Has there ever been another band with the honor of being called “skronk-pop tinkerers”?
Wow, I just got engaged last week, so this article couldn’t have been better-timed. I guess we’d better find a solid bassist and start making some music.
Sounds like a plan! I’ll look for the cat and you’ll look for the Mario Paint screen-cap.
Happy to see Angel Olsen and Matthew E White on the Honorable Mentions list. Angel lives in my neighborhood and was at my band’s show last week and told some people she really liked us so yeah I felt pretty cool about that.
That might be true. It’s like, “big deal, Deerhoof did it again.” And yeah, I’m surprised Swing Lo Magellan wasn’t top-10 or top-5 even. But then why does Beach House get so much recognition for doing the same old [boring] thing?
Maybe it’s because people confuse them with Deer Tick and Deerhunter and it’s just too much work to sort out all those deer bands.
Whoops, meant to write “say this every time…” not “saw this…”
I saw this every time any list is ever released, but…
C’mon! It’s like the indie internet is pretending they don’t exist. I saw them live 3 times this year and they’re definitely the best thing ever. Crowds go all-out nutso for them. They sound unlike any other band. They’re true troopers, been doing this forever. And they have prior experience topping lists. Sufjan even named the Runners Four the best album of last decade, FWIW.
Why don’t people care about Vs. Evil or Breakup Song?????
Hank Shteamer is awesome — he’s a jazz and metal guy mainly, staff writer for Time Out New York, a drummer, and he has my favorite jazz blog on the ‘net: http://darkforcesswing.blogspot.com/ — usually writes about the jazz and old-school punk/metal reissues and stuff for p4k.
For me, Rancid = ’90s skate videos. Yesss.
Welcome, Claire! That’s all.
The one thing I don’t get is why can’t she play guitar? Is that part of the joke or was she just being lazy on the shoot?
Great piece, Amrit. Thanks for writing. I was a percussion major in college, which led to me being exposed to lots of Indian music and studying tabla casually for a few years, but I’ll be damned if I can remember the last time I sat and listened to some Indian classical music. I think it’s about time. There’s nothing like it, especially Mr. Shankar.
Probably the only list that Steregoum will publish that includes Matt Ulery’s By a Little Light. A seriously amazing album that fuses together jazz, contemporary classical, Eastern European folk and indie rock influences. Y’all should check it out: http://open.spotify.com/album/5bH3dabqJcse5D5jWaGgi8
I know, it was a reference to the #6 top-rated comment of 2011 http://bit.ly/UeYgw5
I thought maybe, to make up for this egregious error in last year’s list, they’d put it at the top of the 2012 list. But not really.
For some reason, I’ve been holding out on checking out Screaming Females; this list finally pushed me into it. Wow, what a freaking great rock band.
Other things I like here: Matthew E. White, Jessica Pratt, Converge, Dirty Projectors, Fiona at the top, and Amrit’s HM for Vijay Iyer.
Shedding a tear for Deerhoof, though. Why hasn’t the world’s best rock band gotten any love for their last two albums?
That gorilla knows a good septuagenarian rock song when he hears it.
Oh also, All We Love… is incredible. Holy whoa.
I would go see Converge in Chicago next Thursday but I can’t because I’ll be seeing Vijay Iyer instead, the one jazz musician who ever shows up in any tangential way on the ‘gum, probably just ’cause he’s friends with Amrit (I think?). None of you probably care about that.
Promise Ring covering Adele = me ca. 7th grade meets 7th graders ca. 2012.
Coincidence that this got resolved at the same time as the Chicago teacher’s strike?
According to BV Chicago, Billy Corgan has lived in Highland Park since 2003 http://www.brooklynvegan.com/chicago/2012/09/billy_corgan_op.html
My girlfriend lives in the next suburb north of HP, so I’ve been unknowingly hanging out a few miles away from Mr. Corgan this whole time.
Haven’t really kept up with Hydra Head, but Botch was probably my 2nd favorite hardcore band after Converge. Definitely brings back memories of good times. RIP.
Organix is special to me because it’s the only album with founding bassist Josh Abrams, who is now an avant-garde jazz veteran in Chicago. You can probably see him play on average of 3 or 4 nights a week when he’s in town. Founding Roots member, right there at the bar, playin’ his bass. He’s seriously amazing — he has the absolutely ideal acoustic bass tone and rock-solid time.
Check out his allmusic discography; it starts with Organix and then has a million things you’ve never heard of: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/josh-abrams-mn0000226798/credits