My favorite albums of 2013

January 1st, 2014  |  Published in better-than-you, music

THE YEAR HAS ENDED, MY FRIENDS, and given that I only seem to use my blog for one thing, year-end favorite-album lists, I may as well post a year-end favorite-album list.

Forthwith, then, the list (Do note that I can barely tolerate music or art any more, both being significantly less Honest than Violence or Dogs, so view these not so much as "favorite albums" as "albums correlated with minor changes to my blood chemistry or neuronal activity").

  • 35. Shearwater - Fellow Travelers
  • 34. Haim - Days are Gone
  • 33. µ-Ziq - Chewed Corners
  • 32. Four Tet - Beautiful Rewind
  • 31. Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
  • 30. Junip - Junip
  • 29. Devendra Banhart - Mala
  • 28. Josh Ritter - The Beast in its Tracks
  • 27. Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
  • 26. Russian Circles - Memorial
  • 25. Local Natives - Hummingbird
  • 24. Melt-Banana - fetch
  • 23. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down - We the Common
  • 22. Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium
  • 21. Man Man - On Oni Pond
  • 20. Washed Out - Paracosm
  • 19. Andrew Bird - I want to see Pulaski at Night
  • 18. Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus
  • 17. Tim Hecker - Virgins
  • 16. Mark Kozelek and Jimmy LaValle - Perils from the Sea
  • 15. Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe
  • 14. Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
  • 13. Chelsea Wolfe - Pain is Beauty
  • 12. Baths - Obsidian
  • 11. Youth Lagoon - Wondrous Bughouse

and cool the top ten hey cool

  • 10. Machinedrum - Vapor City

  • 9. Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven

  • 8. Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady

  • 7. Cass McCombs - Big Wheel and Others

  • 6. Kanye West - Yeezus

  • 5. Phosphorescent - Muchacho

  • 4. Son Lux - Lanterns

  • 3. Bill Callahan - Dream River

  • 2. The National - Trouble will Find Me

  • 1. Pusha T - My Name is my Name

Shortlist of albums that could have made it on a different day:

Mogwai - Les Revenants
A$AP Ferg - Trap Lord
A$AP Rocky - long live asap
The Dodos - Carrier
Lorde - Pure Heroin
Mark Kozelek - Like Rats
Mark Kozelek & Desertshore - Mark Koselek & Desertshore
Mount Eerie - Pre-human Ideas
My Bloody Valentine - mbv
Glasser - Interiors
The Range - Nonfiction
Midlake - Antiphon
Delorean - Apar
Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You
of Montreal - Lousy with Sylvanbriar

Favorite albums of 2012

December 27th, 2012  |  Published in better-than-you, music

Well, another year is nearly over! If you're anything like me, you live life with headphones on! And you know what that means: END OF THE YEAR FAVORITE ALBUM LISTS!!!

In chronological order, my favorite albums from 2012:

Karl Pichotta: Christ to Earth, Christ to Earth: Is Anyone Listening?!


K Pichotta: America! Mother! Weep! Weep!


k.arl pichotta: Apostasy, Freedommaker


Kørl Piçhötta six.six: Is it? Is it? Is it? Is it? Is it?




Karl Pichotta: Redemption in Obamawolf's Jaws


Karl Pichotta: Obamawolf, Infinite Heart


Karl Pichotta: Howl Me To Freedom, Wolfbama Mine, Wolfbama Mine


Papa Roach: The Connection


What a year it's been!

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My favorite albums of 2011

December 18th, 2011  |  Published in better-than-you, music

I know you have been clawing at your computer screen, crying out "Why won't Karl talk at me about music" for the last 12 months.

Well look, you can cease your agonized cries now.

(Note that 2011 inexplicably had like half the number of really good albums 2010 had, so if I were to combine this with my 2010 list, most of these would appear pretty far down the list).

Anyways, my top 10:

  • 10: Moonface - Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped

  • 9: Tim Hecker - Ravedeath 1972

  • 8: Cut Copy - Zonoscope

  • 7: The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck

  • 6: Cults - Cults

  • 5: The Weeknd - House of Balloons

  • 4: Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

  • 3: EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints

  • 2: Bill Callahan - Apocalypse

  • 1: Wye Oak - Civilian

Songs During Which I am Constitutionally Incapable of Sitting Still

June 6th, 2011  |  Published in better-than-you, funk, funky-funk, music, things-which-possess-the-property-of-funk

A short, incomplete list.

The Glitch Mob - We Swarm

Otis Redding - Try a little Tenderness

LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean

Cut Copy - Corner of the Sky

Cut Copy – Corner Of The Sky found on Pop

The Antlers - Two

Bibio - Jealous of Roses

Memory Tapes - Bicycle

Junip - To the Grain

New Internet Memes

March 7th, 2011  |  Published in better-than-you, horsebama, internet

So I've been brainstorming some new Internet Memes---I want to be known as a man of ideas, and in 2011 you can't be a man of ideas without having a few Internet memes to your name.

So here's what I've got so far. We'll see how the focus groups go.

  1. LOLHegels:


  2. Methbadger:


  3. Wasterolling:

    just like "Rickrolling" only instead of misleadingly linking to a Rick Astley video you link to Eliot reading The Waste Land.

  4. Subtly incorrect mathematical proofs:


  5. Barack Horsebama:


Lemme know what you think!

My Favorite Albums of 2010

December 15th, 2010  |  Published in better-than-everyone-else, better-than-you, better-than-your-friends, music

This started out as a top 10 list, but grew into a top 15 list -- there was a lot of really good music in 2010 it turns out.

Herewith, please find proof that my aesthetic intuitions are superior to yours:

  • 15. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti -- Before Today

    I really didn't like this album the first few times I listened to it, but it's certainly grown on me.

  • 14. The Walkmen -- Lisbon

    A nice, affecting little album.

  • 13. Nina Nastasia -- Outlaster

    A desperate resignation permeates all her music, it is so wonderful.

  • 12. High On Fire -- Snakes For The Divine

    ZOMG Stoner Metal

  • 11. Best Coast -- Crazy For You

    I am apparently much more tolerant of girls acting like they're 16 and singing about boys than I thought I was.

  • 10. Flying Lotus -- Cosmogramma

    Noises which are pleasant upon striking tympana.

  • 9. Deerhunter -- Halcyon Digest

    Turns out Deerhunter isn't nearly as boring as I always thought they were, whoa.

  • 8. Kanye West -- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    Whatever, the album's excellent.

  • 7. Zola Jesus -- Stridulum II

    A grand, towering monument to Ennui. Though I guess that's how I'd classify 80% of art.

  • 6. Arcade Fire -- The Suburbs

    An entire album about how the place I grew up in crushes your soul, what could be more perfect.

  • 5. Sufjan Stevens -- The Age of Adz

    This album is nutso. Like, what the hell is the last track -- is it a 30 minute self-parody, or what? I'd be perfectly happy if Sufjan put out ten more versions of "Illinois", but I guess it's good he's not, as this album's really pretty good.

  • 4. Dum Dum Girls -- I Will Be

    It turns out there are still new things to be done with drums, guitars, distortion, and singing!

  • 3. The National -- High Violet

    Boy, they sure can write a mean fucking song about being neurotic.

  • 2. Caribou -- Swim

    This is my favorite thing Daniel Snaith has done, and I really really like everything Daniel Snaith has done.

  • 1. Joanna Newsom -- Have One On Me

    I don't know what to say about this album, it is so good, it is so so good, it is so so so good. It has 18 songs, each of which averages about 7 minutes in length, and each of which stands on its own incredibly well. When they are put together into an album, the result is wildly powerful, holy jeez. This album is so fucking good you guys, there cannot possibly be a better album produced in the next decade, I categorically rule out the possibility.

And there we have it!

Bonus: albums which almost made the list (2009 had like 3 good albums, what the crap happened in 2010 to create this situation?):

  • Sleigh Bells -- Treats
  • Robyn -- Body Talk
  • Women -- Public Strain
  • Twin Shadow -- Forget
  • Toro Y Moi -- Causers of This
  • Pantha Du Prince -- Black Noise
  • Four Tet -- There is Love in you
  • The Bitters -- East General