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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #750 on: 28 Dec 2008, 17:39 »

Just checked a few of these so called new good bands songs out on youtube, and they suck, girl talk, I can sorta dig, but I wouldn't choose to listen to it. It's good to know I've not really missed out much by not paying attention and finding old stuff I missed the first time round. Not listened to much new except the new murs album (let down, about 5 good tracks), and daft punk alive to the point I played it to the death. Stiill, I haven't given the new Portishead release a chance yet though, suspect I want to. I also wouldn't mind checking out "the owls" mentioned on page 1 if someone wants to upload it again, lol. :P
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #751 on: 28 Dec 2008, 18:08 »

My Top Ten
  1. Okkervil River - "The Stand Ins"
  2. Blitzen Trapper - "Furr"
  3. Xiu Xiu - "Women As Lovers"
  4. The New Year - "S/T"
  5. Shearwater - "Rook"
  6. Marnie Stern - "This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That"
  7. Gojira - "The Way of All Flesh"
  8. Sloan - "Parallel Play"
  9. This Will Destroy You - "S/T"
10. Krallice - "S/T"

Honorable Mentions: Joan of arc - "Boo Human", Make Believe - "Going to the Bone Church", She & Him "Volume 1", The Mountain Goats - "Heretic Pride", The Notwist - "The Devil, You + Me", and Flogging Molly "Float"

This was actually a pretty good year in music.
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« Reply #752 on: 28 Dec 2008, 18:20 »

10) Crystal Castles - "Untrust Us"
9) Why? - "Alopecia"
8) Beach House - "Devotion"
7) The Black Keys - "Attack and Release"
6) Wild Sweet Orange - "We Have Cause To Be Uneasy"
5) Bohren & der Club of Gore - "Dolres"
4) Mr. Bear - "These Machines"
3) Western Fifth - "Stand Like a Theif"
2) Okkervil River - "The Stand-Ins"
1) Balmorhea - "River Arms"
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #753 on: 28 Dec 2008, 21:02 »

yeah, and we all know it's all about being cool, not actually liking music.

Right, nobody makes big extensive lists with commentary and formatting in order to look cool.

I bet you also believe nobody smokes cigarettes to look cool.  Because it is a scientific fact that smoking makes you look cool.  In fact, it's pretty much the only valid reason I can think of to smoke.  It's why I never want a cigarette unless I'm out at a bar or club.

God, I wish people would get over their fears of seeming "shallow" and admit this shit to themselves.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #754 on: 29 Dec 2008, 10:28 »

God, I wish people would get over their fears of seeming "shallow" and admit this shit to themselves.

Maybe the person who needs to admit he's shallow is you, because you really are. How's that working out for ya?
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #755 on: 29 Dec 2008, 11:11 »

i don't know if you can say anything considering you have gnarls barkley on yr best of
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So people don't like Soul anymore?

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I'm shallow, I don't need anyone to tell me that.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #756 on: 29 Dec 2008, 11:27 »

If you want soul you need to listen to Erykah Badu and also to the year's best live album, Mavis Staples' Hope At The Hideout.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #757 on: 29 Dec 2008, 13:56 »

Maybe the person who needs to admit he's shallow is you

Everyone is shallow about some things.

Everyone.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #758 on: 29 Dec 2008, 15:02 »

If you want soul you need to listen to Erykah Badu and also to the year's best live album, Mavis Staples' Hope At The Hideout.
But of course.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #759 on: 29 Dec 2008, 17:33 »

I think I need to add Ray LaMontagne's CD to my list. I didn't even know that it came out this year, but listened to it this weekend and think it's really good.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #760 on: 29 Dec 2008, 18:53 »

yeah, and we all know it's all about being cool, not actually liking music.

Right, nobody makes big extensive lists with commentary and formatting in order to look cool.

I bet you also believe nobody smokes cigarettes to look cool.  Because it is a scientific fact that smoking makes you look cool.  In fact, it's pretty much the only valid reason I can think of to smoke.  It's why I never want a cigarette unless I'm out at a bar or club.

God, I wish people would get over their fears of seeming "shallow" and admit this shit to themselves.


that's jumping to a conclusion (and generalising) a bit, isn't it?

personally, i find half the fun of listening to music is being able to share it with others, and discovering new stuff myself.  and also having interesting discussions.  those are the reasons i post lists etc. on here.  fuck knows a lot of what made up my list in the listravaganza thread is hardly considered cool on this forum.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #761 on: 29 Dec 2008, 19:25 »

Hyperbole and irony are frequently used tools of satire.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #762 on: 29 Dec 2008, 23:41 »

Everyone is shallow about some things.

Everyone.


if looking at the world like that makes you happy, then go ahead and believe that.  : )
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #763 on: 30 Dec 2008, 04:02 »

Hyperbole and irony are frequently used tools of satire.

that post back there wasn't satire.  it was just sarcastic and bitter.  then again, i guess either of us could be right, what with the whole "impossible to tell people's emotion/mood through just text" thing.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #764 on: 30 Dec 2008, 05:08 »

I was watching a really bad stand-up comedian once, and at one point in his set when a joke didn't get a laugh he suddenly said 'oh I'm sorry, that was satirical'. The entire crowd cracked up and the rest of his set was great. I still don't know if it was on purpose, but my friends and I were saying 'oh, I'm sorry, that was satirical' for weeks afterwards.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #765 on: 30 Dec 2008, 10:10 »

that post back there wasn't satire.  it was just sarcastic and bitter. 

That's jumping to a conclusion.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #766 on: 30 Dec 2008, 16:25 »

apparently every year end list ever must include at least one rap album and at least one shitnothing band that no one else has ever heard of, preferably both

otherwise how will people know you are cool

I've never heard of HALF of the bands you talk about.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #767 on: 30 Dec 2008, 16:47 »

that is probably more of a generational thing though.
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« Reply #768 on: 31 Dec 2008, 12:45 »

Good point.

And for that matter, I'd also like to add Tyga's "No Introduction" album and "No Introduction- The Series" mixtape (came out before the album) to my top 10 albums for the year.
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« Reply #769 on: 31 Dec 2008, 17:28 »

1. Deerhunter – Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.

Last year, Deerhunter were cyber-fellatiated by Pitchfork for their droning, pretentious sophomore album, Cryptograms. Don't get me wrong, I like Cryptograms a lot but listening to it in full feels like a chore, this being a major criticism of the album. Anyway, a year later I find out that Cox has somehow whipped up enough material for several solo albums and a double album for his main band. Cryptograms had to be recorded twice as the first session yielded nothing usable, they only did a second session because Liars in encouraged them to and the recorded it in 2 days. Whatever they said to Cox, has really sparked his creativity
Cox has himself a pretty large canvas on Microcastle/Weird Era Cont., he's splashed it with shades of blissful shoegaze, 50's pop, sexual ambiguity and an enveloping sense of warmth. The songs range from simple piano ballads ("Green Jacket"), Murmur era R.E.M. on "Focus Group" to the dreamy indie rock of "Agoraphobia".

2. Gang Gang Dance - Saint Dymphna

I left this record alone when it first came out because, quite frankly the first thing of theirs that I listened to was the RAWWAR EP they released to years prior to Saint Dymphna left a sour taste in my mouth. I downloaded this one day because I was bored and found that the whole record was really really catchy and danceable. There's definitely a lot going on in Saint Dymphna, synths, drum beats, altered vocals and samples (Most notably My Bloody Valentine on interlude "Vacuum") weaving their way in and out throughout the whole record creating a rich and dynamic whole.

3. Deerhoof – Offend Maggie

Deerhoof are awesome, part funk ("Snoopy Waves"), part indie rock and part weirdo j-rock/pop - is this a cliché now?

4. Titus Andronicus – The Airing of Grievances

Lo-fi indie rock, yay!

5. Fucked Up – The Chemistry of Common Life

It's punk but not punk, it's loud angry, melodic and takes a lot of chances with its diverse instrumentation and melodies. "Son of the Father" bursts out like Les Savvy Fav song, Pink Eyes sounds a lot like Tim Harrington. Its chorus is like the album's mission statement, "its hard enough being born in the first place/ who would ever want to be born again?" There's also an exploration of faith against reason and science and how meaning is found in the actual quest for answers on "No Epiphany" and "Days of Last"

6. Mount Eerie f/ Julie Doiron and Fred Squire – Lost Wisdom

I've kind of been disappointed by most Elverum's post Microphones' work but this album just seems complete. Doiron and Elverum's voices are so intricately intertwined throughout the whole album as melodies and counter melodies swirl around their voices. This only adds to the moments of catharsis that occur at least once in almost every song.

7. Shearwater - Rooks

More beautiful Romantic indie-folk rock from Jonathan Meiburg, I feel this record was largely overlooked this year and unfairly derided as a Talk Talk cover band. Yes, they did in fact cover "The Rainbow" and there's an obvious influence but Meiburg isn't trying to be them.

8. Hunchback – Pray for Scars

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9. Grouper – Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill

Liz Harris makes beautiful dreamy music, on her first two albums they were hidden in fuzz with the melodies peeking through every now and then and the vocals inaudible. Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, is more or less misty than fuzzy, the melodies, vocals, harmonies and song structure are more clearly defined but none the less eerie, subtle and beautiful.

Hon. Mentions (in no particular order):
British Sea Power, Portishead, Xiu Xiu, Beck, Abe Vigoda, No Age, the Ruby Suns, Vivian Girls, Snowman, Women, Why?, DJ Rupture, of Mont, Okkervil River, Feral Children, Parts and Labor, Ladyhawk, Ladyhawke, Marnie Stern, Mogwai, Crystal Antlers/Stilts/Castles (the fuck?), Destroyer, Bodies of Water, King Khan, Jay Reteard (although these two only release compilations this year), SM, Sic Alps, Rivers Cuomo, Make Believe, Wilderness, Nick Cave, of Montreal and Will Oldham.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #770 on: 01 Jan 2009, 04:03 »

10. Evil Urges- My Morning Jacket
9. Ghosts From The Past- Bang Gang
8. Miniatures- Matthew Cooper
7. Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill- Grouper
6. Earth To The Dandy Warhols- Dandy Warhols
5. Grouper/Inca Ore Split
4. Ghosts I-IV- Nine Inch Nails
3. Heart On- Eagles Of Death Metal
2. 500 Experiences- This Noise Between Us
1. Electronic Projects For Musicians- Apples In Stereo

my fave album this year was a bside collection. Hopefully 2009 will be better. Grouper did fantastically this year AND introduced me to Inca Ore (who is now one of my favourite artists). This Noise Between Us have a website where you can download their 2 EPs for free, both came out this year and 500 Experiences is awesome synth-based ambient and dark ambient, includes a cover of Symphony No. 6. Nine Inch Nails Ghosts set was fantastic industrial ambient, and hes still way ahead of the game in music distribution, not just giving albums for free but actually experimenting with what else could work to help conserve the music industry.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #771 on: 01 Jan 2009, 07:33 »

I <3 everyone that puts Shearwater on their list. That's you, Tom, and maybe some others. God that album is amazing.
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« Reply #772 on: 01 Jan 2009, 10:05 »

I just remembered that I forgot to listen to "Electronic Projects For Musicians"...


... Oops... I'll listen to it while I play Silkroad.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #773 on: 03 Jan 2009, 15:05 »

1. Ohgr - Devils In My Details
2. Ad.ver.sary - Bone Music
3. Meat Beat Manifesto - Autoimmune
4. Beehatch - Brood
5. Bahntier - Venal
6. Hecq - Night Falls
7. ESA - The Sea and the Silence
8. Bitcrush - Epilogue In Waves (if you like Jesu.....)
9. End.user - Left
10. Floatpoint - Beam Error
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #774 on: 30 Jan 2009, 15:48 »






I only have a top 4.
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