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I loved that song so much.
I just hate it when people read into statements way more than they need to. It’s like, THAT quote is what they’re choosing to get mad about nowadays? Seems like they’re just using Kanye as a platform to highlight Anti-Semitism.
Even if we all agree that it’s Anti-Semitic, on the grand scale of Anti-Semitism, his statement would rank on the minor / harmless / low end part of the scale.
I feel like the Anti-Defamation League’s statement was more Anti-Semitic than Kanye’s statement.
All Kanye is saying is the age old line, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
He better not apologize.
It’s definitely in my Top 5, but there were a few other personal favorites that came out after RAM that you’ll see ever so slightly above the Brothers Punk.
Dammit! Didn’t mean to almost spoil the surprises. Hope you like the Mario Kart race :)
Spoiler: “m b v” is my personal #1 as well. Loved everything about it, from the sound to the way they released it and then performed live for us too. This year wouldn’t have been the same without that album dropping in early February.
As an amateur Wu-Tang / Boards of Canada Numerologist let me explain.
First off, it’s a stretch for him to draw that comparison.
If he’s going to add 22 together, he needs to add 44 together. 8 is a multiple of 4 so there is at least a pattern, but I wouldn’t call that a spiritual alignment.
In The Wu-Tang Manual, RZA breaks down what the Supreme Numbers mean. Here is the section for ’8′ :
“8 = Build. Eight is build because God builds everything. Even the word God itself – G-O-D – you take those letters and add it up, you get eight. 7-15-4. And to build means to add on to life. And when you build positively, you take away from negativity.”
That’s right, you add up words too. Anyway, him being 44 could be interpreted as a spiritual age on its own.
So maybe he’s building Veganism onto his life because he’s a God.
“But really, all you needed to know was “Clams beat,” right?”
Since I know honlads listens, I’ll throw my radio show’s Top 20 Vinyl Albums of 2013 (it excludes hip-hop because I don’t like having to bleep out curse words for the radio)
01. Daft Punk — “Random Access Memories”
02. Cut Copy — “Free Your Mind”
03. my bloody valentine — “m b v”
04. Vampire Weekend — “Modern Vampires of the City”
05. Phoenix — “Bankrupt!”
06. Boards of Canada — “Tomorrow’s Harvest”
07. Dirty Beaches — “Drifters / Love Is The Devil”
08. Arcade Fire — “Reflektor”
09. The Field — “Cupid’s Head”
10. Kurt Vile — “Wakin On A Pretty Daze”
11. Disclosure — “Settle”
12. James Blake — “Overgrown”
13. Fuck Buttons — “Slow Focus”
14. Weekend — “Jinx”
15. The Strokes — “Comedown Machine”
16. No Age — “An Object”
17. Unknown Mortal Orchestra — “II”
18. Washed Out — “Paracosm”
19. Yo La Tengo — “Fade”
20. The Knife — “Shaking The Haibitual”
I’ll post my personal Top 10 later on during Awards season. Probably in the Gummy Award Thread.
THERE’S that Dirty Beaches love!
Jesus yes that top list of albums is solid. My buddy was showing me Classixx and can’t believe it isn’t getting more praise. Album is solid.
Nobody mentioning the Boards of Canada omission is funny, but kind of expected. It’s definitely in my Top Ten, but then again, we all forgot about David Bowie too.
I don’t think Yeezus is Kanye’s The Wall. I feel like what he decides to put out next could be The Wall, but I feel like a 40 minute album could never be compared to The Wall.
Also: “Double Cup” ya’ll. Double Cup.
Well I sort of feel foolish now that Hartford did grab numbers at random. Either way, I’m going to run with it because Deerhunter still is one of my favorite bands so this topic seems ripe for discussion.
For what it’s worth, “Cryptograms” and “Microcastle / Weird Era. Cont.” were my #1 albums of 2007 and 2008. “Halcyon Digest” took a little longer to… uh… digest, but I eventually came around to it. For all I know, I still need more listens to come around to “Monomania” but deep down I know I could never love it as much as their previous albums.
So to address your final sentence, I agree that criticism is problematic, but it doesn’t really apply to me personally. As a fan of Liars and Animal Collective, I’m totally fine with a band switching up the formula and trying something new from album to album. So that’s not the problem. I address the problem in my original post:
It seems that even members of Deerhunter didn’t want to make “Monomania” as witnessed by Josh leaving the band. All I ever want from a band is an album that the BAND is happy with, because then fuck all what I think, right? So with “Monomania” when I see what used to be a powerful collaboration of talented musicians turn into The Bradford Cox Show, I think that’s reason to be disappointed.
Now, I wasn’t alive in the 70s, but I’d think some people maybe felt the same way when Roger Waters started handling more of the songwriting duties as opposed to collaborating with his talented band mates. This comparison is especially apt for me, because one of the reasons I got into Deerhunter was because they were a badass psychedelic band, as that’s what I was into at the time. I’m STILL into psychedelic music, and I’m afraid that side of Deerhunter was marginalized on “Monomania” in favor of straightforward songwriting. Again, nothing wrong with that, but I feel they stopped doing something they do INCREDIBLY well. “Octet” is one of my favorite songs EVER and after seeing them live, these guys can JAM if they want.
So sure, maybe that block of text can also be summed up with “they didn’t make the record I wanted them to make.” I’m not saying it’s bad, I’m just saying they can do a lot better working together.
The surefire sign of country parents is a misspelled name.
For example: Carlee
Feel free to go on.
Jinx was on some ultra heavy rotation for me this year. They slayed the new songs live too. Weekend fucking rule.
Monomania at #1 ? No way.
I’m going to finally get this off my chest. I’ve been madly in love with Deerhunter since Cryptograms. That love only grew and grew with each release. Even the Atlas Sound & Lotus Plaza albums received heavy rotation from me each year they came out. I was more than prepared to listen to Monomania over and over and over again this year.
But I didn’t. The Deerhunter I knew and love is gone. I love Bradford Cox to death, but Monomania may as well be a Bradford Cox solo project (not even worthy of the Atlas Sound moniker). HE tried something new with their sound, not Deerhunter. I mean the man responsible for “Nothing Ever Happened” left the band. The man responsible for some of the biggest highlights on “Halcyon Digest” gets reduced to a one song contribution.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a perfectly listenable album. You could even toss out the argument that if this album was released by a new band it would’ve gone over better. But as a longtime fan of Deerhunter, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed and let down with Monomania. Needs more Lockett or straight up needs more collaboration. I realize that’s sort of the whole point of the record, that it’s all about Bradford. But that really cuts off Deerhunter at the legs and cuts out a lot of what made this band my absolute favorite for MANY years.
The Yeezus / Run The Jewels comparison is completely justified in my mind. They were my #2 / #1 hip-hop records respectively. They were both released within a week or two of each other and had many similarities:
10 tracks / 30-40 minute run time / aggressive beats & lyrics
Lots to love on both albums, but I feel Run The Jewels sets a better standard for hip-hop as we move forward into 2014. Two TERRIFIC rappers get together and one of them makes EVERY SINGLE beat on the record. I LOVED the simple creation process for RTJ, because it allowed the LITERAL FUN the two of them were having to come through clear as a listener. My friend dubbed RTJ “The Feel Good Album of the Year” and El-P himself has tweeted about it’s amazing that everyone is saying it sounds like Mike & El are having fun on the record because they actually were.
I’ve compared Yeezus to 808s all year because I truly think this is just another in between album before he drops another true behemoth. On 808s, we could understand his heartbreak and why he’d write an album like that. With Yeezus… dude had a baby and got engaged and he’s rapping about… everything he’s rapping about on Yeezus? Plus we all know he just hashed together those lyrics last minute. Ye admitted in interviews that he could’ve spent more time on the album.
Oh who am I kidding. We’ve discussed this to death already. They’re both great records. But to me, after last year’s double shot of Cancer 4 Cure & R.A.P. Music, seeing these two come together and nurture their collaboration one big step in the right direction, there was no better move in hip-hop this year. The chemistry El-P & Killer Mike is a rarity, like OutKast rare, or Beastie Boys rare. So that to me trumps one spot over a phoned in Kanye album (that of course, is still better than most things).
Yeah I thought Tom was also wild about Charli this year. To see Sky Fereirra so high (I don’t know why I associate the two…) makes the absence a little weirder.
It’s still a boss list. I see The Field & Run The Jewels which makes me happy. But as they say…
There are albums here I like & There are albums here I don’t like.
Q: How We Met?
A: Williams Street
Q: What do you think of the state of hip-hop?
A: Well, we put out an album for free and got to go on tour. Let’s call it good.
Q: How we feel about other artists?
A: Ya’ll need to team up and start working together if you ever wanna be better than us.
Was just thinking this.
It’s been a whole year since “Truant / Rough Sleeper” and “Kindred” dropped in February.
My friend just showed me that Jon Hopkins record and HOLY HELL it’s a good one. He showed it to me because I love The Field. So I’d recommend The Field’s new album “Cupid’s Head” if you dig “Immunity”. Probably wouldn’t hurt to check out Boards of Canada “Tomorrow’s Harvest” as well.
Real solid list though. Contains a lot of what will be in my Top Ten.
It’s all good. I didn’t read your comment either :)
Dammit! Me too. I forgot that came out this year.
I didn’t vote for my #1 album because I’d rather see Run The Jewels crack the list.
” (There’s no Indie Rock Crush category this time because we’re saving that for Valentine’s Day. ”
Do you even read bro?