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by irreduciblekoan
Fri Aug 08, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: In The Mix (AU) Best Dance Albums of the 90s and 00s
Replies: 6
Views: 2344

Re: In The Mix (AU) Best Dance Albums of the 90s and 00s

I suppose, but hip-hop acts don't come instantly to mind when I hear "dance," ya know? ;) That's true, but if you think about it, many dance clubs play hip-hop tracks. Heck, some American cities have more hip-hop centered dance clubs than, say, house techno these days. Also, we must remem...
by irreduciblekoan
Fri Aug 08, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: In The Mix (AU) Best Dance Albums of the 90s and 00s
Replies: 6
Views: 2344

Re: In The Mix (AU) Best Dance Albums of the 90s and 00s

1990s list: 30. Goldie - Timeless (1995) 29. Les Rythmes Digitales – Darkdancer (1999) 28. Regurgitator – Unit (1997) 27. The Roots – Do You Want More?!!!??! (1995) 26. Plastikman – Musik (1994) 25. Cassius – 1999 (1999) 24. Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992) 23. Pnau – Sambanova (1999...
by irreduciblekoan
Fri Aug 08, 2014 1:18 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: In The Mix (AU) Best Dance Albums of the 90s and 00s
Replies: 6
Views: 2344

Re: In The Mix (AU) Best Dance Albums of the 90s and 00s

Not so strange when you consider that DJ Mag's list of best dance albums from "since 1991" (which AM includes) contains Eminem, Dr Dre, and Wu-Tang Clan, haha. I do consider hip-hop albums great "electronic music" when they are produced very well, because after all, the beats are...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:08 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: In The Mix (AU) Best Dance Albums of the 90s and 00s
Replies: 6
Views: 2344

In The Mix (AU) Best Dance Albums of the 90s and 00s

This is a solid electronic music site that I've recently discovered. Being a fan of dance music myself, I appreciate their coverage of the genre. While they don't have many lists (for example, they only made an EOY lists for 2010, as far as I can see), the lists they have made are very good. For exa...
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:30 am
Forum: Films, movies, motion pictures...
Topic: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Replies: 2
Views: 922

Re: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Syndromes of a Century was the first movie by him I saw, way back when I was in high school. It totally blew my mind, the quiet, deliberate, subtle sublime filmmaking. Since then I've become a huge fan of his (even though I couldn't spell his name without looking it up even if you pointed a gun at m...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread
Replies: 422
Views: 61059

Re: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread

Late observation, but I'm VERY surprised that Family of the Year's beautiful hit single "Hero" didn't make it to AM even as a bubbler, despite there now being 6,000 songs! This song was featured very touchingly in the film Boyhood by the way, which was what made me look up its position (or...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:02 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Virgin All Time Top 1000 Albums
Replies: 3
Views: 1138

Re: Virgin All Time Top 1000 Albums

Fair enough. It's like a weird hybrid of both. It says "informed listeners" so how did the guy decide which listeners were "informed" or not? As for my own opinions on the list, I can't say I like it very much. Oasis too high, Joy Division too low, Fear of a Black Planet too low,...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:41 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Virgin All Time Top 1000 Albums
Replies: 3
Views: 1138

Virgin All Time Top 1000 Albums

This is an older list which seems to have been skipped at AM thus far. It's from a book published by Virgin Media way back in 2000. Here is an old article about the list. http://web.archive.org/web/20080522120621/http://archives.cnn.com/2000/SHOWBIZ/Music/09/04/britain.albums/ The placings are revea...
by irreduciblekoan
Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:18 am
Forum: Films, movies, motion pictures...
Topic: The pains of hard to find films
Replies: 6
Views: 1523

Re: The pains of hard to find films

There's an Asian DVD of A City of Sadness complete with English subtitles! I have that copy. It looks and sounds solid, though I can't wait for some company to bring it to blu-ray. And Hsiao-Hsien's films in general need to be treated better. Other masterpieces of his such as The Puppetmaster are to...
by irreduciblekoan
Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:26 am
Forum: Films, movies, motion pictures...
Topic: The pains of hard to find films
Replies: 6
Views: 1523

Re: The pains of hard to find films

This is from an article from last year. As if on cue, the same magazine posted an article yesterday, by Théo Ribeton, titled “ ‘The Mother and the Whore’: Why Is Jean Eustache’s Movie Almost Invisible?” The film, as Ribeton reminds readers, came in second to Jean Renoir’s “The Rules of the Game” in ...
by irreduciblekoan
Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:09 am
Forum: Films, movies, motion pictures...
Topic: The pains of hard to find films
Replies: 6
Views: 1523

Re: The pains of hard to find films

I feel your pain immensely. In the case of both films, there are lo-fi versions available to pirate online. That's how I watched both. And though the picture quality and sound are certainly lacking, I still loved both films. As for whether better versions will be officially released, you can remain ...
by irreduciblekoan
Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2014 (13) July 31
Replies: 12
Views: 3720

Re: MCCh 2014 (13) July 31

Yeehovah?
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread
Replies: 422
Views: 61059

Re: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread

Another small thing to keep in mind is that we shouldn't treat Sex Pistols like a one-hit wonder who had two years of greatness. Sure, as a specific band, that was true, but Johnny Rotten was the creative force behind them, and he continued to create great, influential music years afterwards with Pu...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:26 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread
Replies: 422
Views: 61059

Re: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread

The key word is "direct." Of course we can say that without Beethoven there would be no rock n roll. But heck, we can say that without Haydn, there would be no Beethoven, and without Tallis and Palestrina, there would be none of them at all. Does that mean Tallis and Palestrina were the gr...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:18 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread
Replies: 422
Views: 61059

Re: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread

I think that ultimately this is just an impossible argument to win on either side because there's nothing really to "win." We can say that Beethoven was the single most important figure in Western music, and we may be right. We can say that Bing Crosby was the single most important male vo...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:54 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread
Replies: 422
Views: 61059

Re: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread

I guess one could argue that the Sex Pistols were more influential around the world in general. After all, look at all the punk and post-punk bands that were and still are coming out of Europe and Asia.
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:25 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Alternative artists list
Replies: 58
Views: 10624

Re: Alternative artists list

The Sun Sessions and Bob Marley's Legend notwithstanding, I agree with Henrik's decision not to include compilations. Of course, that being said, there are some interesting cases on AM already that could go either way. For example, The Beach Boys' Smile Sessions could be considered a compilation alb...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:09 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Alternative artists list
Replies: 58
Views: 10624

Re: Alternative artists list

Thanks again for all extra the work, Henrik. You didn't have to take my/the naysayer's complaints so seriously, but you did anyway, and I really appreciate that.
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:54 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread
Replies: 422
Views: 61059

Re: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread

Thank you, jdizzle, for the incredible replies. I couldn't have countered Bruce's arguments better myself.
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:36 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread
Replies: 422
Views: 61059

Re: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread

I like that this site includes genre-specific lists by publications/sites that specialize in that genre. So, for example, AM has metal lists by Decibel and Terrorizer, and several jazz lists from jazz-based magazines. It's great because I believe those albums would be so much lower, if not totally a...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread
Replies: 422
Views: 61059

Re: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread

we listeners and critics have come to venerate artists who create albums. Not me. And not most listeners either. Especially nowadays in the digital age. The vast majority of people do not listen to full albums. They listen to a mix of songs on their IPods and computers. and on the radio where nobod...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:37 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread
Replies: 422
Views: 61059

Re: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread

Bruce Bruce Bruce... your heart is in the right place but you go about it all wrong, and your otherwise decent arguments are hurt by your attitude. I actually agree with you that Bing Crosby and Beethoven were more important to the development of music than, say, the Sex Pistols or Patti Smith. Howe...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:46 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread
Replies: 422
Views: 61059

Re: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread

Indeed, the weighting system for that is a bit questionable to me. Instead of weighing the songs/albums within a single artist's page, relative to each other's placements, why not just weight everything by their AM rankings? For instance, if Artist X has a five albums, and they are ranked 112nd, 300...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:23 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread
Replies: 422
Views: 61059

Re: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread

That being said, 15 is a pretty large number and rarely any artists even have that many albums and/or songs on AM. So it isn't a big deal (back when it was 6 and then 9, it was a large deal). Still, the existence of a limit, even if it is a large limit, rubs me the wrong way, and there are still tho...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:10 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread
Replies: 422
Views: 61059

Re: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread

While I certainly disagree with Bruce on many things, as most of us do, I will have to say that I completely agree with him about including ALL songs and ALL albums when calculating artists lists. What he said about the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, and about The Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds, ...
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:59 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread
Replies: 422
Views: 61059

Re: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread

I just want to say though that I don't want Henrik to feel like he's being attacked, or that we don't appreciate everything he has done. The last two pages of this thread has become a sort of debate and storm of complaints, but if I'm joining in, it's only because it's something to talk about, and I...
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:43 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread
Replies: 422
Views: 61059

Re: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread

Ever the diplomat, I find myself in the middle of all the arguments. I think EOY lists are given a little too much weight, but I still think they should be included. Jimmy, you said that decade lists are good because they take 10 years into account. Someone can likewise say that EOY lists are good (...
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:46 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread
Replies: 422
Views: 61059

Re: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread

Indeed, what Chilton pointed out. I've always paid more attention to the albums-based artist list more than the overall ones. Yes, I agree that singles have too much weight, but fortunately Henrik already provided a way out of that. It's not "singles," it's "songs." There are pl...
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:49 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread
Replies: 422
Views: 61059

Re: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread

Indeed, what Chilton pointed out. I've always paid more attention to the albums-based artist list more than the overall ones. Yes, I agree that singles have too much weight, but fortunately Henrik already provided a way out of that.
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:08 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread
Replies: 422
Views: 61059

Re: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread

But if the trend holds, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" and "Channel Orange" are more likely to appear on coming all-time lists than for example "Ten". And for that I think their positions are deserved. That's a good point. EDIT: But that still leaves the lingering...
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:49 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread
Replies: 422
Views: 61059

Re: IT HAS HAPPENED: Update 2014 Thread

Hello guys,big fan of this site for a long time here and this update finally provoked me enough to become a member of the forums. :D One thing that really bothered me the previous years and has bothered me even more is the huge bias towards new releases.For example,it's ridiculous to see My Beautif...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Jul 24, 2014 6:16 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Boyhood film: the Black Album
Replies: 1
Views: 898

Boyhood film: the Black Album

If you've seen the film, you will know that there is a touching and amusing scene where the main character's dad (played by Ethan Hawke) gives his son a self made 3-CD box set called the Black Album. For it, he collected what he thought were the best solo Beatles tunes, and structured the discs to f...
by irreduciblekoan
Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite Books
Replies: 156
Views: 36352

Re: Favorite Books

Thanks for the feedback JimmyJazz. I fixed the issue with Anton Chekhov. That book is now #48 of all time. I have a pretty big list of lists I need to add. It's a slow process though! I also just redid the rankings a bit. I decreased the weight of yearly awards, and deleted "The Big Read"...
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite Books
Replies: 156
Views: 36352

Re: Favorite Books

By the way everyone, thegreatestbooks.org has updated. I don't know exactly when, but I randomly checked the site a few days ago and noticed it had changed. The site now incorporates 51 lists (8 more than before) and an improvement in its algorithm. Early impressions: the mathemathics makes more sen...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Caustic Window
Replies: 1
Views: 634

Re: Caustic Window

2014, no question. Can't go by recording date, but by release date. After all, many albums are recorded a year before release, or over a few years. Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes, for example, is a 1975 album even if the tracks were recorded in the late '60s. Also, other albums have, like Caustic Window...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Jun 03, 2014 3:49 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: June's here
Replies: 18
Views: 3389

Re: June's here

That bad news is good news for me. I am one of the people who doesn't necessarily want MORE inclusion. I think 3,000 + bubblers is pretty extensive as it is, and already contains more than a few clunkers around 2,500 - 3,000 (many more underrated gems, though, so I still love that it goes so high). ...
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:19 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2014 (07) April 30
Replies: 9
Views: 3476

Re: MCCh 2014 (07) April 30

Everyday Robots has gotten a stronger showing here than I expected (going by Metacritic and AnyDecentMusic scores), but then I personally have enjoyed it very much so I'm pleasantly surprised. Also, it does seem like the type of album that Europeans would enjoy better than Americans. Sonically and s...
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:56 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2014
Replies: 430
Views: 94331

Re: Albums of 2014

The new Fennesz album is shaping up to be something special if early critical buzz is any indication. As a great fan of Endless Summer, Venice and Black Sea, I can't wait to hear it.
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:06 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: R.I.P. DJ Rashad
Replies: 1
Views: 489

Re: R.I.P. DJ Rashad

I saw him DJ with his partner Spinn as the opening act before Chance the Rapper. It was, without exaggeration, the greatest DJ set I've ever had the privilege of seeing live. At one point, they mixed together and overlapped Kanye's "Blood on the Leaves" and Drake's "Started From the B...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:25 am
Forum: Films, movies, motion pictures...
Topic: Film Sites
Replies: 8
Views: 2213

Re: Film Sites

Hmm, I was under the impression that more prestigious awards such as those at Cannes and Berlin were taken into account at TSPDT. It was my thinking that that was the reason Inside Llewyn Davis came into the 21st Century list higher than 12 Years a Slave, despite the splash on EOY lists that 12 Year...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:55 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2014
Replies: 430
Views: 94331

Re: Albums of 2014

My version of "Strandbar" is 4:28, and we can consider it legitimate, because it's a lossless leak (don't ask me how there is one this early, but it passes the audiochecker test, comes with a .cue and .log, and sounds great). How long is the version you have heard?
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:40 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2014
Replies: 430
Views: 94331

Re: Albums of 2014

Mark my words. Once Todd Terje releases his debut in April, everybody is going to be going crazy over it. 9.3 from Pitchfork, 4.5/5 from AMG, etc. At first I thought you were using hyperbole. I've enjoyed Terje's work in the past but I assumed you were simply a fan of him and electronic music, and ...
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: Films, movies, motion pictures...
Topic: Film Sites
Replies: 8
Views: 2213

Re: Film Sites

I'm surprised no one has mentioned TheyShootPictures.com. That is the bonafide movie version of Acclaimedmusic and I use it as much as this site. Unfortunately, that's the only really, really good one I can think of. RottenTomatoes is a useful review aggregator, but it has its limitations and of cou...
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:39 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2014 (04) March 15
Replies: 7
Views: 3099

Re: MCCh 2014 (04) March 15

Thank you! Good to know that she would be solidly in the top 10.
by irreduciblekoan
Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:06 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2014 (04) March 15
Replies: 7
Views: 3099

Re: MCCh 2014 (04) March 15

The War on Drugs album is astonishing. It's gonna be a classic. Thanks Otis!

In case you missed my comment on last update's thread, would you be willing to calculate Beyonce's current score? As I said, she has gained a fair share of reviews in 2014. If not, it's fine. You do enough work as is!
by irreduciblekoan
Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:36 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2014
Replies: 430
Views: 94331

Re: Albums of 2014

DocBrown and Matski, thanks for getting me into Carla Bozulich. She's fantastic, and so is her new album. For what it's worth, the few reviews it has gotten have been great (it's at 93 on Metacritic with 4 reviews). But this is one of those cases, kind of like Anais Mitchell, where I just don't get ...
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:54 pm
Forum: Films, movies, motion pictures...
Topic: TSPDT Top 1000 Films: 2014 Edition
Replies: 8
Views: 2402

Re: TSPDT Top 1000 Films: 2014 Edition

21st Century list was updated today, and surprise of surprises, 12 Years a Slave not only did not crack the top 100 (I thought it would since it broke records for amount of EOY lists and #1 placements), it isn't even the top ranked 2013 film! Inside Llewyn Davis somehow beat it. Not bad for a movie ...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite Books
Replies: 156
Views: 36352

Re: Favorite Books

Who says I don't delve into positive works of art either? My library of books and movies and music isn't all darkness and dreariness. I'm just saying what kinds of things especially speak to me, and why, but it doesn't mean I'm not optimistic about myself and my future, or that I'm incapable of enjo...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite Books
Replies: 156
Views: 36352

Re: Favorite Books

Bruce, I'm not sure whether you meant I like depressing art because I'm not depressed in life (or haven't had a hard life), or whether you're saying I like depressing art because I haven't had the situations in those works happen to me. In either case, you're incorrect. Two examples, one of each. I ...
by irreduciblekoan
Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite Books
Replies: 156
Views: 36352

Re: Favorite Books

I LOVE it when works of art make me horrified or depressed. Come and See? 12 Years a Slave? Herzog? Camus? Kafka? Dozens of documentaries? Bring it on, I say. The way I see it, the world contains as much darkness as light, if not more. Instead of trying to hide from the darkness, I embrace it, learn...

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