14 December 2007

Top Five

This year has kicked ass, musically speaking. As I sit here, doing my eardrums some very blissful damage with my In Rainbows 45 speed double vinyl CRANKED, it occurs to me you few readers want a decisive top five. Ask, and ye shall receive. Seek and ye shall find. Knock and the door shall open. Jesus Jesus Labyrinth. Omphalos. Ad Nauseam. Here it is:

1>The National: Boxer
2>Grinderman: GRINDERMAN!
3>Radiohead In Rainbows
4>Einsturzende Neubauten: Alles Weider Offen
5>PJ Harvey: White Chalk

Other albums I dig considerably: The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust, Neon Bible, La Fin Absolue Du Monde, Mythmaker, a lot of American Doll Posse, Hourglass, and about half of Year Zero.

Alright. I promise I'll write more. 33 plus pages later after final grad papers and the drive to write atrophies.


modernaged said...
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modernaged said...

Im so down with Boxer as the number 1 album of the year.

my other favorites from this year:

- the snake, the cross, the crown - cotton teeth
- mewithoutyou - brother, sister
- funeral crashers - le fin absolue du monde

Some of the other albums i have enjoyed this year, in no particular order are:
- saul williams - niggy tardust
- against me! - new wave
- modern life is war - midnight in america

nin's year zero seems to the volta for good/bad albums. its stuck right smack in the middle of the scale where all others are judged. some of it is so good, and some of it is so not.

most disappointing album of the year could possibly be, for me, eat me, drink me. i had (unrealistically) high hopes for a stripped down and simple manson album. god damn was i let down. its not even cut for out frisbee use.

can the place to bury strangers full-length be considered as released this year?

frankie teardrop said...

our record, as one fourth of our membership, has a more feminine definite article.

i didn't count the a place to bury strangers release, and i honestly wouldn't in a heartbeat because all but one of those ten tracks have been around on various EPs since 2004-2005, when i discovered them. it might earn a special mention, perhaps...but can't really be considered a proper release in my book. however, ceremony (the other half of his old band) had a record out this year which is near-identical and just as good!

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KLA* said...

Damn, your grammar skills are impressing me these days, Frank. (I mean it; I'm not being snarky).

Interestingly, Dan, you used the title of Bjork's album title from this year in your appraisal of Year Zero. I had forgotten it, like I had most of the album.

Also, I feel that the capital Y in mewithoutYou is of symbolic importance. I'm in agreement with what you have to say about Year Zero. Songs such as "My Violent Heart," "Vessel," and "In This Twilight" set a pretty high mach...bar. Other songs make me hurt. I didn't know Cotton Teeth came out this year. I'll always have pleasant memories of sitting in your yellow and black aparment next to an open screen window listening to the melodies lilt like the curtains.

Another album I forgot to mention is the new His Name Is Alive full length of originals: XMMER. Only one listen with Chris, but I liked it a lot. I also forgot to mention the soundtrack to "I'm Not There,"--some of which I love, some of which I'm "eh" on, some of which I hate. There's enough to like and love that it deserves mention. I've listened to it several times, and enjoy it far more than Dylan's last album, "Modern Times," (which received, along with "Magic," five stars from Rolling Stone--the most irrelevant, stupid, archaic, obsolete beast in music criticism and journalism).

I liked some of Sky Blue Sky, none of "Magic" (except title track and maybe "Gypsy Biker"), none of "Zeitgeist" (even "Tarantula" has been corrupted by proximity), only "<3 shaped glasses" from "Eat Me, Drink Me," little of Siouxsie's solo album, only the single version of "Earth Intruders" from "Volta," and wasn't interested enough to listen to new QotSA and VR albums. Hard rock is kind of boring to me at this point. I haven't listened to "brother, sister" yet, but would like to in the near future.

I'm sure there are a slew of other great albums to listen to that came out this year. Frank, bring them on.

Oh, I also haven't heard Nick Cave and Warren Ellis's newest soundtrack. I probably won't get to until next year, when I can afford buying myself music again.

modernaged said...

I didn't listen to the new QotSA album either. However, "Red of Tooth and Claw," the upcoming album from Murder by Death, from what I heard them play of it, sounds very Queens-inspired. But with a definite MbD sound. Can't wait for that one.

Because I was robbed of my mewithoutyou experience by mother nature, I don't care how it's fucking spelled ; )