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February 09, 2010

My 80 Favorite Albums of the Decade (2000-2009)

A hundred seemed too many, but I couldn't limit myself to fifty. There's a darn good chance I'm totally forgetting some albums I've loved, and I probably haven't quite given enough listens to some of the better albums from last year... but I think this is pretty close to my list--from #1 through #80--of the music I loved, and listened to, the most from 2000 until the end of the decade.


(1) Radiohead, Kid A (2000)

(2) Sigur Ros, ( ) (2002)

(3) Bark Psychosis, Codename: Dustsucker (2004)

(4) Interpol, Turn On the Bright Lights (2002)

(5) Radiohead, In Rainbows (2007)

(6) Hood, Outside Closer (2005)

(7) Mew, And the Glass Handed Kites (2005)

(8) Mum, Finally We Are No One (2002)

(9) Portishead, Third (2008)

(10) Stars of the Lid, And Their Refinement of the Decline (2007)

(11) Shearwater, Rook (2008)

(12) M83, Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (2003)

(13) Ladytron, Witching Hour (2005)

(14) Ulrich Schnauss, A Strangely Isolated Place (2003)

(15) Hood, Cold House (2001)

(16) Ellen Allien & Apparat, Orchestra of Bubbles (2006)

(17) Burial, Untrue (2007)

(18) Cyann & Ben, Sweet Beliefs (2006)

(19) Mahogany, Connectivity! (2006)

(20) Bed, Spacebox (2003)

(21) Belle & Sebastian, Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant (2000)

(22) Arcade Fire, Funeral (2004)

(23) Animal Collective, Merriwether Post Pavilion (2009)

(24) Elbow, Cast of Thousands (2003)

(25) Mogwai, Happy Songs For Happy People (2003)

(26) Sigur Ros, Takk... (2005)

(27) Grouper, Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill (2008)

(28) Blonde Redhead, 23 (2007)

(29) Boards of Canada, Geogaddi (2002)

(30) Grizzly Bear, Yellow House (2006)

(31) Low, Things We Lost In the Fire (2001)

(32) Elbow, Asleep In the Back (2001)

(33) The Knife, Silent Shout (2006)

(34) M83, Before the Dawn Heals Us (2005)

(35) Broadcast, The Noise Made By People (2000)

(36) Clinic, Walking With Thee (2002)

(37) Panda Bear, Person Pitch (2007)

(38) Fuck Buttons, Tarot Sport (2009)

(39) Apparat, Walls (2007)

(40) Camera Obscura, Let's Get Out of This Country (2006)

(41) The Cardigans, Long Gone Before Daylight (2003)

(42) The Czars, The Ugly People Vs. the Beautiful People (2001)

(43) The Field, From Here We Go Sublime (2007)

(44) The Radio Dept., Pet Grief (2006)

(45) LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver (2007)

(46) Bjork, Vespertine (2001)

(47) Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes (2008)

(48) Jay-Jay Johanson, Antenna (2002)

(49) The Twilight Sad, Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters (2007)

(50) Explosions In the Sky, The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place (2003)

(51) The Cure, Bloodflowers (2000)

(52) Stars of the Lid, The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid (2001)

(53) Radiohead, Amnesiac (2001)

(54) Midlake, The Trials of Van Occupanther (2006)

(55) Bethany Curve, You Brought Us Here (2001)

(56) The Clientele, The Violet Hour (2003)

(57) Cut Copy, In Ghost Colours (2008)

(58) Moderat, Moderat (Basic Version) (2009)

(59) The National, Boxer (2007)

(60) MGMT, Oracular Spectacular (2007)

(61) Liars, Drum's Not Dead (2006)

(62) Mogwai, Rock Action (2001)

(63) Band of Horses, Cease To Begin (2007)

(64) Blonde Redhead, Misery Is a Butterfly (2004)

(65) Broken Social Scene, You Forgot It In People (2002)

(66) The Zephyrs, When the Sky Comes Down It Comes Down On Your Heads (2001)

(67) Lansing-Dreiden, The Dividing Island (2006)

(68) Belle & Sebastian, The Life Pursuit (2006)

(69) Wilderness, Vessel States (2006)

(70) Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago (2008)

(71) Camera Obscura, My Maudlin Career (2009)

(72) Interpol, Antics (2004)

(73) Cyann & Ben, Happy Like an Autumn Tree (2004)

(74) The Organ, Grab That Gun (2004)

(75) Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest (2009)

(76) Junior Boys, Last Exit (2004)

(77) Bed, New Lines (2005)

(78) Sigur Ros, Med sud i Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust (2008)

(79) The Rosebuds, Birds Make Good Neighbors (2005)

(80) The National, Alligator (2005)



Posted by scottheim at 03:35 AM | Comments (1)

February 06, 2010

Two Fantastic Albums

Soon I'll be posting my "top 100 albums of the past decade," which I've been wasting tons of time making. In the meantime, I can't recommend the new albums by Beach House (Teen Dream) and Midlake (The Courage of Others) enough. Here are some examples:

Beach House, "10 Mile Stereo"

Midlake, trailer for new album:



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