Saturday, January 2, 2010

Best of the Decade: Vnyc's Favorite Music

As a vintage shop, you could say that for us seeing the end of the decade coming is for like most of you, a chance to look back and reflect on the times of yesterday. In this spirit VagaBlog will be celebrating the end of the decade with a look back at our favorite music, fashions and things we think we'll be taking with us well into the new era ahead. It's too hard to narrow everything down between the two of us so we've filled out our own questionnaires separately, and had a lot of fun doing so.

Our Top Ten Favorite/Important Albums of the Decade:

Blacken the Black
- Entrance to the Exit
Bjork- Vespertine
Les Georges Leningrad- Sur Les Traces de Black Eskimo
Peaches- The Teaches of Peaches
Vive La Fete- Nuit Blanche
M.I.A- Arular
Telepathe- Dance Mother
Clipse- Hell Hath No Fury
Lil' Wayne- Tha Carter, Vol. 3
Jarvis Cocker/Relaxed Muscle- A Heavy Night With

Lil' Wayne- Tha Carter 2

Ghostface- Fishscale
Ghostface- Supreme Clientele
Spoon- Kill the Moonlight
Kanye- College Dropout
Kanye- Late Registration
Outkast- Stankonia
- Kid A
Cam'ron- Purple Haze
Lil' Wayne- Tha Carter 3

Best New Acts of the Decade:

NH: Devendra Banhart, Lil'Wayne, Telepathe, Gang Gang Dance(above)

AP: Ludacris, Kanye, Clipse, Lil'Wayne

Latest Sub-Genre we'd like to see end:

So called avant-garde pop-stars like Alison Goldfrapp, Planning To Rock, Lady Gaga, etc. as well as anything emo or worse, twee from bands like The Decemberists.

Most-Inspiring Style:Alex Kapranos(Franz Ferdinand), Els Pynoo(Vive La Fete), Natasha Khan(Bat for Lashes), Bjork and M.I.A just for being herself.

Just as in Fashion, there were'nt many new ideas within music, what was our least favorite revival/derivation of genres?

Both Agreed: Too Many DJ's were really smart/important but they left behind the messy idea of mash-ups for people, the worst is Rhianna continually sampling 80's pop hits and destroying them. Or that song from this year, "You Spin Me Round."----- mash-ups - Jay Z plus Linkin Park etc.

Also as in fashion, the term "indie" was overused to describe lesser known acts, who do we think deserved a larger audience based on their talents but didn't quite make it?

NH: Interpol

AP: Mf Doom

Favorite "Vintage" acts that never fail to out-shine the younger performers of today in every way, sound/style/attitude?
NH: Bjork

AP: WU TANG forever (GZA, Ghostface, RZA, Method Man, Raekwon).

Best New Trend inspired by music/musicians:

NH: Whatever Natasha Khan(above) & Devendra Banhart(center,below) are doing, they make the mythical hippie thing look a lot more dark and substantial rather then hippie-dippie and sloppy.

Worst New Trend Inspired by Music/Musicians:

NH: Many, the term "guyliner" for one(Pete Wentz). Then there's the Linkin Park bunch in Ed Hardy and all of the 80's glam-gear brought on by a decade of never-ending electro.

AP: Guy Liner, Miley Cyrus style mini moguls. As well as Lady Gaga, Rhianna, Beyonce, and Fergie co-opting therefore ruining the avant-garde work of designers Gareth Pugh, Maison Martin Margiela etc.

Favorite Moment when Music met Fashion:

NH: The marraige of Dita Von Teese and Marilyn Manson

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