Thursday, January 07, 2010

What the oughts hath wrought

My ten favorite albums of the decade:

1. Arcade Fire - Funeral
This record got me to listen to music again, and I'm still grateful.

2. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna Are You the Destroyer?
The best record about mental illness ever made.

3. LCD Soundsystem - Self-titled
James Murphy is more of a singles artist but "Losing My Edge" was my song of the decade. Definitely lost my edge.

4. M.I.A. - Arular

5. White Stripes - Elephant
Before Henry could speak he could hum the beginning of "Seven Nation Army."

6. The Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine

7. Metric - Grow Up and Blow Away

8. Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat
Wasn't really a fan of Jenny Lewis until I saw her live. Even though there are songs I have to skip on this record, it also includes a few of the best songs she ever wrote.

9. Thao With the Get Down Stay Down - We Brave Bee Stings and All

10. St. Vincent - Marry Me

And now for something completely different...
Ten favorites from 2009
1. St. Vincent - Actor
2. Metric - Fantasies
3. Thao with the Get Down Stay Down - Know Better Learn Faster
(These three acts happen to coincide with the three interviews I did in the last 12 months. I am a lucky girl).
4. Florence and the Machine - Lungs
5. Emily Wells - Dirty (EP)
6. Taken By Trees, East of Eden
7. Happy Hollows, Spells
8. Future of the Left, Travels With Myself and Another
9. YACHT, See the Mystery Lights
10. Jay Reatard, Watch Me Fall

2009 was one of the best years for musical releases that I can remember.


Auntly H said...

I am so uncool. Thanks to the Current, I at least recognize a few of these, sorta.
Hmmmm. perhaps we could work out a swap sort of thing. You send me mix tapes (yeah, CDs or mp3s on a flash drive, but "tape" sounds so much better). I send you..... uh.... well, maybe you can tell me what you'd like.

Anne said...

Hey, did you see this profile of Vampire Weekend in the New Yorker?

You have to have a subscription to read the whole thing -- I am old school with the print action that I get hand-me-down from my neighbor.

I have been vaguely aware of this band, and I must have heard one or two of their songs because I think they have been on Saturday Night Live. Sometimes I get them confused with Arcade Fire, because they are both bizarre names with seemingly random words put together. (Yes, I realize that's probably like saying I confuse Courtney Love and Miley Cyrus because they both have vaginas ... mea maxima culpa.)

Anyway, I thought they were inscrutable hipsters, but apparently they are basically just like us! Except 10 years younger (OK, 15) and very musically talented. They seem like they would be really cool just to hang out with.

Now I want to hear all their albums!

5 of 9er said...

That Thao album is brilliant... I got into it a bit late (the first one).

My Favorite Albums of 2009...

1. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart "s/t" (slumberland)
2. David Bazan "Curse Your Branches" (barsuk)
3. Shrinebuilder "Shrinebuilder" (neurot)
4. Passion Pit "Manners" (french kiss/columbia)
5. Tortoise "Beacons of Ancestorship" (thrill jockey)
6. Nomo "Invisible Cities" (ubiquity)
7. Method Man & Redman "Blackout 2" (def jam)
8. Phoenix "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenex" (loyauté/glassnote)
9. Lily Allen "It's Not Me, It's You" (capitol)
10. Rose Melberg "Homemade Ship" (k)