Music from the '00s That I Listened to in the '00s

Wednesday December 30, 2009

Everywhere I look, someone’s making a list. I guess it must be the end of the decade or something. When I was a teenager I loved opining on what my desert-island discs would be, and when I got older, I relished end-of-year list-making, mostly of albums and sometimes of films. Then I got older still, and making lists started to seem lazy and facile, and also, I saw High Fidelity.

But everyone else is doing it, and now I want to get in on the fun. So I started thinking: What music made in the last decade did I listen to the most during the last decade? What was I most obsessed with, and what did I come back to the most often? It’s a slightly random list because it’s totally uncritical; it’s just a record of what I seem to recall spending the most time with, for whatever reason. (Obviously the list excludes all the amazing non-’00s music I wore out in the ‘00s, so no New Order, Townes Van Zandt, Talking Heads, Karen Dalton, Loudon Wainwright, King Tubby, Beach Boys, Neutral Milk Hotel, Cat Power’s Moon Pix, etc.) In the spirit of list-making, I did a top 20. My number 1 is a bit of a cheat, because it’s a posthumous release of music made in the late ‘80s, but man, did I spend a lot of time with it. The rest is a random jumble.

Top 20

20. Broken Social Scene, You Forgot It in People
19. Jonas Bering, Sketches for a New Season
18. The Coup, Party Music
17. Keren Ann, Not Going Anywhere
16. Circulatory System, Circulatory System
15. Amadou & Mariam, Dimanche A Bamako
14. Ulrich Schnauss, A Strangely Isolated Place
13. Rufus Wainwright, Want 1
12. Fennesz, Venice
11. Black Mountain, Black Mountain
10. The Court and Spark, Witch Season
9. Songs Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co.
8. The National, Boxer
7. Nick Cave, Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
6. Tindersticks, Can Our Love…
5. Antony & the Johnsons, I Am a Bird Now
4. Sun Kil Moon, Ghosts of the Great Highway
3. The Knife, Silent Shout
2. Cat Power, The Covers Record
1. Arthur Russell, Calling Out of Context

The Rest

Mojave 3, Excuses for Travelers
Cul de Sac, Death of the Sun
Grizzly Bear, Yellow House
Bill Callahan, A River Ain’t Too Much To Love
Cat Power, You Are Free
Cat Power, The Greatest
The National, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers
The National, Alligator
Bonnie Prince Billy, The Letting Go
Animal Collective, Feels
Animal Collective, Sung Tongs
Songs: Ohia, Didn’t It Rain
Beach House, Beach House
The Black Heart Procession, 3
Boards of Canada, Geogaddi
Comets on Fire, Avatar
Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca
Calla, Televise
Deerhunter, Microcastle
Hercules and Love Affair, Hercules and Love Affair
Outkast, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Radiohead, In Rainbows
Spaceheads, Low Pressure
Tindersticks, The Hungry Saw
Tindersticks, Waiting for the Moon
Mary Timony, The Golden Dove
Mary Timony, Mountains
TV on the Radio, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
TV on the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain
Ulrich Schnauss, Goodbye
Spoon, Kill the Moonlight
Wilco, A Ghost Is Born
Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Arcade Fire, Neon Bible
The Clientele, Suburban Light
Four Tet, Rounds
Band of Horses, Everything All the Time
Pulp, We Love Life
Constantines, Shine a Light
Califone, Heron King Blues
Beck, Sea Change
The Shins, Chutes Too Narrow
Clniic, Internal Wrangler
The Court and Spark, Bless You
Morrissey, You Are the Quarry
Dungen, Ta Det Lungt
David Byrne, Grown Backwards
Blackalicious, Blazing Arrow
M. Ward, Transistor Radio
Gang Gang Dance, God’s Money
Frank Black and the Catholics, Show Me Your Tears
The Silent League, The Orchestra, Sadly, Has Refused
Mercury Rev, All Is Dream
Antibalas, Who Is This America
Blonde Redhead, Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons
Brian Eno, Another Day on Earth
Coco Rosie, La Maison de mon Reve
Dead Meadow, Shivering King and Others
The Field, Yesterday and Today
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, Fear Is On Our Side
Konono No. 1, Congotronics
David Axelrod, David Axelrod
Kanye West, Late Reigstration
Kanye West, The College Dropout
Arthur Russell, The World of Arthur Russell
Pink Mountaintops, Axis of Evol
Spiritualized, Let It Come Down

(I guess it should probably be noted that there are like four albums from the last two years on this list, which says something about how engaged I’ve been with new music lately.)