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Player's club: Todd Lavoie's best of 2007 playlist

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Bat for Lashes are in your corner.

By Todd Lavoie

Well, it wasn't easy, but after endless hours of fretting and ruminating and studied, stressed-out headphonery, I have at last been able to compile a play list of the tracks that got me most excited this year. What can I say? This year was a stunner - look no further than these twenty lil' ditties, kiddies.

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Indie rock too white? The debate continues...

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Are the Decemberists too pasty to dance to?

By Lauren Giniger

New Yorker pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones recently provoked an online brawl when he accused indie-rock of being, well, too white. I know, duh.

His complaint, laid out in an essay published in the Oct. Read more »

SF's Little Fuzzy goes bye-bye - in an explosion of holiday cheer

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Not the Little Fuzzy's Dec. 12 farewell show, but the same costumes.

By Chris DeMento

Seeing a band for the first time can be a treat; seeing a band for the first time on the night of its final performance can be a cathartic, dare I say, religious sort of romp: all the byzantine emotional complexity, malodorous subtext, the washed-over memories of the road and her shitty vomitoria, so many tensions and recollections spilling forth ecstatically. Read more »

Benjamin Tinker's top 10 musical experiences and releases

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'Fro sure: Richard Pinhas Trio.

The Society of Rockets member ushers in his favorites for 2007.

1) Hanging out on Jean Herve Peron's farm in Schiphorst, Germany, at his annual Avant-garde Festival, and hearing sounds differently afterward.

2) Being part of something that led to a 12-inch vinyl gatefold, the Society of Rockets' Our Paths Related (Underpop)

3) Reissues, good for oldsters and kids alike: from Bee Gees: The Studio Albums Read more »

Pat Thomas's top 10 albums of 2007

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Pat Thomas, Runt/Water consultant, writer/editor of Ptolemaic Terrascope, and the drummer of Mushroom offers his picks for '07.

1) Miles Davis, The Complete On the Corner Sessions (Sony Legacy)

2) Moby Grape, Moby Grape '69 (Sundazed)

3) Sly Stone, There's a Riot Goin’ On (Sony)

4) Sean Smith, Sacred Crag Dancer Corpse Whisperer (Isota)

5) Terry Manning, Home Sweet Home (Sunbeam)

Vice Cooler's other fave shows of '07

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Vice Cooler of XBXRX, KIT, and Hawnay Troof comes with his other favorite gigs of 2007. Read more »

Josh Wilson's musical bests for 2007

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Perfect? Circle.

Newsdesk.org editor and music critic Josh Wilson weighs in with his best in music for the year:

- Hammers of Misfortune at the Great American Music Hall, Feb. 22. Glorious thunder and truth.

- Circle at Bottom of the Hill, Sept. 27. If Can were a dadaist metal band from Finland.

- Faun Fables with Daevid Allen and Josh Pollock at Cafe du Nord, Nov. 28. Read more »

Johnny Ray Huston's Reissue Faves of 2007

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Because I enjoyed reissues this year as much as I did "new" music, and because end-of-the-year lists with pictures are more fun, below find my annotated and illustrated cheater's dozen, alphabetically organized.

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Dorothy Ashby, The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby (Dusty Grooves)
Detroit harp genius Dorothy Ashby was plucking those strings in genre-spanning ways long before neo-folk sprites were born. Read more »

RZA: better to give...

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By Chris DeMento

Tuesday night, Dec. 11, and I was feeling really zoned in: got the good word that the RZA and his stagemate Monk were just getting to town after a long drive up the coast, and that meant I didn't need to stress about getting
down there all that early. I happened to be on their clock.

The openers - Audible Mainframe, Mr. Sayre, and Benflowz - held it down as a packed-full Independent waited for its headliner. Read more »

Feu Therese on fire?

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By Todd Lavoie

It’s gonna hit! So says Montreal’s slinky experimentalists Feu Therese on the front of their new album, Ca Va Cogner (Constellation) - if my ever-rusting grasp of the French language serves me well. Read more »