This is the fourth stop (out of ten) on the Albums Of The Decade Blog Tour that features a ton of great music bloggers listing their favorites from the years 2000-2009. Yesterday’s list featured ten albums from Built On A Weak Spot and tomorrow’s will be provided by Clicky Clicky Music. For the complete schedule or any of the other lists, go check out Albums Of The Decade Blog Tour.
I’m not sure how anyone is realistically supposed to accurately and/or adequately represent their favorite albums of a decade in any sort of manageable list – it’s tougher than trying to cram trampolines into garden sheds. I mean, this decade spans about a third of my life and basically my complete adult life. This decade saw me quit my band, get married, finish college, and become a father to two awesome little girls, one of whom turns four years old today. It’s impossible but here’s at least a half-assed attempt. Oh, Happy Birthday Hailey!
10. Cursive – Domestica (Saddle Creek, 2000)
This is the sound of catharsis recorded to tape. You want emotional, just have a listen.
09. The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come For Free (Vice, 2004)
I don’t listen to a lot of hip-hop or rap music, and (to me) this isn’t so much a hip-hop album as it is a brilliant narrative.
08. The Weakerthans – Reunion Tour (Epitaph, 2007)
The first “rock” song that my first daughter sang along to is from this album. This album reminds me of the cat we just had to put down. John K Samson is a genius. Nuff said.
07. At The Drive-In – Relationship Of Command (Grand Royal, 2000)
These guys slept on the floor of our one-bedroom apartment in 1998 after blowing us away with their live show earlier in the evening. This record is truly important.
06. Minus The Bear – Menos El Oso (Suicide Squeeze, 2005)
I never really thought I liked Minus The Bear that much until I realized that we listen to this album all the time and that whenever the wife and I can’t agree on what to listen to we turn to Menos El Oso.
05. The Weight – Ten Mile Grace (Sabot, 2004)
So few people are familiar with Joseph Plunkett and The Weight (especially this album) and it’s downright criminal.
04. The Dismemberment Plan – Change (DeSoto, 2001)
When the Dismemberment Plan broke up in 2003, I stopped dancing at shows. This isn’t even their best album and it’s still better than almost everything else.
03. Lucero – That Much Further West (Tiger Style, 2003)
This was the first Lucero record I heard and I fell head over heels for ‘em. They are now my favorite (active) band.
02. The Hold Steady – Boys And Girls In America (Vagrant, 2006)
“Hey citrus, hey liquor, I love it when you touch each other.”
01. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch, 2002)
Put Jeff Tweedy’s songwriting genius up against Jay Bennet’s knob-twiddling and what you get is this landmark album. When it’s all said and done, this will be Wilco’s defining album. Heck, it already is.
Other great albums from the 2000′s: Gratitude – Gratitude, The Blood Brothers – Burn Piano Island, Burn, Bloc Party – Silent Alarm, The Postal Service – Give Up, Mates Of State – Re-Arrange Us, and many more…
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