Friday, January 3, 2014
So for my roundup summary of the 2013 music year is one of confusion. Consistently all year I have been confused by reviews and hype. It seems like everyday was opposite day this year in terms of music criticism. Artists that seem to have very little to no artistic aspirations were being hailed as artistic "geniuses". Artists that would have been laughed off the respectable artistic community landscape were now being heralded as kings and queens. For arguments sake I am going to take a look at Pitchfork's top 10 list for albums of the year. Let me start by saying that there are 3 albums on my list that are also in the top 10 of Pitchfork's. They are Savages, Majical Cloudz, and Danny Brown(all who's artistic merit is explained below). So let's see what we have left, Arcade fire(released their version of early 80s Talking Heads and was boring), Daft Punk(I have said enough on the subject of that album), Deafheaven(one of the lamest examples of metal to come by in a long time), The new My Bloody Valentine(extremely not noteworthy and they should have just ended it at the reissues), Disclosure's debut(easily one of the worst albums I have ever heard, who needs a thirds rate Basement Jaxx, when Basement Jaxx was already a second rate Daft Punk...I cannot stress enough how shitty I think this album is) Kanye West's new one(Death Grips rip off with really dumb lyrics), and Vampire Weekend(was home to the worst single of the year with "Ya Hey"). Not too mention people still love Drake(for some odd reason), The Odd Future camp was pretty limp dick this year, all of the overhyped yet done a million times indie shit(wataxhachee, speedy ortiz, julia holter, the national(really dont get it), deerhunter, blood orange. A lot of the hip hop was crap this year...i'm looking at you ASAP MOB, chance the rapper, run the jewels. Also a lot of electro pop shit sucked too, chvurches, jon hopkins, dj koze, autre nu veut, forest swords, boards of cananda. Last and defintely the least, HAIM-Days Are Gone....yes you are right HAIM, the days of actual good music getting the exposure it deserves are gone, long live the days of mediocrity, thanks to spoiled little rich kids from Studio City, with any hope and justice the Haim album that came out this year will litter the dollar bin in the, hopefully, near future. I hope you enjoy the albums that were ACTUALLY good from this year....lord knows, thanks to the media, you havent heard em yet.
Posted by destroy the scene at 1:16 PM