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Friday, August 14, 2009

albums of the decade | 2000-2009

As the last summer of this decade comes to a close and "best of the decade" talk starts to pop up on various corners of the internet, we've decided to post a concise list of our favorite albums of the '00s. We wanted this to be a small post/discussion, as opposed to some overwrought, massive thing, so we pared the list down to the 20 albums that, for us, defined the last 10 years. The list is below, with a foreword from Carles of popular weblog Hipster Runoff:



"You continue to come back to Gorilla vs. Bear for a reason. It seems to be 'simple', like 'not making a big deal' about sharing emerging artists. While many blogs continue to generate zany memes, muckraking 'newsbits', and spiral into a terrible voice that cannot be corrected, Gorilla vs. Bear stays pretty 'straightforward' and has never really 'shot itself in the foot' by expanding beyond its core competency.

In the final 4 months of 2k9, you will see more 'Best of the Decade' gimmick lists than have ever been generated at the twilight of any decade. It seems like the 'list' gimmick has been exhausted, but there is still a responsibility of 'relevant' voices to generate a list, not only for the 'mad hits', 'search engine optimization', and 'shitload of comments' , but to give your followers a 'landmark', saying 'We have lived through this. Now we shall reflect upon this.' While some outlets can do this naturally because of their brand/voice, it seems likely that most people will 'seem like ass holes' for making lists.

This is the top albums of the decade list by some bros who live in Texas, but seems like it means 'more' because the bros behind it have a 'respected blog.' While you are above concepts like 'lists', 'time', 'labeling periods of time', and 'judging art', it is a social responsibility of a relevant tastemaker to make 'seminal lists.'"
--Carles, designer of IAMCARLES.com
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gorilla vs. bear's favorite albums of the decade | 2000-2009

01 panda bear | person pitch (2007)
02 the strokes | is this it (2001)
03 ghostface killah | supreme clientele (2000)
04 outkast | stankonia (2000)
05 radiohead | kid A (2000)
06 j dilla | donuts (2006)
07 sufjan stevens | michigan (2003)
08 burial | untrue (2007)
09 joanna newsom | the milk-eyed mender (2004)
10 m.i.a. + diplo | piracy funds terrorism vol. I (2004)
11 sigur ros | Ágætis Byrjun (2000*)
12 the arcade fire | funeral (2004)
13 white denim | fits (2009)
14 animal collective | feels (2005)
15 the streets | a grand don't come for free (2004)
16 grizzly bear | veckatimest (2009)
17 clipse | hell hath no fury (2006)
18 beach house | devotion (2008)
19 madvillain | madvillainy (2004)
20 the knife | silent shout (2006)

[*UK release date]

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157 comments:

Blogger J. Neas said...

I am incredibly happy to see A Grand Don't Come For Free on this list. Despite the terrible job Mike Skinner has done at following it, it is a super album by a master storyteller and deserves all the accolades it can muster.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Nate said...

damn

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JK PLAYER IS NOT SURE WHY THE STROKES IS NOT #1

3:13 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

great list!

3:13 PM  
Anonymous sarahspy said...

this year's white denim, really? feels like a big thing to say.

nice foreward. glad you two are starting sort of an internet wu-tang. ha

3:18 PM  
Blogger Christer said...

wow an amazing list that brings back great memories....thank you

3:21 PM  
OpenID lizzyville said...

some of these are painfully surprising. Milk-Eyed and not Ys? :,,,,,(

3:24 PM  
Anonymous uwmryan said...

that's a great list. all essential listening. the fwd from carles pretty much makes it unbeatable

3:24 PM  
Blogger Austin said...

agree with most here. i'll be the first dick to add a few that have touched me the past years:

the walkmen - bows and arrows
the futureheads - the futureheads
devendra banhart - rejoicing in the hands
ariel pink - house arrest

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

betterPropaganda has an albums of the decade list as well - top 100 though. http://betterpropaganda.com/content.aspx?id=786

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the 'quotes' in the 'forward' are kinda 'annoying' to read. who 'exactly' is being 'quoted'?

3:34 PM  
Blogger Joseph said...

Kinda surprised by Panda Bear. Still, very nice, well-balanced list.

3:45 PM  
Blogger LiquidHeaven said...

"Fits" over "11 Songs" I just can't get behind that.

List seems cool, beats p4k to their 'top songs of the decade' list which launches Monday.

Foreword by Carles is a nice touch.

If you'd like to help me meet Carles by donating to the I am Carles Shirt Delivery Fund you can get the details here.

http://livingears.blogspot.com/2009/08/i-am-carles-shirt-delivery-fund.html


The Streets sorta boggles me. How do you put out something so fucking different and cool and lose it 100% by the next album (and subsequent follow up)?

Kid A is my faves Radiohead.

I'd need an LCD Soundsystem album on here.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Miles said...

interesting list, but I do agree with a lot of it. hats off to The Streets on this list.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous chromusic said...

powerful list. i wish it was longer. there are just so many "bests" out there. very, very happy to see madvilliany made the list. when those two come together, it's pure genius. think they can top it with the next one? anyway, thanks for putting this out there. cheers!

4:06 PM  
Blogger Eugene said...

Just some that come to mind at first....

Why not:

Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
arguably more dense and avant-garde, where it realy began for them

Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
same as Yellow House



What About:

The BOOKS
No Age
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Broken Social Scene

4:06 PM  
Blogger Hell Yup! said...

Remind Me In 3 Days...

4:12 PM  
Anonymous xurtis said...

Michigan over Illinois???? On what world?

4:40 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Cannot believe that O Quarteto's Antologia Da Bossa Nova: 20 Anos Depois is not on this list. FAIL ( . ) ( . )

4:47 PM  
Anonymous marwood said...

"Original Pirate Material" is better than "A Grand Don't Come For Free", much better.

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nah bro

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

needs MPP, Yellow House, and Illinoise for me...Veckatimest is sort of blah for me...The Strokes? Really?

5:25 PM  
Blogger Wyatt said...

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH PANDA BEAR but I suspect all the other 'relevant tastemakers' do too. Maybe now that GvB has beaten them to the punch they won't admit it. Other thoughts: WTF beach house?!

gr8 forward by carles. miss u 00s

5:33 PM  
Blogger LiquidHeaven said...

Nouns, good point, EUGENE.

5:34 PM  
Anonymous smh said...

"Kinda surprised by Panda Bear. Still, very nice, well-balanced list."

yeah, real balanced. there's indie-rock, indie-rap, and indie-dance.

6:18 PM  
Blogger John said...

Not to rain on your parade or anything, but 2000 was actually the last year of the '90s, not the first year of the current decade. Therefore, you should really wait until the end of next year to make this list.

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Cameron said...

here here!

6:20 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

yeah dude Outkast, Clipse and Ghostface are "indie" rap. get out of here.

also no, 2000 was not part of the '90s. come on man. 2009 marks the end of the decade.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

@John,

That doesn't make any sense. 1990 was not the last year of the 1980s, it was the first year of the 90s. Therefore, 2000 was the first year of the 2000s and 2010 is the first year of the 2kteens (or whatever they're called.

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Juice said...

"We wanted this to be a small post/discussion, as opposed to some overwrought, massive thing"

Haha

When I saw Pitchfork's cartoonishly over-the-top plans for their epic end-of-the-decade bonanza, I didn't believe what I was seeing. I forwarded it to all my friends so we could have a good laugh over how "important" Pitchfork seems thinks they are.

'relevant tastemakers' indeed.

6:42 PM  
Blogger monsterBL said...

Is this it, Stankonia, Kid A, Madvillainy, Funeral, Feels... these are major records making who I am. I really got into music in 2000 so, this decade is extremely important to me in a music sense. I would like to add:
Black Lips: Let it Bloom
Deerhunter: Cryptograms
White Stripes: De Stijl
Mika Miko: CYSLABF
Modest Mouse: The Moon & Antarctica
Trail of Dead: Source Tags & Codes
LCD Soundsytem: Sound of Silver
The Go! Team: Thunder Lightning
Strike
Clinic: Internal Wrangler
King Khan & his Shrines: What Is

Sorry, no point in going on poing. Love the your concise list love the intro by Carles

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about fucking yankee hotel foxtrot??

6:57 PM  
Anonymous sammy said...

there are so many things just good and right about this post / list, I don't know where to begin

6:57 PM  
Blogger ROOFCANO said...

Liars - Drums Not Dead

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. The Teenagers - Reality Check [2008]
2. The Teenagers - Reality Check [2008]
3. The Teenagers - Reality Check [2008]
4. The Teenagers - Reality Check [2008]
5. The Teenagers - Reality Check [2008]

7:01 PM  
Blogger CP said...

Lots of respect for calling it a "favorites" list, not a "best of." Most people don't have as much tact. Great intro, too. Especially the part about terrible voice in most music blogs. Thanks for keeping it real.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess you win being first. Couldn't wait for the new Lightning Bolt eh?

7:11 PM  
Blogger CP said...

That said, my favorites-list would for sure include Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Kill The Moonlight, The Moon And Antarctica, and Apologies To The Queen Mary.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Forest Gospel said...

(wondering if I write one of those blogs with terrible 'voice')

good list, love everything on it. specially The Strokes...

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boxer

7:23 PM  
Blogger Forest Gospel said...

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7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess anyone who releases an album this Fall is shit out of luck.

7:30 PM  
Blogger abuck said...

This is and will be, the best list of the decade. nice. feels and agaetis are so good. two of my favs.

7:40 PM  
Blogger k. said...

i don't get panda bear but this certainly is an eclectic and solid list chris. well constructed.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To me, what's really only debatable here is whether Person Pitch or Is This It belongs at #1. I could justify either.

The Teenagers?

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot had Heavy Metal Drummer.

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to add two that will be essentail listening in 20 years: Daft Punk Discovery and Interpol TOTBL. Also, agree with BSS-You forgot it in People and Yellow House over Veckatimest any day of the week.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Jeff Luppino-Esposito said...

Milk Eyed Mender over Ys? Very interesting choice! Glad to see Joanna made the list regardless

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No YHF=Asinine

9:14 PM  
Anonymous FoeWeel !!! ??? said...

Great List !!!

10:08 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

Definitely agree with the folks who said moon and antarctica. Otherwise very nice =)

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think pitchfork is pretty much as important as they assert themselves to be. yea its kind of annoying; even problematic. but i am very curious how that will play out

REALLY like the top 5 of this list. like the whole thing. i mean that is it - why beat around the bush - outkast, radiohead, the strokes ...

but
agree white denim?
agree 'yellow house' > veckatimest




"GIRLS" album is in my top 10 for the decade, haven't crushed so hard in so long.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

thanks for all of the comments guys. a number of the albums mentioned here -- kill the moonlight, Ys, yellow house, to name a few -- narrowly missed, but i felt like cutting it off at 20 made sense for me

also i like YHF just fine, but i think it's slightly overrated. also, an album with 'heavy metal drummer' is not making my albums of the decade list. with that said, YHF would be represented on my 'favorite songs' list, as would bows + arrows, white stripes, BSS, daft punk, etc.

10:47 PM  
Blogger Zach said...

remember the streets - original pirate material?

10:58 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

I agree with a lot of this list, but the Avalanches record would be near the top of my best of the decade list.

10:58 PM  
Anonymous Jonathan said...

guys, don't get caught up in agreeing/disagreeing with the list, it's just one person's favorites. i think it's an interesting list and is a good reflection/summation of the blog.

my personal list would include

White Stripes - White Blood Cells
Wilco - YHF
LCD Soundsystem
Interpol - TOTBL

11:03 PM  
Anonymous Devin said...

Chris,

Really interesting to see your choices here. Feel like we've really overlapped over the past few years and it's interesting to see what your foundation is...

I'm always curious how people create these lists, are these albums you've returned to at all? Sometimes I although I hold certain albums in extremely high esteem I rarely return to them at all... seems like music times are so fast moving it's almost hard to revisit near recent history..

11:48 PM  
Blogger grandpa said...

YELLOW HOUSE
TOTBL

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Avalanches. Since I Left You.

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Hieronymus said...

THE STROKES ARE THE OASIS OF THE 00s

5 YEARS ON I STILL CAN'T STAND JOANNA NEWSOM'S FUCKING COCAINE BABY VOICE.

Aside from that qualmage, an acceptable list.

12:40 AM  
Anonymous Kaley said...

Sweet list. Now I'm trying to brainstorm one of my own. It would certainly include the first Constantines record, You Forgot it in People, Since I Left You, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and At Dawn. Now, about the other fifteen . . .

12:49 AM  
Anonymous Derek said...

Ahhh snap, I'm soooo on board with that #1 choice. Undeniable!

Good move on gettin the list up early too. Still got a lot of work to do on mine, ugggh.

12:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHERE THE HECK IS MY MORNING JACKET'S "Z"?

12:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEALTH "Get Color" comes out in a month and needs to be on this list.

1:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Blueprint-Jay-Z????????

I love the rest of the list but seriously not including The Blueprint is a crime.

2:14 AM  
Blogger Stu said...

posting any of carles' work, even as a joke, only encourages him to make more blogs.

2:46 AM  
Blogger i just love stuff. said...

the first album that came to mind after seeing the post title was "person pitch." i got into that album through this blog, and panda bear/ac have become a daily routine for me. feels is such a money choice, o good people of gvsb. fits. donuts. these are infinitely replayable albums. as long as we're sharing:

iron & wine - the shepherd's dog
spoon - gimme fiction
kaki king - legs to make us longer

and the okonokos dvd at night.

i continue to trust your taste in music in order to expand and enhance my listening experience. thanks for your supremely warranted dedication to what it is you do.

2:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell yeah to Persons Pitch, Feels, and Untrue. I personally am not a fan of Dilla and would put Los Angeles but Dilla had MUCH more impact on the world and Donuts seems to be the 00s ...Endtroducing. Great list y'all.

3:01 AM  
Blogger Dexter said...

What the eff is an album????????

6:11 AM  
Blogger mari said...

Maybe of Montreal don't really fit in at GvB, but Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? is definately one of my favourites of the decade.

7:47 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Nice list. Am actually curious to read Pitchfork's big end of decade bonanza. They were 'pretty much the Rolling Stone' of the 00s

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no Beulah?

10:46 AM  
Blogger Nate said...

im worried about these lists being 'too careful' to not use a band twice even though said band still 'may have made two of the 'best' albums of the 00s'

also yeah, i just realized, wheres wilco

11:18 AM  
Blogger sparkwood and 21 said...

girls- album
...although it doesn't hit until september... educated guess=it belongs on this list.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Luca said...

great list. strokes would be my number 1 on the list. also: i'm surprised broken social scene is missing.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

I'm still shocked that White Denim's "Fits" made the top 20 of the decade. That's a ridculously bold statement, and I cannot agree with it.

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Posting a foreward by Carles brings down the integrity of this blog and all the work you put into it. His gimmick ran out a while ago, and I'm curious as to if he can use a grammatical tool other than quotations. Fuck Carles, he is no longer 'cool' or 'relevant'.

12:46 PM  
Anonymous dj said...

Carles sounds like the worst Pitchfork douchebag. I used to think he was cool.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha, poor Carles.

From some of the comments being made, it sounds like his shelf life is nearly up. Oh well. Such is the nature of this fickle scene.

And so it goes.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel like this list sums up why I don't read this blog anymore.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

odd that you "don't read this blog anymore," and yet, here you are, commenting anonymously.

i mean these are the albums (more or less) that sort of reflect what this blog is about, so this list should be pretty predictable to anyone that's ever read the blog. out of curiosity, if you hate this list --which is fine -- why did you ever read the blog?

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

has there ever been a more overrated album than Wilco's YHF? what's the matter with you people

1:33 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Of course it's not balanced, there is no objective view on music, just opinions - which is why it is good you called it a "favourites" list!

I would've liked to see Merriweather Post Pavilion and Cryptograms in there. Veckatimest is a bit overrated in my opinion, although I am thrilled to see Person Pitch at the top!

Oh, and that Carles character is really terrible: "Oh look I'm holding a mirror up against the pretentiousness of the alternative music scene".

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Wrens "Meadowlands"

2:27 PM  
Blogger henry said...

i think dp - the glad fact is better than 9 or 10 of the albums on the list

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Overall great list. Like others, pretty floored The Moon and Antarctica isn't up there.

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great list but I'm surprised that:

Feels is your favorite AC album.
Madvillainy and is below Clipse
Silent Shout is so low

Others I would have on my list:
AIR- Talkie Walkie
Flaming Lips- yoshimi battles the pink robots
Deltron- Deltron 3030
Binary Star- Masters of the Universe
Flying Lotus- Los Angeles
High Places- High Places
Ratatat- Classics

3:14 PM  
Anonymous noah said...

sum 41 - all killer no filler FTW

3:18 PM  
Anonymous J said...

piracy funds terrorism. hell yes.
cool list, chris.

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF, Where's *insert shitty record that anonymous commenter probably lost his virginity to here*???

Also, check out my band's record from 2003 @ wwww.myspace.com/tildeathdouspartlyblackinside

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

WTF, Where's *insert shitty record that anonymous commenter probably lost his virginity to here*???

Also, check out my band's record from 2003 @ wwww.myspace.com/tildeathdouspartlyblackinside

4:25 PM  
Anonymous smh said...

"yeah dude Outkast, Clipse and Ghostface are "indie" rap. get out of here."

wait, let me get my backpack on \m/

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree with The Teenagers -Reality check as album of the millennium.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think i like yellow house or even horn of plenty better than veckatimest and i like ys better than the milk eyed mender but maybe only because of only skin
but overall i think i agree with most parts of this list

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i find it pretty funny that people feel such an intense need to agree/disagree with someone else's "favorites." this is a good list because it is honest and speaks to what GvB is all about.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Kinetic Austin said...

I'm a reader of HRO but this list is GARBAGE TITS! If you're going to have Kid A then you should have Amnesiac up there too. I'd like to say I'm pretty well up to date on music, not an expert but still, I pay attention, White Denim? wtf? Outta here. I listen to Ghostface but that is not even HIS best record let alone one of THE best of 2k9. OUT. Actually wait, It'd be easier to go the other way. Kid A stays, Stankonia stays, Ágætis Byrjun stays, the rest you can shove in the trash can. Done and Done

8:32 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

def. hell hath no fury, b.

8:58 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Everyone here is a Pitchfork groupie.

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

Very good list - but how about The Good The Bad and The Queen?

Streets was arguably top 3 - and how about The Libertines?

10:39 PM  
Anonymous James said...

Wait Chris, so Devotion was your 9th favorite album of 2008, but it's in your top 20 albums of the decade?? That's a hell of a lot of growing.

10:47 PM  
Anonymous emily said...

i like you guys and i like the things that you do and i like your taste and i like your opinions and i value them and i like this list.

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SOURCE TAGS - TRAIL OF DEAD.

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Rilo Kiley?! The Execution of All Things
or Jenny Lewis Rabbit Fur Coat

11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Rilo Kiley?! The Execution of All Things
or Jenny Lewis Rabbit Fur Coat

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll give someone $10,000 if they can explain to me how YHF is overrated

12:17 AM  
Anonymous Thought Pageant said...

Clinic's Internal Wrangler is still great.. if any Wilco record goes up there it's the new one or Summerteeth.. The Libertine's Up The Bracket also..

12:51 AM  
Anonymous vicrecords said...

great list.i dont agree with clipse though..

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey what about
1. My band's 1st album
2. My friend's band's 1st album
3. etc fuck off

3:14 AM  
Blogger Abi said...

I agree with all the commenters re: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and Moon & Antarctica. Two life-changing albums for me, anyway.

And if we're talking about overrated albums, I think "Person Pitch" is number one on that list. I don't deny that it's a great album, but seriously...it's not that good.

3:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YHF, Modest mouse, and trail of dead are all boring as hell. white people, man. smdh

9:30 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

@ james, re: "so Devotion was your 9th favorite album of 2008, but it's in your top 20 albums of the decade?"

david contributed to this list as well, and it was his #1 of 2008. but yeah, i think it holds up extremely well, obviously

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Postal Service\ Give Up?

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got three albums in 2009 alone that are better than Veckatimest. I'll swap you one Bon Iver for your Sufjan. But I'm glad to see The Strokes up there. Oh, and those people who say the decade ends in 2010 are right. A decade is ten years. When I count to ten I start at one (as in 2001) and end in ten (as in 2010). Who the hell starts at zero and goes to nine?

10:32 AM  
Anonymous manchester city said...

I recommend

The Script - The Script
Daughtry - Leave This Town
Simple Plan - Simple Plan

10:37 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

"Oh, and those people who say the decade ends in 2010 are right. A decade is ten years. When I count to ten I start at one (as in 2001) and end in ten (as in 2010). Who the hell starts at zero and goes to nine?"

alright this is the single worst argument i've heard for this yet. 2000-2009 is ten years. unless you think 2000 was part of the '90s, which it's not. i mean this can't be that hard for people to comprehend.

also i don't really like bon iver, but that's cool if you do.

10:41 AM  
Anonymous cancerbreaths said...

I like carles. Everything he said was true and his use of quotation marks is a valid rhetorical tool. So fuck yall.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At Dawn, Yoshimi, and Postal Service were hopefully close to being in your top 20. They are in my top 20 but I don't have a 'music blog' with 'mad hits' like you do - wish I did but glad u do keep up the 'great work'

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the shins - oh, inverted world??????????

5:18 PM  
Blogger shad0wgummi said...

i totoally agree with feels. im glad someone backs me up on that album.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Kelie said...

This seems a little premature, doesn't it?

I do have to say, I'm SHOCKED at the lack of Wilco's YHF, but to each his own, I guess.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous jaytsonn said...

Here's mine:

1. Radiohead -- Kid A
2. Panda Bear -- Person Pitch
3. Wilco -- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
4. J Dilla -- Donuts
5. Califone -- Quicksand / Cradlesnakes
6. Sufjan Stevens -- Illinoise
7. Sonic Youth -- Murray Street
8. Wilco -- A Ghost Is Born
9. Blur -- Think Tank
10. Papa M -- Whatever, Mortal
11. Radiohead -- Amnesiac
12. Silver Jews -- Bright Flight
13. Stephen Malkmus -- Real Emotional Trash
14. Neko Case -- Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
15. Ween -- White Pepper
16. Super Furry Animals -- Phantom Power
17. Spoon -- Gimme Fiction
18. Jens Lekman -- Night Falls Over Kortedala
19. Menomena -- Friend and Foe
20. Dirty Projectors -- Bitte Orca

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

man... it's effing hard to think about the past ten years of albums and try to narrow it down (or even build it up) to 20. i'd usually be able to find SOMETHING to complain about here, but i'm pretty sure the list i make (in my mind) will have a lot more holes than yours did... maybe if i drop the weed habit for a few days, i can actually remember what i listened to in college.
... i could say that there (for my tastes) is a lack of gritty garage albums on the list (black lips, anything king khan does, etc), but that's okay if yer not into it... garage albums also have a tendancy to have at least a few clunkers.... so maybe if it were top singles.
anyways, just an incredibly wordy "nice work" and "i can't really complain this time".
...i'd have liked to have had my memory jogged a little more by some of the other commenters, wilco, modest mouse??? yeah yeah, i know. I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU GUYS LEFT OFF THE GARDEN STATE SOUNDTRACK (jk doodz)

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fail. no daft punk on the list.

11:27 PM  
Blogger Karl said...

Good list but I really believe Life Without Buildings' Any Other City is a top 20 candidate of this decade.

2:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why did "Piract Funds Terrorism" beat out M.I.A's first or second cd when it didn't even have an impact like those 2 and it was just remixes and some unreleased tracks from those two?

And "Veckatimest" beat out "Yellow House", call me a purist, but no.

3:52 AM  
Blogger Bern said...

Wow...I was already cringing before reading the list but I was actually impressed at how diverse / balanced it is. Also extremely happy to see Burial's "Untrue" on there... That's a record that I feel doesn't get the love + respect it deserves from the US indy community.

Only other one I'd add is:
DeepChord presents Echospace - The Coldest Season [Modern Love]

Probably the only other electronic record of the decade that comes close to Untrue but definitely tougher to get into although equally amazing.

2:35 PM  
Blogger circumstance said...

broken social scene


j dilla

5:36 PM  
Blogger Fernando said...

Great list. I would argue for these too:

Daft Punk - Discovery
Fennesz - Endless Summer
Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner
Mum - Yesterday Was Dramatic...
Luomo - Vocal City

11:29 PM  
Blogger Shelby Wilson said...

Mmmmm yes, all good yes... but this list is lacking.

12:29 AM  
Blogger lintash said...

The Avalanches - Since I Left You
The Strokes - Room On Fire
The Icarus Line - Penance Soiree
Boards of Canada - Campfire Headphase
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
Beck - Guero
TV on the Radio - Desparate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes
The Juan Maclean - Less than Human
Thom Yorke - Eraser
The Shins - Oh Inverted World

Great concise list, these are some of my personal highlights

1:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great list. Not my picks but still great. Haven't heard that ghostface album either D:

12:51 PM  
Blogger The Perfume River said...

only thing i completely disagree w/ is a white englishman casually talking w/ a slight flow over some beats... aka le streets- bougie. bougie. bougie. that record is solely for kids who never spent the time getting into garage/grime... anything wiley ever did over mike fucking skinner

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Avalanches is the only big omission. Thats music right there folks. Is this it pretty much was the genesis of hipsterdom. Just makin bold statements here...

10:37 PM  
Blogger radioflyer said...

Nice list, though a little wimpy for my tastes. I agree with the commenters above that there might be a couple of candidates coming out yet this fall, though. Lightning Bolt especially - though that doesn't seem like your cup of tea of anyway.

Since this is a "favorites" list and not a "best of" list, there's really no point in arguing. There are a few albums I'm shocked to see missing, but I won't say which, as I am working on my own decade list now and don't want to give away the ending!

Thanks for the thoughtful, if unadventurous, list.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wheres will smith?

12:13 PM  
OpenID acquiescetomusic said...

this is a fantastic list. well rounded and albiet you guys had a lot of tough choices...these are all great and important records. great list.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yankee hotel foxtrot.

i concur.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I definately agree with The Strokes, Ghostface, MIA, and Sigur Ros. But I think this list of best albums of all time does more justice to music. http://www.ranker.com/list/favorite-albums-of-all-time-_april-2009_/paul-pearson

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is This It should NOT be in the top ten.

2:32 AM  
Anonymous President Wiliam H. Taft said...

When are critics going to admit that Animal Collective sucks nuts on the fucking regular?

5:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Horrors Primary Colors should be on that list.

12:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FINALLY donuts is getting some love!

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm goodddd list , id add battles and jaga jazzist somewhere in that but panda and dilla are both sample based musicians , interesting to note how much of their tunes are actually them , like person pitch is like 70% not him, and donuts is like a dj mix

2:47 PM  
Blogger jlia said...

Here's a couple I haven't seen mentioned yet:

1. Mountain Goats - All Hail West Texas
2. Smog - A River Ain't Too Much To Love
3. Architecture in Helsinki - In Case We Die
4. Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies
5. Black Mountain - S/T
6. M83 - Before the Dawn Heals Us
7. Death Cab - We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes (this album is great no matter how cool it got to hate on this band)

10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No The Trials Of Van Occupanther?

Need explanation...

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why's everyone so hasty?? The decade is definitely not over yet.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mine is =

1.Radiohead - Kid A
2.The Knife - Silent Shout
3.Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
4.M.I.A - Arular
5.Grouper - Dragging a Dead Deer Up A Hill
6.Erase Errata - Nightlife
7.Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War
8.Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
9.The Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat
10.Sonic Youth - Murray Street
11.Outkast - Stankonia
12.Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
13.Glass Candy - Beatbox
14.The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
15.Missy Elliott - Miss E...So Addictive
16.Air - Talkie Walkie
17.Gossip - Standing in the Way of Control
18.Annie - Anniemal
19.Deerhoof - Milk Man
20.Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't really agree with Panda Bear album being number one, even though I own it. To me, the best albums cut across all genres and really makes a majority of listeners, regardless of their music preference, go "this is really good" even if it doesn't fit them. For example, could your really stack up "Person Pitch" against saaaaay "the Joshua Tree" or "Master of Puppets"? Hell no.

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 Radiohead - Kid A
2 Sigur rós - ()
3 Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
4 Björk - Medúlla
5 múm - Yesterday was dramatic - today is OK

I'm surprised that Björk wasn't in this list and I like Strokes, but put they in top 5 is an overstatement

2:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your list eats dickkkkkkkkk

Michigan in the top 20 but not Illinoise? That's the biggest giveaway that this blog shouldn't be trusted (nor pitchfork for that matter)

1. Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles Pink Robots
2. Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
3. Radiohead - In Rainbows
4. Postal Service - Give Up
5. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
6. Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
7. Sigur Ros - ()
8 Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
9. Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
10. Explosions In The Sky - The Earth Is Not A cold Dead Place
11. At The Drive In - Relationship Of Command
12. Beach House - Beach House
13. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
14. The Microphones - The Glow Part 2
15. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest/OR Yellow House
16. M83 - Saturdays = Youth
17. Bon Iver - For Emma Forever Ago
19. Elliott Smith - Figure 8
20. Bright Eyes - Lifted

Bright Eyes - Lifted, Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Animal Collective - Sung Tongs, Postal Service - Give Up, Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest, Fleet Foxes, Microphones - Moon, Sigur Ros - (),

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles Pink Robots
2. Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
3. Radiohead - In Rainbows
4. Postal Service - Give Up
5. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
6. Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
7. Sigur Ros - ()
8 Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
9. Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
10. Explosions In The Sky - The Earth Is Not A cold Dead Place
11. At The Drive In - Relationship Of Command
12. Beach House - Beach House
13. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
14. The Microphones - The Glow Part 2
15. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest/OR Yellow House
16. M83 - Saturdays = Youth
17. Bon Iver - For Emma Forever Ago
19. Elliott Smith - Figure 8
20. Bright Eyes - Lifted

6:23 PM  
Blogger Perrata 2000 said...

This list is seriously lacking in testosterone.Not a single rock and roll record in the bunch. I don't think a lot of these records will age well or stand the test of time. Too many of bands with directional hairstyles or t-shirets one size too small and not enough wig out r+r.Disappointing!
This is more of a "my favorite albums" than realy "albums of the decade"...

1:08 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

thus the writeup, which says this is a list of "our favorite albums"

1:35 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

How can you not include Interpol's "Turn on the Bright Lights" or The Libertines' "The Libertines"? Shame on you.

4:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU
MICHIGAN > ILLINOISE

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Brandon said...

YHF is overrated because the music lacks in any areas of interest. dull guitar work, dull vocal work, nothing interesting exciting or meaningful to be found on the album. The whole album drags as one piece and there is maybe one song that can stand alone. Regardless of how much it affected you when you first started "really getting into music" that doesnt make it a well written album. Simply a favorite. Thus the "shocking" ability of the album to be overrated. People love it for no apparent reason. Ill take that ten grand.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Richie said...

Nice list. Props for including Donuts. Sound of Silver can't be denied though.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Mr. Shetty said...

Indie Music List 00's(Not In Order)

Kid A - Radiohead

Person Pitch - Panda Bear

Is This It - The Strokes

MPP - Animal Collective

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco

Funeral - Arcade Fire

Moon + Antartica - Modest Mouse

Rated R - QOTSA

And Then Nothing.... - Yo La Tengo

TOTBL - Interpol

1:30 PM  

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