lördag 17 september 2011

"Album of the year" project

The last few years I've listed my favourite albums from the past year. I will do so this year as well but this time I will do it a little differently than before. I always have difficulties ranking the records. Often the number one spot has been quite easily decided but how do I really come to the decision?

I think I mostly base it on the number of times I play a record, the more you like a record, the more you're likely to play it, right?

This year though I'm gonna have a play off with the records of the year. I've put together a grid play off with 64 brackets. Here's an example of how one of these things looks, for those of you who doesn't understand what the hell I'm talking about:

So I'll put two records up against each other and the one I think is better advances to the next stage until at last there is just one album still standing- the album of the year!

First I had the idea of putting up a vote on my blog on each "match up", but for a few reasons it wouldn't work. For once there aren't that many readers here to be honest, and those who would vote would probably be three of four people so it wouldn't be too much of a competition:)

Second of all it's my blog and my opinions so I thought it would be better to have my views on it. Also I'll have help from my girlfriend to decide some of the match ups. I'll have final say though;)

I will put the albums against each other that have been released at the same time of the year so that I've had the chance to listen to both albums an equal amount of times. Which in most cases I haven't, but at least I've had the chance... So first up will by Decemberists against the Delillos album which were both released in January this year.

The criterias I have for an album to be part of this is:
1. That I own it on vinyl.
2. That it is an original release. Not a collection (like Foo Fighters - Medium Rare), not a live album (like Neil Youngs - A Treasure or Mastodon - Live At Aragorn) etc.
3. It qualifies to be among the best 64 records released this year. Apparently I have too many records at the moment. I own a few from the year already and I also have a list of records that will be released this year that I will buy so I have to sort some of them out before this thing starts.

Here are the albums that I've got so far:

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Tao Of Dead
Akron/Family S/T II
Amon Amarth Surtur Rising
Anna Järvinen Anna Själv Tredje
Bigbang Epic Scrap Metal
Black Country Communion BCC 2
Blackfield Welcome To My DNA
Bon Iver Bon Iver
Boris New Album
Boris Heavy Rocks
Boris Attention Please
Bright Eyes People's Key
Buffalo Tom Skins
Cave Singers No Witch
Crowbar Sever The Wicked Hand
Decemberists The King Is Dead
Delillos Trist Å Väre Glad
Drive-By Truckers Go-Go Boots
Earth Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light
Explosions In The Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
Girls Father, Son And The Holy Ghost
Graveyard Hisingen Blues
Haunted Unseen
Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean
J Mascis Several Shades Of Why
Jarle Bernhoft Solidarity Breaks
Jeff Bridges Jeff Bridges
Kaizers Orchestra Violeta Violeta Vol.1
Kebnekajse Idioten
Ljungblut Over Skyene Skinner Altid Solen
Low C'mon
Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes
Manchester Orchestra Simple Math
Mogwai Hardcore Will Never Die
My Morning Jacket Circuital
Okkervil River I Am Very Far
Panda Bear Tomboy
Paul Simon So Beautiful Or So What
PJ Harvey Let England Shake
REM Collapse Into Now
Spirits Of The Dead The Great God Pan
Steve Earle I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
Thurston Moore Demolished Thoughts
TV On The Radio Nine Types Of Light
Twilight Singers Dynamite Steps
Urge Overkill Rock&Roll Submarine
Wino Adrift
Wobbler Rites At Dawn
Wolf Legions Of Bastards

And there are releases from all of these bands that have just been released or are expected later this year that I'll most likely buy:
Steven Wilson
Sivert Höyem
The Amazing
Clap Your Hands And Say Yeah
Black Keys
Ryan Adams
Lou Reed and Metallica
St. Vincent
Tom Waits

Are there any records that I'm missing from the year so far, or upcoming releases?

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