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Ongoing Top Of 2007
« on: 24 Apr 2007, 18:25 »

1.  Stars - Do You Trust Your Friends?
2.  Joanna Newsom & The Ys Street Band [EP]
3.  Björk - Volta
4.  The Shins - Wincing The Night Away
5.  Guster - Satellite [EP]
6.  Apostle Of Hustle - National Anthem Of Nowhere
7.  The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
8.  Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
9.  The Bastard Fairies - Memento Mori
10.  Fountains Of Wayne - Traffic And Weather
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #1 on: 24 Apr 2007, 19:44 »

Haven't heard too many albums from this year yet, but for what it's worth:

1) Arcade Fire- Neon Bible
2) Deerhoof- Friend Opportunity
3) The Shins- Wincing The Night Away
4) Slint- Tweez

Told you I hadn't heard many albums from this year. I need to win the lottery or get over my moral scruples about bit torrenting myself into an early grave.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #2 on: 24 Apr 2007, 20:02 »

I fucking can't stand Joanna Newsom at all.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #3 on: 24 Apr 2007, 21:21 »

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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #4 on: 24 Apr 2007, 22:04 »

well let's try this out

music i've heard this year (Alphabetically)
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible*
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - Some Loud Thounder
Dark Tranquility - Fiction
Explosions in the Sky - All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone*
Field Music - Tones of Town
Finntroll - Ur Jordens Djup*
Grave Digger - Liberty or Death
Graveworm - Collateral Defeat
Grinderman - Grinderman ...it's ok but it jsut seems like cut's from a nick cave album...some good parts though
Lucky Soul - The Great Unwanted
Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
The Nation Blue - Protest Songs*
Nine Ince Nails - Year Zero*
Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?*
Samael - Solar Soul*
i can't be bothered ranking them yet so i'm jsut gonna put a star next to the good ones

albums i'm waiting for
metallica ... we'll see what rick rubin does but...we'll see what happens
judas priest - nostradamus...can't wait for this especially since they said they'll be touring oz this year
wintersun - time - IT GOT PUSHED BACK AGAIN...someone will have to die for this
circle takes the square - apparantly my favorite screamo group are releasing a new album this year
trans-siberian orcehstra - night castle - we'll this is there second non-christmas offering what's more with the same vocalist who did beethovens last night also oh fortuna is on it...should be fun
dreamthreater - systematic chaos ... this could be a step backwards considering they're now on roadrunner but again let's see what happens
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #5 on: 24 Apr 2007, 22:20 »

So far this year, I've heard and liked:

Apostle of Hustle - National Anthem of Nowhere
the Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (which I didn't actually like at first, but have warmed up to over time)
the Besnard Lakes - the Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse
the Joel Plaskett Emergency - Ashtray Rock
Menomena - Friend and Foe
Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Patrick Wolf - the Magic Position
Stars - Do You Trust Your Friends? (for the Final Fantasy mix alone)

I still need to get my hands on the new Ted Leo, Low, Air, and Do Make Say Think.

PS. I'm with Jeph. Uniqueness alone does not a good artist make......although I WILL give Ms. Newsom a slight break for naming her EP as she did. The Ys Street Band....that's pretty funny.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #6 on: 24 Apr 2007, 22:56 »

metallica ... we'll see what rick rubin does but...we'll see what happens

I hope they call it Thank Christ, We Ditched Bob Rock.

I guess I'll expand this post a bit. Jeph, which Joanna Newsom tracks have you heard? Have you given Ys a full, devoted listen? When approached properly it's an album which demands your attention so it can reveal itself as extraordinarily sublime.

So far my ten favourite records are Andrew Bird, Bright Eyes, Do Make Say Think, Feist, Low, Maserati, Maximo Park, The Ponys Sondre Lerche and Ted Leo, though not in that exact order.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #7 on: 24 Apr 2007, 23:06 »

I fucking can't stand Joanna Newsom at all.

He says what we're all thinking! Sometimes I forget just how annoying she really is and think I should give her another try. I've gotta stop that.

Modest Mouse- We Were Dead...
Bloc Party- A Weekend in the City
Machine Head- The Blackening
The Arcade Fire- Neon Bible
Anberlin- Cities
Explosions in the Sky- All of a Sudden I Miss Everybody

I find it weird that these are the only albums from this year I've heard.
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« Reply #8 on: 24 Apr 2007, 23:15 »

I haven't posted in awhile....but here goes:

Soulsavers - "It's Not How Far You Fall, It's The Way You Land"
Zozobra - "Harmonic Tremors"
Grinderman - "Grinderman"
The Young Gods - "Super Ready"

Those come to mind right away.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #9 on: 24 Apr 2007, 23:17 »

1. John Zorn - Six Litanies for Heliogabalus
2. Rhys Chatham - A Crimson Grail (For 400 Electric Guitars)
3. Times New Viking - Present the Paisley Reich
4. The Magik Markers - Last of the Retsin/You Can't Fuck a Clock
5. Marnie Stern - In Advance of the Broken Arm
6. Cold Bleak Heat - Simitu
7. Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity
8. Charlemagne Palestine - A Sweet Quasimodo Between Black Vampire Butterflies
9. Boredoms - Super Roots 9
10. Joanna Newsom - Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #10 on: 25 Apr 2007, 00:33 »

Samael - Solar Soul (Fucking amazing)
Therion - Gothic Kaballah

Haven't heard yet but seem interesting:
New Mayhem
New Ensiferum
New Cephalic Carnage

Still waiting for:

Narargoth - Semper Fidelis
new Summoning EP
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #11 on: 25 Apr 2007, 05:17 »

So far, in particular order:

Feist - The Reminder
Dntel - Dumb Luck
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity
Patrick Wolf - the Magic Position

That's only this far, I'll update as I hear more.



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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #12 on: 25 Apr 2007, 06:11 »

The Low and Blonde Redhead albums are both distinctly 'alright'. 'Drums and Guns' is hampered by you know what. Blonde Redhead sorta forgot to write enough songs. The four songs they did remember to write were excellent though. The Deerhoof album was pretty great but I already over-listened to it.

Looking forward to the new Feist album though.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #13 on: 25 Apr 2007, 06:32 »

Of what i've listened to so far this year i'd say my top 5 goes:

1) Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are you the Destroyer?
2) Menomena - Friend & Foe
3) Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity
4) LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
5) !!! - Myth Takes
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #14 on: 25 Apr 2007, 06:51 »

Hmmm

1. Neurosis- Given to the Rising
2&3. Jesu- Conqueror, Sun Down/Sun Rise
4,5,6. Nadja- Touched, Base Fluid, Thaumogenesis
7. Eluvium- Copia
8. EITS- All of a Sudden I miss everyone.

There's going to be some great stuff released later this year: New Angelic Process, Probably ten new Aidan Baker, Nadja and Boris releases (dudes are prolific), and dare I say, new Metallica.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #15 on: 25 Apr 2007, 06:57 »

1. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
2. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
3. Tie between LCD Soundystem's Sound of Silver and Panda Bear's Person Pitch
4. Deerhunter - Cryptograms
5. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
6. Elliott Smith - New Moon (it would be higher, but I've already heard most of the songs on live thingers)
7. Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity
8. Explosions in the Sky - All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
9. Do Make Say Think - You, You're a History in Rust
10. Avey Tare and Kria Brekkan - Pullhair Rubeye (definately talking about the forward version)
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #16 on: 25 Apr 2007, 07:12 »

My album of the year is already set; I'm going with "Blessed Are The Bonds" by The Pax Cecilia. It's like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Pg.99, and Russian Circles all got together in a locked room for a fight to the death, and got their ass handed to them by the new kid in town. Gridgm, if you're a fan of CTTS, you might want to check them out.

Also:
Explosions In The Sky - All Of The Sudden I Miss Everyone (I actually think I like the remix CD a little better)
Dalek - Abandoned Language (although I have yet to actually purchase said album, I plan to soon)
Poison The Well - Versions (ready to accept a bit of shit for this one, but I stand by my opinion that it is fucking good)

I can't think off the top of my head what else I've heard so far this year. I'm looking forward to new releases by Sage Francis, Modern Life Is War, Pig Destroyer, and Neurosis as well.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #17 on: 25 Apr 2007, 07:19 »

8. Charlemagne Palestine - A Sweet Quasimodo Between Black Vampire Butterflies

I have got to track this down.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #18 on: 25 Apr 2007, 07:22 »

Sundowner - Four One Five Two


That's it! Sorry David, but the new Bloc Party was a horrid letdown for me.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #19 on: 25 Apr 2007, 07:32 »

My opinion is that Ys is a brilliantly written album that is totally deserving of all the praise it gets, but I will never be able to listen to all of it because Joanna Newsom's voice makes my brain hurt

So far: (in no particular order, and there are probably several that i'm just not thinking of right now)
Feist - The Reminder
!!! - Myth Takes
Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
Sondre Lerche - Phantom Punch

However, I have the feeling that when Bjork's new album comes out, it will be on the top of that list

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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #20 on: 25 Apr 2007, 09:07 »

Highlights in bold 'cos I'm allergic to making ordered lists:

Metal division:

Finntroll - Ur Jordens Djup
Samael - Solar Soul (fucking amazing)
Jesu - Conqueror

Indie, post-rock and the like:

Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet
Ted Leo - Living With The Living
EITS - All Of A Sudden...
Amiina - Kurr (initially a bit disappointing but I reckon repeated listens will yield good times)

Electronic division:

Assemblage 23 - Meta
VNV Nation - Judgement

Melotron - Propaganda
Neuropa - The Blitz
Syrian - Alien Nation (futurepop CD of the year in my books, and I bum VNV. Hell of an album)
Virtual Server - Setup
Combichrist - What The Fuck Is Wrong With You People (wasn't that big a fan before but this one's got some real highlights)
Reaper - Hell Starts With An H (stupid name, remarkable music)
Diorama - A Different Life (another band I considered hit or miss before who've really hit a run of form here)
!!! - Myth Takes
Melee Beats - Bel Esteem
The Field - From Here We Go Sublime

Disappointments and failures:

Only NIN so far. It's not really bad but it's not really good either. About the closest I can come to complimenting this CD is that it's not as awful as With Teeth.

2007 is fucking awesome.

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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #21 on: 25 Apr 2007, 09:42 »

'Drums and Guns' is hampered by you know what.

Maybe it works better on vinyl? I know Fridmann's production on The Woods enhances the experience on LP, making it sound like one of the best albums from the eras it's paying homage to. But certainly I'd disagree with this assessment at any rate. I've heard some terribly-produced albums - Born In The U.S.A. and Double Nickels On The Dime come to mind - that I still think are fantastic because the songs are so good.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #22 on: 25 Apr 2007, 15:45 »

The Deerhoof album was pretty great but I already over-listened to it.

I feel the same way. Even moreso because shortly after I got the album, I saw them in Chicago. Friend Opportunity is a great album but it's sorta like Reveille through Milk Man in that they're only about a half hour long and it's easy to get burnt out on them and forget how good they are.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #23 on: 25 Apr 2007, 17:11 »

I think that Joanna Newsom is pretty fantastic. Though it seems like as soon as some one respected like Jeph says something about it everyone agrees, dispite there previous opion haha.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #24 on: 25 Apr 2007, 17:17 »

I honestly don't find anything about her voice annoying but I'm drawn to quirky singers like Dylan, Daniel Johnston, the Shaggs, Half Japanese, etc.

If that's why you don't like her, feel free.  It's the people who are like "omg she's an elf" and "Lord Of The Rings!!" that annoy me.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #25 on: 25 Apr 2007, 17:56 »

The Deerhoof album was pretty great but I already over-listened to it.

I feel the same way. Even moreso because shortly after I got the album, I saw them in Chicago. Friend Opportunity is a great album but it's sorta like Reveille through Milk Man in that they're only about a half hour long and it's easy to get burnt out on them and forget how good they are.

I'm really into the idea of Deerhoof as a songs band. None of their albums is necessarily a timeless masterpiece, but they all have at least a few amazing songs that I can play over and over again.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #26 on: 25 Apr 2007, 17:58 »

Menomena fo sho

And i just bought Tago Mago 2 weeks ago
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #27 on: 25 Apr 2007, 19:06 »

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I'm sorry I couldn't hear what you said over all the [WARBLE WARBLE WARBLE WARBLE WARBLE HARP]
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #28 on: 25 Apr 2007, 19:47 »

Deerhunter- Cryptograms
Boris with Michio Kurihara- Rainbow
The Field- From Here We Go Sublime
Low- Drums and Guns
A Sunny Day in Glasgow- Scribble Mural Comic Journal

I haven't been blown away by any metal records yet, which is a little disappointing.  Oh well, there's always the rest of the year.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #29 on: 25 Apr 2007, 20:14 »

Here's my attempt to organize a top 10:

1.  Handsome Furs - Plague Park
2.  Low - Drums and Guns
3.  Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse
4.  Frog Eyes - Tears Of The Valedictorian
5.  Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
6.  Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
7.  Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity
8.  LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver
9.  Fugitives - In Streetlight Communication
10.  Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #30 on: 25 Apr 2007, 23:08 »

WARBLE

clearly you mean SHRIEK
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« Reply #31 on: 26 Apr 2007, 06:40 »

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I'm sorry I couldn't hear what you said over all the [WARBLE WARBLE WARBLE WARBLE WARBLE HARP]

You could have someone gargling while singing

"That the meteorite is a source of the light
And the meteor's just what we see
And the meteoroid is a stone that's devoid of the fire that propelled it to thee

And the meteorite's just what causes the light
And the meteor's how it's perceived
And the meteoroid's a bone thrown from the void that lies quiet in offering to thee"

and I'd still think it was fucking amazing. But I'm nerdy for lyrics like this.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #32 on: 26 Apr 2007, 14:23 »

n My top 10 so far, not in order:
Arcade Fire- Neon Bible
Do Make Say Think- You, You're a History in Rust (the vinyl of this album sounds really really good)
Eluvium- Copia
Explosions in the Sky- All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
Menomena- Friend and Foe
Grails- Burning of the Impurities
Fridge- The Sun
Tarentel- The Ghetto Beats on the Surface of the Sun Series (Volumes 1-4)
Stars of the Lid- And Their Refinement of the Decline
Frog Eyes- Tears of the Valedictorian
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #33 on: 26 Apr 2007, 19:10 »

Damn, how did I forget Stars Of The Lid. Awesome CD right there.

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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #34 on: 26 Apr 2007, 19:52 »

Nine Inch Nails isn't usually my thing but the sonics he's got going on his new record are great. I'd pick it up if I were you.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #35 on: 27 Apr 2007, 13:53 »

8. Charlemagne Palestine - A Sweet Quasimodo Between Black Vampire Butterflies

I have got to track this down.

Are you a fan?
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #36 on: 27 Apr 2007, 15:38 »

In order, vaguely:

Hold Steady - Boys And Girls In America ('First Night' is, I think, a modern classic waiting to be discovered by the mainstream press)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues Tour
NIN - Year Zero
Porcupine Tree - Fear of a Blank Planet
Grant Lee-Philips - Strangelet
Mando Diao or however you spell it - Ode To Ochrasy
Jamie T - Panic Prevention

That's more or less all I've heard so far.

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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #37 on: 27 Apr 2007, 15:51 »

Hold Steady - Boys And Girls In America ('First Night' is, I think, a modern classic waiting to be discovered by the mainstream press)

I thought the mainstream press were already all over this band like knockers in a wind tunnel.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #38 on: 27 Apr 2007, 16:02 »

That they are. But it's that specific song, I genuinely mean a classic, which I'm talking about. Of course this is all irrelevant as it is just my opinion  :-D

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« Reply #39 on: 27 Apr 2007, 21:28 »

Are you a fan?

Of the bits and pieces that I've heard. I don't really know too much about him or his music, but I really liked the 'Duo Strumming for Two Harpsichords' and according to allmusic this sounds like it uses a similar techinique. I buy every piece of his work that I run across, but it's a vary rare thing to find around here.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #40 on: 28 Apr 2007, 00:31 »

I thought the mainstream press were already all over this band like knockers in a wind tunnel.

I thought this album came out last year.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #41 on: 28 Apr 2007, 06:10 »

Not in Engerland.

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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #42 on: 28 Apr 2007, 06:16 »

Ahh Joanna Newsom.

Im sure she can hit the "brown note"
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #43 on: 09 May 2007, 03:43 »

Joanna Newsom is one of the worst singers ever to be let near a microphone.  She's not just bad - her voice is actively unendurable to anyone with a trained ear.  I asked four people I know what they thought she sounded like and, without any kind of consultation among themselves, three of them described her as sounding "like a retarded elf".  The last went with "retarded nine year old".

The Orange cellphone network used one of her songs in adverts for a short while last year, but pulled the ad after receiving a large number of comments to the effect that a phone company should not be making its customers wish they were completely deaf.  :evil:  (Smiley aside, I really am not joking.)


Albums of this year I has hearded so far, in no particular order:

Fear of a Blank Planet (Porcupine Tree)
Judgement (VNV Nation)
Todo Cambia (Slovo) - yes, I know it isn't Officially out yet; I have a PRLE copy.
The Threads EP (Thea Gilmore) - LE of 1000 and all sold, or I'd pimp it.  Thea's a great young British artist who deserves all the support she can get.
Blue Satin Alley (Abigail Hopkins) - forthcoming album from Hannibal Lecter's daughter, of which I've managed to acquire a press copy.  It's fucking dire IMO.
At The End of Paths Taken (Cowboy Junkies) - not as good as One Soul Now, but a big step up on E21CB.

And one from the arse end of last year:

Around in Circles (Dan Arborise) - sounds a lot like John Martyn crossed with Elbow.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #44 on: 09 May 2007, 07:39 »

Remind me never to get my ear trained.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #45 on: 09 May 2007, 08:12 »

Jedit, cut the hate yeah?
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« Reply #46 on: 09 May 2007, 10:07 »

The new Feist is fan-fucking-tastic.

And thanks to Oli, I've also had a listen to Frank Turner's debut, "Sleep is for the Week". Currently tops on my list.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #47 on: 09 May 2007, 12:27 »


8. Charlemagne Palestine - A Sweet Quasimodo Between Black Vampire Butterflies

Strumming Music is the only thing I've heard from him, but I love it, so I have to get ahold of this.  I didn't know he was still around and making music.  What other releases of his would you recommend?
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #48 on: 09 May 2007, 13:41 »

Joanna Newsom is one of the worst singers ever to be let near a microphone.  She's not just bad - her voice is actively unendurable to anyone with a trained ear.  I asked four people I know what they thought she sounded like and, without any kind of consultation among themselves, three of them described her as sounding "like a retarded elf".  The last went with "retarded nine year old".

I have a trained ear. Patiently awaiting the No True Scotsman reply.
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Re: Ongoing Top Of 2007
« Reply #49 on: 10 May 2007, 00:53 »

My album of the year is already set; I'm going with "Blessed Are The Bonds" by The Pax Cecilia. It's like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Pg.99, and Russian Circles all got together in a locked room for a fight to the death, and got their ass handed to them by the new kid in town. Gridgm, if you're a fan of CTTS, you might want to check them out.

um...WOW

thanks for that recomendation i think it might be my album of the year as well
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they do play my favorite songs
not music i'm told to like
but the songs that make me dance along
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