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.
So then, strictly alphabetically speaking as always, hereâ€™s what I spent much of January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2009 listening very closely toâ€¦..
Apartment – Sparkle Bicycle
Waikiki Record (2008)
Tatsuya Namaiâ€™s radiant pop of the Daniel Johnston-meets-Shonen Knife variety.
Alex Brennan – The Last Smile Of The Pied Piper
Hopefully Mr. Brennan will be duly hired to give the Beach Boysâ€™ catalog that Beatles Love treatment when the time inevitably arrives.
Lindsey Buckingham – Under The Skin
Reprise Records (2006)
Once insane, always insane.
Candypants – Candypants
Sympathy For The Record Industry (2000)
Ronnie Spector fronts Elvisâ€™ Attractions â€¦and THEN some!
Casper and the Cookies – The Optimistâ€™s Club
Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records (2006)
What Jason NeSmith and Kay Stanton did on their holidays in New York City.
Cheap Trick – Rockford
Big3 Records (2006)
Remarkably sounding better â€“ and louder â€“ than ever.
Dennis Diken with Bell Sound – Late Music
Cryptovision Records (2009)
The album Brian Wilson has been trying to make since at least 1986.
Johnny Dowd – Wire Flowers: More Songs from the Wrong Side of Memphis
Munich Records (2003)
A sonic sequel to one of the Ninetiesâ€™ undeniably greatest albums â€¦and artists.
Bob Dylan – Modern Times
Sony/BMG Music Entertainment (2006)
Edges out Christmas In The Heart by a mere Santa whisker.
Electric Prunes – Feedback
Proving you can have your re-heated soufflÃ© and eat it, too.
Tom Jones – Mr. Jones
V2 Music (2003)
Wherein Atomic Jones meets Wyclef Jean â€¦by way of â€œBlack Bettyâ€ !
Bill Lloyd – Back To Even
New Boss Sounds (2004)
Fifteen more examples of most potently powerful pop, Nashville-style.
Lolas – Like The Sun
Jam Recordings (2007)
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
Race Records (2001)
The sound of the hardest-working drummer in Canada loading all six strings.
The Playmates – Sad Refrain
K.O.G.A. Records (2002)
Forever more than happy to play the Stones against their countrywomen Puffy (AmiYumi)â€™s Beatles.
Raquelâ€™s Boys – Music For The Girl You Love
Jam Recordings (2004)
Just as if Bobby Fuller and those once Flaminâ€™ Groovies were never ever extinguished.
Jason Ringenberg – A Day At The Farm with Farmer Jason
Yep Roc Records (2003)
The definitive alternative to alternative country.
Simply Saucer – Cyborgs Revisited
Sonic Unyon Recording Company (2003)
The nice, nice noise that simply continues to keep on giving.
Frank Lee Sprague – Merseybeat
Wichita Falls Records (2005)
Exactly as if Brian Epstein had never entered The Cavern.
Tan Sleeve – White Lie Castle
Cheft Worldwide (2000)
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)
Canadaâ€™s Ramones finally reunited with their very-long-lost brudder.
Bring On the Twenty-Oh-Teens !!!