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Favorite tracks of the decade

December 27, 2009

Well, I started DJing around 2000 and now its approaching 2010. I thought I should do some of my favorite tracks of the decade. I’m sure this will be an ongoing post that I keep coming back to when I forget about a jem here and there. Also, a lot of my tracks are going to overlap with Rolling Stone and Pitchfork‘s favorites. I don’t mean to step on anyone’s toes, a great track is a great track. Unlike Pitchfork and Roling Stone, I’m going to be different and leave out OutKast from my list and also LCD soundsystem. Not that I don’t think their good, I do actually prefer to listen to OutKast when I’ve had five to many beers, but they just aren’t my favorite. So here we go, I’m going to list these in numerical order (that however does not mean that #1 is my favorite and so on, I’ve never been good at ranking and I’m not going to start trying to do it now.)

1. Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Fever to Tell (2003), Maps
The New York Times chose this as album of the year, it was nominated for a grammy, and is on Spin’s 100 greatest albums between 1985 and 1995. I bought it for the hearfelt track “Maps”. It’s a brilliant love song, and I’ll even go out on a limb and say its the best of the decade.
2. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009), My Girls
This is Animal Collective’s 8th album, check these guys out.
3. M.I.A., Kala (2007), Paper Planes

4. David Byrne & Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (2008), Strange Overtones
I dare you not to dance:

5. Sufjan Stevens, Illinois (2005), Chicago
6. TV on the Radio, Desperate Youths Blood Thirsty Babes (2004), Staring at the Sun
7. The Arcade Fire, Funeral (2004), Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
8. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002), Reservations
In my humble opinion, this is Wilco’s best album.
9. Modest Mouse, Good News For People Who Love Bad News (2004), Float On
10. Spoon, Kill the Moonlight (2002), The Way We Get By
I couldn’t stop playing both the Modest Mouse’s Float On and Spoon’s The Way we Get By for a very long time.

11. Portishead, Third (2008), The Rip
Thank God this beautiful woman brought us another album.
12. Beck, Sea Change (2002), Lost Cause
13. Fugazi, The Argument (2001), Cashout
14. Yo La Tengo, And Then Nothing Turns Itself Inside-Out (2000), Our Way to Fall
15. Cat Power, You Are Free (2003), I Don’t Blame You
16. Radiohead, Kid A (2000), Optimistic
17. Elliot Smith, Figure 8 (2000), Easy Way Out

18. Pinback, Blue Screen Life (2001), Penelope
19. Blonde Redhead, Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons (2000), In Particular
20. PJ Harvey, Stories from the City- Stories from the Sea (2000), A Place Called Home
21. Death Cab For Cutie, You Can Play these Songs With Chords, Pictures in an Exhibition
This band  (along with Bright Eyes) took College Radio by storm.

22. American Analog Set, Know by Heart (2001), The Postman

What are some of your favorite tracks over the past 10 years?

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I love you.

September 23, 2009

This show is all about love and sweet sounds. Why? Because, I’m in a sappy mood (due to the dream-boat/newly-acquired-fiance featured in the image below). Join me tonight on KRUI 89.7fm or online here.

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1. Yo La Tengo, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (1997), Autumn Sweater
2. The American Analog Set, The Golden Band (1999), I Must Soon Quit The Scene
3. Belle & Sebastian, The Boy With The Arab Strap (1998), It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career
4. Beck, Guero (2005), Girl
5. R.E.M., Reckoning (1984), Harborcoat
6. Air Formation, Air Formation (2000), It Falls Away
7. Black Tambourine, Complete Recordings (2002 off of Slumberland), Can’t Explain
8. Beat Happening, Crashing through (2002), Cast a Shadow
9. Jane’s Addiction, Up from the Catacombs: The Best of Jane’s Addiction, Classic Girl (Originally on Ritual de lo Habitual released in 1990)
10. Built to Spill, Time Trap Sampler (included live tracks between 1994-2006, promo only), Car (Live Album Version)
11. Tears for Fears, 20th Century Masters, Sowing the Seeds of Love (This song released in 1989, The song reached #5 in the UK, #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.)
12. Sugar, File Under: Easy Listening (1994), Your Favorite Thing
13. PJ Harvey, Dry (1992), Oh My Lover
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14. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Stoned & Dethroned (1994), Never Saw It Coming
15. TV On the Radio, Dear Science (2008), Love Dog
16. Sebadoh, Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock (Sebadoh’s Sub Pop Debut released in 1992), Brand New Love
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17. The Kinks, Kwyet Kinks, A Well Respected Man (Song was released in 1965)
18. Lou Reed, The Bells (1979), Looking for Love
19. Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Girl From the North Country (Request for David, Sam, and their little one on the way.)
20. Pavement, Wowee Zowee (1994), We Dance
21. The Tell-Tale Hearts, A Matter of Time: The Best of Ray Brandes, It’s Just a Matter of Time
22. Lyres, 12 Classic 45s, I Really Want You Right Now
23. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (1992), Feeling of Love
24. Mercury Rev, Deserter’s Songs (1998), Opus 40
25. Nouvelle Vague, Nouvelle Vague, Love Will Tear Us Apart
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26. Lou Barlow, Goodnight Unknown, Take Advantage (Justin from Standing on the Verge brought this soon to be released track in, and it was GREAT!)
27. Ugly Casanova, Sharpen Your Teeth (2002), Hotcha Girls
28. The Moldy Peaches, The Moldy Peaches (2001), Anyone Else But You