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Saturday, November 19, 2005

List Backlash


Devendra gets his freak-folk on in Dallas

Hopefully by now, you've gone over to Information Leafblower to check out his compiled list of The Top 40 Bands in America Today. He asked bloggers to contribute their top 10 American bands (thus no Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, etc.), based on who we were "using our bandwidth to talk about."

He made it clear (despite some of the comments he's received) that this is based on 2005 alone, not career longevity (thus no White Stripes, Modest Mouse, etc. in the Top 40). Another thing that people don't seem to understand is that his list of the Top 40 was culled from everyone's Top 10, not everyone else's Top 40 (in which case bands like The White Stripes surely would have made the list).

Well, the list has received some serious backlash, and not only in the comments section. Check out this douchebag, who felt compelled to write an entire article about it for EconoCulture. He even calls us "masturbatory". Hate to break it to the dude, but the entire process of blogging at all could probably be considered masturbatory, and his column "Blog Roundup" is the peak of all things masturbatorial (not sure if that's really a word, but you know bloggers, we make up words all the time).

Okay enough with the over-explaining, I thought it was a cool idea and here's my Top 10* that I contributed to the list. A common thread on my list would be bands I saw live that blew me away, or bands that released records I loved:

1. Sufjan Stevens
2. Animal Collective
3. Iron & Wine
4. Rogue Wave
5. Devendra Banhart
6. TV on the Radio
7. The Black Keys
8. The Polyphonic Spree
9. Diplo
10. Cat Power

*For the record, 6 out of my Top 10 made the Top 40, but only 1 of my Top 10 made the Top 10.

And now, here's an mp3 from a band I cannot stop listening too since I discovered them a few weeks back. They received at least one nomination for this year's Top 40 (not from me), and don't be surprised if they're on next year's list.

Tapes 'n Tapes Cowbell mp3

Also:

Thanks for the input on the ads. I took down a good portion of them, leaving up only a select few (the ones that actually make some money) and the ones with hot girls on them. Hope it makes the site a little quicker to load (and better looking).

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15 comments:

Anonymous uwmryan said...

good call on the ads, they were really making your page take a long time to load. Keep it real!

10:48 AM  
Blogger brian said...

With a blog named EconoCulture you're bound to be a loser! For the record, I have no problem with you making lists. Thank you for Tapes 'n Tapes.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous matthew said...

Wow...that Econoculture "article" is one of the worst-written things I've ever seen. It's basically "I haven't heard of these bands, so they must suck!", but spread out to meet a word count. And there's something pathetic about a guy writing a few hundred words to complain about an exercise he calls "masturbatory", as if he's somehow above it all...
In any case, I thought the list was good, and I'm currently working on getting a Canadian one together...

7:45 PM  
Blogger mike said...

I complained to the Guardian about that other awfully written article, I mean who writes in Bloglish? (they cite pitchfork as a blog!). All the article does is a create a blogger sterotype that has no basis!

Reading the econoculture "article" it seems he's got a real economy class blog. "Bloggers poll each other on shit they like"

And you say they need to be open minded? Moron.

I've got the ball rolling with a UK version with half a dozen responses already. Stay tuned for the chart and impending critism from people.

And if you were expecting the Arctic Monkeys to even feature in the top 40, think again!

9:14 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

cool...i'll be interested in seeing the UK and Canadian versions of the list.

9:37 AM  
Blogger callmemickey said...

amen to diplo

3:48 PM  
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11:51 PM  
Anonymous draindesert said...

Based only on 2005, thus no White Stripes? Get Behind Me Satan is no Elephant, but it's an excellent record, surely it earns them a spot on the top 40, right? Well they'd be on my top 10 anyway.

8:13 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

yeah the white stripes could have easily made the list, i was surprised they didn't. they narrowly missed my top 10 anyway. and i agree about "satan", i think it's a little underrated

8:56 AM  
Anonymous matthew said...

The Canadian version of the list is now up on my site...We may be one-tenth the size of you guys, but it turned out to be a pretty strong list.

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