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    Top 10 of 2014

    So we're almost to the halfway point of the year. What's impressed you so far...?

    1. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
    2. Ghost Bath - Funeral
    3. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
    4. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness
    5. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
    6. Hundred Waters - The Moon Rang Like a Bell
    7. Swans - To be Kind
    8. Tengger Calvary - Ancient Call
    9. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
    10. Musk Ox - Woodfall


    HM: Perturbator - Dangerous Days; Warpaint- Warpaint; Wye Oak - Shriek; Woods of Desolation - As the Stars; Boris - Noise;
    Ant-Man and the Wasp - 5
    Hereditary - 7
    Won't You Be My Neighbor? - 7.5
    The Tale - 8

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    I'm behind on a lot of stuff, but any list I made would be topped by St. Vincent and The War on Drugs. Glenn Kotche's Adventureland would probably find a place somewhere as well.

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    i really love sharon van etten's album

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    No order yet but my ten favorites so far:

    Betty Who - Slow Dancing EP
    Chrome Sparks - Goddess
    Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
    Phantogram - Voices
    Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again
    Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear
    Skrillex - Recess
    Son Lux - Alternate Worlds
    St. Vincent - St. Vincent
    Tycho - Awake
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    This is starting to come together for me, I at least have a really solid top five:

    1. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
    2. The Swans - To Be Kind
    3. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
    4. The War on Drugs - Lost in a Dream
    5. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

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    1. FKA Twigs - LP1
    2. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
    3. Death Grips - Niggas On the Moon
    4. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piņata
    5. How to Dress Well - What Is This Heart?
    6. Marissa Nadler - July
    7. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
    8. Frankie Cosmos - Zentropy
    9. Hundred Waters - The Moon Rang Like a Bell
    10. Real Estate/Shabazz Palaces/Spoon

    Anticipating:
    Aphex Twin
    Flying Lotus
    Grouper
    Rustie
    D'Angelo?

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    Quote Quoting Idioteque Stalker (view post)
    Anticipating:
    Aphex Twin
    Wait. Hold up. Time out.....Aphex Twin is coming out with a new album??????
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    Quote Quoting Ivan Drago (view post)
    Wait. Hold up. Time out.....Aphex Twin is coming out with a new album??????
    Damn straight. Announced it covertly with a blimp in London, now there's an Aphex Twin symbol outside of Other Music here in New York City. Needless to say, fuck yeah.

    10) Atlas, Real Estate
    9) Zentropy, Frankie Cosmos
    8) They Want My Soul, Spoon
    7) St. Vincent, S/T
    6) "What Is This Heart", How to Dress Well
    5) It's Album Time, Todd Terje
    4) LP1 FKA Twigs
    3) Becs, Fennesz
    2) Benji, Sun Kil Moon
    1) Platinum, Miranda Lambert

    There's a ton of shit I still need to listen to. Top of my list is Shabazz, Brian Eno, Death Grips, Freddy Gibbs & Madlib. Also, I want to love the War on Drugs Album, but can't for the life of me see what makes this album special. Sounds like a fairly mediocre classic rock type album. What am I missing?
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    Well I've only listened to 6 albums so far this year. But I will surely have at least 15-20 by the end of the year. Nothing so far has reached 5 stars for me however.

    1. Babymetal - Babymetal
    2. Rise Against - The Black Market
    3. Girls Generation - Mr.Mr. (EP)
    4. Against Me! -- Transgender Dysphoria Blues
    5. John Butler Trio - Flesh & Blood
    6. Linkin Park - The Hunting Party

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    I am so far behind on new music, so I'll just throw out The War on Drugs, Parquet Courts and Real Estate in no particular order.

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    Songs:

    1. Passing Out Pieces - Mac DeMarco
    2. Up My Sleeves - Death Grips
    3. Chandelier (Dev Hynes Remix) - Sia
    4. Blue Suede - Vince Staples
    5. Carissa - Sun Kil Moon
    6. Pendulum - FKA Twigs
    7. 2 Years On (Shame Dream) - How to Dress Well
    8. Hard - Sophie
    9. They Come In Gold - Shabazz Palaces
    10. Dead City Emily - Marissa Nadler

    HM: Seasons (Waiting On You) - Future Islands (dudes need to get a better producer--it killed live, and is a great song, but lost its punch on the record.)

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    Quote Quoting quido8_5 (view post)
    Also, I want to love the War on Drugs Album, but can't for the life of me see what makes this album special. Sounds like a fairly mediocre classic rock type album. What am I missing?
    Belated reply, but I think it's largely about the texture and melodic elements. Yes, it's drawing from 1980's "classic rock" sources, which is never going to be as well-regarded as 1960-70s folk or rock inspirations, but the way that Granduciel lets each instrument breathe and get center stage is fascinating. It gets at the key character that I also find in stuff like like Haim and other purveyors who translate and transform rock conventions. And depending on your tolerance of Haim, that's either damning with faint praise or a legitimate compliment. All of Lost in the Dream has a seamless quality to it, and that sense is calming and meditative.
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    Quote Quoting dreamdead (view post)
    Belated reply, but I think it's largely about the texture and melodic elements. Yes, it's drawing from 1980's "classic rock" sources, which is never going to be as well-regarded as 1960-70s folk or rock inspirations, but the way that Granduciel lets each instrument breathe and get center stage is fascinating. It gets at the key character that I also find in stuff like like Haim and other purveyors who translate and transform rock conventions. And depending on your tolerance of Haim, that's either damning with faint praise or a legitimate compliment. All of Lost in the Dream has a seamless quality to it, and that sense is calming and meditative.
    That makes sense, thanks for the commentary. My Haim tolerance is pretty damn high and I tend to use Classic Rock as a complement- that's why I was genuinely curious about this one. Sounds like I need to spend more time with it.
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    Quote Quoting quido8_5 (view post)
    Damn straight. Announced it covertly with a blimp in London, now there's an Aphex Twin symbol outside of Other Music here in New York City. Needless to say, fuck yeah.
    There hasn't been a lot of new music I've wanted to listen to this year........until THIS. The single from it that's been released is fucking awesome.

    The only albums from this year that I've listened to and loved were Disclosure's new album, Skrillex's new album, and Royksopp & Robyn's release. I am excited for Interpol's new album, too!
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    Quote Quoting Thirdmango (view post)
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    1. Babymetal - Babymetal
    2. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Give the People What They Want
    3. Clean Bandit - New Eyes
    4. Klaxons - Love Frequency
    5. Gramitik - The Age of Reason
    6. The Black Keys - Turn Blue
    7. Royksopp and Robin - Do It Again

    8. Rise Against - The Black Market
    9. Girls Generation - Mr.Mr. (EP)
    10. Against Me! -- Transgender Dysphoria Blues
    11. John Butler Trio - Flesh & Blood
    12. Linkin Park - The Hunting Party

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    Quote Quoting Ivan Drago (view post)
    There hasn't been a lot of new music I've wanted to listen to this year........until THIS. The single from it that's been released is fucking awesome.

    The only albums from this year that I've listened to and loved were Disclosure's new album, Skrillex's new album, and Royksopp & Robyn's release. I am excited for Interpol's new album, too!
    Disclosure's album is 2013.
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    September update:

    1. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
    2. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
    3. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
    4. Hundred Waters - The Moon Rang Like a Bell
    5. Ghost Bath - Funeral
    6. Anathema - Distant Satellites
    7. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness
    8. Swans - To be Kind
    9. Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
    10. Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden

    HM: St. Vincent, Boris, The Atlas Moth, Wye Oak, Perturbator, Solstafir, Tengger Calvary, Woods of Desolation, Warpaint.

    Been pleasantly surprised how well the Wye Oak album has aged, even if it's not on this list yet...
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    Hereditary - 7
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    Have you guys been following Mark Kozelek's assholery lately? Guess he told War on Drugs to suck his dick at a concert. I saw him a few months ago in SF and his stage banter is just bizarre compared to how melancholy his songs are. Dude can still sing like an angel when he wants to though.
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    Quote Quoting Pop Trash (view post)
    Have you guys been following Mark Kozelek's assholery lately? Guess he told War on Drugs to suck his dick at a concert. I saw him a few months ago in SF and his stage banter is just bizarre compared to how melancholy his songs are. Dude can still sing like an angel when he wants to though.
    He's a notorious asshole.

    Seen him be one many times.

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    Quote Quoting Pop Trash (view post)
    Have you guys been following Mark Kozelek's assholery lately? Guess he told War on Drugs to suck his dick at a concert. I saw him a few months ago in SF and his stage banter is just bizarre compared to how melancholy his songs are. Dude can still sing like an angel when he wants to though.
    Is it bad that I don't mind if he's a total asshole as long as he can sing like an angel? I've been following his multiple self-implosions/puerile-explosions and find myself caring less and less. He's an asshole, he knows he's an asshole and he's eloquent when it counts. Most other times he's drunk. Which, I mean, ya' know...
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    Final List:

    1. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
    2. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
    3. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
    4. Hundred Waters - The Moon Rang Like a Bell
    5. Ghost Bath - Funeral
    6. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness
    7. Swans - To be Kind
    8. Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
    9. Restorations - LP3
    10. Grouper - Ruins

    RtJ's album has amazing production, but almost all of El-P's rapping is sophomoric in a way that reduces my ability to unreservedly embrace it. "Close Your Eyes" and "Early" are good, but everything above is the kind of thing that I could listen to at any time...
    Ant-Man and the Wasp - 5
    Hereditary - 7
    Won't You Be My Neighbor? - 7.5
    The Tale - 8

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