The Needle Drop

Austen's Fav Albums Pt. 2 (2000-2009)

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I took up the guitar about halfway through the naughts, but was sort of a late bloomer as a music listener, not beginning to keep up with new music until 2008/9. So, I again can't claim a connection to much of the music on this page when it was first released - at least not until we start getting into those later years.

The world didn't end in Y2K, but on the bright side, the digital music revolution was ramping up. To summarize: music got better, there was more of it, and the Internet made it easier to get. And to illustrate this: I made it through the '60s-'90s lists without having to make any heartbreaking cuts, and thought doing yearly Top 5s for a single decade would be a breeze in comparison. But I underestimated just how much more fruitful the musical landscape became in the second millennium, right out of the gate.

Still, not too many tears were shed over the making of this list; most of the albums that I was hesitant to cut were from my "pet" artists/labels anyway, and it should be painfully obvious who most of those are by now. At least we start out here with some fresh faces:


2000

1. Avey Tare and Panda Bear - Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished [Animal]

1. Avey Tare and Panda Bear - Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished [Animal]


2. A Silver Mt. Zion - He Has Left Us Alone... [Constellation]

2. A Silver Mt. Zion - He Has Left Us Alone... [Constellation]


3. Blonde Redhead - Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons [Touch and Go]

3. Blonde Redhead - Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons [Touch and Go]


4. Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R [Interscope]

4. Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R [Interscope]


5. Lou Reed - Ecstasy [Sire]

5. Lou Reed - Ecstasy [Sire]


2001

1. Red House Painters - Old Ramon [Sub Pop]

1. Red House Painters - Old Ramon [Sub Pop]


2. maudlin of the Well - Bath / Leaving Your Body Map [Dark Symphonies]

2. maudlin of the Well - Bath / Leaving Your Body Map [Dark Symphonies]


3. Radiohead - Amnesiac [Capitol]

3. Radiohead - Amnesiac [Capitol]


4. Björk - Vespertine [One Little Indian]

4. Björk - Vespertine [One Little Indian]


5. Aphex Twin - drukQs [Warp]

5. Aphex Twin - drukQs [Warp]


2002

1. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots [Warner Bros.]

1. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots [Warner Bros.]


2. Palestine / Coulter / Mathoul - Maximin [Young God]

2. Palestine / Coulter / Mathoul - Maximin [Young God]


3. Andrés Segovia - The Art of Segovia [Deutsche Grammophon, Archival]

3. Andrés Segovia - The Art of Segovia [Deutsche Grammophon, Archival]


4. William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops [2062]

4. William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops [2062]


5. Oxbow - An Evil Heat [Neurot]

5. Oxbow - An Evil Heat [Neurot]


2003

1. Xiu Xiu - A Promise [5 Rue Christine]

1. Xiu Xiu - A Promise [5 Rue Christine]


2. The Microphones - Mount Eerie [K]

2. The Microphones - Mount Eerie [K]


3. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Worn Copy [Rhystop]

3. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Worn Copy [Rhystop]


4. Melt-Banana - Cell-Scape [A-Zap]

4. Melt-Banana - Cell-Scape [A-Zap]


5. Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner [XL]

5. Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner [XL]


2004

1. Björk - Medúlla [One Little Indian]

1. Björk - Medúlla [One Little Indian]


2. Madvillain - Madvillainy [Stones Throw]

2. Madvillain - Madvillainy [Stones Throw]


3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus [Mute]

3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus [Mute]


4. Liars - They Were Wrong, So We Drowned [Mute]

4. Liars - They Were Wrong, So We Drowned [Mute]


5. Sachiko M / Toshimaru Nakamura / Otomo Yoshihide - Good Morning Good Night [Erstwhile]

5. Sachiko M / Toshimaru Nakamura / Otomo Yoshihide - Good Morning Good Night [Erstwhile]


2005

1. Derek Bailey - Carpal Tunnel [Tzadik]

1. Derek Bailey - Carpal Tunnel [Tzadik]


2. Toby Driver - In the L..L..Library Loft [Tzadik]

2. Toby Driver - In the L..L..Library Loft [Tzadik]


3. The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute [Universal]

3. The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute [Universal]


4. The Fiery Furnaces - Rehearsing My Choir [Rough Trade]

4. The Fiery Furnaces - Rehearsing My Choir [Rough Trade]


5. The Shadow Ring - I'm Some Songs [Swill Radio]

5. The Shadow Ring - I'm Some Songs [Swill Radio]


2006

1. Scott Walker - The Drift [4AD]

1. Scott Walker - The Drift [4AD]


2. J Dilla - Donuts [Stones Throw]

2. J Dilla - Donuts [Stones Throw]


3. Tom Waits - Bastards [Anti-]

3. Tom Waits - Bastards [Anti-]


4. Kayo Dot - Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue [Robotic Empire]

4. Kayo Dot - Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue [Robotic Empire]


5. Ryō Fukui - Mellow Dream +1 [Solid, RE]

5. Ryō Fukui - Mellow Dream +1 [Solid, RE]


2007

1. Graham Lambkin - Salmon Run [Kye]

1. Graham Lambkin - Salmon Run [Kye]


2. Luc Ferrari - Didascalies [Sub Rosa]

2. Luc Ferrari - Didascalies [Sub Rosa]


3. Oxbow - The Narcotic Story [Hydra Head]

3. Oxbow - The Narcotic Story [Hydra Head]


4. of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? [Polyvinyl]

4. of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? [Polyvinyl]


5. Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement of the Decline [Kranky]

5. Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement of the Decline [Kranky]


2008

1. Sun Kil Moon - April [Caldo Verde]

1. Sun Kil Moon - April [Caldo Verde]


2. Graham Lambkin / Jason Lescalleet - The Breadwinner [Erstwhile]

2. Graham Lambkin / Jason Lescalleet - The Breadwinner [Erstwhile]


3. Ocrilim - Annwn [Hydra Head]

3. Ocrilim - Annwn [Hydra Head]


4. Kevin Drumm - Imperial Distortion [Hospital]

4. Kevin Drumm - Imperial Distortion [Hospital]


5. Portishead - Third [Mercury]

5. Portishead - Third [Mercury]


2009

1. Jim O'Rourke - The Visitor [Drag City]

1. Jim O'Rourke - The Visitor [Drag City]


2. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic [Warner Bros.]

2. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic [Warner Bros.]


3. Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions [Southern Lord]

3. Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions [Southern Lord]


4. Robert Turman & Aaron Dilloway - Blizzard [Hanson]

4. Robert Turman & Aaron Dilloway - Blizzard [Hanson]


5. James Ferraro - Rerex [Muscleworks]

5. James Ferraro - Rerex [Muscleworks]



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