Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9 - The Draw!

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Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9 - The Draw!

Postby Brad » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:21 pm

Here it is!... the Bracket for Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9, which will begin on Tuesday, March 20th:

http://www.bracketmaker.com/tlist.cfm?tid=469154">Moderately%20Acclaimed%20Albums%209%20(2018)

The full list of albums (in alphabetical order) is here:
AC/DC - Ballbreaker
Aimee Mann - Music from the Motion Picture Magnolia
alt-J - An Awesome Wave
Apples In Stereo - New Magnetic Wonder
Babatunde Olatunji - Drums of Passion
Beach House - Depression Cherry
Belle and Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
Billy Joel - The Stranger
Blanck Mass - World Eater
Boredoms - 77 Boadrum
Bright Eyes - Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
Camel - Mirage
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)
Carly Rae Jepsen - E*MO*TION
CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye
Cyndi Lauper - She's so Unusual
Damien Rice - My favorite faded fantasy
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi - Rome
Deep Purple - Made In Japan
Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030
Djeli Moussa Diawara - Yasimika
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 (Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra/Kirill Kondrashin)
Dolly Parton - Jolene
Dr. Dog - We All Belong
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Elliott Smith - Figure 8
Ennio Morricone - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Erykah Badu - Baduism
Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Foals - Total Life Forever
Francesco De Gregori - Rimmel
Fred Pallem - Le sacre du tympan (Le retour)
Game Theory - The Big Shot Chronicles
Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
Gogol Bordello - Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike
Graham Parker & The Rumour - Squeezing Out Sparks
Grant Green - Idle Moments
Jean-Michel jarre - Oxygène
Jeff Buckley - Sketches For My Sweetheart the Drunk
Joan Manuel Serrat - Mediterraneo
Jóhann Jóhannsson - Fôrdlandia
John Coltrane - My Favorite Things
John Fahey - Volume II: Death Chants, Military Waltzes and Breakdowns
John Talabot - Fin
Johnny Cash - American III: Solitary Man
Jon Hassell and Brian Eno - Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics
Julia Holter - Ekstasis
Kanye West - 808s and Heartbreaks
Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster 
Lady Lamb - After
Lavender Country - Lavender Country 
Lily Allen - Alright Still
M. Ward - Hold Time
Mari Boine - Idjagieđas: In the Hand of the Night
Meade ‘Lux’ Lewis - Cat House Piano
Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber
Midnight Oil - Diesel and Dust
Motorhead - Ace of Spades
Muse - Origin of Symmetry
My Morning Jacket - Z
New Radicals - Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Good Son
Nick Lowe - Jesus Of Cool
Nina Simone - In Concert 1964 
Original Broadway Cast - Hamilton: An American Musical
Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista
Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Pavement - Wowee Zowee
Pere Ubu - New Picnic Time
Perfume Genius - Too Bright
Pescado Rabioso - Artaud
Pet Shop Boys - Actually
Philip Glass - Akhnaten
Pixies - Trompe le Monde
Portishead - Portishead
Rufus Wainwright - Want One
Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe
Seefeel - Quique
SEXWITCH - SEXWITCH
Sigur Rós - Kveikur 
Sleater Kinney - One Beat
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
Small Faces - Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake
Snog - Beyond the Valley of the Proles
Songs: Ohia - Didn't it Rain
Sonic Youth - Washing Machine
Soulwax - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2
Space - Spiders
Sufjan Stevens - Michigan
Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
Swans - The Seer
Sweet Trip - Velocity: Design: Comfort
Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues
That Petrol Emotion - Chemicrazy
The Beach Boys - Friends
The Bees - Free The Bees
The Black Keys - Brothers
The Blue Aeroplanes - Beatsongs
The Coral - Magic & Medicine
The Darkness - Permission to Land
The Distillers - Sing Sing Death House
The Divine Comedy - Casanova
The Durutti Column - LC
The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
The Jayhawks - Tomorrow The Green Grass
The Knife - Deep Cuts
The Magnetic Fields - The Charm Of The Highway Strip
The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed 
The National - Trouble Will Find Me
The New Pornographers - Electric Version
The Notwist - Neon Golden
The Original Soundtrack  - O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Police - Zenyatta Mondata
The Polyphonic Spree - The Beginning Stages of...
The Residents - Not Available
Thrice - Vheissu
Tindersticks - Tindersticks (II)
Tom Petty - Wildflowers
Townes Van Zandt - The Late Great Townes Van Zandt
Travis Scott - Rodeo 
Tubeway Army - Replicas
U2 - Melon: Remixes for Propaganda
Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman 
Van Dyke Parks - Song Cycle
Venetian Snares - Rossz csillag alatt született 
Weekend - La Varieté
Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat to Earth
Yehuda Poliker - Efer Veavak

Each week, four match-ups will be presented: one from each of the four quadrants in the bracket, starting at the top then going to the next match-ups in each quadrant the following week.

For example, starting March 7th (Week 1) the match-ups will be:
1. John Coltrane - My Favorite Things vs. Small Faces - Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake
2. Townes Van Zandt - The Late Great Townes Van Zandt vs. CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye
3. Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat to Earth vs. The Polyphonic Spree - The Beginning Stages of...
4. M. Ward - Hold Time vs. Yehuda Poliker - Efer Veavak

Week 2 match-ups will be:
1. Johnny Cash - American III: Solitary Man vs. Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman
2. Tindersticks - Tindersticks (II) vs. Belle and Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
3. Nina Simone - In Concert 1964 vs. Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
4. Pescado Rabioso - Artaud vs. The Blue Aeroplanes - Beatsongs

...and so on.

There is a Predict-It opportunity on the Bracket Master website. If interested, please be sure to fill out complete bracket by March 20th. No prize will be rewarded (just pride!).

If I missed anything or if you have any questions please let me know!

Also - If one of the moderators wouldn't mind sticking this to the top of the forum list, I'd appreciate it!

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9 - The Draw!

Postby Brad » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:29 pm

Every submitter has at least 7 entries in the tournament (unless less were submitted). Some have more depending on where their name fell in the list (I go snake-draft style). Also, there were some duplicate album submissions so some may see more on their list in the final bracket due to this. I think Honorio ended up with 9 from his list making it because two were already entered when their turn came up (for example).

The following albums received multiple submissions:
Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning*
Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
Johnny Cash - American III: Solitary Man
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Good Son
Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista
Seefeel - Quique

* despite multiple nods, "I'm Wide Awake..." was ranked too low on either list to make it in.

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9 - The Draw!

Postby Bang Jan » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:40 pm

Spotify playlist of whole draw:

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9 - The Draw!

Postby StevieFan13 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:04 pm

This is gonna be gooooood.
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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9 - The Draw!

Postby Sweepstakes Ron » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:05 pm

Well, looks like I’ll finally have to stop flaking on my 2-year promise to listen to the entire Hamilton cast recording...
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Postby StevieFan13 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:48 am

Sweepstakes Ron wrote:Well, looks like I’ll finally have to stop flaking on my 2-year promise to listen to the entire Hamilton cast recording...

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9 - The Draw!

Postby Jirin » Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:54 am

I was thinking of ways we could use the fact there are 8 finished tournaments to do some kind of game with the winners, but then I think, this would probably just be a reaffirmation that yes, we do love Neutral Milk Hotel here. ;)

Can't wait to listen to all these, there are some heavyweights in the draw!

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Postby StevieFan13 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:05 am

One Beat vs. Emotion is gonna be brutal. Also, while I don’t recall being the one to nominate The Stranger, I’m bummed that it has to face Baduism, which will probably win.
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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9 - The Draw!

Postby Rob » Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:14 am

Cool!

I played this game for the first time in 2015 and I actually noticed that more than a few albums that competed in that year have returned. I know far more albums this time than in other years in general. Maybe I'm just getting slightly knowledgeable about this stuff by now.

Also, I knew there was an album I wanted to nominate, but forgot round the time I made my list. Turns out that was Nina Simone in Concert 1964, which is there anyway. It might very well end up winning.

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9 - The Draw!

Postby Brad » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:23 pm

Less than two weeks until the new tourney begins... so, far we have 4 full Predict-It brackets filled out (and Sweepstakes Ron with an unfinished one!). Feel free to join the fun!

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9 - The Draw!

Postby Rob » Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:00 am

I have a hard time understanding what exactly is the correct version of As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2, as it seems to have a lot of variations and is credited to both 2 Many DJ's as well as Soulwax. Is this the right one: https://vimeo.com/93039571?

Also, I noticed the U2 entry is an unauthorized bootleg. A first for this game?

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9 - The Draw!

Postby Brad » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:36 pm

Thanks Rob - The U2 album had limited release in an official capacity, then was apparently bootlegged as well. RYM has it listed under both compilations and bootlegs, and while typically neither would be eligible, it's status as compilation is sketchy as it contains previously unreleased material, etc. As I don't want to be a complete dictator here, I figured it wouldn't be a problem... as long as we as a group have access to the music. I don't believe it's on Spotify, but perhaps elsewhere? Let me know if this is not the case.

Here's a bit of info from wikipedia:
The idea behind the album began when U2 lead singer Bono complained how people do not dance to U2 music. The album was then created for the band to develop experimental music and "change people's perceptions of what to think of U2".[1] Prior to its release, rumors about the album circulated for three years. Except for copies sent to radio stations, music press outlets, and friends of the band, Melon was only distributed to subscribers of U2's official magazine, Propaganda. At the time of release, Propaganda had around 35,000 subscribers, and fewer than 50,000 copies of Melon were pressed for release. For those who were not members of the magazine, the album was obtainable by signing up for a one-year subscription to Propaganda for US$18, until supplies were exhausted.[2] The album's rarity made it a collector's item, with copies selling on eBay for £30 as late as 2010.[3]

Melon spawned numerous bootleg imitations and was widely bootlegged itself. Various releases, known as "fruitlegs" or "fruitboots", have been released as compilations of official and unofficial remixes of various U2 songs.[4] Although they claim to be official with the "Remixed for Propaganda" subtitle and a fake copyright, only Melon was approved by the band and released through the fan club.


As for the Soulwax, I have no idea so I'll throw the request for clarification out to nominator hectorthebat.

I appreciate you bringing these points to light!

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9 - The Draw!

Postby Chilton » Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:33 am

Rob wrote:I have a hard time understanding what exactly is the correct version of As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2, as it seems to have a lot of variations and is credited to both 2 Many DJ's as well as Soulwax. Is this the right one: https://vimeo.com/93039571?



My two cents on Soulwax: the "As Heard of Radio Soulwax" series are all remixes and mashup collages Soulwax made for radio. Only the rights for a good part of Pt. 2 were cleared for commercial purposes and that is the version in the link and the one you can find in stores and Spotify (and I guess also the version eligible for this game). Parts 1 and 3 to 11 and the complete version of Part 2 (and possibly variations thereof) can be found floating around on the interwebs.

Soulwax and 2manydjs are the same duo. I believe Soulwax is the name they attach to their original work, while they use 2manydjs for remixes and mashups like this.

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9 - The Draw!

Postby Rob » Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:06 pm

Brad wrote: I don't believe it's on Spotify, but perhaps elsewhere? Let me know if this is not the case.


I initially thought there was a playlist of it on YouTube, but looking at it again, I notice that it doesn't contain all songs and lists one song double. Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TwUnwyJQnU&list=PLhObVkPbDQSaqwAtJVZsTPGrb8YzIqp9M

I can't find it easily available.

For the record, I didnt mean it as criticism. I was actually amused that someone selected an unofficial bootleg, even though I didn't know the rules for it.

Chilton wrote:Only the rights for a good part of Pt. 2 were cleared for commercial purposes and that is the version in the link and the one you can find in stores and Spotify (and I guess also the version eligible for this game).


It's not on Spotify in these parts. Not even on YouTube. Only this Vimeo link, which was put online by the guys from Soulwax/ 2 Many DJ's themselves.

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9 - The Draw!

Postby Brad » Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:09 pm

Rob wrote:
Brad wrote: I don't believe it's on Spotify, but perhaps elsewhere? Let me know if this is not the case.


I initially thought there was a playlist of it on YouTube, but looking at it again, I notice that it doesn't contain all songs and lists one song double. Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TwUnwyJQnU&list=PLhObVkPbDQSaqwAtJVZsTPGrb8YzIqp9M

I can't find it easily available.

For the record, I didnt mean it as criticism. I was actually amused that someone selected an unofficial bootleg, even though I didn't know the rules for it.

Chilton wrote:Only the rights for a good part of Pt. 2 were cleared for commercial purposes and that is the version in the link and the one you can find in stores and Spotify (and I guess also the version eligible for this game).


It's not on Spotify in these parts. Not even on YouTube. Only this Vimeo link, which was put online by the guys from Soulwax/ 2 Many DJ's themselves.
Let's go with the version in the Vimeo link as it seems to be the only one we're going to have mass access to in the U.S. and seems legit.

Not sure what to do about U2 yet - if we can't get a version via internet for everyone to hear, I may have to replace with another pick from same nominator. I even tried Amazon and they only have vinyl for $50 - def not going to pay that.

And no problem, definitely didn't take it as a criticism. I honestly don't check out each nomination for inconsistencies so miss this kind of stuff and appreciate someone being on the lookout!

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9 - The Draw!

Postby Brad » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:19 pm

One week before we begin!

Still plenty of time to fill out your Predict-It brackets!

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9 - The Draw!

Postby Brad » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:18 pm

Regarding U2 - The nominator provided these youtube links for each of the songs:

1. Lemon (The Perfecto Mix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFWk18abWWA
2. Salome (Zooromancer Remix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TwUnwyJQnU
3. Numb (Gimme Some More Dignity Remix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-41XkydM8OY
4. Mysterious Ways (Perfecto Mix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_fPNcVmchI
5. Stay (Underdog Mix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0XRNKf4Al0
6. Numb (The Soul Assassins Mix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nR5-qzF-1T4
7. Mysterious Ways (Massive Attack Mix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7veGgZXuogA
8. Even Better Than The Real Thing (The Perfecto Mix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRQg1R4jiwk
9. Lemon (Bad Yard Club Mix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSpJRduBkws

He will try to put together a playlist very soon (or if someone else wants to jump in, feel free!). In the meantime, at least we know we have links to each of the songs!

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9 - The Draw!

Postby Brad » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:05 pm

Hello friends! AM 2018 begins tomorrow. This is your last chance to enter a Predict-It bracket via the Bracketmaster link above. Only 7 entries thus far!

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 9 - The Draw!

Postby Kingoftonga » Sun May 06, 2018 5:44 pm

Here is a Youtube playlist for U2's Melon: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... Q4vUl6XDz5


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