04 May 2009

The Decade List: Albums/Singles (2002)

I keep pushing the music post earlier and earlier, mainly because I enjoy doing so. The only glaring omission (of the music I have, or have listened to) was forgetting to include the Chicago-based duo Vitesse's album What Can Not Be, But Is... on 2001's best album list. 2002 also brought us one of the worst-fucking-songs-I've-ever-heard off the Spiderman soundtrack. And, in looking at music critics best of's, I discovered why it seems useless to make these sort of lists. I mean, how many critics who placed Hot Hot Heat's Make Up the Breakdown on their best of the year ever feel the itch to pop that CD in any more? More than film critics, I think the music ones are oblivious to outright flash-in-the-pan mediocrity. Also, to defend the final single on my list, Jennifer Lopez's "Jenny from the Block" was easily the most outrageously awful songs to hit the airwaves in a long while, and despite this, it proves just how clueless J. Lo is in her perhaps-honest, certainly-failed attempt to show the world that nothing's changed since she was drawing her eyebrows on in the Bronx fifteen years ago. I doubt the people getting turned away from malls she shut down to shop in peace are buyin' it. I guess what you get really is what you see. I think all my musical biases are present here, from post-punk-meeting-post-rock (Murray Street), post-shoegaze ( ( ) ), obscene rap ("My Neck, My Back") and guilty pleasures one should never admit to liking (Sean Paul). So as it goes, the albums are listed in vague preferential order, while the singles are not. Check it.

Sigur Rós - ( )
Check It: Untitled 5

Sonic Youth - Murray Street
Check It: Disconnection Notice

Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Out of Season
Check It: Sand River

Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It in People
Check It: Shampoo Suicide

Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
Check It: Leif Erikson

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Source Tags & Codes
Check It: How Near, How Far

Tom Waits - Alice (also Blood Money)
Check It: Alice

90 Day Men - To Everyone
Check It: I've Got Designs on You

Ugly Casanova - Sharpen Your Teeth
Check It: Cat Faces

Justin Timberlake - Justified
Check It: Rock Your Body

The Roots - Phrenology
Check It: The Seed (2.0)

Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
Check It: 1969

Do Make Say Think - & Yet & Yet
Check It: White Light of

DJ Shadow - The Private Press
Check It: Fixed Income

Junior Senior - D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat
Check It: Move Your Feet

Vincent Gallo - Recordings of Music for Film

Doves - The Last Broadcast
Check It: M62 Song

Lanterna - Sands
Check It: Windward

Vitesse - You Win Again, Gravity!

Marianne Faithfull - Kissin Time
Check It: Sex with Strangers

Beck - Sea Change
Check It: The Golden Age

mclusky - mclusky Do Dallas
Check It: To Hell with Good Intentions

Missy Elliott - Under Construction
Check It: Work It

Carla Bruni - Quelqu'un m'a dit
Check It: Quelqu'un m'a dit

Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
Check It: No One Knows

Xiu Xiu - Knife Play
Check It: Poe Poe

Assorted Jams from the Year 2002

The Flaming Lips - "Do You Realize??" [from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots]
Christina Aguilera - "Dirrty" [from Stripped]
Khia - "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" [from Thug Misses]
Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles - "'03 Bonnie & Clyde"
DJ Shadow - "Walkie Talkie" [from The Private Press]

Ms. Jade featuring Timbaland and Nelly Furtado - "Ching, Ching" [from Girl Interrupted]
Spoon - "The Way We Get By" [from Kill the Moonlight]
Ashanti - "Foolish" [from Ashanti]
Trina featuring Ludacris - "B R Right" [from Diamond Princess]
Interpol - "Untitled" [from Turn On the Bright Lights]

Broken Social Scene - "Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl" [from You Forgot It in People]
Piano Magic - "The Season Is Long" [from Writers Without Homes, unfortunately I couldn't find this anywhere; I wouldn't recommend buying the album though, as this is the only good song off it]
Busta Rhymes featuring Mariah Carey and Flipmode Squad - "I Know What You Want" [from It Ain't Safe No More...]
David Bowie - "Sunday" [from Heathen]
Ugly Casanova - "Barnacles" [from Sharpen Your Teeth]

Marianne Faithfull featuring Damon Albarn - "Kissin Time" [from Kissin Time]
mclusky - "Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues" [from mclusky Do Dallas]
Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man - "Tom the Model" [from Out of Season]
Junior Senior - "Shake Your Coconuts" [from D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat]
Eve featuring Alicia Keys - "Gangsta Lovin" [from Eve-olution]

Denali - "Relief" [from Denali]
The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up - "Distance" [from Homemade Drugs]
Destiny's Child featuring Wyclef Jean - "No No No, Pt. 2" [from This Is the Remix]
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - "Relative Ways" [from Source Tags & Codes]
Justin Timberlake - "Señorita" [from Justified]

The Black Heart Procession - "The Tropics of Love" [from Amore del tropico]
Sean Paul - "Get Busy" [from Dutty Rock]
Coldplay - "A Rush of Blood to the Head" [from A Rush of Blood to the Head]
Broken Social Scene - "Almost Crimes" [from You Forgot It in People]
Jennifer Lopez - "Jenny from the Block" [from This Is Me... Then]

Film Score/Soundtrack

8 femmes - Soundtrack [Ludivine Sagnier - "T'es plus dans le coup"; also Emmanuelle Béart - "Pile ou face"]
Chicago - Soundtrack ["Cell Block Tango," featuring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mya, et al.]
Sonic Youth, et al. - demonlover Soundtrack [You can find the whole documentary of Sonic Youth scoring the film on YouTube]
Phillip Glass - The Hours score
The Morvern Callar soundtrack

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