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    we're nearly half the way through the year now, so what's everyone's favourite albums/songs/gigs/bands of the year so far?


    Albums:

    Arcade Fire - Funeral
    Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake It's Morning
    Bright Eyes - Digital Ash In A Digital Urn
    Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
    Ryan Adams - Cold Roses
    Final Fantasy - Has A Good Home!

    Songs:

    The Arctic Monkeys - Bet you look good on the dancefloor
    The Arctic Monkeys - A Certain Romance
    The Arctic Monkeys - From The Ritz To The Rubble
    Bloc Party - Helicopter
    The Arcade Fire - Rebellion (lies)
    Ryan Adams - Cherry Lane
    Babyshambles - Killamangiro
    The Futureheads - Hounds of Love
    Final Fantasy - The CN Tower Belongs to the Dead

    Gigs:
    The Arctic Monkeys @ Jabez Clegg
    Arcade Fire @ Manchester Academy
    NME awards tour @ Manchester Academy


    Bands:

    The Arctic Monkeys
    Final Fantasy
    The Arcade Fire
    Bloc Party
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    Albums:
    Eels - Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
    British Sea Power - Open Season
    Mercury Rev - Secret Migration
    Engineers - Engineers
    Teenage Fanclub - Man-Made
    Lemon Jelly - '64-'95
    Doves - Some Cities
    The Coral - the Invisible Invasion
    Brendan Benson - Alternative to Love
    Ben Folds - Songs for Silverman

    Songs:
    British Sea Power - Please Stand Up
    The Coral - Late Afternoon
    Doves - Almost Forgot Myself
    Ben Folds - Landed

    Gigs:
    Lemon Jelly, Bristol Academy (best. gig. ever.)
    The Coral, Bristol Academy
    Alabama 3, Bristol Academy
    Doves, Colston Hall
    Teenage Fanclub, Bristol Academy
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    millencolin - kingwood
    belevedere - fast forward eats the tape
    bigwig
    the starting line
    no use for a name - ktc

    woo!
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    (Original post by El Pollo Diablo)
    Eels - Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
    Ive would absolutly agree with you there
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    Album:
    Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
    Oasis - Don't Believe The Truth
    Maximo Park - A Certain Trigger
    Jack Johnson - In Between Dreams
    British Sea Power - The Decline of British Sea Power
    The Trend - House Of Heroes

    Songs
    Arctic Monkeys - Bet you look good on the dancefloor/A certain romance
    Oasis - Turn Up the Sun/Guess God thinks i'm able
    Maximo Park - The Coast is always changing
    British Sea Power - Lately

    Gigs
    NME tour
    Razorlight at the Astoria (pity bloc party weren't supporting)
    I am Kloot at the Electric Ballroom
    The Trend at the Dublin Castle (tiny place and they hung around and had a chat afterwards)
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    (Original post by BloodyValentine)
    Album:
    British Sea Power - The Decline of British Sea Power

    Songs
    British Sea Power - Lately
    Wasn't that out in about 2002/3?
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    Albums:
    Snow Patrol - Final Straw
    Coldplay - X&Y
    Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
    Killers - Hot Fuss
    Kings of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak
    QOTSA - Lullabies to Paralyze
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    coldplay-- x and y..quite easily the best album tihs year
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    Best new album I've heard this year is Deadwing, by Porcupine Tree.

    I'm normally quite cynical about modern music (I'm a classic rock obsessive), but I must admit this is a terrific album.
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    I agree with coldplay X&Y being one of the best albums so far, have heard quite a few tracks from it and it's certainly very good though maybe a little samey to their old work in places.

    Deadwing, by Porcupine Tree -
    I've heard a bit of PT, I may check this album out.
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    i'm going to wait until my birthday which is dead on the middle of the year before posting my best so fars, cos hopefully i'll be getting a bunch of new CD's so i'll have to give them a listen first! :cool:
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    I haven't even heard of 80% of what people have said in this thread :|
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    Arcade Fire - Funeral
    The Features - Exhibit A
    Nine Black Alps - Everything Is (and I'm probably being hasty with that)

    Dogs - Tuned to a Different Station
    Babyshambles - F*ck Forever (Killamangiro was end of last year, wasn't it?)
    Arcade Fire - Power Out
    NBA - Shot Down
    Subways - Oh Yeah
    Funeral for a Friend - Streetcar
    Foo Fighters - Best of You
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    (Original post by El Pollo Diablo)
    Wasn't that out in about 2002/3?
    oops i meant open season. I was listening to lately so i got confused
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    (Original post by Onearmedbandit)
    I haven't even heard of 80% of what people have said in this thread :|
    Me neither, its becuase they have all mentioned 'cool' music that isnt mainstream.

    So i'm going to address the inbalance and mention my favourite (or most high profile, as I hate some of my own nomintations!) albums and songs of the year.

    Albums:

    Coldplay: X&Y, love this will be a classic for years to come
    Oasis: Don't Believe The Truth, deserves some credit for being different to their past even if you dislike the band themselves

    Singles:

    Akon: Lonely, yes I can hear you all groaning! and yes I have grown to hate it, but it has been the song which has come nearest to being the 'sound' of 2005 so far..ie the one you will remember the year for

    Can't actually think of anymore!! please help me out someone...

    I still don't feel we have had THE song of the year yet, the song that is played nonstop all summer, like Beyonce's 'Crazy in love' in 2003, the Black Eyed Peas 'Where is the love' etc
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    (Original post by Zapsta)
    Babyshambles - F*ck Forever (Killamangiro was end of last year, wasn't it?)

    Yeah, I think you're right...I'll swap it for F*ck Forever as well then!

    Agree with you about Nine Black Alps too...very good album...
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    (Original post by Rooftopcowboy)
    Me neither, its becuase they have all mentioned 'cool' music that isnt mainstream.
    Or mabye they have mentioned music that they enjoyed the most? some people's tastes aren't mainstream, but that doesn't make them snobs or anything...

    ...but it's not like the music mentioned here is extremely obsecure anyway... :rolleyes:
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    hmmm..

    coldplay- x & y
    athlete- tourist (though it is completely RUBBISH compared to vehicles and animals)
    The new jamiroquai alb I got today! WOW!!!
    The Kaiser Cheifs - Employment
    Bloc Party - Silent Alarm (wasn't too keen but have grown to love it!)
    The Working title - everthing here is wrong

    I have no idea when 'where the humans eat' by willy mason came out, but I got it this year and it is one of the best albums I own!
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    Mmmmm... I haven't listened to all that new music... I got I'm wide awake it's Morning and while it's good, I don't think it's as good as Bright Eyes's older releases... The music is still amazing... but the lyrics just seem... different. I don't know how to explain it... I just don't feel the same. I still like Bright Eyes, a lot, but it doesn't seem the same anyway...

    Other than that:

    "Hello, Good Friend" - The Rocket Summer I know, I know... it's the rocket summer. And yes, I am aware that Calendar Days is much better. But I can't help liking this album, even if some of the songs have childish or silly lyrics, The Rocket Summer is meant to be a fun band more than an artistic one. And this album is tons of fun, it just makes you feel good inside. Especially on the first listen. =) Besides, it's impossible for me not to like this band. It's one guy only playing every instrument, AND he has taken his name from my favorite book (Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. ) So =)

    I also actually like the new Starting Line album, Based on a True Story...

    Oh, and strange as it may seem, I really am enjoying the new Dream Theater album that my friend made me a copy of.

    I'm really looking forward to the new Brand New, the new Spill Canvas, the new Death Cab for Cutie, and the new Motion City Soundtrack (among some others.)


    By the way, I see nothing wrong with not liking mainstream music... I know, what I listed isn't really underground, but it's not all over the radio either... I think, because I don't listen to much radio... anyway, the point is that mainstream music is generally not so good PRECISELY because mainstream music isn't so good. That make any sense? It's hard for the industry to find good bandS, so whenever there are good bands they don't make them too mainstream, or the people could find out they have been listening to pure and absolute litter their whole lives.

    MTV sucks.
    Now on with my life.
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    (Original post by Babyshambles)
    Or mabye they have mentioned music that they enjoyed the most? some people's tastes aren't mainstream, but that doesn't make them snobs or anything...

    ...but it's not like the music mentioned here is extremely obsecure anyway... :rolleyes:
    Sorry I did come across as very *****y didn't I!!

    The point I was making was that SOME people seem to think that just because a band have played at a small underground gig they are better than a band such as say U2 for example, becuase they are on TV playing large gigs.

    I know of quite a few people like this, they will go on and on about a band, simply because NME said they were good at a gig.

    However, as I don't know you Babyshambles I won't judge you!

    And I agree that some of the bands mentioned arn't that obscure, although I havent heard music from a few of them, only their name.
 
 
 
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