Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Top records of the past 10 years

I noticed Clare put up on his Facebook status in the last 24 hours or so that his wallet had dodged a bullet because I had not put up a list of my favourite records of either 2009 or of the last decade. Clearly I don't want him to think he's dodged anything. Honestly, I thought best of the decade/year lists were a bit done at this point. It is, after all, nearly the end of January so I think people might be bored of them.

However, in the interest of wrecking havoc on Clare's bank account, I'll present my list of favourite records of the past decade. If I get around to it, I'll do songs, movies and TV as well.

These are not listed in order of best to worst. Honestly, I don't have the time of patience to do that. Instead, this is literally me scrolling through my iPod and looking at artists by alphabetical order and picking my favourites. Oh, and an asterisk is for a Newfoundland and Labrador act, just in case for some of you you're going "who the hell is that?"

A.C. Newman - The Slow Wonder
Allison Krauss and Union Station - Live
Amelia Curran - War Brides*
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Arcade Fire - Funeral
Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
The Beatles - Love (a total cheat, but it's a great little remix album)
Bruce Springsteen - The Rising
Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
Colleen Power - Face and Eyes*
Corinne Bailey Rae - S/T
Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
The Donnas - Gold Medal
Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint - The River in Reverse
Franz Ferdinand - S/T
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
Great Big Sea - The Hard and the Easy*
Gorillaz - S/T
Green Day - American Idiot
Hawksley Workman - (Last Night We Were) The Delicious Werewolves
Hawksley Workman - Lover/Fighter
Hey Rosetta! - Into Your Lungs*
The Hives - The Black and White Album
Hot Hot Heat - Elevator
Jenny Gear and the Whiskey Kittens - S/T*
Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat
Joel Plaskett Emergency - Truthfully Truthfully
Joel Plaskett Emergency - Make A Little Noise EP
Josh Ritter - Hello Starling
Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
Kathleen Edwards - Back to Me
Kings of Leon - Only by the Night
Leonard Cohen - Live in London
Lily Allen - It's not me, it's you
Lily Allen - Alright, Still
Mark Bragg - The Reckless Kind*
Mark Bragg - Bear Music*
Matt Mays and El Torpedo - Terminal Romance
Matthew Good - Avalanche
Matthew Good - Hospital Music
Metric - Fantasies
Neil Diamond - 12 Songs
Neko Case - Furnace Room Lullaby
Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
The New Pornographers - Electric Version
Rilo Kiley - Under the Black Lights
Ron Hynes - S/T*
Ron Sexsmith - Retriever
Ryan Adams - Gold
Ryan Adams - East Tiger
Ryan Adams - Cold Roses
Sean Panting - Lotus Land*
Sean Panting - Pop Disaster*
Sean Panting - Receiver*
Sean Panting - Victrola*
Snow Patrol - Eyes Open
Tegan & Sara - So Jealous
Ting Tings - We Started Nothing
Tom Waits - VH1 Storytellers
U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind
Warren Zevon - The Wind
The Weakerthans - Left and Leaving
The White Stripes - Elephant
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's a Blitz!

So there you go, my Top 66 albums of the past decade. And yes, I have a deep bias towards Sean Panting. I love the man, in a deeply heterosexual way. Those are all great Newfoundland recordings, by the way, and I strong encourage you to seek them out and give them a listen. They deserve their spots on that list.

Last Five
1. Meet me at the equinox - Death Cab For Cutie*
2. Obstacle 1 - Interpol
3. Jackie's strength - Tori Amos
4. Pinball wizard - The Who
5. Country roads - Me First and the Gimme Gimmies


Anonymous said...

Thought you might have the first Novaks record in there. Comprehensive list all the same.

Clare said...

Yeah, thanks for that. That's the sound of my wallet groaning.