The Day The Music Lived – 2000’s

Safe to say, I made it through the 90’s. Considering the extreme partying I engaged in, I feel fortunate to be alive typing this today.

The 2000’s ushered in a more tranquil atmosphere of rock and roll due to the evolution of my age. While I tried to remain entrenched in my youth, the civilized side of me took control and my musical instinct gave way.

To me, the 2000’s music groups all seemed to sound the same. There was a creative vortex or black hole if you will. Finding new music groups to listen to was a chore for me. They just seemed few and far between.

This decade has not really brought anything earth shattering in terms of changing music style. In the eight years of this millennium, we don’t have the peace and love of the 60’s, the great rock bands of the 70’s, the hair bands of the 80’s, or grunge of the 90’s. Like I said, there is a creative void. In a nutshell, the music of the 2000’s has been insignificant and will more than likely give way to something and hopefully soon.

My Album of the Decade is On An Island by David Gilmour

Let’s now revisit The Day the Music Lived – 2000’s

2000
Daisy’s of the Galaxy – The Eels
Heartbreaker – Ryan Adams
All that you can’t leave behind – U2
Californiacation – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Midnight Vultures – Beck

2001
Is this It – The Strokes
Everyday – Dave Mathews Band
Origin of Symmetry – Muse
Beautiful Garbage – Garbage
Golden State – Bush
Echoes – Pink Floyd

2002
Always Got Tonight – Chris Issac
SoulJacker – The Eels
Hard Candy – Counting Crows
One By One – Foo Fighters
Audioslave

2003
So Long, Astoria – The Ataris
The Essential Clash – The Clash
Elephant Advance – The White Stripes
Get Born – Jet
Some Devil – Dave Mathews Band
Hail to the Thief – Radiohead
Strays – Janes Addiction
Shootenany – The Eels
Permission to Land – The Darkness
Absolution – Muse

2004
Splinter – The Offspring
A Crow Left of the Murder – Incubus
Contraband – Velvet Revolver
American Idiot – Green Day
Shangri La – Mark Knopfler
Hopes and Fears – Keane
Antics – Interpol

2005
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb – U2
Bleed Like Me – Garbage
Blinking Lights – The Eels
Out of Exile – Audioslave
X and Y – Coldplay
Chaos and Creation… – Paul McCartney
Plans – Death Cab for Cutie

2006
On An Island – David Gilmour
Black Holes and Revelations – Muse
Revelations – Audioslave
Shine On – Jet
Under the Iron Sea – Keane

2007
Wincing the Night Away – The Shins
Zeitgeist – Smashing Pumpkins
In Rainbows – Radiohead
Lighthouse – Interpol
Carry On – Chris Cornell
Meet the Smithereens – The Smithereens
Year Zero – Nine Inch Nails
Snakes and Arrows – Rush

That’s it for the 2000’s. So far, it’s been a dry 2008 in terms of buying any music.

Groups that I have targeted for download include:
Narrow Stairs – Death Cab for Cutie
Death and All His Friends – Coldplay
The Slip – Nine Inch Nails (This is FREE for download)
Untitled album by Chris Cornell
Untitled album by U2
Untitled album by Green Day
Untitled album by The Killers

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10 thoughts on “The Day The Music Lived – 2000’s

  1. G you ever listened to Slint? They even have a song called “Glenn”. Imagine that.

    Here’s a sample. But there is lots more to download (i got it all on FTP)

    its like an oasis in the desert it is.

  2. g, I totally agree. What a complete black hole void the 2000s have been musically. There are nuggets out there but you really must dig hard to find them. I blame several factors:

    1) Rap/Hip-Hop. For starters, it’s not really music. It’s stolen or fabricated soundbites with some words thrown over the top. Rap started out legitamately enough, but much like my hair metal of the 80s, it became a complete caricature of itself – a cartoon – totally fake. When white boys started listening, it lost it’s cred so to speak. Unfortunately, it’s everywhere.

    2) MTV – WTF? MTV exposed the world to Metal and Grunge. It brought rap to the masses and then became endless episodes of non-music crap. Shame shame on you MTV. With great power comes great responsibility and MTV let the music world down.

    3) Buyout of all the radio stations by conglomerates. They ALL sound the same and ALL play the same thing.

    4) Insane CD and concert ticket prices. I remember when albums were 7 bucks. I saw Def Leppard in the 80s for 15 bucks. Last time I bought a CD it was 16 bucks and Leppard was over 50 bucks. What kid can afford this? Which leads me to….

    5) Last, but most importantly – the interweb and MP3s. MP3s sound like crap. It’s all compressed and fuzzy and everything sounds the same. There’s no texture to the sound and it all sounds LOUD, even the soft stuff. I can listen to an MP3 player with headphones for about 10 minutes and then it just plain hurts my ears. The Interweb has ruined music forever. Why? Total free access to anything without paying for it. Remember when we were kids, we’d save up our nickels, go down to Thiels and BUY an album. Then we’d go home and play it. Play it, and play it again. If we didn’t like it we played it until we found something we liked because we were stuck with the damn thing and it cost us our allowance and we had to find SOMETHING to like. And then eventually we would like many of the songs as the album grew on us. Sometimes it’s that way – you have to learn to like an album – it’s not great right out of the chute. Well, now the kids have all this free music – unlimited supply. They put on a song, and if it doesn’t set the hook in 10 seconds, it’s off to the next thing. The result is that everything sounds the same because that’s what sells. I would go as far as to say that many of the albums we consider “classic” would never be successful if they were released today. Pink Floyd is not easily digested, you have to really listen to that stuff – they’d never make it today. Queensryche, Maiden, the list goes on – you had to sit and hold the album on your lap, read the liner notes and listen to those albums to really get the impact. Same with Zep and a laundry list of others. Sad really.

    Okay, I’m a music snob and you hit a nerve 🙂

  3. people still actually “buy” music?

    everything I seek either new and old is available for free via the interweb

  4. Gravity – Thanks for the links. After all, it was you who got me hooked on The Smiths back in the 80’s. I still listen to them on a regular basis. Email me your ftp site so I can hook up.

    Matt – All I can say is “yep”. I do however have my entire music collection on mp3. Which is ok with me because after running skilsaws all those years, my hearing isn’t what it used to be. There are some newer lossless formats (oog) that seem to be, uh, well, lossless!

    Auntie – You and I need to go on a road trip and shoot something.

    Beach – Gotta set a good example for the youngins ya know. I did download Radiohead In Rainbows for free when they offered it.

  5. Screw mp3s..they sound awful.. Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) is the only way to fly

  6. ok honestly…mp3 haters…if you quit ripping or buying your music at 128 kbps and up it to the 196+ range you wont know the difference. But, i agree with parts of matt’s #5…we’re done listening to great albums.

    and all the 2000’s have really brought us is “hardcore/emo/screamo/scene”

  7. kc2: I agree. I’m pretty particular when I download mp3’s to make sure it’s in the higher range.

    Mp3 is still mainstream though. There are better lossless formats that haven’t reached the masses yet.

    If the 2000’s got ya down, make sure to get some David Gilmour On an Island. It will pick you back up!

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