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25 Albums (since 2000) you should own

Greetings music lovers,

 Today’s blog is a monthly continuation of 25 albums you should own and has the following parameters:

  • Album must have been recorded/released in or after to 2000
  • No duplication of artist
  • No live albums or greatest hits (kind of an all encompassing copout to include either)
  • Listing of my favorite track from said album (This is not so much a parameter but a mere bonus for your reading pleasure)

 Twenty Five albums you should own! (In no particular order):

Artist Album Song
State Radio Us Against The Crown Camilo
Amos Lee Last Days At the Lodge What’s Been Going On
Brett Dennen So Much More Ain’t No Reason
The Black Crowes Before the Frost Appaloosa
Bob Dylan Modern Times Thunder on the Mountain
Beck The Information Strange Apparition
Ben Harper & The Relentless 7 White Lies for Dark Times Faithfully Remain
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago Flume
Corrine Bailey Rae Corrine Bailey Rae Seasons Change
Eddie Vedder Into the Wild Society
Erin Ivey The 11th Floor Chocolate
Foo Fighters In Your Honor Another Round
The Hold Steady Stay Positive Lord, I’m Discouraged
James McMurtry Childish Things We Can’t Make It Here
Josh Ritter The Animal Years Girl In the War
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones Warrior
Zac Brown Band The Foundation Highway 20 Ride
William Fitzsimmons Until When We Are Ghosts Passion Play
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance
TV On the Radio Dear Science Halfway Home
Tom Petty Highway Companion Square One
Spoon Transference Nobody Gets Me But You
Slaid Cleaves Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away Beautiful Thing
Serj Tankian Elect the Dead Money
Rilo Kiley Under the Blacklight Silver Lining
Ray LaMontagne Trouble Jolene

 So, there you have it, another list of musical bliss.  Take your time, check them out and let me know what you think.

 Great music awaits!


You should be listening to Silversun Pickups!

Silversun Pickups is the alt/rock band from California that broke on to the music scene with the release of their sophomore effort “Swoon”.  The bands genesis can be traced to Los Angeles’s premier club scene, most notably Silverlake Lounge.  The Silverlake scene was also home to such artists as Elliott Smith and Rilo Kiley. 

In 2005, Silversun Pickups released their EP Pikul which contains twenty-three tracks.  Seventeen of those tracks are untitled and 44 sec. long.  Not sure the reasoning behind this but it is not uncommon for artists to get creative with the CD tracks, spacing, and hidden tracks.

In 2006 they released their full length debut Carnavas that spawned two Top 10 hits “Lazy Eye” and Well Thought Out Twinkles”.  The latter made it on the soundtrack for “Tony Hawks Proving Ground” In 2007 they opened for Foo Fighters a few times during their European tour. 

Swoon was their sonically diverse follow up that was released in 2009.  It was a critical and commercial success with their first single “Panic Switch” getting heavy rotation on the radio as well as MTV and VH1.  The success of the album resulted in a five song performance on MTV’s Unplugged as well as some of their songs finding their way in to television shows like The O.C. and The Vampire Diaries.  2009 ended with a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist which elicited some controversy due to the reasonable success of their previous work and their standing in musical realm. 

Silversun Pickups Discography

  • Pikul (EP)
  • Carnavas
  • Swoon

Top 5 Silversun Pickups Songs:

  1. Panic Switch (Swoon)
  2. Well Thought Out Twinkles (Carnavas)
  3. There’s No Secrets This Year (Swoon)
  4. Lazy Eye (Carnavas)
  5. The Royal We (Swoon)

The band has a certain, familiar sound that is likened to the grunge sound of the 90’s but with melody and a sense of structure.  Comparisons to The Smashing Pumpkins seem a bit premature given their comparatively small body of work but are reasonable due to their use of overdub and distortion on guitar. 

Check out Silversun Pickups at www.silversunpickups.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG8fugqFn9Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twL3ms4bjZk

Great Music Awaits