This decade has provided for some pretty outstanding new music (although a far cry from the magic made in the 90s), here is a handful of albums I have in mind for the list, ranking them will be hard:
In no particular order----------------------------------------------
My formative jam banding years are evidenced by my picks:
Outkast- Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below (2003)
My Morning Jacket- Z (2005)
Dr. Dog- Fate (2008)
Sound Tribe Sector Nine- Artifact (2004)
moe.- Wormwood (2003)
Phish- Farmhouse (2000)
Kings of Leon- Because of the Times (2007)
Wilco- Sky Blue Sky (2007)
Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes & Sun Giant EP (2008)
Yeasayer- All Hour Cymbals (2007)
The Raconteurs- Consolers of the Lonely (2008)
Lil Wayne- Tha Carter III (2008)
Delta Spirit- Ode to Sunshine (2008)
Radiohead- In Rainbows (2007)
MGMT- Oracular Spectacular (2007)
Arcade Fire- Neon Bible (2007)
Arcade Fire- Funeral (2004)
Band of Horses- Everything All the Time (2006)
The Whigs- Mission Control (2007)
Ratatat- Classics (2006)
Gnarls Barkley- St. Elsewhere (2006)
Cold War Kids- Robbers and Cowards (2006)
Franz Ferninand- (2005)
Damien "Jr. Gong" Marley- Welcome to Jamrock (2005)
Brazilian Girls- Brazilian Girls (2005)
Beck- Guero (2005)
Widespread Panic- Uber Cobra (Live-2004)
My Morning Jacket- Okonokos (Live-2006)
The Secret Machines- Now Here Is Nowhere (2004)
Particle- Launchpad (2004)
My Morning Jacket- It Still Moves (2003)
Medeski, Martin and Wood- End of the World Party (Just In Case) (2004)
Kings of Leon- Aha Shake Heartbreak (2004)
Red Hot Chili Peppers- By The Way (2002)
My Morning Jacket- At Dawn (2001)
Keller Williams- Laugh (2002)
The Flaming Lips- Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)
Coldplay- A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
Passion Pit- Manners (2009)
M. Ward- Hold Time (2009)
Beck- Sea Change (2002)
The String Cheese Incident- Outside Inside (2001)
Daft Punk- Discovery (2001)
Warren Zevon- Life'll Kill Ya (2000)
Radiohead- Kid A (2000)
Gorillaz- Demon Days (2005)
Modest Mouse- Good News for People who Love Bad News (2004)
Sufjan Stevens- Illinoise (2005)
Spoon- Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007)
Radiohead- Hail to the Thief (2003)
tool- lateralus (2001)
Santogold- Santogold (2008)
The Roots- Phrenology (2002)
Sigur Ros- () (2002)
Outkast- Stankonia (2000)
Jay-Z- The Blueprint (2001)
Thievery Corporation- The Mirror Conspiracy (2000)
Outkast- Stankonia (2000) *Released on Halloween
Blitzen Trapper- Furr (2008)
Ryan Adams- Cold Roses (2005)
The Black Keys- thickfreakness (2003)
Peter Bjorn & John- Writer's Block (2006)
Phoenix- Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (2009)
Obviously I have forgotten some classics, let me know if you see any glaring omissions.
Here's a video of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" from last Friday headlining the Chicago 2016 Stage at Lollapalooza in Grant Park Chicago:
Fleet Foxes doing "Mykonos" on Friday afternoon on the Playstation Stage.
^Like this one so much I posted it twice.
Tool doing "Forty-Six & 2" on Saturday night headlining the Chicago 2016 Stage
And about 20 more can be found on my YouTube channel
Lollapalooza Best of:
10. Seeing a DJ instruct a young MC (about 8 years old) at the "Hip Hop Academy" in Kidzapalooza. DJ was telling Young Schwilly to say "I'm getting crazy/don't know where my parents are at/this is how I rhyme yadda yadda yadda. You had to be there, wish I had video
9. Snoop Dogg doing his thing in front at least 50-60,000 people. Barely rapped at all, people just liked being in his presence.
8. Arctic Monkeys Saturday main stage performance.
7. Santigold- Unstoppable
6. Chairlift and Passion Pit at the Michigan Avenue Apple Store. High School Musical 14 was being filmed there I think.
5. Alberta Cross for Sunday Brunch. 11:45 Sunday set, made it there just in time. Got to interview the band following the set, cool guys, great musicians. Debut album out September 22nd. Gonna be a big one.
4. Fleet Foxes playing "He Doesn't Know Why", "Mykonos" and "Blue Ridge Mountains" to close a stunning set of music...and the rain finally stopped.
3. Delta Spirit from the side stage. This band just keeps getting better and better.
2. Depeche Mode/tool: Too different to rank one or the other. Both put on amazing shows musically and theatrically. Equally powerful in their own very different way.
1. Kaiser Chiefs rock-and-roll show. Wowie Zowie Batman.
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Fleet Foxes play Mykonos yesterday at Lollapalooza on the Playstation Stage.
Fleet Foxes, along with Depeche Mode were the highlights of the first day of my first trip to Lollapalooza. Full review to come next week on JamBase.com