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#1 Northern Voice

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 08:41 AM

Starting this thread a bit earlier this year, in order to hopefully encourage more participation and discussion. You can send me your list anytime between today and January 10th, so there is no hurry to get the final list but I was hoping in this thread we could share some albums that others may have missed in the Best Albums of 2008 Thread. In both 2006 and 2007 thread, we had 18 participants, hoping for more this year. The 2006 and 2007 Threads are linked in My signature.

OFFICIAL 2008 FOOTBALLGUYS YEAR END ALBUM POLL


These are the rules we've used in the past, still work for everyone, or should we do some tinkering? The one thing that happens with the assigned points is one person can love an album, give it 30 points and it finds it's way into the midsection of the countdown. It puts an album "loved" by one person ahead of one that was "liked" by 3 or 4 people, which can be either a good or bad thing, depending on how you look at it. Personally, I think it adds some diversity to the chart but maybe we should roll the max per album back to 25?

- You have 200 points to distribute as you see fit among 10 to 20 albums.
- No album can be given more than 30 points
- You can also simply post your top 10-20 albums in order and they will be awarded points in a descending order from 19-1.
- Any album consisting of new/previously unreleased material released in 2008 is eligible (No compilations/reissues)
- Live Albums must have been recorded and released in 2008.
- You can post your album rankings/points assignments here or PM them to me (PMing them to me adds some mystery as to how the final results shake out, but if some people just want to post a top 10/20 list, that's fine too).
- I'll accept any submissions until January 19th (a Monday Night) The countdown will take place on January the 20th in a new thread I'll start. I'll run through the whole list on one day.
- The more participants the better
- Let's try to keep this near the top of the page for the next couple weeks.

EXAMPLE 1 - Points Assigned:

The Beatles - Abbey Road - 30
The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed - 30
The Band - The Band - 25
The Who - Tommy - 20
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin - 15
Led Zeppelin - II - 10
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground - 10
The Stooges - The Stooges - 10
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River - 10
Frank Zappa - Hot Rats - 10
Neil Young with Crazy Horse -Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere - 5
Elvis Presley - From Elvis in Memphis - 5
MC5 - Kick Out the Jams - 5
Crosby, Stills and Nash - Crosby, Stills and Nash - 5
The Flying Burrito Bros - The Gilded Palace of Sin - 5
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King - 1
Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left - 1
Sly and the Family Stone - Stand! - 1
Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis - 1
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica - 1

Example 2 - Albums Ranked

1. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (will be awarded 19 points)
2. Led Zeppelin - IV (will be awarded 18 points)
3. The Who - Who's Next (will be awarded 17 points)
4. Joni Mitchell -Blue (will be awarded 16 points)
5. The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers (will be awarded 15 points)
6. Sly and the Family Stone - There's a Riot Goin' On (will be awarded 14 points)
7. David Bowie - Hunky Dory (will be awarded 13 points)
8. Carole King - Tapestry (will be awarded 12 points)
9. John Lennon - Imagine (will be awarded 11 points)
10. The Allman Brothers Band - At Fillmore East (will be awarded 10 points)
11. Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells a Story (will be awarded 10 points)
12. T. Rex - Electric Warrior (will be awarded 9 points)
13. Janis Joplin - Pearl (will be awarded 8 points)
14. The Doors - L.A. Woman (will be awarded 7 points)
15. Can - Tago Mago (will be awarded 6 points)
16. Leonard Cohen - Songs of Love and Hate (will be awarded 5 points)
17. Funkadelic - Maggot Brain (will be awarded 4 points)
18. The Beach Boys - Surf's Up (will be awarded 3 points)
19. Jethro Tull - Aqualung (will be awarded 2 points)
20. Yes - Fragile (will be awarded 1 points)

Edited by Northern Voice, 15 January 2009 - 01:23 PM.




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Posted 03 December 2008 - 08:42 AM

2007 Results


1 - Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga - 226
2 - Radiohead - In Rainbows - 199
3 - Okkervil River - The Stage Names - 193
4 - The National - Boxer - 136
5 - LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver - 135
6 - Panda Bear - Person Pitch - 112
7 - Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha - 111
8 - Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before... - 108
9 - The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible - 108
10 - Of Monteal - Hissing Fauna, Are You?… - 102
11 - Wilco - Sky Blue Sky - 91
12 - Band of Horses - Cease to Begin - 90
13 - The White Stripes - Icky Thump - 88
14 - Dinosaur Jr - Beyond - 77
15 - Kings of Leon - Because of the Times - 75
16 - Avett Brothers - Emotionalism - 69
17 - Feist - The Reminder - 53
18 - Jamie T - Panic Prevention - 52
19 - Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago - 51
20 - Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends - 50
21 - Iron and Wine - The Shepherd's Dog - 46
22 - Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild Soundtrack - 40
23 - Thurston Moore - Trees Outside the Academy - 39
24 - Interpol - Our Love to Admire - 32
25 - Grinderman - Grinderman - 30
26 - Lucinda Williams - West - 30
27 - Bright Eyes - Cassadaga - 30
28 - St. Vincent - Marry Me - 29
29 - Nick Cave - The Abbatoir Blues Tour - 29
30 - Blitzen Trapper - Wild Mountain Nation - 27
31 - Kristin Hersh - Learn to Sing Like a Star - 27
32 - Robert Plant and Allison Krauss - Raising Sand - 26
33 - Kanye West - Graduation - 26
34 - The Shins - Wincing the Night Away - 25
35 - Pinback - Autumn of the Seraphs - 25
36 - Vietnam - Vietnam - 25
37 - Menomena - Friend or Foe - 24
38 - Dexateens - Hardwire Healing - 24
39 - Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare - 23
40 - The New Pornographers - Challenegers - 22
41 - Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad - 22
42 - Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kourtedala - 21
43 - Cloud Cult - The Meaning of 8 - 20
44 - Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust - 20
45 - PJ Harvey - White Chalk - 20
46 - AA Bondy - American Hearts - 20
47 - Beirut - The Flying Cub Cup - 19
48 - Battles - Mirrored - 19
49 - Rush - Snakes and Arrows - 19
50 - Queens of the Stone Age - Era Vulgaris - 18

Edited by Northern Voice, 03 December 2008 - 08:43 AM.


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Posted 03 December 2008 - 08:42 AM

2006 Results

Rank - Artist - Album Title - Points

1 - The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America - 165
2 - TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain - 123
3 - The Decemberists - The Crane Wife - 123
4 - Built to Spill - You in Reverse - 113
5 - Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood - 103
6 - Band of Horses - Everything All The Time - 101
7 - Drive-By Truckers - A Blessing and A Curse - 97
8 - Bob Dylan - Modern Times - 88
9 - Belle and Sebastian - The Life Pursuit - 84
10 - Muse - Black Holes and Revelations - 67
11 - Cat Power - The Greatest - 64
12 - Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye - 64
13 - Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers - 61
14 - Tapes N Tapes - The Loon - 60
15 - Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther - 51
16 - Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam - 51
17 - Yo La Tengo - I am Not Afraid of You... - 48
18 - Wolfmother - Wolfmother - 47
19 - Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped - 47
20 - M.Ward - Post-War - 44
21 - Destroyer - Rubies - 39
22 - Sam Roberts - Chemical City - 36
23 - Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris - All The Roadrunning - 36
24 - Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country - 34
25 - Bruce Springsteen - We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions - 34
26 - Girl Talk - Night Ripper - 33
27 - Califone - Roots and Crowns - 33
28 - The Format - Dog Problems - 32
29 - The Brother Kite - Waiting for the Time to be Right - 31
30 - Silversun Pickups - Carnavas - 30
31 - Liars - Drum's Not Dead - 30
32 - Beirut - Gulag Orkester - 30
33 - Marisa Monte - Universo Ao Meu Redor - 30
34 - David Gilmour - On An Island - 30
35 - Neil Young - Living With War - 30
36 - The Strokes - First Impressions of Earth - 30
37 - Tom Verlaine - Songs and Other Things - 30
38 - Prince - 3121 - 29
39 - Amy Winehouse - Back to Black - 27
40 - Dixie Chicks - Taking the Long Way - 26
41 - Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds - 25
42 - Mastodon - Blood Mountain - 25
43 - Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - 25
44 - Margot and the Nuclear So & So's - The Dust and Retreat - 25
45 - Fujiya and Miyagi - Transparent Things - 25
46 - Griffin House - Homecoming - 25
47 - Annuals - Be He Me - 24
48 - Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat - 23
49 - The Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine - 23
50 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium - 22

Edited by Northern Voice, 03 December 2008 - 08:44 AM.


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Posted 03 December 2008 - 09:06 AM

:rolleyes:

I thought this was a good year.
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Posted 03 December 2008 - 09:08 AM

:rolleyes: Thanks for doing this NV.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 09:09 AM

49 - The Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine - 23

Huge oversight by me in '06. If we did it all over again, it might be my #1.
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Posted 03 December 2008 - 09:15 AM

:popcorn:

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 09:48 AM

BIG BLACK DOT.

Great year for music.

PRs:
Water For The World 5k - 4/30/11 - 21:29
Suwanee Day 10k, Suwanee, GA - 9/11/10 - 45:30
Snickers Half-Marathon, Albany GA - 3/5/11 - 1:38:42
Rock N Roll Savannah Marathon, Savannah GA - 11/5/11 - 3:26:42


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Posted 03 December 2008 - 10:35 AM

Had a pretty good idea about the winner the last couple years, but I really have no idea this year.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 10:36 AM

Some Recommendations:

I'll start with a couple albums from the UK, that I haven't stop listening to. Both of these are in my top 5 for the year:


Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
"Grounds for Divorce" - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=iL4mywCOJXA

"One Day Like This" - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=hooPU2mdsH4

"The Bones of You" - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=-r3Bs_KkP94

The joy of Elbow is in the details, both of Guy Garvey’s beautiful gutter poetry and his band’s wondrous arrangements. Their songs are completely bereft of platitudes and cliché, both musical and emotional, and this is the triumph that elevates them above the bands so often erroneously labeled as their contemporaries (most namely Coldplay): when an Elbow song repeats itself it is to build tension and release, not because it has nowhere else to go; when Garvey opens his mouth to sing it is to express the details of real human stories, not anonymous lines that anyone could project upon.
....
The creative peaks of The Seldom Seen Kid are numerous; the chiming delicacy, gentle swell and gorgeous touches of piano through ‘Mirrorball’ (“we kiss like we invented it”); the monstrous riff and subsequent bass-run that tear through the middle of ‘Grounds for Divorce’; the ethereal harmonies of ‘Some Riot’. If one was pushed to choose an absolute highlight it might just be the driftingly beautiful ‘Weather To Fly’; touched with elegiac horns and beautiful lyrics, its plaintive melody circling itself around and around, always finding its own beginning. Full Review here: http://www.drownedin...rticles/3020189


The Week That Was - The Week That Was
"Scratch The Surface" - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=gowBExbkFZk

"Learn to Learn" - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=b8GAGyDisJ8

"The Airport Line" - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=txW6CEkOh30

A high-concept album inspired in part by the intricate storytelling of novelist Paul Auster, The Week That Was unfurls the strands of a crime thriller whilst commenting upon the complexities of our relationship with the media. It’s a curious but absolutely contemporary conceit for an album and one that is deftly implemented. Fostered by the fertile imagination of Field Music’s Peter Brewis, The Week That Was’s self-titled is an utterly singular piece of work, 32 minutes of pop noir that prickles with intelligence and intrigue.
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The Week That Was is pop at its most outrageously ambitious. Executed with serious flair, it manages the rare feat of being both mentally stimulating and musically satisfying. It is, in every regard, one of the most daring albums you’ll hear this year. Full Review Here: http://www.drownedin...reviews/3776659



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Posted 03 December 2008 - 10:44 AM

I take that back, I just remembered what #1 should be. :goodposting:

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 10:46 AM

I take that back, I just remembered what #1 should be. :goodposting:

I have a decent guess.
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Posted 03 December 2008 - 11:20 AM

:thumbup:

love this yearly thread :bag:

still a few i want to check out

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 02:52 PM


I take that back, I just remembered what #1 should be. :banned:

I have a decent guess.

I don't want to spotlight but I know what album you guys are talking about and I think you're right... Chinese Democracy has this locked up. :lol:

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 03:07 PM

If it's not too much bookkeeping, it would be good to track the number of votes as well as the total score.

If Album A gets 60 points from two voters and Album B gets 60 points from twelve voters, there's probably a difference. Although I have no idea what it could possibly be. :confused:

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 03:17 PM

If it's not too much bookkeeping, it would be good to track the number of votes as well as the total score.If Album A gets 60 points from two voters and Album B gets 60 points from twelve voters, there's probably a difference. Although I have no idea what it could possibly be. :thumbdown:

Yeah, I did keep track of this as well and used it for tiebreakers (I think more voters got the higher ranking).

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 07:37 AM

Today, I'm pimping an album that seemed to be overlooked this year and certainly didn't get as much attention as their first, maybe because Isaac Brock didn't produce it? In any case, I prefer this album to their debut:

Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer
Kissing The Beehive - Awesome video as well.

Language City

Call It a Ritual

...The arrangements seem to be better thought out as well; the guitars function more as melodies or leads than the driving rhythms of the songs, with the keyboards generally higher (or at least equal) in the mix, and the result is much more efficient. And while this album may not contain as many immediately gratifying hits (you won't find any "Shine a Light" or "I'll Believe in Anything" here), it does succeed as an album more cohesively. Leadoff single "Call It a Ritual" rides a stuttering piano figure, and recalls indie rock mainstays Spoon -- in fact, so does "Fine Young Cannibals," and clean keys factor much more prominently in Mount Zoomer than the treated synths of Queen Mary.

The synths do still buzz occasionally -- albeit less frantically -- but the textures are more varied, like on "Language City" or the swirls in the snare-happy waltz-like opener, "Soldier's Grin." The pacing of the album is also impeccable, not only in the sequencing, but in the individual tracks as well. Centerpiece "California Dreamer" breathes and swells with almost prog dynamics until it builds to its stomping, singalong chorus of "I thought I might have heard you on the radio, but the radio waves are like snow," and 11-minute album closer "Kissing the Beehive" (the original title of the record) all but gives out completely before bringing it all back for a quick encore. All in all, At Mount Zoomer is a remarkable achievement, and another soon-to-be classic from Wolf Parade. Full Review Here: http://www.allmusic....wjfoxzljld6e~T1



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Posted 04 December 2008 - 10:23 AM

:blackdot:

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 10:27 AM

Today, I'm pimping an album that seemed to be overlooked this year and certainly didn't get as much attention as their first, maybe because Isaac Brock didn't produce it? In any case, I prefer this album to their debut:

Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer
Kissing The Beehive - Awesome video as well.

Language City

Call It a Ritual


...The arrangements seem to be better thought out as well; the guitars function more as melodies or leads than the driving rhythms of the songs, with the keyboards generally higher (or at least equal) in the mix, and the result is much more efficient. And while this album may not contain as many immediately gratifying hits (you won't find any "Shine a Light" or "I'll Believe in Anything" here), it does succeed as an album more cohesively. Leadoff single "Call It a Ritual" rides a stuttering piano figure, and recalls indie rock mainstays Spoon -- in fact, so does "Fine Young Cannibals," and clean keys factor much more prominently in Mount Zoomer than the treated synths of Queen Mary.

The synths do still buzz occasionally -- albeit less frantically -- but the textures are more varied, like on "Language City" or the swirls in the snare-happy waltz-like opener, "Soldier's Grin." The pacing of the album is also impeccable, not only in the sequencing, but in the individual tracks as well. Centerpiece "California Dreamer" breathes and swells with almost prog dynamics until it builds to its stomping, singalong chorus of "I thought I might have heard you on the radio, but the radio waves are like snow," and 11-minute album closer "Kissing the Beehive" (the original title of the record) all but gives out completely before bringing it all back for a quick encore. All in all, At Mount Zoomer is a remarkable achievement, and another soon-to-be classic from Wolf Parade. Full Review Here: http://www.allmusic....wjfoxzljld6e~T1

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 08:48 AM

Today's recommendation, is M83 - I'm seeing these guys open for the Killers in January and can't wait.

M83 - Saturday's = Youth
Kim & Jessie

Graveyard Girl

We Own The Sky

In an ethereal bit of illogic, Saturdays=Youth sounds entirely and nothing like the '80s. There's no mistaking songs such as "Skin Of The Night" and "Graveyard Girl" as being rooted in any other time, from their hooks to their moods to the ways their guitars jangle in service of synthesizers at work in the foreground. But then, there's no mistaking anything on the album as having been recorded any time other than now.

M83 has fancied big sounds since rising up in France as a strange sort of sensuous post-rock act in 2003, but Saturdays=Youth boasts a more expansive sense of space, by a lot. And it serves in terms of songs as much as sound design: For all the awe kindled by the effectively perfect sound in a transcendent highlight like "Kim & Jessie," the real triumph is that M83 uses such a setting for more simple melody and emotion than ever before. Link to Review: http://www.avclub.co...ntent/music/m83



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Posted 05 December 2008 - 09:22 AM

:lmao:
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
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Posted 05 December 2008 - 09:23 AM

BIG BLACK DOT.Great year for music.

I didnt really think so

 

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 10:50 AM

I know this one is fairly popular here already, this was my biggest new discovery of the year. Some days this is my favourite album of 2008. I also saw these guys live and they put on a great show.

Plants and Animals - Parc Avenue
Bye Bye Bye

Good Friend

Feedback in the Field

The album kicks off with "Bye Bye Bye", which sounds, initially, like a Coldplay ballad led by Neil Young. But, mere seconds into the song, it explodes into a choral epic built on a foundation of jaunty pianos and embellished with plangent autoharp runs and bursts of stately brass. Tellingly, the track's infectious climax is more satisfying because it comes in fits and starts, its anthemic build interrupted several times by quiet interludes of noodley folk.
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They offer up explosive, Polyphonic Spree-sized choir choruses, 1970s AM radio guitars, cozy folk balladry, and rambling stoner boogie - often in the course of one song-- and switch between them with little warning. Many of their songs clock in at over five minutes long, but that's all the better for them to pick up steam, stylistically mutate, or expand.
...
"New Kind of Love" begins like a spare Iron & Wine ballad, but builds to theatrical, Arcade Fire levels of orchestral splendor. And on "Sea Shanty"-- which starts out like Ryan Adams' "Amy", minus the confessional self-pity, and evolves into meandering Lynyrd Skynyrd-style Southern rock. Full Review Here: http://www.pitchfork...857-parc-avenue



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Posted 15 December 2008 - 09:08 AM

After this week, I'm not going to be in the country and won't be able to bump this thread anymore, if people want they can start sending me lists now, but as mentioned before, I'll take them till the first week in January ( I get back on the Friday).

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 09:23 AM

:goodposting:

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 09:59 AM


49 - The Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine - 23

Huge oversight by me in '06. If we did it all over again, it might be my #1.

:goodposting:
I was just listening to this last week; wondering when it came out.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 10:34 AM

:blackdot: I haven't been able to check out enough albums this year to contribute, but I'll be watching closely to see what I should have purchased.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 10:45 AM

Great Scottish debut album by a band now getting comparisons to Oasis for the way they were discovered, as well as their great debut (which lived up to some big hype), anthemic sound and impressive sales.

Glasvegas - Glasvegas
Geraldine

Daddy's Gone

Go Square Go

From the shimmering opening of "Flowers And Football Tops" to the sighing close of "Ice Cream Van", Glasvegas sound like a band you've always needed in your life, though you really didn't know it. It's not that they're the first band to fuse girl group melodies with Velvet Underground guitar rumbling, nor that James Allan is the first man to sing about his own world in his own accent. But they're surely the first to do both with this grace, empathy and profound beauty.

Just listen to the way the crystalline guitar line of "Geraldine" lifts aloft the social worker of the title. Or how the radiant "Daddy's Gone" seems to place a tender arm around the shoulders of those defiant, damaged, fatherless boys the rest of us see on our street corners but prefer to ignore. Or the sincerity with which "Ice Cream Van" grieves for "Glory days…pure community".

All of which would be grey and oppressive , were it not for the glorious tunes the words come wrapped in. So though "Flowers And Football Tops" is about a mother's near unbearable heartache - based on the actual murder of Glaswegian 15-year-old Kriss Donald - its harmonies soar so high that its sheer humanity becomes uplifting. Even the curdled, drunken self-disgust of "It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry" is transformed into something life-affirming by its surging guitars and enormous, impassioned Allan vocal.



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Posted 16 December 2008 - 08:04 AM

Half the people who actually read this thread can probably sing this album front to back and their 2006 album topped our poll but just isn't case someone missed it:

The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
Joke About Jamaica

Slapped Actress

Constructive Summer

Musically, Stay Positive is easily the band's most focused work to date. Taking a post-punk, largely pop sound and peppering it with the Hold Steady's own tried-and-true Thin Lizzy-inspired stylings, Stay Positive brandishes a unique identity in the band's oeuvre. It is not only the Hold Steady's best record, but acts as a culmination of all of the ideas, stories, musical paths and character journeys that they've so pointedly led us down before.

When "Slapped Actress" closes the album with its riff-heavy rock and pounding drums, there is a sense of a journey taken—a journey where people have fallen along the way. So when our heroes travel back to Ybor City, like they did before all of those killer parties, there is relief and anticipation for the show they are about to see—for the escape they are about to take: "We're the directors/Our hands will hold steady/I'll be John Cassevetes/Let me know when you're ready." Finn puts himself in the role of both hero and spectator, of fan and star. When those notes and riffs slowly dissolve into a chorus of kids chanting a hearty "Whoa!" over and over again until you can hear nothing but their voices, Stay Positive takes its rightful place as an album that, if nothing else, is a pure and imperfect love letter to music. Full Review here: http://www.slantmaga...iew.asp?ID=1417



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Posted 18 December 2008 - 10:49 AM

I'm not going to be around much for the next 3 weeks, if someone could come in and bump this thread periodically, it would be much appreciated.

For the purposes of this poll, I'll take any lists posted in the best of 2008 thread as well.

I'll assign points to these later but the order won't likely change:

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50. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Real Emotional Trash
49. AC/DC - Black Ice
48. Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple
47. Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
46. White Denim - Exposition
45. The Broken West - Now or Heaven
44. Sloan - Parallel Play
43. Little Joy - Little Joy
42. The Dodos - Visiter
41. Women - Women

40. Okkervil River - The Stand-Ins
39. Snow Patrol - A Hundred Million Suns
38. The Futureheads - This is Not the World
37. Miley Cyrus - Breakout
36. Girl Talk - Feed the Animals
35. Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads
34. The Black Keys - Attack & Release
33. The Walkmen - You and Me
32. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
31. The Streets - Everything is Borrowed

30. Phantom Planet - Raise the Dead
29. The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement
28. Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
27. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
26. Laura Marling - Alas, I Cannot Swim
25. Constantines - Kensington Heights
24. R.E.M. - Accelerate
23. Kings of Leon - Only By the Night
22. The Killers - Day & Age
21. British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?*** SPOILER ALERT! Click this link to display the potential spoiler text in this box. ***
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20. Coldplay - Viva la Vida
19. Kanye West - 808s and Heartbreak
18. Deerhunter - Microcastle
17. Glasvegas - Glasvegas
16. The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
15. Islands - Arm's Way
14. Kathleen Edwards - Asking for Flowers
13. Blitzen Trapper - Furr
12. Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
11. Sam Roberts - Love at the End of the World

10. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!
9. Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer
8. Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely
7. M83 - Saturdays = Youth
6. TV on the Radio - Dear Science,

5. The Week That Was - The Week That Was

4. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive

3. Plants and Animals - Parc Avenue

2. Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight

1. Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 08:56 AM

FWIW (not much, IMO), pitchfork's top 10:

01: Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP/Fleet Foxes
02: Portishead - Third
03: No Age - Nouns
04: Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
05: Deerhunter - Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.
06: TV on the Radio - Dear Science
07: Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
08: M83 - Saturdays=Youth
09: Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair
10: DJ/rupture - Uproot

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 08:58 AM

FWIW (not much, IMO), pitchfork's top 10:01: Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP/Fleet Foxes02: Portishead - Third03: No Age - Nouns04: Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours05: Deerhunter - Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.06: TV on the Radio - Dear Science07: Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend08: M83 - Saturdays=Youth09: Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair10: DJ/rupture - Uproot

I listened to Portishead the other day and I guess I just don't get it.
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Posted 19 December 2008 - 09:03 AM


FWIW (not much, IMO), pitchfork's top 10:01: Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP/Fleet Foxes02: Portishead - Third03: No Age - Nouns04: Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours05: Deerhunter - Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.06: TV on the Radio - Dear Science07: Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend08: M83 - Saturdays=Youth09: Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair10: DJ/rupture - Uproot

I listened to Portishead the other day and I guess I just don't get it.

I don't think any of these will be on my top 10 list, although I haven't heard them all.

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 09:04 AM



FWIW (not much, IMO), pitchfork's top 10:01: Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP/Fleet Foxes02: Portishead - Third03: No Age - Nouns04: Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours05: Deerhunter - Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.06: TV on the Radio - Dear Science07: Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend08: M83 - Saturdays=Youth09: Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair10: DJ/rupture - Uproot

I listened to Portishead the other day and I guess I just don't get it.

I don't think any of these will be on my top 10 list, although I haven't heard them all.

At least two of them will be in mine. I've heard six of them.
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Posted 19 December 2008 - 09:25 AM

Todd Rundgren - Arena - 30 pts.

I'm out.

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 09:29 AM

I guess I am officially not a pitchfork person. I've hardly heard any of their top 50 records, and many of the ones I have heard were not all that impressive.

I still have no idea what my best of 2008 will look like; I haven't given it much thought. I'm not even sure I heard enough '08 music to make a respectable list.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 02:19 PM

:bag: got a few lists already

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 02:22 PM

:bag:

The entire state is a bunch of racist rednecks with piles of Negroes in their attics


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Posted 24 December 2008 - 01:37 PM

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 07:37 PM

1. Frightened Rabbit---The Midnight Organ Fight (30)
2. TV on the Radio---Dear Science, (25)
3. Fleet Foxes---Fleet Foxes (25)
4. Elbow---The Seldom Seen Kid (20)
5. The Hold Steady---Stay Positive (15)
6. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds---Dig, Lazarus, Dig! (10)
7. Why?---Alopecia (10)
8. Destroyer---Trouble In Dreams (10)
9. Deerhunter---Microcastle (8)
10. Cut Copy---In Ghost Colours (8)
11. Dr. Dog---Fate (8)
12. The Dodos---Visiter (6)
13. Stephen Malkmus---Real Emotional Trash (6)
14. The Buttless Chaps---Cartography (5)
15. James---Hey Ma (5)
16. The Notwist---The Devil, You & Me (5)
17. The Moondoggies---Don't Be A Stranger (1)
18. Blitzen Trapper---Furr (1)
19. Jim Noir---Jim Noir (1)
20. School of Seven Bells---Alpinisms (1)

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 11:42 AM

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 05:10 AM

My top 10:

1. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
2. Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight
3. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
4. Pete and the Pirates - Little Death
5. Raphael Saadiq - The Way I See It
6. The Dodos - Visiter
7. Q-Tip - The Renaissance
8. Alejandro Escovedo - Real Animal
9. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
10. Okkervil River - The Stand-Ins

Honorable Mentions: Elzhi - The Preface & TV On the Radio - Dear Science

Albums that I listened to a lot, but didn't qualify in my opinion - Wale's Mixtape About Nothing (because it's a mixtape) & King Khan and the Shrines' The Supreme Genius Of... (because it's a compilation)

Most disappointing albums of 2008 - Supergrass' Diamond Hoo Haa Man, Kanye's 808s and Heartbreak, and MMJ's Evil Urges.

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 08:59 AM

My top 11. There are a few that I haven't quite absorbed yet (deerhunter, glasvegas) that may eventually be favs but for now this is it.


Frightened Rabbit-The Midnight Organ Fight (30)
TV on the Radio- Dear Science, (29)
The Hold Steady-Stay Positive (28)
Blitzen Trapper-Furr (20)
The Flight of the Conchords-s/t (20)
James- Hey Ma (15)
Fleet Foxes-s/t (14)
Elbow-Seldom Seen Kid (13)
Eagles of Death Metal-Heart On (12)
Hot Chip- Made in the Dark (10)
Vampire Weekend-s/t (9)
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Posted 01 January 2009 - 09:28 AM

Never got into that Frightened Rabbit record. Looks like its leading the pack so far.

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 03:02 AM

bump.

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 07:28 AM

1. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Real Emotional Trash (20)
2. Fleet Foxes - Ragged Wood (20)
3. Dr. Dog - Fate (20)
4. Paul Westerberg - 49:00 (15)
5. Blitzen Trapper - Furr (15)
6. British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music? (15)
7. Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creations Dark (10)
8. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges (10)
9. Plants and Animals - Parc Avenue (10)
10. Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst (10)
11. Glasvegas - Glasvegas (10)
12. The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound (10)
13. Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue (10)
14. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive (10)
15. Kings of Leon - Only By the Night (5)
16. The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely (5)
17. Deerhunter - Microcastle (2)
18. Okkervil River - The Stand-Ins (1)
19. The Moondoggies - Don't Be a Stranger (1)
20. Metallica - Death Magnetic (1)

Edited by Bonzai, 04 January 2009 - 07:30 AM.


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Posted 04 January 2009 - 09:23 AM

1-Elbow--The Seldom Seen Kid-30
2-Kathleen Edwards--Asking for Flowers-30
3-Joe Jackson--Rain-20
4-Old Crow Medicine Show--Tennessee Pusher-20
5- Cut Copy--In Ghost Colors-15
6-Calexico--Carried to Dust-10
7-British Sea Power--Do You Like Rock Music-10
8-Aimee Mann--Smilers-10
9-Oasis--Dig Out Your Soul-10
10-Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds--Dig, Lazarus, Dig!-10
11-Alejandro Escovedo--Real Animal-5
12-Paul Weller-22 Dreams-3
13-The Verve-- Forth-3
14- Stephen Malkmus--Real Emotional Trash-1
15-The Fall--Imperial Wax Solvent-1

Edited by HellToupee, 08 January 2009 - 07:20 PM.


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Posted 07 January 2009 - 09:51 AM

Time running out slackers.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 12:21 PM

Joe Jackson – Rain
Metallica – Death Magnetic
Plants and Animals – Parc Avenue
Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night
Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs
Mates Of State –Re-Arrange Us
Old Crow Medicine Show - Tennessee Pusher
Blitzen Trapper - Furr
The Dodos - Visiter
My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
Vampire Weekend
Hold Steady - Stay Positive
Marnie Stern - This Is It And I Am It And You Are It And So Is That And He Is It And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That
Jaguar Love –Take me to the sea
Shearwater - Rook
Man Man – Rabbit Hands
Colour Revolt - Plunder, Beg, And Curse
Aimee Mann – smilers
Melvins – Nude With Boots
Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue

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