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THE GARY PIG GOLD REPORT, Vol. 21

GPG's albums of the decade

Strictly alphabetically speaking, that is, here’s what I listened to much of Jan. 1, 2000, through Dec. 15, 2009:

* ApartmentSparkle Bicycle (Waikiki, 2008).
Tatsuya Namai‘s radiant pop of the Daniel Johnston-meets-Shonen Knife variety.

* Alex BrennanThe Last Smile of the Pied Piper (2004).
Hopefully Mr. Brennan will be duly hired to give The Beach Boys‘ catalog that Beatles Love treatment when the time inevitably arrives.

* Lindsey BuckinghamUnder the Skin (Reprise Records, 2006).
Once insane, always insane.

* CandypantsCandypants (Sympathy for the Record Industry, 2000).
Ronnie Spector fronts Elvis Costello‘s Attractions — and then some!
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* Casper & the CookiesThe Optimist’s Club (Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records, 2006).
What Jason NeSmith and Kay Stanton did on their holidays in New York City.

* Cheap TrickRockford (Big3 Records, 2006).
Remarkably sounding better – and louder – than ever.

* Dennis Diken and Bell SoundLate Music (Cryptovision Records, 2009).
The album Brian Wilson has been trying to make since at least 1986.

* Johnny Dowd Wire Flowers: More Songs from the Wrong Side of Memphis (Munich Records, 2003).
A sonic sequel to one of the ’90s undeniably greatest albums — and artists.

* Bob DylanModern Times (Sony/BMG, 2006).
Edges out Christmas in the Heart by a mere Santa whisker.
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* Electric PrunesFeedback (PruneTwang, 2006).
Proving you can have your re-heated soufflé and eat it, too.

* Tom JonesMr. Jones (V2 Music, 2003).
Wherein Atomic Jones meets Wyclef Jean — by way of “Black Betty”!

* Bill LloydBack to Even (New Boss Sounds, 2004).
Fifteen more examples of most potently powerful pop, Nashville-style.

* LolasLike the Sun (Jam Recordings, 2007).
Tim Boykin and his ever-bright l-o-l-a Lolas honestly do make the kind of records you still think Paul McCartney does.

* Jack PedlerJack Pedler (Race Records, 2001).
This is the sound of the hardest-working drummer in Canada loading all six strings.

* The PlaymatesSad Refrain (K.O.G.A. Records, 2002).
Forever more than happy to play The Rolling Stones against their countrywomen Puffy (AmiYumi)’s Beatles.

* Raquel’s BoysMusic for the Girl You Love (Jam Recordings, 2004).
Just as if Bobby Fuller and those once Flamin’ Groovies were never ever extinguished.
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* Jason Ringenberg A Day at the Farm with Farmer Jason (Yep Roc, 2003).
The definitive alternative to alternative country.

* Simply SaucerCyborgs Revisited (Sonic Unyon Recording Company, 2003).
The nice, nice noise that simply continues to keep on giving.
Frank Lee SpragueMerseybeat (Wichita Falls Records, 2005).
Exactly as if Brian Epstein had never entered The Cavern.

* Tan SleeveWhite Lie Castle (Cheft Worldwide, 2000).
Wherein George Harrison and even Frank Zappa receive the Burt Bacharach/Hal David by way of Todd Rundgren treatment.

* Teenage HeadTeenage Head with Marky Ramone (Sonic Unyon Recording Company, 2008).
Canada’s Ramones finally reunited with their very-long-lost brudder.

Musician/writer Gary Pig Gold is the co-founder of the To M’Lou Music label.