December 21, 2009, 10:06 am

Apologies for how rubbish I am at writing about music. Basically, these albums are the absolute shiz…

Misery is a Butterfly: Blonde Redhead
I first came across this album when I was doing a bit of background research on our producer John Goodmanson (ha). I love albums that take you on a journey and seem to sustain the thread of a story throughout. I feel like this record completely transports you into another realm, there’s something really magical about the string arrangements and the breathy, almost desperate tone of the vocals.

The Blow: Paper Television
I’ll never forget seeing Khaela Maricich perform songs from this album at 1 in the morning during a club night on a Saturday night in Nottingham. There must have been about 20 people watching, with everyone else around acting like idiots and failing to realise they were missing out on a really special moment. I swear she sang “True Affection” to me…

Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca
“When the child was just a child, it did not know what it was…” If Solange Knowles can see how genius this album is, it must be true.

Life Without Buildings: Any Other City
One of the most disappointing moments of the last decade was falling in love with this album and then having Gareth tell me I’d never get to see them live because they’d broken up.

Joanna Newsom: Ys
It took me quite a while to decide which album of Miss Newsom’s to feature on this list. In the end Ys won out because I think as a complete album it’s perfectly put together. I listen to it uninterrupted from beginning to end and never find myself tempted to skip a track. It’s just a beautifully crafted musical experience.

Electrelane: No Shouts, No Calls
According to iTunes “The Greater Times’ and ‘To The East’ are part of my top 25 most played and I think it’s consistently been that way since I first became aware of this album (‘Cut and Run’ probably also features when I’m going through those periods of wallowing in self pity).

Animal Collective: Feels
Wikipedia tells me they describe this as their “love record”. There are also some handy eloquent descriptions of the technical innovation and specific tunings that were used during recording…  All I know is that this was one of the first things I bought on vinyl because I couldn’t think of anything  I’d rather do with my time than listen to ‘Did You See The Words’, ‘Grass’ and ‘The Purple Bottle’ on record.

Fiery Furnaces: Gallowsbird’s Bark
My first experience of the Fiery Furnaces was watching them support Franz Ferdinand at the Birmingham Academy in 2004. I immediately developed a big girl crush on Eleanor Friedberger, bought the album the very next day (because in those days people still bought CDs) and listened to it on repeat for the next couple of months. The fact that I can still listen to and love it is testament to how amazing it is. I can’t really remember what I thought of Franz Ferdinand…

These are also really very very very good:

Arcade Fire: Funeral
The Books: The Lemon of Pink
Electrelane: The Power Out
Gang Gang Dance: Saint Dymphna
Joanna Newsom: Milk-Eyed Mender
Sufjan Stevens: Seven Swans
White Stripes: White Blood Cells
Why?: Elephant Eyelash
Wolf Parade: Apologies to the Queen Mary
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Fever To Tell

Merry Christmas kids x


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Wonderful list Aleks! Blonde Redhead’s album made my top 10 as well. Make sure you stay involved with your fan base. Just because you aren’t an ACTIVE member anymore doesn’t mean we will forget about you. Seriously. Don’t fade out. I mean it.

Comment by Simon

Life Without Buildings and Electrelane are two of my favourite bands and I always listen with a bit of sadness knowing I will never see them live. Lovely list, Aleks, my favourite so far. Also, i really like your scarf

Comment by maddy

‘Any Other Cities’ is pretty much perfect.

It’s sad that there’s only that album and a few extra songs scattered across singles, but sometimes it’s nice when a band leave you wanting more.

If you’ve not heard the non-album single “Love Trinity”, you should hunt it down. It’s absolutely beautiful.

Comment by Michael

Rubbish my arse. You write with emotion, and that’s all that really matters.

I’d also like to thank you for being a phenomenal part of my decade in music, and I’m just glad I saw you perform with the guys twice in your heyday.

Much success in your studies, and if you’re ever in the New York/ New Jersey area again, gimme a call!

Oh, and please keep us updated from time to time on your well-being! Happy Hanukah!

Comment by Ray

This is my favourite list so far.

“If Solange Knowles can see how genius this album is, it must be true.”

That almost had me spitting out my tea

Comment by duncan

Life without Buildings 🙂

Comment by Audio Antihero

The Lemon of Pink = great choice

Comment by Allison

Joanna Newsom! So happy to see that on a LC! list.

Comment by Joel

duncan: the last solange album is great. very much a ‘even indie kids who dont like r&b should like it’ type of album though.

electrelane, and aleks ❤

Comment by Samuel

Samuel, did you even read this? I was quoting aleks. I’ve heard the last Solange album and whilst there’s a couple of nice songs it’s not really for me. Ta

Comment by duncan

Blonde Redhead are a fantastic live band. I saw them supporting Interpol a few years ago and was shocked at how well her voice stood up live.

Comment by Alex

This is nearly the same as my decade list. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing 😉 Cheers, off to check out Life Without Buildings x

Comment by sayhikatherine

Great list Aleks, I also saw Blonde Redhead opening for Interpol, and despite not being much of a fan, I was blown away by their competence on stage. Props on choosing Feels, Seven Swans, Ys and Apologies, great stuff. <333

Comment by Tiago F

Yay! I was actually gonna ask awhile ago if we’d still see you around here from time to time, so it’s nice to see you round. Great album choices, especially the Blonde Redhead, Animal Collective and Wolf Parade ones. I saw Blonde Redhead last year here playing a New Years Eve show and they were incredible.

Comment by Nick

good list, Ys is such a beautiful album, its more like a work of art than just a record. Electrelane I got into after seeing them support The Pastels in Edinburgh a couple of years back, got No Shout, No Calls the very next day and fell in love with that album again.

Comment by Andy

daaannnnng. Aleksandra you look really good! i can’t stop staring at your hand.
*snapping out of it*
oh yeah nice write up. interesting stuff.

continued well-being in your private citizen life.

Comment by tps

The few records on this list that I have heard are fucking awesome, what worries me is that I haven’t heard the vast majority… makes me feel like my taste in music has been wrong for a long time, I will look up the rest of the list immediately!! Thankyou!

Comment by Stephen

yay for joanna newsom!!

Comment by Audrey

Awesome list! Aleks we miss you! Have a wonderful holiday!

Comment by Shannon

@tps above:
“daaannnnng. Aleksandra you look really good! i can’t stop staring at your hand.”

Dude, that is just strange. How about not drooling over someone’s hand. Creep.

Comment by Ben

Major props on The Fiery Furnaces.

Comment by Thomas

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Definitely in love with Electrelane, Arcade Fire & Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Thanks for sharing these! I’ll check those records out. 🙂

Comment by Franchesca

Wolf parade – Yes! Finally.

Comment by Carl

I had Ys at my No. 10, and didn’t see it on too many decade-end lists. Glad you too could listed all the way through, repeatedly.

There’s something about earlier records and the appeal they have. Shown on this list with White Blood Cells over Elephant and Seven Swans over Illinois

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