MMR 88 (12/18-1/7): Bright Eyes, Charli XCX, The Blue Nile, and More!

This week, Gabe, Darin, and Dan react to Pitchfork’s 2017 Readers’ Poll results, fulfill a listener request to review Bright Eyes’ 2002 LP, Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground, and discuss Pitchfork’s BNMs and Sunday Classic for the three weeks of 12/18 to 1/7, including releases from Charli XCX and The Blue Nile. Plus, we reveal who was 2017’s Lord of the Game!

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MMR 87 (12/11-12/17): The Best Songs and Albums of 2017!

On this very special juggernaut of an episode, Gabe, Darin, and Dan discuss Pitchfork’s highly anticipated end-of-the-year lists, including the best songs and albums of 2017. Plus, we count down (and argue about) our own favorite albums of the year. Don’t miss it!

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SPOILERS BELOW:

Darin:
10. SZA – Ctrl
9. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
8. Perfume Genius – No Shape
7. Zola Jesus – Okovi
6. Brand New – Science Fiction
5. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
4. LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
3. Lorde – Melodrama
2. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
1. Jay Som – Everybody Works

Dan:
10. GAS – Narkopop
9. Ariel Pink – Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
8. Jessica Moss – Pools of Light
7. BIG BRAVE – Ardor
6. King Krule – The OOZ
5. JAY-Z – 4:44
4. Young Thug – Beautiful Thugger Girls
3. Brand New – Science Fiction
2. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers
1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Gabe:
10. (Sandy) Alex G – Rocket
9. Perfume Genius – No Shape
8. Jay-Z – 4:44
7. Shinichi Atobe – From the Heart, It’s a Start, a Work of Art
6. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
5. LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
4. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
3. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
2. Tyler, the Creator – Flower Boy
1. King Krule – The OOZ

MMR 85 (11/20-11/26): The Fall, MGMT, and More!

This week, Gabe, Darin, and Dan talk about 2017’s first end-of-the-year lists and the 2018 Grammy nominations, and instead of discussing Pitchfork’s only BNR of the week of 11/20 to 11/26, The Fall’s Singles: 1978-2016 box set, we focus on The Fall’s greatest LP, 1985’s This Nation’s Saving Grace. Plus, we fulfill a listener request to review MGMT’s divisive Congratulations.

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MMR 60 (5/29-6/4): Look Blue Go Purple, Tony Conrad, Ghostface Killah, and the Top 5 Albums of the Year So Far!

This week, Gabe, Darin, and Dan react in realtime to BNTs from Arcade Fire and Radiohead, and discuss Pitchfork’s BNMs, BNRs, and Sunday Classic for the week of 5/29 to 6/4, including releases from Look Blue Go Purple, Tony Conrad, and Ghostface Killah. Plus, we’re just about halfway through 2017, so we’re counting down the top 5 albums of the year so far.

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MMR 54 (4/17-4/23): Kendrick Lamar, GAS, Meredith Monk, Portishead, and More!

This week, Gabe, Darin, and Dan learn about Dan’s recent Record Store Day experiences, react in realtime to a BNT from The War on Drugs, and discuss Pitchfork’s BNMs, BNRs, and Sunday Classic for the week of 4/17 to 4/23, including releases from Kendrick Lamar, GAS, Meredith Monk, and Portishead.

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MMR 53 (4/10-4/16): Coachella Talk, Black Flag, and RIP Pan Sonic’s Mika Vainio!

This week, Gabe, Darin, and Dan react in realtime to BNTs from Girlpool and Mac DeMarco, learn about Dan’s recent experience seeing Acid Mothers Temple, talk about the major storylines coming out of Coachella 2017, and discuss Pitchfork’s BNMs, BNRs, and Sunday Classic for the week of 4/10 to 4/16, including a release from Black Flag. Plus, we pay tribute to Pan Sonic’s Mika Vainio by looking back at the group’s 1997 classic, Kulma.

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MMR 51 (3/27-4/2): Arthur Russell, Liquid Liquid, and Celebrating the Roland TR-808 with Kanye West!

This week, Gabe, Darin, and Dan react in realtime to BNTs from Slowdive and Kendrick Lamar, learn about Dan’s trip to see Xiu Xiu perform the soundtrack to Twin Peaks, commemorate the passing of Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi by looking back at Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak album, and discuss Pitchfork’s BNMs, BNRs, and Sunday Classic for the week of 3/27 to 4/2, including releases from Arthur Russell and Liquid Liquid.

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MMR (11/28-12/4): Kate Bush, Sun Ra, Brand New, Esperanza Spalding, Anna Meredith, Kendrick Lamar, Sheer Mag, and More!

This week, Gabe, Darin, and Dan discuss the Grammys and some recent Pitchfork news, as well as Pitchfork’s BNMs, BNRs, and Sunday Classic for the week of 11/28 to 12/4, including releases from Kate Bush, Sun Ra, and Brand New. Plus, we continue looking back at the 2016 BNMs that predate the podcast. This week: releases from Esperanza Spalding, Anna Meredith, Kendrick Lamar, and Sheer Mag.

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MMR (7/11-7/17): Vivien Goldman, Maxwell, ScHoolboy Q, Fleetwood Mac, and Overrated Modern Classics!

This week, Gabe, Darin, and Dan discuss the true merits of a bunch of albums many call “modern classics,” as well as Pitchfork’s BNMs, BNRs, and Sunday Classic for the week of 7/11 to 7/17, including releases from Vivien Goldman, Maxwell, ScHoolboy Q, and Fleetwood Mac.