Official January 2019 Essentials Guess Thread (The most secrety secret in all of secretdom)

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  1. MadLucas

    MadLucas Well-Known Member

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    ...but their reviews were harsh, biased, and many times borderline unprofessionally personal. Especially for certain genres of music that they publicly hated on.

    I have a very hard time respecting any publication (online or print) that will promote as news anything *slightly* related to Cardi B or Xxxtentacion, but also gave multi-paragraph diatribes against certain artists. Second wave emo in particular.
     
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    It's all about the click economy
     
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    I said earlier theyve never had good writing, so I agree with you there, but I cant fault a music magazine for covering one of the biggest artists in the world right now like a Cardi B.
     
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    FC Kahuna - machine says yes

    Or el ten eleven - el ten eleven
     
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    Fault them, no.
    But a tiff with Nicki Minaj is not news, it’s sensationalism.
    And I find their recent embracing of artists like Cap’n Jazz and Braid rather hypocritical when they excoriated other artists in the genre (Promise Ring, Rainer Maria, etc.) for either existing in the first place or daring to change their sound.
     
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    I'd argue it's a bit of both
    Eh different writers are there now then 10-15 years ago which means different tastes, but yes I agree I'm not running to P4k to see their reviews on emo/punk/etc...

    I'm really not trying to defend them beyond the fact that they've introduced me to a bunch of good music in the early 2000s.
     
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    I started using AllMusic about 20 years ago (in the dial-up internet days!) - it was a great resource to research discographies and help a kid prioritize his very limited CD purchasing budget.
     
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    Are any of the reviews not freelance writers now?

    Do you remember the laughably pretentious and terrible reviews from back then like the review for The Boy with the Arab strap that has been deleted? The review for The White Stripes - Elephant that is surprisingly still posted is a good example of the kind of pretentious editorless "artistic" try-hard writing in lieu of a real review that I don't miss.

    I think some of them were trying to be a modern Lester Bangs but boy did they fail spectacularly.
     
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    Or the terrible eminem one that @duke86fan loves, or the Autechre review that was written as a play, or the Jet monkey(which really is the greatest review ever), or the Robert Pollard (1)0.0, etc, etc, etc.....

    Yep they are a mess sometimes.
     
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    Rip
     
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    Ha, I forgot about the monkey.
     
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    And let's not forget how Brent dicrescenzo has never seen a shooting Star before
     
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    I dont know what this means
     
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    It's a reference to his Kid A review. He is the same guy that wrote that terrible Elephant review. It is at least as bad. He also gave Sonic Youth a zero for NYC Ghosts & Flowers, saying something like "i've waited years to be able to give someone a zero." He later told Thurston about it in an interview and said he changed his mind and loves it now.
     
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    P4k gonna p4k
     
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    I really enjoyed Pitchfork for a certain period of years. I think it was from around 2005-2010. Some of the stuff they covered like Dubstep, Chillwave, and even funny stuff like Witchouse was awesome. In fact, they even covered some really obscure artists that had some amazing video's that I really liked. Here' one for example:


    Some of the artists that stand out for me becoming a fan of because of Pitchfork are Tuneyards, Women, Vampire Weekend, Toro Y Moi, Burial, Skream, Benga, Coki, Horsepower Productions, Vex'd, Deerhunter, and Real Estate.
     
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    I love this album gotta listen to it now.
     
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    The question storf was answering was in reference to "January RotMs" (plural). I think it's all three.


     
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    Well given the newest hints I'd say that Flying Lotus is the frontrunner, which would be awesome (not as awesome as the brief moment everyone was thinking Portishead, but still).
     
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    An American artist?
     

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