The Wire EOY 2012

The Wire EOY 2012

Postby Jackson » Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:42 pm

1. Laurel Halo - Quarantine
2. Sun Araw & M Geddes Gengras meet the Congos - Icon Give Thank
3. Actress - RIP
4. Jakob Ullmann - Fremde Zeit - Addendum
5. Jason Lescalleet - Songs About Nothing
6. CC Hennix & The Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage - Live at the Grimm Museum 1
7. Bob Dylan - Tempest
8. Julia Holter - Ekstasis
9. Carter Tutti Void - Transverse
10. Ricardo Villalobos - Dependent and Happy
11. Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
12. Josephine Foster - Blood Rushing
13. Fushitsusha - Mabushii Itazura Na Inori
14. Haino/O'Rourke/Ambarchi - Imikuzushi
15. Death Grips - The Money Store
16. Emptyset - Medium
17. Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland - Black is Beautiful
18. Andy Stott - Luxury Problems
19. V/A - Wandelweiser und so Weiter
20. Morton Feldman - Crippled Symmetry: At June in Buffalo
21. Richard Skelton - Verse of Birds
22. The Bohman Brothers - Back on the Streets
23. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city
24. Michael Pisaro and Toshiya Tsunoda - Crosshatches
25. Bass Clef - Reeling Skullways
26. Aaron Dilloway - Modern Jester
27. Killer Mike - RAP Music
28. Shackleton - The Drawbar Organ/Music for the Quiet Hour
29. Rhodri Davies - Wound Response
30. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
31. Wadada Leo Smith - Ten Freedom Summers
32. Thomas Koner - Novaya Zemlya
33. Annea Lockwood - In our Name
34. Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
35. Lee Gamble - Diversions 1994-1996
36. Heatsick - Deviation
37. Duane Pitre - Feel Free
38. Raime - Quarter Turns over a Living Line
39. Swans - The Seer
40. Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri with Mbene Diatta Seck - Mbeuguel Dafa Nekh
41. Cooly G - Playin' Me
42. Traxman - Da Mind of Traxman
43. DJ Rashad - Teklife Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi
44. Charles Gayle Trio - Streets
45. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
46. Pye Corner Audio - Sleep Games
47. Peter Cusack - Sounds from Dangerous Places
48. Pelt - Effigy
49. DVA - Pretty Ugly
50. Brotzmann/Satoh/Moriyama - Yatagarasu

Nothing that surprising, except Dylan in the top 10. Also thought Swans may have a better showing here. I would have preferred Actress getting another top placement, 2 listens into the Laurel Halo album and it's the second year in a row I'm disappointed by Wire's number 1 (usually a reliable favorite for me).
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Re: The Wire EOY 2012

Postby Matski » Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:40 pm

Didn't mind Quarantine at all and listened to it a lot when it was initially released but I can understand your sentiment. It's quite the Marmite record considering the mixed rep it's received amongst other friends.

And yeah, as much as I like it R.I.P. would probably place higher in my list too.

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Re: The Wire EOY 2012

Postby Harold » Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:09 pm

I love that Channel Orange is so thoroughly dominant that even Wire put it in their top 50.
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Re: The Wire EOY 2012

Postby Jackson » Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:10 pm

Harold wrote:I love that Channel Orange is so thoroughly dominant that even Wire put it in their top 50.


I feel like a lot of times more mainstream rap/R&B albums do well with The Wire (see Kendrick Lamar and Killer Mike on this list too). To look at it cynically, maybe their taste in 'black music' isn't as comprehensive as their taste in 'white music.' Though I will say there are some similarities between some more mainstream rap/R&B albums and the leftfield electronica that dominates The Wire.
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Re: The Wire EOY 2012

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Re: The Wire EOY 2012

Postby Nick » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:58 pm

Suicidal anime characters with the same pigmentation of the Simpsons on top of a multicolored grid of squares that came straight of a bad acid trip? Makes enough sense.
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Re: The Wire EOY 2012

Postby Jackson » Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:22 am

That cover just about sums up her aesthetic perfectly. Nothing is much better this year, though I like Andy Stott's cover.

Also, how the hell is that Death Grips album third on that cover list? What about that is exactly appealing? Not even a funny joke.
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