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Sostie
post Dec 12 2007, 01:26 PM
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So what are the Best (and worst) albums, singles and gigs of the year? What have you been listeniing to constantly? What new "old" band have you fallen in love with?

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Kick in the Head
post Dec 13 2007, 04:44 PM
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My Music Year

TOP 5 ALBUMS

1. Because of the Times - Kings of Leon is practically perfect in every way, with nary a duff track in sight.

2. Neon Bible - Arcade Fire didn't quite meet the same dizzying heights of their debut, but it comes damn close, expanding on, rather than simply emulating, their original sound.

3. Proof of Youth - The Go! Team may have taken a few times to get into as I did with the first record, and the sound has barely evolved, but it soon won me over with its tubthumping enthusiasm. And was I the only one to like their cover of Sonic Youth's Bull in the Heather?

4. In Rainbows - Radiohead is a late addition, but a pretty excellent one. A fair few groovy tracks, and Jigsaw Falling Into Place may be my favourite single of next year.

5. Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys was a solid follow-up with perhaps my favourite single this year in the shape of Fluorescent Adolescent.

TOP 5 JAPANESE ALBUMS
I've still yet to listen to the new Halfby record (Farmer's Delight) and the new DJ Scotch Egg (Scotchausen), but will do soon. In the meantime...

1. Karate House - Polysics is a bit of a no-brainer for my number one spot, but I have an undying love for this band, so there. It's their best collection since For Young Electric Pop with plenty of spunky punk mixed with catchy upbeat gems. Little bit of filler hither and thither, but they're the hardest-working band in Japan, constantly touring and releasing new material, so it can slide.

2. Nuit - Cubismo Grafico was a real surprise as I rented it on the whim that he did a remix I hadn't heard of a track of another artist I liked. But it's a damn fine gentle electropop concept piece filled with gorgeous night-time sounds.

3. 不等式とその解 - Hoover's Ooover sees the Adam and Joe Go Tokyo stars release their second full-length album. Not quite up to Art.No.5. standards, but some very good songmaking indeed.

4. Hurtbreak Wonderland - World's End Girlfriend may be just more of the same of his last release, but for exceptionally gloomy yet uplifting apocalyptic classical/electronic soundscapes, there's none finer.

5. Transworld Ultra Rock - Electric Eel Shock was a tad disappointing and short compared to their previous Beat Me album. But it's worth a place for their audacious cover of Minnie Ripperton's Lovin' You.

ARTISTS
Japanese bands I discovered this year, but had already split up, were Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her (excellent ladypunk/pop with attitude and sweetness in equal measure) and Thee Michelle Gun Elephant (exceptional garage punk). And my love for the Second Royal record troop continued apace. Also been listening to Portishead A LOT. Looking forward to the new album.

Of course, been listening to Bowie very muchly, and I'm gradually coming to the conclusion that Heathen is my favourite (as much as people go on about old Bowie and how new Bowie is supposedly not as good - but boo-sucks to them). Also, I finally listened to Bowie favourites Supercar penultimate release Highvision, and it's easily in my top 10 favourite albums of all time.

GIGS
Live Earth in Kyoto was a dream come true, seeing both Rip Slyme and Yellow Magic Orchestra live was something I'd never thought I'd do, and I was plain lucky to be in the right place at the right time. Polysics were stunning as ever (third time and counting), and Arcade Fire at Alexandra Palace (technical issues notwithstanding) were spectacular.

Oh, and I miss karaoke in Japan so much, it's not funny. I was literally struggling to get too sleep last night because there is such a void in my life right now.
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post Dec 19 2007, 12:10 AM
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QUOTE (Kick in the Head @ Dec 13 2007, 04:44 PM)
Of course, been listening to Bowie very muchly, and I'm gradually coming to the conclusion that Heathen is my favourite (as much as people go on about old Bowie and how new Bowie is supposedly not as good - but boo-sucks to them).



Heathen's great, but personally it's my least favourite of his recent albums. Earthling, Hours, & Reality sound better to my ears.

Having said that, his only era that I don't dig is the late 80's/tin machine.
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- Sostie   BEST/WORST MUSIC 2007   Dec 12 2007, 01:26 PM
- - maian   Best albums for me (in no order) were M.I.A. - Ka...   Dec 12 2007, 01:32 PM
- - Llama   An obvious one from me... Foo Fighters - Echoes, S...   Dec 12 2007, 01:36 PM
- - Zoe   Has anyone else heard the Lightning Dust album? S...   Dec 12 2007, 01:36 PM
- - maian   Did The Decemberists' The Crane Wife come out ...   Dec 12 2007, 01:40 PM
- - Sostie   Best albums (in no order) MILES HUNT - Not An Ex...   Dec 12 2007, 01:52 PM
- - maian   QUOTE (Sostie @ Dec 12 2007, 01:52 PM)Best al...   Dec 12 2007, 01:58 PM
|- - Sostie   QUOTE (maian @ Dec 12 2007, 01:58 PM)Hang up ...   Dec 12 2007, 02:03 PM
- - Jessopjessopjessop   I had a good year music-wise: Echaskech - Skechbo...   Dec 12 2007, 02:23 PM
- - Jessopjessopjessop   I had a good year music-wise this year: Echaskech...   Dec 12 2007, 02:24 PM
- - Sostie   Pleasent surprises.. The Pigeon Detectives, The He...   Dec 12 2007, 02:27 PM
- - Nonus Aequilibrium   I'll just repost what I said in the Metal thre...   Dec 12 2007, 02:33 PM
- - Jon 79   I've been listening to David Bowie this year. ...   Dec 12 2007, 03:11 PM
|- - Sostie   QUOTE (Jon 79 @ Dec 12 2007, 03:11 PM)Finally...   Dec 12 2007, 03:39 PM
- - Hobbes   QUOTE (Sostie @ Dec 12 2007, 02:27 PM)THE MAC...   Dec 12 2007, 04:29 PM
|- - Sostie   Good lord that was difficult to read QUOTE (Hobbe...   Dec 12 2007, 07:08 PM
- - maian   QUOTE (Sostie @ Dec 12 2007, 07:08 PM)When I ...   Dec 12 2007, 07:35 PM
- - Zoe   That makes sense. I've never understood the ap...   Dec 12 2007, 07:37 PM
- - logger   M.I.A. - Kala is the only thing I've really lo...   Dec 12 2007, 09:16 PM
- - Hobbes   QUOTE (Sostie @ Dec 12 2007, 07:08 PM)I can u...   Dec 13 2007, 03:41 PM
|- - Sostie   QUOTE (Hobbes @ Dec 13 2007, 03:41 PM)but my ...   Dec 13 2007, 04:00 PM
- - Hobbes   QUOTE (Sostie @ Dec 13 2007, 04:00 PM)Well it...   Dec 13 2007, 04:13 PM
|- - Sostie   QUOTE (Hobbes @ Dec 13 2007, 04:13 PM)i think...   Dec 13 2007, 04:16 PM
|- - Zoe   QUOTE (Sostie @ Dec 13 2007, 04:16 PM)Hmmm......   Dec 13 2007, 04:17 PM
|- - Sostie   QUOTE (Zoe @ Dec 13 2007, 04:17 PM)I'll b...   Dec 13 2007, 04:19 PM
- - Zoe   Nash's lyrics really grate on me too, but she ...   Dec 13 2007, 04:16 PM
- - Zoe   Boys love a good punch in the arm.   Dec 13 2007, 04:21 PM
|- - Sostie   QUOTE (Zoe @ Dec 13 2007, 04:21 PM)Boys love ...   Dec 13 2007, 04:23 PM
- - Hobbes   QUOTE (Zoe @ Dec 13 2007, 04:16 PM)Nash's...   Dec 13 2007, 04:22 PM
- - Rua   Filth. No shame. But Filth.   Dec 13 2007, 04:23 PM
- - Kick in the Head   My Music Year TOP 5 ALBUMS 1. Because of the Tim...   Dec 13 2007, 04:44 PM
|- - Sostie   QUOTE (Kick in the Head @ Dec 13 2007, 04:44 ...   Dec 13 2007, 06:40 PM
|- - Jon 79   QUOTE (Kick in the Head @ Dec 13 2007, 04:44 ...   Dec 19 2007, 12:10 AM
- - Kick in the Head   QUOTE (Sostie @ Dec 13 2007, 06:40 PM)Art.No....   Dec 13 2007, 07:11 PM
|- - Sostie   QUOTE (Kick in the Head @ Dec 13 2007, 07:11 ...   Dec 13 2007, 07:16 PM
- - maian   QUOTE (Sostie @ Dec 13 2007, 06:40 PM)Thee Mi...   Dec 13 2007, 07:17 PM
- - Drifter   2007 for me would be most notable for the shit Umb...   Dec 13 2007, 10:27 PM
- - Mrs Bisley   QUOTE (Drifter @ Dec 13 2007, 10:27 PM)The br...   Dec 14 2007, 12:43 AM
|- - Wife Of Rolex   QUOTE (Mrs Bisley @ Dec 14 2007, 12:43 AM)I...   Dec 14 2007, 02:01 AM
- - bigfatrich   I have no idea if the following were first release...   Dec 14 2007, 12:43 PM
- - Hobbes   QUOTE (bigfatrich @ Dec 14 2007, 12:43 PM)I h...   Dec 14 2007, 05:40 PM
- - Sostie   Best Gigs Guitar Wolf at 93 Feet East Grinderman...   Dec 17 2007, 11:44 PM
- - Svein   OK... I know there's going to be some self se...   Dec 18 2007, 10:41 AM
|- - Omniscia   QUOTE (Svein @ Dec 18 2007, 06:41 AM)Best Sin...   Dec 19 2007, 02:23 PM
|- - Svein   QUOTE (Omniscia @ Dec 19 2007, 03:23 PM)Wow, ...   Dec 20 2007, 02:25 PM
- - Kick in the Head   QUOTE (Jon 79 @ Dec 19 2007, 12:10 AM)Heathen...   Dec 19 2007, 12:55 AM
|- - Jon 79   QUOTE (Kick in the Head @ Dec 19 2007, 12:55 ...   Dec 19 2007, 01:36 AM
- - Nonus Aequilibrium   Best personal discovery of the year: Mastodon I a...   Dec 19 2007, 06:27 PM
- - logger   Some albums that don't seem to have been menti...   Dec 20 2007, 04:44 PM
|- - Sostie   QUOTE (logger @ Dec 20 2007, 04:44 PM)Charlot...   Dec 20 2007, 06:08 PM
- - Julie   QUOTE (Mrs Bisley @ Dec 13 2007, 08:43 PM)Ray...   Dec 20 2007, 06:10 PM
- - SkipToTheEnd   The years best in my opinion (in no particular ord...   Jan 11 2008, 12:08 PM
- - Mrs Bisley   QUOTE (Julie @ Dec 20 2007, 06:10 PM)Have you...   Jan 16 2008, 06:15 PM
- - Zoe   I think my favourite single of 2007 is 'Piece ...   Feb 1 2008, 10:21 AM
|- - Wife Of Rolex   QUOTE (Zoe @ Feb 1 2008, 10:21 AM)I think my ...   Feb 1 2008, 04:49 PM
- - Zoe   She went nuts about 2 years ago! God bless he...   Feb 1 2008, 04:50 PM


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