FT50: Albums of the ’00s

0828top5coverWhat?   You still listen to THAT album?  That record is so 2004!  Well, that’s okay, because we really like that one too, which is why we decided to come up with a list of our favorite albums of the last decade (2000-2009).  Sure, these might not be YOUR favorite records, or the most critically acclaimed, but we sat down and really thought out every record from the past ten years that we keep coming back to in our collections.  You’re likely to disagree with some of these, and we won’t tell you we’re absolutely right we just know that these happen to be OUR favorites.  If you think we totally blew it here, feel free to tell us so, but be nice, as our egos are kind of fragile.  Follow the jump for more.

50. Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf – I don’t smoke pot, so stoner rock makes me feel connected

49. The Dutchess and the DukeTh e Dutchess and the Duke – Destined to haunt your spellcheck forever.

48. New PornographersElectric Version – What wasn’t good about this album?

47. Magnetic FieldsI – While not their best, it made me realize how sad it could be to walk around town, alone, as a circus clown.

46. Ted Leo and the RxHearts of Oak – Consistently awesome, consistently Ted.  I’d do him.

45. Of MontrealSunlandic Twins – This is when things got weird, and we loved it.

44. Antony and the JohnsonsI am a Bird Now – Antony made it cool to be transgendered and beautiful.

43. Rilo Kiley – Execution of All Things – The most solid album for the group, though not one of their better known.

42. Band of HorsesEverything All the Time – I still listen to Funeral at least once a month.

41. The KillersHot Fuss – Don’t lie, not only do you own this, but you know all the words.

40. Bright EyesLifted, or the Story is in the Soil – Back when he cried on stage, Conor Oberst wrote this gem. It was also part of the Christm -akuh starter package.

39. Q and Not UNo Kill No Beep Beep – They made it okay to use handclaps in post-punk.

38. BeckSea Change – Beck goes acoustic? Yep, and he’ll make you cry.

37. Les Savy FavGo Forth – Dear Tim, you can sweat on me anytime.

36. UnicornsWho Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone – Their break-up spawned a hydra-head of indie bands, most of which we love.

35. Nada SurfLet Go – This convinced us that indie rock was “Popular”.

34. Postal ServiceGive Up – The UPS went to war with this band, and we haven’t heard of them since.

33. Flaming LipsYoshimi Battles the Pink Robots – Brilliant album until Wayne decided to walk in a big rubber ball at every show the rest of the decade.

32. InterpolTurn on the Bright Lights – Remember when Carlos D thought he was some sort of soldier? I still wear my holster, but thats it.

31. The KnifeSilent Shout – This is the album to convince your friends you are not normal.

30. Belle and SebastianDear Catastrophe Waitress – Everyone hated on this record, until they realized that it totally ruled.

29. The DecemberistsCrane Wife – Japanese folk tales? Yes please.

28. Death Cab for CutieTransatlanticism – You bought this as soon as Seth gave it to Summer for Christm-akuh.

27. My Morning JacketZ – Jim James rock opera prepares them for an appearance in Elizabethtown.

26. The WalkmenBows and Arrows – This record booked them a tour with Incubus, it was that good.

25. Iron and WineOur Endless Numbered Days – Does this guy still live in Dripping Springs? Can I stop by sometime?

24. At the Drive-InRelationship of Command – The next Rage Against the Machine imploded and made records for people in a coma.

23. Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy – The band grew up here, “For Real”.

22. Camera ObscuraLets Get Out of This Country – “Lloyd I’m Ready to be Heart Broken” is still kicking in my head.

21. Wolf ParadeApologies to the Queen Mary – Our apologies to Wolf Parade for not making this higher.

20. Sun Kill MoonGhosts of the Great Highway – Don’t listen to this if you’re a cutter; you’ll die.

19. TV on the Radio – Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes -Everyone prefers Return to Cookie Mountain but they are wrong.

18. Franz FerdinandFranz Ferdinand – We danced to this all year, still do.

17. Grizzly BearYellow House – Better than Veckatimest, solid all the way through.

16. New AmsterdamsWorse for the Wear – This is Emo for grown ups.

15. Trail of DeadSource Tags and Codes -Pitchfork gave this a 10, so we had to put it on here.

14. White StripesWhite Blood Cells – Pleased to meet you Mr. White.  Is that your sister/wife behind the drums?

13. Explosions in the SkyThe Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place – Not just for those Friday Night Lights.

12. Modest Mouse- Moon and Antarctica – The last album before they got shiny and clean.

11. The WrensMeadowlands – Start to finish, this record wins on every song.

10. Bloc PartySilent Alarm – Back in the day, they used instruments and made you dance.

9. The ShinsOh Inverted World – Did they “Change your life?”

8. RadioheadKid A – I hear this band puts out decent albums, but I never heard of em’.

7. The NationalBoxer – Mid-life crisis indie rock certified awesome by NPR.

6. SpoonKill the Moonlight – Four records could make this list, but this one works.

5. Ryan AdamsHeartbreaker – Brilliant Americana by a guy that decided to suck later.

4. Broken Social SceneYou Forgot it In People – It was nice to meet Feist, Amy Milan, and Kevin Drew for the first time.

3. Arcade FireFuneral – How many times did you freak out when you first listened to this?

2. The StrokesIs This it – These guys brought back rock n’ roll, or at least Rolling Stone told us they did.

1. WilcoYankee Hotel Foxtrot – This is the right answer.

163 Comments on “FT50: Albums of the ’00s”

  • Kristin said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Agreed. Minus Queens of the Stone Age.

  • Michael Rice said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Mama said never argue on the internet…

  • RayRay said on Aug 28th, 2009

    @Kristin… So what’s #50?

    @ Michael… as a new member of ATH, we expect you to argue.

  • Trent said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Ya, damn it. Michael get mad! My favorite quote from the article: “These guys brought back rock n’ roll, or at least Rolling Stone told us they did.”

  • Nathan.lankford said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Keep in mind that this list is free of re-releases, compilations, best of and Animal Collective.

  • Michael Rice said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Sorry Ma…

    1.Say what you will about Noble Beast, but Andrew Bird’s Armchair Apocrypha more than deserves a place on this list.

    2. Fugazi’s The Arguement, while less than stellar by Fugazi standards, outshines a great deal of the trash that has come out in the past ten years. Listen to ‘Cash Out’ or ‘Full Disclosure’ and tell me otherwise.

    3.While I love Explosions in the Sky as much as the next greasy haired anglo, their epic bombast comes off as twee-pop compared to Godspeed You(!)Black Emperor(!)’s Yanqui UXO.

    4.And don’t even get me started about A Silver Mount-Whatever-They-Are-Calling-Themselves-These-Days. In this reporters honest opinion ‘Horses in the Sky’ is the best record of the past decade.

    5.I am also contractually obligated to mention the much welcomed return of Coalesce. If you listen to one heavy record this decade. This is the one.

    I refuse to scroll through my iPod to find more…

  • Michael Rice said on Aug 28th, 2009

    OX being the Coalesce record you should listen to…this is what happens when I get flustered.

  • kurtrussell said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Dear ATH,

    What a crock of shit. Who wrote this diarrhea crap of a list? Reveal yourself. No Mastodon? No Ghostface? No Joanna Newsom? YHF is just pointless, noisey drivel disguised as “Dad Rock” and Is This It sounded better when the Rolling Stones did it back in ’64. The only album worth mentioning in this list is Songs for the Deaf, a record with balls. I like balls.

  • RayRay said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Dear Kurt Russell,

    This was written by me and the post author Nathan Lankford.

    So you like records with balls and you like Joanna Newsom? I would say that is the exact opposite of “balls” and quite on the other end of the spectrum.

    As far as Ghostface… I will use your description of YHFT… Ghostface is noisey drivel disguised as “dad rap”. I could maybe take one song but I can only take so much barking and “rapping”.

    I could maybe see your point with Mastodon, but if you’re trying to say The Strokes ripped off The Rolling Stones, Mastodon is ripping off tons of less popular metal bands that have been around a lot longer than Mastodon.

  • RayRay said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Oh and Michael. You bring up good points. This is why I am glad you are now a part of the team!!!

  • dave rupert said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Weakerthans’ Reconstruction Site seems to be missing. I know why it’s not on here. Because the Weakerthans has their heyday in the 90s. BUT. i’d gladly trade all the records on this list for that one.

    also, no Mates of State!

    also, no Kanye.

    … i need to stop myself…

  • gypsyrob said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Insert Dylan’s Love & Theft, please.

    Spot on for Wilco and Kid-A.

  • kurtrussell said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Your omittance of “Fishscale,” “Leviathan,” & “Milk-Eyed Mender” proves YOU are the one who is ignorant. The first tracks alone on these records are better than half of your list.

  • kurtrussell said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Newsom had the “balls” to release a 5-song LP of just her and her f**ckin harp. I don’t know about you Ray but that sounds pretty ballsy to me.

  • Michael Rice said on Aug 28th, 2009

    @kurtrussell: ballsy for someone with a vagina. It effectively cancels itself out.

    Full disclosure: I enjoy all bands being argued here.

  • RayRay said on Aug 28th, 2009

    No that sounds stupid and not like something I’d want to listen to.

    Tweedy had the balls to tell a record company to go f*ck themselves when they didn’t like his record. Newsom may have had balls to try something new and different but that doesn’t mean the music is any good. YHFT is a masterpiece that will be talked about for years to come.

    Your favorite record of last year was what Death Magnetic or Chinese Democracy? Your opinion is now invalid.

  • raygun said on Aug 28th, 2009

    The rebuttal award of the decade goes to Michael Rice.

    We voted. It was unanimous.

  • Greg said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Love it. It’s August and we can chalk this DECADE up to a *lunch hour* of greatest hits. Just a few thoughts, if I may…

    I have to say I totally agree 100% with No. 1. Wilco has been a hometown favorite and amazing band/influence to listen to for years now. (Yes, even “Sky Blue Sky” would have to be included in a top 50)

    However, The Strokes (who I compare to The Sex Pistols and The Spice Girls in that they were manufactured and incapable of producing their music if they were left to fend for themselves) could not have been a worse runner-up selection(and I’ll make my nomination shortly). I would leave off list entirely. Sorry Rolling Stone magazine.

    Also “De Stijl” is the best White Stripes album and should replace “White Blood Cells” (which became a cookie cutter album), and would be slotted much closer to the top 10.

    And I cannot help but wonder why Johnny Cash’s American Recordings (IV: “The Man Comes Around”) was not included? Produced to the “t” and forever exalted in infamy following his death.

    But I would have to strongly defend The Dutchess and The Duke as the runner-up to this list. The Arcade Fire sure make that difficult and so does “Heartbreaker”. Jesse and Kimberly have done what Jack White and others have been hinting at for a while. Compelling instrumental canvases completed with absolute harmony and meaning.

    Perhaps some honorable mentions: Cake – “Prolonging The Magic”, Kings of Leon – “Youth and Young Manhood”, Louis XIV – “The Best Little Secrets Are Kept” and Muse – “Black Holes And Revelations”.

    Thanks so much for sharing. Love the site.

  • King Tut said on Aug 28th, 2009

    OutKast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
    Darkness – Permission To Land
    Nelly – Country Grammar
    Danger Mouse – The Grey Album

    To name a few…

  • Kyle said on Aug 28th, 2009

    @ Rayx2 on “Ys”: Writing and recording a record built of medieval imagery, impossible lyrics full of dead vernacular, and complex arrangements composed by “Smile” mastermind Van Dyke Parks, then putting it out on a notable rock label (Drag City) to critical acclaim, impressive sales, and a world tour just to take the stage night after night with little less than a harp, a 100 lb of skin and bones, and the most inhumanly versatile voice heard in pop culture since Billy Holiday. I’d say, hands down, Joanna Newsome has some huge balls. Fuckin Massive.

  • raygun said on Aug 28th, 2009

    SInce I’m the country music guy around here, I’ll add:

    Johnny Cash – American IV: The Man Comes Around
    Johnny Cash – American V: A Hundred Highways

  • Trent said on Aug 28th, 2009

    I second raygunz cash albums.

  • ramalahamdam said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Wow! How did I know this list was going to spark such foul-mouthed-laced controversy? “Fishscale” is classic, but “Supreme Clientele” is well…supreme. I agree w/ Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. When I first heard this record, I hated it. Fast-forward five years down the road and it manages to hit all the emotional bases (Tweedy’s songwriting, Jay’s fantastic soundscapes and the band’s loose-production) I still have not heard a record quite like this one. One that hits all the right notes (even when some are flat). The same can be said for Kid A & Funeral.

    Records I would have included:

    Outkast – Stankonia (I know ATH does not cover hip-hop, but Sweet Jesus, if this isn’t a universally appealing record! Three letters. B.O.B)

    Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (Snot-nosed Sheffield kids made a perfect record)

    …and of course Jay-Z’s The Blueprint & Mastodon’s Leviathan:)


  • RayRay said on Aug 28th, 2009

    @Kyle. Okay whatever guys. She has “balls”. I’ll give it to ya, the woman has huge balls. I’ll even give her some credit for trying something new and being brave enough to do that. However, her album “Ys” has no place on this list because it is not good.

    @Greg. The Strokes unable to produce their own music? Have you not checked out all the side projects that have come from that group? As much as I used to love the Kings of Leon, but I think maybe that’s the group you’re thinking of…
    Oh and I agree, I think D&D will move up this list as time goes on.

  • Greg said on Aug 28th, 2009

    @RayRay. I try but just cannot let the side projects that both stemmed from and fueled The Strokes justify “Is This It?”. As for KOL, I understand the disappointment with their evolution, but again, they are developing into their own by not duplicating an album over and over. U2 is a prime example of what can happen if you disregard your own sound and take a serious and bold next step (Although so was Ryan Adams and you said it best when he “decided to suck later”). Not saying KOL is U2, but The Strokes, like so many (and completely aside from other projects) have just not done that.

    Again, nothing but love for you guys and this site. Keep it up.

  • bRETT said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Very nice list.
    10 years seems like a long time ago

    in 2000…
    Saves the Day – Stay What You Are
    Deltron 3030

    Weezer – Green Album

    a decade of meh… I can’t really put the releases of the last five years or so in enough perspective to make a coherent list. Either that, or I need more new music in my life.

    at or near the top for me:
    Beck – sea change
    Nada surf – Let Go
    MMJ – Z

    on the list somewhere…
    Spoon – like you said, pick one
    Mates of State – similar problem..
    Hold Steady – boys and girls in america
    every other MMJ album
    Gnarls Barkley – St Elsewhere
    decemberists’ – crane wife

    I think you have the wrong Grizzly Bear album up there. I fall asleep in a yellow house.

    I prefer in Rainbows to Kid A, but would probably slap myself 10 years ago for that sentiment.

    I prefer the strokes 2nd album, room on fire. But you may have a point about the significance, at least from a popularity standpoint.

    well done gentlemen.

  • raygun said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Deltron 3030. Brain fart.

    Shit, good call Brett. Top 5 for me.

  • RayRay said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Yeah no shit man. Deltron 3030. That’s my bad. No that’s a fucking hip hop/rap album. Can I change the list?

  • nathan.lankford said on Aug 28th, 2009

    I just want to throw in a quick note here….The Strokes for me, brought me back out of emo. Sure, they have some slick production, but I won’t even deny that I love their last album, adore the side-projects, etc. I can see how they might not have evolved like KOL, but I don’t want them too. KOL lost 1800 lbs of hair, and every ball shared between the band. KOL rode the shirttails of The Strokes, and got their break as being friends…I remember the exact article.

    As for Joanna Newsom…I love that girl, have seen her twice, and admittedly await something new, but it’s not something I see as a longstanding album, either one. It’s something completely involved in whatever mood Im in that encourages me to listen to her…the rest of these albums can go on anytime.

    It was all up for debate anyways, but I think we did the best we could with our mixed tastes, and I apologize for my lack of knowledge in the hip-hop arena, but it was never my bag.

  • chadwick said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Wow!!! Great list………..oh wait, no outkast, no Jay Z, no ghostface. The only thing i can say is RACIST!!!!!!

  • Michael Rice said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Maybe I can bring a little color to these proceedings?

  • Lewis said on Aug 28th, 2009

    Heartbreaker isn’t even close to being Ryan Adams best album–that would be Love is Hell or Cold Roses, and he didn’t decide to suck, people decided that he’d strayed a little too far from Americana.

  • carneydog said on Aug 29th, 2009

    nice list RR…

    of course I agree on most–great call on Modest Mouse and Sun Kil Moon too…but gimmie more:

    Devendra Banhart “Rejoicing in the Hands”
    Bjork “Vestpertine”
    Bonnie Prince Billy “Superwolf”
    Sigur Ros “Aegis Bjurnum”

    And the #1 album of the decade, released unfortunately on 9/11 as well:


    Dylan’s modern masterpiece, untouchable, the baddest tough-guy songs you’ll ever hear…


    Pitchfork gets a line…dont we hate them??

  • Corey said on Aug 29th, 2009

    I suddenly realize the 00’s kind of suck.

  • Sarah said on Aug 29th, 2009

    Good list, I do however feel their are some crucial women missing. Wait,are you guys afraid of girls?

    Norah Jones-Come Away With Me (2002)
    Feist- The Reminder (2007)
    Amy Winehouse- Back to Black (2007)
    Bjork – Medulla (2004)
    Fiona Apple – Extraaordinary Machine (2005)

  • raygun said on Aug 29th, 2009

    @ Corey- You said it man. I was thinking about this list and how my Top 25 albums of the 90’s would trump everything here.

  • Zowie said on Aug 29th, 2009

    Where are Sex Clark Five?

  • RayRay said on Aug 29th, 2009

    @raygun & Corey – You have turned into your parents. “back in my day…”

  • E said on Aug 29th, 2009

    Wasn’t Amy Millan in Stars before BSS?

  • Trent said on Aug 29th, 2009

    or… “Back when music meant something”

  • bRETT said on Aug 29th, 2009

    not to sound like old man Raygun or anything…

    but point to something truly groundbreaking that came out in the oughts…

    I can’t.

    I guess you could make the argument that (since Rollingstone said it would happen,) that the Strokes release was one of those turning point albums that dragged us out of the boy band era… but how big of a change is that?

    Instead of a late 90’s style boy band, we had the jonas bros., a boy band with guitars…
    Justin Timberlake, bringing sexy back…
    Tweeny bob in general, the Disneyfication or American Idolized version of pop music…

    How different are we from 10 years ago? What have we learned?

    compare that to the three or four years after 89, when everything popular seemed to change… New Wave and Punk in the early 80’s… rock music in 1968/69 compared to the late 50s…

    Either everything is so fragmented that there won’t be any mass shifts in popular music, or we’ve been taking our time coming up with the next big thing since about 1995.

  • nathan.lankford said on Aug 30th, 2009

    But Brett….tell me anything from the 90s that was of substance that showed someone moving into new musical territory? If you day Nirvana, you clearly haven’t read up on the various band Kurt admitted to ripping off…just because it blew up doesn’t mean it had some sort of significance.

    I think a lot of the bands on this list combined multiple pieces from back in the day, and moved them in new directions. Wilco, using O’ Rourke pushed Americana into a more experimental direction, if only for an album. And how do people hate on the Strokes so much, when every one loved them. Sure, they ripped a lot of people off, but they did it well. Honestly, if you look at the first Beatles singles, pre-British Invasion, they’re just ripping off Little Richard…so let’s take away their originality.

    The point is this….there are a lot of solid records on this list, and until someone comes up with an ultimately unique form of music, we’re all going to be re-hashing the past, but that’s what great artists do; they build upon the past and make it feel new.

  • RayRay said on Aug 30th, 2009

    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is the most unique, creative and groundbreaking piece of music to come out in a REALLY long time. That includes the 90s. What Tweedy and co. did on that record can never be imitated or recreated. As Nathan said, what was “groundbreaking” from the 90s? Nevermind? OK Computer (that would be my pick)? 2pac? The 90s had some great records that I love, but YHFT is on a whole different level.

    On the Strokes: That album came out in fucking 2001! I know all you 90s die hards will get pissed by this, but they are the Nirvana of our era. Just like Nirvana, they’ve had many imitators (Kings of Leon) and created a new genre of music by pulling in elements of old school bands and putting their own unique take on it. Honestly sit down and think about the similarities between the two bands. Here’s a funny question to ponder…. If Nirvana eventually led to Nickelback, did The Strokes lead to the new Kings of Leon album? OUCH!

    But seriously folks…. If I made a list of groundbreaking material from the last 20 years, OK Computer and YHFT would be 1,2.

  • RayRay said on Aug 30th, 2009

    And Brett, don’t act like you don’t love bringing the sexy back.

  • raygun said on Aug 30th, 2009

    What was groundbreaking from the 90s?

    Um… the grunge movement, maybe?

    Grunge completely changed the nation-wide music culture, regardless of who started what or who ripped of who. Nothing in the past 10 years has rivaled the grunge movement’s overall impact on the popular music landscape.

    Nirvana is the poster-child because they brought it to the mainstream, but a lot of artists contributed to it’s overall success. No one will argue that. Exactly what kind of nation-wide movement… a shift in popular music culture have we seen in the last 10 years that rivals the grunge movement? What exactly is the groundbreaking movement that Wilco is a part of that comes close to rivaling it’s impact on popular music?

    I’m also glad you brought up 2Pac, because that’s another groundbreaking movement of the 90’s: Gangster Rap. Remember the national headlines that Ice T’s “Cop Killer” made? How about the East Coast vs. West Coast battle? Death Row Records? It was quite possibly the most groundbreaking development in the history of the genre.

    Other movements from the 90’s include Nine Inch Nails and the Industrial Rock scene, Green Day and Pop-Punk, Oasis and the Brit-Pop revitalization, Metallica and Metal, RHCP and RATM and Funk-Metal (that may or may not be made up), to name a few

    Radiohead pretty much changed the musical landscape in Britain. Coldplay, TV on the Radio, Bloc Party, Muse, etc.. they all try to sound like OK Computer.

    Again, my question is… exactly what kind of groundbreaking movement has there been in the past 10 years? Something that’s changed our musical landscape?

  • nathan.lankford said on Aug 30th, 2009

    All those things Reagan had been around for a long time, just bubbling under. If anything, the popularization of those things seemed to diminish the relevance of the music, and the 90s brought about mass commercialization of underground rock and hip-hop. In my opinion, we’re worse off for the Pearl Jam/Nirvana/Dr. Dre emergence, as those genres of music have led to a mundane corporate music scene. Sure, I like some of those groups, but they weren’t artistically challenging, like say something from Radiohead’s Kid A or the baroque pop of Magnetic Fields. Just saying.

  • bRETT said on Aug 30th, 2009

    I think we’re basically in agreement. Since nevermind, … and 2pac?… there hasn’t been a big unifying artist or “sound” that pretty much invalidates everything that came before it, at least from a mass consumption point of view…

    the Magnetic Fields, YHF, or even Ys… may be ground breaking and life altering for those that hear it, but compared to Nirvana, 2pac, the beatles, whoever… nobody listened to those albums.

    That isn’t necessarily a critique on these artists or what has come out in the past 10 years, but more of an indication of how we are listening these days. I think the rules are different now, and it doesn’t have to be a big selling pop/rap/rock album to be “important.”

    I don’t think we’ll come across that type of mass cultural shift again, at least not with the stuff we’ve been given since…

  • RayRay said on Aug 30th, 2009

    I think as an ATH staff member I am bowing out of the 90s vs 00s argument and voting that we somehow make a post or something similar on the site.

  • Michael Rice said on Aug 30th, 2009

    Arguing about which decade is better is a self-defeating act. We were influenced by the nineties and we created the aughts. So to say the nineties was better is admitting that we produce inferior product.

    What hope does the next generation have if they emulate us?

    Have we become so cynical a society that we want to inspire mediocrity to fuel endless fountains of snark?

    Maybe I am looking way too much into this, but there is music coming out today (and it still pertains to the argument since we have three months left) that excites me just as much, if not more than, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain or the Blue Album.

  • Michael Rice said on Aug 31st, 2009

    Geez, someone got serious in the middle of the night.

  • raygun said on Aug 31st, 2009

    @Nathan with the standard “Indie kid hates pop music” retort.

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  • Kyle said on Aug 31st, 2009

    Sarah said “Wait, are you guys afraid of girls?” and the answer is a resounding “Yes”. Demonstrated by how your post was totally ignored and the “men” went back to arguing about male centric music. But don’t feel to alienated, can’t you see how far we’ve come in the last 10 years?

    “Ballsy for someone with a vagina. It effectively cancels itself out.”
    -Michael Rice

  • Michael Rice said on Aug 31st, 2009

    Out of context I seem like a pig.

    It’s not that I am scared of girls as much as I am desensitized to them, thank you wife, daughter, and live in sister-in-law.

  • Dexter said on Aug 31st, 2009

    I believe Fleet Foxes and Sun Giant EP deserve a very high place on this list

  • nathan.lankford said on Aug 31st, 2009

    @Dexter….you know, I thought about that, especially because we loved that album a whole lot, but when it came down to repetitive plays over time, I think it just sort of lost its luster. I’m not saying it’s not a solid album, and one that I adore, but that I am no longer sure if it will go down as the phenomenal record that I once revered.

  • JP said on Aug 31st, 2009

    @raygun – If you’ve listened to any Muse past their first album, you’d realize they no longer follow OK Computer as their sonic guide.

    Seriously, how do you listen to the song “Supermassive Black Hole” and think Radiohead?? That doesn’t speak well for your discernment..

  • bRETT said on Aug 31st, 2009

    Sorry Sarah, I am afraid of girls. I was just trying to think of one, but all I got was St. Vincent.

    So there. St. Vincent.


  • raygun said on Aug 31st, 2009


    “Coldplay, TV on the Radio, Bloc Party, Muse, etc.. they all TRIED to sound like OK Computer”


  • Marc said on Aug 31st, 2009

    Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump

  • Simon said on Sep 01st, 2009

    Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump

  • nathan.lankford said on Sep 01st, 2009

    I enjoy Grandaddy, but I think for me, Sumday is the more complete album, construction-wise, but they both sort of lacked that longevity that I was looking for when I helped create this list.

    I will say though that Sophtware Slump started my part-time affair with Mr. Lytle.

  • Greg said on Sep 01st, 2009

    “Again, my question is… exactly what kind of groundbreaking movement has there been in the past 10 years? Something that’s changed our musical landscape?”

    None. You are correct. There most likely will never be again. It boils down to preference. Music has a “magic” quality and can inspire/provoke/uplift/sadden/irritate all at once. Each person has a memory or passion that is brought to mind when hearing a song or album. The genres remain the same these days which is why there really is no room for a “movement”. I just read about the break-up or alleged break-up of Oasis. To me that was the band that brought back Rock-n-Roll. Not The Strokes. To me Kings of Leon has sounded like a modern day mixture of CCR and U2…two unique bands from a previous era…that when first hearing their music actually triggered a sense of something familiar yet so uncommon. The Strokes did the same for others. Unfortunately so did Ricky Martin and today the same can be said for Pitbull or Hannah Montana.

    I think ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ was close. And I might even have come to feel that ‘Funeral’ by Arcade Fire may just be the best album of the decade. The rest…simply tie for third.

  • Michael Rice said on Sep 01st, 2009

    I definitely think that it wasn’t so much a single artist that defined a movement in the past decade, but more a change in how things are done in the business.

    With social media rising in status in the past ten years we have been introduced to so much more that, in previous decades, we would have had very little, to no, chance of hearing.

    As boring as it sounds but the breaking of a corrupt business model was probably the great movement of the aughts. Sure it hasn’t produced anything earth shattering, yet, but I think in the next decade, artists are going to take more control, as well as take more chances, to produce something that is worth listening to and writing about.

  • chuy said on Sep 01st, 2009

    Coldplay- Parachutes is better that anything Wilco ever done.

    The Libertines- What happened to them??

    and many more…

    1. The Strokes- Is This It?

  • Marc said on Sep 01st, 2009

    Constantines – Tournament of Hearts
    The Thermals – The Body, The Blood, The Machine

  • RayRay said on Sep 01st, 2009

    I said I was out of this and some actually just said Coldplay is better than anything ever put out by Wilco… I’m not even sure how to respond to that.

  • Michael Rice said on Sep 01st, 2009

    @RayRay Firestorm?

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Coldplay as much as the next Liberal Arts major, but compared to Wilco? Boo-urns.

  • RayRay said on Sep 01st, 2009

    No that’s what I’m saying. I am in shock that someone actually just said Coldplay is better than Wilco.

    Coldplay shouldn’t even be in a sentence with Wilco. Oops.

  • nathan.lankford said on Sep 01st, 2009

    @rayray, mwilliamrice, greg- The funniest comment to me came from Greg earlier about Oasis? Didn’t they just rip off early Stone Roses and make it clean? And isn’t that sort of what everyone was ranting and raving about: bands without originality? They didn’t bring anything back…just wasted everyone’s time! And RayRay…the same guy that said Coldplay, also said Libtertines, who had some energry, but little else.

    @Chuy–Those are some solid albums, though I think I would put the Thrermals higher than I would put Constantines…but, I had to collaborate and make a Top 50…those two would be in my Top 100, but I’m not sure about a Top 50.

  • raygun said on Sep 01st, 2009

    We should start a drinking game. Every time someone says “ripped off” or a similar variation, take a drink.

  • Marc said on Sep 02nd, 2009

    @nathan I’d definitely put those Thermals and Constantines albums in my top 50 for the decade.

    My #1 would have to be the Wrens’ Meadowlands and the fact that you have it at #11 has to be a typo.

  • nathan.lankford said on Sep 02nd, 2009

    @Marc—We must keep in mind two things…but let me say first that I respect your opinion, and appreciate your comment. First, this list was a collaboration by our writers, and I had to fight to get Q and Not U on there, which also explains a Wrens album sliding out of the Top 10. Second, this is not necessarily a best of 00s, but a favorites of ATH.

  • Marc said on Sep 02nd, 2009

    @nathan – I think a better option would have just been a collaboration between me and me. And then I wouldn’t have to argue with you! :)

  • Michael Rice said on Sep 02nd, 2009

    If I would’ve been a contibutor a week ago this list would be a lot louder.

  • Eric R. said on Sep 03rd, 2009

    I’m glad someone remembering sex clark 5 besides me.

  • Jeff said on Sep 30th, 2009

    Good list, but White Blood Cells (#14) should have been replaced with Elephant.

    Not to say that White Blood Cells wasn’t an amazing album that really debuted the White Stripes on a national (even global) stage with Fell in Love with a Girl, Dead Leaves on the Dirty Ground, etc., but they were radio hits, Elephant worked as an entire album. Its own self-contained microcosm of awesomeness (except for that squirrel song, what was up with that?).

  • Izanagi said on Sep 30th, 2009

    I don’t understand why Deja Entendu by Brand New isn’t on this list. I mean, if you haven’t heard the album, you’re missing out on amazing music. And not including Gorillaz? Damon Albarn is amazingly talented. Demon Days should easily have made the top 50 list.

  • Danmar said on Oct 01st, 2009

    arctic monkeys aren’t on that list? Thats pretty poor form as WPSIATWIN was the easily the best album of the decade…so far

  • bdunn said on Oct 01st, 2009

    yankee hotel foxtrot is the best album.

  • breaker247 said on Oct 02nd, 2009

    What, no Linkin Park? Meteora was an amazing album!

  • RAIDEO said on Oct 05th, 2009

    Eh there are some good ones in there, only about a dozen or so of them, but they’re there. Honestly MOST of the indie pop genre is just a bunch of people with their head so far up their ass that they think a lowered budget some how increases the quality and artistic integrity of of their work. At some point you have to judge the music for its own merit, not the effort the band put into it, and just like every other genre, some of it is very good, and most of it is noise pollution.

  • KevinWeeks said on Oct 06th, 2009

    Just a quick note, fairly trivial though, The Postal Service was sued by USPS (The United States Postal Service,) not UPS (United Parcel Service.)

  • mrsleep said on Oct 08th, 2009

    #15 the band is actually …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead.

    I also think their album Worlds Apart is much better than Source Tags and Codes.

    Another good stoner/prog rock group of this decade is Oceansize, think Pink Floyd meets Metallica.

  • Cody said on Oct 09th, 2009

    i feel like #15 was only referred to as it was as an abbreviation. however, sun kil moon actually only has one l in it…i’m sorry i felt the need to point that out.

  • Penelope said on Oct 10th, 2009

    Avett Brothers: I and Love and You

    fully kick ass.

  • Shnike said on Oct 10th, 2009

    Nerd rage!

  • Crystal said on Oct 14th, 2009

    While I disagree with a few albums listed here, I am so glad that At the Drive In – Relationship of Command made this list

  • Shawn said on Oct 21st, 2009

    This is probably a collection of albums on a top 50 list that is most geared to my tastes. Good work.

    To the author however, I was reading some of your comments, and personally I think you should be a little less confrotational when it comes to debating which albums should and shouldn’t have been on it. You sound like an *ss, and it detracts from the vibe of your list.

    I love Joanna Newsom and I respect you not including it on this list, but maybe you should give Ys another listen before deciding it’s ‘not good’. If you can get past her voice, as it seems like you have, surely you can appreciate what it took to make that record. The fact that you don’t makes you look like an idiot.

  • RayRay said on Oct 21st, 2009

    @Shawn – Most of the comments I made earlier were directed at people I know on a personal basis so I am just messing with them and not trying to sound like an *ss as you put it.

    And AGAIN with the Joanna Newsom. I clearly stated earlier that I appreciate what she did on the record and agree that it was unique and creative but just not for me. So stating a personal preference makes me an idiot?

  • MissSpider said on Nov 05th, 2009

    Nice nice list :)

  • Scoobs said on Nov 17th, 2009

    Impressive list.

    Notable additions I would like to add to the conversation.

    1. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
    2. Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More

    Albeit, relatively new, I believe the decade can be personified by two pieces of work that are as emotive as within a few short bars that anything Linkin Park, American Idol, X Factor, generic, insipid pap can put out.

    I am a massive Radiohead fan and would not hesitate to put both Kid A and In Rainbows on this list. Greedy, yes.

    Never been keen on Franz Ferdinand. Never seen the attraction.

    Live the dream.

  • Mea said on Nov 18th, 2009

    I can honestly say that I do not severely disagree with anything here.

    I would put Lifted by Bright Eyes a bit higher, and replace Belle and Sebastian’s “Dear Catastrophe” with “If You’re Feeling Sinister”, but other than that, good job.

    Well, I take that back, too. Speakerboxxx is the most universal record I’ve ever heard. You cannot listen to it and NOT enjoy it. It’s impossible.

    And as for the Coldplay being better than Wilco statement from months ago…That’s disgusting. Go wash your mouth out.

    And also, jutting my input into the nothing we listen to is original argument, or 90’s vs. 00’s, or what have you…
    Dean and Gene Ween pair up with Japanese noise band Boredoms.
    Z-Rock Hawaii is born.
    The most ear-wrenching-yet-I-can’t-stop-listening record I’ve ever heard.

  • CPR said on Nov 30th, 2009

    Such a list is utterly pointless. The bands/artists in this particular list are blatantly from a narrow source.

    But, in your defense it would be impossible to write up a solid list. 10 YEARS worth of music! I think you’d encounter similar problems if you tried to just do a single year.

    Unfortunately you can only go by what you’re given, (in the press/media), unless you really dig for music, (but then you’d realise that you could put 25 bands/artists in a top 50 list who are in a similar genre who no one has ever heard of). Even this list leans heavily towards mild-rock/indie. And with that in mind, how on earth did you miss Battles – Mirrored?!

    And for anyone who thinks that music in the 00s is lame then you seriously need to look harder.

  • Connor said on Dec 01st, 2009

    Love the list and the Garden State reference. 😛

    Love all these bands.

  • Dusty Hamilton said on Dec 20th, 2009

    Sufjan Stevens?

  • Sarah said on Dec 26th, 2009

    I would have put Arcade Fire as number one, but that’s just me.
    And I would have put the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “It’s Blitz” on there somewhere.

  • truckdriver20 said on Jan 02nd, 2010

    this is a decent ranking but it reads kind of like a list of “prominent indie albums of the late 00s”. bloc party, for example, definitely does not deserve to be here. also: you forgot animal collective.

  • RayRay said on Jan 04th, 2010

    Kinda funny that you are calling us out for listing only “prominent indie albums” and then you say we missed Animal Collective. I would say that’s the most prominent of all indie albums

  • Rachel said on Jan 06th, 2010

    This list is missing RX Bandits.

  • Sleeper said on Jan 08th, 2010

    How about the South Hill Project?

  • Cardionologist said on Jan 25th, 2010

    To say that Ryan Adams sucked after Heartbreaker is loony. The only thing that he did that sucked post Heartbreaker was marrying that waste of flesh mandy moore.

  • nathan.lankford said on Jan 25th, 2010

    I don’t know. 29, Cold Roses, Cardinology all come to mind as horrid wastes of recording tape, though I’m sure he did it all digital. Maybe Mandy will break his heart and he’ll write a good album again for once.

  • chuy said on Jan 26th, 2010

    This albums lacks British bands. Parachutes was a classic and Up The Bracket might be the best album from the UK and it is not even here. Think Tank was great too. The first Arctic Monkeys… I don’t know. Also, there is no BRMC…a top ten American band in the USA from the 00s. I feel like it lacks classic 00s bands. But that’s just me. Maybe you guys were just trying to be different and I like that. Everyones top list of 00s look the same anyway, this one is different but not very accurate. But that’s just my taste. Everyone has a different one.

  • nathan.lankford said on Jan 26th, 2010

    Chuy…did you not see Bloc Party (British), Radiohead (British), Camera Obscura (sort of British). We tried to represent the whole isle, but alas, only certain bands met our fancy.

  • Artyom said on Feb 17th, 2010

    Not bad)))

  • jill said on Mar 03rd, 2010

    wait, really can we talk about sufjan. huh?

  • nathan.lankford said on Mar 03rd, 2010


    Sufjan was on one of our lists. Unfortunately, we couldn’t agree upon him being in our top 50. I actually think it was me who couldn’t put him in because I think Illinois was far too long and over-indulgent. Some great songs mind you in there, but over all it just weighed me down. That being said, our list was just opinions, so disagreeing is accepted and encouraged, as long as its mature and healthy.

  • Sean said on Mar 04th, 2010

    “39. Q and Not U – No Kill No Beep Beep – They made it okay to use handclaps in post-punk.”

    This list is incredibly bland overall, but this might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever read.

  • RayRay said on Mar 04th, 2010

    Sean – thanks for the comment despite it’s negattivity.

    Maybe want to explain why this is bland?

    Also, the quick comments after each album weren’t really meant to be taken too seriously.

  • ant said on May 12th, 2010

    What about Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin ~ Pershing? or Stars ~ Set Yourself On Fire??

  • de la Rosa said on Jun 04th, 2010

    Fucking shame on you for not including 2003’s De-Loused in the Comatorium. Sure, Relationship of Command was the pinnacle of 90’s Alt-Rock/Post-Rock intentions, but De-Loused made a pretty damn good case for the revival of classic rock laden progressive music we see now.

    In fact, i’d venture to say that without TMV and various other prog acts we wouldn’t have The Fall of Troy, The Sounds of Animals Fighting, or MGMT. Granted, The Flaming Lips and likewise Muse have a large part of the mainstreaming of prog, but goddamn, credit where credit is due.


  • Baillie said on Jun 16th, 2010

    Cant say i agree with your list ! Considering you haven’t heard of Radiohead, God knows what else you havent heard !

  • RayRay said on Jun 16th, 2010

    @Baillie…. Uh #8?

  • nub4u said on Oct 19th, 2010

    This list totally sucks. Minus a few bands here and there that are worth while, the rest of this list is pop rock dribble. I can give 2 shits less about band of horses and franz ferdinand! Those bands suck! even when I was a pre-teen I thought those bands sucked!

    Tell ya what, grow some balls and listen to some real music, then maybe you can make a better list. Till then, don’t talk about music like you listen to it. Because according to this list, you really don’t.

  • Jeremy said on Nov 18th, 2010

    The music of the last 10 years overall was terrible. Nothing really great came out of it. The first half of the 90’s were awesome and then it kind of fell apart when the boy bands started taking over the charts. The best decades of music though are the 60’s and 80’s overall. 70’s would have been in it but they had disco and lets face it, disco still sucks. Pretty much every band on this list is an indie rock pretentious annoying worthless piece of shit. I really wish better music would come out again.

  • Thaddeus said on Dec 22nd, 2010

    While I agree mostly with this list, I have to say they gave some pretty piss poor reason as to why some albums were on here. i.e. “Pitchfork gave this a 10, so we had to put it on here.” Pitchfork also just gave Kanye’s new album a 10 and it’s nowhere near deserving of that.

  • nathan.lankford said on Dec 22nd, 2010

    That was supposed to be tongue in cheek. As in, ha, P4K did it, so we haaad to do it too. I guess hyperbole and our attempt at banter don’t come across via the Internet.

  • Liam Smith said on Jan 20th, 2011

    YIKES! i dont understand how there is no Kanye

  • nathan.lankford said on Jan 20th, 2011


  • blot said on Jan 21st, 2011

    Pretentious indie list is pretentious.

  • HermanSmith said on Jan 21st, 2011

    I do believe a little more thought should have been put into this. I saw Demon Days and Deltron 3030 mentioned and easily should have made the list. Also, I believe Oracular Spectacular by MGMT should have made this list. I’ll admit I have tastes in music that aren’t exactly popular so I’m not going to mention everything I think should go on here and the top 50 of anyone commenting on here would be quite different, but those are a few that have been popular enough and awesome enough for this list. Also, I heard Fugazi’s The Arguement was mentioned and that should definitely be on this list.

  • HermanSmith said on Jan 21st, 2011

    @Liam Smith

    I’m not sure if that’s sarcasm or not, but I hope it is.

  • imafan! said on Jan 22nd, 2011

    I’ve just been reading this and i cant believe that Mogwai – Mr Beast has not at least been mentioned.

    I would also suggest Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell, The Subways – Young For Eternity as well as a Built To Spill album.

  • kerlly said on Jan 23rd, 2011

    just saying I listen to Funeral by Band of Horses at least once a WEEK! it is a truly amazing piece of music.

  • Mato said on Jan 24th, 2011

    You just became my new musical taste Hero!

  • Ron McDonald said on Jan 24th, 2011

    No built to spill albums, so this list is somewhat wrong. Also, I like the clean Modest Mouse, and the dirty, and the strange.

  • clo said on Jan 25th, 2011

    i feel like this list is great until you say you’ve never heard of radiohead? rendered this whole list irrelevant.

  • nathan.lankford said on Jan 25th, 2011

    We kid, we kid. Please understand, we think we’re funny.

  • lucy said on Jan 25th, 2011

    Where is Brand New – The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me on this list!?

  • nathan.lankford said on Jan 25th, 2011

    Hiding behind the best Brand New record they had, Deja Entendu?

  • Keaton said on Jan 27th, 2011

    It’s a hipster’s/emo’s paradise =/

  • Hoogy Baba said on Jan 27th, 2011

    Even for such a indy-hipster biased list (which I’m fairly okay with), I’m shocked at the lack of Madvillainy. Even those that keep clear of hip-hop entirely usually recognize that album’s originality, fun, and brilliance. It certainly needs to be in there somewhere…

  • nathan.lankford said on Jan 27th, 2011

    I’m sorry, but one of the reason’s we didn’t include the work was that I don’t think any of us has actually listened to it, at least not in its entirety. It’d be silly of us to include something that we hadn’t given a fair chance, just because it’s already adored. That being said, maybe I’ll go back and revisit it on your suggestion.

  • Wil said on Jan 28th, 2011

    Awesome list – missed a big one though, and it’s a doozy:

    The Avalanches, “Since I Left You”, 2001.

  • Cal Fish said on Feb 25th, 2011

    The Antlers
    Local Natives
    and The Last Shadow Puppets
    belong on this list.

  • Nuepter said on Sep 07th, 2011

    I like many of these selections…but you have to admit- this is a music dream list for Hipster douche bags.

  • Freta Felcher said on Sep 08th, 2011

    Little more love for The Killers and New Pornographers, both albums were amazing listens. And why no Taking Back Sunday or Brand New?

  • nathan.lankford said on Sep 09th, 2011

    It’s tough to fit three people’s opinions into one list of 50 albums, that’s our only excuse Freta. But, that being said, I think, as popular as a lot of the bands on our list were, the majority of those records stand up.

  • Kevin said on Sep 09th, 2011

    Mezmerize/Hypnotize? Wolfmother? Elephant? The Big Come Up? LCD Soundsystem?


  • nathan.lankford said on Sep 09th, 2011

    Those all look kind of mundane standing next to these. In my opinion.

  • dan.clark said on Sep 10th, 2011

    I like the list, but I think American Idiot, REM’s Acellerate and Pearl Jam’s Backspacer belong on it also. I’d put Is This It at the top, it’s one of my all time favorite records. Oh and Wincing the Night Away is an amazing album too

  • nick.larson said on Sep 14th, 2011

    For me blink-182’s self titled is top ten, it showed such an astronomical change in blink.
    also, The Cool by Lupe Fiasco, on of the top ten as well, one of my favorite hip hop/ rap albums period. Boxcar Racer’s album was also pretty rad, I love it, and can’t think of another album like it, except maybe blink 182’s aforementioned self titled, which is similar in little ways. The Eminem Show, by Eminem, which i know can be a touchy subject, is also one of my favorite ever, a great example of a great rapper at his peak. His new stuff is good, but a lot comes across as preachy. And all three of Brand New’s albums that came out that decade. Each one a huge change from the last. That’s my two cents anyways.

  • Lucy said on Sep 15th, 2011

    I have to say, I haven’t heard of 90% of the bands on this list, so I looked them up on YouTube. A lot of them weren’t to my taste, but I’m happy you put The Postal Service up here.

  • Edgar said on Sep 16th, 2011

    Wilco is overrated as shit.

  • Edgar said on Sep 16th, 2011

    Wilco isn’t that good. The fact that Wilco is above Radiohead in anything is baffling. Also, they completely forgot Arctic Monkeys, all 3 of their albums from that decade are better than anything Wilco or The Postal Service has or will ever do.

  • Deprise said on Sep 20th, 2011

    You got everything right. FINALLY! The top 3 are definitely still the best 3 in my book.
    Wilco is, and always will be, my favorite band of all time. Live=incredible. Same with Arcade Fire.

  • Annonymous said on Sep 27th, 2011

    The only two things that could have made this list perfect would be if you added The Antlers’ Hospice, Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago, and Fleet Foxes’ self titled debut. I’m okay with you leaving Vampire Weekend off.

  • Annonymous said on Sep 27th, 2011

    Oh, you also forgot Illinois by Sufjan Stevens.

  • Hpozo said on Sep 30th, 2011

    Sin Radiohead In Rainbows ninguna lista de los ’00 se puede completar!!

  • Stephanie said on Oct 06th, 2011

    Just Stumbled Upon this tonight. I was ecstatic to see QOTSA Songs for the Deaf. However what about Red Hot Chili Peppers? 311? (am I totally giving myself away as a former pothead?) Blink? System of a Down????

  • JoshuaJDrew said on Oct 08th, 2011

    This is merely a list of your favorite “indie” records of the last decade. you can’t do a BEST OF THE DECADE LIST with one genre. Hard rock isn’t on this list, pop music isn’t on this list, electronic music isn’t on this list and neither is hip hop. Indie music has taken the “ump” out of music and done nothing but highlight the mediocrity that is modern music. Thank you for celebrating that.

  • Kat said on Oct 09th, 2011

    Great list. Stupid comments.

  • Subatomic42 said on Oct 19th, 2011

    how can The Black Keys Rubber Factory not be included???!!!

  • eruepoqiermfk said on Oct 25th, 2011

    At-Drive-In and no The Mars Volta?…mmm that ain’t right

  • Boognish said on Oct 31st, 2011

    Very good list, I love many of these albums intimately, especially Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. But I think that Ween deserves to have at least one album on there… at least one.

  • IMTHE MAN said on Nov 02nd, 2011

    What about Arctic Monkeys?

  • DebbieDowner said on Jan 24th, 2012

    Here’s what I took from this: A narrow band of safe indie rock was great in the 00s.
    Anything slightly offbeat or different (Joanna Newsom, Sigur Ros, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Animal Collective, any hip hop or electronica,etc) sucked because I SAID SO.

  • Tits McGee said on Sep 13th, 2012

    amen, debbiedowner

    also… get out more.

    your list sucks ape testicles

  • nathan.lankford said on Sep 13th, 2012

    What you should have taken from this list was that it was compiled by three different people with very different tastes. Not to mention the fact that all the bands mentioned by debbiedowner aren’t important to anyone, but one of the three writers who organized this list.

    Oh, and since we own/run this site, we can say what we want. It’s our opinion, our choice/voice. I would have personally stuck all the Belle and Sebastian records on there. But that’s the great thing about music, everyone has their taste.

    And we get out plenty.

  • RayRay said on Sep 14th, 2012

    Nathan, responding to someone who uses phrases like “sucks ape testicles” isn’t worth your time. He’s probably sitting at home enjoying the new 311 album he just bought at Hastings.

  • brian.gray said on Sep 14th, 2012

    “sucks ape testicles” is kinda funny. 311 rules. #buysmusicatmalls

  • ableton said on Jul 07th, 2013

    my favorite album is here 😀

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