23 Jan 2008, 19:27 by tkdcoach
22 Jan 2008, 19:31 by eric_mo20) The Hermit Crabs — Saw You Dancing
If post-Dear Catastrophe Waitress Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura and Math & Physics Club had an own genre, Hermit Crabs would fit in it perfectly. But of course, it doesn't have the same appeal that Life Pursuit or Let's Get Out Of This Country had. They lack depth of organs and brasses and perhaps a better production that differentiates them. Yet, for a first full lenght, this is promising.
19) Jack Peñate — Matinee
Something like Arctic Monkeys meet Jack Johnson: standard pop music with interesting guitars.
18) Radiohead — In Rainbows
17) Panda Bear — Person Pitch
Overrated as hell, but they do have their moments.
16) The Field — From Here We Go Sublime
Differently from Caribou, The Field sometimes might just sound stupid with some of the excessive looping. Still, it has several good moments in which evolution within the songs is percepetible in subtle changes and details that, afterall, is what differentiates The Field from the rest.
13 Jan 2008, 06:44 by OneLegger
10 Jan 2008, 05:16 by ChudleyCannonsThis took some time. There were way too many good albums released in 2007. I had forty albums released in '07 that I loved, and this was originally going to be a top ten list. That ended up not being possible. And 2008 looks so terribly hopeful. I have a whole blog elsewhere on the land of the internets why each is where. But. I couldn't be bothered to copy and paste it here, and tag everything. Bear in mind I am not saying this is most definitely the order they go in. Just my personal order of what I loved the most of all the brilliance this year.
30. Wild Mountain Nation - Blitzen Trapper
29. Challengers - The New Pornographers
28. The Reminder - Feist
27. The Else - They Might Be Giants
26. The Stage Names - Okkervil River
25. Places Like This - Architecture in Helsinki
24. Granddance - Dappled Cities (US release)
23. Some Loud Thunder - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
22. The Broken String - Bishop Allen
21. The Shepherd's Dog - Iron And Wine
2 Jan 2008, 02:55 by dpollardMy overall feeling about the year is that it was neither a treasure trove nor a flop. I picked up new albums by many bands to whom I'd never listened. Out of my top eight albums of the year, half of them were from bands new to me. Bands with whom I was already familiar had mixed results for their new albums. I pulled out five albums that demonstrated very exciting improvements over previous releases. I also pulled out six albums that fell flat compared to previous releases. I should note that some of these slips involved a follow-up to an off-the-charts good album. Thus some of these slips were still killer records.
I'm very happy that the disco high-hat trend has come and gone. Bands still use it, but it's not the defining feature of the landscape. And where it is, the band totally sucks.
Here are the lists ... enjoy!
Top records of the year:
Blanket Ice (Luff)
Icons, Abstract Thee (of Montreal)
Neon Bible (The Arcade Fire)
2 Jan 2008, 02:15 by markyd751. Boxer - The National
2. In Rainbows - Radiohead
3. Can't Go Back - Papercuts
4. The Theif And The Heartbreaker - Alberta Cross
5. I Can't Go On, I'll Go On - The Broken West
6. Wild Mountain Nation - Blitzen Trapper
7. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga - Spoon
8. The Shepherd's Dog - Iron & Wine
9. The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse - The Besnard Lakes
10. Our Love to Admire - Interpol
11. When The Deer Wore Blue - Figurines
12. Autumn Of The Seraphs - Pinback
13. Wincing the Night Away - The Shins
14. The Reminder - Feist
15. The Flying Club Cup - Beirut
16. Flourescent Grey - Deerhunter
17. Andorra - Caribou
18. Grinderman - Grinderman
19. Drums and Guns - Low
20. 23 - Blonde Redhead
21. In Our Nature - José González
22. Octopus - The Bees
23. Florist Fired - Marmoset
24. Friend and Foe - Menomena
25. Arriving At Night - Victor Bernon
26. Steingarten - Pole
30 Dec 2007, 03:54 by aaronleclairOverall Analysis
2007 was a year of mainstream breakthroughs. The trend of indie simply becoming a subset of the homogeneous mainstream culture, inevitable for a few years now, began speeding up as if exponentially. You could hear Wilco advertising you Volkswagens, the New Pornographers advertising you second-rate online courses from the University of Phoenix, and Andrew Bird selling you a room at the Residence in that seemingly an acrobat could perform in. If that wasn't enough, you could hear Feist and Andrew Bird at your local Starbucks. And if you still weren't satisfied, The Shins'Phantom Limb was playing for you at a local IKEA bathroom.
This year, the band that was your best-kept secret was most likely to become the word on everyone's lips. Certainly, fans of Death Cab for Cutie and Modest Mouse before their 2004 breakthroughs are already familiar with that feeling - that they're not necessarily "your" band anymore. …
22 Dec 2007, 15:41 by bboysgirlI already compiled my favorite albums of 2007 list, but I've had a few friends ask me to recommend some other 2007 albums. Below are the albums I listened to in 2007 that I believe are worth checking out for one reason or another. A few of them almost made my favorite albums list. (Numbered for reading ease only.)
1. Untrue - Burial
Dark, dance songs -- the kind you would hear in a trendy bar with red walls, cubed furniture, and candles on the tables
Recommended Track: Archangel
2. I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me From Being The Master - Electric Six
Dance beats and humorous Tenacious D-like lyrics
Recommended Track: Down At McDonaldz
3. Piñata - Mexican Institute of Sound
Highly recommended! A fusion of sounds: latin, hip-hop, dance, rap, samples
Recommended Track: El Microfono
4. Dystopia - Midnight Juggernauts
Highly recommended! Catchy synth beats and space themes make this album irrestible. Justice called Midnight Juggernauts their favorite new artist.
22 Dec 2007, 01:55 by hardluckstoriesI am not a music critic. I actually despise music critics. I don't care about someone else's opinion I just want to know what it sounds like. So here is my tops of 2007 and I will not sit here and write down the worst, because they may be your favorites.
25.Random Spirit Lover
Spencer Krug never ceases to amaze me. I am not a diehard fan like some, but the times I have seen him live, and the times I really sit down with his albums I understand why some are head over heels for him. This album highlights his songwriting, as well as the complete band he has formed. The strange vocals, melting pot of sound and beautiful formation of songs makes this album to me ahead f his other projects.
24. Pick up Sticks
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Putting the 'close to Jeff Mangum' label on a band gives me a headache. It seems any time a band puts a sound out there that has any horns, or sporadic take on pop music we have a tendency to jump to conclusions and…
19 Dec 2007, 07:02 by PoorYorickWhat a great year for music! I was saddened to have to leave off some excellent records that I really love, but I’m still happy with my list as it stands.
These are my favorite records from the year 2007:
1. AA Bondy - American Hearts
2. Ezra Furman and the Harpoons - Banging Down The Doors
3. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
4. No Age - Weirdo Rippers
5. The Affair - Yes Yes To You
6. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
7. Earlimart - Mentor Tormentor
8. Bodies of Water - Ears Will Pop and Eyes Will Blink
9. Great Lakes Myth Society - Compass Rose Bouquet
10. Blitzen Trapper - Wild Mountain Nation
11. Yeasayer - All Hour Cymbals
12. The Broken West - I Can't Go On I'll Go On
13. Super Furry Animals - Hey Venus!
14. The 1900s - Cold and kind
15. The Greencards - Viridian
16. Arbouretum - Rites of Uncovering
17. Ola Podrida - Ola Podrida
18. Kanye West - Graduation
19. Hopewell - Beautiful Targets
20. Bella - No One Will Know