Friday, December 28, 2007

Sweeping The Nation Singles Of 2007: Numbers 50-1

Numbers 100-51

50 Battles - Tonto [YouTube]
49 Electric Soft Parade - If That's The Case Then I Don't Know [YouTube]
48 Jamie T - Sheila [YouTube]
47 Scout Niblett - Kiss [YouTube]
46 Wake The President - Remember Fun? [Myspace]
45 Les Savy Fav - What Would Wolves Do? [Myspace]
44 Decemberists - O Valencia [YouTube]
43 Sky Larkin - One Of Two [YouTube]
42 LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great [YouTube]
41 Liars - Plaster Casts Of Everything [YouTube]
40 Bonde Do Role - Solta O Frango [YouTube]
39 The Long Blondes - Giddy Stratospheres [YouTube]
38 M Ward - To Go Home [live YouTube]
37 Arcade Fire - Intervention [fan YouTube]
36 Emma Pollock - Acid Test [YouTube]
35 Example - You Can't Rap [YouTube]
34 Friends Of The Bride - So... You Think You Can Dance? [YouTube]
33 Arcade Fire - Keep The Car Running [live YouTube]
32 Emma Pollock - Paper And Glue [YouTube]
31 Feist - My Moon My Man [YouTube]
30 Clinic - If You Could Read Your Mind [YouTube]
29 Los Campesinos! - You Throw Parties, We Throw Knives [YouTube]
28 GoodBooks - Passchendaele [YouTube]
27 Lucky Soul - Lips Are Unhappy [YouTube]
26 Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit - Tickle Me Pink [YouTube]
25 Grinderman - No Pussy Blues [YouTube]
24 XX Teens - Darlin' [YouTube]
23 Grizzly Bear - Knife [YouTube]
22 Au Revoir Simone - Fallen Snow [YouTube]
21 Blood Red Shoes - It's Getting Boring By The Sea [YouTube]
20 Cajun Dance Party - The Next Untouchable [YouTube]
19 Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit - Eyeless In Holloway [YouTube]
18 The Go! Team - Doing It Right [YouTube]
17 Camera Obscura - If Looks Could Kill [YouTube]
16 Bat For Lashes - What's A Girl To Do? [YouTube]
15 The Decemberists - The Perfect Crime #2 [Myspace]
14 Future Of The Left - Fingers Become Thumbs! [go and buy the album, heathens]
13 Los Campesinos! - The International Tweexcore Underground [YouTube]
12 Peter Bjorn & John - Young Folks [YouTube]
11 Field Music - A House Is Not A Home [YouTube]
10 Those Dancing Days - Those Dancing Days [YouTube]
9 White Stripes - Icky Thump [YouTube]
8 Lucky Soul - Ain't Never Been Cool [live YouTube]
7 Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip - Thou Shalt Always Kill [YouTube]
6 CSS - Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above [YouTube]
5 Foals - Hummer [YouTube]
4 LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends [YouTube]
3 Arcade Fire - No Cars Go [live YouTube]
2 Los Campesinos! - You! Me! Dancing! [YouTube]
1 Battles - Atlas [YouTube]

Well, there's a shock, eh. Not being musically trained ourselves we're always impressed by Things We'd Never Be Able To Pull Off, Even With Tuition, and here in the late 2000s it seemed unlikely that anything purely new could be invented. Not that Atlas is entirely new ideas, of course, but the microscopic patchwork of influences heralded together and that you could still enjoy and dance to the avant-garde radio to it makes it completely unique if you ask us. In truth, any one of the top four would have conclusively won in most years, and our long-held LC! love nearly won out. In preparing this we had a listen to the demo version we heard and erroneously annotated last July (Les Incompetents?!) and was struck by how, apart from being able to hear Gareth's fabled closing monologue clearly, it all sounds very underpowered and far less attention grabbing. Excellent work, Dave Newfeld. Obviously we're counting down the days to Hold On Now, Youngster... as this phase of fanboyism's culmination. The rest of the supporting cast's no small fry either: Those Dancing Days is the third best track on their Scandinavian EP, Thou Shalt Always Kill seems to have drifted away from the conscious for most but a revisit reveals it to have retained its scene sideswipe excellence, while Let's Make Love... seems to improve with age. Some other notes: Bat For Lashes vied with Thirty Pounds Of Bone as the makers of the album we most regretted latching onto a year late, Cajun Dance Party and Example clearly aren't going to make anything half as good again but that's half the fun of singles, Grizzly Bear put on the best gig we saw in 2007 even if we were forced to miss the end of their set, and having been slightly dismissive of the Long Blondes before it was a judiciously placed track on our Generic Model Of MP3 Player while out one night early in the year that finally made Giddy Stratospheres click for us about two years after everybody else saw the light. So, there you go.

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