29 March 2009

The Decade List: Albums/Singles (2000)

"Broad" is not usually the word I'd use to describe my taste in music. Though I have a shame-free, and most importantly discerning, fascination with pop music, the bulk of my musical interests isn't terribly surprising. As the year 2000 proved to be the most difficult to narrow down in terms of cinema, music proved just as taxing, as I'd like to think I've advanced myself beyond my high school years. I haven't. And that isn't such a bad thing, I suppose. Below you'll find sixteen notable/significant/worthy albums from the year 2000, loosely organized in order of preference or at least how often I find myself listening to them now. A music critic, I ain't. In collecting the "Assorted Jams of 2000," I stuck by my rules for film and only included tracks off albums that were released during the year as opposed to the single's release date (if it fact it was a single). So, alas, some choice "jams" were left off.

PJ Harvey - Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
Check It: "This Mess We're In" (featuring Thom Yorke on lead vocals)

Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out
Check It: "Everyday"

Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain
Check It: "Horse Tears"

Shellac - 1000 Hurts
Check It: "Prayer to God"

Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
Check It: "Lives"

Antony and the Johnsons - Antony and the Johnsons
Check It: "Atrocities"

Piano Magic - Artists' Rifles
Check It: "The Index"

Mojave 3 - Excuses for Travellers
Check It: "Trying to Reach You"

Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
Check It: "Auto Pilot"

The Black Heart Procession - Three
Check It: "Waterfront (The Sinking Road)"

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

Duster - Contemporary Movement
Check It: "Get the Dutch"

Doves - Lost Souls
Check It: "Rise"

At the Drive-In - Relationship of Command
Check It: "One-Armed Scissor"

The Czars - Before... But Longer
Check It: "Dave's Dream"

Radiohead - Kid A
Check It: "Everything in Its Right Place"

Assorted Jams from the Year 2000:

Kylie Minogue - "Spinning Around" (from Light Years)
Outkast - "Ms. Jackson" (from Stankonia)
Étienne Daho - "Ouverture" (from Corps et armes)
Elliott Smith - "Son of Sam" (from Figure 8)
Björk - "Cvalda" (from Selmasongs) [Also check out my piece on Dancer in the Dark]
Aaliyah featuring Timbaland - "Try Again" (from the Romeo Must Die OST)

Broadcast - "Come On Let's Go" (from The Noise Made by People)
Mirwais - "I Can't Wait" (from Production)
Cat Power - "Sea of Love" (from The Covers Record)
Saint Etienne - "Heart Failed (In the Back of a Taxi)" (from Sound of Water)
Coldplay - "Trouble" (from Parachutes)

Primal Scream - "Kill All Hippies" (from Xtrmntr)
Smog - "Dress Sexy at My Funeral" (from Dongs of Sevotion)
Mystikal - "Shake Ya Ass" (from Let's Get Ready)
Goldfrapp - "Human" (from Felt Mountain)
Travis - "Luv" (from The Man Who)

Erykah Badu - "Bag Lady" (from Mama's Gun) [The video is fan-tastic]
Destiny's Child - "Independent Woman, Part 1" (from the Charlie's Angels OST)
Peaches - "Diddle My Skittle" (from The Teaches of Peaches) [yes the link takes you to that video]
Air - "Playground Love" (from The Virgin Suicides OST)
Ryan Adams - "Come Pick Me Up" (from Heartbreaker)

Common featuring Erykah Badu - "The Light" (from Like Water for Chocolate)
Robbie Williams & Kylie Minogue - "Kids" (from Sing When You're Winning) [also of note, though the song isn't especially good, is the video for "Rock DJ"]
Aimee Mann - "Nothing Is Good Enough" (from The Bachelor No. 2 (Or, The Last Remains of the Dodo))
Nelly Furtado - "Turn Off the Light" (from Whoa, Nelly!)
The Dandy Warhols - "Godless" (from Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia)

Do Make Say Think - "When Day Chokes the Night" (from Goodbye Enemy Airship the Landlord Is Dead)
Mya - "The Best of Me" (from Fear of Flying)
The Hives - "Hate to Say I Told You So" (from Veni Vidi Vicious)
Poe - "Haunted" (from Haunted)
Modest Mouse - "The Perfect Disguise" (from The Moon & Antarctica)
Björk featuring Thom Yorke - "I've Seen It All" (from Selmasongs)


Blake Williams said...

That Antony debut might be my pick for the decade. If not, then I guess his Bird is. I love him.

Joe said...

I haven't gotten into their latest album. Maybe it'll grow on me.

neuroglyphix said...

oh shiiit!
now i HAVE to listen to Mama's Gun.
fuck. i cant even look at Erykah Badu without getting the shivers from my spine to my manhood.

p.s. - i full plan on reading your decade list entries, when i'm less high than i am now.

p.s. - 'New World' is my favorite Dancer in the Dark song:
"Trainwhistles, sweet Clementine
Blueberries, dancers in line
Cobwebs & bakery signs..."

Joe said...

I'm looking forward to hearing from you, Nathan.