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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







Roddy Woomble...My Secret is my Silence

Posted by Brad Schelden, July 8, 2007 12:21pm | Post a Comment
After a very slow week of nothing last week, this week coming up is crazy. July 10th is such a big new release date that I have to get an early start. It is the big week where Interpol and Spoon will battle it out for the number one spot at Amoeba. I am betting on Interpol.  Idlewild just put out a new album not too long ago. It was called "Make Another World." Around the same time Roddy Woomble, the singer with the group was working on slower and more folky songs. He decided to put out a solo album using these different, less Idlewild songs. This album, "My Secret is My Silence" is finally coming out domestic on Tuesday. It has been out for almost a year as an import. But I have patiently been waiting and actually have not ever heard it until a couple weeks ago.

 Idlewild has been one of my favorites over the last 10 years. They got their start in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1995. I was first introduced to them with their first real album "Hope is Important." I really liked the album. But they quickly became one of my favorites with the release of  "100 Broken Windows" in 2000. The songs are super catchy and not really too far off from what you could expect from an indie band from the U.S. Sort of similar to R.E.M. It is really their lyrics that set them apart. Very literary lyrics. Its almost like reading a book or maybe a collection of poems when you read the lyrics. Much like Morrissey, Roddy is a man obsessed with literature and authors. He did name his band after the book "Anne of Green Gables." There is really nothing like 100 Broken Windows. It easily was one of my favorites of 2000. I still go back to it every once in awhile. And it is still as great as it was when I first heard it.

 This new solo album is really nothing like any of the Idlewild albums. I have not heard very many traditional Scottish Folk albums. But this is sort of what I would imagine them to sound like. The album makes me want to get up and do a traditional Scottish Jig when I listen to it. I don't even really know how to do that but I just tried. It also reminds me of the Pogues every once in a while. I do always get Scotland and Ireland confused. But Scottish folk does tend to borrow a lot from that of Ireland. I was expecting some bagpipes.  However there are no bagpipes on this album.  The album features vocals from folk singer Karine Polwart and is produced by folky John McCuster. I didn't really think I was going to like this album. I am not much for the folk music. But I did end up enjoying this album. Maybe this will be my introduction to folk music. But I seriously doubt it. I have been obsessed with Roddy and Idlewild for a while. This is really what is making me like the album. But I would always rather listen to an Idlewild album. Roddy is good here when exploring other types of music. But he really is best when he is with his band Idlewild.