Find Me On:
Most of my favorites are on the list, so here are my 10 favorites that didn’t make the list:
Wild Beasts – Present Tense
Tove Lo – Queen Of The Clouds
Bad Suns – Language & Perspective
Betty Who – Take Me When You Go
Haerts – Haerts
Theophilus London – Vibes
Absolutely Free – Absolutely Free.
Bleachers – Strange Desire
Eternal Summers – The Drop Beneath
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
I knew I recognized that vocal line from something, and then I realized: “Uptown Funk” is ripping off Trinidad James’ “All Gold Everything”.
Can’t wait to listen to this! And if you like pop music, the Betty Who album came out today too and it’s a pretty joyous collection of pop songs.
Yikes, that Gawker list! No one who has left their house in the last decade would put “I gotta feeling” so high, that song is the plague.
Dammit this isn’t a Kanye West song. Stupid Typoglycemia
I thought the same thing after the first listen, that it wasn’t much of a step forward for them… but after a few more listens, it makes me so, so happy. It makes me happy in a way that few other albums this year can. I can’t wait to listen to it again. So maybe they don’t need to evolve.
I saw them live at CMJ about a week after this album came out. I’d been listening to the CD on repeat on the trains all week, and was feeling like the album was a pretty huge deal. When I got to the Sub Pop showcase, though, the hall was half empty. I guess most CMJ attendees were off seeing bands with more buzz, and those few of us crowded up front for the Shins were there because those songs really meant something to us.
Tom, I like that you are broadening the scope. Music videos stopped being something we waited to watch on MTV and became something we clicked on a long time ago, and they are certainly only one of the many types of things we click on to experience music now.
That said, I don’t care for cellphone videos. I prefer to experience something for the first time at a higher quality. I didn’t want to hear the new Dismemberment Plan songs for the first time from some crappy cellphone recording, so I waited for music videos and studio versions. I’d be bummed to see cellphone videos in the countdown. I guess I’m saying, I just hope that “5 Best” continues to mean “Best” and not just “most sensational”.
Yeah, if the bracket was on Stereogum, it would have had opposite results across the board. Grantland has some great music writers, but their readers… are funny.
I just checked out Rudimental, and I’m not surprised I hadn’t heard of them. They’re massively British sounding Drum-and-Bass, which isn’t really popular here in the states.