Shut Up, Dude

This week on the ’Gum we reviewed the new Solange album, deconstructed Trent Reznor’s legacy, ranked Kanye’s discography, and celebrated Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde. We also looked at year-end album lists from MOJO, Paste, and NME. Have you chosen your best album of the year? Share your pick in our Gummys poll and you can win a 32GB iPad (WiFi + Cellular) With Retina Display. But first read this week’s highest and lowest rated comments…


#10 plb102 | Nov 26th Score:35

Ariel Pink = Creepy Uncle Rock

Posted in: MOJO’s Top 20 Albums Of 2012

Kyle Culbert | Nov 27th Score:36

I lived long enough to see an NBA analogy used for Fiona Apple.

Posted in: NME’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012

Ross Becker | Nov 27th Score:36

Tame Impala needs to be higher.

Posted in: NME’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012

Kevin Geary | Nov 27th Score:37

but seriously, no japandroids or father john misty? this is why your empire fell england.

Posted in: NME’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012

Devin DiMattia | Nov 26th Score:37

And failing to hit refresh before posting comments has thwarted me again.

Posted in: MOJO’s Top 20 Albums Of 2012
#5 thomasbrownester | Nov 29th Score:40

I would’ve had ‘channel ORANGE’ at number 1.

Posted in: The 25 Highest Paid Musicians Of 2012
#4 mickrandom26 | Nov 26th Score:43
Posted in: Paste’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012

Max Harrold | Nov 26th Score:47

I disagree with lots of things here!

Posted in: Paste’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012
#2 kirt | Nov 29th Score:99

This list is BS, no Fiona Apple?!?

Posted in: The 25 Highest Paid Musicians Of 2012

Alex T Leach | Nov 26th Score:160
Posted in: Paste’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012


#5 trinity firearms | Nov 26th Score:-10

100 percent agree

Posted in: MOJO’s Top 20 Albums Of 2012

Butchy Butch | Nov 28th Score:-11

Especially considering it isn’t their best.. I love Taime impala, but this album is simply boring.

Posted in: NME’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012

Richard Kuta | Nov 26th Score:-11

its missing:

Vaccines – Coming of Age
Soft Pack – Strapped
Imagine Dragons – Night Visions
Caravan Palace – Panic

Posted in: Paste’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012

Kevin Geary | Nov 27th Score:-27

I have complaints about people undermining my completely original witty comments. this is comedy gold.

Posted in: NME’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012

Dan Long | Nov 26th Score:-29

Frank Ocean’s music is weak. D’Angelo has been there, done that better. Curious to see how high the album would be if it were not for his extracurricular outings…

Posted in: Paste’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012


Stephen Hall | 1:55pm Score:13

9.0 Best New Goodbye

Posted in: Local Blogger Says Goodbye
Comments (63)
  1. ***SPOILERZ***

    SO I was crushen on Clams Casino crunchen’ calculus with Corban (this didn’t happen but it’s a neat alliteration!) when he showed me the formula for Stereogum’s Albums of the Year. It was so simple! Filter all the Album of the Week posts, find which albums had the most comments, profit!


    AOTW ranked by # of comments:

    01. Torche – “Harmonicraft” (103 comments)
    02. Kendrick Lamar – “Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City” (74 comments)
    03. Usher – “Looking 4 Myself” (72 comments)
    04. Swans – “The Seer” (62 comments)
    05. Lower Dens – “Nootropics” (56 comments)
    06. Grizzly Bear – “Shields” (50 comments)
    07. Tragedy – “Darker Days Ahead” (47 comments)
    08. The Gaslight Anthem – “Handwritten” (43 comments)
    09. Chromatics – “Kill For Love” (35 comments)
    10. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – “Alleluljah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!” (29 comments)

    You’re Welcome. Have a good weekend. Thank You Based God for Corban!

    • Refresh my memory, how did that Torche post get so many comments?

    • I could live with this list, if only for the compulsory comment crapstorm (you’re right, alliteration is neat).

    • Grimes’ Top 11 of 2012

      1. Doldrums – Lesser Evil (“It’s not out, but I’ve heard it and it’s fucking awesome.”)
      2. Taylor Swift – Red
      3. Julia Holter – Ekstasis
      4. Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
      5. Condo Man – Furnished Living
      6. Swans – The Seer
      7. Anything Kitty Pryde made
      8. Mykki Blanco – Mykki Blanco and the Mutant Angels
      9. Everything Dev Hynes wrote (Solange – “Losing You,” Sky Ferreira – “Everything Is Embarassing”)
      10. Justin Bieber – Believe
      11. Ashley Ayers Group – Summer Instagram Goths

    • This list cannot possibly be right, for it contains not one single mention of K-Pop or Solange Knowles.

    • but what about premature evaluations?

      actually these aren’t all positive, and I personally hate #1 and don’t care much for some of the others, but some of the most hyped-up albums are all over here.

      Premature Eval’s by # of comments:

      01. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die (224 comments)
      02. Beach House – Bloom (155 comments)
      03. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange (144 comments)
      04. Animal Collective – Centipede Hz (99 comments)
      05. Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror (88 comments)
      06. The xx – Coexist (80 comments)
      07. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan (71 comments)
      08. The Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania (68 comments)
      09. Cat Power – Sun (57 comments)
      and then a three way tie for tenth at 47 comments with Titus Andronicus, Japandroids, and Best Coast.

      • “I personally hate #1″

        224 comments on LDR prem eval.

        178 upvotes for LDR dancing in a pig sty.

        Yoni, I don’t think you are alone on this one.

  2. I was bitching about year end lists in the Mojo list post, and I really don’t care about 95% of the year end lists that are going to come out, but I realized I really enjoy reading all the comments and I will look forward to all of the year end lists Stereogum posts. So basically I take it all back. Not that I’m interested in most of the comments complaining about the lists, but those posts get so many comments that go way off topic and they are just a lot of fun. Sorry for being such a curmudgeon.

    • yeah, that’s pretty much where i stand – i like what i like and i don’t really care what the magazines hype/snub, but the comment frenzy is fun.

    • I feel slightly similarly about the sentiments I expressed earlier this week about Wild Nothing and Kanye. I mean I do hate Kanye, but it might be less for his music than I want to admit. And there are were some Nocturne tracks that sound a ton like Deerhunter melodically, but Wild Nothing have that that distinct electronic flair that separates em.

      Here’s to second thoughts.

  3. Sorry Cerebus. I made you miss the low 5. Now I feel bad.

  4. Can’t wait for the episode of Catfish where all the Stereogum commenters meet each other.

  5. First off, I sit here feeling defeated tonight. Not sure if any of you are aware, but I’m really into CEREMONY, and I was supposed to see them tonight, but since the same venue that was supposed to hold the Trash Talk show I was also meant to attend two weeks back is still not finished being constructed, tonight’s show also got the axe. So, to conclude my 2012 show attendance season, I have been dealt two huge losses within a matter of weeks.

    I also feel a bit ashamed that the departing Corban has been irked by me to the point where he hinted at that in his goodbye letter, then later reprimanded me in the comments about it. With his passing and recommendation in his honor, I will continue to strive not to belittle anyone based on their opinion that might differ from mine (although, aside from one dying Fiona Apple dog, I think I’ve been pretty well mannered for awhile now.) At any rate, a CEREMONY show cancellation might have otherwise been enough to pull a Torche AOTW, but instead I guess I’ll go listen to “Headlines…”

    Second of all, I sit here gracious and humbled. It was very nice reading many of your responses in regards to my 25 Best Albums of 2012 list. I am accustomed to writing words that get lost in a deep black hole in the Internet, never to be found or seen by anyone. You’re a very fair and well-rounded bunch, so I appreciate it a ton.

    Has anyone else posted or arrived at the conclusion of their year-enders yet? I don’t think I can ever be sick of lists.






    • That sucks, dude. I saw them open for Titus Andronicus here in the 416 last Tuesday and I can assure you that it was most excellent. I know that probably doesn’t help any, but know that when your day comes IT WILL BE GLORIOUS!

    • I’ve got a tasty list in the works

    • Oh… why not!

      Sixx Sick Traxx of 2012

      01. Twin Shadow — “Five Seconds”
      02. Lotus Plaza — “Come Back”
      03. Charli XCX — “You’re The One” (THANK YOU for this one _!)
      04. TNGHT — “Goooo”
      05. Chromatics — “Lady”
      06. SpaceGhostPurrp — “No Evidence”

    • Working up my list right now, but number 1 (and I know this is a total niche album, which is why I don’t expect it to be on anyone else’s list) is Peaking Lights’ Lucifer.

      • Since when does every commenter have their own blog??

        I’m actually into year end lists from other commenters. I don’t have a cool older brother to tell me which bands to listen to and lately I’ve been too old and lame to discover any bands by going to shows. I get most of my music from pitchfork, but lately I’ve been listening to a lot based on some of your recommendations. I listened to the most recent How to Dress Well album based on a recommendation from Raptor Jesus and I’ve been getting into Ceremony the past few days too. I looked up the Pitchfork review and they gave that album a 5.6, I never would have listened to it if they were my only source. So while I don’t particularly care what Mojo thought was the best album of the year, I def want to hear from all y’all. I need you guys.

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  7. Holy crap thats a lot of up and downvotes! Like two weeks ago they were +28 and -6. Them lists sure do get people excited!

  8. My thoughts on this list

  9. I went from worse commenter to best commenter in 2 weeks flat and it can happen to you, too.

  10. Lame Impala street team on stereogum???

  11. Been a great week for me y’all. Turned in my first feature length piece! It goes up on One Week One Band on monday and it’s a week all about the Smashing Pumpkins. I’d be honored if you guys would check it out as you’re my best and only friends outside of my extensive lint collection.

    Plus I finally got my top ten albums of 2012 done and wrote up that new Ke$ha song that sounds just like the strokes on hMsM! (

    Plus tonight I’m seeing the Pumpkins LIVE in Portland!

    Everything’s coming up Broydrick!

    • Liked seeing How To Dress Well at #5 — felt I should have put him higher on my list after seeing him live. “Set It Right” is massive.

      Also, from the Killer Mike camp, we thank you for your slight concession in your Kendrick write-up.

      • So I kinda forgot to listen to Killer Mike until about a week ago, it’s my fav rap release of the year.

        • Yessssssssss! plb has heard the truth!

          There is something to be said about pulling off a one rapper / one producer album as well as Jaime & Mike did R.A.P. Music

          • R.A.P. Music is great, but I still like Cancer For Cure more. Just a personal style thing, I guess. Great year for El-P, regardless, and I certainly didn’t see that coming.

    • I was thinking all of today how much “Only Wanna Dance With You” sounds just like Strokes! Can’t believe Max Martin wrote it. Max, you’re better than that…

      I get a very ethereal R&B vibe from your Best of list. It has a lot of sensual loving making in it.

      • Max Martin is better than what? The guy has written for Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and Celine Dion… uhh… your comment confuses me.

        • Let’s look at his most recent work:

          Kelly Clarkson – “Since U Been Gone” (2004)
          Kelly Clarkson – “Behind These Hazel Eyes” (2004)
          Kelly Clarkson – “My Life Would Suck Without You” (2010)
          Katy Perry – “Hot n Cold” (2008)
          Katy Pery – “California Gurls” (2010)
          Katy Perry – “Last Friday Night (TGIF)” (2010)
          Katy Perry – “Teenage Dream” (2010)
          Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (2012)

          Personally, I think that redeems him of everything bad he did in the late ’90s pop scene. I also think his work on Robyn’s “Show Me Love” absolves him of any wrong doing.

          • “Since U Been Gone” and “Last Friday Night” are both CLASSICS. I am not being sarcastic.

          • Well, ‘Show Me Love’ IS the 90s pop scene. It’s a nice enough song in hindsight, but it would have been a random blip if Robyn hadn’t made a massive comeback. ‘Since U Been Gone’ is solid, I like that one. I’m hot and cold on Katy Perry (yes, I did that). Mostly she’s not my mug o’ ale. And Taylor Swift has certainly had better singles than that one.

            I think at the most I could admit that the guy is good at what he does, and that he might be approaching something close to equal overall. I will never be able to absolve him for some of the massive piles of shite he’s been responsible for heaping on to the ears of the world.

    • Wow, max martin does a really good impression of me— Julian Casablancas (@Casablancas_J) November 27, 2012

    • The first piece just went up on One Week One Band (this link updates each time a new post goes up)!

      it’s about getting sprayed in the face with binaca

  12. sensual love making is my favorite kind…

  13. Sometimes I forget that there’s a whole skeleton inside of me, and when I remember I get a little freaked out.

  14. This week, a best of stereogum list makes it on anothers sites best of list

    congratulations gummers, this is meta-nirvana

  15. And in yet more depressing news of a band breaking up, Das Racist are no more.

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