Year-End Critics' Polls '08

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Supermayer's remix of "One Pure Thought"

does it sound anything like M83's 'Couleurs' (part of which reminds me of 'One Pure Thought' itself)?

GSOHSHIT (blueski), Thursday, 27 November 2008 12:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

It sounds like the DFA.

Matos W.K., Thursday, 27 November 2008 13:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

which also means it has great singles but the album is a little hard to make it through all the way

i'm whine btw (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 27 November 2008 13:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

We're talking about a remix, not an album.

Matos W.K., Thursday, 27 November 2008 13:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

i thought we were talking about Hot Chip

i'm whine btw (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 27 November 2008 15:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

There has only been one mention of Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill by Grouper, and it wasn't even by a publication...That album is so amazing. Might be #1 this year for me.

jonathan - stl, Thursday, 27 November 2008 16:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

That's the retro shoegazing, dreamy, 4AD, slurred vocals, ambient, Yo La Tengoish group from Portland, right.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 November 2008 17:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

It's Liz Harris

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 27 November 2008 17:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

Pfunkboy wins.

jonathan - stl, Thursday, 27 November 2008 17:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

All her records are great.

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 27 November 2008 17:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

Uncut cont.

50 Mercury Rev - Snowflake Midnight
49 Brian Wilson - That Lucky Old Sun
48 Byrne/Eno - Everything That Happens..
47 Sic Alps - USEZ
46 Pete Greenwood - Sirens
45 The Fall - Imperial Wax Solvent
44 REM - Accelerate
43 Joan as Police Woman - To Survive
42 Metallica - Death Magnetic
41 James Yorkston - When The Haar Rolls In
40 That Was The Week - s/t
39 Beck - Modern Guilt
38 Endless Boogie - Focus Level
37 Lambchop - OH(Ohio)
36 Earth - The Bees Made Honey In The Lions Skull
35 Toumani Diabate - The Mande Variations
34 Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing
33 Sigur Ros - Bollocks to typing this out on a BlackBerry
32 Flight of The Conchords - s/t
31 White Denim - Workout Holiday
30 Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple
29 Robert Foster - The Evangelist
28 The Felice Brothers - s/t
27 MGMT - Orcular Spectacular
26 Lucinda Williams - s/t
25 Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
24 Glasvegas - s/t
23 Black Mountain - In The Future
22 The Raconteurs - Consolers of The Lonely
21 Howlin Rain - Magnificent Fiend

Mitchell Stirling, Friday, 28 November 2008 10:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

(note: at least two of these are made up)

Brother Belcher (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 28 November 2008 10:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

...the Nothing People LP stands out as something that would be in any lists I made

absolutely. a lot of good stuff on s-s this year.

psychgawsple, Friday, 28 November 2008 11:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

26 Lucinda Williams - s/t

This one came out 20 years ago.

mulla atari, Saturday, 29 November 2008 01:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

Sorry yeah, should be Little Honey.

Mitchell Stirling, Saturday, 29 November 2008 14:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

thanks for 21-50 Mitchell!

Bee OK, Sunday, 30 November 2008 04:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

Everyone's a critic--

RYM's Current Top Rated of 2008

1. David Gilmour- Live in Gdańsk
2. Portishead- Third
3. Opeth- Watershed
4. Esoteric- The Maniacal Vale
5. TV on the Radio- Dear Science
6. Fleet Foxes
7. Amon Amarth- Twilight of the Thunder God
8. Deerhunter- Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.
9. Muse- HAARP
10. Coldworld- Melancholie²
11. Nomo- Ghost Rock
12. Suspyre- When Time Fades...
13. Cult of Luna- Eternal Kingdom
14. Gojira- The Way of All Flesh
15. Thrice- The Alchemy Index: Volume III + IV - Air & Earth
16. Septic Flesh- Communion
17. Flight of the Conchords
18. Testament- The Formation of Damnation
19. Elbow- The Seldom Seen Kid
20. Sun Kil Moon- April
21. Erykah Badu- New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
22. Bar Kokhba- Lucifer: Book of Angels Volume 10
23. Cut Copy- In Ghost Colours
24. Have a Nice Life- Deathconsciousness
25. Darkspace- Dark Space III

President Keyes, Sunday, 30 November 2008 15:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

That RYM list will probably change/update in a few days.

billstevejim, Sunday, 30 November 2008 16:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

It changes often but those positions have been steady for awhile now. There does seem to be an effort to knock that Gilmour album down though.

President Keyes, Sunday, 30 November 2008 18:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

Presumably an effort of some sort put it there in the first place?

M.V., Sunday, 30 November 2008 19:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

I really love that Have A Nice Life album. One of the finds of the year. And Esoteric is probably my joint fave of the year along with the Portishead.

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Sunday, 30 November 2008 20:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

it's already down to #8 ha. that list is way different even now, 4 hours later.

i don't think that list should even count since it'll continually change and morph for, you know, ever

psychgawsple, Sunday, 30 November 2008 20:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

i was referring to the david gilmour, btw

psychgawsple, Sunday, 30 November 2008 20:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

Thanks for posting these everyone. The next ones to usually come are:

Clash Magazine
Drowned In Sound
Muzzle Of Bees
Gorilla Vs. Bear
Fact Magazine
NME

Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 30 November 2008 21:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

Kerrang will be
1) Metallica - Boringly overrated album
2-24) Some emo shite of pretty boys with girly hair.
25) Token metal album.

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Sunday, 30 November 2008 22:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

RYM updates about once a month.. weird coincidence.

billstevejim, Sunday, 30 November 2008 23:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

XLR8R magazine

Top 25 Albums of 2008
http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2008/11/top-25-portishead-daedelus-foals

Atlas Sound Let the Blind Lead Those Who See But Cannon Feel kranky

Beach House Devotion Carpark

Brenda Ray Walatta EM

Bun-B Il Trill Rap-a-lot

Daedelus Love to Make Music To Ninja Tune

Dizzee Rascal Maths + English Def Jux

Flying Lotus Los Angeles Warp

Foals Antidotes Sub Pop

Glass Candy Beatbox Italians Do It Better

Jeremy Jay A Place Where We Could Go K

Kelley Polar I need to Hold on While the Sky is Falling Environ

Lindstrøm Where You Go I Go Too Smalltown Supersound

Lone Lemurian Dealmaker

M83 Saturdays = Youth Mute

MGMT Oracular Spectacular Sony

The Notwist The Devil, You + Me Domino

Portishead Third Mercury

Syclops I've Got My Eye on You DFA

Spiritualized Songs in A & E Universal

The Mole High as the Sky Wagon Repair

Throw Me the Statue Moonbeams Secretly Canadian

Tobacco Fucked Up Friends anticon.

Xiu Xiu Women as Lovers Kill Rock Stars

Yelle Pop-Up Carolina

Zomes Zomes Holy Mountain

djmartian, Sunday, 30 November 2008 23:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

good list - jeremy jay is really good

jordan s (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 30 November 2008 23:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

UK jazz music monthly magazine - Jazzwise

Jazzwise Magazine - Albums of the Year 2008
http://tinyurl.com/5vweps

1 Dave Holland Sextet Pass It on Dare2
2 EST Leucocyte ACT
3 Django Bates and Stormchaser Spring Is Here (Shall We Dance) Lost Marble
4 Ambrose Akinmusire Prelude To Cora FSNT
5 Bobo Stenson Cantando ECM
6 Dave Douglas and Keystone Moonshine Greenleaf
7 Jazz Warriors Afropeans Destin-e
8 Joe Zawinul And The Zawinul Syndicate 75th BHM/Birdjam
9 Bill Frisell History Mystery Nonesuch
10 JD Allen I Am I Am Sunnyside

djmartian, Sunday, 30 November 2008 23:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

monthly update for...

UPDATE : 01/12/08 : MEGA-CRITIC : Best Reviewed Albums Of 2008 So Far
http://pub37.bravenet.com/forum/3172289350/show/926600

THE MEGA-CRITIC CHART :

The current position is followed by last month´s position in brackets, then the adjusted score, followed by the average rating and the number of reviews in brackets.

The scores after the title are the individual positions/adjusted scores for Europe, the UK and the US, followed by the current Metacritic score.
http://pub37.bravenet.com/forum/3172289350/show/926600

50. (47 ) 65,00 - 72,43 (21 ) Joan As Police Woman ´To Survive´
EU : 00000000 - UK : 14. 71,43 - US : 00000000 - MC : 76

50. (47 ) 65,00 - 74,75 (16 ) Neon Neon ´Stainless Style´
EU : 00000000 - UK : 23. 70,41 - US : 00000000 - MC : 79

49. (46 ) 65,04 - 75,47 (15 ) Al Green ´Lay It Down´
EU : 47. 65,29 - UK : 00000000 - US : 43. 67,44 - MC : 81

48. (44 ) 65,20 - 71,52 (25 ) Beck ´Modern Guilt´
EU : 55. 64,65 - UK : 00000000 - US : 69. 65,80 - MC : 77

47. (43 ) 65,24 - 73,58 (19 ) Spiritualized ´Songs In A & E´
EU : 00000000 - UK : 65. 67,05 - US : 46. 67,28 - MC : 76

46. (42 ) 65,24 - 71,58 (25 ) Cat Power ´Jukebox´
EU : 30. 66,72 - UK : 00000000 - US : 91. 64,90 - MC : 72

45. (41 ) 65,31 - 71,68 (25 ) Magnetic Fields ´Distortion´
EU : 25. 67,78 - UK : 00000000 - US : 40. 67,50 - MC : 79

44. (40 ) 65,33 - 74,36 (11 ) Opeth ´Watershed´
EU : 14. 69,56 - UK : 00000000 - US : 00000000 - MC : 82

43. (39 ) 65,33 - 74,71 (17 ) Why? ´Alopecia´
EU : 00000000 - UK : 00000000 - US : 11. 70,10 - MC : 76

42. (38 ) 65,33 - 71,98 (24 ) The Breeders ´Mountain Battles´
EU : 00000000 - UK : 39. 68,37 - US : 19. 68,93 - MC : 75

41. (36 ) 65,42 - 75,44 (16 ) Lindström ´Wherever You Go I Go Too´
EU : 100.62,60 - UK : 89. 66,18 - US : 31. 68,04 - MC : 82

40. (00 ) 65,42 - 80,00 (11 ) Q-Tip ´The Renaissance´
EU : 45. 65,48 - UK : 00000000 - US : 55. 66,67 - MC : 84

39. (35 ) 65,46 - 72,77 (22 ) Lykke Li ´Youth Novels´
EU : 37. 65,90 - UK : 83. 66,33 - US : 00000000 - MC : 76

38. (34 ) 65,47 - 77,85 (13 ) Robert Forster ´The Evangelist´
EU : 23. 67,89 - UK : 00000000 - US : 00000000 - MC : 81

37. (00 ) 65,51 - 80,18 (11 ) Amadou & Mariam ´Welcome To Mali´
EU : 00000000 - UK : 10. 73,08 - US : 00000000 - MC : 93

36. (37 ) 65,55 - 77,11 (14 ) Gang Gang Dance ´Saint Dymphna´
EU : 00000000 - UK : 00000000 - US : 09. 70,45 - MC : 77

35. (33 ) 65,67 - 73,43 (21 ) The Black Keys ´Attack & Release´
EU : 31. 66,69 - UK : 83. 66,33 - US : 00000000 - MC : 76

34. (32 ) 65,70 - 77,36 (14 ) Bonnie ´Prince´ Billy ´Lie Down In The Light´
EU : 48. 65,18 - UK : 46. 67,65 - US : 100.64,52 - MC : 81

33. (00 ) 65,77 - 75,41 (17 ) El Guincho ´Alegranza´
EU : 00000000 - UK : 56. 67,35 - US : 49. 67,17 - MC : 78

32. (30 ) 65,83 - 73,32 (22 ) Wolf Parade ´At Mount Zoomer´
EU : 24. 67,84 - UK : 00000000 - US : 29. 68,21 - MC : 78

31. (29 ) 66,10 - 73,71 (22 ) Santogold ´Santogold´
EU : 26. 67,58 - UK : 00000000 - US : 18. 69,13 - MC : 77

30. (28 ) 66,18 - 79,16 (13 ) Late Of The Pier ´Fantasy Black Channel´
EU : 60. 64,28 - UK : 09. 73,47 - US : 00000000 - MC : 00

29. (27 ) 66,20 - 75,56 (18 ) Los Campesinos! ´Hold On Now, Youngster´
EU : 72. 63,68 - UK : 39. 68,37 - US : 48. 67,22 - MC : 81

28. (26 ) 66,37 - 74,48 (21 ) Okkervil River ´The Stand Ins´
EU : 46. 65,30 - UK : 74. 66,67 - US : 39. 67,55 - MC : 79

27. (25 ) 66,41 - 75,89 (18 ) Drive-By Truckers ´Brighter Than Creation´s Dark´
EU : 08. 70,70 - UK : 00000000 - US : 99. 64,71 - MC : 83

26. (24 ) 66,43 - 73,26 (25 ) R.E.M. ´Accelerate´
EU : 67. 63,93 - UK : 25. 69,39 - US : 44. 67,35 - MC : 79

25. (22 ) 66,51 - 74,69 (21 ) The Gutter Twins ´Saturnalia´
EU : 16. 68,85 - UK : 42. 67,95 - US : 00000000 - MC : 80

24. (21 ) 66,86 - 73,88 (25 ) Hot Chip ´Made In The Dark´
EU : 39. 65,87 - UK : 00000000 - US : 13. 69,51 - MC : 78

23. (20 ) 66,90 - 74,54 (23 ) MGMT ´Oracular Spectacular´
EU : 10. 70,24 - UK : 23. 70,41 - US : 00000000 - MC : 76

22. (19 ) 67,12 - 75,60 (21 ) Black Mountain ´In The Future´
EU : 21. 68,19 - UK : 65. 67,05 - US : 68. 65,88 - MC : 79

21. (45 ) 67,32 - 79,33 (15 ) Fucked Up ´The Chemistry Of Modern Life´
EU : 00000000 - UK : 34. 69,23 - US : 05. 72,35 - MC : 84

20. (18 ) 67,38 - 76,90 (19 ) The Dodos ´Visiter´
EU : 51. 64,91 - UK : 20. 70,46 - US : 40. 67,50 - MC : 83

19. (17 ) 67,61 - 75,93 (22 ) Sigur Ros ´Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust´
EU : 13. 69,89 - UK : 25. 69,39 - US : 00000000 - MC : 81

18. (16 ) 67,66 - 78,47 (17 ) No Age ´Nouns´
EU : 18. 68,56 - UK : 00000000 - US : 21. 68,73 - MC : 79

17. (15 ) 67,87 - 75,96 (23 ) The Last Shadow Puppets ´The Age Of Understatement´
EU : 05. 71,53 - UK : 83. 66,33 - US : 00000000 - MC : 77

16. (31 ) 67,90 - 77,20 (20 ) Deerhunter ´Microcastles´
EU : 69. 63,86 - UK : 74. 66,67 - US : 04. 72,86 - MC : 81

15. (14 ) 67,92 - 79,56 (16 ) The Bug ´London Zoo´
EU : 43. 65,53 - UK : 13. 71,59 - US : 51. 67,10 - MC : 90

14. (13 ) 67,94 - 78,91 (17 ) Elbow ´The Seldom Seen Kid´
EU : 58. 64,42 - UK : 06. 74,49 - US : 00000000 - MC : 82

13. (23 ) 68,50 - 83,31 (13 ) Glasvegas ´Glasvegas´
EU : 03. 72,66 - UK : 25. 69,39 - US : 00000000 - MC : 82

12. (12 ) 68,86 - 79,18 (19 ) Silver Jews ´Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea´
EU : 22. 68,03 - UK : 17. 70,51 - US : 25. 68,53 - MC : 78

11. (11 ) 69,26 - 80,39 (18 ) Erykah Badu ´New Amerykah : Part One (4th World War)´
EU : 17. 68,60 - UK : 34. 69,23 - US : 10. 70,11 - MC : 82

10. (10 ) 69,53 - 81,47 (17 ) Lil Wayne ´Tha Carter III´
EU : 06. 71,06 - UK : 46. 67,65 - US : 16. 69,22 - MC : 82

09. (09 ) 69,77 - 81,19 (18 ) Randy Newman ´Harps & Angels´
EU : 04. 72,12 - UK : 46. 67,65 - US : 52. 67,08 - MC : 85

08. (08 ) 70,63 - 78,89 (26 ) Vampire Weekend ´Vampire Weekend´
EU : 07. 70,97 - UK : 14. 71,43 - US : 14. 69,46 - MC : 82

07. (07 ) 70,89 - 79,94 (24 ) Hercules And Love Affair ´Hercules And Love Affair´
EU : 20. 68,23 - UK : 06. 74,49 - US : 71,18 - MC : 86

06. (06 ) 71,84 - 80,92 (25 ) The Hold Steady ´Stay Positive´
EU : 12. 70,14 - UK : 05. 75,51 - US : 08. 70,80 - MC : 85

05. (05 ) 71,87 - 81,76 (23 ) Bon Iver ´For Emma, Forever Ago´
EU : 11. 70,19 - UK : 01. 77,55 - US : 23. 68,63 - MC : 89

04. (04 ) 73,15 - 82,40 (26 ) Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds ´Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!´
EU : 09. 70,29 - UK : 02. 76,53 - US : 02. 74,11 - MC : 87

03. (03 ) 73,30 - 82,62 (26 ) TV On The Radio ´Dear Science´
EU : 15. 69,16 - UK : 02. 76,53 - US : 01. 76,16 - MC : 88

02. (02 ) 74,07 - 83,69 (26 ) Portishead ´Third´
EU : 02. 74,48 - UK : 06. 74,49 - US : 03. 73,13 - MC : 85

01. (01 ) 76,56 - 88,06 (24 ) Fleet Foxes ´Fleet Foxes´
EU : 01. 79,83 - UK : 02. 76,53 - US : 06. 71,96 - MC : 87

THE BUBBLERS :

99. (00 ) 63,16 - 73,69 (13 ) Metronomy ´Nights Out´
EU : 63. 64,04 - UK : 83. 66,33 - US : 00000000 - MC : 70

96. (00 ) 63,20 - 73,00 (14 ) Friendly Fires´Friendly Fires´
EU : 99. 62,69 - UK : 65. 67,05 - US : 00000000 - MC : 74

92. (00 ) 63,45 - 71,22 (18 ) Wild Beasts ´Limbo Panto´
EU : 00000000 - UK : 30. 69,32 - US : 88. 65,00 - MC : 78

89. (00 ) 63,57 - 75,33 (12 ) High Places ´High Places´
EU : 00000000 - UK : 00000000 - US : 25. 68,53 - MC : 75

86. (00 ) 63,59 - 74,46 (13 ) Juana Molina ´Un Dia´
EU : 00000000 - UK : 00000000 - US : 12. 69,57 - MC : 77

84. (86 ) 63,71 - 75,58 (12 ) The Week That Was ´The Week That Was´
EU : 00000000 - UK : 65. 67,05 - US : 00000000 - MC : 82

76. (00 ) 64,09 - 72,71 (17 ) White Denim ´Workout Holiday / Exposion´
EU : 00000000 - UK : 20. 70,46 - US : 00000000 - MC : 76/73

74. (00 ) 64,11 - 73,28 (16 ) Los Campesinos! ´We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed´
EU : 00000000 - UK : 74. 66,67 - US : 22. 68,66 - MC : 81

71. (92 ) 64,33 - 76,75 (12 ) Dungen ´4´
EU : 82. 63,38 - UK : 00000000 - US : 93. 64,88 - MC : 79

65. (67 ) 64,56 - 72,53 (19 ) Deerhoof ´Offend Maggie´
EU : 00000000 - UK : 42. 67,95 - US : 45. 67,32 - MC : 81

56. (73 ) 64,79 - 74,41 (16 ) The Acorn ´Glory Hope Mountain´
EU : 77. 63,46 - UK : 65. 67,05 - US : 00000000 - MC : 00

55. (00 ) 64,91 - 79,00 (11 ) The Gaslight Anthem ´The ´59 Sound´
EU : 32. 66,64 - UK : 00000000 - US : 00000000 - MC : 00

54. (00 ) 64,95 - 82,22 (09 ) Johann Johannsson ´Fordlandia´
EU : 28. 67,02 - UK : 00000000 - US : 00000000 - MC : 81

FURTHER EU-POSITIONS :

19. (19 ) 68,51 Ry Cooder ´I, Flathead´
27. (27 ) 67,50 Madrugada ´Madrugada´
29. (28 ) 67,02 The Notwist ´The Devil, You And Me´
33. (00 ) 66,62 Rachel Unthank & The Winterset ´The Bairns´
34. (31 ) 66,42 Brian Wilson ´That Lucky Old Sun´
35. (32 ) 66,17 Elvis Costello & Imosters ´Momofuku´
36. (33 ) 66,10 Conor Oberst ´Conor Oberst´
38. (35 ) 65,89 Death Cab For Cutie ´Narrow Stairs´
40. (37 ) 65,77 Willard Grant Conspiracy ´Pilgrim Road´
41. (38 ) 65,70 Tindersticks ´The Hungry Saw´
42. (39 ) 65,61 Ron Sexsmith ´Exit Strategy Of The Soul´
44. (41 ) 65,49 Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan ´Sunday At Devil Dirt´
49. (45 ) 65,00 Sascha Funke ´Mango´
49, (45 ) 65,00 Emmylou Harris ´All I Intend To Be´

FURTHER UK-POSITIONS :

11. (10 ) 72,45 British Sea Power ´Do You Like Rock Music?´
12. (11 ) 72,41 Plush ´Fed´
16. (15 ) 70,59 Eliza Carthy ´Dreams Of Breathing Underwater´
17. (16 ) 70,51 Johnny Flynn ´A Larum´
17. (16 ) 70,51 Paul Weller ´22 Dreams´
20. (19 ) 70,46 Metallica ´Death Magnetic´
25. (24 ) 69,39 These New Puritans ´Beat Pyramid´
25. (24 ) 69,39 Mystery Jets ´Twenty One´
30. (29 ) 69,32 Cass Mccombs ´Dropping The Writ´
30. (29 ) 69,32 Roots Manuva ´Slime & Reason´
30. (29 ) 69,32 David Holmes ´The Holy Pictures´
34. (33 ) 69,23 DeVotchKa ´A Mad And Faithful Telling´
34. (33 ) 69,23 Teddy Thompson ´A Piece Of What You Need´
38. (36 ) 69,12 Thea Gilmore ´Liejacker´
39. (38 ) 68,37 The Raconteurs ´Consolers Of The Lonely
42. (41 ) 67,95 Cadence Weapon ´Afterparty Babies´
42. (41 ) 67,95 Sparks ´Exotic Creatures Of The Deep´
46. (44 ) 67,65 Toumani Diabaté ´The Mandé variations´
46. (44 ) 67,65 Benga ´Diary Of An Afro Warrior´
46. (44 ) 67,65 Fuck Buttons ´Street Horrrsing´
46. (44 ) 67,65 Flight Of The Conchords ´Flight Of The Conchords´
46. (44 ) 67,65 Kasai All Stars ´In The 7th Moon ...´
46. (44 ) 67,65 Lyindsey Buckingham ´Gift Of Screws´
46. (44 ) 67,65 Bellowhead ´Matachin´

FURTHER US-POSITIONS :

15. (14 ) 69,24 Robyn ´Robyn´(2005)
16. (15 ) 69,22 The Mountain Goats ´Heretic Pride´
20. (19 ) 68,78 Times New Viking ´Rip It Off´
24. (RE ) 68,54 The Music Tapes ´Music Tapes For Clouds And Tornadoes´
27. (23 ) 68,48 Wire ´Object 47´
28. (24 ) 68,33 Torche ´Meanderthal´
30. (27 ) 68,06 Shugo Tokumaru ´Exit´
31. (00 ) 68,04 Marnie Stern ´This Is It & I Am It ...´
33. (29 ) 67,93 Leila ´Blood, Looms & Blooms´
34. (30 ) 67,72 Ellen Allien ´Sool´
35. (31 ) 67,68 Matmos ´Supreme Balloon´
36. (32 ) 67,65 Destroyer ´Trouble In Dreams´
37. (33 ) 67,56 Kelley Polar ´I Need You To hold On ...´
37. (33 ) 67,56 Harvey Milk ´Life ... The Best Game In Town´
40. (36 ) 67,50 Women ´Women´
47. (00 ) 67,26 David Byrne/Brian Eno ´Everything That Happens ...´
49. (44 ) 67,17 Calexico ´Carried To Dust´

NEXT UPDATES :

31/12/08 : THE 2008 EU-MEGA-CRITIC TOP 150
01/01/09 : THE 2008 UK-MEGA-CRITIC TOP 150
02/01/09 : THE 2008 US-MEGA-CRITIC TOP 150
03/01/09 : THE 2008 COMBINED MEGA-CRITIC TOP 150

djmartian, Sunday, 30 November 2008 23:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

Textura
http://www.textura.org/reviews/2008top10s.htm

TOP 20 ALBUMS • 30 HONOURABLE MENTIONS • 20 COMPILATIONS AND MIXES • 20 EPS / SINGLES / 12-INCH DISCS • ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS • THANK YOUS

including: Top 20 Albums

01. Rudi Arapahoe: Echoes From One To Another (Symbolic Interaction)
02. Cyne: Starship Utopia (Project Mooncircle) / Pretty Dark Things (Hometapes)
03. The Foreign Exchange: Leave It All Behind (Hard Boiled)
04. Mathieu Ruhlmann + Celer: Mesoscaphe (Spekk)
05. Deepchord: Vantage Isle Sessions (Echospace [ Detroit ])
06. Rick Wade: The Good, The Bad, And The Deep (Yore)
07. Gregor Samsa: Rest (Own Records)
08. orchestramaxfieldparrish: The Silent Breath Of Emptiness (Faith Strange)
09. Mlle Caro & Franck Garcia: Pain Disappears (Buzzin' Fly)
10. Twine: Violets (Ghostly)
11. Willits + Sakamoto: Ocean Fire (12k)
12. Osborne: Osborne (Spectral Sound)
13. Michna: Magic Monday (Ghostly)
14. Nicolay & Kay: Time:Line (Nicolay Music)
15. School Of Seven Bells: Alpinisms (Ghostly)
16. Deadbeat: Roots And Wire (Wagon Repair)
17. Beneva Vs Clark Nova: Sombunall (Fenetre)
18. Jacaszek: Treny (Miasmah)
19. Flying Lotus: Los Angeles (Warp)
20. Dday One: Heavy Migration (Content)

30 HONOURABLE MENTIONS

21. Celer: The Everything And The Nothing / Discourse Of The Withered (Infraction)
22. Goldfrapp: Seventh Tree (Mute)
23. Benga: Diary Of An Afro Warrior (Tempa)
24. Susanna: Flower Of Evil (Rune Grammofon)
25. 2tall: The Softer Diagram (Content)
26. Masaoka: For Birds, Planes, And Cello; While I Was Walking, I Heard A Sound (Solitary B)
27. Aloof Proof: Piano Text (Infraction)
28. Kiln: Thermals (Infraction)
29. Dreamsploitation: Soft Focus Sound Of Today (From Here To There)
30. Peter Broderick: Docile (Kning Disk)
31. Autistici: Volume Objects (12k)
32. Mico Nonet: The Marmalade Balloon (Mico Nonet)
33. Yair Etziony: Flawed (Spekk)
34. Stephan Mathieu: Radioland (Die Schachtel)
35. Library Tapes: A Summer Beneath The Trees (Make Mine Music)
36. The Retail Sectors: Starlight Silent Night (Symbolic Interaction)
37. Sawako: Bitter Sweet (12k)
38. Motorcitysoul: Technique (Simple Records)
39. Rae Davis: Positive Thinking (Exponential)
40. Hatchback: Color Of The Sun (Backspin)
41. Windy & Carl: Songs For The Broken Hearted (kranky)
42. Slow Dancing Society: Priest Lake Circa ‘88 (Hidden Shoal)
43. Lisa Nordström: 7 States Of Passion (Kning Disk)
44. Ezekiel Honig: Surfaces of a Broken Marching Band (Anticipate)
45. Sleepingdog: Polar Life (Gizeh)
46. Harold Budd-Clive Wright: A Song For Lost Blossoms (Darla)
47. Stray Ghost: Losthilde (Highpoint Lowlife)
48. Sans Serif: Tones For Lamonte (Hypnos)
49. Spectral Lore-Underjordiska: Split (Stellar Auditorium)
50. Derek Carr: Digital Space Race (Psychonavigation)

djmartian, Monday, 1 December 2008 13:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

48. Sans Serif: Tones For Lamonte (Hypnos)

The Stereo Image dude?

Andy K, Monday, 1 December 2008 14:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

no

2008. Sans Serif is an alter ego of Forrest Fang, the talented multi-instrumentalist and composer whose most recent solo album Gongland was released on Projekt in 2000. He has also collaborated with Carl Weingarten on the album Invisibility released on The Foundry, as well as contributing instrumentally to the works of other artists such as Robert Rich.

Unlike the more traditionally structured and "musical" work Fang releases under his own name, the Sans Serif project is focused on minimalism. This project in particular is a tribute to the influential minimalist composer LaMonte Young, whose work was known for the use of long, sustained tones and alternate tunings. Of this project, Forrest Fang says:

http://hypnos.com/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi/archive/newsletter/20080717155015/

djmartian, Monday, 1 December 2008 15:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

i've heard of maybe ten of those fifty

k3vin k., Monday, 1 December 2008 15:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

That list is full of OK semi-experimental music that gets lost in the pile

uәʇɹɐƃu!әʍ ˙ƃ ʎәu!Ⴁʍ (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 1 December 2008 16:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

from Vice London

Number 35: Bonkers novelty rap collective. Shows staff have sense of humour.
Number 34: Reserved for Britpop 'survivors' who’ve made 'their best album in years'.
Number 33: Wacky side-project of big-name band singer, which is a wacky electro-pop concept album about magic animals.
Number 32: Something from Iceland.
Number 31: The name that keeps turning up on every electro/house compilation CD released that year. eg. Simian Mobile Disco in 07.
Number 30: Real authentic alt.country dude who made the album in a cave in the Appalachians/once dated Joanna Newsom.
Number 29: Return of once-derided old-timer who used to symboise naffness, but has subverted expectations by making an album of honest, brooding ballads with a hip young producer.
Number 28: This space is reserved for Bruce Springsteen if he makes an album in the year of the list. If not, The Gaslight Anthem or Hold Steady should sub-in.
Number 27: Nick Cave.
Number 26: Disappointing third album from previously much-touted act, so bad editorial embarrassment means its been crowbarred in here as a Pravda-style exercise in shrinking them slowly rather than dropping them like a hot brick as would be most appropriate.
Number 25: The band that everyone was tipping as the year's biggest act in January.
Number 24: You've never even heard of this one. You never will. Even as your read the blurb, you find your mind simultaneously erasing the entry.
Number 23: Glitchy & worthy & difficult record you've listened to once. Squarepusher, basically.
Number 21: British Sea Power.
Number 20: Token world muso.
Number 19: The band who've got a reputation for being 'influential', and have a geographically specific 'scene' organised around them that they put on semi-mythical 'parties' for at a semi-mythical 'venue'. eg: No Age & The Smell, Chairlift & Concert Hall Of Williamsburg.
Number 18: Band who wrote album of songs inspired by the tragic accidental/drug death of their bass player last year. Somewhere, the blurb says 'courageous'.
Number 17: Laura Marling.
Number 16: Cheesy pop band masquerading as 'wonky-pop'/'nu-pop'/'underground pop', which only barely disguises the fact that they're Roxette with alt. dress sense.
Number 16: Put in a 'stunning' performance on Jools Holland.
Number 15: DJ who made “the year's party-starting mash-up compilation” that you've never actually heard at a party that wasn't put on by media-insiders. And never made any of those partygoers do more than pout extra aggressively.
Number 14: Elbow.
Number 13: Hyper-obscure album everyone was bamboozled into voting for cos Pitchfork gave it a 9.9, despite sounding like every other folk album ever.
Number 12: Rapper facing child sex charges.
Number 11: Dizzee/Bizzle (pop grime slot shared on a rotational basis)
Number 10: Album described as a 'groundbreaking fusion of dance and rock'.
Number 9: Tape of Bob Dylan coughing up some phlegm in June 1972, found in someone's attic, dusted off, reissued, and hagiographised in the Sunday papers as a heartbreaking work of staggering genius.
Numbers 8 – 2: Records that were OK: no one was mad about them, but no one disliked them much either, so they swum through the middle course, whereas intense records that some people were truly passionate about but others really hated all ultimately failed to make the cut.
Number 1: Coldplay (Q), Arctic Monkeys (NME), Sven Vath (Mixmag), Neil Young (Uncut), Neil Young (Mojo), Neil Young (Classic Rock), Neil Young (Home & Garden), people humming transcendentally over distorted tape loops of concrete being laid (The Wire).

uәʇɹɐƃu!әʍ ˙ƃ ʎәu!Ⴁʍ (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 1 December 2008 17:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

that's not very funny

dat dude delmar (and what), Monday, 1 December 2008 17:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

It's (not very) funny cos it's true

DavidM, Monday, 1 December 2008 17:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

from Vice London

jordan s (J0rdan S.), Monday, 1 December 2008 17:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

Concert Hall Of Williamsburg

CHOW

gabbneb, Monday, 1 December 2008 18:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

I always kind of liked Yancey Strickler's taxonomy of top 10 lists:

01 The Consensus Pick
The first choice sets the tone for the entire list. A critic can either go for the consensus top pick, which earn the trust of a reader, or could make a grand statement by choosing an unlikely number one. 95% of the time a critic will opt for the cultural product he likes that most other people like as well.

02 The Real Number One
I generally assume that the number two item on a Top Ten list is a writer's real number one, especially if it's something that's not especially familiar to the reader. It takes courage to put one's idiosyncratic tastes front and center; it's safer to tuck it in just a bit.

03 The One They Will No Longer Like Next Year
If any spot lends itself to listing something that a critic wants to like rather than actually likes, it's the third place. Maybe the critic likes the idea of the product more than the product itself. Maybe the critic thinks that the item gives him a certain amount of cultural capital to wield. In the movie world, this is known as The Foreign Film Slot.

04 The Disappointment
This is something that early on seemed like a potential number one, but that has not stood up well to repeated viewings/readings/listenings. Always avoid number four.

05 The Sentimental Favorite
Placed any higher and this would stick out as either pedestrian or foolhardy. Put here in the middle, it can instead be merely a curiosity. Number five is a good personality slot — you can tell a lot about a critic by what goes here.

06 Wish They Liked It More Than They Do
This is a retread of number four, only there were lower expectations going into it. There are good moments, but more than likely the critic is the only one who hears them.

07 The Popular Kid
The blockbuster/bestseller that the critic didn't completely dislike goes here, simply because it will give the reader a sense of comfort that will be needed through the final three.

08 The Token
Somewhere between number seven and number nine you'll get the token selection from a genre that a critic clearly has no business trafficking in. The token pick implies a much broader knowledge than actually exists. The token pick will almost always be laughed at by specialists in whatever genre, even if they too enjoy the product.

09 The Anonymous
It's here that the critic really shoves around his "heard it all" weight. Seemingly at random, a critic will pluck something from the abyss and declare it overlooked, then smugly sit back and admire his handiwork.

10 The Catch-All
Undoubtedly the preceding nine choices will omit some movement that the critic would be embarrassed to completely ignore, even if he did so during the previous year. To counteract that, the critic then arbitrarily chooses something that suggests that there could be 20 more items on the list that would be equally impressive and well-considered.

jaymc, Monday, 1 December 2008 18:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

from the land of dad-rock (it's ok, i'm a certified dad), and as a longtime eye-roller at fanboys making a case for whatever boring album paul westerberg releases in a given year, lemme just say that i think the album paul westerberg released this year (49:00) is actually his most fun thing since forever -- in a way that all the grandpaboy stuff i think was supposed to be but never really hit for me. yes i like the gimmick, but i also like listening to it.

tipsy mothra, Monday, 1 December 2008 18:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

(and i don't expect to see it on any of these polls, so i probably should have posted that on the other year-end thread, but whatever. i'm easily confused.)

tipsy mothra, Monday, 1 December 2008 18:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

i really wanted to hear that Westerberg album but by the time I got around to getting it off Amazon it'd already been taken down.

dumb pseud (some dude), Monday, 1 December 2008 18:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

Go listen to it on Rhapsody like i did

uәʇɹɐƃu!әʍ ˙ƃ ʎәu!Ⴁʍ (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 1 December 2008 18:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

And shut it off after five songs like I did.

uәʇɹɐƃu!әʍ ˙ƃ ʎәu!Ⴁʍ (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 1 December 2008 18:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

Then google pictures of Katy Perry until lunchtime like I did.

uәʇɹɐƃu!әʍ ˙ƃ ʎәu!Ⴁʍ (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 1 December 2008 18:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

well it's not great or anything. it just has a lot of nice tunes, and i like the shaggy wtf-ness of it all. i got several times my 49 cents' worth out of it.

tipsy mothra, Monday, 1 December 2008 18:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

done and done, at least on the last part (xpost)

dumb pseud (some dude), Monday, 1 December 2008 18:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

you all find katy perry attractive?!

lex pretend, Monday, 1 December 2008 18:31 (nine years ago) Permalink


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