Posted in music on December 17, 2008

Under the Radar

Honorable Mention

The Dodos, Department of Eagles, Torche, Harvey Milk, Abe Vigoda, The Duchess and the Duke, Jay Reatard, Sun Kil Moon, Why? and Women were among the twenty 2008 "honorable mentions" Pitchfork awarded today. In other words, these albums will not be part of the Top 50 of 2008 they are publishing soon.

What was your favorite album of 2008?

The Dodos opened for the Walkmen @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple last night (12/16)

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Comments (38)

I am actually shocked that the Dodos will not be in P4k's top 50. They will certainly be in my top 5.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 2:27 PM

why? and shearwater.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 2:28 PM

well pitchfork had to make room for shitty stuff like hercules and love affair to grace the chart.
what a joke.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 2:30 PM

alopecia and visiter are so goddamn good, both easily in my top 5. the walkmen are easily #1 though, probably why last nights show was so good.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 2:31 PM

anybody else think the dodos sound was lacking last night? loved the album, but for seeing them live for the first time, was utterly disappointed. and WHY? & Women, are def in my top 15. with jay & dutchess and duke would fit somewhere in my top 25. not that i think anyone gives a shit.

Posted by sloweducation | December 17, 2008 2:33 PM

had make room for 47 boring electronic albums + 2 shitty hip hop albums + fleet foxes

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 2:36 PM

SO FUCKING STUPID

department of eagles? COME ON

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 2:37 PM

very true 2:36. it feels good that us commenters, usually so argumentative, can unite against pitchfork's praisal of hipster bad electro-bullshit. hercules and love affair and cut copy are really great, top 10 songs, sure.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 2:39 PM

it makes no sense....pitchfork is so inconsistent....they have dept of eagles and dodos as BEST NEW MUSIC which they only give to like 20 or so albums per year, maybe less, and then they arnt in the top 50?

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 2:40 PM

yeah, we, just, uhm, really really, like fucking with you guys. your all so easily excited. it is good fun watching all of you argue! LOOK AT ALL THAT FANCY ADVERTISING ON OUR WEB PAGE!

Posted by PITCHFORK | December 17, 2008 2:51 PM

They give way more than 20 albums BNM. Plus, it doesn't really correlate to the end of the year list, which is totally fair. Things sound different when taken in the context of the year. P4K went kinda BNM/Recommended crazy early in the year, so I'm not surprised that some didn't make it. Last year was the same, but leaving the Dodos out is a crime. At least there were some interesting tracks high up this year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 2:57 PM

Actually, I think there's something strange going on w/ P4K's lists this year, if anyone cares. Anyone else get the feeling that they're trying to reconnect to a hip, indie-minded (hipster/faux-hipster) crowd that perhaps has moved on from their site, or is unaware of it, since Pitchfork started focusing more on acts outside of mainstream-indie. I just say that cause they did put MGMT's Time to Pretend unreasonably high on their songs, after promising no songs from 2007 would be on their list, and they placed in on their 2007 list as well. Between that and Santogold having two songs way higher than their deserved, it just felt like an indie-lite/American Aparrel plea for acceptance. Hence leaving off albums without much distribution, or whatever their beef was with DoE and Dodos. Seems very strange to me. Anyone who saw Dodos last night, will have seen that a crowd that are aware of bands with some spotlight on them, like the Walkmen, can easily get excited by something new. Probably not worth so many words, still, seemed odd to me...

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 3:06 PM

dude what the fuck Alopecia is so much better than Fleet Foxes or any of the above mentioned electronica bullshit that will surely grace the almighty P4K's top 50.

Seriously who are they trying to impress if half the top 50 of their reader's poll is only "honorable mention" on their own.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 3:23 PM

it's disappointing that the dodos didn't make the cut to pitchforks top 50, but honestly- who cares? they deserve better than pitchfork. and they certainly don't deserve the fans who use pitchfork's top 50 albums of the year list as a guide to music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 3:26 PM

The Calexico album was good too.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 3:30 PM

I don't really get their reasoning for leaving them out...

"They're albums that for a variety of reasons-- including, but not limited to, the genre in which they work, a lack of widespread distribution, the relative lack of chatter they inspired this year (including in our pages, in some cases)-- don't tend to show up in year-end lists from large music publications. "

both The Dodos and Dept. of Eagles don't seem to have any of the above issues OR are unjustly missing from other publication's lists to make it necessary to give them honorable mentions.

Btw, I saw Dodos live twice and they were great. So it could have been and off night? Who knows.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 3:47 PM

PONYTAIL!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 4:05 PM

and I bet that mediocre Frightened Rabbit album makes the top 50 as well...

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 4:48 PM

Dodos should definitely be in the top 50-a total shame. Also, to see the Duchess and the Duke in the same list as the Dodos and Dept of Eagles is sad. They're terribly mediocre.

Posted by B | December 17, 2008 4:50 PM

Alopecia's a good record, but it is a niche record that really didn't hit a wide audience, just a wider audience. It's a record that makes sense in this list-even though it's a really pointless list.

Good point about the MGMT song. I guess last year must have been a way better year for music if that song placed much higher this year than last.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 4:57 PM

oh god. hercules & love affair is just straight-up gay. Couldn't stand that album at all.

Very surprising indeed that Dodos and Department of Eagles are off of top 50 list.

My guess is p4k is gonna go apeshit on Deerhunter's album, ranking it #1. That album was awesome but not #1 of the year list... and lil' wayne's album also.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 5:43 PM

Be nice if they gave #1 to No Age... top five at least.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 6:00 PM

I was thinking Deerhunter or Portishead at number 1 for a while, but honestly at this point ill be shocked if they don't put Fleet Foxes at one. Unfortunate too, I think that band sucks. I even saw them at Pitchforkfest and walked away halfway through there set since it was that boring.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 6:23 PM

alopecia got ROBBED
that shit should be #1....the yoni haters need to cease.

Posted by moe julls | December 17, 2008 6:41 PM

whomever wrote the article on Fleet Foxes should be banned from writing forevahh. "SUP Pop"??? Seriously? Over and over again. Jeezus. Horrible editing and writing.

Also, Dr. Dog wasn't on ANYONE's list in that magazine, which is a travesty. Fuck MGMT.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 7:26 PM

the fleet foxes dude has the friendliest face ever. he probably hasn't done a bad thing in his life.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 7:28 PM

^^^ except rip off Daniel Rossen

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 8:19 PM

Hey 8:19, are you implying that Fleet Foxes ripped off Grizzly Bear and/or Department of Eagles?

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 8:25 PM

fleet foxes album is nothing compared to depart of eagles.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 10:50 PM

If mt. eerie doesn't make the top 50 i'm gonna piss on a cat. phil elverum is the king midas of music.

Posted by science + skeleton | December 17, 2008 11:02 PM

M83 will place well.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2008 12:13 AM

place well they shall, even though Saturday=Youth sort of sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2008 7:41 AM

"it's disappointing that the dodos didn't make the cut to pitchforks top 50, but honestly- who cares? they deserve better than pitchfork. and they certainly don't deserve the fans who use pitchfork's top 50 albums of the year list as a guide to music."


-Well said. Music quality isn't dictated by someone else's say-so, particularly when it's communicated through a list.

There will always be lists that won't be consistent with your tastes.

Not to mention placing on a list won't prevent the Dodos from playing another show.

And isn't Pitchfork AIMING to cause discourse on forums like these?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2008 7:59 AM

Saturdays=Youth sorta rules!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2008 9:33 AM

Saturdays=Youth is the worst album from M83 BY FAR.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2008 10:12 AM

Probably is, but that doesn't qualify it as bad though. It's still a stunner.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2008 1:47 PM

Yeah - A stunningly overproduced, boring, predictable album with really bad vocals.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008 10:50 AM

So DoE doesn't have enough distribution or appeal to be on a Top 50 list, yet it was used on 'Gossip Girl' this week...

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2009 10:59 PM

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