Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
In a lot of ways, Ryan's list of off-the-radar records from the past decade is a lot more relevant than this list will ever be. But hell, I took the time, and I'm gonna post it. I mean... I AM posting it. Right now. You're lookin' at it: Crawford J. Philleo's 100 Favorite Records of the Decade. Now, many lists are floating around out there, and many, many more lists have secretly formulated in the heads of music lovers everywhere. This particular list, while thorough, is simply fraught with disaster. I'm sure that many will find choices on here they agree with, many will find choices they don't agree with, and (my hope would be that) many will find a lot of stuff they haven't even heard yet. It's a testament to the decade itself, though, as these past ten years has seen a span of music that effectively killed the genre. Technology enhancements made music not only sound different, but function differently within culture on a broad and sweeping scale. Much has already been written about the influence of the internet on media, but it's really interesting to see how it boils down in terms of what individuals actually liked, and indeed, that's why I think it's important for all of us to take time to think about things like this. There is simply too much music out there, and it is simply too easy to listen to it all, at nearly any time or any place. But this is a paradox because of course there is absolutely no way any one of us can hear everything there is to hear. Ryan's list is a prime example - five albums I had no idea existed are now at the top of my to-do list for 2010. So as a preamble to the monster I'm about to unleash here, I ask that my fellow music fans try to approach the list the same way as I did: not too seriously.
Man, though... look at it. What a crazy, crazy, insanely weird and awesome decade of music we had. One really interesting thing I noticed is that the beginning of the decade absolutely DOMINATED my list... I wonder if music is getting worse (yeah... right!), or my tastes are getting more refined, or perhaps the newer onslaught-of-awesome just hasn't fully sunk in yet (a much more likely explanation). I think it'd be a good thing to come back in five years and have another stab at it.... Some of the sad, sad casualties include:
Tallest Man on Earth, Blitzen Trapper, Fiery Furnaces, El-P, Destroyer, Dälek, Hercules & Love Affair, RJD2, Stars of the Lid, Enon, Devendra Banhart, Crooked Fingers, Camera Obscura, James Blackshaw, Isoleé, Grouper, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Need New Body, Man Man, Low, Burial, Clipse, Ghostface, The Fucking Champs, Derek Bailey, Herbert... so many more...
Also, the only conscious effort I made towards compiling this list was to double-artist as least often as possible. You'll notice only two bands got the double-dip... Deerhoof and Radiohead, but at least in my head that makes some sense.
Ok, enough. Time to get this over with. Please chime in with your favs, or let me know all the great stuff I missed on mine!