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  1.  (370.81)
    yeah, he just released an EP and the album should be coming out in feb i think it was... he's a good mate of mine and has been since mahumodo, i followed them on tour once with eden maine and fireapple red. good times they were!
    • CommentAuthoreggzoomin
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2008 edited
    Deleted, post in error.
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2008
    Wrote up my top ten list a couple weeks ago, and will repost it here for anyone who cares (no one):

    10. Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight
    Opinions are strongly divided on this album, and for obvious reasons, as Under the Blacklight is a lot more mainstream than any of the band's previous releases. Personally, that doesn't bother me in and of itself, and the music is a lot of fun. So it's a winner in my book.
    9. The Cruxshadows - DreamCypher
    8. Interpol - Our Love to Admire
    7. Radiohead - In Rainbows
    I don't know. It's fine. It's no OK Computer. But it's good enough to make the list, though not number one.
    6. Okkervil River - The Stage Names
    5. Skinny Puppy - Mythmaker
    While I would have enjoyed a continuation of the direction Skinny Puppy went with their previous release The Greater Wrong of the Right, Mythmaker is interesting and listenable in its own right, and a worthy release.
    4. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
    3. The Tossers - Agony
    2. Bat for Lashes - Fur and Gold
    They came out of nowhere and stole my heart. Music that sounds like Danny Elfman with vocals reminiscent of Tori Amos. A fantastic release.
    1. Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero
    Who knew Reznor had this in him? I've been a fan for a while, but I never imagined he'd ever release something this good. Takes the concept album to new plateaus and his own abilities to new limits.

    Honorable mentions: A Fine Frenzy - One Cell in the Sea
    Tori Amos - American Doll Posse
    Iron and Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
    And...what the hell, Jimmy Eat World - Chase This Light. Yeah, it's not fantastic, but it's enjoyable enough.
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    I'm a power metal fan, so I'm not sure how many other people here will enjoy my choices, but here are the releases that I really liked last year, in an order that only has meaning to me:

    Kamelot - Ghost Opera
    Krypteria - Bloodangel's Cry
    Gamma Ray - Land of the Free II
    Avantasia - Lost in Space EP
    Symphony X - Paradise Lost
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    The World/Inferno Friendship Society - Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre's 20th Century - A punk/swing/cabaret/gypsy concept album about the life and times of actor Peter Lorre. Delightfully insane and hideously catchy. The title track is impossible not to singalong to.

    The Zatopeks - Damn Fool Music - Pop-punk with more reflective moments. Includes the song Daily Mail with its muted jazz trumpet and the best rhyme of the year 'neo-fascist primer' and 'Britain's hoards of social climbers'

    Cobra Skulls - Sitting Army - Leftwing punk with rockabilly and ska influences except really good instead of really bad as that description implies. Also, all their songs have the word 'cobra' or 'skull' in them.

    The Copyrights - Buzzpop anthems all the way.

    American Steel - Punked up rock music. Passionate and angry with big choruses.

    The Unlovables - Sugar-sweet bubblegum punk. Lots of 'doot-da-doot' and 'whoa-oh-oh' just like the last record. The way powerpop should be done.

    Other musical highlights of the year: J Church - The Horror of Life, Bruce Springsteen - Magic, Streetlight Manifesto - Somewhere in the Between, The 20 Belows - Headaches and Moodswings, The Ergs! - Upstairs/Downstairs, The Methadones - This Won't Hurt, The Measure (SA) - Historical Fiction (came out in 2006 but only got a CD release in 2007) and everything Off With Their Heads put out.
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2008
    The ones that did it for me:

    Springsteen - Magic
    Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
    Dropkick Murphys - The Meanest of Times
    The Good, the Bad & the Queen
    Tim Armstrong - A Poet's Life
    Mojave - Stories
    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Baby 81
    The National - Boxer
    Ryan Adams & the Cardinals - Follow the Lights
    Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II
    Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
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    Oh, The Focus Group, We Are All Pan's People deserves a mention in this thread. It's extraordinary. Sort of a mad cacophony of psychedelic nostalgia. Definitely one for fans of old BBC Radiophonic stuff and Boards of Canada.
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    (off the top of my head...)

    Hazmat Modine - Bahamut
    Paolo Angeli - Tessuti (Fred Frith and Bjork compositions played on prepared Sardinian guitar)

    Or... Completely different from that:

    Carl Stone - Al-Noor
    Biota - Half A True Day

    And not new, but I just discovered it last year:

    Peter Blegvad/Andy Partridge - Orpheus:The Lowdown
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2008
    Neon Bible was listenable, but not life changing as i was told it would be.
    Ryan Adams' Easy Tiger was fantastic and touching, even though it can easily be filed under sad bastard music with the rest of his music.
    The Hold Steady is a great bar band, and that's about the secret of it. it's worth listening to under conversations involving beer, cards, and insults.
    • CommentAuthorHumphreyLee
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008 edited
    I listen to punk rock mostly, so I really wouldn't know what was "great" but I know I really liked the new Against Me! album "New Wave" and Rocky Votolato's "The Brag and Cuss". MXPX and Bad Religion put out solid releases too, like they always do.
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    @pico - 'Neon Bible' lost something in translation after the superb 'funeral' (that was odd to write). The sweetness of the lyrics? The semi-gospel sound recorded at Godspeed's Hoel2Tango? Either way you can't deny that 'my body is a cage' isn't one hell of a heart-wrenching song.
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    olafur arnalds - eulogy for evolution
    jens lekman - night falls over kortedala
    marc collin - two for the road
    alaska in winter - dance party in the balkans
    mother and the addicts - science fiction illustrated
    pooma - persuader
    and rather a lot of other things that i can't recall but were really rather good.
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008
    gotta throw Rilo Kiley's "Under the Blacklight" out there, same with PJ Harvey's "White Chalk", the posthumous Elliott Smith double-record "New Moon", Mark Ronson's "Version", Nellie McKay's "Obligatory Villagers", Aesop Rock's "None Shall Pass", EL-P's "I'll Sleep When You're Dead", Saul Williams/NIN's "Niggy Tardust", Radiohead "In Rainbows" (yes this counts) and Bloc Party's "Weekend In The City"
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008 edited
    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...

    Sorry, better late than never, eh?

    OneTwo's "Instead" somehow managed to get the best bits of both OMD and Propaganda whilst skirting the noodly bits. Which isn't surprising, as both Humphrey's and Claudia have had ample time to go over their back catalog and cull out the best parts. There's plenty of the overblown bombast on "Instead" that was fun to hear coming from 80's synthpop bands who had just gotten their first Synclavier and were sampling the shit out of everything, but there's also a more mature scaled back musicianship on both their parts. Paul's compositions are still the best of OMD's more minimal outings, and Claudia can still hit some of the notes and reach for others, but truthfully, she's never sounded better. She's at the peak of her "Germanic synth singer" mode, a model followed by more singers than would care to admit.

    And the songs... I always dug that both OMD and Propaganda, with their capital "C" CONCEPT never forgot to toss in some songs to hum in the shower the next morning. And they don't apologize for it either, which is rare. It's a trait that a lot of the newer indie-tronic bands (LCD Soundsysytem, Postal Service) are figuring out.

    Plus, Claudia's a real sweetheart. She actually answered an email from me earlier last year, and sent me a postcard thanking me for books I sent her, for crying out loud. She really digs comics, and shares them with her kid. Which only made her all the more my favorite.

    PS: Thanks for turning me on to BURIAL. That's been playing non-stop on my iPod.
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    Now that's pretty cool.
      CommentAuthorCorey Waits
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008 edited
    For me, album of 2007 was Dillinger Escape Plan - Ire Works. They're continuing their experimentation with melody and subtelty, plus they've thrown in some really interesting glitch noises, but most importantly, they can still kick you in the balls when they need to.

    Honourable mentions:
    Hella - There's No 666 In Outer Space - Incredible, catchy, complex and crazy rock. You might have heard of Hella before, but on this album they get a full band and a vocalist (their previous albums have been predominately instrumental or noise) and attempt to make a real rock album instead of a crazy album worth of crap that merely shows off how technical and/or weird they can be.
    And it's bullshit good.

    Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero - Just when I was starting to get bored with NIN Trent brings out his most original album since TDS.
    Now all he needs to do is let Atticus Ross out of the studio for long enough for the Ross brothers, Greg Puciato and Brett Gurewitz to do an Error full length album.

    Puscifer - V Is For Vagina - I love this album, it's damn sexy electro, and it managed to piss off a whole bunch of close-minded Tool and APC fans (which was probably part of the point). My only complaint is that the two previously released tracks don't fit in with the rest of the album, and if you drop them it's only 8 tracks. It probably should have been an 8 track EP instead of a full-length.

    Venetian Snares - Pink + Green EP - It's Venetian Snares' latest CD, it's fucking good. If you like glitch/breakcore/IDM/whatever the fuck else they call it and you haven't heard of VS then you need to check this out.
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008
    The best music I've heard all year has come from little known instrumental duos in California.

    The two to drop an album in 2007 would be Clevis and Batman vs Predator.
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    @Corey Waits, there is a more recent Snares release than Pink + Green. My Downfall (Original Soundtrack) came out in October. It's a sort of follow-up to Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett, but with less beats.
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    2007 has been a year of uncovering old albums I'd forgotten for me. Everything new I've heard has been a bit underwhealming. I'm going to have to pay close attention to this thread and try all this stuff out.
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    ugh, batman vs predator just played in