Monday, July 21, 2008
Here it is folks. The final volume. Volume 3 goes from 2003 to the present and was easily the most difficult of the 3 installments (see 1 and 2 here and here). I discovered that 2003 was the first year I started working at my radio station and (probably not by coincidence) was also the most difficult year for me to pick a single record.
Just to re-iterate from Volume 1's post, I allowed myself to pick up to three records for a particular year, as long as they were all from a different genre. My reasoning was that some records are almost incomparable because they're so different. But of course I always did my best to narrow it down to a single record per year (that was the basis of the list to begin with) and 2003 was the only year I ended up having 3 records.
Some may say that I'm weak-willed and indecisive. To that, I say I made my own God damn list. I'll do what I want. Go make your own if you want to. And then share it with me. Sharing is caring. Onto the list!
Volume 3: 2003-2008 (click here to listen)
2003 Explosions In The Sky - The Only Moment We Were Alone (from The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place) This is their best song. Period.
2003 The Thermals - I Know The Pattern (from More Parts Per Million)
2003 The Knife - You Make Me Like Charity (from Deep Cuts)
2004 Death From Above 1979 - Turn It Out (from You're A Woman, I'm A Machine) Turn It Out is quite easily one of the best opening tracks to any album.
2005 Eluvium - New Animals From The Air (from Talk Amongst The Trees)
2006 Belong - Remove The Inside (from October Language) One of the greatest albums of all time.
2006 The Knife - Silent Shout (from Silent Shout)
2007 Dan Deacon - Snake Mistakes (from Spiderman Of The Rings)
2007 Parts & Labor - Brighter Days (from Mapmaker)
2008 Fuck Buttons - Sweet Love For Planet Earth (from Street Horrrsing)
Some notable conflicts that occurred:
2003 The Postal Service's Give Up, The Mars Volta's De-Loused In The Comatorium (this got axed early on because while I was obsessed with it when it came out, my musical tastes have changed considerably), TV On The Radio's Young Liars, M83's Dead Cities, Red Seas, & Lost Ghosts, Melt Banana's Cell Scape (I told you 2003 was a rough year for me)
2004 TV On The Radio's Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes, Bjork's Medulla, Regina Spektor's Soviet Kitsch (I was this close to keeping this on my list because of how different she and DFA79 are, but then I realized I was just being a fucking idiot. Come on. You're A Woman is almost untouchable.)
2005 Sigur Rós' Takk..., Sleater Kinney's The Woods, M83's Before The Dawn Heals Us, Gorillaz's Demon Days
2006 Mogwai's Mr. Beast, Junior Boys' So This Is Goodbye
2007 The Besnard Lakes' The Dark Horse, Deerhunter's Cryptograms
2008 Belong's Colorloss Record, M83's Saturdays=Youth, The Mausoleums' Blackened Fawns Cleanse The Earth With Fire, Prurient's And Still, Wanting, Usputuspud's Disco, A Faulty Chromosome's As An Ex-Anorexic's Six Sick Exit,...
And now, just for ease of reading, here is the list in it's entirety. Just the albums.
1985 The Jesus And Mary Chain Psychocandy
1986 Slayer Reign In Blood
1987 Pixies Come On Pilgrim
1988 My Bloody Valentine Isn't Anything
1989 Pixies Doolittle
1990 Primus Frizzly Fry
1991 Slint Spiderland
1991 My Bloody Valentine Loveless
1992 Pavement Slanted & Enchanted
1993 The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
1994 The Toadies Rubberneck
1995 The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
1996 Weezer Pinkerton
1997 Mogwai Young Team
1998 Neutral Milk Hotel In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
1999 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun
2000 Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
2001 The Strokes Is This It?
2001 Stars Of The Lid Tired Sounds Of Stars Of The Lid
2002 William Basinski Disintegration Loops I-IV
2003 Explosions In The Sky The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
2003 The Thermals More Parts Per Million
2003 The Knife Deep Cuts
2004 Death From Above 1979 You're A Woman, I'm A Machine
2005 Eluvium Talk Amongst The Trees
2006 Belong October Language
2006 The Knife Silent Shout
2007 Dan Deacon Spiderman Of The Rings
2007 Parts & Labor Mapmaker
2008 Fuck Buttons Street Horrrsing
Fuck yes. That list is hot.