Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2019 - Quarter-Finals

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Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2019 - Quarter-Finals

Post by Brad » Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:15 pm

Welcome to the Quarter-Final Round of Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2019. Only eight albums remain in the tournament! Who will move to the Semis?

Vote for your favorite album in each match-up.
Remember, anyone can vote as long as the voter has heard both albums.

Good-spirited comments are encouraged, but not absolutely necessary.
Deadline = November 5th at 10am EST.

Here's a link to the bracket for the entire tournament:
http://www.bracketmaker.com/tlist.cfm?t ... Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2019

Match-ups:
1. Grimes - Art Angels vs. Bob Dylan - Desire
2. The Velvet Underground - VU vs. Pink Floyd - Animals
3. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges vs. The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku vs. Mitski - Bury Me at Makeout Creek


It's the music that we choose!

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2019 - Quarter-Finals

Post by Romain » Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:18 pm

1. Grimes - Art Angels
2. Pink Floyd - Animals
3. The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku


Too bad for the Velvet ! (and for Colin Stetson too)

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Post by Jirin » Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:02 pm

Art Angels 87 - Desire 84
Animals 90 - VU 85
New History Warfare Vol 2 98 - Script Of The Bridge 87

How did the other American voters hear Tokyo Jihen? I still have not managed to find it.

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Post by PlasticRam » Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:35 pm

1. Grimes - Art Angels vs. Bob Dylan - Desire
2. The Velvet Underground - VU vs. Pink Floyd - Animals

All except Animals are on my all-time list.
I feel like that

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Post by Listyguy » Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:49 pm

1. Grimes - Art Angels vs. Bob Dylan - Desire
2. The Velvet Underground - VU vs. Pink Floyd - Animals
3. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges vs. The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge

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Post by FrankLotion » Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:38 pm

1. Grimes - Art Angels
2. Pink Floyd - Animals
3. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku

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Post by Brad » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:22 pm

My picks:
1. Grimes - Art Angels vs. Bob Dylan - Desire
2. The Velvet Underground - VU vs. Pink Floyd - Animals
3. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges vs. The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku vs. Mitski - Bury Me at Makeout Creek

I was wrong. There is an album in this tournament I like better than Animals.

I have two nominations left in the tournament... I just voted against one of them.

Thanks!

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2019 - Quarter-Finals

Post by granit » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:41 pm

1. Bob Dylan - Desire
2. The Velvet Underground - VU
3. The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
4. Mitski - Bury Me at Makeout Creek

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Post by mileswide » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:51 pm

8. Grimes - Art Angels v. 6. Bob Dylan - Desire
5. The Velvet Underground - VU v. 7. Pink Floyd - Animals
1. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges v. 2. The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku v. 3. Mitski - Bury Me at Makeout Creek

Made up to see an album as adventurous as New History Warfare make it this far :D

Predictions anyone? I can see whoever wins the Grimes-Dylan tie being crowned tournament champion, my money's on Art Angels
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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2019 - Quarter-Finals

Post by Safetycat » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:54 pm

8 albums left. A great group, no dislike for any of them. Art Angels is what I'm rooting for in the absense of any of my picks making it through.

Grimes - Art Angels > Bob Dylan - Desire
The Velvet Underground - VU < Pink Floyd - Animals
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges > The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku > Mitski - Bury Me at Makeout Creek
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Post by acroamor » Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:17 pm

1. Grimes - Art Angels
2. Pink Floyd - Animals
3. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
4. Mitski - Bury Me at Makeout Creek

What a set of albums, my goodness.

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Post by Jirin » Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:17 am

When I nominated Stetson I had no expectations of him getting this far. Awesome an album like that is still in!

I actually learned about Stetson opening for TV On The Radio.

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2019 - Quarter-Finals

Post by Myself » Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:29 am

1. Bob Dylan - Desire
2. Pink Floyd - Animals
3. The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2019 - Quarter-Finals

Post by madzong » Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:34 am

Bob Dylan - Desire
The Velvet Underground - VU

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Post by acroamor » Wed Oct 30, 2019 3:21 am

Jirin wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:17 am
When I nominated Stetson I had no expectations of him getting this far. Awesome an album like that is still in!

I actually learned about Stetson opening for TV On The Radio.
We both actually nominated that album. And I couldn't agree more! Who'd have thought an album as experimental and bizarre as that would be sitting here with obvious candidates like Bob Dylan or Pink Floyd

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2019 - Quarter-Finals

Post by spiritualized » Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:21 am

1. Grimes - Art Angels vs. Bob Dylan - Desire
2. The Velvet Underground - VU vs. Pink Floyd - Animals - PASS
3. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges vs. The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku vs. Mitski - Bury Me at Makeout Creek

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Post by bonnielaurel » Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:58 pm

Grimes - Art Angels
Pink Floyd - Animals
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku
They give awards for that music? I thought just ear plugs. (Woody Allen in Annie Hall)

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Post by Honorio » Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:08 am

Quarter finals? One-line comments...




1. Bob Dylan - Desire (1976) vs. 7. Grimes - Art Angels (2015)
The battle of millennials vs. baby-boomers, digital vs. analog, art angels vs. rolling thunders. This is the story of a hurricane.

2. The Velvet Underground - VU (1985) vs. 3. Pink Floyd - Animals (1977)
Two minor works by two major bands. A concept album lesser than a collection of leftovers. Or so Lisa says. Stephanie too.

5. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare, Vol. 2: Judges (2011) vs. 8. The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge (1983)
jirin and acroamor are not the only ones surprised by Stetson success, Mark Burgess would be surprised too. Avantgarde glory.

4. 東京事変 - 教育 (2004) vs. 6. Mitski - Bury Me at Makeout Creek (2014)
Sheena vs. Miyawaki, Japanese vs. Japanese American, a brilliant performer against a brilliant songwriter. Ātoenjeru Ringo…

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Post by DaveC » Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:25 pm

For me, the best MAA quarter finalists I can remember. All albums I enjoy, and all close calls. The only one of these that I would rather didn't win the game is Animals, but I do prefer it to VU just a little.

Grimes - Art Angels vs. Bob Dylan - Desire
The Velvet Underground - VU vs. Pink Floyd - Animals
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges vs. The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku vs. Mitski - Bury Me at Makeout Creek

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Post by Rob » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:38 pm

6. Grimes - Art Angels vs. 7. Bob Dylan - Desire
A choice between a consistent album (Art Angels) and a song that has higher highs, but also some lows (Desire). Art Angels wins on account of not having Joey, although it almost lost because it doesn't have Isis either.

5. The Velvet Underground - VU vs. 8. Pink Floyd - Animals
The easiest choice of the week. Animals is with a distance my least favorite of the ones left.

3. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges vs. 4. The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
The tightest race. Script of the Bridge is the last of the post-punk albums standing and it was the best. But I guess it is time to say goodbye.

2. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku vs. 1. Mitski - Bury Me at Makeout Creek
Both are great, but still an easy choice. Mitski is amazing.

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Re: Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2019 - Quarter-Finals

Post by Bang Jan » Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:16 pm

3 | Grimes | Art Angels
5 | Bob Dylan | Desire

2 | The Velvet Underground | VU
8 | Pink Floyd | Animals

4 | Colin Stetson | New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
1 | The Chameleons | Script of the Bridge

7 | Tokyo Jihen | Kyoiku
6 | Mitski | Bury Me at Makeout Creek
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Post by Jirin » Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:35 pm

Has anyone in the US successfully heard the Tokyo Jihen album?

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Post by phil » Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:22 pm

2. The Velvet Underground - VU vs. Pink Floyd - Animals
3. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges vs. The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku vs. Mitski - Bury Me at Makeout Creek

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Post by Kingoftonga » Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:53 pm

1. Grimes - Art Angels vs. Bob Dylan - Desire
2. The Velvet Underground - VU vs. Pink Floyd - Animals
3. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges vs. The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku vs. Mitski - Bury Me at Makeout Creek

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Post by Brad » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:23 pm

40 minutes left to vote!

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Post by Brad » Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:00 pm

20 total voters this week:
acroamor
Bang Jan
bonnielaurel
Brad
DaveC
FrankLotion
granit
Honorio
Jirin
Kingoftonga
Listyguy
madzong
mileswide
Myself
phil
PlasticRam
Rob
Romain
Safetycat
spiritualized

Winners:
1. Grimes - Art Angels over Bob Dylan - Desire 11-8
2. The Velvet Underground - VU over Pink Floyd - Animals 10-9
3. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges over The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge 10-8
4. Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku vs. Mitski - Bury Me at Makeout Creek ***TIE! 8-8!!!***

We have a TIE!
Tokyo Jihen - Kyōiku vs. Mitski - Bury Me at Makeout Creek
***Next vote from someone who has not already voted in this matchup WINS!***

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Post by Rdwdbob » Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:21 pm

As I was evacuated from the No. Cal. wildfires all of last week I was unable to vote. I'm happy to at least break the tie with my pick of MITSKI - BURY ME AT MAKEOUT CREEK. (our house and property was saved and we are back home safe and sound)
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Post by Jirin » Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:23 pm

I will break the tie happily if somebody tells me how the hell I can find Tokyo Jihen. :)

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Post by Brad » Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:28 pm

Mitski takes it.

Rdwdbob - glad to hear all is well and you're safe. I can't imagine what the last few weeks have been like in CA. Hopefully the worst is over.

Jirin - I bought my copy on amazon then sent it elsewhere, where others have received it and have offered to make copies. Short of that, not sure if I can be of any more help (though it might not matter anymore).

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Post by Jirin » Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:34 pm

I finally found it on YouTube, I was about to vote the other way. :)

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