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10. Pariah – Safehouses

[Myspace] // [Review]

For all the comparisons Pariah’s music has bought him, Safehouses manages to stand on its own two feet as something refreshingly joyous; its a romanticized nostalgic look back at a more colorful period that ever so slowly gave rise to a genre so now drenched in filth and grime. Almost too simple to be so ingenious, Pariah has crafted six impeccably explosive tracks to be explored and analyzed to the point of exhaustion, which at the conclusion will only reveal one more gifted musical engineer whose only want was to craft beats to express his admiration for music as a whole. The flawless switch between different feels and styles reveals an expert touch sorely lacking in many of his contemporaries and reveals just how far Pariah has come since last year’s single ‘Detroit Falls’ – the fact that the same man who, with just that one track typed on his resume has released this, one of the most unassuming yet addictive EPs of the year, is no less than astounding. Obliterating the dense subsonic pandemonium of dubstep and replacing it with an idm fairytale like lushness, Pariah has shown that he is an artist to keep an eye on. – Deviant

09. James Blake – Klavierwerke

[Myspace] // [Review]

Going on title alone, James Blake would lead you to believe that his Piano Works would be an offering of simplicity, of uncomplicated musical dynamics. And initially, Klavierwerke is exactly that, a relatively safe yet-ever-so-cerebral straining of minimalistic piano mongering and soulless r&b worshiping. But as with all things Blake related, there’s always something hiding underneath the initial layers, aching to crack through the cold and dense frost lingering like a thick fog over the shimmering static. Blake has never been one for immediacy, his musical landscape littered with tunnels to hide in, twisting corners and back alleys to get lost in. Klavierwerke is no different then from his previous iterations, only this time he drops the bubbling synths and rippling haze for something more cold and clinical, something a little more murky and alien. He’s always forced his music mentally rather than physically, his compositions sinking in like afterthoughts rather than expanding along with the tracks. His tunes are seemingly assembled and recorded in the same breath, each number being built from the ground up in the run time. Ideas are seemingly thrust in with haste, like an architect constantly trying to elaborate on an idea rather than simply being content with the initial foundation. The title track remains the perfect indicator of this, with its shifting patterns and amorphous identity, it always remains semi-hidden behind transparent obstacles, always elusive but always seen.

James Blake doesn’t believe in physical payoffs, in fact, he almost relies on emotional payouts to see him through. And while that could easily be misconstrued as a form of sloppy artistic merit, we only think that way because we’re so sure of how he should sound. We’re thrown off guard by the fact that, while on paper he’s a dubstep producer through and through, what lazily emerges from our speakers, is something entirely new and frustratingly awkward. His anti club fillers are essentially that, bangers for a reflective Sunday morning. And while Klavierwerke (now seen in a new light as a prelude) is just another example of indelible creativeness put to great use, it’s also a reminder that James Blake has come dressed for the wrong party. – Deviant

08. Ash Borer/Fell Voices – Split

[Myspace] // [Review]

In one fell swoop, Ash Borer’s sole, untitled track essentially shatters the the preconceived notion of what Cascadian black metal can sound like, instead creating a single, complex track. Innovative, dynamic and absolutely enthralling, Ash Borer’s use of powerful melodies in abstract song structures keeps the twenty one minute “untitled” track a compelling listen throughout. Exploring many elements over its length, Ash Borer successfully weave their personal brand of Cascadian black metal inspired melodies amongst riffs imbued with both unbridled aggression and skillfully executed dissonance. Following up from their amazing 2009 full-length, Fell Voices once again deliver the very best drone -influenced black metal the United States has to offer. Using repetition to their advantage, Fell Voices ability to compose material that is both long yet interesting has improved a great deal from their self-titled debut album.. Once again led by the fantastic drumming of a man simply known as Mike, both guitarist Tucker and bassist/vocalists Joseph’s repeating chords never tire, taking their own time to unravel, and betray all the keen melodic progressions hidden within the music’s undercurrent.

With 2010 providing a wealth of amazing black metal releases, the Ash Borer/Fell Voices union’s success in light of such competition really stands as irrefutable proof of the immense talent these bands possess. Both splendidly diverse while still having just enough in common to accompany each other comfortably, both Ash Borer and Fell Voices have easily crafted a split that will officially herald their positions as two of black metal’s best bands. – TheSpirit

07. United Nations – Nevermind the Bombings…

[Official Site] // [Review]

UN is back firing on all cylinders with their cleverly-titled/lawsuit-baiting Nevermind The Bombings, Here’s Your Six Figures EP. Musically it’s not much different from the material on the self-titled, aside from some slowed-down numbers like “O You Bright & Risen Angels”, displaying an almost Modern Life Is War vibe. And that’s not a bad thing, considering how great that album was. While the vocals could have been mixed a little higher, the furious energy of the title track and “Communication Letdown” should dispel any notions that this shit doesn’t still rule. – Strizzmatik

06. Throats – Throats

[Myspace] // [Review]

While it is intense and a bit grating- Throats manages to be listenable, still; most likely due to the short time span and range of sounds. The album is very much chaotic; yet it’s the moments of beauty buried deep underneath the walls of sound that display Throats’ true talents. From the impeccable riffs near the middle of ‘Failgiver’ or the fervent drumming that appears at the end of ‘My Hands Are Cold,’ there’s certainly a new gem to uncover with each subsequent listen. With their substantial energy and impassioned all-around style, Throats are bound to be compared to heavyweights like Converge. Though, I urge you not to compare Throats to their overseas predecessors, because their self-titled debut is surely an EP that can stand on its own without (however apt) comparisons to buttress it. - SeaAnemone

05. Mae – (e)vening

[Myspace] // [Review]

I have always thought of evening as a time of reflection. Some of my most profound thoughts have come while lying in bed, just staring at the ceiling and waiting to fall asleep. The whole thing has kind of a slow-motion effect; everything from my body to my mind begins to relax, unwind, and prepare for a good night’s rest. In the process, I usually have a reasonable amount of time to look back on my day – what went well, what I would do over again if I had the chance, etc. As children, I don’t think we have the cognitive level of development to appreciate this opportunity…at that age, we just want to stay up and keep playing video games (and maybe some of us still do, but I digress). As I have grown up and entered adulthood, all of these things have made the late evening hours one of my most cherished moments of daily me time. So when I saw that Mae released its third concept EP (e)vening, I knew that the band had their work cut out for them; at least in order to win me over. I must say, (e)vening did not only meet my lofty expectations, but it also far surpassed them.

While (m)orning and (a)fternoon provided us with some of Mae’s most artistically creative work since The Everglow, (e)vening elevates itself into a whole new league. The EP features five instrumental tracks and four tracks with vocals. The balance between the two results in a tangible, intoxicating night time sensation that makes one feel like they have wandered into a green pasture to fall asleep beneath the stars.  The piano instrumentals are stunning – and to be honest they give the EP character and make it what it is. Listening to this album truly gives you the sensation of falling asleep – or maybe what it would feel like to watch a dream from the outside as it occurs. Other than The Everglow, no other work by Mae holds a candle to it. Mae has clearly turned a corner in terms of maturity and musicianship, and the difference between (e)vening and their prior works is…well as the saying goes, it is like night and day. - SowingSeason

04. Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People

[Myspace] // [Review]

No song made me cry this year as much as the original version of ‘All Delighted People’, so that alone warrants this unexpected and strange beast, this conceptual EP, if you will, a spot on any of my personal best-of-2010 list. But then there are gems like ‘The Owl and the Tanager’, a gorgeous and cryptic track that ranks along with ‘The Seer’s Tower’ in sheer profundity, and ‘Heirloom’, a simple, heart- tugging wisp of a song that insists, “Oh no, I never meant to be a pest to anyone this time.” Which is silly, really, because it’s difficult to imagine Sufjan Stevens being a pest in any way. Yet All Delighted People seemed to be a direct response to the artistic conundrum that Stevens had been discussing in his interviews leading up to its released, more so even than his other major release of the year, The Age of Adz. The lyrics of this EP are devastatingly personal, and all the better for it. I’d bet several of these EP-in-name-only releases that “I love you from the top of my heart” was written in countless Valentine’s Day cards this past year. – ConradTao

03. Bomb the Music Industry! – Adults!!!

[Myspace] // [Review]

Those exclamation marks are the triumphant horns in the first few bars of opener ‘You Still Believe In Me?’ and the carefree gang vocals in ‘Slumlord’ and the electronic trumpet behind the defiant chorus of closer ‘Struggler’. Bomb The Music Industry! have always been about the exclamation marks; they sing about the simple things in life but they make you realise that those simple things can be awesome if things come together right, hence how the closer becomes ironic in tone towards the end to the point where ‘I don’t wanna go outside ‘cause I might have a terrible day and get sent home!’ sounds like it’s mocking the two choruses that came before it. ADULTS!!! as an EP is simply a perfect statement, a summary manifesto for the salient traits of a DIY punk band with so much heart and songwriting ability it’s impossible to cover all their positives in just seven tracks, but man do they try. From the abandon of ‘Slumlord’ to the climactic emotion of ‘All Ages Shows’ and the exhilarating melodies throughout, it’s just a brilliant record which states firmly: “this is us doing what we do, and doing it at its best.” – Knott

02. Trophy Scars – Darkness, Oh Hell

[Myspace] // [Review]

On first listen, the initial question of Darkness, Oh Hell is whether Trophy Scars is full of shit or not. To see the band evolve from a sort of generic, random post-hardcore band to producing the big band, bar-crawling material found on their 2010 EP can channel very mixed feelings. And initially many will find it to be kitschy trash; many will see this as a regression fueled by the pretense of a band who’ve had too many beers and cigarettes, and perhaps listened to too much Tom Waits. However the way Trophy Scars so effectively shadow themselves under this guise is incredibly impressive, never reverting back to their hardcore roots or giving up their spot. Vocalist Jerry Jones’ scratchy vocals are a complete turnoff on the forefront, but he stubbornly shoves his hell-tinted wit through the listener’s ears to the point where you can’t help but sing along to his cries of “I’m a man who fucks with fire.” His persistence eventually displays a sort of cry for help, particularly in the prescription based hallucinations depicted in the masterpiece ‘Trazodone’: “I wouldn’t take one goddamn sip so I could die or go to sleep.” The instrumentation, no matter how old fashioned and covered in dust it is, is immense, with horns blaring at the album’s most intense moments, to smooth jazz and blues textures adding layers of atmosphere. Everything all comes together at album centerpiece ‘Sad Stanley’ with the instrumentation going all out and knowing when to die out along with Jone’s strangely emotive barks. Darkness, Oh Hell is an album that should be an offensively trashy and lazily regressive deterioration, but insidiously sneaks up on you much like how the vocalist’s demons come to dominate and give the album a massive grandeur.

Oh lord, I want to spit you out.Enotron

01. Touche Amore/La Dispute – Searching for a Pulse…

[Myspace] // [Review]

Two hardcore giants come together melding a fantastic EP that will appeal to several fans of the sub divisions within the growing genre. The split is a marvelous mix of post hardcore kindled with furious passion and ominous expressions that gratify all aspects of both bands. While Touche Amore loves dabbling with the more straight up style of hardcore the accompanying aesthetics of La Dispute are able to diversify their sound to a profound elegance often missing from …To the Beat of A Dead Horse. Likewise Touche Amore provide a rugged twist to the dismal bounce La Dispute find themselves carving their niche in from time to time. As soon as the compilation kicks off with ‘I’ll Get My Just Deserve’ the justified balance between the two bands is met with melodic riffs soaring over the two leading vocalists trading off. This is a relative aspect to the split being its strongest trait – that is the dy-na-MIGHT interplay between Jeremy and Jordan.

The only unfortunate facet of the album is the fact that there is a supreme difference in its strengths between the two bands offerings. Of course these problems are not something that truly burdens the compilation because fans of either band will certainly find places to lay their abundant amounts of love. Touche Amore present all the grittiness that fans fell head over heels for on their breakout LP. Just as well, La Dispute is just as endearing in their aggressiveness as they were on Somewhere At the Bottom…. This in turn provides fine fashion since the coalescing of these two styles is damn well near flawless. Aside from the obvious, which was only an attempt to critique the disc at its core, the album is a perfect presentation of hardcore gliding on its beautiful modern vessel. The two bands weave a macramé of insightful styling across their groove shredding platform that keeps them lightly tethered to the genre. In short this EP is another bullet to add to the resume that both La Dispute and Touche Amore build as they push the boundaries of hardcore further. – fromtheinside

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Willie
03.18.11
Just to answer the question before it comes: the rest is coming Monday through Wednesday.

100 -51:

http://sputnikmusic.com/list.php?listid=68078&memberid=426967


crazyblinddude
03.18.11
Oh sweet. Pretty good list. All my top made it.

Lucid
03.18.11
Great list, all of these albums rule. Klavierwerke was the best EP from last year imo.

TMobotron
03.18.11
SHIT i love what you guys do with the art. and yeah this pretty much got everything unless im forgetting something. glad to see 9 here.

Adash
03.18.11
10 and 9 are clearly far superior to the rest, thanks for forcing them in Deviant

Deviant.
03.18.11
Oh this looks soooooo good

Trey, you're a legend

Puzzles
03.18.11
Fucking missing Twelve Foot Ninja, what is this shit?

rasputin
03.18.11
just realised i was meant to do the writeup for the ash borer/fell voices split. oh well, guess it all worked out.

theacademy
03.18.11
lack of jezabels is pretty craptastic but whatevr i only voted once this year

Deviant.
03.18.11
Had this been a top 15 Jezabels would've been on here

Deviant.
03.18.11
Same goes for Twelve Foot Ninja

illmitch
03.18.11
yeah this all sucks

theacademy
03.18.11
basically all that's left to wonder about is how high diamond eyes placed, and also if, somehow, periphery, chiodos, or the word alive hilariously snuck into the top 50...

theacademy
03.18.11
i guess how high atheist places too

Gyromania
03.18.11
Really didn't like the soundoff for 2, but cool list. I've heard half of these

TMobotron
03.18.11
So this is just kind of a random thought but if you want to check out 10 from this list and type in pariah on the search, you get some different metal band with 2 votes across 2 albums. But if you actually type in Pariah [UK] which is the name that the proper artist is listed under, you get "Bad URL, please re-enter.". Now I think most users who have been here for awhile can figure out how to get to the artist's page (searching for pari [paria is a real band] will give you a list of bands that contains the proper one), but a better system for finding an artist whose EP is in the top 10 of the year at this point would be very nice.

theacademy
03.18.11
is Pariah [UK] a metal band as well?

Deviant.
03.18.11
No, but [ ] creates a bad url apparently

TMobotron
03.18.11
also I kind of agree with you Gyro, because the soundoff is more explaining how trophy scars have managed to beat the expectations of fans who thought they would regress into the sounds of their old post-hardcore style or just lie dormant in the same sound of bad luck without taking into consideration just how fresh and smoothly bad luck was able to mix the tom waits-esque sound with their already almost mastered post-hardcore sound.

I guess you could argue that darkness, oh hell doesn't change from bad luck enough to warrant the praise it has gotten. But I think more importantly bad luck changed their sound enough to warrant the existence of at least an EP after it, and honestly I wouldnt complain if they released a few more albums with that sound.

TMobotron
03.18.11
pariah [UK] is the band at #10 here unless im quite mistaken. here: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/bands/Pariah-%5BUK%5D/22890/

theacademy
03.18.11
dam u guys messed up my burn

TM was gonna be like "no"

and then I was gonna be all like "then who cares!!!! AM I RIGHT?? SERIOUSLY GUYS METAL IS THE CAT'S MEOW"


and it would have been largely ignored, out of pity

Slum
03.18.11
These always look fantastic, great work to whoever put this together.

Gyromania
03.18.11
TMobotron: yeah, Bad Luck changed their sound and Darkness, Oh Hell slightly expanded on it but was every bit as similar, so it's kind of retarded to say the initial question was if they're full of shit or not, because I'm pretty sure no one was asking themselves that. Also, I get that it's just preferential, but calling them a once generic post-hardcore band is ridiculous. Some people might know that I love their new direction, but their old stuff, especially their first EP, is anything but generic.

TMobotron
03.18.11
Despite my negative comments that were meant to be constructive criticism no matter how they came off, I agree completely with Slum. These always look and are awesome.

Still not sure what academy is trying to say with that comment though.

TMobotron
03.18.11
Yeah Gyro I agree with you 100%, I love their new sound so much (bad luck is my favorite release by them for sure), but still think their old sound was incredibly great and not at all unoriginal. Playing devil's advocate though I can kind of see how Eno's description would accurately validate the quality of Darkness, Oh Hell from the point of view of a person who would expect Trophy Scars to release something bad at this point. But I (and I think you agree with me here) just don't really think many people would expect anything less than an awesome release from them at this point.

TMobotron
03.18.11
oh wait, not to triple post pointlessly here which i am doing, but i now get what theacademy was saying. its way dumber than what i was thinking he meant though anyways so just ignore it.

Gyromania
03.18.11
Exactly, and the band were cited saying that their new EP would sound akin to Bad Luck, so we knew what to expect.

TMobotron
03.18.11
theyve been pretty impressive with knowing when to change up their sound and when not to IMO. Bad luck was such a necessary change after alphabets and it was pretty drastic. I remember the first time i listened to it just being blown away by the fact that it was so different from what I expected but not disappointing at all. which do you like more Gyro, just out of curiosity, bad luck or darkness?

Gyromania
03.18.11
That's a really tough one... Gonna have to say Bad Luck though.

TMobotron
03.18.11
word i think trazodone is one of their best songs though

Enotron
03.18.11
"also I kind of agree with you Gyro, because the soundoff is more explaining how trophy scars have managed to beat the expectations of fans who thought they would regress into the sounds of their old post-hardcore style or just lie dormant in the same sound of bad luck without taking into consideration just how fresh and smoothly bad luck was able to mix the tom waits-esque sound with their already almost mastered post-hardcore sound."

no it wasn't? i've only heard hospital music and darkness, the soundoff(minus the beginning) was almost entirely revolved around the album itself and how they've managed to create something huge and beautiful out of old and ugly sounds. So they started doing that an album before? Who gives a shit? It was still done really well on this EP.

"yeah, Bad Luck changed their sound and Darkness, Oh Hell slightly expanded on it but was every bit as similar, so it's kind of retarded to say the initial question was if they're full of shit or not, because I'm pretty sure no one was asking themselves that."

ok but a lot of people were asking that seeing as not every person who listened to it was as much of a nitpicking, pretentious fanboy as yourself. regardless of when they started doing really kitschy, regressive material is beyond the point, pursuing it more than once can still leave listeners to question the sound. now get over your gripes with the first two sentences and realize there are seven more actually talking about how brilliant the music is "in and of itself", something which you don't seem to comprehend.



Enotron
03.18.11
and i'm sorry about the defensiveness about what I wrote, but it's just really awful to see a bunch of overly-analytical people interpret it completely differently, based on two lines or so that didn't match up to their opinion about the band's progression.

Aids
03.18.11
10 9 6 4 2 1 are so great, wow, great EP list

also, wow this thread

Aids
03.18.11
I also did not know that 10 was an EP. it slays though

Enotron
03.18.11
big ups to dev for hyping dubstep on this site

Deviant.
03.18.11
=]

Deviant.
03.18.11
Also, my reviewing schedule for the next week should hopefully introduce some new electronic artists to Sputnik

Willie
03.18.11
-- but a better system for finding an artist whose EP is in the top 10 of the year at this point would be very nice.--

Use the link that says "review" right under the artwork. You can find every artist page for every band on this list that way. Also, sorry about the Pariah Myspace link issue. Unfortunately, I won't be able to fix it until tonight.

Aids
03.18.11
"big ups to dev for hyping dubstep on this site"

agreed, I would have never heard Pariahs otherwise.

Deviant.
03.18.11
It picked up best new music and didn't get mentioned on the staff list

This list is better

Aids
03.18.11
I can't remember what I voted for #3, probably James Blake. but my 1 and 2 were Darkenss and La Dispute/Touch Amore so I'm pretty happy with this list.

SowingSeason
03.18.11
Trey you are one sexy beast

Gyromania
03.18.11
I said what I said because it sounds misleading, something you just decided to add for fluff, Eno- it was blatantly obvious to anyone who has been following them that they'd established a new sound so your point is moot, and the reason why you clearly shouldn't have written about it. I didn't bash your writing, I just disagreed with some of the content strongly, deal with it. Sorry about the defensiveness, just pissed that you can't take criticism and say I'm pretentious for calling you out.

omnipanzer
03.18.11
I'm glad Klavierwerke made it, I just wish it were a little higher on the list.

conradtao
03.18.11
Yay!! The list looks great =]

DaveyBoy
03.18.11
No Funeral For A Friend makes me have blood on the brain & see red like a snake.

Seriously; well done to all who were involved. Can't wait to see the rest of the list next week...

Gyromania
03.18.11
So glad to see Sufjan's EP in the top 5. All Delighted People (song) is one of, if not THE most moving songs I've heard in recent memory.

Tyrael
03.18.11
9, 8, 5, 2 and 1 are fantastic. I'm happy with this list.

Steoandnoodles
03.18.11
I thought Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird was far better than All Delighted People but there you go. =)

Enotron
03.18.11
"it was blatantly obvious to anyone who has been following them that they'd established a new sound so your point is moot, and the reason why you clearly shouldn't have written about it."

but it isn't. I wasn't saying that what they were doing on the EP was brand new, i was talking about their general evolution. Did I say they went directly from doing post-hardcore to blues? no, i was talking about their sound as a band. one who hears their earlier shit than hears this ep would be curious as to whether the group is full of shit, even if the lp before it still sounded like it, that's irrelevant. "Darkness, Oh Hell" merely represented the final conclusion of their sound evolution, a further progression. Again I was speaking generally(not linearly) that one who put it up against their old material would question what the band were getting at. In the first two lines now that i've established that they've made a big change in sound(again not with this release but in general) i go on to speak about how "darkness" embodies this so well and why the music is so good. You're problem is that you're interpreting the review as a "history of trophy scars" thing, when you're forgetting that the vast majority is just writing about the ep. Another thing to point out is that just because somebody releases two albums of confusing or outdated material, doesn't mean the second one isn't just as bemusing. to hear any modern group doing tom-waits shit is peculiar enough, however what i'm writing about is how they transform the sound and pull it off so well on this ep.

what's irritating is that you're making all these statements like "it's retarded that somebody would think such a thing about my favorite band" and then saying that a review is wrong for making an assertion that it didn't really make at all. It's not that I don't like critique, it's that I don't like strawmanning and generally pointless comments. You're nitpicking at an intro that wasn't meant to do anything but describe the oddities of trophy scars playing what they're playing and why it's so good(again it's odd regardless of how long or the context behind what they're doing). If you don't find their material eclectic or baffling than that's fine, but don't make these blanket statements saying that my opinions are wrong(or that you speak for everybody else who heard the ep).

Crysis
03.18.11
Looks real nice Trey, good work. I was a bit confused when I started reading the Ash Borer soundoff because it sounded nothing like your writing Rasputin, shame that you forgot to do that. Oh well, this works too haha

Gyromania
03.18.11
Grasping at straws and quoting me out of context, love it. Also, why would anyone wonder if they're "full of shit" What does that even mean now, because it's thrown around pretty often on this site, y'know, just like "pretentious."

SeaAnemone
03.18.11
fight... fight... fight... FIGHT... FIGHT... FIGHT!!!

iswimfast
03.18.11
Great writeup on 5 sowing.

Kris.
03.18.11
i wish 7 was higher but the top 3 is legit ESPECIALLY BTMI FUCK YEAH

wyankeif1337
03.18.11
FUCKING 8 BITCHES

it actually made me really happy to see that on here

Baphomet
03.18.11
I'm ok with this

TMobotron
03.18.11
Eno, i hate to try to explain what i was trying to get across with my comments earlier because i know im not gonna do a perfect job of it. But know that I wasn't trying to attack you or your writing at all, I was just trying to explain my nitpick with the opening of it. You said that we were ignoring everything written after the into, and you're right at least in my case, but that's just because I had no problem with it. I think everything else you wrote was awesome to be honest, there's no way I would be able to describe TS as well as you did in your write-up.

And don't get me wrong, I totally over-analyzed your intro with all my writing but I was bored off my ass sitting on sputnik, had nothing else to do. And I know that no one wants to see multiple paragraphs critiquing their writing in some of the first comments of something you probably put a decent amount of work into so maybe i shouldve saved it.

BUT with all that being said I do think my point is somewhat valid at its core. I admit I assumed you had listened to Bad Luck before the EP, but I don't think that's a strange assumption to make. When you say "the initial question of Darkness, Oh Hell is whether Trophy Scars is full of shit or not", I understand (now more than before) that you're saying this new sound might just be a gimmicky tom waits rip-off that they can't back up with real substance. But I feel like most people listening to the EP have heard Bad Luck, and therefor already have proof that TS can pull off that sound well.

I just think that opening up your soundoff with something like that makes it sound like the album initially makes us question it and then we end up realizing its great in the end which I can't relate to at all. And maybe I'm completely wrong for thinking that, which is fine. I wouldn't even be writing any more about it because it's just not as big of a deal- but just like you say that it's awful to see overly-analytical people interpret it differently, I hate to see you interpret what I said as an unwarranted attack on your or something like that.

tl;dr- nevermind my nitpicking, great fucking write-up.

TMobotron
03.18.11
"Use the link that says "review" right under the artwork. You can find every artist page for every band on this list that way. Also, sorry about the Pariah Myspace link issue. Unfortunately, I won't be able to fix it until tonight. "

Also, thanks for this Willie. But don't get me wrong I can get to Pariah's page. It's just frustrating to type pariah into the search and get a completely different artist, and I'm not just talking about pariah that kind of thing happens with multiple searches, and I think differentiating artists with the same name by putting location inside [] which are characters the search can't handle is kind of insane. I know it's probably how the users decided to do it and so not so much a fault of the site, but something that can handle that search better would be awesome.

probably not the place to make this comment but it was on my mind while i was looking through these last night.

OhCaptain
03.18.11
so glad 3 made it so high

great band

Enotron
03.18.11
"Grasping at straws and quoting me out of context, love it."

No that would be what you did to me, only difference is I explained how you did that instead of making some unbacked claim.

"Also, why would anyone wonder if they're "full of shit" What does that even mean now, because it's thrown around pretty often on this site, y'know, just like "pretentious."

It means creating art for reaction and thrills, without merit or substance. am i supposed to take that last sentence as an insult? still applies to you regardless.


Enotron
03.18.11
@tmob: dude i'm honestly fine with what you had to say, just wanted to explain myself. Again i have no problem with critique(yours was fine i was just explaining what i meant), i do have a problem with somebody calling lines "retarded" and "moot" and backing these points with one's own opinion on the album itself.

Enotron
03.18.11
"behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth"

saying you understand an album and know what people were thinking when listening falls under that

Enotron
03.18.11
*you understand an album better than someone else

could use a blog thread editing option davee

Hep Kat
03.18.11
holy shit quad post my lord what has been going on in HERE

conradtao
03.18.11
this thread makes me sad :c

Knott-
03.18.11
guys

shut up lol

Baphomet
03.18.11
the fuck is goung on here?!

ohfoxxxycole
03.18.11
btmi!

Enotron
03.18.11
my b for blowing up the thread, moved to shoutbox

ConsiderPhlebas
03.18.11
Hell-tinted wit

Willie
03.18.11
Eno, I've never heard those guys and I liked the write up because it gave me a bit of background on the band and then let me know basically what I would be getting into if I checked out the EP -- which, to me, should be one of the main points of these write ups. Why preach to the choir (i.e. the people that already love the band/album) when you could be helping other people to understand that they should check out the album too?

Gyromania
03.18.11
Sorry for the bs in this thread, should have just addressed it in shoutbox to begin with.

TMobotron
03.18.11
NP and honestly a compliment for how well it was written as a whole probably would've been more warranted. You should really check them out Willie, they're one of the freshest bands around right now IMO.

TMobotron
03.18.11
err i wrote that before your post was up gyro, my post was directed at Eno at the start

Enotron
03.18.11
agh. well thanks for the constructive comments, feel pretty stupid for all of the harsh responses

@cp: i suppose there's something wrong with that line or something

WeepingBanana
03.18.11
I've been listening to 3 every single day for the past like 3 weeks

ConsiderPhlebas
03.18.11
Nothing wrong with it, I just disagree

HallucinogeNick
03.18.11
Yet again, Pretty Light's 3 EPs from the year were snubbed. Best electronic EPs of the year

Defeater
03.18.11
7 is the best here.

Enotron
03.18.11
fairrr enough

lol i was supposed to do 7 originally but forgot about it when i had nothing to say about it

Josh D.
03.18.11
Pretty good list, a month and a half later.

I expected 1 at 1.

Deviant.
03.18.11
"Yet again, Pretty Light's 3 EPs from the year were snubbed. Best electronic EPs of the year"

Uh no, I can guarantee that you that they aren't

"Pretty good list, a month and a half later."

yeah because the voting only closed 2 weeks ago you idiot



psykonaut
03.18.11
good list, 4 is my favorite here. no pattern+grid world though? bah

Knott-
03.18.11
"Pretty good list, a month and a half later."

Fucking spanner.

Enotron
03.18.11
la dispute/touche amore just barely got 1

Enotron
03.18.11
unfortunate cuz deeyyyy suck

SowingSeason
03.18.11
thanks iswimfast (sorry on the late reply)

as for the users, you guys ultimately determined this list; enjoy.

Deviant.
03.18.11
Except for 9 & 10, that was all me

SowingSeason
03.18.11
yeah we gave dev the power to make executive decisions, just in case he decided the collective opinion of all sputnik users was wrong

Douglas
03.18.11
No Jezabels or Tallest man makes me sad : (

Willie
03.19.11
What was that contrib conversation like? *ok who wants to deal with Willie's punk ass so that the list gets done?*

Knott-
03.19.11
it was fun but much less interesting since you took robin jared and keelan off me

SowingSeason
03.19.11
We met at our secret hideout and Jason drew the short straw.

klap
03.19.11
jesus christ if these are how long the EP soundoffs are i'm going to need some uppers for the albums

Knott-
03.19.11
MINE WAS FUCKING SUCCINCT

Eko
03.19.11
YES (E)VENING FTW

klap
03.19.11
three sentences is succinct but yeah yours was the best

Josh D.
03.19.11
"yeah because the voting only closed 2 weeks ago you idiot"

Basically my point, idiot.

SeaAnemone
03.19.11
I don't get your point what is it?

Josh D.
03.19.11
See: post above yours.

elephantREVOLUTION
03.19.11
pretty good, disappointed by the lack of skrillex though

Knott-
03.19.11
Ha mine is actually only 4 sentences but thanks babe!

klap
03.19.11
don't get technical with me KNOTT

SeaAnemone
03.19.11
you complained about it being done a month and a half after voting closed

dev says no, it was 2 weeks after voting closed

you said yes, that's what i meant

SowingSeason
03.19.11
sorry mr. klappy mine is really long

dont worry though i didn't make my LPs any longer (besides maybe 1 or 2 near the top)

Josh D.
03.19.11
Maybe a remark about when the voting started/how long it took....

Let's make a big deal about this, guys.

Josh D.
03.19.11
"you complained about it being done a month and a half after voting closed"

Well now I am an idiot, but for a different reason. I meant 3.5 months later, as in a 2010 list starting to be released just after mid-March. Never mind, FUCK.

SeaAnemone
03.19.11
errrr I just don't get it... you're saying it took too long? I mean it's not like we could start writing simply when voting started. That makes no sense. I mean I didn't contribute a whole lot myself but a lot of the contribs wrote a ton in like 2 weeks or so to make this come together. Like, I thought it came together really really quickly considering there were 110 soundoffs to be written.

Knott-
03.19.11
lol it was always supposed to run till the end of feb

AmericnZero02
03.19.11
5 made it on here, so I'm happy.

Josh D.
03.19.11
I don't know when the voting started, but I can't imagine it needing to take more than a few weeks other than just making sure people have time to see it and cast votes. Compiling shouldn't take terribly long. So, for example, it should start really soon after the last release day of the year, run for 2-3 weeks, compile, release.

That's just an idea of what I was thinking.It obviously doesn't matter, I just fucked it up by saying `.5 months instead of 3.5.

Anyway...

SeaAnemone
03.19.11
Willie wanted to wait to start the voting until after the decade list had run its course.

And this, "Compiling shouldn't take terribly long," is ridiculous.

Defeater
03.19.11
how hard is it to count?

list should have been done march 1st

Josh D.
03.19.11
"Willie wanted to wait to start the voting until after the decade list had run its course. "

That makes sense, but I agree with guest about the other.

Deviant.
03.19.11
"I don't know when the voting started, but I can't imagine it needing to take more than a few weeks other than just making sure people have time to see it and cast votes. Compiling shouldn't take terribly long. So, for example, it should start really soon after the last release day of the year, run for 2-3 weeks, compile, release."

Well we weren't given the go ahead to start the voting until mid-way through Feb, that ran for 2 weeks. then we had 2 weeks to get this done, so continue to make a big deal about it

Josh D.
03.19.11
"Well we weren't given the go ahead to start the voting until mid-way through Feb,"

Yeah, that knowledge has basically been presented already.

You know what you should do is get pissy, it makes sense.

Deviant.
03.19.11
"pretty good, disappointed by the lack of skrillex though"

Wouldn't want the userbase to lose all of its credibility

Deviant.
03.19.11
"Yeah, that knowledge has basically been presented already.

You know what you should do is get pissy, it makes sense."

I'm not the one complaining about things

Knott-
03.19.11
fucking hell this thread has now had 2 ridiculous, pointless and tiresome tangents

theacademy
03.19.11
i want to create the third but i cant figure out a good one

Josh D.
03.19.11

Calling someone names because of a facetious post is getting pissy in most places.

Knott-
03.19.11
HEY GUYS WHAT ABOUT THOSE EPS THEN

Josh D.
03.19.11
Some are good.

Deviant.
03.19.11
It wasn't facetious, it was misinformed

Josh D.
03.19.11
Time to move on.

TMobotron
03.19.11
hey im fucking pissed about something whos with me

forgot about pretty lights though, glowing in the darkest night was awesome. actually there was an assload of good electronic EPs in 2010. Only other one i might want on here is Circa Survive-Appendage unless im forgetting something.

Enotron
03.19.11
"fucking hell this thread has now had 2 ridiculous, pointless and tiresome tangents"

knott come on you would know by now that these comments only make it worse, just let it drop and conversation about the content will come back

Aids
03.19.11
rabble rabble rabble

Willie
03.19.11
So, how about that artwork?

oh shit, I still haven't fixed the Pariah myspace link.

Baphomet
03.19.11
Nice work as usual, Willie.

Though the one for "Never mind the Bombings..." makes my eyes bleed.

Willie
03.19.11
That one sucked. I could have shrank the "nevermind the bombings" part so that the purple banner fit perfectly but then everything looked out of proportion. That was a compromise so that I could move to the other 59 albums (artwork, layouts, myspace/review links).

FromDaHood
03.19.11
How about the real top 50? When's that dropping by?

Willie
03.19.11
Monday through Wednesday: 20-20-10

FromDaHood
03.19.11
Cool

captaincrunch11
03.19.11
Never got into Trophy Scars. Klavierwerke is number one in my book.

TheNewWhack
03.19.11
Glad to see 6 made the top 10.

Adabelle
03.20.11
Only had United Nations in my choices, thought 3 of the others were really good though.

nickobretto
03.21.11
list needs tubelord's tezcatlipoca

Deviant.
03.21.11
Did you vote for it?

WeepingBanana
03.21.11
Not to nitpick or anything but shouldn't the be categorized under Year End Lists?

Edwin
03.21.11
Some great stuff on here.

lookatthatparkinglot
03.21.11
number 1 rules

Poncharelo
03.21.11
Where is The Letters?

ZippaThaRippa
03.22.11
1 is definitely 1

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