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    @MagicSword! -- there are "Music in..." wikipedia pages for every year, and they have large release lists, though there are things missing from them.

    This will be too hard if I think about it at all, so I'm just putting down the first really great album I can think of for each year.

    2000 And then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out / Yo La Tengo
    2000 The Night / Morphine
    2003 World Without Tears / Lucinda Williams
    2003 Glass / Sea and Cake
    2004 Sung Tongs / Animal Collective
    2004 Thunder! Lightning! Strike! / The Go! Team
    2004 Real Gone / Tom Waits
    2005 Tanglewood Numbers / Silver Jews
    2007 Person Pitch / Panda Bear
    2008 What Is ?! / King Khan and the Shrines

    Apparently I decided halfway through the process that 2001, 2002, 2006 and 2009 could just fuck right off, and that I was just making a Decade Ten. Oh well.
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    @paul sizer

    goddamn telefon tel aviv are so good. I didn't know something new is out/is coming out, but I've played the hell out of Fareheit Fair Enough.
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      CommentAuthorJeffZero
    • CommentTimeNov 20th 2009
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    @Sizer
    Gorillaz' self-titled is effing fantastic. I love Demon Days, but the creativity and experimentation weren't there anymore.
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    @ Sizer - You don't have anything to excuse sir.
    @ Jason Michelitch - Thanks man. I consulted the wikis, but actually it ended up easier than I thought.

    Subjectivity: ON!

    2000 Elliott Smith - Figure 8
    2001 Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
    2002 McLusky - Do Dallas
    2003 Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain
    2004 Liars - They Were Wrong So We Drowned
    2005 Ani DiFranco - Knuckle Down
    2006 Subtle - For Hero: For Fool
    2007 Radiohead - In Rainbows
    2008 Zazen Boys - 4
    2009 The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
    • CommentAuthorZombi
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2009
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    @MagicSword! - You can also use Rate Your Music's top lists pr. year to get an idea of the releases that year.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2009
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    No excuses, no shame.
    Right on, Sizer, right on.

    As for release dates, if I ever get crossed up, I use allmusic.com. Their reviewers seem to have their heads on backwards, but as far as an informational resource, it's without peer.
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    Jesus fuck! You people are insane!

    i take this as quite a compliment!

    also, sizer, dont stress! i have a feeling us heavy/fast music people are only outnumbered as of now...i know a large chunk of WC listens to a random mix of stuff. we wont judge. and HEY LURKERS! POST HERE! im interested in everyones opinions. dont be intimidated because us geeky weirdoes post a bunch of semi obscure screaming craziness!
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2009
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    hell yeah, everyone listens to lots of things..... hell i even had peter gabriel (admittedly his darkest and harshest ever album)!

    i'd love to see everyones
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2009
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    Thanks guys for making me feel less doofussy about my music choices. I grew up trying to find the common ground between ABBA, Dead Kennedys and Switched On Bach, hence my musical tastes...
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      CommentAuthorinfomancer
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2009
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    I thought about this for about thirty seconds before I gave up. There is no way in hell I could whittle down the last ten years into ten records. To preserve what little sanity I have left at the end of a shit semester, I'll just wait for the top ten of 2009 thread that I'm sure will appear before too long. I'm actually prepared for that one.
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      CommentAuthorEthan Ede
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2009 edited
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    @MagicSword

    The cold vein was very nearly my pick for 2001. The production on that album alone is mind boggling, not to mention the actual lyrics and performances from Vast Aire and Vordul Mega.

    2006 was also a tough year, and that Subtle album was a top contender, ultimately though- Astronautalis gets more play time from me.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2009
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    dammit, guys.
    i don't have my storage drive with me so quick reference is impossible. so i just listed all my favourite albums ever and then sorted them, and then filled in the blanks...
    (luckily i used to do a best-of-the-year list on the webzine i worked for, so that was three years taken care of. and my geek friends and i assembled a best-of-00-to-04 list five years ago, too. [does anyone with a RYM account want to compile a Whitechapel-best-of list?] man i'm a loser.)

    (in no order)
    2000
    Don Caballero - American Don
    At The Drive-In - Relationship of Command

    2001
    Cornelius - Point
    Lightning Bolt - Ride the Skies

    2002
    Notwist - Neon Golden
    Out Hud - STREET DAD
    Mclusky - Mclusky Do Dallas
    SND - Tenderlove

    2003
    Jaga Jazzist - The Stix
    Boris - Feedbacker
    Supersilent - 6

    2004
    Frog Eyes - The Folded Palm
    Cerberus Shoal - Bastion of Itchy Preeves

    2005
    Ticonderoga - ST
    Jackie-O Motherfucker - Flags of the Sacred Harp

    2006
    Subtle - For Hero For Fool
    Band of Horses - Everything All the Time
    Big Blood - ST

    2007
    Panda Bear - Person Pitch
    Field Music - Tones of Town
    Bowerbirds - Hymns for a Dark Horse

    2008
    Why? - Alopecia
    Peter Broderick - both Float and Home
    Skeletons - Money

    2009
    Telefon Tel Aviv The Field Tortoise SND Stimming Micachu Balmorhea Zu Shogun Kunitoki Black Dice oh my god you guys this year is so good for music. new fucking Mercury Program, guys! i mean can we just sit down and talk about this year please.
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    I'm not sure why this ISN'T just about this year. Christ.
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2009
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    @allana: God, I can't believe I forgot to include Relationship of Command. Great album!
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2009
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    @warrenellis it was inspired by the NME top 50 albums of the decade article, and the top 10 lists my work is doing, i did consider doing a top list of 2009 one but how often do you get to do a decade list?

    well every 10 years, but hopefully you get the point.
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      CommentAuthorSt.Wanger
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2009 edited
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    Interesting sidenote: At other boards, Relationship of Command really seems to be consensus album of the decade.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2009
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    Augh, I had a hard time doing this.

    2000-- Radiohead—Kid A
    2001-- Radiohead—Amnesiac
    2002-- Sage Francis—Personal Journals
    2003-- The Postal Service—Give Up
    2004-- Björk—Medulla
    2005-- The Mountain Goats—The Sunset Tree
    2006-- The Decemberists—the Crane Wife
    2007-- The Shins—Wincing the Night Away
    2008-- Why?—Alopecia
    2009-- Neko Case—Middle Cyclone

    OTHER ALBUMS OF NOTE: Cake—Comfort Eagle (2001), Against Me!—Reinventing Axl Rose (2002), Fiona Apple—Extraordinary Machine (2005), The Decemberists—Hazards of Love (2009), Giant Squid—The Ichthyologist (2009)

    I tried to restrict it to albums that I really loved when they came out or were on heavy rotation for me at some point. I didn't include the albums that didn't have staying power.
    • CommentAuthorBoga_
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2009 edited
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    Just picked 10.

    Tv on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
    Matias Aguayo - Ay Ay Ay (2009 lol)
    The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike!
    The Avalanches - Since I left You
    Deerhunter - Microcastle
    Panda Bear - Person Pitch
    Mu - Afro Finger & Gel
    Scott Walker - The Drift
    Dan Deacon - Bromst (moar)
    Spank Rock - YoYoYoYoYo

    Had to drop Yellow House, The Bake Sale and the No Way Down/On the Trade Winds (Air France) double whopper and Dabrye and Pantha Du Prince and and and...
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    2000: Os Pistoleiros - EP
    2001: Lovage - Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By
    2002: Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around
    2003: Frank Black and the Catholics - Show Me Your Tears
    2004: Slim Cessna's Auto Club - The Bloudy Tenant Truth Peace
    2005: Fantômas - Suspended Animation
    2006: Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
    2007: Dan Deacon - Spiderman of the Rings
    2008: Barry Adamson - Back to the Cat
    2009: minusbaby - Left
    • CommentAuthorBoga_
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2009
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    hmm Spiderman of the Rings is probably a better choice than Bromst, it's certainly more definitive.