Moroccan Role: December 2006

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Results of the Drinking Game...

In a somewhat surprising twist, Pitchfork named the Knife's - Silent Shout as the album of the year. So now that all we all have "crushed [an] entire bottle" of booze and "soiled" ourselves, let's see how the rest of the game shaped up without this first provision.

The Junior Boys came in at #11, just missing the Top 10 (my estimate #8), and mandated 3 drinks. The rest of the bunch listed under the "take 3 drinks" section were Top 10 selections. Liars [PK: 7, my prediction: 4], Clipse [7, 5], Ghostface [4, 7], Scott Walker [10, 10]. That's 3 drinks so far...

Our collective livers took a beating on the "take 2 drinks" section. Only 3 of albums listed (The Knife [1, 6], Grizzly Bear [8, 11], and Band of Horses [12, 14]) made it into the Top 20. The Knife was the #1 album, so it could also have qualified for the "slip into the Top 10" contingency. So that makes either 6 or 8 drinks (9 or 11 total) depending on your math...

As for the rest of the "take 1 drink" section for albums not in the Top 50, Lindstrom, Islands, Beirut, Subtle, The Blow, Rock Plaza Central, Malajube, Guillemots, Evangelicals, and Swan Lake all required a drink. That's 11 drinks for this round, 20 or 22 total. Clearly, my guesses were simply not up to snuff in this category. 19/30 (63.3%) is obviously not all that great. I purposefully took some chances to make the game interesting, but I honest tried to make it a bit more accurate.

In sum, I guessed 34 of the 50 albums on the list and all of my projected Top 15 made it on to the list. I only made 45 "predictions" so my final accuracy percentage was a respectable 75.56%. The biggest surprise obviously was The Knife being the number one album of the year. I knew that this album was a "wild card" and while it received "only" an 8.6 upon its initial review, I suspected it would end up high (#6) in the ranks. Danielson fell way off over the course over the year according to the Pitchfork staff and while rated a 9.1, it only clocked in at #31. Good riddance, as I could never get into anything off Ships but "Did I Step On Your Trumpet" and thought they totally blew when I saw them follow Man Man. I think Califone and M. Ward were very underrated and Be Your Own Pet was significantly overrated. I was pleasantly surprised to Pitchfork back peddle a bit on the "soft rock Strokes" tag and see the Phoenix album get the respect it deserves. Minor gripes aside, this was probably the most accurate list I've seen.

So, we all would have to consume 20 or 22 drinks prior to even undertaking the "friends bonus round". Even the most seasoned drinkers among us would surely agree this is far too much for one sitting. In any event, this was one of the most popular (heavily trafficked) posts ever on this blog and I'm glad it was well received. Being a "drinking game", it was obviously not intended to be a straight "prediction" of the Top 50 albums. It was intended as a good-spirited jab, nothing more. In all fairness, 75.56% correct is probably too high for any outsider's "prediction" of any publication's Top 50 albums without the notion of predictablity coming to mind. I know I could not have "predicted" any other publication's list with that kind of accuracy. FYI: I know this post required absolutely no skill whatsoever to compile, as the list was fairly true to the initial ratings. Regardless, this was the most fun I've had with this blog in a very long time.

Pitchfork's Top 20 Albums and my "prediction"
1. The Knife: [6]
2. Tv on the Radio: [2]
3. Joanna Newsome: [1]
4. Ghostface Killah: [7]
5. Hold Steady: [3]
6. Liars: [4]
7. Clipse: [5]
8. Grizzly Bear: [11]
9. Boris: [n/a]
10. Scott Walker: [10]
11. Junior Boys: [8]
12. Band of Horses: [14]
13. Phoenix: [*Top 50]
14. Tim Hecker: [*Top 50]
15. Sunset Rubdown: [*Top 50]
16. Beach House: [*Top 50]
17. The Thermals: [*Top 50]
18. Destroyer: [*Top 50]
19. T.I.: [*Top 50]
20. Man Man: [*Top 50]

*only 1-15 given a numerical "prediction"

Friday, December 15, 2006

Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2006: The Drinking Game




You will need at least 1 liter of decent quality Kentucky bourbon (absolutely no lower than Jim Beam) or of cheap-ass tequila (absolutely no better than Jose Cuervo), 2 or more friends*, and, most importantly, an ability to stomach pretentious and oft snarky post-graduate prose.

*see Friends Bonus Round.


If one of these albums is not #1, crush the entire bottle and soil yourself...

Joanna Newsom - Ys (projected rank: 1)
TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain (2)
The Hold Steady - Boys & Girls in America (3)

(don't worry it won't happen)

Take 3 drinks for every one of these NOT in the Top 10...

Liars - Drum's Not Dead (4)
Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury (5)
Ghostface Killah - Fishscale (7)
Junior Boys - So This is Goodbye (8)
Scott Walker - The Drift (10)

Take 2 drinks for each of these that slip into the Top 10 OR are not in the Top 20...

The Knife - Silent Shout (6)
Danielson - Ships (9)
Grizzly Bear - Yellow House (11)
Mastodon - Blood Mountain (12)
Herbert - Scale (13)
Band of Horses - Everything All the Time (14)
Califone - Roots & Crowns (15)

Finally, take 1 drink for each of these not in the Top 50...

Sunset Rubdown - Shut Up I'm Dreaming
The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies
Lindstrom - It's a Feedelity Affair
Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
Pete Bjorn & John - Writer's Block
Tim Hecker - Harmony in Ultaviolet
Islands - Return to the Sea
Fujiya & Miyagi - Transparent Things
Yo La Tengo - I'm Not Afraid of You...
The Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine
Man Man - Six Demon Bag
M. Ward - Post-War
The Pipettes - We are the Pipettes
Beirut - Gulag Orkestar
Subtle - For Hero: For Fool
Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds
I'm From Barcelona - Let Me Introduce My Friends
Beach House - Beach House
Tapes 'n Tapes - The Loon
Girl Talk - Night Ripper
T.I. - King
The Blow - Paper Television
Swan Lake - Beast Moans
Malajube - Trompe-L'oeil
Rock Plaza Central - Are We Not Horses
Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liqour
Guillemots - Through the Windowpane
Evangelicals - So Gone
Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That

Friends Bonus Round:

For every friend present matching the following descriptions, drink accordingly.

Cliched Pitchfork Readers - 1 drink, 3 drinks if this is you...

Any person with 3 or more of the following characteristics/clothing items:

*black plastic framed glasses
*ratty Chuck Taylors or classic Vans (if new, no dice)
*a clip-on key thingy attached to your pants
*jeans greater than or equal to 10 X's the cost of your shirt ("skinny" jeans, 1 bonus drink)
*any sort of ironic/intentionally shitty facial hair (mustache, 1 bonus drink)
*unnecessary bandana in back pocket
*absolutely HATES or LOVES Ryan Adams (no fence-riders or casual fans)
*black and white stripes or polka-dots on shirt
*smokes American Spirits or Parliment Lights
*ugly-ass ballet shoes
*anything that can be construed as a "military jacket"
*short-brimmed or rapper-type round, fitted hat (stickers still on, 1 bonus drink)
*"hates" Pitchfork, but checks the site every single day

Pitchfork Unawares/Newbies - 1 drink, 2 drinks if this is you...

Any person with 2 or more of these characteristics:

*has not heard 75% or more of the albums in the Top 50
*has no opinion on which state Sufjan should do next
*does not appropriately pronounce "SOOF-yan"
*does not know who Sufjan is
*actually has some semblance of a life

*Their list should be posted by the end of next week...drink up!

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