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Friday, December 08, 2006

Year End List #1: Music

The end of the year must be a breeze for anyone in charge of content for most media outlets. All you’ve got to is repackage short media clips, put them into some sort of coherent hierarchy and, boom, you’ve got a year end list that you can run and rerun for three weeks. VH1 practically wrote the book on this shit and people eat it up so much that they’ve devoted ALL of their programming to the regurgitated-media-clip-with-sarcastic-unkown-comedian-commentary format. It’s a great way to mail it in so I’m going to go ahead and take a page from that playbook and do the same with some year end top six lists. I don’t post all that much so I won’t really have the luxury of simply repackaging old posts but let’s be honest people, Slurry Beta and its staff aren’t exactly held to very high standards….or any at all.

Top Six Best Albums of the Year

There are no others. These are the best.

6. M. Ward, Post-War

Sounds like: one of your dad’s records, remastered and updated somehow. But only if your dad was a massive John Fahey fan and apparently there were about five of them back in the day.

Best When Listened To: late at night when alone and inebriated. There aren’t any of those moments that are inexplicably loud that might jar you out of any attempt to fall asleep while retaining your dinner, if you know what I mean. You probably don’t.

5. Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

Sounds Like: Not really sure, but it’s awesome.

Best When Listened To: while at Bobby Digital’s house. He won’t stop talking about how much he loves female singers.

4. Josh Ritter, Animal Years

Sounds like: music made by some dude in northern Idaho sitting in a one room shack for an entire winter thinking about war, Biblical metaphors, and animals. Definitely the best song writing this year.

Best When Listened To: Sunday mornings when making breakfast. You got up early. You’ve got supplies for French toast and all day to make it. You put on a pot of coffee and flip on NPR only to hear a couple of jackasses talking about cars. Good time for Animal Years.

3. Band of Horses, Everything All of the Time

Sounds like: My Morning Jacket meets The Shins. They have a few drinks, the Shins convince MMJ to shorten their songs and make them feel guilty about putting weird carnival music on their last album, Z.

Best When Listened To: on a packed bus or train during a weekday when you need 45 straight minutes of music as you stare out the window. At least that’s when I listen to it and it seems to be uplifting and poppy enough temper my fear of crowds. In case you didn’t know, I’m from a small town and people scare me.

2. Built to Spill, You in Reverse

Sounds Like: a great rock band returning to form but teetering on the edge of a bit too much “noodling” as my friend, Seven E, would call it.

Best When Listened To: driving at night. Of course, I don’t know that for sure since I don’t have a car but that’s what I think of when I listen to it. Man, this is a pointless blog post. Sorry, people.

1. Sparklehorse, Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain

Sounds like: the result of a heavily medicated, musical genius shut-in taking 5 years to make an album.

Best When Listened To: a few years after you’ve nearly lost your legs from passing out for 12 hours with them curled under your body. No, it didn’t happen to me but it did happen to the lead singer, Mark Linkous, about 7 years ago. The music’s been really great since then but he apparently still needs help walking. If you ask me, that makes for a perfect album!

Honorable mentions

Bobby Bare, Jr., The Longest Meow; Midlake, The Trials of Van Occupanther; The Decemberists, The Crane Wife; Mojave 3, Puzzles Like you; Shearwater, Palo Santo; The Secret Machines, Ten Silver Drops; Centr-o-matic, Fort Recovery.

That’s it, folks. If you disagree with my list here, go ahead and log onto Blogger and create your own blog, asshole.


At 3:05 PM, Blogger Angel Moroni said...

Uhhh, I don't know if you heard, but a little album called Justified FutureSex/LoveSounds came out this year.

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Kraemerica said...

?TV on the Radio?

At 1:26 PM, Anonymous James said...

if i didn't know you, after reading your list i'd picture you as 7 feet tall, pale white, broomstick thin and surrounded by easy mac.

At 1:41 PM, Blogger Slurry B said...

Kraemerica: I wasn't a big fan of that TV on the Radio album. Perhaps I should give it another shot. Or you should just fuck off. I'm not sure which yet.

James: thanks for reading. I guess the post could be construed as a bit of an homage to Bobby Digital but in reality, it's not. He would actually have to read my blog for that to be the case. He doesn't and I really don't blame him, honestly. To put it in metaphorical terms, my blog is sort of like Difficult Mac* to Bobby. To him, Slurry Beta is like assessing a counter top of milk, water, butter, a pan, cheese powder, uncooked pasta, and a stove range when, deep down, he'd rather be seeing just one microwavable packet and a little bit of water. It's convenient.

*Credit: Bear, Esq.

At 6:35 PM, Blogger Honest Abe said...

i gotta say as a largish fan of neko case that i thought "fox confessor" was a bit of a let down.
this is a very rock nerd thing to say, but those who know me know that i am anything but: her earlier stuff is better. more variety. the new disc is pretty much all ballads. good ballads, but still...

At 4:23 PM, Anonymous Bobby Digital said...

Slurry B,
I read your blog as frequently as you post on it, if that makes for infrequent reading then that's your fault!

In regards to your list. I have to say I agree with many of your selections but believe the Decemberists are unacceptable always (even as an honorable mention to a year-end list). This is not me being reactionary because they have blown up, I couldn't stand them four years ago when I saw them the first time, one of my very few "this is so annoying I'm going to walk out" concert moments. If I wanted to go to a Renaissance Fair then I would just up and go, you know what I'm saying?

Advance predictions on best album of 2K7 anyone? I'm thinking the National joint that's going to drop in March or whenever Maxwell hit's the people with more sexual R&B magic. That's right people, I'm on a neo-soul kick ... take that Jessica Wineberg!

laters y'all

At 12:44 PM, Anonymous justin timberlake said...

I'm super duper insulted I didn't make the list. Ka-POW!

Moroni, thanks for the shout-out!

At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Josh said...

Calexico/Iron & Wine don't make the list? Is this some anti-EP bias? Certainly one of the best of '06, IMO.

PS -- Bobby D is right, post more.

At 2:20 PM, Blogger Slurry B said...

Josh, that EP came out in 2005 and, while it is great, I don't think it's good enough to be on a Year's Best list for two straight years.

Honest Abe, you're wrong. No offense.

Bobby, and you're making the mistake of judging a band's music by how good or bad their live show is. For shame! I saw them live and, like you, was not so much of a fan of how they "related" to the audience. It was like a bunch of theater kids getting together for some tunes....not that there's anything wrong with that but it makes for an annoying concert. The album is good, though, and I'll stand by that.

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At 9:12 PM, Blogger jake said...

Time for a new top six.

At 9:12 PM, Blogger jake said...

Time for a new top six.

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