Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My Ballot

My ballot in the Expert Witnesses improve on Pitchfork's poll is below. The full results of the poll can be found here. My ballot divides the 200 points evenly among the 20 albums, each album getting 10 points:

Dramarama - Hi-Fi Sci-Fi
Archers of Loaf - Icky Mettle
Luna - Penthouse
Fugees - The Score
Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
Billy Bragg & Wilco - Mermaid Avenue
The Coup - Steal This Album
The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
Moby - Play
Hammell on Trial - Ed's Not Dead -- Hammell Comes Alive
Bob Dylan - "Love and Theft"
Orchestra Baobab - Specialist in All Styles
Buck 65 - Talkin' Honky Blues
Fountains of Wayne - Welcome Interstate Managers
Four Tet - Rounds
Kanye West - The College Dropout
Kanye West - Late Registration
Wussy - Funeral Dress
The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike
Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark

Apologies to these fine artists who should have been on the ballot, but there were only 20 albums: Pavement (Brighten the Corners was the 21st on the list), OutKast, Sleater-Kinney, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Old 97s, PJ Harvey, Tricky, Youssou N'Dour, Todd Snider, Imperial Teen.

Notes: Did I mention that Dramarama is my platonic ideal of a rock band? The Archers of Loaf got a boast from last year's re-issue. The Fugees album was one I relistened to - it stands up. I may overrate that Belle & Sebastian album, bThe Go!ut the heart wants what the heart wants. I didn't need this year's soak the collector reissue of Mermaid Avenue to remind me why I loved the first album, but the leftover songs on the third disc aren't bad at all. Nothing either Billy Bragg or Wilco have ever done come close to those sessions. I discovered Boots Riley on Steal This Album, so he'll always be freshest there. Don't hold Moby's marketing against him. Hammell on Trial's live album is my favorite live album of the last twenty years, although Todd Snider's may join it at some point. You don't know who Orchestra Baobab are? There is no better or easier to find introduction. Buck 65's isn't just Cancon n the list - it's both ambitious and fun. I like songs - Magnetic Fields, Fountains of Wayne, Drive-By Truckers. That Four Tet is the best album to work to. Kanye West stands like aa colussus among us, or he did before he became full of himself. I won't go on about Wussy. The Go! Team is my own little secret - get the British version of the album - 3 songs shorter so the momentum never stops.