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You’re missing out. So far, that (apparent) compilation of demos is my favourite release of the year, legitimate or not.
apparently it’s an illegal leak.
Are you kidding me? That Jennifer Paige cover is ace!
…or sang the incredibly slut-shaming “Nasty Girl” or the submissive “Cater to U” or the horrible “Upgrade U”, which is basically about hoa a woman is a perfect accessory for a man next to “purple label” neckties.That song actually contains the unbelievable line: “It’s very seldom that ur blessed to find ur equal / Still play my part and let u take the lead role, believe me” Which basically says: I am happy to be your subordinate because you’re a man. And now her tour is named the “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour”… I think you can say that Beyonce (or at least her writers and producers) are
anti-feminists… which is quite a shame.
Beyonce is an incredible musician… “B-Day” is such a great Album, musically… but when it comes to progressive stances on being a woman, you shouldn’t turn to Beyonce.
There are not many women for whom I’d do an ex-gay therapy. Marnie Stern is definitely one of them. She and Karen O.
No. Because they’re actually really good.
See, but the quality of the music on Centipede Hz. was somewhat foreshadowed by the hideous album cover (well, no, it wasn’t THAT bad) . What if this fate repeats itself here?
The conclusion I arrived to from this list: Americans have a weird understanding of dance music.
2012 was a great year for R’n'B and Rap. But we should not forget that for every Frank Ocean there is a Chris Brown. I see the R’n'B revival more as a response to all the Eurodance-infused trash-pop that is sold as R’n'B nowadays. And as great as Usher’s Climax was, it hit so hard because it stood out so much from the rest of mainstream R’n'B rather than feeling like being a part of it.
This will get tons of downvotes, because it contains a link and most will identify it as the selfish self-promotion this probably is. (but then again, this is Stereogum, what if not self-promotion is this comments section even about?)
Anyway. On my tumblr, I started posting my 20 most-listened to albums of 2012. Had I decided on my favourite albums, the list would have looked a bit different and a bit more pretentious . Now it’s only what I actually LISTENED to the most, which is probably really the best indicator for these kinds of things anyway…
So far the list has been:
20. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
19. Solange – True EP
18. Josephine Foster – Blood Rushing
17. Holly Herndon – Movement
16. Azealia Banks – 1991 EP
15. Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It
14. Doe Paoro – Slow to Love
13. Beach House – Bloom
12. Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror
11. Julia Holter – Ekstasis
This list summarized in one word: meh.
Albeit a solid best of 2012 list, unlike their best songs of the year, there is hardly a single surprise on this list, which is a shame.
I also think that each album that got away with an “honorable mention” should actually have been on the main list. Especially Holly Herndon’s “Movement”, Lauren Halo’s “Quarantine” and Matthew E. White’s “Big Inner” were stellar.
We probably just got fooled and listened the wrong album? Well played, Animal Collective, well played.
See, that’s where i think your argument get’s a bit fishy.
1. How is “chart success” a criterion for “best song”?
2. Apparently “Round & Round”, by topping that list, was more critically acclaimed, as it was determined by a voting process by a large group of music critics (all contributing to the same site, but none the less)
3. I’m pretty sure I’ve replayed “Round & Round” a lot more than “Runaway”. How do you define re-playability anyway? Heck, one of my most-listened-to songs of all time is “Clara” from Scott Walker’s The Drift, which, I guess, isn’t what you’d call “catchy” at all, if that’s what your definition of “re-playable” is.
4. “impact” is quite hard to predict in the long run anyway. I recently did an 80s playlist for a friend’s party and discovered that the 80s covered so much more ground than you’d accredit them for, and I think that that’s one of the aims of lists like this one.
But enough already. I’m gonna be spending the rest of my day eating cookies and watching dog gifs on tumblr now.
I have to admit that I fell for Grimes this year – and i actually agree with her top spot in this list. Also, Jasmine on #10 gave me tons of joy!
Say about Pitchfork what you want, but this list is pretty much spot on
P.S.: I DO agree with the lack of Perfume Genius on any end-of-year list so far!
This post is perfect and I want to applaud you with this gif:
Now I’m sad I never got the chance to see old-school Chan Marshall live.
I simply don’t get the Korean guy, but whatever. Great list anyway!
I find myself agreeing with you too much, stereogum. Does that mean it’s time to find another music resource?
Interesting choices for the top 30. Ranks 50 – 31 are mostly ludicrous though.
I agree, rather than having weeks and weeks of “best albums of iconic band xy” and then major articles like this one or the deconstruction of Sufjan Stevens and Christian music all crammed into one week is a bit much. I think stereogum would highly benefit from sequencing the publication of the individual features a bit better.
This was a great read, however.
Please post photos of your thereesome later! You’ll have a massive shot for comment of the week. especially if you make it a gif!
“so we’re probably not going to be posting her stuff that much here anymore. And it’s not even that there’s anything wrong with that stuff; it’s just several galaxies removed from what Stereogum usually covers”
I think I’ll copy and paste this the next time you feature Lana del Rey’s latest venture into I-don’t-know-what.