[2010s] Best of the Decade: Music (Honorable Mentions)

This is a sequel to my previous article on my favorite albums of the 2010s. I had so much to write about that that list went on way longer than I wanted, and I was STILL unable to list all of my favorites. There’s a lot of amazing music out there!

So I wanted to make this second list just to feature everything else I wanted to feature, though without any writeups this time. Same rules apply last time, so no repeat artists/groups, and no soundtracks (sorry again Michael).

So here we go:

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[2013-2018] The Auralnauts Jedi Party Saga

2013 was the beginning of a renaissance for the Star Wars fandom. With the waning days of the post-Episode III Expanded Universe and the recent sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, things were about to change dramatically for the franchise and its massive fanbase. But in 2013, things were still simmering.

And with that simmering came the Auralnauts Jedi Party Saga…

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[2010s] Best of the Decade: Music

The best stuff of the decade for music… Okay, music is a HUGE genre and there’s no way I’ll have listened to most of the best or even the most popular stuff. In fact, pretty much everything I listened to in the 2010s was fairly “niche” and my repertoire of mainstream music is pretty low aside from a few key songs I loved.

But I still wanna talk about my favorite things from the past ten years. I have a lot, lot, lot of stuff here, too, so I need to lay some ground rules to limit myself:

  1. Full albums only, no singles (sorry about that, Augustus)
  2. No soundtracks (sorry John, sorry Eirik)
  3. Only one album per artist/group. (sorry Michael)

So let’s get to it! Time to talk about my favorite music albums of the decade. Keep in mind, though, my music listening was VERY weird and niche over the past ten years, and I have just one album on this list that cannot be purchased on Bandcamp.com.

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[2011] Mobius Trip & Hadron Kaleido

Homestuck music is very good. That much isn’t really up for debate in the society in which we live (and we do, indeed, live in a society.)

The best of Homestuck music is also not very much up for debate: by a pretty wide margin, it’s got to be Michael Guy Bowman’s first solo album, Mobius Trip & Hadron Kaleido.

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Dude, Steely Dan is Great

I’ve listened to Steely Dan for a while now, mostly their excellent album Aja, but I never actually knew why I liked them so much, since they’re basically that same kind of Chicago-kind of jazzy Dad Rock. Then I watched this video analyzing “Deacon Blues” and found out why; they’re pretty incredible is the reason! I had no idea how complex their music is.

Everyone probably already knew this, but I just wanted to promote my love for Steely Dan in case you don’t love them yet. Here’s “Deacon Blues” itself, so you can jam to it after watching the video analysis.