No disrespect to Will Butler and Owen Pallett (as I’m a big fan of both AF and Owen’s solo act), but I find it more dubious now that the Academy refuses to nominate Jonny Greenwood. For There Will Be Blood and The Master the official word was he was disqualified because he used previously recorded music, but isn’t much of the score for Her from Reflektor? (Ie, Supersymmetry and Porno.)
I’ve been saying for years that Thom Yorke should release an album/EP of his live solo-acoustic arrangements. His solo performances of Radiohead and The Eraser songs are always amazing
I agree that they were one of the most influential pop culture magazines ever, but the current state of the magazine is a shadow of its former self. Back in the 60s and 70s they represented the cultural zeitgeist (as if would I know—I was born 10 years after the 70s ended), but now their priority is just trying to hold on to their aging baby-boomer audience. Look at their Top 50 albums of 2012 list and how they basically write the same cover story feature about Bruce Springsteen each time he makes an album.
Album: Grizzly Bear – Shields
Song: Dirty Projectors – “Gun Has No Trigger”
Video: Grimes – “Oblivion” (for no other reason but nepotism for fellow Montrealers)
Crush: Dude: Andrew Bird, Girl: Annie Clark (does she win every year?)
Best New Act: Grimes (again out of nepotism. Would Divine Fits count in spite of Dan Boeckner and Britt Daniel being members of big/popular bands?)
Best Show: Mad Men
I always thought it would be pretty badass for “The National Anthem” by Radiohead to be someone’s intro music (preferably a closer)
Nevermind, I guess…
TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me
Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
INXS – Devil Inside
I was a little disappointed when I found out this had nothing to do with Queen and David Bowie
Yeah, it’s been a bit underwhelming, but maybe they’re saving the big names for the end. The MySpace rollout they’re doing would’ve been better if it wasn’t so anti-climactic (wait five minutes, then find out its some band that you’ve never heard of)
Yeah, not by a long shot is LA better than NY.
Though they probably picked LA because they might’ve been in LA with Nigel at the time and also since they have so many celebrity fans, maybe they figured LA would be a good place to maximize their donations
Mad Deja Vu when Pitchfork rolls out their Top 3.
Not really a criticism, all three were among my favorites of the year. I voted Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, and Dirty Projectors because I knew everyone was going to vote Animal Collective, though it seems everyone voted for Grizzly Bear and the Dirty Projectors too.
I hadn’t read anybody else’s thoughts about the scene, but when I saw the movie I immediately thought of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (and I’m glad someone else did as evident by Ted Leo). It reminded me of the opening scene in TGtBatU when Angel Eyes goes to the guy’s house, sits down at the table eats his stew, and has a conversation with him before finding out about the money and eventually killing him.
Joanna Newsom’s boyfriend is Andy Samberg? That’s seems like a strange match.
Also if Joanna Newsom releases a new album next year, 2010 is going to make me lose my shit
I’m on board the Tune Yards bandwagon. They blew my mind in Montreal and won over the whole crowd
This was pretty cool. It’s interesting to see the solo(ish) arrangements compared to the full band ones.
Also RIP Ed’s twitter.