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Guardian weirdly did a list that also included the already well documented, debated and canonised music of the 00s. Gorilla vs Bear just dropped a very Gorilla vs Bear list. Feel like we'll start seeing more of these around November.

50 HOLY OTHER | Held
48 TWIN SISTER | Color Your Life
46 KERO KERO BONITO | Intro Bonito
45 EARL SWEATSHIRT | Some Rap Songs
44 HELEN | The Original Faces
43 YOUNG THUG | Barter 6
41 JULIANNA BARWICK | The Magic Place
40 CLAMS CASINO | Instrumentals
38 YAEJI | EPs
37 KENDRICK LAMAR | Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
36 DJ RASHAD | Double Cup
35 JULIA HOLTER | Have You in My Wilderness
34 CHUCK PERSON | Eccojams Vol. I
33 DEAN BLUNT + INGA COPELAND | Black is Beautiful
32 AMEN DUNES | Freedom
31 WOMEN | Public Strain
30 GAMES | That We Can Play
28 KELLY LEE OWENS | Kelly Lee Owens
27 ROBYN | Body Talk
26 CHARLI XCX | Pop 2
25 ERIKA de CASIER | Essentials
23 PLAYBOI CARTI | Playboi Carti
22 A TRIBE CALLED QUEST | we got it from here…thank you 4 your service
21 LAUREL HALO | Quarantine
20 FRANK OCEAN | Blonde
18 SOPHIE | Product
17 PANDA BEAR | Tomboy
16 SUFJAN STEVENS | Carrie & Lowell
15 CINDY LEE | Act of Tenderness
14 JESSY LANZA | Pull My Hair Back
13 TOPS | Tender Opposites
12 HELENA DELAND | From the Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol. I-IV
11 TIRZAH | Devotion
10 BURIAL | Rival Dealer
09 D’ANGELO | Black Messiah
08 CHROMATICS | Kill For Love
06 LANA DEL REY | Norman Fucking Rockwell!
04 JAI PAUL | Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones)
03 BEACH HOUSE | Teen Dream
02 JOANNA NEWSOM | Have One On Me
01 GRIMES | Visions

triggercut, Saturday, 21 September 2019 11:34 (two months ago) link

Why am I even more bored by the gvb list than I am by the guardian one?

gospodin simmel, Saturday, 21 September 2019 11:39 (two months ago) link

ranking that most recent Earl Sweatshirt above his previous albums is crazy talk imo

alpine static, Saturday, 21 September 2019 15:31 (two months ago) link

also how was Kill For Love this decade, that album feels ancient to me

alpine static, Saturday, 21 September 2019 15:32 (two months ago) link

The GVB list is very predictable if you follow him but I actually love it, his taste aligns a lot with mine. I don’t think that many EOD lists will feature Amen Dunes, Dean Blunt + Inga Copeland, Tirzah, Chromatics, Shabazz Palaces or Clams Casino. These are all artists and albums I adore and love to see them represented in at least one of these lists.

I also like that there’s no love thrown to Tame Impala since every indie zine seems to overrate that one, makes me roll my eyes whenever I see any of his albums in a top 10.

Surprised he completely ignored Radiohead, Freddie Gibbs and Ariel Pink. He rated their albums highly each year. I get Ariel Pink has fallen from grace in the past couple of years, so that might be a factor.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 21 September 2019 17:17 (two months ago) link

I know this thread is for more official EOD not personal ones but I'll promise I only post it this one time:

it's in heavy need of an update and I'll probably change it in a couple of months but I had to prove how much gvb taste overlaps with mine :P

Here's my also incomplete 'top 250 songs of the 2010s', I hope I can get to actually having a definite one by the end of the year, hopefully all the upcoming EOD lists will help me with my progressive loss of memory:

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 21 September 2019 18:10 (two months ago) link

the gvb list is a bit boring to me, usually his lists have some interesting hidden gems i hadn't heard of but i'm already familiar with nearly everything on it for once, but i guess that isn't a surprise since i've been following his taste for most of the decade

ufo, Saturday, 21 September 2019 22:37 (two months ago) link

Every list that doesn’t have Kendrick Lamar or Kanye West or Tame Impala or Frank Ocean in the top 20 isn’t that boring. Just you wait. You’ll wish we had more lists like gvb by the end on this cycle.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 22 September 2019 00:49 (two months ago) link

yeah it's not boring in the way that a lot of these lists will be i'm sure, just relatively boring/predictable for a gvb list

ufo, Sunday, 22 September 2019 01:02 (two months ago) link

don't follow GvB closely but I like a lot of this list

Dan S, Sunday, 22 September 2019 01:17 (two months ago) link

I know this thread is for more official EOD not personal ones but I'll promise I only post it this one time:

that's a nice list, some albums on there i like a fair amount, some i haven't heard of... i'd listen to them if i wasn't being lazy about discovering new music lately

i think it's a better list than gvb's

sock fingering, baby (rushomancy), Sunday, 22 September 2019 02:05 (two months ago) link

just clicked on it, I like that list too

Dan S, Sunday, 22 September 2019 02:07 (two months ago) link

i felt like blatantly nerding out so i threw together a quick list of 2010s records that struck me. they're not ranked and i don't know how many there are because i'm not feeling that completely anal, but these records have stuck with me over the course of the last ten years.

candy claws - hidden lands
grass widow - past time
luisa maita - lero-lero
roland p. young - istet serenade
shining - blackjazz
warpaint - the fool
chatmonchy - you more
grouper - a i a
jess cahill - long time have i been waiting
rodrigo campos - bahia fantastica
thursday - no devolucion
billy woods - history will absolve me
neneh cherry - the cherry thing
scott walker - bish bosch
amel larrieux - ice cream everyday
melt-banana - fetch
bob drake - lawn ornaments
gwenno - y dydd olaf
hound - out of time
moon b - "lifeworld"
seahawks - paradise freaks
wood spider - decadence
dodheimsgard - a umbra omega
floating points - elaenia
kendrick lamar - to pimp a butterfly
midday veil - this wilderness
theesatisfaction - earthee
bpm15q - bpm15q all songs
david bowie - blackstar
faun fables - born of the sun
king - we are king
solange - a seat at the table
algiers - the underside of power
bent knee - land animal
dalava - the book of transfigurations
eddie palmieri - sabiduria
jake kaufman - shovel knight - specter of torment ost
sw. - the album
the beths - future me hates me
chester watson - project 0
daphne & celeste - daphne & celeste save the world
gesu no kiwami otome. - ryoseibai
iceage - beyondless
kadhja bonet - childqueen
lydia kepinski - premier juin
max graef - lo siento mucho pero no hablo tu idioma
sun-el musician - africa to the world
cherushii & maria minerva - s/t
octo octa - resonant body

sock fingering, baby (rushomancy), Sunday, 22 September 2019 03:01 (two months ago) link

lifeworld hell yeah. I LOVE Moon B

brimstead, Sunday, 22 September 2019 03:11 (two months ago) link

Actually enjoying seeing people's individual lists. They'll be more interesting than the ones that major publications put out.

triggercut, Sunday, 22 September 2019 03:17 (two months ago) link

theesatisfaction - earthee

I give Awe Naturale a slight edge, but I'm just happy to see they haven't been forgotten in the noisy landscape of the 2010s.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 22 September 2019 07:13 (two months ago) link

major publications will inevitably have to reflect some kind of "consensus", compromise, smoothing off rough edges. but the 2010s was a decade without consensus. we don't need another canon right now. better to take this opportunity to reflect and listen to some of the people who may have gotten overlooked the first time around, imo.

sock fingering, baby (rushomancy), Sunday, 22 September 2019 13:00 (two months ago) link

there's a lot of folks who are on this that would be on my list as well, but different records.

still, the ooz is on here; nice.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 22 September 2019 15:09 (two months ago) link

(spent about 5 mins. on it; didn't knock myself out)

#YABASIC (morrisp), Monday, 23 September 2019 16:42 (two months ago) link

What shall we bomb that poll with. Coombes? Gotta be something more Pitchforky

imago, Monday, 23 September 2019 16:44 (two months ago) link

nah I might vote seriously but it'll be pissing into the wind of their super-cool music-as-brand readership

imago, Monday, 23 September 2019 16:47 (two months ago) link

It's telling to see the "autofill" options that they've pre-populated.

#YABASIC (morrisp), Monday, 23 September 2019 16:57 (two months ago) link

What shall we bomb that poll with. Coombes? Gotta be something more Pitchforky

Something that pairs well with an IPA?

MarkoP, Monday, 23 September 2019 17:17 (two months ago) link


imago, Monday, 23 September 2019 17:47 (two months ago) link

I just submitted a ballot. Was really annoyed that they had the album option for "In A Poem Unlimited" but not "Half-Free". By the time we got to "songs" there was a tonne of stuff that was missing. Oh well

fgti (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 23 September 2019 17:50 (two months ago) link

You were allowed to type in your own choices, you weren't limited to the pre-populated ones (the instructions said just use the "Artist - Title" format)

#YABASIC (morrisp), Monday, 23 September 2019 17:51 (two months ago) link

You mean Artist: Title! Big difference lol

imago, Monday, 23 September 2019 17:52 (two months ago) link

Richard Dawson is not an autocomplete but Keith Richards is. I call for a full and lasting boycott of

imago, Monday, 23 September 2019 17:55 (two months ago) link

Apologies – the “Artist - Title” format is a registered trademark of Imago/ILM Poll GmbH

#YABASIC (morrisp), Monday, 23 September 2019 18:06 (two months ago) link

Piss has met wind. The only two that autocompleted were Weyes Blood and ATCQ. So much for that. Fuck doing the tracks obv except I might vote for Pen Pineapple Apple Pen ten times

imago, Monday, 23 September 2019 18:16 (two months ago) link

actually I will do the tracks later, the poll is too strong with me :(

imago, Monday, 23 September 2019 18:18 (two months ago) link

1. Kendrick Lamar: “Alright” (2015)
2. Grimes: “Oblivion” (2012)
3. Robyn: “Dancing on My Own” (2010)
4. Beyoncé: “Formation” (2016)
5. Frank Ocean: “Thinkin Bout You” (2012)
6. Azealia Banks: “212” (2011)
7. Mitski: “Your Best American Girl” (2016)
8. Solange: “Cranes in the Sky” (2016)
9. Lana Del Rey: “Video Games” (2011)
10. Lil Uzi Vert: “XO TOUR Llif3” (2017)
11. Bill Callahan: “Riding for the Feeling” (2011)
12. Sky Ferreira: “Everything Is Embarrassing” (2012)
13. Chief Keef: “I Don’t Like” [ft. Lil Reese] (2012)
14. Angel Olsen: “Shut Up Kiss Me” (2016)
15. Rihanna: “Work” [ft. Drake] (2016)
16. The 1975: “Love It If We Made It” (2018)
17. Jamie xx: “Gosh” (2015)
18. Kanye West: “Runaway” [ft. Pusha T] (2010)
19. Vampire Weekend: “Hannah Hunt” (2013)
20. M83: “Midnight City” (2011)
21. Drake: “Hold On, We’re Going Home” [ft. Majid Jordan] (2013)
22. ANOHNI: “Drone Bomb Me” (2016)
23. Rosalía: “Malamente (Cap.1: Augurio)” (2018)
24. Todd Terje: “Inspector Norse” (2012)
25. FKA twigs: “Cellophane” (2019)
26. Bon Iver: “Holocene” (2011)
27. M.I.A.: “Bad Girls” (2010)
28. Beyoncé: “Countdown” (2011)
29. Joanna Newsom: “Good Intentions Paving Co.” (2010)
30. Cardi B: “Bodak Yellow” (2017)
31. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: “Round and Round” (2010)
32. Fiona Apple: “Every Single Night” (2012)
33. LCD Soundsystem: “Dance Yrself Clean” (2010)
34. Future Islands: “Seasons (Waiting on You)” (2014)
35. Rae Sremmurd: “Black Beatles” [ft. Gucci Mane] (2016)
36. Carly Rae Jepsen: “Run Away With Me” (2015)
37. Jai Paul: “BTSTU (edit)” (2011)
38. Kanye West: “Monster” [ft. Justin Vernon, Rick Ross, JAY-Z, and Nicki Minaj] (2010)
39. SOPHIE: “Bipp” (2013)
40. Frank Ocean: “Nights” (2016)
41. Courtney Barnett: “Avant Gardener” (2013)
42. SZA: “The Weekend” (2017)
43. Lorde: “The Louvre” (2017)
44. Big Thief: “Mary” (2017)
45. Robyn: “Call Your Girlfriend” (2010)
46. The Knife: “Full of Fire” (2013)
47. Tame Impala: “Let It Happen” (2015)
48. Ariana Grande: “thank u, next” (2018)
49. Gyptian: “Hold Yuh” (2010)
50. Arcade Fire: “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” (2010)
51. Kendrick Lamar: “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” (2012)
52. Camp Cope: “The Opener” (2017)
53. Solange: “Losing You” (2012)
54. Disclosure: “Latch” [ft. Sam Smith] (2012)
55. Bat for Lashes: “Laura” (2012)
56. Vince Staples: “Norf Norf” (2015)
57. Taylor Swift: “All Too Well” (2012)
58. Miguel: “Adorn” (2012)
59. David Bowie: “Blackstar” (2015)
60. Future: “March Madness” (2015)
61. EMA: “California” (2011)
62. Rihanna: “We Found Love” [ft. Calvin Harris] (2011)
63. Bobby Shmurda: “Hot Nigga” (2014)
64. Phoebe Bridgers: “Motion Sickness” (2017)
65. Drake: “Worst Behavior” (2013)
66. King Krule: “Out Getting Ribs” (2010)
67. Kacey Musgraves: “Slow Burn” (2018)
68. FKA twigs: “Two Weeks” (2014)
69. Caribou: “Can’t Do Without You” (2014)
70. Beach House: “Zebra” (2010)
71. Adele: “Someone Like You” (2011)
72. Tyler, the Creator: “Yonkers” (2011)
73. Perfume Genius: “Queen” (2014)
74. Jack Ü: “Where Are Ü Now” [ft. Justin Bieber] (2015)
75. DJ Koze: “Pick Up” (2018)
76. The National: “Bloodbuzz Ohio” (2010)
77. Kanye West: “Ultralight Beam” (2016)
78. Jeremih: “Oui” (2015)
79. Lana Del Rey: “The greatest” (2019)
80. Blood Orange: “You’re Not Good Enough” (2013)
81. Cass McCombs: “County Line” (2011)
82. Dej Loaf: “Try Me” (2014)
83. Deerhunter: “Desire Lines” (2010)
84. Kelela: “Bank Head” (2013)
85. Charli XCX: “Track 10” (2017)
86. Destroyer: “Chinatown” (2011)
87. Rich Gang: “Lifestyle” (2014)
88. Japandroids: “Younger Us” (2010)
89. Frank Ocean: “Pyramids” (2012)
90. Blawan: “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?” (2012)
91. Haim: “The Wire” (2013)
92. Meek Mill: “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro)” (2012)
93. Radiohead: “True Love Waits” (2016)
94. Hurray for the Riff Raff: “Pa’lante” (2017)
95. Rihanna: “Bitch Better Have My Money” (2015)
96. Thundercat: “Them Changes” (2015)
97. Snail Mail: “Pristine” (2018)
98. D’Angelo / The Vanguard: “Really Love” (2014)
99. Mac DeMarco: “Ode to Viceroy” (2012)
100. Jamie xx: “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” [ft. Young Thug and Popcaan] (2015)
101. TNGHT: “Higher Ground” (2012)
102. Katy Perry: “Teenage Dream” (2010)
103. Erykah Badu: “Hello” [ft. André 3000] (2015)
104. Amen Dunes: “Miki Dora” (2018)
105. Kendrick Lamar: “DNA.” (2017)
106. Christine and the Queens: “Tilted” (2015)
107. Fetty Wap: “Trap Queen” (2014)
108. Girlpool: “Before the World Was Big” (2015)
109. Drake: “Nice for What” (2018)
110. Chairlift: “I Belong in Your Arms” (2012)
111. A$AP Ferg: “Shabba” [ft. A$AP Rocky] (2013)
112. Paramore: “Ain’t It Fun” (2013)
113. Jenny Hval: “Conceptual Romance” (2016)
114. Daft Punk: “Get Lucky” [ft. Pharrell] (2013)
115. The Weeknd: “The Morning” (2011)
116. Burial: “Kindred” (2012)
117. Usher: “Climax” (2012)
118. Travis Scott: “Sicko Mode” [ft. Drake] (2018)
119. Fleet Foxes: “Helplessness Blues” (2011)
120. Justin Bieber: “Sorry” (2015)
121. DJ Rashad: “Feelin” [ft. Spinn and Taso] (2013)
122. Playboi Carti: “Magnolia” (2017)
123. Clairo: “Bags” (2019)
124. Nicki Minaj: “Super Bass” (2010)
125. Lykke Li: “I Follow Rivers” (2011)
126. Ciara: “Ride” [ft. Ludacris] (2010)
127. James Blake: “CMYK” (2010)
128. Young Thug: “Danny Glover” (2013)
129. Lorde: “Royals” (2013)
130. A$AP Rocky: “Peso” (2011)
131. Chromatics: “Kill for Love” (2012)
132. Kurt Vile: “Baby’s Arms” (2011)
133. Future: “Mask Off” (2017)
134. Kamasi Washington: “Truth” (2017)
135. Robyn: “Honey” (2018)
136. CupcakKe: “Duck Duck Goose” (2018)
137. Yaeji: “Drink I’m Sippin On” (2017)
138. Drake: “Hotline Bling” (2015)
139. Iceage: “The Lord’s Favorite” (2014)
140. Rae Sremmurd: “No Type” (2014)
141. Gil Scott-Heron: “New York Is Killing Me” (2010)
142. Rihanna: “Needed Me” (2016)
143. Rick Ross: “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)” [ft. Styles P] (2010)
144. Spoon: “Inside Out” (2014)
145. Charli XCX: “Gone” [ft. Christine and the Queens] (2019)
146. Gunna: “Sold Out Dates” [ft. Lil Baby] (2018)
147. Ella Mai: “Boo’d Up” (2018)
148. GoldLink: “Crew” [ft. Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy] (2017)
149. Björk: “Stonemilker” (2015)
150. Nicki Minaj: “Beez in the Trap” [ft. 2 Chainz] (2012)
151. Gang Gang Dance: “Glass Jar” (2011)
152. Miley Cyrus: “Wrecking Ball” (2013)
153. Danny Brown: “30” (2011)
154. Japanese Breakfast: “Everybody Wants to Love You” (2016)
155. Kanye West: “Blood on the Leaves” (2013)
156. Girl Unit: “Wut” (2010)
157. Beyoncé: “1+1” (2011)
158. Waka Flocka Flame: “Hard in da Paint” (2010)
159. Katy B: “Katy on a Mission” (2010)
160. Odd Future: “Oldie” (2012)
161. Vybz Kartel: “Clarks” [ft. Popcaan and Gaza Slim] (2010)
162. Chance the Rapper: “No Problem” [ft. 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne] (2016)
163. Davido: “Fall” (2017)
164. Andrés: “New for U” (2012)
165. Jessica Pratt: “Back, Baby” (2014)
166. Bad Bunny: “Caro” (2018)
167. Tinashe: “2 On” [ft. Schoolboy Q] (2014)
168. King Krule: “Dum Surfer” (2017)
169. St. Vincent: “New York” (2017)
170. Lil Peep: “Kiss” (2016)
171. Adele: “Rolling in the Deep” (2011)
172. Sleep: “Marijuanaut’s Theme” (2018)
173. DJ Khaled: “I’m on One” [ft. Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne] (2011)
174. Florence and the Machine: “Shake It Out” (2011)
175. Nicki Minaj: “Come on a Cone” (2012)
176. Sampha: “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano” (2017)
177. A Tribe Called Quest: “The Space Program” (2016)
178. The 1975: “The Sound” (2016)
179. Rich Kidz: “My Life” [ft. Waka Flocka Flame] (2012)
180. Sons of Kemet: “My Queen Is Harriet Tubman” (2018)
181. Migos: “Bad and Boujee” [ft. Lil Uzi Vert] (2016)
182. Beyoncé: “XO” (2013)
183. Young M.A: “OOOUUU” (2016)
184. Frank Ocean: “Chanel” (2017)
185. Sharon Van Etten: “Seventeen” (2019)
186. Skepta: “Shutdown” (2015)
187. Thom Yorke: “Dawn Chorus” (2019)
188. Future: “Incredible” (2017)
189. J Balvin / Willy William: “Mi Gente (Remix)” [ft. Beyoncé] (2017)
190. Ty Dolla $ign: “Paranoid” [ft. B.o.B] (2013)
191. Rico Nasty: “Smack a Bitch” (2018)
192. Tame Impala: “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” (2012)
193. Nilüfer Yanya: “Baby Luv” (2017)
194. Lil B: “Wonton Soup” (2010)
195. Cloud Nothings: “I’m Not Part of Me” (2014)
196. John Maus: “Believer” (2011)
197. Icona Pop: “I Love It” [ft. Charli XCX] (2012)
198. dvsn: “The Line” (2016)
199. Stormzy: “Big for Your Boots” (2017)
200. Avicii: “Levels” (2011)

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 7 October 2019 15:24 (two months ago) link

lol at the idea that there are 157 songs better than hard in da paint

devvvine, Monday, 7 October 2019 15:26 (two months ago) link

as usual, fuck pitchfork

imago, Monday, 7 October 2019 15:37 (two months ago) link

7 Drake appearances. The following acts were celebrated by pitchfork then completely ignored in this list:

Earl Sweatshirt
Sufjan Stevens
Freddie Gibbs
Death Grips
Car Seat Headrest
The War on Drugs
Janelle Monae
Oneohtrix Point Never
Pusha T
Julia Holter
Chelsea Wolfe

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 7 October 2019 15:37 (two months ago) link

archie, marry me does seem like an odd omission

devvvine, Monday, 7 October 2019 15:38 (two months ago) link

we shouldn't give a shit what these wankers think. they've been the self-appointed keepers of the key for 20 years and they've done nothing with it except set up a us-centric canon of a particularly dull, zeitgeist-chasing hue. no alarms, no surprises, no point. we should let them subside into an irrelevant, embarrassing joke. no shade to anyone here who's written for them obv, you're good writers and your reviews deserve a better home

imago, Monday, 7 October 2019 15:45 (two months ago) link

I'm also furious 'Teenage Dream' just missed the Top 100 but come on now...

nashwan, Monday, 7 October 2019 15:56 (two months ago) link

the whole 'handing out scores and BNMs by committee based on trend positioning' model is just so fucked and bullshit, that issue underlies the whole problem

imago, Monday, 7 October 2019 16:00 (two months ago) link

if brad or alfred or whoever wants their review to have a 9/10 score atop it then goddamn it, give them their 9/10

imago, Monday, 7 October 2019 16:01 (two months ago) link

think we should all be suspicious at their attempts to put together a canon, whatever anyone thinks of the actual choices

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 7 October 2019 16:02 (two months ago) link

my point exactly. obviously i like/love plenty of these songs

imago, Monday, 7 October 2019 16:04 (two months ago) link

(well, a few)

imago, Monday, 7 October 2019 16:05 (two months ago) link

and our 00's poll isn't comparable, before anyone starts out with 'but YOU'RE building a canon!' - a) we are not a public-facing brand advertisement corporation, b) our choices will be inevitably highly personal and anti-canonical and c) our polling process is very thorough and, ideally, forces us to engage with a vast multiplicity of music before we make any decisions

imago, Monday, 7 October 2019 16:09 (two months ago) link

also we're just a bunch of mates having fun, basically

imago, Monday, 7 October 2019 16:09 (two months ago) link

so let's be cool

imago, Monday, 7 October 2019 16:10 (two months ago) link

The list stinks. Pitchfork stinks.

When are the readers’ lists published? Maybe those will be better.

Spry at 78 (morrisp), Monday, 7 October 2019 16:10 (two months ago) link

they won't lol

lowercase (eric), Monday, 7 October 2019 16:10 (two months ago) link

I hope the decade-defining song which they'll be pilloried for missing is released in october 2019

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 7 October 2019 16:33 (two months ago) link

i enjoy the presentation of the allmusic feature

dyl, Thursday, 21 November 2019 08:08 (two weeks ago) link

obligatory left field / not pop / classical / improvised / noise music, etc. on Another Timbr--several *great* albums over the last ten years:

Horsky Park
Lost Daylight (Tilbury)
Ist gefallen in den Schnee
Chamber works 92-09 (Laurence Crane)
Two Pianos (Feldman)
Olivia Block (s/t)

as well as the just-released five disc Feldman box set.. AT are killing it

Lowell N. Behold'n, Thursday, 21 November 2019 19:27 (two weeks ago) link

*Another Timbre

Lowell N. Behold'n, Thursday, 21 November 2019 19:28 (two weeks ago) link

did this one get posted? unranked.
i contributed! it's a pretty good selection.

tylerw, Thursday, 21 November 2019 19:29 (two weeks ago) link

I have no idea why AT has garnered so much avant-garde cred and not, say, Kairos or Wergo or Neos or Outhere's sadly dormant Aeon imprint, each of which has put out infinitely more interesting records in my estimation. Actually, I think I know why: AT is British and thus more in tune with the tastes of English-speaking listeners. (Just thinking out loud here – I enjoy AT's releases for the most part.)

pomenitul, Thursday, 21 November 2019 19:35 (two weeks ago) link

Would love to hear some recommendations if you wouldn't mind sharing...

Lowell N. Behold'n, Thursday, 21 November 2019 19:37 (two weeks ago) link

Sure! I'll try to come up with a solid list for the 2010s, I just need a bit of time. Until then, you can check the rolling 2019 classical for some more recent suggestions:

Rolling Classical 2019

pomenitul, Thursday, 21 November 2019 19:40 (two weeks ago) link

Here you go, Lowell – five 2010s favourites per label:


Agata Zubel - Not I
Alberto Posadas - Glossopoeia
Marino Formenti - Liszt Inspections
Tristan Murail - Portulan
Yann Robin - Vulcano; Art of Metal I, III


Adriana Hölszky - Wie ein gläsernes Meer, mit Feuer gemischt
Heinz Holliger - Choral Utopia
Liza Lim - Tongue of the Invisible
Toshio Hosokawa - Silent Flowers
Wolfgang Rihm - 11. Streichquartett; Interscriptum; Grave


Aaron Cassidy - The Crutch of Memory
Arturo Fuentes - Space Factory
Franck Bedrossian, Raphaël Cendo & Christoph Trebue Moore - Donaueschinger Musiktage 2009, Vol. 2
Horațiu Rădulescu - Complete Works for Piano
Philippe Manoury - Le temps, mode d’emploi


Brian Ferneyhough - Complete Works for String Quartet & Trio
Jérôme Combier - Gone
Michael Jarrell - …mais les images restent…
Michaël Levinas - La Métamorphose; Je, tu, il
Richard Barrett - Music for Cello and Electronics

Other labels worth mentioning in the same breath: Stradivarius (Italy), Cyprès (Belgium), BIS (Sweden), Ondine (Finland), Col Legno (Austria), DaCapo (Denmark), Mode Records (USA), etc.

pomenitul, Thursday, 21 November 2019 20:38 (two weeks ago) link

excellent.. thank you!!

Lowell N. Behold'n, Thursday, 21 November 2019 21:54 (two weeks ago) link

Making notes.

Pomenitul, what do you think of Sono Luminus' releases of the last few years, all the Icelandic stuff they've been doing?

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 21 November 2019 22:11 (two weeks ago) link

At times the stuff they release is a little too soundtracky or John Adams-y or neo-Romantic (in the bad sense) for my admittedly idiosyncratic ears, but most of it is really solid and I salute their commitment to Anna S. Þorvaldsdóttir's music in particular, as she is one of my favourite living composers. I'm also glad they've got Jenny Lin and Matei Varga – superb pianists both.

pomenitul, Thursday, 21 November 2019 22:24 (two weeks ago) link

Not an ordered list, but AllMusic just put out a Decade in Review in which most of the albums featured have been upgraded to 5 Stars (with the exception of albums from 2018/2019). Some Interesting choices in there:

― MarkoP, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:00 PM (four days ago) bookmarkflaglink

Wow the Adrian Younge album on this list is stunning, it's like The Belle Album on steroids.

Will (kruezer2), Sunday, 24 November 2019 01:59 (two weeks ago) link

I'm very pleased with the metal representation

Simon H., Sunday, 24 November 2019 02:22 (two weeks ago) link

this is a surprisingly quite good list! "good day" at #1 is a strange, boring pick though - it's a decent song and was one of iu's biggest hits but hardly represents what made kpop so exciting this decade

ufo, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 06:33 (two weeks ago) link

Some decent tokenistic picks in that Allmusic list, alongside the usual ubiquitous trash.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 09:37 (two weeks ago) link

that kpop list *is* pretty good. a lot of my favorites in the top 30. “i am the best” should've been no. 1, maybe obvious but, like, is there anything better

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 November 2019 13:34 (two weeks ago) link

i don't know if it'd be my personal #1 but as far as being both Important and Really Good goes it's the obvious pick yeah. certainly the defining song of the defining sound in kpop of its time. i have a few minor quibbles with some of the order and the song picks (like i'd go for "likey" as the best twice single of the decade over "tt") but they're really quite minor overall, it's a great list.

ufo, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 13:43 (two weeks ago) link

"tt" is one of my favorites of the decade! but i cld see "likey" as the representative pick-- to pull from a tsj blurb, "it’s a perfect balance of charming leap and trembling flail forward, doing its best to never sound as starved a record as it is"

lowercase (eric), Tuesday, 26 November 2019 13:53 (two weeks ago) link

(whereas "tt" does sound starved, "i'm like"s and fake-"oh well" sighs and the overcompensating glide of the second verse and the trying-to-be-rousing claps hitting all that point of like, keeping forward momentum to not trip all over yourself)

lowercase (eric), Tuesday, 26 November 2019 14:10 (two weeks ago) link

(*all hitting)

lowercase (eric), Tuesday, 26 November 2019 14:12 (two weeks ago) link

(which ig is more a matter of difference in degree btwn the two songs than anything, so personal preference... anyway!)

lowercase (eric), Tuesday, 26 November 2019 14:16 (two weeks ago) link

Work in progress from tiny mixtapes. Celebrating the end of the decade through lists, essays, and mixes.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:21 (one week ago) link

cheers, always good reads on tmt

nxd, Friday, 29 November 2019 10:53 (one week ago) link

Rolling Stone list is pretty predictable but seeing Pistol Annies all the way up at #9 (albeit for their second-best album) was a nice surprise. cool to see J Balvin, Bad Bunny, and Rosalia placing as well.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 15:54 (one week ago) link

end of year and decade from Amanda Petrusich, accompanied by an essay that I wish was much longer. very intrigued to see her singling out a largely forgotten Beck album as a decade high-water mark.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 16:18 (one week ago) link

very intrigued to see her singling out a largely forgotten Beck album as a decade high-water mark.

― Evans on Hammond (evol j), Tuesday, December 3, 2019 9:18 AM (three minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

it won the grammy for album of the year

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 16:23 (one week ago) link

*lj voice* god what a dull list

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 16:23 (one week ago) link

I’ll admit that at the start of 2019 I was feeling down about popular music and the increasingly gutless way we consume it. One of the early promises of the Internet—that it might democratize criticism in a generative and exciting way—hadn’t quite actualized for me. It felt, instead, like there were fewer places to read about music than ever, and nearly all of those places—self-implication alert!—were covering the same handful of artists, in almost the exact same way.

like, it's weird to read this and then read her lists

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 16:27 (one week ago) link

can we have a thread for bad-faith descriptions of poptimism in decade-end coverage?

maura, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 16:30 (one week ago) link

ig i'm missing sfj now?

lowercase (eric), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 16:31 (one week ago) link

lol i have seen someone specifically bemoaning the lack of that beck album on any lists though, the internet's a big place

lowercase (eric), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 16:35 (one week ago) link

sorry you guys aren't going to gaslight me into think anyone still gives a shit about Morning Phase.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 17:09 (one week ago) link

obviously amanda petrusich does

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 17:11 (one week ago) link

it's just part of the in-house style guide

lowercase (eric), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 17:16 (one week ago) link

I like to kid about being totally out of the musical loop but these lists reveal that I've very successfully (if not entirely intentionally) avoided contemporary music for basically an entire decade. Almost everything I'm at all familiar with is from 2010. Yikes.</old>

What Would Spoonman Do? (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 17:24 (one week ago) link

her 2019 list has 75 dollar bill on it, which is cool

jacquees, full of cobras (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 17:28 (one week ago) link

xp you ain't young lunch

jacquees, full of cobras (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 17:28 (one week ago) link

petrusich lists making the risible error of treating the 2010s like the 1960s and the readership like idiots. brad's already got this one though thankfully

imago, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 17:49 (one week ago) link

Quietus is always the one where i learn the most:

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 17:54 (one week ago) link

whoops, thought this was best of 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 17:55 (one week ago) link

i actually back the quietus to do a decent decade list tbf, there won't be as much scope for boring wibbly ambient-experimental bollocks as in their eoy lists

imago, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 17:56 (one week ago) link

I wouldn't be surprised if tQ doesn't join in w/ a eod list.

Also, it is my very unscientific opinion that the percentage of "boring wibbly ambient-experimental bollocks" has gone down steadily over the last years?

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 18:02 (one week ago) link

Lovely to see Bad Debt get a mention, albeit it's the very essence of a minor record, swamped by the very notion of what's around it and the notion of a decade list of this size.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of string (Chinaski), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 19:20 (one week ago) link

agreed ^ that is a VERY strange record on that list

alpine static, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 19:25 (one week ago) link

did this one get posted? unranked.
this is a great resource

corrs unplugged, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 09:50 (one week ago) link

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 7 December 2019 17:35 (four days ago) link

wow music is terrible

― 💠 (crüt), Monday, November 18, 2019 6:48 AM (two weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

💠 (crüt), Saturday, 7 December 2019 17:41 (four days ago) link

I think that's a pretty good list in terms of not trying to make critical judgments but just presenting the songs that made a big splash.

o. nate, Sunday, 8 December 2019 01:15 (three days ago) link

Yeah, I like that BB list — it’s a nice mix of personal faves (including unexpectedly recent tracks like Rosalía’s “Malamente”); stuff that’s not my bag but was “important”; and then a few LOL / 🤔 picks like Rebecca Black / “Friday” and Weezer / “Africa.”

New Car Smell (morrisp), Sunday, 8 December 2019 02:27 (three days ago) link

Like, including “Let It Go” and “My Shot” (among some of those other picks) seems genuinely smart.

New Car Smell (morrisp), Sunday, 8 December 2019 02:33 (three days ago) link

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