2010 Magazine's Albums Of The Year Thread For Posting Lists and Discussion

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whiney's right that JJ's profile has very suddenly raised among people not actively paying attention to country, i never heard of the guy until recently and it seems like he's everywhere

I sort of feel like that standard country-artist-hits-mainstream MO, though...? Like, become big in your niche which by the way a ginormous # of people listen to, then emerge onto the scene fully-formed like Athene bursting out of Zeus's forehead.

BO (DJP), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 19:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

sure, but his critical profile is much higher than the average platinum country singer, let alone other merely gold-selling ones like him

Local Hardman (some dude), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 19:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

i think the surprising thing is how he seems like he should be some drive-by truckers type alt-country badass while his career trajectory is more miranda lambert/taylor swift

da croupier, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 19:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

dude even did reality TV!

da croupier, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 19:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, obviously. But what was the lead-up. I never saw it. I'm def not up on my country as much as I should be. But it's not like MF Doom or anything where there was like three years of indie people doing one page features and Q&As, this is like full indiecrossover right away afaik?

dr. harbl's zing-along blog (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 19:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

I even saw the Miranda Lambert leadup coming

dr. harbl's zing-along blog (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 19:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

losing your grip, dude!

da croupier, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 19:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

(and haha i didn't know shit about this guy before everyone was like DIG THIS DOUBLE CD either)

da croupier, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 19:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

might be the fact that he made a double CD that made people realize he was an Artist and not the new Keith Urban or something

da croupier, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 19:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

seems like he should be some drive-by truckers type alt-country badass

Well, to be fair, so does Miranda Lambert.

what was the lead-up. I never saw it.

2009:

http://www.villagevoice.com/pazznjop/singles/2009/SGlnaCBDb3N0IG9mIExpdmluZw==/

2008:

http://www.villagevoice.com/pazznjop/albums/2008/VGhhdCBMb25lc29tZSBTb25n/

2008 album was the only album that year to make three out of four NY Times critics' Top 10s, fwiw.

xhuxk, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

markers is truly the worst comedy gif response practitioner in the history of ilx

― Local Hardman (some dude), Wednesday, December 8, 2010 1:44 PM (25 minutes ago) Bookmark

for fuckin real

gimme schefter (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

i feel whiney on jamey johnson too -- i think the double album had something to do w/ it

& yes, kanye being #1 on every single album list is absurd

gimme schefter (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

thanks man!

markers, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

monoculture isn't dead, kanye is the monoculture

gimme schefter (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

markerculture isn't dead, markers is the markerculture

i genuinely thought when i first joined that he was the admin (ilxor), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

kanye is such a dud to me. i don't get it. but, in all fairness, i haven't heard the new album. so, i should, i guess. but i really don't want to.

scott seward, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

I can't wait for the "wtf were we thinking" looks back in 2015.

one pretty obvious guy in the obvious (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

double album had something to do w/ it

Well, yeah -- Lots of talk about that on the album's thread. The marketing and packaging deserve an award themselves. Seems like the positive critical response the previous album got convinced Johnson and/or Mercury Records to present the new one as an Important Conceptual Work Of Art, like no Nashville country album ever before. And it worked. Three-LP vinyl version is real gorgeous.

xhuxk, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

"to present the new one as an Important Conceptual Work Of Art, like no Nashville country album ever before."

http://media.schadenfreude.net/2008/06/brooks-garth-in-the-life-of-chris-gaines.jpg

scott seward, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

I can't wait for the "wtf were we thinking" looks back in 2015.

you're assuming the crit picks in 2015 aren't going to be yay more dubious

da croupier, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

chuck do you own this conceptual artistic statement from the 70's?

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Cb4mdL5MI2A/TAfwzV8CxoI/AAAAAAAAGYg/3_HvzfZdxeA/s1600/Front.jpg

scott seward, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

Let's not forget Red Headed Stranger.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

well yeah country has a zillion "concept" albums.

scott seward, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

I guess just not recently.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

how you go from luke the drifter to chris gaines i'll never know though.

scott seward, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

xp! Nah (to Scott, about the album he posted), but actually, I just remembered that Vince Gill (who is boring) put out a quaduple CD four years ago -- very big deal at the Grammys, obviously. And the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's two Will The Circle Be Unbroken doubles fit in here, too. And maybe Red Headed Stranger. Probably other outlaw stuff too -- Jamey Johnson divides is into a Black Album and a White Album; David Allan Coe had a Happy Side and a Su-i-Side. So it's not like the Johnson thing is that unprecedented, I guess. Just don't think rock critics have ever fallen in line to this extent.

xhuxk, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

the jon caramanica piece was really good! and compelling. i can see people - critics - wanting to check out the album after that ran.

scott seward, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hey, so was my piece! Thing is, another huge part of Jamey Johnson's packaging to Serious Music Listeners is how he looks, not just how his album looks. (And I like him, a lot! But there's a ton of schtick involved.)

xhuxk, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

i don't think i read yours! sorry!

scott seward, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ha, no big deal! Did it for my former employer. Anyway, it's linked on the JJ thread.

xhuxk, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

The complaints about lists are about as interesting as listening to gripes about the weather. Isn't anyone excited about new finds from some of the better lists? I'm enjoying LoneLady, Motorpsycho, Teeth Of The Sea, Anika, Årabrot and much more. Glad to see The Soft Pack finally appear on a list. Still at large - Julie Christmas - The Bad Wife.

Looking forward next week to The Wire, Treblezine and Resident Advisor. Then I'll be finishing up my own.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 21:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

The complaints about lists are about as interesting as listening to gripes about the weather. Isn't anyone excited about new finds from some of the better lists?

OTM. It's not like there's anything even remotely surprising about most of these lists but I seriously doubt ppl are devoting as much energy to listening to some of the unknown quantities than they are to the most rote of whining about Arcade Fire/Kanye/Deerhunter.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 21:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Motorpsycho album has been my EOY poll find so far. Totally missed any talk of it beforehand.

sofatruck, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 21:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

i would definitely check out a year-end best of 2010 youtube thread. there probably is one already.

scott seward, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 21:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

ILM complaining about lists?!

bourgeoistech bourgeoisthèque (_Rudipherous_), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 21:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

I thought that Motorpsycho was boring but whatev

dr. harbl's zing-along blog (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 21:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

"ILM complaining about lists?!"

hahaha!

ILM: Making music more tedious than it has to be since 2000.

(but i'm still here, so, you know, whatever...)

scott seward, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 21:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Brooks as Chris Gaines looks a lot like Ben Stiller as Zoolander.

I don't ever expect there NOT to be complaints about lists. Like weather small-talk, it's expected and comforting in a mildly annoying way. It's just that I'd expect this group to be a bit more excited about new discoveries/revelations/faves.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 23:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah, but to be fair, there is a whole year's worth of OMG! new album/song/band/etc threads.

scott seward, Wednesday, 8 December 2010 23:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

Nearly had my head blown off by deja vu then. My music teacher was obsessed with White Mansions. "Bring up the 12-pounders!" sang some dying Civil War Officer dude to his ghost comrades.

Carl Jung Jeezy (Doran), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 23:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah, but to be fair, there is a whole year's worth of OMG! new album/song/band/etc threads.

yeah the whinging is a reaction to not seeing most of the stuff we've going OMGing about all year get recognised by professional critics. i know we shouldn't expect any better. and i've totally been checking stuff out, just haven't got round to listening to it all yet.

lex lex lex lex lex on the track BOW (lex pretend), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 23:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

what was that dance magazine that had their list up with audio tracks and i even started a thread about their top 50 or whatever. last year, i think. i would check them out again. i'll have to find it. someone here works for them? or they did anyway. music mag world moves fast.

scott seward, Thursday, 9 December 2010 01:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

Here's Latin Beat Magazine's top 10 (actually separate album lists from some of their contributors). Yes, ILX's Rudiph will be annoyed by the love for Spanish Harlem Orchestra

http://www.latinbeatmagazine.com/features.html

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 December 2010 02:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

More variety of opinion on it here: http://www.salsaforums.com/showthread.php?t=15373

I trust anonymous forum posters more than these critics. Or I guess I simply don't trust critics who hold SHO's recordings in high esteem.

bourgeoistech bourgeoisthèque (_Rudipherous_), Thursday, 9 December 2010 02:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

skot: i would listen to all these xlr8r best of the year tracks

i believe noted ilx poster table is the table does something there

flopson, Thursday, 9 December 2010 02:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

another no-placer on any of lists is nina nastasia's record, which i have a very hard time believing isn't better than most of what's on most of them. but of course i usually feel that way about her albums. i guess tomorrow's hipster cult artists have to come from somewhere.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 9 December 2010 03:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

In retrospect, after seeing more and more of these lists, the more I'm liking Drowned In Sound's. I mean, at least this:

1) Emeralds Does It Look Like I’m Here?
2) The National High Violet
3) Deftones Diamond Eyes
4) Perfume Genius Learning

is a pretty interesting top 4, comparatively, even with the way too high National placement.

one pretty obvious guy in the obvious (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 9 December 2010 04:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

Gigwise

50. Ellie Goulding - Lights
49. Delphic - Acolyte
48. Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer
47. Eminem - Recovery
46. Hurts - Happiness
45. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
44. Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History
43. Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
42. Plan B - The Defamation Of Strictland Banks
41. The Coral - Butterfly House
40. Steve Mason - Boys Outside
39. The Chemical Brothers - Further
38. Bryan Ferry - Olympia
37. Kele - The Boxer
36. Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From A Young Man
35. Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
34. Mystery Jets - Serotonin
33. No Age - Everything In Between
32. Sleigh Bells - Treats
31. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
30. Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid
29. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
28. Magnetic Man - Magnetic Man
27. Kelis - Flesh Tone
26. Robyn - Body Talk Pt 2
25. The Drums - The Drums
24. Vampire Weekend – Contra
23. Beach House - Teen Dream
22. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network
21. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty
20. Four Tet - There Is Love In You
19. Gil Scot-Heron - I'm New Here
18. Salem - King Night
17. Interpol – Interpol
16. Black Keys – Brothers
15. Tinie Tempah - Disc-Overy
14. Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can
13. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
12. Yeasayer - Odd Blood
11. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
10. My Chemical Romance - Danger Days
09. Warpaint - The Fool
08. These New Puritans – Hidden
07. Caribou - Swim
06. Foals - Total Life Forever
05. Everything Everything - Man Alive
04. Drake - Thank Me Later
03. The National - High Violet
02. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
01. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Mitchell Stirling, Thursday, 9 December 2010 11:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Gorilla vs Bear (Songs):

01 Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round and Round
02 Joanna Newsom – Good Intentions Paving Company
03 Beach House – 10 Mile Stereo
04 James Blake – CMYK
05 Girls – Carolina
06 Twin Sister – All Around and Away We Go
07 Panda Bear – Alsatian Darn
08 James Blake – I Only Know (What I Know Now)
09 Big K.R.I.T. – Country Shit
10 Big Boi – Shutterbugg
11 Deerhunter – He Would Have Laughed
12 Morning Benders – Excuses (Yours Truly version)
13 Arcade Fire – We Used to Wait
14 Tennis – Marathon
15 Joanna Newsom – Baby Birch
16 Shabazz Palaces – Blastit
17 earlwolf – Orange Juice / Gucci Mane – Lemonade
18 Waka Flocka Flame – Hard In Da Paint
19 Twin Shadow – Castles in the Snow
20 Das Racist – hahahaha jk?
21 Korallreven – Honey Mine (feat. Victoria Bergsman)
22 Holy Other – YR LOVE
23 White Denim – Some Wild Going Outward
24 Crystal Castles – Not in Love (feat. Robert Smith)
25 Kanye West – Blame Game (edit)
26 White Hinterland – Icarus
27 Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Fright Night (Nevermore)
28 Air Waves – Knockout
29 Puro Instinct – Stilyagi (featuring Ariel Pink)
30 Freddie Gibbs – National Anthem (Fuck the World)
31 Grouper – Vessel
32 Teen Inc. – Friend of the Night
33 Harlem – Gay Human Bones
34 Ghostface Killah – Together Baby
35 Games – Strawberry Skies
36 The Bitters – Travelin’ Girl
37 Lower Dens – Hospice Gates
38 jj – My Way
39 Kanye West – Runaway (feat. Pusha T)
40 Les Sins – Lina
41 Sunset – Late Night Dawning
42 Warpaint – Undertow
43 Tyler, the Creator – VCR/Wheels
44 Gil Scott-Heron – Me and the Devil
45 Washed Out – You and I
46 Erykah Badu – Window Seat
47 Toro y Moi – Low Shoulder
48 Miracles Club – A New Love
49 Eternal Summers – Pure Affection
50 Games – Planet Party
51 Panda Bear – Untitled / King Tubby sample (live)
52 Reading Rainbow – Wasting Time
53 Happy Birthday – Subliminal Message
54 Sufjan Stevens – Age of Adz
55 Young Galaxy – Peripheral Visionaries
56 Grimes – Devon
57 Coyote Clean Up – Can’t Shake the Full Moon
58 Candy Claws – Silent Time of Earth
59 Rangers – Deerfield Village
60 Wavves – King of the Beach
61 How To Dress Well – Ready for the World
62 Four Tet – Angel Echoes
63 Caribou – Odessa
64 Ciara – Ride (CFCF night bus refix)
65 Appaloosa – Intimate (Glass Candy remix)
66 Beautiful Swimmers – Big Coast
67 Bodies of Water – Rise Up, Careful
68 Pantha du Prince – Stick to my Side (feat. Panda Bear)
69 Robyn – Dancing On My Own
70 Hard Mix – Memories
71 Animal Collective – Screens
72 Nite Jewel – We Want Our Things
73 Tame Impala – It Is Not Meant to Be
74 Soft Healer – Movie Light
75 Fabulous Diamonds – Track 4
76 The Knife – The Height of Summer
77 The Sandwitches – Stardust
78 Jamie Woon – Night Air (Ramadanman refix)
79 Wet Wings – Running Like a Man
80 Bullion – Say Goodbye to What

Mitchell Stirling, Thursday, 9 December 2010 11:50 (seven years ago) Permalink


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