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Your essential albums of the 00s?

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choose 10 albums from 2000s that you think are essential to defining what you'll remember this decade as, up to this point.

The Streets - Original Pirate Material

The Libertines - Up the Bracket

Super Furry Animals - mwng

Adam Green - Gemstones

Whatever People Say I Am is What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys

Eels - Daisies of the Galaxy

Joanna Newsom - Milk Eyed Meander

Black Rebel Motorcyclce Club - B.R.M.C

The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

Ryan Adams - Cold Roses.

I think these albums collectively come close to summing up my music taste as far as contemporary music goes. There has been albums I've loved more but these have all been defining albums, in terms of sounds and impact, that i've enjoyed.

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Strokes-Is This It

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I loved this Guardian story where some celebrated 'perfect' albums are slated by musicians. Excellent read.

Sgt Pepper must die! | | Guardian Unlimited Arts

The Strokes, Is This It

Nominated by Ian Williams of Battles

The Strokes were just rich kids from uptown New York; the children of the heads of supermodel agencies who formed a rock band and thought they deserved respect because of that. Suddenly the downtown, older form of punk rock got co-opted by the system. If ever there was a point where Gucci and rebellion were married together, it was right there. The Strokes have, basically, been responsible for five or six years of a new form of hair metal, in the guise of something more tasteful. Their music is post-9/11 party music because it came out that week and everybody wanted to dance. They're seen as the rebirth of rock in the UK - but it's a very conservative, old-fashioned idea of rock for the 21st century. As for their punk credentials, I'm not going to say anyone's more authentic than anyone else ... But the Strokes are the new Duran Duran; the new decadence for the new millennium.

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I felt they could've asked Barry from Mogwai to let rip at a few bands, as he's done for several years on the mogwai site. Sheer joy is some of that reading :love:

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janes addiction - strays

guthrie govan - erotic cakes

steve vai - real illusions: reflections

white stripes - elephant

kings of leon- youth and young manhood

tool - 10,000 days

ryan adams- heartbreaker

hamell on trial- tough love

feeder - comfort in sound

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the bug - pressure

shellac - 1000 Hz

four tet - pause

buck 65 - square

bonny prince billy - master and everyone

battles - ep A & B

cannibal ox - in a cold vein

mick harris - hed nod sessions

tortoise - standards

Death from above 1979 - you're a woman, I'm a machine

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so many more, probably, but these stand out for me

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joanna newsom - ys

deftones - white pony

sleater-kinney - the woods

broken social scene - you forgot it in people

kings of leon - youth and young manhood

kylie minogue - fever

lcd soundsystem - lcd soundsystem

mogwai - happy songs for happy people

bonnie "prince" billy & matt sweeney - superwolf

sufjan stevens - illinoise

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idlewild- the remote part

incubus- make yourself

foo fighters- the colour and the shape

bloc party- scilent alarm

biffy clyro- blackened sky

(+44)- when your heart stops beating

brand new- deja entendu

nada surf- the weight is a gift

taking back sunday- louder now

minus the bear- highly refined pirates

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Guest bluesxman

Dirty Three ~ Whatever You Love, You Are

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds ~ Abattoir Blues/Lyre Of Orpheus

The Strokes ~ Is This It

Interpol ~ Antics

Queens of the Stone Age ~ Songs for the Deaf

Kings Of Leon ~ Youth And Young Manhood

Yeah Yeah Yeahs ~ Fever To Tell

Sons And Daughters ~ Love The Cup

Pelican ~ The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw

Mogwai ~ Mr. Beast

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Personally, these meant a lot to me.....

Espers 1st

P.G.Six 'The Well of Memory'

Josephine Foster 'Hazel eyes, I will lead you'

Adrian Crowley 'A Northern country'

Jeffrey Lewis 'The last time I did acid' etc

Alasdair Roberts 'Farewell sorrow'

Jack Rose 'Red horse, white mule'

Ghost 'Hypnotic underworld'

Baird, Espvall & Krauss 'Leaves from off the tree'

B'eirth 'Birch Book'

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Get Up Kids - Something to write home about

Mogwai - Happy Songs for Happy People

Sigur Ros - ( )

Pelican - The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw

Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights

Battles - EP A + B

Laeto - Zwoa

Macrocosmica - Art of the Black Earth

A Perfect Circle - Mer de Noms

Stapleton - Hug the Coast

That list will probably change on a daily basis and some could even be albums from the late 90s ?(

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Guest Steven Dedalus

I'm going to have to plum for:

Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights

Godspeed.... - Yanqui XYO (I know it wasn't as good as the other ones, but I liked it...)

Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

Flaming Lips - As War With the Mystics

Stephen Malkmus - Stephen Malkmus

Lilys - Everything Wrong is Imaginary

British Sea Power - The Decline of...

Broken Social Scene - You Forgot it in People

The Cure - The Cure

I can't think of any others....

The real gems were all the reissues.

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Quite difficult this as most of my being in the noughties has been of vinyl replacements for a load of 80's stuff, still will give it a bash. The most influential on me have been (not the most technical, clever or different - concentrating on what made me listen the most) :

McQueen - Break The Silence

Juliette & The Licks - Your Speaking My Language

Evanescence - Fallen

Iron Maiden - Brave New World

Nightwish - Once

The Answer - Rise

Saxon - Lionheart

Motorhead - Inferno

Skindred - Babylon

The Darkness - Permission To Land

Notables that also caught my ear (some bizzarley!) Ash - Meltdown, Kylie - Fever, Scissor Sisters - Ta Dah, Killers - Hot Fuss, Devildriver - Devildriver, Cradle Of Filth - Thornography, Korpiklaani - Voices Of The Wilderness, Slayer - Christ Illusion.

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Tricky one:

New Order - Get Ready

My Vitriol - Finelines

The Blue Nile - High

324 - Rebelgrind

Corrupted - El Mundo Frio

Phobia - Cruel

Steve Adey - All Things Real

Boards Of Canada - Geogaddi

London Elektricity - Power Ballads

Underworld - Two Months Off

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Radiohead - Kid A

Arcade Fire - Funeral

Bjork - Vespertine

Sonic Youth - Murray Street

Brian Wilson - Smile

Yeah yeah yeahs - Fever to tell

White Stripes - White blood cells

Flaming Lips - Yoshimi battles the pink robots (was going to go for the soft bulletin before i remembered it was '99)

Be Your Own Pet - s/t

Interpol - Turn on the bright lights

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ok going thru the stuff on my comp i've come up with:

slipknot - slipknot

relationship of command - at the drive in

white pony - deftones

the streets - original pirate material

jimmy eat world - bleed american

machine head - the blackening

arctic monkeys - whatever people...

idlewild - 100 broken windows

coheed and cambria - good apollo...

death cab... - we have the facts...

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Here are mine (in no particular order)

2000s:

Aereogramme- Sleep And Release

Dirty Three- Whatever You Love, You Are

Cinematic Orchestra- Every Day

Converge- Jane Doe

Death Cab For Cutie- Transatlanticism

Explosions In The Sky- The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place

Isis- Panopticon

Mae- The Everglow

Sigur Ros- Takk

Wheat- Per Second, Per Second, Per Second....Every Second

1990s:

Radiohead- OK Computer

Soundgarden- Superunknown

Jimmy Eat World- Clarity

Pantera- Cowboys From Hell

Alice In Chains- Dirt

Blind Melon- Blind Melon

Jeff Buckley- Grace

REM- Automatic For The People

Wheat- Hope And Adams

Dirty Three- Ocean Songs

1980s:

A-ha- Hunting High And Low

Faith No More- The Real Thing

Phil Collins- No Jacket Required

Japan- Tin Drum

Soundgarden- Louder Than Love

Metallica-...And Justice For All

Joy Division- Closer

REM- Document

Sepultura- Beneath The Remains

Slayer- Reign In Blood

I had to think about the 80s really hard but there was still quite a few that i could've put on there. The 90s was an absolute nightmare o_O

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I had to think about the 80s really hard but there was still quite a few that i could've put on there. The 90s was an absolute nightmare o_O

I don't think any 80's list should be without the Pixies or Skinny puppy.

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I don't think any 80's list should be without the Pixies or Skinny puppy.

Yeah the Pixies were on my 'almost' list, but missed out by a whisker. Not a Skinny Puppy fan at all though.

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I came up with something like...

Nina Nastasia 'On Leaving'

The Knife 'Silent Shout'

Laura Cantrell 'Not the trembling kind'

Guided by Voices 'Isolation Drills'

Aberfeldy 'Young Forever'

Juana Molina 'Segundo'

Bonnie Prince Billy 'Master and Everyone'

Mary Timony 'Ex Hex'

Laura Veirs 'Carbon Glacier'

Tape 'Rideau'

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Radiohead - Kid A

Alkaline Trio - Maybe I'll Catch Fire

Converge - Jane Doe

Thursday - Full Collapse

Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights

Glassjaw - Worship & Tribute

ISIS - Panopticon

Minus The Bear - Menos El Oso

At The Drive-In - Relationship of Command

Hopesfall - The Satellite Years

I'm gonna want to change this. Already wondering why I haven't got Blood Brothers or Arcade Fire in there and whether Minus The Bear deserve to be there.

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Electric Wizard - "Dopethrone"

Clutch - "Blast Tyrant"

Mastodon - "Remission"

Fu Manchu - "King of the Road"

Corrosion of Conformity - "In The Arms of God"

Reverend Bizarre - "In The Rectory..."

High On Fire - "Blessed Black Wings"

Kalas - "s/t"

Municipal Waste - "Hazardous Mutation"

Orange Goblin - "The Big Black"

Sweet.

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