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Intro up now...
by the fact he's mentioned he wanted to vote for Fuck Buttons and St Vincent but didn't have time to digest them before the poll already in the intro already... and the fact that the writer doesn't think the 90s was that long ago :S I mean this is gonna be a dads eye veiw of indie now innit :S we'll see hey...
but I've seen him use the boards in the past, in any case. He's usually got something to say that's worth listening to. I've happened upon his stuff a few times, written under the nom de plume of Sick Mouthy; he had a blog but I think it's all but discontinued, and he posts stuff like lists/reviews through his Amazon account.
He seems to have a bit of an infatuation with dynamic range compression, though, and wrote various diatribes about how albums sucked if they were over-compressed. They started out interesting, but got a bit boring and snobbish.
I digress... he seems to have decent taste is what I mean to say.
he did write for DiS but I seem to remember he fell out with me when i asked him to re-write some stuff.
i'm looking forward to this Stylus stuff tho, i really loved that site. Shame they've not made it easier to sign-up, even via Twitter for updates but hopefully I'll remember to check back when there's some content up there.
That's very much not true, Sean; I stopped writing for DiS when Mike left. I never submitted any copy or pitched any content after that.
apologies, must've confused you with another Nick.
it died before I was that into reading about music.
I've not writen them off yet, I just have reservations haha.
Its looking really cool, I'll have a read of some bits a bit later.
Got into it at about the same point I got into P4k and DiS, must have been about 2003 or so... Can't remember really, was bloody ages ago.
i've every trust in them
''If there’s anything I really regret about this decade, it’s impatience. I mourn all the songs deleted from hard drives over the last ten years that would have been tolerated and eventually, perhaps, fallen in love with if they were on cassettes or LPs or CDs, the b-sides and album tracks and filler that get overshadowed by ego-songs demanding attention........Thinking about it though, I guess that lists like these are antidotes to impatience; they’re about taking stock, slowing down, making sure we didn’t forget anything important. I’m sure we did though''
i wholeheatedly agree with the first statement yet strongly disagree with the second. list culture flies the flag for this modern impatience
The lists start going up Monday.
this list is elevated to ridiculous levels in my estimation (even if I never could 'get' that Scott Walker record).
It needs a link back to the Stylus homepage in the top left hand corner, like every other website in the world does.
The use of big words always gets me.
Couple of notes on the next 20 singles and albums:
Cry Me A River and Atlas dropped early.
H20 in the top 100 ftw. Chart-friendly bassline of the highest calibre
Illinois is lower than I thought but, like Agaetis Byrjun, I reckon that's about where I'd put it were I to do a list.
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is, imo, far too low but their logic is solid. It probably isn't the greatest rap album of all time but it was my first one proper, and one I got fully immersed in, and so the 'essential' tag comes through. Still, its scope, depth and inventiveness should've seen it hit higher.
It's good, but Stankonia was better. Perhaps that was their thinking. Stankonia is probably my favourite album of the decade, for what it's worth.
it's a great album but still probably only the 4th best Outkast album after AtLiens, Aquemini, and Stankonia. But as far as rap double albums go, it's up there with Life After Death and All Eyez On Me.
a full six years after exposure to s/tlb. it's harder to look back now because s/tlb is so deeply ingrained in my psyche
Great essay. Possibly too much narrative but it's an engrossing read.
H20 yes, chart-friendly bassline of the highest calibre.
Atlas and Cry Me A River dropped early.
Illinois and Agaetis Byrjun are both brilliant but I'd probably sling them in similar lower slots in my prospective list.
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below right, I'd have it top 3 but I get their logic: it may not be the best, but it one of the most essential and as it was my first rap album proper it's the one I fell in love with. I think the merit of its scope, depth and inventiveness should see it higher but whatever.
They should bring Stylus back permanently.
Was a fine, fine site.
just gone into singles and I had completely forgotten about that Johnny Boy single...brilliant! Off home now to raid the singles boxes!
how painfully I miss Stylus. so very much.
Anyone else ready the Singles Jukebox year rundown/showdown? Amazing
But I love it. It's almost like they asked e to write it, such is my utter adoration of it thus far...
Yes. Yes. Fucking Yes.
Stylus writers who took part in this poll are now Pitchfork writers, so you'd expect a fairly large overlap (the sites weren't exactly chalk-and-cheese before anyway).
Lots of albums I love and even more singles.
Doesn't overlook the decades earlier gems either, which is rare in these lists. I don't actually like the Number 1 choice that much bizarrely (seeing as I love the other 99), but the rest could be stuck on an iPod shuffle, played loudly at a club and I'd be made up...
but the album list is pretty dull, especially in the higher places. At least they recognised 2 of my top albums of the decade, We Are Monster and Codename: Dustsucker (something nobody else seems to have done).
Singles list is good though. Glad to see 1 Thing appearing near the top
loads of pop in the singles section, and some real ditties. Hey Ya and Stan are dead to me tho. Forgot how good Snoop Dogg - Signs was/is.
The albums list is the same as Pitchfork but in different order basically, with a couple switcharoos. Its not that the albums aren't good, its just annoying to here about them all so much. The Stankonia blurb is a thing of beauty.
I think that Stylus shoulda brought a fresh approach, maybe a list of 100 albums of the decade that dont appear on any of the other (semi) major sites decades lists. IDK.
Just didnt pack the punch I was hoping for.
I need to track it down
...absolutely fantastic call.
Best hype track of the 00's.
Would really like to have a gand at this, but my Firefox can't seem to find the server. Any ideas? I's in Spain if that's likely to be making a difference...?
It makes me remember how much Stylus meant to me. The first year or so I was getting really in to new music in a way I hadn't before, I was mainlining Pitchfork, basically. After that initial splurge, I began to (e)migrate to Stylus - it seemed more thoughtful, more measured, more cohesive. Maybe it was the vaguely supernal (?) colour scheme but everything it said seemed significant.
Then it went. But I still had Plan B. Then that went.
I really wish Stylus would come back.
Also, its film reviews were excellent.