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The Chap - Mega Breakfast

The Notwist - The Devil, You and Me

Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer

Electric President - Sleep Well

Silver Jews - Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea

Lykke Li - Youth Novels

Borko - Celebrating Life

Bon Ivor - For Emma, Forever Ago

Say Hi - The Wishes and the Glitch

Beach House - Devotion

Why? - Alopecia

Styrofoam - A Thousand Words

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The Chap - Mega Breakfast

The Notwist - The Devil, You and Me

Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer

Electric President - Sleep Well

Silver Jews - Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea

Lykke Li - Youth Novels

Borko - Celebrating Life

Bon Ivor - For Emma, Forever Ago

Say Hi - The Wishes and the Glitch

Beach House - Devotion

Why? - Alopecia

Styrofoam - A Thousand Words

Did you just use some kind of random album title generator for that list?

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Autechre - Quaritice

Boris - Smile (the Japanese version, dunno what the US/UK one's like)

Clark - Turning Dragon

Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles

Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull

Ladytron - Velocifero

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig

And that is my list.

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The Advisory Circle - Other Channels

Claro Intelecto - Metanarrative

Club 8 - The boy who couldn't stop dreaming

Au Revoir Simone - The Bird Of Music

The Black Dog - Radio Scarecow

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Architecture & Morality & More

Sally Shapiro - Disco Romance

Yimino - Autonoe Vora

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I could even make a top ten, this has been quite a good year for music. :D

1. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago - Simply a breathtaking album, not to be missed.

2. Portishead - Third - This album is what you could expect from Portishead, but it still surprises. They try everything to get under your skin.

3. Kelley Polar - I Need You To Hold On While The Sky Is Falling - Not everyone's taste, but I like it very much. It is disco, but then far more melancholic, weird and interesting. It has its fair share of brilliance.

4. Sun Kil Moon - April - If you ever have to sit for hours in a train, this is the album to pick. Quite long, but in the right circumstances anything you ever wanted.

5. British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music? - Euphoric. This is rock music indeed.

6. The Black Keys - Attack And Release - Some more rock, with a decent amount of great songs.

7. The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band - 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons - My favourite Silver Mt. Zion, a haunting album.

8. Nine Inch Nails - The Slip - I like this more than Year Zero. It has more fun and is far more interesting musically.

9. Hercules And Love Affair - Hercules And Love Affair - Some more disco, with Anthony's voice. Quite interesting.

10. dEUS - Vantage Point - I only mention this because dEUS needs all the attention they can get. Brilliant band. Too bad that this album is their most stale so far, they used to be one of the most progressive bands around. They can't make a bad album, but it's still disappointing.

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The Fall - Imperial Wax Solvent

silver mt. zion- 13 blues for 13 moons

maybeshewill- Not for want of trying

Boris - Smile

65daysofstatic - danceparties

the new errors stuff

youthmovies- good nature.

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Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer

Electric President - Sleep Well

Silver Jews - Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea

Bon Ivor - For Emma, Forever Ago

Why? - Alopecia

Styrofoam - A Thousand Words

These.

Also

No Age - Nouns

Johnny Foreigner - Waited Up 'til It Was Light

The Mae Shi - HLLLYH

Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim

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Our Brother The Native - Make Amends For We Are Merely Vessels [Fat Cat]

Post-rock/folk/electronica act discovered on MySpace, who are still in their experimental phase, but they've got a lot of talent. If you like post rock at all, I think you'll find something to like here.

Enrico Coniglio - Dynamu [Psychonavigation]

Ambient piano pieces, similar to Roedelius' latest.

There's a lovely track called Foliage which sounds awfully familiar, but I'm not sure why.

Need to check out the dEUS album, it's been ages since I've listened to them.

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The Fall - Imperial Wax Solvent

silver mt. zion- 13 blues for 13 moons

maybeshewill- Not for want of trying

Boris - Smile

65daysofstatic - danceparties

the new errors stuff

youthmovies- good nature.

Youthmovies and 65 have new albums?! Arr! Thanks. :D

Will crack on with these..

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I'll go for....

Sun Kil Moon - April

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

Portishead - Third

and although it's a compilation....

Eels: Useless Trinkets (B-Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996 - 2006)

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I've only bought one album! The Elbow one. I downloaded that NIN one too. Also just got that Bon Iver one. I'm fairly slow with this, I tend to build up a massive list of albums I must buy, then eventually get then three months later.

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The Mae Shi - HLLLYH

No Age - Nouns

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

The Boredoms - Super Roots 9

Cloudland Canyon - Lie In Light

Grails - Take Refuge in Clean Living

Times New Viking - Rip It Off

The Dodos - Visiter

Born Ruffians - Red, Yellow and Blue

Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing

My favourite 10 of the year so far in no particular order. Lots of good stuff this year.

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Los Campesinos - Hold on now, Youngster! - Really relentless guitar pop ('indie' pop if you must) with ridiculously eloquent/witty lyrics that sometimes reference the band themselves, can sometimes err on the sides of being just a bit too sweet and smart for its own good, but there's some brilliant danceable and relentlessly upbeat tracks on it, imparticular 'Sweet Dreams Sweet Cheeks'.

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend - Suprised no one else has listed this yet (have they?) One of the most hyped albums of the year so far, partly down to the Pitchfork effect and a BBC 'sounds of 2008' poll listing them both favourably. If you haven't heard anything about it it's this sort of Afrobeat/pop combination, like Los Compesinos it does have quite 'literate' lyrics that might be a bit sweet for your tastes sometimes but the music is brilliantly catchy and immediate, you'll either get it on a first listen or not.

Long Blondes - "Couples" - It's a grower, especially if, like me you adored the first album for being a lovely slice of Pulpesque poprock, this one's a bit more difficult to pin down and enjoy, the band dabbles in some mostly succesful attempts at Krautrock and stripped down disco grooves whilst the 'base' of the album is still mostly guitar lead rock there's also a fair smattering of synthpop. The wry kitchen sink drama lyrics are not as evident on this one and it's a lot more 'mature' in a sense but there's still a load of great tracks on it, it must just take a while to unearth them.

Hot Chip - Made in the Dark - Starts off brilliantly before getting a bit patchy when the band attempts slower more sincere numbers rather than their usually more upbeat electropop stuff. Ready for the floor

Also...Stuff I haven't fully clicked with yet, but still shows some promise.

The Roots - Rising Down

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Dig! Lazaurus, Dig!

Portishead - Third

EMC - The Show

The Racontuers - Consolers of the lonley

Lupe Fiasco - The Cool

Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree

Beach House - Devotion

The Kills - Midnight Boom

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The Mars Volta - The Bedlam In Goliath

Portishead - Third

Four Tet - Ringer

Those 3 will definitely be in my top 5 for the year as well unless something major happens.

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