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27 jan 2008, 22:40

i figured since we were now a month away from 2007, now would be a suitable time to drop my reflections on a year's music on the people.

Warning: may contain opinions.
"Anti-bashing" pussies might find it more productive to go somewhere else.

Top 10
El-PI'll Sleep When You're Dead: The most deliberate, forceful, sincere and fucking heartfelt record of the year, when you listen you begin to understand the five-year gap between this and Fantastic Damage. Is it better than the latter? It's a moot point. They're both different and both essential. ISWYD is a ferocious unrelenting broadside against "infected money slobbing pesticrats" where every beat's a banger and every emotion is raw enough to wring hot angry tears. From the adrenalising Mars Volta-starring opener "Tasmanian Pain Coaster", it doesn't let up. Every Weatherman (bar Breeze Brewin') turns up for a guest shot. By the time El and gorgeous Chan "Cat Power" Marshall (who incidentally would make a great couple) close it with strung-out duet "poisenville kids no wins" you pretty much just want to hit play again. Indispensable shit.

Rufus WainwrightRelease The Stars: as another review somewhere else put it, this makes pretty much all other pop music release this year sound rather bloodless. Rufus – or Rufus! as it should be spelt – returns to sprinkle his wonderful melodic gay stardust over everything. Unexpected actress cameos, Phantom of the Opera steals, kitchen-sink+ orchestration and melody after glorious melody. i sort of wish i was gay so i could be this stylish.

Aesop RockNone Shall Pass: Aes delivers what might be his most straight-ahead, yet still fantastic album yet, cutting through some of the harder-edged or more 'difficult' stuff from his earlier works in favour of the loved-up title track, swaggering "The Harbor Is Yours" and double-time banger "Coffee", with The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle. Blockhead's beats, making up half the album, are a key part, but Aes' own production is improving all the time, with beats like "39 Thieves" and "Five Fingers" among the best of his oeuvre, let alone among stuff he's produced himself.

WeakerthansReunion Tour: One of those albums that a band releases that makes you remember exactly why you love them so much and also wonder why you forgot to keep listening to them. This is very possibly the best Weakerthans album yet - there is at most one skippable track, the lyrics are diversely-concerned (another one sung by Virtute the cat from Reconstruction Site,curling, medical oddities, a man who saw Bigfoot...), funny and poignant, the tunes are acely memorable, but most of all it all just seems to cohere so well.

BattlesMirrored: Everybody seemingly shat themselves when this came out that an amazing album with progressive rock overtones had appeared. Ummm... that's not exactly unique, slowpokes. Put down whatever shitty NME-aping indie shitrag is pimping itself around as the New Incredible Tastemaker of the Month, proffering the same 5 identikit shitty garage/punk-funk/British-indie-with-novelty-lyrics bands, and you'll see that innovative, prog-inspired masterpieces come out literally every year. OMG teh Mars Volta?!?!?! anyway, Mirrored combined prime technicality with sly humour and, most importantly, boss danceable tunes to cement its place in the year's CD players.

Rob SonicSabotage Gigante: Second Sonzarelli album comes ridiculously correct with both beats and rhymes. A lot of heads say it's loads better than Telicatessen, i liked Telicatessen too so i dunno about the "loads" part. It's lean as well – about 35 minutes i seem to remember – which is a refreshing change with a lot of hip-hop records. Rob and Aesop Rock seem to be forming a steady collaborative partnership, which can only be good (see also "Bobby from the Bronx"'s hilarious appearances with Aes and Blockhead on that MTV2 "advice column" show they did this summer. And even Busdriver isn't *that* annoying after a few listens.

Wu-Tang Clan8 Diagrams: i couldn't give a shit what the haters have to say about this, frankly it's a New Wu-Tang Clan Album and it is The First New Wu-Tang Clan Album for six long years and therefore naysaying is fucking IRRELEVANT. It may have some problems (too much singing; not enough Ghost, especially noticeable on the ODB tribute) but RZA turns in a sterling collection of beats and the Clan sound energized and on-point. The end result is about three skippable tunes on a 16-track album. Who else from the class of '93 is still hitting that rate? And at the end of the day it's a New Wu-Tang Album and you don't get that every year.

Frank TurnerSleep Is For the Week: Almost forgot this was 2007, but on remembering it had to go in the Top 10. Former Million Dead frontman Frank has taken to the road in a seemingly interminable tour which must have seen him play every town in the UK at least once, armed with his acoustic guitar and his trusty sense of inquisitive vulnerability. The songs on this range from knowing wit ("The Real Damage") to searing honesty ("Father's Day") and there are tunes in spades.

Buck 65Situation: Holy shit, this is good. Nearly passed me by as well, as i only really started listening to it while writing this list. After the sideways diversion that was Secret House Against the World, this record returns to more solidly hip-hop-based ground. The beats are tight as hell, the rhymes are always good and sometimes stupendous (from the awesome kick-off Alan Ginsberg quote to "Kill kill pussycat, faster and more often / Lay down in your coffin, get harder or soften / Sensation more often, I'm lost in Penn Station / I can resist anything except temptation" from "Cop Shades", or perhaps "Shutter Buggin'"'s defiantly self-justifying porn impresario: "Under attack, being tested and investigated. Juvenile delinquency my ass! What is this shit?! Fought by some of the same men that I do business with. They focus on the negative, treating us like common crooks. I’m an artist goddammit! They said the same thing about comic books. Who could have guessed it? Created a mob scene. The demand is undeniable, but they say its obscene. Spread eagle, American beauty: Stranger and splendid. Major offended. Naked as nature intended. Leaves a bad taste in some peoples mouths, maybe bitter. Don’t want your manure, I’m an entrepreneur not a babysitter..." wow.) Weirdest of all, there's apparently some kind of "what hip-hop would be like in 1957" concept that i haven't fully clocked onto yet. More replays for this one.

ShellacExcellent Italian Greyhound: It's always a privilege to have Messrs. Albini, Weston and Trainer inject some uncooked Dadaist hardcore into your year, and this one was a fine example. Beginning in excellently characteristic style with the long, free-flowing acocalypticomedy of "The End of Radio", wherein the last DJ in the world realises it's highly likely no-one's listening any more, and ending with the bizarre pop outburst of "Spoke", it passes on the way through one of their weirdest tracks ever, "Genuine Lulabelle", whose nine minutes take in sex, greyhounds, ersatz advertising, and cameo vocal tracks from voice-over legends Hal Douglas and Ken Nordine. Food for.... thought?

Unordered remainder
Saul WilliamsThe Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!: Yeh, it may have been masterminded and produced by Saul's new musical daddy, Trent Reznor aka Trent "i don't have any snares in my drum library" Reznor, but don't let that put you off. El Williams still comes correct with his melodies, voice and amazing lyrics even if the production at times fails pretty badly. Word of advice to Saul: ditch the goth grandad and hook up with the Def Jux set! You over a full of set of El-P beats would make an awesome album.

Lily AllenAlright, Still: Because fun is good too.

GhostfaceThe Big Doe Rehab: Not as good as either Fishscale, More Fish or (contrary to received opinion) 8 Diagrams, this nonetheless had its share of great moments befitting Ghost's talent as an MC and ludicrous flights of imagination. Try lines like "they say my projects should undergo therapy / We never voted, we votin' for Oprah, Obama and Eric B" or cuts like the ridiculously soulful bonus track "Slow Down" with Chrisette Michele (q.v.), for instance. Slightly weaker-than-normal Ghost still knocks most other rappers into a cocked hat.

Sage FrancisHuman The Death Dance: Even though it wasn't actually *that* good, it had some great moments. "Heard her chemical romance was a medical slow dance, said my advance was sexual, held my genitals with cold hands" indeed.

Amy WinehouseBack to Black: This was 2007? Hm, it seems earlier. Anyway. Great voice, sexy crack habit. Jazz singers aren't meant to be role models. Otherwise we'd all be listening to suicidally dull Wynton Marsalis shite.

DJ ShadowBay Area Ep: i've said it before and i'll say it again, his hyphy material kicks the shit out of his soporific fanboy-pleasing trip-hop retreads, which is why The Outsider is a much better album than the awesomely tedious Private Press, for instance. This release is no exception to the rule. Limited to 2000 copies worldwide, it takes three of the Outsider bangers, remixes another and adds two exclusive tacks.

NadjaCorrasion: Aidan Baker's incredibly prolific drone/doom-bient outfit re-release a limited CD-R package from a couple of years ago with a couple of added tracks. But! The old ones are re-recorded too. So effectively it's pretty much a new album in the incredibly-slow-fuzzy-melodoom sort of way, and as such comes recommended.

• Nadja – Guilted by the Sun: This one is divided into four tracks, each bearing the name of one of the words in the album title, and continues to add to the group's compositional envelope, adding among other things drums and an almost death-y fast bit to the dronesome madness.

BattlesTonto+ EP / Joanna NewsomJoanna Newsom And The Ys Street Band / Jenny Owen YoungsThe Take Off All Your Clothes EP: Three stop-gap/curio EP releases here, with covers, mutations and oddities galore. Battles' Tonto+ perhaps understandably takes "Tonto" from Mirrored and subjects it to all manner of remix skewings. Best of all is the mix of "Leyendecker" by dj emz (whoever that is (?)) and featuring Joell Ortiz on the vocal. "i smack the king of the jungle in his face, i'm a Lion-decker", as he puts it (WIN!). Joanna's punningly-titled release arranges two Ys songs for a live group including Ryan Francesconi (aka RF, also in the chart with his own record) and adds up-beat new minor-key folk number "Colleen". Jenny Owen Youngs, meanwhile, maintains her healthy sense of absurdity with a hilarious and oddly sexual cover of "Hot In Herre" by Nelly in her agreeable indie/folk style. There are some remixes and alternates too, but the Nelly cover is the one you will put on compilations.

Blue ScholarsThe Long March EP: Only discovered this Seattle producer/MC duo this year and they appear to have released a couple, as well as some back catalogue... this EP is the only one i've managed to really listen to but it was a neat surprise. Conscious goodness proving that while the new Rawkus might still be a bunch of devious pirate scumbags they nonetheless still have a great ear for A&R.

Venetian SnaresMy Downfall: sequel to 2005's Rossz Csillag..., title apparently not referring to a real soundtrack but "the soundtrack to Aaron Funk's own personal downfall". Cheer up, emo! Anyway, Rossz Csillag is still better, but then again this one has "Integraation", which could feasibly be retitled "Motherfucking Integraation, Bitches".

William BasinskiShortwavemusic: More of a re-release, really, but it came out on CD for the first time last year so i reckon it deserves a mention. The ideal soundtrack to slowly drifting down a mountainside trapped inside a glacier.

Christy & EmilyGueen's Head: Self-taught indie-rocker/conservatory-trained classical pianist duo. Pleasant but not overly diverting. Also, why "Gueen"? Weird.

Desert Island DicksBring Me the Head of Miles Davis and Other Jazz Luminaries: "Ironically guidelined free jazz" made by compressing the albums of Miles Davis until each track was only 90 seconds. Equally as listenable and valid as any other jazz? Discuss.

God's Temple Of Family DeliveranceGod's Temple Of Family Deliverance: Awesomely promising young Texan stoner/doom heavies seemingly played SXSW 2006, released this early in 2007 and then split up. A waste if you ask me. If only someone had told them, as Meatloaf reminds us, that "Two out of Three Ain't Bad".

ApecisWhale EP: Awesome Brazilian piano ambience/noise, as released for free by the generally brilliant Australian-based noise/8-bit/chipcore etc. netlabel Glitch City.

Degenerate Art EnsembleCuckoo Crow: Still no real idea who these are, but their latest record sounds like kind of like Charalambides and Gang Gang Dance and eX-Girl and some psychedelia and also about a hundred others, all at the same time.

ClutchFrom Beale Street to Oblivion: i only heard this once, in Jimmy's car, but i am definitely in favour of it. Cheers, Jimmy!

Dr SyntaxSelf-Taught: Brighton's finest drops his debut and it's a beast.

Nessie & Her BeardBOLD/HARD: Weird yet intriguing indie/noise hybrid.

Dirty ProjectorsRise Above: wherein NY weirdo Dave Longstreth attempts to cover the whole of Black Flag's Damaged from memory. Strange and beguiling. Probably would've helped if i'd known Damaged better.

Cutting Pink With KnivesPopuluxxe: London synth-grind three-piece get, if anything, quite slick on their third effort and first for London's Holy Roar. Tunes remain cracking, mind.

RF & Lili De La MoraEleven Continents: Very pleasant and relaxing kind of singer-songwriter stuff, RF plays guitar and some other things, Lili sings breathy Cocteau-y shoegazy sweet nothings. The best bits are when Joanna Newsom turns up to play her harp, but i may only be saying that because i'm shamelessly in love with her.

PausalPausal EP: Free one from Highpoint Lowlife, this is a triumvirate of lovely drones and works especially well when coupled with the more melodic modern jazz, Bill Wells Trio for instance.

CraddCunt Punch EP: Despite the painful name this isn't particularly harsh music at all: more like "ambient plunderphonica", if i may coin a ridiculous phrase.

Yoko, Oh No!Steve Machine: One half of Gay Against You on the solo EP tip. This delivered eight prime chunks of childlike spazz-tronica with optimal melodies and Silverlink joining Yoko to sing about going for a swim in a castle full of milk. Sounds good, no?

*shelsSea Of The Dying Dhow: Mehdi Safa from Mahumodo expands on his previous band's work with prog-metal LP that succeeds where the likes of Isis fail in actually remembering to include proper tunes.

NeurosisGiven to the Rising: Woh, this is the "back to basics" hardcore Neurosis we've been hearing about, then. To be honest i tend to find whatever they do fascinating anyway. Some of the stuff on this is really, savagely heavy, but then again some is even more spaced-out and discombobulated than before. Instead of being strictly "back to heavy" it's more of a simultaneous branch-out in both directions.

HellaThere's No 666 In Outer Space: Hella get a full-time full-blown vocalist for the first time, and we spent a car journey discussing whether he sounds most like Axl Rose, Jim Morrison or Mike Patton, or indeed none of these. The band behind has expanded as well, with synths and guitars and basses all over the place. The vocals work a lot better on some of the songs than others but this is a mostly successful experiment. Special marks as always for Zach Hill and his 15 incredible limbs.

The FallReformation Post TLC: A year without Mark E. Smith is like a year without sunshine.

LoneLady – "Army / Intuition": OK, a single, but i wouldn't be happy not including LoneLady material in any given yearly chart. More please Julie <3

Compilations
• v/a – Definitive Swim
• v/a – Wu-Tang vs. Mr. Oizo – Shaolin Worms Attack
• v/a – Glitch Village, Vol. 1

Oops
Stuff i forgot to listen to...

1. Stuff i didn't know existed till year end.
Art BrutIt's a Bit Complicated: Always a giggle.

LiarsLiars: Always a weirdness.

Animal CollectiveStrawberry Jam: One of those bands i keep meaning, and mostly failing, to get up-to-speed with.

GhostIn Stormy Nights: i liked a previous one, i think.

Manu ChaoLa Radiolina

Robert WyattComicopera: Found this one while checking what albums came out in '07.

High on FireDeath Is This Communion: Found this one while checking what albums came out in '07.

Marissa NadlerSongs III: Bird On The Water: Found this one while checking what albums came out in '07.

CocoRosieThe Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn: Another band i keep meaning to get up-to-speed with

PraxisTennessee 2004: Found this one while checking what albums came out in '07. Free jazz is ftw

Behold... the ArctopusSkullgrid: Only really just discovered the first one quite late in the year, to be honest. Great wanky prog-metal stuff.

Von SüdenfedTromatic Reflexxions: Whaaat? Mark E Smith did a collaborative LP with Mouse on Mars and i didn't know? i must be on a pipe. (Also i want to know if their name is a reference to Sudafed)

Boris With MerzbowRock Dream: Whaaat? Boris did a collaborative LP with Merzbow etc.

Bad ReligionNew Maps of Hell: i make a rule of keeping up with BR, but evidently not as much as i thought.

Holy FuckHoly Fuck / LP: The 2005 release was pretty odd. Always love the idea of an analogue dance band tho.

UlverShadows of the Sun: Another band i keep meaning to get up-to-speed with.

Yndi HaldaEnjoy Eternal Bliss: Debut release from post-rock combo, i've been wanting to hear that for a while... still missed it tho!

Black DiceLoad Blown: Wondered where this lot were.

JesuConqueror / Sun Down/Sun Rise / Pale Sketches: Woh! Over-abundance of Jesu releases this year. i didn't listen to any of them :-s

OmPilgrimage: Found this one while checking what albums came out in '07.

EarthHibernaculum

Parts & LaborMapmaker: Found out about the band while checking what albums came out in '07.

• Charalambides – Likeness: Have enjoyed some of their earlier stuff, but to be honest they seem to put so much out it's hard to keep track of anyway.

Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz OrchestraLive Vols 1&2: Japanese jazz = win

Sir Richard BishopWhile My Guitar Violently Bleeds / Polytheistic Fragments: The Sun City Girls' demise and his solo career had thus far escaped me, till i learned he was going to be supporting Earth in Manny in February.

C-Rayz Walz & Parallel Thought – Chorus Rhyme: Walz is always doing LPs without any warning whatsoever.

Sun RaDisco 3000: Don't even know what this is, but Sun Ra is a (Sun) God and i found it in another list.

• Gaudi & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Dub Qawwali: That title sounds very promising.

PenpushersPoltergeeks: Seemingly an Edinburgh-based hip-hop crew something to do with David Jack, whose previous works get much love round these parts. Definitely demand further investigation from what little i've heard so far.

2. Stuff i meant to check out but ran out of leisure time, or bumped for stuff i wanted to listen to more.
GrindermanGrinderman
dälekAbandoned Language
DeerhoofFriend Opportunity
Stars of the Lid...And Their Refinement Of The Decline
Rufus WainwrightRufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall
RZAAfro Samurai OST
Black MilkPopular Demand
Chrisette MicheleI am Chrisette Michele
Danny!Danny Is Dead
BlockheadUncle Tony's Coloring Book
Blue ScholarsBayani
Hangar 18Sweep The Leg
Tori AmosAmerican Doll Posse
The WildheartsThe Wildhearts
Percee PPerseverance
Bright EyesCassadaga
Black Moth Super RainbowDandelion Gum
Pharoahe MonchDesire
WisemenWisemen Approaching
Shape of Broad MindsCraft of the Lost Art
MerzbowMerzbear
NadjaRadiance of Shadows / Thaumogenesis
The God-Damn WhoresWe Are the Lucky Thirteen
The StyrenesCity Of Women

Hmmm: records i wanted to like but somehow couldn't
Laura VeirsSaltbreakers: couldn't really get into this at all.
LowDrums and Guns: oh dear. i love Low, but this is frankly sub-par. maybe it needs more listens to fully sink in or something. i hope so.
C-Rayz Walz & SharkeyMonster Maker: a bit so-so, really. although C-Rayz singing Eddy Grant's "Electric Avenue" has to be heard to be believed, admittedly.
CilvaringzI: this promised to be ace, with an old-skool Wu flavour and guest shots from all the surviving Wu Core Eight. it turned out to feature pretty flaccid beats under a combination of conservative Islamic dogma and a completely unironic hagiography to Michael Jackson.

Who Cares?
RadioheadIn Rainbows: Another album heavy on tune-free, miserable schmindie rock and pointless bleepy bits. Most interesting thing about this one: the method by which it was sold. Says it all, really.

Arcade FireThe Neon Bible: Totally yawnsome.

Manic Street PreachersSend Away the Tigers: They used to be the best band in the world, now they could easily pass for one of its most mediocre.

Arctic Monkeys/Kaiser Chiefs/Little Man Tate: Wow, are people still confusing "having a regional accent and including some British cultural references" for incisive or worthwhile lyricism? Back to the dole queue, the lot of you.

Kate NashMade of Bricks: If i hear one more bastard compare her to Regina Spektor, Jenny Lewis, or even Lily A, i am sure a small part of me will die. In fact, do not compare her to anyone who can write proper lyrics or sing without sounding like a squawking schmindie contrivance as she can do neither. Or, in the immortal words of John Brainlove, "Kate Gash more like"

Enter ShikariTake To The Skies: Hey guys, buying a cheap synthesiser doesn't make you the innovative pioneers of "trancecore", it makes you a generic Kerrang! band with a cheap synthesiser.

Dan Deacon: This guy actually studied composition at SUNY Purchase under Joel Thome, a bona fide Grammy-winning composer and conductor who's put on orchestral programmes of Frank Zappa and Edgard Varèse music among others. Having seen what use he's put this training to, i can confidently say he should be fully ashamed of himself. Oh, and Deacon, if you don't want to hear people talking during your concert, how about playing on the stage like a normal artist, you pretentious fuck?

White StripesIcky Thump: I think you'll find the phrase is "Ecky Thump", actually. Changing a letter makes you seem a bit stupid, not witty/original/whatever. You may have noticed i've not mentioned the actual album itself yet. That's because easily the best 'Stripes release of the year was Meg's sex tape.

Annie LennoxSongs of Mass Destruction: Haven't heard it, but worst of the year on title alone.

Nostalgia 77 OctetWeapons of Jazz Destruction: cf. Lennox.

Hayseed DixieWeapons Of Grass Destruction: cf. previous two entries.

The Tuss – Is it Aphex Twin? Isn't it? Fortunately, with exciting questions such as these we didn't have to consider the staleness of the music.

Newton Faulkner – HAVE A BATH, you disgusting Swampy-looking man.

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Lydia Lunch – i haven't heard this collaboration but it sounds like just about the worst thing ever, so i'm sticking it in anyway.

KlaxonsMyths of the Near Future: see also Enter Shikari (replace "Kerrang!" with "NME")

Biffy ClyroPuzzle: wow, are these ginger tossers still going?

The Good, the Bad & the QueenThe Good, the Bad & the Queen: having a member of The Clash on board: hella cool. Having a Fela Kuti sessioneer: still pretty cool. Having an ex-member of The Verve: crap. Having Damon Albarn: you might as well stab yourself.

BurialUntrue: Dubstep: grime for white people.

Joni MitchellShine: Couldn't care less about the music, though i felt the need to diss her for being a money-grubbing ex-hippie capitalist now releasing music through $hitbuck$' own label. Leaves a worse taste in the mouth than the godawful coffee.

Jamie TPanic Prevention: PLEASE stop trying to rap, you are TERRIBLE.

BjörkVolta: Y'know, no-one'd think any less of you if you wrote an actual melody, love. Another hideous cover as well. This time, Björk appears to be dressed as the bastard offspring of a circus clown and one of the Blue Man Group.

Nine Inch NailsYear Zero: party like it's 1994! or ummmmmm don't.

Worst band names of the year
The Berg Sans Nipple: say that without physically cringing, i challenge you.
Grizzly Bear/Panda Bear/Minus the Bear: fuck off with all the generic "bear" names already.

Other stuff i spent ages listening to in '07
Bat for LashesFur and Gold: Great album i didn't get onto in '06.
The Fall – cuz you have to, really, don't you.
Muslimgauze – ]new discovery + incredibly prolific = many listens.
• Other Rufus Wainwright albums
Martha Wainwright
Ornette Coleman: i heard him interviewed on Radio 4 about how he's still touring at 78 or whatever and it made me feel really compelled to listen to all his stuff again (plus Sound Grammar). Especially when the interviewer asked him about the time Miles Davis said his music was "sick and could only be made by a disturbed man" or whatever it was, and Ornette said something like, "Ah well, some people are just a bit unadventurous, aren't they" or something like that. TAKE THAT, mindless "Miles is teh best!" bandwagon!
• The comforting voice of John Peel on old Festive Fifty broadcasts
Plone. Their fuck-over by Warp Records/second album non-release is an outrageous travesty.
Cheer-Accident/John Zorn/Anthony Braxton/Art Ensemble Of Chicago/loads more free jazz: fanspazztic.
Yungun & Mr Thing/Foreign Beggars/Braintax: some UK rap.
Spank Rock: Only found this this year. Squeaky pervert. Brilliant.
Ava Leigh: Don't sleep, she'll warm up your world.
• The collected works of David Pajo: underrated guitar god.
The Gits. Anyone seen the documentary yet?
• Million Dead. Seeing Frank T live --> nostalgia.



and that's it! thanks for reading, if you did.

Kommentarer

  • catachresistant

    OH GOD SORT THE FORMATTING OUT Dubstep: Grime for white people That's brilliant. That Kate Nash character sounds hilarious though. I think she has a song that goes, Why are you being a dickhead for Don't bother listening to the 2007 Jesu releases. Marissa Nadler's pretty redundant at this point too. :(

    28 jan 2008, 07:00
  • o1-Nicklas

    Where the hell is Kings of Leon and Babyshambles?

    28 jan 2008, 09:59
  • tom_dissonance

    ...with an insulting description in the Who Cares? section

    28 jan 2008, 10:07
  • AxemRangers

    Best albums of 07 were Rock Dream and This Is The Truth. Also no mention of Part Two in here. Burial is not that bad. He's not that great, either, though. New Wu-Tang was awful and I'd rather it had not come out at all.

    28 jan 2008, 17:59
  • tom_dissonance

    Boris/Merzbow i didn't know was out, Sutcliffe Jugend i didn't know was out. Burial is like listening to a coffee table.

    28 jan 2008, 18:57
  • tom_dissonance

    i don't do formatting, i'm strictly a content-over-style man. [quote]That Kate Nash character sounds hilarious though. I think she has a song that goes, Why are you being a dickhead for[/quote] ha ha, yeh... she's also got one called The Shit Song... question is, why stop at one? [quote]Don't bother listening to the 2007 Jesu releases. Marissa Nadler's pretty redundant at this point too.[/quote] i have Heart Ache and the first album by Jesu, as far as MN goes i checked out the last one and was mildly curious, i think. expand?

    28 jan 2008, 19:00
  • tom_dissonance

    [quote]noticed Apecis there thanks[/quote] nah mate, thank-[i]you[/i].

    28 jan 2008, 19:01
  • atoga

    did you hear gang gang dance's new EP? aside from that dirty projectors album, it was the only non-boring (and non-ultraconservative!) indie rock i heard last year. [quote]Grizzly Bear/Panda Bear/Minus the Bear: fuck off with all the generic bear names already.[/quote] too many wolf bands too. strangely no one has touched lions/tigers/other big cats yet, afaik. perhaps in 2008...? [quote]Dubstep: Grime for white people[/quote] have to disagree; dubstep covers much more territory than that now. in 2006 it mostly sounded like gentrified grime with a lot of other influences thrown on to conceal its true nature (ie. awkwardly dubbed in sitar and tabla), but in 2007 a lot of other producers came onto it - esp breakcore and minimal techno producers, but also a lot of guys who used to make 'real' electronic dub (rather than 2step or pasty-faced dnb). so i found a lot of new dubstep releases grabbing my attention and invading scenes i liked. easily my favourite musical trend this year. the new burial is dull as shit though, quite a bit less interesting than the first. (burial also has the most dogmatic fans now - whenever you bash his music, they always say something like, but it's the aural equivalent of that feeling you get when you've been out clubbing at night and you're coming down or when you're in mcdonalds alone at 3am etc etc - these fans are the human equivalent of a one-sheet i suppose.) it's also good that you discovered muslimgauze. from hearing other people & reading old bits of music journalism i get the impression that the general consensus on his music was quite disparaging: it was either lumped with bleak 80s UK industrial music, or worse, bland & repetitive world muzak. i only discovered him last year and his music seemed to logically fit in with a lot of other stuff i was already listening to. surely his influence is a lot wider than he is given credit for, & he seems to have better recognition now, though still it's not much.

    29 jan 2008, 03:10
  • tom_dissonance

    [quote]I hope you're not chilling with oxxo cube circa '05 where I'd religiously review Jesu, Pelican and Isis under the same bracket of Hydrahead cream.[/quote] i never really liked Isis anyway, that 4 LP remix thing was by far the most satisfying thing they were ever involved in. Pelican i might have checked but i could take or leave... i think i'd still check Jesu out but that could be precisely because i've failed to keep up with them. vicious circle? [quote]Speaking of which, I thought dubstep was emo for black people?[/quote] touché! ha. [quote]I can't believe you put down There's no 666 in outer space, surely it's absolute inferiority to the band's previous outputs would've been incentive enough for you to say yanno, they're not putting as much effort as they used to into this.[/quote] gahhhh once again i'm torn. i know (ethically... or whatever) they've become less interesting in some ways, but then again i do like the vocal thing, mostly: like, it's weird to have Hella songs you find yourself singing at your desk at work or whatever. it's not a firm favourite but i'm not ready to put them in who cares just yet. agree that [i]Mirrored[/i] was muy better tho. [quote]Kudos on that Meg White sex tape mention![/quote] Those big jiggling tits don't lie! as someone said at the time. [quote]And what's with the Amy Winehouse pluggin? Her vocal melodies practically stumble down the stairs with uncertainty.[/quote] Yeh but i'm all for stairs in music. Would you believe i'm trynna get in her pants?

    29 jan 2008, 21:30
  • tom_dissonance

    [quote]Still haven't bothered with 8 Diagrams because nobody likes it.[/quote] i'm beginning to think i'm the only one, which is kind of a shame. i also increasingly think it would have been a better album if Ghost had put his balls into it instead of doing solo shit at the same time. [quote]Albums by Percee P and Wisemen are decent. Pharoahe Monch's Desire is really different to his last effort in 1999, Internal Affairs. You might like it for its own merits, or you might hate it if you were expecting, well, hip-hop.[/quote] onto, will prioritise those then, cheers. yeh, i heard [i]Desire[/i] was supposed to be mad different, isn't it all singing or something? he's dressed like a mummy on the cover as well. i guess i felt compelled to listen to that one cuz i heard some news report about the sales being really disappointing or somesuch, but if it's a musical diversion then that could obviously be the reason. Percee P record i listened to once only, i think it coming out relatively late in the year was to do with that. however i liked what i heard esp. the Aes Rizzle cameo. i will have to listen to the new Dälek as preparation for that extreme noise-hop we are supposed to be making. [quote]P.P.S. I myself wouldn't bother with El-P or Aesop Rock I think you know how I feel </3[/quote] goddammit i am damned if i won't make you like that ish eventually

    30 jan 2008, 00:05
  • catachresistant

    By everyone do you mean me Toxxi. I'm the only one that likes that reccud :( It's very un-hop-hop tho. Dalek's vox are pretty much buried for most of it, it's all queasy, drony orchestral minimalism an' shit. My favourite of 2007. Marissa Nadler makes the same album over and over, except a little worse each time. Jesu took a huge dive after the first two releases (Heartache, S/T). I still like most of the stuff to some degree (not anywhere near as much as those two), but that's probably cuz I'm a fanboy. An objective observer can call a spade a spade, and Conqueror a repulsive piece of sub-Coldplay SHIT.

    30 jan 2008, 21:59
  • FootToFace

    I tend to agree with about 99% of this, Tom. I do think that Untrue by Burial is ridiculously overrated, but it's still good nonetheless. His South London Boroughs EP is so unappreciated. Anyways, I didn't like the new Buck 65 album too much. It lacks variety but 1957 and Benz are good tracks. <3pretentious fucks:D

    30 jan 2008, 22:00
  • tom_dissonance

    ...hopefully that should be a bit easier to read now. also got my submission declined by Ornette Coleman-A Harmolodic Life. Bah. Those fossilized crones don't deserve Ornette<3 They probably all had strokes when they realised someone had dissed Miles Davis. atoga, Tox, cata, F2F, i will come back and soon and give you replies worthy of your posts. love, the biggest spammer on this site to date x x x

    30 jan 2008, 22:35
  • Benladen2

    I disagree with you about Niggy Tardust! very vehemently. I didn't listen to Aesop's new one but I don't like him either sorry. HtDD was really bad I listened to it an innumerable amount of times (it was the only cd I had in my car for a while and my job was delivering pizzas) and it never got any better. El-Ps album was pretty mediocre as far as I was concerned. Situation is really good though! Lily Allen's album came out in 2007? I should start adding that to my year end lists. I don't get why everyone always gets all excited for new Wu when all they listen to is 36 Chambers and a couple solo projects. For my money Ghost is one of the weaker members (a step above U-God and the extended family, of course, but not that high of a step) of the Wu-Tang Clan and the only great album they ever released as a collective was their first so I'm sure I'll check out 8 Diagrams at some point but I don't expect much of anything at all.

    31 jan 2008, 02:11
  • catachresistant

    [quote]My version of the new EL-P was apparently a promo release so every few minutes the mix would tone down and this computer generated voice would go THIS PROMO BELONGS TO MATTHEW SCHNIEDER [/quote] God yes, that's the version I originally got. Made me want to bite my own dick off.

    31 jan 2008, 07:24
  • ronpaul2008

    niggytardust, none shall pass, 8 diagrams, i'll sleep when you're dead, the big doe rehab, human the death dance 2007 was a great year for music

    31 jan 2008, 20:11
  • tom_dissonance

    [quote]did you hear gang gang dance's new EP?[/quote] oooh, no, i didn't know they had one... i totally bummed [i]God's Money[/i] tho. Is it called [i]Retina Riddim[/i]? [quote]too many wolf bands too. strangely no one has touched lions/tigers/other big cats yet, afaik. perhaps in 2008...?[/quote] good point. i've noticed that there's invariably a Comedy Animal Of The Year. i remember a couple of years ago when it was monkeys, then badgers. god those were tedious times. [quote]dubstep covers much more territory than that now. in 2006 it mostly sounded like gentrified grime with a lot of other influences thrown on to conceal its true nature (ie. awkwardly dubbed in sitar and tabla), but in 2007 a lot of other producers came onto it - esp breakcore and minimal techno producers, but also a lot of guys who used to make 'real' electronic dub (rather than 2step or pasty-faced dnb). so i found a lot of new dubstep releases grabbing my attention and invading scenes i liked. easily my favourite musical trend this year.[/quote] so many people whose opinions i actually respect (you, FootToFace, and so on) have countered my original generalisation that i think it's time to revise and it go and listen to some more. [quote](burial also has the most dogmatic fans now - whenever you bash his music, they always say something like, but it's the aural equivalent of that feeling you get when you've been out clubbing at night and you're coming down or when you're in mcdonalds alone at 3am etc etc - these fans are the human equivalent of a one-sheet i suppose.)[/quote] God i love sense of place fans. The fact that you get a reasonable sense of place and atmosphere with just about any decently made music, is something i feel they overlook a bit. [quote]from hearing other people & reading old bits of music journalism i get the impression that the general consensus on his music was quite disparaging: it was either lumped with bleak 80s UK industrial music, or worse, bland & repetitive world muzak.[/quote] Yes, fair do's, i can see why people might lump him in with those things, though i would strongly disagree with their reasons for doing so and consider it pretty lazy. his stuff's much more interesting than that... Plus i think a lot of people unfairly overlook the ethos and the (message is the wrong word, but...) viewpoints of his material. There's actually someone in the 'gauze shoutbox saying [b]I dislike his political and religious blahblah[/b] that kind of thing makes me think, erm, are you sure you're listening to the right artist, then mate? cuz you seem to have missed the entire point very neatly. If you don't want political viewpoints, there's dozens of other electronicky-industrial- sounding bands you could listen to that would be happy to wallow in that genre's usual apathy towards anything in the outside world beyond itself. [quote]surely his influence is a lot wider than he is given credit for[/quote] Definitely agree with this. i might actually start trying to point out just how much Bryn influenced that he's given no credit for.

    1 feb 2008, 13:51
  • tom_dissonance

    [quote]I've been told by everyone that the latest Dalek isn't so much industrial rock-hop but something entirely different but brilliant all the same. I'm too nervous to hear it out just yet myself.[/quote] gosh, that sounds awesome. i'm gonna bump it to the top of the still-to-listen list. [quote]Good luck with that Winehouse shit! If anyone can pull that off...[/quote] Heyyy, cheers man ^_^ Obviously i'm not doing too well at it what with her being in hospital kicking the drukqs at the moment. But! My hip-hop group's playing with Mark Ronson at a festival this summer, so i was hoping that would be a good in. i just have to make her realise how much of a drip that Blake i wish i was Pete Doherty Fielding-Double-Barrel is and then it should be home stretch.

    1 feb 2008, 13:56
  • atoga

    [quote]Plus i think a lot of people unfairly overlook the ethos and the (message is the wrong word, but...) viewpoints of his material.[/quote] you're surely right about people getting too hung up on his beliefs. though, i don't think his ethos is that fully-formed either - at first (from reading his track titles) i got the impression he was sort of an armchair political radical, but from reading a bit about him i get the impression he was just a frustrated, sheltered young man who got interested in the cause of palestine out of antisemitism. a good example of this: he never explicitly said anything against zionism, but instead called for the death of all jews, including children. (he also said that any musicians making use of samples - no matter how small or how distorted - should be hanged, ha ha.) despite learning all that, the spirit of his music seems the same to me. [quote]oooh, no, i didn't know they had one... i totally bummed God's Money tho. Is it called Retina Riddim?[/quote] i meant rawwar, it's an EP they released this year. the first song on it works really well, it sounds like a dancehall tune but with all that weird percussion they use. retina riddim (also from this year iirc) is alright, it's a short film by GGD. [quote]so many people whose opinions i actually respect (you, FootToFace, and so on) have countered my original generalisation that i think it's time to revise and it go and listen to some more.[/quote] i'm not sure what else you might like, but give this a try, it's a bit like muslimgauze making dubstep. lyrically the new el-p and wu albums were both very good (i even thought the singing on 8 diagrams was swell) but the production kept me from really liking them - in both cases the production was good, but i missed the idiosyncracies of their earlier styles. kind of a stupid complaint (especially when more experimental producers are concerned), but... actually i forget my point, though this is a sentiment a lot of hip hop fans have. mr. toxxi: [quote]What's a good 'gauze album? I've got a bland and repetitive world muzak album and it's a fiercesome guilty pleasure. So damn rhythmic and driving! The slight ethnic tinge totally sells me as well![/quote] he has made a lot of bland ethnic muzak, it's true. to me he's most interesting when playing around with tape distortion - for good examples of that i recommend jebel tariq and vampire of tehran. if you don't like repetition, though, it's gonna be tough.

    2 feb 2008, 17:49
  • tom_dissonance

    [quote]By everyone do you mean me Toxxi. I'm the only one that likes that reccud :( It's very un-hop-hop tho. Dalek's vox are pretty much buried for most of it, it's all queasy, drony orchestral minimalism an' shit. My favourite of 2007.[/quote] i've just been listening to it (actually i still am) and i'm liking it a lot. i miss the outrageous turntable shit a little, but the backing's brilliant. i was expecting a lot less vocals from what you said here but apart from the bit towards the beginning where the music pummels the vox into inaudible submission it comes through pretty well for i... yeh, great record tho. love its droning nature. [quote]Marissa Nadler makes the same album over and over, except a little worse each time.[/quote] hmmm might not bother with this then. [quote]Jesu took a huge dive after the first two releases (Heartache, S/T).[/quote] this is exactly the point i'm at in terms of knowing them, so i think i will listen to everything afterwards in one go and settle this once and for all.

    2 feb 2008, 19:02
  • tom_dissonance

    [quote]His South London Boroughs EP is so unappreciated.[/quote] see comment for atoga above re: dubstep; also, noted, cheers. [quote]Anyways, I didn't like the new Buck 65 album too much. It lacks variety but 1957 and Benz are good tracks.[/quote] awwww but like every second line almost is a quotable! i can't stop playing the thing at the moment. yeh, i like those two, also Ho-Boys, Cop Shades, the beat to Spread 'Em. do you know who the other rapper is on Benz?

    2 feb 2008, 19:06
  • tom_dissonance

    actually, n/m, seems it's Cadence Weapon.

    2 feb 2008, 19:06
  • tom_dissonance

    [quote]Don't worry Tom I have El-P's first solo album and it's OKAY And I had two Aesop albums but I didn't really like them I AM SORRY I AM SORRY[/quote] ahhh, yer ok, i realise both are acquired tastes. which two AR albums, out of interest?

    2 feb 2008, 21:10
  • tom_dissonance

    [quote]I disagree with you about Niggy Tardust! very vehemently.[/quote] wot u r down with da Reznor? i dunno, it's alright, and i'm grateful for Trent's presence in the sense that he was bigging Saul up to a fanbase way outside his usual one and the album sold something like 8 times as much as the one before it for that reason, and also for taking him out on tour, which must have confused his fanbase no end. When i listen to it, tho, i just sort of want to remix at least half of it and put proper beats on. i guess i view it like, Trent has spent 20 years perfecting the sound of clumsy adolescent rage and i'm not sure i'm that keen on him applying to my favourite rappers (he was easy enough to ignore on Flyentology cuz it was just the one track). [quote]I didn't listen to Aesop's new one but I don't like him either sorry.[/quote] [quote]El-Ps album was pretty mediocre as far as I was concerned.[/quote] christ what is it with you people [quote]HtDD was really bad I listened to it an innumerable amount of times (it was the only cd I had in my car for a while and my job was delivering pizzas) and it never got any better.[/quote] i only really gave it a few spins, which may account for why i only see it as quite mediocre rather than really bad. [quote]Lily Allen's album came out in 2007? I should start adding that to my year end lists.[/quote] yep, surprised me too. really early January release. As for the Wu-Tang... [quote]I don't get why everyone always gets all excited for new Wu when all they listen to is 36 Chambers and a couple solo projects. For my money Ghost is one of the weaker members (a step above U-God and the extended family, of course, but not that high of a step) of the Wu-Tang Clan[/quote] Can't answer the first point there except with maybe they are hoping to a return to the [i]36 Chambers[/i] (as it were), but i think they're expecting sonic photocopying which is really never going to happen. i like Ghost and tend to rate him in the top tier, tbh, so it seems i am embodying the cliche you describe. i'm not all that keen on Rae - his flow is smooth, but he rarely comes up with any what-i-call-quotables and his slang just gets a little impenetrable at times. Masta Killa is half-good, half wince-worthy. [quote]the only great album they ever released as a collective was their first so I'm sure I'll check out 8 Diagrams at some point but I don't expect much of anything at all.[/quote] i'd add [i]Forever[/i], on the basis that its flabby bits were excused by the awesome hit-rate over most of it.

    3 feb 2008, 14:54
  • theneonfever

    I liked the bit about Newton Faulkner having a bath until I imagined him in the bath.

    11 feb 2008, 10:22
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