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Over the holiday period, I had a chance to reflect and realize just what a great year 2007 was for music. Admittedly, I heard/bought/acquired less albums than usual, but that was more than compensated for by the amount of great songs that came my way from literally hundreds of fine artists through Podcasts, radio, e-mail, snail mail, websites, television, and live shows. As we head into 2008 and hopefully an equally fine year for music, it would seem remiss if I didn’t name some of the many acts that turned me on in 2007 – other than those I’ve already listed in my Top 10 Albums/ Songs/ Concerts of the Year. Thanks to all of them – and to the dozens more I may have inadvertently missed out upon or merely did not get around to hearing. And yes, band names are indeed a wonderful thing.

Spoon, The Knife, The Glass,
Dead Confederate, The Dead Bodies, Burial, A Place to Bury Strangers,
Beirut, Of Montreal, Tulsa, Tel Aviv, To Live And Die In LA, Tokyo Police Club,
The Love Me Nots, The Twilight Sad, The Temper Trap, The Trucks, The Go, The Clientele, The Dimes, The Enemy, The Thrills, The Forms, The Veils, The Noisettes, The National, The Coral,
The Pink Mountaintops, Shocking Pinks, Blue Scholars, White Rabbits, White Stripes, Black Lips, Black Kids,
Los Campesinos!, You Say Party! We Say Die!, the Go! Team, !!!,
Band of Horses, Fountains of Wayne, Flight of the Conchords, A Woman Of No Importance, Apostle of Hustle, Angels of Light,
Mocean Worker, Rogue Wave, Shearwater, Bloc Party, Modeselektor, Valerie Project, Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes,
Interpol, Radiohead, Radio 4, The 4 Of Us, Xpress 2, Buck 65,
Grizzly Bear, Panda Bear, Podington Bear, Bear Colony, Lucinda Bearheart
Shuta Hasunumam, Siouxsie Sioux, Frida Hyvönen, Ferraby Lionheart, Walter Meego
Montag, Junius, Tunng, Grinderman, Fairmont, Galactic
The Editors, edIT,
The Field, Field Music,
Brent Arnold, Brendan O’Shea, Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Emma Pollack, Levon Helm, Matthew Dear, Tim Armstrong, Kevin Drew, Tracey Thorn, Robert Henke, Neil Young, Claude Van Stroke, Sondre Lerche, P.J. Harvey, Thurston Moore, Kristen Hersh, Ryan Shaw, Chris Trapper, Jamie T, Andrew Bird, Adam Snyder, Jose Gonzalez, Robert Plant/Alison Krause, A A Bondy, Just Jack,
Mono In VCF, VHS or Beta
DJ Bitman, DJ T,
Ha Ha Tonka, Real Tuesday Weld, the Umbrella Sequence, Still Going, Simian Mobile Disco, Cassettes Won’t Listen, Small Sins, Air Traffic, Air Bureau, Foreign Islands,
Bright Eyes, Shins, Down To The Bone, Vampire Hands, Cut Off Your Hands,
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, We All Have Hooks For Hands, Fat Hooks,
Les Savy Fav, Whole Sky Monitor, Imperial Teen, Blitzen Trapper,
Chemical Brothers, Avett Brothers,
Free Blood, Ceephax Acid Crew, Think Tank, Cinematic Orchestra, Coco B’s, Kites, Holloways,
Björk, Múm, Sigur Rós,
Strategy, Feist, Rafael Anton Irisarri, Audiofly X, Till I Say So, Evol Intent, Hexstatic, Ran Shani, Alloymental, Ignatious, Joachim J, Deadmau5, Apparat Jape,
New Rhodes, Seventeen Evergreen, Schizo Fun Addict, Clinic, Shout Out Louds, Dappled Cities, Half Cousin, Dexys Midnight Runners, Explosions in the Sky
Joakim, Telfon, Cicada, Metric,
Ted Leo/Pharmacists, Mute Math, Windowwalkers, Voxtrot,
Fujiya & Miyagi, Cars & Trains,
The Good, The Bad and The Queen
Bird & The Bee, Modest Mouse, Animal Collective
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin,
Au Revoir Simone.

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  1. Peter

    4 January, 2008 at 9:56 am

    nice one – don’t forget Beardog. Those Bear names were everywhere in 07!

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