"Dear Ms. Power, please sound more like Adele" - Cat Power - Artist Poll #99 - VOTING THREAD

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1. CAT POWER TRACKS
Vote for up to 30.
Your ballot can be ranked, unranked, or mixed.

Ranked points scheme: 45, 38, 35, 32, 30, 28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 21, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
Unranked: All tracks will be given 18 points (540 total points / 30).
Mixed: The sum of the ranked portion of the ballot will be subtracted from 540; the resulting difference will be divided by the number of unranked tracks, and that resulting quotient, rounded DOWN to the nearest whole number, will be assigned to the unranked songs.

"Metal Heart (Moon Pix)" and "Metal Heart (Jukebox)" will be considered different tracks, SO PLEASE SPECIFY WHICH ONE ON YOUR BALLOTS WHEN VOTING.

All songs from studio releases are eligible, INCLUDING the cover records. Hell, I'll even include songs that appear on compilations ("Come On In My Kitchen", "The Party"), soundtrack collabs ("Wish I Was Here"), and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".

2. CAT POWER ALBUMS
Rank up to 10 of them (including the cover records).

3. CAT POWER COVERS
Any cover, whether it's on an album of otherwise original material (e.g. "Keep On Runnin'"), is eligible.
The 30-second snippet of "Space Oddity" is eligible.
"Metal Heart (Jukebox)" I'm going to EXCLUDE -- you can't cover yourself, IMO.

Email your ballots to leeeee AT gmail dot com, with "ILM Cat Power Ballot" in your subject line.

Provisional deadline: 9 August

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Friday, 19 July 2019 19:16 (one month ago) link

oh cool, didn't know this was up next

Skip Spence None the Richer (sleeve), Friday, 19 July 2019 19:17 (one month ago) link

Yeah this will be good

kornrulez6969, Friday, 19 July 2019 19:18 (one month ago) link

dunno how to do this.

here's my list of cat power albums in order of favorite to least:

1) Moon Pix
2) Wanderer
3) The Covers Album
4) The Greatest
5) You Are Free
6) What Would the Community Think
7) Sun
8) Jukebox
9) Myra Lee
10) Dear Sir

akm, Friday, 19 July 2019 19:24 (one month ago) link

hmm I guess I need to hear Wanderer!

Skip Spence None the Richer (sleeve), Friday, 19 July 2019 19:26 (one month ago) link

agree w/the rest of that, I think

Skip Spence None the Richer (sleeve), Friday, 19 July 2019 19:27 (one month ago) link

wanderer could drop I suppose over time but I've certainly loved it a lot over the last year.

akm, Friday, 19 July 2019 19:29 (one month ago) link

Very excited about this! Gives me a good reason to revisit her whole discography.

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Friday, 19 July 2019 19:52 (one month ago) link

Wanderer is excellent! akm save your ranking for your ballot!

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Friday, 19 July 2019 20:30 (one month ago) link

Bumping for the weekend crowd.

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Saturday, 20 July 2019 15:13 (one month ago) link

Thank you Leee - hadn't seen this and um that's the next fortnight planned.

We can vote for live-only stuff as covers, right? I guess it wouldn't make sense to count WWU as an album but not voting for 'Carry On' in some way would feel super weird.

Gravel Puzzleworth, Saturday, 20 July 2019 15:36 (one month ago) link

You've got me there: what is WWU?

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Saturday, 20 July 2019 16:34 (one month ago) link

This show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR47mOylp6w&list=PL_a3yRA347Qv1SRdPiq0ujlAkepms2fwk - it's from when she did this weird mini-tour playing in front of a screening of Dreyer's Passion Of Joan Of Arc and not let anyone applaud or anything and the whole second half is all one beautiful compelling blur the same key etc etc, so so so gooooooooood

Gravel Puzzleworth, Saturday, 20 July 2019 19:08 (one month ago) link

Umm I have no idea what happened there but this playlist is it I think.

Gravel Puzzleworth, Saturday, 20 July 2019 19:10 (one month ago) link

So that reminds me that I completely forgot about her version of "Wonderwall" on Peel Sessions, so, an amendment:

1. CAT POWER TRACKS
In addition to the studio tracks, I'm going to allow unreleased live songs so long as they're readily available for voters to hear (e.g. through Youtube).

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Saturday, 20 July 2019 22:07 (one month ago) link

WHAT WOULD ILM THINK?

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Monday, 22 July 2019 17:18 (one month ago) link

Bump dangit, I know we've got Cat Power fans here.

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 16:55 (one month ago) link

What Would the Community Think means a lot to me

flappy bird, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 17:46 (one month ago) link

I listened to Moon Pix today and the task of ranking its tracks against the ones from You Are Free seems impossible.

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 18:50 (one month ago) link

To me her career really starts with You Are Free, like her songwriting hits a new level of mastery from then on.

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 20:19 (one month ago) link

I didn't like Covers as much as Moon Pix BITD so I slept on You Are Free... then I finally heard the title track and it blew me away

Skip Spence None the Richer (sleeve), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 20:30 (one month ago) link

Wanderer is great! I have not followed her career very closely in the last decade, but i love this.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 22:25 (one month ago) link

I have also never seen/heard "Speaking For Trees"

Skip Spence None the Richer (sleeve), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 22:30 (one month ago) link

It's worth a look - basically en plein air recordings of her working through a bunch of her songs and covers with a Danelectro and a small amp. One of the better demonstrations of her raw talent.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB0GDcOrOrM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VVO02A2XgM

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 23:31 (one month ago) link

I listened to Dear Sir and WWTCT for the first times, and I was surprised at how non-traditional the production sounds! Sun aside, she's gotten MORE acoustic over her career, which is an unusual career trajectory.

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Wednesday, 24 July 2019 18:12 (one month ago) link

Started watching that "Speaking For Trees" video and it's giving me flashbacks about how frustrating it is to watch a live solo Cat Power show.

enochroot, Wednesday, 24 July 2019 18:31 (one month ago) link

I like it much better if it's on in the background while I'm doing other stuff.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 24 July 2019 22:02 (one month ago) link

Bump!

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Friday, 26 July 2019 16:38 (four weeks ago) link

Pitchfork revisited Moon Pix just in time for the poll:
https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/cat-power-moon-pix/

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Monday, 29 July 2019 08:21 (three weeks ago) link

Some irritating errors in that piece, especially about Jim White's drumming choices - it's so seasick and off because she recorded most of the songs before he and Mick arrived, without a click, so they had to play to the existing takes:

https://www.broadsheet.com.au/sydney/entertainment/article/how-part-time-melbourne-engineer-recorded-cat-power-classic

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 29 July 2019 09:35 (three weeks ago) link

I probably have 2 Sun tracks in my top 10, pretty strong album really though I know she isn't happy with it.

campreverb, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 13:55 (three weeks ago) link

wow i love the bug noises in those youtubes!! i had never heard of those recordings before, thank you for posting.

also, a moment to shoutout the jukebox version of "metal heart" because it really gets to the bottom of how it feels to have a metal heart long after the first time you noticed that your heart was made of metal.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 14:35 (three weeks ago) link

Are there any other Cat Power fans on ILM that haven't weighed in here? Moka?

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 17:05 (three weeks ago) link

still time to vote, right?

campreverb, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 18:18 (three weeks ago) link

Definitely! Deadline is still penciled in for August 9.

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 18:50 (three weeks ago) link

Awesome! Will send my ballot tomorrow!

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:08 (three weeks ago) link

Thanks!

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Thursday, 1 August 2019 02:25 (three weeks ago) link

Putting together a ballot now.

My guess is that Cat Power fans can be roughly divided along the lines of which version of "Metal Heart" they prefer... having discovered her later in her career (YAF), the pre-sobriety albums don't have any sacred text mystique to them, so I'm definitely skewing towards the more produced material.

Apologies in advance to the OG fans.

enochroot, Thursday, 1 August 2019 17:50 (three weeks ago) link

Deadline this Friday!

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Monday, 5 August 2019 21:27 (two weeks ago) link

I promise I'll get one in

sleeve, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 00:38 (two weeks ago) link

"it's giving me flashbacks about how frustrating it is to watch a live solo Cat Power show"

i saw her last year and she was great and not frustrating at all, it was a real surprise to me, since I hadn't bothered to see her in over 10 years due to too many weird shows around Moon Pix era.

akm, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 01:18 (two weeks ago) link

Just listened to Sun, and boy, it hasn't aged well.

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 01:25 (two weeks ago) link

How many covers can we vote for?

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 12:30 (two weeks ago) link

I have sent mine! Please let me know if I didn't ducked it up.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 16:28 (two weeks ago) link

The Metal Heart original on Moon Pix is imho the superior version by far but I'm clearly biased as I love that album and I wasn't a big fan of Jukebox.

This live version of the song (previously shared on the main CP thread) is not mixed very well but it's an interesting, more electrical approach that I would have loved to hear in the studio instead of the jukebox version. I think they were actually going for a similar vibe in the album as this live performance but the production brought it down.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGP3KirGqsY

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 16:47 (two weeks ago) link

For covers, you can vote for 5-10.

I have received ballots from Moka and enochroot! No shut out, hurrah!

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 16:55 (two weeks ago) link

voted albums and tracks. Don't think I have time to throw a covers ballot together, on the other hand I have 6-7 in my top 30 anyway.

campreverb, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 17:08 (two weeks ago) link

From wanderer I loved “in your face” while revisiting for this poll. Has a sort of latin blues vibe that has me wondering what would be of her if she was more influenced by say, Tom Waits than Dylan.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 17:33 (two weeks ago) link

"Horizon" was the one that really grabbed me from that album, auto-tune and all.

campreverb, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 17:38 (two weeks ago) link

Wanderer is pretty good, wasn’t feeling it as much when it came out but it might be one of his best albums in retrospective, it seems she has finally found a good middle ground in her sound.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 18:01 (two weeks ago) link

I wish there was a decent recording of the re-worked version of 'The Greatest' she did on the Sun tour.
I love it.

campreverb, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 18:35 (two weeks ago) link

I wish she had worked with Dave Grohl previous to “you are free”. His drumming on “shaking paper” is great although the actual song is not that great but he could have killed on a song like “cross bone style” or “nude as the news”.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 18:42 (two weeks ago) link

been going thru her records bc of this poll

how tf did i not love "Free" the first time i heard it?

flappy bird, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 19:00 (two weeks ago) link

Any more ballots? Do people need a deadline extension?

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Thursday, 8 August 2019 17:44 (two weeks ago) link

shit!
can I send mine tonite?

flappy bird, Thursday, 8 August 2019 18:00 (two weeks ago) link

I'll get one in tonight as well

sleeve, Thursday, 8 August 2019 18:04 (two weeks ago) link

flappy, np! The original deadline is tomorrow so you'd actually be early, though considering how few ballots I've gotten so far (only 4!), I'm probably going to extend.

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Thursday, 8 August 2019 18:21 (two weeks ago) link

sent!

flappy bird, Friday, 9 August 2019 06:03 (two weeks ago) link

Ballot sent!

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 9 August 2019 09:32 (two weeks ago) link

sent

sleeve, Friday, 9 August 2019 16:15 (two weeks ago) link

As it stands, we only have 7 ballots (not including me), so I'm extending the deadline to AUGUST 16. If yall could ping/poke/nudge other known Cat Power fans, that'd be awesome!

Not to name names, but I'm naming names! People who've posted in this thread but who haven't sent in a ballot include (apologies if I list anyone who already voted -- I wasn't able to x-ref your ballot to your ILX name):

akm
La Lechera
kornrulez6969
campreverb
MatthewK
Gravel Puzzleworth

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Friday, 9 August 2019 17:38 (two weeks ago) link

i am going to need the extra time and might be able to submit a ballot but i am not promising anything
busy season for me, got all kinds of obstacles in my way before i have time to dedicate to remembering which cat power songs were my favorites. i am not a very thorough fan -- i like what i like a lot, but don't know that much. maybe there are tons more cat power songs that i like and don't even know it yet!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 9 August 2019 19:34 (two weeks ago) link

Ah got it LL! Do what needs doing, this is just a fun diversion so if it doesn't fit into your situation ATM then no worries!

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Friday, 9 August 2019 20:21 (two weeks ago) link

this is sort of my situation too -- i know the middle albums very well, kinda hesitate to vote and skew the poll away from things i might learn about from y'all

mookieproof, Friday, 9 August 2019 20:28 (two weeks ago) link

alright alright alright alright

but also LL said it for me

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, 9 August 2019 20:39 (two weeks ago) link

this is sort of my situation too -- i know the middle albums very well, kinda hesitate to vote and skew the poll away from things i might learn about from y'all

I totally understand being a conscientious voter, but if you have opinions, they're just as valid as anyone else's! I mean, we're all licensed music snobs, that's how we got the invite to ILM, right?

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Friday, 9 August 2019 21:01 (two weeks ago) link

full disclosure: I did not listen to "Wanderer" before voting, and did not include any tracks from it on my balloe

sleeve, Friday, 9 August 2019 21:06 (two weeks ago) link

leee I sent in a ballot. I wrote a quick note about the formatting being off.

campreverb, Friday, 9 August 2019 22:35 (two weeks ago) link

thanks for extending the deadline, leee. i will definitely vote, somehow totally forgot about it.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 10 August 2019 20:00 (two weeks ago) link

Bumping for the new week! Remember, new deadline is this Friday! Let's get some more ballots in plz.

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Monday, 12 August 2019 17:41 (one week ago) link

ballot sent!

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 15 August 2019 19:31 (one week ago) link

Got another ballot! Come on get a few more in!

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Friday, 16 August 2019 14:33 (one week ago) link

I've sent ILX mails to a few people (akm, Gravel, kornrulez6969) who've posted in this thread!

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Friday, 16 August 2019 17:05 (one week ago) link

submitted a ballot despite never having heard the first two records. it was really good to listen to some of these songs again

ogmor, Saturday, 17 August 2019 01:00 (one week ago) link

You Are Free came out when I just got out of the psych ward In college. That is my favorite Cat Power record. Such a unique sound, that record is.

Piano Mouth, Saturday, 17 August 2019 02:28 (one week ago) link

I need to get a few things ready so if you haven't submitted a ballot yet there's still time he!

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Sunday, 18 August 2019 14:35 (six days ago) link

Status update: I need to get my act together and do the necessary collation and double-checking, which I'm not sure I'll be able to swing during the week. So anyone who wants to submit a ballot still can until I get things properly set up!

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Monday, 19 August 2019 17:51 (five days ago) link

Reviving my love for You Are Free was the best part about voting, although as my daughter would say, I'm a Moon Pix stan first and a human being second.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 19 August 2019 21:06 (five days ago) link

Still accepting ballots.

William Tao Overture (Leee), Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:14 (two days ago) link

Going to try to get my act together this weekend, for people scoring at home.

William Tao Overture (Leee), Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:16 (two days ago) link

So here's a question for the heads: Myra Lee and Dear Sir both have "Rockets," and I can't really hear a difference between the two. Did Chan just release the same song twice?

William Tao Overture (Leee), Thursday, 22 August 2019 21:01 (two days ago) link

The albums were recorded at the same time so I've always assumed they're (subtly... as in I can't tell either) different takes.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Thursday, 22 August 2019 22:41 (two days ago) link

ogmor, I emailed a few points of clarification for your ballot.

William Tao Overture (Leee), Saturday, 24 August 2019 04:11 (one hour ago) link


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