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Here we go:

85 ballots received (75 received last year)
1 tie
more stats to come (i haven't done lots of the bonus calcs yet)

lil waynes babymama (musically), Monday, 9 February 2009 17:06 (ten years ago) link

can i just say this now and never say it again: fuck TVOTR

Robin van Injury (country matters), Monday, 9 February 2009 17:07 (ten years ago) link

also there are some things that didn't make the top 50 that made me go omgwtf, like, search my spam folder to make sure that i didn't lose some ballots kind of omgwtf.

lil waynes babymama (musically), Monday, 9 February 2009 17:08 (ten years ago) link

50 - Boris - Smile
80 points, 11 votes
201 in P&J

http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/6937/borissmileir5.jpg

I just got this and love it. It's a lot better than Pink, which was great but the production was sometimes over compressed especially on the drums, and lacked the sense of dynamics this album has.

A lot of the shoegazing from Pink is gone replaced with a few straightforward nuggets psych ballads. The first song has either sampled drums or drums clipped to sound like samples with sweet minimal synth and vocals like pharell made it or something. One song has the garage punk plus detached talking and kind of reminds me of The Wipers and MX 80 sound.

They have always seemed more metal like Blue Cheer than Metal like Black Sabbath to me, even if their name is a Melvins nod, maybe because they bang so fast. There are some awesome gnashing of teeth 4 horseman army of the dead in valhalla guitar solos a few times over some pretty much straight forward Alchemy Records style noise that only comes after jamming with Merzbow. And there's some sweet low end samples/synth banging plus soloing on a few tracks.

I'm going to listen to this a bunch more times. It seems like 2/3rds of the album is super awesome things I've heard before done really well and 1/3rd totally new original stuff done really well.
― filthy dylan

lil waynes babymama (musically), Monday, 9 February 2009 17:09 (ten years ago) link

nice start, even though i didn't vote for it since i hadn't heard it yet when i made up my list.

I Want to Edit My Profile... (Ioannis), Monday, 9 February 2009 17:16 (ten years ago) link

Hold on, that is a metal album?! It looks like a 90's rave compilation.

Tuomas, Monday, 9 February 2009 17:22 (ten years ago) link

I only heard it after voting thanks to ILX METAL ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2008 RESULTS (NOW COUNTING DOWN THE TOP TEN, BTW) but that Boris album is super.

kafka is poking about into the deepest (a hoy hoy), Monday, 9 February 2009 17:35 (ten years ago) link

haha otm xp

The Reverend (rev), Monday, 9 February 2009 17:35 (ten years ago) link

so excited!

Bee OK, Monday, 9 February 2009 17:39 (ten years ago) link

lol i remember being similarly confused by their "Pink" record.

Disco/Very (Roz), Monday, 9 February 2009 17:42 (ten years ago) link

w00t! And away we go!

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 9 February 2009 17:52 (ten years ago) link

god spotify is actually useless - fired it up to investigate this "boris", nothing there

lex pretend, Monday, 9 February 2009 17:55 (ten years ago) link

That's the album cover to the Japanese version. The Southern Lord version is a different cover (and different mix) The japanese version is superior btw. (as are older Boris albums!) But yes I voted for it as I do like it. There's as much shoegaze/stooges influences in Smile as there is doom/drone/sludge.

Boring Sign In Name (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 9 February 2009 17:56 (ten years ago) link

you would hate them xp

O Supermanchiros (blueski), Monday, 9 February 2009 17:56 (ten years ago) link

you might like some of the shoegazy stuff on pink (e.g. "Farewell"), but i don't think you'll like smile.

xxp

caek, Monday, 9 February 2009 17:57 (ten years ago) link

Lex> Boris have a female guitarplayer! It's not boyz with geetars

Boring Sign In Name (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 9 February 2009 17:57 (ten years ago) link

The first song has either sampled drums or drums clipped to sound like samples with sweet minimal synth and vocals like pharell made it or something.

^^this is what made me curious. also they're instrumental right? metal vox aren't my thing but if this doesn't have them...

lex pretend, Monday, 9 February 2009 17:59 (ten years ago) link

they have non-metal japanese vox.

call all destroyer, Monday, 9 February 2009 18:01 (ten years ago) link

49 - Arthur Russell - Love Is Overtaking Me
82 points, 6 votes
85 in P&J, 34 in p4k

http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/1406/51j33bkvjlss500nt2.jpg

It's brilliant, and a real grower--21 tracks, and though I prefer the slightly more organic avant-country-folk-singer-songwriter first half to the somewhat more familiar Casio-pop second half, it's remarkable that literally ever song is memorable. Definitely some of his strongest, most traditional melodies, and the lyrics are often quite beautiful and unabashedly romantic. It's obviously very compilation-y, not much aesthetic/production value consistency, but that's not a bad thing. Amazingly, half the tracks are from 1973-1975, and truly reveal an entirely unknown side and period for him. A lot of it feels a little Dylan-The Band, or Modern Lovers, or John Prine, but every bit is indelibly Arthur, even as unexpected as the context sometimes is. The only real downside is that some of the material is so strong, it makes me wish that an entire release had been made from that particular source (for example, the Flying Hearts/Ernie Brooks era stuff, if more of it exists.

There really seems to be no bottom of the barrel for Mr. Russell, which isn't really a surprise. I imagine that for many people, this will be a surprise fave amongst his oeuvre, even those of us who prefer his more avant-garde work.
― Soundslike

lil waynes babymama (musically), Monday, 9 February 2009 18:02 (ten years ago) link

They aren't strictly "metal" either in the traditional sense.

Boring Sign In Name (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 9 February 2009 18:02 (ten years ago) link

lex i still don't think you'd like them. but what the hell give it a shot.

just got that arthur russell album and it's pretty cool.

call all destroyer, Monday, 9 February 2009 18:03 (ten years ago) link

i never got to the end of that arthur russell album...dunno wtf was up with his voice on it but i thought it sounded terrible.

lex pretend, Monday, 9 February 2009 18:15 (ten years ago) link

Way too low... but glad to see it on the list regardless

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 9 February 2009 18:20 (ten years ago) link

It's on Spotify so I'll give it a go.

Boring Sign In Name (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 9 February 2009 18:24 (ten years ago) link

48 - School Of Seven Bells - Alpinisms
83 points, 11 votes
298 in P&J

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/8633/schoolofsevenbells01bigbm5.jpg

Sometimes one wants comfort and familiarity. Or a perfected version of something that seems like your own private world. This album sounds like the inside of my head. I'm going to shut up now.

...

It's funny, I was just thinking this morning, how good Half Asleep is. I've had it stuck in my head all day. But then I got distracted by the video and forgot to say.

No, this album really really *is* a grower.

It's also weirdly sequenced, like, it's *really* back-loaded - that the poppy upbeat songs are towards the end. But Benjamin probably did that on purpose coz he is perverse like that. That you have to listen to the whole thing to get to the poppy bits, and that makes you do multiple listens to the earlier songs and then you get sucked into them and you realise every time you listen to them you notice something different and then one day you wake up and realise you cant' live without hearing the album again and again and again.

it's not an immediate high. But it gets better and better every time you listen.
―Masonic Boom

lil waynes babymama (musically), Monday, 9 February 2009 19:08 (ten years ago) link

I love that cover on the Arthur Russell, it's like he's stood there gazing longingly at his neighbour's new tractor. Didn't vote for it though, cos I'm a kerrank and just stuck with new new stuff.

x-post

Frank Sumatra (NickB), Monday, 9 February 2009 19:09 (ten years ago) link

On paper, the School of Seven Bells album seems like something I'd eat right up. Sadly, it wasn't the case.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 9 February 2009 19:12 (ten years ago) link

I cooled on it a bit after I'd gorged myself silly on the obvious standout tracks.

Frank Sumatra (NickB), Monday, 9 February 2009 19:17 (ten years ago) link

heard that for the first time this weekend as my friend wants me to see them. itsokigues

Gukbe, Monday, 9 February 2009 19:21 (ten years ago) link

Yeah the School of Seven Bells album really didn't stand up to how great the descriptions made it sound. It was just sort of flat and lifeless.

Maximo Park Ji-Sung (Matt DC), Monday, 9 February 2009 19:24 (ten years ago) link

arthur russell's posture is terrible on that cover. why would you stand in a way that makes you look like you have a huge pot belly when you're obviously really skinny??

alpinisms is the first of my votes to show up. still love that its first mention on ilx (that i saw) was kate repping for it on the "albums of the year" thread and saying how it proved how far she'd gotten from the ilx hivemind b/c no one else had mentioned it. a month and a bit later, enough people love it to get it in here!

lex pretend, Monday, 9 February 2009 19:25 (ten years ago) link

It is a fantastic album, and unusually "complete" for a debut.

call all destroyer, Monday, 9 February 2009 19:26 (ten years ago) link

Actually this list is going to annoy me more than the other one because it's much harder to hear everything on it. Downloading the Boris album now, which I actually think I'll really like.

Maximo Park Ji-Sung (Matt DC), Monday, 9 February 2009 19:29 (ten years ago) link

I would link to Spotify or something but I am cursed to being an American so that's a no-go. If it's available on last.fm I'll try to provide a link.

lil waynes babymama (musically), Monday, 9 February 2009 19:33 (ten years ago) link

If anyone wants to chime in with recommendations for particular tracks to download on any of these or with youtube links or whatever, then I'm all ears.

Frank Sumatra (NickB), Monday, 9 February 2009 19:33 (ten years ago) link

arthur russell's posture is terrible on that cover. why would you stand in a way that makes you look like you have a huge pot belly when you're obviously really skinny??

Oh, lexpaws... I suppose you're going to comment negatively about everything you either don't know or don't like on this list, just as on the traxx list. Sigh.

You're being silly just to be silly are you not? Did it ever occur to you that there are actually some people out there who don't give a damn about that? And "huge pot belly"... give me a fucking break.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 9 February 2009 19:36 (ten years ago) link

don't give a damn about appearance that much, is what I meant

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 9 February 2009 19:37 (ten years ago) link

should have done a reshoot of the cover but...o wait

Gukbe, Monday, 9 February 2009 19:37 (ten years ago) link

lol

lil waynes babymama (musically), Monday, 9 February 2009 19:41 (ten years ago) link

Here are two albums so far that are available for full streaming on last.fm, I will make sure to provide these down the line:

Smile - http://www.last.fm/music/Boris/Smile

Alpinisms - http://www.last.fm/music/School+of+Seven+Bells/Alpinisms

lil waynes babymama (musically), Monday, 9 February 2009 19:42 (ten years ago) link

ugh, i know there's a dutch online shop which has full streams of loads of albums but i can't remember what the URL is.

Oh, lexpaws... I suppose you're going to comment negatively about everything you either don't know or don't like on this list, just as on the traxx list. Sigh.

i have heard (most of) the arthur russell album and i like him generally, just not these badly sung acoustic demos. and if people really don't care about appearance why bother posing for a photo in the first place.

lex pretend, Monday, 9 February 2009 19:51 (ten years ago) link

WTF? I didn't vote on anything, how did I get in here?

Or was I just the first ILX mention for the album?

And Matt DC, pffffttt, I think you're flat and lifeless for hating Justice, so we're even. :-P

Couldn't Wrap A Burrito (Masonic Boom), Monday, 9 February 2009 19:54 (ten years ago) link

They pose for a photo for other people who don't care as much about it. Not for, say, people who are obsessed with it. Both see different things in the same photo, apparantly. You see a man who's stupid enough to pretend to have a big put belly. I see a beautiful man totally in character, looking very confident and glowing like his best music does.

Oh, by the Dutch shop, did you mean http://3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/ ? It's from a radiostation. They do stream lots of albums in full, but only new ones I think.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 9 February 2009 20:00 (ten years ago) link

xp

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 9 February 2009 20:00 (ten years ago) link

Most of the blurbs are from existing ILX posts, and aren't sent in specially for the poll

lil waynes babymama (musically), Monday, 9 February 2009 20:02 (ten years ago) link

47 - Sébastien Tellier - Sexuality
84.5 points, 11 votes
447 in P&J

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/1331/41ikgnyc03lss500eh5.jpg

this album is great. i didn't expect something so minimal, the synths and drum machines just glisten. it's kinda like italians do it better for people who go to dinner parties. think 'elle' is my favourite at the moment, but it seems like the kind of album where every song is a potential favourite, i love records like this

― r1o natsume

i think this is my favorite album of the year so far. that fucking glistening sound is just wonderful. it seems to build on discovery's whole 80s aor thing really well, these song forms offer more room to play around in that area. like the over-the-top supertramp-ness of the 4th track (even down to that damn wurlitzer sound). and i've been listening to van halen a lot lately so those "jump" synths in "kilometer" really hit me (especially since it's such a killer tune anyway).

― winston

lil waynes babymama (musically), Monday, 9 February 2009 20:10 (ten years ago) link

forgot about that one

nascar jesus (J0rdan S.), Monday, 9 February 2009 20:13 (ten years ago) link

My first vote to place. XD

The Reverend (rev), Monday, 9 February 2009 20:14 (ten years ago) link

new Secret Machines >>>>>> School Of Seven Bells album

(I am the only person who thinks this)

Robin van Injury (country matters), Monday, 9 February 2009 20:14 (ten years ago) link

i think my favorite thing about the Tellier album is the cover

vergangenheitsbewaeltigung (later arpeggiator), Monday, 9 February 2009 20:18 (ten years ago) link

i'll talk about them all because i love them all

http://www.obb1.com/images/EasyLife_04-11-08.jpg

O Supermanchiros (blueski), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:15 (ten years ago) link

ok everyone lol @ me etc, but i slept on that portishead record all year, and it's fucking me up something fierce right now

k3vin k., Wednesday, 18 February 2009 23:30 (ten years ago) link

silly kevin

The User Formerly Known As Pfunkboy Latterly Known as.. (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:31 (ten years ago) link

*points finger, lols*

ABC-DISNEY-PITCHFORK (The Reverend), Thursday, 19 February 2009 01:06 (ten years ago) link

*points finger, lols*

ABC-DISNEY-PITCHFORK (The Reverend), Thursday, 19 February 2009 01:07 (ten years ago) link

I would like it if the people who hadn't heard many of the "obscure" picks of 50-21 would check them out.
I'd like to hear that Alex Moulton. Every link I find online has expired/been taken down.

― The User Formerly Known As Pfunkboy Latterly Known as.. (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, February 13, 2009 8:38 PM (5 days ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

maybe buy it?

gucci mane gretzky (deej), Thursday, 19 February 2009 03:46 (ten years ago) link

lol u old

k3vin k., Thursday, 19 February 2009 03:48 (ten years ago) link

srsly

rev. al shipley (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 19 February 2009 03:53 (ten years ago) link

u can buy mp3s u goofs

gucci mane gretzky (deej), Thursday, 19 February 2009 03:57 (ten years ago) link

sorry for double-lol

ABC-DISNEY-PITCHFORK (The Reverend), Thursday, 19 February 2009 04:16 (ten years ago) link

ya it made me double :(

k3vin k., Thursday, 19 February 2009 04:16 (ten years ago) link

:((

k3vin k., Thursday, 19 February 2009 04:17 (ten years ago) link

it's a doublole surely

rev. al shipley (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 19 February 2009 04:18 (ten years ago) link

i linked to the last.fm streaming link for Exodus in the original post

lil waynes babymama (musically), Thursday, 19 February 2009 05:26 (ten years ago) link

I'm most likely to talk about c) tbh, but then I'm certified insane

― Mequophidiophobia: fear of the beer snake (country matters), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:01 (Yesterday) Bookmark

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39073000/jpg/_39073630_hunt_bbc203.jpg

zero learnt from nero (Neil S), Thursday, 19 February 2009 10:22 (ten years ago) link

maybe buy it?

Unfair target, maybe: HGN probably shells out the cash for more music than a lot of ILX0rs (see posts passim) and I get the impression he's a try-before-you-buy kind of dude ... as indeed am I, unless a recommendation is spectacularly glowing, and comes from someone I'd trust with my life/first-born/etc.

THAT SAID ...

i linked to the last.fm streaming link for Exodus in the original post

:)

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Thursday, 19 February 2009 10:43 (ten years ago) link

Grimly is right. I check out stuff I don't know on mp3 then buy if I really like it. In this case I do and I will when I can afford it.

The User Formerly Known As Pfunkboy Latterly Known as.. (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 19 February 2009 15:58 (ten years ago) link

boy did i sleep on gang gang dance. would've made my top 5 for sure had i heard it in time.

Disco/Very (Roz), Thursday, 19 February 2009 17:34 (ten years ago) link

are their earlier stuff any cop?

Disco/Very (Roz), Thursday, 19 February 2009 17:39 (ten years ago) link

The earlier stuff is more straight-up experimental rock, less influence from hip-hop, dance/house, etc.

I'd check out God's Money, their previous album, and delve deeper if you enjoy that one.

ilxor, Thursday, 19 February 2009 17:53 (ten years ago) link

will do, thanks.

Disco/Very (Roz), Thursday, 19 February 2009 18:14 (ten years ago) link

If I had heard this album in time, I would have nominated it:

e.s.t. (Esbjorn Svensson Trio): Leucocyte

_Rockist__Scientist_, Thursday, 19 February 2009 19:27 (ten years ago) link

re: purchases vs nicks, my search for d.lissvik via a 'studio' search brought wolfgang voigt's studio 1 comp which relates i believe to the gas entry on the list. haven't heard gas but this studio 1 is bringing a great deal back home right now.

whatever, Thursday, 19 February 2009 23:21 (ten years ago) link

should have added i bought the voigt.

whatever, Thursday, 19 February 2009 23:21 (ten years ago) link

I'd check out God's Money, their previous album, and delve deeper if you enjoy that one the parts that are much harder to enjoy

contenderizer, Thursday, 19 February 2009 23:25 (ten years ago) link

pleased to see gang gang dance polled so high. deserves many further listens.

whatever, Thursday, 19 February 2009 23:30 (ten years ago) link

boy did i sleep on gang gang dance. would've made my top 5 for sure had i heard it in time

Co-fucking-sign. This is fantastic. How in fuck's name did I miss it?

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Thursday, 19 February 2009 23:55 (ten years ago) link

You were too busy listening to Keane

The User Formerly Known As Pfunkboy Latterly Known as.. (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 20 February 2009 00:04 (ten years ago) link

Yeeees. That'll have been it.

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Friday, 20 February 2009 00:06 (ten years ago) link

He's not even lying.

The User Formerly Known As Pfunkboy Latterly Known as.. (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 20 February 2009 00:10 (ten years ago) link

Gang Gang Dance really could've challenged Portishead on this evidence

I want sprinkles (country matters), Friday, 20 February 2009 00:11 (ten years ago) link

But that's the joy of these things, isn't it? There are three records on this list -- GGD, School of Seven Bells and Grouper -- that I'm pretty sure would have made my list had I heard them. Hey ho.

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Friday, 20 February 2009 00:15 (ten years ago) link

school of seven bells sounds pretty good. they're playing glasgow on the 24th so i might pop in if it isn't sold out. Grouper would have definitely been top 10 if I had heard it in time.

Gukbe, Friday, 20 February 2009 00:17 (ten years ago) link

Yeh, I'm working the night of the 24th which is a massive, massive, massive pain in the bollocks. I could try haring down straight from work but I doubt I'll make it in time :(

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Friday, 20 February 2009 00:19 (ten years ago) link

grimly look at the metal poll thread

The User Formerly Known As Pfunkboy Latterly Known as.. (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 20 February 2009 00:20 (ten years ago) link

Heard the other day that School of Seven Bells are also supporting Bat For Lashes on her UK tour in April.

Frank Sumatra (NickB), Friday, 20 February 2009 00:26 (ten years ago) link

i might pop in if it isn't sold out.

Nice Wet Wet Wet reference there BTW.

Frank Sumatra (NickB), Friday, 20 February 2009 00:27 (ten years ago) link

grimly look at the metal poll thread

Yeh, that sonic adventure is coming, worry not.

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Friday, 20 February 2009 00:31 (ten years ago) link

Gang Gang Dance really could've challenged Portishead on this evidence

It would've been in my top 5, likely top 3, if I'd voted.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Friday, 20 February 2009 03:08 (ten years ago) link

not totally positive it would have made my top 20 but it is definitely a great album, and props to ILM for the heads up on it.

devin harris with an appletini (call all destroyer), Friday, 20 February 2009 03:09 (ten years ago) link

Yeah, exactly (xp). I think GGD has picked up well over 100 phantom points since coming 4th, maybe more like 200. Big props to ILM.

I want sprinkles (country matters), Friday, 20 February 2009 03:10 (ten years ago) link

It was actually the Gang Gang Dance thread a few months ago that turned me onto it, rather than this poll, but yes: big props to ILM.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Friday, 20 February 2009 03:20 (ten years ago) link

ha well otoh portishead would have picked up at least 12 points from me

k3vin k., Friday, 20 February 2009 03:29 (ten years ago) link

xpost

k3vin k., Friday, 20 February 2009 03:30 (ten years ago) link

And so they should have.

one month passes...

More stuff from these polls up on Spotify (Grouper)

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 6 April 2009 21:28 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

argh these threads are pretty hard to find/scan for in search (maybe just because there's a close bracket right after the word ALBUMS in this case). might be worth editing the titles to make them a bit easier to find (ie come up top in search results for '2008 albums poll results' or whatever).

idgi fridays (blueski), Thursday, 3 February 2011 20:37 (eight years ago) link

yeah...all due respect to musically but i much prefer the more straightforward thread titles under the johnny/j0rdan regime

hercudeez and nuts affair (some dude), Thursday, 3 February 2011 20:39 (eight years ago) link


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