Wednesday, 18 November 2009

The Independent Catches Up with I Taught Myself How to Grow Old!

By the end of play yesterday we managed to have two posts in response to NME's rotten Best of the Decade album list, with our lists being equally as subjective and daft (Tenacious D, Green Day). Today The Independent has caught up with us in the shape of Andy Gill's response with You Call These The Best Albums of the Decade? Obviously, he is responding to the NME rather than us, as our rallying cry is 'Even our wives don't read it'. His inclusion of Ry Cooder's Chavez Ravine was heartening.

Over at Pitchfork they like a good list, with Top album lists for the different years and decades, albeit a bit left of centre and indie leaning. The Top 200 Albums of the 2000's is worth a look, but spoils the fun by having Radiohead's Kid A in the top spot.

Paste Magazine actually has a 'List of the Day', which can only be a good thing, and has their 50 Best Albums of the Decade which was posted earlier this month. Bit of a surprise number one with Sufjan Stevens' Illinois.

Uncut magazine has a Best Album of the Decade, and puts The White Stripes 2001 White Blood Cells as top dog. I did notice that they are advertising their new Wild Mercury Sound music blog as 'rash' and 'ill - thought out', which is clearly an attempt to crowd both myself and Peter out of our corner of t'internet blogosphere. It takes a lot of work to look as rash as we do.

The Community Boards at the consistently annoying Drowned in Sound (In photos - Lilly Allen at the Academy, Sheffield, for example) have a debate based on NPR's The Decades 50 Most Important Recordings. They are so important that you can download a PDF file of the full list. I had no idea that Beyonce (number 5) was quite that important, although it is nice to see some Spanish language in there in the shape of Juanes and Shakira. Their number one is On the Transmigration of Souls by John Adams, which means nothing to me whatsoever, probably as it is a classical piece. It won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in music, and was originally commissioned as a tribute to those lost on September 11th.

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