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Best (50) Albums 2000-2010/Fun!

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Sept 5, 2011 10:19:24 GMT -5
I was aimlessly stumbling around the internet last night and landed on Rolling Stones "Best Albums of the Decade" list and noticed that there were a number of artists I'd not heard of and that there was a whole lot of Kings of Leon and U2. It got me thinking that I've always been pretty shitty at keeping up with new albums and such, but it also got me thinking that Rolling Stone's list is not where I'd like to start exploring unheard albums from (I believe every album KoL and U2 made in the decade cracked the top 50!). So I thought it'd be cool for us to post our 50 favorite albums between 2000-2010 and maybe I can get caught up with the times from all of you fine people.

50 probably sounds like a lot, but I feel if we go with anything under 30 we are gonna see too many repeats. Plus it's fun! It's a list, what's not fun about it? I could list all day long. Quick go have fun, or have fun at the speed you normally have fun at. It's a big world out there and I can respect we all have fun at different intensity levels so don't nobody go hurting themselves trying to feel you must hold yourself to some kind of socially assumed fun level that all the cool kids are saying you must be at, take your time or don't of course, if that's your thing, right?. Cool.

Also, just list what ever album you liked to listen to. I don't think this list should concern itself with the cultural significances of the decade. As in, don't include a dub-step album just cuz you gotta represent the fact that womping happened in the 2000's which leads you to scouring your foggy memory for the most perfect proto dub-step album you can think of (Which was probably already done by Beethoven oh so long ago anyway, so give up with that nonsense). Unless of course that specific Womper is something you just plain ol' liked. We clear? Of course we are, nothing complicated about that. Do we all remember what's happening here? That's right, we're having fun.

Oh yeah, reissues don't count, nor do b-sides, outakes, or anything other than a proper album. These are the rules.

Here are 50 from me in no particular order.

Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part 1
Of Montreal – Coquelicot yada yada... and so forth.. and so on...
New Pornographers – Mass Romantic
The Avalanches – Since I left You
Tom Waits – Real Gone
Colin Stetson - New History Waterfare Vol. 1
Modest Mouse – The Moon and Antarctica
Beachwood Sparks – Once We Were Trees
Tindersticks - Can Our Love
Sparkelhorse – It’s A Wonderful Life
Radiohead – Kid A
The Constantines – Shine A Light
Wilco – A Ghost Is Born
Beck – Sea Change
Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People
Caribou – Swim
Animal Collective – Sung Tongs
TV on the Radio – Return to Cookie Mountain
They Might Be Giants – No!
Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
My Morning Jacket – Z
Silver Jews – Tanglewood Numbers
13 and God – 13 and God
Bruce Springsteen – We Shall Overcome
Cut Chemist – The Audience is Listening
The Deadly Snakes – Porcella
The National – Alligator
Panda Bear – Person Pitch
The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse
Beirut – The Flying Cup Club
Feist – The Reminder
Fuck Buttons – Street Horsing
Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog – Party Intellectuals
Black Mountain – In the Future
Dirty Projectors – Bitte Ocra
LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
The Drive-By Truckers – The Big To Do
Snowglobe – Doing the Distance
The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
Ween – White Pepper
Tom Waits – Alice
The Unicorns – I was Born A Unicorn
Man Man – Six Demon Bag
Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump
Hawksley Workman – For Him and the Girls
The Rheostatics – Night Of the Shooting Stars
Lemon Jelly – LemonJelly, KY
The Pernice Brothers - Yours, Mine & Ours
The Drive-By Truckers – Brighter Than Creations Dark
Tom Waits – Blood Money

EDIT: Damn, I forgot about the Pernice Brothers. All their 2000 stuff was solid but I would add "Your, Mine & Ours" to this list in a heart beat.


Posted by interstateeight
Sept 5, 2011 10:22:27 GMT -5
DAMN IT FD

I HAVE SHIT TO DO TODAY
Posted by Drew
Sept 5, 2011 12:29:58 GMT -5
I put the first fifteen in order, then I just filled in the gaps. My list is sort of boring, a little Pitchfork-y, but whatever, I stand by all of these albums. Also, I'm sure I'm forgetting 10 or so that I ordinarily would have put up here.

Circulatory System - Circulatory System
The Strokes - Is This It?
Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?
The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell
Joanna Newsom - Ys
Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
Arcade Fire - Funeral
Sigur Ros - ()
The Microphones - The Glow, Pt. 2
Belle & Sebastian - Fold Your Hands, Child, You Walk Like a Peasant
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema

Iron & Wine - The Creek Drank the Cradle
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
The Decemberists - Her Majesty the Decemberists
M.I.A. - Kala
The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing in the Hands
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
Beach House - Teen Dream
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Radiohead - Kid A
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me
Lil Wayne - The Carter III
Kanye West - Graduation
Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
Gossip - Music for Men
chune-yArDs - BiRd BrAiNs
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
Daft Punk - Discovery
Spoon - Girls Can Tell
Spoon - Kill the Moonlight
Future Islands - In Evening Air
The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America
Jens Lekman - Oh You’re So Silent Jens
Liars - Drum’s Not Dead
The Long Winters - When I Pretend to Fall
The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
Baths - Cerulean
The Field - From Here We Go Sublime
Figurines - Skeleton
Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing
Micachu and the Shapes - Jewellery
Viking Moses - Crosses
Sept 6, 2011 11:29:22 GMT -5
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The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs


Dreeeeeeeeww, this came out in 1999! Although I wouldn't even fault some future boarder in the year 2030 if they put it on their 2020-2030 Best of List. Shit is timeless.
Posted by wompwomp
Sept 6, 2011 16:03:12 GMT -5
alright lets give this a shot:

LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening (#2)
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (#5)
The Strokes - Is This It?
Daft Punk - Discovery
Chemical Brothers - Further
Girl Talk- Feed the Animals
Arcade Fire - Funeral (#3)
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Jay-Z - Black
Jay-Z - The Blueprint
Kanye West - College Dropout (#4)
Kanye West - MBTDF
Outkast - Stankonia
Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot
Cut Copy - In Ghost Colors
The White Stripes - Elephant
The Antlers - Hospice
The Arkells - Jackson Square
Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People (#1)
Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Chromeo - Fancy Footwork
Dan Deacon - Bromst
Diane Birch - Bible Belt
Foals - Total Life Forever
Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport
Gaslight Anthem - 59 Sound
The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid
Joel Plaskett Emergency - Down at the Khyber
Joel Plaskett Emergency - Truthfully, Truthfully
Josh Ritter - The Animal Years
Justice - Cross
Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon: The End of Day
The Knife - Deep Cuts
MGMT - Oracular Spectular
Miike Snow - Miike Snow
My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves
The National - Boxer
Passion Pit - Manners
Phantogram - Eyelid Movies
Robyn - Body Talk
Sleigh Bells - Treats
Temper Trap - Conditions
Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History
The XX- XX
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz

EDIT: added rankings for my top 5
Posted by know ID yuh
Sept 6, 2011 16:20:09 GMT -5
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Although I wouldn't fault some future boarder in the year 2030 if they put it on their 2020-2030 Best of List. Shit is timeless.


Just for clarification, are you asking us to compile a top 50 of the first decade of the century (2000-2009), or a top 50 of the century so far minus this year (11 years, 2000 - 2010). The above quoted text makes me think the former was intended.
Sept 6, 2011 16:54:14 GMT -5
Ha ha. I knew I'd get busted on that sooner or later. I included 2010 as part of the "decade" for no other reason than some decent albums came out in 2010 that I personally wanted to add to the list. I make the "decade" rules 'round these parts! Also, I was being serious about my lack of current release knowledge, so personally it serves me quite nicely to have it go all the way to 2010.
Posted by wompwomp
Sept 6, 2011 17:30:02 GMT -5
Just noticed something funny on Pitchforks "Top Albums of the 2000s",

Original rating for Daft Punk - Discovery: 6.4

Where Discovery ranked on the top 200 albums of the 2000s? #3

Nailed it.
Posted by newjersey
Sept 6, 2011 19:30:35 GMT -5
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Just noticed something funny on Pitchforks "Top Albums of the 2000s",

Original rating for Daft Punk - Discovery: 6.4

Where Discovery ranked on the top 200 albums of the 2000s? #3

Nailed it.


Exhibit A: pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/184-i-get-wet/
Exhibit B: pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/7707-the-top-200-albums-of-the-2000s-150-101/?utm_source=related
Posted by Pea
Sept 6, 2011 19:40:30 GMT -5
I think all that proves is that those Pitchfork lists are collaborative efforts by the staff rather than a reflection of the individual reviews.

/Pea's "no shit" statement of the day.
Sept 6, 2011 19:43:04 GMT -5
The Pitchforks are bad, but they don't hold a candle to how bad CoS is. They have zero consistency and make straight up lies about shit. The one good thing is they have a comment section that you can point out all their terribleness on. When they reviewed the Flaming Lips @ Sas. they made no mention of the Soft Bulletin not being completed or the cake or anything. They were just like "solid set", because they clearly left halfway through, if they even went, to see Yeasayer. That's one of a thousand examples. Fuck those people.
Posted by Horned Gramma
Sept 6, 2011 19:47:17 GMT -5
That word filter just came into its own in a big way.
Posted by davers
Sept 6, 2011 20:21:19 GMT -5
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I think all that proves is that those Pitchfork lists are collaborative efforts by the staff rather than a reflection of the individual reviews.

/Pea's "no shit" statement of the day.


I had this all typed up then read further down and saw that you beat me to it:

Really it's not a huge shock that the review doesnt agree with the top 200 list. The review is by 1 person and the list is (as far as I know) all or most of the writers.

Being this is the first time I have read this list, it really isnt a surprise, though I dont think Kid A was the best album of the last decade.

Is anyone going to make a list in actual order or are we all too scared to get into a debate about what was the best album of the decade?
Posted by J-Dawg
Sept 6, 2011 20:23:24 GMT -5
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Is anyone going to make a list in actual order or are we all too scared to get into a debate about what was the best album of the decade?

Owl City - Ocean Eyes
/debate

Note to the humour-impaired: every thread is every thread.
Sept 6, 2011 20:24:37 GMT -5
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Is anyone going to make a list in actual order or are we all too scared to get into a debate about what was the best album of the decade?


Step right up Davers. Order that shit. "That" being your.