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dieblucasdie
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« on: Dec 01, 2008, 03:53:00 PM »

Alright, it's December 1st, and I'm bored at work, so I'm going to start this absurdly early so people have as much time as possible.  I'm going to do like I've done the last couple years and tally up all your lists and post a mix.

So here's the deal:

-I'll start tallying on Jan 5th, so you have forever.

-Obviously, feel free to post now and edit your list right up until the last minute

- Last year there were some weird results because I tried to be a hippie and found a way to count whatever kind of list people posted (5 albums, 50 albums, ordered, not ordered).  That was fine but it yielded some weird results (Good, the Bad, and the Queen in the top 20 despite only 5 people voting for them), so this year:

Post as many or as few albums as you like, but I'm only going to count the first 20.  If your list is ordered, I'll weight the votes accordingly.  If not, all the albums will be weighted the same.

I know it's lame to be all fascist about it, just trying to get a list that makes sense in the end.

Anyhow, here's mine:

1.  The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound    (Old White Lincoln)
2.  The Rural Alberta Advantage - Hometowns    (The Ballad of the RAA)
3.  Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III     (Let the Beat Build)
4.  Be Your Own PET - Get Awkward    (Becky)
5.  The Cool Kids - Bakesale    (88)
6.  Entire Cities - Deep River    (Talkers)
7.  The Notwist - The Devil, You + Me    (Gloomy Planets)
8.  She & Him - Volume I    (Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?)
9.  Murder By Death - Red in Tooth and Claw    ('52 Ford)
10.  Jamie Lidell - Jim (Wait For Me)
11.  Stephen Malkmus - Real Emotional Trash    (Cold Son)
12.  Bonnie Prince Billy - Lie Down in the Light    (Easy Does It)
13.  Black Milk - Tronic    (The Matrix)
14.  Clipse/Re-Up Gang - We Got It 4 Cheap Vol III
15.  Girl Talk - Feed the Animals    (In Step)
16.  Minisnap - Bounce Around
17.  The Fall - Wax Imperial Solvent    (Wolf Kidult Man)
18.  Jonathan Richman - Her Beauty is Raw & Wild
19.  Hello Saferide - More Modern Short Stories from Hello Saferide    (Anna)
20.  Counting Crows - Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings





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« Reply #1 on: Dec 01, 2008, 04:05:55 PM »

you haven't been vocal about your cool kids fondness, nice to see them on the list. definitely gonna check out that black milk joint.

i'm not gonna post a list until i've heard Britney's Circus
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dieblucasdie
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« Reply #2 on: Dec 01, 2008, 04:07:45 PM »

Here's the 2007 List for those who weren't around/forgot:

1.  The National - Boxer
2.  Radiohead - In Rainbows
3.  Okkervil River - The Stage Names
4.  Angels of Light - We Are Him
5.  Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
6.  Spoon - GA GA GA GA GA
7.  Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
8.  Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
9.  Akron/Family - Love is Simple
10.  Pig Destroyer - Phantom Limb
11.  Bowerbirds - Hymns for a Dark Horse
12.  Jens Lekman - Nights Fall Over Kortedala
13.  Battles - Mirrored
14.  Future of the Left - Curses
15.  LCD Soundsystem - The Sound of Silver
16.  Burial - Untrue
17.  Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
18.  MIA - Kala
19.  St. Vincent - Marry Me
20.  PJ Harvey - White Chalk
21.  Watain - Sworn to the Dark
22.  Pink Reason - Cleaning the Mirror
23.  Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond
24.  The Good, The Bad, & The Queen - The Good, The Bad, & The Queen
25.  The New Pornographers - Challengers

So how many of you tools actually listened to that Wilco album even once in 2008?

xpost:  Yeah, Babar, part of it is that it feels like that Cool Kids album has been out forever, so I kinda forget to rep for them.  That album is nonstop awesome, though.
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davy
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« Reply #3 on: Dec 01, 2008, 04:25:21 PM »

I've probably listened to that Wilco album at least once a month this year. I like it better than anything they've done in a while.

On the other hand, I gave a top-10 slot to Akron/Family, but I can't remember putting it on a single time this year. Other top-10ers that have been largely forgotten in 2008 include The Bottomless Pit (though I still dig this album a lot) and Ween. Interestingly, Eddie Vedder's Into the Wild soundtrack has exhibited some unexpected longevity.

I really need to hear that RAA album this month, but I hate to buy it having just heard those two songs on their website. Probably need to give She & Him a listen, too, since it was PASTE's #1 for 2008.
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dieblucasdie
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« Reply #4 on: Dec 01, 2008, 04:27:05 PM »

Oh man, I still listen to that Bottomless Pit album a lot.  I wish I'd put it higher last year. 
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davy
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« Reply #5 on: Dec 01, 2008, 04:29:30 PM »

Dude, I really like it, but it's something of a commitment to listen to a double LP with a 2 year-old running wild, and I hate to listen to the mp3s, because why listen to mp3s when you've got a double LP to listen to? Know what I mean?
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YojimboMonkey
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« Reply #6 on: Dec 01, 2008, 04:30:23 PM »

I've got a definite top 10 in mind (though not necessarily ordered) right now but I want to get back to some albums from earlier in the year and also spin a couple that have entered the conversation recently that I haven't gotten to yet.  I will either post downthread or edit this post with a definitive list in the next couple of weeks.
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Killdozersnakeboy
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« Reply #7 on: Dec 01, 2008, 04:40:48 PM »

My top 20.
13 LP’s listed in order of awesomeness. 1 being the best.
Plus the best 7 7” releases in no order.

LP's
1. Duchess & The Duke – She’s The Duchess, He’s The Duke
2. Dan Melchior Und Das Menace - Christmas For The Crows
3. Times New Viking - Rip It Off
4. Eat Skull – Sick To Death
5. Black Mountain – In The Future
6. Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair
7. Human Eye – Fragments Of The Universe Nurse
8. Birchville Cat Motel - Four Freckle Constellation
9. Cheap Time – Cheap Time
10. Darkthrone – Dark Thrones & Black Flags.
11. Gentleman Jesse & His Men – S/T
12. Girl Talk - Feed the Animals
13. The Goodnight Loving – The Goodnight Loving


Best 7's
The Fe Fi Fo Fums - I Just Wanna Boom Boom Girl 7”
Lamps - Tim Ford 7”
Cheap Time - Handy Man/Wildlife 7”
Psychedelic Horseshit - Who Let The Dogs Out 7”
Shit Eagle - Girls In School 7”
Fag Cop - I'm Fucking Dead 7”
AV Murder – 7” EP


Best Song Of The Year
The Fe Fi Fo Fums - You Might Get Me
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ellaguru
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« Reply #8 on: Dec 01, 2008, 05:30:07 PM »

I was worried none of my faves would end up anywhere, but half of blucas' top 6 will be high in my list (RAA, Gaslight Anthem, Entire Cities), and a couple others (Cool Kids, Bonnie "Prince" Billy) will likely make the cut somewhere.

I'll put up a tentative list this week, but it won't be final 'til much nearer Christmas.
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narlus
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« Reply #9 on: Dec 01, 2008, 05:31:59 PM »

Here's the 2007 List for those who weren't around/forgot:

wow....i feel so out of touch w/ this place.  i own one cd of that list, and only because i got it as a promo (Angels of Light).

i wonder how i'll fare in the '08 voting.
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davy
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« Reply #10 on: Dec 01, 2008, 06:24:10 PM »

If it's any consolation, I'm feeling pretty out-of-touch with this year's early voting.
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« Reply #11 on: Dec 01, 2008, 06:29:11 PM »

MURKED
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Doctor Bob
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« Reply #12 on: Dec 01, 2008, 07:43:28 PM »

i own one cd of that list

I own two, though I do still listen to both regularly.

Will I improve on two this year?  Where my Norma Winstone fans at, huh?
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« Reply #13 on: Dec 01, 2008, 07:59:11 PM »

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« Reply #14 on: Dec 01, 2008, 08:05:53 PM »

I have no order to this one, except to say that the album of the year is Cynic's Traced in Air.  I'll be back with the full list sometime in the next 30 days, but damn, that Cynic record is good.
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Black Amnesia of Heaven
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« Reply #15 on: Dec 01, 2008, 08:11:05 PM »

Also, I must say despite their placement at 8 and 12 respectively, the Ne-Yo and Solange records are impossibly great and could hold their own in a round with any of my top contenders and WILL BE TOTALLY SLEPT ON THIS YEAR.
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davy
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« Reply #16 on: Dec 01, 2008, 08:29:55 PM »

The Vampire Weekend album is one of the very few albums released this year that I knew right away would make my list. But then, I've been in love with African music for a few years now, and it was really exciting for me to hear it in that context.

Plus, it makes my son dance like crazy, which is instant millions of bonus points.
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dieblucasdie
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« Reply #17 on: Dec 01, 2008, 08:33:08 PM »

Yeah, I only didn't include it because it was my #1 album last year.  I hope it makes the final list, though.
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« Reply #18 on: Dec 01, 2008, 08:49:33 PM »

Something like this:

1. Woven Hand - Ten Stones
2. Gutter Twins - Saturnalia
3. the Hold Steady - Stay Positive
4. Torche - Meanderthal
5. Steve Von Till - A Grave is a Grim Horse
6. Earth - the Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
7. Disfear - Live the Storm
8. Gaslight Anthem - the '59 Sound
9. Darkthrone - Dark Thrones and Black Flags
10. Grails - Doomsdayer's Holiday
11. GZA - Pro Tools
12. Fucked Up - Chemistry of Modern Life
13. Clutchy Hopkins - Walking Backwards
14. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
15. World Burns to Death - Graveyard of Utopia
16. Ben Nichols - the Last Pale Light in the West
17. Mogwai - Batcat
18. Young Widows - Old Wounds


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« Reply #19 on: Dec 01, 2008, 09:20:12 PM »

Yay.  I am glad to see this back.  Also this reminds me that I haven't been keeping up.  I normally start on my list of all the albums I listen to in a year (or at least the ones I listen to enough to have an opinion on) sometime around June.  Yikes, I'm behind.
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YojimboMonkey
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« Reply #20 on: Dec 01, 2008, 09:55:35 PM »

21. Ben Nichols – The Last Pale Light in the West (The first track is great, the rest are pretty good, but I hope he sticks with the Lucero stuff from now on)

Technically a 2009 release, no?  January 20, 2009 is what I read, though I guess some or all of it is available as a download for pre-orders.  If you know differently please let me know.
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« Reply #21 on: Dec 01, 2008, 10:44:57 PM »

6. Boris - Smile (Japanese version)

How is it different from the US version?
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Black Amnesia of Heaven
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« Reply #22 on: Dec 01, 2008, 11:09:04 PM »

The tracklisting and mixing are entirely different--the Japanese version, which was the initial version released, sounds like a goddamn wildebeest on fire, exploding overblown guitar sounds from everywhere.  Also, the Japanese version of "Statement" is taken from sweet heavy riffer to sweet muffled electronica.  It is insane.

The Southern Lord version is great, don't get me wrong, but in comparison it just seems aiiight.  The Japanese one flows better and actually sounds like new sonic territory for Boris, who've been mining their two standbys (drone and RAWK) for many a record now.
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« Reply #23 on: Dec 01, 2008, 11:16:31 PM »

Yay.  I am glad to see this back.

Let me also say that I'm as interested in early/incomplete entries, as reminders of what I've been meaning to investigate this year, and still have time to try out.
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« Reply #24 on: Dec 01, 2008, 11:21:46 PM »

Yeah, I only didn't include it because it was my #1 album last year.  I hope it makes the final list, though.

Dude, but we need YOUR VOTE.
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