I put together a rough list of my top 200 albums of the decade and decided I'm going to try to listen through them chronologically over the next couple months.
Should be an interesting and revealing project
First up, 2010: Vampire Weekend - Contra Beach House - Teen Dream Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma The National - High Violet The Black Keys - Brothers Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening Tame Impala - Innerspeaker Ty Segall - Melted Arcade Fire - The Suburbs Katy Perry - Teenage Dream Sharon Van Etten - Epic Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Robyn - Body Talk
Lolla:'08,'09,'10,'11,'12,'13,'14,'16 Bonnaroo:'12,'13,'14,'15,'16,'17 Boston Calling:Fall '14,Spring '15,'17,'19(Saturday) Pitchfork:'15 Made In America:'15 ACL:'16(Weekend 1),'19(Weekend 2) Panorama:'16,'17 Homecoming:'18 Eaux Claires:'18 Mo Pop:'18
I think I'm just overall more familiar with The Electric Lady because that's when I got into her, and I think it's definitely the catchier and more accessible album of the too
But I just finished relistening to The ArchAndroid and this album is so good and so perfectly weird and out there and visionary, that I might end up giving it the edge
Although I do like Electric Lady, it just feels overall more bland with less stand out moments. Between the first 3 song suite, Cold War, Come Alive, Neon Valley Street, Tightrope... there are so many high points for me.
That was when I got into her though. Listened to that cd in my car for months straight when it came out.
Vampire Weekend - Contra (2010) Beach House - Teen Dream (2010) Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me (2010) Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma (2010) The National - High Violet (2010) The Black Keys - Brothers (2010) Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid (2010) LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening (2010) Tame Impala - Innerspeaker (2010) Katy Perry - Teenage Dream (2010) Sharon Van Etten - Epic (2010) Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest (2010) Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz (2010) Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010) Robyn - Body Talk (2010)
Finished with 2010 today. Joanna Newsom and Sufjan, two artists I haven't delved into near as deep as I should, really blew me away. I almost quit the Black Keys record 4 or 5 songs in. Just does nothing for me anymore.
Now it's onto 2011, the folkiest year of the decade The Decemberists - The King Is Dead Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise James Blake - James Blake Adele - 21 Frank Ocean - Nostalgia. Ultra Middle Brother - Middle Brother Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo Bill Callahan - Apocalypse The Head and the Heart - The Head and the Heart White Denim - D Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues Thee Oh Sees - Castlemania My Morning Jacket - Circuital Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong Bon Iver - Bon Iver Chadwick Stokes - Simmerkane II Portugal. the Man - In the Mountain in the Cloud Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest Kendrick Lamar - Section.80 The Milk Carton Kids - Prologue Jay-Z and Kanye West - Watch the Throne St. Vincent - Strange Mercy Cave - Neverendless M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming Real Estate - Days
A lot of these are personal touchstones, but I feel like I've gotta have some glaring omissions here, so let me know what else I should add to the list
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here Yo La Tengo - There's a Riot Going On Neil Young - Le Noise Gilberto Gil - Gilberto's Samba Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS Les Filles de Illighadad - Eghass Malan Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse Kamasi Washington - The Epic The Weather Station - The Weather Station Shintaro Sakamoto - How To Live With A Phantom William Tyler - Impossible Truth Destroyer - Kaputt Helado Negro - This Is How You Smile Sandro Perri - Impossible Spaces Dirty Beaches - Badlands Michael Hurley - Blue Hills Bill Callahan - Apocalypse Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool Joshua Abrams and Natural Information Society - Simultonality Endless Boogie - Long Island Kevin Morby - Harlem River Damien Jurado - The Horizon Just Laughed ANOHNI - Hopelssness My Bloody Valentine - m b v Hiss Golden Messenger - Bad Debt Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again White Fence - Family Perfume Amen Dunes - Freedom Sam Gendel & sam Wilkes - Music for Saxophone and Bass Guitar Sharon Jones - Give the People What They Want Bill Fay - Who Is the Sender? The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
D'Angelo - Black Messiah Julian Lynch - Terra Steve Gunn - Time Off Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest Jeff Tweedy - WARM Xylouris White - Black Peak Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold David Bowie - Blackstar Mary Lattimore - At The Dam Jeff Parker - The New Breed St. Vincent - Strange Mercy Jennifer Castle - Angels of Death Low - Double Negative Jim O'Rourke - Simple Songs Solange - A Seat at the Table Unknown Mortal Orchestra - UMO Blake Mills - Heigh Ho Woods - Bend Beyond Tinariwen - Emmaar Mavis Staples - You Are Not Alone 75 Dollar Bill - I Was Real Psychic Temple - Psychic Temple III Kikagaku Moyo - Masana Temples Ought - Sun Coming Down Real Estate - Days Lower Dens - Twin-Hand Movement Jake Xerxes Fussell - What In The Natural World Frank Ocean - Channel Orange Matthew E. White - Big Inner Circuit des Yeux - Reaching For Indigo Angel Olsen - My Woman Dungen - Allas Sak Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
Chris Cohen - Overgrown Path Cate Le Bon - Mug Museum Julien Gasc - Kiss Me You Fool! Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap Bitchin Bajas - Bajas Fresh Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell Joanna Newsom - Divers Lonnie Holley - Mith Lambchop - This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You) Marisa Anderson - Mercury Richard Swift - The Hex Omni - Deluxe Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung Bjork - Utopia Phosphorescent - Muchacho Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Wolfroy Goes to Town Wooden Wands - Clipper Ship Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo Bon Iver - i,i Juan Wauters - Who Me? Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker Father John Misty - Fear Fun Joan Shelley - Over and Even Cass McCombs - Wit's End Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect Thee Oh Sees - Castlemania Robert Stillman - Rainbow Foxygen - Take The Kids Off Broadway Shy Ben-Tzur, Jonny Greenwood, & Rajasthan Express - Junun Myriam Gendron - No So Deep As A Well