New CDs that I love: 2007 Edition

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Re: 2007 right now tied

Postby Jake » Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:54 am

grounded5am wrote:i thought 2006 was the best year musically we've had in 8-9 years.

What's your top ten from 2006?

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Postby Tom4 » Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:22 pm

I think '03 produced a great stretch of music.

M. Ward - Transfiguration of Vincent
The Decemberists - Her Majesty
Cat Power - You Are Free
My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves
The Postal Service - Give Up
TV on the Radio - Young Liars EP
Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain
Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
King Geedorah - Take Me To Your Leader
The Wrens - Meadowlands
Four Tet - Rounds
Dizzee Rascal - Boy In Da Corner
Broken Social Scene - You Forgot it in People
M83 - Dead Cities, Red Seas, & Lost Ghosts
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
Prefuse 73 - One Word Extinguisher

Manitoba - Up In Flames
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
Sufjan Stevens - Michigan
The Books - The Lemon of Pink

That's an impressive collection. '02 had its gems (Notwist - Neon Golden, Yoshimi, YHF, Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights, The Streets - Original Pirate Material). But '03 was the ish.

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Postby Sven Killer Robot Spacema » Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:40 pm

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Postby grounded5am » Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:11 pm

yeah 2003 was a good year as well. bot for me there was only 2 0r 3 albums that i regularly still play today and that i would consider among the best albums put out. as for my tops for 2006 here's the run down:


1. edie brickell and new bohemians - stranger things (nothnig else came close)
2. edie brickell - all the songs released on her website in a collection i called a better life (there are 16 in all i think)
3. paul simon - surprise
4. built to spill - you in reverse
5. frank black - fast man raider man
6 and you will know us by the trail of the dead - so divided (can't believe a late entry has made it this high up)
7. guster - ganging up on the sun
8. angles and airwaves - we don't need to whisper
9. tom petty -highway companion
10. the flaming lips - at war with the mystics
11. thom yorke - the eraser
12. juliana hatfield - the white broken line/live recordings
13. the secret machines - ten silver drops (this one came so close to staying in the top ten. we'll see what happens as the end of the year comes closer)
14. regina spektor - begin to hope
15.the racontuers - broken boy soldier
16. some girls - crushing love
17. richard butler - richard butler
18. morrissey - ringleader of the tormentors
19. pearl jam - pearl jam



of course this is just my list and i know a lot of the people on this list are not going to be liked. much less tolerated. but i really like all of them and it was a really consistent year. i can see myself playing most of these 10 years from now, which to me is a true test of how good music is. i forgot to mention earlier that the new dinosaur jr. (my first dinosaur jr. purchase) is getting very heavy rotation. i really, really like this one a lot.

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Postby Mixmaster Shecky » Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:02 am

I just realized that we're currently in a kind of golden era for rock. Honestly, there are so many great bands/artists putting out so much fantastic music right now. From Flaming Lips to The Decemberists to Arctic Monkeys to the Detroit Cobras, there is an embarrassment of riches out there.

And as much as I'm digging Icky Thump right now, I'm eagerly awaiting the New Pornographers upcoming release. It's too much too listen to!

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Postby cat153 » Wed Jun 20, 2007 9:56 am

i really believe that the golden age right now isn't so much that music is so much better than it was 5, 10 years ago...though i know you can make that arguement. I really think the issue is far greater accessibility today. it is super easy (even if you aren't that web-savy) to find music that flies under the radar of traditional radio/media, and definately eschews traditional record lable promotion/product leverage.

the accessibilty allows us to google a band, use hype machine or some other mp3 aggregator, or simply go to a band's website/myspace page to sample songs, etc.

i really believe this new accessibility has led to an increase in artistic output with one band being led to push boundaries by others, etc. in an effort to both maintain an edge and maintain awareness in an ever increasing ADD riddled public.

the ironic or sad thing about this golden age is that it's also an age where music lables (major or indie) tend to lament the fact that cd sales are down and margins are down. it's funny that the mba crowd is huddled trying to figure out how to sue 10 year old kids and their parents while still not being able to come up with a marketing/sales plan in an age with so much great music and so much public interest in it.

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Postby Jake » Wed Jun 20, 2007 10:02 am

cat153 wrote:it is super easy (even if you aren't that web-savy) to find music that flies under the radar of traditional radio/media, and definately eschews traditional record lable promotion/product leverage.

The flip-side to that is that there is no longer anything that brings the culture together as a whole. Everything is so fractured now. It's kind of a bummer. Then again when VH1 eventually gets around to their "I LOVE the 00s!!!" special, they'll probably figure out a way to lump it all into a handful of stupid acts... Wardrobe malfunctions, etc.

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Postby Tom4 » Wed Jun 20, 2007 11:03 am

Jake wrote:The flip-side to that is that there is no longer anything that brings the culture together as a whole. Everything is so fractured now. It's kind of a bummer. Then again when VH1 eventually gets around to their "I LOVE the 00s!!!" special, they'll probably figure out a way to lump it all into a handful of stupid acts... Wardrobe malfunctions, etc.


Yeah. There will never be another group as big as the Beatles, because there is a group, even within the same genre, for every taste, mood, atmosphere. And with all that music, we only attach to fragments of an artists output -- sometimes just songs, sometimes just hooks from songs. There's no time for a band to become legendary anymore. Which could be good or bad, depending on your frame of mind. I just want to hear music that makes me feel good, and the more of that available, the better to me. I don't need any of my favorite artists to reach legendary status.

Besides, I think those legendary bands sort of reveal themselves after years, anyway. Maybe the elders can give me some perspective, but were people saying the same thing about there not being another legendary band as U2 and R.E.M. were in the infancy of their careers?

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Postby Mixmaster Shecky » Wed Jun 20, 2007 11:24 am

Tom4 wrote:Maybe the elders can give me some perspective, but were people saying the same thing about there not being another legendary band as U2 and R.E.M. were in the infancy of their careers?


No. Even back then we knew there would never be another Beatle-like group as far as popularity.

But to get back to the internet/accessibility point, I don't think the music is better now than it was 10 years ago, I think we're nearing the end of the rock era. Just before jazz 'died' and rock supplanted it as the music of choice, you had Miles, Diz, Bird, Coltrane, Mingus. And this was after the legendary jazz greats had made their mark - Armstrong, Ellington, Calloway, etc.

So rock is on it's last legs. Or not.

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Postby Lurker01 » Wed Jun 20, 2007 1:09 pm

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Um, yeah. The Beatles single handedly summed up and represented the culture of their time and united everyone regarding their swellness.
What a shame (again and again and again) that that time was 40 years ago and no music will ever be that good to anyone again.

Oh, and Hey you kids...get off of my lawn!!!
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