Shut Up, Dude

’Sup, pogs! This week we revealed our top 50 albums of the year, ranked the Mountain Goats discography, deconstructed life after chillwave, chose the Clash’s ten best songs, and reviewed new releases from Scott Walker and Beck. We also wished good luck to Frank Ocean and bid goodbye to Das Racist. After the jump, the best and worst responses you guys had to all of this exciting online content.

THIS WEEK’S 10 HIGHEST RATED COMMENTS

#10 Tom Breihan | Dec 3rd Score:31

The first year Spin ran a best-albums list was 1990, and its #1 was Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted.

Posted in: Spin’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012
#9 scruffy | Dec 3rd Score:32

Luda had a 2012 album?!?!

Posted in: Spin’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012
#8

Tim Curtin | Dec 5th Score:33

it’s somehow become fashionable to praise kitsch amongst art

Posted in: Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2012
#7 adddo | Dec 6th Score:34

#1 – Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone

“In many ways Bob Dylan is the greatest rapper of all time…”

Posted in: Rolling Stone’s 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs Of All Time
#6 scruffy | Dec 3rd Score:34

Am I the only person not participating in the indie-community Taylor Swift circle jerk?

Posted in: Spin’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012
#5 Captain Boring of the S.S. Shut Up | Dec 5th Score:36

Finally…A list with John Mayer on it!

Posted in: Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012
#4 plb102 | Dec 5th Score:36

As the one regular commentor who doesn’t have their own blog I haven’t posted a top ten albums of the year list anywhere. I don’t want to bore you guys with it if most of you don’t care so I’ll check back in a few hours and if this comment gets to a plus 5 I will come up with something(I’ve already put some thought into it) and post a list.

(potential for the lowest rated comment ever here)

Posted in: Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2012
#3 Michael_ | Dec 6th Score:37

“If you’re having list-making problems, I feel bad for you, son — we got 50 great hip-hop songs but Noreaga ain’t one.” – Rolling Stone

Posted in: Rolling Stone’s 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs Of All Time
#2 honlads | Dec 5th Score:38

Or you could spell it “Father John Misty – Fear Fun”. Think it’s a regional thing…

Posted in: Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2012
#1

Max Del Giudice | Dec 5th Score:65

oh i see her now thanks

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THIS WEEK’S 5 LOWEST RATED COMMENTS

#5 copy_paster_cat | Dec 3rd Score:-10

I’m with you with all of these records. Sharon Van Etten is something that I can play in the background, that never really captures my attention. I only notice it when it’s finished. Frank Ocean… there’s so much already said about it so I will abstain. I’m just not sure why anyone is rating this so high. It’s terrible. The production is bad, his voice is bad, the lyrics are bad, and it’s just bad. overrated p4k garbage. And I guess that coming out thing two weeks before the release of the album turned out pretty good for his label. $$$$$$$$

Let the downvotes begin…

Posted in: Uncut’s 75 Best Albums Of 2012
#4 copy_paster_cat | Dec 6th Score:-11

Dull. As. Fuck. as well as other Tumblr-core bands (Purity Ring or some other hip shit). However, I like their Neil Young cover but only because it was only memorable song on the album and it was first in the tracklist. Your argument maybe would be “Listen to it LATE at night while DRIVING A CAR BLAH BLAH BLAH it’s so atmospheric you should FEEL it’, erm, I don’t have a car and not plan to and I want to enjoy music simply sitting in my room listening to it. Don’t think that I am some contrarian dumbass, I like a handful of albums from this year… Frank Ocean and Chromatics just not in that list.

Posted in: Chromatics – “Ceremony” (New Order Cover)
#3 copy_paster_cat | Dec 6th Score:-12

I reckon many hip kids will seriously stop listening to him right now because Frank is becoming a household name…. He is too popular for them after that last straw. But seriously, he always was Top 40 staple – guy wrote songs for Justin Bieber and the likes, So, okay…

A few mildly enjoyable tunes, and interesting concepts like the instrumentation on the track “Pyramids”. However, the flaws on this album outweigh the parts I liked. The lyrics are generally quite cheesy, very similar to his chart pop counterparts like Ne-Yo, Bruno Mars and Jay Sean. What stands out above all problems is how difficult it is to take any of Ocean’s messages seriously. It’s not worth my time sitting through almost an hour of generic R&B, trying to like it just because it’s Frank Ocean and because even The Wire put him on their album of the years list as well as every other music publication i nexistence. Bye, Frank, we’re on a different roads…

Posted in: Frank Ocean Nominated For 6 Grammys
#2 bhoyo67 | Dec 3rd Score:-13

The Fiona Apple album is as dull as Sharon Van Dreary. And Frank Ocean? Do me a favour. What a load of overhyped bollocks.

Posted in: Uncut’s 75 Best Albums Of 2012
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Alex Sobel | Dec 5th Score:-14

At least for this list, instead of insisting that a specific website or magazine is stupid for putting certain albums in certain places, we just get to call each other stupid for voting for the wrong things.

Posted in: Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2012

THIS WEEK’S EDITOR’S CHOICE (SCOTT)

donnytilla | Dec 4th Score:0

i think it should now be changed to “wild watwere the kings’ n dumbs’ posts o’ da week” at least for this week because that’s pretty good and I just came up with it. think about it.

Posted in: Das Racist Break Up

THIS WEEK’S EDITOR’S CHOICE (AMRIT)

JaggerT | 1:43pm Score:1

Do you want to punch me?=Best question

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Comments (61)
  1. In reference to the fifth-most disliked comment: aren’t we in a post-Pitchfork-as-an-insult era? It’s like the whole hipsterism thing, it doesn’t mean anything anymore. My two cents.

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  2. But seriously, where’d djfreshie go?

    • He’s still over at Videogum. I think he bowed out of here awhile back when the comment section got way out of hand. I can’t remember what specifically. Last thing I remember him saying in a Shut Up, Dude was how he had seen Shabazz Palaces and is now one with the Mako lifestream.

    • Wow, I came here to pretty much to ask the same question, although my phrasing was going to be, “When Stereogum releases its impending 50 Best Commenters of the Year list, I hope they don’t forget djfreshié.”

      To shed some light on his whereabouts, I had a private e-mail exchange with him many, many months ago, and he basically said he was seeking comfort in the comments section back in the day on regular basis because he had recently split with his girl. So basically, the reason he’s not on here and we still are is because he’s probably back in the habit of making the ladies scream between the sheets, and we’re jerking off to year-end lists.

  3. So I was looking at the Gorilla vs Bear year end list the other day and I noticed that I wasn’t familiar with a ton of the artists. Same with Michael_’s and the FACT list. Even on the ‘Gum list while I’d heard of pretty much every band/artist there were several I’d never listened to. The only music sites I visit are Pitchfork and Stereogum. This year I fell off a little bit in terms of the amount of music I consumed and now that I’m starting to check out some different sites I’m realizing there is so much music I didn’t even know existed. I’m getting older, have less free time, and just less enthusiastic about music and in general, but at the same time I don’t want to feel like I’m missing out on anything.

    Basically what I’m saying is I need someone to volunteer to make me a mix tape every few days so I can hear all the new music that comes out without making any sort of effort. You won’t get anything tangible out of it, but it could be very rewarding.

    Thanks in advance,
    PLB

    • I’m with you on being oblivious to a lot of new releases. I feel like I listen to a varied amount of music, but it sometimes feels like I get in ruts and just listen to bands that I already like. But your request for someone to make you a weekly mixtape made me chuckle. Check my profile, I’m going to leave that link up over the weekend. Tell me what you think. Hope lwd sees this.

      • I guess it never occurred to me that different “indie music” sites covered different bands. I thought they were all pretty much the same for some reason. I need to diversify…

        Leave the link up, I won’t get a chance to really get into it this weekend, but this would be perfect to listen to at work.

      • ON IT! Much appreciated!

      • how is enjoying something you like synonymous with ‘being in a rut?’ you listen to them the most because you like them a lot more than the rest of what you hear. maybe that’s not what you mean. however, there is some pressure to ‘keep-up’ because there’s just so damned much new music coming out all the time, getting reviewed, getting hyped, getting written about, LISTED about. it creates a ‘i don’t wanna miss anything/i’m missing something!’ kind of anxiety. i take comfort in knowing that the vast, vast majority of it won’t be to my taste and/or utterly forgettable.

    • Speaking of Gorilla vs. Bear, did everyone catch how I ruffled his feathers on Twitter by pointing out how absurd it is that his blog has gotten so huge simply by posting mp3s, videos and pictures with barely any thought behind his content?

      https://twitter.com/gorillavsbear/status/275685486377455618

      I guess this makes me a D-list new age version of Christopher Weingarten or something. The cool part is I got several new followers and behind-the-scenes high fives for telling it like it is.

    • PLb’2 – your post really spoke to me. I also only check p4k and ster’gum, sometimes gorill’v'b. my rationale is that there’s just too much content, i need select, top-tier filters. that said, i will likely continue to check these sites until i’m dead and their top album of the year will be that same bullshit kanye album that he’s been making for the last 20 years. AKA rollin’ stone.

      circle of life

    • I completely get this sentiment.

  4. Oh oh, not to comment in rapid succesion, but this has kinda been bugging me: I’m not sure I totally get the consensus-dismissal of T. Swift’s new record. While I understand that the “indier” blogs’ embrace of the album is a shock for some readers, it doesn’t (to me at least) seem too surprising. It’s actually a pretty great record, and at the very least a big risk for someone who has just put out, y’know, country-poppy records. She (or her producers) jump genres more than a damn Ween record. I’d say that takes some proverbial balls, and I’d also say she pulls it off with aplomb. And it doesn’t (no really: DOES NOT) sound like most top 40 acts.

    So yeah, just wanted to jump in and defend the girl. Just give it a chance guys, open your collective hearts.

  5. No lie, today’s my birthday, and my first time in the top ten. And it was a twopeat. Thanks y’all.

  6. Poor Alex, the guy was just misinformed :(

  7. WHAT?!! I got robbed.

  8. Fuck it, I’m going to get one of those non-facebook accounts. what should my name be?

  9. thanks scotty. u da fuxx’n best.

  10. Can I propose a page where we can all post our own self indulgent end of the year lists?

    I mean yours might not be self-indulgent, but you better believe mine will be.

    • Several people have posted their lists in various other posts about lists but a list specifically for Stereogum commenters lists would be great. I love lists. All lists are self-indulgent, it is one of the basic qualities of lists. Lists.

    • crabtron  |   Posted on Dec 7th, 2012 0

      I was considering just posting my list on some old comment thread from 2008 or something, so that I can have the experience of getting one out there while at the same time not worrying about it actually being seen by anyone. But even that would be too much effort. I’ll just sit back and wait for someone else to come up with a list that I completely agree with. It has to be possible. Slothdrop’s came pretty close. But if there was a specific page for posting lists, I guess I’d be game.

    • I’ll just post mine here I guess, at the risk of major downvotes or whatever:
      10. Peaking Lights – Lucifer
      9. Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – Jazz Mind
      8. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
      7. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
      6. DIIV – Oshin
      5. Burial – Kindred EP
      4. Tame Impala – Lonerism
      3. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
      2. Purity Ring – Shrines
      1. How To Dress Well – Total Loss

    • Then we can rank who’s list was the best list and have a top ten list of the top ten lists of the top ten albums of the year.

    • True, all of the non-bloggers deserve to have their lists seen too.

    • Here’s mine, compiled with love, care, and self-importance:

      1. Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
      2. Moonface/Siinai – Heartbreaking Bravery
      3. Dinosaur Jr – I Bet on Sky
      4. Bloc Party – Four
      5. Sawagi – Punch Games
      6. Pomegranates – Heaven
      7. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
      8. School of Seven Bells – Ghostory
      9. Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania
      10. The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends

    • I’d say when the the Gummy winners are out there’ll be an explosion of personal lists in the comments.

  11. Holy wow. I can confirm that Yo La Tengo’s Fade is already one of the best albums of 2013.

  12. And most irrelevant comment of the week goes to……… Me!!

  13. Father John Misty, Peaking Lights, Taken By Trees, Deerhoof and Here We Go Magic don’t seem to be getting much love in the lists I’ve seen. The Chromatics are getting a lot of love though, and I hadn’t listened to them until now. Thank you for that.

  14. Hey yalls, just finished my top 10 tracks of 2012, check it out if you’re interested (http://happymusicsadmusic.blog.com/2012/12/12/best-of-2012-part-2-songs)

    I’ll probably post another link on this week’s Shut Up, Dude!, but figured I’d give myself a shot at getting the most downvotes possible…

  15. Do I get an assist for Donnytilla’s EC pick? I’m giving myself an assist there.

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