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    • CommentAuthorPaulBurke
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
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    Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover

    Warren, I know you like a bit of Wolf Parade and Swan Lake. Sunset Rubdown are Spencer Krug's (of the aforementioned) genius creation and every song on Random Spirit Lover is an epic. I can't express my love for this album without dribbling everywhere.
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    @Old Moon Face - Yeah, I kinda ignored that because a good friend of mine (and rabid Snares fan) told me that it was crap (I can't remember the exact phrase he used, but he was basically saying that it was absolute wank that he made for nobody but himself).

    But yeah, you're right, I should've phrased it differently.
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    I hope I didn't come off as needlessly pedantic there, I just assumed you'd missed it and wanted to point you towards it.

    It's not wank, exactly. I find Snares pretty self-indulgent much of the time anyway. It's definitely worth a listen, though.
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    There was a bunch of good stuff released this past year as well as a ton of good tours.
    Records:
    LCD Soundsystem - Sounds of Silver
    Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
    The National - Boxer
    Super Furry Animals - Hey Venus!
    Galactic - From the Corner to the Block
    The Good, The Bad, & The Queen
    Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger
    Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
    Shooter Jennings - The Wolf
    Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
    John Fogerty - Revival
    Steve Earle - Washington Square Serenade

    Gigs:
    My Morning Jacket's 2 night stand at the Ogden Theater. Jim James' cowboy outfit complete with cap pistols brightened a very cold and snowy January.
    JJ Grey and Mofro at Cervantes, Copper Mountain, and the Ogden. One of the best live performances going on right now. I am very glad that he likes Colorado.
    G Love and Special Sauce at Red Rocks. Played with Slighty Stoopid and Ozomatli, just a great live show.
    Monolith Music festival at Red Rocks. Great lineup of local acts, regional bands, and big names. Had the hilarious moment where the Decemberists were playing a nice soft ballad and then Black Rebel Motorcycle Club started up on the upper stage, and that was all you could hear. Also, Bob Logg III doing Boob Scotch with a girl on each leg. He rocks http://www.boblog111.com/
    Daft Punk at Red Rocks. I didnt drink or take anything but felt like I was high as a kite the whole show. The whole place was just a sweaty grindathon.
    Hank Williams III at the Gothic. I have only listened to his country stuff, and only seen him before at festivals so I was wondering why half the people there were wearing Slayer T-shirts. I figured out the answer to that question when for a second set, he brought out his metalcore band Ass Jack.
    Hot Buttered Rum and Railroad Earth at the Gothic. Two great bluegrass/newgrass bands with a big following in Colorado. If you told me 15 years ago that I would be into bluegrass, I would have punched you.
    Alice in Chains, unplugged at the Ogden. Ahh, college. It was like a trip back in time. They sounded great, and the new singer is not Layne, but he's pretty damn close.
    Yonder Mountain String Band with G Love at the Fillmore. Yonder is always a good show. They tour everywhere and if you get a chance to see them... do.
    Jerry
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      CommentAuthorhowyadoin
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2008
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    Alice in Chains, unplugged at the Ogden. Ahh, college. It was like a trip back in time. They sounded great, and the new singer is not Layne, but he's pretty damn close.


    I think the real test will be when they go back into the studio. I'd hate to see them turn into an Alice in Chains cover band.
    • CommentAuthorradian
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2008
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    'Untrue' is a grower I think, didn't get into it straight away.

    From a completely different direction; 'Two Hunters' - Wolves in the Throne Room.
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      CommentAuthorCyman
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2008 edited
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    Arcade Fire- Neon Bible
    Kings Of Leon- Because Of The Times
    Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra- Security
    The National- Boxer
    The Nightwatchmen- One Man Revolution
    Tokyo Police Club- a lesson in crime
    Fiest- The Reminder
    Serj Tankian- Elect The Dead
    The White Stripes- Icky Thump
    That's just a quick top ten in no particular order.
    Apparently LCD Soundsystem and Band Of Horses are great. I haven't heard them. Fuck MIA.
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      CommentAuthorCyman
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
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    Tom Waits- Orphans: Bawlers, Brawlers and Bastards.
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      CommentAuthorvideocrime
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
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    I brought my iPod to work so I could list off some more genius records from 2007.

    Spoon - GAGAGAGAGAGA
    The Hold Steady - Live at Fingerprints (it counts, damnit!)
    Alkaline Trio - Remains
    Garrison Starr - The Girl That Killed September
    Ani DiFranco - Canon
    Shame Club - Come On
    Motion City Soundtrack - Even If It Kills Me
    Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation (Re-issue)
    Tegan & Sara - The Con
    Hot Hot Heat - Happiness LTD
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs - IS IS (EP)
    Piebald - Accidental Gentlemen
    Queens of the Stone Age - Era Vulgaris
    Dashboard Confessional - The Shade of Poison Trees/Wiretapes vol. 1
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      CommentAuthorJehrot
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
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    Albums I throw shapes to in the safety of my head.
    In no particular order.

    65DaysOfStatic - The Destruction Of Small Ideas
    !!! - Myth Takes
    Radiohead - In Rainbows
    NIN - Year Zero
    Soulsavers - It's Not How Far You Fall, It's the Way You Land
    Goon Moon - Lickers Last Leg
    QOTSA - Era Vulgaris
    Kings Of Leon - Because of the Times
    Efterklang - Parades
    Down - Over the Under
    Cooper Temple Clause - Make This Your Own
    Explosions in the Sky - All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
    Silversun Pickups - Pikul
    Poison the Well - Versions
    Grizzly Bear - Yellow House (pretty sure that was 06, but I'm pleading ignorance)
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      CommentAuthorARES
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
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    Okay I have to revise my list, Deathspell Omega and Om have met two other incredible albums from 2007:



    Scald's latest album has a handful of straightforward (for them) hardcore-ish songs, followed by about 20 minutes of anti-religious noise, which seems more effective than their last album's amazing second half of digitized noise. In fact, Fluke is almost like an easier to digest yet more effective version of Vermiculatus, and there is nothing wrong with that. These dudes are turning into one of my favourite unknown bands.

    Mammatus' latest may sound like retro-rock, which is fine when it is this grand, but further listenings have revealed it to be something much much more. A magical album, no doubt. Infinite gobs of soul and power. These guys remind me of Colour Haze, but with more Tull instead of Sabbath.

    I could easily make a Top 20 for this year, but I really don't like to make huge lists anymore. I'd rather just point out the handful of amazing ones and then appreciate the others. In closing: I'm listening to Year Zero as I type this, and I like it quite a bit, but it belongs nowhere near The Great Album List of 2007 + In Rainbows is vastly overrated, but still perfectly okay.
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      CommentAuthorliquidcow
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2008
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    I knew immediately upon it's release that Mirrored by Battles would be on every music critic's list of best albums of 2007. Not that I disagree with that.

    Generally it was quite an underhwleming year, 2006 was better.

    My definite favourites are:

    Battles - Mirrored
    Neurosis - Given to the Rising
    LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
    Radiohead - In Rainbows

    These albums I thought were good but not necessarily great:

    Akercocke - Antichrist
    Nile - Ithyphallic
    Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero

    These I'm not sure about yet and were possibly disappointing but not bad:

    Bjork - Volta
    Einstuzende Neubauten - Alles Weider Offen
    Interpol - Our Love to Admire
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    I'm kinda late with my list but...

    Battles - Mirrored
    and
    Burial - Untrue
    (These seem to be on everyone's best of list, lol)

    Basia Bulat - Oh My Darling (I Was a Daughter and Snakes and Ladders are my fave tracks)

    Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam (Fireworks is my second fave track of the year...right behind Atlas)

    Apparat - Walls (Arcadia and Like Porcelain are my top track picks)

    Rodrigo y Gabriela - Self Titled

    and finally:

    Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
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      CommentAuthorTim Bishop
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2008
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    I dipped my big toe in this for curiosity's sake, but Japancakes' song-for-song cover of Loveless stuck with me throughout the holidays and beyond. At first, I thought my affection for the original was driving my high estimate of this new take, but I truly enjoy this on its own merit.

    Oh, and Kings of Leon's Because of the Times made me bob my head and wiggle unashamedly, too.
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      CommentAuthorliquidcow
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2008
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    I thought I hated Kings Of Leon, but Because Of The Times was actually pretty good, even if it was a little obvious that they've just got into lots of post-rock bands.
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    – Nine Inch Nails: Year Zero and Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D
    – Saul Williams: The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!
    – Venetian Snares: My Downfall (Original Soundtrack)
    – Burial: Untrue
    – Wu-Tang Clan: 8 Diagrams
    – Amon Tobin: Foley Room
    – Modeselektor: Happy Birthday
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    Oh! I can't believe I forgot about "Foley Room". Bloodstone is another one of my fave tracks of 2007.
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    I dipped my big toe in this for curiosity's sake, but Japancakes' song-for-song cover of Loveless stuck with me throughout the holidays and beyond. At first, I thought my affection for the original was driving my high estimate of this new take, but I truly enjoy this on its own merit.

    That is such a strange fucking record....
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    @ Cyman - Hate to nitpick, but Orphans came out late 2006. I only know that because I was able to buy it and upload it all to my Zen before I went over to Thailand in December of 2006.

    But yeah, great fucking album.
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      CommentAuthorCyman
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2008
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    Damn, I should have known that, Corey. Wasn't thinking. Still anyone who doesn't have it should.
    I think In Rainbows could be my favorite Radiohead album ever? Which is delightful, but baffling!. It feels like I'm reading a comic better than Preacher... it's just wrong how good it is.
    That said my favorite 07 album is The National-Boxer. Though I may have to check out this Japancakes business. When Warren Ellis- the guy who writes Doktor Sleepless and Desolation Jones- says it's a "strange fucking record", you know something's not quite right with it.