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Anti-Pitchfork 'Albums of the Decade' so far

Post by noLooking » Wed Aug 27, 2014 20:53

I see Pitchfork have done their albums of the decade since 2010. In a list of a hundred, I've got six, and most of them I'm not too keen on. Most of the rest I've never heard of. I suppose I'm not very cutting edge. Anyway, I thought Anorak ought to have it's own rival list to show 'em who's boss in the influential stakes. Or at least we could all put up the best ones we've got since 2010 and complement each other on our respective good taste/ how a row about it and slag each others' favourite records off - whatever you want really. Or just to leave this post stranded, unreplied to, like the tedious bollocks that it is. Anyway to start, in no particular order:

Tender Trap - 'Dansette, Dansette'
Shrag - 'Canines'
St Vincent - 'Strange Mercy'*
Prinzhorn Dance School - 'Clay Class'
Comet Gain - 'Howl of the Lonely Crowd'
Joanna Gruesome - 'Weird Sister'
Thought Forms - 'Ghost Mountain'
Stereolab - 'Not Music'
Perfect Pussy - 'Say Yes To Love'
Tunabunny - 'Kingdom Technology'

*On the pitchfork list. I'm in with them, see

Oh, plus -
Pastels - 'Slow Summits'
Allo Darlin' - 'Europe'
Vivian Girls - 'Share The Joy'
Can't believe I forgot them. I think I'd been temporarily lobotomised.

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Re: Anti-Pitchfork 'Albums of the Decade' so far

Post by RITH » Wed Aug 27, 2014 23:34

I shouldn't even try to think this late, but here are 20 off the top of my head:

ONSIND - Dissatisfactions (2010)
Sourpatch - Crushin' (2010)
The School - Loveless Unbeliever (2010)
Gold-Bears - Are You Fallin' In Love? (2011)
Girls Names - Dead to me (2011)
Slow Down Tallahassee - Curly Cuh (2011)
Deep Time - s/t (2012)
Allo Darlin' - Europe' (2012)
The Garlands - s/t (2012)
Bears - Greater Lakes (2012)
Standard Fare - The noyelle beat (2012)
Orca Team - Restraint (2012)
Tullycraft - Lost in light rotation (2013)
Veronica Falls - Waiting For Something To Happen (2013)
Catnaps - Why Don't You Whisper? (2013)
Pete Green - The Glass Delusion (2013)
Colour Me Wednesday - I Thought It Was Morning (2013)
Withered Hand - New Gods (2014)
Martha - Courting Strong (2014)
The Hobbes Fanclub - Up At Lagrange (2014)

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Re: Anti-Pitchfork 'Albums of the Decade' so far

Post by tompony » Wed Aug 27, 2014 23:35

I would normally spend three weeks compiling a list and then forget to post it, so instead of that, here's ten albums from the current decade that I have listened to a huge amount. I've probably forgotten something but I can always edit this post in three weeks time and nobody will EVER KNOW! I only skimmed the Pitchfork list but they put the wrong Beach House album in the top ten so they can piss off.

Onsind - Anaesthesiology
Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
Beach House - Bloom
Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo
Colour Me Wednesday - I Thought It Was Morning
Tigercats - Isle of Dogs
Internet Forever - S/T
The Radio Dept - Clinging to a Scheme
Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn't
Standard Fare - Out of Sight, Out of Town

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Re: Anti-Pitchfork 'Albums of the Decade' so far

Post by noLooking » Thu Aug 28, 2014 00:05

Beachhouse's 'Teen Dream' one is one of the ones I've got - starts well and takes a nosedive I thought. No way is it the fifth best record of the decade or something. Then again, pitchfork know these things - who are we to question?

I'm probably a bit premature with this - they'll be plenty more I shall want to throw in before the end of the year. Everyone should feel free to come back, I reckon.

I just thought Pitchfork's list demanded A RESPONSE FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT FORUM ON THE INTERNETS. In my book, anyway.

RITH - Forgot about Veronica Falls - damn. I shall probably throw the new Gold Bears one in sooner or later as well, when I can bring myself to call a record that's been out for about five minutes a 'classic'. Judging by my response to the Tunabunny one, should be another couple of months.

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Post by Yex » Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:30

My list would probably include:

Watercolor Paintings - These Arms (2011)
Watercolor Paintings - When You Move (2013)
Scrambled Meggz - Let's Go Get Lost (2012)
Scrambled Meggz - I'm in the Desert and It's Raining (2014)
OK Vancouver OK - Food Shelter Water (2013)
Regina Spektor - What We Saw From the Cheap Seats (2012)
Devendra Banhart - Mala (2013)
LAKE - The World Is Real (2013)
Cave Babies - Accomplish Nothing (2013)
True Crush - We Like Us (2013)
Anthony Damiao - Anthony Damiao with The Comic Sans (2011)
Anthony Damiao - The Dirt (2014)
Heavy Flow - Heavy Flow & Other Pagan Rituals (2011)
Autococoon - Sea Cushion (2013)
Caitlin Currie - All a Dream (2013)
Aantarcticaa - Cut That Dead Tree Down Already (2013)
Kawaii Sakura Trees - How Many Times Do You Come Around...? Start! (2014)
KMVP - Sweatbands Understand (2011)
Madeline Ava - Still Gonna Be Fine (2012)
Nod and the Hob Goblins - Self Titled (2012)

I guess that's 20. Probably not the same as many of you would pick, but there you go.

For my own purposes I broke down my choices into how each year was represented:

2010: 0 albums
2011: 4 albums
2012: 4 albums
2013: 9 albums
2014: 3 albums

I guess last year was good to me, musically.

Edit: Imaginary Pants should probably be on there, too.
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Re: Anti-Pitchfork 'Albums of the Decade' so far

Post by Trev » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:10

Here's the ones that came to mind. Am sure I forgot some.

The Blanche Hudson Weekend - How Many Times Have You Let Me Die?
The Wendy Darlings - The Insufferable Fatigues of Idleness
Ace Bushy Striptease - Slurpt
Martha - Courting Strong
Joanna Gruesome - Weird Sister
Tyrannosaurus Dead - Flying Ant Day (not yet released!)
The Rosie Taylor Project - Twin Beds
The White Wires - WWII
The Humms - Lemonland
Ela Orleans - Tumult In Clouds
Shopping - Consumer Complaints
ONSIND - Anaesthesiology
The Fish Police - The Marzipan Transformations
Cars Can Be Blue - Trace The Tension
Standard Fare - Out Of Sight, Out Of Town
The Middle Ones - It Is The Rehearsal That Will Make This
The Happy Thoughts - S/T
Trash Kit - Trash Kit
Sarandon - Sarandon's Age Of Reason
Kid Canaveral - Shouting At Wildlife
Betty and the Werewolves - Teatime Favourites
The Spook School - Dress Up
Girls Names - Dead To Me
Humousexual - Grenzenlos
City Yelps - Cheap Psych
One Happy Island - S/T
Air Waves - Dungeon Dots
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Re: Anti-Pitchfork 'Albums of the Decade' so far

Post by Ben » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:11

Well, I've got a ton of unanswered emails to get through this morning, but nonetheless, I can't resist a fucking good list, so here's my best-of-the-best since January 2010 in alphabetical order:

The Bats - Free All The Monsters
Bong - Beyond Ancient Space
Bong - Mana-Yood-Sushai
Chain & The Gang - Minimum Rock n' Roll
Cheater Slicks - Reality is a Grape
Cinema Red & Blue - s/t
Dum Dum Girls - I Will Be
Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Rush To Relax
Humousexual - Grenzenlos
Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel - Hey Hey It's...
Milk Music - s/t 12"
Overnight Lows - City of Rotten Eyes
Peaking Lights - 936
Pelt - Effigy
Personal & The Pizzas - Raw Pie
Purling Hiss - Hissteria
Royal Headache - s/t LP
Shoppers - Silver Year
Umberto - Prophesy of the Black Widow
V/VM - The Death of Rave

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Re: Anti-Pitchfork 'Albums of the Decade' so far

Post by noLooking » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:31

Trev wrote:The Middle Ones - It Is The Rehearsal That Will Make This
Keep forgetting things - I really shouldn't have started this half baked. But -

The Middle Ones - 'Live in Concert in Brighton'

should not be forgotten.

Also - Cate Le Bon - 'Cyrk'
Aiden Moffat and Bill Wells - 'Everything's Getting Older'
Trick Mammoth - 'Floristry'

And whilst not their best, and not really that great, I do have a fondness for Broadcast - 'Berberian Sound Studio', particularly on grey, woozy mornings when I'm feeling particularly grim. If there's Broadcast to be had, I think I'm congenitally incapable of leaving it out.

They'll be more. Nice to see lots of variety, I reckon. I've only just got round to picking up things by ONSIND and Watercolour Paintings, so this has harried me enough to actually bother listening to them. Doubtless they'll be on my list sooner or later as well...

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Re: Anti-Pitchfork 'Albums of the Decade' so far

Post by tompony » Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:06

andyiong wrote:Beachhouse's 'Teen Dream' one is one of the ones I've got - starts well and takes a nosedive I thought. No way is it the fifth best record of the decade or something.
Couldn't agree more - I love 'Zebra' and 'Norway' but the quality drops sharply after that. Bloom is a much better album, strong from start to finish.

Now that I have access to my mp3 collection, here's the rest of the albums from this decade that I'd list as 'favourites'... can't believe I forgot The Ballet, that'd be top five if I could be bothered to wrestle these into any kind of order.

Admiral Radley - I Heart California
Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells - Everything's Getting Older
Au Revoir Simone - Move in Spectrums
Avi Buffalo - S/T
The Ballet - I Blame Society
Benjamin Shaw - There's Always Hope, There's Always Cabernet
Casiokids - Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen
Deerhoof - Deerhoof vs Evil
Mat Riviere - Not Even Doom Music
Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Robyn - Body Talk
Slow Thaw - S/T
Warm Digits - Interchange
Wave Pictures - Long Black Cars
Yo La Tengo - Fade

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Post by Silver Girl » Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:07

Ben wrote:V/VM - The Death of Rave
Never thought I'd see the day when V/VM met Anorak! I have a big smile now...
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Post by Wheatabeat » Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:18

andyiong wrote:Beachhouse's 'Teen Dream' one is one of the ones I've got - starts well and takes a nosedive I thought. No way is it the fifth best record of the decade or something. Then again, pitchfork know these things - who are we to question?
It's definitely my favourite of the past 10 years. I adore it. I dunno, I quite like Pitchfork myself. They have a bit of an infatuation with hip-hop which I don't care for much but I quite like a large percentage of stuff they give high marks to myself.

Only my opinion, like. I'm sure most anorak folk are different.
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Re: Anti-Pitchfork 'Albums of the Decade' so far

Post by noLooking » Thu Aug 28, 2014 14:12

Wheatabeat wrote: I dunno, I quite like Pitchfork myself. They have a bit of an infatuation with hip-hop which I don't care for much but I quite like a large percentage of stuff they give high marks to myself.

Only my opinion, like. I'm sure most anorak folk are different.
The articles are usually worth reading, I reckon, I just think they're a bit up themselves and are very aware of their 'influential' position. A bit like most rock-crit sites, I suppose - the reason it annoys me is likely because I used to take it all so seriously when I was a kid - which, of course, gives me the right to be a right nob about it now. Anyway, really this was just me having a bit of fun. Any excuse for a list and a look at what everyone liked, basically.

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Post by alongwaltz » Thu Aug 28, 2014 14:19

My top 20 would probably look something like:

Allo Darlin' - Allo Darlin'
Allo Darlin' - Europe
Best Coast - Crazy For You
Comet Gain - Howl Of The Lonely Crowd
Eels - The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett
Eels - End Times
Gold-Bears - Are You Falling In Love?
Home Movies - All I See Is Sun When I Look Up
Hooded Fang - Album
Jenny Omnichord - All Our Little Bones
Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn't
Katie And The Lichen - Yours Truly
Loom - Epyllion
Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring
M.I.A. - Matangi
OK Vancouver OK - Food Shelter Water
Seapony - Go With Me
Swearin' - Swearin'
Tullycraft - Lost In Light Rotation
Veronica Falls - Waiting For Something To Happen

For simplicity's sake, I didn't include EP's or compilations.

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Post by indiehorse » Thu Aug 28, 2014 18:17

ONSIND: Anaesthesiology
Standard Fare: Noyelle Beat
Allo Darlin: s/t
Tigercats: Isle of Dogs
Evans the Death: s/t

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Post by Wheatabeat » Thu Aug 28, 2014 19:44

andyiong wrote: The articles are usually worth reading, I reckon, I just think they're a bit up themselves and are very aware of their 'influential' position. A bit like most rock-crit sites, I suppose - the reason it annoys me is likely because I used to take it all so seriously when I was a kid - which, of course, gives me the right to be a right nob about it now. Anyway, really this was just me having a bit of fun. Any excuse for a list and a look at what everyone liked, basically.
Yeah, I wasn't having a dig or owt, just thought I'd mention I quite liked them. Anyway, yes, my list:

Beach House / Teen Dream (2010)
Delorean / Subiza (2010)
Caribou / Swim (2010)
Broken Social Scene / Forgiveness Rock Record (2010)
Wye Oak / Civilian (2011)
Papercuts / Fading Parade (2011)
Kurt Vile / Smoke Ring For A Halo (2011)
The Horrors / Skying (2011)
Herman Dune / Strange Moosic (2011)
Allo Darling / Europe (2012)
Beach House / Bloom (2012)
Diiv / Oshin (2012)
Wild Nothing / Nocturne (2012)
Beach Fossils / Clash The Truth (2013)
Speedmarket Avenue / Goodbye (2013)
Yo La Tengo / Fade (2013)
John Grant / Pale Green Ghosts (2013)
Real Estate / Atlas (2014)
Alvvays / Alvvays (2014)
Withered Hand / New Gods (2014)
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Post by noLooking » Thu Aug 28, 2014 20:04

Wheatabeat wrote:Yeah, I wasn't having a dig or owt, just thought I'd mention I quite liked them.
No offence taken : )
Papercuts / Fading Parade (2011)
Keep meaning to get a Papercuts album.

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Post by Wheatabeat » Thu Aug 28, 2014 20:09

andyiong wrote:
Keep meaning to get a Papercuts album.[/quote]

Yeah, they had one out this year (Life Among The Savages) but I've only given it one listen (I've got it on now as it goes). On first impressions it's decent. There's two things I love about them; Jason's voice and the fact that he's got the same build (slightly fat fucker) as me.
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Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Thu Aug 28, 2014 21:36

List:

Danny Brown - Old
Caribou - Swim
Chromatics - Kill For Love
Deafheaven - Sunbather
Destroyer - Kaputt
The Flaming Lips - The Terror
The Garlands - S/T
Haiku Salut - Tricalore
Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, Maad City
The Like - Release Me
The Lovely Eggs - Cob Dominoes
Melody's Echo Chamber - S/T
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
Pocketbooks - Carousels
Real Estate - Days
Sleigh Bells - Treats
The Spook School - Dress Up
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Tegan & Sara - Heartthrob
The Weeknd - House of Balloons

Of which 11 are on the Pitchfork list as well, which would seem to go against the point of the thread.

I deliberately haven't put any 2014 albums in it but it seemed strange putting records that came out so recently (I know Pitchfork did and some people have here but what the hey). Albums I have very much enjoyed this year are:

Alvvays - S/T
Real Estate - Atlas
Gruff Rhys - American Interior
Sun Kil Moon - Benji
Caribou - Our Love
Withered Hand - New Gods
The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream

Some I've forgotten

I'm clearly a hipster twat and will delete my Anorak account immediately.

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Post by noLooking » Thu Aug 28, 2014 21:49

Dan Pop-o-matic wrote:Of which 11 are on the Pitchfork list as well, which would seem to go against the point of the thread.
That's okay - no bitter ideological grudge necessary to take part!
Sleigh Bells - Treats
Was 'Treats' since 2010? If so, I want that as well.
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The last time I saw a picture of The Sweet Nothings you didn't have one of those long beards and an obsolete hearing aid, so I think you're safe.

You've not just got a long beard and an obsolete hearing aid recently have you?

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Re: Anti-Pitchfork 'Albums of the Decade' so far

Post by Ben » Thu Aug 28, 2014 21:57

Silver Girl wrote:
Ben wrote:V/VM - The Death of Rave
Never thought I'd see the day when V/VM met Anorak! I have a big smile now...
Yeah, I was a bit torn over whether to treat that one as a "new release" to be honest, because as I understand it it's an LP comprised of newly edited chunks of some vast pile of recordings that V/VM / James Kirby put up for download in the late '90s or something, and I believe the V/VM name was actually retired some years ago. But The Quietus had it down on their 'albums of the year so far', so if it's good enough for them etc. Either way, it's completely brilliant.

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