We asked for your views on 2007 and you re­sponded in droves. Here’s a se­lec­tion of your com­ments – see the On The Record blog for more –


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Colin (Chalk It Down blog):

Gig of the year has to be Feist in Tri­pod – can’t re­mem­ber the last time I heard a voice like that live, great rap­port with the crowd and that guy on pi­anos at the end was in­sanely good!

I Pre­fer The Ob­scure Remix blog:

For me, 2007 be­longs to MIA. It was also the year of poor album sales, a sat­u­rated live cir­cuit, Ra­dio­head’s PR and mar­ket­ing scam, and a host of no­table album re­leases. Spe­cial men­tion must go to Pan­tha Du Prince, O’Death, Ap­pa­rat, Taken By Trees, Ad­ja­gas, Panda Bear, Holy Fuck, Ex­plo­sions In The Sky, Gui Bo­ratto, Bat­tles, Deerhunter and Ami­ina Ro, Cathy Davey at the Odessa Club in Dublin per­form­ing a gor­geous cover of You Send Me, real shivers down the back­bone stuff. One of the most un­der­stated, un­for­get­table mu­si­cal high­lights of the year. The wo­man can do no wrong.

Gil­lian Welch and Dave Rawl­ings at Mid­lands, Rich­mond Fon­taine at Mid­lands, Iron & Wine at the Am­bas­sador, Ryan Adams & The Car­di­nals at Na­tional Sta­dium (the weird­est mu­sic venue in Ire­land), Wilco at Vicar Street (sub­lime), Bill Cal­laghan at the Vil­lage (bril­liant, de­spite the venue) and fi­nally, Two Gal­lants in Craw­daddy.

Noeleen Fox:

Peo­ple. No doubt, best gig was Tool at the Point.

Vin­cent Weasel:

Bobby (HiFi Pop­corn blog):

The Poly­phonic Spree’s The Frag­ile Army was my favourite album of the year. Th­ese Truly Are End Times by So Cow was the best Ir­ish album. That’s all I need to say.



Kevin Drew at Tri­pod. The ren­di­tion of Where the Streets Have No Name was truly heart­warm­ing and who could re­sist the urge to join in?

The best: al­bums from Ae­sop Rock, Burial, Dizzee Ras­cal, El-P, Iron and Wine, LCD Soundsys­tem, MIA, The Na­tional, Nine Inch Nails, Pharoahe Monch, The Shins and Prefuse 73, plus The Old Crow Medicine Show at The Vil­lage and LCD Soundsys­tem at Tri­pod. Dis­ap­point­ing: UNKLE, Brit­ney Spears, Jay-Z and Mos Def at the Vil­lage.

Shane (The Tor­ture Gar­den blog):

A great year for Ir­ish mu­sic: Cathy Davey’s album, a Fight Like Apes EP and Dark Room Notes.

Gigs: REM, Griz­zly Bear and Dan Dea­con. TV: sea­son 4 of The Wire. They man­aged to outdo the pre­vi­ous three sea­sons. No mean feat.


Ian (Thrill Pier blog):

Mu­si­cal mo­ments of the year: get­ting called up on stage to play gui­tar with the Hold Steady was pretty cool. Best gigs: Fi­nal Fan­tasy at Elec­tric Pic­nic, The Na­tional’s sec­ond night in Dublin, Dosh open­ing for Andrew Bird at Craw­daddy, Sonic Youth at EP, Slint in Tri­pod, Les Savy Fav in Craw­daddy, both of the sec­ond nights of Ar­cade Fire’s vis­its to Dublin, Deerhunter, Cathy Davey, Hand­some Furs in Whe­lan’s, Si Schroeder at EP, Deer­hoof and loads of oth­ers.

Le Catch (Album Ar­chive blog):

Album high­lights in­cluded In­ter­pol, Dan Dea­con, St Vin­cent, Cathy Davey, PJ Har­vey, Feist, Bat­tles, Jus­tice and Deven­dra Ban­hart

Gigs: Ju­nior Boys at Whe­lan’s, Deerhunter at Whe­lan’s and Of Mon­treal at Craw­daddy. Al­bums: Feist, Bat­tles, Deerhunter, Jus­tice, MIA (ev­ery morn­ing in the shower, I was singing “when I’m dog­gin’ on the bon­net of your red Hon­daaa”), Menom­ena, Of Mon­treal, Okkervil River, The Post­marks, Sally Shapiro and Spoon.

Steve K:

Crowded House at Mar­lay Park was a cracker. Album of the year has to be Lady’s Bridge by Richard Haw­ley; 11 songs that all seem to re­call an era be­fore The Bea­tles and I mean that in a good way.


Best al­bums I’ve heard this year: El-P, Cadence Weapon, Cari­bou, Su­per Furry An­i­mals and An­i­mal Col­lec­tive. Some of the best gigs: Char­lie Parr, Pharoe Monche, Beastie Boys, Jinx Len­non, Bloc Party and El-P.

For the ab­so­lute hi­lar­ity of it, that com­i­cal night my­self and my mate packed some Buck­fast and took a trip out­side our de­mo­graphic to Peter Gabriel in Mar­ley Park. SLEDGE­HAM­MER!

Co: Aoife Mc (Indie Hour blog):

Best gig: Dan Dea­con at Craw­daddy. I’m still


buzzing from it! Ir­ish album of the year: Su­per Ex­tra Bonus Party. Best Ir­ish live band: Dry County. Big­gest dis­ap­point­ment: MIA at the Pic­nic.

Daft Punk, Ox­e­gen ’07. The best live act on the planet.

Joe: Pe­dro (Shapes and Shad­ows blog):

A wet Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 15th, Tri­pod, Long Is­land’s finest: Brand New! Noth­ing will top that gig.

Favourite Ir­ish mu­sic: Cathy Davey, Fight Like Apes, Jenny Lind­fors, Fu­ture Kings of Spain. Best gigs abroad: Go­gol Bor­dello, NIN and Bat­tles at Pukkle­pop. I will never go to Ox­e­gen again af­ter hav­ing been abroad to a fes­ti­val as cool as Pukkle­pop. Much bet­ter fun all round and best fes­ti­val food ever.


My Pet Kan­ga­roo:

Al­bums: Edi­tors, 30 Sec­ond To Mars, Paramore, Mad­ina Lake, Vesta Varro.

Gigs: Edi­tors, The Hold Steady, Beastie Boys, Foals, Black Soul Strangers.

Tips for ’08: Les­ley Roy, Foals, Adele, The Black Kids, San­to­gold.

The re-emer­gence of the Boss.

Na­tional Dis­grace:

My three favourite gigs: The Na­tional at the Olympia, Jape at Craw­daddy and Wilco at Vicar Street.


Al­bums: Ma­chine Head and PJ Har­vey. Gigs: Mastodon, 65 Days Of Static, Go It Alone and PJ Har­vey at the Royal Fes­ti­val Hall in Lon­don. Big­gest dis­ap­point­ment would be the clo­sure of so many record stores.


Ir­ish high­light: Cathy Davey. Ir­ish dis­ap­point­ment: The Im­me­di­ate call­ing it a day. Ir­ish over-rated: Fionn Re­gan.


Mid­land cow­girl: Gil­lian Welch

Cana­dian cool: Feist

Easy tiger: MIA

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