We'll be announcing the list on Thursday, until then, start speculating.
bangers and mash
album of the year perhaps Fuck Buttons.
Not sure if it will actually be named AOTY, but I do hope it's 65dos this year. Flawless album.
Here are our team's number ones http://drownedinsound.com/news/4147197-end-of-year-listageddon-begins-dis-staffs-favourite-albums-of-2013
like it. How do you guys do the voting? Pick five and give them points accordingly?
But I also take into account some people over others, so that specialism in genre means that say our Hip Hop columnist choice, which might only be on one other list, gets bumped up the list.
I don't particularly like lists that are totally democratic, as that usually means popularity wins thought (popular things are popular, shock horror!). I'm onto the 4th draft of the list now, and I try to reflect what we've covered on the site and the conversation on here, as much as I try to align things with the staff poll. Done it that way the past few years and I feel it's made for a much more interesting list than if I just totted up the votes.
then choose Paramore ;)
Think Antlers is the album DiS album of the year, which was also my personal choice for number one that year. Been quite a few where records I don't like that much topped the list.
Surely it comes down to the people who are doing the picking? If you have faith in those people's knowledge, taste and judgement then the record that is most popular with them is a worthy record of the year.
If you don't, then why bother asking them?
some of them have even said in their emails that they haven't kept up with music this year, and didn't have a full 5 that they loved.
Others found records that they were probably one of only 200 or so people who heard it, that they love dearly - and part of me would rather highlight that, than a bunch of people who included Vampire Weekend as an afterthought.
It's an imprecise science, but I'd hate to think people would vote tactically, rather than honestly.
I would suggest heavily weighting towards people's favourite album (say 8 points for first choice, then 4, 3, 2, and 1 for second to fifth).
That way albums people really love get featured, rather than albums that lots of people quite like. It means a left-field choice from one contributor can still do well if that person loves it enough to put it at number one.
It also means that those people who 'haven't really kept up with music' (if you really want to include them) don't effect things too much - hopefully their number one album at least is a record they really know and love (if there isn't at least one album a year in this category they really shouldn't be voting) - their other choices won't make mush difference.
I think a system like that, coupled with a varied and informed group of voters, would produce an interesting list
we would have a top 10, and then 5 or 6 others with a few votes, and then 74 others with 1 point each.
also, I think doing it as an approximate and attempting to reflect the tastes of all of the staff produces a much more interesting list. come back to me on Friday about it or have a look at the past few years http://drownedinsound.com/lists/albums-of-the-year - which didn't get much "wrong" given the hindsight of time, in my opinion.
I guess I don't take these lists as seriously as everyone else. I mostly want to encourage people to check out records they've not gotten into yet. And flag up exceptional records in various genres, rather than confirm that Arcade Fire or The National were the most popular band of the year. I mean, if we treat popularity as some kinda barometer then we're all doomed, as Rebecca Black would be as big as U2 and Coldplay.
I guess I like unpopular things, combined with some popular things, and to try to bring about a sense of balance.
I half suspect most people only look at the top 5 and then piss off to the next end of year list anyway. Whereas I'm now into the third week of prep...
I think I'm still the only person to pick the (brilliant) Sleaford Mods record in my DIS top 10.
There is a difference between personal lists (which can be interesting depending on the person) and any kind of 'corporate' (horrible word, but you know what I mean) list which should have some pretensions towards being 'definitive' of a year.
I think one year you did get it wrong was the year you chose Emeralds as album of the year. A fine, maybe excellent record, but not AOTY material. I can't believe many people think of that record when they try to recall the great albums of 2010.
Emeralds was my number 1 album of 2010 and it still is. No regrets, I still love it.
No idea there were so few female DiS contributors. Blimey. That's less than 1 in 10 by my casual reckoning. Sean I think a recruitment drive for female writers would be in order.
Lots of people putting The National as no.1 but no way that will be DiS number 1: too much anxiety about being 'safe' and besides which it isn't much different or better to previous National records: reckon AOTY will be something more mould-breaking.
Juliana Barwicke could be a good shout: it's high up my list but... I think it's lacking a little bit of crucial 'something' that would make it truly stand out.
In conclusion: no idea.
I think we have a lot of folks on that staff list who haven't written very much this year, as it feels much more balanced in terms of gender on a day to day basis.
Not sure about The National album. Still can't get into it at all. Mostly because of the lyrics and the whole thing feeling oddly 'pleasant' and 'contented'. And I love the band. It did alright, but apart from those number 1 nods, it didn't get much more. Will revisit it again tonight when I do the final draft of the list.
Give the National another go. I'd be surprised if you don't come to love it, but I doubt you'll AOTY love it.
That's one of their tracks. The album is "The New Life". Good choice though.
or Julianna Barwick - for any one of them it will be very well deserved.
won't get it but they absolutely deserve it. I'll bet you it's Hookworms
But it'll be close to the top in the reader poll.
Pick Nepenthe, sean, you know you want to...
I'm probably wrong though.
kanye or arcade fire ... or has the melancholy for bowie subsided? nah, it probably won't be him. I'll stick with the first 2.
Not Paramore, i hope!!!