I love this list, Kevin. Not gonna lie – I teared up a few times.
My list followed this same idea. It’s wonderful to see how my dear friends shared their own influences and what kind of overlap there was between our lists. Just another reminder of how to infinitely treasure our friendships. Once again, it’s all been written in music:
“Some people are disposable, but every now and then I find a heart and mind that match my own and those are the only ones worth pushing for”
I regret that the only Smashing Pumpkins album I was passionate about released in the past ten years wasn’t even that good. ‘Machina’ is by no means my favorite, but favoritism wasn’t the point. It was our coming of age. Kaitlyn said it best prefacing her list: “This was the music I fell and love to and fell apart to.”
Sometimes I fantasize about a life where the only music I listen to is the music I discovered in the aughts. I think I’d be pretty satisfied… at least as long as this was also a reality where Devon Williams was known as a marquee artist up there with Elvis Costello and Morrissey. I’d like to say that’d be like ‘livin’ the dream,’ but I already am, so that wouldn’t be true.
I’m content being anxious to see what’s next. This year will bring new tunes by Joanna Newsom and Devon Williams alone. That should be enough to keep me alive for ten more years. At least!
I just got Stardeath & White Dwarfs’ debut and it has left a strong impression on me. I’m also thankful to be working with remarkable artists releasing some remarkable things. You already know Jason Boesel is releasing an album, but I strongly recommend Lay Low and Holly Golightly.
We need a better way to see what we’re individually listening to across this distance. Something more personal than Last.fm. You should start a Tumblr where you once in a while post music you’re listening to.
OK, I admit I just want you to join Tumblr. But I still think it’s a good idea. I post about new music I like through there – it’s easy and fun!
I feel obligated to make a top music list to finish out 2009, since I can’t foresee a circumstance where I will ever be inspired to make one again, seeing as the most recent album on there is probably from 2005. Are these the best albums of the decade? Probably not. There are also probably some glaring omissions, but it doesn’t matter. There are tons of albums I still listen to and love, they just aren’t important like these are. This was the music I fell and love to and fell apart to. I came of age in the new millenium, and I will probably never love any music more than I loved music from 2000-2009. So with a nostalgic sigh, I present you my Top 25 Albums of my decade.
Andrew Bird - Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs
Rilo Kiley - Take Offs and Landings
Feist - Let It Die
Destroyer - Destroyer’s Rubies
Metric - Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?
The Long Winters - When I Pretend to Fall
Death Cab for Cutie - The Photo Album
Hawksley Workman - Last Night We Were the Delicious Wolves
Arcade Fire - Funeral
Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Super Furry Animals - Love Kraft
Tomorrow is Forever - Tomorrow is Forever
The Postal Service - Give Up
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Mates of State - Team Boo
Nada Surf - Let Go
Thunderbirds are Now! - Justamustache
The Comas - Conductor
Joanna Newsom - Milk-Eyed Mender
Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People
Animal Collective - Feels
Spoon - Girls Can Tell
a decade of @quel_weekend’s away messages. i <3 this list.