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What Use Are “Best Of” Lists, Anyhow?

As has been mentioned in several recent year-end wrapup posts, the merits of putting together arbitrary listings of the year’s “best” musical phenomena are somewhat negligible beyond their ability to create some controversy among music nerd types. For me, the ideal when I’m filling out one of the ballots proffered to me is that someone…

By: Dan Gibson / December 2, 2008

Stephen King Takes A Shine To Girl Talk And Al Green

Last year, Stephen King could only pick seven albums that he liked from the year’s offerings, but 2008 has apparently been kinder to King’s ears: Not only was he moved to pick a full top 10, he placed two albums—Buckcherry’s Black Butterfly and the Pretenders’ Break Up The Concrete—at No. 1. Whoa, don’t get too…

By: Maura / December 1, 2008

“Blender” Would Like To Remind You That It Really Enjoys Lil Wayne’s Music

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the magazine in question’s penchant for featuring him in its pages, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III topped Blender‘s year-end list of albums, which has swelled from 25 contenders to 33 for reasons that probably don’t involve the vinyl revival (if they did, then where’s that extra 1/3?). Full list after the jump,…

By: Maura / November 21, 2008

The Ideal Indie Rock Woman: Still Pale, Still Malnourished, Now With Slightly Better Bangs

Far be it from me to expect anything resembling forward-thinking discourse from a “chicks rock!” fashion spread, but it was more than a little disheartening to see the end result of New York Times Magazine‘s style section giving itself over to “girls who play together sashay[ing] in the season’s pitch-perfect ensembles.” Said spread featured five…

By: Maura / May 27, 2008

The Mojo Honours Help A Lazy Blogger Break Through

While I’m a good boy about keeping up with the pop singles chart, when it comes to classier, indie-oriented stuff I tend to focus on the familiar. Last night I hunkered down with Sun Kil Moon’s April, The Gutter Twins’ Saturnalia, and Portishead’s Third, all great albums from artists who made their biggest impression well…

By: anthonyjmiccio / May 1, 2008

Shortlist Prize Puts Together A Familiar-Looking List

The Shortlist Prize, the music award that, thanks to some inside tumult, had its list of potential nominees winnowed down by a guy from Snow Patrol and a non-Brandon Flowers member of the Killers, announced its 10-album finalist list today. Which is, you know, Oscar day and all, meaning that its announcement would fall eve…

By: Maura / January 22, 2008

“Rolling Stone,” “Spin,” And “Blender” Wrap Up 2007 With Lists, Quips, And Ad Supplements

Once again, we present Rock-Critically Correct, a feature in which the most recent issues of Rolling Stone, Blender, Vibe, and Spin are given a once-over by an anonymous writer who’s contributed to several of those titles–or maybe even all of them! After the click-through, he takes in the year-end issues of RS, Spin, and Blender:…

By: anono / December 21, 2007

M.I.A. Last Artist On Earth To Find Out About American MTV’s Squeamishness Regarding Firearms

M.I.A.’s awesome day of topping critics’ polls was ruined early thanks to someone putting a version of the sandwich-filled video for her hazy single “Paper Planes”–which samples the Clash, a cash register, and some gunshots–with an altered audio track up on YouTube this morning. You can probably guess which sample of the above three wa…

By: Maura / December 17, 2007

“Rolling Stone” Gives Its Blessing To M.I.A.

Nothing quite as batshit on Rolling Stone‘s Best Albums Of ’07 list as Randy Newman landing at No. 2 on the magazine’s list of the year’s best singles, but that’s not to say the list isn’t full of surprises, some far less pleasant than M.I.A.’s Kala taking the top spot.

THE GOOD: Far more…

By: jharv / December 17, 2007

Project X Presents <em>Sense and Sensibility</em>, Starring Kim Gordon and “Fact” Magazine

As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Jackin’ Pop editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he tries on a pair of very different sensibilities thanks to 2007 Top 10 lists

By: mmatos / December 17, 2007

Looking Back On A Week In Which We Let The Sun Beat Down Upon Our Faces

• A few old British guys got their old band back together, which seemed to please a few people. • If there’s one thing everyone loves doing, it’s debating the idea of the “hottie.” • The top music of 2007: LCD Soundsystem! Arcade Fire! And … Fergie.

By: Maura / December 14, 2007

Hannah Montana Beaten By Members Of Mike And The Mechanics

Because her young life hasn’t been warped enough, Miley “Hannah Montana” Cyrus has “[extended] her hugely popular concert tour with 14 more performances in January,” by which we’re assuming the AP means “her handlers at Disney are milking this thing until the kids get distracted or Cyrus drops dead.” And for all the hullabaloo about…

By: jharv / December 13, 2007

“Vibe” Goes The Tabloid Route

Once again, we present Rock-Critically Correct, a feature in which the most recent issues of Rolling Stone, Blender, Vibe, and Spin are given a once-over by an anonymous writer who’s contributed to several of those titles–or maybe even all of them! After the click-through, a look at the new issue of Vibe:…

By: anono / December 13, 2007

Battle of the Top 20: iTunes vs. eMusic

Indie-label download service eMusic pits its 20 best-selling albums against iTunes’ top 20, one by one, mano a mano. Among the surprises: Fall Out Boy and Stars fight to a draw; the Across The Universe soundtrack bests the Apples In Stereo (!?)…

By: Maura / December 12, 2007

Indie-label download service eMusic pits its 20 best-selling albums against iTunes’ top 20, one by one, mano a mano. Among the surprises: Fall Out Boy and Stars fight to a draw; the Across The Universe soundtrack bests the Apples In Stereo (!?)…

By: Maura / December 12, 2007

Indie-label download service eMusic pits its 20 best-selling albums against iTunes’ top 20, one by one, mano a mano. Among the surprises: Fall Out Boy and Stars fight to a draw; the Across The Universe soundtrack bests the Apples In Stereo (!?)…

By: Maura / December 12, 2007

iTunes Proves People Really Are As Tasteless As You Think They Are

“I hope you guys do one of these [Year-End Analysis] posts for iTunes’ most downloaded artists, that list is insane.” And having just spent a half-hour typing out* iTunes’ Top 20 best-selling songs, Top 20 best-selling albums, and Top 10 best-selling videos, I can vouch for the insanity. Want a 2007 list based not o…

By: jharv / December 11, 2007

Battles’ ‘Mirrored': Album of the Year

Paper Thin Walls names Battles’ Mirrored its album of the year, offers up a full stream of the record with behind-the-scenes commentary.

By: Maura / December 11, 2007

Paper Thin Walls names Battles’ Mirrored its album of the year, offers up a full stream of the record with behind-the-scenes commentary.

By: Maura / December 11, 2007

Paper Thin Walls names Battles’ Mirrored its album of the year, offers up a full stream of the record with behind-the-scenes commentary.

By: Maura / December 11, 2007
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