I'm a "take one week" at a time type of music blogger, but since we're not done with November yet, let the endless year end lists begin. Rough Trade break out their Top 100 list for your debate. I'm not so much into list past 20 because, when you think about it, what's is their a difference between No. 81 and 82? Ten is a nice number.
They went with pint-size, squeeky-voiced elf girl Grimes' Visions as their No. 1 album of the year. *sad trombone* Yeah, I get it. It's weird and out there, but really, it doesn't seem made by people. It's processed, no soul, no depth, no sense of adventure. I guess it's what passes as art. We move on.
Love that Toy made it in on No 3, a) Because I wrote about them early in the year, b) the album has a high repeatability values, c) I picked up the CD last month with bonus disc. You also also have to give props to Allo Darlin' and Django Django. They released fun discs. Alabama Shakes is a no brainer, same with Mercury Prize winners Alt-J.
One of the things I haven't written about was the stash I picked up when I visited the store last month. Some of purchases appears on the 100 like Adrian Younge Presents Venice Dawn, Steeling Sheep, Trailer Trash Traceys, Two Wounded Birds and Race Horses. No love for Gaggle or Guillemots.
What I do like about the Rough Trade list is that you get to discover some artists you never heard about. Can't say I've come across Sweden's Goat, the band at No. 5. They say, "The debut album from Goat is a wonderous affair, it mixes psych rock freak out, funk and voodoo inspired rhythms but all the while managing absolutely huge killer pop hooks. Play it loud for maximum effect." Yes, sir and mame!
This song is not on the album, but it was their first single released in February. It's out there, man. Check out "The Sun The Moon"