A History of Popular Music - The 2000s

A History of Popular Music – The 2000s

People naturally point to September 11th as the launch pad to a cynical decade, but I don’t think we were ever going to make it through with our optimism intact. The pageantry of the eighties had been muted by the nineties, when an ethos shared by hip-hop and grunge cultures declared selling out to be the ultimate sin and made it almost shameful for an artist to entertain. Rather than escapist fantasy, music culture became a sort of blueprint, if not an infomercial, for a lifestyle only slightly out of reach from its socially ambitious followers. A detachment from the industry also unleashed a new intimacy and creative control for a generation of songwriters, with isolation replacing love as music’s new ghost in the machine.
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      2000s on the Radio

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Sonic Youth – I Love You Golden Blue
Electrelane – Birds
Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Doubt/ Hope
Scritti Politti – The Boom Boom Bap
Fever Ray – Keep The Streets Empty For Me
Boom Clap Bachelors – Combiner
Minilogue – Six Arms and One Leg
Mount Kimbie – 50 Mile View
Burial – In McDonalds
Max Richter – Shadow Journal
Schneider TM & Kpt Michigan – The Light 3000
Broken Social Scene – Feel Good (Last Reprise)
Alaska In Winter – Horsey Horse
Panda Bear – Take Pills
Bloc Party – Blue Light (Engineers Anti-Gravity Mix)
M83 – You Appearing (Addled Edit)
Dntel – Anywhere, Anyone
Gregor Samsa – Jeroen Van Aken
Microphones – Solar System
Gravenhurst – Tunnels
Yo La Tengo – Everyday
Wilco – Jesus, Etc.
Beach House – Master of None
Great Lake Swimmers – Long Into the Evening
Cass McCombs – Deseret
Gowns – Fargo
The Books – Lemon of Pink
Animal Collective – Loch Raven
Supersilent – 6.2
Deerhoof – Adam & Eve Connection
William Basinski – DIP 1.3
Matmos – Memento Mori
The Orb – Because/.Before
Prefuse 73 – Esta
Amnion – Praise God For the Light Within Me
Antony & the Johnsons – Hope There’s Someone
Color of Clouds – Haunts Me (Acoustic)
Scala & Kolacny Brothers – Heartbeats
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Acutely self-conscious and so less inclined towards the wide-eyed experimentalism of the 1980s, the internet became the primary tool for a generation that forged its identity through a collage of pop-culture references from previous decades. Music became more about revisiting old genres than creating new ones, with familiar sounds altered to exaggerate the most tantalizing elements, like what the people who make Kool Aid do with fresh fruit.
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      2000s on the Dancefloor

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Cabaret Voltaire – Nag Nag Nag – Akufen’s Karaoke Slam Mix
The Strokes – The Modern Age
Liars feat. ESG – Tumbling Walls Buried Me in the Debris
Fischerspooner – Natural Disaster
Metro Area – Miura
Captain Comatose – Comatose Captain (5-8 Mix)
Zongamin – Tunnel Music
Seelenluft – Manilla (Ewan Pearson Mix)
Silver City – Blah Blah Blah
Le Tigre – Deceptacon (DFA Remix)
The Rapture – House of Jealous Lovers
The Faint – Glass Danse
Chicks on Speed – Kaltes Klares Wasser
Felix Da Housecat – Silver Screen (Shower Scene)
Linda Lamb – Hot Room (Tiga Remix)
Scissor Sisters – Comfortably Numb
Playgroup – Number One
Alan Braxe & Fred Falke – Intro
Peaches – Fuck The Pain Away
Rye Rye – Shake It To the Ground
Radiohead – Idioteque
The Knife – Silent Shout (7 Inch mix)
St. Germain – Rose Rouge
Moodymann – Freeki Mutha F cker
Heiko Voss – I Think About You (Geiger Mix)
Konrad Black – Medusa Smile (Rocket’s Revamp)
Booka Shade – Body Language
Jurgen Paape – So Weit Wie Noch Nie
Ricardo Villalobos – Easy Lee
Matthew Dear – Don and Sherri
Closer Musik – One Two Three (No Gravity)
Telepopmuzik – Breathe (Marcus Nikolai Mix)
Invisible Conga People – Cable Dazed
Owusu & Hannibal – What’s It About
Chromatics – In the City (12 Inch Remix)
Fujiya & Miyagi – Collarbone
Air – Run
Benoit & Sergio – What I’ve Lost
Ytre Rymden Dansskola – Kahluha Madness
Herbert – Foreign Bodies
Luomo – Tessio
Elektrochemie – Don’t Go
Burial – Archangel
The Postal Service – Recycled Air
Daft Punk – Something About Us
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Unlike artists of the MTV generation, who had even less creative control of their video output than they did with their music, the 2000s saw to a welcome decline in studio crafted videos made for dated cable networks. YouTube links shared on Facebook became our democratic source for music videos, and an acceptance of a low-budget aesthetic put production back in the hands of the artists – a technical liberation similar to what hand-held cameras brought to French cinema in the sixties.

Fischerspooner – Sweetness
Playgroup – Number One
Basement Jaxx – Romeo
The Avalanches – Since I Left You
Armando Iannucci – Ibiza Uncovered
The Maury Povich Show – Not My Baby
Snoop Dogg – Sensual Seduction
Simian Mobile Disco – Hustler
Miss Teen USA – Miss South Carolina
Frankie Valin – Beggin (Pilooski Re-Edit)
Feist – I Feel It All
Kylie Minogue – Come Into My World
Flight of the Concords – Choir of Ex-Girlfriends
M83 – Kim and Jesse
Bat For Lashes – What’s a Girl to Do
Fever Ray – If I Had a Heart
Battles – Atlas
Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs – Maps
Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Doubt/ Hope (Live)
Sigur Ros – Untitled
Gary Jules – Mad World
Tim and Eric – The Universe Pt. 1
Carl Sagan feat. Stephen Hawking (Symphony of Science) – A Glorious Dawn
Tim and Eric – The Universe Pt. 2
Air – Surfing on a Rocket
R Kelly – Trapped in the Closet
Jermaine Jackson Announces Michael Jackson’s Death
Michael Jackson – Rock My World

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