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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – “Bright Horses” Nick Cave has written some pretty bleak verses, especially following the passing of his son Arthur, but I’m not sure any have hit me as hard as the lyrics to “Bright Horses”: I can hear the whistle blowing, I can hear the mighty roar / I […]

Flying Lotus – “Arkestry” I’m not what you’d call an electronic expert and, to level with you guys, this is the only Flying Lotus album I’ve ever heard more than once. Still, that should tell you something about just how impactful this album was at the time of its release, and how influential it remains. […]

Well, another 10 years have gone by which means it’s time for another music list, and possibly some reflection on the last 10 years. I’ve got the music thing covered, but I’m not going to waste time on reflection. The artwork links to the album review (or the band page in the absence of a […]

Johnnyofthewell   Oomori Seiko – “Saishuu Koen” Narrowing down an entire decade’s worth of music to two or three songs was a tough call, but I can’t think of a more appropriate top pick than this. On the face of it, Saishuu Koen (Last Performance) is a case study of the most beautiful, raw facets […]

The Dear Hunter – “Misplaced Devotion” If we’re being realistic, I could probably fill about 10 spots on this decade 100 with Dear Hunter songs that I simply adore.  That’s how prevalent they’ve been in the rock scene since 2010, with The Color Spectrum marking my introduction to the band in a grand 9 EP, […]

Regina Spektor – “Open” “Open” is an anxiety attack in a song.  The lush piano notes rise and fall gently, subtly building to a gorgeous but understated chorus: “potentially lovely, perpetually human, suspended and open.”  It’s a song about vulnerability; being suspended in time and exposed to all of the wonderful – and terrible – […]

Yellowcard – “Fields & Fences” No feeling in music can match the emotional magnitude of one of your all-time favorite bands, one that you grew up with and connected to your entire life, hanging up the mic.  That’s what happened for me with Yellowcard in 2016, and I was fortunate enough not to have to […]

Hey Rosetta! – “Yer Fall” / “Welcome” The memories I have attached to Hey Rosetta! are fleeting, but very powerful.  As such, I wouldn’t consider myself a fan, but I do have a profound appreciation for Seeds, and in particular the tracks “Yer Fall” and “Welcome.”  The first time that I actively listened to Hey Rosetta! […]

Circa Survive – “The Amulet” I was late to the Circa Survive party, with The Amulet serving as my first full-album experience with the talented post-hardcore/indie-rock outfit.  Although Blue Sky Noise went on to become my favorite album of theirs, as I backtracked through the discography, no individual song has stuck with me quite like […]

Fair to Midland – “The Greener Grass” As a rather obvious indie/folk aficionado, I probably don’t have nearly enough progressive rock on this list – and in a decade where there has been some damn good examples.  Fair to Midland is a band that caught my ear in 2011 – their album, Arrows and Anchors, […]

Fleet Foxes – “Third of May / Ōdaigahara” Fleet Foxes’ “Third of May / Ōdaigahara” begins as if we arrived in the middle of a show, unannounced – crashing in with drums and hearty acoustic chords atop Robin Pecknold’s all-too-appropriate line of “light ended the night / but the song remained.”  Clocking in at nearly nine minutes, it […]

Taking Back Sunday – “Death Wolf” I still remember being pretty taken aback by just how good Tidal Wave was.  I came to expect catchy pop-punk from Taking Back Sunday, but not, however – and especially at this point in their careers – anything that sounds like “Death Wolf.” “Death Wolf” is the fulcrum – […]

Brand New – “Lit Me Up” “Lit Me Up” is a simmering brooder; this moody slow-burn whose pinnacle isn’t a guitar solo or chorus, but rather a creepy, electronically distorted “when I grow up, I want to be a heretic.” The song is hauntingly prophetic, as Lacey unwittingly predicts his demise: “Lit me up and […]

Radiohead – “Ful Stop” A Moon Shaped Pool is sort of the antithesis of 2011’s The King of Limbs.  The album takes a much safer, warmer approach than its electronically-infused predecessor.  The results were disappointing to some who hoped that the band would continue to push a more experimental direction, but to the rest, it […]

The Tallest Man on Earth – “Burden of Tomorrow” Who had a more productive and revered ten years than Kristian Matsson?  The man started off the decade by earning top honors from multiple publications for his 2010 masterclass in folk, The Wild Hunt.  From there, he cemented his position atop the genre with There’s No […]

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