Thursday, 26 November 2009

My Albums Of The Noughties

Here it is, a list of my favourite 21 albums of the first ten years of the 21st century. There are 21 because that's just the way it panned out. The criteria is simply which albums have I listened to the most since the new millenium. 

I also cross referenced my fading memories of yearly album lists I compiled when I worked in a record shop and lists made with friends after this.  Here is a podcast released in Dec 2008 reviewing that year in music with Jack Mountain and TheoGb. My Lastfm profile is here. The decade list seems to favour the first half with no albums from 2007 at all. The list is currently in chronological order and features one act from the UK, one from Japan and two from Canada.

Tracks From My Albums Of The Noughties

Animal Collective - “Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished”
(2000) Paw Tracks, reiussed 2003 by Fat Cat Records

Related - Flaming Lips, Black Dice, Forever Changes, Roland SH-2, psychedelic, feedback loops

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - “Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven (2000) Constellation Records

Related  - A Silver Mt Zion, field recordings, strings

Track - Storm

At The Drive-In - “Relationship Of Command” (2000) Grand Royal

Related Fugazi, Drive Like Jehu, Texas, post-hardcore, afros

Cannibal Ox - “The Cold Vein” (2001) Def Jux

Related - Wu-Tang Clan, El-P, Harlem, backpacks, indie hip hop

Hood - “Cold House” (2001) Domino Records

Related - Doseone, Why?, Anticon, Yorkshire dales, lo-fi, shoegaze, electronic

Les Savy Fav - “Go Forth” (2001) French Kiss

Related Dismemberment Plan, Pixies, Talking Heads, live performance, art, indie

Do Make Say Think - “& Yet & Yet” (2002) Constellation Records

Related  –  Fridge, Hood, Kranky, jazz, post rock

Track - Classic Noodlanding

Xinlisuprime - “Tomorrow Never Comes (2002) Fat Cat Records

Related  Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Japanese noise, murder, death, kill

Track - Amaryllis

Sonic Youth - “Murray Street” (2002) Polydor/Universal

Related  –  Pavement, The Year Punk Broke, Jim O'Rourke,indie

El-P - “Fantastic Damage” (2002) Def Jux

RelatedEdan, Company Flow, Cannibal Ox,Brooklyn, indie hip hop

Track - El-P – Dr. Hellno & The Praying Mantus

Black Eyes - s/t (2003) Dischord Records

Related Silver Daggers, Mi Ami, Fugazi, rhythmical punk, two drummers

Track - Speaking In Tongues

Viktor Vaughn - “Vaudeville Villain” (2003) Sound Ink

Related  MF Doom, KMD, comic book, super hero rap

Track - Vaudeville Villain

Black Dice - “Beaches + Canyons” (2003) Fat Cat Records

Related  Autechre, Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, electronic, drones
Track - Big Drop

The Hunches - “Hobo Sunrise(2004) In The Red Records

Related- Sebadoh, The Replacements, In The Red Records, indie, garage 

Track - A Flower In The Ending

Meneguar - “I Was Born At Night” (2005) Troubleman Unlimited

Related  The Van Pelt, The Lapse, Bruce Springsteen, anthemic

Track - House of Cats

Shipping News - “Flies The Field” (2005) Touch & Go Records / Quarterstick

Related  June Of 44, Rodan, Enablers, Chicago indie

Track - The Human Face

Enablers - “Output Negative Space” (2006) Neurot Recordings

Related  Slint, Polvo, Shipping News, spoken word, post rock, indie

Track - Sudden Inspection

Marnie Stern - “This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That” (2008) Kill Rock Stars

Related Hella, Fleetwood Mac, Zach Hill, Kate Bush, prog, punk, indie

Track - Crippled Jazzer

Abe Vigoda - “Skeleton” (2008) PPM Records

Related The Mae Shi, No Age, LA, The Smell, tropicalia, punk

Track - Bear Face

HEALTH - “GET COLOR” (2009) Lovepump Unlimited

Related  – Squarepusher, Fuck Buttons, Crystal Castles, LA, avant rock, indie, punk

Oneida - “Rated O” (2009) Jagjaguwar

Related  Liars, Can, Neu, classic rock, avant rock, experimental

Track - Oneida – I Will Haunt You

Bubbling under - Radiohead - "Kid A" (2000), Tortoise - "Standards", Hot Snakes - "Suicide Invoice", Edan - "Primitive Plus", Tom Waits - "Real Gone", Clouddead - s/t, Dananananaykroyd- "Hey Everyone"

Thanks for reading!


  1. I've been thinking about this and figure it's too hard. So instead here's my bands of the 00's. All qualified because they put out 2 or more sweet discs this decade: Animal Collective/Lightning Bolt/OCS or Oh Sees/Doom or Villain or Vaughn/The Decemberists/Deerhoof/Comets on Fire/Black Eyes/Ghostface Killah/Fiery Furnaces/Les Savy Fav/M.I.A/Liars/Castanets/Hot Snakes/Boredoms/The Microphones/Coachwhips/Oneida

  2. enjoyed reading this very much. some overlap with my list that you commented on at, some i wish i could've included, and some new things to explore.