Top 10 albums of 2004

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Post by bluebottle » Thu Nov 11, 2004 4:16 am

Niall wrote:Bluebottle, what's that silver mount zion ep like?
i'm really into it.
firts track is one of their poppier/rockier ones (if you can call it that)
and a bit more singing than normal in their next two.
but stand out for me is the fourth track. just Efrim singing one of his desolate songs, with minimal guitar and a toybox. but it's his imperfect voice that grabs you with the lyrics

would also like to add
the Mountain goats - we shall all be healed &
decoder ring - somersault sountrack to mine (beautiful score to a small Aussie movie)
'something really witty/funny or profound here!'
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Post by Niall » Thu Nov 11, 2004 3:38 pm

That sounds cool. I think I will probabley get it at some point, I'm listening to this is our punk rock now actually.
Do they still have the 10 minute long songs though? I was just wondering as it's an ep.
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Post by Kean » Fri Nov 12, 2004 5:38 pm

My top 10 of 2004 (subject to change at my whims):

1. The Arcade Fire - Funeral
2. Wolf Parade - untitled EP
3. Stars - Set Yourself On Fire
4. Brian Wilson - Smile
5. Madvillain - Madvillainy
6. Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
7. Pinback - Summer in Abaddon
8. dios malos - self-titled
9. Secret Machines - Now Here is Nowhere
10. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Shake the Sheets

...wow, I never noticed that my top three albums are by bands based out of Montreal. What can I say? It's a good year for Canadian music! Awesome singles of 2004 (no particular order):

Modest Mouse - "Float On"
The Walkmen - "The Rat"
Girls Aloud - "Love Machine"
Freeform Five "Strangest Things"
Franz Ferdinand - "Take Me Out" (a little overplayed, though)

Oh yeah, and another disappointment for me this year was Royal City's Little Heart's Ease.

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Post by Psiogen » Sat Nov 13, 2004 7:09 am

2004 has been a pretty weak year. Only a few of these could have competed with the stuff on my 2003 list.

10. Califone - Heron King Blues
9. Travis Morrison - Travistan
8. Earlies - These Were...
7. AC Newman - The Slow Wonder
6. Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News
5. The Go! Team - Thunder Lightning Strike
4. Franz Ferdinand - s/t
3. Brian Wilson - Smile
2. Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
1. Arcade Fire - Funeral

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Post by Kean » Sat Nov 13, 2004 1:53 pm

Psiogen, I would argue that this year has been a banner year for new music. A huge proportion of the best albums that came out this year have either been the debut of new musical acts, or a real return to form of others. Not to mention the fact that indie acts are finally being embraced by the mainstream (thanks in part to the "long tail" of online music stores such as iTunes), means we might actually get away from the shiny teeny pop on the TeeVee and the radio and back to some real meaty music soon. I'm hopeful, at least.

Also topping my "best singles" list: Moonbabies' "Sun A.M."

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Post by Kazu » Sat Nov 13, 2004 3:20 pm

Kean wrote:Also topping my "best singles" list: Moonbabies' "Sun A.M."

Kean, that song is really nice. :D
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Post by jose » Sun Nov 14, 2004 2:31 am

fun topic! But I haven't been keeping up with new music too much in 2004.
CDs I've bought this year...
!!!-Louden up :: This CD was one of a handful that totally changed my musical preferences into liking things more beat oriented and 'stoner.' Lots of rockin' emotion in this one... when I got it I jammed out to it in my car for weeks. Very sweet stuff...
Fiery Furnaces-Blueberry Boat:: Hey actually I don't like this really! And I was totally excited before it came out, downloading some songs from blogs and everything, playing "inspector blanceflower" on my radio show. Then it came out, and it was just too much to listen to all the time, and the female singer's is just totally not my thang...it made me realize just how picky I am with female singers...very few do it for me. The dude's voice is alright, too, and I like how they, err, tried new things, but I think it's too scatter-brained for me....actually I think the same of The Go! Team. Their songs sound like theme songs for children's television shows, and they share that uber-happy sound that Polyphonic Spree has...it's just too much.
Erlend Oye's- DJ Kicks is a great complilation of fun dancey tunes. I liked this a lot for about a week and now I think its sweet but don't listen to it. I think Erlend is so totally cute, seriously. I also like Kings of Convenience's "I'd Rather Dance with you," but I haven't heard their entire Riot on an Empy Street. The 3 songs I've heard from it are great, but "I'd Rather..." is too adorable. cute cute!
Hu Vibrational-Beautiful Bongee Music 2, read more at
http://www.souljazzrecords.co.uk/bonghee.htm, is just what I was looking for, really laid back drum beats that are made just a little contemporary-sounding by Daedelus.
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Post by bluebottle » Tue Nov 16, 2004 1:46 am

Niall wrote:That sounds cool. I think I will probabley get it at some point, I'm listening to this is our punk rock now actually.
Do they still have the 10 minute long songs though? I was just wondering as it's an ep.
first and last songs go for 5-6 minutes while second and third for about 10 minutes so a good sized ep:wink:
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Post by Sketchy » Sat Nov 20, 2004 10:10 pm

There are still some good new CDs coming out. I've been hearing good things about Rufus Wainwright's Want Two and U2's new one.

I've got a few albums I'll stand behind this year.

Mos Def - New Danger
Modest Mouse - Good News . . .
Bjork - Medulla
Ryan Adams - Love is Hell
Kanye West - College Dropout
Northern State - All City
Keane- Hopes and Fears
Mutual Admiration Socitey - S/T
The Polyphonic Spree - Together We're Heavy
R.E.M. - Around the Sun
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Post by WillisDrummond » Wed Nov 24, 2004 12:23 pm

I'm amazed you guys don't like the new modest mouse. perhaps its because that album was my introduction to them. that album has taken me a while, but the more I spin it, the more I like it.

Also, no one has mentioned the Killers. Perhaps I'm not cool enough to dislike them? Granted, Somebody Told Me is overplayed, but I'd certainly recommend the album.
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Post by EQ » Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:49 pm

Sketchy wrote:There are still some good new CDs coming out. I've been hearing good things about Rufus Wainwright's Want Two and U2's new one.

I've got a few albums I'll stand behind this year.

Mos Def - New Danger
Modest Mouse - Good News . . .
Bjork - Medulla
Ryan Adams - Love is Hell
Kanye West - College Dropout
Northern State - All City
Keane- Hopes and Fears
Mutual Admiration Socitey - S/T
The Polyphonic Spree - Together We're Heavy
R.E.M. - Around the Sun
Northern State huh? hmmm they look suspect, is it really good? i heard one single.

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Post by EQ » Wed Nov 24, 2004 2:40 pm

1. Nas - "Street's Disciple"
2. Masta Ace - "A Long Hot Summer"
3. The Faint - "Wet From Birth"
4. Zero 7 - "When It Falls"
5. Raphael Saadiq - "As Ray Ray"
6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Fever to Tell"
7. The Stills - "Logic Will Break Your Heart"
8. Statistics - "Leave Your Name"
9. The Roots - "The Tipping Point"
10. Anthony Hamilton - "Comin' From Where I'm From"

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Post by Sketchy » Wed Nov 24, 2004 9:44 pm

Delinquent, I saw them at a little club and they were intense and funny. They're rhymes are smart and left-wing, with more of an interest in changing the world than catching a man (though there's nothing wrong with likin' the fellas).
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Post by EQ » Wed Nov 24, 2004 10:23 pm

Sketchy wrote:Delinquent, I saw them at a little club and they were intense and funny. They're rhymes are smart and left-wing, with more of an interest in changing the world than catching a man (though there's nothing wrong with likin' the fellas).
true, thanks... i may just check em out.

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Post by newstreamer » Sat Nov 27, 2004 8:05 am

Kean: I noticed you're the first to put Girls Aloud. Interesting pick!

I guess I'll put my top, since that's all I've been doing lately? Haha. These are in NO particular order (since I suck at ranking - can't make up my mind):

Magnet - On Your Side
Franz Ferdinand - [s/t]
Jimmy Eat World - Futures
The Music - Welcome to the North
Interpol - Antics
Hope of the States - Lost Riots
Dresden Dolls - [s/t] (not a new release for the year, but got exposed now)
Divisoin of Laura Lee - Dasnotcompute
DJ Tiesto - Just Be
Sasha - Involver
The Faint - Wet From Birth
Elefant - Sunlight Makes me Paranoid - (not a new release for the year, but also got exposed)
Unkle - Never, Never, Land (could be better)
Longview - Mercury
The Delays - Seaside Glamour
The Stills - Logic Will Break Your Heart
Razorlight - Up All Night
Secret Machine - Now Here is Nowhere
Asobi Seksu

I think that's all I can remember for now as the releases of the year :)
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