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1. Dirtbombs - We Have You Surrounded


(I'm right about this, you are all wrong. I rock)


2. Ladyhawk - Shots

3. Wooden Sky - Lost at Sea

4. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever ago

5. Sun Kil Moon - April

6. Kathleen Edwards - Asking for Flowers

7. Hayden - In Field and Town

8. Corby Lund - Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier (yeah I cheat, but I think this will get a 2008 US release)

9. Constantines - Kensington Heights

10. Black Keys - Attack and Release

11. Kelley Stoltz - Circular Sounds

12. She and Him - Vol 1


lots that I still have to listen to - Supergrass, Tindersticks, 13 Ghosts, Nick Cave, Destroyer, Maria Gallardo, Dexateens, Devotchka, Whigs, British Sea Power.


Disappointments - Jason Collett, Malkmus (Pig Lib was so good compared to this)

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Bon Iver was '07 for me, but it'd still prolly be my #1 this year ;)



Sun Kil Moon

British Sea Power

Black Keys

Nick Cave

Fleet Foxes


Black Mountain


Cloud Cult

The Dodos

These New Puritans

Jamie Lidell

She & Him

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British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?

Nada Surf - Lucky

She & Him - Vol. 1

The Duke Spirit - Neptune

Dodos - Visiter

My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges (judging by the SxSW show, an early favorite for #1 for me)


....more to come I am sure.

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Mountain Goats


Felice Brothers



New Dexateens hasn't gotten enough spins yet. Also purchased the Jason Collett which is just so-so.


I need to do some shopping based on some of these lists. Constantines and Sun Kil Moon are most definitely on my horizon.

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Thanks for the reminder about Kelley Stoltz! That's what I get for missing his Noise Pop show.


And T, you know your girl Basia Bulat is on the BSP record, right? (I mean, not prominently featured or anything, but she's mentioned in the liner notes.)

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roughly in order of my enjoyment so far this year


Why? - Alopecia

Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride

Constantines - Kensington Heights

Fleet Foxes - S/T and Sun Giant

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Real Emotional Trash

Animal Collective - Water Curses

Vampire Weekend - S/T

Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell

Destroyer - Trouble in Dreams

Hot Chip - Made in the Dark

Jamie Lidell - Jim

Magnetic Fields - Distortion


Need to listen to more:

Sun Kil Moon - April

Man Man - Rabbit Hats

Boris - Smile

M83 - Saturdays = Youth

Silver Jews - Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea (although after 2 listens I am feeling a little let down save for Suffering Jukebox and SV, SD)

Beach House - Devotion

Hercules & Love Affair

She & Him

Atlas Sound


Haven't gotten to yet:

Gnarls Barkley - Odd Couple

Ruby Suns - Sea Lion

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

Fuck Buttons - Street Horrsing




So far I'd say Why?, Mountain Goats, and Constantines have been the heroes of the year for me. Malkmus and Fleet Foxes are also hitting my sweet spot with the stuff they've released and I'm sure Kozelek's April will find it's way into heavy rotation.

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In no particular order after the first 2:


Brighter Than Creation's Dark DBT

Attack & Release Black Keys

Real Emotional Trash Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

Asking For Flowers Kathleen Edwards

April Sun Kil Moon

Kensington Heights Constantines

Mission Control The Whigs

The Felice Brothers The Felice Brothers

Lost & Found The Dexateens

In the Future Black Mountain


Looking forward to:

James McMurtry

The Hold Steady

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I think the only 2008 releases I've bought so far are Malkmus (good but probably not something I'm going to listen to a lot) and Robert Pollard (not all that good, frankly). I'll be getting the new Psycho and the Birds CD any day now, and that's supposed to be pretty good. But there's a bunch of sure-to-be-great stuff coming out later this year that I'm really looking forward to:


Centro-matic/South San Gabriel (woo hoo!!!; I can't fuckin' wait for this thing)

My Morning Jacket

Beatnik Filmstars

Robert Pollard (the next one has GOT to better than the last one)

M. Ward

Capstan Shafts


Plus, there's the upcoming Pavement and Sebadoh reissues!!! YES!!!

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1) The Evangelicals - The Evening Decends

2) Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP

3) Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Sunday at Devil Dirt

4) Blood On the Wall - Liferz

5) Murder by Death - Red of Tooth and Claw

6) Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair

7) Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

8) Stephen Malkmus - Real Emotional Trash

9) The Gutter Twins - Saturnalia

10) Plants and Animals - Parc Avenue

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The only ones I've listened to enough to know will rank for the year (in rough order):


Hayden - In Field & Town

Kathleen Edwards - Asking For Flowers

British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

She & Him - Volume One

Fleet Foxes - Ragged Wood.


Is the Jamie Lidell better than the last one? I thought it was really inconsistent so I haven't bother to check the new one out.

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