Year-End Critics' Polls '08

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blender had them at 7, which i was v. happy about. they should be top 2, of course

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step your reading comprehension game up, son

Mikaael Jackson (The Reverend), Monday, 24 November 2008 08:58 (6 years ago) Permalink

Decibel good
blender predictable and uncontroversial as I imagine most will be
paste has something I've never heard of @ #1 which is something at least. Is it any good?

BIG HOOS enjoys a cold mindbeer (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Monday, 24 November 2008 09:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

love the fact that in the mojo list, oasis are at number 50, obviously "justifying" their cover status.

mark e, Monday, 24 November 2008 09:28 (6 years ago) Permalink

I like the She & Him album. Assuming it's the same album I heard a few months ago (I think it's the same one). I thought at the time that it was very Cat Powers'esque.

Mordy, Monday, 24 November 2008 10:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

Me and Ruth Lorenzo, Rollin' in the Benzo (Noodle Vague), Monday, 24 November 2008 10:10 (6 years ago) Permalink

No mention of The Veronicas = Zero credibility.

To say nothing of the Pink omission.

― i, grey, Monday, November 24, 2008 3:12 AM (5 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

man I like the Pink album and it's still impossible for me to not wanna clown this post

dumb pseud (some dude), Monday, 24 November 2008 13:48 (6 years ago) Permalink

That kind of post used to be de rigueur in Rolling Teenpop. Memory... All alone in the moonlight...

Mordy, Monday, 24 November 2008 14:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

So wait, Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus are different people?

Peter "One Dart" Manley (The stickman from the hilarious 'xkcd' comics), Monday, 24 November 2008 14:14 (6 years ago) Permalink

The Metal Edge Top 50 of 2008:

49. TIE: Motörhead, Motörizer/Prostitute Disfigurement, Descendants Of Depravity
48. Belphegor, Bondage Goat Zombie
47. In Flames, A Sense Of Purpose
46. Hate Eternal, Fury And Flames
45. Moonspell, Night Eternal
43. TIE: Iced Earth, The Crucible Of Man/Staind, The Illusion Of Progress
41. TIE: Eluveitie, Slania/Saviours, Into Abaddon
40. DragonForce, Ultra Beatdown
38. TIE: Blessed By A Broken Heart, Pedal To The Metal/Boris, Smile
37. Ayreon, 01011001
36. Into Eternity, The Incurable Tragedy
35. Cynic, Traced In Air
34. Intronaut, Prehistoricisms
33. Disfear, Live The Storm
32. Coffins, Buried Death
31. Gates Of Slumber, Conqueror
28. TIE: Annihilation Time, Annihilation Time III/Melvins, Nude With Boots/Trivium, Shogun
27. Equilibrium, Sagas
26. All That Remains, Overcome
25. Lair Of The Minotaur, War Metal Battle Master
23. TIE: Bleeding Through, Declaration/Mötley Crüe, Saints Of Los Angeles
22. Children Of Bodom, Blooddrunk
21. Made Out Of Babies, The Ruiner
20. GridLink, Amber Gray
19. Disturbed, Indestructible
17. TIE: Genghis Tron, Board Up The House/Wetnurse, Invisible City
16. The Sword, Gods Of The Earth
15. Judas Priest, Nostradamus
14. Neuraxis, The Thin Line Between
13. Krallice, Krallice
11. TIE: Cavalera Conspiracy, Inflikted/Torche, Meanderthal
10. Testament, The Formation Of Damnation
9. Enslaved, Vertebrae
8. Nachtmystium, Assassins: Black Meddle Pt. 1
7. Harvey Milk, Life…The Best Game In Town
6. Amon Amarth, Twilight Of The Thunder God
5. Gojira, The Way Of All Flesh
4. Slipknot, All Hope Is Gone
3. Meshuggah, obZen
2. Metallica, Death Magnetic
1. Opeth, Watershed

unperson, Monday, 24 November 2008 15:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

Mojo Magazine: The 50 Best Albums of 2008
http://pub37.bravenet.com/forum/3172289350/show/923684

1 - Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
2 - The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understatement
3 - Paul Weller - 22 Dreams
4 - Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago [2007]
5 - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
6 - The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
7 - Glasvegas - Glasvegas
8 - The Week That Was - The Week That Was
9 - The Bug - London Zoo
10 - Neil Diamond - Home Before Dark
11 - Portishead - Third
12 - Don Cavalli - Cryland
13 - Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark
14 - British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
15 - Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves - Roll With You
16 - Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
17 - Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
18 - Pete Molinari - A Virtual Landslide
19 - Beck - Modern Guilt
20 - TV on the Radio - Dear Science
21 - Amadou & Mariam - Welcome to Mali
22 - Mercury Rev - Snowflake Midnight
23 - Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
24 - Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life
25 - Randy Newman - Harps and Angels
26 - Peter Broderick - Home
27 - M83 - Saturdays=Youth
28 - Neon Neon - Stainless Style
29 - Yeasayer - All Hour Cymbals [2007]
30 - The Night Marchers - See You in Magic
31 - Duffy - Rockferry
32 - Seasick Steve - I Started Out With Nothin' and I Still Got Most of It Left
33 - Kasai Allstars - In the 7th Moon, the Chief Turned Into a Swimming Fish and Ate the Head of His Enemy by Magic
34 - Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing
35 - Our Broken Garden - When Your Blackening Shows
36 - MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
37 - Gavin Bryars & Philip Jeck & Alter Ego - The Sinking of the Titanic [2007]
38 - Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree
39 - Abe Vigoda - Skeleton
40 - The Black Keys - Attack & Release
41 - The Fall - Imperial Wax Solvent
42 - Juana Molina - Un Día
43 - Aimee Mann - @#%&*! Smilers
44 - Goldmund - The Malady Of Elegance
45 - Metallica - Death Magnetic
46 - James Hunter - The Hard Way
47 - Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
48 - AC/DC - Black Ice
49 - The Neil Cowley Trio - Loud... Louder... Stop
50 - Oasis - Dig Out Your Soul

djmartian, Monday, 24 November 2008 15:28 (6 years ago) Permalink

paste has something I've never heard of @ #1 which is something at least. Is it any good?

― BIG HOOS enjoys a cold mindbeer (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Monday, November 24, 2008 9:11 AM (6 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink


it's a collaboration between zooey deschanel and m. ward

(no, it's not good)

With a little bit of gold and a Peja (bernard snowy), Monday, 24 November 2008 15:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

literally the only thing on that Mojo list that I don't hate is Fuck Buttons

With a little bit of gold and a Peja (bernard snowy), Monday, 24 November 2008 15:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

You must be worn out.

Enrique (Raw Patrick), Monday, 24 November 2008 15:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

I still haven't listened to Fleet Foxes or the new TV on the Radio tho, and I have a sneaking suspicion that I might like them.

With a little bit of gold and a Peja (bernard snowy), Monday, 24 November 2008 15:40 (6 years ago) Permalink

also the one track I've heard off London Zoo wasn't bad

With a little bit of gold and a Peja (bernard snowy), Monday, 24 November 2008 15:40 (6 years ago) Permalink

Loooove seeing Torche at #1 on a metal list.

vampire baseball (call all destroyer), Monday, 24 November 2008 15:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

these annual reminders of how terrible most critics' taste is are kind of simultaneously depressing and reassuring

lex pretend, Monday, 24 November 2008 15:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

I quite liked that Late of the Pier album.

No medals though...

Mark G, Monday, 24 November 2008 15:57 (6 years ago) Permalink

Loooove seeing Torche at #1 on a metal list.

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yeah this was kind of a cool surprise

With a little bit of gold and a Peja (bernard snowy), Monday, 24 November 2008 16:40 (6 years ago) Permalink

It's blowing my mind that Portishead has only made one list so far.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 24 November 2008 16:42 (6 years ago) Permalink

exactly how I feel about Deerhunter

With a little bit of gold and a Peja (bernard snowy), Monday, 24 November 2008 16:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

Me and Ruth Lorenzo, Rollin' in the Benzo (Noodle Vague), Monday, 24 November 2008 16:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

go torche!

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 24 November 2008 16:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

I still haven't listened to Fleet Foxes or the new TV on the Radio tho, and I have a sneaking suspicion that I might like them.

― With a little bit of gold and a Peja (bernard snowy), Monday, November 24, 2008 10:40 AM (1 hour ago)

TVOTR = v. good
FF = exalted background music

k3vin k., Monday, 24 November 2008 16:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, FF definitely SOUND good, but there's not a lot of substance there.

i'm whine btw (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 24 November 2008 17:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

The Blender list is like a list of albums.

i'm whine btw (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 24 November 2008 17:07 (6 years ago) Permalink

Still no Cut Copy, no Wolf Parade, no Blitzen Trapper, no Jay Reatard.. we have 1 mention of No Age, and 1 mention of The Sword..

These lists can suck a D.

billstevejim, Monday, 24 November 2008 17:17 (6 years ago) Permalink

Man, people really do get worked up over lists that were compiled back before the year was even three-quarters finished. I've already turned in a couple lists for polls that were two months early, roughly speaking, and am putting some together before the year is up as well; the way "the year in" has dialed back further and further makes me uneasy. I kind of read them with a grain of salt that way.

Matos W.K., Monday, 24 November 2008 17:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

there is no excuse for putting that astonishingly bad My Morning Jacket anywhere near a top albums list, even if it's "top albums that came out that week"

With a little bit of gold and a Peja (bernard snowy), Monday, 24 November 2008 17:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

Hey, I've complained about the She & Him win elsewhere! I'm not making fun at all. I just find it kind of oddly encouraging that people actually care about this stuff.

Matos W.K., Monday, 24 November 2008 17:29 (6 years ago) Permalink

(I'm almost certain I've said that before on a previous year-end poll thread, but I've been up all night and am spacey. Onward.)

Matos W.K., Monday, 24 November 2008 17:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

I don't really understand why people ever get outraged about their favorite albums not showing up on a particular year-end list (a need to confirm one's subjective opinion, maybe?), but especially when there are zillions of lists these days: no publication really has the authority anymore to single-handedly canonize albums, so why sweat it?

xpost haha (jaymc), Monday, 24 November 2008 17:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

be happy you have better taste than these schlubs!

aaaaa (jergins), Monday, 24 November 2008 17:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

I really like that Cut Copy disc, and I'm glad to see it not turning up on these lists...

henry s, Monday, 24 November 2008 17:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

you're right, but I like to see my favorite artists do well, so that's one reason. when p4k (for an obv example) puts you in their top ten, sales and concert tickets are gonna swell, no?

xp jay

k3vin k., Monday, 24 November 2008 17:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

xxp:

I am happy! it's just weird I guess -- I haven't really listened to that much new music this year, but most of the stuff from these lists that I've heard is so dull that I wouldn't have even remembered it came out this year.

With a little bit of gold and a Peja (bernard snowy), Monday, 24 November 2008 17:56 (6 years ago) Permalink

when p4k (for an obv example) puts you in their top ten, sales and concert tickets are gonna swell, no?

Yeah, I guess I've never really understood why people are invested in their favorite bands getting popular, either. As long as they're doing well enough to keep putting out albums and touring on a semi-regular basis, I don't care how many units they shift.

xpost haha (jaymc), Monday, 24 November 2008 18:07 (6 years ago) Permalink

anyone else shocked to see this on the mojo list?...

37 - Gavin Bryars & Philip Jeck & Alter Ego - The Sinking of the Titanic [2007]

was considering this for my list, but who turned those guys on to something like this???

psychgawsple, Monday, 24 November 2008 18:25 (6 years ago) Permalink

no Blitzen Trapper

they're #1 on my list of bands who, from reading reviews, i think will be awesome, but are completely disappointing to listen to.

Moreno, Monday, 24 November 2008 18:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

i think it's entirely depressing that anyone would pick a fifth-wave freak folk act as their #1 album of the year. surely something original happened in 2008?

psychgawsple, Monday, 24 November 2008 18:42 (6 years ago) Permalink

i think it's entirely depressing that anyone would keep count of how many waves of freak folk there have been now

dumb pseud (some dude), Monday, 24 November 2008 18:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

whats the Don Cavalli album like?

Michael B, Monday, 24 November 2008 18:48 (6 years ago) Permalink

yes yes, i clearly have a tally on my wall. apparently it's the most relevant form of music in 2008 though, so...

psychgawsple, Monday, 24 November 2008 19:09 (6 years ago) Permalink

8 - The Week That Was - The Week That Was

glad this is getting props somewhere, i'm really into it at the moment

ciderpress, Monday, 24 November 2008 20:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

Do you mean Fleet Foxes psychgawsple?

I don't think they really sound like a freak folk group or even the descendants of freak folk (though they probably listened to the last Grizzly Bear album). Which is not to say they're doing anything new.

I like the album, but I'd be depressed if was number one on my list. Having said that, I think it's far more likely that it'll do well this year not because some people think it's the best thing of the year, but because heaps and heaps of people are ranking it about ten.

I kinda ruined my singles poll list for Pitchfork (in terms of expecting to have any effect on the outcome) by stuffing it with UK funky house tunes.

Tim F, Monday, 24 November 2008 20:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

indeed, it is not very 'freaky', but it is folksy psych-pop in that lineage (imo). and it seems to have a weird appeal to the more dance-music oriented set, which i simply don't understand (it looks like this'll be the #1 album over at djhistory!?!?!). it's easy to like but there's nothing exciting going on by any means.

and god bless you sir for bringing more funky UK house to the Pitchfork list

psychgawsple, Monday, 24 November 2008 20:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

I doubt any will make it into the final list though! This is the problem with these sorts of consensus lists, and exactly why something like Fleet Foxes tends to get overrated. In fact I think I'd say what Fleet Foxes have going for them is that they are a point where people with bad taste and people with good taste converge.

Tim F, Monday, 24 November 2008 21:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

yeah but you guys do show individual lists too, right?

that's where you find the real gold

psychgawsple, Monday, 24 November 2008 21:21 (6 years ago) Permalink

The inclusion of Staind, Trivium, and Slipknot all make me cringe, but still, Metal Edge's EOY list is better than Decibel's, I think.

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 03:51 (6 years ago) Permalink

Without my vote I'm pretty sure Belphegor's Bondage Goat Zombie wouldn't have even made the Metal Edge top 50!!! (Also, my #1 vote for Equilibrium must have helped its placing.)

Dimension 5ive, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 04:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

is little boots any good? i downloaded them but it was from the same ppl who recommended me garbage like fleet foxes, bon iver and little joy

k3vin k., Monday, 5 January 2009 06:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

she's ok, definitely much better than those people, but if that's the sort of thing you're after you may as well just go get the last roisin murphy album instead, next to which little boots is sort of redundant

'wearing my rolex' fans should also hear 'if you're going out, i'm going out too':

lex pretend, Monday, 5 January 2009 09:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

dope

jordan s (J0rdan S.), Monday, 5 January 2009 10:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

you may as well just go get the last roisin murphy album instead, next to which little boots is sort of redundant

this is like saying you don't need both ciara and cassie in yr life

Timezilla vs Mechadistance (blueski), Monday, 5 January 2009 14:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

this is like saying you don't need both ciara and cassie in yr life

When, in fact, you actually need neither of them...

ilxor, Monday, 5 January 2009 17:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

uh oh

k3vin k., Monday, 5 January 2009 17:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

"Stuck on Repeat" I prolly like better than anything off the last Roisin, all the other stuff I've heard is kinda eh.

Maciej (maciej recognizing trill), Monday, 5 January 2009 18:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

poptimists tracks of 08 part one (42-50)

http://community.livejournal.com/poptimists/654842.html

xhuxk, Monday, 5 January 2009 19:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

poptimists tracks of 08 part two (31-40)

http://community.livejournal.com/poptimists/655205.html

xhuxk, Tuesday, 6 January 2009 18:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

Didn't Christgau in his consumer poll give a 'dud' to the Nashville Scene Critics poll winner Jamey Johnson? Wonder why he hates him so. Maybe he says why in that Slate discussion upthread

curmudgeon, Friday, 16 January 2009 12:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

it's probably bcuz he's old

xhuxk e deej (k3vin k.), Friday, 16 January 2009 16:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

Nah, that hasn't stopped him before.

curmudgeon, Friday, 16 January 2009 17:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

if that's the sort of thing you're after you may as well just go get the last roisin murphy album instead, next to which little boots is sort of redundant

Little Boots sounds nothing like Roisin Murphy and more like Hot Chip with a female singer.

Matt DC, Friday, 16 January 2009 17:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

that "stuck on a groove" single is better than anything hot chip's done in a long time

gr8080, Friday, 16 January 2009 19:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

lex to thread:

http://www.villagevoice.com/pazznjop/

Ioannis, Wednesday, 21 January 2009 13:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

Pazz & Jop 2008

Lex and others to thread

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 January 2009 19:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

Not sure how they compiled it but here's the Offbeat, New Orleans magazine, top 10:

1. Theresa Andersson-Hummingbird Go
2. Irma Thomas-Simply Grand
3. Michael Doucet-From Now On
4. Dr. Michael White-Blue Crescent
5. Lil' Wayne-Tha Carter III
6. The Iguanas-If You Should Ever Fall On Hard Times
7. Tom McDermott and Connie Jones- Creole Nocturne
8. Dr. John-The City That Care Forgot
9. David Egan-You Don't know Your Mind
10. Porter-Batiste-Stolz-Moodoo

curmudgeon, Sunday, 25 January 2009 04:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

Rock-a-Rolla top 40:

1. Harvey Milk – Life…The Best Game in Town
2. Earth – The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull
3. Melvins – Nude with Boots
4. Dub Trio – Another Sound is Dying
5. Asva – What You Don’t know is Frontier
6. Grails – Doomsdayer’s Holiday
7. Secret Chiefs 3 – Xaphan: Book of Angel
8. Kayo Dot – Blue Lambency Downward
9. Mike Patton – A Perfect Place
10. Racebanon – Acid or Blood
11. Torche – Meanderthal
12. Portishead – Third
13. The Mars Volta – The Bedlam in Goliath
14. Lustmord – [Other]
15. Zach Hill – Astrological Straits
16. Steve Von Till – A Grave is a Grim Horse
17. Ascend – Ample Fire Within
18. Akimbo – Jersey Shores
19. Conifer – Corown Fire
20. Bohren & Der Club of Gore – Dolores
21. Meshuggah – Obzen
22. Philip Jeck – Sano
23. UFOmammut – Idolum
24. Wildildlife – Six
25. Moha! – One Way Ticket to Candyland
26. Helms Alee – Night Terror
27. Mogwai – The Hawk is Howling
28. Krallice – Krallice
29. Jarboe – Mahakali
30. Hey Colossus – Happy Birthday
31. Merzbow – Anicca
32. Gnaw Their Tongues – An Epiphanic Vomiting of Blood
33. Lucky Dragons – Dream Island Laughing Language
34. Jucifer – L’Autrichienne
35. Mothlite – The Flax of Reverie
36. Boris – Smile
37. No Age – Nouns
38. Black Sun – Paralyser
39. Subtle – Exitingarm
40. Prurient – And Still Waiting

m the g, Sunday, 25 January 2009 08:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

DJ Premier's top 20 '08

20. Ill Bill - The Hour of Reprisal
19. 88-Keys - The Death of Adam
18. EPMD - We Mean Business
17. Craig G & Marley Marl - Operation Take Back Hip-Hop
16. Ice Cube - Raw Footage
15. Q-Tip - The Renaissance
14. Guilty Simpson - Ode to the Ghetto
13. Termanology - Politics as Usual
12. Big Shug - Otherside of the Game
11. Ludacris - Theater of the Mind

10. Heltah Skeltah - D.I.R.T. (Da Incredible Rap Team)
09. Lil' Wayne - Tha Carter III
08. The P Brothers - The Gas
07. eMC - The Show
06. Jake One - White Van Music
05. D.I.T.C. - The Movement
04. Scarface - Emeritus
03. Statik Selektah - Stick 2 the Script
02. Evidence - The Layover EP
01. DJ Revolution - King of the Decks

twitty milk (deej), Sunday, 1 February 2009 02:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

Luda???

The Reverend, Sunday, 1 February 2009 09:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

he had a track on it :-/

twitty milk (deej), Sunday, 1 February 2009 10:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

with a few glaring exceptions, I was surprisingly happy with the results of this year's WXYC DJ poll:

The Top 20 of 2008 (technically the Top 21 b/c the #20 slot was a tie):

1. Grouper - Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill (TYPE)
2. Deerhunter - Microcastle/Weird Era Cont (Kranky/4AD)
3. Tape - Luminarium (Häpna)
4. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguar)
5. Lil Wayne- tha carter 3 (Cash Money)
6. Robbie Basho - Bonn Ist Supreme (Bo'Weavil)
7. Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lions Skull (Southern Lord)
7. Fleet Foxes- fleet foxes (Sub Pop)
9. 70's Thai Orchestra - 70's Thai Orchestra (MISSISSIPPI/EXILED)
10. Lau Nau - Nukkuu (Locust)
11. v/a - 1970's algerian proto-rai underground (SUBLIME FREQUENCIES)
12. Alan Licht & Aki Onda - Everydays (FAMILY VINEYARD)
13. Gang Gang Dance- St. Dymphna (Social Registry)
14. Animal Collective - Water Curses EP (Domino/Paw Tracks)
14. Man Man - Rabbit Habits (ANTI-)
16. The Cool Kids - The Bake Sale EP (Chocolate Industries)
17. Girl talk - Feed the animals (Illegal Art)
18. Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing (ATP Recordings)
18. The Hospitals - Hairdryer Peace (self-released)
20. Ponytail- ice cream social (We Are Free)
20. Burning Star Core - Challenger (Hospital/Plastic)

if you like it then you shoulda put a donk on it (bernard snowy), Saturday, 7 February 2009 15:27 (5 years ago) Permalink


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