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Old 01-07-2012, 09:45 PM   #166
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Didn't know you dug the Yuck album... also surprised to hear you say "so many of Yuck's obvious influences are favourite bands of mine" because you don't like Pavement, do you?
I don't care much for Pavement, but I don't see that as their main influence. To me, they are pretty much what you'd get if you put in a blender The Cure, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh, Ride/MBV/early nineties shoegaze in general, and stuff like that.
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:58 PM   #167
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See I know about three songs from all those bands combined.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:02 PM   #168
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What have you been wasting your life on?
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:07 PM   #169
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His life is like one long PSA.

Oh, wait, you mean musically.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:17 PM   #170
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I don't care much for Pavement, but I don't see that as their main influence. To me, they are pretty much what you'd get if you put in a blender The Cure, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh, Ride/MBV/early nineties shoegaze in general, and stuff like that.
Oh well, I just might check them out now that you have mentioned some of my favourite bands here.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:28 PM   #171
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The only band with a more authentic sound than Yuck is Fitz and the Tantrums.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:27 PM   #172
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Here I was planning on a list with some nice summaries for each one, but I'm just too lazy to go through all that.

1. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming (13)
Most double albums come across as bloated or unnecessary. This one is neither.

2. Washed Out - Within and Without (11)
Hate the cover, love the album.

3. Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (11)
Best title ever, and has become one of my favorite Mogwai albums. Take one listen to Death Rays and you'll know why.

4. Bon Iver - Bon Iver (10)
First album has a few standout tracks, but this one is better overall.

5. Cults - Cults (9)
Just an all-out fun record, albeit a bit on the short side.

6. R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now (8)
Between this and Accelerate, at least they went out on a high note.

7. Russian Circles - Empros (7)
I still rate Station ahead of it, but this is a damn close second.

8. Duran Duran - All You Need Is Now (7)
The full album was released in March, so this goes as a 2011 release as far as I'm concerned. Would have never thought they'd do something as good as Rio ever again with all the crap they've released over the years, but they proved me wrong big time. That 9 rating from PopMatters is legit, folks.

9. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (6)
Great follow-up; it would have taken something extraordinary to top the debut, but this is still a pleasing effort.

10. Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto (6)
Obviously not as good as Viva, but it's an enjoyable record.

11. Sleepmakeswaves - ...And So We Destroyed Everything (4)
Not as strong as the last album, but a very consistent work.

12. Old Silver Key - Tales Of Wanderings (3)
Neige's presence alone makes this worthwhile, even if it isn't quite on the same level as Alcest.

13. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Belong (2)
Like Bon Iver, I think this is the more complete album, even if some of the songs from the debut are better.

14. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead (2)
One of my most listened to records this year. Love the pace and rustic feel of it.

15. Explosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (1)
Surprised to not see this one on any lists. It's still Explosions people, and still good.


Others I dug:

Steven Wilson - Grace For Drowning
Cut Copy - Zonoscope
My Morning Jacket - Circuital
Radiohead - The King Of Limbs
Okkervil River - I Am Very Far
TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light
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Looks as though M83 is going to claim the title. What is that, four or five first-place votes?
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Up until the weekend my favorite was Matthew Good's, "Lights of Endangered Species." Then, however, I listened to Bon Iver's self-titled...


EDIT: Haven't heard Cults
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Nice list, Phanan.
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As long as boniverboniverboniverboniverboniverCABIN!CABIN! doesn't win, I'll be alright with the results. I know I gave it a couple points myself, but Hurry Up We're Dreaming is more deserving, as is Kaputt and Let England Shake, and I think all of those have a shot at the top 5.
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These are going to go in order of points given, not order of preference.

Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes (15)
St. Vincent - Strange Mercy (13)
Balam Acab - Wander/Wonder (10)
Eleanor Friedberger - Last Summer (10)
Zola Jesus - Conatus (8)
EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints (7)
Feist - Metals (7)
Destroyer - Kaputt (6)
Tom Waits - Bad as Me (6)
Tennis - Cape Dory (5)
Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact (4)
Dum Dum Girls - Only in Dreams (3)
Los Campesinos! - Hello Sadness (2)
Austra - Feel It Break (2)
Wilco - The Whole Love (2)

So there's another list for the pile. The Peef Pile.
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These are going to go in order of points given, not order of preference.
I almost went this route to boost Kurt Vile and Wilco's chances.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:21 PM   #179
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Damn it. Forgot Wilco. So long, elite gymnastics.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:28 PM   #180
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As long as boniverboniverboniverboniverboniverCABIN!CABIN! doesn't win, I'll be alright with the results. I know I gave it a couple points myself, but Hurry Up We're Dreaming is more deserving, as is Kaputt and Let England Shake, and I think all of those have a shot at the top 5.
I know that I have voiced my criticisms of Hurry Up on several occasions, but I will say that it seems to capture the zeitgeist quite well. When times are rough or are perceived as rough, I think that the tendency is to look for escape, and M83 definitely offers that fantasy-land atmosphere.
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