Year-End Critics' Polls '08

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Dorianlynskey, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 12:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

wish these mags would show some balls for once and just do a Top 50 Albums We Feel Deserve More Love ignoring anything that went top 40 or sold over a certain amount. what is the point of a list like Q's? they could do something a lot more interesting and useful to their readers but no.

GSOHSHIT (blueski), Tuesday, 25 November 2008 12:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

32 Oasis - Dig Out Your Souk

GSOHSHIT (blueski), Tuesday, 25 November 2008 13:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

what is the point of a list like Q's?

So that people who buy five albums a year and Q once or twice in a year can feel like they're catching up?

NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 13:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

Including The Killers (this week no doubt) 28 of those albums made the UK top ten.

Mitchell Stirling, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 13:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

So that people who buy five albums a year and Q once or twice in a year can feel like they're catching up?

why cater an EOY list for people who only buy your magazine once or twice a year? why fill it with best-selling albums when those same people could just go into Tesco and see the same albums there in the actual chart?

GSOHSHIT (blueski), Tuesday, 25 November 2008 13:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

On further analysis if The Killers make #1 this weekend the list will have 15 chart toppers. You can see 13 of those records in this weeks Top 75. I also don't see why have a top 50 like that, has they gone down to 100 and put something you might not see in Tesco it might have been worthwhile.

Mitchell Stirling, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 14:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

I hear Uncut went with Portishead, haven't seen it myself but that's good to hear.

Mitchell Stirling, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 14:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

why cater an EOY list for people who only buy your magazine once or twice a year?

"Cater" might be too strong a word, but there's def. a market for people who won't follow music all year-round but will pay closer attention at the end of the year because they know they everything they want to know will be condensed into convenient summaries. It's kind of the music equivalent of people who don't watch much sports, but stay glued to the TV during the Olympics, or even people who don't watch too many movies, but will watch the Academy Awards to check out the winners and make sure they haven't missed out on anything big.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 15:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

Perhaps the Q list will convince them that they don't need to bother anymore.

GSOHSHIT (blueski), Tuesday, 25 November 2008 15:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

Those annual Q lists are the only ones which seriously raise my suspicions re. authenticity.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 15:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

mass outrage at middle aged music lists in magazines aimed at middle aged readers, News at Ten

Brother Belcher (Marcello Carlin), Tuesday, 25 November 2008 15:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

Before Paper Thin Walls shut down, we picked Portishead as our Album Of The Year...

So

Paper Thin Walls
1. Portishead - Third

i'm whine btw (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 25 November 2008 16:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

I like your approach.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 16:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ned's ballot:

1. Portishead - Third
2. The Cure - Disintegration Pt IV

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 16:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

The Voyage Home

da croupier, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 16:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

Sad thing is that's not too removed from the truth, which is another reason I'm not drawing up a list this year.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 16:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

These lists need more Matmos, methinks.

Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 16:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

Don Cavalli album's pretty good tho it's like a parody on old blues albums done with electric gtrs

Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 17:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

The only list I really get excited for anymore is probably THE WIRE list

Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 17:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

Surprised to see Bon Iver and Okkervil pop up but not Shearwater.

Simon H., Tuesday, 25 November 2008 17:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

w/r/t to what Dorian said above, I just realized that I haven't voted for a single rap record this year, in all the various year-end lists I've submitted (they're different for diff publications for criteria reasons and the fact that I actually vote for "national" and "local" CDs for one outlet).

nothing was AWESOME in hip-hop this year, you know? and the likeliest candidates all got pushed back from late 2008 to early 2009.

Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 17:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

simon otm

Q's list is really just depressing and is surely some cruel joke

k3vin k., Tuesday, 25 November 2008 17:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

nothing was AWESOME in hip-hop this year, you know? and the likeliest candidates all got pushed back from late 2008 to early 2009.

― Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, November 25, 2008 12:16 PM (8 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

I mean, it wasn't the best year for hip-hop sure...

But The Roots, ABN, TI, Jeezy, Webbie and Guilty Simpson are all pretty awesome in my eyes.

i'm whine btw (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 25 November 2008 17:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

Whiney, I'm going to go ahead and fess up that I haven't heard ANY of those!

Wait, who are ABN?

I spend waaaay too much time and energy listing to avant-garde and noise...

Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 17:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

ABN are Assholes By Nature, Houston diehards Z-Ro and Trae together. I think all those records I mentioned are better than the Lil Wayne record.

If you like avant-garde and noise, i suggest starting with the Roots record, which is pretty apocalyptic and unforgiving and moving on to Guilty Simpson, which is Madlibby stuff that The Wire readers could prolly fuck with.

i'm whine btw (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 25 November 2008 17:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

Also, since you're here, can we talk about the best NOISE noise records (ie, harsh noise, not Fuck Buttons) of the year?

The only ones I've really loved are (in order)

1. Carlos Giffoni - Eternal Noise
2. Emeralds – Solar Bridge
3. Prurient - And Still Waiting
4. Burning Star Core - Challenger
5. The Goslings – Occasion
6. Robedoor - Rancor Keeper
7. Wold - Stratification
8. Skull Defekts - The Drone Drug

But I'm sure there's some I haven't copped. Supposedly Jason Crumer on Hospital is supposed to be ill.

But I'm sure there's a bunch

i'm whine btw (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 25 November 2008 17:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

scratch that last line

i'm whine btw (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 25 November 2008 17:47 (5 years ago) Permalink

also feeling nappy roots and bun b, in terms of hip-hop

lex pretend, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 17:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, add Nappy Roots to that list, definitely!

i'm whine btw (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 25 November 2008 17:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

nothing was AWESOME in hip-hop this year, you know? and the likeliest candidates all got pushed back from late 2008 to early 2009.

― Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, November 25, 2008 11:16 AM (46 minutes ago) Bookmark

yah maybe try listening to rap before saying stuff like this??

deej, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 18:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

ooooooohboy I sure do love these conversations

dumb pseud (some dude), Tuesday, 25 November 2008 18:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

and the likeliest candidates all got pushed back from late 2008 to early 2009.

― Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, November 25, 2008 11:16 AM (46 minutes ago) Bookmark

jay-z? common? timbaland?

racist (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 25 November 2008 18:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

50 and Alchemist too (I don't think Common got pushed back to next year, though)

dumb pseud (some dude), Tuesday, 25 November 2008 18:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

whiney you HAVE to cop crumer, that disc is amazing

also i'll second prurient, giffoni (that album and his other releases), bxc

Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 18:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

That Lil Wayne record should be finishing high in critics polls, probably higher than it has on these listed. I mean it's really good and really popular, which tends to be what rises to the top when consensus is measured.

I don't think it's the best record of the year or anything, but it's one of the best albums that also sold a lot and MIGHT be the best hip-hop album in a relatively weak year for hip-hop albums.

It's the preponderance of Fleet Foxes/My Morning Jacket/Kings of Leon/etc. indie-roots mediocrities that's more depressing.

Hubie Brown, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 18:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

deej, i'll amend what i said to

"nothing was AWESOME in hip-hop this year for me"

that i heard

Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 18:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

carter iii was great for what it was but couldn't be top ten for me given that there was so much better stuff out in other genres

Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 18:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

robedoor and pocahaunted kinda leave me a bit cold, to be honest

Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 18:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

Pocahaunted is Pocahorrible

i'm whine btw (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 25 November 2008 18:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

Like if you're going to have a name that stupid, you better be awesome.

i'm whine btw (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 25 November 2008 18:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

Surprised Fennesz' Black Sea hasn't appeared in any list so far as I thought it was pretty much the mainstream ambient album and artist of choice. I suppose the late release is to blame.

Moka, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 18:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

Its not that good and it's no longer fashionable for indie fuXXors to rally around Funnesz

i'm whine btw (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 25 November 2008 19:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

Tape's Luminarium is much better in that vein, but it didn't get too much by means of press

i'm whine btw (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 25 November 2008 19:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

haha i'll second that whiney

Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 19:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

other great 08 noise: controlled dissonance, fuck buttons, growing, thurston moore, Istituzioni Ambienti Naturalismo / Lolita Vibrator Torture, whistletips, cash slave clique

more discussion of atlas sound plz

Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 19:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

HOTOTOGISU people

Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 19:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

also great: the north sea, satellite clouds, starving weirdos

Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 19:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

In what issue will The Wire publish their list?

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 19:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

traditionally, it's the december issue, i think

Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 19:17 (5 years ago) Permalink


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