(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.)
Jamie Houghton plays bass, sings and writes songs for the relatively new local band Broken Down Guitars. She’s also a mega-music-fan who jumped at the opportunity to list her choices for the best stuff of the past 10 years. Jamie’s list is a nice mix of both live and recorded music, so check it out:
1. The release of “Kid A,” by Radiohead (2000)
Music that didn’t assume we were dumb.
2. PJ Harvey, “Uh Huh Her” (2004)
She locked herself in a cabin and recorded all the instrumentals herself.
3. Mars Volta, “Frances the Mute” (2005)
Recorded using the improv techniques of Miles Davis.
4. In 2006, Kaki King became the first female to be named to the “Guitar Gods” list by Rolling Stone magazine.
6. Atmosphere, “God Loves Ugly” (2002)
7. OutKast, “Speakerboxxx / The Love Below” (2003)
8. Tool and Alex Grey collaborating to bring heavy metal and heavy art together in concert.
9. Bright Eyes, “Digital Ash in a Digital Urn” (2005)
10. Les Claypool and Karl Denson keep the jam scene from snoring with funk and dirty, dirty bass.