This week Pitchfork released the results of its nearly year-long project, "The People's List", gauging which albums released from 1996 to 2011 were the most revered amongst it's audience. This wasn't made up from the brains of the Web site's writers and freelancers, it was made by the people.
They also broke down the results of their overall Top 200 list by demographic and city. No surprises that nationally Radiohead took the top two spots, followed by Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Strokes, Radiohead again, Wilco, Animal Collective, Kanye West and Sufjan Stevens.
Anyone doubting the reach of Radiohead in the '00s is in for a rude awakening. Get ready for aging hipsters listening to OK Computer in their retirement pods in 2075. Babies named Thom.
The list also broke down the demos for Houston (but not Dallas), the city that I love and that I would do anything for, you put three Radiohead albums in our Top 10, and loaded Arcade Fire's Funeral in the top slot. I would have put Neon Bible in there instead, but I guess that makes me the weird one.
The question that I have to ask is whether or not this list is indicative of the local music that comes from our city. Looking at the list below, I am kinda puzzled. Is this just what your basic, run-of-the-mill Houston Pitchfork reader likes, or were they trying to go for mainstream picks?
Creative Loafing in Atlanta is looking at their own list and doing a post-mortem. Their list repped locals Outkast pretty heavily.
I would have thought more Houston hip-hop would have made the list. UGK's Ridin' Dirty would have been eligible, coming out in 1996.
"Oh dear boy, this list was made from the responses of white hipsters who only like UGK when someone else is around," you may say. Bun B is not amused.
For all the dance and electro on here, there should be tons more acts like Daft Punk in Houston, if logic (HA! Logic!) serves correctly. We surely have enough Jeff Tweedy wannabes and accidental Strokes cover bands. Where is Houston's own LCD Soundsystem or Sigur Rós?
To be brutally honest, Houston's biggest influences seem to be none of these bands. That's not a bad thing, just curious. I just don't see any Creed, Nickelback, or Linkin Park is all, maybe my eyesight is failing me in my old age.
Where is At The Drive-In's Relationship of Command? You mean to tell me that The College Dropout is better?
And for Jesus' sake, you guys love The xx, Phoenix and Vampire Weekend enough to shove albums by Spoon, Trail of Dead, and even Bjork off this list? Aren't those douchebag bands now? I have seen jocks in Midtown wearing Vampire Weekend tank tops sipping mimosas.
Replace The xx with Girls Can Tell or Gimme Fiction, and trade your beloved college crushes Vampire Weekend for Source Tags & Codes. Luckily Spoon and Trail Of Dead made the national list.
Well look, who is the elitist now? It's OK, you can laugh.
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Houston's People's List Picks
Arcade Fire, Funeral Radiohead, Kid A Radiohead, OK Computer Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea The Strokes, Is This It Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Radiohead, In Rainbows Daft Punk, Discovery Modest Mouse, The Moon & Antarctica Interpol, Turn On the Bright Lights LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Sigur Rós, Ágætis Byrjun The xx, The xx The Flaming Lips, The Soft Bulletin The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Kanye West, The College Dropout Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend