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The 50 Best Songs of 2007

Journey back 13 years to a stellar year for Rihanna, M.I.A., Arcade Fire, and Kanye West. From hip-hop to indie rock and everywhere in between, PopMatters picks the best 50 songs of 2007.

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Battles: La Di Da Di

Battles have figured out exactly what they want to do as a trio, making La Di Da Di feel more focused than their last album.

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Careful Planning and Prolonged Mutation: An Interview with Battles

Drummer John Stanier speaks out about the ins and outs of the band's raw (and entirely instrumental) new album La Di Da Di and why their live show is so important.

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Battles Release "FF Bada”, the Second Single From New Album

Battle's eagerly awaited new album La Di Da Di releases September 18th and the group has just released the new track "FF Bada".

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Battles - "The Yabba" (audio)

Battles' new single "The Yabba"from the group's new LP, La Di Da Di, releasing this September is a "big imposing beast of a track".

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Tyondai Braxton: HIVE1

As a look into Braxton's mind, HIVE1 is as fascinating as it is unsettling.

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Battles: Dross Glop

Here's a remix album that is not as good as the original. Yeah, what a shocker.

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Battles + Nisennenmondai: 20 October 2011 - Houston

For a band that’s so tightly controlled in the studio, their live show was surprisingly chaotic.

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The Center Is the Loop: An Interview with John Stanier of Battles

PopMatters talks with Battles drummer John Stanier about the band’s unique take on lyrical expression, the zone of indistinction between rhythm and melody, and the recontextualization of the pop-rock formula.

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Battles: Gloss Drop

Gloss Drop is the sound of a band forging its own identity and delivering on the promise initially unveiled on its previous album.

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Adebisi Shank: This Is the Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank

Does for math-rock what Gabba did for Kraftwerk...

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Asphalt Orchestra: Asphalt Orchestra

Asphalt Orchestra is a giddy band camp fantasy brought to life: What if the section leaders formed a marching band that was actually cool?

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Various Artists: Warp (Chosen) / Warp (Recreated)

Warp wonders aloud who it is in 2009 and who it was for the past 20 years. Who it will be in the future is anybody's guess.

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Battles: Tonto + EP

A fine follow-up to one of the full length albums of the year includes remixes by the Field and Four Tet

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Battles

History will look back on "math rock" with as much ridicule as it does Gwar and nearly all musical taxonomies ending in "-core." But what about artists with a genuine sense of mathematic structure?

Vijith Assar
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Battles: Mirrored

Unexpected threads of melody make listening to this math-rock debut an absolute pleasure.

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