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Pazz & Jop Stuff

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Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop is up. If you love lists, there’s plenty of them here and that’s what makes it so fun to read. Even as the Top 10-ers are fairly predictable–as they should be, the list’s supposed to find common ground–you can view every voter’s list and stumble upon some song or album you dismissed or didn’t know existed. My ballot’s below:

1. Ocrilim Annwn
2. Glen Campbell Meet Glen Campbell
3. M83 Saturdays=Youth
4. E-Major Majority Rules
5. The Sea & Cake Car Alarm
6. Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak
7. ABN It Is What It Is
8. Mount Eerie Black Wooden Ceiling Opening
9. Aidan Baker & Tim Hecker Fantasma-Parastasie
10. Lil Wayne Tha Carter III

1. Bun B featuring Rick Ross, David Banner and 8 Ball & MJG, “You’re Everything”
2. Rick Ross featuring Nelly and Avery Storm, “Here I Am”
3. Ryan Leslie, “Diamond Girl”
4. Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West, “Put On”
5. Nappy Roots, “Good Day”
6. Sigur Ros, “Gobbledigook”
7. Bishop Lamont, “Grow Up”
8. Devin the Dude featuring LC, “I Can’t Make It Home”
9. Outkast featuring Raekwon, “Royal Flush”
10. Lil Wayne featuring Bobby Valentino, “Mrs. Officer”

Two of my quotes are in there too:

“Nothing’s dead in hip-hop when every cool DJ and electronic freaky-freak remixes Lil Wayne and producer Bangladesh’s “A Milli,” and the original, monster radio hit’s still weirder and crazier.”

“Ocrilim’s Annwn should probably get closer to 90 points, if that was allowed. A big, dumb, obnoxious, out-there, tries-too-hard, and still successful masterpiece like Berlin Alexanderplatz or Infinite Jest or something. Every year, certain very-good artists will make certain very-good critics’ lists, but this is a genuine, incomparable standout. The opposite of the mannered metal of the “doom” sub-genre, Annwn takes the awesome, orgasmic part of metal—the face-melting solo—and stretches it out forever.”


Written by Brandon

January 21st, 2009 at 2:32 am

Posted in 2008, Lists, Pazz and Jop

"Kamikaze 2009": A Goodbye 2008 Mix


“Kamikaze 2009″: A Goodbye 2008 Mix (56 minutes 57 seconds)

One final way to say “bye” to 2008. I tried to highlight some tracks I didn’t otherwise talk-up, re-highlight some other great ones, and just in general, capture the about-to-fall-over warm electronic party music every genre focused upon last year. It seems as though we’re at this point where things look and sound like people in the late 70s thought the 2000s would look and sound like and it’s a bizarre but works-for-now loop of innovation and nostalgia.

Written by Brandon

January 4th, 2009 at 8:06 am

Posted in 2008, mix CD