May 16, 2006

The Best of 2001 - 2005

The other day, I realized that the decade is half over, that the first five years of the millennium had past us by, barely leaving a scent of knock-off Tommy Girl in the bathroom. Poor 2001-5, she was a manic girl, and I’ll always have these albums to remember her by

  1. The Shins Oh, Inverted World

  2. Spoon Girls Can Tell

  3. Sufjan Stevens Illinois

  4. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists Hearts of Oak

  5. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Howl

  6. Neko Case Blacklisted

  7. The Decemberists Picaresque

  8. The Liars They Threw Us in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top

  9. Joanna Newsom The Milk-Eyed Mender

  10. TV on the Radio Young Liars

  11. Low Things We Lost in the Fire

  12. . . . And You Will You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Source Tags & Codes

  13. Radiohead Amnesiac

  14. The Aracde Fire Funeral

  15. Regina Spektor Soviet Kitsch

  16. Party of Helicopters Please Believe It

  17. Whiskeytown Pneumonia

  18. Mogwai Rock Action

  19. Broken Social Scene You Forgot It In People

  20. Interpol Antics

  21. Yeah Yeah Yeahs Yeah Yeah Yeahs [Master EP]

  22. The Unicorns Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone

  23. Notwist Neon Golden

  24. Xiu Xiu Fabulous Muscles

  25. Fugazi The Argument

  26. The Faint Danse Macabre

  27. Anti-Pop Consortium Arrhymthmia

  28. Death Cab for Cutie The Photo Album

  29. Idlewild 100 Broken Windows

  30. Mos Def & Talib Kweli Black Star

  31. Elliott Smith From a Basement on the Hill

  32. Ghostface The Pretty Toney Album

  33. Antony & The Johnsons I Am a Bird Now

  34. Björk Vespertine

  35. Ugly Cassanova Sharpen Your Teeth

  36. Clinic Internal Wrangler

  37. Forget Cassettes Instruments of Action

  38. The Raveonettes Whip It On

  39. Le Tigre Feminist Sweepstakes

  40. Danger Doom The Mouse & the Mask

  41. Sonic Youth Murray Street

  42. Dresden Dolls Dresden Dolls

  43. cLOUDDEAD Ten

  44. Kanye West The College Dropout

  45. The Blood Brothers March On Electric Children

  46. The White Stripes White Blood Cells

  47. The Velvet Teen Out of the Fierce Parade

  48. Saul Williams Saul Williams

  49. The Kills No Wow Now

  50. Q & Not U No Kill No Beep Beep

  51. Cat Power You Are Free

  52. The Fiery Furnaces Blueberry Boat

  53. Hot Cross Cryonics

  54. Jose Gonzalez Veneer

  55. Cursive Burst & Bloom

  56. Red Sparowes At the Soundless Dawn

  57. Desparasidos Read Music Speak Spanish

  58. Koufax Social Life

  59. The Paper Chase God Bless Your Black Heart

  60. The Constantines Shine A Light

There you have it: one album for each month. I never used an artist more than once and did not include compilations, soundtracks, etc. These are mostly my personal favs, along with some I think deserve recognition. I may annotate this list later on.

Please leave your comments about your own favs, what I forgot, or suggestions for artists you’d like to know more about.

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Nicole said...

So you liked "Feminist Sweepstakes" better than "This Island"? The latter is undoubtedly the more popular one...

I know you don't like Outkast but Stankonia (2000) was a good album. Oh! "Elephant" by the White Stripes! I'm sick of them now but I was in love with that album when it came out.

Stl_ben said...

worst list fall out boy what a trvesty!

Anonymous said...


1. i am a bird now - Antony And The Johnsons
2. Here Come The Tears - The Tears
3. Aerial - Kate Bush
4. Crying Room - Perry Blake
5. A River Ain't Too Much to Love - Smog
6. Funeral - Arcade Fire
7. Cole's Corner - Richard Hawley
8. Open Season - British Sea Power
9. Cripple Crow - Devendra Banhart
10. Odyssey - Fischerspooner
11. The Back Room - Editors
12. Want Two - Rufus Wainwright
13. Illinois - Sufjan Stevens
14. The Mysterious Production Of Eggs - Andrew Bird
15. The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
16. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
17. State of the Ark - The Ark
18. Arular - M.I.A
19. Another Day On Earth - Brian Eno
20. The Best Little Secrets Are Kept - Louis XIV