Top Ten Thursday: Best Artists of the Aughts (2000-2009)

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This was a particularly tough list to put together.  On average, order one of our Top Ten lists takes about 45 minutes.  Over an hour and a half into our last meeting, we still only had the top six ironed out for this one.  We ended up just individually ranking the final eight candidates individually, and normalizing the results to select the final four on the list.  It worked out though, and I didn’t even have to swan dive off my balcony, as I threatened several times throughout the meeting.

So let me tell you a little bit about our decision making process in selecting the top ten artists of the first decade of the new millennium.  It was about as simple as weighing quantity and quality.  To some degree, we also factored in the amount of lackluster material an artist had working against them.  In the end, ever artist in the ten had at least three good to great albums during the decade.  Painfully, M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem, and a few others didn’t have the consistent presence throughout the entire decade like most others on here and missed out.  Also, great artists like Beck, Ryan Adams, Spoon, and Bright Eyes just missed out because while they had the quantity, their highs just weren’t quite as high as others on the list.

So there you have it.  Enjoy the read, and as always let us know who me missed, left off, or mistakenly included.

10.  The Strokes

the strokes, full band pic

The Strokes were one of those rare bands where the product lived up to all the hype preceding them.  They produced some refreshingly honest pop music that ushered a whole new group of fans into “indie” music.  Beneath the surface of The Strokes instantly accessible music were simple but perfect harmonies, taking them beyond what was expected of an early-20’s rock outfit in the early 2000’s.
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Top Ten Thursday: Life is a Highway (Best Road Trip Songs)

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Wes is on a pretty epic 12-day road trip out to Seattle, then up to Vancouver, and back to Chicago.  Along the way, him and Jackie (his wife for the uninitiated) are stopping at Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, and many other beautiful places along the way.  In honor of this trip, and in hopes of his safe return, we put our heads together to come up with the top ten road trip songs to keep Wes and Jackie alert, energized, and most importantly awake on this endeavor.

We tried to limit our choices for this list to songs actually about traveling to some degree.  There are many songs and albums that we more abstractly view as road trip songs, but that would have opened this list up to too many options.  We hope you enjoy these songs of the road, and as always feel free to bring more road trip songs of your preference to our attention.
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My Morning Jacket Chicago Show Review

My Morning Jacket with Band of Horses
Jay Pritzker Park Pavilion in Millennium Park
Chicago, IL
August 22, 2012

My Morning Jacket live in Chicago August 22nd live show review

I wasn’t planning on writing on this show – or even going to this show for that matter – but a last second cheap pair of tickets and a deep love for my morning jacket has caused me to do the opposite on both friends. Alex Thompson wrote an extensive review of a My Morning Jacket/Band of Horses show for our blog a couple weeks ago, so feel free to look at that. I will keep my thoughts short and specific to the Chicago show.
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My Morning Jacket at Red Rocks Show Review

My Morning Jacket with Band of Horses
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, CO
August 3, 2012

My Morning Jacket Live Show Review at Red Rocks

If you’ve ever been to Red Rocks, you know that there is no place on the earth quite like it. If you’ve ever been to a My Morning Jacket concert, you know that there really isn’t anything like it either. Combining the two? That sounded like one damn good show to me.

The only time prior that I had seen MMJ was for their 2008 tour and their subsequent stop at Red Rocks with opening band The Black Keys. Yeah, it was pretty awesome, so my expectations were quite high coming into the show.
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