ballboy BOAT Bright Eyes Carissa's Wierd Clinic David and the Citizens Desaparecidos Fishboy Galactic Heroes Girl Talk Hefner Her Space Holiday Imaginary Scoop Los Campesinos! Los Halos Math and Physics Club Matt & Kim mclusky Nana Grizol Okkervil River She and Him Starlight Mints The Arcade Fire The Eames Era The Lucksmiths The Mountain Goats The Postal Service The Thermals The White Stripes Tullycraft Visqueen Wilco

imaginary liz’s favorite albums of the last decade

The Thermals by Bobby McHugh

Yesterday I divulged my favorite albums of the year. Today I am ready to let go of my latest obsession: My album recap of how I spent my 00’s.

The below listage rant is my own little time capsule to remind myself why 2000-2009 musically ruled. As with my other list posts, I’m certain I totally forgot to add something really important to my end-all-be-all-recap. It’s up to you to remind me by posting your favs of the 00’s below.

  1. Bright EyesFevers and Mirrors
  2. The ThermalsMore Parts Per Million
  3. TullycraftDisenchanted Hearts Unite
  4. Nana GrizolLove It Love It
  5. Los CampesinosHold On Now, Youngster
  6. Matt & KimGrand
  7. Her Space HolidayThe Young Machines
  8. ballboyClub Anthems
  9. The LucksmithsWhy That Doesn’t Surprise Me
  10. David & the CitizensUntil the Sadness is Gone
  11. Okkervil RiverDon’t Fall in Love with Everyone You See
  12. DesaparecidosRead Music/Speak Spanish
  13. WilcoYankee Hotel Foxtrot
  14. The White StripesWhite Blood Cells
  15. BOATSongs That You Might Not Like
  16. ClinicInternal Wrangler
  17. VisqueenMessage to Garcia
  18. Los HalosLeaving Va.
  19. Math and Physics ClubMath and Physics Club
  20. She and HimVolume 1
  21. The Galactic HeroesEvery Sidewalk
  22. FishboyAlbatross: How We Failed To Save The Lone Star State With The Power Of Rock And Roll
  23. HefnerDead Media
  24. The Mountain GoatsThe Coroner’s Gambit
  25. Carissa’s WierdSongs About Leaving
  26. The Postal ServiceGive Up
  27. Arcade FireFuneral
  28. The Eames EraDouble Dutch
  29. mcluskyMclusky Do Dallas
  30. Starlight MintsThe Dream That Stuff Was Made Of


#31-#50 (in alphabetical order)

  • – Bright EyesI’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
  • – Bright EyesLifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
  • – The CatchGet Cool
  • – The FratellisCostello Music
  • – The Go! TeamThunder, Lightning, Strike
  • – Girl TalkFeed the Animals
  • – GrandaddyThe Sophtware Slump
  • – The HivesVeni Vidi Vicious
  • – Hot Hot HeatMake Up the Breakdown
  • – The Long WintersWhen I Pretend to Fall
  • – Los Campesinos!We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
  • – Matt & KimMatt & Kim
  • – Stéphane PompougnacHotel Costes (Vol 3)
  • – The Saturday KnightsMingle
  • – The ShinsOh, Inverted World
  • – The StrokesIs This It
  • – Suburban Kids with Biblical Names#3
  • – Tegan & SarahSo Jealous
  • – The ThermalsFuckin A
  • – TullycraftBeat Surf Fun


#51-#75 (in alphabetical order)

  • – Lily AllenAlright, Still
  • – Belle & SebastianFold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant
  • – Cars Can Be BlueAll the Stuff We Do
  • – CineramaDisco Volante
  • – ClearlakeCedars
  • – The Dandy WarholsThirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
  • – The FeaturesExhibit A
  • – GorillazGorillaz
  • – The GossipStanding in the Way of Control
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack
  • – Jarvis CockerJarvis
  • – The Long WintersThe Worst You Can Do Is Harm
  • – Miniature TigersTell It To The Volcano
  • – Noah and the WhalePeaceful, The World Lays Me Down
  • – The Pains of Being Pure at HeartThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart
  • – The PharmacyChoose Yr Own Adventure
  • – QuasiThe Sword of God
  • – The RaptureOut of the Races & Onto the Tracks
  • – The Scotland Yard Gospel ChoirThe Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
  • – Snow PatrolWhen It’s All Over We Still Have to Clear Up
  • – TelekinesisTelekinesis!
  • – The ThermalsThe Body The Blood The Machine
  • – The TrucksThe Trucks
  • – The White StripesElephant
  • – VisqueenKing Me
Tomorrow the plan is to list out my favorite locals of the decade… I wonder who will top the list?
{Photo by Bobby McHugh}

David and the Citizens Dylan Mondegreen Imaginary Scoop Jens Lekman

A note from one of our Scandinavian boyfriends

Dylan M! Thanks MySpaceAs we gushed a month or so ago, we dig on the Scandinavians — specifically David and the Citizens, Jens Lekman, Dylan Mondegreen and about 327 other brilliant musicians from that part of the world.

In an obvious effort to make our hearts flutter, Dylan Mondegreen (which is actually a band name — his name is Børge Sildnes — that's not confusing at all!) emailed us to let us know he's got a new single out, "Wishing Well." You can own it forever and ever by purchasing it on iTunes, or if you just want to gaze into his eyes from afar, you can hear it on his MySpace page. There's other new songs posted as well. I think that Dana is going to especially fancy "My Favorite Songs" — it's got that soft rock sensibility she is defenseless against.

Ah, a little Thursday love from sunny Oslo.

There's still no plans for him/them or David and the Citizens to come to Seattle anytime soon… but that wont hamper our indie-pop daydreams! We here at imaginary headquarters have a summer and fall full of delectable indie-pop. Hmm… should I start to name names? We don't want to jinx anything, but it looks like indiepop notables from Cleveland, Australia, Madison, will be gracing our Seattle stages in the coming months. We can hardly stand all the excitement.

David and the Citizens Imaginary Scoop

My favorite Swedish thing right now

In case the MCR thing wasn't your style, let me make it up to you with DAVID & THE CITIZENS who are ruling in every way.

David (who pulls a Mountain Goats thing in that he basically 'is' the band) is from Sweden (of course) and has been rocking my world since I discovered them on a SXSW prep-podcast (they played the same time as three of my other must-see bands so I had to miss them).

I recently found a couple of their releases, Until The Sadness Is Gone and David & The Citizens EP and can't stop listening; There's not a bad song in the bunch (and it's inspired the hunt for the rest of his catalog). It's hard to choose which songs you hear first, so I'll send you to the first DatC song I heard (in YouTube form of course). "The End" is a standout charmer.

But, I can't leave you with just that… I must also send you to the second song I found by David–"Absent Mind" leaves me breathless as well. There's no video for it (even though this is You-Tube-i-licious Day), so follow this link to download the MP3 (thank you Brooklyn Vegan!).

As one reviewer recently described DatC:

Do you like Belle & Sebastian minus the twee? Bright Eyes minus the histrionics? The Decemberists minus the sea shanties? Add that up, then stir in a huge dose of Scandinavian popsong brilliance, and you have David & the Citizens.

Want more? You can stalk him on MySpace and Flickr.