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TheDom 12.04.2019 12:50 PM


Originally Posted by Severian
There was another website/zine that used to have a fan base on SYG. I can’t remember the name of it for the life of me, but it was the kind of site that put Oren Ambarchi and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and Emeralds and stuff on year-end lists... like the most widely known entry would be Swans or something.

Anyway, does anyone know what I’m talking about?
Don’t remember the name because I’m not cool, and I don’t have time to scour the boards for it, but it was like white text on a black background? Mostly text-based. Always had really good lists.

I think you mean The Wire

I don’t think they’ve made a best of list yet but they’re always pretty insightful.


Nvm, here’s the list:

Severian 12.04.2019 09:20 PM


Originally Posted by h8kurdt
Actually saw the pitchfork one yesterday. Fuck me what a dire list. Swear they just pick em out of a hat and hope people swallow it

Iím OK with Blonde being #1, because thatís a great album, but I think they picked it mostly to avoid putting a Trump supporter at #1. I forget most of the rest of the list, but it was not great if I recall correctly.

Severian 12.04.2019 09:21 PM


Originally Posted by TheDom
I think you mean The Wire

I donít think theyíve made a best of list yet but theyíre always pretty insightful.


Nvm, hereís the list:

Donít think it was Wire, but ... maybe? I feel like it was decidedly less well-known than Wire but what do I know

The Soup Nazi 12.06.2019 12:13 PM


Originally Posted by TheDom

One of the very few works of art so powerful it makes you feel the human race shouldn't become extinct real fucking quick.

Bytor Peltor 12.06.2019 05:12 PM

Sid Smith’s 2019 PROG list:


Bytor Peltor 12.08.2019 08:06 AM

50 Essential ‘Psych’ Albums 2013-2019

50 albums over the previous six years is an odd scope, but this list is well worth your time and attention.

I left the PROG list here because I figured it was the best place to do so......because who knew GONG had a new album out in 2019???


Originally Posted by Bytor Peltor
Sid Smith’s 2019 PROG list:


ilduclo 12.09.2019 10:21 AM

Best hits of every decade

“Sound of rock scraping on rock”

Severian 12.10.2019 08:53 AM


Originally Posted by TheDom
I think you mean The Wire

I donít think theyíve made a best of list yet but theyíre always pretty insightful.


Nvm, hereís the list:

Actually this has some really Fucking good shit on it.
Strange pick for a #1 album, but I kinda dig the selection.
That 75 Dollar Bill record is crazy good indeed.

Moor Mother at #2 is also surprising, but maybe this was the site I was talking about.

Anyway thanks for sharing!!

The Soup Nazi 12.11.2019 12:15 AM


Originally Posted by ilduclo
Best hits of every decade

ďSound of rock scraping on rockĒ

Nifty coincidence: I once wrote in an e-mail that Bruce Springsteen's show at The Roxy on July 7, 1978 was the greatest thing since a Neanderthal figured out that banging two rocks together could make a bitchen, primal, liberating sound.

By the way, until recently, when that performance (Springsteen's, not the caveman's) finally got an official release via, the KMET-FM recording of it was endlessly bootlegged for decades, and rightly so. Even Clinton Heylin, in his book E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days Of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band ówhere he doesn't give two shits about "being friends" with Bruce: he questions every artistic decision and even calls Jon Landau a "schmuck" (gotta love him)ó praises it to the stratosphere.

Not that anyone here will care about what I just typed, but you fucking should.

The Soup Nazi 12.11.2019 12:24 AM


Originally Posted by Severian
Moor Mother at #2 is also surprising, but maybe this was the site I was talking about.

From The Wire's Moor Mother cover story (issue 425, July 2019):


A black hole is 'black' because its gravitational pull is so intense that nothing can escape it Ė not even light. The sonic equivalent of a black hole, I learn during my conversation with Camae Ayewa, is a fluid moving so fast it traps sound.

She describes the feeling of screaming in a sonic black hole: "The water's flowing faster than the speed of sound, so nothing's coming out."

For Ayewa, this nightmare image is an apt metaphor for the feeling of railing against an unjust system, with its police violence and mass incarceration and political corruption, that's so powerful it drowns out everything you throw at it. "We're here protesting and sharing stories, but when everything else is so loud, how do you penetrate through?"

This question is central to Analog Fluids Of Sonic Black Holes, a solo album under her Moor Mother name that she tells me she's just finished working on, due out later this year on the Don Giovanni label. It was also the title of her multimedia art exhibition in 2018 at The Kitchen in New York, where she was selected by Laurie Anderson as the recipient of the gallery's inaugural Emerging Artist Award. As a visual artist, Ayewa works in video, sculpture and collage, combining elements from disparate sources in order to draw connections across space and time to share the stories she speaks of. [...]

Bytor Peltor 12.17.2019 08:33 AM

2010s: Favorite Music Releases ♥ Staff Picks


Originally Posted by Bytor Peltor
Tiny Mix Tapes: 2010ís Empty Essence

Not sure if this is what you were looking for, but there is a little something for everyone.

Bytor Peltor 12.19.2019 04:27 PM

2010s: Favorite 100 Music Releases of the Decade

The Soup Nazi 12.20.2019 11:20 PM

Mercifully, Robert Christgau kept it to 25 albums. That's how you do a fuckin' list.


Dean's List: The 2010s
The 25 best albums of the last 10 years

For me, constructing a best-of-decade list isnít just a matter of boiling down my annual Deanís Lists. Itís serious workódone thoroughly, more work than any fulltime critic has time for. Recalling music that came out eight or nine years ago doesnít come naturally to anyone. And more than with year-enders, striking the right balance between pleasure and gravitas is a challenge, because gravitas counts for more in stabs at provisional canonization. One reason the Rootsí How I Got Over began atop my provisional top 25 and stayed there was that, yes, my most-played 2010s album had a theme even if black middle-class angst proved so specialized the band would leave it behind for true-crime tales on their two-and-counting later albums. I note sadly that it made neither Rolling Stoneís 100-album countdown or Pitchforkís 200-album monsteróa distinction it shares with 14 of my other selections, most obtusely Laurie Andersonís Heart of a Dog and M.I.A.ís Maya. Check those out, kids.

I could go on for paragraphs, pages, but damn it I wonít. Instead I will note that when you review 200 albums a year the older stuff has a way of shuffling off to Buffaloómy collection of sound recordings includes 4000 A minus or better albums. So while longterm playability has to figure prominently in deciding how much I truly like what I like, it canít be the definitive criterion. Sometime in the past 10 days, for instance, I concluded that I probably hadnít put on Neil Youngís Deanís List-topping 2012 Americana since 2013 because itís filed on the floor next to the rear file cabinet along with some 30 other Young CDs I didnít even alphabetize until a few years ago. In the past week Iíve played it four times as I whoo-hooed over its conceptual brass. It had also been a while since I pulled out that dickhead Kanyeís perversely superb 2010 album and even Paul Simonís So Beautiful or So What, one of three also-rans I finished my labors by comparison-playing alongside Wussyís Strawberry and Das Racistís Relax, which made the cut, and the Pistol Anniesí Interstate Gospel and Yo La Tengoís Stuff Like That There, which didnít.


The Soup Nazi 12.20.2019 11:24 PM



Another album I hadnít heard forever required no relistening: Heart of a Dog, which I played on a whim while Carola and I packed up a Florida motel room in early 2017, kept on to the end after we were done, and loved the one time Iíve played it since. Mount Eerieís A Crow Looked at Me is similar but darkeróa death album so bleak and concrete itís hard to get through even on the rare occasions when nothing else will do. Records like those two you love for their impact, not their fun quotient or use value. But love it nonetheless is. A giddier kind of love comes with my two most eccentric picks, which finished two and three on sheer playability: Mastís Thelonious Sphere Monk, a rockish instrumental survey of my favorite musician in any genre including Chuck Berry and the Dolls (though maybe not the Beatles) and the unheralded American Honey soundtrack, which makes a single living thing of Rae Sremmurd and the Raveonettes, E-40 and Steve Earle as the must-see Andrea Arnold flick itís attached to follows a troupe of young magazine-subscription hustlers across flyover country more humane than its taste in presidents might lead cineastes to believe.

Obviously thereís lots more to say a lot more about all 25 of these records. But the main thing is that, while this project was too much work, I was glad it gave me an excuse to replay more good albums than 25ó40 or so, Iíd guess. But now itís time for me to return to 2019, which this year-end like all year-ends will have me checking out a lot of overrated albums and a few finds from other peopleís premature best-ofs for a 2019 Deanís List I hope I finalize by late January. Sad to say, that Deanís List is unlikely to include anything else that will sneak into my decade list behind 17-year-old Billie Eilishís phenomenal fourth-place When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? No teenager I can recall has ever made such an impressive album, though I guess Elvisís Sun Sessions gets an asterisk, and who knows what will become of her? Sheís so young anyone who identifies dad has to worry, and some of her public pronouncements have been kind of dumb. I gave her debut an A in April, so the phalanx of my unofficial fan club my manager calls the grade grubbers will no doubt be wondering whether said debut is really what I foolishly decided half a century ago to designate an A plus. Guess it is. So it would seem is everything down to 10 here except Mount Eerie, even though it comes before the Tribe Called Quest effort I rashly awarded that grade in the wake of Donald Trumpís electoral coup. May that apparent inconsistency rankle the bowels of the anal until a Christmas Eve I hope is jolly for every one of you.

1. The Roots: How I Got Over (Def Jam)
2. Mast: Thelonious Sphere Monk (World Galaxy/Alpha Pup)
3. American Honey(UME)
4. Billie Eilish: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Darkroom/Interscope)
5. Noname: Room 25 (self-released)
6. Randy Newman: Dark Matter (Nonesuch)
7. Laurie Anderson: Heart of a Dog (Nonesuch)
8. Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-a-Fella)
9. Mount Eerie: A Crow Looked at Me (P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.)
10. A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here . . . Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic)
11. Neil Young With Crazy Horse: Americana (Reprise)
12. The Uncluded: Hokey Fright (Rhymesayers)
13. Tierra Whack: Whack World (self-released)
14. Wussy: Attica! (Shake It)
15. Frank Ocean: Nostalgia, Ultra (self-released)
16. Wussy: Funeral Dress II (Shake It)
17. M.I.A.: Maya (Deluxe Edition) (Interscope)
18. Tom Zť: Estudando a Bossa: Nordeste Plaza (Luaka Bop)
19. Rihanna: Anti (Deluxe Edition) (Westbury Road/Roc Nation)
20. Dabke: Sounds of the Syrian Houran (Sham Palace)
21. The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions (Collected Works/Concord)
22. Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope
23. Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City (XL)
24. Wussy: Strawberry (Shake It)
25. Das Racist: Relax (Greedhead)

_tunic_ 12.28.2019 06:29 PM

NBA Top 100 dunks of the decade :o :cool:


College Basketball Top 50 dunks of the decade :cool: :p

The Soup Nazi 12.30.2019 11:33 PM

From Paste:

The 20 Best Album Covers of 2019

The 30 Best Album Covers of the 2010s

Spoiler alert: #1 is the same on both. :cool:

Bytor Peltor 12.31.2019 02:25 AM

Best Field Recordings and Soundscapes Of The Past Decade

d.sound 12.31.2019 10:52 AM

Here is my personal list.
Alphabetical, ** = best of the best

**100 gecs - 1000 gecs

Acronym & Kali Malone - The Torrid Eye

**Ana Roxanne - ~~~

BAND - lebenkunstler


Carter, Tutti, Void - Transverse

Caterina Barbieri - Ecstatic Computation

Charli XCX - Charli

Christina Vantzou - Six Cellos for Sol Lewitt

Clairo - Immunity

Dis Fantasy - Dis Fantasy EP

Ellen Arkbro - Chords

Emily A. Sprague - Water Memory/Mount Vision

**Emptyset - Blossoms

Excepter - The Debussy EP

Floating Points - Crush

**HTRK - Venus in Leo

JAB - Erg Herbe

Jan St. Werner - Glottal Wolpertinger

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - Tracing Back the Radiance

Jetski - Live at Two Nights of Noise

John Chantler - Tomorrow is Too Late

Joni Void - Mise En Abyne

Kali Malone - The Sacrificial Code

Kim Gordon - No Home Record

**Kim Petras - Clarity

**Lea Bertucci - Resonant Field

Maria W. Horn - Epistasis

Missy Elliott - ICONOLOGY EP

**Myriam Bleau - Lumens & Profits

Nivhek - After Its Own Death, Walking in a Spiral Towards the House

NYPD Records, volume 3: Nefertiti Abstract Movie

Oren Ambarchi - Simian Angel

Phill Niblock - Music for Cello

Pita - Get On

Rip Hayman - Dreams of India & China

**Robert Turman - Flux (technically this is the first release)

**Sarah Davachi - Pale Bloom

**Sean McCann - Puck

Schnitt - Wand

Triad God - Triad

Uffie - Tokyo Love Hotel

Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima, & Satsuki Shibano - FRKWYS Vol 15 - Serenitatem


**Yeule - Serotonin II

Bytor Peltor 12.31.2019 12:01 PM


Originally Posted by The Soup Nazi
From Paste:

The 20 Best Album Covers of 2019

Spoiler alert: #1 is the same on both. :cool:


Iíve only heard it twice (maybe), but from the popularity I perceived from seeing it mentioned on the internet, Iím very surprised not to see:

Norman Fucking Rockwell

Moshe 04.14.2020 02:05 AM

My list:

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