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best of the 00's...my top 100 albums of the last decade 2000-2009...

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 1, 2010 04:00pm | Post a Comment



#1
Sigur Ros
-Agaetis Byrjun
(Play it Again Sam) 2000





 



#2
Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Fever To Tell (Interscope) 2003












#3
A Place To Bury Strangers-
A Place To Bury Strangers
(Killer Pimp) 2007










#4
Antony & the Johnson
-I Am a Bird Now (Secrectly Canadian) 2005








#5
Blonde Redhead
-
Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons

(Touch & Go) 2000






#6
The Faint
-Danse Macabre
(Saddle Creek) 2001





 



#7
The White Stripes
-White Blood Cells
(Warner Brothers) 2001




 



#8
Sufjan Stevens
-Illinoise
(Asthmatic Kitty) 2005




 



#9
Idlewild
-100 Broken Windows
(Capitol) 2000




 




#10
Bloc Party
-Silent Alarm (Vice) 2005




 




Radiohead-Kid A (Capitol) 2000





 




The Strokes-Is This It (RCA) 2001




 




The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
-
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

(Slumberland) 2009




 





MGMT-Oracular Spectacular
(Columbia) 2008





 






XX-XX (XL Recordings) 2009





 



Cat Power-You Are Free (Matador) 2003





 




The Knife
-Silent Shout (Mute) 2006




 




Hercules & Love Affair-
Hercules & Love Affair

(Mute) 2008




 





Jens Lekman-Night Falls Over Kortedala (Secretly Canadian) 2007




 




Patrick Wolf-Lycanthropy (Tomlab) 2004






 




The Postal Service-Give Up
(Sub Pop) 2003




 




M83
-Saturdays=Youth (Mute) 2008




 




Thieves Like Us-Play Music
(Shelflife) 2009





 




Explosions In the Sky
-
All Of a Sudden I Miss Everybody

(Temporary Residence) 2007





 




Daft Punk
-Discovery (Virgin) 2001




 




Arcade Fire-Funeral (Merge) 2004









Interpol
-Turn On the Bright Lights (Matador) 2002









Burial
-Untrue (Hyperdub) 2007










Black Heart Procession
-3
(Touch & Go) 2000









The National
-Boxer
(Beggars Banquet) 2007









Lily Allen-Alright Still (Capitol) 2007










Phoenix
-United (Astralwerks) 2000










At the Drive-In
-Relationship of Command
(Fearless) 2000









The Murder City Devils
-In Name & Blood
(Sub Pop) 2000









Placebo
-Sleeping With Ghosts (Astralwerks) 2003









Junior Boys
-So this is Goodbye
(Domino) 2006









Radio Dept.
-Pet Grief (Labrador) 2006









The Drums
-Summertime!
(Holiday Records) 2009









Peaches
-Teaches of Peaches
(Matador) 2000








TV on the Radio
-
Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
(Touch & Go) 2004









Booka Shade-The Sun & the Neon Light (Get Physical) 2008








Telefon Tel Aviv-Immolate Yourself
(Bpitch Control) 2009









Studio
-West Coast (Information) 2007









The Teenagers
-Reality Check
(XL Recordings) 2008








M.I.A.
-Kala (Interscope) 2007










Bon Iver
-For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar) 2008









My Morning Jacket
-Z (ATO) 2005










Jose Gonzalez
-In Our Nature (Mute) 2007









The Gossip
-
Standing in the Way of Control

(Kill Rock Stars) 2006









Fever Ray
-Fever Ray (Mute) 2009









Silversun Pickups
-Swoon
(Dangerbird) 2009








The Killers
-Hot Fuss (Island) 2004










The Mars Volta
-
De-Loused In the Comatorium
(Universal) 2003






Arctic Monkeys
-
Whatever People Say
I Am,
That's What I'm Not
(Domino) 2006








The Decemberists
-Picaresque
(Kill Rock Stars) 2005









Belle & Sebastian
-The Life Pursuit (Matador) 2006








PJ Harvey
-
Stories From the City,
Stories From the Sea

(Island) 2000








Iron & Wine
-The Shepherd's Dog
(Sub Pop) 2007









Okkervil River
-Stage Names
(Jagjaguwar) 2007









Fleet Foxes
-Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop) 2008










Beirut
-Gulag Orkestar (Ba Da Bing!) 2006










Shout Out Louds-Our Ill Wills
(Merge) 2007










Ryan Adams
-Rock N Roll
(Lost Highway) 2003









Muse
-Absolution (Warner Brothers) 2003










Franz Ferdinand
-Franz Ferdinand (Domino) 2004









CSS
-Cansei De Ser Sexy (Sub Pop) 2006










Lightspeed Champion
-
Falling Off the Lavender Bridge

(Domino) 2008








!!!
-Louden Up Now (Touch & Go) 2004









Death Cab For Cutie
-Photo Album (Barsuk) 2001








Bat For Lashes
-Fur & Gold
(Caroline) 2007










Crystal Castles
-Crystal Castles
(Last Gang) 2008









Max Richter
-Blue Notebooks
(Fat Cat) 2004









Jonas Reinhardt
-Jonas Reinhardt (Kranky) 2008









Manual
-Azure Vista (Darla) 2005










Ulrich Schnauss
-Goodbye (Domino) 2007










Sally Shapiro
-Disco Romance (Diskokaine) 2007









Gonzalez & Russom
-The Days of Mars (Astralwerks) 2005









Grouper-Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill (Type) 2008









Pictureplane-Dark Rift
(Lovepump United) 2009









Justice
-Cross (Vice) 2007










The Daysleepers
-
Drowned in a Sea of Sound

(Clairecords) 2008








The Legends
-Public Radio
(Labrador) 2006









Memory Tapes
-Seek Magic
(Pod/Inertia) 2009









Gravenhurst-Western Lands (Warp) 2007










Cursive
-Ugly Organ (Saddle Creek) 2003








Los Campesinos
-
We Are Beautiful We Are Doomed

(Arts & Crafts) 2008









The Big Pink
-Brief History of Love
(4AD) 2009








Friendly Fires-Friendly Fires (XL) 2008









Pelle Carlberg
-In a Nutshell
(Labrador) 2007









Godspeed You Black Emperor!
-
Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

(Kranky) 2000










Grace Jones-Hurricane
(Wall of Sound) 2008










Mogwai-Rock Action (Matador) 2001










Xiu Xiu-Fabulous Muscles
(Five Rue Christine) 2004









Cold Cave-Love Comes Close
(Matador) 2009








Mew-And the Glass Handed Kites (Columbia) 2006










Dead Man's Bones-Dead Man's Bones (Anti) 2009










Maria Taylor-Lynn Teeter Flower
(Saddle Creek) 2007









Deastro-Moondagger
(Ghostly International) 2009









My Vitriol-Finelines (Epic) 2001









Sun Kill Moon-
Ghosts of the Great Highway
(Caldo Verde) 2003







out this week 10/28...the cure...bloc party...eagles of death metal...

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 30, 2008 04:11pm | Post a Comment

It is hard to believe that The Cure have been recording albums for over 30 years now. They had already been a band for about 10 years before I became a fan, and I have now been obsessed for the last 20 years -- ever since I first heard them. The Head on the Door was the first album by The Cure that I ever heard and bought, way back in 1985. Two years later came the amazing album Kiss Me Kiss Me. By the time Disintegration came out in 1989 I was a hardcore crazy fanatical Cure fan. It is sort of funny. This was the album that Robert Smith made that he thought would not be a commercial success. His label also was worried about this album. It was their darkest album yet and would remain their darkest of all time, yet everyone embraced the album and fell in love with it. It somehow managed to speak to an entire generation. The Cure was not just for the goths and weirdos anymore. Everyone liked them. I could not get enough of this band. Disintegration remains most Cure fans' favorite album. It came out at an important developmental part of my life and probably was the most important album in my life. People often overstate the importance of certain albums, but it came out a couple days after my birthday during my last couple months of junior high. It became my album of the summer of 1989, the year before I started High School. I probably listened to this album at least once a day. Wish came out 3 years later, a couple weeks before my 18th birthday and close to the end of my life in High School. While Disintegration would remain my favorite, I also fell in love with Wish. The album was everywhere. The singles that most Cure fans didn't really like were all over the radio. It was really all about the B-sides and the non single tracks on this album. These were the songs I was obsessed with. I could live without ever hearing "Friday I'm In Love" or "High" again, but still can't get enough of "Apart," "From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea," and "To With Impossible Things." This album became the album of my summer of 1992. I was not alone. It was another important album for a very important part of my life. The Cure was there for me again to help me transition both emotionally and physically. For most of us, Wish would be the last great Cure album. We are hopelessly devoted fans for life but nothing can compare to those albums.

I've remained a fan all these years, just as obsessed as ever. I go see them every time they tour. I listen to all their old albums many times throughout the year, but I am always a bit disappointed every time I first listen to their newest album. There are always a couple songs that I like but I never listen to their new albums all that much. I decided to have a new approach to this newest Cure album. I would not set my expectations that high and have a better chance of liking the album. I ended up liking a bunch of songs on this new album a lot. I actually found myself listening to this new album more that I have to any of the previous 3 albums. The new album is their 13th album and appropriately called 4:13 DreamIt is their 4th album since Wish and their 13th proper album. Robert intended this album to be a double album. I really wish that he would have followed through with that. Most of their albums have a dark part and a pop element to them, but the songs are usually all mixed up together. It would have been fantastic to have a new album with a disc of pop upbeat songs and a disc of the more dark Cure songs. The album ended up including more of the happier pop songs that Robert has become fond of over the last decade. They recorded 33 songs for the album, so there are many more songs out there. Some of them have ended up as b-sides on the singles, but I am hopeful they will decide to release another album of the tracks that did not make it onto this album. Maybe that second Disintegration type album is still possible. Most fans just simply want another Disintegration. We then become disapthe cure 413 dreampointed when each new Cure album sounds nothing like Disintegration.

There are some elements of some older albums on this new one. There is no getting away from Robert Smith's signature voice. Once you are a fan, it is hard to resist. There are always elements of the new songs that I fall in love with. If nothing else it is his voice. I am a big fan of one of the singles on the new album. "Sleep When I'm Dead" is easily one othe cure sleep when i'm deadf the best songs on the album. I was very pleased to learn it was originally written for The Head on the Door. It has an older Cure sound to. How appropriate that my favorite song from the new album originally came from my first Cure album. "The Reasons Why" and "The Hungry Ghost" are two of my other favorites on the album. "The Hungry Ghost" could have easily fit on the Wish album. I like these songs because they remind me of the older sound of The Cure that I fell in love with. The album has already grown on me this week. I like it more now that I did earlier in the week. Regardless of how you feel about the new album, there is no denying their greatness live. They still remain one of the greatest live bands that I have ever seen. They are the closest thing that we have to the Grateful Dead. I have never seen the Dead live but imagine it was similar to a Cure show. I really hope Robert Smith follows through and gives us that companion album of those dark songs. He may not be as depressed or drug induced as he was when he recorded Pornography and Disintegration, but I know another amazing dark albums is still inside of him somewhere. It may even already be recorded -- he just had to put it out. He doesn't really owe it to his fans. He has already given us so much. It would just be an amazing gift to us. Maybe he should call the next album The Gift.

also out today...

bloc party intimacy




Intimacy by Bloc Party






ryan adams cardinology




Cardinology by Ryan Adams






snow patrol hundred million suns




A Hundred Million Suns by Snow Patrol






kaiser chiefs off with their heads





Off With Their Heads by Kaiser Chiefs





eagles of death metal heart on




Heart On by Eagles of Death Metal











The Fame by Lady Gaga






deerhunter microcastle




Microcastle by Deerhunter






squarepusher just a souvenir




Just a Souvenir by Squarepusher






arthur russell love is overtaking me




Love is Overtaking Me by Arthur Russell






school of seven bells




Alpinisms by School of Seven Bells


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