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Avalanche: Best of the Decade


Top 20 Releases of 2000-2009


These might not be the most important or groundbreaking releases per se but these are simply the records that have become stalwarts in my music heavy rotation that purr along with classics from the 80s and 90s.

1. Dean and Britta – L’ Avventura (2002)
2. Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours (2008)
3. Cinerama – This is Cinerama (2000)
4. Modest Mouse – Moon Over Antartica (2000)
5. Lungfish – Love is Love (2003)
6. Ian Brown – Music of the Spheres (2002)
7. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit (2006)
8. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – Etiquette (2006)
9. Tindersticks – Hungry Saw (2009)
10. The Natural History – The Natural History EP (2002)
11. Low – Trust (2002)
12. The Legends – Facts and Figures (2007)
13. Jeremy Jay – Slow Dance (2009)
14. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever to Tell (2003)
15. Child Ballads – Cheekbone Hollows EP (2008)
16. The Postal Service – Give Up (2003)
17. Calla – Scavengers (2000)
18. Blonde Redhead – Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons (2000)
19. The Kills – Midnight Boom (2008)
20. Ladytron – Velocifer (2008)


Top 20 Concerts of Decade


These are the shows that most emblazoned on my retinas for whatever reason. For instance, The Modest Mouse show was soon after 911 and featured huge projections of buildings collapsing in reverse while MM performed songs from the epic celestial themed “Moon over Antarctica”.

Here is my top 20 best shows, and whenever there is any supporting evidence, I link to it. Enjoy.

1. Lungfish – Southpaw, NY, NY (2005)
2. Laibach – The Town Hall, NY, NY (2007)
3. Flin Flon – Luna Lounge, NY, NY (2002)
4. Fever Ray – Webster Hall, NY, NV (2009)
5. I AM THE WORLD TRADE CENTER – CBGBs, NY, NY (2002)
6. Final CBGB shows (New York Dolls, Vandals, Dead Boys, Offspring, Circle Jerks, etc) – CBGBs, NY, NY (2005)
7. The 3 Terrors (The Magnetic Fields) – various, NY, NY (1999 – 2005)
8. The Tindersticks – Brooklyn Masonic Temple, NY, NY (2009)
9. Dean and Britta (performing Galaxy 500), The Zipper Room, NY, NY (2008)
10. The Child Ballads – Knitting Factory, NY, NY (2007)
11. THE PATTERN – MAXWELLS, HOBOKEN, NJ (2003)
12. Freeheat – Brownies, NY, NY (2002)
13. Wire – South Street Seaport, NY, NY (2007)
14. THE FALL – KNITTING FACTORY, NY, NY (2003)
15. Siouxsie – Irving Plaza, NY, NY (2008)
16. FischerSpooner/Peaches – Terminal 5, NY, NY (2003)
17. MODEST MOUSE/THE SHINS – IRVING PLAZA, NY, NY (2001)
18. MAKE UP – THE COOLER, NY, NY (2000)
19. 7 Seconds – Webster Hall, New York City, NY (2009)
20. Suicide – Europa, Brooklyn, NY (2008)

Laibach – Anglia (Live)

On May 31, Town Hall hosted “A Night in Slovenia” featuring artists of Slovenia, which seemed to be put on a segment of the Slovenian board of tourism. (In the middle of the show was a raffle for tickets to Slovenia). Naturally the night showcased popular and presumably representative Slovenian artists. To my growing impatience, almost all of them heavily featured accordions — that is until the decidedly accordion-free industrial behemoths Laibach played, which begs the question, who in their right mind would book Laibach to represent their country in a celebration of culture and art? I for one, would not, that is if I intended to stay in the Slovenian tourism business.

This Laibach show at town Hall has to go up there with one of the weirder shows I have attended as of late. The largely unwitting audience consisted of people of all stripes, old, young, babies, etc so I thought three lines into the Laibach set, the place would clear out. Along with lead vocals that could peel paint over punishing dirge-like music the show was accompanied by, putting it mildly, bizarre projections. I was chuckling to myself as I sat by a couple, probably in their 70s that were clearly not amused; but with the composure of caged eagles took the aural and visual beating like champs.

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Download: Laibach – Anglia (Live)

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