Top Albums of Decade (2000-2009): 11-20

best-2000s-11-20By definition all of these albums here are classics. To fit into the top 20, an album needs to be a constant play on my ipod or iTunes. These all fit the bill and are great from beginning to end (another requirement).

11. A Rush of Blood to the Heart (2002) – Coldplay – This is the last Coldplay album I can fully recommend. Containing classic songs like “The Scientist” and “Clocks”, this is the one Coldplay album that works all the way through.
12. Funeral (2004) – Arcade Fire – This album will probably rate higher on national magazines decade lists. Widely recognized as one of the best albums of the past 10 years – it’s worthy of all the acclaim. Another band following in the Neutral Milk Hotel path, this album has an epic feel to it.
13. The Woods (2005) – Sleater-Kinney – It’s crazy that this was the end of Sleater-Kinney. Each album they created was a masterpiece, and they saved their best for last. May not appeal to everyone – it’s loud and discordant, but in a way that works for this album.
14. MP4 (Days Since a Lost Time Accident) (2000) – Michael Penn – It’s criminal that Sony sat on this album, allowing it to slip into this decade. One amazing song after another. Songs such as “Trampoline”, “Whole Truth”, and “High Time” are among my all-time favorite Penn songs.
15. Delivery Man (2004) – Elvis Costello & the Imposters – This is the best of Costello’s most recent albums. Great duets, fantastic songwriting.
16. Plans (2005) – Death Cab for Cutie – From the opening notes of “Marching Bands of Manhattan” you know this will be a classic album. I’ve always loved non-traditional love songs, and this album includes the daddy of them all: “I Will Follow You into the Dark”.
17. Twin Cinema (2005) – The New Pornographers – A lot of the New Pornographers work has a similar sound – not in a bad way though. Very literate, fun, bouncy. This is my favorite of their albums – and more good stuff from Canada.
18. One Nil/One All (2001) – Neil Finn - This album is up there with anything that Finn recorded with Crowded House.
19. All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2001) – U2 – Part of me regrets putting this as high as it is on this list; it’s not on par with albums like Achtung Baby or The Joshua Tree. Then I remember seeing U2 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden merely a month after 9/11. This album meant more than notes on a page can convey. At least to me it does.
20. Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007) – Foo Fighters – As much as I like FF’s The Color and the Shape, this is their masterpiece. Includes all the fun songs, the hard rockers, and the epics.

The running list can be found here:  Top 100 Albums: 2000-2009

Juliette Lewis can’t lose – Daytrotter sessions

If you’re a indie or alternative music fan, and aren’t acquainted with Daytrotter, you need to acquaint yourself. Daytrotter is an indie music site like no other. They convince many up and coming and emerging artists to stop by their studios to do sessions with them.  They record these sessions and then offer them on their website for free. Their charge is to feature one new band a day, everyday, and to present 28 Daytrotter Session songs a week.  The list of artists is impressive: Aimee Mann, Death Cab for Cutie, Grizzly Bear, Spoon, Bon Iver, Juliette Lewis (more on her later) and the list goes on.

Recently Daytrotter posted a session with Juliette Lewis – yeah, that Juliette Lewis. I’m not used to actors actually being any good at music. Usually the best you can hope for is that thejuliette-lewis-daytrottery not embarrass themselves. Zoey Deschanel should have changed my mind about that, but it really hasn’t. Anyway, Lewis’ Daytrotter session is actually one of my favorites. It’s loose, spirited, and fun. Reminds me of Maria McKee in spots – that jangly, southern rock thing that started with Janis Joplin. I know I’m throwing out some big names there, but over the course of 4 songs – it’s easy to keep up appearances.

Plus it’s free but for the cost of your time to download and listen.

Juliette Lewis – Daytrotter Session

Aimee Mann – Daytrotter Session

Spoon – Daytrotter Session

Death Cab for Cutie – Daytrotter Session

Better Late than never – Best albums of 2008

There’s a good reason why I didn’t do this earlier. Last year I lost my commute via public transportation. I didn’t give all the albums I got the same listen I used to. So I didn’t feel right judging them. After being laid off, I’ve had more time to ruminate. I know you’ve been waiting. The lack of A Rubber Door’s official recommendation is the one thing I can point to hurting the music industry this year.

I promise to make it up – the best of 2009 is coming within the week.

1

rarariotRa Ra Riot – The Rhumb Line

While everyone was talking about Vampire Weekend, Ra Ra Riot beat them at their own game.   Well layered, catchy without being light.

My Favorites: Dying is Fine, Can You Tell

2

how-to-walk-awayJuliana Hatfield – How to Walk Away

So bummed that I missed Ms. Hatfield when she came to Philly in September.   I didn’t realize how amazing this album was.

My Favorites: The Fact Remains, Such a Beautiful Girl

3

vampire_weekend_-_vampire_weekendVampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend

So amazingly catchy.   Perfect album for the summer with a couple of beers and burgers on the grill.

My Favorites: Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, A-Punk

4

kathleen-edwards-asking-for-flowersKathleen Edwards – Asking For Flowers

I’ve said this many times – look back 20 years from now and Edward’s career will be the stuff of legend.   This album sneaks up on you.

My Favorites: Buffalo, Goodnight California

5

11977-modern-guiltBeck – Modern Guilt

I didn’t realize how much I liked this album until I sat down to write this list.   Best Beck album since Midnight Vultures.

My Favorites: Gamma Ray, Modern Guilt

6

cover_the-raconteurs_consolers-of-the-lonelyThe Raconteurs –Consolers of the Lonely

I love Brendan Benson and Jack White together.   Jack White and Alicia Keys on the other hand…

My Favorites: Consoler of the Lonely, You Don’t Understand Me

7

santogold-coverSantigold – Santigold

Santogold?   Santigold?   Whatever – it’s good.   Last year’s Gnarls Barkley.   Fun album mixing alternative, pop, and dance.

My Favorites: L.E.S Artistes, I’m a Lady

8

frightened-rabbit-the-midnight-orga-431681Frightened Rabbit – The Midnight Organ Fight

I think this deserved much more attention last year than it got.   Gorgeous album.

My Favorites: Good Arms vs. Bad Arms, Old Fashion

9

12522-army-navyArmy Navy – Army Navy

Another album where every song is great.   Put this in a mix with Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot.

My favorites: Saints, Slight of Hand


10

cddeathcabDeath Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs

More of the same from Death Cab – but that’s not a bad thing.

My Favorites: Cath, Grapevine Fires

11

album-adele-19Adele – 19

Well deserved best new artist.   The new British soul’s best import – yeah, better than Amy Winehouse.

My Favorites: Chasing Pavements, Cold Shoulder

12

bon_iver-for_emma_forever_ago-newBon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago

Haunting.   You probably heard Iver on many a TV show soundtrack last year.   Used in the series finale of Life.

My Favorite: Flume, The Wolves (Act I and II)

13

seldomseenkid_coverElbow – The Seldom Seen Kid

I’m really sorry this is as low as 13.   I didn’t give it as much time as it deserved.   Still – it’s a great album, and I’ve been devoting more and more time to it.

My favorites: Mirrorball, Grounds for Divorce

14

Airborne Toxic EventThe Airborne Toxic Event – The Airborne Toxic Event

My Favorites: Wishing Well, Sometime Around Midnight

15

britishseapowerBritish Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music?

My Favorites: No Lucifer, Atom

16

accelerateR.E.M. – Accelerate

Blistering set of songs.   No wasted movement – it’s like they decided not to suck anymore.

My Favorites: Living Well is the Best Revenge, Supernatural Superserious

17

sam_philllips-dont-do-anythingSam Phillips – Don’t Do Anything

She really can’t do wrong by me.   Not sweet – brooding.

My Favorites: Can’t Come Down, Under the Night

18

pe-she_and_him-volume_oneShe & Him – Volume One

Honestly without M. Ward – this may not make the list.   More Him, less She (Zoey Deschanel).   And he listened – a new M. Ward album this year.   (OK – I just relistened to You Really Got a Hold On Me –   maybe it was the right amount of She)

My Favorites: Why Do You Let Me Stay Here, You Really Got a Hold On Me

19

thewhigs-album1The Whigs – Mission Control

My Favorites: Like A Vibration, I Got Ideas

Here’s an iTunes iMix of My Favorites songs from the albums above:

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