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  • The Top 5 Albums of 2007 and other noteable releases

    10 déc. 2007, 23h10m

    There's a bit of everything on this list ... Ambient, Downtempo, Dream Pop, Electronica, Experimental, Folk, Hip Hop, Indie Rock, Post Rock, and Shoegaze.


    The Top 5 Albums of 2007 :


    1. Manual - "Lost Days, Open Skies And Streaming Tides"
    2. Ulrich Schnauss - "Goodbye"
    3. M83 - "Digital Shades Vol. 1"
    4. Crisopa - "Medicamentosa EP"
    5. Rumskib - "s/t"

    -----------Some other noteable releases from this year-----------

    Air Formation - "Daylight Storms"
    The Anison - "That Is The Way Of Things"
    Astrobrite - "Whitenoise Superstar'
    Airiel - "The Battle Of Sealand"
    Beautiful Lunar Landscape - "Alone in this Dark Romantic Night"
    Beware of Safety - "It Is Curtains"
    Björk - "Volta"
    Blonde Redhead - "23"
    Burial - "Untrue"
    Bury the Sound - "Autumn Magnets"
    Caspian - "The Four Trees"
    Cheekbone - "Yesterday"
    cruyff in the bedroom - "Young And Blind"
    Destroyalldreamers - "Wish I Was All Flames"
    Do Make Say Think - "You, You're A History In Rust"
    Electro Group - "Good Technology"
    Eluvium - "Copia"
    Epic45 - "May Your Heart Be The Map"
    Fennesz & Sakamoto - "Cendre"
    Dedo - "The Gaze EP"
    Fessenden - "V1.1"
    God Is An Astronaut - ""Far From Refuge" (Japanese Edition)"
    Guitar - "Dealin With Signal And Noise"
    Guitar - "It's Sweet To Do Nothing!"
    Jakob Skøtt, Rasmus Rasmussen, Jonas Munk - "September"
    Jesu - "Conqueror"
    Jesu - "Lifeline (Japanese Edition)"
    Jesu - "Pale Sketches"
    Jesu - "Sundown / Sunrise"
    Joy Wants Eternity - "You Who Pretend To Sleep"
    Junior - "Starlight EP"
    KASHIWA Daisuke - "Program Music I"
    Laura - "Radio Swan Is Down (Japanese Edition)"
    Le Chat Blanc Orchestra - "Théories Sur La Danse EP"
    Let Down - "The Music To My Death is Blank..."
    Lights Out Asia - "Tanks and Recognizers"
    Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love - "Ends Of June"
    Maps - "We Can Create"
    Millimetrik - "I Am You Are Me; Remixes & Unreleased"
    Mono - "Travels In Constants (Vol. 22): The Phoenix Tree"
    Monocism - "追想"
    Motoro Faam - "...and Water Cycles"
    Nanocycle - "Something Burning"
    Nathan Fake - "You Are Here"
    National Skyline - "The Last Day EP"
    Odd Nosdam - "Level Live Wires"
    Other Men - "Wake Up Swimming"
    Ovum - "Under The Lost Sky EP"
    People Press Play - "s/t"
    Pinback - "Autumn Of The Seraphs"
    A Place to Bury Strangers - "s/t"
    port-royal - "Afraid To Dance"
    port-royal - Honved EP
    Radiohead - "In Rainbows"
    Ribside - "The Absolute Indignity"
    Rob Crow - "Living Well"
    Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd - "After The Night Falls"
    Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd - "Before The Day Breaks"
    Sankt Otten - "Wir Koennen Ja Freunde Bleiben"
    Sankt Otten - "Wunden Gibt Es Immer Wieder"
    Sawako - "Madoromi"
    Scraps of Tape - "This Is A Copy Is This A Copy"
    Shiner - "Making Love EP" (re-mastered)
    The Shins - "Wincing The Night Away"
    Signal Hill - "s/t"
    Sigur Rós - Hvarf / Heim
    Slow Dancing Society - "The Slow and Steady Winter"
    Small Sails - "Similar Anniversaries"
    Stars of the Lid - "And Their Refinement Of The Decline"
    Stars of the Lid - "Carte-De-Visite"
    Sue Is Hide - "Last Dream Before Wake Up"
    A Sunny Day In Glasgow - "Scribble Mural Comic Journal"
    - それは、鳴り響く世界から現実的な音を『歌』おうとする思考。
    - 美しき旋律も、音を語る言を持たずしては心にも『留』めがたし。
    Temjiin - "Diamond Scattered Jet Black Curtain"
    Thrushes - "Sun Come Undone"
    Transvaal IV - "Postcards From Zurich"
    Ulrich Schnauss - "Quirksand Memory"
    The World On Higher Downs - "Land Patterns"
    World's End Girlfriend - "Hurtbreak Wonderland"
    65daysofstatic - "The Destruction of Small Ideals"
  • Cornelius

    24 avr. 2007, 23h42m

    Mon 23 Apr – Cornelius

    Keigo Oyamada opened up his US tour last night here in Portland, and it was nothing short of amazing. The lights & visuals were astounding and the videos he had playing were mega awesome ... and synched up with their songs perfectly. If you've seen the "Point 5.1" DVD then you know what to expect.

    The quality of the musicianship was out of this world, and of course, the songs are always amazing. They were extremely tight, and that's really impressive considering that they flew in from Japan the day before, and that this was their first show of the tour.

    Araki tore it up on the drums as usual, and she even played the flute on a couple of songs! They had a guy playing 2 synths and guitars, as well as this cool electric lapsteel/violin that he played with a bow ... he had it attached to a stand, that had chimes on the top. Everyone there had a set of chimes, which was awesome ... the drummer had a huuuge set. Keigo played guitar (as usual) and even played the theremin on 3 songs, and played with a Korg KAOSS pad 3 as well. The bassist played guitar on a couple songs as well.

    Everything was so freaking amazing ... I know that I will never see a show of this caliber again, unless it's another Cornelius show.

    I was right up front, right on the stage pretty much .... we were right behind these Japanese guys who were just as excited as we were. When we started talking to them before the show, they asked if I knew him ... and I talked about him, and his old band "Flippers Guitar" for a bit ... they were blown away by my fandom ... haha.

    My favorite part of the night ... they played 12 songs, bowed to everyone, and the left the stage ... immediately the whole venue started shaking like an earthquake, clearly everyone wanted more. So when they came back out, they did the cutest thing ever ... they took pictures of the crowd with their cellphones, and then they came up to the front of the stage, sat down, and had their roadie take a picture of them with the entire crowd. Luckily, I was right behind Keigo ... I hope that they post those shots somewhere, haha!

    All in all ... such an amazing show really. To me, there's no other artist out there that has such an amazing show ... the quality of the performance and the visuals & videos were just awesome. He had 3 roadies with him for the music equipment, and he had 10 people touring with him for all of the visuals and whatnot.

    Please, if you can ... see Cornelius and his Sensuous Synchronized Show on his US tour. My tickets were $15, and I would've easily paid $200. Here's his dates ...

    APRIL 24 - SEATTLE, WA - EL CORAZON
    APRIL 26 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA – BIMBO'S 365
    APRIL 28 - INDIO, CA - COACHELLA MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
    APRIL 30 - LOS ANGELES, CA – EL REY THEATER
    MAY 3 - BOULDER, CO - FOX THEATER
    MAY 7 - CHICAGO, IL - PARK WEST
    MAY 9 - BALTIMORE, MD - SONAR
    MAY 10 - NEW YORK, NY – WEBSTER HALL
    MAY 11 - PHILADELPHIA, PA - THEATER OF LIVING ARTS

    Visit his MySpace page and check out some tracks off of his new album "Sensuous".

    http://www.myspace.com/corneliusofficial

    There's also a live video of them playing "I Hate Hate" that you can check out here :

    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=1540848021

    It's from the Australian Sensuous Synchronized Show tour ...

    Also, he's the setlist from last night ....

    1. breezin'
    2. wataridori
    3. gum
    4. tone twilight zone
    5. drop
    6. point of view point
    7. count five or six
    8. i hate hate
    9. brand new season
    10. beep it
    11. star fruits surf rider
    12. like a rolling stone
    13. fit song
    14. music
    (encore)
    15. e
    16. sleep warm

    I forgot that they played "Point of View Point", "Like A Rolling Stone", "Music", and "Fit Song" as well .... so they're probably not in the right order on the list, but everything else is.

    Last night he had a little kid come up on stage (the son of Chris Slusarenko) to play the theremin part of "Brand New Season" ... it was really cute. They gave him a lei, and threw confetti into the air at the end of the song. And during "E" he pulled out the famous "Dr. Sample" and passed it along to everyone ... a true live Cornelius classic.

    Also, they did this cool thing when they opened. There was a silk white sheet in front of the stage, and they played this crazy scattered track where one person would play something for a bit and their shadow would show up on that bar of light ... it was freaking awesome! Their shadows would perfectly show up in the bar of light on the sheet, and only while they played ... freaking genius if you ask me.

    Anyways ... please go and see him if you can ... you will not be dissapointed.