Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Best of the 2000s

Well, these are kinda, sorta in order. Well, after the top 20 or so, you can probably take the order with a grain of salt actually. The point, though, is that these are all albums from the last ten years that are worth hearing.

1. Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism (2003)
2. The Velvet Teen - Elysium (2004)
3. Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound (2008)
4. Bigelf - Cheat the Gallows (2008)
5. Frontier Folk Nebraska - The Devil's Tree (2007)
6. Bedouin Soundclash - Street Gospels (2007)
7. Pomegranates = Everybody, Come Outside! (2009)
8. TV on the Radio - Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes (2004)
9. The Decemberists - Picaresque (2005)
10. Rum Diary - We're Afraid of Heights Tonight (2006)
11. The Drift - Noumena (2005)
12. My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade (2007)
13. The Baseball Project - Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails (2008)
14. The Mars Volta - Amputechture (2006)
15. Ted Leo/Pharmacists - Tyranny of Distance (2001)
16. Twilight Hotel - Highway Prayer (2008)
17. Fu Manchu - King of the Road (2000)
18. White Stripes - Elephant (2003)
19. Jurassic 5 - Quality Control (2000)
20. Chuck Ragan - The Blueprint Sessions 7" club (2006-2007)
21. Kimya Dawson - Knock, Knock Who (2004)
22. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Yanqui U.X.O. (2002)
23. Various Artists - Down Home Saturday Night (2007)
24. Tippy Canoe and the Paddlemen - Parasols and Pekingese (2008)
25. Grant Hart - Hot Wax (2009)
26. The Clash - Live at Shea Stadium (2008)
27. Tanya Tagaq - Auk ~ Blood (2008)
28. Robert Plant - Dreamland (2002)
29. Against Me - Against Me! as the Eternal Cowboy (2003)
30. Papermoons - s/t 7" (2007)
31. J Church - Society is a Carnivorous Flower (2004)
32. De Novo Dahl - Move Every Muscle, Make Every Sound (2008)
33. Spitfire - Cult Fiction (2008)
34. Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around (2003)
35. Pama International - Float Like a Butterfly (2005)
36. Tia Carerra - You Are the War 7" (2007)
37. Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose (2004)
38. Postal Service - Give Up (2003)
39. Avett Brothers - Emotionalism (2007)
40. Dag Nasty - Minority of One (2002)
41. They and the Children - Home (2008)
42. Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) - What It Takes to Move Forward (2009)
43. Growing - Color Wheel (2006)
44. Thrice - Alchemy Index Vols I-IV (2007-2008)
45. Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death (2006)
46. Mad Tea Party - Found a Reason (2008)
47. Caleb Klauder - Dangerous Me's and Poisonous You's (2007)
48. Common Rider - This is Unity Music (2003)
49. Mighty High - Drops a Deuce (2009)
50. Hanoi Rocks - Street Poetry (2007)
51. Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles - Diamonds in the Dark (2007)
52. Chuck Dukowski Sextet - Reverse the Polarity (2007)
53. Led Zeppelin - How the West Was Won (2003)
54. The Strokes - Is This It (2001)
55. Mudhoney - Since We've Become Translucent (2002)
56. Logan Whitehurst and the Junior Science Club - Goodbye, My 4-Track (2003)
57. The Evens - s/t (2005)
58. Birmingham Sunlights - In the Garden (2004)
59. The Tim Version - Floribraska (2003)
60. Rumbleseat - Is Dead (2005)
61. This Bike is a Pipe Bomb - Three Way Tie for a Fifth (2005)
62. Boy Hits Car - s/t (2001)
63. Detroit Cobras - Life, Love and Leaving (2001)
64. Fall of Troy - Doppelganger (2005)
65. The Kills - No Wow (2005)
66. Report Suspicious Activity - s/t (2005)
67. Heterogene - am-pm (2006)
68. Thee More Shallows - More Deep Cuts (2005)
69. Explosions in the Sky - All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone (2007)
70. Turnbull ACs - Small Town Parade (2007)
71. Towers of Hanoi - Paranoia for the New Year (2007)
72. Strangers Die Every Day - Aperture for Departure (2008)
73. Shirock - Everything Burns (2009)
74. Titan - A Raining Sun of Light and Love for You and You and You (2007)
75. The Kingdom - Unitas (2005)



Blogger Jeff said...

Wow, I didn't expect to see Death Cab at the very top of the list. I never really got into them. Then again, the indie scene was never quite for me.

10:30 AM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

Transatlanticism is just a great record on every level, musically, lyrically, everything. You're missing out if you've ignored them, because this one and Plans are both nothing short of amazing.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Wait, there is a glam album on your list. I am in shock. It deserves it though, it was a great album. King of the road is probably my favorite Fu Manchu album. I almost forgot about the Titan album. I liked it, but have not heard it in a while. Didn't they do a follow-up to it?

Will there be a ten worst albums of the decade list? You are always big on negatives so I figured that would be a natural.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

I would have to throw Mastodon's Leviathan in there, which I've been debating for years if it is the greatest metal album of the decade....still mulling over it...Isis' In the Absence of Truth would have to go in there, but I know they're dark for you...Boris especially needs a nod...Pelican too for The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw

Overall I really liked this list and saw red alerts in there I want to check out. I did finally get Transatlanticism off one of those MP3 discs you made me along with J Church, Stiff Little Fingers, Iggy, Saxon and a couple others....I've only heard J Church with the holidays on us, but that was a goodie

7:55 AM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

Unfortunately, Lance Hahn of J Church passed away back in 2007, so there won't be any more from them. They were a good band though.

8:20 AM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

Mark, I probably don't have the time to make a ten worst of the decade. Off the top of my head, that Queensr├┐che covers album would be a strong contender for #1 and I remember finding a pair of albums with all Dylan covers, one from Bryan Ferry and one from Leslie West and Mountain, that were pretty awful. Who was that terrible AC/DC knockoff with the statutory rape lyrics (I know, there's probably a thousand of those)? Was it Supagroup or something? That was really rotten as well. I'm sure there were others, but I just don't recall off the top of my head...

8:25 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Supagroup it was.
Nostradmaus was a stinker of epic proportions. Ozzy's Black Rain was bad even for him. Operation Mindcrime 2 was fairly horrible too.

10:57 AM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

Nostradamus might be the crown jewel of bad records from the last decade. I don't know how I forgot it. Back Rain was awful and don't forget Under Cover also. Luckily, I passed on Mindcrime 2.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Bret Michaels' solo album from a year or so ago was poor. I never heard Gene Simmons' solo album from several years ago, but I can't imagine it was any good. That last Asia album was pretty darn awful as well.

3:49 PM  
Blogger taotechuck said...

Good list. You've got some stuff on there that I forgot about, like Pama Int'l and Bedouin Soundclash. Why only one album per artist, though? No "Plans"? Glad to see Thrice, Heterogene, and Jurassic 5 made it. The only two obvious omissions I see are Blackalicious "The Craft" and Thee Silver Mt. Zion "Horses in the Sky." Oh, and maybe the last Joe Strummer album.

12:44 AM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

I didn't hear that SMZ album. That Blackalicious album was really good, but I didn't spend a lot of time with it. Maybe it's an oversight on my part.

Joe Strummer did remind me of one I forgot though, Carbon/Silicon's The Crackup Suite. That was the Mick Jones (Clash)/Tony James (Generation X) project. That was just a total miss on my part, because I would surely have included it, probably in the top half of the list.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Woody said...

Dude, you put Mighty High on the list! Wow, thank you!

12:50 PM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

It was a great EP. I somehow spaced on putting it on the Best of 2009 list. I think I felt a little rushed on that one and goofed, but it should have been there.

12:55 PM  

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