It’s been a while sine we’ve heard from ex-Contrarian contributor/mystic/musician/drinker Jebson Interlandi. This is not unusual, though — the man has a tendency to go off the grid for extended periods of time. Suffice it to say, we’ve missed him around HQ.
We’re thrilled that Jebson managed to return briefly to the material plane in order to get us his “best of the aughts” music list, which you can read and listen to after the jump:
I have deeply missed being a regular at the Contrarian. My days as the Foreign Correspondent were good ones. Thanks go to Casey for inviting me back to the bar, buying me bourbon shots, and allowing me to fill your ears with spittle.
Here are my favorite albums from the 2000s:
1. The Strokes, Is This It? (2001)
Original production, youthful charm, and great songs.
2. The Shins, Oh, Inverted World (2001)
Before that juvenile jizz-stain, Garden State, this album actually did exist and it was my favorite winter-time album of ’01.
3. New Order, Get Ready (2001)
Overlooked and underrated.
4. Broken Social Scene, You Forgot it in People (2002)
Some record-store nerd showed me this when it first appeared. Amazing. Raised the bar for the rest of the decade.
5. Joey Ramone, Don’t Worry About Me (2002)
Life from a deathbed pop-songs.
6. Brian Wilson, SMiLE (2004)
Aural cocaine. Take away the lyrics and you have a masterpiece of harmony and melody.
7. Ray Davies, Workingman’s Cafe (2007)
In a lyrical world of self-indulgent whiners, Davies is one of the few real Storytellers. One of the best living songwriters.
Jebson Interlandi is a living mystery.