Ashley’s top 5 of the 2000s…6 months later.

14 Sep

Time has passed, friends, and I don’t know how many of you are still out there, but I realize I abandoned you with unfinished business.  That wasn’t very nice of me, now was it?

In honor of the most recent album release by someone involved in what I believe is the greatest album of the 2000’s, nay, the greatest band of the 2000’s, and because the end of the year is fast approaching and I want somewhere to post my favorite albums of the year in ;), here it is:

ASHLEY’S TOP 5 OF THE 2000’S:

*rummages through word files*

*grumble* I know you’re in here somewhere *grumble*

AHA!  You’re an excel file….

Anyways, onwards

5.) Girl Talk – Feed the Animals (2008)

Perhaps some would find this an unfair inclusion as there isn’t a whole lot of original music on here, and to those I say :raspberry:.  I thought, after the first highly enjoyable listen to this album, I would no longer find it all that worthwhile, that the shtick would get old fast.  Nearly two years later, and I still use this album to either celebrate any happy occasion in my life, or to cheer me up when I’m feeling low.  It has edged into almost every moment in my life.  No longer can I listen to “Jessie’s Girl” on the radio without busting in on the chorus with a little announcement about how much rather the lead singer would prefer “getting head”.  I can’t listen to Journey’s “Faithfully” the same way, I can’t even listen to all of Aphex Twin’s “Girl/Boy Song” without having some kind of inner inclusion of the music that would follow it on Feed the Animals. And this isn’t a complaint, I love the hell out of every one of those moments.

4.) Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago (2008)

There isn’t much I can say about this album except, if you haven’t heard it yet, get to it.  NOW.  Why are you still here?  GO.

3.) The Mountain Goats – The Sunset Tree (2005)

I had originally planned to not say much about how much this album personally affects me, but I don’t think it would do credit to how much I love this album if I didn’t say so.  While I can’t personally associate with every moment on the album, and while my story is no where near that of the protagonists, I still connect with the album on a level I never have with music.  The only thing keeping this from being my favorite album ever is that not all of the songs are all that significant or special, and it’s a shame, because when the album is on the mark, it drives me to tears every time.

2.) U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)

Haters gonna hate.  This Album.  A lot.  It’s not Pop.  It’s not The Joshua Tree.  It’s not really anything U2 had done up until that point.  It’s a pop album.  It’s a little meandering.  It’s a little simple.  It’s very radio friendly.  It’s front-loaded.  The singles are a little over the top.  But you know what else?  It’s the reason I’m a U2 fan.  It’s the reason I am on this blog right now.  It’s the reason I’m getting married.  It’s the reason that I have so many fond memories of 8th grade and beyond.  Now, no, it’s not directly responsible for all of those things, but I hate to think of what my life would be like if I hadn’t caught that rooftop performance of “Beautiful Day” on MTV all those years ago…

1.) The Killers – Hot Fuss (2004)

When I had originally penned this long and winding road of a list, I had planned on writing an entirely separate article on the #1 album.  For one, because, it’s my favorite album by one of my favorite bands, but mostly because I honestly believe in general the The Killers have been the most important, and most underrated band of the 2000’s.  It’s an interesting thought, in the time the Killers have existed, U2 put out 2 albums.  The Killers have three official on the books, an almost non-stop tour since the moment they existed, a B-Sides and rarities collection, and the lead singer, Brandon Flowers (while also having quite the impressive NFL career) just put out a solo album with a subsequent tour.  These guys work hard, and they put out great music.  I hope it keeps going, I hope it gets better, I really hope they go back to that signature sound of Hot Fuss, but even more, I hope they continue to grow and find a sound that they’re happy with and will, in effect be better than anything they’ve done before.

So, there you are.  You may disagree, that’s fair.  But that’s my top  50 and I’m sticking to it.  Oh wait, no I’m not.  Not at all.  In the six months since I’ve written this, there  are a few albums I need to add to my top 50.  Yes, that means some albums are getting the boot, but I’m not going to tell you which they are.  Leave it up to your own imagination.

Inclusion somewhere in my top 20:

Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism

Inclusion somewhere in my top 30:

The Strokes – Is This It?

And inclusion somewhere in the top 50:

The Dresden Dolls – S/T
Bloc Party – Weekend in the City
The Shins – Oh, Inverted World

I guess the big thing that you can take from this is that you’re never going to hear every album, and even if you’ve set yourself on what you believe are your favorites, you should never stop listening.  My still to be heard from the 2000’s list?

1.       Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out

2.       Sun Giant EP

3.       Chutes too Narrow

4.       ()

5.       Sigur Ros – Takk

6.       In Absentia

7.       Everything By Muse that isn’t their last two albums

8.       Fever to Tell

9.       Yes, Virginia

10.   Person Pitch

11.   Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – Still need to hear again

12.   Hold on Now, Youngster

13.   Lost Souls

14.   Whatever People Say… – Need to hear again

15.   Visiter

16.   Return to Cookie Mountain

17.   Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven!

18.   Johnny Cash – American I

19.   Portishead – Third

20.   The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

21.   Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

22.   of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

23.   Iron and Wine – The Creek Drank the Cradle

24.   PJ Harvey – Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea

25.   Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

26.   Spoon – Kill the Moonlight

27.   M.I.A. – Kala

28.    Grizzly Bear – Yellow House

29.   New Pornographers – Twin Cinema

30.   Sleater-Kinney – The Woods

31.   Common – Be

32.   Antony and the Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now

33.   Ryan Adams – Cold Roses

34.   My Morning Jacket – Z

35.   God Is An Astronaut – All Is Violent, All Is Bright

36.   Madvillain – Madvillainy

37.   Sufjan Stevens – Seven Swans

38.   Kanye West – Graduation

39.   Junior Boys – Last Exit

40.   The Go! Team – Thunder, Lightning, Strike

41.   The Wrens – The Meadowlands

42.   Streetlight Manifesto – Everything Goes Numb

43.   Mew – Frengers

44.   Damien Rice – O

45.   The Mountain Goats – All Hail West Texas

46.   Opeth – Blackwater Park

47.   The Microphones – The Glow Pt. 2

48.   The Field – From Here We Go Sublime

49.   Sparklehorse – It’s A Wonderful Life

50.   The Dismemberment Plan – Change

51.   Ben Folds – Rockin’ the Suburbs

52.   Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf

53.   The Avalanches – Since I Left You

I’ve got a long way yet to go.

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