Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Pitchfork Releases 2007 Best Of List (And A Playlist For The Top Ten)

Download: Burial - "Archangel"
Download: The Field - "Sun And Ice"
Download: Battles - "Leyendecker"
Download: Spoon - "The Underdog"
Download: Animal Collective - "Peacebone"
Download: Of Montreal - "Suffer For Fashion"
Download: Radiohead - "Nude"
Download: M.I.A - "Jimmy"
Download: LCD Soundsystem - "All My Friends"
Download: Panda Bear - "Comfy In Nautica"

Earlier today, P4K posted their Best-Of List For 2007. Read the Fork's thoughts about their 50 favorite albums of 2007 here, and or see what they were by looking below:

50 Tinariwen - Aman Iman: Water Is Life
49 Dizzee Rascal - Maths + English
48 Robert Wyatt - Comicopera
47 Yeasayer - All Hour Cymbals
46 Marissa Nadler - Songs III: Bird on the Water
45 Ricardo Villalobos - Fabric 36
44 Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends
43 Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement of the Decline
42 Ghostface Killah - The Big Doe Rehab
41 Life Without Buildings - Live at the Annandale Hotel
40 Beirut - The Flying Club Cup / Lon Gisland EP
39 The White Stripes - Icky Thump
38 Wu-Tang Clan - 8 Diagrams
37 Grizzly Bear - Friend EP
36 Iron and Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
35 Black Lips - Good Bad Not Evil
34 James Blackshaw - The Cloud Of Unknowing
33 King Khan & the Shrines - What Is?!
32 Sally Shapiro - Disco Romance
31 Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity
30 Caribou - Andorra
29 Bon Iver, For Emma - Forever Ago
28 Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond
27 Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
26 Various Artists - After Dark

25 The Tough Alliance - A New Chance / New Waves EP
24 Dan Deacon - Spiderman Of The Rings
23 Studio - Yearbook 1
22 Okkervil River - The Stage Names
21 Dirty Projectors - Rise Above
20 Liars - Liars
19 Feist - The Reminder
18 Kanye West - Graduation
17 The National - Boxer
16 Lil Wayne - Da Drought 3
15 Justice - †
14 Deerhunter - Cryptograms / Fluorescent Grey EP
13 Jay-Z - American Gangster
12 No Age - Weirdo Rippers
11 Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala
10 Burial - Untrue
09 The Field - From Here We Go Sublime
08 Battles - Mirrored
07 Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
06 Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
05 of Montreal Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
04 Radiohead - In Rainbows
03 M.I.A. - Kala
02 LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver
01 Panda Bear - Person Pitch

Up top is a playlist consisting of one song from each of Pitchfork's top ten albums of the year.

What I found to be interesting were the omissions. For example, the 'Fork heaped praised on the likes of St. Vincent,(and rightfully so), who nonetheless was excluded from the top 50. Furthermore, Forked hyped bands such as The Twilight Sad, Menomena, and The Black Kids, aren't anywhere to be found. Even more interesting is that the scribe of the glowing Black Kids review, Marc Hogan, didn't even put Wizard Of Ahhhs on his best-of 2007 list. Very interesting, indeed.

Up top is a playlist of one track from the Pitchfork's top ten albums of the year.

(Jonathan Graef)

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Anonymous steveille magpherson said...

Why Menomena isn't on there is anyone's guess (my personal favorite record of '07), but I'll bet that w/r/t The Twilight Sad, they just came to their senses and realized they aren't really all that great.

St. Vincent is also great, but maybe they interviewed her and then she asked them to pull the interview because she thought she was misquoted even though she wasn't. It could happen to anyone.

I think Justice deserves credit for an even bigger accomplishment than having a record in Pitchfork's Top 20: Teaching every blogger how to make the † symbol (option + t on a mac, if you didn't know).

12:51 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

Steveille -
I am probably one of...well, the one person on earth who is utterly indifferent to Menomena. I've been trying to get into them all year long and it just hasn't happened. So I am not too sad about their exclusion.

On the other hand, I hope that your assertion about Twilight Sad is right. Still, you'd think they'd throw their weight behind a band who played at their festival.

Do you know how to make the cross thing on PC?

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