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by irreduciblekoan
Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite Books
Replies: 160
Views: 57352

Re: Favorite Books

The more I browse that site (and after asking the founder a few questions) the more I have a problem with it and can't wait to have the site updated and the mathematical algorithm polished up. For instance, all Pulitzer winners are weighted equally, but since there are so many of them, you can have ...
by irreduciblekoan
Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite Books
Replies: 160
Views: 57352

Re: Favorite Books

On the Road is actually #18. What may have confused you is that it's under "fiction" on that site.
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite Books
Replies: 160
Views: 57352

Re: Favorite Books

I am not discouraging people from using or liking the site, I was just arguing that it does not reach as far as TSPDT or AM does in its respective topic. I believe that a site like this can be extremely useful. Personally, there are just a couple of things I would advise the site host to consider w...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite Books
Replies: 160
Views: 57352

Re: Favorite Books

There are pros and cons to using popular polls in a meta-list such as AM and greatestbooks.org, but I don't think there is a clear-cut right or wrong answer. Public opinion is arguably just as important or only slightly less so than critical opinion when we come down to it, right? Because what the p...
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:38 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: EOY 2013 Decibel magazine (US)
Replies: 3
Views: 2781

Re: EOY 2013 Decibel magazine (US)

Yeah that's a wonderful feature. I asked Henrik once about possibly including their Hall of Fame on AM, and he said possibly. I wonder if he is still planning to.
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite Books
Replies: 160
Views: 57352

Re: Favorite Books

All the same, greatestbooks.org weights critics' and writers' lists higher than popular lists, so I have no problem with them including popular lists such as BBC's Big Read (which is actually a decent list, perhaps because British readers have good taste). Also, Lord of the Rings has made it onto a ...
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:50 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: EOY 2013 Sister Ray Records (UK)
Replies: 2
Views: 1252

Re: EOY 2013 Sister Ray Records (UK)

Savages are doing astonishingly well so far.
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:41 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: EOY 2013 Decibel magazine (US)
Replies: 3
Views: 2781

Re: EOY 2013 Decibel magazine (US)

A quality list as always from my favorite metal guide. Colored Sands is my personal #1 and I'm surprised to see Obscure Verses so high up considering it just came out at the end of October and didn't, in my opinion, bring much new to the table for the band. I would sub in Sunbather in place of it to...
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: MOJO MAGAZINE Turning 20
Replies: 1
Views: 1419

Re: MOJO MAGAZINE

Not quite sure I agree that Dylan's Tempest or Springsteen's Wrecking Ball "shook" the music world as much as something like Kendrick's good kid mAAd city or Swans' The Seer, but interesting list.
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite Books
Replies: 160
Views: 57352

Re: Favorite Books

I just got through with an e-mail exchange with him myself, and apparently he WILL be updating the list together with the site! A quote from his reply to me: "I am going to spend like a week going through and adding new lists and looking more carefully at my algorithm that calculates the list. ...
by irreduciblekoan
Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite Books
Replies: 160
Views: 57352

Re: Favorite Books

Thanks! I was thinking about e-mailing him myself, but you beat me to it. Let us know what he says!
by irreduciblekoan
Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite Books
Replies: 160
Views: 57352

Re: Favorite Books

Henrik, perhaps you can mention this site on the home page right next to TheyShootPictures. http://thegreatestbooks.org/ It's probably the closest equivalent to AM and TSPDT for literature. I'm not sure how often it's updated. Anyway, whether Henrik mentions it or not, I recommend it to the book-lov...
by irreduciblekoan
Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:49 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: The 100 Best Albums of All Time
Replies: 14
Views: 7755

Re: The 100 Best Albums of All Time

I agree that MBDTF seems destined to - deservedly - rise in the rankings over time. I just hope that, given West's ongoing Kardashification, future commentary on the album doesn't become a case of "remember how great he used to be?" I actually don't think Kanye has to worry about dwindlin...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:05 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: The 100 Best Albums of All Time
Replies: 14
Views: 7755

Re: The 100 Best Albums of All Time

American Idiot? Yuck. On the other hand, I like that My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is there. That album may have a chance yet to reach the AM top 100!
by irreduciblekoan
Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:36 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: 2013 Albums on Non-EOY Lists
Replies: 12
Views: 4179

Re: 2013 Albums on Non-EOY Lists

Nassim: Ah, okay. That explains why 2013 albums took the last spots!

Henrik: But the question I have is, what would be a specialized magazine for "singer-songwriter"? Isn't that just a mix of rock, folk, and other genres?
by irreduciblekoan
Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: 2013 Albums on Non-EOY Lists
Replies: 12
Views: 4179

Re: 2013 Albums on Non-EOY Lists

More albums from 2013, Harold! http://www.acclaimedmusic.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1333 Although I'm not sure if this list counts. Nope. Just out of curiosity, why wouldn't Uncut's list be eligible? Other specialized lists such as Best Guitar Albums, Best Hip Hop Albums and Best Metal Albu...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:49 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: EOY 2013 Pretty Much Amazing (USA)
Replies: 14
Views: 3679

Re: EOY 2013 Pretty Much Amazing (USA)

I really don't understand why they've made the list so early! The earliest EOY lists should be posted is November, and then only for the monthly magazines such as NME, Q and Rolling Stone, because, of course, they technically release their "December issue" in November. Even that's a little...
by irreduciblekoan
Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:12 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2013
Replies: 336
Views: 95310

Re: Albums of 2013

The new MIA album is going to be big. Great album, just the comeback she needed. Not as challenging and uneven as Maya, just as adventurous, more consistently enjoyable.
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2013 (19) October 31
Replies: 12
Views: 5399

Re: MCCh 2013 (19) October 31

Thank you as always, Otisredding!

Just a heads up, I think you need to fix Bill Callahan's entry.
by irreduciblekoan
Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:48 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Reflektor
Replies: 18
Views: 4841

Re: Reflektor

I really really really like it. At first I didn't know what to think, and I think some of the critics who reviewed it after one listen felt the same way, and judged it based on that. I felt a little disappointed only because I wasn't immediately blown away. But the more I heard it, the better all th...
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:43 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2013
Replies: 336
Views: 95310

Re: Albums of 2013

Rolling Stone knows the album is going to stir up hype. The wanted the first review so they can seem ahead of the curb like with the White Stripes' Elephant. I'm seriously doubting anyone actually listened to the entire album over at RS. Watch if the reviews for this album are decent to so so I cou...
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:41 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2013
Replies: 336
Views: 95310

Re: Albums of 2013

I personally don't think Arctic Monkeys ever fizzled out. I loved Favourite Worst Nightmare and really really liked Humbug and Suck It And See. I do think AM is their best since their first or second albums, but I've been impressed by all of them and I like the development they've gone through. And ...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:15 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2013
Replies: 336
Views: 95310

Re: Albums of 2013

Nick, I noticed you only named songs that were on Oracular Spectacular. What if, like me, one thought that Congratulations was the better album? Anything on there as good as, or similar to, great tunes such as Flask Delirium or Siberian Breaks? I don't want to give it a listen until there's at least...
by irreduciblekoan
Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:47 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2013
Replies: 336
Views: 95310

Re: Albums of 2013

I personally really enjoy Electric Lady. I'm not as hung up as Machine Man about the track order and the conceptual quagmires of radio vs cinematic and things like that. The radio skits don't bother me. Because of the close name-sakes and similar ambition, I found myself comparing the album to Hendr...
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:29 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Errors in the June 2013 update
Replies: 176
Views: 46506

Re: Errors in the June 2013 update

Ah, that explains it. Thanks for checking, Harold! I think I can now relax and take the rankings as accurate, since, if I remember correctly, the Kitsap Sun list was counted on the last update. I'm assuming it is still counted, unless Henrik says different.
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:48 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Errors in the June 2013 update
Replies: 176
Views: 46506

Re: Errors in the June 2013 update

This may or may not be a big error, but on the page for The White Stripes' "Elephant" there is a "5" on the top line, but no source next to it. Does that 5 actually pertain to a list, or is it just a dangling entry that is affecting Elephant's placement? If the latter, that would...
by irreduciblekoan
Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: AM's Top 200 Jazz Albums
Replies: 6
Views: 2885

Re: AM's Top 200 Jazz Albums

Thank you for bumping this, Brad. I missed it the first time around. As a jazz fan, this is EXACTLY the sort of thing I want. Thanks, Harold! And yes, it's very sad that only "classic" jazz albums tend to go on best-of lists now, and that recent ones (since the '80s) have basically been ig...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:56 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Okay
Replies: 82
Views: 21248

Re: Okay

Beethoven was the most influential musician and composer of ALL TIME and 95% of anybody who cares about music would agree. I get the point you try to make and I agree, but you're making yout point with quite a bold statement. I would say that 95% of anybody who cares about music wouldn't just pick ...
by irreduciblekoan
Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:00 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Deafheaven - Sunbather
Replies: 11
Views: 4589

Re: Deafheaven - Sunbather

I'm a big fan. As a native San Franciscan, it's great to see a band from my hometown get lots of national praise. Happened in 2009 with Girls. I'm not even a screamo fan, but the vocals don't bother me at all, probably because they're mixed so low that it's more like another instrument or texture. I...
by irreduciblekoan
Sat Jun 15, 2013 1:30 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2013
Replies: 336
Views: 95310

Re: Albums of 2013

Actually, it's pretty great. It's definitely his Kid A. Love the experimentation.
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:18 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: DAFT PUNK Random Access Memories
Replies: 12
Views: 4001

Re: DAFT PUNK Random Access Memories

My reactions to this album are interesting. When I'm in the mood for it, it's a masterpiece to me. Every track does something interesting and the whole thing is magnificently paced. But when I'm not in the mood for it, I see it exactly like the bad reviews saw it: a dull dance album. It's one of tho...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:01 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: What song do you have on repeat right now?
Replies: 82
Views: 19101

Re: Which song do you have on repeat right now?

It's usually new music that I put on repeat, unless it's an older album I hear for the first time. Right now the music video I watch at least a few times every day is Janelle Monae's "Q.U.E.E.N." Makes me so excited for her upcoming album.
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Jun 10, 2013 3:09 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Okay
Replies: 82
Views: 21248

Re: Okay

But then AM wasn't trying to list the most INFLUENTIAL musicians of all time, just the most recommended albums of all time. Those are two very different things. Bing Crosby was indeed a hugely influential vocalist. Not many will deny that. Most critics would agree and Henrik probably does as well. B...
by irreduciblekoan
Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:16 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Okay
Replies: 82
Views: 21248

Re: Okay

You're right. This site does claim that these albums are the most recommended in the world. No more, no less. You can like the music you like (everybody has their tastes), but yes, these are the most recommended albums whether you like it or not. I think that is all the site is trying to say. Henrik...
by irreduciblekoan
Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:56 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2013 (09) May, 31
Replies: 9
Views: 4099

Re: MCCh 2013 (09) May, 31

I'm actually not surprised at the relatively low ranking for RAM (it's still pretty high for MCCh though). While it got a lot of high scores it also got a lot of mediocre ones. Despite the 87 on Metacritic, I still consider it a divisive album. Metacritic always tends to weight higher, anyway. If an...
by irreduciblekoan
Fri May 24, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2013 (08) May, 15
Replies: 16
Views: 6043

Re: MCCh 2013 (08) May, 15

Interesting work, Montauk, but your list is way too US/UK dependent now. I like MCCh because it uses a smattering of sources from all over the world. Quality and diversity vs quantity.
by irreduciblekoan
Fri May 24, 2013 4:27 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2013
Replies: 336
Views: 95310

Re: Albums of 2013

Laura Marling's 'Once I Was an Eagle' is sooo good. Might just be my favorite of the year so far. When I initially heard it the first half immediately grabbed me but I thought the album lost steam after that. The more I listen to it, however, the more I like the second half even better than the firs...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue May 21, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Flavorwire's 50 Albums Everyone Needs to Own 1963-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 2345

Flavorwire's 50 Albums Everyone Needs to Own 1963-2013

This list was just published today. Not sure if it's eligible, but it seems to be a possibility since it sounds like the staff created it. I need to go to work now so I will return later to write out the full list here. For now, I will post the link: http://flavorwire.com/392540/the-50-albums-everyo...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu May 16, 2013 3:41 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2013 (08) May, 15
Replies: 16
Views: 6043

Re: MCCh 2013 (08) May, 15

I'm confused by one thing, Otis. On April 30, Shaking The Habitual had 26 reviews and was 80.5. Today, still with 26 reviews, it has jumped to 82.6. Was it miscalculated last time? This time? Did your formula change? Typo?
by irreduciblekoan
Thu May 16, 2013 12:54 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2013 (08) May, 15
Replies: 16
Views: 6043

Re: MCCh 2013 (08) May, 15

Thanks, Otis. This update just confirms what a great month it has been. Surprised that Daft Punk is nowhere to be found yet, but I suspect that its low scores brought it down. It has received some great, great reviews but also some pretty bad ones.
by irreduciblekoan
Fri May 03, 2013 1:12 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2013 (07) April, 30
Replies: 10
Views: 4774

Re: MCCh 2013 (07) April, 30

I could just imagine how challenging this is. If I was doing it, my main worry would probably be going back to all of my sources to see if past releases have been reviewed yet. I'd probably always be missing some reviews here and there because they were written late. I applaud Otisredding for being ...
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2013
Replies: 336
Views: 95310

Re: Albums of 2013

Anyone love the new Flaming Lips as much as I do? I'm speaking as someone who definitely isn't a big fan of the band. The only album of theirs I can fully enjoy all the way through (before this one) is Soft Bulletin. Embryonic, overly long. Yoshimi, didn't reward repeat listens. Mystics, yuck. Their...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:31 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2013
Replies: 336
Views: 95310

Re: Albums of 2013

The new Kurt Vile = big wow. My personal album of the year so far. I was just talking to a friend last week about how, with rock music, I judge on two things mostly: guitar solos and lyrics. The better one is, the more I'll forgive the lack of the other. At least in the old days most bands played gu...
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:31 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Classical Music
Replies: 31
Views: 9282

Re: Classical Music

"Hooray for classical music! It's my first musical love, and though I've grown to enjoy many other genres, I think classical is the one that is most rewarding for those of us who like to obsessively relisten to pieces we know by heart." My thoughts completely, kingoftonga. Classical was al...
by irreduciblekoan
Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:15 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2013 (04) March, 15
Replies: 11
Views: 5470

Re: MCCh 2013 (04) March, 15

Thanks for the reply, Otis. Yeah, I'm excited to see how well Phosphorescent fares in the next update. It's an awesome album. I'm surprised at how "low" John Grant is. 79 is still great but with all the high scores I've seen (8.5 overall on anydecentmusic.com with seven perfect scores) I e...
by irreduciblekoan
Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:42 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2013 (04) March, 15
Replies: 11
Views: 5470

Re: MCCh 2013 (04) March, 15

Thanks again, Otis! Quick question. Small detail, but it's important to me. Does the Big Inner score include 2012 reviews such as P4k's and Rolling Stone's, or does the chart only make use of 2013 reviews?
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:21 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2013
Replies: 336
Views: 95310

Re: Albums of 2013

The great year in music continues. I wasn't even done digesting David Bowie's wonderful The Next Day when John Grant blew my mind with his new one, Pale Green Ghosts.
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:47 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: West Side Story Soundtrack
Replies: 2
Views: 1366

Re: West Side Story Soundtrack

This would probably fit better in the "music, music, music" section. Anyway, this is interesting. Is it true that the lists didn't specify a specific version? In that case, how was it determined whether to put it towards the soundtrack vs the cast recording on AM? Although I love this site...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:52 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Help about christgau ratings
Replies: 8
Views: 3538

Re: Help about christgau ratings

I've always wanted to be sure what those asterisks meant as well, and how they figure into the AM rankings. My thoughts were that they were recommendations for people who like that genre of music or that artist. Good albums "for that style" but also niche. So a *** would be a high recommen...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:24 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2013 (02) February, 15
Replies: 15
Views: 4755

Re: MCCh 2013 (02) February, 15

But in this situation, with both Matthew E. White and Parquet Courts, I think both albums very much deserve their spot on the list. Brilliant things. Well, White less. Maybe that's just my style. Parquet though is exceptional, haha. That's true. I wasn't trying to slight the three albums. Maybe the...

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