Post by Horned Gramma on Dec 2, 2010 16:04:34 GMT -8
My favorites of 2010 (in no particular order):
LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening Philistines Jr - If a Band Plays in the Woods... Alexis Gideon - Video Musics II: Sun Wu-Kong Clem Snide - The Meat of Life Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest Gorillaz - Plastic Beach Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal Snowglobe - Little More Lived In Tony Da Gatorra vs. Gruff Rhys - The Terror of Cosmic Loneliness The Residents - The Ughs! Sleigh Bells - Treats Julian Lynch - Mare Das Racist - Shut Up, Dude Radar Brothers - The Illustrated Garden
Post by thunderroad on Dec 2, 2010 16:23:38 GMT -8
We share the same views Gramma, my post was just an attempt on "cooling the jets" in terms of slapping all the "downloaders" with the criminal label. My drug thing was simply a comparison to illustrate that in the reality we live in (not the ideal and reasonable alternative), both are considered illegal. Unfortunately our perceptions on morality regarding the subjects are little more than justifications in the eyes the unreasonable law. But, surprise surprise, things are never that black and white (as I know you know). People are against downloading for very specific and real reasons as are those against drugs (and I would argue the damage that drugs inflicts on our society is much more devastating than downloading). I would also argue that the damage by both is a result of the archaic system that oversees them (and certainly does zilch zero in terms of fixing any of the complex problems/questions involved), my point being we all make justifications and create reasoning for why we partake in damaging industry and hopefully we all do our best to limit the damage as much as possible when we partake.
Post by Horned Gramma on Dec 2, 2010 16:32:12 GMT -8
Yeah, I knew as I typed it that the 'common fucking criminals' bit was taking it too far. I'll even admit to 'illegally' downloading albums which I have purchased on vinyl which don't come with a download code as well as albums which I have owned in the past which I have either lost or have been stolen. It's all one big gray area. If I get burly about it or if I delineate my argument with broad strokes, my intention isn't to declare myself the King of the High Road but to yank the leash of the people who don't spend any time thinking about it at all.
Post by thunderroad on Dec 2, 2010 17:22:32 GMT -8
Your clear and strong gifts of wit, writing, wisdom and charm will undoubtedly be the best weapons to wield in your downloading cause/education to the kids here opposed to the anger. But I get it, my strong passions for certain causes definitely get muddled by constant frustrations and stupidity brought on by those who oppose or are too ignorant to even comprehend their part in facilitating various ongoing idiocies.
By day I'm in shipping/receiving and parts delivery for an auto dealership. By night and weekend I'm time building hours toward my commercial pilot certificate and starting on my certified ground instructor certificate. I'm obsessed with craft beer, soccer, and music (duh). That's me in a nutshell.
1) The National - High Violet 2) Local Natives - Gorilla Manor 3) Sufjan Stevens - Age of Adz 4) Wavves - King of the Beach 5) Menomena - Mines 6) The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt 7) Surfer Blood - Astro Coast 8) Yeasayer - Odd Blood 9) Beach House - Teen Dream 10) The Walkmen - Lisbon 11) Best Coast - Crazy For You 12) Titus Andronicus - The Monitor 13) Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest 14) Wolf Parade - Expo 86 15) Fang Island - Fang Island
Yeah, yeah. Pitchfork shmitchfork, downloads shmownloads. I don't care. I've paid money to see half the bands on this list this year (some of them more than once), and would pay to see the rest given half the chance (Especially Sufjan! Tour the UK damnit!)
My favorites of 2010 (in no particular order): Das Racist - Shut Up, Dude
Do you like this album better than Sit Down, Man, or is it the only one of the two you own? I ask because Sit Down, Man is one of my favorite albums of the year.
They are pretty similar though, so I'm guessing the album you hear first would probably be the one you like the best. I didn't know Shut Up, Dude existed until reading your post above. Pretty ambitious for those guys to put out two albums in one year, each well over an hour in length.
Post by Horned Gramma on Dec 9, 2010 18:04:17 GMT -8
I put 'Shut Up, Dude' because I've been listening to the material from 'Sit Down, Man' since late 2009. I forgot that they didn't officially sequence and release it until the beginning of this year, I guess.
I just read this whole conversation and found it fascinating (in parts). And since it's taken an articulate turn I don't mind bringing it up again.
HG, out of curiosity, how much money do you spend on music per month?
And I think your point about the act of purchasing music making your decisions more important is salient. When you can download and listen to, I don't know, 500 albums every year, you're probably not spending a lot of time with any of them, maybe a few. When you buy an album, you're more willing to spend more time with it because you don't want to have wasted your money.