Graig42 presents the Top 42 by Artist (not by album)
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Graig42 presents the Top 42 by Artist (not by album)
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Thanks to all of you who have taken part in this poll. Total number of Albums voted for: 499 Number of AW Voters: 98 (sadly no Moose or Bingo to make 100) Total Votes: 980 [Drum roll]
……….Please note the results have been input on punched cards (Fortran77). The teletype will be back working after this batch job has run on my ICL mainframe.. Final Score 16:45 today………………….
Dai’s Rules still apply:
1) Post 10 albums ONLY 2) Place them in order 1 to 10. Number 1 will be allocated 10 points down to 1 pt in 10th place. 3) If you post more than 10 only the first 10 will be counted. 4) If you don’t post a preference in the 10 then each will be allocated 5 pts 5) Post exactly like this : Number – Album – Artist e.g. 1 – Dare – The Human League Use proper names not The Fabs or HJHM etc If you don’t your choice may not be counted.
Following the great efforts of @Dai and his and the suggestion from @Feedback_File – I would be delighted to compile an alternative list (don’t we all love lists) of our favourite albums from either 1980 or 1990 up to the present day. This should be a far more interesting list than one full of the Beatles, Dylan and Joni.
So can any of us think of our favourites from a time AFTER we were born or in some cases AFTER leaving education – I was only 4 when the Beatles (white album) was released.
#1 – Do we start from 1980 or 1990 – VOTE NOW! #2 – Once it is clear what preference we have, can we think, think again and… #3 – Can we then use Dai’s rulebook for presenting our Top Ten of the last 30 or 40 years?
This appears to be all over Facebook, but why not do it here. An A to Z of a live act you’ve seen, with one for each letter. Strictly surname or band name only.
Here’s mine. Not having seen XTC or X-ray Specs, I have one letter missing:
Joan Armatrading Bjork Civil Wars Bob Dylan Eurythmics Fairport Convention Rory Gallagher Horslips Iron and Wine Tom Jones BB King Daniel Lanois Laura Marling Randy Newman Ozark Mountain Daredevils Gretchen Peters Q Tips Josh Rouse Simple Minds The Temptations UB40 Villagers Papa Wemba Yes Zutons
After much thinking, drinking and puffing, I’ve finally decided on my 2019 retro list:
Reissues Of The Year 1 The Residents | The Mole Box (6 CDs) 2 King Crimson | Heaven & Earth (24 Discs) 3 Fats Domino | I’ve Been Around – The Complete Imperial & ABC Recordings (13 Discs) 4 Prince | 1999 Super Deluxe Edition (6 Discs) 5 Woodstock – Back To The Garden (10 CD Edition) 6 Michael Rother | Solo (5 CDs) 7 Frank Zappa | The Hot Rats Sessions (6 CDs) 8 The Fall | Bend Sinister – The Domesday Pay-Off Plus (2 CDs) 9 R.E.M. | Monster 25th Anniversary (6 Discs) 10 Ronnie Lane | Just For The Moment – Music 1973-1997 (6 CDs)
If you’re still interested you can view the complete list of 30 on th’ blog.
Little bit of humour to brighten up this damp and dreary Friday
1. Political cartoon toilet books about how terrible the Tories are
2. Grudgingly-used pasta maker
3. Framed poster from art exhibition abroad that you actually, physically visited
4. Photography book with cocks in
5. So many canvas tote bags that it’s actually environmentally catastrophic and plastic would be better
6. Box set of The West Wing, watched to death
7. Three children to prove you can afford it
8. Two cars, complete with scrutiny-proof excuses about the terrible state of public transport in this area
9. Handcarved Kenyan wooden stool that’s not actually comfortable to sit on so is piled with magazines
10. Cabinet of artisanal small-batch flavoured gins, ignored in favour of necking a litre of Bombay Sapphire every weekend
11. Vinyl collection only embarked on because everyone else was
12. Ukelele, obviously
13. Storage unit full of all the stuff you got rid of to be minimalist like one of the homes in the Weekend magazine, then you got new stuff
14. Moleskine notebook containing unused outline for autobiographical novel, unused outline for travel book, unused outline for parody Twitter account, shopping list
15. Hilarious anti-Brexit » Continue Reading.
They’re doing a survey, so we don’t have to.
Someone called Bill Wyman has ranked all the Beatles songs; see the link at the bottom of this post. Turns out its not THAT Bill Wyman, but an American critic who shares the name. He clearly likes a list – is he perchance an Afterworder?
Some right old nonsense in here, it has to be said. I think we can all agree that Good Day Sunshine isn’t the very worst track recorded by The Beatles. I doubt even he thinks that.
Here are my year-end list – a top 20 of new music, and a 25 A-Z list of reissues and archive releases because “there’s more old music than new music.” (Bob Dylan)
1. THE NITS | Angst Weird chamber-pop from the Dutch masters, est. 1975 and still the best band in the world.
2. COLIN HARPER | Titanium Flag Cinematic psych-folk which I already praised here.
3. GAS | Narkopop Pulsing neoclassical techno from the deep dark German forests.
4. MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES | Way Out West Twanging psychedelic country with a bit of Benny Goodman thrown in from Connie Smith’s husband.
5. ANDROMEDA MEGA EXPRESS ORCHESTRA | Vula Berlin’s avant-prog orchestra/big band goes Sun Ra.
6. STEVEN WILSON | To The Bone Wilson does strange Eighties. Also strongly recommended – this year’s other albums from him: “Blackfield V” (pop-prog with his buddy from Israel) and “Last Days Of June” (Game soundtrack album of instrumentals and remixes).
7. EMEL | Ensen Like some femme arabian version of Massive Attack.
8. PAUL WELLER | A Kind Revolution Edgy and adventurous Weller-rock with an especially groovy instrumental bonus disc. Also recommended – his other albums from this year: “Jawbone” » Continue Reading.
It won’t be long now before someone posts an Album Of The Year thread which will quickly be filled with lists littered with names of bands that simply have to be made up… to be followed shortly after by hilarious lists of made up bands. But in this giddy excitement over the new, a sober voice will state – in the manner of the modern-day Chinese premier warning against haste in assessing the impact of the French Revolution – that the only safe way to pick a 2017 Album Of The Year is to wait a few years, just to be sure. This otherwise appealing idea is rendered somewhat fanciful on a site where the demographic means that “crazy new beat” you’re grooving to is less likely to be coming from your Rega than from the grim reaper knocking at your door. So, in the spirit of calm reflection but at the same time acknowledging the irrefutable reality that your sense is, at every moment, ebbing away like the air from a punctured tyre, I thought I might ask these questions about your favourites of last year.. (1) Which album’s greatness did you fail to grasp? Here I am referring » Continue Reading.
I thought there might be interest in seeing what was judged to be the best films the last time there was an Afterword best film poll. The poll winners were the standard popular films, but what was more interesting was each voter’s number one favourite film. Here is an alphabetical list (first comment):
I stumbled onto the Afterword error 404 page just now, which lists all the authors and number of posts they (we) have contributed since April 2014.
The numbers are only accurate at the moment of sampling, of course, but I thought it might be of interest to a few other list fans/ navel gazers. The list is in the first comment.
I read a book of questions and answers about horror films called What’s Your Favorite Scary Movie? by Killian H. Gore.
The questions (with my modifications) were:
Favourite horror film? Favourite horror director? Favourite horror sub-genre? Favourite ‘bad’ horror movie? Favourite horror killer? Favourite horror monster/creature? Favourite horror franchise? Favourite horror sequel? Favourite horror remake? Favourite zombie movie? Recommend an obscure horror film for a hardcore genre fan. Favourite non-horror film with a strong horror flavour? What’s the film that made you the most consistently fearful, and what age were you at the time? What’s the single biggest jump scare you’ve experienced? Any horror film that went too far in a bad way? What’s the weirdest horror film you’ve ever seen?
You want to answer them? This might be an old internet meme that I’m unaware of so sorry if this sort of thing has been done before.
My answers are what come to me at this moment in time. I’m bound to have forgotten a bunch of great films.
Favourite horror film?
The Thing (1982) is a very strong candidate.
Favourite horror director?
Favourite horror sub-genre?
I want to say slasher even though I only » Continue Reading.
I didn’t have much to contribute to the Best Album Poll 2015 thread, since the vast majority of my purchases last year weren’t new releases. I get the feeling this was also the case for several Afternerds and Afterbirds, so let’s have another listy thread of your fave new-to-you records of 2015; those back catalogue, second hand and re-issued albums that you discovered through the year. Do an ordered top ten if you like, or list as many or few as you want.
My faves follow in the comments, in no particular order after no.1. Most were boot sale LPs costing a quid.
Zoom up with your zealous zillions as we zero in on the zenith of this zestful zone, zis last time zigzagging around the letter ‘z with anything ‘cultural’.
Frank Zappa – Horny
Zipping off with Zion Train – King of Sounds and Blues An infectious song I can’t help dancing to.
Yes, the yearlong yappy yearning to yank your yardstick for cultural contributions is nearly through. This penultimate plea is for Y.
Y not, indeed?
Art Young (one of the editors of The Masses, “…a full-fledged magazine of social protest in which editorial content and art joined in radical assault upon the social and political structure.” )
Your silent face – New Order Just beautiful, with that wry kick in the tail at the end https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybT6TLlOdKI
X marks the spot for the 24th extraction and exhibition of excellent exponents of experimental expression for exploration.
Extol anything musical, artistic, cinematic, televisual, literary – all welcomed, no exceptions!
Jean Xceron – Portrait No. 61
First off, some uneasy ambient – Xtal by Aphex Twin
As winters wends its way, what whimsical wonders will wheedle onto the ‘W’ thread? Music, art, films, books – all welcome.
John William Waterhouse – KT Tunstall?
Here’s my first – my favourite Wobble – Soledad
Another voyage into the vaults as this vacuous yet vaguely vivacious vanity project veers towards its vestigial verges. I’d value vital versions from voluble veterans as well as virginal visitors
Diego Velázquez – Arctic Monkeys: One for the Road
Lets get things started with something obvious: Velvet Underground – Venus in Furs
I unguently urge u to unearth and upload – anything cultural beginning with ‘u’ As ever, anything and everything will be gratefully received.
The Pyramid by Euan Uglow I can’t do better than agree with this quote – the “surface of a Uglow painting is beautiful. The frankness with which it reveals its constructions resonates as you read the continuum of form and space’
Ultramarine – Discovery This takes me back to hot summer days in the nineties. I learned recently that it quotes heavily from a Laurie Anderson song, which raises it even further in my estimation
The twentieth topic of tabling tempting treats from turntable, theatre, text, talkie – it’s ‘T’ time!
Turner turns my world around
Track 1 – June Tabor – 10, 000 Miles I love the timbre and austere sound of her voice, it penetrates so deep and scours the soul
Summer is shelved, shall we start the succeeding season with special selections of sensational sounds and sights? The compendium has now reached ‘S’ – show what you savour!. (I think I could almost live with just music from this letter).
Swann and Flanders, (as they weren’t known), sketched by Ronald Searle
I have to start with the Sisters, from back when they were inspired by Joy Division, not Walter White The Sisters of Mercy – Some Kind of Stranger
The return of the regular request to reply with a rendering from your repertoire of remarkable records This time it’S the pirates’s favourite – R
Anything, be it musical, litereary, cinematic, televisual, artistic – is much appreciated.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti with an ill-advised mis(s)adventure with a Chapman Stick…
To start, here’s Rammstein – Rosenrot – love their teutonic sensationalism.
The quest goes on to quarry out more quaint quantities of quality from your cultural quivers. This time, the quiz is on for the letter ‘Q’.
Here is Quentin Blake being surprisingly modern:
And my favourite Q has to be Quicksilver Messenger Service – here playing live – Mona