Archive for: November, 2010

Top 10 Albums of the 1990s

Nov 17 2010 Published by under Feature, Internet/Media, Music, Personal

In the Aeroplane over the Sea album cover

It’s been over ten years, so I think enough time has lapsed to look at the music of the 90s objectively.  But that’s not really what this list is about.  I culled this list from my own listening habits over the past decade-plus.  The criteria is simple: to make the list, the work had to have been released in the 9os (duh), has to be in my iTunes directory today (before I conceived of this list), and it has to be something I continue to listen to on a regular basis.  So that’s why there’s no Nirvana or Nine Inch Nails here.  Sorry, dudes, your music is great, but it’s not in my catalog right now.  Oh, and I wanted to include The Conet Project’s Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations, and while it is on my computer, I honestly don’t listen to it on a regular basis (though its importance is even more obvious now).

So it’s a biased and a (somewhat) arbitrary list of great music from the 90s.  But isn’t every list biased and arbitrary?  At least I own up to it.

One final thought: most of the music here was released in 1997 and 1998, two of the best years for music in decades.  No one talks about this fact, but those years are right up there with 1968, 1977, and 1984 for sheer volume of amazing music.

  1. Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
  2. Boards of Canada, Music Has the Right to Children
  3. Tricky, Maxinquaye
  4. Massive Attack, Mezzanine
  5. Pan Sonic, A
  6. Radiohead, Ok Computer
  7. Belle & Sebastian, If You’re Feeling Sinister
  8. Portishead, Portishead
  9. Chris Watson, Outside the Circle of Fire
  10. The Caretaker, Selected Memories from the Haunted Ballroom

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Top 10/Bottom 3: November 2010

Pye Corner

Top 10

  1. Pye Corner Audio Transcription Services, Black Mill Tapes Vol. 1
  2. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert (for the rally that makes me hope that the US isn’t entirely filled with morons and suicide bombers)
  3. Darkstar, North
  4. The Walking Dead (awesome premiere–can’t wait for the rest)
  5. Candy
  6. Snorri Sturlson
  7. Shain Erin
  8. Everything released by Belbury Poly
  9. Kanye West’s 808s & Hearbreak (only hypnagogic pop anyone’s every actually heard of)
  10. Artificial Owl

Bottom 3

  1. Republicans
  2. The idiots who canceled Caprica
  3. The lack of campaign finance reform

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