Vital Albums

I recently had the chance to spend 24 hours in Berlin with my friends Peter and Maria.  A highlight was eating Belgian waffles at the Christmas fair:

Turns out that they really haven’t spent much time listening to new music…. and perhaps haven’t bought an album made in this century. (Can’t really be sure about that, but that’s how it seemed.)

So over a long conversation at a local French restaurant called Cafe Jacques we discussed the vitality of new music, why new bands’ first albums are almost always the best and other topics not mentioned in the Economist’s article on “music and human evolution”.

When I arrived home, I scoured my collection of new music since 2004 and came up with a list of albums that I would recommend to anyone who hasn’t caught anything new since then:

2004
Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand*, The College Dropout – Kanye West*, Eye to the Telescope – KT Tunstall*
The Grey Album – DJ Danger Mouse*, Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters*, Hot Fuss – The Killers*

2005
Apologies to Queen Mary – Wolf Parade*, Get Behind Me Satan – White Stripes, The Life Pursuit – Belle and Sebastian, The Woods – Sleater-Kinney, Employment – Kaiser Chiefs*, Picaresque – The Decemberists

2006
St. Elsewhere – Gnarls Barkley*, Whatever People Say I Am- Arctic Monkeys*, Everything All The Time – Band of Horses*, The Crane Wife – The Decemberists, Writer’s Block – Peter Bjorn And John*, The Loon – Tapes ‘N Tapes*

2007
The Carter III Mixtape – Lil Wayne, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga – Spoon, Hissing Fauna – Of Montreal, Icky Thump – White Stripes, Sky Blue Sky – Wilco, Sound of Silver – LCD Sound System, Wincing the Night Away – The Shins, Favorite Worst Nightmare – Arctic Monkeys

(The stars denote the first album of a new band.)

So I guess if you are still looking for a gift for Peter and Maria, you’ve come to the right place.

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