Quips and summaries from experiencing and appreciating music in a city that is as foreign and familiar as they come - New York. So here is to music anywhere and everywhere. Starting from concert one on week one after the move in 2009.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Challenging Assignment

I was recently tasked with a fun little assignment by my cousins. There was wine involved so maybe no one took it that seriously but I sure as hell did. You can't ask a music nerd their top 10 albums of the past decade AND the top albums of the past year and expect them to blow it off. It immediately went on my list of things to do, I made a mental list of friends I would need to consult and most importantly, time to think it over. It took me over a week and now that it has been sent to all parties involved, I will share it.
I will state a caveat: these are MY top albums. I picked each one because of the value I have placed on them - in my memories and in sheer volume of listening hours. Also, I didn't want to narrow it to a specific number nor did I want to rank them - my rules.
So while I ponder how to spend the +$200 that Lala is giving me to spend in iTunes (because of the amount of money I spent on web albums) - enjoy!
Top Albums of the past 10 years
Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Kings of Leon - Only By The Night & Because Of The Times
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (came out in 2009)
Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
The Strokes - Room On Fire
The Veils - Sun Gangs
White Stripes - Get Behind My Satan
Kanye West - The College Dropout
Dave Matthews Band - Crash
Florence & The Machine - Lungs (came out in 2009)
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Lady Gaga - The Fame
Romeo & Juliet Soundtrack - Baz Luhrman directed
Jay-Z - The Black Album
My Morning Jacket - Okonokos (Live Album)
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
The National - Boxer
Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane (I was an early adopter of them)
Counting Crows - This Desert Life (barely made it in there but it has memories tied to it)
Last Year Loved Albums
Florence & The Machine (see above)
Phoenix (see above)
Passion Pit - Manners
Beach House - Teen Dream
Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
Julian Casablancas - Phrazes For the Young
Miike Snow - Miike Snow
The Antlers - Hospice
The XX - XX
Avett Brothers - I And Love And You
Alberta Cross - Broken Side Of Time (the album from 2008 is great too)
The Black Keys - Brothers
A last minute addition would be Surfer Blood - Astro Coast. What validated this was my membership with the UK's Rough Trade album of the month and it just arrived. Last month was Free Energy - Stuck On Nothing, very solid as well.

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