Pitchfork-kæledyr 2007

Lørdag kan denne sides bud på årets bedste longplayers ses her. I mellemtiden bringer vi en top-10 over samme tema, fra det centrale amerikanske musikwebzine Pitchfork:

10: Burial – Untrue
09: The Field – From Here We Go Sublime
08: Battles – Mirrored
07: Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
06: Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam
05: Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
04: Radiohead – In Rainbows
03: M.I.A. – Kala
02: LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
01: Panda Bear – Person Pitch

Tilbage til fremtiden på NMExpress

Okay, her en anderledes retrospektiv tur gennem 4 generationer af New Musical Express’ slutårlige top-10-lister. Selv ejer jeg 4 albums fra hver af de 3 nyeste kåringer og samtlige 10 fra den ældste. Trods subjektiv bagudindtagethed, synes det så ikke en ren lottogevinst-oplevelse at have været på ny musik i 1977!? Well, 1997 er nu heller ikke nogen dårlig årgang. Læg iøvrigt mærke til Klaxons’ førsteplads i år – afspejler klart det engang så toneangivende musikmagasins svækkede mentale helbred. Hvem her har mon flest af disse 40 NME-hypede albums?

2007
01. Klaxons – Myths Of The Near Future
02. Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
03. Radiohead – In Rainbows
04. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
05. Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends
06. Kings Of Leon – Because Of The Times
07. M.I.A. – Kala
08. Biffy Clyro – Puzzle
09. The Cribs – Men’s Needs, Woman’s Needs, Whatever
10. Battles – Mirrored

1997
01. Spiritualized – Ladies And Gentleman We Are Floating In Space
02. Radiohead – OK Computer
03. The Verve – Urban Hymns
04. Primal Scream – Vanishing Point
05. Super Furry Animals – Radiator
06. Cornershop – When I Was Born For The 7th Time
07. Mogwai – Mogwai Young Team
08. Teenage Fanclub – Songs From Northern Britain
09. Bentley Rhythm Ace – Bentley Rhythm Ace
10. Supergrass – In It For The Money

1987
01. Public Enemy – Yo Bum Rush The Show
02. Prince – Sign O’ The Times
03. The Smiths – Strangeways Here We Come
04. Sonic Youth – Sister
05. Tom Waits – Frank’s Wild Years
06. U2 – The Joshua Tree
07. Scott La Rock – Criminal Mind
08. Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full
09. The Housemartins – The People Who Grinned Themselves…
10. Pet Shop Boys – Actually

1977
01. David Bowie – Heroes
02. Ian Dury – New Boots & Panties
03. Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True
04. Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks
05. Television – Marquee Moon
06. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus
07. The Clash – The Clash
08. Iggy Pop – Lust For life
09. The Ramones – Leave Home
10. The Stranglers – Rattus Norvegicus

Årets bedste ifølge DrownedinSound

Det britiske webzine DrownedinSound.com ’s skribenter har også valgt årets albums 2007. Her er DiS’s usædvanligt Arctic Monkeys-fri top-10 (vores egen kan ses her fra i weekenden):

10. HEALTH – Health
09. Radiohead – In Rainbows
08. No Age – Weirdo Rippers
07. Liars – Liars
06. Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
05. Jamie T – Panic Prevention
04. M.I.A. – Kala
03. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
02. Battles – Mirrored
01. LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver

Urban skrev…

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Gratisavisen Urban har også set tilbage på årets albumudgivelser og giver i en artikel en liste over de albums, de bedst kan lide. Aftenland Express får denne ros med på vejen:

Med rejsen som tema førte den skaldede popsanger os gennem 17 særegne sange på et album, ‘ Aftenland Express’, der efter en times flimrende færd endte som endnu et triumftog for Unmack . Terrorballaden ‘København i dine øjne’ lægte en del af hovedstadens sår.

Re-issue! re-package! re-package!

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Hans højhellighed Saint Patrick Morrissey udsender 4. februar endnu en opsamlings-disc i rækken af mange. Tracklisten er endnu ikke officiel, men fra Frankrig dukker i dag coveret her og udsagnet om nedenstående indhold op. Kan det være den rigtige udgivelse?

1. FIRST OF THE GANG TO DIE (Morrissey/Alain Whyte)
2. IN THE FUTURE WHEN ALL’S WELL (Morrissey/Jesse Tobias)
3. I JUST WANT TO SEE THE BOY HAPPY (Morrissey/Jesse Tobias)
4. IRISH BLOOD, ENGLISH HEART (Morrissey/Alain Whyte)
5. YOU HAVE KILLED ME (Morrissey/Jesse Tobias)
6. THAT’S HOW PEOPLE GROW UP (Morrissey/Boz Boorer)
7. EVERYDAY IS LIKE SUNDAY (Morrissey/Stephen Street)
8. REDONDO BEACH (Kaye/Smith/Sohl)
9. SUEDEHEAD (Morrissey/Stephen Street)
10. THE YOUNGEST WAS THE MOST LOVED (Morrissey/Jesse Tobias)
11. THE LAST OF THE FAMOUS INTERNATIONAL PLAYBOYS (Morrissey/Stephen Street)
12. THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME, THE CLOSER I GET (Morrissey/Boz Boorer)
13. ALL YOU NEED IS ME (Morrissey/Jesse Tobias)
14. LET ME KISS YOU (Morrissey/Alain Whyte)
15. I HAVE FORGIVEN JESUS (Morrissey/Alain Whyte)

Uncut-favoritter 2007

Det engelske månedsmagasin Uncut behøver vist ingen præsentation. Her er deres skribenters version af 2007’s album-top-10:

10. Klaxons – Myths of the Near Future
09. Radiohead – In Rainbows
08. The White Stripes – Icky Thump
07. The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America
06. Robert Wyatt – Comicopera
05. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
04. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
03. PJ Harvey – White Chalk
02. Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
01. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver

Got my Mojo voting

Det britiske månedsmagasin Mojo’s journalister har netop kåret årets plader 2007. Deres samlede top-10 står her nedenfor. Pastoren og jeg har også en mening om den sag. Vores traditionelle december-samtale om ‘årets albumudgivelser’ vil kunne læses her på siden næste weekend. Men først Mojo:

10. Kings of Leon – Because of the Times
09. Robert Wyatt – Comicopera
08. PJ Harvey – White Chalk
07. The White Stripes – Icky Thump
06. The Good, The Bad & The Queen – The Good, The Bad & The Queen
05. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
04. Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
03. Bruce Springsteen – Magic
02. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
01. Radiohead – In Rainbows

New dawn fades

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Julen er hermed officielt aflyst i år. De mange foræringer vil blive returneret, alle gaver krævet tilbage. Sluk lysene, riv guirlanderne ned. Indfang samtlige julemænd og deres pædofile hangarounds. Dyp dem i sortblå tjære, sænk dem i fjer. Smid næstekærlighed på porten, hjerternes fest er forbi. Luk marcipanfabrikken, send nisserne hjem!

A change of speed, a change of style.
A change of scene, with no regrets,
A chance to watch, admire the distance,
Still occupied, though you forget.
Different colours, different shades,
Over each mistakes were made.
I took the blame.
Directionless so plain to see,
A loaded gun won’t set you free.
So you say.

© Joy Division

The right profile

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Pastoren gjorde mig i går opmærksom på, vi næsten aldrig skriver om Verdens Bedste Rockband, The Clash. Så lad os gøre en sjælden undtagelse og fejre Paul Simonon, deres stilikon af en Fender P-bassist, som i dag har fødselsdag ovre i London, på den anden side af Vesterhavets dybe vintergrå – tillykke fra alle os her, Paul!

Tre løver på en hårdt prøvet trøje

England har – efter katastrofale Steve McLaren, afløser for katastrofale Sven Göran Eriksson – her til aften fået en ny straniero som manager for det kronisk underpræsterende nationale fodboldlandshold. Vi tester nødigt nogens paratviden med at spørge, hvem den udvalgte udlænding er:

1. Dorthe Bennedsen?
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2. Fabio Capello?
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3. Lou Reed?
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En avisforside til på mandag?

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Liverpool – Mancnester United, søndag, kl. 14.30, Canal+
Arsenal – Chelsea, søndag, kl. 17.00, Canal+

– I have been in England for five years and I have never seen a Liverpool side looking so strong at this point of the season. They have better balance, their consistency is much better and they have had some very good results. They are strong, well balanced, with good organisation and very good defensively, as always with Benítez, and they also have players such as Torres. I am very impressed. He can see spaces others can’t and he has the ability to penetrate these areas with the ball or without the ball. He can beat his man, create space, make time. He’s a player who gives Liverpool something completely different.

Carlos Quieroz, assistent manager, Manchester United

En frelser født

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Indenfor moderne musik ken den egentlige jul vel bedst fejres i dag, hvor The Clash’s London Calling, ledestjernen af en moderne rocknroll-plade, kom til jorden for 28 år siden . Det skete så ikke i en krybbe i Mellemøsten, men istedet i vinylduftende pladebutikker over hele Europa, ja, selv i Viborg, hvor jeg fandt mit eksemplar. Vi har naturligvis skrevet om London Calling før, så for afvekslingens skyld her Allmusic.com’s vidnesbyrd:

– Give ‘Em Enough Rope, for all of its many attributes, was essentially a holding pattern for the Clash, but the double-album London Calling is a remarkable leap forward, incorporating the punk aesthetic into rock & roll mythology and roots music. Before, the Clash had experimented with reggae, but that was no preparation for the dizzying array of styles on London Calling. There’s punk and reggae, but there’s also rockabilly, ska, New Orleans R&B, pop, lounge jazz, and hard rock; and while the record isn’t tied together by a specific theme, its eclecticism and anthemic punk function as a rallying call. While many of the songs — particularly “London Calling,” “Spanish Bombs,” and “The Guns of Brixton” — are explicitly political, by acknowledging no boundaries the music itself is political and revolutionary. But it is also invigorating, rocking harder and with more purpose than most albums, let alone double albums. Over the course of the record, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones (and Paul Simonon, who wrote “The Guns of Brixton”) explore their familiar themes of working-class rebellion and antiestablishment rants, but they also tie them in to old rock & roll traditions and myths, whether it’s rockabilly greasers or “Stagger Lee,” as well as mavericks like doomed actor Montgomery Clift. The result is a stunning statement of purpose and one of the greatest rock & roll albums ever recorded.

London Calling blev udsendt en uge efter Pink Floyd’s eget dobbeltalbum The Wall, og var for de af os, der fandt dens noget firkantede budskaber og dengang allestedsnærværende svulstige musik uspiselig, et fantastisk fristed. Nu det er weekend, og måske med tid til den slags, kan vi kun opfordre til at sætte London Calling på i aften, skrue højt op og stornyde dens vibrerende energi, musikalske vision og menneskelige overskud. Har man ikke allerede pladen, kan den købes i butikker landet over, fra Hvide Sande til Rønne, for små 70 kr. eller derunder – den er det tidobbelte værd!

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