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THE OFFICIAL BEST MUSIC OF 2007 THREAD

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Because someone had to do it, HERE IT IS!

The beginning of the end. No format, just post your thoughts and additions here. My top ten are in order. Enjoy!

1. Radiohead - In Rainbows

2. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin

3. Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger

4. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

5. The New Pornographers - Challengers

6. Do Make Say Think - You, You’re a History in Rust

7. Broken Social Scene Pres Kevin Drew - Spirit If

8. Kings of Leon - Because of the Times

9. Mother Mother - Touch Up

10.Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship even Sank

Honourable Mentions

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

Apostle of Hustle - National Anthem of Nowhere

Beastie Boys - The Mix-Up

Explosions in The Sky - All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone

Feist - The Reminder

Great Lake Swimmers - Onigara

The Weakerthans - Reunion Tour

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga

Iron and Wine -Shephard’s Dog

Stars - In Our Bedroom After the War

LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver

Miracle Fortress - Five Roses

Sigur Ros - Hvarf - Heim

Original Soundtrack to “I’m Not Thereâ€

Band I went from like to LOVE with this year - The Hold Steady

2007 album I just didn’t get - Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam

2007 biggest letdown - Joel Plaskett Emergency - Ashtray Rock

Great Singles of 2007 -

Rock Central Plaza - My Children, Be Joyful

The Besnard Lakes - Devastation

Apples in Stereo - Can You Feel It?

Amy Winehouse - Rehab

Greyboy All-Stars - How Glad I Am

Wintersleep - Weighty Ghost

Funniest Shit of The Year - Flight of the Concords

Favourite Live Recording of the Year - Ryan Adams - 7.21.07 SBD

Covers of the Year - Donovan Frankenreiter - Wondering Where the Lions Are

Eddie Vedder - Hard Sun

Anything with The Millon Dollar Bashers on I’m Not There

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Guest Low Roller

A lot of stuff was already covered in this thread.

I listened to a lot of albums, but obviously not ALL the albums, so my list does not knock any particular band due to omission, unless I explicitely state it otherwise... here goes.

NOT ENOUGH TIME TO LISTEN TO ALBUMS OF 2007

Bedouin Soundclash- Street Gospels

Gogol Bordello- Super Taranta!

Jay-Z- American Gangster

Animal Collective- Strawberry Jam

Jose Gonzales- In Our Nature

BSS Present Kevin Drew- Spirit If...

Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Is Is EP

Besnard Lakes- ...Are The Dark Horse

Miracle Fortress- Five Roses

TERRIBLE ALBUMS OF 2007

Swan Lake- Beast Moans

Members of Wolf Parade and New Pornographers... Sounds good, right? WRONG!

Panda Bear- Person Pitch

One half of Animal Collective is only half as good.

INDIFFERENT ALBUMS OF 2007- Not terrible, not great, somewhere in the middle

Beirut- The Flying Club Cup

Dizzee Rascal- Maths + English

Band of Horses- Cease to Begin

Feist- The Reminder

Neil Young- Chrome Dreams II (sorry Neil...)

Of Montreal- Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

Beastie Boys- The Mix-Up

Interpol- Our Love To Admire

Velvet Revolver- Libertad

RUNNERS-UP OF 2007- Because only 10 albums make a Top 10

Field Music- Tones of Town

Menomena- Friend and Foe

A Place To Bury Strangers- self titled

Rilo Kiley- Under The Blacklights

White Stripes- Icky Thump

White Rabbits- Fort Nightly

Timbaland- Shock Value

FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2007

1. Radiohead- In Rainbows

2. Iron & Wine- The Shepherd's Dog

3. !!!- Myth Takes

4. Neil Young- Live at Massey Hall 1971

5. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!- Some Loud Thunder

6. Modest Mouse- We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank

7. Arcade Fire- Neon Bible

8. Maps- We Can Create

9. Kings of Leon- Because of the Times

10. LCD Soundsystem- Sound of Silver

FAVORITE CONCERT OF 2007

Iron & Wine in Brighton

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Album of the Year:

Icky Thump - The White Stripes

Runner Up:

Once Soundtrack - music by The Swell Season

Concert of the Year:

The Arcade Fire @ Massey Hall

Runners Up:

The White Stripes @ The Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto

The Swell Season @ The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto

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my favourite release this year (Cassadaga) was also my fave concert of the year...Bright Eyes

I didn't catch the Conor Oberst buzz until I was fortunate enough to see Bright Eyes at Massey Hall (thanks Jakis!) back in May.

From the moment I found my seat, I was out of it again in shear musical bliss!

My runner-up live shows this year would have to be the TSOOL shows (I saw 2 out of 3)during the NXNE festival..fucking awesome!

Stephen & Damian Marley was also a GREAT show!

My biggest disappointment I guess was WEEN at The Docks.

I also REALLY regret not getting my ass out to see Black Mountain when they were here in October :(

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Favourite Albums of the year (In no particular order)

  • The Gourds - Noble Creatures
  • United Steelworkers Of Montreal - Broken Trucks & Bottles
  • Charlie Musselwhite - Delta Hardware
  • Rory Block - The Lady and Mr. Johnson
  • Jason Isbel - Sirens of The Ditch
  • Neil Young - Live At Massey Hall
  • Jim Lauderdale - Bluegrass
  • Watermelon Slim - The Wheel Man
  • Richard Thompson - Sweet Warrior
  • Ricky Skaggs - Instrumentals

Honorable Mentions:

  • Porter Wagoner - Wagonmaster
  • Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II
  • I'm Not There Soundtrack
  • Into The Wild Soundtrack

Favourite Live Recording of the Year

  • The Gourds - Slim's, San Francisco 2007-08-04 (multi-track SBD)

Concert Of The Year

  • New Riders Of The Purple Sage - The Pepper Jack Cafe 2007-04-20

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How about 15, in order:

1. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

2. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

3. White Stripes - Icky Thump

4. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead...

5. Kings of Leon - Because of the Times

6. Radiohead - In Rainbows

7. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

8. Feist - the Reminder

9. Iron & Wine - the Shepard's Dog

10. I'm Not There - Soundtrack

11. Battles - Mirrored

12. Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight

13. Cuff the Duke - Sidelines of the City

14. Besnard Lakes - Are the Dark Horse

15. Apostle of Hustle - National Anthem of Nowhere

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How about 15, in order:

1. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

2. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

3. White Stripes - Icky Thump

4. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead...

5. Kings of Leon - Because of the Times

6. Radiohead - In Rainbows

7. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

8. Feist - the Reminder

9. Iron & Wine - the Shepard's Dog

10. I'm Not There - Soundtrack

11. Battles - Mirrored

12. Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight

13. Cuff the Duke - Sidelines of the City

14. Besnard Lakes - Are the Dark Horse

15. Apostle of Hustle - National Anthem of Nowhere

Indie lover ;)

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1. Bright Eyes - Cassadaga

2. Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger

3. Mother Mother - Touch Up

4. The United Steel Workers Of Montreal - Kerosene & Coal

5. Iron And Wine - The Shepherd's Dog

6. Ween - La Cucaracha

7. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

8. Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II

9. Keller Williams - Dream

10. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank

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not in order

rock plaza central - are we not horses

nathan moore - in his own worlds

wilco - sky blue sky

neil young - live at massey hall

cuff the duke - sidelines of the city

The Gourds - Noble Creatures

joel plaskett - ashtray rock

moe. - warts and all 5

the spades - let it grow

Ween - La Cucaracha

best concerts

moe. - snowdown, pittsburgh

wilco - toronto, pittsburgh

mmsw - toronto jazz fest

YMSB - horseshoe

Derek trucks band - 10,000 lakes

and the best....

Neil Young - Massey Hall

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Here Goes...

Top Albums:

Radiohead-In Rainbows

Allison Krauss/Robert Plant-Raising Sand

Feist—The Reminder

Great Lake Swimmers-Oninagra

Besnard Lakes-Are The Dark Horse

Rilo Kiley-Under The Blacklight(don’t love it to death but it still deserves to make the list)

Jason Isbell-Sirens In The Ditch

Iron & Wine-The Shepherd’s Dog(grows on you big time…)

Wilco-Sky Blue Sky

The National-Boxer

Top Shows:

The Slip-Hamilton 5-19-07

Wilco-Massey Hall(Summer)

Wilco-Fox Detroit(Fall)

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Guest Low Roller

Add The Shins' "Wincing The Night Away" to my list as well.

Thanks for the reminder Jaimoe.

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Here's what I liked:

DJs

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Rick Laplante - Housework .01 (Tech House)

Rick Laplante - Unassuming (Tech House)

Fred Miller - The Dark Iberican Sound Of Montreal (Tribal House)

Enver 'RedEyez' Pletilic - After Sunrise (Electro House)

Enver 'RedEyez' Pletilic - Bang Your Head (Electro House)

Switch - Live @ Fabric (Switch House)

Jason Jesse - Right Side Of The Brain (Tribal House)

Eddie Halliwell - Cream Ibiza (Electro House/Trance)

Sander Van Doorn - any Essential Mixes I heard by him (Trance)

Deadmau5 - Blow Media Radio Mix (Electro House)

Steve Lawler - Global Underground Nubreed (Tribal House)

Bands

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Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank

Broken Social Scene presents Kevin Drew - Spirit If...

Stars - In Our Bedroom After The War

Rock Plaza Central - Are We Not Horses

The Shovels - The Devil's Music

Diesel Dog - Year Of The Dog

Shows

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Roger Waters - Scotiabank Place

Do Make Say Think - Mavericks

nero x2 - Mavericks

Modest Mouse - Metropolis

Broken Social Scene - Capital City Music Hall

DJ Sets

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Fred Miller - Mavericks

Enver 'RedEyez' Pletilic - Hard As Fuck

Abe Van Dam - Mavericks

Enver 'RedEyez' Pletilic vs. Deedot - The Attic

Rick Laplante - several times at Mavericks

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I summarized my thoughts in that earlier thread, but here's my ranking as I feel today. I don't think anything touched Boxer this year. Love is Simple was a return to form for A/F after the less than stellar Meek Warrior (as if they've put out 4 albums in 3 years).

1. The National - Boxer

2. Akron/Family - Love Is Simple

3. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog

4. Field Music - Tones of Town

5. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

6. Do Make Say Think - You, You're A History In Rust

7. Wintersleep - Welcome To The Night Sky

8. Radiohead - In Rainbows

9. Stars - In Our Bedroom After the War

10. Kings of Leon - Because of the Times

Honourable mentions:

Miracle Fortress - Five Roses

The Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

Feist - The Reminder

Wooden Stars - People Are Different

Best concert I saw - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, June 29 2007, Somerville Theatre, Boston MA.

Best bar show - The motherfucking Zoobombs, Oct 18 2007, Paramount Lounge, Moncton NB.

Best show that no one saw - Golden Dogs, Mar 29, Paramount Lounge. The Dogs rocked like they were playing Wembley to all 6 of us in attendance.

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