"I emailed over 40 "music/MP3 bloggers" (since we are our own genre now) and asked them to send me a list, ranked 1-10, of the 10 best American bands that they've seen or heard in the last year. The purpose of this list is to reward bands for generating buzz in the year 2005. This isn't a ranking of career longevity. I wanted to know who people are using their bandwidth to talk about. Once I got the lists, I gave each slot a corresponding numerical number (similar to the way MLB tallies their MVP voting), and the list was born. In case of a tie, the higher slot was awarded to the artist with more votes (i.e. someone with 15 points from one vote was ranked lower than someone with three votes of 5)."
The panel included all of the popular kids (go to their sites, I'll bet they're talking about this list event) :
Gorilla Vs. Bear, Largehearted Boy, Music for Robots, My Old Kentucky Blog, Central Village, Bradley's Almanac, Dceiver, One Louder, Brooklyn Vegan, Melody Nelson, Coolfer, and many more...
They came up with this as their Top 10:
1) Sufjan Stevens
2) The National
3) Kanye West
4) LCD Soundsystem
6) The Hold Steady
7) Green Day
8) The Fiery Furnaces
9) The Decemberists
Notice anything peculiar? Okay, true...EAR FARM was not invited to participate but wait - does that list suck? I think it's utterly uninteresting (so much so that I'm thinking and writing about it!) to compile a list with a stated goal meant to "reward bands for generating buzz in the year 2005".
Besides, if that were REALLY the intent wouldn't the list look something like this?
1) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
2) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
3) Antony & the Johnsons
4) Sufjan Stevens
5) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
6) Fiona Apple
7) Death Cab for Cutie
8) We Are Scientists
9) Devendra Banhart
10) The White Stripes
I mean, that's the impression I get in terms of artists who "generated lots of buzz in 2005". Gotta love a list as a cheap means to spark discussion!
Well if ever there were a time for comments from you, the good readers, now would be the time. What's your own list of top bands in America today? Go ahead and preach away, for now - here's my very own Top 10:
(perhaps this is me being too literal but I'm taking the nature of this to be the TOP bands/artists in America today, anyway)
1) My Morning Jacket - their album and then their show both blew me away
2) Wilco - a slower year by America's best band shouldn't mean they're forgotten about
3) The Flaming Lips - see above - and lets see where they are on Info Leaf's 2006 list
4) Bright Eyes - released two very good studio albums, a live album, and still had time to take on big corporations, well done.
5) Sleater-Kinney - The Woods is awesome, so are they. Rock.
6) Animal Collective - Feels is amazing.
7) The Decemberists - is there such a thing as a band being TOO productive/touring TOO much??
8) Fiona Apple - finally released THE album but I liked the leaked one better; whatever, those songs are good anywhichway.
9) Sufjan Stevens - gots everybodys talking about Illinoise, and for good reason.
10) The Light Footwork - something tells me 2006 will be their year but it started in '05 and I do love their album.
Okay, again, now tell me your TOPs in the comments. Top 3, 5, 10 - whatever you can muster - bands in America today in YOUR opinion...or do the bit about which bands "generated lots of buzz in 2005", SPEAK!