january 14, 2010. i’ve spent the past few weeks poring over under the radar’s best of the decade issue. i have a thing for lists, you see, and this list… well, it’s pretty great. straight off, the top five album artists include four of my all-time faves: arcade fire (# 1, funeral); radiohead (#2, kid a); camera obscura (#4, let’s get out of this country); and sufjan stevens (# 5, illinoise). also in the top ten? grizzly bear (#6, veckatimest) and the flaming lips (#9, yoshimi battles the pink robots). yes, this list and i have become quite close friends.
and, because i think it’s beautiful perfection, i have to share this quote from mckenzie smith of midlake on sigur ros: “i once read that they sound like an iceberg melting. i don’t think you could say it much better.”