Posted in music on December 18, 2007

Pitchfork's list is up. Panda Bear wins #1 - a choice I can't really argue with. Still working on my own list (I'm so slow).

Panda Bear

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Comments (89)

pitchfork's got the golden ears...their list again can be considered the Gospel.

Posted by jb | December 18, 2007 2:31 PM

i actually only found one fault in this list. there is no sunset rubdown on it...

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 2:33 PM

You know as much as pitchfork gets a lot of shit, some deserved of course, this list is hard (for me) to disagree with as a whole. nice going.

Posted by Max Power | December 18, 2007 2:43 PM

where the fuck is Wilco!?!?!

...seriously

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 2:48 PM

this year it seems there list was rather predictable, which is obviously why there is no reason to slag it off a lot.

although i do wish Grinderman had graced it.

Posted by mat | December 18, 2007 2:49 PM

I was really surprised at no Sunset Rubdown. Otherwise- great list. Gonna download some of the stuff I'd missed later tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 2:58 PM

wilco's cd was fucking horrible dude.

its a pretty generic list overall but glad burial and lcd got a strong showing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:01 PM

BV has officially killed the year end list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:01 PM

This is pretty close to my list too....

Posted by saltnpepper | December 18, 2007 3:01 PM

no sunset rubdown is the biggest error


and wilco is probably a top 50 record as well - parts and labor too.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:03 PM

where is the fiery furnaces - widow city?

unbelievable it is not on there.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:08 PM

Wilco gets on my list (def top 20) as well this year. Pfork played it fairly safe, though with the sheer assault of quality records this year, it would be hard to go wrong. Let's hope 2008 is half as generous!

Posted by Terry Gross | December 18, 2007 3:11 PM

"predictable list" that is a good way to put it. Not too many major surprises this year. A little boring that every artist in the top ten (with the half exception of Burial just since he isn't too popular at least in the US) has been Pitchfork-approved for ages.


I was hoping Jana Hunter would show up in at least the 45-30 range. Not even on the list is surprising.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:11 PM

Where the fuck is Paul Stanley? Or Bon Jovi for that matter? How about the new Kid Rock??? It's a fucking crime this list or any other list for that matter. Lists are for assholes.

Posted by Bill O'Reilly | December 18, 2007 3:13 PM

boo!

Posted by rocked the shit | December 18, 2007 3:18 PM

It makes me really sad that shitty dance music is what is considered good indie rock now. I wish I could click my heels and go back a decade.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:18 PM

i love the panda bear album art more than the album. I'd love it more if it was the "edits" he released pre album to drum up some excitement for the record. I much prefer 4 minutes of a loop rather than 12.


Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:19 PM

Nicely stated, 3:18.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:25 PM

"It makes me really sad that shitty dance music is what is considered good indie rock now. I wish I could click my heels and go back a decade."

then by all means, go.

this is a list of their 50 best albums. not in any particular niche, just the 50 best. variety is fun.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:25 PM

Where are those "in-the-know" downloading music from these days anyways?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:25 PM

there are two major oink alternatives up now, though they are invite only. if you look in the right places, it isn't too hard to get in.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:33 PM

Why is Kevin Drew getting continuously overlooked on the best-of lists? I thought "Spirit If" was a great album!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:33 PM

Menomena?

Posted by Nordy | December 18, 2007 3:34 PM

no st. vincent!? especially surprising given its 8.0 rating earlier this year.

Posted by klk | December 18, 2007 3:35 PM

Anon. 3:25 is an RIAA narc!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:38 PM

Person Pitch was a surprise at #1, but it was definitely well-deserved. Great list with a few that I failed to hear throughout the year, but I'm looking forward to checking them out over the holidays (especially Burial - I had that in my hand the other day and put it down).

Posted by Mark B. | December 18, 2007 3:42 PM

lil wayne at 16? wtf? pitchfork's taste in hip-hop is awful. at least they didn't jerk off so much over kanye this time around.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:42 PM

i find it quite humourous that "person pitch" and "strawberry jam" are the same cover, just preserves replacing people for the latter. at times like these we thank the Swiss for the grid.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:44 PM

Pinback shoulda made it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:46 PM

i really, really don't get the exclusion of sunset rubdown on all these lists

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:50 PM

Arcade Fire WAAAAY down at #27. that's funny. (not necess. wrong, just funny.) I guess they're a little embarrassed at how much they liked them before?

Person Pitch is laughably bad, sorry.

Posted by georgie veg | December 18, 2007 3:52 PM

Can't agree more on the missing Sunset Rubdown! Where oh where are they? Also the Immaculate Machine Album is really good. And St. Vincent and Kevin Drew. And I Patrick Wolf even if he is a pain in the ass. And some of their song picks are horrid! Particularly 98...BOO.

Posted by Cupcake | December 18, 2007 3:52 PM

@Georgie Veg:
Laughably bad? No way. Album of the year? Maybe... Transcendentally amazing at Bowery Ballroom this summer? YES.

Posted by pickles | December 18, 2007 4:03 PM

Pitchfork is really pushing towards hip-hop and electronic music. That's all well and good, unfortunately all the hipsters will catch onto those and play it all out.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 4:10 PM

holy shit black people are gonna have to make new music now, hipsters on hip hop alert!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 4:11 PM

they got most of the records right, they just got the order wrong. can't believe that band of horses got left off the list - definitely not as good as their debut, but still pretty decent. the spoon album is the worst thing they've done since the 90s. and radiohead...blah.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 4:17 PM

More like Pitchfuck. These guys know about rock'n'roll like Michael Vick supporters know about common sense. Fuck the fork.

Posted by Fork You | December 18, 2007 4:22 PM

"More like Pitchfuck"

Oh, zing! Zing! How long did it take you to come up w/ that one? Lemme guess--Terminal 5 "SUCKS" too, right?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 4:37 PM

No numbnuts, I haven't been to Terminal 5 yet, so I have no opinion on the venue. But I will be there next month to see a real band, Mars Volta.

Hey, if you want to get your musical taste from a bunch of know-nothing hacks, be my guest.

Posted by Fork You | December 18, 2007 4:47 PM

Pig Destroyer.

Actually, nothing even remotely metal on that list at all.

Nothing too experimental either. Just weepy indie rock, some nods towards mainstream, and Jay-Z, Lil Wayne thrown in to keep cred.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 5:04 PM

Why do we keep reading Pitchfork?!?! It's like a bad drug addiction. The lack of Great Lake Swimmers is outrageous.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 5:07 PM

@ anon 17:07

we read pitchfork because they are usually reliable for news updates, although this week those cunts are slacking.

the five "short stories" (which they confusing label as "reviews" - i find that title a bit interesting but just go with it) they post almost daily are inane bullshit though, and sadly have nothing to do with their titles.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 5:31 PM

I hate the hype around person pitch ...

I swear strawberry jam really smokes person pitch out ....

I much prefer some of the unreleased panda stuff he plays live , (ie. daily routine , house) than the shit on person pitch ..

that shit aint #1

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 6:02 PM

Terminal 5 does suck

Posted by saltnpepper | December 18, 2007 6:06 PM

how can someone hate person pitch? any actual reasons anyone or are you all just saying it sucks?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 6:31 PM

person pitch just sounds like somebody smart copying the most obvious and superficial aspects of Brian Wilson, without any of the songwriting, just a lot of art-rock pomp. The sound is poor (muffled), the lyrics are silly, the melodies are dull, the tempos are slow in a aiming-for-serious-art way, and there just isn't much going on in the music. hell, DENNIS wilson made better solo records than this. (all just one person's opinion, obviously, and not dissing anyone for liking it...)

Posted by G. Veg | December 18, 2007 6:46 PM

I'm going to start it...

...

"RISE ABOVE" shoulda been #1.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 7:35 PM

No Richard Hawley
No Fiery Furnaces
No Ted Leo
No Fountains of Wayne
No Wilco
No Richard Thompson
No mum
No Mekons
No Bjork

Its a pretty good list, but come on, don't any of these acts deserve top 50?

Posted by danlynch | December 18, 2007 8:21 PM

I enjoy the indie rock I hear in Starbucks commercials, while shopping for isotoner gloves at JC Penney and during the mushy scenes of the major studio's coming of age dramedies, and this list does a super job of cataloging my preferred mediocrity.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 9:43 PM

I'm so happy EVERY album from which I hear the toons thereof BLASTING forth from out the speakers of the local starbucks while I'm pounding back quad lattes made the list! We are all winners! And our groupthink keeps the feelings from being made too hurty!

1. Baby Control - Best War
2. Virgin of the Birds - Mixed Choir
3. A Death In The Family - This Microscopic War
4. Prints - Too Much Water

Nevermind, fuck you milquetoast sheep.

Posted by No, really, BV blocked my IP, what a doosh | December 18, 2007 10:07 PM

i just had a lol image of burial being played in the local starbucks

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 10:17 PM

Panda Bear? No wonder I don't read those idiots at Pitchfork!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2007 11:57 PM

The Internet? No wonder I have the privilege of reading some jackoffs opinion!

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 12:27 AM

Anon 11:57
what should it have been?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 6:52 AM

Electrelane!

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 7:47 AM

none of this music is being played at a local starbucks..maybe 5% of this list at most. you are a dumb hipster, please go away.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 9:24 AM

a little upset matthew dear wasn't on the list.
glad band of horses wasn't.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 9:39 AM

Silly... dumb hipsters are those who have to be force fed their musical tastes by Pitchfork and then at the end of the year have a self-congratulatory circle jerk over how much they agree with the opinions of those to whom they have forfeited their ability to make musical value judgments. And they got the pointy shoes. Or at least they did last time I looked at one of their feets. Burial could never be played at starbucks. That particular mellow catatonic douchebaggery is sonically CHALLENGING! The press release prolly says so, and Pitchfork prolly agrees, so that's MOTHERFUCKING that! Where my soy mocha low foam quad venti?

Posted by A Dumb Hipster | December 19, 2007 10:02 AM

Blah blah blah, I hate hipsters, I hate people who like all the music I like and dress the way I do and watch the same movies and TV I do and go to the same places I do and live in the same neighborhood as me.

Would you like some cheese with that whine?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 10:20 AM

You retards are just giving Pitchfork one more reason to laugh at your stupidity. You think they really care about what your choices for the best of the year are? Despite the fact that they are snobs, no end of the year list will include something that EVERYONE likes. That's the sad reality, so move on with your fucking just-out-of-college-jobless lives and stop whining.
Make your own damn list and share it with your circle of friends and stop complaining how other lists don't suit your taste.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 10:23 AM

wow, really predictable - and quite mainstream. I write for a few places and actually like the list IMPOSE posted. They have a total of 25, but here's what they have that pitchfork doesn't:

Ohmega Watts, Watts Happening

A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Scribble Mural Comic Journal

Shapes and Sizes, Split Lips, Winning Hips, A Shiner

Health, Health

Brother Ali, The Undisputed Truth

Everytime I Die, The Big Dirty

Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid, Tongues

Devin the Dude, Waitin’ To Inhale

Simian Mobile Disco, Attack Decay Sustain Release

Prefuse 73, Preparations

Black Dice, Load Blown

Shape of Broad Minds, Craft Of The Lost Art

Black Moth Super Rainbow, Dandelion Gum

Black Milk, Popular Demand

Magik Markers, Boss

Budos Band, II

Super Furry Animals, Hey Venus!

Posted by Always Right | December 19, 2007 10:29 AM

Wait... are you saying that PITCHFORK HAS BEEN LAUGHING AT ME?!? It's not nice to laugh at retards. And who's complaining about lists not suiting tastes? This list is just chock full of shit is all. But if it helps you with your christmas shopping, then it has served it purpose. I would love some fucking cheese. Let's meet at Bedford and N 5th, there's a moldy runny Brie I've just been dying to nosh on.

Posted by A Retard | December 19, 2007 10:40 AM

Overrated: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and In Rainbows. Should be way lower. I second the call to put spirit if... somewhere on the list too!

Posted by John | December 19, 2007 10:53 AM

I went out and bought Panda Bear's CD yesterday. Pretty good!

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 10:53 AM

Where are Britney, Hannah and Amy? Didn't they release albums this year too?

Posted by flower teen | December 19, 2007 11:04 AM

why the fuck is Tinariwen all the way down at 50?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 12:15 PM

why the fuck is Tinariwen all the way down at 50?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 12:23 PM

uhhhh you guys all forgot

http://www.amazon.com/This-Next-Various-Artists/dp/B000SM7QTS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1198086024&sr=1-1

that shit was better than the Hulk Hogan christian rock experience

Posted by crypt of the wizard! | December 19, 2007 12:29 PM

pretty boring.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 1:10 PM

uhhhh you guys all forgot

http://www.amazon.com/This-Next-Various-Artists/dp/B000SM7QTS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1198086024&sr=1-1

that shit was better than the Hulk Hogan christian rock experience

Posted by crypt of the wizard! | December 19, 2007 1:26 PM

Is that the Indie Rock you're listening to? Well TURN IT UP, MAN!

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 1:41 PM

How is this album #1? And why else would you endorse its selection except to be a band-wagoneer? It is completely derivative, but not in a way that makes a lasting impression. But then we all acted like we were comatose this year.

Posted by T-Bird | December 19, 2007 2:13 PM

i went to Virgin Megastore yesterday evening and bought every album on that list (the ones they didn't have, I was lucky enough to have an employee tell me about some place called Other Music? I went there and they had the rest).

What I've heard so far is kinda weird, but I'm sure I'll grow to like it. I can't wait to share with my co-workers.

Thanks, Pitchfork!

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 2:30 PM

Lists are for eggheads. 2 great bands who put out 2 great fucking albums that you won't find on most any self-important lists this year: Gogol Bordello and QOTSA. But then, who cares... the albums kicked ass and so did the accompanying live shows and in the end that's all that really matters.
btw - does anyone know if any of the writers at Pitchfork actually play in bands?

Posted by Jerry Koffman | December 19, 2007 2:53 PM

no !!! Myth Takes? Yeasayer? Health? Celebration? it's not there but thats ok because i can accept that its been overlooked. im not gonna get worked up over it.

if the list was too out there in its selection, we'd all be "WHERE ARE THE STAPLES OF CURRENT ROCK???" i.e. arcade, spoon, rhead, panda

but, its a "obvious selection" this year, so we get to be all like "WAHHHHHHHHH PITCHFORKS NOT DIGGING DEEP ENOUGH"

so either way we get to cry and bitch and moan and whine and scream and shout and POST POST POST our little comments. yay

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 3:58 PM

yeasayer is there what are you talking about

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 4:18 PM

Pitchfork magazine turned into some kinda amalgamation of People, Source and SPIN at least 5 years ago. Who gives a rats ass what there little industry brown nosing writers are listening to on the stair master? You, that's who.

Posted by Post post post | December 19, 2007 4:52 PM

post post post
...is probably hiding the fact that he is secretly mad that panda bear got number one

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 5:34 PM

Come on, no love for Black Dice. Load Blown is amazing. No sunset rubdown. Icky thump was half amazing half laughable. Also Radiohead is capable of so much better, i felt cheated with in rainbows. They packaged it that way because most of it was unreleased scrapper except for about 4 songs and not worth 20 bucks. Spoon...really?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 6:43 PM

I blame Kevin Drew's absence from most top lists on the album not being 'weird' or 'new' enough to make a splash. Definitely on my top 10 of the year, but these days people go more for pretty-good but quirky music rather than really substantial but 'regular' stuff, such as Kevin Drew.

Posted by ro | December 19, 2007 8:04 PM

sunset rubdown not being there is ridiculous seeing how it was one of the best albums this year if you actually listen to it

Posted by Andrew | December 19, 2007 11:40 PM

sunset rubdown not being there was absolutely ridiculous becuase if you actually listen to the album its really one of the best albums that came out this year

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2007 11:42 PM

too bad blonde redhead didn't make it onto the list. definitely a record i'll think of when i think 2007

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2007 1:02 AM

Saturday looks good to me? Akron/Family??? Those are both in my top 10 for the year & are nowhere to be found on the list! It's a crying shame!

Posted by Emma | December 20, 2007 8:56 AM

to answer the person earlier, yes, pitchfork writers do play in bands. there is a portion of the bands they write about had/have someone writing for them, and they usually mention it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2007 10:24 AM

QOTSA sorry but it sucked. Where is Dan Deacon on this list? HEALTH should be also there, and I would say live at No Fun Fest Pain Jerk / Incapacitants.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2007 11:17 AM

I'm surprised the Nina Nastasia & Jim White album got the snub; the Twilight Sad, too.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2007 3:42 PM

no sunset rubdown?
I can't believe it.
I actually haven't heard it yet.
I did listen to 'drums and guns' quite a lot and am suprised it did not make the list...
that's a bit surprising - it's a great album..
Low and I both know it's better than The National's rekkid ...

Posted by Bob Pepper | December 21, 2007 2:03 PM

get your head out from those mags
and websites who try to shape your style

Posted by panda bear | December 21, 2007 2:19 PM

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