Year-End Critics' Polls 2014

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Like last year, Rough Trade seems to be the first list out of the gate. There's 100 in the list, top 10 here:

1. Temples - Sun Structures
2. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
3. Todd Terje - It's Album Time
4. Metronomy - Love Letters
5. Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
6. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness
7. Liars - Mess
8. Millie and Andrea - Drop the Vowels
9. The Delines - Colfax
10. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 15 November 2014 14:58 (seven years ago) link

(*FKA twigs watch: #37)

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 15 November 2014 14:58 (seven years ago) link

Ha, you beat me to it. I totally forgot there was a Metronomy album.

11. Total Control - Typical System
12. Caribou - Our Love
13. Goat - Commune
14. Wildest Dreams - Wildest Dreams
15. Alvvays - Alvvays
16. Royal Blood - Royal Blood
17. Honeyblood - Honeyblood
18. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - Give the People What They Want
19. Ty Segall - Manipulator
20. Jack White - Lazaretto
21. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
22. Neneh Cherry - Blank Project
23. Warpaint - Warpaint
24. Tom the Lion - Sleep
25. Fredie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata
26. Arca - Xen
27. Avi Buffalo - At Best Cuckold
28. Ultimate Painting - Ultimate Painting
29. Jungle - Jungle
30. The Wytches - Annabel Dream Reader
31. Hookworms - The Hum
32. Benjamin Booker - Benjamin Booker
33. Future Islands - Singles
34. The Amazing Snakeheads - Amphetamine Ballads
35. Aphex Twin - Syro
36. Swans - To Be Kind
37. FKA twigs - LP1
38. Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit
39. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
40. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
41. The Rails - Fair Warning
42. Allah-Las - Worship the Sun
43. Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right
44. Beck - Morning Phase
45. Real Estate - Atlas
46. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
47. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
48. We Are Shining - Kara
49. Gruff Rhys - American Interior
50. Eno and Hyde - Someday World
51. A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Atomos
52. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
53. Lucinda Williams - Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
54. Ratking - So It Goes
55. Allo Darlin' - We Come From the Same Place
56. Childhood - Lacuna
57. Adult Jazz - Gist Is
58. Keaton Henson - Romantic Works
59. Lone - Reality Testing
60. Jamie T - Carry on the Grudge
61. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
62. Happyness - Weird Little Birthday
63. Diamond Version - CI
64. Owen Pallett - In Conflict
65. Alex G - DSU
66. Scott Walker and Sunn 0))) - Soused
67. Haley Bonar - Last War
68. Badbadnotgood - III
69. Smoke Fairies - Smoke Fairies
70. Vikesh Kapoor - The Ballad of Willy Robbins
71. Lyla Foy - Mirrors the Sky
72. The Bug - Angels and Devils
73. Withered Hand - New Gods
74. Asgeir - In the Silence
75. Actress - Ghettoville
76. Ariel Pink - Pom Pom
77. Fugazi - First Demo
78. Andy Stott - Faith In Strangers
79. Captain Beefheart - Sun Zoom Spark
80. Lost on the River - The New Basement Tapes
81. Girlpool - Girlpool
82. Ty Segall - Singles 2
83. Bo Ningen and Savages - Words to the Blind
84. Mark Kozelek - Sings Christmas Carols
85. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Give Us a Kiss
86. Dans Dans - III
87. TV on the Radio - Seeds
88. Thompson - Family
89. David J Roch - A Cynic, A Realist, An Undertaker
90. Robert Wyatt - Different Every Time - Ex Machina - Benign Dictatorships
91. Bryan Ferry - Avonmore
92. David Bowie - Nothing Has Changed
93. Einsturzende Neubauten - Lament
94. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Cellophane
95. Machinedrum - Vapor City Archives
96. David Bowie - "Sue (Or In A Season of Crime)" single
97. Various Artists - Slowly Exploding 10 Years of Perc Trax
98. Jason McNiff and the Lone Malones - God Knows Why We Dream
99. Shit - Feeding Time
100. Adrian Younge - Black Dynamite OST

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 15 November 2014 15:47 (seven years ago) link

Bowie and Ferry albums and no 1989 suggests camp tri-a-tue-hard is still in session

Bringing the mosh (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Saturday, 15 November 2014 15:54 (seven years ago) link

I love lists and list season, but 100 is too many. Should be a global rule to stop at like 50 or less.

alpine static, Saturday, 15 November 2014 21:51 (seven years ago) link

the fucking kozelek Christmas album is on there, instantly invalidated

give kawhi his damn eyedrops (slothroprhymes), Saturday, 15 November 2014 23:10 (seven years ago) link

that metronomy album was so so boring

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Saturday, 15 November 2014 23:53 (seven years ago) link

you should switch names with them!

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:04 (seven years ago) link

that is a terrible list, but I do love that angel olsen record

john wahey (NickB), Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:23 (seven years ago) link

94. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Cellophane

^ the fuck is this bollocks?

john wahey (NickB), Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:25 (seven years ago) link

Psychedelic rock

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 16 November 2014 01:20 (seven years ago) link

ban it

john wahey (NickB), Sunday, 16 November 2014 01:28 (seven years ago) link

why? cuz of the dumb name?

alpine static, Sunday, 16 November 2014 02:58 (seven years ago) link

geelong pride for king gizzard

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Sunday, 16 November 2014 06:15 (seven years ago) link

Wow is it already that time??!

livid in America (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 16 November 2014 08:21 (seven years ago) link

gentlemen are we are ready to receive some of the most important lists of this quarter? i can't wait to see how the professional buffs can basically just "tell it like it is" and knock it out of the park with some real best lists of the final quarter

this is a great opportunity to honor the buffs without which are making us hear so much new music, especially with social media making it so much faster, and streaming. we need to let them know "hey, we're listening"

but lets be honest, the real highlight of this season is what we we can't wait for, is how the pitchfork boys will basically take the list season to new heights. it doesnt get more better than this my liege - go get 'em boys

fuhgeddaboudit! (missingNO), Sunday, 16 November 2014 10:53 (seven years ago) link

I too remember being young, when sarcasm was like a new shiny toy.

Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 16 November 2014 16:02 (seven years ago) link

Weird Top 10. I normally like Metronomy, Little Dragon and Todd Terje but thought all those albums missed the mark.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Sunday, 16 November 2014 16:05 (seven years ago) link

I don't listen to the Terje as much as I thought I would, but it's fine. I tried the others once each and never went back to them. I used to actually like both of those bands too.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 16 November 2014 16:11 (seven years ago) link

It's also odd to see a list from record store employees that's nearly 100% free of metal and heavy rock.

Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 16 November 2014 16:17 (seven years ago) link

Leave Turkington alone.. let him do his thing.

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Sunday, 16 November 2014 16:21 (seven years ago) link

Rough Trade doing their best to discourage new releases during the last two months of the year. Also, rating Someday World instead of High Life is messed up.

doug watson, Sunday, 16 November 2014 17:46 (seven years ago) link

They should call it "best releases since November 2013."

billstevejim, Sunday, 16 November 2014 21:52 (seven years ago) link

Never heard of Temples before but I like the record on first listen. Very derivative of 60s psych but still fun to listen to.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Sunday, 16 November 2014 22:48 (seven years ago) link

Just based on a sampling, the Delines record sounds really nice

Simon H., Sunday, 16 November 2014 22:56 (seven years ago) link

Albums I rate from the RT list: War On Drugs, Todd Terje (in parts), The Delines, Caribou, Goat, Avi Buffalo, Hookworms, Future Islands, Aphex Twin, Swans, FKA Twigs, Sleaford Mods, The Rails, First Aid Kit, Lone, Actress.

Top picks: War On Drugs, Hookworms, Future Islands, Swans, Sleaford Mods, The Rails.

mike t-diva, Sunday, 16 November 2014 23:42 (seven years ago) link

I wish that War on Drugs album was more tightly crafted. I don't need 3-4 minutes of extra outro on everything.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 16 November 2014 23:46 (seven years ago) link

Songlines list came out at the end of October(!): http://www.songlines.co.uk/world-music-news/2014/10/songlines-best-albums-of-2014-announced

Only album I know off it is The Gloaming, which seems to be the breakout Irish traditional album of the decade (and is very good).

legit new threat wrt to a norman invasion (seandalai), Monday, 17 November 2014 00:06 (seven years ago) link

The Gloaming's album is fantastic.

mike t-diva, Monday, 17 November 2014 00:11 (seven years ago) link

i d/l'd that Robert Plant album but never unzipped ... is it "world music" ?

alpine static, Monday, 17 November 2014 00:48 (seven years ago) link

Revolver, Classic Rock and Decibel lists might come out later this week.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 17 November 2014 04:40 (seven years ago) link

My old codger faves this year are Bryan Ferry, Rodney Crowell and Daniel Lanois and maybe Neneh Cherry and Meshell Ndegeocello if they count as old codgers at this point.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 17 November 2014 04:45 (seven years ago) link

Decibel list:

1. Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden
2. At The Gates - At War With Reality
3. Horrendous - Ecdysis
4. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
5. Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire
6. Thou - Heathen
7. YOB - Clearing the Path to Ascend
8. Vallenfyre - Splinters
9. Panopticon - Roads to the North
10. Morbus Chron - Sweven
11. Dead Congregation - Promulgation of the Fall
12. Machine Head - Bloodstone & Diamonds
13. Woods of Desolation - As The Stars
14. Tombs - Savage Gold
15. Krieg - Transient
16. Iron Reagan - The Tyranny of Will
17. Cult of Fire - मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान
18. Gridlink - Longhenna
19. The Oath - The Oath
20. Behemoth - The Satanist
21. Agalloch - The Serpent & The Sphere
22. Autopsy - Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves
23. Primordial - Where Greater Men Have Fallen
24. Beyond Creation - Earthborn Evolution
25. Wreck & Reference - Want
26. Teitanblood - Death
27. Trap Them - Blissfucker
28. Young and in the Way - When Life Comes to Death
29. Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun
30. Eyehategod - Eyehategod
31. Cretin - Stranger
32. Midnight - No Mercy for Mayhem
33. Thantifaxath - Sacred White Noise
34. Lord Mantis - Death Mask
35. Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare
36. Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain
37. Solstafir - Otta
38. Execration - Morbid Dimensions
39. Incantation - Dirges of Elysium
40. Floor - Oblation

EZ Snappin, Monday, 17 November 2014 21:48 (seven years ago) link

Amazed how low St Vincent is in that Rough Trade list. I think that'll be the big winner in magazine lists.

Unsettled defender (ithappens), Monday, 17 November 2014 21:52 (seven years ago) link

Funny, Decibel is dismissive of many top doom releases in reviews, but they go nuts over Pallbearer, which doesn't fit their extreme m.o. at all (though I like it, just under the Electric Wiz & Witch Mtn, which they ignored). Their list in the new Doom special issue is, as expected, completely whackadoo.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 17 November 2014 22:22 (seven years ago) link

don't claim to know how the RT list is worked out but it's the aggregate of a relatively small no. of people right? so some big hitter or other getting short shrift isn't necc. that meaningful

proper maoist (DJ Mencap), Monday, 17 November 2014 22:24 (seven years ago) link

what's noteworthy abt the Decibel doom list? semi-intrigued but no-one's uh leaked it online yet afaict

proper maoist (DJ Mencap), Monday, 17 November 2014 22:31 (seven years ago) link

genuinely thought you were talking the Racoon Tanuki list and began to get excited

So beautiful cow (forksclovetofu), Monday, 17 November 2014 22:40 (seven years ago) link

glad to see Thou that high on the Decibel list!

alpine static, Monday, 17 November 2014 22:53 (seven years ago) link

Sister Ray store list

1.Goat Commune

2.Mac DeMarco Salad Days

3.Soundcarriers Entropicalia

4.Moire Shelter

5.The War On Drugs Lost In A Dream

6.Caribou Our Love

7.Mogwai Rave Tapes

8.NehruvianDOOM S/T

9.Temples Sun Structures

10.Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Pinata

11.Andy Stott Faith In Strangers

12.Paul White Shaker Notes

13. Mike Dehnert Lichtbedingt

14. Ratking So It Goes

15. East India Youth Total Strife Forever

16.Ital Endgame

17.Fatima Al Qadiri Asiatisch

18.Alvvays S/T

19.Cheatahs S/T

20.Dean Blunt Black Metal

(And their best sellers)

1. Jack White Lazaretto

2. War On Drugs Lost In The Dream

3. Beck Morning Phase

4. Aphex Twin Syro

5. Warpaint Warpaint

6. Temples Sun Structures

7. Mogwai Rave Tapes

8. Sun Kil Moon Benji

9. Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey Going Back home

10. Wild Beasts Present Tense

11. Todd Terje Its Album Time

12. Swans To Be Kind

13. Black Keys Turn Blue

14. St Vincent St Vincent

15. Metronomy Love Letters

16. Horrors Luminous

17. Future Islands Singles

18. Mac De Marco Salad Days

19. Alt J This Is All Yours

20. First Aid Kit Stay Gold

Unsettled defender (ithappens), Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:38 (seven years ago) link

Interesting that War on Drugs, Mac De Marco and Temples are the only albums where the staff overlap with their customers. It's not as if the customers are buying One Direction and Coldplay.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 11:17 (seven years ago) link

Wait, there's Mogwai too.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 11:17 (seven years ago) link

that soundcarriers album was very nice

nxd, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 11:18 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, love Entropicalia. Haven't seen much talk about it or the band. They Lways impress me.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:02 (seven years ago) link

Yeah there's some good underdiscussed stuff on that Sister Ray list - Soundcarriers, Paul White, the Mogwai album was surprisingly decent too iirc.

death in Skegness (seandalai), Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:05 (seven years ago) link

from the rough trade list, id assume they dont stock anything that isnt indie rock, and if they do, they dont like them much. the sister ray list at least demonstrates that they do stock other genres, and that staff may actually even like those genes.

StillAdvance, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 14:19 (seven years ago) link

Rough Trade's stock is a lot broader than that list suggests.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 15:06 (seven years ago) link

Here's a Spotify playlist of what's available from the Decibel list (missing are Woods of Desolation, Cult of Fire, Primordial, Teitanblood, Cretin and Midnight):

http://open.spotify.com/user/glennpmcdonald/playlist/6r9SerBKJpRR9XDbTKjmS6

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 16:40 (seven years ago) link

and the entire Woods of Desolation record is streaming here:

http://www.stereogum.com/1626052/stream-woods-of-desolation-as-the-stars-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/album-stream/

top 3 metal release of 2014 for me

alpine static, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 18:31 (seven years ago) link

i didn't listen to a ton of metal this year, barely any in fact - wow this is so dope

give kawhi his damn eyedrops (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 18 November 2014 18:42 (seven years ago) link

i DID listen to the pallbearer record, tho, and that band does not really impress me much.

give kawhi his damn eyedrops (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 18 November 2014 18:42 (seven years ago) link

That Floor album was disappointing. No room for Crowbar or Nunslaughter. I see how it is, Decibel.

billstevejim, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 21:28 (seven years ago) link

Oh, I thought the Floor record was tremendous, too. Also Triptykon, Godflesh and Solstafir, and I'm still pondering Beyond Creation.

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 02:01 (seven years ago) link

Revolver Magazine:

01 – Slipknot – “.5: The Gray Chapter“
02 – At The Gates – “At War With Reality“
03 – Of Mice & Men – “Restoring Force“
04 – Linkin Park – “The Hunting Party“
05 – Motionless In White – “Reincarnate“
06 – Behemoth – “The Satanist“
07 – Mastodon – “Once More ‘Round The Sun“
08 – Judas Priest – “Redeemer Of Souls“
09 – Machine Head – “Bloodstone & Diamonds“
10 – Every Time I Die – “From Parts Unknown“
11 – Godflesh – “A World Lit Only By Fire“
12 – The Pretty Reckless – “Going To Hell“
13 – Killer Be Killed – “Killer Be Killed“
14 – ††† (Crosses) – “†††“
15 – Black Label Society – “Catacombs Of The Black Vatican“
16 – Black Veil Brides – “Black Veil Brides“
17 – Body Count – “Manslaughter“
18 – Suicide Silence – “You Can’t Stop Me“
19 – Godsmack – “1000hp“
20 – Triptykon – “Melana Chasmata“

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 19:52 (seven years ago) link

hahahaha wow look at that thing

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:15 (seven years ago) link

..............revolver knows that like, nu-metal died, right?

give kawhi his damn eyedrops (slothroprhymes), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:29 (seven years ago) link

i listened to that linkin park record, it's pretty all right. guess i'll check out their metalcore picks

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:34 (seven years ago) link

At least Godflesh beat Godsmack.

Tay-Tay Brooklynpants (Murgatroid), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:36 (seven years ago) link

i listened to the slipknot one, fwiw, it was alright just not my bag anymore. a fair chunk of those bands have legit never been good tho

give kawhi his damn eyedrops (slothroprhymes), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:38 (seven years ago) link

slipknot record is way too long and corey taylor's lyrics are way too intelligibly terrible. though iowa has the same problems and it totally rules

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 21:07 (seven years ago) link

I like a higher percentage of albums from the Revolver list (6/20) than the Decibel list (10/40).

Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 22:29 (seven years ago) link

"intelligibly terrible" is a great way to put it.

I'm a huge Deftones fan but that Crosses record was so boring, Team Sleep mk II

Simon H., Wednesday, 19 November 2014 22:34 (seven years ago) link

oh fuck, i just noticed the every time i die record is on the revolver list, that record kiiiicks

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 22:40 (seven years ago) link

i tried with that behemoth record, but it was just too theatrical/gothy i guess

j., Wednesday, 19 November 2014 23:16 (seven years ago) link

That's a good album. I feel like Bölzer are doing something in the same ballpark (brawny melodic ritualistic spiritualistic) and doing it fresher.

jmm, Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:57 (seven years ago) link

Piccadilly Records
http://www.piccadillyrecords.com/counter/feature.php?feature=735

1 Jane Weaver - The Silver Globe
2 BE (Garth Be) - The Seven Movements
3 Horsebeach - Horsebeach
4 The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
5 Ibibio Sound Machine - Ibibio Sound Machine
6 Real Estate - Atlas
7 Hookworms - The Hum
8 Goat - Commune
9 Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
10 Warpaint - Warpaint

john wahey (NickB), Friday, 21 November 2014 10:27 (seven years ago) link

Lots of things I like on the big Piccadilly list. Jane Weaver is a fun choice for #1, even if it's not one I'd go for myself.

death in Skegness (seandalai), Friday, 21 November 2014 20:42 (seven years ago) link

That Piccadilly list is pretty interesting. Gulp's album is in the top 20 and Gruff Rhys's is nowhere to be seen (Gulp is SFA's bass player).

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 21 November 2014 23:47 (seven years ago) link

Horsebeach - Horsebeach

I thought this would have been a much bigger record on ILX than it turned out to be.

boxedjoy, Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:30 (seven years ago) link

i don't get the horsebeach album, i wanted to, a lot of people whose taste i like were into it, but it just sounds like generic jangle indie guitar pop stufff to me.

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Saturday, 22 November 2014 06:51 (seven years ago) link

Piccadilly always comes out with one of the more useful lists imo...

Neil Yup (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 22 November 2014 09:42 (seven years ago) link

Q magazine Top 50.

1. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
2. Alt-J - This Is All Yours
3. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
4. Manic Street Preachers - Futurology
5. Beck - Morning Phase
6. St Vincent - St Vincent
7. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
8. FKA twigs - LP1
9. Future Islands - Singles
10. Aphex Twin - Syro
11. Elbow - The Take Off and Landing of Everything
12. Interpol - El Pintor
13. Sam Smith - The Loneliest Hour
14. Hamilton Leithauser - Black Hours
15. The Horrors - Luminous
16. Royal Blood - Royal Blood
17. Mac De Marco - Salad Days
18. Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love
19. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
20. Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit
21. East India Youth - Total Strife Forever
22. Caribou - Our Love
23. Jack White - Lazaretto
24. Kate Tempest - Everybody Down
25. Ed Sheeran - X
26. Neneh Cherry - Blank Project
27. Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business
28. Kasabian - 48:13
29. Jamie T - Carry on the Grudge
30. Gruff Rhys - American Interior
31. Mogwai - The Rave Tapes
32. The Bug - Angels & Devils
33. Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time
34. Wild Beasts - Present Tense
35. Real Estate - Atlas
36. Temples - Sun Structures
37. Baxter Dury - It's a Pleasure
38. Johnny Marr - Playland
39. Ty Segall - Manipulator
40. Grumbling Fur - Preternaturals
41. The Black Keys - Turn Blue
42. Robert Plant - Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar
43. Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems
44. U2 - Songs of Innocence
45. Warpaint - Warpaint
46. Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
47. Spoon - They Want My Soul
48. La Roux - Trouble in Paradise
49. Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
50. Jungle - Jungle

Re-Make/Re-Model, Monday, 24 November 2014 12:44 (seven years ago) link

lol @ the top 5

charlie h, Monday, 24 November 2014 12:47 (seven years ago) link

jesus christ...

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 24 November 2014 12:49 (seven years ago) link

lol @ the top 50

lex pretend, Monday, 24 November 2014 13:10 (seven years ago) link

haha

charlie h, Monday, 24 November 2014 13:20 (seven years ago) link

Mojo:

1. Beck - Morning Phase
2. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
3. Sleaford Mods - Divide And Exit
4. Jack White - Lazaretto
5. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
6. Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather
7. Julie Byrne - Rooms With Walls And Windows
8. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
9. FKA Twigs - LP1
10. The Bug - Angels & Devils
11. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
12. Caribou - Our Love
13. Ty Segall - Manipulator
14. Elbow - The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
15. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
16. Wild Beasts - Present Tense
17. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
18. Kate Tempest - Everybody Down
19. Robert Plant - Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar
20. Manic Street Preachers - Futurology
21. Aphex Twin - Syro
22. Future Islands - Singles
23. Scott Walker & Sun O))) - Soused
24. Mirel Wagner - When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day
25. Pharrell Williams - GIRL
26. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
27. East India Youth - Total Strife Forever
28. Real Estate - Atlas
29. Kasai All Stars - Beware The Fetish
30. Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems
31. Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business
32. Temples - Sun Structures
33. U2 - Songs Of Innocence
34. The Black Keys - Turn Blue
35. Nick Mulvey - First Mind
36. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
37. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens - Cold World
38. Ian William Craig - A Turn Of Breath
39. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
40. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
41. Lee Gamble - KOCH
42. Swans - To Be Kind
43. David Kilgour & The Heavy 8s - End Times Undone
44. Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey - Going Back Home
45. Neil Young - A Letter Home
46. J Mascis - Tied To A Star
47. Young Fathers - Dead
48. Pixies - Indie Cindy
49. King Creosote - From Scotland With Love
50. Dr. John - Ske-Dat-De-Dat... The Spirit Of Satch

NB: 27 of the Mojo 50 are also in the Q 50.

mike t-diva, Monday, 24 November 2014 14:14 (seven years ago) link

in what world is the Mojo top 50 more interesting than the Q one? (not that there's much in it. must be an extremely lousy year for guitar music if War on Drugs are top 2)

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 24 November 2014 14:18 (seven years ago) link

24. Mirel Wagner - When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day

whoop whoop!

lex pretend, Monday, 24 November 2014 14:23 (seven years ago) link

must be an extremely lousy year for guitar music if War on Drugs are top 2

It isn't, but since when have Mojo and Q stood for 'guitar music' as opposed to 'music that your elderly conservative dad might like'?

emil.y, Monday, 24 November 2014 14:26 (seven years ago) link

i think half my own top 10, as it currently stands, is comprised of guitar music this year

lex pretend, Monday, 24 November 2014 14:28 (seven years ago) link

xpost I know, I know. Just didn't want to miss an opportunity to dig my elbow into WoD. Still, cool to imagine Mojo readers getting into Lee Gamble. And Sleaford Mods at 3 is pretty surprising.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 24 November 2014 14:30 (seven years ago) link

they had karen gwyer in their list last year - there's always one or two things you wouldn't necessarily expect

john wahey (NickB), Monday, 24 November 2014 14:33 (seven years ago) link

and 48 or 49 you totally would tbf

john wahey (NickB), Monday, 24 November 2014 14:33 (seven years ago) link

i think i'm gonna feel disconnected from a lot of critics polls this year. again.

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 24 November 2014 14:45 (seven years ago) link

"Disconnected" is a few steps better than what musicians call this time of year ("Suicidal Ideation Month")

mango unchained (fgti), Monday, 24 November 2014 14:48 (seven years ago) link

Seems a lot of people really love that snoozy Beck album

Re-Make/Re-Model, Monday, 24 November 2014 14:57 (seven years ago) link

i think the height of hilarity is that mojo managed to squeeze the dogshit pixies album on there - not that one expects anything from them other than "real" guitar music with "integrity," but, that record was actively bad. smacks of desperation.

search datpiff, you'll find it (slothroprhymes), Monday, 24 November 2014 15:42 (seven years ago) link

War on Drugs will win P&J, won't they?

Frederik B, Monday, 24 November 2014 15:47 (seven years ago) link

good lord

maura, Monday, 24 November 2014 15:48 (seven years ago) link

so... many... dudes

maura, Monday, 24 November 2014 15:58 (seven years ago) link

so... many... dudes

― maura, Monday, November 24, 2014 9:58 AM (10 seconds ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 24 November 2014 15:58 (seven years ago) link

It'll be interesting to see how much love, say, Ex Hex gets on these lists.

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 24 November 2014 15:59 (seven years ago) link

could it win the ilx poll though? xp

john wahey (NickB), Monday, 24 November 2014 15:59 (seven years ago) link

hell. no.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 24 November 2014 16:06 (seven years ago) link

:(

maura, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:07 (seven years ago) link

War on Drugs? I'll leave ilx if that happens.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:07 (seven years ago) link

that'd eclipse kaputt

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 24 November 2014 16:11 (seven years ago) link

already pretty sure what the top 3 will be for ILM but i'm never right, so i'm probably wrong.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 24 November 2014 16:12 (seven years ago) link

not even comparable with kaputt, which may have been indie but was also total ilx catnip.

Tim F, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:13 (seven years ago) link

However, I do hope that War on Drugs makes the top 77 and Sun Kil Moon does not, because fuck Mark Kozelek.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:17 (seven years ago) link

this is going to be a year where I'm disconnected from all critics' lists but only because I don't exactly have albums to substitute

katherine, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:19 (seven years ago) link

part of me hopes War on Drugs tops Pazz & Jop albums and "War on Drugs: Suck my Cock" tops the singles.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:20 (seven years ago) link

lol

Johnny Fever, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:22 (seven years ago) link

Right now this year seems reminscent of 2011 in that there isn't really a strong a consensus pick for AOTY, and that year Tune-Yards managed to win Pazz & Jop. War on Drugs seems like the closest thing to one, with St. Vincent maybe being a runner up.

Meanwhile on ILX, I'm half expecting Taylor Swift to win the year end poll.

MarkoP, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:22 (seven years ago) link

not even comparable with kaputt, which may have been indie but was also total ilx catnip.

― Tim F, Monday, November 24, 2014 4:13 PM (7 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I meant in terms of divisiveness. I wasn't taken with it at first but I've definitely warmed to it over time.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 24 November 2014 16:22 (seven years ago) link

FKA twigs seemed like a sure-fire favorite a few months ago, but its profile has diminished a lot in just a short time based on polls I've seen so far (though the polls I've seen so far are more rock-oriented/specialized).

Johnny Fever, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:24 (seven years ago) link

FKA Twigs, St Vincent and OP are ILM locks for sure.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 24 November 2014 16:25 (seven years ago) link

not sure what the consensus is with TSwift. I'm not a follower, but I liked 'Shake It Off' quite a bit and I'm surprised ILM fans weren't so keen on it.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 24 November 2014 16:26 (seven years ago) link

we've got other T-Swift singles to think about.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 24 November 2014 16:27 (seven years ago) link

War on Drugs will win P&J, won't they?

― Frederik B, Monday, November 24, 2014 10:47 AM (39 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

St. Vincent, albums
Taylor, singles

book it.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:27 (seven years ago) link

The thing I can imagine War on Drugs doing the best in is Readers Polls.

MarkoP, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:28 (seven years ago) link

st vincent seems about as consensus an album as there's been

taylor, surely not? so many critics hate that single

lex pretend, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:33 (seven years ago) link

Yeah I think Whiney's right. War on Drugs and FKA twigs for the Top 5.

I don't much like Shake It Off but there hasn't been a Get Lucky/Call Me Maybe this year so I don't know what else would be #1.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:34 (seven years ago) link

there hasn't been a Get Lucky/Call Me Maybe this year

For a while it seemed like Pharrell's "Happy" would never go the fuck away, so I'm glad it finally did.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:38 (seven years ago) link

"happy" hasn't gone the fuck away nearly enough, but it's 2013 (and it's not like it only exploded this year, it was huge on release and just never fucked off)

in terms of ubiquitous commercial success the song of 2014 is obviously "fancy" but no one really reps for it among critics. oh and that fucking meghan trainor atrocity as well

lex pretend, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:40 (seven years ago) link

also "rude"

katherine, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:41 (seven years ago) link

Oh god

Johnny Fever, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:42 (seven years ago) link

Meanwhile on ILX, I'm half expecting Taylor Swift to win the year end poll.

this not being on Spotify might knock it out of the top spot (kind of like Beyonce last year--though that came out way late in the year too)

ILoveMeconium (President Keyes), Monday, 24 November 2014 16:43 (seven years ago) link

i have still managed to avoid hearing the entirety of "rude" :)

"hideaway" maybe? not in any other year but it was pretty ubiquitous and people seemed weirdly invested in kiesza as an artist rather than one hit wonder

lex pretend, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:43 (seven years ago) link

huh, I thought it was the opposite in just about every way (only ubiquitous among critic/indie-types, no one giving a shit about kiesza as an artist)

katherine, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:44 (seven years ago) link

Anybody other than me voting for Lana this year?

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 24 November 2014 16:44 (seven years ago) link

i feel like if t-swift's previous couple of albums didn't come near topping the ilx poll, this won't either. sure she's increased her mainstream fanbase but i think in ilx terms it's pretty much the same

lex pretend, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:44 (seven years ago) link

huh, I thought it was the opposite in just about every way (only ubiquitous among critic/indie-types, no one giving a shit about kiesza as an artist)

oh yeah i meant "critics" when i said people! the actual public see her for the natural one hit wonder she is

lex pretend, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:45 (seven years ago) link

By a Get Lucky/Call Me Maybe I mean a massive hit with critical love. I didn't see writers going crazy for Fancy, Problem or Happy on that level. Feels like 1989 came along just in time to allow critics to overlap with the general public. No idea what will be the ILX #1.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:46 (seven years ago) link

There's still time for Alex from Target to cut a single.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:47 (seven years ago) link

Someone who knows more about this feel free to correct me but my sense is that of the dad mags mojo has always covered more weird/interesting stuff than q? Obv both lists are kind of lol but mostly males you didn't know had an album out this year, but I'm surprised at anyone being "I never thought I'd see the day" about q being the more boring of the two, I mean it's q

why do I hate that thing (excluding imago, marcos) (wins), Monday, 24 November 2014 16:57 (seven years ago) link

Of the UK polls, Q's always carries the most pronounced whiff of Editorial Adjustment.

mike t-diva, Monday, 24 November 2014 17:00 (seven years ago) link

Anybody other than me voting for Lana this year?

That's definitely one of my favorite records of the year

kornrulez6969, Monday, 24 November 2014 17:02 (seven years ago) link

I imagine a situation where every Mojo writer is stuck for new albums somewhere between #15-20 and just going "ah fuck it, Jack White and Beck". Sleaford Mods winning would have been hilarious just to imagine their reaction.

Matt DC, Monday, 24 November 2014 17:06 (seven years ago) link

also "rude"

― katherine, Monday, November 24, 2014 11:41 AM (39 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Anyone who votes for "Rude" should lose their right to ever have opinions about music ever again.

MaudAddam (cryptosicko), Monday, 24 November 2014 17:23 (seven years ago) link

thought for sure Sia would top critics singles polls

ILoveMeconium (President Keyes), Monday, 24 November 2014 17:25 (seven years ago) link

I always forget sleaford mods are an actual thing, I think of them as that comedy band who had that album a couple of years ago that I listened to twice but then apparently they have like 20 albums and people are really into them and I'm like... ok

why do I hate that thing (excluding imago, marcos) (wins), Monday, 24 November 2014 17:26 (seven years ago) link

I bet they are well caustic in interviews

why do I hate that thing (excluding imago, marcos) (wins), Monday, 24 November 2014 17:26 (seven years ago) link

wonder if they have an opinion on band aid

why do I hate that thing (excluding imago, marcos) (wins), Monday, 24 November 2014 17:26 (seven years ago) link

xxxpost it should be chandelier is amazing

search datpiff, you'll find it (slothroprhymes), Monday, 24 November 2014 17:31 (seven years ago) link

(so is much of that sia record imo)

search datpiff, you'll find it (slothroprhymes), Monday, 24 November 2014 17:31 (seven years ago) link

is there a consensus beyonce single

katherine, Monday, 24 November 2014 17:34 (seven years ago) link

i presume it's drunk in love but should be flawless obvs

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 24 November 2014 17:37 (seven years ago) link

flawless or partition would be personal choice but drunk in love prob still has legs

search datpiff, you'll find it (slothroprhymes), Monday, 24 November 2014 17:37 (seven years ago) link

What about Rather Be for singles?

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 24 November 2014 17:38 (seven years ago) link

the 2014 hot 100 #1 chart looks pretty dire

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 24 November 2014 17:43 (seven years ago) link

I've been keeping a shortlist of my fave singles that needs cleaning up, but what's in there now:
20syl / Oddisee - Ongoing Thing
Alpoko Don / Scarface - Set the Record Straight
Aphex - minipops 67
Basement Jaxx- Mermaid of Salinas
Big Von / Keak the Sneak / Jacka - Windows
Chronixx - Here Comes Trouble
Clean Bandit / Jess Glynne - Rather Be (The Magician Remix)
Danity Kane - Lemonade
DJ Quik - Bacon's Groove
DJ Quik - Fuck All Night
DJ Rashad - Somethin' Bout the Things You Do
Dolly Parton - Don't Think Twice
E-40 - Choices
FKA Twigs - Pendulum
IamSu - Hipster Girls
Jazmine Sullivan - Dumb
Jazmine Sullivan - Forever Don't Last
Justin Bieber - All That Matters
MO / K Koke - For a Minute
Mary J - Whole Damn Year
Michael J - Xscape
Nenad Markovic - Weather Vibes
Owen Pallett - Song for Five and Six
Popcaan - Everything Nice
Prince - U Know
PSY / Snoop - Hangover
Royksopp / Robynn - Do It Again
Royksopp / Robynn - Monument
Run the Jewels - Close Your Eyes and Count to Fuck
Run the Jewels - Crown
Schoolboy / Kendrick - Collard Greens
Sevyn Streeter (album version, solo) - nEXT
Snootie Wild - Made Me
T-Pain / BOB - Up Down
Tinashe and Blood Orange - Bet
Tove Lo - My Gun
Trey and Biebs - Foreign Remix
tune yards - Water Fountain
Yemi Marie - Love Bop
YG / Kendrick - Really Be Smokin n' Drinkin
Young Thug - Stoner

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 24 November 2014 17:56 (seven years ago) link

There's a thread for that: Rolling fave tracks + albums 2014

Johnny Fever, Monday, 24 November 2014 17:58 (seven years ago) link

ah, sorry.

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 24 November 2014 18:00 (seven years ago) link

Also the Robyn who sings with röyksopp only has one n!

why do I hate that thing (excluding imago, marcos) (wins), Monday, 24 November 2014 18:02 (seven years ago) link

i'm surprised i got royskskskskopp right

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 24 November 2014 18:05 (seven years ago) link

American Songwriter

1. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sound in Country Music
2. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
3. Strand of Oaks - Heal
4. Taylor Swift - 1989
5. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
6. Hurray for the Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes
7. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness
8. Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness of Dancers
9. John Fullbright - Songs
10. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
11. Marianne Faithful - Give My Love to London
12. Ty Segall - Manipulator
13. Robert Ellis - The Lights from the Chemical Plant
14. Lera Lynn - The Avenues
15. Conor Oberst - Upside Down Mountain
16. Perfume Genius - Too Bright
17. The Felice Brothers - Favorite Waitress
18. Lee Ann Womack - The Way I'm Livin'
19. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
20. Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
21. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
22. Ex Hex - Rips
23. Matthew Ryan - Boxers
24. Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems
25. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
26. Rosanne Cash - The River & the Thread
27. Tweedy - Sukierae
28. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Wig Out at Jagbags
29. Justin Townes Earle - Single Mothers
30. Angeleena Presley - American Middle Class
31. Spoon - They Want My Soul
32. Miranda Lambert - Platinum
33. Jack White - Lazaretto
34. Adam Faucett - Blind Water Finds Blind Water
35. Eric Church - The Outsiders
36. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye
37. Bahamas - Bahamas Is Afie
38. Old 97s - Most Messed Up
39. Warpaint - Warpaint
40. Hozier - Hozier
41. Doug Paisley - Strong Feelings
42. Real Estate - Atlas
43. Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy
44. Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky
45. Jesse Winchester - A Reasonable Amount of Trouble
46. Beck - Morning Phase
47. The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
48. Jessica Lea Mayfield - Make My Head Sing
49. Drive By Truckers - English Oceans
50. Sharon van Etten – Are We There?

Dan S, Monday, 24 November 2014 20:09 (seven years ago) link

Sturgill Simpson! Best list so far.

Tay-Tay Brooklynpants (Murgatroid), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:10 (seven years ago) link

how is SVE only 50 only a list that is (presumably) mostly contingent on "integrity" and "songcraft" and all that

do appreciate the love for sturgill tho

search datpiff, you'll find it (slothroprhymes), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:21 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, I find the ordering of that list kinda inexplicable but w/e

Tay-Tay Brooklynpants (Murgatroid), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:24 (seven years ago) link

Remake/Remodel - I remember a couple of years ago you were asking "where's this year's 212/Video Games?" at a point when 'Call Me Maybe' had been out for months. Sometimes these things only crystallise at the point at which they become ubiquitous near the top of end-of-year lists. Although it was obvious 'Get Lucky' would be one of those from day one.

'Rather Be' is probably the closest in British chart terms but it doesn't quite feel like it has either the colossal globe-straddling megahit status or the critical traction to qualify.

As it stands, 2014 feels more like 2008, when pop-oriented critics were asking where was that year's 'Umbrella' while willfully ignoring Katy Perry becoming massive in the background. Except for 'I Kissed A Girl' it's probably 'Happy' or 'All About That Bass'. Taylor could have trumped both but she bungled her first single. And the comeback single is usually the one people care about, give or take a 'Super Bass' here or there.

Matt DC, Monday, 24 November 2014 20:33 (seven years ago) link

Also I don't really feel like the Sharon van Etten album is particularly noteworthy if you're judging it on 'old fashioned songcraft' as that list presumably is, but then there are shonkier records higher up the list.

Did that Warpaint album really come out this year?

Matt DC, Monday, 24 November 2014 20:36 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, in January.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 24 November 2014 20:37 (seven years ago) link

still fucking love that Warpaint album

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:39 (seven years ago) link

Justin Townes Earle

lol did someone just make up a singer songwriter

why do I hate that thing (excluding imago, marcos) (wins), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:43 (seven years ago) link

Nope, he is Steve Earle's progeny.

Tay-Tay Brooklynpants (Murgatroid), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:47 (seven years ago) link

Steve's son, named after the obvious influence.

ƋППṍӮɨ∏ğڵșěᶉᶇдM℮ (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:47 (seven years ago) link

oops xpost

ƋППṍӮɨ∏ğڵșěᶉᶇдM℮ (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:47 (seven years ago) link

thx guys I did guess but thx

why do I hate that thing (excluding imago, marcos) (wins), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:48 (seven years ago) link

:-)

why do I hate that thing (excluding imago, marcos) (wins), Monday, 24 November 2014 20:48 (seven years ago) link

idk what's going to win on ILX this year, never mind in places I don't pay attention to. The main thing I think about when reading these lists is how much music gets released every year and what a small proportion I ever hear - 2 of the American Songwriter picks, maybe 8 from the Mojo list?

death in Skegness (seandalai), Monday, 24 November 2014 21:00 (seven years ago) link

The American Songwriter list looks like it should have Steve Gunn on it.

Evan, Monday, 24 November 2014 21:04 (seven years ago) link

I bet the readership isn't pleased by #4.

Tay-Tay Brooklynpants (Murgatroid), Monday, 24 November 2014 21:06 (seven years ago) link

Nah, AS has covered a lot of pop/crossover in the past.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 24 November 2014 21:07 (seven years ago) link

also I thought "good songwriter" has been the least controversial line item on the TSwift resume for years now

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Monday, 24 November 2014 21:09 (seven years ago) link

eoy seems p ripe for bloc voting ententes this year. i suggest a dej loaf coalition, turn ilx to some macaroni

r|t|c, Monday, 24 November 2014 21:10 (seven years ago) link

rtc I will donate £2/mo to your cause

why do I hate that thing (excluding imago, marcos) (wins), Monday, 24 November 2014 21:12 (seven years ago) link

Did that Warpaint album really come out this year?

― Matt DC, Monday, 24 November 2014 20:36 Bookmark

idk what it is but singles-wise i am rly feeling this about everything... big hits from six months ago seem irrelevant by a couple of years

r|t|c, Monday, 24 November 2014 21:13 (seven years ago) link

xp argh i once did telephone fundraising over xmas one year dont give me flashbacks

r|t|c, Monday, 24 November 2014 21:14 (seven years ago) link

I had this thought about "crying for no reason" today! xp

why do I hate that thing (excluding imago, marcos) (wins), Monday, 24 November 2014 21:15 (seven years ago) link

yeah totes. basically like anything off the duke dumont thread is dead

r|t|c, Monday, 24 November 2014 21:18 (seven years ago) link

lol shame u xp'd there cos 'crying for no reason' is actually a perfect analogy to telephone fundraising now u mention it, just the right coercive cocktail of disposibility and portent

r|t|c, Monday, 24 November 2014 21:22 (seven years ago) link

dgmw I don't care overmuch, my playlist of ~15 songs shifts at a tectonic rate these last few years (the rush of last year was a blip in this regard)

why do I hate that thing (excluding imago, marcos) (wins), Monday, 24 November 2014 21:23 (seven years ago) link

Honestly, wrt to that American Songwriter list, I don't know how Strand of Oaks is #3 because he spends half of the album singing out of tune.

I mean, I'm not talking about subjective tastes, because I understand that, but I just finished listening to it. Some tracks are really good, but his singing is quite off on a number of them.

, Monday, 24 November 2014 21:24 (seven years ago) link

maybe he writes good songs?

(idk who Strand of Oaks is)

death in Skegness (seandalai), Monday, 24 November 2014 21:30 (seven years ago) link

Actually, that's the only reason it's on my list, but it is really low on it. #3 just seems suspiciously high?

, Monday, 24 November 2014 21:36 (seven years ago) link

Honestly, wrt to that American Songwriter list, I don't know how Strand of Oaks is #3 because he spends half of the album singing out of tune.

It's not the American Singer-Songwriter list.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 24 November 2014 21:43 (seven years ago) link

some of those ppl aren't even american

why do I hate that thing (excluding imago, marcos) (wins), Monday, 24 November 2014 21:45 (seven years ago) link

There aren't enough American songwriters anymore to fill the list. "We used to write shit in this country" iirc

death in Skegness (seandalai), Monday, 24 November 2014 21:47 (seven years ago) link

they just don't get coverage anywhere

katherine, Monday, 24 November 2014 22:30 (seven years ago) link

Hiss Golden Mssngr is definitely the best record I'm gonna under-rate when I make my list

alpine static, Monday, 24 November 2014 22:38 (seven years ago) link

it's always bizarre to me that these lists come out in november/early december rather than, i dunno, march , by which point at least people might legitimately claim to have digested some if not most of the designated "major" releases of the previous year. myself, i'm still absorbing a lot of high-profile stuff from 2012 (if not 1972).

I dunno. (amateurist), Monday, 24 November 2014 22:43 (seven years ago) link

i guess people want these lists out in time for Xmas shopping?

I dunno. (amateurist), Monday, 24 November 2014 22:43 (seven years ago) link

has FACT mag released any lists yet? those tend to be worthwhile imo.

I dunno. (amateurist), Monday, 24 November 2014 22:44 (seven years ago) link

I had not listened to Strand of Oaks because the name and the appearance of the singer made me think it would be some Bon Iver shit. I'm pleasantly surprised it's absolutely NOT that.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 24 November 2014 22:44 (seven years ago) link

there are some genres for which i just wait until some of the more insider-y year-end lists to even bother searching for stuff, since i don't have enough time to scour around otherwise. i tend to discover a lot of great hip=hop when the lists come out, for example.

I dunno. (amateurist), Monday, 24 November 2014 22:46 (seven years ago) link

ILX poll respects the (Gregorian) calendar year.

death in Skegness (seandalai), Monday, 24 November 2014 22:53 (seven years ago) link

"I remember a couple of years ago you were asking "where's this year's 212/Video Games?" at a point when 'Call Me Maybe' had been out for months."

Ha, I'm an idiot then, Matt DC, because I loved Call Me Maybe. I don't remember saying that at all.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:32 (seven years ago) link

oof, the american songwriter list might be the closest to my own so far (and maybe at all this year) - t-swift, angaleena presley, miranda lambert, lee ann womack, and more than a few that i'd like to hear but haven't yet (is the leonard cohen good?)

As it stands, 2014 feels more like 2008, when pop-oriented critics were asking where was that year's 'Umbrella' while willfully ignoring Katy Perry becoming massive in the background.

i think it's probably a mistake to always assume that the most popular song of the year are going to be the best, or even good, as "i kissed a girl" and "all about that bass" amply demonstrate. let us wilfully ignore them!

lex pretend, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:42 (seven years ago) link

The deep-house end of pop / pop end of deep house shouldn't be ignored either. not sure how popular things like Zhu, Gorgon City, Wankelmut and all them lot are in the US but the UK mainstream is loving that AFAIK

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:49 (seven years ago) link

The Leonard Cohen album is good but feels a bit like a lesser Old Ideas, although its best moments are very good indeed.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:24 (seven years ago) link

(Old Ideas is one of my favourite records of the past five years so that possibly reads as more negative than it actually is)

Matt DC, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:25 (seven years ago) link

Have there been many other 'institutional artist returns/still has it' albums this year? Soused obviously, but it's not really a return for Walker. I recall the last couple of years have been marked by a number of surprise excellent albums by older artists returning to the fray.

I should really check out more recent Cohen.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:28 (seven years ago) link

lee ann womack!

lex pretend, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:31 (seven years ago) link

and there have been a ton of less institutional but certainly veteran artists who "still have it" (or got back to it) - miranda lambert, gangsta boo, meshell ndegeocello, even tori amos

lex pretend, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:32 (seven years ago) link

kate bush live bootleg ftw

john wahey (NickB), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:34 (seven years ago) link

That's quite a broad definition of veteran there.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:07 (seven years ago) link

Neneh cherry! Tbf I think every year this is remarked upon tho, it's a lil patronising & ageist

why do I hate that thing (excluding imago, marcos) (wins), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:09 (seven years ago) link

pink floyd and aphex have been the headline comebacks i guess

john wahey (NickB), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:14 (seven years ago) link

That Pink Floyd album must be shit not to make either the Q or Mojo list. I know it only came out like a week ago but you'd expect Q in particular to just hold a slot open for it.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:18 (seven years ago) link

I heard a little on spotify, it was hilarious for a minute then just dulllllllllll

why do I hate that thing (excluding imago, marcos) (wins), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:21 (seven years ago) link

ultimate classic rock webzine are still to play their hand fyi xp

john wahey (NickB), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:24 (seven years ago) link

u2 ought to put their album back into everyone's itunes all over again, just to remind all the voters they're still out there

john wahey (NickB), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:26 (seven years ago) link

Robert Plant's album is very good. I like Bryan Ferry's as well but that's basically just another Bryan Ferry album. The Pink Floyd album was never meant to be a comeback.

I got curious about how many uncontested critic/Top 40 unifiers there have been in the past 10 years, ie Top 3 Billboard and Top 3 Pazz & Jop, and it's not as many as I thought: Gold Digger, Since U Been Gone, Umbrella, What You Know, Single Ladies, Empire State of Mind, Fuck You, Rolling in the Deep, Call Me Maybe, Get Lucky and Royals.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:27 (seven years ago) link

The Judas Priest album was well-received as well.

jmm, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:27 (seven years ago) link

Sonic (Sweden)

1. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
2. Lykke Li - I Never Learn
3. FKA Twigs - LP1
4. Caribou - Our Love
5. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
6. Kindness - Otherness
7. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
8. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
9. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
10. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
11. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
12. Aphex Twin - Syro
13. Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 2
14. Ison & Fille - Länge leve vi
15. Hollie Cook - Twice
16. Lorentz - Kärlekslåtar
17. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata
18. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
19. Hurray For The Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes
20. Jessie Ware - Tough Love
21. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
22. Kevin Gates - By Any Means
23. Rosanne Cash - The River & The Thread
24. Tinashe - Aquarius
25. Doug Paisley - Strong Feelings

TTAGGGTTAGGG (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 15:22 (seven years ago) link

That War On Drugs album had better sound like chocolate ice cream...

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 15:26 (seven years ago) link

More like flat Michelob.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 15:35 (seven years ago) link

war on drugs is like a scene in an 80s teen movie where a half-size springsteen-bot goes out of control on the dancefloor and vigorously starts dry humping everyone's legs

john wahey (NickB), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 15:54 (seven years ago) link

your 80s was markedly different from mine

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 15:57 (seven years ago) link

I'm not sure about the whole War on Drugs album but Red Eyes is one the songs of the year no doubt. I guess a lot of people are desperately craving non-shitty anthemic rock.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:01 (seven years ago) link

Yeah I love it and its one of my favourites of the year but it does hit several comfort-food bases at once. Given how little rock music I have time for these days that's probably the main reason.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:09 (seven years ago) link

the sum total of my knowledge about war on drugs (and sun kil moon) is that absolutely laughably pathetic diss track. rock is dead, i don't care

lex pretend, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:15 (seven years ago) link

FWIW i really like the Benji album, despite never having knowingly heard anything else by Kozelek

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:20 (seven years ago) link

the sum total of my knowledge about war on drugs (and sun kil moon) is that absolutely laughably pathetic diss track. rock is dead, i don't care

― lex pretend, Tuesday, November 25, 2014 4:15 PM (8 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The diss track was by SKM wasn't it? Unless did WoD do a response song? Anyway, lol at saying 'rock is dead' based on a single phoned-in joke song by an egomaniac with a bee in his bonnet about stage sound issues.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:26 (seven years ago) link

has FACT mag released any lists yet? those tend to be worthwhile imo.

― I dunno. (amateurist), Monday, November 24, 2014 10:44 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

they got ahead of everyone and did their best Albums/Tracks of the decade so far a couple of weeks ago

wut won

Number None, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:48 (seven years ago) link

ha

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:48 (seven years ago) link

There was so much parochial bullshit in that Fact list.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:50 (seven years ago) link

less institutional but certainly veteran artists who "still have it"

they're not Cohen or Judas Priest, but I think the new Old 97s album falls into this category. I loved their output from '96-'01, didn't care for anything after that. but their new one sounds like it could be a lost record from their heyday. i can't even believe how good it is; it's truly shocking. if shuffling Texas roots-rock songs about becoming a creepy old man with a thing for recreational drug use is your thing, then "Most Messed Up" is your thing.

alpine static, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:51 (seven years ago) link

lol it's so sad that fact followed p4k's lead on that one ;_;

dyl, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:51 (seven years ago) link

I feel like I'm actually gonna have to listen to at least some of that War on Drugs album now, even though I don't give a shit about it at all.

And why has everyone seemed to have forgotten about Against Me!?

MaudAddam (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:53 (seven years ago) link

The first of Lex's EOTY "I know nothing about this but I know it's awful" posts is like the first window on an advent calendar.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:53 (seven years ago) link

The War on Drugs album isn't terrible, but half the songs go on extended tangential outros for whatever the fucking reason and it ruins it for me. Chop the tails off those songs and the whole album would be better for it.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:00 (seven years ago) link

i bet i'll prob end up loving bloody War on Drugs now if I listen to it.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:00 (seven years ago) link

The first of Lex's EOTY "I know nothing about this but I know it's awful" posts is like the first window on an advent calendar.

I feel like that about every record on here

saer, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:00 (seven years ago) link

war on drugs album is good - but it is also p overrated and most of the criticisms against it thus far (sounds too much like boomer/80s rock, various songs are overlong) are completely understandable.

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:04 (seven years ago) link

The Fact half-decade list was at least interesting

The War on Drugs seems to be a very big deal with all of these publications. I wouldn't have thought it would be likely to top P&J but now I'm beginning to wonder

Dan S, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:05 (seven years ago) link

huh War on Drugs doesn't sound anything like I thought it would

I guess ppl in 2014 really missed David Gray?

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:06 (seven years ago) link

that is theeeee weirdest comparison i've heard so far! the biggest ref point/complaint seems to be like, dire straits & shit of that nature

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:07 (seven years ago) link

yeah i don't really care what the #1 slot is or if some of the choices are a little challopsy. i just like to have some decent recommendations and i can sort it out myself.

xpost

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:07 (seven years ago) link

I mostly going off of the dude's voice

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:07 (seven years ago) link

referring to FACT mag list

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:07 (seven years ago) link

xpost

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:07 (seven years ago) link

decent recommendations = not the same shit that everybody puts in their lists/stuff everyone has already heard

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:08 (seven years ago) link

DJP sort of nailed it there with the David Gray voice comparison.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:09 (seven years ago) link

xp Yeah, FACT's contrarianism can be comical but it leads me to new things in a way that a more conventional list wouldn't.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:17 (seven years ago) link

Relistening to this TWoD album again for the first time in a while, I find it's a very timid record. They're scared to go the full Don Henley or the full Dire Straits or the full Daniel Lanois or whatever other styles they're trying to bite and in the end it just sounds like a little bit of each of those things but in a bad way.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:23 (seven years ago) link

Not a *bad way, but an *unsatisfying way.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:23 (seven years ago) link

tbh i have less and less interest each passing year in what albums might be "best"/"better" and i've always been skeptical of critics' attempts to render coherent narratives of the chaos of a year's worth of music. those narratives can be important but the first drafts are not usually very compelling (i.e. we probably need some distance before we can make sense of it all). i'm happy just to kind of dip my toe in the stream and find some things that appeal to me.

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:25 (seven years ago) link

It's probably because they're mixing all that with the ambient/spacerock/droney elements which prevent them going full on AOR, but I've gone into this on their own thread.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:26 (seven years ago) link

, FACT's contrarianism can be comical but it leads me to new things in a way that a more conventional list wouldn't.

what makes it contrarian or non-conventional? its not really my thing, but it just seems like a list of the records they feature on their site as far as i can tell

saer, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:29 (seven years ago) link

what makes it contrarian

"I Miss You" being the Beyonce pick

Number None, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:56 (seven years ago) link

that's a great song tho

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:59 (seven years ago) link

every time I see "Dire Straits" as a referent in the same sentence as War on Drugs I wonder if the writer means "the synthy parts of late eighties Cure + Billy Idol echo"

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:59 (seven years ago) link

no, there's a definite twangy thing going on, but obviously it's at a bit of a lower skill level

john wahey (NickB), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:02 (seven years ago) link

I tended to hear it as much in the wheedling of dude's 'Why can't I be Dylan' voice.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:13 (seven years ago) link

^^^otm - dylan vocal bites, where would indie duderock be without them

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:14 (seven years ago) link

where would indie duderock be without them

where it is now: dead, like all rock music.

Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:16 (seven years ago) link

I tended to hear it as much in the wheedling of dude's 'Why can't I be Dylan' voice.

you're so folksy, I'd do anything
ape you from the scoops to where the pitch begins
you're so precious, you're so right as rain
you make me make me revisit the highway again

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:17 (seven years ago) link

War of Drugs > Bob Dylan

:mic drop:

jaymc, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:25 (seven years ago) link

xxpost thought it was p clear that was not a serious statement or one meant to laud indie duderock

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:30 (seven years ago) link

where would indie duderock be without them
where it is now: dead, like all rock music.

― Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:16 PM (18 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lmao i love the inherent patting of self on back whenever someone says "rock is dead"

so hip now with it and wow

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:35 (seven years ago) link

The reason why I like WOTD is the same reason it's hard to say anything new about them. It's such a simple idea - blue-collar space-rock, aka what if Tom Petty and Bruce Horsby dug krautrock? It appeals to the same part of me that likes dance re-edits of Springsteen or Spiders (Kidsmoke) by Wilco or Balearic. I'm not sure I've discovered any great depths beyond that simple idea so it feels slightly lacking as an album of the year but for me the pleasure's instant.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:38 (seven years ago) link

it has certain combinations of sounds that remind me of certain FM rock radio memories while placing them in a slightly skewed context

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:42 (seven years ago) link

there's a definite twangy thing going on, but obviously it's at a bit of a lower skill level

Yeah, TWoD owes a lot more to Knopfler's rhythm playing than his lead playing.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:43 (seven years ago) link

War On The Drugs?

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:44 (seven years ago) link

i don't think anyone's saying war on drugs dude is notting hillbillies material! big knopf is a monster

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:45 (seven years ago) link

lmao i love the inherent patting of self on back whenever someone says "rock is dead"

so hip now with it and wow

i mean, it kinda is, or at least on life support...i don't really have any positive or negative opinions on that fact tho, and good bands that play rock music are still good bands obvs, i do believe war on drugs is one of them

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:53 (seven years ago) link

it really isn't.

Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:54 (seven years ago) link

I don't know what "rock is dead" even means but it sure sounds cool to say.

Evan, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:54 (seven years ago) link

I saw an "ART IS DEAD" sign in someones window. I don't know what that means either, though I bet that person is pretty edgy.

Evan, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:56 (seven years ago) link

yeah i'm not sure either. "rock" has become many things; i feel like a lot of the music i listen to wouldn't exist without "rock" but some people here might not consider it "rock."

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:56 (seven years ago) link

the whole notion of relevance seems really boring to me and less and less important when everything's just a big mess on the internet and spotify now

if there are good bands then it's not dead or if it is dead and there are still good bands then who cares if it's "dead"? i don't care about big outsized bono/woodstock notions about rock having to be big or an important cultural force

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:57 (seven years ago) link

this is likely the only time I will say this but for the love of all that is good and holy, won't someone post another list

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:58 (seven years ago) link

xxxpost all around boston someone has been spraypainting NOT ART on things lately, throughout somerville & cambridge, both v edgy places in the minds of many residents, as anyone who lives here will know. to be fair, i loled

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:58 (seven years ago) link

shakedown otm

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:59 (seven years ago) link

Top 10 Cool Rock Bands Of 2014

1 The War on Drugs
2 Crazy Eyes from Orange is the New Black
3 The Pizza Underground
4 Pallbearer
5 Blue Oyster Cult
6 ESPN 30 For 30 - Rand University
7 Mr. Pibb
8 Sleaford Mods
9 Ricky Rubio
10 Old Fashioned Minnesota Grape Salad

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:01 (seven years ago) link

Now would be the perfect moment to drop the Classic Rock list but tragically it isn't out yet.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:01 (seven years ago) link

xxxpost all around boston someone has been spraypainting NOT ART on things lately, throughout somerville & cambridge, both v edgy places in the minds of many residents, as anyone who lives here will know. to be fair, i loled

^^^ ha ditto

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:01 (seven years ago) link

RICKY RUBIO DROPPED AN ALBUM??? WHY WASN'T I TOLD i figured he'd put his time on the t-wolves injury list to good use

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:03 (seven years ago) link

if you only hear one release this year, make sure it's Old Fashioned Minnesota Grape Salad

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:04 (seven years ago) link

Isn't that pop?

Evan, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:06 (seven years ago) link

more like neo-slowsaladcore

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:06 (seven years ago) link

pop is dead.

Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:06 (seven years ago) link

Oh never mind I misread that as "grape soda"

Evan, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:06 (seven years ago) link

And Mr. Pibb was right there.

jmm, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:08 (seven years ago) link

pop is dead.

the truck just came out of nowhere

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:08 (seven years ago) link

rip pop you had a good run but austerlitz was bound to win in the end

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:10 (seven years ago) link

it'll be back around, say, 2025.

Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:10 (seven years ago) link

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/27865379/Pop+Is+Dead+Pop.jpg

Matt DC, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:18 (seven years ago) link

looolllllllllll

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:19 (seven years ago) link

rock is dead has been said since before anyone on ilx was born. Unless anyone was born before buddy holly died

strychnine, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:24 (seven years ago) link

where did Aimless go

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:25 (seven years ago) link

to create the happy days stageshow

strychnine, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:25 (seven years ago) link

I saw an "ART IS DEAD" sign in someones window. I don't know what that means either, though I bet that person is pretty edgy.

― Evan, Tuesday, November 25, 2014 1:56 PM (32 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0691002991/ref=redir_mdp_mobile/191-3869359-1421625

Treeship, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:29 (seven years ago) link

6 ESPN 30 For 30 - Rand University

underrated inclusion

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:31 (seven years ago) link

Not Art guy sounds like a complete tool. He was doing this to people's houses? http://wgbhnews.org/post/meet-man-behind-not-art

jmm, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:34 (seven years ago) link

I'd be in favor of it if he started spraypainting that on people.

Treeship, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:36 (seven years ago) link

"We're so sick of seeing Picassos sell for millions of dollars just because they say Picasso. You know, people aren't looking at the art any more, they're looking at the signature. And "Not Art" in itself is a signature."
- bob marley

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:37 (seven years ago) link

This sounds like a neutered version of yellowism

Treeship, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:38 (seven years ago) link

If he posted "not art" on a famous work, say starry night or even better the mona lisa he would be on to something (something = footnote mention in art history books)

Treeship, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:39 (seven years ago) link

NME

50 | Julian Casablancas + The Voidz | Tyranny
49 | Interpol | El Pintor
48 | Temples | Sun Structure
47 | Gruff Rhys | American Interior
46 | Twin Peaks | Wild Onion
45 | Honeyblood | Honeyblood
44 | Perfect Pussy | Say Yes To Love
43 | Freddie Gibbs and Madlib | Pinata
42 | Hookworms | The Hum
41 | Manic Street Preachers | Futurology
40 | Bombay Bicylce Club | So Long, See You Tomorrow
39 | Protomartyr | Under Color of Offical Right
38 | Alt-J | This Is All Yours
37 | Thom Yorke | Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
36 | Goat | Commune
35 | Parquet Courts | Sunbathing Animal
34 | Sun Kil Moon | Benji
33 | Wild Beasts | Present Tense
32 | Childhood | Lacuna
31 | Sharon Van Etten | Are We There
30 | Warpaint | Warpaint
29 | Alvvays | Alvvays
28 | Morrissey | World Peace Is None Of Your Beeswax
27 | Jungle | Jungle
26 | Perfume Genuis | Too Bright
25 | Lana Del Ray | Ultraviolence
24 | Angel Olsen | Burn Your Fire For No Witness
23 | Kasabian | 48:13
22 | Swans | To be Kind
21 | FKA Twigs | LP1
20 | Jack White | Lazaretto
19 | Royal Blood | Royal Blood
18 | Kate Tempest | Everybody Down
17 | Todd Terje | It's Album Time
16 | Iceage | Plowing Into The Field Of Love
15 | Eagulls | Eagulls
14 | Run The Jewels | RTJ2
13 | Damon Albarn | Everyday Robots
12 | DFA 1979 | The Physical World
11 | Future Islands | Singles
10 | Ex Hex | Rips
09 | Sleaford Mods | Divide and Exit
08 | Jamie T | Carry On The Grudge
07 | Merchandise | After The End
06 | La Roux | Trouble In Paradise
05 | Caribou | Our Love
04 | Aphex Twin | Syro
03 | The War On Drugs | Lost In the Dream
02 | Mac DeMarco | Salad Days
01 | St. Vincent | St. Vincent

Mitchell Stirling, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 09:09 (seven years ago) link

Uncut

75 RICHARD THOMPSON : Acoustic Classics
74 TEMPLES : Sun Structures
73 DAVE & PHIL ALVIN : Common Ground
72 DAN MICHAELSON : Distance
71 BOB MOULD : Beauty & Ruin
70 FIRST AID KIT : Stay Gold
69 GULP : Season Sun
68 LYDIA LOVELESS : Somewhere Else
67 PERFUME GENIUS : Too Bright
66 THURSTON MOORE : The Best Day
65 THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS : Brill Bruisers
64 KING CREOSOTE : From Scotland With Love
63 GAZELLE TWIN : Unflesh
62 PAOLO NUTINI : Caustic Love
61 AFGHAN WHIGS : Do To The Beast
60 FRAZEY FORD : Indian Ocean
59 RODDY FRAME : Seven Dials
58 JAMIE T : Carry On The Grudge
57 THE DELINES : Colfax
56 ANGEL OLSEN : Burn Your Fire For No Witness
55 SCOTT WALKER AND SUNN O))) : Soused
54 TOM PETTY : Hypnotic Eye
53 GOAT : Commune
52 LIARS : Mess
51 JENNY LEWIS : The Voyager
50 WILD BEASTS : Present Tense
49 ROBYN HITCHCOCK : The Man Upstairs
48 MORRISSEY : World Peace Is None Of Your Business
47 ALLAH-LAS : Worship The Sun
46 WILLIE WATSON : Folk Singer, Vol. 1
45 KATE TEMPEST : Everybody Down
44 THOM YORKE : Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
43 EAST INDIA YOUTH : Total Strife Forever
42 MOGWAI : Rave Tapes
41 MARK LANEGAN BAND : Phantom Radio
40 LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES : Dereconstructed
39 FUTURE ISLANDS : Singles
38 FENNESZ : Bécs
37 WILLIE NELSON : Band Of Brothers
36 LA ROUX : Trouble In Paradise
35 DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS : English Oceans
34 CHRIS FORSYTH & THE SOLAR MOTEL BAND : Intensity Ghost
33 STURGILL SIMPSON : Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
32 MERCHANDISE : After The End
31 TUNE-YARDS : Nikki Nack
30 SPOON : They Want My Soul
29 JACK WHITE : Lazaretto
28 THE BLACK KEYS : Turn Blue
27 BEN WATT : Hendra
26 STEVE GUNN : Way Out Weather
25 SLEAFORD MODS : Divide And Exit
24 TWEEDY : Sukierae
23 ARIEL PINK : Pom Pom
22 BECK : Morning Phase
21 EARTH : Primitive And Deadly
20 STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS : Wig Out At Jagbags
19 HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF : Small Town Heroes
18 SWANS : To Be Kind
17 LUCINDA WILLIAMS : Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
16 GRUFF RHYS : American Interior
15 ROSANNE CASH : The River & The Thread
14 REAL ESTATE : Atlas
13 TY SEGALL : Manipulator
12 CARIBOU : Our Love
11 TOUMANI DIABATÉ & SIDIKI DIABATÉ : Toumani & Sidiki
10 SUN KIL MOON : Benji
09 ST VINCENT : St Vincent
08 DAMON ALBARN : Everyday Robots
07 HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER : Lateness Of Dancers
06 ROBERT PLANT lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar
05 SHARON VAN ETTEN : Are We There
04 FKA TWIGS : LP1
03 APHEX TWIN : Syro
02 LEONARD COHEN : Popular Problems
01 THE WAR ON DRUGS : Lost In The Dream

Mitchell Stirling, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 09:09 (seven years ago) link

I always enjoy the obligatory, core-pandering placements at the tail-end of the NME list - Interpol and Casablancas this year.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 09:40 (seven years ago) link

like the tail-end splatters of a comet of shit

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 09:52 (seven years ago) link

Also Thom Yorke at #37 with an album precisely no one was enthusiastic about.

'Syro' has been near the top of virtually every list.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:10 (seven years ago) link

at least the NME picked a decent number 1, I'll give them credit for that.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:15 (seven years ago) link

i don't know who Mac Demarco is. Think there was a guy who used to work in my office called M4tt Demarco so maybe that's why?

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:16 (seven years ago) link

Can we now have the obligatory bit where people complain about the lack of hip-hop and R&B in the Uncut list?

Unsettled defender (ithappens), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:17 (seven years ago) link

Actually, Twigs at 4 in he Uncut list is pretty jaw dropping. Related to the departure of Allan Jones?

Unsettled defender (ithappens), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:18 (seven years ago) link

Only one mention of Mercury Award winners Young Fathers in this whole thread.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:18 (seven years ago) link

It's because no one cares about them.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:21 (seven years ago) link

NME Tracks

50 | Alt-J | Hunger Of The Pine
49 | David Bowie | Sue (Or In A Season of Crime)
48 | Ariel Pink | Put Your Number In My Phone
47 | Gruff Rhys | American Interior
46 | Flying Lotus | Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
45 | Sun Kil Moon | Ben's My Friend
44 | Juce | Call You Out
43 | SBTRKT | New Dorp New York (feat. Erza Koenig)
42 | Ex Hex | Hot and Cold
41 | La Roux | Uptight Downtown
40 | Sleater-Kinney | Bury Our Friends
39 | Protomartyr | Scum, Rise!
38 | Morrissey | Kiss Me A Lot
37 | Sharon Van Etten | Every Time The Sun Comes Up
36 | Noel Gallagher's Flying Birds | In The Heat of The Moment
35 | Manic Street Preachers | Futurology
34 | The War On Drugs | Under The Pressure
33 | Death From Above 1979 | White Is Red
32 | Lana Del Ray | Ultraviolence
31 | Cherry Glazerr | Had Ten Dollaz
30 | Perfume Genuis | Queen
29 | Slaves | Where's Your Car Debbie?
28 | Interpol | All The Rage Back Home
27 | Taylor Swift | Shake It Off
26 | Mac DeMarco | Passing Out Pieces
25 | Warpaint | Disco//Very
24 | St. Vincent | Prince Johnny
23 | Damon Albarn | The Selfish Giant
22 | Run The Jewels | Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)
21 | Jamie T | Love Is Only A Heartbeat Away
20 | Honeyblood | Super Rat
19 | Alvvays | Archie, Marry Me
18 | Aphex Twin | minipops 67 (Source field remix)
17 | Iceage | The Lord's Favourite
16 | Shamir | I Know It's A Good Thing
15 | Kate Tempest | Marshall Law
14 | Jack White | Lazaretto
13 | Jungle | Busy Earnin'
12 | Merchandise | Little Killer
11 | Lana Del Ray | West Coast
10 | Mac DeMarco | Chamber of Reflection
09 | Royal Blood | Little Monster
08 | Jamie T | Zombie
07 | St. Vincent | Digital Witness
06 | Kasabian | Eez-eh
05 | Run The Jewels | Blockbuster Night Pt. 1
04 | The War On Drugs | Red Eyes
03 | Fat White Family | Touch The Leather
02 | Caribou | Can't Do Without You
01 | Future Islands | Seasons (Waiting On You)

Mitchell Stirling, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:22 (seven years ago) link

^^^ Rock is dead.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:23 (seven years ago) link

And they come good with their number one single too.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:25 (seven years ago) link

11 | Lana Del Ray | West Coast

how is it that even now no professional publication seems able to spell this woman's name right

lex pretend, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:41 (seven years ago) link

the new missy elliott

lex pretend, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:41 (seven years ago) link

no Horrors album in the NME list? baffling.

piscesx, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:46 (seven years ago) link

boy am i missing something re that Caribou album/ band.

piscesx, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:46 (seven years ago) link

no horrors - that is weird... it's a good album!

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:47 (seven years ago) link

11 | Lana Del Ray | West Coast

how is it that even now no professional publication seems able to spell this woman's name right

I think this is probably just one spelling mistake that is being replicated by the autofill of my spreadsheet.

Mitchell Stirling, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:48 (seven years ago) link

Erza Koenig
Perfume Genuis

I think you do it on purpose.

nashwan, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 11:18 (seven years ago) link

so much empty music AARRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGhhhhhhhhhh

Raccoon Tanuki, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 11:23 (seven years ago) link

UK consensus picks - there are 12 albums which appear in the Q, Mojo, Uncut and NME Top 50s:
Aphex Twin, Caribou, FKA Twigs, Future Islands, Jack White, Kate Tempest, Morrissey, Sharon Van Etten, Sleaford Mods, St. Vincent, The War On Drugs, Wild Beasts.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:10 (seven years ago) link

When people look back in 20 years time at these lists they will have the same reaction for Sleaford Mods as we do now at 90s lists with Carter USM.

strychnine, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:17 (seven years ago) link

Carter USM had a number one album and headlined Glastonbury, that's the bit that makes them baffling. Sleaford Mods is more like some random Fall album placing.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:21 (seven years ago) link

In the absence of a consensus rap pick, Aphex Twin easily wins the genre tokenism award this year

Simon H., Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:24 (seven years ago) link

what genre is that?

anvil, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:27 (seven years ago) link

EDM

Siegbran, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:36 (seven years ago) link

feel like the gibbs/madlib album is the consensus rap pick thus far as it's def on the lists that historically have paid lip service at best to the genre, so it'll prob be on the more wide-ranging lists as well

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:51 (seven years ago) link

I'm with NehruvianDOOM all the way as rap album of the year.

Raccoon Tanuki, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 13:09 (seven years ago) link

the guardian list begins...
http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2014/nov/26/-sp-the-best-albums-of-2014

40. Tricky - Adrian Thaws
39. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
38. Toumani Diabate and Sidiki Diabate - Toumani & Sidiki
37. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata
36. Ex Hex - Rips
35. Peggy Seeger - Everything Changes
34. Jamie T - Carry on the Grudge
33. Scott Walker and Sunn O))) - Soused
32. Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
31. Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 14:22 (seven years ago) link

kinda promising but they should learn how to spell sunn though for real

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 14:22 (seven years ago) link

When is THE WIRE playlist coming out?

soltolina, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 14:37 (seven years ago) link

Amazed at the NME having such great number ones on both their lists.

Agree that it's pretty shocking they didn't find room for The Horrors. Especially when they got Interpol and Julian Casablancas in there.

I know it's too easy to mock the NME these days but they really should be ashamed for having that Kasabian single so high. I saw them dong it on Jools Holland and it reminded me of something from Nathan Barley.

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 14:38 (seven years ago) link

Always annoys me how these lists come out earlier and earlier every year. Each publication wants their list to be the first one, so that readers/clickers won't bother reading any others. But there's a whole month to go.

rising stones cross (anagram), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 14:53 (seven years ago) link

Any major lists left to declare?

strychnine, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 14:57 (seven years ago) link

Kasabian sound and look like what would happen if Noel Fielding and Robbie Williams formed a band.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 14:59 (seven years ago) link

well, didn't noel f join kasabian on stage at glastonbury ?

mark e, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 15:02 (seven years ago) link

i wouldn't know

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 15:05 (seven years ago) link

wtf with this War On Drugs garbage

sleeve, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 15:07 (seven years ago) link

Right? Legalize it.

Evan, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:16 (seven years ago) link

how many of the publications that failed to put beyoncé on their lists last yr due to timing are going to ignore it this year too

dyl, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:23 (seven years ago) link

man I love that Shabazz Palaces album

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:37 (seven years ago) link

it's really good, I should jam that on our Thanksgiving road trip tonight

sleeve, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:38 (seven years ago) link

beyonce - validated commercially, slagged critically because RELEASING IN LATE DECEMBER WTF

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:43 (seven years ago) link

What's so vital in January and February that all the mags and websites have to publish lists in November and December before everything's even been released/digested? I sort of get it. No one wants to kick off a new year thinking about the last one, but Beyonce is getting snubbed and it ain't right.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:49 (seven years ago) link

(Personally speaking the album would've had a better shot on a Top Ten list of mine had she released in October or November.)

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:50 (seven years ago) link

As I wrote above, imo it's less about not wanting to think about the old year in Jan/Feb, and more about the websites all wanting to get their clickbait in as early as possible.

xp

rising stones cross (anagram), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:52 (seven years ago) link

beyoncé is not getting "snubbed" as though she needs the validation of an EOY list

beyoncé is showing up EOY lists and the clickbaity desperation of their timing

lex pretend, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:54 (seven years ago) link

i mean EOY lists are meant to be historical artefacts more than anything else. EOY lists from way back in the day like the 90s still get pulled up whereas individual reviews don't. in 20 years if anyone pulls up the 2013 lists and sees no beyoncé it'll just render that list a little more meaningless

lex pretend, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:56 (seven years ago) link

Beyoncé don't need EOY, EOY needs Beyoncé. And anyway, she'll show them EOD.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:09 (seven years ago) link

i don't think beyoncé really cares about eoy critics lists (she's not solange), her eyes have always been on the long game of scooping the grammy aoty award. that's the reason she's releasing the otherwise pointless platinum edition now and putting the album on spotify and videos on youtube so as to give the album momentum before votes are cast. whether nme or p4k have it on a list is pretty small fry.

prolego, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:29 (seven years ago) link

Putting Beyonce in a 2015 list would be so so lame.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:30 (seven years ago) link

Err, I mean 2014.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:30 (seven years ago) link

I think Beyonce should release a slightly different version of that album every year just so it can be put on EOY lists

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:35 (seven years ago) link

Collab with Annie

strychnine, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:38 (seven years ago) link

bEOYncé

jmm, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:40 (seven years ago) link

Also Caribou is a way more tokenistic pick than Aphex. RDJ is at least extraordinary at what he does.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:41 (seven years ago) link

When people look back in 20 years time at these lists they will have the same reaction for Sleaford Mods as we do now at 90s lists with Carter USM.

― strychnine, Wednesday, November 26, 2014 6:17 AM (5 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Carter USM had a number one album and headlined Glastonbury, that's the bit that makes them baffling. Sleaford Mods is more like some random Fall album placing.

― Matt DC, Wednesday, November 26, 2014 6:21 AM (5 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i mean...like who cares? who the hell knows what we'll think about anything in 20 years! the sleaford mods might have short shelf life but i love it right now, it's just real ragged and raw and different, feels fresh right now. it's just a drag way to look at music and life, like trying to be this remote "objective" opinion based on how something will hypothetically age or not age well...like some music is meant to be right now and immediate and some doesn't last but a lot of thrown together "trash" music that seemed like a gimmick lasted forever too! so who knows? but anyway better the mods than another dumb haircut band from england imo

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:17 (seven years ago) link

i still kinda rep for 30-something actually too

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:18 (seven years ago) link

*applause* (xp)

sleeve, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:19 (seven years ago) link

mods dont have haircuts?

strychnine, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:19 (seven years ago) link

xxp the jay-z song??

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:20 (seven years ago) link

who the hell knows what we'll think about anything in 20 years!

This x 1000.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:22 (seven years ago) link

One guy has a England guy haircut, the other wears hats all the time probably bald, either way my point stands

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:34 (seven years ago) link

I was pretty sure 20 years ago that in 20 years that Primus would still be central to my interests. Projections are worthless.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:35 (seven years ago) link

One guy has a England guy haircut, the other wears hats all the time probably bald, either way my point stands

― i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, November 26, 2014 1:34 PM (5 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Not so fast, I think there might be something to this mod haircut counterpoint that you can't handle.

Evan, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:41 (seven years ago) link

Goddammit, I just pulled up Sailing the Seas of Cheese on Spotify and now I'm getting into it. Primus no longer central to my interests, but I can't use them as a punchline either.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:51 (seven years ago) link

Johnny I think it's finally time to step up to Frog Brigade

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:53 (seven years ago) link

Frizzle Fry is the Primus Sweet spot IMO

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:54 (seven years ago) link

i don't know if it's 'clickbait' as much as it is 'vestigial adherence to the structures of print media, which required lead times'

maura, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 19:08 (seven years ago) link

Primus? dear god

strychnine, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 19:08 (seven years ago) link

do they even still exist?

strychnine, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 19:09 (seven years ago) link

like strychnine

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 19:12 (seven years ago) link

as long as gathering of the vibes & related festivals still exist (so, neo-hippies), les claypool will at least make a living idk about the other dudes

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 19:13 (seven years ago) link

Maura OTM. As this thread shows, print mag EOY lists still come out late November so that's the season for it.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 19:17 (seven years ago) link

Primus' audience is a Venn diagram of jam band fans, '90s alt rock radio stalwarts, and guitar magazine tech heads, a literal perfect storm of dude loyalty

they will play sold out mid-sized theater gigs until God shuts the lights out the Earth

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 19:32 (seven years ago) link

on tour now, see them Decemeber 6 at Rockfest in Santiago, Chile!

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 19:33 (seven years ago) link

part of the reason beyonce's album got so much press about OMG NEW MODEL IS MUSIC CHANGING is because no one had early copies and they needed immediate articles. iirc there was a rush to immediate judgement on most of the tracks and tempest in a teapot responses galore; I remember 99 thinkpieces on eat the cake anna mae alone. some of the subtext, to my eyes, was a bit of panic on the part of press that recognized the stealth release as an open declaration of the method of negotiation and scheduling with press for cover pieces and review as unnecessary for artists of a certain level. that there's only a score of artists at that level is sort of beside the point; that score provide the biggest reason to buy the magazine/click the article/buy the paper. it would not surprise me if the eoy round ups focus more on the method of release for Bey than the release itself.

BTW, the decision on her part to put the re-release and new material on spotify suggests that she and her team get that, at $26, the platinum edition is selling for the packaging/DVD/calendar as much as anything and that in this case (unlike the initial release), the music is NOT the commodity... it's pack-in.

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 19:54 (seven years ago) link

Not a lot of Katy B and Jessie Ware so far, I would agree their new albums are not as good as their debuts but good enough to place higher than freakin Kasabian or Damon Albarn.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 20:07 (seven years ago) link

as of next week on the charts bey's streams will count toward album sales too lol, so i guess that helps?

dyl, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 20:48 (seven years ago) link

I saw Primus this year and it was p good

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 20:52 (seven years ago) link

Always annoys me how these lists come out earlier and earlier every year.

― rising stones cross (anagram)

It's really silly. There'll be a load of decent releases in December no doubt.

millmeister, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 21:00 (seven years ago) link

eyes peeled for my "best of 2015" list, coming this March

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 21:12 (seven years ago) link

let's just vote on the best of the 2020s right now. that arbre mort comeback album is surprisingly consistent don't you think?

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 21:14 (seven years ago) link

I know it's gauche but I have to remind everyone that my madrigal re-imaginings of Nickelback songs is on its fifth reprinting before we start voting

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 21:15 (seven years ago) link

I have a song I haven't even done the vocals for, so.

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 21:18 (seven years ago) link

I remember 99 thinkpieces on eat the cake anna mae alone.

not to mention the 50 or so on eat the cake "anime"

Number None, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 23:27 (seven years ago) link

Not a lot of Katy B and Jessie Ware so far, I would agree their new albums are not as good as their debuts but good enough to place higher than freakin Kasabian or Damon Albarn.

Would've thought katy and jessie would be high up on the Graun's list but who really knows.

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 23:31 (seven years ago) link

I know it's gauche but I have to remind everyone that my madrigal re-imaginings of Nickelback songs is on its fifth reprinting before we start voting

― the farakhan of gg (DJP

how much did it cost to book Sting to imagine them onstage?

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 23:33 (seven years ago) link

Damn I had forgot about Sting's lute phase

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:11 (seven years ago) link

I'm still disappointed he never started a band called Lutepack.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:20 (seven years ago) link

I've come around to the Jessie Ware album in a big way (minus two tracks) but tbrr I think that "Champagne Kisses" is going to slay in the ILM trax poll.

death in Skegness (seandalai), Thursday, 27 November 2014 03:45 (seven years ago) link

I'm fond of the album, but if there were a fire and I could only save one track it would be "Sweetest Song".

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 27 November 2014 03:48 (seven years ago) link

Couple of points to make regarding year end lists, It's not even December yet, and ok that was too obvious , second that Decibel left off the fantastic Judas Priest album Redeemer of Souls!!

Does December not count any more or does it just get rolled into next year? Last year, one of my favorite Hip Hop albums, Because the Internet, got short shrift due to it's december release.

IckyMetal, Thursday, 27 November 2014 04:17 (seven years ago) link

I've got at least one track on my personal 2014 faves that came out in mid-December last year. I don't write for any publications so don't have deadline problems but in any case there's no way I could sufficiently process the record in that short amount of time to et a realistic feel for how it stacks up to songs or albums I'd lived with for months.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 27 November 2014 04:53 (seven years ago) link

As this thread shows, print mag EOY lists still come out late November so that's the season for it.

But this isn't because of print deadlines, it's because the publication (whether mag, website or whatever) wants theirs to be the only one that people read/talk about/care about. If they get their EOY list in first then (or so the thinking goes) punters won't bother with any others. Same reason why shops start selling Christmas stuff earlier every year - you buy your Christmas crackers from the first place you see them.

rising stones cross (anagram), Thursday, 27 November 2014 09:24 (seven years ago) link

But nobody only pays attention to one publication these days - it's an aggregate thing. Nobody on the publications thinks that theirs is the only list that people will talk about. Weirdly, the increasing earliness is because the likes of the Guardian and NME have moved to coincide with the monthlies in late November. They used to wait till a fortnight before Christmas but now there's a scrum.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Thursday, 27 November 2014 09:49 (seven years ago) link

Although the Guardian's different because it rolls out so slowly - it took two weeks last year.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Thursday, 27 November 2014 09:50 (seven years ago) link

the list i filed to the guardian weeks ago looks hilariously out of date already

lex pretend, Thursday, 27 November 2014 09:53 (seven years ago) link

Same here. I don't know why we had to file a full month before the rollout. I don't think I'd have added many new releases but I've changed my mind plenty.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Thursday, 27 November 2014 10:01 (seven years ago) link

a full month starting before a rollout that itself starts in NOVEMBER, in an era when big releases are more slanted towards Q4 than ever

the album that's belatedly gaining steam to be my AOTY had been out a couple of weeks at that point but isn't even in the top 10 i filed!

lex pretend, Thursday, 27 November 2014 10:03 (seven years ago) link

I'd be all in favour of the Guardian's list staying in late Dec. But we do roll out gradually - starting this week means the No 1 gets revealed on Dec 12. I had to argue against a Dec 5 finish date this year: the thing is we're not just competing against the other music lists, but against all the other end of year stuff that will appear in the Guardian. If we leave till the week before Christmas, we won't get any play on the main website.

The weird thing is how much it has changed. I did the first Guardian end of year list in 2007, in the old Film&Music section, and no one gave a shit. Within three years it had started to become the two-week behemoth you see now.

Oh, and you had to file early because we needed to consult with the department that has overseen every department's end of year lists this year. They wanted a unified look, which meant getting the copy in early so they could start deciding the formats and sorting it all out.

Unsettled defender (ithappens), Thursday, 27 November 2014 10:04 (seven years ago) link

But Dorian, Lex, you want to moan about it? Moan to me.

Unsettled defender (ithappens), Thursday, 27 November 2014 10:05 (seven years ago) link

the album that's belatedly gaining steam to be my AOTY had been out a couple of weeks at that point but isn't even in the top 10 i filed

Kind of interested in what this is.

Matt DC, Thursday, 27 November 2014 10:44 (seven years ago) link

tinashe (didn't even think it was that special for weeks after first hearing)

lex pretend, Thursday, 27 November 2014 10:49 (seven years ago) link

Yes!

Frederik B, Thursday, 27 November 2014 12:57 (seven years ago) link

Poll running earlier this year so it finishes before xmas
All welcome to nominate/vote etc
~~~ End Of Year ILM Metal - Albums & Tracks Poll- Nominations 2014 (Ends friday11.59pm UK time Dec 5th) ~~~

Cosmic Slop, Thursday, 27 November 2014 13:02 (seven years ago) link

Norman Records Top 50

1. Bracken - Exist/resist
2. Ian William Craig - A Turn of Breath
3. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Revelation
4. Last Ex - Last Ex
5. Swans - To Be Kind
6. Virginia Wing - Measures of Joy
7. Morgan Delt - Morgan Delt
8. Kate Tempest - Everybody Down
9. Ought - More Than Any Other Day
10. Memory Drawings - There Is No Perfect Place
11. Neneh Cherry - Blank Project
12. Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit
13. Scott Walker and Sunn O))) - Soused
14. Tape - Casino
15. Grouper - Ruins
16. Ty Segall - Manipulator
17. Mohammad - Lamnè Gastama
18. Aphex Twin - Syro
19. Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams
20. Goat - Commune
21. Fennesz - Bécs
22. Perfect Pussy - Say Yes To Love
23. EIAFUAWN - Birds In The Ground
24. Shellac - Dude Incredible
25. A New Line (Related) - S/T

https://www.normanrecords.com/features/top-fifty-2014.php

death in Skegness (seandalai), Thursday, 27 November 2014 13:06 (seven years ago) link

Nice to see shoutouts for Tape, Ex-Easter Island Head, Soundcarriers, Jon Mueller's Death Blues on the full Norman Records list.

death in Skegness (seandalai), Thursday, 27 November 2014 13:08 (seven years ago) link

The absence of Owen Pallett's In Conflict in these lists (#64 on Rough Trade, thats it) is baffling. It was my #1 any time I was asked to vote and I thought I was going to be in good company but no.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Thursday, 27 November 2014 13:43 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, no OP, no Sunny Day in Glasgow, no YG (though it's not that kind of lists yet). I am out of touch with consensus, more than I think I am. But I realize that every year.

Frederik B, Thursday, 27 November 2014 13:48 (seven years ago) link

i keep waiting for the uk music press to have a country epiphany. when it comes 3 years late i'll probably be extremely annoyed

lex pretend, Thursday, 27 November 2014 14:14 (seven years ago) link

no doubt.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Thursday, 27 November 2014 14:18 (seven years ago) link

10. Memory Drawings - There Is No Perfect Place

Woah I went to a Timberwolves game with a guy in this band w a mutual friend

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 27 November 2014 14:25 (seven years ago) link

That's the band with someone from Hood in them right?

sosmix klopp (NickB), Thursday, 27 November 2014 14:29 (seven years ago) link

yes I guess: "Memory Drawings is the project of Minneapolis hammered dulcimer player Joel Hanson, Hood co-founder Richard Adams and former Lanterns on the Lake violinist Sarah Kemp"

sosmix klopp (NickB), Thursday, 27 November 2014 14:38 (seven years ago) link

Unsurprising but love seeing Norman Recs sticking with the Hood shout outs. Both the Bracken and Memory Drawings albums are great.

The absence of Owen Pallett's In Conflict in these lists (#64 on Rough Trade, thats it) is baffling.

― Re-Make/Re-Model, donderdag 27 november 2014 14:43 (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^^ Can only co-sign this. Truly baffling.

a pleasant little psychedelic detour in the elevator (Amory Blaine), Thursday, 27 November 2014 14:45 (seven years ago) link

To be fair Lex, Uncut writes about a lot of country. Just not the country that you're interested in.

Unsettled defender (ithappens), Thursday, 27 November 2014 14:48 (seven years ago) link

Kacey Musgraves was in a few lists last year but not as many as I'd hoped. Most country artists you like, Lex, don't play very big venues and even then the crowd is mostly expats. I think most Brits can't get past the sound of modern country so I really don't think there's going to be, say, a Miranda Lambert epiphany but maybe Kacey's next record could do it.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Thursday, 27 November 2014 15:01 (seven years ago) link

Great to see Kogumaza sneak into the Norman list. I'd actually forgotten that album came out this year, it will now be in mine.

emil.y, Thursday, 27 November 2014 15:03 (seven years ago) link

Oh wow I didn't know the Hood guy was in that! It was just my friend Joel plays in a band

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 27 November 2014 15:20 (seven years ago) link

Well, modern country (not alt!) is what I meant. Brits can get past trad country sounds when it's old established stars but not the relatively less heavy country signifiers of Angaleena Presley or Miranda Lambert? Or Lee Ann Womack if we're talking established names even. When Dolly played Glastonbury there was so much love for her which was great but zero interest in who her current equivalents might be

lex pretend, Thursday, 27 November 2014 15:20 (seven years ago) link

Well if you knew the sales numbers on that OP record you'd know that basically nobody bought and/or listened to it *wipes away single tear* *accepts another film score gig*

mango unchained (fgti), Thursday, 27 November 2014 15:22 (seven years ago) link

Whaaaaa, really? Boo everybody.

emil.y, Thursday, 27 November 2014 15:40 (seven years ago) link

Damn, I just can't understand that! Reviews were good, too right? People suck :(

a pleasant little psychedelic detour in the elevator (Amory Blaine), Thursday, 27 November 2014 15:42 (seven years ago) link

ya rly.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Thursday, 27 November 2014 15:44 (seven years ago) link

It's high in my top ten eyol, will campaign more.

a pleasant little psychedelic detour in the elevator (Amory Blaine), Thursday, 27 November 2014 15:50 (seven years ago) link

Rock was first declared dead on May 26, 1957, by a trio of 'experts' who mainly were just trying to wish it away. Someone's always trying to kill rock, but it's probably more accurate to say it's undead, hanging out in your basement, smoking bowls, eating your food and watching Italian horror movies (Truckfighters, Spiders, Electric Wizard, Witch Mountain, Slough Feg, Pallbearer, Blues Pills, Castle, The Oath, Wo Fat, The Skull, Earth, Serpent Venom, Brimstone Coven, Satyress, Mansion, Purson, Goat, etc.)

Lots of interesting things to check out on Norman list. Guardian list was good last year, will have to see in next couple days.

Random thought, tUnE-yArDs totally dominated lists in 2011, while her second album was ignored. Personally I think both aren't bad, but gradually become more irritating. I guess the total absence of Nikki Nack this year shows, what? Does it confirm they were all fickle bandwagon-jumping lemming MFers?

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 27 November 2014 15:52 (seven years ago) link

I actually think that front-to-back Nikki Nack is probably a better album than the last one, but the standout tracks on Whokill elevated it into the mainstream/critical consciousness.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 27 November 2014 15:54 (seven years ago) link

i tried listening to nicki nack and it was grating. i think i forgave her first album as 'grating but clever' and so is this one, but there's only so much grating i can take. a bit like fiery furnaces when they were popular - okay for one or two albums, kind of tiresome when the initial interest wanes.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Thursday, 27 November 2014 15:57 (seven years ago) link

People are stupid, fgti. It's not too late to start a newsworthy beef with The War on Drugs though.

xp to Lex. Dolly's a special case and I don't think most of the people who adored her at Glastonbury had bought her latest record.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Thursday, 27 November 2014 15:58 (seven years ago) link

Whokill was actually the second album, but I'm a pedant.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 27 November 2014 15:59 (seven years ago) link

Hopefully when Owen lands in the ILM end of year top 10 that will help undo the wrong of him missing out in these critic's lists.

Another one that I'm shocked hasn't appeared in one single list yet is The Juan Maclean album. Knowing that will also do well in our list makes me really love this place.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:03 (seven years ago) link

DFA had quite a few disappointing years, so the fact they were absolutely killin' it in 2014 might have been overlooked by a lot of people.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:05 (seven years ago) link

Yeah the Juan album is terrific. More consistent than the Todd Terje one, which seems to have placed highly on the basis of the singles.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:06 (seven years ago) link

In a year where for the first time in eons I feel like one of the "everything sucked" crew, "In Conflict" is one of the few albums that does not leave me remotely conflicted. It's great, and inexplicable to be left off any list.

I feel like lists that stretch out to 100 or even 50 hedge so many bets they are useless. But hats off, I guess, to anyone who can find more than 25 albums each year they actively love. I'd love to get a follow-up list of how many listed albums writers still regularly listen to in 2015.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:10 (seven years ago) link

i don't get the love for the todd terje record at all. juan maclean was really solid.

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:11 (seven years ago) link

I thought The Future Will Come did quite well in the critic's lists but could be remembering that wrong. It's a shame as This is Happening did so well a few years ago and as much as I like that album, In a Dream is such a better record.

Really interested to see how Todd Terje does in our end of year list. Think it could be like Daft Punk last year when the thread had quite a lot of people saying how disappointed they were with the album but it still manages to make the top three.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:13 (seven years ago) link

I don't think that still listening to an album the following year has any bearing on how good it is. eg Let England Shake was my favourite album of 2011 and probably in my Top 10 since 2000 but I haven't heard it in ages because I played it to death and there's so much new music to listen to.

Every year I have maybe five albums I'm obsessed with, another half a dozen I deeply love and then the rest of my Top 25 is stuff that's somehow flawed or incomplete.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:16 (seven years ago) link

josh otm with the bit about regular listening of albums ppl (critics or otherwise) put on their end of year lists - of the stuff that made mine last year I find myself coming back to a bunch of rap albums (yeezus, OLD, a$ap ferg) p often and not a whole lot else w much regularity aside from Beyoncé and, as a huge/odd contrast, deafheaven.

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:17 (seven years ago) link

Terje album places are mostly willfulness off the back of Norse, and the convenience of it for 'representing' that kind of thing.

The last Juan Maclean was largely ignored too so no reason why this wouldn't be either in that respect. Not much interest out there in DFA disco unless Murphy (remembering Nancy saying how amazing that last Holy Ghost album was but still struggling to hear that here too tbh).

nashwan, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:19 (seven years ago) link

xpost I always think I do well if my top 25 is full of albums I'd rate as 8/10 or higher. Think I manage it but this year I seem to have heard a lot of things that are solid 7/10s. I'll probably go back to some of them close to voting and see if anything go up in my estimation. That happened with the Charli XCX album last year and it ended up in my top five.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:20 (seven years ago) link

at the same time I stand by all the things I put on said list, including having the latest arctic monkeys album & lorde's debut record in my top 10

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:20 (seven years ago) link

ha! funny that you mention charli bc I didn't place true romance on my top 25 or whatever but I listened to it a ton both last year and throughout this year

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:22 (seven years ago) link

It's a real shame Ian Crause's solo album is getting ignored. If you don't trust my judgement you can trust Ned's!

Cosmic Slop, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:23 (seven years ago) link

The last Juan Maclean was largely ignored too so no reason why this wouldn't be either in that respect. Not much interest out there in DFA disco unless Murphy (remembering Nancy saying how amazing that last Holy Ghost album was but still struggling to hear that here too tbh).

― nashwan, Thursday, November 27

It just seems so odd that magazines like the NME wouldn't be desperate for music like that considering how much they pushed The Rapture and Friendly Fires back in the day. The Young Galaxy album from last year is another one that seems like it was ignored despite being something that would be right up their street.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:24 (seven years ago) link

Most DFA stuff feels like the bands in question going through the motions somewhat and the last Juan Maclean and Holy Ghost records are particular examples of that. Neither are exactly bad but just not exciting either.

Matt DC, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:25 (seven years ago) link

I mean most new DFA stuff, it just feels like the wrong time for music like that now.

Matt DC, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:26 (seven years ago) link

less of a barrier for Metronomy and Caribou somehow

nashwan, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:29 (seven years ago) link

Noted Johnny Fever, I forgot about BiRd-BrAiNs, which is similar to the other two. It must be the strength of just a couple tracks that caught peoples' attention who thought, this is weird and different, to the top o' the list it goes!

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:30 (seven years ago) link

The Juan Maclean, Shit Robot, Sinkane and Museum of Love albums are all hovering around my end-of-year list. That's the most DFA content that I've liked in a single year since...well, a long time ago.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:32 (seven years ago) link

The Dedication's "I Ain't Gonna Tell You" was the secret best DFA disco jam of 2014 imo

death in Skegness (seandalai), Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:35 (seven years ago) link

Caribou isn't really like the DFA bands at all. The continued love for Metronomy makes no sense to me though.

Matt DC, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:36 (seven years ago) link

less of a barrier for Metronomy and Caribou somehow

― nashwan, Thursday, November 27

Surprised the NME left out Metronomy this year. Along with The Horrors it's most surprising omission on their list considering how much they loved their last two albums (Last one was number two on their 2011 list) It was a really crap album but when does that ever make a difference to the NME.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:38 (seven years ago) link

The Dedication's "I Ain't Gonna Tell You" was the secret best DFA disco jam of 2014 imo

Oooh, this is dope.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:40 (seven years ago) link

Horrors and Metronomy were both big duds after career highs. Just when they needed to nail it they didn't have the songs. The Wild Beasts record was great though - I thought it would make more of a splash.

Re: DFA, bear in mind the simple fact of changing staff at magazines. Maybe the NME just doesn't have a dance cheerleader in the office at the moment. Weak year for crossover electronic albums anyway - there wasn't a Glass Swords or Immunity this year so only Caribou, Terje and Aphex are getting on to these lists.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:47 (seven years ago) link

Rustie's new one just died didn't it?

Re-Make/Re-Model, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:47 (seven years ago) link

Both Temples and Hookworms appear to be the go-to token psych albums, on at least six lists so far. I really thought Les Big Byrd - They Worshipped Cats would have been that album, but just wasn't that easily available I guess.

The light psychedelic freakout on Sturgill Simpson's "It Ain't All Flowers" seems to have people slavoring. The Dec 6 show at Thalia sold out and people are paying $175 on up for scalped tix on Craigslist. A friend looking for tix was a bit offended when I teased that this new meta-alt country has struck gold with the dad rock audience. I like the idea of reviving some psychedelic country, and Simpson seems skilled enough, but can't quite get on board.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:52 (seven years ago) link

Horrors and Metronomy were both big duds after career highs. Just when they needed to nail it they didn't have the songs. The Wild Beasts record was great though - I thought it would make more of a splash.

― Re-Make/Re-Model

I thought The Horrors album was great the first time I heard but after about three plays I realised like you say that the songs just weren't there. Nice production but not a lot else. Funny you mention Wild Beasts. This was the first album of theirs I didn't completely fall in love with. They did an interview before it came out saying how they wanted to do something really different and it got my hopes up. Sadly it just sounded like more of the same to me and this was the time they really needed to take some big risks. Still think the first three albums are close to being perfect.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:53 (seven years ago) link

checking out clips of that Ian William Craig records - just voice and tape. Very cool.

Simon H., Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:55 (seven years ago) link

I really liked the Horrors album, and I wasn't a huge fan of anything other than Sea Within A Sea before then. It definitely bears repeat listens. It made me go to their debut album and I'm surprised at firstly how different it sounds, and secondly how much better it sounds compared to a lot of UK landfill indie from that era.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:56 (seven years ago) link

I adore the new Juan Maclean but I can't think why anyone who didn't have any emotional connection to prime dfa era having a reason to care. It's executed brilliantly but it's v much comfort food rather than doing anything new. That's not a criticism but I never expected it to get traction

lex pretend, Thursday, 27 November 2014 17:03 (seven years ago) link

Though it's more bloody exciting than bloody caribou that's for sure

lex pretend, Thursday, 27 November 2014 17:04 (seven years ago) link

"Pleasant" is one of the most backhanded compliments there is in music, but that's what the Caribou album is. I've only listened to it a handful of times, tbh, but I put it on when I want wallpaper with a beat.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 27 November 2014 17:06 (seven years ago) link

wow – sort of relieved to see that. everyone on the Caribou thread was fawning over the new release and i just didn't get it.

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 27 November 2014 17:10 (seven years ago) link

- i think whokill is WAY preferable to nikki nakk, not a fan of the latter. Water Fountain deserves love on singles lists.
- Owen P's new album deserves a spot on most eoy lists; I'm afraid its long past release date tarnishes it for those who should show it the most love. it'll be on mine.
- surprised no one is pointing out the biggest reason publications print best of lists in early december: it's to help sell product, which helps sell advertising

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 27 November 2014 17:23 (seven years ago) link

Rustie's new one just died didn't it?
--Re-Make/Re-Model

I actually liked the new rustie a lot - to be fair a good amount of my initial attention came from the danny brown connection but I dug the whole thing.

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 27 November 2014 17:24 (seven years ago) link

I'll be perfectly content with DFA fading into critical irrelevance but still popping out a Juan Maclean album and a couple of singles on the regular.

death in Skegness (seandalai), Thursday, 27 November 2014 17:27 (seven years ago) link

But hats off, I guess, to anyone who can find more than 25 albums each year they actively love. I'd love to get a follow-up list of how many listed albums writers still regularly listen to in 2015.

― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, November 27, 2014 4:10 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

agree w/remake re: listening to albums the following year. my albums list tends to come to a natural close at 25-30, from the ones i obsess over to the ones i really enjoy to the ones that i feel have something about them that makes them worthwhile listening despite being either patchy or lacking in popthrill highlights

lex pretend, Thursday, 27 November 2014 17:34 (seven years ago) link

xpost It's the same for me with that Caribou album. I thought it was a pretty big step down from the last two. Can't really remember much about it now.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 27 November 2014 17:37 (seven years ago) link

for me this year has been about trying to listen predominantly to the contemporary in as wide an array as I come in contact with. it's drinking out or a fire hydrant.

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 27 November 2014 17:37 (seven years ago) link

it's been as solid a year as ever for dance/electronic albums - francis harris/frank & tony, call super, kassem mosse, leon vynehall, mark barrott, young marco also in/around my final list - though zero of those are crossover-friendly AND BETTER FOR IT

lex pretend, Thursday, 27 November 2014 17:39 (seven years ago) link

lex pretend how about rock?

strychnine, Thursday, 27 November 2014 17:51 (seven years ago) link

i don't care about rock

lex pretend, Thursday, 27 November 2014 17:52 (seven years ago) link

did you hear/like the Swans album this year, lex?

Cosmic Slop, Thursday, 27 November 2014 18:13 (seven years ago) link

what - no Kiasmos?!

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 27 November 2014 18:16 (seven years ago) link

I didn't even know (or, tbh, care) that Caribou were still putting out records until they started showing up on these lists.

MaudAddam (cryptosicko), Thursday, 27 November 2014 23:11 (seven years ago) link

lol lex would hate swans so much

Simon H., Thursday, 27 November 2014 23:19 (seven years ago) link

or not
ILM'S TOP 77 TRACKS of 2010

rob, Thursday, 27 November 2014 23:28 (seven years ago) link

he liked the last album iirc

Cosmic Slop, Thursday, 27 November 2014 23:29 (seven years ago) link

or a track then

Cosmic Slop, Thursday, 27 November 2014 23:29 (seven years ago) link

the first of the EOTY "I know nothing about Lex's tastes but I know he'll think this is awful" posts is like the 23rd or so window on an advent calendar

proper maoist (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 27 November 2014 23:33 (seven years ago) link

lol given his feelings on rock and pompousness I can't see him getting into say "Bring the Sun/Toussaint L'Ouverture"

Simon H., Thursday, 27 November 2014 23:54 (seven years ago) link

The thing about Tune-yards for me is that whokill did that loop-thingy better than almost everyone - op excepted - and was definitely better at making it pop. Saw them live in 2012, was unlike anything I've ever seen, four people of which two played saxophone. Nikki Nack is a fine record, but it sounds much more conventional, synths and overdubs. But whokill sounded new.

Frederik B, Friday, 28 November 2014 00:16 (seven years ago) link

I'm obviously in the minority in preferring Nikki Nack to whokill, though I'm not really sure I could articulate why. More percussion and less ukelele, maybe?

MaudAddam (cryptosicko), Friday, 28 November 2014 01:42 (seven years ago) link

I prefer Nikki Nack to Whokill too. They don't really sound that different to me though, so I'm also a bit baffled about the stark difference in critical reception, but not that baffled, because critical taste is as fickle as anything.

o. nate, Friday, 28 November 2014 03:32 (seven years ago) link

the first of the EOTY "I know nothing about Lex's tastes but I know he'll think this is awful" posts is like the 23rd or so window on an advent calendar

next-to-last is everyone going "omg i actually agree with lex about something for once!!" all week in the countdown thread before it's revealed that lex is actually ranked first on the similarity metric

dyl, Friday, 28 November 2014 03:34 (seven years ago) link

god forbid a year pass where we talk about any record as much as we talk about lex and/or louis in these threads

some dude, Friday, 28 November 2014 03:58 (seven years ago) link

I don't believe in miracles.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 28 November 2014 04:29 (seven years ago) link

lol

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 28 November 2014 04:29 (seven years ago) link

U sexy thang

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Friday, 28 November 2014 04:44 (seven years ago) link

What is and isn't a "crossover album" in dance terms is largely dependent on PR these days, particularly whether they bother to promote the record to non-dance journalists. There's no reason why someone like Mark Barrott couldn't generate a bit of buzz with the right climate and tailwind behind it, given how obviously accessible his music is. Frances Harris and Kassem Mosse less so, but hey if Andy Stott could manage it.

Very few of these albums actually cross over (ie sell records), even the ones that get rock press love.

Matt DC, Friday, 28 November 2014 10:37 (seven years ago) link

Caribou certainly seems to appeal to a kind of listener who likes the emotional mooniness of post-Kompakt dance music but with a more organic sound palette. Personally I quite like that album but I can't imagine ever finding his drippy "I can't live without yooooooooooou" vocals emotionally moving.

Matt DC, Friday, 28 November 2014 10:40 (seven years ago) link

I wonder what it's like being an artist whose last album was all over EOY lists and whose new one, which might be equally good or better, just evaporates eg Rustie and Tune-Yards this year. Not to overstate the importance of critics but it must be quite disorientating to lose their enthusiasm in that way. Meanwhile, average albums by Jack White and Damon Albarn (and arguably Beck, although some people genuinely think it's his best) are getting more praise than they deserve. Weird year.

The geek in me would love to read a behind-the-scenes story about how (a) an anticipated follow-up collapses and (b) a low-key record gathers crossover momentum. It's not solely about quality is it? Often there's some decisive factor - timing, marketing, whatever - that's not obvious to the listener.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Friday, 28 November 2014 10:48 (seven years ago) link

You don't find Silver at all moving, Matt DC? It kills me.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Friday, 28 November 2014 10:49 (seven years ago) link

i was quite surprised by the scale of rustie's crit-love last time - i loved glass swords but it never felt like a canon-friendly album (or sound) (or artist - rustie's never been marketed as a One Of A Kind Auteur). i think consensus is that the new one's a bit of a fall-off, the same formula but less good, and where other acts often get a tail of support for slightly-less-good takes on their formula (as a vote of support for the formula itself) it doesn't surprise me that rustie doesn't get that.

lex pretend, Friday, 28 November 2014 10:53 (seven years ago) link

do music journalists even write about the importance of PR machines these days? not just offhand comments but actual detail about which artists get PRed to which journalists and in what terms. i'm pretty bad at predicting crossover artists based on music, but it's much easier if you base it on press releases

what are some recent low-key records that weren't heavily PRed/didn't get much attention on release that have crossed over?

lex pretend, Friday, 28 November 2014 10:56 (seven years ago) link

I do like it but that's really in spite of the vocals - I really wish he'd work with more external vocalists because there's a chord change in that particular song that really does slay me.

Matt DC, Friday, 28 November 2014 10:57 (seven years ago) link

People are less likely to tolerate a drop off in quality when the music is really brightly coloured and in your face and hyper. An average mopey album can usually get a free pass on atmosphere alone but having megacompressed sugary Nintendo synths flying at you is just going to be annoying if you don't have the tunes to back them up.

Matt DC, Friday, 28 November 2014 11:01 (seven years ago) link

as much as i loved glass swords, it's a pretty exhausting listen and not really something i either need or want another helping of. possibly the same applies to tune-yards?

ha xp!

sosmix klopp (NickB), Friday, 28 November 2014 11:03 (seven years ago) link

I mean in contrast to someone like Burial who people will probably end up dutifully voting for every single time he releases a record.

Matt DC, Friday, 28 November 2014 11:05 (seven years ago) link

The Guardian so far...

http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicb ... ms-of-2014

40. Tricky - Adrian Thaws
39. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
38. Toumani Diabate and Sidiki Diabate - Toumani & Sidiki
37. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata
36. Ex Hex - Rips
35. Peggy Seeger - Everything Changes
34. Jamie T - Carry on the Grudge
33. Scott Walker and Sunn O))) - Soused
32. Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
31. Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems

30. East India Youth - Total Strife Forever
29. Ariel Pink - Pom Pom
28. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
27. Kindness - Otherness
26. Tinashe - Aquarius
25. Actress - Ghettoville
24. Banks - Goddess
23. Hurray for the Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes
22. Merchandise - After the End
21. Ratking - So It Goes

20. Owen Pallett - In Conflict
19. Jhene Aiko - Souled Out
18. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
17. Young Fathers - Dead
16. Wild Beasts - Present Tense
15. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
14. Future Islands - Singles
13. Kate Tempest - Everybody Down
12. Taylor Swift - 1989
11. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

sosmix klopp (NickB), Friday, 28 November 2014 11:18 (seven years ago) link

really happy to see Angel Olsen doing well in lots of these

sosmix klopp (NickB), Friday, 28 November 2014 11:20 (seven years ago) link

about time In Conflict showed up

Cosmic Slop, Friday, 28 November 2014 11:27 (seven years ago) link

lookin good that list
i did enjoy the jhene aiko record

nxd, Friday, 28 November 2014 11:37 (seven years ago) link

Surprised Taylor didn't make the Guardian Top 10. Must be St Vincent, FKA twigs, Caribou, Aphex, Lana Del Rey and War on Drugs but I can never predict the whole thing.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Friday, 28 November 2014 11:47 (seven years ago) link

did aphex fans like the aphex album? (i've never heard an aphex track and saw little reason to change that)

lex pretend, Friday, 28 November 2014 11:59 (seven years ago) link

Run The Jewels surely, which will mean there's a lot more hip hop than most of the mainstream lists so far. xp

sosmix klopp (NickB), Friday, 28 November 2014 11:59 (seven years ago) link

Lex I think there's actually quite a lot of Aphex stuff that you would really like (and a proportion you would hate) - a lot of the artists you've repped for in the last few years sound like one or another aspect of his sound.

Most Aphex fans were behind the album although there was also a proportion of people who were hoping he'd drop something totally out-of-the-blue like his best 90s albums. It's him doing what he does really well (ie 'ticks every box except make a completely new box').

Matt DC, Friday, 28 November 2014 12:20 (seven years ago) link

did aphex fans like the aphex album? (i've never heard an aphex track and saw little reason to change that)

― lex pretend, Friday, November 28, 2014 11:59 AM (22 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Big fan here, but after about a week of hoping Syro would somehow reveal itself beyond my first listen I found it didn't do much else to win me over; excellent sound design notwithstanding. I know a lot of people appreciated it as a no-nonsense Aphex album, but I happen to be quite a big fan of nonsense and this crystallisation of his sound just felt a bit tired-out to me. There are a couple of tracks that stand out but on the whole I couldn't really discern much between the individual tunes and the whole thing goes by in one superficially impressive blur. YMMV of course - if you've never heard Aphex at all and champion consistency over eclecticism, I'd say it was the one to check out simply because the production sounds more up to date than the older stuff. But it's not my favourite, no.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Friday, 28 November 2014 12:34 (seven years ago) link

Havent heard the Aphex Twin record, like plenty artists he has some good records and some poor ones

Problem with people like him is preconception, people hear it differently because of the name on the sleeve so the music is judged differently. Of course this happens to most artists with any longevity, but more so those with a gap (real or imagined) - probably happens less with singles than albums though

saer, Friday, 28 November 2014 13:04 (seven years ago) link

Clever of him to make such a pleasurable, accessible album that, I reckon, will charm new listeners more than it impresses old ones.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Friday, 28 November 2014 13:31 (seven years ago) link

No Neneh Cherry in the Guardian list, unless she's made the top ten which is far from impossible given some of the other albums in there.

Matt DC, Friday, 28 November 2014 13:59 (seven years ago) link

I'm surprised Everyday Robots is sowing up in so many lists. I haven't bothered to listen yet. Is the rest much better than the horrid "Mr. Tembo"?

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 28 November 2014 14:22 (seven years ago) link

haven't heard it either but i'm willing to bet it's little better than utter guff.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Friday, 28 November 2014 14:25 (seven years ago) link

Yes. The rest is soft, pretty and a bit dull rather than jaunty and unbearable.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Friday, 28 November 2014 14:25 (seven years ago) link

I'm wondering which list will be a more facile explosion of sop-to-the-boomer-readership rockist bullshit - the NME list or rolling stone

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Friday, 28 November 2014 14:55 (seven years ago) link

you misspelled "uncut"

don't ask me why i posted this (electricsound), Friday, 28 November 2014 14:58 (seven years ago) link

lol either or the shot still basically works

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Friday, 28 November 2014 14:59 (seven years ago) link

NME for sure. Rolling Stone has been doing a particularly desperate version of the "we like what the kids like!" dance recently.

Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 28 November 2014 14:59 (seven years ago) link

glad to see tinashe made the guardian list

rly bummed that YG hasn't shown up on any lists as yet. also, as expected, literally everyone forgot about oxymoron

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Friday, 28 November 2014 15:02 (seven years ago) link

have they? RS, I mean. I seem to remember them squeezing a complete horseshit paul mccartney solo record in the top 5 last year, and their perennial 5 star reviews of U2 albums (ty david fricke :/) are just.....wut? to me.

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Friday, 28 November 2014 15:05 (seven years ago) link

I'm obviously in the minority in preferring Nikki Nack to whokill, though I'm not really sure I could articulate why. More percussion and less ukelele, maybe?

― MaudAddam (cryptosicko),

I love the album, looked like a surefire top ten in May, but this is a year that I love a lot of albums and this last quarter's been terrific.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 28 November 2014 15:07 (seven years ago) link

well someone liked the albarn album...

Gaffa Magasin (Denmark) - Årets album 2014

sosmix klopp (NickB), Friday, 28 November 2014 15:10 (seven years ago) link

rolling stone is an unapologetically boomer magazine.

Daniel, Esq 2, Friday, 28 November 2014 15:11 (seven years ago) link

I find tuneyards to be more or less unlistenable critic-bait snake oil...but I admit water fountain is catchy as fuck (altho I know this mostly bc it showed up in a bunch of commercials & trailers recently)

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Friday, 28 November 2014 15:11 (seven years ago) link

Fricke looks like a really nice guy but someone should do something about those five star reviews.

I seem to remember they used to be somewhat more cautious about giving five stars. Like, 15 years ago, it was hard to see that kind of review outside of the reissues section. The first 5 star review I remember seeing and thinking "man, these guys are high as a kite" was what Jann Wenner perpetrated for Mick Jagger's Goddess in the Doorway.

cpl593H, Friday, 28 November 2014 15:15 (seven years ago) link

I mean they still are somewhat liberal in their use of them unless it's a boomer rock record - like I can't recall anything that earned 5 stars in the past 10 yrs and didn't meet that criteria apart from two kanye albums (late registration and twisted fantasy) but correct me if I'm wrong.

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Friday, 28 November 2014 15:28 (seven years ago) link

I'm wondering which list will be a more facile explosion of sop-to-the-boomer-readership rockist bullshit

Making an educated guess that the boomer readership of the NME is basically zero.

Matt DC, Friday, 28 November 2014 15:49 (seven years ago) link

I suppose a better NME stereotype would be a certain crusty segment of gen xers - the attitudes toward music in both are more or less similar tho I would think even if the bands are different

but what do I know I'm a yung millennial ijit

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Friday, 28 November 2014 16:12 (seven years ago) link

who does read the NME these days exactly?

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Friday, 28 November 2014 16:20 (seven years ago) link

It's almost entirely under 25s plus a residue of Paleolithic Oasis/Roses fans is my guess.

Matt DC, Friday, 28 November 2014 16:27 (seven years ago) link

i honestly can't bring myself to imagine someone currently under 25 purchasing, without irony, a copy of a weekly music paper in 2014.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Friday, 28 November 2014 16:32 (seven years ago) link

I cant imagine anyone over 25 buying NME

Cosmic Slop, Friday, 28 November 2014 16:33 (seven years ago) link

yeah but they never did.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Friday, 28 November 2014 16:40 (seven years ago) link

not true

Cosmic Slop, Friday, 28 November 2014 16:41 (seven years ago) link

up until conor mcnicholas' reign of landfill terror plenty did then they branded the mag for teenagers

Cosmic Slop, Friday, 28 November 2014 16:43 (seven years ago) link

that guy.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Friday, 28 November 2014 16:49 (seven years ago) link

i wonder if there's a way of quantifying exactly how much he was responsible for messing up the UK music landscape? I can imagine it's considerable.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Friday, 28 November 2014 16:50 (seven years ago) link

Caribou certainly seems to appeal to a kind of listener who likes the emotional mooniness of post-Kompakt dance music but with a more organic sound palette. Personally I quite like that album but I can't imagine ever finding his drippy "I can't live without yooooooooooou" vocals emotionally moving.

― Matt DC, Friday, November 28, 2014 4:40 AM (6 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Caribou isn't really a dance/electronic act anyway, audience is mostly indie even if new stuff is more dance
, he's on Merge ferchrissakes

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 28 November 2014 16:59 (seven years ago) link

xp now that IS overstating the inportance of critics

why do I hate that thing (excluding imago, marcos) (wins), Friday, 28 November 2014 17:01 (seven years ago) link

Surprised by the lack of Spoon on these particular lists.

Darvin H.A.M. (AlexPh), Friday, 28 November 2014 17:47 (seven years ago) link

Spoon have never done well on the UK lists. Think Stylus was the place I remember seeing them do well. Have no idea why the NME in particular never got behind them.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 28 November 2014 17:50 (seven years ago) link

I'll try predicting the Guardian Top 10: St Vincent, The War on Drugs, FKA twigs, Aphex Twin, Sun Kil Moon, Caribou, Beck, Run the Jewels, Lana Del Rey, Sleaford Mods/YG (depending on strength of respective constituencies).

Re-Make/Re-Model, Friday, 28 November 2014 18:50 (seven years ago) link

I just tried listening to sleaford mods and I'm sorry but what the stir fried fuck even is this

like did y'all in the UK really miss the streets that much that this is catching on??

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Friday, 28 November 2014 19:05 (seven years ago) link

Young Gods have already featured, Dorian, so they won't be in the top 10.

Unsettled defender (ithappens), Friday, 28 November 2014 19:25 (seven years ago) link

did aphex fans like the aphex album? (i've never heard an aphex track and saw little reason to change that)
― lex pretend, Friday, November 28, 2014 11:59 AM (22 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Big fan here, but after about a week of hoping Syro would somehow reveal itself beyond my first listen I found it didn't do much else to win me over; excellent sound design notwithstanding. I know a lot of people appreciated it as a no-nonsense Aphex album, but I happen to be quite a big fan of nonsense and this crystallisation of his sound just felt a bit tired-out to me. There are a couple of tracks that stand out but on the whole I couldn't really discern much between the individual tunes and the whole thing goes by in one superficially impressive blur. YMMV of course - if you've never heard Aphex at all and champion consistency over eclecticism, I'd say it was the one to check out simply because the production sounds more up to date than the older stuff. But it's not my favourite, no.

― Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Friday, 28 November 2014 12:34 (6 hours ago) Permalink

the album was a big treat for those anticipating a studio release of several tracks that have appeared in his live sets from the last seven years. one of the album's best attributes is its inconsistency.. it's like a hodgepodge/grab bag of styles, well-realized tracks, a couple sort of leftover-sounding (180 dB, aisatsana) tracks, and a few dense workouts with good twists and turns. there's no definite aesthetic or obvious coherence, and it takes a little time to unpack. pretty well-satisfying, imo

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Friday, 28 November 2014 19:25 (seven years ago) link

xxpost

It's mostly people from the middle class that think of Midlanders as some kind of strange exotic species that are singing sleaford mods' praises, I've gathered. If I want that kind of 'wit' I just listen into some drunk old fart's conversation down the pub. The backing tracks are nothing to be fussed about either.

idgi and I'm probably in their target audience or something

ultros ultros-ghali, Friday, 28 November 2014 19:27 (seven years ago) link

xpost The NME circulation is so low nowadays that I would bet an enormous tranche of its readership is industry and other media. I bet the major labels alone account for a big chunk of what remains. As to the rest, I'd be surprised if under 25s comprised a majority if those readers. I would have thought old readers who've never really considered giving it up, regardless of what's in it, still turn out for it.

Unsettled defender (ithappens), Friday, 28 November 2014 19:28 (seven years ago) link

SOrry Dorian, what am I thinking about? I was reading about Young Gods earlier and got them and Young Fathers mixed up in my mind. Of course the Young Gods haven't featured and won't feature in the Guardian list.

Unsettled defender (ithappens), Friday, 28 November 2014 19:28 (seven years ago) link

xpost Some projection there in why Sleaford Mods are getting praised, perhaps? You know there are middle class people in the East Midlands, don't you? And you know that there are working class people in the south?

Unsettled defender (ithappens), Friday, 28 November 2014 19:31 (seven years ago) link

r|t|c wrote this on thread Sleaford Mods on board I Love Music on 07-Mar-2014
clean bandit for ponces

r|t|c, Friday, 28 November 2014 19:33 (seven years ago) link

very much so

from that guardian article they themselves seem to be ex office worker petit bourgeoisie types trading as minatory lumpens

نكبة (nakhchivan), Friday, 28 November 2014 19:40 (seven years ago) link

realness mary queen of scots

نكبة (nakhchivan), Friday, 28 November 2014 19:41 (seven years ago) link

I mean I don't buy their schtick either

ultros ultros-ghali, Friday, 28 November 2014 19:45 (seven years ago) link

encouraged by the high placing of Wild Beasts on the Guardian list, great album that I was worried would be overlooked

quan voice (voodoo chili), Friday, 28 November 2014 19:46 (seven years ago) link

I'd buy the guardian if they started covering the young gods

Cosmic Slop, Friday, 28 November 2014 20:03 (seven years ago) link

Before ILX can confirm that they are for real Sleaford Mods must release all information about their educational background, jobs to date, parents' earnings, size of childhood homes, etc. Likewise their fans.

Their Twitter feed suggests they're pretty big with geezers btw.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Friday, 28 November 2014 20:07 (seven years ago) link

It looks to me like NME have consciously re-aligned themselves towards older readers this year; their strapline is now "the past, the present and the future of music".

mike t-diva, Friday, 28 November 2014 20:09 (seven years ago) link

aka Damon Albarn

Number None, Friday, 28 November 2014 20:24 (seven years ago) link

YG album should get more love

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 28 November 2014 20:37 (seven years ago) link

I love Sleaford Mods & fwiw I have know idea what you guys are taking about

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 28 November 2014 20:40 (seven years ago) link

I swear half of uk ppl talking about music is just throwing around regional/class insults

"God I'm sure this is great if you're stuck in a student disco in East Broughtingham wearing five year old Adidas trainers and the DJ is an accounting student from Yorkditch who drives a Volvo van and eats 4 packets of crisps a night while imagining he was Mark Ronson"

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 28 November 2014 20:46 (seven years ago) link

pip pip

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Friday, 28 November 2014 20:51 (seven years ago) link

reminds me of someone

Cosmic Slop, Friday, 28 November 2014 21:01 (seven years ago) link

You Americans have always loved turgid UK OI! type music, now the British are falling for this pub-rock crap as well. "wowsers he just fucking said jobseekers allowance! over a rumbling bassline, edgy!"

xelab, Friday, 28 November 2014 21:06 (seven years ago) link

I forgot to submit a ballot for The Wire's poll this year, so it will probably have fewer metal albums buried in its lower reaches than usual.

Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 28 November 2014 21:06 (seven years ago) link

YG album should get more love

― RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Friday, November 28, 2014 12:37 PM

alpine static, Friday, 28 November 2014 21:22 (seven years ago) link

You Americans have always loved turgid UK OI! type music

Yeah true it does rule

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 28 November 2014 21:23 (seven years ago) link

I can recall being in thrall to 70's US gutterpunk bands like The Electric Eels, Crime and DMZ in my youth that are so much better.

xelab, Friday, 28 November 2014 21:49 (seven years ago) link

cntl+f Tinashe uhhh wtf

mango unchained (fgti), Friday, 28 November 2014 21:58 (seven years ago) link

i will ride for 'bet on it' as a legit singles contender.

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Friday, 28 November 2014 22:06 (seven years ago) link

For serious tho lex you would totally love 'Selected Ambient Works 85-92'.

Tim F, Friday, 28 November 2014 22:47 (seven years ago) link

Please can someone link me to a thread which is just Americans doing outlandish impressions of British people?

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Friday, 28 November 2014 23:59 (seven years ago) link

keep the meme alive: Pippa's Arse

✓ out this insane nakh yall (gr8080), Saturday, 29 November 2014 01:26 (seven years ago) link

That's just British people arguing about Americans doing impressions of British people though

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Saturday, 29 November 2014 09:01 (seven years ago) link

does like an oasis or stone roses fan forum count as americans doing bad impressions of brits? I mean I know that's a different #level but still

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Saturday, 29 November 2014 13:05 (seven years ago) link

Offering a new target for your derision:

Telegraph: Best 50 albums of 2014

50 One Direction - Four
49 Bombay Bicyle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow
48 George Ezra - Wanted On Voyage
47 Lily Allen - Sheezus
46 Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
45 Tom Hickox - War, Peace & Diplomacy
44 Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear
43 First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
42 Pharrell - Williams Girl
41 Coldplay - Ghost Stories
40 Simone Felice - Strangers
39 Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
38 Manic Street Preachers - Futurology
37 Rumer - Into Colour
36 Alt-J - This Is All Yours
35 Neneh Cherry - Blank Project
34 King Creosote - From Scotland With Love
33 Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour
32 Teleman- Breakfast
31 Jessie Ware - Tough Love
30 Bryan Ferry - Avonmore
29 Jenny Lewis - Voyager
28 ?
27 Caribou - Our Love
26 Mary J Blige - The London Sessions
25 Kate Tempest - Everybody Down
24 Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
23 La Roux - Trouble in Paradise
22 Robert Plant - Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar
21 Lia Ices - Ices
20 Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love
19 Lucinda Williams- Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
18 Prince Art - Official Age
17 FKA Twigs - LP1
16 St Vincent - St Vincent
15 Royal Blood - Royal Blood
14 U2 - Songs of Innocence
13 Hozier - Hozier
12 Beck - Morning Phase
11 The Black Keys - Turn Blue
10 Future Islands - Singles
09 The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
08 Elbow - The Take Off and Landing of Everything
07 Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy
06 Jamie T - Carry the Grudge
05 Taylor Swift - 1989
04 Jack White - Lazaretto
03 Prince and 3rdeyegirl - Plectrumelectrum
02 Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems
01 Ed Sheeran - X

TTAGGGTTAGGG (Sanpaku), Saturday, 29 November 2014 17:27 (seven years ago) link

Lots not great about that but you can't hate a list that has WoD at 9 and Prince at 3

FB needs sb (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 29 November 2014 17:41 (seven years ago) link

they couldn't award just any album position no. 28

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Saturday, 29 November 2014 17:41 (seven years ago) link

that 3rdeyegirl record is garbage so yeah i can

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Saturday, 29 November 2014 17:42 (seven years ago) link

Prince Art at number 18 is a bold choice for a debut

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 29 November 2014 17:44 (seven years ago) link

lol uhhh is the ed sheeran album decent?

dyl, Saturday, 29 November 2014 17:44 (seven years ago) link

it has its supporters here, i found it very uneven if tolerable

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Saturday, 29 November 2014 17:45 (seven years ago) link

is it just me or are the early return indie/pop mags disregarding hip hop even more than usual this year?

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 29 November 2014 17:45 (seven years ago) link

Prince! Lol Pharrell's Girl. Well, it is a fairly accurate picture of what's regarded in the mainstream pop world, with exceptions like Leonard Cohen. I'm can't get into Cohen's recent albums, but I did go see him with a friend a couple years ago, and he was pretty magnificent. He was a singin, dancin' machine for nearly four (4) hours, with only like a 10 minute break! We can only dream of having that kind of energy in our 70s.

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 29 November 2014 17:47 (seven years ago) link

xpost: yes

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Saturday, 29 November 2014 18:01 (seven years ago) link

Sorry about a couple of misplaced hyphens in that Telegraph list. Shouldn't try to parse lists before caffeine kicks in.

TTAGGGTTAGGG (Sanpaku), Saturday, 29 November 2014 18:10 (seven years ago) link

oh don't mind me.

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 29 November 2014 18:21 (seven years ago) link

^^^^i was agreeing with you my bad if it seemed unclear

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Saturday, 29 November 2014 18:24 (seven years ago) link

no, sorry - I meant don't mind my - pedantic hyphen call out

but yeah, not much hip hop anywhere to be seen here.

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 29 November 2014 18:38 (seven years ago) link

These lists are giving my dysentery

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 29 November 2014 19:11 (seven years ago) link

Not much hip-hop anywhere, but at the same time everyone seems to agree it was a lousy year for hip-hop albums, right? I'd rather them make the lists they believe to be correct than elevate a rap album for looks. (Not saying they shouldn't / couldn't have dug deeper into hip-hop.)

alpine static, Saturday, 29 November 2014 20:12 (seven years ago) link

yeah, i don't agree with "it was a lousy year for hip hop"

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 29 November 2014 20:14 (seven years ago) link

i have several hip-hop albums i like, but everywhere I look ppl are saying it was a good year for songs, terrible for albums.

alpine static, Saturday, 29 November 2014 20:20 (seven years ago) link

i dunno maybe i'm looking in the wrong places - and again, i don't necessarily agree - but i think i saw that discussion happening on ilm

alpine static, Saturday, 29 November 2014 20:21 (seven years ago) link

also, you left off the word "albums"!

alpine static, Saturday, 29 November 2014 20:26 (seven years ago) link

I'm a believer that unless you're a specialist in a musicological field (and likely not even then!), you're not in a good position to levy blanket judgment across an entire field of achievement. It's just too subjective unless you chop it up regionally (was it a bad year for New York-based hip hop artists?), stylistically (was it a good year for technical rap?) or financially (how were sales in Q4?).
A quick flip thru my best of for the year folder suggests at least twenty to thirty albums and at least a hundred singles that I consider hip hop and that I really enjoyed. Is that a bad year? It's not a bad year for me.

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 29 November 2014 20:39 (seven years ago) link

I'm gonna gank Spottie's hip hop playlists on Spotify (one for quality and for quantity) and post them here... I could easily take all of 2015 exploring this stuff alone!
http://open.spotify.com/user/theshipment/playlist/3vHZAnvl134kijHL5Z0roN
http://open.spotify.com/user/theshipment/playlist/2Hkan09bsPFtNN39CsAyki

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 29 November 2014 20:41 (seven years ago) link

xpost nope, not a bad year. just saying, maybe the lack of hip-hop on these indie/pop mag lists reflects the general consensus, that's all. i generalized too much in my initial post.

alpine static, Saturday, 29 November 2014 20:47 (seven years ago) link

i get where you're coming from. I guess if there's less hip hop in the indie/pop world's end tally i might suggest that 2014 was a year where those worlds started to diverge more radically than in the past.

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 29 November 2014 20:56 (seven years ago) link

like pitbull, pharrell, iggy, juicy j and em were all absolutely at peak popularity and represented half of the year's #1 pop singles but, with the arguable exception of iggy, none of them really represent contemporary hip hop

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 29 November 2014 21:00 (seven years ago) link

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Shabazz Palaces, Ratking and Young Fathers all in the Guardian top 40 so far with surely Run The Jewels to come, so that's not too bad for a newspaper list (whether you think those are the right records or not).

sosmix klopp (NickB), Saturday, 29 November 2014 21:03 (seven years ago) link

if you went by lists then it might suggest that its a weak year for lots of genres whether it be indie centric lists or the guardian or ilx eoy polls. They have never covered everything. You cant base the state of any music on these lists. They are snapshots of a small amount of voters.

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 29 November 2014 21:03 (seven years ago) link

the current top 25 R&B/hip hop list features a plethora of young breakthrough artists that i think a casual listener of rap (which i'm gonna strawman the average indie/pop type being) just won't be familiar with: bobby shmurda, i love makonnen, rae sremmurd, young thug, rich homie quan, dej loaf

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 29 November 2014 21:06 (seven years ago) link

i dunno, i think if the average indie/pop type being is on the internet, shmurda, thugger and rhq are pretty inescapable

i was gonna ask what "credible" rap album the big big outlets were gonna put in their top 10s this year, a la Kanye whenever he releases something or Kendrick in 2012 because I just don't see it being YG or Gibbs (or this particular Shabazz album, tbh) and then I remembered Run the Jewels. that solves everything.

alpine static, Saturday, 29 November 2014 21:15 (seven years ago) link

I feel like one or both of the vince staples releases could make some lists (coldchain 2 and hell can wait)

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Sunday, 30 November 2014 01:15 (seven years ago) link

In my top 30 there's maybe 3-5 rap albums that were solid or close to it, but none of them are consensus picks, and that MIGHT be the issue in 2014 - few consensus picks, even though critics have their favorites.

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 30 November 2014 03:00 (seven years ago) link

I'm thinking Kanye will either drop on Dec 25 or wait until next year. Nicki may wait too.

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 30 November 2014 03:01 (seven years ago) link

I think I wi spontaneously explode if ye drops on xmas day

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Sunday, 30 November 2014 04:09 (seven years ago) link

*will

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Sunday, 30 November 2014 04:56 (seven years ago) link

For real though anyone voting for that not-bad-not-great Jack White album isn't going to great lengths to disguise their fundamental disconnection from current music.

Matt DC, Sunday, 30 November 2014 10:46 (seven years ago) link

most popular rap sucks, most crit rap isnt that popular

deej loaf (D-40), Sunday, 30 November 2014 12:03 (seven years ago) link

Feel like Run The Jewels is a decent chance for a top 10 placing on the more indie oriented sites lists. If not top 5.

TheMenzies, Sunday, 30 November 2014 14:10 (seven years ago) link

most popular rap sucks, most crit rap isnt that popular

Just like most genres then. They all seem to thrive without crossover success too

Cosmic Slop, Sunday, 30 November 2014 14:14 (seven years ago) link

who the hell knows what we'll think about anything in 20 years!

I do think this is kind of an interesting exercise. If you look back at, say, Xgau's top 10 in, say, 1982 - or top 20, even - you can quibble at the rankings, but I don't think any of the records are bad, per se, and a couple of them have long been justifiably branded for the ages masterpieces. Then again, we've had several decades to get used to them or canonize them. I do wonder what, from this year, say, that future music nerds will deem worth digging up in several years. Will kids in 2034 be writing essays about U2's overlooked distributed for free masterpiece that no one ranked at the end of the year? Will they talk about Taylor Swift's "1989" the same way we talk about "Tusk?" Remind me to set my alarm for 20 years so that I don't sleep through the poll roll-outs.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 30 November 2014 14:23 (seven years ago) link

they will almost certainly be talking about Taylor, idk if they'll be comparing 1989 to tusk or any other fleetwood album tho. I highly doubt of all the U2 albums that could last 20 or even 30+ more years, songs of innocence is gonna be the one

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Sunday, 30 November 2014 14:29 (seven years ago) link

Those were just random examples. U2 will be talked about, at least in passing. Taylor, dunno. But again, just random examples.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 30 November 2014 14:48 (seven years ago) link

Recently there was a discussion of SPIN's 1991 poll. They may have posted it on their site. There was a conspicuous absence of Slint - Spiderland, MBV - Loveless and Talk Talk - Laughing Stalk. The stature of the first two have grown for sure, with Slint having a couple of successful sold out reunion tours and box set reissue, and My Bloody Valentine can be considered a classic, but not necessarily in the mainstream. 23 years later I still have no idea if more people know about late period Talk Talk, probably more in the UK. Genre classics like The Obsessed - Lunar Womb (Trouble's Manic Frustration still seems ignored), Melvins - Bullhead, The Jesus Lizard - Goat (not so much Halo of Flies), Monster Magnet - Spine of God and Coroner - Mental Vortex are well regarded within those circles, but I don't know that you could say that "people are talking about them." So it doesn't really matter to me whether anyone will be talking about Taylor Swift or not.

Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 30 November 2014 16:33 (seven years ago) link

nor should it, necessarily. I remain continuously flummoxed, mostly in a good way, by what has stood the test of time and what hasn't.

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Sunday, 30 November 2014 16:57 (seven years ago) link

Heed the words of Sammy Hagar: time will tell whether we pass the test of time.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 30 November 2014 18:05 (seven years ago) link

For real though anyone voting for that not-bad-not-great Jack White album isn't going to great lengths to disguise their fundamental disconnection from current music.

― Matt DC, Sunday, November 30, 2014 5:46 AM (7 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

23 years later I still have no idea if more people know about late period Talk Talk, probably more in the UK.

― Fastnbulbous, Sunday, November 30, 2014 11:33 AM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

"probably"

benbbag, Sunday, 30 November 2014 18:42 (seven years ago) link

Well, history is written by the winners, right? One of the better points made in Amanda Ps excellent book (if you haven't read it) Do Not Sell at any Price is that the only reason Robert Johnson became the template for so much British blues-rock is because his stuff was the best reissued and circulated. But Johnson was by no means the most popular or originally best distributed blues act.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 30 November 2014 18:53 (seven years ago) link

From the metal poll thread though its not really a question about metal per se, just one of the examples along with hip hop. I'm sure there's other genres that it applies to.

I'm somewhat surprised the Mastodon album hasn't featured in non-metal EOY lists like the last one. It's good enough and got good reviews inmost places.
Maybe metal isn't as in fashion as it was the past 5 years? Noticed a lack of metal and hip-hop this year in lists.

Has critical coverage started getting narrower?

― Cosmic Slop,

mastodon's two late-aughts albums both ended up on multiple general albums lists with high rankings in several instances. skye was #3 in bloody time magazine!! and those are definitely full-stop metal albums.

flash forward to 2012 - the latest converge album was #1 on most metal/hard rock only lists and got me, before that point not a huge metal/hardcore guy aside from occasional mastodon dalliances - deep in love with that band and exploring a lot of really hard shit I wouldn't have previously explored. but it got little to no love from many general albums lists. and then the next year deafheaven is adored by tons of people who aren't traditionally into metal. it's impossible to predict

― hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes),

so has critical coverage started getting narrower?

Cosmic Slop, Sunday, 30 November 2014 19:41 (seven years ago) link

XFM: http://www.xfm.co.uk/new-music/best-2014/50-best-albums-2014

^ a tedious click-fest filled with dull albums and dismal blurb

sosmix klopp (NickB), Monday, 1 December 2014 00:04 (seven years ago) link

Jimi Goodwin - Odludek

The Doves man goes solo with an appealing set of gentle songs.

thanks guys, sounds awesome

sosmix klopp (NickB), Monday, 1 December 2014 00:05 (seven years ago) link

Lonely The Brave - The Day's War

Proof - if needed - that rock isn't dead.

sosmix klopp (NickB), Monday, 1 December 2014 00:10 (seven years ago) link

that list is like 80% 'I didn't realise they were still going'

soref, Monday, 1 December 2014 10:01 (seven years ago) link

The Quietus Albums Of The Year 2014

ONE: Gazelle Twin - UNFLESH (Anti Ghost Moon Ray)
TWO: Scott Walker & Sunn O))) - Soused (4AD)
THREE: Swans - To Be Kind (Mute)
FOUR: East India Youth - TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER (Stolen)
FIVE: The Bug - Angels & Devils (Big Dada)
SIX: Grumbling Fur - Preternaturals (TQPC)
SEVEN: Katie Gately - Pipes (Blue Tapes)
EIGHT: Manic Street Preachers - Futurology (Sony)
NINE: Perc - The Power And The Glory (Perc Trax)
TEN: Jenny Hval & Susanna - Meshes Of Voice (SusannaSonata)
ELEVEN: FKA twigs - LP1 (Young Turks)
TWELVE: Zamilska - Untune (self-released)
THIRTEEN: Inner City Ensemble - Black/White (Instant Classic)
FOURTEEN: Cooly G - Wait ‘Til Night (Hyperdub)
FIFTEEN: Blacknecks - 006 (self-released)
SIXTEEN: English Heretic - The Underworld Service (self-released)
SEVENTEEN: Freddie Gibbs and Madlib - Piñata (Madlib Invasion)
EIGHTEEN: OAKE - Auferstehung (Downwards)
NINETEEN: Grouper - Ruins (Kranky)
TWENTY: Kemper Norton - Loor (Front And Follow)
TWENTY ONE: Maurice Louca - Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Nawa)
TWENTY TWO: Andy Stott - Faith In Strangers (Modern Love)
TWENTY THREE: EEK ft. Islam Chipsy - Live At The Cairo High Cinema Institute (Nashazphone)
TWENTY FOUR: Jane Weaver - Silver Globe (Bird)
TWENTY FIVE: Daniel Patrick Quinn - Acting The Rubber Pig (self-released)
TWENTY SIX: The Body - I Shall Die Here (RVNG Intl.)
TWENTY SEVEN: Chrononautz - Public Domain Fuckover Series #1-6 (self-released)
TWENTY EIGHT: Pharmakon - Bestial Burden (Sacred Bones)
TWENTY NINE: Tweedy - Sukierae (dBpm Records)
THIRTY: Objekt - Flatland (PAN)
THIRTY ONE: Jar Moff - Financial Glam (PAN)
THIRTY TWO: Willie The Kid & Bronze Nazareth - The Living Daylights (Embassy)
THIRTY THREE: Lorenzo Senni - Superimpositions (Boomkat)
THIRTY FOUR: Electric Wizard - Time To Die (Spinefarm)
THIRTY FIVE: Klara Lewis - ETT (Editions Mego)
THIRTY SIX: Kassem Mosse - Workshop 19 (Workshop)
THIRTY SEVEN: Extreme Precautions - Precaution One (In Paradisum)
THIRTY EIGHT: Kasai Allstars - Beware The Fetish (Crammed Discs)
THRITY NINE: Arabrot - I Modi (Fysisk Format)
FORTY: Einsturzende Neubauten - Lament (BMG)
FORTY ONE: The Inward Circles - Nimrod (self-released)
FORTY TWO: Bohren & Der Club Of Gore - Piano Nights (Ipecac)
FORTY THREE: Future Islands - Singles (4AD)
FORTY FOUR: Consumer Electronics - Estuary English (Dirter)
FORTY FIVE: BONG - Stoner Rock (Ritual)
FORTY SIX: Nisennenmondai - N (BLAST First (petite))
FORTY SEVEN: Wild Beasts - Present Tense (Domino)
FORTY EIGHT: Olga Bell - Krai (One Little Indian)
FORTY NINE: Cut Hands - Festival Of The Dead (Blackest Ever Black)
FIFTY: Xiu Xiu - Angel Guts, Red Classroom (Bella Union)
FIFTY ONE: Actress - Ghettoville (Werkdiscs)
FIFTY TWO: YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend (Neurot)
FIFTY THREE: Owen Pallett - In Conflict (Domino)
FIFTY FOUR: Puce Mary - Persona (Posh Isolation)
FIFTY FIVE: DonChristian - Renzo Piano (Camp & Street)
FIFTY SIX: Ibibio Sound Machine - Ibibio Sound Machine (Soundway)
FIFTY SEVEN: Lee Gamble - KOCH (PAN)
FIFTY EIGHT: Leyland Kirby Presents V/Vm - The Death Of Rave (A Partial Flashback) (History Always Favours The Winners)
FIFTY NINE: Laibach - Spectre (Mute)
SIXTY: Shellac - Dude Incredible (Touch And Go)
SIXTY ONE: Heterotic - Weird Drift (Planet Mu)
SIXTY TWO: Liars - Mess (Mute)
SIXTY THREE: Stein Urheim - Stein Urheim (Hubro)
SIXTY FOUR: Ekoplekz - Unfidelity (Planet Mu)
SIXTY FIVE: St. Vincent - St. Vincent (Loma Vista)
SIXTY SIX: Sunn O))) & Ulver - Terrestrials (Southern Lord)
SIXTY SEVEN: Russell Haswell - 37 Minute Workout (DIAGONAL)
SIXTY EIGHT: Noura Mint Seymali - Tzenni (Glitterbeat)
SIXTY NINE: Stephen O'Malley, Oren Ambarchi & Randall Dunn - Shade Themes From Kairos (Drag City)
SEVENTY: Apollo Brown - Blasphemy (Mello Music Group)
SEVENTY ONE: The Budos Band - Burnt Offering (Daptone)
SEVENTY TWO: Anat Ben David - MeleCh (self-released)
SEVENTY THREE: Yvette - Process (Godmode)
SEVENTY FOUR: milo - a toothpaste suburb (Hellfyre Club)
SEVENTY FIVE: Merkabah - Moloch (Instant Classic)
SEVENTY SIX: Wrangler - LA Spark (Memetune)
SEVENTY SEVEN: Ronika - Selectadisc (Record Shop)
SEVENTY EIGHT: Bing & Ruth - Tomorrow Was The Golden Age (Happy Talk)
SEVENTY NINE: Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste (Prospect)
EIGHTY: DJ Q - Ineffable (Local Action)
EIGHTY ONE: The Soft Pink Truth - Why Do The Heathen Rage? (Thrill Jockey)
EIGHTY TWO: Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait (Def Jam Recordings)
EIGHTY THREE: Tinariwen - Emmar (ANTI-)
EIGHTY FOUR: The Juan Maclean - In A Dream (DFA)
EIGHTY FIVE: Aphex Twin - Syro (WARP)
EIGHTY SIX: Toumani & Sidiki Diabate - Toumani & Sidiki Diabate (World Circuit)
EIGHTY SEVEN: Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies - Earth Air Spirit Fire Water (Van)
EIGHTY EIGHT: Behemoth - The Satanist (Nuclear Blast)
EIGHTY NINE: Wrekmeister Harmonies - Then It Came Down (Thrill Jockey)
NINETY: Fumaca Preta - Fumaca Preta (Soundway)
NINETY ONE: Scott Miller, Lee Camfield & Merzbow - No Closure (Cold Spring)
NINETY TWO: Black Rain - Dark Pool (Blackest Ever Black)
NINETY THREE: Anthroprophh - Outside The Circle (Rocket)
NINETY FOUR: Adult Jazz - Gist Is (Spare Thought)
NINETY FIVE: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire (Avalanche)
NINETY SIX: Obake - Mutations (Rare Noise)
NINETY SEVEN: Clark - Clark (WARP)
NINETY EIGHT: Joseph Curwen - Shunned House (City)
NINETY NINE: Echoes Of Yul - Tether (Zoharum)
ONE HUNDRED: Good Throb - Fuck Off (self-released)

The Quietus Albums Of The Year 2014

Doran, Monday, 1 December 2014 10:30 (seven years ago) link

Read this as:

EIGHT: Manic Street Preachers - Futurology (Sorry)

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 1 December 2014 10:36 (seven years ago) link

beautiful choice of number one! also love katie gately and jenny hval & susanna in the top 10 (thought the gately was 2013 though?)

sosmix klopp (NickB), Monday, 1 December 2014 10:40 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, Gately was 2013. There was a massive bit of dissonance for us here as we were some of the only people to write about Pipes when it first came out but then didn't include it in the chart probably because it was a tape and only had two tracks.

But it deserves people to hear about it - you have to bear in mind it only sold something like 1-200 copies in 2013 and it has been reissued this year and still remains one of the most unique and praiseworthy pieces of music out there.

Basically I felt guilty for not including it in my ballot the year before!

Doran, Monday, 1 December 2014 10:54 (seven years ago) link

Some really good choices here. Great to see Objekt, Owen P, Katie Gately, Swans and ooh, didn't realise there was an Arabrot release this year? Haven't listened to Unflesh enough to work out if it deserves AOTY but from what I've heard, it's def a good album, like a deconstructed (as in eviscerated) Cocteau Twins or something.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 1 December 2014 10:58 (seven years ago) link

if anything deserves a bit of rule bending it's definitely pipes. approved! *stamps card*

sosmix klopp (NickB), Monday, 1 December 2014 11:04 (seven years ago) link

Dutch mag Oor (bit like Mojo/Q):

1. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
2. Typhoon - Lobi Da Basi
3. Spoon - They Want My Soul
4. Swans - To Be Kind
5. Damien Rice - My Favorite Faded Fantasy
6. Temples - Sun Structures
7. Moodymann - Moodymann
8. Beck - Morning Phase
9. Avi Buffalo - At Best Cuckold
10. Alt-J - This Is All Yours
11. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
12. Real Estate - Atlas
13. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
14. FKA Twigs - LP1
15. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
16. Jack White - Lazaretto
17. The Acid - Liminal
18. Reigning Sound - Shattered
19. Moss – We Both Know The Rest Is Noise
20. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
21. Perfume Genius - Too Bright
22. Future Islands - Singles
23. Cloud Nothings - Here And Nowhere Else
24. The Black Keys - Turn Blue
25. Royal Blood - Royal Blood

a pleasant little psychedelic detour in the elevator (Amory Blaine), Monday, 1 December 2014 12:38 (seven years ago) link

Well, history is written by the winners, right? One of the better points made in Amanda Ps excellent book (if you haven't read it) Do Not Sell at any Price is that the only reason Robert Johnson became the template for so much British blues-rock is because his stuff was the best reissued and circulated. But Johnson was by no means the most popular or originally best distributed blues act.

― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, November 30, 2014 12:53 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

hmm i haven't read her book but this is the primary thesis of elijah wald's book 'escaping the delta', which was written before hers:

The neo-ethnic movement was nourished by a spate of LP reissues that for the first time made it possible to find hillbilly and country blues recordings in white, middle-class, urban stores. The bible was Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music...Smith was specifically interested in the oldest and most-rural sounding styles, and set a pattern for any future folk-blues reissue projects by intentionally avoiding any artist who seemed consciously modern or commercial...

Far from balancing this taste, the other record collectors tended to be even more conservative. Much as they loved the music, they were driven by the same mania for rarity that drives collectors of old stamps or coins, and many turned up their noses at Jefferson or the Carters, since those records were common. To such men, the perfect blues artist was someone like Son House or Skip James, an unrecognized genius whose 78s had sold so badly that at most one or two copies survived. Since the collectors were the only people with access to the original records or any broad knowledge of the field, they functioned to a great extent as gatekeepers of the past and had a profound influence on what the broader audience heard. By emphasizing obscurity as a virtue unto itself, they essentially turned the hierarchy of blues-stardom upside-down: The more records an artist had sold in 1928, the less he or she was valued in 1958.

deej loaf (D-40), Monday, 1 December 2014 12:58 (seven years ago) link

x-post re Quietus list-

TWENTY THREE: EEK ft. Islam Chipsy - Live At The Cairo High Cinema Institute (Nashazphone)

Not on Spotify or available from Amazon, so where do I find/get it

curmudgeon, Monday, 1 December 2014 14:08 (seven years ago) link

Line Of Best Fit - Albums
http://www.thelineofbestfit.com/features/articles/top-fifty-albums-2014

Lost in the Dream is without a doubt, one of the most impressive records this decade and we're proud to name it as our album of the year

sosmix klopp (NickB), Monday, 1 December 2014 14:11 (seven years ago) link

http://www.steelforbrains.com/post/103989943657/rb-best-of-2014

Cosmic Slop, Monday, 1 December 2014 14:18 (seven years ago) link

Bleep - Top Albums of 2014
https://bleep.com/end-of-year-roundup-2014

Aphex Twin – Syro
Caribou – Our Love
Clap! Clap! – Tayi Bebba
Objekt – Flatland
Lone – Reality Testing
Slackk – Palm Tree Fire
Hieroglyphic Being And The Configurative Or Modular Me Trio – The Seer Of Cosmic Visions
Dean Blunt – Black Metal
Fatima Al Qadiri – Asiatisch
Arca – Xen

sosmix klopp (NickB), Monday, 1 December 2014 14:42 (seven years ago) link

xp

i assumed that was r&b

strychnine, Monday, 1 December 2014 14:44 (seven years ago) link

Is War on Drugs just a snowball effect at this point? Later lists being influenced by earlier ones?

jmm, Monday, 1 December 2014 14:45 (seven years ago) link

that arca album is weird, like an album of intro tracks or something.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 1 December 2014 14:49 (seven years ago) link

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-best-music-of-2014-young-thug-aphex-twin-charli-xcx-and-more/2014/11/25/521944f6-71d4-11e4-8808-afaa1e3a33ef_story.html

Not strictly albums, plus multiple items for some slots

1. Young Thug-singles and mixtapes
2. Sam Hunt-Montevallo
3. Just About Everything Produced by DJ Mustard
4. Miranda Lambert-Platinum/Eric Church-The Outsiders/Sturgill Simpson-Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
5. Aphex Twin-Syro
6. Dej Loaf-"Try Me" song
7. Popcaan-Where We Come From
8. Hiss Golden Messenger-Lateness of Dancers
9. Rae Sremmurd, Bobby Shmurda- rap hits
10. Math rock-Naomi Punk-Television Man and Horse Lords-Hidden Cities

curmudgeon, Monday, 1 December 2014 14:50 (seven years ago) link

Forgot 11 & 12 of Chris Richards' Washington Post list

11. Lori McKenna-Numbered Doors

12. Charlie XCX- Sucker

curmudgeon, Monday, 1 December 2014 14:52 (seven years ago) link

I made a Spotify playlist with everything available in the US from that Quietus list:

http://open.spotify.com/user/glennpmcdonald/playlist/2pjput49RnkvbaGyBxJA8C

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 1 December 2014 15:04 (seven years ago) link

Paste's is up...

http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2014/12/the-50-best-albums-of-2014.html

GM, Monday, 1 December 2014 15:45 (seven years ago) link

Thanks! Quietus usually does a good job being balanced and not TOO pretentious. But Manic Street Preachers? That's a surprise. I had no idea there was a new Einsturzende Neubauten. Apparently a sober meditation on WWI, surprised it wasn't ranked high by more publications. People love that serious shit. Gazelle Twin, hrm. It didn't do much for me last time I listened, am revisiting. I'm trying to imagine Soused on heavy rotation on anyone's playlist and I can't. They chose Electric Wizard and YOB over Pallbearer, and that makes sense with their aesthetic. A few other heavy things, The Body, Arabrot, which I thought was just a minor EP release, will have to check out. A few things I don't recognize, am hoping there's a pleasant surprise in there somewhere.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 1 December 2014 15:47 (seven years ago) link

Rolling Stone
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-best-albums-of-2014-20141201

sosmix klopp (NickB), Monday, 1 December 2014 15:56 (seven years ago) link

Awesome #1.

jmm, Monday, 1 December 2014 15:57 (seven years ago) link

:)

sosmix klopp (NickB), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:00 (seven years ago) link

Rolling Stone full albums list:

01 U2 - Songs of Innocence
02 Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes
03 The Black Keys - Turn Blue
04 St. Vincent - St. Vincent
05 Miranda Lambert - Platinum
06 Charli XCX - Sucker
07 Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
08 Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
09 Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
10 Taylor Swift - 1989
11 Flying Lotus - Youre Dead!
12 Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
13 Ought - More Than Any Other Day
14 Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End
15 Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
16 FKA Twigs - LP1
17 Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
18 Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
19 Jackson Browne - Standing in the Breach
20 Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
21 Eric Church - The Outsiders
22 Skrillex - Recess
23 War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
24 Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems
25 YG - My Krazy Life
26 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye
27 Alt-J - This Is All Yours
28 Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
29 Spoon - They Want My Soul
30 Thom Yorke - Tomorrows Modern Boxes
31 Young Thug and Bloody Jay - Black Portland
32 Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
33 The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger - Midnight Sun
34 Prince - Art Official Age
35 Lenny Kravitz - Strut
36 Alvvays - Alvvays
37 Benjamin Booker - Benjamin Booker
38 Hurray for the Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes
39 Caribou - Our Love
40 Jack White - Lazaretto
41 Aphex Twin - Syro
42 Perfume Genius - Too Bright
43 Future - Honest
44 Interpol - El Pintor
45 EMA - The Futures Void
46 Tweedy - Sukierae
47 Gary Clark Jr. - Gary Clark Jr. Live
48 Coldplay - Ghost Stories
49 Tinariwen - Emmaar
50 Yob - Clearing the Path to Ascend

sosmix klopp (NickB), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:00 (seven years ago) link

lmaooo

deej loaf (D-40), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:01 (seven years ago) link

are they fucking kidding

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:03 (seven years ago) link

i mean, obviously what were we expecting, but i still find myself kiiiind of shocked by that

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:04 (seven years ago) link

If there were such thing as a peer-reviewed license to review music, RS's would be revoked.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:05 (seven years ago) link

i hope u2 and springsteen fans check out that YOB album :)

Cosmic Slop, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:06 (seven years ago) link

i am a huge springsteen fan and i thought high hopes was garbage

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:09 (seven years ago) link

curmudgeon that record appears to be quite rare, unfortunately:

http://www.discogs.com/EEK-Live-At-The-Cairo-High-Cinema-Institute/release/5355219

total collector-scum label (I say that with love):

http://www.discogs.com/label/72950-Nashazphone

sleeve, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:11 (seven years ago) link

I'm still amazed they actually went there.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:32 (seven years ago) link

That Rolling Stone list feels kind of random at times, and quite amusing to see War on Drugs a little futrther down than most at 23, behind a Skrillex album.

MarkoP, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:35 (seven years ago) link

"You're not Dire Straits enough for us yet, boys."

Ned Raggett, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:37 (seven years ago) link

Had totally forgotten Fricke had given 4.5 stars to Springsteen's "stay busy" release.

cpl593H, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:38 (seven years ago) link

That's Fricke at his Frickest.

cpl593H, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:38 (seven years ago) link

the rolling stone list is no more embarrassing than almost every other one posted itt so far

lex pretend, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:40 (seven years ago) link

* opens window *

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:40 (seven years ago) link

Hahaha with that top three the Quietus are really making no bones about being massive goths are they?

Matt DC, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:41 (seven years ago) link

b-but Run The Jewels at #8! Tokenism!

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:42 (seven years ago) link

xpost did they ever?

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:43 (seven years ago) link

I was about to say, there's a reason I'm happily settled in there.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:44 (seven years ago) link

the rolling stone list is no more embarrassing than almost every other one posted itt so far

I suppose the Popjustice list will somehow manage to find a way to up the ante in this particular category.

cpl593H, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:45 (seven years ago) link

xpost in all seriousness, i quite like the way the quietus have now, quite unabashedly, started to carve out their own particular niche, influencing that musical area as much as they draw from it while still covering stuff from all over the shop.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:45 (seven years ago) link

i will say one thing for the RS list - it's the first to include YG lol

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:47 (seven years ago) link

49 Tinariwen - Emmaar

^^wish this was getting more love :-\

✓ out this insane nakh yall (gr8080), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:48 (seven years ago) link

otm, amazing album

Lorde 2Pac Beck Mashup (crüt), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:51 (seven years ago) link

remove the top 3 of the Rolling Stone list and I don't think it's that bad, as good as lot of lists....

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:54 (seven years ago) link

The Tinariwen is great, but I think their consistency works against them. Easy to take for granted, too hard for most to differentiate one from the other, imo.

If you give the new U2 album five stars, it better top your list. That's commitment.

I forgot the Bruce came out this year or even existed, honestly. In fact, I was about to say it was good, since it popped up on shuffle the other day, but as I type this I realize it was actually "Wrecking Ball" that popped up. "Wrecking Ball" is great. "High Hopes" - the non covers titles barely ring a bell. Def. down there with "Working on a Dream" for a why-bother release.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:54 (seven years ago) link

49 Tinariwen - Emmaar
^^wish this was getting more love :-\

― ✓ out this insane nakh yall (gr8080), Monday, December 1, 2014 4:48 PM (7 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yes! Saw them live over the summer and it was transcendental.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:57 (seven years ago) link

Magnet magazine
Best Of 2014: Hip Hop
http://www.magnetmagazine.com/category/best-of-2014/

1 Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata (Madlib Invazion)
2 Flying Lotus - You’re Dead! (Warp)
3 FKA Twigs - LP1 (XL)
4 Childish Gambino - STN MTN/Kauai (self-released)
5 Staik Selektah - What Goes Around (Duck Down Music)
6 Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty (Sub Pop)
7 Busdriver - Perfect Hair (Big Dada)
8 Militia - Deluxe Cigars (self-released)
9 Rapsody - Beauty And The Beast (JAMLA, Empire)
10 Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait (Def Jam)

sosmix klopp (NickB), Monday, 1 December 2014 17:01 (seven years ago) link

That Magnet top four is quite something.

Matt DC, Monday, 1 December 2014 17:02 (seven years ago) link

ONE OF THOSE (FOUR) THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERSSSSSSSSSSS

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Monday, 1 December 2014 17:04 (seven years ago) link

"High Hopes" is OK for an odds and ends album but not more than that, really.

cpl593H, Monday, 1 December 2014 17:04 (seven years ago) link

Oh, RollingStones paws

When I see that U2 album at the top of the page I don't even wanna look at the rest

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 1 December 2014 17:14 (seven years ago) link

Popmatters Top 75 Songs:
http://www.popmatters.com/feature/188623-the-75-best-songs-of-2014/

MarkoP, Monday, 1 December 2014 17:25 (seven years ago) link

The Tinariwen is great, but I think their consistency works against them. Easy to take for granted, too hard for most to differentiate one from the other, imo.

Yup, Tassili was the first Tinariwen album I heard, and I was like, "Wow, where has this been all my life?" Emmaar is definitely good, but there's nothing surprising about it.

jaymc, Monday, 1 December 2014 17:27 (seven years ago) link

it's still better than most music released this year, being "surprising" is irrelevant

Lorde 2Pac Beck Mashup (crüt), Monday, 1 December 2014 17:41 (seven years ago) link

#2 placing is hilarious but I really like half of High Hopes: Down in the Hole, The Wall, Dream Baby Dream, Hunter of Invisible Game and the new versions of American Skin and Tom Joad. I like eerie Springsteen.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Monday, 1 December 2014 17:42 (seven years ago) link

i'm absolutely not on board with everything on the list but the popmatters singles seems closest to my sensibilities thus far

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 1 December 2014 17:42 (seven years ago) link

its good some good picks thus far (on like page 3) and i will try not to consider it blasphemous that "move that dope" is only #75

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Monday, 1 December 2014 17:48 (seven years ago) link

*got some

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Monday, 1 December 2014 17:48 (seven years ago) link

For whatever reason I decided to read the blurb for "Water Fountain" and this:

Merrill Garbus’ opening hook sets the tone for the playful jungle bass

um

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Monday, 1 December 2014 18:01 (seven years ago) link

Also the fact that the writer thinks w h o k i l l was her debut record. Where's fact checkin' cuz?

ƋППṍӮɨ∏ğڵșěᶉᶇдM℮ (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 1 December 2014 18:03 (seven years ago) link

no Run the Jewels on that Magnet hip-hop list is dumber than U2 at the top of the Rolling Stone list. YG, too, but I don't expect Magnet to list YG.

alpine static, Monday, 1 December 2014 18:03 (seven years ago) link

it's still better than most music released this year, being "surprising" is irrelevant

Sure, I'm just saying that I probably underrate it for that reason.

jaymc, Monday, 1 December 2014 18:05 (seven years ago) link

pretty into the washington post list

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 1 December 2014 18:06 (seven years ago) link

EIGHT: Manic Street Preachers - Futurology (Sony)

oh yeah i got to check this out. singles were dispiriting but uh green gartside guests

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 1 December 2014 18:08 (seven years ago) link

yeah, washington post list also has some smart moves

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 1 December 2014 18:10 (seven years ago) link

there are some truly perplexing picks on the popmatters list tbh

dyl, Monday, 1 December 2014 18:11 (seven years ago) link

that Rolling Stone list really reshapes what we thought we knew about whiney, doesn't it

alpine static, Monday, 1 December 2014 18:18 (seven years ago) link

still seems incredible to me that the washington post pay the guy from q and not u to enthuse about rae sremmurd. what a world.

ogmor, Monday, 1 December 2014 18:48 (seven years ago) link

Post list is good/inspiring. "Young Thug -- singles and mixtapes" at #1 makes so much more sense than putting Black Portland in at #37 or whatever.

rob, Monday, 1 December 2014 18:53 (seven years ago) link

For whatever it's worth, all the MAGNET lists are due in in mid-October. When did RTJ2 come out?

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 1 December 2014 18:56 (seven years ago) link

So which will be the first list with BABYMETAL?

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 1 December 2014 19:01 (seven years ago) link

Soon, Fastnbulbous. Very soon. ;-)

A. Begrand, Monday, 1 December 2014 19:04 (seven years ago) link

*opens Popmatters, sees "All About That Bass", closes tab*

boxedjoy, Monday, 1 December 2014 19:23 (seven years ago) link

i was thinking that suuuurely the U2 and springsteen albums this year were too shitty to warrant the usual automatic top of the list billing for RS, but apparently not.

Charli XCX - not released for 2 weeks - in its top 10 is pretty odd.

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Monday, 1 December 2014 20:42 (seven years ago) link

Maybe the label took out a lot of advertising?

Cosmic Slop, Monday, 1 December 2014 20:47 (seven years ago) link

i'm sure they have an advanced copy and liked it

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 1 December 2014 20:49 (seven years ago) link

It was originally supposed to be out in September, so advance copies have been out there for forever.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 1 December 2014 20:49 (seven years ago) link

then why cant i find a leak of sucker :[

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Monday, 1 December 2014 21:54 (seven years ago) link

(i'm sure its somewhere but havent had the time for a deep dive)

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Monday, 1 December 2014 21:54 (seven years ago) link

Oh, I don't think it's leaked anywhere. People with copies have held on tightly it appears.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 1 December 2014 21:55 (seven years ago) link

so no succour for you

sosmix klopp (NickB), Monday, 1 December 2014 21:57 (seven years ago) link

ugh whatever ill wait two weeks like a normal person

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Monday, 1 December 2014 21:58 (seven years ago) link

I've been enjoying the Kemper Norton and Maruice Louca albums recently, glad to see them hit the big time on the (vmic) Quietus list.

death in Skegness (seandalai), Monday, 1 December 2014 22:47 (seven years ago) link

http://www.uncut.co.uk/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-154-best-albums-of-2014-a-very-personal-list

Huge list of stuff. I usually look up a lot of the things on Mulvey's lists, but I'm noticing a fair bit of shit I know I don't like.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 1 December 2014 22:55 (seven years ago) link

The only uncut is Robbie unkut

deej loaf (D-40), Monday, 1 December 2014 22:56 (seven years ago) link

Consensus watch:

14 polls:
The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

13 polls:
Caribou - Our Love
FKA Twigs - LP1

12 polls:
Mac De Marco - Salad Days

11 polls:
Future Islands - Singles
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
St Vincent - St Vincent
Aphex Twin - Syro

10 polls:
Swans - To Be Kind
Jack White - Lazaretto
Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

9 polls:
Temples - Sun Structures
Real Estate - Atlas
Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Beck - Morning Phase

8 polls:
East India Youth - Total Strife Forever
Sun Kil Moon - Benji
Ty Segall - Manipulator

(poll placings below #50 are discounted, as are single-voter polls)

mike t-diva, Monday, 1 December 2014 23:29 (seven years ago) link

the consensus list is the worst of the lot!

lex pretend, Monday, 1 December 2014 23:32 (seven years ago) link

You forgot U2... It's album of the year?

Evan, Monday, 1 December 2014 23:32 (seven years ago) link

i have listened to and enjoyed three albums on the consensus list (aphex and twigs and beck) and need to get around to caribou and new swans.
i tried and disliked the jack white album.
i tried and had little interest in the van etten album.
The rest is all stuff that i haven't even cracked.

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 1 December 2014 23:38 (seven years ago) link

Of the ones you didn't mention, I'd probably steer you towards the St. Vincent...but even that is an "if you get around it" recommendation.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 1 December 2014 23:41 (seven years ago) link

is it substantially different than her earlier work?

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 1 December 2014 23:51 (seven years ago) link

i'm listening to war on drugs now and it's agreeable i-am-indie-i-am-sad stuff; not entirely clear why this gets to be standard bearer but whatever

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 1 December 2014 23:52 (seven years ago) link

cuz it sounds like 80s stuff that hasn't been updated before.

Daniel, Esq 2, Monday, 1 December 2014 23:56 (seven years ago) link

(don't get me wrong; i like the record)

Daniel, Esq 2, Monday, 1 December 2014 23:56 (seven years ago) link

is it substantially different than her earlier work?

Substantially? Nah. There's a bigger interest in cold robotic-ness, though, which surprisingly works in her favor.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 00:04 (seven years ago) link

The internet was a fun place to be after her SNL performance last May. "WTF was THAT?" said people who weren't expecting it.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 00:05 (seven years ago) link

lol, i just found the kozelek beef for WOD

i'm unlikely to ever connect with annie's work i think

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 00:05 (seven years ago) link

That Horse Lords track on the WaPo list is pretty great.

o. nate, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 03:45 (seven years ago) link

Stereogum: http://www.stereogum.com/1721100/the-50-best-albums-of-2014/list/

50. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal (What's Your Rupture?)
49. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
48. TOPS - Picture You Staring
47. Thou - Heathen
46. Spoon - They Want My Soul
45. You Blew It! - Keep Doing What You're Doing
44. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
43. LVL Up - Hoodwink'd
42. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
41. Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait
40. Tinashe - Aquarius
39. Caribou - Our Love
38. Horrendous - Ecdysis
37. Mitski - Bury Me At Makeout Creek
36. The Men - Tomorrow's Hits
35. Flying Lotus - You're Dead
34. How To Dress Well - "What Is This Heart?"
33. Aphex Twin - SYRO
32. Future Islands - Singles
31. Ty Segall - Manipulator
30. Todd Terje - It's Album Time
29. Ariel Pink - pom pom
28. Fucked Up - Glass Boys
27. Cloud Nothings - Here And Nowhere Else
26. Jessie Ware - Tough Love
25. Woods Of Desolation - As The Stars
24. Chumped - Teenage Retirement
23. Perfume Genius - Too Bright
22. Taylor Swift - 1989
21. Young Thug, Birdman, & Rich Homie Quan - Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1
20. Strand Of Oaks - Heal
19. Real Estate - Atlas
18. Eric Church - The Outsiders
17. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
16. EMA - The Future's Void
15. YG - My Krazy Life
14. Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
13. Swans - To Be Kind
12. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
11. YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend
10. Merchandise - After The End
09. FKA Twigs - LP1
08. Nux Vomica - Nux Vomica
07. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
06. White Lung - Deep Fantasy
05. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
04. Wye Oak - Shriek
03. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
02. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
01. Run The Jewels - RTJ2

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 15:38 (seven years ago) link

20. Strand Of Oaks - Heal

^don't really know this band but i heard one song on the radio and it really irritated me because the song COMPLETELY bit the "ah ha ha ha ha ha" end riff from "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" by Morrissey

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 15:40 (seven years ago) link

Nice to see the Wye Oak album so high. That was in my Top 10 for a while.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 15:49 (seven years ago) link

also nice to see another Against Me placing, the RS list is LOL but at least they had AM at #15

sleeve, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 15:52 (seven years ago) link

noticeable dearth of britishes on that list

sosmix klopp (NickB), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 15:52 (seven years ago) link

why does stereogum hate bloodsausage

sosmix klopp (NickB), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 15:52 (seven years ago) link

Nux Vomica is a cool pick for the top 10.

jmm, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 15:52 (seven years ago) link

this is the first list that i have few quibbles with throughout, def gotta check out the metal albums i overlooked & glad vince got some love

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 15:55 (seven years ago) link

I salute them for having a top 50 list that's at least more interesting than most of the others so far.

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 15:55 (seven years ago) link

(Thus far LDR is the only album in my Top Ten that shows up on any lists whatsoever)

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 15:56 (seven years ago) link

LDR is 40% tolerable, 60% abominable though

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 15:58 (seven years ago) link

stereogum list has more albums i like on it than most but it's hardly interesting, it just skews indie and indie-friendly versions of other genres. it's got a bit of pop and a bit of r&b and a bit of rap but you KNOW the sort of pop, r&b and rap that would never show up there in a million years, it's all preset values

lex pretend, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 15:58 (seven years ago) link

my entire use of LDR these days is as raw material for amazing house remixes

lex pretend, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 15:58 (seven years ago) link

<i>Broke With Expensive Taste</i> needs more love

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:01 (seven years ago) link

lex could you give some examples? i def can see what you mean, am just curious

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:02 (seven years ago) link

pop - one direction, cher lloyd (in the same way the equivalent list a few years ago would never have countenanced t-swift; the reason she's there isn't because she's magically improved but because her popularity and positioning have changed)

r&b - toni braxton, mjb, k michelle (yes i know it's only just out but it's the type of r&b not specific albums as such)

lex pretend, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:05 (seven years ago) link

But is Eric Church appearing at 18 a typical Indie-friendly choice? I haven't been paying enough attention to his stuff to know.

MarkoP, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:05 (seven years ago) link

basically when indie sites throw a sop to other genres it's less about quality and more how examples of those genres are positioned vis-à-vis the indie audience and as such very boring and mildly offensive

lex pretend, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:06 (seven years ago) link

i would push back a bit on tay - red made some best-of lists that you wouldn't expect IIRC - but can def agree re: their treatment of r&b. eric church is an interesting case as well tho. i haven't listened to the whole album but listened to the singles; happened to like them but did not expect him to be the critics' darling he's become outside of nashville

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:12 (seven years ago) link

that eric church album sucks. any list that includes it especially as the highest placing country record is suspect/playing catch-up imo

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:19 (seven years ago) link

cool to see nux vomica in a top 10 but weird to see it place several orders higher than triptykon

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:19 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, the Church album is terrible. (I admit, my experience with him is limited to that one and the one before it, but holy shit what a dropoff in quality between the two.)

Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:22 (seven years ago) link

Stereogum has strong feelings about Deafheaven and Marrow of the Spirit, I can see how Nux Vomica would appeal.

jmm, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:23 (seven years ago) link

i don't see a connection beyond long-ass songs

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:25 (seven years ago) link

I don't honestly see the difference between the stereogum list and most of the other lists in this thread.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

emil.y, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:25 (seven years ago) link

glad someone said it.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:26 (seven years ago) link

keepin it 100, truth 2 power

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:34 (seven years ago) link

The Babyface-Braxton album hasn't left rotation in my place; I'm tempted to put it at the top thanks to overplay.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:37 (seven years ago) link

I'm way more interested in singles/tracks list. Albums lists are pretty much always going to resemble each other unless it's from a specialty publication (even our ILM list will have a ton of what's in this thread). Song lists are where you can get into some real differences.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:38 (seven years ago) link

would like to see J-Hud's album on a few lists.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:39 (seven years ago) link

preset values, imagine

why do I hate that thing (excluding imago, marcos) (wins), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:40 (seven years ago) link

I wouldn't bother reading it but the headline made me laugh:

9 albums from 2014 that blow U2's Songs of Innocence out of the water
http://www.vox.com/2014/12/2/7319253/best-music-2014

sosmix klopp (NickB), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:54 (seven years ago) link

9 whole albums!

sosmix klopp (NickB), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:55 (seven years ago) link

one of them is the Foo Fighters though so it's technically only 8

sosmix klopp (NickB), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:55 (seven years ago) link

I would rather listen to Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever: Official Soundtrack than the new U2 album

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:57 (seven years ago) link

Metacritic aggregates the EOY lists: http://www.metacritic.com/feature/critics-pick-top-10-albums-of-2014

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 16:58 (seven years ago) link

Stereogum has strong feelings about Deafheaven and Marrow of the Spirit, I can see how Nux Vomica would appeal.

just realized you were talking about the post-rockiness of these records, so yeah, otm. haven't listened to the nux vomica in a few months and it's considerably grindier in memory

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:06 (seven years ago) link

Textura Top 40
http://www.textura.org/reviews/2104top10s.htm

01. Julia Wolfe: Steel Hammer (Cantaloupe Music)
02. Maria Schneider Featuring Dawn Upshaw: Winter Morning Walks (Artistshare)
03. Lenzman: Looking At The Stars (Metalheadz)
04. Brooklyn Rider: The Brooklyn Rider Almanac (Mercury Classics)
05. CYNE: All My Angles Are Right (Hometapes)
06. Vicky Chow: Tristan Perich: Surface Image (New Amsterdam Records)
07. David Lang: Love Fail (Cantaloupe Music)
08. yMusic: Balance Problems (New Amsterdam Records)
09. Maya Beiser: Uncovered (Innova Records)
10. Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suites (Tum Records)
11. Michael Nyman: Symphony No 11: Hillsborough Memorial (Mn Records)
12. Christopher Tignor: Thunder Lay Down In The Heart (Western Vinyl)
13. Michael Robinson: Lucknow Shimmer / Hummingbird Canyon (Azure Miles Records)
14. Alexander Turnquist: Flying Fantasy (Western Vinyl)
15. Jane Ira Bloom: Sixteen Sunsets (Outline)
16. Marvin Ayres: Ultraradian Rhythms (Wall Of Waves / Market Square)
17. Brock Van Wey: Home (Echospace Detroit)
18. Octet Ensemble: Scatter My Ashes (Belarca Records)
19. Hammock: Oblivion Hymns (Hammock Music)
20. Emilia Martensson: Ana (Babel)
21. Stein Urheim: Stein Urheim (Hubro)
22. Death Blues: Ensemble ( Rhythmplex )
23. Ken Thomson: Thaw (Cantaloupe Music)
24. Bruno Sanfilippo: ClarOscuro (Ad21)
25. Mary Halvorson: Reverse Blue (Relative Pitch Records)
26. Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble: Intergalactic Beings (FPE Records)
27. 36: Dream Tempest (3six Recordings)
28. Maxwell August Croy And Sean Mccann: I (Students Of Decay)
29. Robert Hood: M-Print: 20 Years Of M-Plant Music (M-Plant)
30. Ken Thomson And Slow/Fast: Settle (NCM East Records)
31. Dday One: Dialogue With Life (The Content (L)Abel)
32. Mark Lomax Trio: Isis And Osiris (Inarhyme Records)
33. P.J. Philipson: Peaks (Little Cracked Rabbit)
34. Ian William Craig: A Turn Of Breath (Recital)
35. Mark Templeton + Kyle Armstrong: Extensions (Graphical)
36. Grouper: Ruins (Kranky)
37. Neil Leonard: For Kounellis (Gasp Records)
38. Girma Yifrashewa: Love And Peace (Unseen Worlds)
39. Carl Hultgren: Tomorrow (Blue Flea)
40. David Pritchard: Among The Missing (Morphic Resonance)

millmeister, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:07 (seven years ago) link

...and compilations

01. VA: Platinumbreaks Vol 4 (Metalheadz)
02. VA: Emerging Organisms Vol 5 (Tympanik Audio)
03. VA: Aphelion (Token)
04. VA: Total 14 (Kompakt)
05. Maya Jane Coles: Fabric 75 (Fabric)
06. VA: Future Disco 7 (Needwant)
07. VA: 7 Years Of Outcross Records (Outcross Records)
08. VA: Anomalie3 (Gravite)
09. VA: 15 Shades Of White (Dronarivm)
10. VA: The Silence Was Warm Vol. 5 (Symbolic Interaction)

millmeister, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:07 (seven years ago) link

that Hammock album is great but I never listen to it

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:08 (seven years ago) link

I think part of the clickbait strategy is picking a random number (9, 13, 28) so it feels less like a curated list and more like a conversation.

xposts

Evan, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:09 (seven years ago) link

I thought Spoon would be much higher on all the indie leaning lists.

Evan, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:10 (seven years ago) link

that Hammock album is great but I never listen to it

Just relistened the other day. Still great, they remain an astoundingly underrated act.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:13 (seven years ago) link

26. Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble: Intergalactic Beings (FPE Records)

oooh, wanna hear this

sleeve, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:16 (seven years ago) link

I thought Spoon would be much higher on all the indie leaning lists.

― Evan, Tuesday, December 2, 2014 12:10 PM (16 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i found myself nonplussed by it aside from the first single and "rent i pay"

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:28 (seven years ago) link

I'm not particularly invested in the album myself either. I was just expecting it to show up more often.

Evan, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:29 (seven years ago) link

gotcha. yeah it is definitely catnip to those people, what gives

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:30 (seven years ago) link

"those people"

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:44 (seven years ago) link

I could support marginalizing Spoon fans in 2014 with total derision.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:45 (seven years ago) link

ilx jumping over itself to make sure everyone knows it doesn't have indie cooties: an xmas tradition since 2001

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:46 (seven years ago) link

"those people"

― i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, December 2, 2014 12:44 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

are you seriously gonna zing me for this jesus fucking christ

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:47 (seven years ago) link

wait, i already know the answer to that

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:47 (seven years ago) link

chill out man

i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:48 (seven years ago) link

but in the interests of not being a glib total dick, i'll clarify: I meant more the editors/listmakers/whatever who would include that record on a list just to check off a box even if it was meh (which it isn't in this case, just wasn't something i loved like previous spoon records)

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:50 (seven years ago) link

CTRL + F: Isaiah Rashad "not found." What gives?

quan voice (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:50 (seven years ago) link

released early in the year, easily forgot (tbf i haven't listened since it came out) but it was pretty impressive! i feel the same way about oxymoron but that was underrated from the jump imo

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:53 (seven years ago) link

...would include that record on a list just to check off a box even if it was meh

― hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, December 2, 2014 12:50 PM (13 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This is what I'm talking about. I feel like I'm seeing other albums that I suspect are in lists for this reason, yet not Spoon who I'd expect.
But maybe that whole premise is pure cynicism about the list making process.

Evan, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 18:09 (seven years ago) link

It's kind of exciting that I haven't even HEARD of anything on that Textura list

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 18:15 (seven years ago) link

I thought Spoon would be much higher on all the indie leaning lists.

― Evan, Tuesday, December 2, 2014 12:10 PM (16 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i found myself nonplussed by it aside from the first single and "rent i pay"

― hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, December 2, 2014 11:28 AM (47 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 18:16 (seven years ago) link

Isaiah R will get a slot in my top singles, but the album...eh. Bad year for Black Hippy.

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 18:18 (seven years ago) link

I didn't really like These Days... but I feel like I'm one of the only ones who remembers that Oxymoron even came out this year and still bangs, despite that painful Prescription-Oxymoron to The Purge stretch.

quan voice (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 18:21 (seven years ago) link

Oxymoron did have a couple bangers, didn't it? But maybe it tried to be too many things to too many audiences.

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 18:23 (seven years ago) link

It's kind of exciting that I haven't even HEARD of anything on that Textura list

have heard quite a few of them but yes, i do like lists where it feels like you've just lifted up a rock and found umpteen new species of fauna below

sosmix klopp (NickB), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 18:23 (seven years ago) link

OTM

sleeve, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 18:24 (seven years ago) link

btw Nicole Mitchell rules, all 3 albums I've heard are great AACM-influenced psychedelic jazz

sleeve, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 18:25 (seven years ago) link

it's heartbreak when you find out they're all actually spoon spin-offs xp

sosmix klopp (NickB), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 18:25 (seven years ago) link

these days was wild boring, if not abjectly bad. Oxymoron is really, really good. it's got holes ("studio," the bonus tracks) but it works across the 12 proper tracks more or less.

i actually like "prescription" as far as intense personal black hippy tracks go it's no "sing about me" or "m.A.A.d city", but i bought it.

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 18:27 (seven years ago) link

I loved Oxymoron a lot and played "Los Awesome" to death this year

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 18:31 (seven years ago) link

"Los Awesome" is a ton of fun, agreed

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 18:34 (seven years ago) link

i liked oxymoron at first but i've really cooled off on it and am not feeling it much anymore. still like the isaiah rashad album tho.

xps to a million posts above, it is wholly predictable that an indie-leaning list would include the eric church album considering the main reason it appears to have caught those ppl's attn in the first place was its overbearing rock-rebel posturing

dyl, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 18:39 (seven years ago) link

Isaiah Rashad is definitely great. Don't know yet where it will fall in my personal rankings, but it will be there.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 18:40 (seven years ago) link

holy shit at Nux Vomica on that Stereogum list! good on the 'gum for that one.

you know there was some discussion at HQ about that one vs. Woods of Desolation. "well, we put a post-rock-y metal album way up high last year, let's go crustier this year" ... no Deafheaven last year, I bet WoD is 9 and Nux Vomica is 25 or w/e

srsly, tho, I appreciate Stereogum's metal coverage in general.

alpine static, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 18:51 (seven years ago) link

what is textura

Whiney G. Weingarten, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 19:14 (seven years ago) link

There's a Platinum Breakz 4?!

a pleasant little psychedelic detour in the elevator (Amory Blaine), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 19:30 (seven years ago) link

is anyone other than glenn gonna build spotify lists for this stuff or should i volunteer

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 19:39 (seven years ago) link

xxxpost out of all the metal records i have caught up on today based on finding them in various EOY lists/on the metal polling thread, nux vomica is my favorite thus far i think

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 19:57 (seven years ago) link

Magnet - Best Of 2014: Noise
http://www.magnetmagazine.com/category/best-of-2014/

MAGNET’s Raym0nd Cumm1ngs picks the best noise releases of the year

1 Yellow Tears Golden Showers May Bring Flowers (Septic World International)
2 Bloodeath Bloodeath (Totally Gross National Product)
3 Philip White Documents (Infrequent Seams)
4 Zaimph & Yek Koo L’intérieur de la Vue (Obsolete Units)
5 Pharmakustik + Tanner Garza Pleuraraum (Jehu & Chinaman)
6 Diaphragmatic Fear Biters (Alien Passengers)
7 Good Area Pronunciation (Hanson)
8 Bob Bellerue Cure The Antidote (Los Discos Enfantasmes)
9 White Suns Totem (The Flenser)
10 Barrier Of Broken Leaves Spite (Turmeric Magnitudes)

sosmix klopp (NickB), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:30 (seven years ago) link

Paste Magazine - The 50 Best Songs of 2014
http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2014/12/the-50-best-songs-of-2014.html

sosmix klopp (NickB), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:33 (seven years ago) link

glad "Collard Greens" made it.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:34 (seven years ago) link

singles lists that include fka twigs but not beyonce need to have some special kind of code that alerts readers prior to reading

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:34 (seven years ago) link

which is not to say pendulum won't make my list but rating it without acknowledging the gifts of flawless or haunted seems myopic

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:36 (seven years ago) link

I am now knowingly listening to Sylan Esso for the first time just to see what the deal is. I already hate this woman's voice.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:37 (seven years ago) link

Sylvan, even.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:38 (seven years ago) link

I'm kind of surprised that there was only one single off of the Phantogram album and that that single wasn't "Howling at the Moon"

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:41 (seven years ago) link

I don't know, you guys, this sure doesn't sound like it's the best song of 2014, but I'm sure Paste writers are all congratulating themselves at this moment for throwing a curveball like that.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:41 (seven years ago) link

xxxxpost i think the lack of beyonce prob stems from people having no fucking clue whether to stick the beyonce album or its songs on 2014 lists for like, technicality reasons

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:42 (seven years ago) link

what in the name of god is this ages and ages garbage

sosmix klopp (NickB), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:47 (seven years ago) link

xp maybe? but in a rich year for daring r&B/indie hybrid singles, turning twigs into the defacto blanket token representative suggests a lack of listening

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:50 (seven years ago) link

How exactly does it follow that liking FKA twigs means you must also like Beyonce? (I mean, I like both of them but that is because I'm a gothy dude who likes R&B; they're doing distinctly different things, IMO equally well, and liking one is only tangentially related to liking the other)

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:51 (seven years ago) link

some special kind of code that alerts readers prior to reading

PASTE didn't tip you off on its own?

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:52 (seven years ago) link

ahh the Magent list is a little messed up - went straight to the top 10 and #1 & 4 both came out last year and for #6 they picked pretty much the worst track on the New Pornographer's album!

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:53 (seven years ago) link

i'm excited to check out the Textura list & Raymond's noise list

Lorde 2Pac Beck Mashup (crüt), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:54 (seven years ago) link

sylvan esso is like someone setting out to make a less-annoying tune-yards and ending up with something just as annoying as tune-yards

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:55 (seven years ago) link

(also it's hilarious to frame your argument as "people listing FKA twigs have no imagination when it comes to R&B; where's the Beyonce?")

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:56 (seven years ago) link

lol true

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:57 (seven years ago) link

so funny that "habits" is on quite a few 2014 lists but everyone was like UM WUT when i tried to pass that song around all 2013!

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:59 (seven years ago) link

i don't necessarily think the mark of a good or interesting list is agreeing with all the picks

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:00 (seven years ago) link

the top three on the paste list are an abortion

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:01 (seven years ago) link

Norway's biggest and 3rd biggest newspaper - Norwegian albums of the year:

Aftenposten:
1. Emilie Nicolas: Like I'm a warrior
2. Todd Terje: It's album time
3. Highasakite: Silent treatment
4. Motorpsycho: Behind the sun
5. Thea Hjelmeland: Solar plexus
6. Store P: Regnmannen
7. Torgeir Waldemar: Torgeir Waldemar
8. Sandra Kolstad: Zero gravity state of mind
9. Ida Jenshus: Let it go
10. The Dogs: The tears are voodoo

Dagbladet:
1. Highasakite, «Silent treatment»
2. Emilie Nicolas, «Like I’m a Warrior»
3. Ida Jenshus, «Let it go»
4. Kaja Gunnufsen, «Faen Kaja»
5. Röyksopp & Robyn, «Do it Again»
6. Store P, «Regnmannen»
7. In the Country & Frida Ånnevik, «Skogenes sang»
8. Silja Sol, «På Hjertet»
9. Jenny Hval & Susanna, «Meshes of Voice»
10. Todd Terje, «It’s Album Time»

abcfsk, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:02 (seven years ago) link

Tove Lo still seems to have the same profile in 2014 as she did in 2013 imo, except there's an album to go along with the singles now.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:04 (seven years ago) link

Emilie Nicolas, «Like I’m a Warrior»

I just happened across this album over the tgiving holiday weekend. I'd had "Pstereo" in my Spotify best of the year list for a long time, but I didn't know there was a full LP. Unfortunately, except for one other song, it's pretty boring. :(

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:06 (seven years ago) link

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TeqXUzaZ3c0/UzsavUd7YYI/AAAAAAAAAv8/SM01eQ_OkDI/s1600/901621_253611454810172_537879534_o.jpg

Det er sterke retro-vibber over garasjerocken til oslobandet The Dogs

نكبة (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:06 (seven years ago) link

xxxxxp nobody's saying you HAVE to like bey if you like twigs (though i'm hard pressed to think of anyone i've spoken to, gothy dude into R&B or otherwise, who is familiar with twigs and doesn't). FKATs points about the incipient racism of amalgamating all black singer/songwriters as R&B performers aside; her music and bey's album from this year are at least tangentially musically related
i'll cop that bey is maybe not the most apt choice of comparison (though recent repeat listening of haunted is illuminating the connections) but she's among the ten biggest performing artists in the world, you'd think they might have noticed her work or ANYONE else's working that currently zeitgeisty 'radiohead quiet storm' sound
more to the point, there's a host of other voices in the same/adjoining lanes that appear to be getting sidelined regardless (or more likely because of) popularity in favor of the more indie leaning choice
what i'm reacting to is musical tokenism and maybe a bit of the universal bey snubbing in the early ballots.

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:06 (seven years ago) link

(also it's hilarious to frame your argument as "people listing FKA twigs have no imagination when it comes to R&B; where's the Beyonce?")

my point is that it requires no imagination or exposure to maybe notice the 800 pound gorilla in the room.

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:07 (seven years ago) link

i like Ages and Ages, but am too lazy to go find, copy and paste the shrug guy emoticon

alpine static, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:08 (seven years ago) link

Indie leaning magazine/website favors indie leaning music from genres outside the main indie continuum. News at 11.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:09 (seven years ago) link

xpost (to me): that said, they've never released anything that comes anywhere close to "Archie, Marry Me"

alpine static, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:10 (seven years ago) link

xp hey if i don't tilt at a windmill or two i lose my grumpy old hipster credentials for 2015

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:10 (seven years ago) link

wait, i just realized call all destroyer called "Archie, Marry Me" an abortion!

alpine static, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:11 (seven years ago) link

wow destroyer you weren't fuckin kidding

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:11 (seven years ago) link

Emilie Nicolas, «Like I’m a Warrior»

I just happened across this album over the tgiving holiday weekend. I'd had "Pstereo" in my Spotify best of the year list for a long time, but I didn't know there was a full LP. Unfortunately, except for one other song, it's pretty boring. :(

― Johnny Fever, Tuesday, December 2, 2014 10:06 PM (3 minutes ago)

Nobody Knows is great, Grow Up also sounds good to me, the repetition works really well as a check on the song becoming trite nostalgia. Haven't really sat down with the album otherwise.

abcfsk, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:13 (seven years ago) link

alvvays is OK i guess but idk how it superseded a lot of stuff on that list (or off it!) this ages & ages song is kinda wack

really dreading sylvan esso given the zings upthread

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:13 (seven years ago) link

That Sylvan Esso thing is atrocious.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:14 (seven years ago) link

I like Alvvays, though they have better songs than that one. Now I'm listening to Ages and Ages and I might actually hate it more than the Sylvan Esso one. Eesh.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:16 (seven years ago) link

what. the. fuck. is. this.

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:18 (seven years ago) link

I refuse to visit paste again. Which horrid Ages and Ages song did they pick?

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:18 (seven years ago) link

"Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)"

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:18 (seven years ago) link

destroyer, so otm when describing esso as a more annoying tuneyards, a thing i didn't think was possible. does she have the cultural appropriation tourism issue garbus has or nah?

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:19 (seven years ago) link

Thanks JF off to make myself puke in my mouth.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:19 (seven years ago) link

Made it a minute in. That's some dire shit.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:22 (seven years ago) link

Didn't really care much for the Sylvan Esso song that Paste gave number 1 to, but I don't mind the other song I've heard of hers, "Coffee".

MarkoP, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:24 (seven years ago) link

i'm excited to check out the Textura list & Raymond's noise list

― Lorde 2Pac Beck Mashup (crüt), Tuesday, December 2, 2014 2:54 PM (29 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

thank you sir

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:27 (seven years ago) link

I liked the FKA Twigs album a lot, though I need to spend more time with it - it's one of those things where I need to be in the right mood (same with Beyonce's album, actually).

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:28 (seven years ago) link

Here are a bunch of the things from the Textura list:

http://open.spotify.com/user/glennpmcdonald/playlist/6oD6W0OgTAIDPUAcT5EtWv

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:47 (seven years ago) link

gracias

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:47 (seven years ago) link

count me as another of the "ANOTHER WORLD" adventurers with like 50% of that textura list
This steel hammer album is instantaneously awesome

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:49 (seven years ago) link

you guys, hate Sylvan Esso and Ages and Ages as much as you like, I get it, but that Alvvays album is AMAZING, top to bottom

alpine static, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:54 (seven years ago) link

27. 36: Dream Tempest (3six Recordings)

^ this is really lovely FYI

Lorde 2Pac Beck Mashup (crüt), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:08 (seven years ago) link

okay, i have to reiterate how beautiful the first track on this Julia Wolfe album is and everyone with a passing interest in reich should play it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGVEiO8bwtI

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:38 (seven years ago) link

Cosmopolitan - The 20 Best Albums of 2014
http://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/music/a33585/best-albums-of-2014/

1. Taylor Swift, 1989
2. Ariana Grande, My Everything
3. Azealia Banks, Broke With Expensive Taste
4. Miranda Lambert, Platinum
5. First Aid Kit, Stay Gold
6. Tinashe, Aquarius
7. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence
8. Kelis, Food
9. Lykke Li, I Never Learn
10. Beyoncé, BEYONCÉ Platinum Edition
11. One Direction, Four
12. Ex Hex, Rips
13. Jessie Ware, Tough Love
14. Various Artists, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
15. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness
16. Dolly Parton, Blue Smoke
17. Jenny Lewis, The Voyager
18. FKA twigs, LP1
19. Perfume Genius, Too Bright
20. St. Vincent, St. Vincent

sosmix klopp (NickB), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:39 (seven years ago) link

pleased to see love for dolly and azealia and tinashe and miranda

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:42 (seven years ago) link

best list so far by miles!

prolego, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:42 (seven years ago) link

yeah p solid. wouldn't rank taylor that high above everything for 1989, tho, not with tinashe and miranda lambert and lykke and bey that far behind her

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:45 (seven years ago) link

Even though there are a few things on there I hate or at least don't care about, I think I agree.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:45 (seven years ago) link

i love that ilx hivemind taste intersects most closely w/ cosmo

Mordy, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:46 (seven years ago) link

(if it was red, different story, i'd understand a top 5 placement)

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:46 (seven years ago) link

yeah look at us wusses ugh amirite

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:46 (seven years ago) link

Least amount of dudes yet

Evan, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:46 (seven years ago) link

despite the numbering, the cosmo list does say "in no particular order"

sosmix klopp (NickB), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:47 (seven years ago) link

no i don't really associate cosmo w/ wussiness but maybe if i were being uncharitable a kind of rote superficiality? idk anything about their music crit nb and i like plenty of artists on that list just that i've seen a cosmo cover before in my life

Mordy, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:47 (seven years ago) link

whoever built that list is gonna be fun to hang out with

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:48 (seven years ago) link

nahhhh

Lorde 2Pac Beck Mashup (crüt), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:49 (seven years ago) link

Is that a list just by Eliza Thompson or did they poll the Cosmo staff? Just curious.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:49 (seven years ago) link

like c'mon, this is at least a little lol that this is the magazine that closely lines up w/ ilx critical darlings

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1295625/thumbs/o-COSMO-COVERS-570.jpg?1

Mordy, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:50 (seven years ago) link

no worries mordy i was kidding & yr assumption is understandable

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:50 (seven years ago) link

(nb i love carrie underwood)

Mordy, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:50 (seven years ago) link

and i hate one direction pretty thoroughly so i dont have full credentials for the pop quadrant of my listening brain, fwiw

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:53 (seven years ago) link

https://twitter.com/thompsonplaid/status/527866562628165632
i stand by my hypothesis

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:54 (seven years ago) link

A Surefire Technique That Takes You Both Over the Edge Simultaneously

^ David Fricke is writing slash articles for them now?

sosmix klopp (NickB), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:54 (seven years ago) link

xp and based on that twitter, that list is like 85% her. let's get her on ilx plz

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:56 (seven years ago) link

Cosmo Bandesman

نكبة (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 22:57 (seven years ago) link

xxp she digs sleater kinney...

that's a little surprising

https://twitter.com/thompsonplaid/status/539903968483102720

let's see, out of 1,866 followers, one person retweeted and zero favourited it

, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 23:02 (seven years ago) link

That cosmo list is excellent; all jokes, reservations, whatever much less so. Very telling, these "oh no we're like GIRLS" reactions. Btw how is a women's magazine more superficial than any of the desperate and hidebound music outlets itt? Beyond the covers cosmo, elle etc publish much more ~srs features than fucking stereogum

lex pretend, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 23:37 (seven years ago) link

tbf Mordy is the source of that ugliness which is pretty expected at this point.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 23:39 (seven years ago) link

Particularly nice to see the kelis and miranda lambert albums there; former seems to have been completely forgotten, latter I thought had a lot of support but of course lambert's positioning is all wrong for any serious music publication to acknowledge her!

Xp indeed

lex pretend, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 23:41 (seven years ago) link

i couldn't do anything with the kelis album unfortunately. i tried!

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 23:43 (seven years ago) link

Jerk Ribs still sounds great to me, but yeah...the rest of it faded away quick.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 23:45 (seven years ago) link

It's not one to return to in the winter even if you like it I guess

lex pretend, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 23:47 (seven years ago) link

Time Magazine - Top 10 Best Albums
https://time.com/3613540/top-10-best-albums/

1. LP1, FKA twigs
2. St. Vincent, St. Vincent
3. Alt-J, This Is All Yours
4. 1989, Taylor Swift
5. Too Bright, Perfume Genius
6. Ultraviolence, Lana Del Rey
7. Transgender Dysphoria Blues, Against Me!
8. The Voyager, Jenny Lewis
9. Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
10. Broke With Expensive Taste, Azealia Banks

sosmix klopp (NickB), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 23:50 (seven years ago) link

i also earmarked jerk ribs and biscuits and gravy but mostly out of respect

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 23:51 (seven years ago) link

Time Magazine - Top 10 Worst Songs
https://time.com/3613505/top-10-worst-songs/

1. “Rude,” Magic!
2. “Literally, I Can’t,” Redfoo, Lil Jon, Enertia McFly
3. “Masterpiece,” Jessie J
4. “Sun Daze,” Florida Georgia Line
5. “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor
6. “Wiggle” by Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg
7. “Summer,” Calvin Harris
8. “Black Widow,” Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora
9. “Brooklyn Girls,” Catey Shaw
10. “L.A. Love (La La),” Fergie

sosmix klopp (NickB), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 23:56 (seven years ago) link

No arguments there. All of those songs are terrible.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:04 (seven years ago) link

That Cosmo list is shit and anyone who says Cosmo is genuinely representative of "girls" and not part of the fucking problem is, well, part of the fucking problem.

emil.y, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:09 (seven years ago) link

lol srsly but i can't wait for lex to defend the ten best ways to stick yr finger in yr boyfriend's anus

Mordy, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:11 (seven years ago) link

that TIME album list isn't embarrassing

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:13 (seven years ago) link

I don't like FKA Twigs and don't understand Ryan Adams and think the Jenny Lewis is embalmed studio rock but yes on Against Me!, Azealia Banks, and Swift. Didn't expect Perfume Genius, whom I can't stand but didn't expect to be on TIME's radar.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:14 (seven years ago) link

1. Taylor Swift, 1989 - There's some good and some bad on this album.
2. Ariana Grande, My Everything - No.
3. Azealia Banks, Broke With Expensive Taste - Yes, absolutely! I had no idea it would be this good.
4. Miranda Lambert, Platinum - Whatever, she's alright.
5. First Aid Kit, Stay Gold - Strong first half, at least.
6. Tinashe, Aquarius - Great!
7. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence - People still like her. That doesn't bother me.
8. Kelis, Food - Jerk Ribs > everything else.
9. Lykke Li, I Never Learn - I love this one.
10. Beyoncé, BEYONCÉ Platinum Edition - This was my #1 album from 2013. Still love it.
11. One Direction, Four - I haven't listened to this, but I like some 1D songs.
12. Ex Hex, Rips - I actually wish I liked this more.
13. Jessie Ware, Tough Love - Better than her debut. There, I said it!
14. Various Artists, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - Is Lorde on this? No thanks.
15. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness - I'm fine with this. Hardly ever listen to it.
16. Dolly Parton, Blue Smoke - Dolly, always.
17. Jenny Lewis, The Voyager - It's no Rabbit Fur Coat, but what is.
18. FKA twigs, LP1 - YES!
19. Perfume Genius, Too Bright - I have to be a mood, but when I am this is wonderful.
20. St. Vincent, St. Vincent - I like it more each time I play it (which isn't often).

So no, the whole list isn't shit. Maybe only a tiny little bit of it is.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:17 (seven years ago) link

things i like are great and things you like are shit and let em all go to hell except cave 76

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:18 (seven years ago) link

Did Hitler write these lists?

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:20 (seven years ago) link

That Cosmo list is shit and anyone who says Cosmo is genuinely representative of "girls" and not part of the fucking problem is, well, part of the fucking problem.

― emil.y, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:09 (8 minutes ago) Permalink
+1/otm/imo

, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:22 (seven years ago) link

Looks like TIME and I agree on two albums, at almost the same spots! Weird.

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:22 (seven years ago) link

12. Ex Hex, Rips - I actually wish I liked this more.

yeah

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:23 (seven years ago) link

I just get really mad at dudes on the internet telling me what women are and what they identify with. Is it fun erasing people's experience of womanhood? Because it isn't fun for me.

emil.y, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:30 (seven years ago) link

idk is there any of that itt? As a man, my radar might not be as finely tuned into certain language or whatever, but I honestly don't think anyone made a point about Cosmo speaking for ALL WOMEN.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:32 (seven years ago) link

The only objectionable thing I saw was Mordy basically saying "lol @ you guys like chick music".

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:35 (seven years ago) link

there's a bunch of great records on that cosmo list!

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:36 (seven years ago) link

I like 3-4 of the albums on that list; most of the others I just haven't heard (or aren't my bag).

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:37 (seven years ago) link

I don't like FKA Twigs

*displays "i'm with alfred" shirt*

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:39 (seven years ago) link

The problem being that it isn't even necessarily ~chick music~, as members of either gender are testifying

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:39 (seven years ago) link

lol johnny fever u didn't see me say anything of the sort keep trolling :)

Mordy, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:48 (seven years ago) link

"10. Beyoncé, BEYONCÉ Platinum Edition - This was my #1 album from 2013. Still love it."

lol but the Cosmo list entry is definitely for the bonus EP on the new re-release that has 2 new songs and some stupid remixes

some dude, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:52 (seven years ago) link

you take that back about the flawless remix sir that shit is fire

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:53 (seven years ago) link

big fan of the standing on the sun remix here.
and ring off is a pretty great track!

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 01:05 (seven years ago) link

8/8 NEVER FORGET

http://michaelceramusic.bandcamp.com/releases

Kidding! (Or am I?)

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 02:17 (seven years ago) link

I admit with chagrin that after not connecting with Rewind the Film at all, I hadn't bothered to track down Manic Street Preachers Futurology until now. This was a judgment error.

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 02:22 (seven years ago) link

Oh, wow, this Brooklyn Rider album! Another amazing thing I had never heard of before seeing it on one of these lists (Textura).

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 02:55 (seven years ago) link

cosmo list is not terrible. also the miguel/chemical brothers track is great and i hope they collaborate again

maura, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 03:12 (seven years ago) link

lol sometimes i feel like when it comes to year-end stuff i really identify with dudes like johnny fever and forksclovetofu

jaymc, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 05:43 (seven years ago) link

1. Taylor Swift, 1989 - I need to spend more time with this. Lead singles are good, though, including "Shake It Off" -- apart from the embarrassing rap, it's pretty good!
2. Ariana Grande, My Everything - I thought her first album was Great. This is a step down, but I love all of the singles. Thought "Problem" would be my favorite -- such an iconic summer song -- but "Love Me Harder" is something I play over and over again
3. Azealia Banks, Broke With Expensive Taste - This is good, but I have to say, when "212" comes on, I immediately perk up. Like it's obviously still the standout. "Chasing Time" is really good, though. Wtf to the Ariel Pink cover/remake
4. Miranda Lambert, Platinum - Can't bring myself to listen to this, even tho I've def liked M. Lambert songs in the past
5. First Aid Kit, Stay Gold - Don't know anything about them
6. Tinashe, Aquarius - Really fucking solid. Prob unfair to compare her to Jhene Aiko, but I thought the Tinashe album was much better.
7. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence - Kind of confused about her critical standing.
8. Kelis, Food - Kelis seems like good people, but I haven't given this more than a single spin.
9. Lykke Li, I Never Learn - This was a bit of a disappointment, but "No Rest for the Wicked" is classic Lykke Li
10. Beyoncé, BEYONCÉ Platinum Edition - lol okay
11. One Direction, Four - Huh. Should I listen to this? I have def spent time w/One Direction in my life
12. Ex Hex, Rips - Great album. Maybe it's because I don't listen to a lot of power-pop and thus don't recognize it as fairly standard for the genre (iirc, n/a thought it sounded rote), but this album does it for me.
13. Jessie Ware, Tough Love - Man. I sincerely think that "Imagine It Was Us" is one of like the best-ever songs of the decade, which makes this one of the biggest disappointments of 2014 for me
14. Various Artists, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - Feel weird listening to soundtracks before I see the movie, so I will withhold judgment until I do ... Chvrches was my favorite album of 2013, though, so I'm eager to hear it.
15. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness - This was kind of boring, iirc?
16. Dolly Parton, Blue Smoke - Good for Dolly. Don't care too much, though.
17. Jenny Lewis, The Voyager - I like Jenny Lewis best in Fleetwood Mac/soft disco mode (e.g., Rilo Kiley's "Dreamworld"), so I'm glad there's a little of that here (like the first track). "Just One of the Guys" is for sure catchy, but it's also kind of annoyingly twee.
18. FKA twigs, LP1 - Good but in this austere way that I admire more than love. That one harmonic voice in "Pendulum," though.
19. Perfume Genius, Too Bright - Need to listen to this with closer attention.
20. St. Vincent, St. Vincent - Actually, St. Vincent is the classic example of someone I admire more than love. There are songs of hers that I like a lot -- at least a couple per album -- and she was kind of amazing at Pitchfork Fest this year, maybe the highlight -- but she's never going to rank in a top 10 of mine.

jaymc, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 05:59 (seven years ago) link

sorry to get all dog latin or w/e

jaymc, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 05:59 (seven years ago) link

lol srsly but i can't wait for lex to defend the ten best ways to stick yr finger in yr boyfriend's anus

― Mordy, Tuesday, December 2, 2014 7:11 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark

wait what's wrong with listing 10 ways of fingering your boyfriend

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 3 December 2014 06:00 (seven years ago) link

i'm all ears

jaymc, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 06:01 (seven years ago) link

granted i have not had sex with you mordy but i'm gonna go out on a limb and say you are prob someone who could pick up some sex tips from cosmo

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 3 December 2014 06:01 (seven years ago) link

1. Taylor Swift, 1989 - I need to spend more time with this...
...
4. Miranda Lambert, Platinum - Can't bring myself to listen to this, even tho I've def liked M. Lambert songs in the past
5. First Aid Kit, Stay Gold - Don't know anything about them
...
11. One Direction, Four - Huh. Should I listen to this?...
...
14. Various Artists, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - Feel weird listening to soundtracks before I see the movie, so I will withhold judgment until I do
...
19. Perfume Genius, Too Bright - Need to listen to this with closer attention...

― jaymc, Wednesday, December 3, 2014 12:59 AM (3 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 06:06 (seven years ago) link

The point for the Cosmo list is surely that it's not a music / arts publication, it's a fashion magazine. It would be suprising to get a good list from Nuts, What Car or Viz too.

That also explains why it's fairly decent - it seems to be the work of one person rather than a committee.

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 06:06 (seven years ago) link

the point about the cosmo list is that it lists a bunch of good pop and R&B albums where everything other list in this thread is a roster of sad men and women who play guitars

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 3 December 2014 06:08 (seven years ago) link

hi whiney what's up i already apologized. i am not a professional music critic. so maybe i shouldn't have made the post at all. sorry! just typing random stuff. i can take it to google docs, though. my bad.

jaymc, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 06:09 (seven years ago) link

like whoa out of 20 albums released in 2014, i have not heard six of them, what the fuck, why bother posting

jaymc, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 06:10 (seven years ago) link

the One Direction album is def EOY list-worthy

Bro With Extensive Taint (some dude), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 06:10 (seven years ago) link

will check it out. i have researched & written about one direction.

jaymc, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 06:11 (seven years ago) link

jesus christ

jaymc, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 06:20 (seven years ago) link

if it makes u feel any better i have been listening to run the jewels nonstop for the last couple of days despite not really digging their whole aesthetic beyond an appreciation for technique.

jaymc, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 06:22 (seven years ago) link

are ppl talking about dj quik anywhere

jaymc, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 06:23 (seven years ago) link

jay, i'm not teasing you because you haven't heard records, man!

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 06:27 (seven years ago) link

it's cool

jaymc, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 06:28 (seven years ago) link

so what was that post about then? genuinely curious

alpine static, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 07:19 (seven years ago) link

The 20 best reissues of 2014 according to FACT. As usual some interesting choices.

01. LEWIS - L’amour (Light in the Attic)
02. snd - TPlay (snd)
03. Z - Visions of Dune (InFiné)
04. STEVE ROACH - Structures from Silence (Projeckt)
05. SOULS OF MISCHIEF - 93 ’til Infinity (Get on Down)
06. MUSLIMGAUZE - Chasing the Shadow of Bryn Jones 1983-88 (Vinyl on Demand)
07. TRANSLLUSION - The Opening of the Cerebral Gate (Tresor)
08. INGRAM MARSHALL - Fog Tropes // Gradual Requiem (Arc Light Editions)
09. VARIOUS - Suburban Base Records: The History Of Hardcore, Jungle, Drum & Bass: 1991-199 (Suburban Base)
10. GRUPPO DI IMPROVVISAZIONE NUOVA CONSONANZA - The Feed-Back (Schema)
11. DONATO DOZZY & NUEL - The Aquaplano Sessions (Spectrum Spools)
12. V/VM - The Death of Rave (A Partial Flashback) (History Always Favours the Winners)
13. HELM - Impasse (New Images)
14. STEPHEN DAVID HEITKOTTER - Black Orckid (Now-Again)
15. RALPH JONES - Slumber Party Massacre (Death Waltz Recording Company)
16. CHARLES HAYWARD - Smell of Metal (ΚΕΜΑΛ)
17. WILLIAM BASINSKI - Melancholia (Temporary Residence)
18. 18. BLACK ZONE MYTH CHANT - Straight Cassette (Laitdbac)
19. VARIOUS - Bombay Disco (Cultures of Soul)
20. OFFICER! - Dead Unique (Blackest Ever Black)

millmeister, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 09:45 (seven years ago) link

i always forget that reissues are a thing. i'm surprised fact didn't rep for the katie pearl album, though i guess an unreleased album finally emerging 10 years late isn't a REissue. that lewis album was a fucking bore though

lex pretend, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 09:48 (seven years ago) link

yeh the lewis album was kinda dull but the whole story itself i found really fun

nxd, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 10:05 (seven years ago) link

10. GRUPPO DI IMPROVVISAZIONE NUOVA CONSONANZA - The Feed-Back (Schema)

My (and possibly no one else's) idea of fun.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 10:06 (seven years ago) link

Can we rank 10 ways to finger yr boyfriend, I feel that unlike everything else ITT that conversation might still be interesting/useful to me in six months time.

Tim F, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 10:12 (seven years ago) link

playing the long game, eh Tim?

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 10:35 (seven years ago) link

Some choice writing in the Paste list:

"From the second someone turns the gain on the fuzz pedal all the way up on “Black Moon Spell,” the opening track off King Tuff’s new album, it’s pretty obvious that both speakers and minds are about to be blown."

"It’s something new. It’s music. And, it’s beautiful."

Re-Make/Re-Model, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 11:05 (seven years ago) link

i always forget that reissues are a thing. i'm surprised fact didn't rep for the katie pearl album, though i guess an unreleased album finally emerging 10 years late isn't a REissue

It'll definitely be high up in their albums list proper

Number None, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 11:39 (seven years ago) link

the point about the cosmo list is that it lists a bunch of good pop and R&B albums where everything other list in this thread is a roster of sad men and women who play guitars
--J0rdan S.

I MEAN, one can argue the Cosmo list is mostly sad ladies who sometimes play guitars...but obviously I know what you meant

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 12:52 (seven years ago) link

how dare people like guitar music in this day and age

Cosmic Slop, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 13:05 (seven years ago) link

Some good stuff on that reissue list, but Luciano Cilio's Dell'universo assente is a glaring omission.

xelab, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 13:10 (seven years ago) link

Yes, the entire point of my post was whether or not the list is bad (because I so blatantly loved all the other lists in this thread), please make lists showing me that you like the records on it, that'll disprove that claim entirely, and not whether you're a bunch of fucking sexist dickwads.

emil.y, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 13:34 (seven years ago) link

I noticed no one bothered replying to emil.y's post except jf and mordy

Cosmic Slop, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 13:41 (seven years ago) link

Well, to be honest not replying would have been fine. Replying and MISSING THE POINT ENTIRELY is a lot less fine, and a bit... mansplaining the list for me, thanks. "No no no, I think you'll find *I* like this, therefore your whole post is misguided, little miss, you just sit right there".

emil.y, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 13:46 (seven years ago) link

but no one actually said cosmo or its list spoke for all women. it codes female by dint of having by far the largest proportion of female artists of any list, many from genres with high proportions of female artists and fans. in light of that mordy reacting with some shit about how lol rote and superficial it was (not a complaint directed at any other list so far) seemed pretty sexist.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 13:52 (seven years ago) link

That Pixies album alternated between the inconsequential and the plain terrible.

cpl593H, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 13:56 (seven years ago) link

So far my takeaway from these lists is that only about 3 people still care about Lamb 😞

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:01 (seven years ago) link

11. One Direction, Four - Huh. Should I listen to this? I have def spent time w/One Direction in my life

yes!

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:07 (seven years ago) link

Camaraderie at Arms Length is OTM. Cosmo isn't a music magazine, it's a lifestyle magazine aimed at a particular audience of women and that's why it initiated a bit of a LOL. It's wrong to assume this is the music that 'women' like. It's also wrong to assume that this is the music that 'Ilxors' like.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:08 (seven years ago) link

Itemizing a list of 20 records with reasons I like or dislike them is now mansplaining? jeezus.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:18 (seven years ago) link

mordy reacting with some shit about how lol rote and superficial it was (not a complaint directed at any other list so far)

"preset values", "boring", "embarrassing" (you), "all these lists are the same, ehhh", "music for conservative dads" (paraphrasing myself)

I would say those things are reasonably similar to "lol rote and superficial", and that's just us two. What Mordy actually said was it's funny that Cosmo is the list most aligned with the ilx hivemind. It is at least mildly noteworthy if true that a dedicated music site shares the most taste with a publication more known for sex tips and beauty advertising than its music coverage. When you equate that with "oh no we're like GIRLS", it certainly LOOKS like you're saying girls = love sex tips and beauty advertising, conform entirely to this construction of gender normativity, must ringfence this forever because this is what girls are like. It is frustrating.

emil.y, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:18 (seven years ago) link

Itemizing a list of 20 records with reasons I like or dislike them is now mansplaining? jeezus.

Ignoring the main point of a post in order to provide a carefully constructed argument for why the irrelevant part of a post is wrong is kind of mansplainy, yeah.

emil.y, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:21 (seven years ago) link

Tbh, I didn't even see your post, emil.y, I just wandered in this thread last night and saw Johnny Fever's post and was inspired to do the same. Apologies for any offense caused.

jaymc, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:25 (seven years ago) link

You blazed in and the first words of your first post on the subject were "That Cosmo list is shit..." I can't IMAGINE why that might put anyone on the defensive and possibly overlook the second half of your post!

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:26 (seven years ago) link

I do regret going "but it's shit", to be honest. I think pretty much all of these lists are shit so it's not noteworthy that I also think this one is shit. But that was a reaction against other people going "noooo must defend the Cosmo list it's amaaazing".

emil.y, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:29 (seven years ago) link

the reaction to most of these lists has been that they're shit. if you think a list's shit, it's fair enough to say.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:31 (seven years ago) link

Juno Plus Re-issues. Some over with the Fact chart.
http://www.junodownload.com/plus/2014/12/03/best-of-2014-reissues-and-archival-releases/

1. Gigi Masin – Talk to the Sea (Music From Memory)
2. Vangelis Katsoulis – The Sleeping Beauties: A Collection of Early and Unreleased Works (Into The Light)
3. Lewis – L’amour/Romantic Times (Light In The Attic)
4. Roland Young – Hearsay I-Land (Palto Flats)
5. Donato Dozzy and Nuel – The Aquaplano Sessions (Spectrum Spools)
6. Psyche - Re-Membering Dwayne (Dark Entries)
7. Z AKA Bernard Szajner – Visions of Dune (InFiné)
8. K. Leimer – A Period of Review (Original Recordings: 1975 – 1983) (RVNG Intl)
9. Tom Ellard – ’80s Cheesecake (Dark Entries)
10. Dat Oven – Icy Lake (Fade To Mind/Night Slugs)

millmeister, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:35 (seven years ago) link

Some *overlap with the Fact chart.

millmeister, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:36 (seven years ago) link

Gorilla vs Bear
http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/12/02/gorilla-vs-bears-albums-of-2014/

1. Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
2. Grouper - Ruins
3. Ariel Pink - Pom Pom
4. Tops - Picture You Staring
5. Burial - Rival Dealer
6. Doss - Doss + remixes
7. Lewis - L'Amour/Romantic Times
8. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib - Pinata
9. Fear of Men - Loom
10. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
11. Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers
12. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
13. Mark Barrott - Sketches from an Island
14. Yumi Zouma - Yumi Zouma
15. Leon Vynehall - Music for the Uninvited
16. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
17. Ana Caprix - For Seven Nights This Island Is Ours
18. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness
19. DJ Dodger Stadium - Friend of Mine
20. Panda Bear - Mr Noah
21. Recycle Culture - Drown Me Up
22. Jessie Ware - Tough Love
23. Johnny Jewel - Rarities & Unreleased
24. Tinashe - Aquarius
25. Beverly - Careers
26. Mica Levi - Under the Skin
27. Alvvays - Alvvays
28. Sales - Sales
29. Viet Cong - Cassette
30. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
31. Vesuvio Solo - Favors
32. Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron
33. Mr Twin Sister - Mr Twin Sister
34. Korallreven - Second Comin'
35. You'll Never Get to Heaven - Adorn

sosmix klopp (NickB), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:36 (seven years ago) link

xps It was just a timing issue. We've all been picking apart all these lists, and then one comes along that resembles something we'd actually make (at least in part) and there was cause for celebration. Then Mordy, then slothroprhymes' tongue-in-cheek reaction to Mordy, then lex...then I don't know. It's tough now to remember what I was thinking last night when this unfolded.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:40 (seven years ago) link

GvsB still reliably digs a little deeper than all the other big indie bloggers. Big props for capping it off with You'll Never Get to Heaven's Adorn, which is a wonderful little EP.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:42 (seven years ago) link

I'm actually quite surprised the Kelis album hasn't figured in more lists, even lurking around the 30s somewhere.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:43 (seven years ago) link

The Guardian continues the slow roll: http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2014/nov/26/-sp-the-best-albums-of-2014

8 Beck - Morning Phase
9 Flying Lotus - You're Dead
10 Sleaford Mods - Divide And Exit

Nothing too exciting though the FlyLo is growing on me. I was a fan of earlier ones, just hadn't been in the mood for a while. Beck and Sleaford Mods can suckit though.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:51 (seven years ago) link

I just remembered that it was the NPR list, not the Guardian's, that I thought was pretty good last year.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:57 (seven years ago) link

did Rival Dealer really come out this year...? Damn.

Anyway, Ariel Pink notwithstanding the GvsB isn't too bad.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 14:59 (seven years ago) link

there are evidently more profound consonances between ilm ideology and cosmo ideology, nevermind the apparent gender polarity

نكبة (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:08 (seven years ago) link

rival dealer was late last year but mighta missed some 2013 lists

nxd, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:14 (seven years ago) link

wasn't it on the ilx list or am i imagining it?

sosmix klopp (NickB), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:22 (seven years ago) link

maybe on both lists

nxd, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:22 (seven years ago) link

deff on one at least

nxd, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:23 (seven years ago) link

ah yes so it seems (74th for the title track and 30th on the album chart)

nxd, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:26 (seven years ago) link

If they were sensible and did these charts at the end of the year, they wouldn't need to pick up these late 2013 releases in the first place.

millmeister, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:30 (seven years ago) link

p much any given publication has a lot more to lose from waiting until the end of the year to do all this crap than they do from possibly missing out on one or two releases

proper maoist (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:34 (seven years ago) link

uh oh:
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-best-songs-of-2014-20141203

sosmix klopp (NickB), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:46 (seven years ago) link

No Depression - Top 10 albums:
http://nodepression.com/top-10-albums-list/2014-0

1. Sunny Sweeney - Provoked
2. Carolina Story - Chapter Two
3. Marcia Ball - The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man
4. Cowboy Jack Clement - For Once and For All
5. The Levon Helm Band - The Midnight Ramble Session 3
6. The Hayden Triplets - The Hayden Triplets
7. The Levon Helm Band - The Midnight Ramble Session 3
8. Paul Thorn - Too Blessed to Be Stressed
9. Justin Townes Earle - Single Mothers
10. Lee Ann Womack - The Way I'm Livin'

sosmix klopp (NickB), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:49 (seven years ago) link

I like #7, #5 is shit

Lorde 2Pac Beck Mashup (crüt), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:55 (seven years ago) link

bout the same for me,

saer, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:55 (seven years ago) link

so far only one (1) point in the RS songs list favor - it includes 0 to 100

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:59 (seven years ago) link

oh shit, that's just some dumb forum post xps

sosmix klopp (NickB), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 16:00 (seven years ago) link

i thought it looked a bit low-key

sosmix klopp (NickB), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 16:00 (seven years ago) link

xxxp to myself ok its actually not too terrible overall, certainly runs circles around the albums list

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 16:03 (seven years ago) link

I'm tight with the Juno Plus list of best reissues. Also agreeing with their comment re Gigi Masin's Talk To The Sea

wasn’t just the best reissue project of the year – it was better than most albums of new music released in 2014

doug watson, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 16:17 (seven years ago) link

i posted this in the sleater kinney thread by mistake but:

Trapt - The Acoustic Collection is a real doozy from that AV Club least essential list

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 16:18 (seven years ago) link

I'm tight with the Juno Plus list of best reissues. Also agreeing with their comment re Gigi Masin's Talk To The Sea

― doug watson

It's been sitting in my Bandcamp wishlist for a few months. Just ordered.

millmeister, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 16:30 (seven years ago) link

Listening to this now. Love it! Thanks for bringing it up.

Evan, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 16:50 (seven years ago) link

I completely missed Masin's reissue this year! Awesome.

a pleasant little psychedelic detour in the elevator (Amory Blaine), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 16:52 (seven years ago) link

Complex - 30 best album covers of 2014
http://uk.complex.com/style/2014/12/the-best-album-covers-of-2014/

sosmix klopp (NickB), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 16:54 (seven years ago) link

gtfo are they serious?

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 17:03 (seven years ago) link

It's like "hmm, let's look through this pile of review copies...ok that one looks alright...this one too...do we have 30 yet?"

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 17:04 (seven years ago) link

Even as I was disappointed by the Shabazz Palaces album I knew some people would consider it an "OMG future of hip hop" masterpiece. I hoped I'd be one of those people but it reminded me of Divine Styler's Spiral Walls… The best tracks were the ones closest to hip hop, the more supposedly far-out stuff just sounded blah.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 17:07 (seven years ago) link

AV Club's "Least Essential Albums of 2014" List
http://www.avclub.com/article/least-essential-albums-2014-212075
only one of these i listened to is the country tribute to motley crue and it is indeed utterly unnecessary

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 17:11 (seven years ago) link

those covers! Every single one is so ugly, yet in so many different ways

saer, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 17:14 (seven years ago) link

Fabulous boomer earnestness in Rolling Stone's blurb for the Jackson Browne song: "Memories of youth in the Sixties, reflected through decades of lived truth."

Lived truth.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 17:16 (seven years ago) link

fucking wenner prob wrote that one himself, sobbing while he did so

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 17:18 (seven years ago) link

those covers! Every single one is so ugly, yet in so many different ways

Some are alright, but it's clear they didn't really stress over finding things they didn't already know about.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 17:19 (seven years ago) link

lol @ the TRAPT album cover from the least essential list

Lorde 2Pac Beck Mashup (crüt), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 17:22 (seven years ago) link

Fabulous boomer earnestness in Rolling Stone's blurb for the Jackson Browne song: "Memories of youth in the Sixties, reflected through decades of lived truth."

Lived truth.

DON: Well, yeah.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 17:22 (seven years ago) link

yay i'm glad mark barrott's album has finally showed up on one of these even if it had to be gorilla vs fucking bear

dyl, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 18:00 (seven years ago) link

rs songs list is not nearly as terrible as their albums list ("drunk in love" at #1 is cool) but i swear they have like 5 songs that were released as singles last year and had long since peaked

dyl, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 18:06 (seven years ago) link

Shabazz Palaces album is awesome. not sure I've heard anything better than it this year

Dan S, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 18:15 (seven years ago) link

The Skinny (UK) have released their top 10. Runnerups 11-50 forthcoming.

1 - Warpaint: Warpaint
2 - The Twilight Sad: Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave
3 - The War On Drugs: Lost in the Dream
4 - St. Vincent: St. Vincent
5 - Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire for No Witness
6 - Mogwai: Rave Tapes
7 - FKA Twigs: LP1
8 - The Afghan Whigs: Do to the Beast
9 - The Phantom Band: Strange Friend
10 - Young Fathers: Dead

TTAGGGTTAGGG (Sanpaku), Thursday, 4 December 2014 00:39 (seven years ago) link

Angel Olson is great

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 4 December 2014 01:10 (seven years ago) link

I'm tight with the Juno Plus list of best reissues. Also agreeing with their comment re Gigi Masin's Talk To The Sea

wasn’t just the best reissue project of the year – it was better than most albums of new music released in 2014
― doug watson, Wednesday, December 3, 2014 11:17 AM (8 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yes. i posted on the balearic revival thread that it might be my favorite album of the year, at this point there's no doubt. i feel like it's gonna become an all-time favorite album for me.

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 4 December 2014 01:32 (seven years ago) link

From AV Club's Least Essential Albums list:

Least essential Christmas album, Internet-famous cat-egory:
Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever: Official Soundtrack

The idea of adult-contemporary singers and cutesy indie duos recording well-trodden Christmas standards is already an inessential addition to the world’s library of music. Doing that for the album accompaniment to a Lifetime movie that’s based on an Internet meme makes Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever: Official Soundtrack so ephemeral, physical copies may as well be shoved directly into the ground as a giant “fuck you” to the Earth.

I do kinda feel like once all of the music stores that exist mainly to sell CDs are gone, these will be among the only CDs that are mass produced, just to sell on the impulse rack at Wal Mart or whereever.

MaudAddam (cryptosicko), Thursday, 4 December 2014 01:34 (seven years ago) link

yeah there will always be a carousel for them at the drug store next to the one holding 30 $5 copies of Ecks vs. Sever and Sum of All Fears on dvd

anonanon, Thursday, 4 December 2014 01:49 (seven years ago) link

http://www.magnetmagazine.com/2014/12/03/best-of-2014-world-music/

world music top 10

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 4 December 2014 01:54 (seven years ago) link

wannabe boomer confession: i like the jackson browne album. won't be on my EOY list though.

Bro With Extensive Taint (some dude), Thursday, 4 December 2014 02:24 (seven years ago) link

Rolling Stone - Best songs of 2014
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-best-songs-of-2014-20141203

1. Beyonce feat. Jay -Z - Drunk In Love
2. DJ Snake feat. Lil Jon - Turn Down for What
3. U2 - Every Breaking Wave
4. Future feat. Pusha T, Pharrell, Casino - Move that Dope
5. Jenny Lewis - Just One of the Guys
6. Taylor Swift - Blank Space
7. Bruce Springsteen - Frankie Fell In Love
8. Sharon Van Etten - Every Time the Sun Comes Up
9. Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)
10. Kendrick Lamar - i
11. Alvvays - Archie, Marry Me
12. Sam Smith - Stay With Me
13. Foo Fighters - Outside
14. Grimes - Go
15. Sia - Chandelier
16. Beck - Blue Moon
17. Rae Sremmurd - No Flex Zone
18. Bleachers - I Wanna Get Better
19. Iggy Azealia feat. Charli XCX - Fancy
20. Old Crow Medicine Show - Sweet Amarillo
21. Weezer - Back to the Shack
22. Lana Del Rey - Brooklyn Baby
23. Tove Lo - Habits (Stay High)
24. The Black Keys - Gotta Get Away
25. Caribou - Can't Do Without You
26. Drake - 0 to 100/The Catch Up
27. Thurston Moore - Grace Lake
28. Prince - This Could Be Us
29. Miranda Lambert - Smokin' and Drinkin'
30. Coldplay - Magic
31. EMA - So Blonde
32. Maroon 5 - Animals
33. Jackson Browne - The Birds of St. Marks
34. Sylvan Esso - Coffee
35. First Aid Kit - Master Pretender
36. Beverly - Honey Do
37. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - Faultlines
38. YG feat. Jeezy, Rich Homie Quan - My Hitta
39. Priests - Doctor
40. Sleater-Kinney - Bury Our Friends
41. Ought - Habit
42. FKA Twigs - Two Weeks
43. The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
44. St. Vincent - Prince Johnny
45. Hospitality - I Need Your Bones
46. Katy B - 5 AM
47. Real Estate - Talking Backwards
48. Alex G. - Harvey
49. Old 97s - Longer Than You've Been Alive
50. Counting Crows - Dislocation

sosmix klopp (NickB), Thursday, 4 December 2014 06:46 (seven years ago) link

Treble zine - Top 10 Metal Albums
http://www.treblezine.com/20342-top-10-metal-albums-of-2014/

1. Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden
2. Tombs – Savage Gold
3. Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend
4. Mutilation Rites – Harbinger
5. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata
6. Atriarch – An Unending Pathway
7. Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen
8. Thou – Heathen
9. Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire
10. Nux Vomica – Nux Vomica

sosmix klopp (NickB), Thursday, 4 December 2014 06:53 (seven years ago) link

glad to see somebody rep for Grimes -Go, thought that song was generally hated, but it's the first time a track of hers has genuinely thrilled me.

Dan S, Thursday, 4 December 2014 06:56 (seven years ago) link

I don't think I've actually heard 'Chandelier' but I'm assuming the chorus is just Sia hollering 'CHANDELIER! CHANDELIER!' while playing four straight piano chords really loudly.

Matt DC, Thursday, 4 December 2014 11:45 (seven years ago) link

I don't think I've actually heard 'Chandelier' but I'm assuming the chorus is just Sia hollering 'CHANDELIER! CHANDELIER!' while playing four straight piano chords really loudly.
--Matt DC

no, the production sounds like rihanna bc it was written for rihanna, but the lyrics are v sad sia stuff about alcoholism

it's good tho!!

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 4 December 2014 11:50 (seven years ago) link

sia being considered a songwriter of quality completely mystifies me

lex pretend, Thursday, 4 December 2014 11:53 (seven years ago) link

never cared for her much until this latest record, based on her matching assumptions like Matt DCs above. however, thought putting her against actual current pop production worked. really like "elastic heart," "big girls cry" & "fire meet gasoline," as well as chandelier

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 4 December 2014 12:12 (seven years ago) link

her lyrics often leave something to be desired, although I did like how raw they are on 1,000 forms of fear.

btw lex I tried some of those k michelle songs (you were championing her here I believe, correct me if wrong), and really enjoyed them. will check the whole album soon. thanks!

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 4 December 2014 12:16 (seven years ago) link

awesome, the k michelle album is incredible

lex pretend, Thursday, 4 December 2014 12:59 (seven years ago) link

The Music Exchange (Nottingham vinyl shop):

1. St. Vincent - s/t
2. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
3. Swans - To Be Kind
4. Goat - Commune
5. Bremen - Second Launch
6. Hookworms - The Hum
7. Sleaford Mods - Divide & Exit
8. Alvvays - s/t
9. Grumbling Fur - Preternaturals
10. Todd Terje - It's Album Time

Reissues, Soundtracks & Compilations:

1. Lee Hazlewood - Love And Other Crimes
2. Patrick Cowley - School Daze
3. Laraaji - Celestial Music 1978-2011
4. V/A - Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles
5. Arthur Russell - World Of Echo
6. The Fates - Furia
7. William Onyeabor - Vinyl Boxset 1 & 2
8. Craig Leon - Anthology Of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1: Nommos/Visiting
9. Glenn Branca - Lesson No. 1
10. Sinoia Caves - Beyond The Black Rainbow OST

mike t-diva, Thursday, 4 December 2014 16:57 (seven years ago) link

Cannot get into St. Vincent at all.

Evan, Thursday, 4 December 2014 17:04 (seven years ago) link

It's pretty sad to see any even remotely classic roch-ish album get props over Intensity Ghost by Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel band which is so godlike in imagining some amazing hybrid of Crazy Horse, Physical Graffiti, and Television, while feeling wholly fresh

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 4 December 2014 17:15 (seven years ago) link

And I like War on Drugs fine but see Solar Motel live and they would eat their fucking lunch

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 4 December 2014 17:16 (seven years ago) link

They're instrumental though so it's a different enough category, no?

Either way still got to pick that one up.

Evan, Thursday, 4 December 2014 17:18 (seven years ago) link

What I heard of that record was amazing and I liked the last record just fine. Their live album kills, too.

Evan, Thursday, 4 December 2014 17:19 (seven years ago) link

evan - you mean st. vincent on a whole or this album? bc it stripped away some of the stuff that i didnt love about previous albums of hers (less twee/chamber-pop touches)

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 4 December 2014 17:20 (seven years ago) link

looking at this thread is like looking at pictures of that garbage island in the north pacific

≖_≖ (Lamp), Thursday, 4 December 2014 17:22 (seven years ago) link

sloth- yeah her albums have always been a bit too busy but I'm still not feeling any of her melodies. All a bit too stiff for me too.

Evan, Thursday, 4 December 2014 17:24 (seven years ago) link

Evan yeah obv instrumental but I think the core of the appeal is a certain post punk/indie update on classic rock jamminess

Either way I thought maybe the record had gotten a little more notice outside of the ilx brigade crowd

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 4 December 2014 17:26 (seven years ago) link

Hopefully! They're a great band.

Evan, Thursday, 4 December 2014 17:30 (seven years ago) link

is zis solar motel album on ze spotify

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 4 December 2014 17:31 (seven years ago) link

i didn't even know there was another forsyth record

brigade thread way too big to load, way too many youtubes, you're doing yourselves in

j., Thursday, 4 December 2014 17:31 (seven years ago) link

looking at this thread is like looking at pictures of that garbage island in the north pacific

ya. but gigi masin tho!

hug niceman (psychgawsple), Thursday, 4 December 2014 17:35 (seven years ago) link

garbage island is endlessly fascinating tbh

gr8080, Thursday, 4 December 2014 17:38 (seven years ago) link

OK, I've loaded up the NME, Paste, Rolling Stone, PopMatters, and TIME song/track lists onto a single Spotify playlist (deleting duplicates):
http://open.spotify.com/user/seaworthyset/playlist/6gv4ng5XkJQQrTSkr7OzEH

Will add others as they come out.

jaymc, Thursday, 4 December 2014 17:41 (seven years ago) link

Sloth there are 2 songs from the album, one is really long, they are both standouts and give you a good idea of what Intensity Ghost is like

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 4 December 2014 17:57 (seven years ago) link

x-post

MAGNET’s j. poet picks the best world-music releases of the year.

1 Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 A Long Way To The Beginning (Knitting Factory)
2 Toumani & Sidiki Diabate Toumani & Sidiki (World Circuit)
3 Jamie Dubberly & Orquesta Dharma La Clave Del Gumbo (Dubberly)
4 Zongo Junction No Discount (Electric Cowbell)
5 Anansy Cissé Mali Overdrive (Riverboat)
6 Lo’Jo 310 Lunes (World Village)
7 Boris Kovač & La Campanella Eastern Moon Rising (Riverboat)
8 Da Cruz Disco E Progresso (Boom Jah)
9 Banda Magda Yerakina (Ground UP)
10 Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca La Rumba SoYo (Cumbancha

Oh, forgot Ricardo Lemvo had a new release out. Have liked his Congolese meets Cuban grooves in the past.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 4 December 2014 17:57 (seven years ago) link

Alvvays at 11 on the RS tracks list makes me happy

Simon H., Thursday, 4 December 2014 18:02 (seven years ago) link

xxp they are "the ballad of freer hollow" and "i aint waiting" correct?

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 4 December 2014 18:04 (seven years ago) link

Yep

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 4 December 2014 18:06 (seven years ago) link

33. Jackson Browne - The Birds of St. Marks

lol

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 4 December 2014 18:09 (seven years ago) link

And I like War on Drugs fine but see Solar Motel live and they would eat their fucking lunch

― you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown),

WOD lunch = moldy kale + sprouts iirc

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 4 December 2014 18:09 (seven years ago) link

bc of brooklyn and beer commercial rock amirite???????? TRUTH 2 POWER

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 4 December 2014 18:17 (seven years ago) link

btw evan & shakedown i very much like these chris forsyth/solar motel songs

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 4 December 2014 18:18 (seven years ago) link

Nice! Yeah it's goof stuff sloth

Evan, Thursday, 4 December 2014 18:36 (seven years ago) link

good...

Evan, Thursday, 4 December 2014 18:36 (seven years ago) link

goof stuff also sounds interesting imo but forsyth is def not goofy

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 4 December 2014 18:38 (seven years ago) link

toumani & sidiki is probably my #1 album from this year

Lorde 2Pac Beck Mashup (crüt), Thursday, 4 December 2014 19:09 (seven years ago) link

i'm a sucker for the stereo thing

Lorde 2Pac Beck Mashup (crüt), Thursday, 4 December 2014 19:11 (seven years ago) link

Sidmani & Tanooki

alpine static, Thursday, 4 December 2014 19:20 (seven years ago) link

Don't say it three times or he'll appear.

Evan, Thursday, 4 December 2014 19:26 (seven years ago) link

toumani & sidiki is probably my #1 album from this year

Listening to this atm. I realize the incredible amount of talent on display here, but I also feel like it's restaurant music?

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 4 December 2014 19:38 (seven years ago) link

i've admittedly been in easy listening mode this year

Lorde 2Pac Beck Mashup (crüt), Thursday, 4 December 2014 19:39 (seven years ago) link

Sorry, that was mean. They're probably amazing to see perform.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 4 December 2014 19:40 (seven years ago) link

ha, i thought it was apt

Lorde 2Pac Beck Mashup (crüt), Thursday, 4 December 2014 19:42 (seven years ago) link

:)

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 4 December 2014 19:46 (seven years ago) link

I like "The Birds of St. Marks" a lot. One of those songs he wrote when he was like 18.

timellison, Thursday, 4 December 2014 19:56 (seven years ago) link

I probably wouldn't have been as in to the Toumani&Sidiki record if I hadn't seen them first & gotten a sense of the interplay between them, the way the rhythms shift especially. The album with Ali Farka Toure often felt structured around & anchored down by the guitar but the pieces on this really take off, with those bouncy basslines underneath & they generate a lot of space, it's probably the airiest album I've ever heard. the tunes from the album were significantly expanded & perhaps just a little more patiently paced when I saw them played, which I absolutely recommend if you've got the faintest interest

ogmor, Thursday, 4 December 2014 20:15 (seven years ago) link

MAGNET’s j. poet picks the best world-music releases of the year.

1 Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 A Long Way To The Beginning (Knitting Factory)

I haven't heard the album, but they put on a good show at Bonnaroo. Having seen both Femi and Seun, I'd say Seun got the charisma gene.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 4 December 2014 20:36 (seven years ago) link

Fasterlouder

1 Kimbra - The Golden Echo
2 St. Vincent - St. Vincent
3 The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
4 Remi - Raw x Infinity
5 Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
6 Chet Faker - Built On Glass
7 FKA Twigs - LP1
8 Run The Jewels - RTJ2
9 Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
10 The Smith Street Band - Throw Me In The River
11 Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
12 Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata
13 Fishing - Shy Glow
14 Sun Kil Moon - Benji
15 Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste
16 Total Control - Typical System
17 Royal Blood - Royal Blood
18 Taylor Swift - 1989
19 Perfume Genius - Too Bright
20 Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else
21 Ariel Pink - Pom Pom
22 Caribou - Our Love
23 King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizzard - I'm In Your Mind Fuzz
24 Glass Animals - ZABA
25 Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
26 Kelis - Food
27 Blank Realm - Grassed In
28 Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
29 Beck - Morning Phase
30 Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
31 #1 Dads - About Face
32 Alt-J - This Is All Yours
33 DZ Deathrays - Black Rat
34 TV On The Radio - Seeds
35 Flight Facilities - Down To Earth
36 Caitlin Park - The Sleeper
37 Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun
38 Angus and Julia Stone - Angus and Julia Stone
39 The Black Keys - Turn Blue
40 Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
41 The Preatures - Blue Planet Eyes
42 Augie March - Havens Dumb
43 Alvvays - Alvvays
44 First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
45 Shihad - Fvey
46 Hozier - Hozier
47 Jack White - Lazaretto
48 Ball Park Music - Puddinghead
49 Peep Tempel - Tales
50 Dan Sultan - Blackbird

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Friday, 5 December 2014 03:07 (seven years ago) link

MAGNET’s Bill Meyer picks the best jazz/improv releases of the year

1 Kyle Bruckmann’s Wrack …Awaits Silent Tristero’s Empire (Singlespeed)
2 Brötzmann Adasiewicz Edwards Noble Mental Shake (Otoroku)
3 AMM Place Sub. V. (Matchless)
4 Matt Bauder And Day In Pictures Nightshades (Clean Feed)
5 Rob Mazurek Mother Ode (Corbett Vs. Dempsey)
6 Russ Johnson Meeting Point (Relay)
7 Cymerman Wooley Parker World Of Objects (5049)
8 Steve Lehman Octet Mise En Abîme (Pi)
9 Keir Neuringer Ceremonies Of The Air (New Atlantis)
10 Travis Laplante’s Battle Trance Palace Of Wind (New Amsterdam)

Posted in BEST OF 2014 |

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 5 December 2014 03:13 (seven years ago) link

Next batch of Guardian best albums:

10. Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit
9. Flying Lotus - You're Dead
8. Beck - Morning Phase
7. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
6. Trouble in Paradise - La Roux

sosmix klopp (NickB), Friday, 5 December 2014 10:57 (seven years ago) link

is that la roux album any good? i've seen it on a few polls and don't feel too keen on them on the basis of the few older tracks i've heard

nxd, Friday, 5 December 2014 11:00 (seven years ago) link

That La Roux album's surprisingly good and very different from the debut but I'm astonished that it's that high. Presumably it's St Vincent, TWOD, FKA, Aphex and Caribou in the Top 5.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Friday, 5 December 2014 11:04 (seven years ago) link

yet again only one of these lists has anything from my top 20 records and i assure all and sundry that this is not intentional but wtf. perhaps only liking stuff that everyone else hates is some sort of talent i dunno

don't ask me why i posted this (electricsound), Friday, 5 December 2014 11:05 (seven years ago) link

Predicted Guardian top 5: Aphex Twin, Caribou, St. Vincent, Beyonce, FKA Twigs

nashwan, Friday, 5 December 2014 11:14 (seven years ago) link

on course for my votes to have zero impact on the guardian list apart from t-swift! literally not even listening to the same music as everyone else there.

lex pretend, Friday, 5 December 2014 11:23 (seven years ago) link

The La Roux album is much less harsh than their debut. Her voice is still quite shrill but it's not presented in such a harsh, confrontational way and the music is much more disco than synth-pop this time around. It's certainly more listenable than the debut but I'm bewildered to see it so high on any list.

boxedjoy, Friday, 5 December 2014 11:28 (seven years ago) link

no bad thing, lex.

Cosmic Slop, Friday, 5 December 2014 11:31 (seven years ago) link

37. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata
25. Actress - Ghettoville
24. Banks - Goddess
20. Owen Pallett - In Conflict
19. Jhene Aiko - Souled Out
15. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
7. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

^^guardian albums i have heard and was varying shades of lukewarm-to-unenthusiastic about

40. Tricky - Adrian Thaws
14. Future Islands - Singles
13. Kate Tempest - Everybody Down
10. Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit
9. Flying Lotus - You're Dead

^^guardian albums i was uninterested in hearing based on the lead single(s)

34. Jamie T - Carry on the Grudge
29. Ariel Pink - Pom Pom
28. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
27. Kindness - Otherness
18. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
8. Beck - Morning Phase
6. La Roux - Trouble in Paradise

^^guardian albums i was uninterested in hearing based on these being terrible fucking artists whose past form is absolutely hideous and life is too short

my only thumbs up are for taylor and tinashe

if RMRM is right about the top 5, fka twigs is the only possible further thumbs up even though it's like my #25 album of the year and st vincent/caribou will join the heard-and-was-unenthusiastic-about pile

lex pretend, Friday, 5 December 2014 11:33 (seven years ago) link

i'm sure EOY will align a lot more with your tastes though.

Hello, my name is Dark Chocolate Cookie (dog latin), Friday, 5 December 2014 11:36 (seven years ago) link

meanwhile on the next planet across...

Loudwire - 20 Best Rock Songs of 2014
http://loudwire.com/best-rock-songs-of-2014/

20. Three Days Grace 'Painkiller'
19. Linkin Park featuring Daron Malakian 'Rebellion'
18. Bring Me the Horizon 'Drown'
17. Body Count 'Talk S--t, Get Shot'
16. Against Me! 'True Trans Soul Rebel'
15. Slash 'World on Fire'
14. Emigrate featuring Frank Delle 'Eat You Alive'
13. A Day to Remember 'End of Me'
12. Kyng 'Electric Halo'
11. Black Label Society 'My Dying Time'
10. Starset 'Telescope'
9. The Pretty Reckless 'Heaven Knows'
8. The Virginmarys 'Just a Ride'
7. Sixx: A.M. 'Stars'
6. Royal Blood 'Figure It Out'
5. Nothing More 'This Is the Time (Ballast)'
4. Hellyeah 'Moth'
3. Foo Fighters 'Something From Nothing'
2. Islander 'Coconut Dracula'
1. Chevelle 'Take Out the Gunman'

sosmix klopp (NickB), Friday, 5 December 2014 11:36 (seven years ago) link

of the many albums on my list that haven't cropped up in this thread at all yet, the one i'm most shocked by is toni braxton & babyface.

lex pretend, Friday, 5 December 2014 11:38 (seven years ago) link

One thing I like about the ILX poll Lex is that it's the only place where you get to be consensus guy.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Friday, 5 December 2014 11:58 (seven years ago) link

can't wait to buy the alt-j album for all my rocking intellectual family members

nxd, Friday, 5 December 2014 12:02 (seven years ago) link

love the way it's divided up into 'rap fans', 'indie kids', 'intellectuals' and 'girls'

sosmix klopp (NickB), Friday, 5 December 2014 12:08 (seven years ago) link

DJ Mag Singles: http://djmag.com/node/51427

1. Ten Walls - Walking With Elephants
2. Patrick Topping - Forget
3. Caribou - Can't Do Without You (Tale of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix)
4. Sailor & I - Turn Around (Âme Remix)
5. Floating Points - King Bromeliad
6. Josh Wink - Are You There? (Ben Klock Remix)
7. Seven Davis Jnr - One (Live Edit)
8. Lauer - Hershel
9. Leon Vynehall - Butterflies
10. Oliver $ & Jimi Jules - Pushing On

"The next 20"
Fracture - Loving Touch
Patricia - Drip Dawn (JTC's I-94 Lick)
Marquis Hawkes - Can't Find A Reason
Tito Wun - The Way U Do It (Jacques Renault Remix)
Josh Wink - Talking To You
Jimmy Chambers - You Can't Fight It
Bicep - Lyk Lyk
Rockwell - IneedU
Trumpet & Badman - Str8 Jugglin'
Point G - The Alarm
Damiano Von Erckert - Diamonds & Girls
Noir & Hayze - Angel (Ripperton Remix)
Wayne Snow - Red Runner
Hotel Lauer - QD
Sebo K - Avalanche
Djrum - DAM (Akkord Remix)
Jitterbug - Sweet Tooth
Caribou - Our Love
Genius of Time - Juno Jam
Midland - Duster

mike t-diva, Friday, 5 December 2014 13:06 (seven years ago) link

Everything I've heard in that DJ Mag top ten has been banging (Ten Walls, Patrick Topping, Wink/Klock/Lauer/Oliver $) except the Tale of Us Caribou mix which somehow manages to be even drippier than the original.

Matt DC, Friday, 5 December 2014 13:18 (seven years ago) link

Boggling at that Standard article. Nothing says intellectualism like Alt-J.

Matt DC, Friday, 5 December 2014 13:24 (seven years ago) link

Juno Plus -- Top 30 Albums of 2014

30. Vaghe Stelle – Sweet Sixteen (Astro: Dynamics)
29. Kassem Mosse – Workshop 19 (Workshop)
28. Lorenzo Senni – Superimpositions (Boomkat Editions)
27. Population One – Theater Of A Confused Mind (Rush Hour Music)
26. Perc – The Power And The Glory (Perc Trax)
25. Shit & Shine – Powder Horn (Diagonal)
24. Beau Wanzer – Untitled (Self Released)
23. Function & Vatican Shadow - Games Have Rules (Hospital Productions)
22. Jo Johnson – Weaving (Further Records)
21. Eric Holm - Andøya (Subtext)
20. Alessandro Cortini – Sonno (Hospital Productions)
19. Slackk – Palm Tree Fire (Local Action)
18. Mr Mitch – Parallel Memories (Planet Mu)
17. Ena – Binaural (Samurai Horo)
16. Vessel – Punish, Honey (Tri Angle Records)
15. Objekt - Flatland (PAN)
14. Yamaneko – Pixel Wave Embrace (Local Action)
13. Low Jack – Garifuna Versions (L.I.E.S.)
12. Vril – Torus (Forum)
11. Klara Lewis – Ett (Editions Mego)
10. Millie & Andrea - Drop The Vowels (Modern Love)
9. Arca – Xen (Mute)
8. Bing & Ruth – Tomorrow Was The Golden Age (RVNG Intl)
7. Ital – Endgame (Planet Mu)
6. Neel – Phobos (Spectrum Spools)
5. Mo Kolours - Mo Kolours (One Handed Music)
4. Gesloten Cirkel – Submit X (Murder Capital)
3. Shinichi Atobe – Butterfly Effect (DDS)
2. Andy Stott - Faith In Strangers (Modern Love)
1. Call Super – Suzi Ecto (Houndstooth)

Daniel, Esq 2, Friday, 5 December 2014 13:39 (seven years ago) link

It's cos Alt-J wear glasses and their name is a keyboard shortcut.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 5 December 2014 13:49 (seven years ago) link

oh, i like a bunch of those! totally recommend the vessel record to anyone who liked the holden album from last year xp

sosmix klopp (NickB), Friday, 5 December 2014 13:49 (seven years ago) link

nice to see the electronic lists pop up.

1. Ten Walls - Walking With Elephants
4. Sailor & I - Turn Around (Âme Remix)
5. Floating Points - King Bromeliad
9. Leon Vynehall - Butterflies
10. Oliver $ & Jimi Jules - Pushing On
Marquis Hawkes - Can't Find A Reason
Trumpet & Badman - Str8 Jugglin'

YASSS to all of these singles. looking fwd to the dance trax lists bc i spent a lot of this year completely out of the loop

the juno plus albums is an odd mix of stuff i really loved - call super is a great choice for no 1 - and a lot of stuff i found really dry or relentless (objekt, millie & andrea, perc). was really disappointed by the slackk and stott albums too.

lex pretend, Friday, 5 December 2014 13:53 (seven years ago) link

although i feel like even if the usual outlets were always going to be slow to pick up deep tech, they shouldn't be so slow that it's not popping up in these lists

lex pretend, Friday, 5 December 2014 13:54 (seven years ago) link

loved stott, but i'm a fan and perhaps bias. never, ever understood the appeal of the perc disc.

Daniel, Esq 2, Friday, 5 December 2014 13:54 (seven years ago) link

perc didn't do much for me either, but i'm liking the andy stott. both very grey albums in their own ways though, it's true

xps haha

sosmix klopp (NickB), Friday, 5 December 2014 13:59 (seven years ago) link

Hip hop heads, teen queens, soul sisters, indie kids, rocking intellectuals, modern mums. Hilariously patronizing, and they forgot music lovers.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 5 December 2014 14:05 (seven years ago) link

yeah that's got to go in the worst music writing thread. every sentence is condescending to the max.

Hello, my name is Dark Chocolate Cookie (dog latin), Friday, 5 December 2014 14:08 (seven years ago) link

stott's new one was kinda fine as background music, just disappointing after how revelatory luxury problems was

lex pretend, Friday, 5 December 2014 14:11 (seven years ago) link

To be fair, if you scroll to the bottom, it also identifies "the dad dancers" (you may like Pink Floyd and Neil Young). Which makes it so much better and more even-handed.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 5 December 2014 14:12 (seven years ago) link

They need to rethink their demographic info. Many dads these days were born in the mid-80s, and some as recently as late 90s! So Dancing Dads would be more into, oh, The Juan Maclean. Pink Floyd and Neil Young are for the Grampa Rockers!

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 5 December 2014 14:43 (seven years ago) link

Pink Floyd and Neil Young are for the Grampa Rockers!

― Fastnbulbous, Friday, December 5, 2014

curse you, fastnbulbous.

Daniel, Esq 2, Friday, 5 December 2014 14:43 (seven years ago) link

That Standard piece is really something else. Fuck.

And on the subject of awfulness, the comments under the Quietus list are well worth reading if you haven't already. Massive amounts of intentional and unintentional humour to be seen there.

ultros ultros-ghali, Friday, 5 December 2014 14:50 (seven years ago) link

that ten walls track sounds so familiar. is it just an update of a previous tune he did?

Hello, my name is Dark Chocolate Cookie (dog latin), Friday, 5 December 2014 14:57 (seven years ago) link

Dads like The Chromatics.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 5 December 2014 15:01 (seven years ago) link

xp yeah it's a colliery band 'gotham'

never want to hear 'elephants' again in my lifetime but its omission on any worthwhile eoy would be inexcusable

r|t|c, Friday, 5 December 2014 15:08 (seven years ago) link

chief keef is a dad

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 5 December 2014 15:09 (seven years ago) link

xp yeah it's a colliery band 'gotham'

never want to hear 'elephants' again in my lifetime but its omission on any worthwhile eoy would be inexcusable

― r|t|c, Friday, December 5, 2014 3:08 PM (3 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

ah right thanks, i quite liked 'gotham' in a Plaid-goes-deep-house kind of way.

Hello, my name is Dark Chocolate Cookie (dog latin), Friday, 5 December 2014 15:13 (seven years ago) link

Pitchfork - Best album covers of 2014:
http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/9556-the-best-album-covers-of-2014/1/

sosmix klopp (NickB), Friday, 5 December 2014 15:17 (seven years ago) link

definitely not a fan of the swans or sbtrkt ones

sosmix klopp (NickB), Friday, 5 December 2014 15:18 (seven years ago) link

Pink Floyd and Neil Young are for the Grampa Rockers!

as a grampa I concur

sleeve, Friday, 5 December 2014 15:26 (seven years ago) link

I'm not either, but it appears they put a little bit more effort into that list this year which I'm grateful for. xp

Johnny Fever, Friday, 5 December 2014 15:27 (seven years ago) link

nice little write ups too

nxd, Friday, 5 December 2014 15:32 (seven years ago) link

yeah the swans album artwork sucks no matter which way i look at it.

Hello, my name is Dark Chocolate Cookie (dog latin), Friday, 5 December 2014 15:37 (seven years ago) link

Burning Ambulance Best Metal Albums of 2014:

25. Torch Runner, Endless Nothing
24. Baring Teeth, Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins
23. Cretin, Stranger
22. AEvangelist, Writhes In The Murk
21. Mastodon, Once More 'Round The Sun
20. Machine Head, Bloodstone & Diamonds
19. Decapitated, Blood Mantra
18. Monarch, Sabbracadaver
17. Hedvig Mollestad Trio, Enfant Terrible
16. Emmure, Eternal Enemies
15. Crown The Empire, The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways
14. Behemoth, The Satanist
13. Ringworm, Hammer Of The Witch
12. Obituary, Inked In Blood
11. Vader, Tibi Et Igni
10. Cannibal Corpse, A Skeletal Domain
9. Incantation, Dirges Of Elysium
8. Body Count, Manslaughter
7. Cavalera Conspiracy, Pandemonium
6. Opeth, Pale Communion
5. GridLink, Longhena
4. Exmortus, Slave To The Sword
3. Rigor Mortis, Slaves To The Grave
2. Job For A Cowboy, Sun Eater
1. Judas Priest, Redeemer Of Souls

Burning Ambulance Best Jazz Albums Of 2014:

25. Vinnie Sperrazza, Apocryphal
24. Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Peter Evans, The Freedom Principle and Live In Lisbon
23. Orrin Evans, Liberation Blues
22. Eric Revis, In Memory Of Things Yet Seen
21. Matthew Shipp Trio, Root Of Things
20. Wadada Leo Smith, Red Hill and The Great Lakes Suites
19. The Cookers, Time And Time Again
18. Michael Blake, Tiddy Boom
17. Sonny Simmons & Moksha Samnyasin, Nomadic
16. Matt Brewer, Mythology
15. Rudy Royston, 303
14. Eric Hofbauer Quintet, Prehistoric Jazz Vol. 1 & 2
13. Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, Erta Ale
12. William Hooker & Liudas Mockunas, Live At The Vilnius Jazz Festival
11. Johnathan Blake, Gone But Not Forgotten
10. Donald Edwards, Evolution Of An Influenced Mind
9. Eric Wyatt, Borough Of Kings
8. Tom Tallitsch, Ride
7. Mark Lomax Trio, Isis & Osiris
6. Sarah Manning, Harmonious Creature
5. Mike DiRubbo, Threshold
4. Brian Charette, The Question That Drives Us
3. Steve Lehman Octet, Mise en Abîme
2. Jerome Sabbagh, The Turn
1. Jemeel Moondoc, The Zookeeper's House

Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 5 December 2014 15:50 (seven years ago) link

love how pharmakon always makes the cut on those covers lists

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Friday, 5 December 2014 16:08 (seven years ago) link

it's a good cover imo

Hello, my name is Dark Chocolate Cookie (dog latin), Friday, 5 December 2014 16:12 (seven years ago) link

it absolutely is. and a p good album at that

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Friday, 5 December 2014 16:14 (seven years ago) link

I still love Walking With Elephants but I haven't been overexposed to it. It really does feel like this year's ubiquitous tune with an impact way outside quotidian bobbins territory.

That Ben Klock remix of Josh Wink is immense.

Matt DC, Friday, 5 December 2014 16:15 (seven years ago) link

got to 6 in the charts so yes

r|t|c, Friday, 5 December 2014 16:19 (seven years ago) link

and on the latest NOW! comp

Jeff W, Friday, 5 December 2014 16:25 (seven years ago) link

Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Albums, per metacritic:

1. St. Vincent - s/t
2. Run the Jewels - RTJ2
3. Perfume Genius - Too Bright
4. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
5. Mac Demarco - Salad Days
6. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
7. Ty Segall - Manipulator
8. Beck - Morning Phase
9. FKA Twigs - LP1
10. Eric Church - The Outsiders

not a terrible list aside from that narcoleptic beck record & the overrated mac demarco

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Friday, 5 December 2014 16:35 (seven years ago) link

I haven't heard Salad Days yet but I love "2".

Evan, Friday, 5 December 2014 16:37 (seven years ago) link

he's fine, like not bad at all, but he's hella overpraised imo. only listened to both his records in full once but def liked 2 better than salad days

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Friday, 5 December 2014 16:39 (seven years ago) link

I know we rightly criticise the tedious lionisation of boomer acts but really the critical edifice that's been set up to ensure that Pavement and Yo La Tengo are never allowed to go out of fashion is so much lamer. Which is my way of saying the Mac Demarco album is terrible.

Matt DC, Friday, 5 December 2014 16:51 (seven years ago) link

Mac Demarco sounds like Pavement and Yo La Tengo?!

emil.y, Friday, 5 December 2014 16:52 (seven years ago) link

He's got strong songs, and him and his band are great musicians- one of those rare indie groups that show you can actually be indie-cool and technically proficient at the same time! You know, tight playing, tuned guitars, minimal glaring mistakes in the studio recording... the stuff that is opposite of the purposeful-DIY-sound approach.

Evan, Friday, 5 December 2014 16:52 (seven years ago) link

i personally have never, ever, ever understood the appeal of yo la tengo. pavement is like, i understand how influential it is & some of it i genuinely enjoy but pavement also gave us speedy ortiz, who are fucking trash.

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Friday, 5 December 2014 16:54 (seven years ago) link

He does sound a bit like Pavement on occasion but his main constituency appears to be people nostalgic for early 90s Matador.

Matt DC, Friday, 5 December 2014 16:54 (seven years ago) link

Btw, my exclamatory remark was not meant as a "no, he doesn't" - I've literally never heard a note of his work. I don't know what I was expecting him to sound like, really. I haven't thought about him much.

emil.y, Friday, 5 December 2014 16:55 (seven years ago) link

Is it really "so much lamer" though Matt?

Evan, Friday, 5 December 2014 16:55 (seven years ago) link

He doesn't sound like Pavement or Yo La Tengo to answer that question.

Evan, Friday, 5 December 2014 16:55 (seven years ago) link

i like pavement a lot. ylt i can take or leave, but i don't really see the point in a lot of the newer acts. i liked the first parquet courts quite a lot but sunbathing animal was a drag.

dive inside water and you will know (dog latin), Friday, 5 December 2014 16:56 (seven years ago) link

I've literally never heard a note of his work. I don't know what I was expecting him to sound like, really.

Same for me. Pavement was not what I'd expected someone to say, though.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 5 December 2014 16:57 (seven years ago) link

sloth what of Yo La Tengo have you spent any time with?

Evan, Friday, 5 December 2014 16:57 (seven years ago) link

considering stephen malkmus's album appeared in the lower reaches of only Uncut and American Songwriter magazines, maybe Pavement's endurance is overestimated?

dive inside water and you will know (dog latin), Friday, 5 December 2014 16:58 (seven years ago) link

Recent solo Malkmus is far from the tone of Pavement though.

Evan, Friday, 5 December 2014 17:00 (seven years ago) link

The issue is not really whether he sounds like either.

Matt DC, Friday, 5 December 2014 17:03 (seven years ago) link

evan i have heard fade, i am not afraid of you... and i can hear the heart beating as one. again this is more an issue of me thinking something is *shrug* rather than actively bad.

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Friday, 5 December 2014 17:05 (seven years ago) link

Gotcha- so... guitar indie in general?

xpost

Evan, Friday, 5 December 2014 17:05 (seven years ago) link

mac demarco sounds like a sad ariel pink

sosmix klopp (NickB), Friday, 5 December 2014 17:06 (seven years ago) link

Wow I played some of those ones in the djmag chart, really horrible!