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Characteristically obscure so far :D
The obscurity is what draws me to their site.
Just been working through them in "Hey, that looks interesting" order; Fire Show sound like a great find.
and that Fire Show does sound good.
and I'm gonna have to put Fire Show on my 'albums to get list'. Genuinely great stuff
Methinks I'll be following this'n.
I have to admit that on reading the reviews/descriptions/blurbs/whatevers, I'm none the wiser what any of them actually sound like. Even the ones I know.
would be annoyed if they dont include dtb.
it'll be 99 albums of indescribable noise and no.1 will be Ghostface Killah.
Not very much indie rock so far. I don't like it anymore.
but with a bottom 20 that good, what is the other 80 going to look like.
I mean with Walker and Newsom in the bottom 20, that is a bit mental, right?
disappointing its not higher though i suppose with ow obscure theyre being. and considering it was the album of the decade.
I'm catching up on some good stuff. Fire Show, Velella, Vellela - nice
They're one of the few websites whose opinions on indie I generally trust and their hip hop reviews are usually awesome. They're basically just a much better version of Pitchfork.
Enjoying the list so far, the write ups are great and unlike most lists where i've heard of everything 6 of the albums so far are totally new to me.
Love the Young Jeezy writeup where it compares the album to Damaged by Black Flag, which oddly makes sense...
before pitchfork hired people who could write.
Will definitely investigate a few of these though.
I like how brave they've been with Women and OB4CLII as well.
At 56? The definition of pussying out.
this list is great and their review of have one on me was the best i've read. maybe theyve sorted themselves out.
I think they are.
If so, extra, extra props.
They cover a good chunk of quality hip-hop, with much love for the Michigan scene. I heard about that Invincible (#73) album through them a while back, its a must-have.
but what made it even better was her placing exactly one above Missy Eliot. It's like saying, "yeah, ok Missy, 'salright - but here's how REAL female rappers sound!"
DiS' 50 favourites of the past 10 years countdown will begin from August 2nd :)
... but I have to admit that out of the albums I am familiar with, I've found some of their choices a bit bizarre. circulatory system, women, OOIOO... I mean, I *quite like* all of them, but it seems a bit OTT to put them in a decade list, I don't think any of them are that exceptional.
anyone got a spotify playlist of this?
there wasn't a great deal on there tbh. not really representative of the actual list. probably better off using the embedded player on cmg.
they're fucking shit. I can't stand lists like this. Completely up it's own arse. They must value obscurity higher than they do musical quality. Indies with shit taste and shit ears lap it up.
how do you know they're shit if you haven't heard them?
(I don't like a LOT of the albums listed either, but some of them are very good)
It means I don't feel the need to correct you as often as I would.
that wasn't so much a zing as a tribute - untrue, you are cordially invited to give a few of these a listen before dismissing them all as shit indie. yeah ok danielson made the cut but you can't have everything.
would be about 95 slots higher in my own ranking but c'est la vie
if you haven't heard it please do yourself a favour - the two tracks linked on the site are probably the highlights
That'd be great.
CONTROVERSIAL. Although seeing as it's the only AC album I actually like, maybe not so much. They've only featured one of my top 10 albums of the decade so far, so their top 10 is all set to be something truly incredible. Or a spectacular disappointment. Probably the latter. Poor Tiger Bear Wolf.
Truer words have not been spoken.
Donuts sounds like kissing tastes. Not intoxicated frenching in a stairwell, but restrained, impassioned smooching on a leisurely morning—you called off work to cuddle until 11 AM, and perhaps the smell of bacon drifts into the bedroom just as the pains from too many intoxicants the night before begin to dwindle. Donuts, like the food, is best enjoyed in the morning with cigarettes, or coffee, or at least one person you hold dear. It is communalism as aural incarnate; within its ether, all things blend—doo-wop singers with a broken piano, a southern orator with a cacophonous guitar, a childhood toy with marijuana—and slip lazily beneath fault lines of percussion to emerge anew, precious stones excavated from beneath the crust of Dilla’s New Era-capped dome. But in the same manner amethysts and sapphires only temporarily adorn the ears and fingers of the populace, one day returning to their rightful resting place amongst the dirt and clay, again part of something infinitely larger than a trophy wife’s bracelet, these 90-second bursts of inventiveness congeal into thirty minutes of quiet joy when digested in full. Because diamonds are shiny, but the Earth’s beauty is immense, right? And mouths were built to mingle. Have a donut or 31, I implore you. But remember to share.
And the one for Daft Punk's discovery absolutely nailed it too.
I bet it's shit, though.
You should be ashamed.
It was a joke based on me other post further up.
Bottom line, you should try Donuts, because you will enjoy Donuts.
In the interests of fair play and decency, I'm gonna take you at your word and assume you honestly haven't heard of it before (though I do find that hard to believe on a music board!). So, basically, it was recorded while Dilla was in hospital, and he died three days after its release. Understandably, this affects how a lot of his fans view the album; treasuring it as his last gift to the world and so on. Y'know - the music's good, but the meaning's more - that kinda thing.
If, on the other hand, you were trolling; omfgz you caught me lollzzorz. I almost care.
No I'd never heard of him or the album. I'm now going to proceed to listen to it.
Cuban Linx 2, Constantines, OK Cowboy, about 60 records I know nothing about...
I can't believe though that they could think the best Sleater-Kinney record of the last 10 years is 'One beat'. It's their worst, innit?
with their Keith Fullerton Whitman, Villalobos and Supersilent choices.
Not their worst work, but not their best for me either though. On one hand, it seemed a bit subjective; if Supersilent's 8 is the one that gets played on the CMG stereo it's the one I guess people are going to vote for, but at the same time, Supersilent in a indie site's top 20 is pretty impressive and makes me think I should read it a little bit more really.
these guys are all over the place, which may turn some off, but it most closely reflects my
scatter-brainededness when it comes to music tastes.
Not much rhyme or reason, just a bunch of quality albums.
as "a wet dream for the Travis Bickles of Tooting".
"It’s as if the mass-marketed hysteria of the 2000’s newly revived cinematic epic were boiled down and drugged into its barest, sparest, most essential skeleton — Peter Jackson on a hallucinatory starvation diet, forced to ruminate, in an hour or less, on what it is about Lord of the Rings that resonates with him rather than add another CGI sequence to an endless plot."
coz that was something completely new and exciting when that came out.
nevertheless this is probably my favourite end of decade list. I don't treat them as the best records, just a great list full of albums I know I will love. Their ambient choices are generally good, along with electronic / experimental stuff, much more diverse than most other lists anyway.
Have to disagree with Strawberry Jam being 11 though, probably my least favourite post Here Comes The Indian record by them. It just leaves me a bit cold and seems too meandering and predictable at times and doesn't have anywhere near the beauty of Feels or MPP or the rythmns of Sung Tongs.
I agree with their number 11 though (moon & ant) easily one of my fav albums of all time
how big do I feel?
Def. in my top five though. Bit of an odd list but quite interesting. Some of the blurbs were too long/boring to read.
'Even in its opening moments, The Glow is nuanced but revelatory: check four minutes and twelve seconds into “I Want Wind To Blow” to witness the single guitar mostly drop out, drums replacing the mostly innocent strumming, spaced martially and leaden with portent; check fourteen seconds later to witness one galloping bank of fuzz render the song a mountainous feast. This alone sold me, years and years ago. Only these fourteen seconds, and, since, I’ve been a relentless convert, since I’ve poured through Elvrum’s special editions and side-projects and one-offs, looking for the key to how that brief period of a long record could so engender in me feelings that still to this day give me shivers, that prompted me to—when driving into the Columbia River gorge over a year ago, ready to begin my new life so far away from the Midwest and Chicago and everything I knew—play that song, loud, and watch as it opened up the Pacific Northwest, sliding backdrops apart like the extravagant dressing on the stage of a high school play, to tiny, insignificant me. Whether I’ll be rewarded with closure or not, I press on, waiting and vigilant, hoping someday soon, someday in the next decade, Elvrum will finally tell me why I love him so; until then, I’ll content myself with being blissfully ignorant.'
...couldn't have said it better myself.
Some of the writing in this list is phenomenal. Worth the wait.
Best top 4 I've yet seen by a distance. Cokemachineglow are so good at writing about hip-hop.
you may as well have put Fatboy Slim at number one.
Nothing big-beat about it really. Just wonderfully executed hip-hop sampling.
maybe not as bit beat as Fatboy, he had phat beats... but as big beat as Mint Royal easily.
Donuts would have been a better choice if you're off down that route. The Avalanches album doesn't really stand up now for me.
a genre I can't say I'm all that knowledgeable on, I think of Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and Basement Jaxx. I associate the Avalanches, at least stylistically, to DJ Shadow or Lemon Jelly.
Sure Dilla made great beats, but he used samples in a different way (I think), and builds a beat around old soul records. The Avalanches use a stupid amount of samples with layers upon layers. Also while Dilla made beats, The Avalanches essentially make pop songs in which lies it's appeal.
only really had that one hit, it was alright too. But I wouldn't have put them anywhere near the top. Its like putting Wiseguy's up there as a top album because they released Ooo La La and it did well for a few weeks. I guess Daft Punk arn't to far away from that either with Discovery, pure electronic pop with many sampels and loads more hits.
Fatboy Slim and The Avalanches btw.
But as the decades best is kind of depressing.
Some good stuff about on the list though.
gets my vote.
They'd do well in the Bands With Only One Half Decent Song List.
by the end.
But there are some odd-ball picks that havent turned up anywhere else that I know of. Maybe random would be the better word for it, I dont know, I just like the list.
Worth a listen, yah?
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Lisbon because of this list and I loved it! I've never been a huge fan of his, but I liked Lisbon a lot.