Deafheaven “Sunbather” is my tops so far, though Daft Punk’s RAM isn’t too far off
The Bear, They Ran, Nashville to Kentucky, Old Sept Blues, If All Else Fails, War Begun, Picture of You, I Will Be There When You Die, By My Car, Butch Cassidy, I Think I’m Going to Hell
At Dawn, Lowdown, The Way That He Sings, Death Is The Easy Way, Hopefully, Bermuda Highway, Just Because I Do, If It Smashes Down, I Needed It Most, Phone Went West, Strangulation!
all worth repeating
On the Beach is an absolute masterpiece
I love Good News (“The View,” “Ocean Breathes Salty,” “One Chance,” sooo good), but I just don’t find myself returning to it and listening to it all the way through as I do Lonesome Crowded and Moon and Antarctica.
For me, it’s more like you’ve got 3 tiers:
Tier 1 – ‘LCW’ and ‘Moon and Antarctica’ – Pretty much untouchable all the way through
Tier 2 – ‘Good News,’ ‘Building Nothing,’ ‘Long Drive’ – Excellent, excellent stuff, but I find myself skipping around or not finishing the record
Tier 3 – ‘We Were Dead,’ ‘No One’s First,’ ‘Sad Sappy Sucker,’ etc. – Still great (We Were Dead and No One’s First in particular have some killer tracks), but just not as consistent overall
I was just gonna say the exact same thing about BNOS at #3. Never Ending Math Equation, Interstate 8, Broke is just such a killer way to kick off a record.
So so so so sooooo happy to see a Modest Mouse list – and one that has Lonesome Crowded West at the top to boot!
On almost any given day it’s a toss-up for me, between LCW or Moon and Antarctica, but overall Lonesome Crowded is darker, rawer, and more visceral, and ultimately that’s the music I find myself gravitating towards more often than not. Both are desert island discs though.
As a Hoosier, I am eternally happy to see “Suedehead” at the top of this list. Morrissey riding a tractor is the greatest thing ever. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AvuweztG4Q
I second the notion. I thought last year’s Priest Andretti was kinda dull, but New Jet City is great.
Well, now that I no longer have to endure the anticipation of waiting to hear the latest from MBV, all my anxious energy is now focused on the following: Can Michael_ achieve the impossible and land a clean sweep of the Lowest Rated Comments?
Better question- what do you think?
Second go ’round with headphones on and, *wow*, what a difference. I usually like listening to MBV on my stereo speakers just to be able to be blown away by the sound, but where previously I was underwhelmed by the opening track(s), now with headphones on it’s so much easier to appreciate the depth and richness of the tunes.
Michael Hanna I’m intrigued by your idea of the three parts of this album. Later I’m planning on listening to Isn’t Anything, Loveless, and m b v back-to-back-to-back.
After being kinda let down after hearing the first several tracks, I was getting ready to make a “Chinese Democracy” crack. But now I’m on the second side and this is BLISS.
Definitely agree. After all the hype (and website issues), I was a little bit let down at first after hearing the first several tracks, which struck me as sounding like bonus tracks from the “Loveless” recordings. But now I’m listening to second half (and currently on the last track with the jet engine – YES!) and NOW I’m getting into it. Definitely looking forward to repeat listenings with headphones.
Please send to a friend – aka “Me” ;)
Funny you say that, I feel the exact opposite- I don’t the vocals, but can’t stand the synths
Love this. Can somebody please do a Melvins list?
Where’s it at?
I’m glad to see “Hit to Death” so high. I’m sad to see “Yoshimi” so low.
It’s a Festivus miracle!
Great writeup, but don’t forget the latest Burial release that just came out a few days ago, “Truant/Rough Sleeper.” It’s absolutely magnificent as well!
How about “No Idols” by Domo Genesis/The Alchemist? In a great year like this I wouldn’t put it anywhere near the top, but surely it deserves a mention.
Props for the MMJ shout-out. Not that it deserves to be on this list, but I’m particularly partial to their version of “Oh Holy Night” when Jim interrupts the song midway through to take his shoes off.
Make that “some aging Baby Boomer” and you might have a point
I think the real issue about “age” here isn’t literally about how many years old the artists are, but how old they “sound.” Listening to the new Swans album makes me want to dig into their back catalog to chart their evolution. Doing the same for Springsteen seems like a study of decay.