#18 - The Walkmen
Forget The Strokes....The Walkmen were the key early-to-mid decade New York band that really mattered. They took Hamilton Leithauser's Dylan-esque screeching vocals, mixed them with some pounding drums and prodding guitars, and then threw in a piano that sounded as if it were at least 150 years and made some truly great music. Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone was a great album, but it was 2004's Bows + Arrows that showed the greatness within this band. The ebb and flow of the entire album is incredible, as it probably has the greatest pacing of any record of the decade.
My Favorite Albums:
1. Bows + Arrows (2004)
2. Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone (2002)
3. You & Me (2008)