For Fans of the Past Decade Pt. 2 (The Great)

Written by  //  December 21, 2009  //  The Conservatory  //  9 Comments


That time has come. A decade ago we thought all the computers in the world were going to crash at the very least, or worse, become intelligent and destroy the human race as we know it. Well, like Run-DMC Public Enemy said almost two decades ago, “Don’t believe the hype.”

But a lot has changed. The music industry especially, maybe more than any decade since the 60′s. While the Music Industrial Complex began to crumble musicians around the world almost immediately adapted (and adopted) to Web 2.0, utilizing social sites to reach more fans than ever before possible. In turn, sites like Myspace replaced traditional marketing, distribution, paparazzi, fan club, gossip mags, even venues. Blogs then became something more than any music magazine or MTV program could have imagined, a place with continuously streaming music, videos, criticism, praise and interaction for musician and fan in kind. Obviously this has produced more flashes-in-the-pan than you can hold in your iPhone. As every new band blips onto the blogosphere radar a new subgenre sprouts around it producing ever more collaborators and imitators, and another 10 gigs of music in your aggregator. No longer can people safely confine themselves to one musical sound or genre to define who they are. Hipsters get a bad name, and deserve most of what’s said about them, but when it comes to music… Well, let’s just say, it wouldn’t be the same without them.

With so much music at our fingertips what really floated to the top at the end of the day? Which albums did you seek out after hearing in an iPod commercial? What bands did you actually pay money to go see live? What was the last analog album you acquired? And what did you miss because you were just overwhelmed with the shere amount of indie bands being heralded as the next Big Thing? [editors note: Big Things are now extinct. Don't expect to see a Big Thing in the future.]

So where does that leave us? At the beginning, of course, but first we need an ending list. A final capsule of what was so we can continue with what is. This is my time-capsule. The albums I think made a huge impact in the past ten years.

This is the second volume. The middle 20 of 60 albums I chose. You can see volume 1 (the bottom 20) here. I hope that many of these will make you nod your head in agreement but I also expect dissent by the boat loads. That’s what this whole blog thing is about, interaction. So tell me what you think.

See the list below.

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originalpiratematerial 40. The Streets    Original Pirate Material – Up until Michael Skinner came out I thought Slick Rick was the only Brit who knew about rap.
mia_arular 39. M.I.A.    Arular – Up until Mathangi Arulpragasam came out I thought Panjabi MC was the only Indian who knew about rap.

the_marshall_mathers_lp 38. Eminem    The Marshall Mathers LP – Barely sqeaking in the beginning of the decade, Eminem only topped this with that song from his movie about writing songs.
boy_in_da_corner 37. Dizzee Rascal    Boy In Da Corner – Hey, another rapper from England… and he’s Black!
college-dropout 36. Kanye West    College Dropout – This unknown backpack rapper does some beats for Jay-mutherfuckin’-Z and next thing you know gangsters wanna be hipsters and hipsters want to be gangsters and hip-hop is for ever flipped on it’s head.
battles-mirrored 35. Battles    Mirrored – Math-rock? I don’t know what it is either but I know that this album hits harder than Fermat’s Last Theorem.
boh_coverfinal 34. Band Of Horses    Cease To Begin – Southern-rock from Seattle? Yeah, it works really well.
23569048_1 33. The New Pornographers    Twin Cinema – Indie-rock supergroup from Canada playing power pop? Awesome!
172535_1_f 32. Cloud Cult    Advice From The Happy Hippopotamus – These are the cutest experimental indie rockers ever created, creating some serious music hidden in really cute melodies.
2624-the-mouse-and-the-mask 31. Dangerdoom    The Mouse & The Mask – I’ve already posted my appreciation for Doom’s output this decade but this collaboration with Danger Mouse revolving around the theme of Adult Swim is definitely the most fun hip-hop album released this decade.
like-water-for-chocolate 30. Common    Like Water for Chocolate – Oh Common, Common, Common, what happened to you? This is the last link we have to the Native Tongues of the ’90s but then you went and made Electric Circus (which wasn’t as bad as most people would say) and then Kanye came out and you were forever regulated to riding his coattails.
the-streets-a-grand-dont-come-for-free 29. The Streets    A Grand Don’t Come For Free – No disrespect to Prince Paul but this is how you make a hip-hop concept album. Also, nobody else should ever make a hip-hop concept album.
album-supreme-clientele 28. Ghostface Killah    Supreme Clientele – So yeah… Ghostface has just about worn out his welcome but this album proved that The Wu would thrive into the new millenium.
jay-z-the-blueprint 27. Jay-Z    The Blueprint – Jay-Z was huge in the 90′s but the original Blueprint, now in its third installment, was like a turning point were Jay went from your normal rapper to an elder statesman of not just hip-hop but music in general (more importantly, it spawned a one Mr. West).
droughtisover2web-735623 26. Lil’ Wayne    The Drought Is Over Part. 2 – Remember the kid that invented the term bling-bling? Well it would take almost a decade for Dwayne Carter, Jr. to catch-up with the popularity of that slogan and if he doesn’t (quite plausibly) crash the bullet-train he’s currently riding he could be the rap mogul to replace that other Carter in the decade to come.
9221-alright-still 25. Lily Allen    Alright, Still – She’s just so damn cute when she sings about not having good enough credit to buy a house or about her little brother smoking weed or even about douchey guys hitting on her at bars.
vampire-weekend 24. Vampire Weekend    Vampire Weekend – Everythings been said that needs to be said (anyway, Lil’ Jon, he always tells the truth).
illinois-sufjan_stevens_4801 23. Sufjan Stevens    Come On Feel The Illinoise! – The one thing that makes me sad is that I have a feeling Sufjan only made it through two albums in his States Series and I was sooooo excited for New Mexico! You’re A State, Too!
aesop_noneshallpass_lrg 22. Aesop Rock    None Shall Pass – For those of you who think the only good white rappers are three punks from the eighties or some dude named after a brand of candy-coated chocolate or even some dude who loves college, better recognize!
jens-lekman-night-falls-over-kortedala1 21. Jens Lekman    Night Falls Over Kortedala – I’m just going to use this space to shout out my favorite music producing country of the decade (Sweden) and some of the amazing musicians who just didn’t fit into this list, but on second thought probably should have, including: El Perro del Mar, Robyn, The Knife (who might have the best single of the decade with “Heartbeats”), Jose Gonzalez (who might have a top ten cover of the decade with “Heartbeats”), Lykke Li, Sally Shapiro, The Mary Onettes, The Radio Dept., Taken By Trees, Pelle Carlberg, and of course Peter, Bjorn & John (but I already mentioned them).

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Father Guido Sarducci IV

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9 Comments on "For Fans of the Past Decade Pt. 2 (The Great)"

  1. Beef December 21, 2009 at 10:15 pm · Reply

    Sufjan need more of your love! Can’t wait to see the first set – I have more than 20 albums in mind that you haven’t mentioned yet. That means that some of my top 20 aren’t in your top 60. How can we co-exist?

  2. Beef December 21, 2009 at 10:21 pm · Reply

    S, please.

  3. Father Guido Sarducci IV
    Guido Sarducci IV December 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm · Reply

    If I had to guess I would say that none of those twenty albums you’re thinking of will be in my top 20. Why do say this? Not to be a dick or even sarcistically, humorous but because I’m just betting my taste is probably that far removed from most people (also not meant to be taken as “I’m better than you” (that goes with being part of Donnybrook)). I hope I’m wrong because than we could discuss how awesomly underrated my #2 choice is.

  4. Beef December 22, 2009 at 2:19 pm · Reply

    None? Now you’re just being snobby. And comparing the Beef’s taste’s to those of “most people?” Mean.

  5. Father Guido Sarducci IV
    Guido Sarducci IV December 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm · Reply

    Oh, no, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean it that way. I just meant that my top 20 might be totally out of left field, and not in a cool, hipster, obscure kind of way. I want to hear what you think when it comes out, and I appreciate you reading.

  6. Angora Holly Polo December 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm · Reply

    I loved your writeup so much that I created you your ‘New Mexico! You’re a State, Too!’ album. It is mostly Sufjan Stevens backed by the Taos hum, donkeys braying, lizards mating, and rainsticks.

  7. Beef January 5, 2010 at 8:28 pm · Reply

    Father, how long must we wait to see the rest?

  8. Guido Sarducci IV January 6, 2010 at 1:16 pm · Reply


  9. Beef January 6, 2010 at 1:46 pm · Reply

    Nice. Looking forward to some new discoveries…

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