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pantagrapher / December 17, 2007 11:55 AM

Top 5 off my head top:

Radiohead—In Rainbows
Animal Collective—Strawberry Jam

Frog Eyes—Tears of the Valedictorian

The National—Boxer

james / December 17, 2007 12:26 PM

3 Best Albums I heard by Chicago musicians:

David Vandervelde - The Moonstation House Band
Office - A Night at the Ritz
Bobby Conn - King for a Day

jennifer / December 17, 2007 12:44 PM

I've been out of the music loop due to the grad school loop that has taken over my life. but I love love love kate nash's 'made of bricks.' granted, it's not being released in the states until '08, but I still

also a big fan of 'challengers,' 'in rainbows,' 'boys and girls,' and 'the shepherd's dog.' will catch up on other '07 releases over winter term.

jennifer / December 17, 2007 12:45 PM


sam b / December 17, 2007 12:51 PM

black sabbath, black sabbath

sleep, holy mountain

the melvins, bullhead

jennifer / December 17, 2007 1:03 PM

still heart it. that's what all of those damn posts are supposed to say. apparently the 'heart' symbol doesn't work here though. sad.

graumach / December 17, 2007 1:31 PM

Best? Couldn't say, but some favorites: 2007 albums by Amon Tobin, El-P, Deerhunter, Grinderman, MIA, and (surprise, surprise) In Rainbows..

eep / December 17, 2007 2:02 PM

The only one that I can think of off the top of my head is Mika's Life in Cartoon Motion. Love it.

printdude / December 17, 2007 2:02 PM

Kings of Leon - Because of the Times.

The Hold Steady - Boys & Girls in America

Cold War Kids - Robbers + Cowards

p / December 17, 2007 2:05 PM

i liked the mark ronson disc alot. and the kanye was really good. daler mehdi was back in '07 with "the king is back." that also bangs hard.

Bill V / December 17, 2007 4:10 PM

Favorites are Datarock, LCD Soundsystem, Twilight Sad, Okkervil River, Peter Bjorn and John.

holden / December 17, 2007 4:24 PM

MIA - Kala
Tegan & Sara - The Con
The Shins - Wincing the Night Away
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
The Kooks - Inside the Inside Out
(might not have been 2007)
Lily Allen - Alright, Still
White Stripes - Icky Thump
The Killers - Sam's Town
Maroon 5 - It Won't be Soon Before Long

matt / December 17, 2007 6:37 PM

in no particular order:

white rabbits - fort nightly
battles - mirrored
the besnard lakes - ... are the dark horse
menomena - friend or foe
okkervil river - the stage names
blonde redhead - 23
deerhoof - friend opportunity
cloud cult - the meaning of 8
feist - the reminder
low - drums and guns
the national - boxer
the dirty projectors - rise above
patton oswalt - werewolves and lollipops
radiohead - in rainbows
lcd soundsystem - sound of silver
liars - liars
spoon - ga ga ga ga ga
alsace lorraine - dark one

Leelah / December 17, 2007 8:10 PM

Ted Leo/Pharmacists - Living with the Living
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
Okkervil River - The Stage Names

rofimike / December 17, 2007 10:23 PM

Okkervil and National were both fantastic.

JD / December 17, 2007 10:45 PM

Daft Punk - Alive 07'
Polyphonic Spree - The Fragile Army
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Architecture In Helsinki - Places Like This
Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

vanessa / December 17, 2007 11:33 PM

Radiohead - In Rainbows
Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

The only two new albums that I have been listening to on a continuous basis.

Omkar / December 18, 2007 1:01 AM

1. Deerhunter - Cryptograms
2. M.I.A. - Kala
3. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
4. Kanye West - Graduation
5. Radiohead - In Rainbows
6. Jay-Z - American Gangster
7. Devendra Banhart - Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
8. Battles - Mirrored
9. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
10. Caribou - Andorra

Just missed the cut:
Feist - The Reminder
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
Common - Finding Forever
The White Stripes - Icky Thump
Lupe Fiasco - The Cool (because it hasn't come out yet)

Mateus / December 18, 2007 4:18 AM

I have been a big fan of the following:

Spoon: GaGaGaGaGa
Wilco: Sky Blue Sky
Panda Bear: Person Pitch
Cafe Tacuba: Sino
Mice Parade: Mice Parade
Tim Fite: Over the Counter Culture
Mexican Institute of Sound: Piñata
I'm Not A Gun: We Think as Instruments
Glenn Mercer: Wheels in Motion
Céu: Céu
PJ Harvey: White Chalk

JasonB / December 18, 2007 9:09 AM

Andy Mckee

Josh / December 18, 2007 10:49 AM

Rosemary Clooney - Jazz Singer
Audioslave - Revelations
Ocean Colour Scene - Marchin' Already
Johnny Cash - Personal File
Stanley Wilson - Pagan Love
The Black Crowes - The Tall Sessions / The Band Sessions
Garth Brooks - No Fences
Patton Oswalt - Werewolves & Lollipops
Latin Playboys - Dose
Marvin Gaye - I Want You

It ain't all 2007, but it's all new to me.

Spook / December 18, 2007 12:12 PM

Common - Finding Forever,
( yea and I'm still bump'n Electric Circus!)

Talib Kweli -Eardrum

Marvin Tate- Family Swim

Michael / December 18, 2007 12:57 PM

The 1900s - Cold&Kind

Nicole / December 18, 2007 1:13 PM

Dan Deacon - Spiderman of the Rings
Les Savy Fav – Let's Stay Friends
Okkervil River – The Stage Names
Sunset Rubdown- Random Spirit Lover
Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
Besnard Lakes – Are the Dark Horse
Fujiya and Miyagi - Transparent Things
LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
Handsome Furs – Plague Park
Panda Bear – Person Pitch Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, You Are the Destroyer
Matthew Dear – Asa Breed The National – Boxer
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Menomena – Friend and Foe

skafiend / December 18, 2007 2:09 PM

Wow, I guess I did listen to some current music this year. Didn't think I did.

Lily Allen
Tim Armstrong (was that this years?)
Ted Leo

And Spook... didn't know Marvin Tate had a CD out. used to frequent the poetry show he used to run at a place on Division Street whose name escapes me now. Underrated Chicago performer....

daniel / December 18, 2007 6:11 PM

Josh Ritter: The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter.

C-Note / December 18, 2007 7:33 PM

Public Service Announcement:

Shovel your sidewalks, you lazy bastards!

Dave S / December 19, 2007 9:18 AM

The National - Boxer
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Marco Mahler - Design in Quick Rotation
Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
Feist - The Reminder
John Vanderslice - Emerald City
Pantha du Prince - This Bliss
Ned Collette - Future Suture
Burial - Untrue

I also really liked albums by Of Montreal, The Ike Reilly Assassination, SoCalled, Mavis Staples, Blu & Exile & LCD Soundsystem

Spencer / December 19, 2007 10:27 AM

The Field - From Here We Go Sublime

Panda Bear - Personal Pitch

Radiohead - In Rainbows

LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver

Spook / December 19, 2007 10:37 AM

Yo Skafiend, what up with ya history bro! I'm jealous!
I heard back in the day his name rang out.

I got back to the midwest too late, when he- and his sort- went underground after Wicker Park got shot down by property taxes and zombie yuppies, but I caught the tail end of the magic. Check out his CD son, its brilliant! And his book of poems "School Yard of Broken Dreams" is in my collection, well thumbed of course

Michael / December 19, 2007 7:12 PM

LCD Soundsystem- Sound of Silver
Arcade Fire- Neon Bible
Radiohead- In Rainbows
Kanye West- Graduation

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