Noughtie Top Twenty-One

Despite an alarming amount of critical mass to (and by) the contrary, there truly was much, much more worth hearing this decade just past than those big Big Star, Beatle, Bob Dylan and even Neil Young box sets.

No, really!

So then, strictly alphabetically speaking as always, here’s what I spent much of January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2009 listening very closely to…..

Apartment Sparkle Bicycle
Waikiki Record [2008]
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Tatsuya Namai’s radiant pop of the Daniel Johnston-meets-Shonen Knife variety.

Alex Brennan - The Last Smile Of The Pied Piper Alex BrennanThe Last Smile Of The Pied Piper [2004]

Hopefully Mr. Brennan will be duly hired to give the Beach Boys’ catalog that Beatles Love treatment when the time inevitably arrives.

Lindsey BuckinghamUnder The Skin
Reprise Records [2006]
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Once insane, always insane.

Candypants  -  Candypants  CandypantsCandypants
Sympathy For The Record Industry [2000]
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Ronnie Spector fronts Elvis’ Attractions …and THEN some!

Casper & The Cookies The Optimist’s Club
Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records [2006]
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What Jason NeSmith and Kay Stanton did on their holidays in New York City.

Cheap Trick  -  Rockford  Cheap TrickRockford
Big3 Records [2006]
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Remarkably sounding better – and louder – than ever.

Dennis Diken and Bell SoundLate Music
Cryptovision Records [2009]
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The album Brian Wilson has been trying to make since at least 1986.

Johnny DowdWire Flowers: More Songs from the Wrong Side of Memphis
Munich Records [2003]
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A sonic sequel to one of the Nineties’ undeniably greatest albums …and artists.

Bob DylanModern Times
Sony/BMG Music Entertainment [2006]
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Edges out Christmas In The Heart by a mere Santa whisker.

Electric Prunes  -  Feedback  Electric PrunesFeedback
PruneTwang [2006]
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Proving you can have your re-heated soufflé and eat it, too.

Tom JonesMr. Jones
V2 Music [2003]
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Wherein Atomic Jones meets Wyclef Jean …by way of “Black Betty” !

Bill Lloyd  -  Back To Even Bill LloydBack To Even
New Boss Sounds [2004]
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Fifteen more examples of most potently powerful pop, Nashville-style.

LolasLike The Sun
Jam Recordings [2007]
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Tim Boykin and his ever-bright l-o-l-a Lolas honestly do make the kind of records you still think Paul McCartney does.

Jack Pedler  -  Jack Pedler  Jack Pedler Jack Pedler
Race Records [2001]
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The sound of the hardest-working drummer in Canada loading all six strings.

The PlaymatesSad Refrain
K.O.G.A. Records [2002]
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Forever more than happy to play the Stones against their countrywomen Puffy (AmiYumi)’s Beatles.

Raquel’s Boys  -  Music For The Girl You Love  Raquel’s BoysMusic For The Girl You Love
Jam Recordings [2004]
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Just as if Bobby Fuller and those once Flamin’ Groovies were never ever extinguished.

Jason RingenbergA Day At The Farm with Farmer Jason
Yep Roc Records [2003]
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The definitive alternative to alternative country.

Simply Saucer  -  Cyborgs Revisited  Simply SaucerCyborgs Revisited
Sonic Unyon Recording Company [2003]
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The nice, nice noise that simply continues to keep on giving.

Frank Lee SpragueMerseybeat
Wichita Falls Records [2005]
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Exactly as if Brian Epstein had never entered The Cavern.

Tan Sleeve  -  White Lie Castle  Tan SleeveWhite Lie Castle
Cheft Worldwide [2000]
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Wherein George Harrison and even F. Zappa receive the Bacharach and David by way of Todd Rundgren treatment.

Teenage Head Teenage Head with Marky Ramone
Sonic Unyon Recording Company [2008]
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Canada’s Ramones finally reunited with their very-long-lost brudder.


Bring On the Twenty-Oh-Teens !!!

by Gary Pig Gold

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