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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)
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)
12. Freeheat – Brownies, NY, NY (2002)
13. Wire – South Street Seaport, NY, NY (2007)
15. Siouxsie – Irving Plaza, NY, NY (2008)
16. FischerSpooner/Peaches – Terminal 5, NY, NY (2003)
18. MAKE UP – THE COOLER, NY, NY (2000)
19. 7 Seconds – Webster Hall, New York City, NY (2009)
20. Suicide – Europa, Brooklyn, NY (2008)

The Monday Set: Modest Mouse – Atlanta, GA – 9/26/01

Modest Mouse
Criminal Records
Atlanta, GA

Criss-crossing America in September 2001 were two stars of indie rock: one on its way up (Modest Mouse in support of Moon & Antarctica) and one comfortably assuming the role of instution (Built to Spill). For two days of their tours, they both just so happened to be in Atlanta, and instead of competing with one another’s shows they booked a double bill set at Variety Playhouse, with each band assuming headline duties once over the course of the two nights. I was one unlucky sap: the shows were way sold out before I caught wind of them. So instead, I managed to catch the closest thing, this brief set by Modest Mouse before one of the shows.

Criminal Records in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta has a history of putting on good brief shows, including a well documented early Pavement gig, from the old store’s location, later featured in the Slow Century DVD documentary. Those shows tended to overwhelm the small sidewalk only about a block up from the Variety Playhouse. Their newer digs were immediately next to the Junkman’s Daugther (a former grocery store which sold Atlanta’s youngsters the threads required to immediately become cool) and shows took place outside in the parking lot, against the much louder Moreland Avenue. The good folks in Modest Mouse found the irony in Junkman’s Daughter’s dictum and donned wigs, ridiculous faux 70s garb, and as I recall a gorilla mask on the drummer, for this brief show, powered only by a small PA. The sound quality isn’t the best, but it is what it is, and at the time, the truck noise was favorable to the rather loud crowd chatter.

1. Intro/Warmup
2. Paper Thin Walls
3. Third Planet
4. Trailer Trash
5. Lives
6. Diggin Holes in the Water
7. I Came as a Rat


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Download: Modest Mouse – Atlanta, GA – 9/26/01 – 109 MB

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