Deerhunter is not high enough.
Great stuff here. Given your picks, I’m surprised you didn’t include Mikal Cronin or at the very least Deerhunter. Seem right up your alley.
Or maybe it’s b/c those two are at the top of my list and I’m selfish.
Hate to admit it, but I have never liked this band until Lousy. I’ve tried to get into their older stuff but I’m having difficulty. I love Lousy though, it’ll be in my top 5 of the year actually.
It’s definitely a grower. I like it.
Coehn gave Monomania an 8.3. That album is clearly a 9 at least. For this, he should die.
I love these lists. Helps me find new stuff when I’ve overplayed Monomania and mbv.
Hopefully the better thing he has to do is make new Fugazi music.
Simple Song was far from the best song on Port of Morrow. Rifle’s Spiral was ten times better, and this list is too lite on Chutes too Narrow. Please review and resubmit this list with corrections.
Mikal Cronin – Weight, Shout It Out
Deerhunter – Dream Captain, THM, Neon Junkyard
QOTSA – If I had a Tail, Fairweather Friends
Vampire Weekend – Dianne Young
1. Deerhunter – Monomania
2. MBV – MBV
3. Mikal Cronin – MCii
4. Kurt Vile – Waking On a Pretty Daze
5. The Men – New Moon
6. Savages – Silence Yourself
7. QOTSA – …Like Clockwork
8. Youth Lagoon – Wonderous Bughouse
9. Chelsea Light Moving – s/t
10. California X – s/t
Baths gets a nod as well as Vampire Weekend too.
I feel R doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Moreso than Deaf it clearly shows the contributions of the cast. It’s leaner than Deaf but it’s very powerful. I suppose Deaf has more pop friendly sounds to it and was what got the band noticed.
I’ll say this about Clockwork. It’s good. I like it. It’s better than Era Vulgaris, but probably on par with Lullabies, maybe an eyelash below. But I’m glad the band has somewhat rebounded after Vulgaris, so this is definitely a step in the right direction, even if the collaborators are there in name only it seems.
Hmmmm. I don’t like this. But I did like Roomrunner, so that was a good nod.
It’s okay. I don’t hate it, but it’s not really my type of music.
Very true. They’ve done it on all of their albums up to Monomania. For some reason though, on HD it’s more distracting. I still love the album, but I think I like Monomania more at the moment.
I know that DH changed course on this most recent album, but Monomania really deserves a lot more love than it receiving at the moment. It sounds crazy, I know, but I’m actually listing it a bit (just a smidge) higher than Halcyon Digest – particularly because of how immediate it was for me. On first listen back on April 8th, I was instantly taken by it, which I can’t say was true for the first time with HD or even my favorite Microcastle.
There isn’t a single song on Monomania that I skip. Unfortunately, on HD, I tend to skip Sailing and Basement Scene… dunno why though. They just seem to break the mood for me.
I didn’t really care for this. It’s still early, I’ve given it maybe 4 spins so far, but it’s just not as immediate for me as their debut was. I’m likely to change my mind further down the road. It’s better than Contra, I will say that.
I’m with you. I like it though, just not as much as others apparently. I agree with all of the comparisons (Sonic Youth, Joy Division, etc.) but overall I just like it, not love it.
The only thing laughable is the fact that Helicopter is #5, which you clearly missed.
Deerhunter is my favorite band of the 2000s. There’s a lot of love for songs that deserve love. The omission of NEH is peculiar but at least it shows that (unlike some) the writer can move beyond the song that made Deerhunter so popular. On the contrary, the song is amazing and I can’t imagine a single “best of” list without it.
Doing a top 10 DH songs list is just as hard as doing a best of Radiohead imo, it’s just too difficult for me.
I like this but Deerhunter and Cronin were way better.
Couldn’t agree more. It was instant for me. Maybe it’s because of how much I adore this band and their side projects, but on that first listen I was pretty much in heaven. I didn’t have any expectations going into it, and was left feeling completely satisfied by it, more so than the first time I listened to Microcastle or Halcyon Digest.
I’ve spent the last 2-3 weeks listening to this almost non-stop. Being an avid Deerhunter fan (own all releases, side projects, demos, etc.) I have to come to my own conclusion that this is their 2nd best album. Nothing will probably ever top Microcastle for me, but the messiness of this album is truly grand. There’s not a single bad song on here in my opinion. This seems to be a culmination of everything both influential parties (Lockett and Cox) have done leading up to this. It’s most definitely their rock record, an album that will no doubt solidify them even more so than they already are.
I know that the bump beyond Halcyon Digest seems a bit premature since this is the new album. But I was instantly enthralled with the record, which seems to be rare amongst most listeners. I think it’s wonderful. More chaotic but more accessible. More Deerhunter, more Atlas Sound, and more Lotus Plaza, all rolled into one album. AOTY for me, and I have a sinking suspicion that it’ll top a lot of critics lists this year too.
Excellent album. Dream Captain is catchy as hell. Not a bad song on here. I’m not prepared to say it’s better or worse than any of their other albums, considering how much I love each of their releases. I will say this, for me, it’s better than any Atlas Sound or Lotus Plaza album.
I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed by Bankrupt, but it definitely leaves me wanting more instead of feeling satisfied like I was with Wolfgang. It’s not as immediate. It’s catchy as hell pop music, but for some reason it just doesn’t hit like Wolfgang for me.
It’s not bad at all, just okay in my book. It may grow though, Youth Lagoon did and now I love that album.
Seriously. that’s the only thing I care about this week.