In no particular order, my favorites...

    Airiel - The Battle of Sealand
    Einstürzende Neubauten - Alles Wieder Offen
    Murcof - Cosmos
    Burial - Untrue (though I haven't heard the Ghost Hardware EP yet)
    Motor - Unhuman
    Siouxsie - Mantaray
    Tonikom - Epoch
    Config.sys - Back and Forth
    yelworC - Icolation
    Bipol - Ritual
    Wire - Read & Burn 03
    Destroid - Loudspeaker
    Individual Totem - Mothfly
    v/a - Emerging Organisms (though maybe I'm biased because I'm on it... Regardless, I'm humbled to be included, as it's a stellar collection! =D )

    ...probably forgetting something.
    • CommentAuthorabkosher
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2008
    I love these year end lists. I wish I had the time to investigate them all.

    Here's my top 20:
    1. The National - Boxer (Beggars)
    2. Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity (Kill Rock Stars)
    3. Le Loup - The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly (Hardly Art)
    4. Dan Deacon - Spiderman of the Rings (Carpark)
    5. Bear In Heaven - Red Bloom of the Boom (Hometapes)
    6. Battles - Mirrored (Warp)
    7. Marnie Stern - In Advance of the Broken Arm (Kill Rock Stars)
    8. Blonde Redhead - 23 (4AD)
    9. Frightened Rabbit - Sing the Greys (Fatcat)
    10. Melt-Banana - Bambi's Dilemma (A-Zap)
    11. Octopus Project - Hello Avalanche (Peek-A-Boo)
    12. Arrah and the Ferns - Evan Is A Vegan (Standard Recording Company)
    13. Ponytail - Kamehameha CD (Creative Capitalism)
    14. Grabba Grabba Tape - Kurt Kobaya Y G.R.O.X. Man Odia Nirvana (Simple Social Graces)
    15. Slaraffenland - Private Cinema (Hometapes)
    16. Electrelane - No Shouts, No Calls (Too Pure)
    17. Shearwater - Palo Santo (Matador)
    18. Great Lake Swimmers - Ongiara (Nettwerk)
    19. Young Kives - Voices of Animals and Men (Rykodisc)
    20. Grinderman - Grinderman (Anti)

    best reissues
    Pylon - Gyrate plus (DFA)
    Karen Dalton - In My Time (Light In The Attic)
    the Dust To Digital label, continuing to astonish

    I also bought Bang On A Can's version of Terry Riley's In C, and while I have no idea when it came out, it was a favorite this year.

    My conflict of interest list, but nonetheless, always deserving of more attention (in chronological order):
    Chris Garneau - Music For Tourists (AKR)
    The Affair - Yes Yes To You (AKR)
    Palomar - All things, forests (Misra)
    Frog Eyes - Tears of the Valedictorian (AKR)
    Hallelujah the Hills - Collective Psychosis Begone (Misra)
    Get Him Eat Him - Arms Down (AKR)
    Bottom of the Hudson - Fantastic Hawk (AKR)
    Life Without Buildings - Live at the Annandale Hotel (AKR)
    Sleeping States - There The Open Spaces (Misra)
    Mobius Band - Heaven (Misra)
    Southeast Engine - A Wheel Within A Wheel (Misra)
    60 Watt Kid - 60 Watt Kid (AKR)
    Ex-Boyfriends - In With (AKR)
    • CommentAuthortulpa
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2008 edited
    I can't help but cheat

    77Boadrum by Boredoms is the best music of this year, even though it's a live show, I'm counting it as an album because it's 2 hours of music and I have a quality recording of it.
    Burning Off Impurities by Grails delights me, but not nearly enough to count as Best Albums of 2007 except it's the only thing I have from 2007. It wins by default of being good and from 2007.
    • CommentAuthortmofee
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    I dont go much on hip hop, but Greydon Square's Compton Effect has impressed me. Atheist hip hop, quite intelligent stuff he's rapping about.. I didn't mind Maximo Park's Out Earthly Pleasure, much better than the first album. As well as parts of Bloc Party's A Weekend in the City.

    Not much impressed me in Australia this year. Silverchair's latest album was (surprise surprise) a complete mess, only slightly saved by co-writing with the lead singer of The Presets. John Butler Trio I still don't get, at least this year Shihad are back with a new album.. I completely forgot about The Gurge's new album. So did the rest of the country, sadly. I may have to hunt it out...
    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    "15. Slaraffenland - Private Cinema (Hometapes)"

    What, seriously? That's fucking surreal. My best friend's sister has been dating Christian of Slaraffenland for years. He's a really nice guy. Very mellow.
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    best australian album i heard all year goes to the AGENTS OF ABHORRENCE, but if you dont like power violence you might not agree.
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    Best Album of the Year:

    Pink Reason- "Cleaning The Mirror" (
    Really, if you have not heard it you should.

    Other great records-

    Grinderman- "s/t"
    Blank Dogs- "Diana (the herald)"
    Current 93- "Black Ships ate the Sky"
    TV Ghost- "Atomic Rain" 7" single

    Tons and tons of incredible re-issues.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
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    Puscifer </a>- V is for Vagina
    I didn't even know it as coming until it was here, and while not being the best thing Maynard has ever done, once again he re-created his sound, and did it masterfully with the ever talented Danny Lohner, from NIN.

    The album has really grown on me, some songs i originally didn't care for are held in a much higher reguard with repeat listenings, i could(and have) play it on repeat all day, and the album contains some of my favorite sounds ever. If your into it, check out the EP that came out on itunes called "Shoot the Messenger" it contains two remixes that i thought were better than the originals.

    The single "Cuntry Boner" was also an excellent song, I'm sure many of you would like it, and its not contained on the album. (basically its a country song, where Maynard sings about how he fucked all these country stars....)

    I also must Second the "Eat Me, Drink Me" from Manson, a slightly different sound as usual, its alot better than his last album "The Golden Age of Grotesque", and has redeemned the artist in my eyes.
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    Sorry, what? A remastered City? Absolutely my favourite metal album, without a doubt. Is it worthwhile getting the remaster, though? Anything new or especially exciting about it?

    Anyway. Dan le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip get my vote for record of the year, but for "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" rather than "Thou Shalt Always Kill".

    Patrick Wolf's The Magic Position is my favourite album of the year. That boy is frightening. He's an absolutely astonishing songwriter.

    I think it's also important to mention Super Taranta! by Gogol Bordello and Moog Acid by Jean Jacques-Perrey and Luke Vibert. They are Very Good Albums.
    • CommentAuthorNil
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2008
    @Old Moon Face - Probably not, unless you're a collector. It's got 5 bonus tracks - Centipede (the Japanese bonus track) and demo versions of Headhroid, Home Nucleonics, Detox and AAA.

    This thread will be keeping my ears busy (and my wallet empty) for some time, I think. Excellent choices all round, and I've already listened to a lot of good stuff I would otherwise have ignored.
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    Daft Punk- Alive 2007
    Streetlight Manifesto- Somewhere in the Between
    Bright Eyes- Cassadaga
    Powerspace- The Kicks of Passion
    Jeff Scott Craig- While You Were Asleep
    • CommentAuthorVelleity
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2008
    I don't know what my favorite album of 2007 was. Hells, I'm not even sure bits of my life were 2007. For now I'll say Bottomless Pit's Hammer of an Angry God but that'll likely change once I sober up.

    Thanks all for posting what I'm sure is damned good music, I've already listened to a few bands I'd never heard of but already love.
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    Since no one's mentioned it, I'll throw out Pharoahe Monch's Desire. Eight years in between albums did nothing to lessen his MC skills.
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2008
    A disc called "Tomorrow Does Not Exist" by I Broke My Robot (link here to the albums CDbaby page where there's samples of the songs, it's cheaper on iTunes.)

    It's like what I imagine robots on meth would make if they were inclined to musical composition. It'll have to get added retroactively to my list of most interesting if not Great records of the year.

    I came across this album randomly, a track happened to play over a college radio station I occasionally listen to here in Boston (WZBC) and I'm not well versed in electronic music but this shit sounds good to me so that's what matters I guess. apparently, i read somewhere this is classed as 'break-core' whatever a genre lable even means most of the time, seems like there's a new sub-sub-genre every 15 minutes. It's fast as hell and full of bleeps and bloops but with underlying melodies.
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    *shels - sea of the dying dhow is my fav of the year.

    Jes- conqueror

    sigur ros's new album in enjoyed a lot, forger the name though.


    Paul Mashall's album vultures is sublime.

    also Vic Chesnutt's, North Star Destroyer.

    and big business, and neurosis, and dethklok was suprisingly awesome too...
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    The *shels album is ace. I was really excited to finally hear something from them; Mahumodo were amazing and I was so pissed off when they split. And there's another one out in a month or two, isn't there?