Putting together a list of best albums is difficult enough to do for just one year, but I have always wanted to do a whole decade because it makes me reflect on albums that I still listen to today, have forgotten because they didn’t stick with me long-term or have known all along that they are my all time favorite. I spent more time determining the order of albums then I did picking which to include among the 30, agonizing which album was better than the other. It was a fun exercise and might even lead to further “best of the decade” lists so I hope you enjoy!
A quick heads up: You can stream the debut full lenght from Divine Fits (Britt Daniel – Spoon, Dan Boeckner – Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) over at the NPR First Listen music page -Link
The Black Keys: Rubber Factory (picture disc) (Fat Possum)
eels: End Times (Vagrant)
Heartless Bastards: Stairs and Elevators (Fat Possum)
The HOTRATS: Turn Ons (Fat Possum)
Lindstrom & Christabelle: Real Life Is Not Cool (Smalltown Supersound)
Major Stars: Return To Form (Drag City)
Scout Niblett: The Calcination of Scoutt Niblett (Drag City)
Jay Reatard: Blood Vision (reissue) (Fat Possum)
Red Krayola: Five American Portraits (Drag City)
Royal Trux: Untitled (Drag City)
RJD2: The Colossus (RJ’s electrical connections)
Spoon: Transference (Merge) – FOH’s pick of the week
Npr is streaming the new Spoon album so that you can get pumped up before the Jan. 19th release date.
Listen – Link
I saw a couple of “live” performances this last weekend. I didn’t see them in person, but I watched their broadcast via Saturday Night Live and Austin City Limits. What was sort of ironic was that prior to watching them both of these bands were sort of on the “outs” for me. I always felt that Spoon was decent band, but wasn’t as solid as the hype would suggest and I was weary about the quick rise to fame of Vampire Weekend. The ironic part was that after watching both of these bands, I sort of felt differently about them.