EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Waters’ 100 Favorite (as opposed to The Best) Albums of the 00s

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Some you hipsters may be aware of a movie called Heathers that came out in another century and pretty much defined the vernacular from which contemporary hipster patois has evolved. If you don’t, then asking you to fuck yourself with a chainsaw may be a bit much.

The twentysomething who wrote it is Daniel Waters (Happy Campers, Sex and Death 101) and every year he throws amazing parties for everything from the Superbowl to birthdays to elections of first black US presidents. More importantly, these parties usually afford the guests the near autistic-level comprehensitivity of Mr. Waters’ pop culture lists – be they concerning movies, music or Survivor competitors. (No comprehensitivity is not a word. We just made it up. Kinda like Waters does with English whenever he pens a new script. And by now he is sick of hearing that.)

In fact Waters’ lists are so popular that Entertainment Weekly published one of his movie lists last year in its pre-Oscar centerfold.

In this exclusive, MusicZeitgeist.com is very proud to share with you Daniel Waters’ top 100 list of favorite albums for the-decade-that-no-one-knew-what-to-call; 2000-2009.

MY FAVORITE 100 ALBUMS OF THE OO’S

ARTIST || ALBUM

1. The Postal Service – Give Up
2. Arcade Fire – Funeral
3. Tv On The Radio – Return to Cookie Mountain
4. Sufjan Stevens – Illinoise
5. Cannibal Ox – The Cold Vein (you can have your jay-zs, kanyes, and even your Outkasts)
6. Wilco Yankee – Hotel Foxtrot
7. Fountains of Wayne – Welcome Interstate Managers
8. Bjork – Vespertine
9. White Stripes – White Blood Cells
10. Radiohead – Kid A

MY BELOVED MISFITS THAT WON’T SHOW UP ON OTHER LISTS

11. Patti Smith/Kevin Shields – The Coral Sea
12. Ulrich Schnauss – Goodbye
13. Ben Folds – Rockin’ the Suburbs
14. The Glands – The Glands
15. Stew Guest – Host
16. Caural – Mirrors for Eyes
17. Idiot Pilot – Strange that We Should Meet Here
18. Paul Westerberg – Stereo
19. New Order – Get Ready
20. Idaho – Hearts of Palm

MY SWEET TOOTH FOR SIGUR ROS, GOLDFRAPP, AND COME ON, THOSE FIRST TWO COLDPLAYS

21. Sigur Ros – Agaetis Byrjun
22. Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain
23. Sigur Ros – Takk…
24. Goldfrapp – Seventh Tree
25. Sigur Ros – ( )
26. Goldfrapp – Supernature
27. Sigur Ros – Med Sed I Eyrum Vid…
28. Sigur Ros – Hvarf-Heim
29. Coldplay – Rush of Blood to the Head
30. Coldplay – Parachutes

SOLID MIDDLE THIRTY

31. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers Lp
32. Beck – Sea Change
33. Bright Eyes – Lifted
34. White Stripes – Elephant
35. Art Brut – Bang, Bang Rock-n-Roll
36. Le Tigre – Feminist Sweepstakes
37. Outkast – Speakerboxx/the Love Below
38. Girl Talk – Night Ripper
39. Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump
40. Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf
41. The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema (yes, over Mass Romantic)
42. Air – Talkie-Walkie
43. Stars – Heart (yes, over Set Yourself on Fire)
44. TV on the Radio – Dear Science
45. Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights
46. Sleater Kinney – One Beat
47. Antony and the Johnsons – I am a Bird now
48. Peter, Bjorn, and John – Writer’s Block
49. Nine Inch Nails – With Teeth
50. Yeah, Yeah Yeahs – Fever to Tell
51. Joanna Newsom – The Milk Eyed Mender
52. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
53. Feist – The Reminder
54. Broken Social Scene – You Forgot in People
55. Modest Mouse – The Moon and Antartica
56. Ladytron – Witching Hour
57. Sleater Kinney – All Hands on the Bad One
58. Regina Specktor – Begin to Hope
59. Tom Waits – Alice
60. Stephen Malkmus – Stephen Malkmus

INSTRUMENTAL ANNEX

61. M83 – Dead Cities, Red Seas, and Lost Ghosts
62. Yann Tiersen – Goodbye Lenin soundtrack
63. Air – The Virgin Suicides
64. Clint Mansell – Requiem for a Dream soundtrack
65. The Field – From Here We Go Sublime
66. Alexandre Desplat – Birth soundtrack
67. Godspeed You Black Emperor – Yanqui u.x.o.
68. Ulrich Schnauss – A Strangely Isolated place
69. M 83 – Before the Dawn Heals Us
70. Fuck Buttons – Street Horssing

MORE AWESOME MISFITS THAT YOU WILL ONLY SEE ON MY LIST

71. Working for a Nuclear Free World – Businessmen and Ghosts
72. Stew – The Naked Dutch Painter
73. 12 rods – Separation anxieties
74. Charlotte Gainsbourg – 5:55
75. Blue Skied and Clear: a tribute to Slowdive
76. Scala – On the Rocks
77. Brian Jonestown Massacre – Bravery, Repetition, and Noise
78. Go Team – Proof of Youth (yes, as opposed to their first album)
79. Engineers – Engineers
80. Kasabian – Kasbian

RECENT BEAUTIES THAT I’M STILL DIGESTING

81. The Bird and the Bee – The Bird and the Bee
82. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
83. Atlas – Sound Logos
84. The National – Boxer
85. The XX – XX
86. Beach House – Devotion
87. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion
88. Point Juncture Wa – Heart to Elk
89. A Place to Bury Strangers – Exploding Head
90. Cloud Cult – Feel Good Ghosts

SLOPPY FINISH: OUTSTANDING ALBUMS THAT EVERYONE LIKES JUST A LITTLE MORE THAN ME

91. Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
92. Lcd Soundsystem – Lcd Soundsystem/sound of silver
93. The Strokes – This is it
94. Jayz – Black album/Blueprint combo
95. Spoon – Kill the Moonlight
96. Outkast – Stankonia
97. Radiohead – Hail to the Thief-Amnesia-In Rainbows combo
98. Bruce Springsteen – The Rising
99. The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America
100. MIA – Arular/Kala combo

And no I didn’t forget about Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx, Vampire Weekend, Animal Collective’s previous work…and how can someone put postal service at the top and not have one Death Cab for Cutie album on his list…well, like this. And sorry Larry, je ne get pas Kanye.


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