The best of 2000-2009, by Dori Donoho

Saturday, December 12th, 2009, 1:15 am by Ben Salmon

(This post is part of Frequency’s coverage of the best music of the past decade. You can see all of that coverage in one place by clicking here. And be sure to tune in Dec. 18, when I’ll post “Near/Far,” our annual, downloadable MP3 compilation of the best music of 2009, to go along with our year-in-review package in that day’s GO! Magazine.)


As part of Frequency’s ongoing coverage of music in the first 10 years of the 21st century, I’ve asked a few folks close to the local scene to reflect on the past decade in whatever way they see fit. Look for more of these coming over the next week. First up, Dori Donoho. If it’s music, and it was released over the past decade, chances are good that Dori has heard it. She’s the mid-day DJ at Clear 101.7 FM in Bend and, for 10 years now, the host of the radio station’s Homegrown Music Showcase on Thursday night, where she features local music by local musicians.

Dori Donoho’s picks for the best of 2000–2009
(Not in any particular order. They are all equal on my list)

The Decemberists, “The Hazards Of Love”
Let’s face it, I’m a sucker for concept albums from Oregon artists, especially when the musical vibe ranges from acid Celtic to intense story ballads. OH YEAH.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Raising Sand”
Zeppelin meets traditional music — so wrong and yet so very right. Great album start to finish without one single clinker. It’s DELICIOUS!

Shawn Mullins, “9th Ward Picking Parlor”
Music raised from the ashes of the old-style blues in New Orleans. Inspired by and recorded in that city’s 9th Ward. Who am I kidding? If Shawn Mullins farted in a bucket and recorded it, I would buy it.

Michael Franti & Spearhead, “Yell Fire” and “All Rebel Rockers”
Both albums are activist theory-ridden messages that you can dance too. Over and over again these two albums are good for the mind, body, and soul. Put on your left wings and let it wash all over you.

Dixie Chicks, “Taking The Long Way”
An album of “I’M NOT SORRY!” comprised of the stellar musicianship of the Chicks, amped up by rock star collaborations with the likes of Mike Campbell (Heartbreakers), Keb’ Mo’, and Sheryl Crow. This one is in my CD player all the time.

M.I.A., “Kala”
This artist had me at first listen. She sampled parts of this album in the song “Paper Planes” for the “Slumdog Millionaire” soundtrack. I am a believer.

John Butler Trio, “Grand National”
Begs the question, which came first? Love of the artist LIVE? Or on CD? For me, it was a live performance that rocked my world. The musicianship of John Butler and his ability to be one with the guitar does not come through as well on CD as it does live. However, the CD is still one of my top 10 records of all time.

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