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top records of the decade (century)

Postby elcorazon » Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:41 pm

I know the decade still has the better part of this year remaining, but the latest Buddy and Julie Miller record got me to thinking of the 10 or so records that have truly blown me away since the digits on the calendar began starting with a 2, you know the oughts. Sure, Patty's got a new one coming out soon that might be better than everything and there might be more, but as of this moment, here are the records that have really blown me away over the past 9 1/3 or so years:

1. Children Running Through - Patty Griffin
2. Begonias - Thad Cockrell & Caitlin Cary
3. Mercy Now - Mary Gauthier
4. Real Time - Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott
5. 1,000 Kisses - Patty Griffin
6. A Boot and a Shoe - Sam Phillips
7. Don't Give Up On Me - Solomon Burke
8. Written In Chalk - Buddy and Julie Miller
9. Black Cadillac - Rosanne Cash
10. Universal United House of Prayer - Buddy Miller

just missed:

Sea Change - Beck
Ghosts of the Great Highway - Sun Kil Moon
Traveler - Tim O'Brien
Van Lear Rose - Loretta Lynn
We'll Never Turn Back - Mavis Staples
Jerusalem & Transcendental Blues - Steve Earle
Midnight at the Movies - Justin Townes Earle
Dear Catastrophe Waitress - Belle & Sebastian
Son of Evil Reindeer - Reindeer Section

I probably forgot a few, but that's all I've got for now.

Let's see your lists.
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Postby Arlene » Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:25 pm

Off the top of my head, here's ten others I'd at least have to seriously consider:

Gillian Welch- Time (The Revelator)
Lucinda Williams- Essence
Emmylou Harris- Red Dirt Girl
Ryan Adams- Heartbreaker
Tift Merritt- Bramble Rose
Rosanne Cash- Rules of Travel
Kasey Chambers- Barricades and Brickwalls
Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson- Rattlin' Bones
Wilco- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Patty Griffin- Impossible Dream
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Postby gala002 » Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:46 pm

For me, only one more

Raising Sand - Robert Plant / Alison Krauss
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Postby Hugues » Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:58 am

Well, I'm actually working on a Top 200 (with one album per artist/band only), so I give you the chronological end of my list... :)

155. Jill Sobule Pink Pearl (Beyond Music/BMG, 2000)
156. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club Always Say please & Thank You (Alternative Tentacles, 2000)
157. Laura Cantrell Not the Tremblin’ Kind (Diesel Only, 2000)
158. Jenifer Jackson Birds (Parasol, 2001)
159. Neko Case Canadian Amp (Lady Pilot, 2001)
160. Amy Allison Sad Girl (Diesel Only, 2001)
161. Patty Griffin 1000 Kisses (Ato/BMG 2002)
162. Paul Curreri From Long Gones to Hawkmoth (City Salvage 2002)
163. Tegan & Sara If It Was You (Vapor/Sanctuary 2002)
164. Joe Pisapia Daydreams (Ambassador, 2002)
165. Devon Sproule Upstate Songs (City Salvage 2003)
166. Anny Celsi Little Black Dress & Other Stories (Ragazza 2003)
167. Shelby Lynne Identity Crisis (Capitol 2003)
168. How to Play the Songs of Matt Curreri (City Salvage 2004)
169. Butterfly Boucher Flutterby (A & M 2004)
170. Sam Phillips A Boot & a Shoe (Nonesuch/Warner 2004)
171. Julie Doiron Goodnight Nobody (Jagjaguwar, 2004)
172. Ana Egge Out Past the Lights (Grace & Parkingsong, 2005)
173. Daphné L’Emeraude (Dièse/V2 2005)
174. Annie Gallup Pearl Street (Flyaway Hair/Fifty Fifty, 2005)
175. Rachel Ries For You Only (Waterbug, 2005)
176. Richard Julian Slow New York (EMI 2006)
177. Jolie Holland Springtime Can Kill You (Anti, 2006)
178. Niobe White Hats (Tomlab, 2006)
179. Nina Nastasia On Leaving (Fat Cat 2006)
180. Kristin Hersh Learn to Sing Like a Star (Yep Roc 2007)
181. Marissa Nadler Songs III: Bird on the Water (Peacefrog Holdings 2007)
182. The Roches Moonswept (429 Records, 2007)
183. Nicole Atkins Neptune City (Red Ink/Columbia 2007)
184. Laura Marling Alas I Cannot Swim (Virgin 2008)
185. El Perro del Mar From the Valley to the Stars (Sarah Assbring 2008)
186. Lonely Drifter Karen The Grass Is Singing (Crammed 2008)
187. Mates of State Re-Arrange Us (Barsuk 2008)
188. The Ditty Bops Summer Rains (Green Witch Society, 2008)

In red, those who'd make my Top 10 (and I really love 1000 Kisses, so imagine how I love these ten ones...)

And if I had to choose only one: Jenifer Jackson. She's the Heavenliest singer and musician out there. To me, anyway.
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Postby keith from ny » Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:18 pm

Oh gosh -- top 10, really? That's more than I can manage in terms of breaking ties.

Here's 20 favorites, in alphabetical order. I'm basing this mainly on how often I listen to them -- it's an early call for the new Buddy & Julie album, but one I'm pretty confident about.

Asking For Flowers - Kathleen Edwards
Barricades and Brickwalls - Kasey Chambers
Blacklisted - Neko Case
Bramble Rose - Tift Merritt
Children Running Through - Patty Griffin
Drunkard's Prayer - Over the Rhine
Essence - Lucinda Williams
Films For Radio - Over the Rhine
Fox Confessor Brings the Flood - Neko Case
Heartbreaker - Ryan Adams
Impossible Dream - Patty Griffin
Open - Cowboy Junkies
Rabbit Songs - Hem
The Blackened Air - Nina Nastasia
The Duel - Allison Moorer
The Greatest - Cat Power
Transcendental Blues - Steve Earle
Trouble - Ray LaMontagne
Written In Chalk - Buddy & Julie Miller
You Are Free - Cat Power
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Postby Russell » Sat Mar 14, 2009 8:28 am

I better get my list out before I get caught spending way too much time thinking about it, so here’s my quick list of 10 albums from this millennium that I can put on anytime for any reason regardless of my mood and enjoy from first note to last without a single blip:

10. Cimarron Manifesto - Jimmy LaFave
09. We’ll Never Turn Back - Mavis Staples
08. Broke Down - Slaid Cleaves
07. Mercy Now - Mary Gauthier
06. Jerusalem - Steve Earle
05. Favourite Colours - The Sadies
04. Written in Chalk - Buddy and Julie Miller
03. Buddy & Julie Miller - Buddy and Julie Miller
02. Transcendental Blues - Steve Earle
01. Children Running Through/Impossible Dream/1000 Kisses - Patty Griffin

OK, so I cheated a bit on the "10", but, hey, I have an excuse: I can’t treat the Patty albums as separate albums because I first listened to all three in a single period of just a few hours. Hmmm, something about that experience brings to mind this excerpt from Salman Rushdie’s “The Ground Beneath Her Feet”:

. . . but [she] had the voice, and it was the voice that did it, it’s always the voice; the beat catches your attention and the melody makes you remember but it’s the voice against which you’re defencelss, the unholy cantor, the profane muezzin, the siren call that knows the way directly to the rhythm center, the soul. Never mind what kind of music. Never mind what kind of voice. When you hear it, the real thing, you’re done for, trust me on this. Finito, unless you’re tied like Odysseus to the mast of your ship, with clay stopping up your ears. That goose of yours? It’s fried.
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Postby RightOverThisMess » Sat Mar 14, 2009 8:49 am

20, in no particular order:

I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning ~ Bright Eyes
You Are Free ~ Cat Power
O ~ Damien Rice
Extraordinary Machine ~ Fiona Apple
Who Killed Amanda Palmer ~ Amanda Palmer
Rabbit Songs ~ Hem
The Animal Years ~ Josh Ritter
Star Lit Sunken Ship ~ Lovers
Blacklisted ~ Neko Case
Impossible Dream ~ Patty Griffin
Happenstance ~ Rachael Yamagata
Heartbreaker ~ Ryan Adams
Lateralus ~ TOOL
Scarlet's Walk ~ Tori Amos
Elephant ~ The White Stripes
More Adventurous ~ Rilo Kiley
self-titled ~ Martha Wainwright
I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too ~ Martha Wainwright
Alas I Cannot Swim ~ Laura Marling
Our Endless Numbered Days ~ Iron & Wine
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Postby keith from ny » Sat Mar 14, 2009 4:52 pm

Oh hell, I forgot More Adventurous! Hmmm, who will have to go...
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Postby Rongrittz » Sat Mar 14, 2009 5:53 pm

Antje Duvekot: The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer
Richard Shindell: Somewhere Near Paterson
Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer: Tanglewood Tree
Tracy Grammer: Flower of Avalon
Kris Delmhorst: Five Stories
Deb Talan: A Bird Flies Out
The Weepies: Happiness
Mark Erelli: Hope and Other Casualties
Lori McKenna: Bittertown
Patty Griffin: 1000 Kisses

Didn't want to do more than one per artist, or I would have added Antje's "Big Dream Boulevard," Dave & Tracy's "Drum Hat Buddha" and Richard Shindell's "Vuelta."
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Postby marybeth » Sun Mar 15, 2009 2:21 pm

Kathleen Edwards, Asking for Flowers
Ryan Adams, Heartbreaker
Lori McKenna, Bittertown
Regina Spektor, Begin to Hope
Laura Marling, Alas I Cannot Swim
Laura Viers, Saltbreakers
Richard Shindell, Somewhere Near Paterson
Eliza Gilkyson, Paradise Hotel
Gillian Welch, Revival
Patty Griffin, 1000 Kisses
Aimee Mann, Lost in Space
Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Jeffrey Foucault, Ghost Repeater
Tift Merritt, Another Country

Ok, I couldn't get it under 14!
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Postby Rongrittz » Sun Mar 15, 2009 3:01 pm

Hate to break it to you, MB, but Gillian Welch's "Revival" was released in 1996. :D But it's so good it might deserve to be on the Top 10 (well, 14) list from any decade!
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Postby marybeth » Sun Mar 15, 2009 3:19 pm

oh, woops! Was it that long ago? Well then Gillian Welch's Revelator....
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Postby Russell » Sun Mar 15, 2009 3:44 pm

This exercise is getting friggin' difficult. I swore I wouldn't look back at it, but MB's list may me realize I forgot about "Asking for Flowers" ("if it's so good, how could you forget about it?", you ask - "it's called dementia", I respond), and that was after a serious listen to Antje Duvekot's "The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer" during my morning run. For that reason, and recognizing that El left sufficient loopholes in the rules of this thread that participants can pretty much do whatever they wish, I'm combining Steve Earle's albums and Buddy & Julie's albums into a single slot each and adding "Asking for Flowers" and "The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer" to my list. So my list still is just the top 10, right? Right? Well, at least until it explodes and more closely resembles Hugues' top 200.
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Postby elcorazon » Sun Mar 15, 2009 7:45 pm

yeah, post how ever many you like. I happened to have about 10 that truly blew me away and another 10 that are near that level, but your mileage may vary.

Gillian Welch belongs on my list somewhere, at least in that next 10.
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Postby keith from ny » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:07 am

elcorazon wrote:yeah, post how ever many you like. I happened to have about 10 that truly blew me away and another 10 that are near that level, but your mileage may vary.

Thanks, I was having trouble getting back down to 20! How about 50:

Another Country - Tift Merritt
Asking For Flowers - Kathleen Edwards
Barricades and Brickwalls - Kasey Chambers
Big Dream Boulevard - Antje Duvekot
Bittertown - Lori McKenna
Blacklisted - Neko Case
Blazing Red - Anne Heaton
Buddy & Julie Miller - Buddy & Julie Miller
Bramble Rose - Tift Merritt
Children Running Through - Patty Griffin
Drunkard's Prayer - Over the Rhine
Essence - Lucinda Williams
Eveningland - Hem
Failer - Kathleen Edwards
Films For Radio - Over the Rhine
Fox Confessor Brings the Flood - Neko Case
Gold - Ryan Adams
Heartbreaker - Ryan Adams
Hymns For the Exiled - Anais Mitchell
Impossible Dream - Patty Griffin
Land of Milk and Honey - Eliza Gilkyson
Letters From Sinners and Strangers - Eilen Jewell
Mil Besos - Patty Griffin
More Adventurous - Rilo Kiley
Nadurra - Capercaillie
On Leaving - Nina Nastasia
Ohio - Over the Rhine
Open - Cowboy Junkies
Rabbit Fur Coat - Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins
Rabbit Songs - Hem
Raising Sand - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Rattlin' Bones - Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson
The Blackened Air - Nina Nastasia
The Brightness - Anais Mitchell
The Disconnection - Carina Round
The Duel - Allison Moorer
The Execution of All Things - Rilo Kiley
The Greatest - Cat Power
The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer - Antje Duvekot
The Outsider - Rodney Crowell
These Four Walls - Shawn Colvin
The Trumpet Child - Over the Rhine
Till the Sun Turns Black - Ray LaMontagne
Time (The Revelator) - Gillian Welch
Transcendental Blues - Steve Earle
Trouble - Ray LaMontagne
Twin Cinema - New Pornographers
World Without Tears - Lucinda Williams
Written In Chalk - Buddy & Julie Miller
You Are Free - Cat Power
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