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Ladilikan  by Trio De Kali and Kronos Quartet is a proper gem that may have gone under the radar for a lot of people.

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Right I'm fully caught up - and I don't think the new N.E.R.D. or Eminem albums are gonna be worth a shit seeing as both feature Ed Sheeran - so the hammer comes crashing down on 2017.

Albums:

  1. The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
  2. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3
  3. Arcade Fire - Everything Now
  4. Foxygen - Hang
  5. Alvvays - Antisocialites
  6. Rapsody - Laila's Wisdom
  7. Death From Above - Outrage! Is Now
  8. The Horrors - V
  9. Alex Cameron - Forced Witness
  10. White Reaper - The World's Best American Band

Songs

  1. Arcade Fire - Creature  Comfort
  2. St. Vincent - Slow Disco
  3. The War on Drugs - Nothing to Find
  4. Paramore - Hard Times
  5. Alvvays - In Undertow
  6. The Horrors - Something to Remember Me By
  7. Michael Cera ft. Sharon Van Etten - Best I Can
  8. MGMT - Little Dark Age
  9. Sheer Mag - Suffer Me
  10. Craig Finn - God is in Chicago

and finally I've done an extended top 50 albums topsters graphic in the spoiler if it's of interest to the nerds:

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15 minutes ago, dentalplan said:

Right I'm fully caught up - and I don't think the new N.E.R.D. or Eminem albums are gonna be worth a shit seeing as both feature Ed Sheeran - so the hammer comes crashing down on 2017.

Albums:

  1. The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
  2. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3
  3. Arcade Fire - Everything Now
  4. Foxygen - Hang
  5. Alvvays - Antisocialites
  6. Rapsody - Laila's Wisdom
  7. Death From Above - Outrage! Is Now
  8. The Horrors - V
  9. Alex Cameron - Forced Witness
  10. White Reaper - The World's Best American Band

 

Do you prefer A Deeper Understanding to Lost in the Dream then? I was thinking about it the other day and I don't think there's too much between them, Lost in the Dream just edges it for me though.

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Just now, kingcrawler said:

Do you prefer A Deeper Understanding to Lost in the Dream then? I was thinking about it the other day and I don't think there's too much between them, Lost in the Dream just edges it for me though.

I'm probably the same. Might change over the years though; Lost in the Dream has like memories and feels attached that you only get with time and A Deeper Understanding hasn't had the same time to live yet.

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Might well change before the end of the year...

1. The National

2. Arcade Fire

3. Mogwai

4. London Grammar

5. Public Service Broadcasting

6. Slowdive

7. Elbow

8. Father John Misty

9. Lana del Rey

10. the Charlatans

 

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Been listening to the Paramore album again today, can't believe I didn't put it in my top three, non-stop bops.

My list of favourite songs from this year changes by the day but I think I'm pretty much settled on this:

1) Rose-Colored Boy - Paramore

2) Hard Times - Paramore

3) Told You So - Paramore

4) New Rules - Dua Lipa

5) Beautifully Unconventional - Wolf Alice

6) Change Yr Mind - LCD Soundsystem

7) Thinkin' - Miley Cyrus (has somehow overtaken Malibu)

8 ) Green Light - Lorde

9) Oh Woman Oh Man - London Grammar

10) Fake Happy - Paramore

Honourable mentions to every song by Sigrid, several songs by HAIM, most songs on DAMN, Bon Appétit, the acoustic version of Boys, Bad Liar and (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano.

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Current collated top 10

1. The National (135)
2. Lorde (103)
3. Kendrick Lamar (73)
4. LCD Soundsystem (71)
5. Arcade Fire (62)
6. Wolf Alice (45)
7. The War on Drugs (41)
8. Everything Everything (34)
8. Brand New (34)
10. St. Vincent (33)
10. The xx (33)
10. Slowdive (33)

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2 hours ago, dentalplan said:

Right I'm fully caught up - and I don't think the new N.E.R.D. or Eminem albums are gonna be worth a shit seeing as both feature Ed Sheeran - so the hammer comes crashing down on 2017.

Albums:

  1. The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
  2. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3
  3. Arcade Fire - Everything Now
  4. Foxygen - Hang
  5. Alvvays - Antisocialites
  6. Rapsody - Laila's Wisdom
  7. Death From Above - Outrage! Is Now
  8. The Horrors - V
  9. Alex Cameron - Forced Witness
  10. White Reaper - The World's Best American Band

Songs

  1. Arcade Fire - Creature  Comfort
  2. St. Vincent - Slow Disco
  3. The War on Drugs - Nothing to Find
  4. Paramore - Hard Times
  5. Alvvays - In Undertow
  6. The Horrors - Something to Remember Me By
  7. Michael Cera ft. Sharon Van Etten - Best I Can
  8. MGMT - Little Dark Age
  9. Sheer Mag - Suffer Me
  10. Craig Finn - God is in Chicago

and finally I've done an extended top 50 albums topsters graphic in the spoiler if it's of interest to the nerds:

 

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Oh damn I forgot Alex Cameron. That's a top 10 for sure. I love Brandon Flowers' touches on there and the duet with Angel Olsen is magic. Going to see him again tomorrow after enjoying him when he supported The Killers. 

I'm gonna listen to your top 50 over the next god knows how long cos you seem to listen to everything and I like everything I know here, except A Deeper Understanding which I haven't really got into as of yet but it probably just needs another listen or two.

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45 minutes ago, Odessa said:

Oh damn I forgot Alex Cameron. That's a top 10 for sure. I love Brandon Flowers' touches on there and the duet with Angel Olsen is magic. Going to see him again tomorrow after enjoying him when he supported The Killers. 

I'm gonna listen to your top 50 over the next god knows how long cos you seem to listen to everything and I like everything I know here, except A Deeper Understanding which I haven't really got into as of yet but it probably just needs another listen or two.

Nice. I hope you find some stuff on there that you like, I imagine you should as our tastes overlap pretty hard.

And yeah I really respect what Flowers has done with Alex Cameron - I think he has just one writing credit on the album but I know he invited him out to Vegas to record and you can definitely hear his influence on other songs. It’s a cool thing to do for a practically unknown artist.

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2 minutes ago, dentalplan said:

Nice. I hope you find some stuff on there that you like, I imagine you should as our tastes overlap pretty hard.

And yeah I really respect what Flowers has done with Alex Cameron - I think he has just one writing credit on the album but I know he invited him out to Vegas to record and you can definitely hear his influence on other songs. It’s a cool thing to do for a practically unknown artist.

It's two I think, Runnin Outta Luck and Politics Of Love. Probably my two favourites but there are loads of great songs, Candy May is another one up there. Just The Hacienda I'm not overly fussed on. 

He name-dropped Alex Cameron in pretty much every interview when promoting Wonderful Wonderful too. And got him a slot at Hyde Park as well as all the tour support slots here and in America. I know I definitely wouldn't know who he was if not for The Killers links so he's really been given a boost. 

I'm just looking it up now actually cos I knew Alex Cameron worked on The Killers' stuff too and he has 5 writing credits on the new album. I knew he'd helped with the lyrics on Run For Cover but that's a big effort and much more of an input than I was aware of. Dave Keuning (who wrote the Mr Brightside riff) has one writing credit.

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1. Pumarosa - The Witch

2. The Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class Classics 

3. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy

4. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream

5. RTJ - RTJ 3

6. Sleaford Mods - English Tapas

7. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

8. Four Tet - New Energy

9. King Krule - The Ooz

10. Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog

 

Top tunes..

1. LCD - How Do You Sleep?

2. Kendrick Lamar - Duckworth

3. Arcade Fire - Everything Now 

4. Pumarosa - Priestess 

5. Father John Misty - Growing Old On Magic Mountain 

6. The Moonlandingz - This Cities Undone

7. Sleaford Mods - Army Nights

8. MGMT - Little Dark Age

9. Mount Kimbie - Blue Train Lines

10. RTJ - Thursday In The Danger Room

 

 

 

 

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Best thing released this year was World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda and that's final.

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1. The Travelling Band - Sails
2. Elbow - Little Fictions

They're the only two new ones I've splashed out cold hard cash on. Sails has edged ahead of Little Fictions to take the number one slot in the last few weeks.

I've a couple others heading in for Christmas but I'm holding off listening to them any further until I have them in my hand.

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1. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

2. Arcane Roots - Melancholia Hymns

3.Wolf Alice - Visions Of A Life

4. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy

5. The National - Sleep Well Beast

6. Royal Blood - How Did We Get So Dark?

7. Queens Of The Stone Age - Villains

8. London Grammar - Truth Is A Beautiful Thing

9. Gorillaz -Humanz

10. Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life

 

 

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1. Slowdive - Slowdive

2. Lana Del Rey - Lust for Life

3. Wolf Alice - Visions of a Life

4. Alvvays - Antisocialites

5. Lorde - Melodrama

6. Declan McKenna - What Do You Think About the Car?

Tried to limit myself to a top 5, but couldn't leave young Declan's album off, given how much I've listened to it. Top 6 it is!

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1. Sundara Karma - Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect
2. QOTSA - Villains
3. The Amazons - The Amazons
4. Neck Deep - The Peace and the Panic
5. While She Sleeps - You Are We
6. The National - Sleep Well Beast
7. Everything Everything - A Fever Dream
8. The xx - I See You
9. Wilkinson - Hypnotic
10. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3
 

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4 hours ago, Gnomicide said:

1. The Travelling Band - Sails
2. Elbow - Little Fictions

They're the only two new ones I've splashed out cold hard cash on. Sails has edged ahead of Little Fictions to take the number one slot in the last few weeks.

I've a couple others heading in for Christmas but I'm holding off listening to them any further until I have them in my hand.

I hope one of those is Craig Finn or your reputation as the resident Hold Steady fan is in jeopardy!

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19 hours ago, Odessa said:

Oh damn I forgot Alex Cameron. That's a top 10 for sure. I love Brandon Flowers' touches on there and the duet with Angel Olsen is magic. Going to see him again tomorrow after enjoying him when he supported The Killers.

Probably in my top 3. On the way to see him now, buzzin (even if it is at the cost of a city match). Did you see the rider request Roy gave Now Wave? It's amazing.

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3 hours ago, dentalplan said:

I hope one of those is Craig Finn or your reputation as the resident Hold Steady fan is in jeopardy!

:)

I've been a good boy.

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Been a good year, cannot get down to 10 so here is my 20 in no particular order.

THE XX- I SEE YOU
BONOBO-MIGRATION
LOYLE CARNER- YESTERDAYS GONE
RADIOHEAD- OK NOT OK
HEMPOLICS- KISS, CUDDLE TORTURE VOL 1
FRANK TURNER- SONGBOOK
ROBERT PLANT- CARRY FIRE
COURTNEY BARNETT & KURT VILE- LOTTA SEA LICE
ARCADE FIRE- EVERYTHING NOW
BECK- COLOURS
ST VINCENT- MASSEDUCTION
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING- A FEVER DREAM
QOTSA- VILLAINS
PSB- EVERY VALLEY
THIS IS THE KIT- MOONSHINE FREEZE
WOLF ALICE- VISIONS OF A LIFE
SINKANE- LIFE & LIVIN` IT
SONGHOY BLUES- RESISTANCE
SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS- SOUL OF A WOMAN
KENDRICK LAMAR- DAMN

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In no particular order

 

Moonshine Freeze – This is the kit

Turn out the lights – Julien Baker

Modern Kosmology – Jane Weaver

Every Valley – PSB

Lotta See Lice – Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

A Deeper Understanding – War on Drugs

Sleep Well Beast – The National

Semper Femina – Laura Marling

Gargoyle – Mark Lanegan

Masseducation – St Vincent

 

One album that I thought would definately have made it into my top 10 of the year pre release was Visions of a life by Wolf Alice, not so much a bad album but disappointing. First 4 songs great not so much afterwards.

But overall a great year!

 

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Such variety in the lists!  Mine is different still.

10. Afterglow - Jon Boden

9. Diversions vol.4, the songs and poems of Molly Drake - the Unthanks

8. Alive - Kíla

7. Strangers - the Young 'Uns

6. Soulsun - Damien Dempsey

5. Kids in the street - Justin Townes Earle

4. Trails and tribulations - Martin Simpson

3. Out of all this blue - the Waterboys

2. Between the Earth and sky - Lankum

1. All American made - Margo Price

 

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I cannot have this "in no particular order" cop out. It plays havoc with trying to organise a final list.

YOU MUST CHOOSE!

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