The Best of the ’00s Part 6: #50-41

Ah well, Christmas stepped in the way of the top half of my favorite albums of the 2000s, so now I need to get caught up … look for #50-1 between now and Friday!

50 Suburban Kids with Biblical Names – #3 (2006) (left) – Now, here is a real hidden gem, even if one song has been ruined by persistent use in Toyota Prius’ ads.

49 Rilo Kiley – The Execution of All Things (2002) – Jenny Lewis started the decade off with a bang, but, at least to me, seems to be down hill from there. I don’t really understand the fascination with 70s soft/country rock that grasped Jenny, but at least in The Execution of All Things, Rilo Kiley was still a solid rock band that captured grandeur in a tiny package.

48 Desaparecidos – Read Music, Speak Spanish (2002) – Speaking of people with odd soft rock obsessions, Conor Oberst caught that disease, too. However, before he got there, he had a dalliance with punk, resulting in one of the best one-off albums of the decade.

47 Cats of Fire – The Province Complains (2007) – Finnish alternative rock! Maybe I am biased, but it knocked my socks off.

46 Los Campesinos! – Sticking Fingers into Sockets/Hold On Now, Youngster … (2007/08) – OK, yes, I cheated here by combining Los Campesinos! debut EP with their debut album and if you don’t like it, well, too bad. They definitely get the award for best song title of the decade with “We throw Parties, You Throw Knives”.

45 Clint Mansell/Kronos Quartet – Soundtrack to Requiem for a Dream (2000) (right)- Didn’t see this one coming, did you? If you think you haven’t heard this, you’re wrong considering how many movie trailers have used music from Requiem for a Dream. Not only that, but former PWEI leader Clint Mansell was reborn as a movie scorer thanks to Darren Aronofsky.

44 Weezer – Weezer (2001) – Rivers Cuomo was dubbed the “savior of rock” after half a decade of rap-metal when “The Green Album” came out in 2001 – and rightly so. Weezer made what could only be called a 21st century Beach Boys album, combining the moodiness of Pinkerton with the pop of Weezer’s debut.

43 Arcade Fire – Funeral (2005) – David Bowie for a new generation, right down to the strange VH1 duet with Bowie himself on “Wake Up”.

42 Dizzee Rascal – Maths + English (2007) – Many people ranked Dizzee’s debut Boy in Da Corner higher, but Maths + English combined Dizzee’s solid skills with production that was accessible to anyone on both sides of the Atlantic (although the US still missed out on “Pussy’ole (Old Skool)” on their version of Maths + English).

41 The Thermals – The Body, The Blood, The Machine (2006) (left) – We all make mistakes, and I stuck out with my first review of the Thermals concept album. Sorry Hutch & Kathy!

Here is the iTunes iMix for #50-41.

And if you missed them, here are #100-91, 90-81, 80-71, 70-61 and 60-51.


The return of … music?

So, the election is over.

Baseball season is over.

And suddenly, Erik is feeling music again.

What happened? Well, I think that should be pretty obvious. A lot of tension was lifted from my mind after Barack Obama won the presidency (can you dig it?!) I’ll have more to say about this, but right now I’m a little too busy trying to get ready for a weekend field trip and an interview, so instead I’ll post my first iPod top 10 in months. Enjoy!

  1. “Like This” by Girl Talk
  2. “The Menace” by Mongrel
  3. “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
  4. “Shame on a Nigga” by Wu Tang Clan
  5. “Blind” by Hercules & Love Affair
  6. “Freiwild” by K.I.Z.
  7. “Flux” by Bloc Party
  8. “Dance Wiv Me” by Dizzee Rascal with Calvin Harris
  9. “Mumtaz Khan” by Ratatat
  10. “I Lost You” by the Walkmen