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On 11/5/2014 at 4:08 PM, harcourt™ said:

Pimping threads are dumb and redundant.


Just pimp in the list thread.


Ideally with your list.


And, you can always edit your list if you hear something you like better later.


You just like to complain.



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On 2/16/2017 at 4:02 PM, Mount Lofty said:

Easy D-Liz

oh wow that was a million trump memes ago


edited the OP to reflect the rules, same as always, RTJ3 is eligible, not sure when the deadline would be at this point other than late december obviously. and if roger or whoever wants to help/replace me entirely go for it.

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F   I   N   A   L (with my shitty takes for the top 10) F   I   N   A   L 


25. St. Vincent - Masseduction

24. Sampha - Process

23. Waxahatchee - Out in the Storm

22. Björk - Utopia 

21. John Maus - Screen Memories

20. Lorde - Melodrama

19. Paramore - After Laughter

18. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

17. Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps

16. Spoon - Hot Thoughts .

15. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me

14. Litku Klemetti - Juna Kainuuseen

13. Sylvan Esso - What Now 

12. Lil B - Black Ken 

11. Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up 


10. Toro y Moi - Boo Boo


Thematically, the album is a hazy trip through a rise to fame and the downsides of newfound celebrity--mainly losing the love of his life. Certainly, there isn’t new ground broken lyrically. Yet, presented against a floaty soundscape, it hits a sweet spot.


9. Timber Timbre - Sincerely, Future Pollution


Though I’m unsure of the motivations behind the change of sound from Timber Timbre on this record, I am quite pleased with it. Starting as simply a folk band, each subsequent release seems to further embrace a blues, rock & roll, and dance influence. On this one, they seem to have completely abandoned their original sound and instead have produced an 80’s inspired arty synthpop album. Not only is it an interesting and curious new direction, but it is wildly enjoyable as well. At times I feel like they are channeling some of the more challenging parts of David Bowie’s career, and it’s fantastic.


8. Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time


4eva is a Mighty Long Time is the best thing from Big K.R.I.T. since 2012. Missed you bud.


7. Rose Elinor Dougall - Stellular


This album is littered with amazing hooks. 




SZA builds on the efforts of Frank Ocean, Tinashe, and Kehlani, and makes it look easy as she presents this R&B classic. The production on this is massive, and is complemented by sharp and precise lyricism. 


5. Girlpool - Powerplant


This album grew on me throughout the year. The band added a drummer this time around to give a little more structure and power to their sound. Sure, they’ve lost some of their rough qualities but somehow did so without losing any of their charm. 


4. Big Thief - Capacity


Have you read the background on this lady, what a history. To have such a passionate and fragile album sprout from such a tumultuous beginning is certainly impressive.


3. Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog


With This Old Dog he is keeping the same ‘trademark’ sound from his last few albums but giving some more thought to the lyrics. Love the synthesizer accents. This is his best release to date, even if it may at times not distance itself too much from his past releases.


2. Kelela - Take Me Apart


Very slick album, both vocally and with it's production. Kelela isn't embarrassed to bear all for the listeners enjoyment.


1. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory


This album is littered with adrenaline filled production coupled with punchy lyricism. Though I could see this album drawing comparisons to Yeezus, this album doesn't fall flat or lose its energy at any point. Staples builds up a great atmosphere and just has fun playing around in the world it has created. How about that Occupy Wall-street banger at the end of the album? :lol:



If the list was due today:



  1. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN. 
  2. Lil B - Black Ken 
  3. Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up
  4. Toro y Moi - Boo Boo 
  5. Big Thief - Capacity 
  6. Kelela - Take Me Apart
  7. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
  8. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory 
  9. Sylvan Esso - What Now 

  10. Girlpool - Powerplant

  11. Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog 

  12. Spoon - Hot Thoughts 

  13. Rose Elinor Dougall - Stellular

  14. Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness

  15. Liars - TFCF 

  16. Litku Klemetti - Juna Kainuuseen

  17. Paramore - After Laughter 

  18. St. Vincent - Masseduction 

  19. Sampha - Process 

  20. Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now

  21. The National - Sleep Well Beast 

  22. Neil Finn - Out of Silence 

  23. S.A.M. - Dream State of a Bellmaker 

  24. Kara-Lis Coverdale - Grafts 

  25. JAY-Z - 4:44 



and then here is my to do list atm

  1. Sleaford Mods - English Tapas
  2. Future Islands - The Far Field

Timber Timbre - Sincerely, Future Pollution

Oh Sees - Orc

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest

Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time

Waxahatchee - Out in the Storm

Avey Tare - Eucalyptus

Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlister - Planetarium

Thurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness

Ariel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
Bibio - Phantom Brickworks

Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
The Killers - Wonderful Wonderful

Alex Cameron - Forced Witness

Natalia Lafourcade - Musas

The Shins - Heartworms

Susanne Sundfør - Music for People in Trouble

L'Rain - L'Rain

Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps

Steve Earle & The Dukes - So You Wannabe an Outlaw

Laura Marling - Semper femina


Joey Bada$$ - All-Amerikkkan Bada$$

The Dream Syndicate - How Did I Find Myself Here?

Feist - Pleasure

Johnny Jewel - Windswept

Bjork - Utopia

Rosalía - Los Ángeles

John Maus - Screen Memories

Nmesh - Pharma

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Will have forgotten a few - this is off the top of my head while bored at work. Do we have an official position on Hitchhiker?


01.    Mogwai - Every Country's Sun 
02.    Liars - TFCF 
03.    King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Polygondwanaland 
04.    Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
05.    Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3 
06.    The Smith Street Band - More Scared of You Than You Are of Me
07.    The Belligerents - Science Fiction
08.    Jane Weaver - Modern Kosmology 
09.    Paul Kelly - Life Is Fine 
10.    Neil Young - Hitchhiker 
11.    Future of the Left - Live at the Garage 01.12.16 
12.    King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard With Mild High Club - Sketches of Brunswick East 
13.    Japandroids - Near to the Wild Heart of Life 
14.    Converge - The Dusk in Us
15.    Cut Copy - Haiku From Zero
16.    The Black Angels - Death Song
17.    Ty Segall - Ty Segall 
18.    Alvvays - Antisocialites
19.    Goat - Fuzzed in Europe
20.    Mastodon - Emperor of Sand

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1. Manaka Kataoka - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild OST
2. Jlin - Black Origami
3. Actress - AZD
4. Litku Klemetti - Juna Kaiuuseen
5. Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness
6. Fever Ray - Plunge
7. Björk - Utopia
8. Converge - The Dusk in Us
9. Laurel Halo - Dust
10. Mchy i Porosty - Hypnagogic Polish Music For Teenage Mutants
11. Uniform - Wake in Flight
12. Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
13. Ssaliva - We Never Happened
14. Broken Social Scene - Hug of Thunder
15. Brockhampton - Saturation II
16. Arca - Arca
17. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me
18. Moses Sumney - Aromanticism
19. Charli XCX - Pop 2
20. The Ruins of Beverast - Exuvia
21. Forest Swords - Compassion
22. The Necks - Unfold
23. Susanne Sundfør - Music for People in Trouble
24. Various Artists - Sweet as Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa 
25. Keiichi Okabe & Keigo Hoashi - Nier: Automata OST
26. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
27. Death Grips - Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber)
28. Thee Oh Sees - Orc
29. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream 
30. Somnoroase Păsărele - Demo
31. Julien Baker - Turn Out the Lights
32. Charly Bliss - Guppy
33. Elder - Reflections of a Floating World
34. S.A.M. - Dream State of a Bellmaker
35. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN. 
36. Ryuchi Sakamoto - async
37. Big Thief - Capacity
38. Muddersten - Karpatklokke
39. The National - Sleep Well Beast
40. Eidola - To Speak, To Listen
41. Wolf Alice - Visions of a Life
42. AceMo - Black Populous
43. Kelela - Take Me Apart
44. Claro Intelecto - Exhilarator
45. SZA - CTRL
46. Gas - Narkopop
47. Mew - Visuals
48. Kehlani - SweetSexySavage
49. Avey Tare - Eucalyptus
50. Xenia - Xenia

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Done, I guess.


1. Ride | Weather Diaries

2. Slowdive | Slowdive

3. Visible Cloaks | Reassemblage

4. Broken Social Scene | Hug of Thunder

5. U2 | Songs of Experience

6. James Holden & The Animal Spirits | The Animal Spirits

7. Alvvays | Antisocialites

8. The War On Drugs | A Deeper Understanding

9. Robert Plant | Carry Fire

10. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile | Lotta Sea Lice

11. Aphex Twin | Field Day

12. Avey Tare | Eucalyptus

13. Paul Weller | Jawbone OST

14. Kelly Lee Owens | Kelly Lee Owens (comforting music that doesn't challenge you perceptions)

15. GAS | Narkopop

16. Feist | Pleasure

17. Children of Alice | Children of Alice

18. Thurston Moore | Rock N Roll Consciousness

19. Mastodon | Empire of Sand

20. Queens of the Stone Age | Villains






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