Run Quick EMO ALBUMS; Here I’ll POLL, You VOTED

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With the loss of friends you didn’t have
I’ll call you when the time is right
Are you in or are you out?

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Huge thank you to ArchCarrier who helped me compile all of these ballots and format all the results for easy posting. I would’ve done a much worse job without your help.

And thanks to all the voters without whom this would just be a list of my favorite albums.

I will maintain a Spotify list during rollout - taking place over this week and finishing on Friday. The link to that is here: http://open.spotify.com/user/mordys/playlist/2DxXJBmUeORd2Y1K4su1WE

Originally the rollout was going to be 77 albums long but because of a request from ArchCarrier, who says there are a bunch of interesting albums in the 78-100 range, I’ll start at 100. That means that we need to get started early and go quickly today and tomorrow to have enough time to luxuriate in the top 10 on Friday. Not sure yet how I’ll break it up into days so let’s just get to it.

These are ILX’s most heart-wrenching, soul-crushing, bitter and sad - like a frozen cheek on a cold September night - 77 100 favorite emo albums, starting with, at 77 100…

Mordy, Monday, 6 March 2017 12:42 (two years ago) link

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100. At the Drive-In - Vaya EP
105 points, 3 votes

Mordy, Monday, 6 March 2017 12:42 (two years ago) link

woooooo

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 6 March 2017 12:45 (two years ago) link

hooooo!

ArchCarrier, Monday, 6 March 2017 12:50 (two years ago) link

And <blush> to your kind words!

ArchCarrier, Monday, 6 March 2017 12:51 (two years ago) link

I don't have any thoughts in particular about At the Drive-In but I have a friend from El Paso who says his dad ran a music store and that there was once a robbery and later read in an interview w/ Mars Volta that they had scored their early instruments from a record store in El Paso break-in... this maybe belongs in the completely true facts about bands thread.

Mordy, Monday, 6 March 2017 12:56 (two years ago) link

this was the last thing cut from my ballot

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 6 March 2017 12:59 (two years ago) link

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99. Elliott - False Cathedrals
105 points, 5 votes

Mordy, Monday, 6 March 2017 13:02 (two years ago) link

xp I hadn't heard Vaya before, listening to it now. I love the backwards vocals on '300 MHz'.
Bad people though, stealing instruments.

ArchCarrier, Monday, 6 March 2017 13:04 (two years ago) link

woah, way too low! competition be fierce

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 6 March 2017 13:11 (two years ago) link

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97. Quicksand - Slip
106 points, 4 votes

Mordy, Monday, 6 March 2017 13:21 (two years ago) link

oops skipped ahead there by accident! i'll just post the next two then instead -- see you all in 40 min

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98. The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site
106 points, 3 votes

Mordy, Monday, 6 March 2017 13:22 (two years ago) link

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97. Quicksand - Slip
106 points, 4 votes

Mordy, Monday, 6 March 2017 13:22 (two years ago) link

Didn't vote for this Weakerthans record but I won't begrudge their appearance. There's not going to be much of a Canadian presence in this poll (I did not help much in this regard)

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 6 March 2017 13:26 (two years ago) link

I don't think I had heard Elliott well enough when I deleted them from my ballot. They sound great now.

ArchCarrier, Monday, 6 March 2017 13:33 (two years ago) link

Quicksand the 1st of my votes to place

Odysseus, Monday, 6 March 2017 13:34 (two years ago) link

voted for False Cathedrals. Stunning album!

cajunsunday, Monday, 6 March 2017 13:45 (two years ago) link

I like Superstitions n Travel

Mordy, Monday, 6 March 2017 13:56 (two years ago) link

I love Slip but cut it from my ballot for being post-hardcore rather than emo (arbitrary I know but had to draw the line somewhere).

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 6 March 2017 13:56 (two years ago) link

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96. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
109 points, 4 votes

Mordy, Monday, 6 March 2017 14:27 (two years ago) link

i didn't vote for this bc i don't think of it as emo but i loved this album when it first came out

Mordy, Monday, 6 March 2017 14:28 (two years ago) link

honestly I relistened to a couple bright eyes albums for this poll and it was an underwhelming experience, even Lifted mostly falls flat for me now

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 6 March 2017 14:30 (two years ago) link

can anyone help me figure out who the vocalist from weakerthans sounds like? it sounds so familiar...

Mordy, Monday, 6 March 2017 14:59 (two years ago) link

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95. Jimmy Eat World - Static Prevails
110 points, 3 votes

Mordy, Monday, 6 March 2017 15:03 (two years ago) link

every JEW album is gonna place isn't it

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 6 March 2017 15:04 (two years ago) link

can anyone help me figure out who the vocalist from weakerthans sounds like? it sounds so familiar...

― Mordy, Monday, March 6, 2017 7:59 AM (five minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

he sounds like that one guy in propagandhi

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Monday, 6 March 2017 15:05 (two years ago) link

hahaha

for real though due to overfamiliarity, if anything other people remind me of him not the other way 'round

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 6 March 2017 15:07 (two years ago) link

lol no i know he's the same guy as the vocalist from propagandhi but he also sounds like i think an indie singer -- oh shit i think i just figured out who he reminds me of and it's an ilx poster.

Mordy, Monday, 6 March 2017 15:08 (two years ago) link

Fallow probably isn't gonna place but I'd like to mention that back in the early 00s a certain anarchist hardcore-loving friend of mine confessed a deep love for "confessions of a futon-revolutionist" and why on earth do I remember this stuff

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 6 March 2017 15:12 (two years ago) link

TOO LOW

gr8080, Monday, 6 March 2017 15:19 (two years ago) link

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94. Straylight Run - Straylight Run
110 points, 4 votes

Mordy, Monday, 6 March 2017 15:32 (two years ago) link

A blind spot for me. I like it so far!

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 6 March 2017 15:40 (two years ago) link

i think most of these albums will be a blind spot for me but I still did a 50 album ballot.

Odysseus, Monday, 6 March 2017 15:56 (two years ago) link

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93 [TIE]. Pedro the Lion - Winners Never Quit
112 points, 3 votes

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93 [TIE]. Aereogramme - A Story In White
112 points, 3 votes

Mordy, Monday, 6 March 2017 16:04 (two years ago) link

xp - I can only like an album that starts with a song called 'The Perfect Ending'.

ArchCarrier, Monday, 6 March 2017 16:07 (two years ago) link

Yes, my favorite Pedro the Lion album!

But I completely forgot to vote for Aereogramme...

ArchCarrier, Monday, 6 March 2017 16:08 (two years ago) link

'A Mind of Her Own' is so great:
https://youtu.be/DcC1seL1eZ8

ArchCarrier, Monday, 6 March 2017 16:10 (two years ago) link

First two tracks of ASIW are incredible

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Monday, 6 March 2017 16:25 (two years ago) link

Two bands I didn't get around to checking out properly in time to vote...

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 6 March 2017 16:38 (two years ago) link

I do not recall Aereogramme being emo or screamo, more post-rock/metal.
Did Imago nominate them by any chance?

haha xp

Odysseus, Monday, 6 March 2017 16:39 (two years ago) link

Just remembered I had a Chemikal Underground sampler with an Aerogramme song on and yeah post-rock sounds about right.

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 6 March 2017 16:41 (two years ago) link

Not that there isn't a lot of overlap there.

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 6 March 2017 16:42 (two years ago) link

Aereogramme were post/indie-rock stylistically but in a real sense were very, very fucking emo

ultros ultros-ghali, Monday, 6 March 2017 16:55 (two years ago) link

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91. Say Anything - ...Is a Real Boy
113 points, 4 votes

Mordy, Monday, 6 March 2017 17:04 (two years ago) link

too low

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Monday, 6 March 2017 17:04 (two years ago) link

TOO LOW

Mordy, Monday, 6 March 2017 17:04 (two years ago) link

Im not complaining. I gave Blonde Rehead a vote and they aren't emo either. But I just think I can spot an lj nom at 10 miles now :)

Odysseus, Monday, 6 March 2017 17:05 (two years ago) link

Didnt vote for SA cos i thought it was a lock for top ten without me... whooops

Lebro v. Wade (Spottie), Monday, 6 March 2017 17:12 (two years ago) link

I think this is the first one of these that I voted for, ha.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Monday, 6 March 2017 17:26 (two years ago) link

Wow did no expect Straylight Run to make it.

Existentialism On Prom NIght has the perfect emo chorus imo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=293h41Bd-Do
You would kill for this, just a little but, just a little bit, you would, you would...

Lebro v. Wade (Spottie), Monday, 6 March 2017 17:27 (two years ago) link

thanks for running the poll, i have a lot of listening to do!

glad Relationship of Command finished so highly (it would've been my #1 if i had voted). this album was probably the most important album in my musical development, representing a fork in the road where my more or less straightforward emo/screamo taste took a left turn to the experimental realm. while the beeps and boops on the album sound kinda quaint now, they were very radical and eye opening to my ears which hadn't really considered those sounds in the realm of possibility for music. omar's chord choices and phrasings were a revelation, and i still haven't heard anyone who sounds quite like him. cedric was an incredible front man with an incredible stage presence and whose lyrics introduced me to abstract and impressionistic styles.

as silly as it might sound, they also got me to start questioning traditional gender roles as they had manifest themselves in the punk/emo/screamo scene at the time. i recall him being mocked at the time for it, but cedric calling out slam dancers and refusing to play until the crowd danced respectfully really made an impact on me. also, learning that they wore women's jeans because they fit better caused me and some of my friends to also get a pair, predating the skinny jeans wave by a couple of years.

i was supposed to see them live for the first time at the end of april of 2001 but they broke up at the beginning of that month. i followed the mars volta intensely throughout their demo period and picked up the tremulant ep the day it came out (also the same day the first sparta ep came out). deloused in the comatorium was another very important album in my life, this time for intensely personal reasons not dissimilar to the theme of that album. i kept up with the mars volta over the years, but they never really hit the heights of RoC or DITC and my tastes drifted elsewhere. and now i'm done with my emo rant

just another (diamonddave85), Sunday, 12 March 2017 19:21 (two years ago) link

Many thanks to the poll runners, personally most grateful for the discovery of the Anniversary and Appleseed Cast, I threw them two votes at the end of my ballot, which is otherwise the stuff on the noms list that I have a history with:

Johnny Foreigner - Waited Up 'til It was Light
Death Cab for Cutie - We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes
Fall Out Boy - Take This to Your Grave
Hotelier - Home, Like Noplace There Is
Johnny Foreigner - Johnny Foreigner vs. Everything
Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I
Fall Out Boy - From Under the Cork Tree
blink-182 - Enema of the State
Brand New - The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me
Motion City Soundtrack - Commit This to Memory
Death Cab for Cutie - Something About Airplanes
The Promise Ring - Nothing Feels Good
American Football - American Football
Paramore - Paramore
Brand New - Deja Entendu
Sunny Day Real Estate - How It Feels to Be Something On
Fugazi - Repeater
Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary
The Anniversary - Designing a Nervous Breakdown
The Appleseed Cast - Mare Vitalis
Jawbox - For Your Own Special Sweetheart

Mercer Finn, Sunday, 12 March 2017 21:02 (two years ago) link

just as an observation, the mall emo vs real emo vs whatever reminds me of glam vs metal and seems ultimately kinda boil down to some kind of underlying fear of dudes who wear too much makeup or have too many female fans idk

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 13 March 2017 01:02 (two years ago) link

Was gonna bump the Los Camp! thread for this, but there's no search, and it seems relevant here because they explicitly (and proudly) label it emo

https://noisey.vice.com/en_ca/article/los-campesinos-rank-their-first-five-records

Evan R, Monday, 13 March 2017 01:49 (two years ago) link

My computer died and I couldn't figure out how to log in on my phone until now. My ballot went out with the PC, but The Moon Is Down was my #1 and I'm a little surprised it didn't place at all. Also, Sund4r, I voted for Okara in the low 20s, I'm sure you're not surprised.

Also, in re: the goth side of emo. Anyone else like Antioch Arrow? I thought they were supposed to be kinda gothy/flashy.

Guy Pidgeotto (Tom Violence), Monday, 13 March 2017 05:36 (two years ago) link

Hold on, is there gonna be a tracks poll?

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 13 March 2017 06:55 (two years ago) link

Great poll! like everyone else, lots of great discoveries/rediscoveries. Low Level Owl has become my favourite find I think. I voted Devil & God #1, glad to see it so high.

Like that site you posted Sund4r, i always viewed emo like > hardcore comes around, some bands take ~emotion~ (sadness, rage, etc) to the max > Others come along and write poppier versions of it (which some is classified as Indie & some as Pop just depending on the usual rules of the pop/indie dichotomy) > then we end up with Emo-Any Genre from bands that interpolate some shit from the classic post-hardcore emotive base. So I think a big part of it is self (or fan) definition. Anyone can write a song about emotion, but to be emo you have to write ~emotional songs~, so Fugazi just kinda decided to not be Emo, the fans went for it and that was that.

That seems like a cop-out explanation now that it re-read it, oh well \_(")_/

Also, really liked Hotelier, don't know much about 4th wave stuff, but if its more like them i need to check it out

Will (kruezer2), Monday, 13 March 2017 20:52 (two years ago) link

Didn't CMJ or someone try to retcon Springsteen's Nebraska as emo? That's why it's such a nebulous and contentious genre, once people started using it as a descriptor it could rightly be applied to nearly anything.

(I know, describing music, the horror)

Guy Pidgeotto (Tom Violence), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 01:48 (two years ago) link

bumping this thread to share that my high school girlfriend who is now a mother of four just posted a photo of her and Jim Adkins on facebook today

/emo

gr8080, Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:22 (two years ago) link

the 2nd Juno cd arrived yesterday. Just waiting on the first one to come

Odysseus, Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:27 (two years ago) link

After a couple more listens, The Rising Tide has really clicked with me, the run from Rain Song to The Ocean is great. Tearing Out My Heart is amazing. SDRE ranking as of today: How It Feels > Rising Tide > Diary > LP2

Gavin, Leeds, Thursday, 16 March 2017 18:43 (two years ago) link

holy shit why did I write off LC! before hearing Romance Is Boring?

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Thursday, 16 March 2017 18:48 (two years ago) link

You were angry that the singer trolled football fans?

Mordy, Thursday, 16 March 2017 19:30 (two years ago) link

nah he seems pretty sound tbh

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Thursday, 16 March 2017 19:38 (two years ago) link

lol awesome, welcome to the fold! should have suggested it when you were asking what emo sounds like Crying, would have bumped it higher.

devvvine, Thursday, 16 March 2017 19:41 (two years ago) link

u inspired me to play romance is boring again. it has really been growing on me and the show was (maybe unsurprisingly) full of so much life + vigor compared to the album that it really made me appreciate them a lot more.

Mordy, Thursday, 16 March 2017 20:42 (two years ago) link

We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed is probably their most emo album tbh. Relistened to it today and was floored by it all over again, but I also notice how much it plays like those first two Taking Back Sunday records. Same explosive, pun-based bitterness

Evan R, Thursday, 16 March 2017 22:56 (two years ago) link

Guys... want to join me in the

Papa was a POLLING STONE: It's the 1970s SOUL/FUNK/DISCO ~~~ TRACKS POLL

ArchCarrier, Friday, 17 March 2017 14:57 (two years ago) link

lol after my listening habits were affected over the last two weeks due to this poll, my spotify "discover weekly" playlist this week is 29 indie rock songs and a run the jewels track

gr8080, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:13 (two years ago) link

Heh, you should see the YouTube sidebar on my wife's laptop. Nothing but emo FULL ALBUMs.

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:55 (two years ago) link

I can't stop listening to False Cathedrals. It gets better with each listen.

cajunsunday, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:18 (two years ago) link

Lol yeah my YouTube suggested videos is all emo all the time now.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:09 (two years ago) link

Probably listened to that Saetia album 4-5 times in the past week or so.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:10 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

Shortly after the poll results came in, I felt strangely compelled to try to get in touch with Arlie from Juno to let him know how well the records did. He got back to me a few weeks ago.

Hi Simon, thank you! That is very surprising and kind. Apologies for delay, infrequently check FB. Xo, Arlie

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 August 2017 03:26 (two years ago) link

hey thats cool!

Spottie, Sunday, 20 August 2017 04:22 (two years ago) link

that's awesome!

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 20 August 2017 04:27 (two years ago) link

also we gotta redo this now that the new brand new is out

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 20 August 2017 04:28 (two years ago) link

i'd put new brand new, manchester orchestra and sorority noise on my ballot today

Mordy, Sunday, 20 August 2017 04:33 (two years ago) link

run it back baby

Spottie, Sunday, 20 August 2017 04:36 (two years ago) link

we could always do a trax polllllll

Spottie, Sunday, 20 August 2017 04:36 (two years ago) link

My daughter was playing with the chickens today. One of their feathers is still laying in the hallway, and it looks almost exactly like this:

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ArchCarrier, Saturday, 26 August 2017 20:12 (two years ago) link

eleven months pass...

for your consideration: fightstar's grand unification

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CXSe8Sqrxk

princess of hell (BradNelson), Sunday, 5 August 2018 15:50 (one year ago) link

just kind of a perfectly ambitious prog emo record, fits snugly among the early coheed albums + there are deftonesy screaming breakdowns!! i'm probably extra attached to it bc it's a concept album loosely based on evangelion lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMIAIf_IFM0

princess of hell (BradNelson), Sunday, 5 August 2018 16:01 (one year ago) link

Oooooh

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Sunday, 5 August 2018 16:03 (one year ago) link

We should really do a tracks poll someday.

ArchCarrier, Sunday, 5 August 2018 21:43 (one year ago) link

thanks for the tip on fightstar, these guys rock

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:08 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

thank you emo poll for introducing me to angel youth by last days of april

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 26 December 2018 17:15 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

no thank you emo poll for not introducing me to sarge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyHJtERScYs

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 24 January 2019 17:41 (one year ago) link

that's a name I haven't heard in a while

I want to change my display name (dan m), Thursday, 24 January 2019 17:41 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

this poll was so good, as is this list

devvvine, Friday, 14 February 2020 17:03 (two weeks ago) link

god relationship of command is the most overrated record. Vaya (#100 in this poll) is SO MUCH BETTA!!!

rip van wanko, Friday, 14 February 2020 17:17 (two weeks ago) link

I agree that it's uneven compared to many other ranking albums, iirc I had it around halfway down my ballot

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, 14 February 2020 17:22 (two weeks ago) link

relationship of command is not overrated at all

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 14 February 2020 17:32 (two weeks ago) link

I think it's even, maybe too even. it's like ATDI had perfected the technical aspect of what they do, but kind had to mimic the spastic energy of their earlier stuff

rip van wanko, Friday, 14 February 2020 17:36 (two weeks ago) link

*kinda

rip van wanko, Friday, 14 February 2020 17:36 (two weeks ago) link

it's like the 'Keep it Like a Secret' of emo, great record but shut up already

rip van wanko, Friday, 14 February 2020 17:37 (two weeks ago) link

we could always do a trax polllllll

― Spottie, Saturday, August 19, 2017 bookmarkflaglink

i guess we dont have to now but it would be fun to do it and see how ours would compare to the vulture one. good writing in their brad.

Thybulle on the Dash (Spottie), Friday, 14 February 2020 18:25 (two weeks ago) link

thank you!!

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 14 February 2020 18:50 (two weeks ago) link

oh shit I glossed right over that byline, nice one brad

I want to change my display name (dan m), Friday, 14 February 2020 19:32 (two weeks ago) link


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