Tuesday, January 5, 2010

End of Year / End of Decade Best of Lists!

The end of the year is time to give thanks to the hardworking souls who write the stuff you read here in The Point. These folks sit at their desks for hours, staring at glowing monitors, battling hangover induced writers block and urges to just go fuck it all and get that job at WalMart their mothers keep telling them they should have, just to move a little love into the world in the form of an honest, well thought out review, interview, or editorial. Ironically enough, here at The Point, gratitude is shown with copies of The Beatles Remastered box set (which none of us could afford and were to afraid to steal online) and the option to do end of year lists instead of actually write something. This year, being the end of the decade, allows for an added bonus - best of the decade lists. Sure they're annoying and cumbersome, pretentious and forgettable, but please indulge us for a minute or two. Speaking of which... For those you out there who think that music journalists aren't an integral part of your "scene": I don't care how many hits you have on your MySpace, or how much "the industry is changing", no one is going to take your shitty band seriously for long without friendly writers to tell them why they should listen to you. Good music + good journalism = rock stars and underpaid journalists. Just keep giving me the free records and I'm happy. - Stacks

Magnus Cooper. Contributing writer, expert on noise rock and pretentious indie rock, leader of the second wave of 'spock rock'.
Best of 2009
No surprises here, guys. I like what I like, hate what I hate. Can't kill the fuzz. Kill the fuzz. Happy new year, everyone!
1. The Paper Chase, Someday this Could All Be Yours, Kill Rock*s
2. Lightning Bolt, Earthly Delights, Load Records
3. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavillion, Domino Records
4. Raekwon, Only Built for Cuban Linx... Pt. II, EMI Records
5. Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca, Domino Records
Faves, 2000-2009
1. Black Dice, Beaches and Canyons, Domino Records, 2002
2. Bright Eyes, Lifted (or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground), Saddle Creek, 2002
3. Radiohead, Kid A, Capitol Records, 2000
4. Lightning Bolt, Hypermagic Mountain, Load Records, 2005
5. Lightning Bolt, Earthly Delights, Load Records, 2009
6. Panda Bear, Young Prayer, Paw Tracks, 2004
7. Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago, Jagjaguwar, 2008
8. Cheveu, Cheveu, Born Bad Records, 2008
9. Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca, Domino Records, 2009
10. Converge, Jane Doe, Equal Vision Records, 2001

Marshall Stacks: Music editor, The Point, last true Ramones fan, pain in the ass.
What a year, what a decade (sigh)! I'll give it a try...
1. Neil Young, Archives Volume I, 1963-1972, Reprise Records
2. The Beatles Remasters, Capitol Records
3. Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Sign of the Three Eyed Men (Box Set), International Artists
4. Wolf Eyes, Always Wrong, Sub Pop
5. The Thermals, Now We Can See, Kill Rock *s
Decade (Note: The Avett Brothers would have been higher if not for their last release...)
1. Ramones, Ramones (Reissue), Sire / Rhino
2. Ramones, Road to Ruin (Reissue), Sire / Rhino
3. Ramones, Leave Home (Reissue), Sire / Rhino
4. Ramones, Rocket to Russia (Reissue), Sire / Rhino
5. The Exploding Hearts, Guitar Romantic, Dirtnap Records, 2003
6. Radiohead, Amnesiac, Capitol Records, 2001
7. Tom Waits, Alice, Anti, 2002
8. Television, Adventure (Reissue), Elektra, 2005
9. Neko Case and Her Boyfriends, Furnace Room Lullaby, Bloodshot Records, 2000
10. The Avett Brothers, Introducing... Emotionalism, Ramseur Records, 2007

Jack Partain, Editor, The Point. AKA, "the guy that isn't going to let Marshall write smart ass comments about him here".
1. The Felice Brothers, Yonder is the Clock, Team Love Records
2. The Flaming Lips, Embryonic, Capitol Records
3. The Mountain Goats, The Life of the World to Come, 4AD
4. Vic Chesnut, At the Cut, Constellation Records
5. Assjack, Assjack, Curb Records
1. Godspeed You! Black Emporer, Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antenna's To Heaven, Constellation Records, 2000
2. Sodastream, Looks Like a Russian, Trifecta Records, 2000
3. Whiskeytown, Pnuemonia, Lost Highway, 2001
4. Sun Kil Moon, Ghosts of the Great Highway, Caldo Verde Records, 2003
5. The Mountain Goats, Tallahassee, 4AD, 2002
6. Red House Painters, Old Ramone, Sub Pop, 2001
7. The Great Lake Swimmers, Ongiara, Nettwork Records, 2007
8. Royal City, Little Hearts Ease, Rough Trade, 2004
9. The Avett Brothers, Introducing... Emotionalism, Ramseur Records, 2004
10. The Mountain Goats, The Coroners Gambit, Absolutely Kosher, 2000

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