• My list of ten best albums by year for the last decade. The decade that I truly…

    30 déc. 2010, 4h55m

    2000: Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP

    I remember buying this album and listening to it on my lunch break in my truck at the farmers market I was working at at the time. I then went home and put on my headphones and didn't stop listening the entire night. Was the first time music kept me up all night just listening. Some people may not like the choice, after all, Kid A came out in 2000. But this moment stands out for me and it was over 10 years ago and I remember it like it was yesterday. I think I was too young for Radiohead at the time.

    2001: Daft Punk - Discovery

    Electronic music sucked before this album. And I remember downloading this album on Napster using my Packard Bell PC and liking it so much that I went out and bought the CD because I needed the higher bitrate. It was that good. And 9 years later.. It still is that good.

    2002: Bright Eyes - Lifted

    This was a hard decision, but one that was made because this was the first vinyl I ever purchased. This was also the album that really got me into indie music and opened me up to the world of music outside of what the radio forces into our ears. Runners up were Coldplay's Rush of Blood to the Head and The Good Life's Blackout.

    2003: Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism

    Another tough tough year to choose. I kept coming back to DCFC, because of the amount of plays this album has in my iTunes. I saw them tour for this album with a friend and it was one of the most memorable concerts I have ever been to. The stage completely dark except for a single flood light on the floor pointed up at the drummer as he played the title track with sweat pouring off of his face onto the drums is and always be a flashbulb memory for me. Runners up include Damien Rice's O, Cursive's The Ugly Organ, and Postal Service's Give Up

    2004: Arcade Fire - Funeral

    This one is an easy one. The week this album came out, I happened to be at Amoeba record store in Hollywood. I remember reading a review on Pitchfork that gave the album a ridiculous 9.7 rating or something like that. I took the CD to the listening station and went way over my allotted time. I then proceeded to get the vinyl and play it non stop at my house. I remember calling my friend and telling him that he also needed to purchase this album as it will change the way you listen to music. I think this album might be the album of the decade in my book. It’s that good.

    2005: Sigur Ros – Takk

    Hoppipolla, Glosoli, Andvari… What else needs to be said? I was happy with ( ), which came out in 2002. But this was the album that completely blew me away with Sigur Ros. Their critical acclaim came with Agaetis and ( ), but I feel that this is their most accomplished album to date. A band that created a whole new genre of music.

    2006: Damien Rice – 9

    Sad bastard music was taken to a new level when Damien Rice’s 9 crimes came out. Him and Lisa Hannigan on this album just put all the realism of broken and battered relationships out there for the world to sadly relate to. After a breakup that came to a halt for myself in 2006, I found this album to be my voice. So much of this album still resonates my thoughts to this day regarding relationships, love, and the mirage that we live in. Runners up include Thom Yorke’s Eraser and Two Gallants As the Toll Tells.

    2007: Radiohead – In Rainbows

    This album had the same effect on me as Eminem did with the Marshall Mathers LP. I remember going to the website (as this album was distributed without a label) and paid 0$ for it. Downloaded it for free, completely legal. After 24 hours, I went back to the same website and paid 5$ to redownload it again cause I felt guilty. I download shit all the time, but this one I couldn’t just sit and listen to for free. I then also imported the vinyl from the EU. From start to finish, this is one of the most solid albums on the list and would give Funeral a run for the money for album of the decade.

    2008: Girl Talk – Feed the Animals

    Among the other albums on this list, this selection looks to be a mistake. But before this album, I never heard of mashup, or DJ’s combining 5 tracks that don’t go together at all to make a dance album to remember. The first time I heard this was in a friends car and then proceeded to injest as much mashup as I possibly could in the next few weeks. This album led the way.

    2009: Kent – Röd

    This is probably the least known artist and album on the list as the whole album is in Swedish and was never distributed in the US. Kent has a long history with me, and initially heard them back when I was 20. This album, although way more electronic then previous albums, is the pinnacle of the discography. It is an album you can play in a club, it is an album you can listen to by yourself. It is just an incredible album all around. It makes you wish you didn’t live in the US, cause something like this shouldn’t be kept out of people’s ears.

    2010: Tim Kasher – The Game of Monogomy

    As the album title suggests, Tim spends the entire album singing about marriage, dating, love, and everything else in between. This can be passed off as cliché and a story told a million times. But no one I have ever heard has been able to make each track relate to situations or relationships that I have been in myself during my life as I have stumbled through and destroyed relationships. Tim’s method of storytelling just has a way of cutting through all the shit and revealing how fucked up we are as humans when it comes to relationships. How imperfect and stupid we are, but still trying to do what we think is best. The Prodigal Husband is one of the most beautiful, relatable tracks I have ever heard. Runners up this year is Adam Haworth Steven’s We Live on Cliffs and Jonsi’s Go Live.