You're close. I too can't get into the new Polly Jean or F. Very nice like you I too always like to hear what other people are listening and while I recognize a few of them no way do I know all of them. Keep em coming Stephen. More focused and more poppier than predecesor.
I love the way their guitars interplay I think that that's a commentary that describes more the author than the music that we are talking about.
That's another one that I never really got into. I had high hopes for it, but it didn't really move me the way the first record did. I'll have to come back to it later. Great list. I'm undecided about Lykke Li and the Horrors, but I've been curious about those records, too. El Camino was just released earlier this week and I haven't heard it yet, but I'm looking forward to it. I'm listening now and enjoying it -- thanks. I don't want to make any quick judgments, but my mind is drawing lines to Bjork, Joanna Newsom, and Bat for Lashes.
Cool stuff. There's so much great music out there, it's overwhelming. Nice list Stephen, I always enjoy investigating your choices.
SOme of my faves in no order, well Fucked Up should be number 1. Ah, reissues! Lots of great reissues this year, too. It seems like all of my favorite records from the 90s are being re-released on vinyl. You turned me on to Mogwai this year. And like you, I might have picked up that record just for the title. Thankfully, the music is vastly more interesting than the title. Except Gremlins on Blu-ray. We need more journalists like you to expand our horizons. A good music service algorithm doesn't equal a good editorial.
Digital opinion becomes devalued with every push of the like button. Keep writing, keep listening, and keep up the good fight. Thanks very much. It's so satisfying to hear that I've introduced you to something you now enjoy. And it's always great to hear from thoughtful people.
If you get a chance to see Mogwai live, definitely go for it. The live experience is very special. Bring earplugs! Their live DVDs are cool, too.
Excellent list. I'll have to check out that Peter Evans record. I've also been meaning to pick up the Hecker album; I've read such great reviews. I think the Bee Mask record is Elegy for Beach Friday on Spectrum Spools, an offshoot of Editions Mego and another label that seems to consistently release outstanding stuff.
This was more of a year of discovering old music, however new releases that I had in heavy rotation were:. Anywho, those are my picks that have yet to be listed..
I left relevant links if you guys want to check them out. Lastly, was the year I found out about Stereophile, and I have found great new and classic music and hope brings more good picks. I hardly ever buy brand new music because it just takes me a while to discover it so I'm always behind the curve.
But some that interested me were These lists are giving me lots to listen to. Here is what I have for now, who knows maybe with some of these ideas I may have some last minute replacements before the year is through:.
Admiral Fallow — Boots Met My Face issued in in the UK not yet released on this side of the pond and thus misses official recognition in the list. I doubt that any one of these so-called artists could survive on stage without sequencers and a TC Electronic VoiceLive processor After sampling every band and album you listed, I've come to the conclusion that your top 15 sucks and so do you.
Just as a point of reference, this last Saturday, my company had their X-mas bash and the main performer was Jose Feliciano. Clair Bros. So, Mejias, do you ever go to see real artists play real music or do you hang out in your pad and self-flagilate to ambient-techno? I'm betting on the latter.
Please, just resign. You're an embarrasment to yourself and the publication and, apparently, are an ignoramous when it comes to music. Stereophile should can your ass just for being a musical cretan and an imbecile. Leyland Kirby's records in particular have captured my imagination like no other this year. I didn't take to James Blake whatsoever, and I grew tired of the Radiohead record pretty quickly, but most others on your list did garner at least some attention from me throughout the year.
Thanks again for publishing your list, there are some records I will definitely want to check out! I personally love them as they give me a starting point to go further and discover something new - rattle the embers harder is all I say.
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