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I’ve had those two pretty much tied in first for a while, though I’d probably give the edge to Hissing Fauna now. Hissing Fauna is definitely more emotionally powerful, but, to it’s credit, Satanic Panic has more melodic prettiness than any other record of theirs. Listening to it on one of the first days of spring is such a happy experience.
I’m surprised to see Sunlandic Twins so high on the list, but of Montreal really is a different band to different people, and that’s one of the things I love about them. There are weaker and stronger albums, but more than anything, their albums are just plain different from each other. I have no idea how to rank something like Sylvianbriar against albums like False Priest and Coquelicot. They’re so radically different and yet all effective in their own ways.
I am very happy with Sylvianbriar though. I think it’s a great new direction, and one that makes a lot of sense as a counter to their past few albums.
It’s not an easy listen, but if you can treat it almost like some sort of 20th century avant grade classical music work (Kevin Barnes did claim Penderecki as an influence), I think it’s extremely rewarding. I never understood why the reviews weren’t better.
That was actually my favorite line of this interview. I love counterpoint so much…
That Phoenix video is pretty awesome- Bankrupt as a whole is underrated in my opinion. As far as the new Janelle Monáe song, it is growing on me a bit, but so far neither of her two new singles have really captured that slick, sic-fi sound of her last album. She probably isn’t even going for that anymore though.
The 2ne1 video is as entertaining as any YG-produced video- I don’t love the song though.
I think part of the thing with K-pop vs J-pop is that the K-pop is a lot more of a cohesive, accessible, packaged product. J-pop is a lot more diverse and diffuse, so it can be harder to discover outside of Japan.
I would replace New York City Cops with Under Control (Julian’s best vocal performance in my opinion), and then I would find a spot for Under Cover of Darkness and/or Taken For a Fool, both of which I prefer over Someday, regardless of how it’s sort of a classic.
I feel like I’m reading the comment section through a cloud of fog without having rankings. But maybe it is really that the fog has at last parted, and my eyes are truly free…
How nice to see Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga at number 1. It has a higher density of great Spoon songs than most of their albums, even if the quality of its best tracks is high enough to make the merely good tracks sound a bit worse than otherwise. The only thing I would change would be to move Girls Can Tell ahead of Kill the Moonlight. Maybe the latter is more minimally artistic, but Girls Can Tell has some stronger, weightier tunes. Everything Hits at Once is still one of the best Spoon songs.
I love this! Taking the synths and the polish from their last album up a notch works. I hope the rest of the album is like this.
It sounds like a classic Strokes song (always a very good thing), but it does not sound like a classic Strokes single. It is fine, but whereas Under Cover of Darkness sounded like a particularly good classic Strokes song, this just sounds kind of like a middle of the road classic Strokes song. I was kind of hoping the single would have more punch. However, I’ve barely listened to this song, so my opinion might change.
Actually, I’m kind of neutral too. I know their lyrics are pretty dumb, and their songs are formulaic, but they don’t sound all that far removed from a lot of bands that critics accept and like. Plus the banjo playing IS kind of cool, right? At least I think so. That said, I don’t choose to listen to their music, and a lot of my friends seem to like them a little TOO much.
Their music has always been decently enjoyable, but I frankly don’t feel much of a need to keep up with them after that incident. If they were better, maybe it would be more of a moral dilemma.
I don’t know… Angles (not to mention Julian’s solo stuff) showed that they are all too willing to mix synths into their sound. I hope you’re right though.
I’m glad that Gangnam Style made it that high, even if it didn’t get the top spot. Regardless of its phenomenon status, it is still just incredibly entertaining.
I agree 100% with that order.
This is a great interview. I love Dayve’s honesty. I totally see how Player Piano is trying to avoid sounding like electronic music. And I wonder why no one ever mentions Slaughtered, that awesome mixtape he put out about a year ago.
I definitely think Memory Tapes is underrated. Player Piano was not that special, but Seek Magic was a pretty flawless album. He has a gift for creating catchy synth hooks. Almost all of his songs have some interesting, worthwhile tune in them. And he’s also not afraid of developing his ideas outside of normal song structures and taking his songs in unexpected and exciting directions. I can’t wait for his third album.
I love the Early Four Track Recordings, but I am happy that of Montreal moved on from this sound. That’s a great picture of young Kevin though.
It’s cool that Scott Walker is on there, but not much else about this list is cool
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Memory Tapes, Beck, and Dan Deacon? I’m intrigued. Dan Deacon especially makes sense after his last album.
I’m probably the only Grizzly Bear fan who doesn’t like “Knife.” It’s actually one of my least favorite GB songs. I’d replace that in the number one spot with Little Brother- such a haunting tune, especially when the banjo comes in on the second verse.
I went into this list prepared to be faced with 40 bands I’d probably never heard of, and– who would have thought?– kpop proved me wrong.
Yeah, I almost typed that. That’s probably more what I’m getting at.