Sorry, I should explain this more often: In order to cover as much music as possible, we have a one-and-done policy with regard to eligibility. When an album has been represented on this list once, that’s the endorsement, and it’s not eligible to be represented on the list again. Otherwise we’d use valuable space covering the same record for two or three months in a row, at the expense of covering other records. If my response to you came off defensive, it was because you seemed to be suggesting we slept on the Artificial Brain record, when in fact we’ve already praised the hell out of it. My mistake, my apologies.
How was it? I saw them in suburban Long Island on this tour a week or so ago and I thought they were fantastic — it was a marked upgrade from their Brooklyn shows for a number of reasons (crowd, room, vibe). I brought a buddy who’d never even heard them before and he walked away in awe. So did I, actually.
Last month’s column? Really, you missed that one? Good job with that.
It’s amazing. Also hear a ton of Dire Straits and even ’80s Sting on there. BUT it’s fucking great.
I feel the same way, but I think it’s probably an album that works better played straight-thru than heard as random singles. (Altho I haven’t heard the album yet so who knows.)
Edward, I can see both your point and Jeremy’s, above. I think it’s something we’ll have to address on a case-by-case basis. It’s not an easy one to resolve either way.
Also: Thanks for the kind words!
These are great, insightful points, Jim. Also, thanks for shouting out Aaron, whose work this month was exemplary.
Since I’m here, I gotta make a special point to strongly encourage everyone to listen to that Fluisteraars EP that Wyatt wrote about — not just the song we posted (which is insane) but the whole thing. It’s fucking amazing. It’s so early, but I’ll be pretty surprised if it’s not in the top half of our year-end list. Really a standout.
Yeah, that’s a good idea. We already link to the labels at the end of every blurb, but starting next month, I’ll include release date next to that link. If I have time, I’ll post all the release dates for this month’s records in the comments.
Thanks, RJ! Agreed, love all their albums and am now extra excited for this one, too.
I fixed that an hour ago! http://www.stereogum.com/1664550/the-10-best-dirty-projectors-songs/list/comment-page-1/#comment-8390907
Gah! Thanks for the heads up. I’ve amended the text above to reflect this!
Actually, it may be the same 3d tech used by video games. Compare the video to this:
It’s fixed now, sorry about that!
I knew that. FIXED. Thanks for the head’s up!
Man, the kid with the dreadlocks on American Idol 10 years ago did a transcendent version of “Hallelujah.” That song is built for transcendence! For which Leonard Cohen (not Jeff Buckley) deserves credit! And I like Jeff Buckley!
Yeah FWIW 1 – 4 are actually legitimately worthy of those spots IMO (to the extent my opinion means anything). I would have gone with “There Is A Light” rather than “How Soon Is Now” but both are great songs. I shoulda said that up top amid all my gentle ribbing of what they got wrong.
I genuinely live in fear of this.
This is a huge fucking bummer. Just got this email from D. Be advised.
“IMPORTANT! An inferior quality stolen version of “As The Stars” has been illegally uploaded along with fake (stolen) artwork to Itunes by someone not connected to the label or WOD. Action is being taken against this thief as I type this. If you have purchased this version, you are advised to lodge a complaint to Itunes immediately and demand a full refund. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE! I repeat: The ONLY digital versions are available via woodsofdesolation.bandcamp.com – DO NOT SUPPORT THESE CRIMINALS! / D.”
I feel like you guys are fucking with me. To be clear, I don’t have a dog in this fight (haha), they changed their name from Dog Shredder to Wild Throne without any input from me or anyone I know. I merely applauded the choice because Dog Shredder is a name that SUGGESTS animal cruelty, the same way Prostitute Disfigurement is a name that SUGGESTS violence against women. If you were in a new-ish band with a joke name that could pretty easily be misinterpreted and conflated with shit like Prostitute Disfigurement, would you not at least consider changing your name to something a bit less inflammatory? Most metalheads love animals, man! You want to get over with metalheads, you don’t call your band Kitten Mutilator! UNLESS that’s an ironic name and all you sing about is cat rescue! But I didn’t tell Goat Molestör to change their name to Grave Miasma, just as I didn’t tell Dog Shredder to change their name to Wild Throne. They both did so of their own volition because it was a better look for their band in the long run. In general, I’m of the belief bands would like their names to have some value greater than, “At least our fans haven’t been assaulted by PETA activists,” and/or, “Well, it’s still less offensive than Prostitute Disfigurement.”
Worth noting, maybe: One of my favorite bands in recent memory, Grave Miasma, called themselves Goat Molestör for like 10 years before changing their name. Clearly a joke! Still, a wise choice to change the name! Who wants to wear a T-shirt that says Goat Molestör? Or Dog Shredder?
Thanks for the insight, Ben!
Sorry, I phrased that poorly. Never intended to suggest that Dog Shredder/Wild Throne were PRO animal abuse — just the opposite, if anything. My point was that the name SUGGESTED animal abuse, unintentionally, I assumed. But for bands like Cattle Decap and Pig Destroyer, the irony is upfront and essential: Themes of animal-right advocacy are at the very heart of the bands’ respective songs/missions. For Dog Shredder, it was an inside joke that wasn’t gonna translate in the same way if they weren’t singing about saving dogs from kill shelters, abusive owners, etc. But I definitely don’t want anyone walking away from this thinking Wild Throne are (or ever were) somehow promoting animal cruelty; they were not, never, period.
It unironically and kind of enthusiastically suggests animal abuse (whereas bands like Pig Destroyer and Cattle Decap are pretty fervent animal rights advocates). Not saying the Wild Throne guys realized that when they first took the name, just saying they made a wise choice changing it.
Ack. Text now amended. Thanks for the heads up!