Josh LaClair listens to a LOT of music, and, unlike a certain crankypants editor, he even seems to like it! Josh is also the co-founder and Music Director of Aether Everywhere Records, the frozen Northeast’s premier avant-garde label. Here’s his (20!) picks for the best sounds of the ’00s. Good stuff here, for sure.
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20) Jesse Somfay, A Catch in the Voice
So gorgeous it could send you into a ditch if you’re listening while driving. [Editor’s note: maybe you can track it down via the artist’s cryptic website.]
19) Gillian Welch, Time (the Revelator)
One of my favorite songwriters and my favorite living guitarist in their finest hour.
18) Circulatory System, Circulatory System
Olivia Tremor Control gets deep, dark, and even more psychedelic.
17) New Pornographers, Mass Romantic
“This tune you’ll be humming forever.”
16) Sigur Ros, ( )
Should I suffer an untimely death, I’ve instructed loved ones to play track 6 at my funeral to achieve maximum sob potential.
15) Oren Ambarchi, Suspension
Sublime drones and off-kilter rhythms. [Editor’s note: That one’s not available, so here’s something else.]
14) Grizzly Bear, Yellow House
I will never tire of this album. [Ed’s note: I refuse to link to anything GB-related, since NONE of their records are available for legal streaming. Get with the fucking 21st century. If you’ve ever been in VICE Magazine, you don’t get to play the “scarcity” card. Technology: 1,0000000000000000000000000000000. Hipster beardos: 0.]
13) Hold Steady, Separation Sunday
My second favorite straight-ahead rock album ever.
12) Four Tet, Rounds
Everything in its right place.
11) The XX, The XX
First week of owning The XX, iTunes play count: 32
10) Animal Collective, Sung Tongs
Still my favorite AC.
9) Keith Fullerton Whitman, Playthroughs
So much with so little.
8) Max Richter, Memoryhouse
The most beautiful music I know. [Ed’s note: here’s a different one. You know why.]
7) The Notwist, Neon Golden
A perfect marriage of the organic and the synthetic.
6) Caribou, Up in Flames
Psychedelic drum bomb.
5) Radiohead, Kid A
4) The Microphones, The Glow, Pt. 2
Rickety and devastating.
3) Unwound, Leaves Turn Inside You
Most underrated album ever? [Ed’s note: this was on another list… not available to stream, blah… it’s good… buy it… blah.]
2) Philip Jeck, Stoke
Vinyl crackle and ghosts. [Ed’s note: it is truly the opposite of shocking that this is unavailable to stream. Hey Jeck & co., if KFW’s record is listenable, don’t ya think maybe you might want to make yours available?]
1) Black Dice, Beaches and Canyons
Patterns and colors. [Ed’s note: BREAKING NEWS! hipster-dance-electro imprint DFA hates technology!!!!! Because licensed, streaming audio delivered via the internet is clearly enemy of the future!!!!!]