Just what will we call this soon to be passing decade? The "Os"? Like O-9? That's what I usually call it- "back in O-6...."
So with the decade closing out I wanted to send out a request for Best Albums of the Decade. I realize just trying to think of that might give you a headache, but just start by listing any that come to mind, it doesn't have to be a top ten list or anything like that. Here's some of mine and I will add some later.
as you may note, this list is decidedly "Indie" rock.
TV On The Radio- "Return To Cookie Mountain"and "Dear Science"- a fascinating band that is really pushing boundaries without forgetting to rock, an American Radiohead if you will.
The National "Boxer"- an album with surprising depth despite sounding very one dimensional at first. They were channeling something with this one.
Deerhunter- "Microcastle"- what pop music should be in the "Os" if the radio stations played anything worth listening to. This band was my favorite discovery of the past 2 years. Check out the sister band Atlas Sound as well.
The Shins- "Wincing The Night Away"- this album didn't get as much love as "Chutes Too Narrow" but in my book it has much more depth and finds it way to my turntable twice as often.
Yo La Tengo- "And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out"- this album just barely made the decade but it deserves to be on this list. It took me a while to get into it but I now see it as the band's high water mark and probably the best album made by a married couple around the theme of their relationship.
Amy Winehouse "Back To Black"- a classic despite the hype
Dirty Projectors- "Bitte Orca"- I usually don't go for "weird" stuff like this but this is such a great record I really had to add it to the list.
Spoon- "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga"- really changed how I think about recording
Sufjan Stevens- "Illinois"- a masterpiece all around
Bright Eyes- "I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning"- emo grows up and writes great songs.
Radiohead- "Hail To The Thief" and "In Rainbows"- they were really the band of the decade in my eyes
Fleet Foxes- "Fleet Foxes"- I think this album will endure and grow in respect over time, timeless stuff.
The Strokes- "Is This It"- an undeniable classic, every song should have been a hit.
Of Montreal- "Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?" - This is probably my favorite record from the decade at this point.