ILM's Top 77 Albums of 2012

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seandalai has just revealed to me some very distressing news about the albums poll results. I shall not share, but know that I am sitting at my desk fighting tears.

― Johnny Fever

lol

― seandalai

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77. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Centipede Hz (204 Points, 8 Votes, 1 First Place Vote) Spotify

Johnny Fever, Monday, 28 January 2013 05:00 (seven years ago) link

This one crept into the top 77 in the final days of voting, hence my comment above.

That's it for now. I'll be back later today with #'s 76-61.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 28 January 2013 05:02 (seven years ago) link

People still like this band huh.

queef ka queef (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Monday, 28 January 2013 05:05 (seven years ago) link

lol. didn't realize they didn't even place on Pitchfork.

trench marianas (some dude), Monday, 28 January 2013 05:05 (seven years ago) link

hahahaha wow.

btw, surprised at this starting so early

The Reverend, Monday, 28 January 2013 05:18 (seven years ago) link

I'm a nerd who wanted to kick it off at midnight (on the east coast, anyway).

Johnny Fever, Monday, 28 January 2013 05:19 (seven years ago) link

It's a soft launch.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 28 January 2013 05:19 (seven years ago) link

barf

Public Brooding Closet (cryptosicko), Monday, 28 January 2013 05:23 (seven years ago) link

Kinda sad that Anco did better here than P&J or Pfork, but still having them at #77 is perrrrrfect

The Reverend, Monday, 28 January 2013 05:26 (seven years ago) link

78 woulda been better

queef ka queef (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Monday, 28 January 2013 05:27 (seven years ago) link

anco at 77 is even better than anco not placing at all imo.

Mordy, Monday, 28 January 2013 05:28 (seven years ago) link

also no way ilx was going to let an anco record go w/out voting for it

Mordy, Monday, 28 January 2013 05:28 (seven years ago) link

still haven't listened to this. kind of curious all of a sudden as to why the general response was so underwhelming.

charlie h, Monday, 28 January 2013 05:33 (seven years ago) link

damn, when are you planning on rolling this out?

flopson, Monday, 28 January 2013 05:33 (seven years ago) link

mob mentality in part.

also poor production choices.

Eggs and the marketing board behind them, Monday, 28 January 2013 05:34 (seven years ago) link

I've never heard anything by them that didn't have terrible production choices.

The Reverend, Monday, 28 January 2013 05:35 (seven years ago) link

I was the one who placed it at number one. It is probably the best thing anco has made since Here Comes the Indian (only Strawberry Jam might compete): Chaotic, weird and LOUD. And of course the whole indie-sphere recoiled and opted for safer ground. Yeah, I might have become more ardent about it because of it's response, but it is really great. They march in 7/4, shout 'monkey' at the rich, and dissapear into a mushroom forrest.

Frederik B, Monday, 28 January 2013 05:41 (seven years ago) link

yeah i thought that was a part of the appeal? xp

Mordy, Monday, 28 January 2013 05:41 (seven years ago) link

I thought the #1 vote would've been someone trollin' hard but ey fair enough Frederik I suppose. I'm a terrible Anco fanboy but apart from a couple of songs (probably more moments than songs, even) I didn't come close to getting into this. The brash + ugly aesthetic that I think they somehow made work on Strawberry Jam and to a lesser extent on MPP is just ugly-ugly here.

Bill Goldberg Variations (Merdeyeux), Monday, 28 January 2013 05:53 (seven years ago) link

good post frederik.

queef ka queef (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Monday, 28 January 2013 06:01 (seven years ago) link

yep, nice post Frederik and power to you for sticking to your guns.

charlie h, Monday, 28 January 2013 06:48 (seven years ago) link

bahahahaha @ JF contemptuously flicking this out of the way ahead of time

lex pretend, Monday, 28 January 2013 08:02 (seven years ago) link

I've been one of ilm's most vocal supporters. The amount of word space I've dedicated to defending them since 2004 when I first discovered them as a troupe of noise/folk beach boys-influenced weirdos is unaccountable. But here was where the buck stopped. After three albums of diminishing returns they finally made the album they'd always threatened to. It's pretty much guff all the way through. Every irritation they're all too often associated with was amplified on this album. It's just so fucking wanky I haven't been able to get through the whole thing more than once.

I still rep for that crazy sample-based 2-track single, Honeycomb/Gotham they released last year though. I'd hoped the new album was gonna sound like that but no, it was just terrible.

more like bog satin (dog latin), Monday, 28 January 2013 08:37 (seven years ago) link

Re: production choices - these have marred the last two albums or so very badly. For some reason they seem hell bent on finding this disgusting frequency and then distorting it to thw point it sounds like a lo-bit mp3 scraping through a cheese grater. While on previous albums it was less present, and any graininess could have been attributed to the fact they were once very much entrenched in the same Brooklyn noise scene as Black Dice, since MPP it's developed into an excruciating blanket of constant high-mid screeing.

more like bog satin (dog latin), Monday, 28 January 2013 08:44 (seven years ago) link

Amazed that it didn't place on PF though. Wow.

more like bog satin (dog latin), Monday, 28 January 2013 08:55 (seven years ago) link

obviously not flavour of the week on pitchfork now.

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Monday, 28 January 2013 08:59 (seven years ago) link

didnt vote for it but that album is good so stfu

billstevejim, Monday, 28 January 2013 09:24 (seven years ago) link

I refuse to believe this is radically worse than the rest of their music.

Matt DC, Monday, 28 January 2013 09:39 (seven years ago) link

Flavour of the week - PF have been propping up AC for years now. At some point, and I don't know who came to meet who, they became representative of THE typical PF band.

more like bog satin (dog latin), Monday, 28 January 2013 09:40 (seven years ago) link

For me, AC's decline is more to do with them slowly going from noise-influenced deconstructed folk/psychedelia experimental pop with shitloads of ideas --> prissy, cloying, "fashionable"-in-a-horrible-way, increasingly influenced by their own imitators, and apparently doing their best to exacerbate the issues that have been attributed to them over the years. Since Strawberry Jam, I've been waiting for them to somehow consolidate everything and actually make an album as good as Sung Tongs, Feels or Campfire Songs, but the only times they seem to come close are on EPs and side-projects. Their album output appears to be cursed into compromising the band as something in Pitchfork's making, and now even the hand that feeds them has lost interest.

I'm glad some people enjoyed this record. I still hope they'll one day come back with a truly excellent album, but for the last several years it's felt like "making do" for me.

more like bog satin (dog latin), Monday, 28 January 2013 10:13 (seven years ago) link

Stoked for this list anyway, for the last few years the albums list has tended to be the one that throws up a load of curveballs and interesting shit.

Matt DC, Monday, 28 January 2013 10:17 (seven years ago) link

more like coughing up a hairball so far

a la recherche du tempbans perdu (NickB), Monday, 28 January 2013 10:22 (seven years ago) link

was kind of jf to post a b&w version of that album cover btw. this sounds v. dumb, but that horrible thing completely killed any residual excitement for hearing it. i was disappointed before i even played it.

a la recherche du tempbans perdu (NickB), Monday, 28 January 2013 10:25 (seven years ago) link

Looking forward to having a read and maybe checking out an album or two. From the tacks list that has currently gone over into a few albs anyway but I'm expecting a couple more I'd be compelled to check whose tracks didn't make it onto that poll.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 28 January 2013 10:52 (seven years ago) link

Want to encourage everyone to post youtube links (not embeds!!!) to what they think are the best trax off the albums they like btw.

(You don't need to do it yet, I don't think I'd willingly click on an Anco link in a million years. Doesn't "Anco" sound like the abbreviation of a stock exchange?)

lex pretend, Monday, 28 January 2013 10:56 (seven years ago) link

liking the imgs so far too - JF was it deliberate to cut off the band name so that it basically reads "bad collective"?

lex pretend, Monday, 28 January 2013 10:57 (seven years ago) link

xpost
Reminds me of Amstrad or something, although I've only seen the abbreviation used (usually in a negative context) on ILM.

more like bog satin (dog latin), Monday, 28 January 2013 10:57 (seven years ago) link

I think it's a Hipster Runoff thing. Maybe now that we're post-buzz they're relegated back to plain old AC.

Bill Goldberg Variations (Merdeyeux), Monday, 28 January 2013 10:59 (seven years ago) link

Want to encourage everyone to post youtube links (not embeds!!!) to what they think are the best trax off the albums they like btw.

Was going to ask this but thought I might be the only person NOT on spotify. Otherwise I'll check out random tracks if I feel it might be something interesting.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 28 January 2013 11:01 (seven years ago) link

liking the imgs so far too - JF was it deliberate to cut off the band name so that it basically reads "bad collective"?

No abbreviations are deliberate, but every image is made with the same template and I'm going b&w this year. A few of the albums' art really pops more than you'd think with the color removed.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 28 January 2013 11:01 (seven years ago) link

seandalai has just revealed to me some very distressing news about the albums poll results. I shall not share, but know that I am sitting at my desk fighting tears.

― Johnny Fever

I assumed this was a comment on the lack of love for Niki & the Dove.

Kitchen Person, Monday, 28 January 2013 11:05 (seven years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/zqEyGav.png

76. JEREMIH Late Nights With Jeremih (206 Points, 10 Votes)

Johnny Fever, Monday, 28 January 2013 11:06 (seven years ago) link

Didn't think that many people on here rated this Jeremih album. Might have put it on my list, but only heard it a few days before I voted.

Kitchen Person, Monday, 28 January 2013 11:10 (seven years ago) link

Didn't really like the track I heard of that on the other poll, seemed like a soup of different prod effects without anything much as back up.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 28 January 2013 11:13 (seven years ago) link

iirc

xyzzzz__, Monday, 28 January 2013 11:14 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, 773 Love was one of the only tracks in the 77 that I felt didn't deserve to be there - so inert - so I haven't heard the album.

Deafening silence (DL), Monday, 28 January 2013 11:16 (seven years ago) link

i did like "fuck u all the time" off late nights - really compelling minimalism - but in the main i agree with what rtc said on the trax poll; it's an adequate stopgap mixtape that isn't as fully realised in terms of songcraft or vision as jeremih's best work. surely even fans of "773 love" must acknowledge there's tons of nondescript filler on it? in terms of r&b mixtapes, kalenna's chamber of diaries - which is far from perfect itself - still seemed much more of a statement.

lex pretend, Monday, 28 January 2013 11:24 (seven years ago) link

also, one of the best tracks on late nights, "ahh shit", is just an inferior take on the beat for goapele's "play"

lex pretend, Monday, 28 January 2013 11:26 (seven years ago) link

Late Nights isn't as good as his first album and there is nothing in the same league as Another Song (his best moment by a mile) but it's a really good album, only a little filler. Agree that his take on the Goapele track is pointless, the original is already perfect.

Kitchen Person, Monday, 28 January 2013 11:30 (seven years ago) link

It's not about the ins and outs of the narrative (which I couldn't explain off the top of my head tbh) but the fundamental moral conflict. You get that first time and then pick up little details from individual tracks each time you return to it. Good concept albums don't get too tied up in the narrative anyway - you need tracks that can stand alone.

Deafening silence (DL), Friday, 1 February 2013 11:21 (seven years ago) link

Missed the final results. Such a worthy winner and a great list overall.

Huge thanks to seandalai and Johnny Fever for putting this all together.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 1 February 2013 11:27 (seven years ago) link

Tim F the manuel tur album is on spotify! It just hits all my pleasure centres.

I am really enjoying this! So lush and un-austere...

questino (seandalai), Friday, 1 February 2013 17:12 (seven years ago) link

The surprising omissions:

Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
Trust - TRST
Light Asylum - Light Asylum
DIIV - Oshin

No, I didn't vote for any of them, but I thought all would speak to parts of the ILM massive.

with perhaps the exception of r-r-r-r-rhythm (Sanpaku), Friday, 1 February 2013 17:50 (seven years ago) link

The Flying Lotus album is really good

Moodles, Friday, 1 February 2013 17:52 (seven years ago) link

this is so sad but the flying lotus album not being on spotify means i only listened to it once

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 1 February 2013 17:53 (seven years ago) link

Trust did speak to parts of the ILM massive; it came in at #78!

Ima R.A.E.D. (DJP), Friday, 1 February 2013 17:54 (seven years ago) link

DIIV - Oshin

this album is super awesome

i get the sense a lot of more rock oriented ppl don't vote in this poll, at least i didn't

downton arby (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 1 February 2013 17:55 (seven years ago) link

this is so sad but the flying lotus album not being on spotify means i only listened to it once

― congratulations (n/a), Friday, February 1, 2013 11:53 AM (20 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I think this probably had an impact on its standing. I didn't hear it until a few weeks ago because I got if for Christmas.

Moodles, Friday, 1 February 2013 18:15 (seven years ago) link

I still haven't heard the Flying Lotus for the same reason.

questino (seandalai), Friday, 1 February 2013 18:30 (seven years ago) link

Before Spotify, we found ways. Some of us even left the house.

with perhaps the exception of r-r-r-r-rhythm (Sanpaku), Friday, 1 February 2013 18:43 (seven years ago) link

I guess I'm not that desperate to hear it either, otherwise I'd find a way round the inconvenience. There are other albums I'm more motivated to hear but if it had been on Spotify I would have checked it out.

questino (seandalai), Friday, 1 February 2013 18:44 (seven years ago) link

DIIV - Oshin

this album is super awesome

i get the sense a lot of more rock oriented ppl don't vote in this poll, at least i didn't

― downton arby (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, February 1, 2013 12:55 PM (49 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i voted for Oshin!

also i just discovered the Graveyard record which i easily would have voted for if i had heard it, i think it was more than one voter out of the top 77 though.

ciderpress, Friday, 1 February 2013 18:46 (seven years ago) link

i voted for oshin too, that record really snuck up on me w/how good it is

call all destroyer, Friday, 1 February 2013 18:51 (seven years ago) link

actually comparing the poll results to my ballot made me realize how ilm has kind of turned me from a rock-oriented person into a pop-oriented person, gonna try to reverse that a bit in 2013 since there's probably a ton of good rock music i'm missing out on

ciderpress, Friday, 1 February 2013 18:53 (seven years ago) link

polyphonic's color album art imgur has been udpated btw: http://imgur.com/a/HGHgu

乒乓, Friday, 1 February 2013 20:07 (seven years ago) link

<3

suze (Matt P), Friday, 1 February 2013 20:09 (seven years ago) link

i also voted for oshin

christmas candy bar (al leong), Friday, 1 February 2013 20:41 (seven years ago) link

No Tomorrow by Chief Keef is fucking awesome, really getting into the album as well. I have got the Nicki album for my son's ipod (it was making me sad that he still listens to Lady Gaga) and decided to give it a blast earlier and I really love a lot of this as well. Sometimes its really cool to just flip a bit + check stuff out that you think you won't like and be totally startled by how fucking good it is.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Friday, 1 February 2013 21:07 (seven years ago) link

78 Trust - TRST

OH FUCK ALL OF YOU

― Ima R.A.E.D. (DJP), jeudi 31 janvier 2013 20:19 (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Seriously. It was my #3. I think a lot of people get put off by the cover, which I find hilarious. The whole thing's great form start to finish. Sounds are reminiscent of Front 242, Anne Clark, Clan of Xymox all wrapped in catchy songs.

LeRooLeRoo, Friday, 1 February 2013 22:41 (seven years ago) link

I'm a listener more likely to be put off by vocal mannerisms than anything else. Dylan is excruciating. And it kept me from appreciating Trust.

with perhaps the exception of r-r-r-r-rhythm (Sanpaku), Friday, 1 February 2013 22:47 (seven years ago) link

trust would have placed had i voted, sorry y'all

flopson, Friday, 1 February 2013 22:49 (seven years ago) link

fsr that was the most popular 2012 album among my friends

flopson, Friday, 1 February 2013 22:49 (seven years ago) link

elections polls have conseqeuences!

questino (seandalai), Friday, 1 February 2013 22:52 (seven years ago) link

and they have consequences too

questino (seandalai), Friday, 1 February 2013 22:52 (seven years ago) link

another record that didn't make this list but that is excellent and should've: Lotus Plaza's "Spooky Action at a Distance"

alpine static, Saturday, 2 February 2013 00:39 (seven years ago) link

^true

also no gbv nominated was a silly oversight (of mine and others)

the beers for lunch (electricsound), Saturday, 2 February 2013 00:50 (seven years ago) link

No one could agree on which of the three 2012 albums was the best, so they'd have been split right out of the top 77.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 2 February 2013 00:55 (seven years ago) link

(It was The Bears for Lunch btw.)

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 2 February 2013 00:55 (seven years ago) link

wow. had never heard the FLA. verrry entertaining.

mr.raffles, Saturday, 2 February 2013 02:31 (seven years ago) link

Things I own:

63. CHRISTIAN MISTRESS Possession (Well, it's on the way in the mail right now...)
49. DEATH GRIPS The Money Store (Fantastic!)
48. CLOUD NOTHINGS Attack on Memory (Just got it, have to listen.)
21. GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR Allelujah! (A splendid release, their most accessible for sure, and that's not a bad thing.)
11. SWANS The Seer (Just arrived in the mail today!)
10. GOAT World Music (Really amazing album, worth the hype!)
05. GRIMES Visions (A really enjoyed this album and it's not the kind of stuff I usually listen to.)

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 2 February 2013 17:37 (seven years ago) link

Things I would like to own:

68. METZ Metz
53. JAPANDROIDS Celebration Rock
52. CONVERGE All We Love We Leave Behind
38. THE MOUNTAIN GOATS Transcendental Youth

The Converge is mainly because of all the critical acclaim here on ILM (winner of the metal poll; placed in this one) because I have always found the group to be good but not amazeballs... The other ones I don't know as well.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 2 February 2013 17:40 (seven years ago) link

Work seems extraordinarily slow today now that there isn't an eoy poll to follow. ;_;

Johnny Fever, Monday, 4 February 2013 20:42 (seven years ago) link

there is the springsteen poll. Not spoken to james about restarting the 70s poll.

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Monday, 4 February 2013 20:44 (seven years ago) link

Not to worry, we'll soon be back in 2014 when m b v tops the 2013 albums poll!

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Monday, 4 February 2013 20:46 (seven years ago) link

i bet it doesnt

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Monday, 4 February 2013 20:48 (seven years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/0Dxvtri.jpg

❏❐❑❒ (gr8080), Monday, 4 February 2013 21:09 (seven years ago) link

OK, this Miguel record is rather good. A bit goth too, innit? I've filed the CD next to Mezzanine and the Portishead s/t.

Jeff W, Wednesday, 6 February 2013 11:19 (seven years ago) link

Only tracks 2 and 3 really.

Tim F, Wednesday, 6 February 2013 11:24 (seven years ago) link

I've come to the conclusion I've been playing Andy Stott at the wrong volume all this time

dog latin, Wednesday, 6 February 2013 13:29 (seven years ago) link

the trick is to play it just a smidgen over what you think is comfortable.

dog latin, Wednesday, 6 February 2013 13:30 (seven years ago) link

I wish I had heard the Young Magic album before last month ;_;

Ima R.A.E.D. (DJP), Wednesday, 6 February 2013 17:03 (seven years ago) link

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Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 16 February 2013 22:45 (seven years ago) link

probably a picture someone has posted

Ima R.A.E.D. (DJP), Saturday, 16 February 2013 23:02 (seven years ago) link

i'm a known malcontent fwiw

r|t|c, Saturday, 16 February 2013 23:23 (seven years ago) link

It would be cool if a mod could put the countdown, or a link to it, at the top of the thread to save us going through the whole thing looking for it.

dog latin, Sunday, 17 February 2013 00:25 (seven years ago) link

took me 15 seconds bruh: ILM's Top 77 Albums of 2012

weed, tumblr whites and wein (some dude), Sunday, 17 February 2013 01:05 (seven years ago) link

Hmmm... That link takes me to a random post about goat in my iPhone.

dog latin, Sunday, 17 February 2013 01:16 (seven years ago) link

The poll results got me listening to several albums that I missed this past year, all good ones:

School of Seven Bells
Chairlift
Blondes
John Talabot

Moodles, Friday, 22 February 2013 18:13 (seven years ago) link


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