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by irreduciblekoan
Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:23 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2014
Replies: 430
Views: 88718

Re: Albums of 2014

Kind of like the film Salo or the book Tropic of Cancer, I don't really mind what a work of art is about, as long as it does a good job of being about it. Basically, Ebert's famous quote about the quality of a film not being based on the "what," but the "how." I don't mind shock ...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:30 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2014
Replies: 430
Views: 88718

Re: Albums of 2014

Yeah, "Love Again" is my least favorite song on that album, although the production on it is great as usual. The Pitchfork review gave me a second interpretation of that song. Whether I fully agree with it or not, I don't know, but the song has grown on me a little. Here's what the review ...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:18 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2014
Replies: 430
Views: 88718

Re: Albums of 2014

I can understand if someone is taken aback by the lyrical content on Run the Jewels. However, I actually think RTJ2 is one of the most lyrically accomplished rap albums I've heard. If one looks past the violence, misogynism and braggadocio, the album has some of the best line-by-line wordplay and ly...
by irreduciblekoan
Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:28 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2014
Replies: 430
Views: 88718

Re: Albums of 2014

Run the Jewels 2 was released for free today. I really enjoyed their first album, and this one is even better. It's easily the best hip-hop album of the year so far and I foresee lots of great reviews and a high (top 1500) placement on AM. It's angrier, darker and more sonically adventurous than the...
by irreduciblekoan
Sat Oct 18, 2014 2:53 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2014
Replies: 430
Views: 88718

Re: Albums of 2014

Grouper's Ruins: album of the year. A cohesive, melancholic and simple song cycle. Very intimate, almost as reveling as mysterious. Remarkable and hard-hitting emotionally in a way few have been in years. Yes, the new Grouper album is excellent, and so is the new Scott Walker/Sunn O))) album. Both ...
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: Films, movies, motion pictures...
Topic: Top 10000 movies of all time
Replies: 12
Views: 4326

Re: Top 10000 movies of all time

granit wrote:best English-language films ever


I immediately lost interest. Give me foreign cinema over Hollywood 99% of the time. Independent films in English are another story of course, many of those are excellent, but they are not Hollywood.
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:46 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2014 (18) October 15
Replies: 20
Views: 5146

Re: MCCh 2014 (18) October 15

Also, another great update with a nice amount of action in the top 50 and two new entries in the 80+ albums. It has been a strong month of music. As always, thank you Otis!
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2014 (18) October 15
Replies: 20
Views: 5146

Re: MCCh 2014 (18) October 15

I think using red for the ones that fell would be an eye sore, since so many albums would fall at least one or two places each update. We would have MANY red albums, I would think. I did like green for the new entries, rather than the purple now. I also don't want colors for albums that got more rev...
by irreduciblekoan
Sat Oct 11, 2014 7:46 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: How do you listen to Hendrix's Are You Experienced?
Replies: 5
Views: 1036

Re: How do you listen to Hendrix's Are You Experienced?

Yep, most people prefer the US configuration (and I admit the US cover is wayyy better and more known). And that is the track list I first heard the album with. But I just love Red House too much to not have it on the album, plus I think it flows perfectly after "Manic Depression." At leas...
by irreduciblekoan
Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:58 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: PopMatters - Best Albums of the 00's (2014)
Replies: 7
Views: 3419

Re: PopMatters - Best Albums of the 00's (2014)

I kind of agree with them regarding Oracular Spectacular and White Blood Cells, but Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is to me a masterpiece that still manages to get better with age. And it's funny how White Blood Cells managed to rank higher than Elephant, even after that article. I think Elephant is the FAR b...
by irreduciblekoan
Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:26 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2014
Replies: 430
Views: 88718

Re: Albums of 2014

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new Iceage album. Compared to the other highly acclaimed music from the past couple of weeks, I feel like it isn't getting the attention it deserves. Caribou and FlyLo have over 20 reviews on Metacritic, for example, while Iceage has only 12 so far. And admittedly it took me a c...
by irreduciblekoan
Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:20 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Mark Kozelek vs. The War on Drugs
Replies: 15
Views: 2384

Re: Mark Kozelek vs. The War on Drugs

Yeah, it's quite clearly tongue-in-cheek. The song is hilarious, and if you know Sun Kil Moon's music (especially the latest album) you know that Kozelek is often sarcastic, dry, and irreverent. Maybe he really was annoyed when it first happened, but the song, and all the attention since then, has a...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:21 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: How do you listen to Hendrix's Are You Experienced?
Replies: 5
Views: 1036

Re: How do you listen to Hendrix's Are You Experienced?

It's true that no matter how you listen to the 17 tracks, the songs are nearly all great and it's the quality of the songs that mainly give the album its reputation. However, I have always believed that the order of tracks is just as important to an album's greatness, as much as the songs themselves...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:36 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: How do you listen to Hendrix's Are You Experienced?
Replies: 5
Views: 1036

How do you listen to Hendrix's Are You Experienced?

This is a question I've always been interested in, but now that we are doing Rank The Tracks threads for different classic albums and I'm sure Are You Experienced will be done inevitably, I thought I'd ask now. As many of you probably know, there are several versions of Are You Experienced and it's ...
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:20 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2014
Replies: 430
Views: 88718

Re: Albums of 2014

The new Flying Lotus is wonderful, and is going to be a classic and AM mainstay just as his previous three albums are. But I already knew it was going to be good from the singles and the "trailer" which played a snippet from every song.
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:11 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: MOJO - The 50 Greatest UK Indie Records Of All Time
Replies: 6
Views: 2435

Re: MOJO - The 50 Greatest UK Indie Records Of All Time

Whoops, not the 60s list. I meant this list: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2008, which you said was eligible, even though Rolling Stone don't focus on alternative music. Perhaps it is eligible because it was published in book form?
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:58 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: MOJO - The 50 Greatest UK Indie Records Of All Time
Replies: 6
Views: 2435

Re: MOJO - The 50 Greatest UK Indie Records Of All Time

Oh sorry, I just noticed that this was already added in JR's thread of eligible lists. Great!
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:54 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: MOJO - The 50 Greatest UK Indie Records Of All Time
Replies: 6
Views: 2435

Re: MOJO - The 50 Greatest UK Indie Records Of All Time

Bumping this because I'm wondering if it's eligible. On the one hand, since the Rolling Stone list of the best alternative albums of the '60s is eligible, I see no reason why a Mojo list of best indie albums shouldn't be. On the other hand, this list has a weird mixture of albums, EPs and even singl...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:25 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: MCCh 2014 (17) September 30
Replies: 12
Views: 3456

Re: MCCh 2014 (17) September 30

Leonard Cohen placed lower than I thought he would, but it's great to see so much action in the upper reaches of the list after being essentially stagnant (except for fka Twigs) all summer. I was hoping Aphex Twin would debut all the way at #1 - not necessarily because I'm a huge fan of the album (...
by irreduciblekoan
Sat Sep 20, 2014 12:09 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2014
Replies: 430
Views: 88718

Re: Albums of 2014

Three new albums are getting some great reviews and may finally get us out of the relative slump of the last month or so. They are the new albums by Shellac, Perfume Genius and Aphex Twin. I'm excited for all of them!
by irreduciblekoan
Sat Sep 13, 2014 7:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite Books
Replies: 156
Views: 34724

Re: Favorite Books

I have been periodically checking back to that site a few times a week. Have noticed the changes, and I must say that it looks MUCH better. Like, it's really night and day compared to how the site originally was with just 43 lists and the shoddy algorithm. I can safely say that I want to read almost...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:22 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: U2's New Album
Replies: 28
Views: 4283

Re: U2's New Album

Bono's songwriting has always been a liability. I never have listened to U2 for the lyrics. :lol:
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: U2's New Album
Replies: 28
Views: 4283

Re: U2's New Album

Just finished my first listen. Although there were a couple of moments that didn't quite satisfy me (such as the song "Cedarwood Road" which I felt was Bono trying to do too much), I still think it's easily their best album since 2000. I am interested in seeing how the critical reaction to...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:25 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: U2's New Album
Replies: 28
Views: 4283

Re: U2's New Album

Just finished track 5 and, you know, I really like it. And I'm someone who wasn't a fan of How to Dismantle... or No Line on the Horizon. Now, I will need to finish the second half of the album of course, but I'm already detecting a return to careful songcraft, quality melodies, atmosphere and vital...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:41 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2014
Replies: 430
Views: 88718

Re: Albums of 2014

New album surprise released by U2 today. Haven't heard it yet but I'm about to.
by irreduciblekoan
Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:19 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Summary of All-Time Lists To Be Added to AM (2015 Update)
Replies: 33
Views: 10861

Re: Summary of All-Time Lists To Be Added to AM (2015 Update

Slight correction. The site is called "In The Mix", not just "The Mix." Thanks for doing this, JR!
by irreduciblekoan
Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:56 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Summary of All-Time Lists To Be Added to AM (2015 Update)
Replies: 33
Views: 10861

Re: Summary of All-Time Lists To Be Added to AM (2015 Update

I'm assuming that we're only talking about genre lists by single authors IN BOOKS, right? I hope we are. Because while I agree that Julian Cope and the jazz list deserve to be on AM, there are a lot of "critics" who run blogs or their own sites (or who contribute to Digital Dream Door), an...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Pitchfork Best Albums and Songs 2010-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 9025

Re: Pitchfork Best Albums and Songs 2010-2014

Has Hadestown gotten on to any non-EOY lists? If so, let me know who they are so I can add some sites/publications to follow.
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:32 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Summary of All-Time Lists To Be Added to AM (2015 Update)
Replies: 33
Views: 10861

Re: Summary of All-Time Lists To Be Added to AM (2015 Update

And I also thank you and JR for answering, Henrik! You have enough work right now as it is. The next update isn't for awhile, and I'm still up to my neck exploring the current one, so it's no big deal as of yet. :obscene-drinkingcheers:
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:29 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Summary of All-Time Lists To Be Added to AM (2015 Update)
Replies: 33
Views: 10861

Re: Summary of All-Time Lists To Be Added to AM (2015 Update

I noticed this was updated today, but the In The Mix lists ( http://www.acclaimedmusic.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1952 weren't included. Just out of curiosity, were they eligible? A few other lists are missing from this thread, such as the ones JimmyJazz posted from Q and German Rolling Ston...
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:14 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Pitchfork's Best Music of the Decade so Far
Replies: 44
Views: 8196

Re: Pitchfork's Best Music of the Decade so Far

lol. That would have been my reaction if it DIDN'T get #1 (very much deserved by the way). I'm slightly dismayed that Channel Orange didn't get #2 though. I agree with the AM rankings that those two are the very best of the decade so far. But that's not a big deal, it will still be helped by the lis...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:57 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Pitchfork's Best Music of the Decade so Far
Replies: 44
Views: 8196

Re: Pitchfork's Best Music of the Decade so Far

Yeah, Kendrick, Kanye and/or Ocean could release another classic, and now they will be instantly behind on the all-time/decade front. Last decade, they did the 2000-2004 in February 2005. Much more logical that way.
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:39 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Pitchfork's Best Music of the Decade so Far
Replies: 44
Views: 8196

Re: Pitchfork's Best Music of the Decade so Far

I said this before and I'll say it again, I'm sad that they didn't give the chance for more 2014 albums to make the list. Several great acts are releasing albums later this year. I'm happy with the 2014 albums that DID make it so far.
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:17 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Pitchfork Best Albums and Songs 2010-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 9025

Re: Pitchfork Best Albums and Songs 2010-2014 (ongoing)

ArchAndroid's omission is glaring, and as I (and others) predicted, PJ Harvey is much too low. Another surprise is that Beyonce has two albums in the top 50. I wonder if the praise for her last album led to a reappraisal of her previous one.
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:07 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Q Magazine's Top 100 Songs 2006
Replies: 6
Views: 1977

Re: Q Magazine's Top 100 Songs 2006

I'm so relieved that it was a readers' list. Because while I think even critics praise Oasis a little too much, only the public would be fool enough to call "Wonderwall" the second greatest song ever.
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:02 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Pitchfork Best Albums and Songs 2010-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 9025

Re: Pitchfork Best Albums and Songs 2010-2014 (ongoing)

I still expect their albums list to be pretty good. Because while the artists such as those I mentioned, as well as Ciara, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj may have released some catchy songs, none of them released excellent albums. By nature of the artform, P4k will need to be more discerning ...
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:53 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Pitchfork Best Albums and Songs 2010-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 9025

Re: Pitchfork Best Albums and Songs 2010-2014 (ongoing)

Thank you Nassim! I usually appreciate Pitchfork's lists. But I think this one, for perhaps the first time for P4k, is complete and utter garbage. What are Carly Rae Jepsen, Soulja Boy and Skrillex even doing there? On the other hand, I think I have to admire Pitchfork's don't-care-at-all-what-the-h...
by irreduciblekoan
Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:03 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2014
Replies: 430
Views: 88718

Re: Albums of 2014

Anyone else heard the Mirel Wagner album? She has that worldliness that AMers would appreciate. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Finland, her music is blues and folk based. I was interested in her new album, 'When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day,' because one of my favorite electronic producers,...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:52 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: The 100 jazz albums that shook the world
Replies: 4
Views: 2916

Re: The 100 jazz albums that shook the world

Once again, the artists with compilations will short handed (Armstrong, Bird, Ellington, Holiday). Sometimes I am very curious as to how a jazz exclusive all-time meta list would look like with the comps added. I might actually try that sometime... It isn't perfect (they use publicly voted lists as...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:39 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Pitchfork's Best Music of the Decade so Far
Replies: 44
Views: 8196

Re: Pitchfork's Best Music of the Decade so Far

McJagger wrote:I recall them doing the same thing for their 2000s list.


Their 2000-2009 list was posted in October '09, which, true, was earlier than they should've done it, but still not as bad as this case.
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:21 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Pitchfork's Best Music of the Decade so Far
Replies: 44
Views: 8196

Re: Pitchfork's Best Music of the Decade so Far

I personally think they're doing it way too early. A decade ago, they did their 2000-2004 in early 2005. It was posted in February '05. That way, they were able to take the entire 2004 into account. Why they would shortchange the last few months of 2014 is beyond my comprehension. There are some big...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:36 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Pitchfork Best Albums and Songs 2010-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 9025

Pitchfork Best Albums and Songs 2010-2014

P4K announced that next week they will do a list of the decade's best music so far (much like what they did last decade with their 2000-2004 list), so let's prepare ourselves for that. I started this thread, so I will update it with the results once Pitchfork starts posting them. Right off the bat, ...
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:16 am
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Albums of 2014
Replies: 430
Views: 88718

Re: Albums of 2014

Haven't really explored much new music of the last month or so, but three albums that I've been into lately are the new Spoon, La Roux and FKA Twigs (who is deserving of most of the praise she's been getting). Of those three, Spoon's is perhaps my favorite.
by irreduciblekoan
Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Trip down the Acclaimed Music memory lane...
Replies: 9
Views: 2803

Re: Trip down the Acclaimed Music memory lane...

Ah, I miss those days, although that isn't to say that the forum isn't a great place now, because it still is. But nostalgia is a natural tendency, isn't it? I was a contributor in those old days, using my real name "Sean Pak". Netjade is a girl, if I recall correctly. She used to be my fa...
by irreduciblekoan
Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
Replies: 80
Views: 13881

Re: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards

And here I clicked on this thread hoping for a discussion about Tom Waits. Oh well. As for banning Bruce, I think it was useless. He can easily sneak back, no matter how many times we ban him. I'd rather just let Bruce stay, then at least we know his name and we know to avoid reading whatever "...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: NME - 100 Most Influential Artists
Replies: 15
Views: 3776

Re: NME - 100 Most Influential Artists

I like almost all of the artists on this list, and even I'm entirely perplexed by it. What was NME trying to go for? A list of influential artists that doesn't include The Beatles, Dylan, Elvis, Hendrix, and The Who is just not relevant by an stretch of the imagination. If they were only focusing on...
by irreduciblekoan
Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:00 pm
Forum: Films, movies, motion pictures...
Topic: R.I.P. Robin Williams
Replies: 9
Views: 1753

Re: R.I.P. Robin Williams

I thought it was only because I grew up in San Francisco and Williams wasn't just an actor I grew up with but also a local celebrity that his death affected me so much. Now I see that his influence and inspiration reached all around the world. I regularly passed by his San Francisco home, and I ran ...
by irreduciblekoan
Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:56 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Why is folk less acclaimed than other genres?
Replies: 27
Views: 4301

Re: Why is folk less acclaimed than other genres?

One thing Bruce has been correct about again and again (though he probably doesn't communicate it as nicely as he should) is that rock gets wayyyyy too much acclaim compared to the other genres on AM. But then, if we think about it, there are probably far more rock albums in the world than other typ...
by irreduciblekoan
Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:25 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Abbey Road - Contemporary reviews
Replies: 1
Views: 871

Re: Abbey Road - Contemporary reviews

Interesting, though not uncommon. Many classics of not just music but literature and cinema weren't exactly critical darlings at first. Wrong forum section though. This should be under general music, not lists.
by irreduciblekoan
Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:36 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: In The Mix (AU) Best Dance Albums of the 90s and 00s
Replies: 6
Views: 2164

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

2000s list: 50. Goldfrapp – Black Cherry (2003) 49. Gui Boratto – Chromophobia (2007) 48. Danger Mouse & Jemini – Ghetto Pop Life (2003) 47. Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream (2008) 46. The Rapture – Echoes (2003) 45. Plump DJs – Eargasm (2003) 44. Madvillain – Madvillainy (2004) 43. Metro ...

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