“Magnet” Picks Ween As Its (Hat) Dance Partner For 2007
The super-indies at Magnet are waiting until the January issue to print their Top 20 albums, but a sneak peek has revealed that the mag has chosen Ween’s La Cucaracha to lead the list. It’s like God answered our yearnings for year-end variety with a big ol’ curveball made of chocolate and cheese. The rest of the list is after the jump, and it certainly sticks to Magnet‘s “bearded, bespectacled core.”
THE GOOD: Along with a bunch of already-acknowledged Idolator faves (Grinderman, Parts and Labor, Robert Wyatt, Spoon, Battles, My Teenage Stride), it’s nice to see Blonde Redhead’s somewhat-lost-in-the-shuffle 23 recieve a prominent shout-out. THE BAD: Along with “bearded” and “bespectacled,” we forgot “penis-ed.” (Though “bearded” probably covers that well enough.) With few enough exceptions to count on one hand (with some fingers left over), it’s dudes, hairy dudes, and hairier dudes. THE WHAAAA? Ween?
1. Ween, La Cucaracha (Rounder) 2. The New Pornographers, Challengers (Matador) 3. Spoon, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge) 4. Against Me!, New Wave (Sire) 5. Battles, Mirrored (Warp) 6. Panda Bear, Person Pitch (Paw Tracks) 7. Robert Wyatt, Comicopera (Domino) 8. Blonde Redhead, 23 (4AD) 9. Richard Hawley, Lady’s Bridge (Mute) 10. Albert Hammond, Jr., Yours To Keep (New Line) 11. Of Montreal, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (Polyvinyl) 12. The Avett Brothers, Emotionalism (Ramseur) 13. Okkervil River, The Stage Names (Jagjaguwar) 14. I’m From Barcelona, Let Me Introduce My Friends (Mute) 15. Shout Out Louds, Our Ill Wills (Merge) 16. Grinderman, Grinderman (Anti-) 17. Parts & Labor, Mapmaker (Jagjaguwar) 18. Caribou, Andorra (Merge) 19. My Teenage Stride, Ears Like Golden Bats (Becalmed) 20. Black Lips, Good Bad Not Evil (Vice)
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