Best Music Of The 00s: How Do You Remember This Decade In Music?

Following in the classic end-of-year tradition of reflection, the music press is already busy trying to compile their “best of” lists, providing a sort of time capsule document of good taste.  It’s hard enough chosing which albums should make the cut each year, and that task is made 10 times more daunting with the added challenge of determining which artists ruled our ears the most over the past decade.  The jury’s still out for us, but we wanted to share the top 50 picks from The Onion’s A.V. Club.  What do you think about the list?  Did your favorites make the cut?

Giveaways Galore! Get Pumped For Record Store Day!

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For music lovers, there is something undeniably magical about record stores.  Who among us hasn’t spent hours among the racks of dusty vinyl and squeaky plastic eagerly waiting for our scanning fingers to land on the next great album to change our lives?  That precious experiences of physically of holding an album in your hands and exploring the artwork up close are unfortunately becoming increasingly rare in the digital age.  It’s time to step away from the computer and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of classic record stores.  This Saturday, music fans around the world will honor those wonderfully hip havens of aural discovery of with Record Store Day! Find out how Madison’s local record stores are celebrating, and enter to win great prizes!

Media Roundup: Re-issues, Live Action and Insider Hints

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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They’re back!  Or at least, they will be…once the new album’s finished.  Singer Julian Casablancas says The Strokes‘ new material sounds like it’s “trapped between the future and the ’70s.”  Interesting…

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The Strokes

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Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder

Steveland Morris was born in Saginaw, Michigan on May 13, 1950. He has delivered to us 35 U.S. albums , & 28 major studio releases. The singer/songwriter has scored more than 30 Top Ten Hits, 11 #1 Pop singles, winning 19 Grammys (and a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in ’96) and a host of other awards, including, most recently, Billboard’s 2004 Century Award. (http://www.steviewonder.net/).

Wonder signed with Motown Records as a pre- adolescent at age twelve, and continues to perform and record for the label to this day. A multi-instrumentalist, Wonder plays the piano, synthesizer, talk box, harmonica, congas, drums, bongos, bass guitar, organ, melodica, and clarinet. In his early career, he was best known for his harmonica work, but today he is better known for his keyboard skills.

Factoids:

Born prematurely, he became blind due to the high level of oxygen in his incubator. In 1954 his family moved to Detroit, where he became active in a church choir.

His daughter, Aisha Morris, was the inspiration for his hit single “Isn’t She Lovely.” Aisha Morris is a singer who has toured with her father and accompanied him on recordings, including his 2005 album, A Time 2 Love.

Wonder is an activist for civil rights and championed the effort to make Martin Luther King’s birthday a national holiday, was a driving force behind 1985’s USA For Africa campaign has (http://www.steviewonder.net/), & has endorsed 2008 United States Democratic Party presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Several artists have acknowledged Wonder’s contributions to music, including opera star Luciano Pavarotti, who once referred to him in a concert as a “great, great musical genius”. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevie_Wonder)

A history in video. Enjoy the stroll.

Fingertips Part 2, 1963

Superstition, 1973

If You Really Love Me, 1981

I Just Called To Say I Love You, 1984

Part Time Lover, 1985

For Your Love, 1996

From The Bottom of My Heart, 2004