2007 was a year. all of it. apart from May the 15th

January 3, 2008 at 1:05 am (Uncategorized)

OK, so, in accordance with everyone else in the world we (well, I do, I dont really know what Liam thinks, but im prepared to talk for him. Its easier) are presenting our END OF THE YEAR REVIEW 2008. 2007 even. Yes, i know that its 2008 and we should be looking onwards, and upwards, but ive been eating mince pies and drinking wine all christmas, and also dont have a release schedule for next year either, so i cant do much about that. sorry.

Anyway, I think my 2007 actually started in 2006 (well, musically anyway) because i went to my first ATP, curated by personal hero Thurston Moore. I originally just went because of my love of sonic youth, but two things (three?) were presented to me – “Noise Rock” and i suppose the Magik Markers. Noise rock, you say? is that even music? Better men than me have asked that question – see bob down the pub. However, i believe it is, and i spent a lot of this investigating it further. Part of this was done via ecstatic peace ( http://www.ecstaticpeace.com ) which is Thurston Moore’s record label – home to The Magik Markers, 16 Bitch Pile Up, and more gentle contemparies such as MV + EE, who almost released a classic rock album this year…!! and i loved it, and Be Your Own Pet. The Magik Markers
( http://www.myspace.com/theemagikmarquers ) had released a load of cdrs (now fairly darn hard to get hold of. believe me, ive tried. not even peter nolan himself has any) then toured with the Youth, then got Lee Ranaldo to produce Boss… (my album of the Year!!! Huzzah!) they produce loud, no-wavey distorted guitar, with Elissa attacking the guitar with drum sticks and such alike (though, tragically, apparently she can play it now) and improvising lyrics over the top. songs reguarly lasted 20 odd minutes. Their Latitudes album is also fantastic, and more representative of their earlier sound than Boss. it will be interesting to see where they go this year…

I also discovered No Fun Fest ( http://www.nofunfest.com ) who are the ironically (maybe not for all) titled record label and music festival based in New York ( i really really want to go to this. But its hard to persuade people. Do you want to Fly to New York for some NO FUN!!?!??! er, no, thanks is often the answer). They released the C.C.C.C. 4 cd box set of their early work, which really is Japanese Noise rock at its most White Noiseliciousness. its fab.

Great noise rock albums i heard this year, regardless of when they came out
1. Sun Baked Snow – Boris & Merzbow
2.Basalt Fingers – S/t
3.Consumer Electronics – Nobody’s Ugly (though Wire compared it to watching jeremy kyle…??)
4.Any of the 150 albums Thurston Moore has released, including 20 this year (Volcanic tongue, the record shop released on very good one – Dream/Aktion Unit – Blood shadow rampage. buy it now!
5. Yellow Swans – at all ends (sounds almost my bloody valentiney, but not.

I hope this has persuaded you at least to check it out. Fuck Buttons also signed to ATP records, and released a single – bright tomorrow, which is kind of restrained electronic noise building to a climax. They are one of the few noise bands that dont use guitars. (nb, guitars do rock! Dont worry!)

Yeah, so if you want to here about what actually happened this year check http://www.drownedinsound.com or something, where you can here about how battles rule the world (they arent as good as don caballero) and animal collective (slightly dissapointing live). Sonic Youth playing through Day dream nation (whoo!) and mono live (gig of the year! if you dont like noise rock check out some post rock, im telling you!! explosions in the sky are playing in january and also curating an atp in may, so post rock will be in your face! learn all about it now! (future post maybe liam?)

And the Book “Our Band Could Be Your Life” made me listen to a whole lot of bands – Beat Happening, Husker Du, the Replacements. 80’s alternative rock for the win!

So, albums of the year?

1.Boss – Magik Markers
2.Outside the Academy – Thurston Moore
3.Liars – s/t
4.Lets stay friends – Les Savy Fav
5. In Rainbows – Radiohead (probably. i only bought it today. im rubbish at these kinds of lists)

oh!!! I got to see slint live this year too!!! fathers of post rock
And everybody, Foals are shit, listen to The Edmund Fitzgerald if you can. so so so much better.

Have a good 2008!! I hope we do. though im sure no one will still be reading us.

update: i fucking forgot Trans Am – sex change, and Surgery or the Bomb – best bristol band ever.  not that im biased.  and of course artic circle.  And me and liam are going to be in a band too.  just wait till i have some talent

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