0018: My Favorite Albums of the 00's

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  1. Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica (2000)
  2. Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender (2004)
  3. The Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree (2005)
  4. Radiohead - Kid A (2000)
  5. The Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat (2004)
  6. The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? (2003)
  7. Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans (2004)
  8. Sigur Ros - ( ) (2002)
  9. The Streets - Original Pirate Material (2002)
  10. The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow (2003)
  11. The Microphones - The Glow pt. 2 (2001)
  12. The Books - The Lemon of Pink (2003)
  13. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
  14. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois (2005)
  15. M83 - Dead Cities, Red Leaves, and Lost Ghosts (2003)
  16. Spoon - Kill the Moonlight (2002)
  17. Iron & Wine - Creek Drank the Cradle (2002)
  18. Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing in the Hands (2004)
  19. Broken Social Scene - You Forgot it in People (2003)
  20. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary (2005)
  21. Radiohead - Amnesiac (2001)
  22. The Decemberists - Castaways and Cutouts (2003)
  23. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)
  24. The Hold Steady - Seperation Sunday (2005)
  25. Modest Mouse - Building Nothing Out of Something (2000)
  26. Godspeed You Black Emperor! - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (2000)
  27. The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic (2001)
  28. Animal Collective - Sung Tongs (2004)
  29. Sufjan Stevens - Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lakes State (2003)
  30. Iron & Wine - Woman King EP (2005)
  31. Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner (2003)
  32. Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out (2000)
  33. The Mountain Goats - All Hail West Texas (2002)
  34. Cat Power - You Are Free (2003)
  35. Animal Collective - Feels (2005)
  36. Islands - Return to the Sea (2006)
  37. The Avalanches - Since I Left You (2000)
  38. The Microphones - It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water (2000)
  39. The Streets - A Grand Don't Come for Free (2004)
  40. Mates of State - Team Boo (2003)
  41. The Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium (2003)
  42. Xiu Xiu - Fabulous Muscles (2004)
  43. The Arcade Fire - Funeral (2004)
  44. The Shins - Oh, Inverted World (2001)
  45. Sonic Youth - Murray Street (2002)
  46. The Liars - They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top (2002)
  47. Stars - Heart (2003)
  48. The Books - Thought for Food (2002)
  49. Deerhoof - The Runners Four (2005)
  50. Boredoms - Vision Created Newsun (2001)

This is great list. There are many albums I like on this list and many others that I don't know yet. But judging by what I like, I think that I will explore some of these.

I'd be glad to hear what you think of some of the other albums you seek out.

Some very very cool albums on this list.

On your's as well!

Check out The Fiery Furnaces' new record "Blueberry Boat".

Funny you should say that, because Pitchfork's review inspired me to order it last night.

I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of that, Sufjan Stevens, and The Microphones.

This list has made my day...(sigh) I love loretta lynn and Elliot Smith (R.I.P) and let's not forget Sleater-Kinney.

All great artists. I'm very glad to hear I could make your day.

Is it just me or has The Walkmen's "Bows and Arrows" been steadily declining? Now, that is an incredible album. What don't you like about it? Just wondering.

I just need to give it a few more listens. This is a very unstable list. Things move up and down as I (re)discover them. I'll give The Walkmen another chance. But, I in no way dislike the album. It ranks pretty high on my list. I like all the albums here.

I wish I could fully enjoy every kind of music like you.

Well, first off, thank you very much.

Secondly, most of these albums are pretty accesible from any standpoint. There's a bunch of hip-hop, but I'll be the first to tell you that most of my choices are pretty mainstream approved, and a lot of indie rock fans tend to like them. I guess that has to do with the whole mixing of styles that Jay-Z plays with and the funk that Outkast uses. But away from that tangent, if there are any genre albums on here that you haven't heard, I'd give them a chance. They might just entertain you.

Oh, I like at least a couple tracks off of the half of the albums on your list that I've heard. Maybe I'm just too picky, though, because I only enjoy a few tracks off any of these albums.

And, calling Deerhoof accessible is like calling 1920s dramas accessible - you and I may like them, but most pople don't.

I did say "most"...Deerhoof would definitely not fall into that category.

I tend to take albums for their impact, instead of song by song. Every album has at least one track that I'm not in love with, but I enjoy the album itself. I'll take a cohesive, flawed, interesting album over a best-of with nothing but good songs anyday.

Me, I'm partial to lots of good songs :-)

The friendship is OFF!

:)

Fantastic list!

I gotta say, #74 gave me the chills. On a whim, I caught what was to be their final gig at SF's Bottom of the Hill. What a show! R.I.P. guys!

What a shame they're gone! I wish I had gotten a chance to see them live. Really fun album they had there. Sigh. What a shame...

By the way, everyone, we're referring to The Exploding Hearts, not The Concretes. They're alive and kicking as far as I know.

You obviously know music really well. Do you have any suggestions for someone who loves the emotional, epic anthems of Queen and Muse?

Well, I took a look at your "Best of 2003" list, and see that you also enjoy Damien Rice, and I looked at some of your other lists.

Of the ones I didn't see mentioned there at all, I would highly recommend these bands:

Stars - a great Canadian synth-oriented group that produced "Heart", which is one of the sweetest, most beautiful collections of love songs I've ever heard.

Elliott Smith - His work on Figure 8 is highly emotional, and much more diverse than his other work.

Badly Drawn Boy - GREAT pop songwriter in the same vein as Damien Rice, except more experimental and perhaps more interesting.

Sufjan Stevens - His folk can range from small and intimate to gorgeous and epic. Check out "Greetings for Michigan..." if you want a wonderful epic.

The Streets - This may be an unlikely choice, but Mike Skinner's latest album, "A Grand Don't Come for Free", is an emotional whopper at times. Download "Dry Your Eyes" and "Could Well Be In" to see what I'm talking about.

Bjork - "Medulla" and "Vespertine", if you haven't heard them, are beautiful.

Those are the best choices I can think of right now. If you need any more, feel free to ask or even email me at nkt61886@hotmail.com.

Yup, I like Elliot Smith and Badly Drawn Boy. Sufjan Stevens is okay, but I'll have to try 'Greetings for Michigan.'

I haven't really liked Bjork, but I'll try some more of her stuff.

I'll try Stars and The Streets and let you know what I think.

Thanks for your suggestions! I'd love to talk about this stuff on Listology instead of via email if possible, simply because other people may be interested in reading the commentary and suggestions our discussion yields.

I think another element notable in my tastes is that, when I go for emotional and epic songs, I like 'em as thick as they come (such as Freddie Mercury recording over so many times you could see through the tape on Bohemian Rhapsody or Flaming Lips' 150 tracks on each song of their latest record).

So, in revision of my earlier inquiry, do you know of any great emotional, epic, thick, anthemic rock (besides the ones already mentioned by both of us)?

Oh, listology is a great forum, I was just making sure you had another way to contact if you were ever so inclined.

Bjork is about as epic and thick as they come, but not really anthemic. She seems to be a very divisive artist in general.

Hmmm...epic rock...I would, perhaps, go with some Decemberist tracks. They are grandiose in a Queen-esque way in that they are extremely literate, and they evoke bygone eras with many of their songs. Try "LA, I'm Yours", "I Was Meant for the Stage", "Shiny", and "Legionnaire's Lament" to see if you like 'em.

Some odd epics could be found in Mates of State's work. I would try downloading "Ha Ha" and "Parachutes". One happy, one sad.

Of course you know Sigur Ros. If you haven't heard "Untitled #1" from ( ), I would DEFINITELY check that one out.

Also, The Arcade Fire's new album Funeral is gorgeous, and some songs would fit into the general lush, produced category. If you could download some to check it out, you might like the. Not sure.

OH! If you haven't yet heard The Fiery Furnaces new one (Blueberry Boat), I would definitely check it out. It's basically a highly synthed rock opera.

One last recommendation for this post would be the wonderful, genius M83. They're a French techno/rock/amazing group that definitely falls into the epic, thick, and emotional categories.

Lol, I just keep adding adjectives to what I'm looking for: epic, anthemic, dense/thick, emotional, intense rock. Which, for example, does not describe Sufjan Stevens.

I just can't seem to get into Bjork, though I've now listened to more than two dozen of her songs off those albums you listed (and a few from others).

I'll try those other suggestions and let you know what I think! I kinda like M83 (and certainlySigur Ros).

Ah! Intense. Well, that's a horse of a different color. M83 should probably be up your alley. If you can find all of their tracks of off "Dead Cities...", do so. That album fits every single adjective you mentioned.

Bjork is definitely not for everyone, it's no big deal. I guess I just love her voice.

Intensity is harder to find. I'll give it some more thought. I'll post more tomorrow.

yup, there are four M83 tracks that I've liked for quite some time now.

Sorry to tax your mind so much! I greatly appreciate your generosity in spending so much time helping me find more music to enjoy!

I like a few Decemberists tracks, thanks!

Mates of State - Parachutes was just tolerable enough to enjoy :-)

I really like that Stars album, thanks!

Glad to hear you enjoy Stars!

Could you think of any that were more intense?

Currently, I'm having trouble with it. But I'll get back to you when I've thought of more. I'm sure there are plenty that have totally escaped my mind.

BTW, I've now listened to at least some tracks (and loved several) from albums 1-27 on your list, along with 30, 34-39, 42, 43, 52-61, 63, and a few more.

Tell me, which are your favorites out of the ones you've heard?

Roughly in this order:

Sigur Ros - ( )
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
The White Stripes - Elephant
Godspeed You Black Emperor! - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
The Postal Service - Give Up
Morrissey - You Are the Quarry
Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

Good list! I see that you rate Sigur Ros highly. The only album that seems slightly out of place is Morrissey. But I'm glad to see you like him.

With music, I make no attempt to judge the mettle of the work as I do with movies. For music, there is what I enjoy, and what I do not enjoy. Those were not the 'best' albums of the ones you listed in my opinion, they are the ones I most enjoy. As such, my favorite artists of all time include artists like The Beatles & Radiohead, but also Motley Crue.

Naw, I just meant that the others were all in a similar vein, and Morrissey is sorta in a different genre altogether. I think they're all great albums.

Music is so much more expansive than film, so it tends to be a more personal idea of what your favorites are. These are my favorites. I'm not judging artistic merit, I too just enjoy what I enjoy.

You just happen to enjoy everything :-)

That may be a stretch...

yet another update:

Arcade Fire has a few cool tracks as well. Thanks.

The more I listen to The Arcade Fire, the more I love it.

I like the Arcade Fire tracks that I enjoy far more than the Modest Mouse ones, despite obvious similarities. They continue to grow on me as well :-)

Hmm, of all the comparisons that have been given to The Arcade Fire, I have never heard Modest Mouse brought up.

I suppose I see where that is coming from, but I never had that connection.

Out of curiosity, which Modest Mouse tracks have you heard?

I think I comapare them because the vocals are so similar, they are both highly recent indie rock bands, and they both have a 'rough, minimalist' sound. Feel free to disagree, I'm not a scholar on either of them.

I've probably heard about a dozen tracks (will listen to more I haven't heard before later tonight), but so far the only ones I really like are: Dramamine, Float On, Paper Thin Walls, and 3rd Planet.

The Arcade Fire tracks I like (and thus, have chosen to keep) are: 7 Kettles, Crown of Love, Laika, Power Out, Tunnels, and Wake Up.

Well, Modest Mouse's sound has changed over time (they're at least 8 years old at this point) but I can definitely see how their minimalist work can compare.

If you haven't yet, I would check out "Cowboy Dan" and "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes"...both great tracks.

Yeah, actually I didn't care for either of those two. I don't konw what's wrong with me, lol.

Eh, to each his own.

This week I liked my first rap album (Clouddead - Clouddead) and heard my first full Streets album (A Grand Day...). Gotta say, I still don't thirst for rap music, and I definitely hate Skinner's music. I think I 'get' the album, but I don't 'get' why it's so universally acclaimed. I was going to give it a negative review, but then realized I should probably hear more than half a dozen albums of the entire rap ubergenre before I review one.

So, I'll just talk about it, with you and anyone else who's listening and has an opinion on The Streets.

Is all the 'innovation' in rap right now choosing a new type of sound to lay lyrics over? That seems to be the 'innovation' of The Streets, and I definitely prefer the Boards of Canada backdrops of Clouddead.

Anyway, I guess Grand Day... is a concept album, but I was untouched and unimpressed by the chopped meat thrown under the rapping, the emotionally barren and clumsy vocals, and the pedestrian lyrics. At least every other word wasn't a curse or 'nigger' or 'ho' (my objection to most popular rap isn't an issue of content, but of lacking creativity). Is the 'beauty' of the album that it's so ruthlessly unpoetic and everyday/everyman, or just that it dares to take on a narrative structure, or what? Blech.

But I once said 'blech' to Boards of Canada, too...

Anyway, I turned to still-favorite Pitchfork A Grand Day...?

As a note, I don't think Skinner has ever used the terms "nigger" or "hoe". I'm not sure if he said something that sounded similar, but I'm very certain he doesn't use American slang, and he says on his first album: "we call them birds, not bitches," so I'm pretty sure he has a healthy attitude towards women.

For the most part, Skinner's musical abilities lie in the detail of his stories. His use of overarching characters, themes, and events are pretty damned neat, but his words are also actually quite fascinating. His choice of words in "You're Fit But You Know It" is funny because through the eyes of the narrator, the story is about him as a victim (which a lot of the album is, hence the big lesson in the second version of "Empty Cans"), when really, he's a petty, insecure, drunken lout. I find the album incredible, just because of the detail he puts into every aspect of the songs. It's not just that he chose to tell a story, it's how he told it (through basically a rock opera...the beats are all very indicative of the anti-hero's state of mind, and there are details brought up throughout the album that finally reach a resolution in the final song). The subtlety of the story takes a lot of listening, but once I heard and digested every word and beat on the album, I realized how strong a narrative the album was, but I also saw the creativity in the music itself.

So, to answer your question: yes. I do think that Skinner's beats and narratives earn him his reputation, but I also think that it is a completely deserving one. He is not a traditional hip-hop artist (he write about how he can't get dates, and how his friends are a bunch of pot smoking losers...he's not trying to pretend he's a rap star), and his delivery is lazy and clumsy on purpose. He's an akward rapper, but the words and the emotions are more than enough to make up for it. If you think he's emotionless, I can't believe you heard "Blinded By the Lights" and "Empty Cans". Both have excellent performances by Skinner.

Also, the album is called A Grand Don't Come for Free .

That's cool. It's clear your really love [fine, I'll type the whole thing] A Grand Day Don't Come For Free. I think if I delved deeper into the lyrics, I could really respect his work, but I just plain don't like the music. Thanks for your well-presented, heartfelt defense!

I don't think AAA was being anal about your abbreviation, but commenting that the album is called A Grand Don't Come for Free, not A Grand Day Don't Come for Free.

Furthermore, I normally don't like rap music, but I think the Streets are more poetic than pretty much all other rap artists, not just in their lyrics but in their delivery. The shouting and the cooler-than-thou attitude of most rap artists is part of what puts me off, but Skinner is calm, down-to-earth, and mellow. He could be at a poetry reading. I also like the lyrics, but if you don't care about them, I guess there's not much point in going into them. And while I still don't like the music nearly as much as I'd like a normal rock album, I actually think some of the music on Grand is kinda catchy - definitely more so than your average rap. The underscoring of "It Was Supposed to Be So Easy" has gotten stuck in my head in the past...

LOL! Can't imagine how many times I read the title written correctly and saw it as 'A Grand Day Don't Come for Free'.

I'm totally sick of the cooler-than-thou attitude of most rap, too. I just still can't get into rap, even if the lyrics are good. Oh well.

Ever listened to Stars of the Lid? I really like 'Requiem for Dying Mothers pt 2' by them. Several of your selections for THIS list lead me to beleive you may enjoy them.

I searched Stars of the Lid, but Warez doesn't tur up any tracks.

I'll check out if I can find any samples anywhere.

Alright, update. I found one Stars of the Lid track, but it was just ambient music with waves crashing in the foreground.

I actually like it fine, but I'm pretty sure it'll work better within the context of an album.

Wow, I really like Destroyer - Your Blues!!!!

That, as I mentioned in response to your query on my artists of the 21st century list, is a New Pornographers side project. Actually, more appropriately, Dan Bejar works with the New Pornographers and Destroyer is his group.

Wow, check this out! Just click the white dots to stream full-length tracks. Awesome music.

I don't suppose you could give us a glimpse at your process for measuring the mettle of an album - or for comparing Stankonia to Turn on the Bright Lights to O Brother, Where Art Thou?, to Medulla to Agaetis Byrjun?

I know what I look for in film, but I have absolutely know idea how to judge a music album beyond whether I enjoy it or not.

Or, perhaps it's true that you really, really enjoy ALL these albums, which means you have extremely flexible tastes - but I'd at least expect to see a particular genre dominate the list (besides 'rock').

Well, for the most part, I need to absorb an album, and fully apreciate how impactful listening to it is.

Here's my idea of impact:

1. Emotional response - Is the music genuine? If it is in some way confessional, does it seem honest? Does it lyrically avoid easy cliches?

2. Musical experimentation - Does the music fall into easy traps? Is the sound distinctive and fresh? Is there any sort of attempt at musical creativity?

3. Album cohesiveness - Does the album as a whole work together? Does the artist take advantage of the album format? Is there any sort of attempt at a structure or theme?

4. Overall enjoyment - Does the album surprise me? Do I find it easy to listen to several times? Do I find myself bored?

Those are some easily-defined criteria, but I genuinely enjoy all of the albums I have listed on here. Some I enjoy far more than others, but I do enjoy them all.

I guess I have flexible taste. I grew up with several genres of music playing in the house, and I've grown to see the good qualities in all of these albums. I love listening to Stankonia, Turn on the Bright Lights, O Brother, Medulla, and Agaetis Byrjun. They are all extremely enjoyable to me.

I'm sorry if these answers are at all muddled, but you're right, it's hard to understand what the factors of good music are.

I think about music the same way I think about any other art. Listening to Elliott Smith and reading Death of a Salesman give me the same shivers. Good art is good art, even if it comes wrapped in a popular album. I guess that's my philosophy about music.

No, not a muddled answer at all! Thanks for your input!

Anytime!

Oh, really?? Cool!

Okay, how 'bout....... NOW!

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Wait for it.....

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NOW!

Wait!

NOW! ... ... NOW! ... NOW! NOW! ... nope! ... NOW!

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NOAAAA... tricked you! NOW! ... NOW! Ha! Gotcha...

"Anytime" got me into the same exact trouble the other day.

I gotta come up with a new response.

Hehe. Well, obviously I'm just playin', but what happened 'the other day'?

Basically, the same exact thing, except I drummed on someone's legs, and they said thanks, and I said "anytime". So, throughout the night, I would have to drum on her legs.

Wow, that was a STUPID story.

Hahaha, no, actually that sound exactly like something that I would say/would happen to me.

Man I can't take that A.C. Newman album out of my player, I love it. If I were to make a top list of this year only, it might fill the first slot.

It is a wonderful album. It shows up at #6 on my 2004 list, but this has been a very good year for music.

Actually, not as good as 2003, but still pretty darned good.

Yeah, I just got the Mastadon album myself. It is pretty damn good, especially track nine. Don't know about better than "Bazooka Tooth" or "The Execution of All Things", but still... :-)

While I see what you're saying...I gotta disagree. Mastadon rocks!!

Roar! White Whale!

...now that I've cleared that out of my system, I must say, Leviathan is quite a record.

Hello...I just want to preface this by saying that you have many great albums on this list; most seem to be of an 'indie rock' nature. Did Pitchfork tell you what albums are worth owning again? Ugh, I hate it when they do that!! Seriously, did a staff writer at Pitchfork stick a gun to your head and make you write this list?

All sarcasm aside, kudos to you for including the latest Cat Power album on your list. Hers was one indie release that came out in the 00's that will most likely stand the test of time. Perfect!

Mmm, well, that is a pretty well-derserved burn...most of the albums are of the indie rock nature. Truth be told, I have only recently really gotten into modern music. Until about a year ago, I was a Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan fanatic who refused to believe that there was good modern music out there.

So, being fairly new to the game, Pitchfork was certainly an outlet that helped draw my attention to certain albums...therefore, a lot of the albums on here are also reviewed on Pitchfork. However, I don't bow down to their opinion, nor do I think that their taste in music is anywhere near the best. I have my own taste in music, and while Pitchfork does rank many of them highly, I don't see myself as having only Pitchfork-taste.

Now, the serious stuff's over.

You Are Free is indeed a great album, and I have been recently rediscovering it thanks to my iPod and the resulting easy access to all of my albums.

Technology is amazing.

AAA, I was pretty bored tonight, so I was checking out which recent albums were on my iTunes college network. I used your excellent list as one source. But I was wondering if you'd help me sort through this sea of indie rock albums I've never heard of. Here are the albums I found from this list. Which ones do you think I'd like best, and which ones do you think I'd like least?

Team Boo
You Forgot in in People
Rejoicing in the Hands
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
( )
Kill the Moonlight
Our Endless Numbered Days
Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
Up in Flames
The Hour of the Bewilderbeest
Talkie Walkie
Sharpen Your Teeth

Thanks very much for any help you can give!

Team Boo - basically, this is incredibly fun synth pop...it's a two-piece...much like The Fiery Furnaces gone pop. I love it to pieces, but it is not for everyone. I recommend it with slight reservations.

You Forgot it in People - MUST OWN. The more I listen to this album, the more it seems like a classic. One of the best indie rock albums of the decade.

Rejoicing in the Hands - Very, very, very good...but, an extremely divisive artist. Some love his voice, some hate it. I would recommend.

Lift Your Skinny... & ( ) - Both of these are long, interesting albums, but very much in a niche genre. If you like Eno or experimental ambience, check it out.

Kill the Moonlight - probably the most "fun" of the indie rock bands...definitely a keeper.

Our Endless Numbered Days - Beautiful folk. If you like folk, you'll enjoy this.

Lifted - Bright Eyes may be the single most divisive singer in the indie rock scene. I happen to really like him.

Up in Flames - Yes.

The Hour of the Bewilderbeast - Really, really good brit pop. I think you would definitely enjoy it.

Talkie Walkie - I'm not a HUGE fan, but it's a very good album.

Sharpen Your Teeth - Like Modest Mouse...except weirder.

I would recommend them to you in this order, but I have no idea how much you'll like them in comparison to each other.

1. You Forgot it in People
2. Up in Flames
3. Kill the Moonlight
4. The Hour of the Bewilderbeast
5. Our Endless Numbered Days
6. Team Boo
7. Talkie Walkie
8. ( )
9. Lift Your Skinny Fists...
10. Sharpen Your Teeth
11. Rejoicing in the Hands
12. Lifted...

I don't know what this says about me, but after reading your post, I immediately listened to a Bright Eyes song, to see what kind of music you would think I'd dislike. I actually thought the song was pretty good (it was "You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will."), but agree that there's probably lots of stuff in the other 11 albums that I'd like more.

It's funny, I've heard people talk about Rejoicing in the Hands around here before, and all this time I thought Devendra was a woman's name. Shows what I know.

Anyway, thank you very much, this is great stuff! I'm excited to try it all out!

As a side note, I did an album search on the All Music Guide for the phrase "Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven." The #1 choice was, of course, the GYBE album, but the #2 choice is Andy Williams's I Like Your Kind of Love: The Best of the Cadence Years. This really baffles me. Why bother including such totally irrelevant results? Would anyone in their right mind type in "Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven" hoping to find the Andy Williams compilation? It's ridiculous.

Wait, Devendra's a man? :-)

What do you think about "arcade fire"'s album? I love it!!!!!

If you're asking me, I really, really, really like it.

Can't miss this.

Heard Yanqui U.X.O. by GYBE yet?

I have not.

I was going to write "I shame thee!" and then realized I'd never heard the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds and figured I'd just keep my mouth shut. :-)

Is Gimme Fiction supposed to be a reference to the Television song "Friction" from Marquee Moon?

Actually, nevermind that. What I really want to know is how you've already heard an album that comes out on May 9th. Did you finally develop that time machine?

The album leaked (as most indie albums do thes days) and I managed to find it online.

I dunno if the reference is intentional. Good question.

please tell me what you like about the Streets Grand don't come for free cd? i bought it and well..didn't like it, what appeals to you about it?

Glad to see the love for White Blood Cells. I'd have a hard time deciding whether I like that or Elephant better, but I always find it hard to resist when I hear "Same Boy You've Always Known" or "I Can't Wait."

Oh BTW, as you can tell if you've been keeping up with my brief reviews, I've really been enjoying the music you recommended. Thanks so much for helping me find such wonderful but obscure music!

White Blood Cells is a fantastic album, and I think I only prefer it to Elephant because it is much more of a raw, rocking album, and The White Stripes are at their best whenever they get to let loose.

I checked out your reviews, and I was glad to see so many positive reactions. Glad to help in any way I can.

:)

Aah, Cannibal Ox... "You were a still-born baby / Mother didn't want you but you were still born." Awesome.

I was shocked by how much I loved the album. really fascinating stuff.

Do you listen to anything outside the "popular music" domain, like world music or contemporary classical music?

Not usually...nothing personal to the genres.

The list is a masterpiece in itself! Damn good picks!

Of course, I hope to see Funeral make some leaps and bounds towards the top. But if not, I think I'll be okay (:

Thank you for the high praise! I'm glad you enjoy the list so much.

If it makes you feel any better, I love Funeral...I just happen to love the 37 albums in front of it a little bit more.