Dec 07

Pitchfork Tracks of 2007

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Pitchfork Tracks Of 2007: I’m in this, a bit (capsule reviews of T2, Groove Armada, Spoon) and voted in it and anyway it’s always intriguing to see what the P4K list turns up. What I thort of the Top 10, under the cut:

1. LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”: Was pretty much always going to win, I think. I liked it but only really got into it when I heard the John Cale version (after reading Mark Richardson’s excellent column about same), where the creak and weather in Cale’s voice brings more out of a (pretty nebulous rly) lyric. On the original it’s the New Order style synth line that gets me.

2. Battles – “Atlas”: Hurray for math rock schtroumpf! This has really grown on me though I don’t usually make it past 3 minutes in – has anyone done a pop re-edit of it, do you know?

3. Panda Bear – “Bros”: NEVER made it past 3/4 minutes into this, and I have tried – I’ve skipped ahead a few times to get to the other “movements”. To my unschooled ears pulls the same sort of back-to-childhood trick Boards of Canada used to, a band I also never clicked with. (Battles’ killer munchkins sound a lot more authentically kiddish actually). It is pretty, yes, but for me it doesn’t go beyond pretty, just wistfully rings the changes on it.

4. MIA – “Paper Planes (Remix)”: Love this, though prefer the original – Bun B and Rich Boy’s verses are great and OK respectively but they don’t improve on “Paper Planes”‘ perfect melancholy hit. Nate Patrin, by the way, is a VERY BAD MAN for the “electro’s Clash” gag in the write-up.

5. Rihanna – “Umbrella”: Excellent write-up on this, an unenviable one seeing as the song’s been so ubiquitous. I don’t think I’ve listened to it since summer but I certainly voted for it and, what can you say, it’s a monolith.

6. UGK – “Int’l Players Anthem”: Triumphant track given inevitably sad tinge, I was half-expecting this to be higher even though the poll was put together before Pimp C’s death. I had got so behind on hip-hop that I hadn’t even heard this until voting on the Pitchfork ballot started – and I don’t really know if I can contribute anything to discussion on it, other than to say a small ‘sorry’ to Andre 3000 for all the times I’ve lazily bad-mouthed him (tho his lovely opening verse reminds you what irritated about him as well as what enthralled).

7. LCD Soundsystem – “Someone Great”: Sank its hooks in me more slowly than “All My Friends” but also rather beautiful. Here’s the possible problem with the high placings Sound Of Silver‘s been getting on end-of-year charts, though (I have no idea where Pitchfork will put it) – the impact of the full-length seems so bound up in these two “YOU’LL BELIEVE A HIPSTER CAN CRY!” tracks that if you’ve voted for those, why would you also vote for that? Maybe it’s just me who hardly ever listens to the rest of it, decent though it is.

8. Justice – “D.A.N.C.E.” – aaaaaah, the great divider. Even the Poptimists DJs are split on this one – I can’t stand it, don’t think it ever coheres and that it wastes its hooks being cutesy, like a slightly sleeker Go! Team. Other people adore it and think the remixes are a waste of time.

9. Animal Collective – “Fireworks”: After repeated bad Panda Bear experiences I’m not sure I ever gave this a listen.

10. Jay-Z – “Ignorant Shit”: Leaked very close to polling time and I think its freshness – plus a general sense of relief that Jay-Z was making good music – accounts for the high placing. Certainly not bad.


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    Lex on 17 Dec 2007 #

    this really is a dreadful top 10 I think, apart from ‘umbrella’ which was inevitable anyway, and ‘paper planes’ (and even then voting for the rmx seems completely counter-intuitive). I never clicked with the ugk track and can list literally 50 superior hip-hop singles this year off the top of my head. jay-z surely only there because he’s a name indie writers recognise. lcd soundsystem – quite apart from his fucking voice it’s an extremely dull, tasteful album. it feels very middle-aged, and the emotional bits are so heavily signposted that they leave me cold.

    justice are terrible and fundamentally don’t understand dance music (you CAN’T DANCE TO IT), animal collective are a long-standing nemesis of mine, panda bear completely pointless (always did hate the beach boys, and they seem to be trying to be the beach boys without tunes), and I’m still convinced you’re all playing an elaborate joke at my expense by pretending to like battles.

    in short: p4rk writers (present co excepted) continue to have terrible taste always and 4eva.

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    Tom on 18 Dec 2007 #

    I think the middle-agedness of “All My Friends” and “Someone Great” is SORT OF THE POINT Lex! If the average age of P4K staff was 25 rather than 30 (I’m guessing) a different track would have hit #1 I think.

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    Kat on 18 Dec 2007 #

    That choice of Jay-Z track is boggling – the other brass-heavy one they listed further down is WAY better. The way Jay-Z says the word ‘shit’ over and over is just ear-grating – I’d much rather hear him talking about how much money he has, and how he’d like to buy me a drink. Cheers!

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    lex on 18 Dec 2007 #

    my mind boggles at why anyone would want MIDDLE-AGEDNESS to be a component of their hipster dance music. ffs, indie kids.

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    Marcello Carlin on 18 Dec 2007 #
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    Marcello Carlin on 18 Dec 2007 #
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    Marcello Carlin on 18 Dec 2007 #

    my mind boggles at why anyone would want MIDDLE-AGEDNESS to be a component of their hipster dance music. ffs, indie kids.

    There, corrected.

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    a logged-out pˆnk s lord whatnot on 18 Dec 2007 #

    when the time arrives, the lex is going to to be the MOST TIRELESSLY TIRESOME OLD GRIPEY DAD EVAH: “youth trumps all” is INVARIABLY the deep seed of same

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    Mark M on 18 Dec 2007 #

    My mother was asking whether Rihanna was really that good, having read about her in the Guardian. I explained that she was, but to be cautious about the review, written as it was by The Lex who is, of course, a fictional character dreamt up by Tom, Pete and Mark S one drunken evening.

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    Marcello Carlin on 19 Dec 2007 #

    Anyone who has witnessed the frequent sight of the Lex being borne bodily into Club Poptimism at quarter to one of a morning will know that he is indeed real and does exist.

    Good review, the Rihanna one.

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    Matty on 19 Dec 2007 #

    Yes, an exemplary review there from the Guardian’s Voice Of Youth, which does rather raise the bar for my own forthcoming effort (Rihanna and Ciara are coming to town tomorrow).

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    mike on 19 Dec 2007 #

    (Er, that was me, not him.)

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    stevem on 21 Dec 2007 #

    ‘p4rk writers (present co excepted) continue to have terrible taste always and 4eva.’

    but they got it right last year!

    ‘D.A.N.C.E.’ is probably Justice at their most groovable/danceable, largely on account of the funky guitar loop which is the closest they get to Daft Punk. I think you can dance to it provided you are either a) very very good (like enough to do Jacko-esque twirls without looking silly, and there aren’t many occasions where this can really be done) or rubbish enough to be content to just shuffle to the beat for 3 minutes, which is actually most people.

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    […] we start, check out P-fork’s Tom Ewing taking a gigantic shit on everyone’s head at his blog, RE: the eventual number 1 track: I think the middle-agedness of “All My Friends” and […]

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