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Wow this is asinine. #BreakAsinine
But now I understand why R. Kelly was AOTW.
This ALMOST makes up for the Bieber collab. Almost.
Thanks – it wasn’t in the write-up originally (just in case you all think I’m just lazy/not paying attention)
This song is so good. But this “code” thing is annoying and I refuse to participate. So I’ll just wait for one of you to post it on here.
Should be included for “Jubilee Street” and “Higgs Boson Blues” alone.
Halcyon Digest is an amazing, totally different, less consistent but I think overall better album. So… agreed.
For the record, I hadn’t actually looked at the list yet and was just making things up. But yea, it’s in my top ten.
For the record, Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave and James Blake are huge omissions.
YES. “AM” ranks with their best (“Favourite Worst Nightmare” IMHO) and is one of my favorites this year. Big omission.
James Blake is in my top 5 this year. I don’t get how people didn’t like it as much as his debut – I thought, if trimmed down by two obviously out-of-place tracks, it was miles ahead.
Let me start this off my not reading the list and complaining. Because #1 should not be #1 – it should be #12 AT MOST. #23 should be #1 and #35 is also totally underrated (then again, people are over that genre and stereogum is nothing if not a populist).
Rap is dead, metal is dead, what does ‘indie’ mean? Hip-hop is thriving but can it survive in such a niche environment? Pop is back because synth is king. Guitars are out unless they’re walls of sound, or used ironically, or non-ironically but in a 70′s style. The entire music industry is useless and is dead and is also thriving and an incredible reflection of our fragmented, hyper-connected world. 2013 is, was, and will forever be the best and worst year in music EVER.
Thank you – totally agreed.
If anything, I’d say Rubber Soul did more to push music forward that Sgt. Pepps did. And it’s better. Much better.
Meet the Beatles should DEFINITELY be on this list – and above many of them (I’ll just ignore the fact that you put Magical Mystery Tour above Help!). Then again, I’m a bigger fan of the early stuff (Abbey Road not withstanding) and think that The White Album is massively overrated, so I’m probably in the minority.
Man, AoTY was hard to pick. I went with the one I find myself playing the most – Arctic Monkeys, “AM”
Song of the year, because I really wanted to give this AoTY and it’s the best track on the album – “Acid Rain” by Chance the Rapper
So many runners up to AoTY though – Kurt Vile, Arcade Fire, Kanye, Neko Case, Vampire Weekend, El-P and Killer Mike, CHVRCHES, James Blake, Volcano Choir, on and on…
I disagree with the Wiig-Banks theory – they’re pretty attractive people, and while it would be funny, it probably wouldn’t be AS funny. If it was Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, who is not “traditionally” attractive or fit like KK, then yes, this point works.
I think Renaton’s offense at people finding it funny because it’s two men is off base – I would suggest that it’s more Rogan’s hairy, flabby body being a stand in for KK, Franco’s exact imitation of Kanye’s apathetic rap/dancing, and the shot-for-shot style which shows just how little effort went into making this video (on purpose, of course).
Goddammit that was beautiful.
“Sea Change” is my favorite Beck album, and one of my favorite albums ever, so I’m unreasonably excited for what is (allegedly) a follow-up of sorts.
Wow people need to relax. Why is it “pretentious,” as so many have said, to ASK that fans dress up for the show? JUST HAVE FUN IN YOUR LIVES FOR ONCE WITHOUT OVERTHINKING SOMETHING OR BEING CONCERNED ABOUT DOING WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE OR ARE NOT DOING.
Exactly. Why wouldn’t you want to join in on the fun?
I think the difference is that Kanye doesn’t pretend to be a good guy – his whole shtick is his abrasiveness and general a**holery – but JT has always put himself out there as a nice, down to earth goofball, so this behavior is off-putting at the least and, to some fans, probably seems like a betrayal of sorts.
Come on, man. Just because we’re being critical of a musician you happen to *really* like doesn’t make us “wannabe music critics” or mean that we want to “go listen to some Justin Beiber or something.” Not everyone has to agree with you. Just because you think Dev is “amazing” and Cupid Deluxe is your “favorite” doesn’t mean we all feel that way (especially since you yourself admitted to being biased, and Lightspeed Champion – an effort I was never really into, personally – will “go down as one of your favorite bands of all time”).
People tend to disagree about lots of things, and especially art/culture, and if you can’t handle that then you’re going to have a lonely life. Grow up.
For some reason I was REALLY into Test Icicles for a few months in college. But yeah, Dev seems to just capitalize on whatever trend in music is popular at the time. Which isn’t to say his music is bad. The first Blood Orange album was really enjoyable (and a total Twin Shadow rip-off, which is in turn a total lots of things rip-off), though I find the lack of focus in the new album distracting.
I for one enjoyed the roll-out. It felt like an event that I was exasperatingly excited for in an era where things tend to leak and just be. The (great) lead single and its weird accompanying video, the outrageous SNL performance and post-concert thing, the artsy snippets, the fake band name, the small, semi-controversial concerts – these things made it all seem to have more weight. It helps that AF actually makes music worth the hype and attention and – yes – oddity surrounding it. Is it a perfect album? No. Was it a perfect roll-out/marketing campaign? No. Were both interesting, outlandish, daring, different, and worthy of our attention? YES.
For a group of people so obsessed with doing things “differently” and “artistically” we sure are judgmental of artists who choose to do these things on a bigger stage (which, in my book is even more daring, as it sets yourself up for bigger failure and criticism).
My GF and I were sitting there wondering if people would pick up on the lip-syncing, Shouldn’t have even wondered, it was SO OBVIOUS – he wasn’t even trying. Embarrassing.
Says the homer with the Eminem icon pic.
Your “truth” happens to be just an opinion – an unpopular one that you seem to think is FACT. You’re being downvoted because you sound aggressively smug about this opinion. Also, if we’re talking about “the music, maannnnn,” then read my *opinion* above, where I specifically mention that Tom didn’t event get to the real issue, which is that the music is boring. Maybe the problem us “hipsters” are having with this album is that he HASN’T moved on – people who visit this site tend to like things that take chances and move forward, and if this is “Eminem just returning to the old Eminem” then this is an artist moving backwards. How is that interesting?