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don't be shy
albums you've heard for the first time this year that didn't necessarily come out this year that you'd put in your all-time top 50?
if so: The Antlers - Hospice (2009), Lift To Experience - The Texas Jerusalem Crossroads (2001).
Maybe even both, reckon I'm on around 60-70 plays of JoNews and it's still getting better.
maybe also Autolux's Transit Transit, but I don't think either of those would quite make the top 50 OAT cut
is easily one of the best debut albums ever.
Also (and i don't expect anyone to agree with me here), The Suburbs.
Also Age of Adz
Who's with me?
S'pose I could squeeze in HOOM, also.
I think it's bed time.
I'm with you. Never palls no matter how many times you listen to it, and they were AMAZING at the Barbican on Saturday.
I say yes.
Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM (possibly)
Liars - Sisterworld (mebbes)
Steve Mason - Boys Outside (could happen, but we'll see)
Phantom Band - The Wants (a contender, but too early to tell)
I think of my youth: the way "Heroes" killed me, and I'd play it over and over again. The way those first Bunnymen records changed the way I grew up. I don't get that kind of excitement from music today.
But then, there are dozens of records in the 00s that would make it. This was the best decade, overall, ever. Broken Social Scene and this band and that band and so many great bands. But I've got Janelle Monae and Menomena topping my best records for this year. A very good year for music. Do those records thrill me like Siouxsie's Kaleidoscope did when I was fifteen? No. Not by a mile.
Outside of Radiohead (would really isn't a big fav of mine), I would argue that while there's been a shitload of really good records in the past 10 years, there's hasn't been a great, great, great rock band, that's like ROCK STAR great.
I blame it on the internet, really. It's all so accessible. And while that's been pretty darn great, it's also sort of killed the mystery.
Either that or I'm just a bit old, and my views are tainted as such.
the buzz I got five or six years ago with bands like Franz Ferdinand, Maxïmo Park, Arctic Monkeys - that real 'oh shit!' feeling, spinning the records over and over, learning the words, collecting pin-badges, dressing like them, crowdsurfing at their shows etc is over. I listen to more music now, and of increasingly varied scope, so it's really difficult to fall head over heels for something or some act.
However, I can see that 2010 has been a really cracking year. I'm kinda inclined to agree with kik - most records this year sit at the 8-8.5 level, which is terrific, but few have captured me. Even last year had Primary Colours, Two Dancers and Merriweather Post Pavillion - that's the kinda shit I really dug on moreso than anything this year. Odd Blood, if it kept the intense glory of the first half up, would have been that kind of record for me. Shame it drops off. Equally, King Of The Beach is quite close. Plastic Beach would be up there in top 75, maybe top 50.
As for albums I've really got into this year: Neutral Milk Hotel have ascended into top 20/30. Abbey Road keeps climbing.
I just think there's something special that happens in your teens when you first 'get' music and you form a unique bond with that music and that time period.
A bit like your first kiss.
I'll always have a special place in my heart for 'The Holy Bible' and 'The Bends' from when I was about 16, but I'm still on the lookout for new stuff to get excited by.
John Peel is my role-model. He clearly had a special fondness for The Undertones etc etc, but it never held him back from enthusing about and discovering shit loads of new music.
I'll always have a special place for the albums of my youth, neds - god fodder, new fast automatic daffodils - pigeonhole, wedding present - bizarro, pavement - crooked rain..,, radiohead - the bends and all that but i'd say that 90% of my top 50 albums have been released since 2000. I'm defintely more excited about hearing something new than relistening to something old, even when if the new stuff is soso, no that thats always the case. I'd say over all i can be quite picky and i listen to songs over albums, i may select 1-4 tracks i like from an album and repeat those and it is perhaps rarer for me to love a whole album, but there are albums even from 2008 and 2009, maybe 2 or 3 a year, where i've loved the whole thing and they've gone in to my top 50 and pushed others out. May'be too early to tell yet this year but strong contenders are Fops - Yeth Yeth Yeth, Menomena - Mines, William Fitzsimmons - Derivatives, Otouto - pip, Radar Brothers - Illustrated garden
I think I've got everything Neds released on vinyl up to 'sleeping around' 10" still in my loft somewhere.
No idea where the t shirts are though.
It's full of gravel rash holes from when i came of a bike at 15 and what was once black is now light gray from the sun - sadly i gave up wearing it some 12 years ago as it just looked a little too grunge but it's nice to know that i still could. - as to what happened to my 12 Wedding present T-shirts from when they released a song a month, satan only knows
That stage when you first really get into music and knowing what you like.
It was the early 2000s for me- McLusky, Trail of Dead, ATDI, Ikara Colt.. love it!
Far too old to be posting on here.
I'm already four years beyond the use by date.
The Besnard Lakes
But I dunno. Probably take at least another year or two to find out.
...that have surprised me by how quickly I fell in love with them. A couple of old timers returning with cracking collections in the form of Gil Scott Heron's 'I'm New Here' and Swans' 'My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky'. Have played Anais Mitchell's 'Hadestown' to death after getting it based on the 10/10 review on here. And, despite having not particularly been a fan previously, really rate 'We Were Exploding Anyway' by 65DaysOfStatic.
Whether any of those cements a place in my top 50 permanently only time will tell.
the closest would be Liars and Harvey Milk
I reckon quite a few would end up in there, or at least some of these...
Actress - Splazsh
J-New - Have One On Me
FlyLo - Cosmogramma
Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
Darkstar - North
such a beautiful record, really sound tracked the year for me
And generally find I hate a lot of bands and records I once adored. i listen to most of what I loved when I was under 20 and feel ashamed by 80% of it.
Whereas I think I now listen to so much varied stuff and genres that I enjoy music more, even if I don't necessarily get so excited by it on a daily basis.
This year, I'd totally put Phantom Band and Hot Chip's latest in my top 50 records of all time.
For now at least.
is my favourite Deerhunter so that's definitely in.
Have One on Me just keeps growing, I think I'll only really have heard everything in 5-10 years so that's in. I think it has an edge on Ys even.
After that maybe a couple of others, but unlikely.
Haven't bought much, but nothing I've heard would make it into a top 200, much less a top 50.
released this year:
of Montreal - False Priest (definitely)
Magic Kids - Memphis (definitely)
Ariel Pink - Before Today (pretty sure)
bought / discovered:
of Montreal - Hissing Fauna
Ariel Pink - Scared Famous (poss)
Stereolab - Oscillons from the Anti-Sun
I always find these lists hard to do because I find it hard to put an album I hardly know, yet love into them. I also feel it must be an album i've listened to over and over, yet I know this is not the case.
also discovered some quality older albums this year including Repetition by Unwound, Jesu's self-titled and Moment of Truth by Gang Starr, all of which are jostling for position somewhere in my top 50 (not that I can really be bothered to work that out in full)
Albums i've heard this year.
Galaxie 500-All three albums
Scott Walker-Scott 4
Isaac Hayes-Hot buutered Soul
is the best new album i've heard this year.
Older stuff- His Name Is Alive- Mouth By Mouth is far better than 99% of music released today. Fun House by The Stooges is another one I only started listening to this year.
Polar Bear - Peepers
Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
Pat Metheny - Zero Tolerance for Silence
Flying Lotus -Cosmogramma
Anais Mitchell - Hadestown
a couple of listen of Warpaints debut LP hints they COULD be there to
Maybe "Hard Dream" by Copy, maybe "Bubblegum" by Clinic, maybe "Pigeons" by Here We Go Magic, maybe "Fields" by Junip. I don't know, it's too hard to tell at this point.
I don't know that I could do a "Top 50" for just one year. I was enterpreting your post as a "Top 50 of All Time" thing. I use the term 'maybe' above, because I don't feel that a year is adequate time to know whether or not these albums will withstand the test of time for me, personally. I sure have enjoyed them this year, but I can't tell yet if I will feel the same in 2 or even 5 years.
for sure, probably Four Tet too. Heard Nas - Illmatic and Stereolab - Random Transient Noisebursts... for the first time this year, and they're both pretty spesh.
and Beach House - Teen Dream are the two that'd directly slot in, fairly high up actually.