decade aquarium drunkard

What is it that makes us want to deconstruct art by units of time? Lists. We love making them. We love arguing over them. And here, on the verge of a new decade, we’re in a position to do the same again. What were the best albums of the past ten years?

Here at AD, we started talking it through and decided we weren’t going to add to the cacophony of lists being put out by various music pubs. There are enough of those. Rather, we elected to let our four main writers have a chance to write about any and all of the albums they felt shaped the last decade.

From now through the end of December, Monday through Thursday, AD will feature a post, or posts, from a particular writer detailing their favorite albums of the decade. On a given week there might be one album a writer talks about, there might be six, but they’ll get a chance to have their say on everything that comes to mind. Our hope for you, the reader, is that you’ll jump in with your comments on the album selections – tell us why you agree or disagree – and also be exposed to some albums that you may have missed over the last ten years. Now, as the decade starts to wind down, let’s celebrate.
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the glandsSince the beginning of the decade we have witnessed a major sea change in the way we interact with music. Our consumption, the way we purchase it (or don’t), the way it is distributed and the way we listen to it have all been fundamentally altered in the 21st century. Some for the better, some for the worse.

In the year 2000, when the Glands self-titled sophomore LP was released on Velocette Records, the ‘independent rock’ landscape was very different. The music blogosphere as we know it today did not yet exist, Pitchfork was still in its infancy, and print media still ruled.

How does any of this relate to the now defunct Glands? Outside of hindsight and speculation it doesn’t. But I have to wonder had this LP dropped five years later if things would have panned out differently. Because this, one of my favorite albums of the decade, also happens to be their last.

The Glands is a classic in every sense of the word.  Drawn from the same fertile Athens, GA soil that sowed The B-52’s, R.E.M., Pylon, Neutral Milk Hotel and Pylon before it, everything came together for the band here.  Building on the bones of Double Thriller, their 1998 debut, the Glands captures lightening in a bottle — a quirky, humid, southern indie rock record that weaves between Pavement-like whimsy, power-pop and atmospheric malaise. It bounces, rolls, grooves, lulls and sways — sometimes simultaneously. I’ve listened to this album so many times over the years that it now feels more like a continuous song instead of 14 individual tracks. I suppose that is was great albums do.

Download:
MP3: The Glands :: Livin’ Was Easy
MP3: The Glands :: Mayflower
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15 Responses to “Decade :: The Glands, S/T (2000)”

  1. Great post. Love this album. One of my all-time favorites, and always difficult to find others who are familiar. What did these guys go on to do?

  2. the head honcho in the Glands owns and manages School Kids Records in Athens, GA. not sure about the rest of them.

  3. Glad to see the Glands made the list. I’ve currently got a borrowed vinyl of the album on my shelf. I may return it one day…

    For interested parties, Southern Shelter has a couple of shows:

    http://southernshelter.com/category/the-glands/

  4. If you lived in Athens at the time, these guys were the biggest thing around. They didn’t play many shows it seemed, but they would always be overflowing with people. I seem to remember that their first record label went bellyup right when they released the album and then they had to find another one, which really killed the momentum. Anyways, I love this album. JW

  5. Leach, you better return that vinyl soon dammit:)

    Such a fabulous band!

    And I’m not so sure we’ve seen the last of them.

  6. just downloaded it. these guys flew completely outside of my radar. loving it already.

  7. It only hurts me when I laugh.

  8. @ JC – I assume the vinyl is way out of print? I have looked for years and have yet to find one. I know it comes with extra tracks (that I have never heard)

  9. I always heard they had a third record in the can, but either because of Ross or the label or both, it was never released. I’d like to hear those tapes.

  10. I picked this album up when they opened for Folk Imposion at the Middle East. I was completely blown away by their sound and agree that if it dropped 5 years ago – or TODAY – it would still be totally relevant, and sought after.

  11. [...] 7.  The Glands :: The Glands Top to bottom, local or global, this is easily the album I’ve listened to the most this decade.  A perfect, all encompassing collection of jams. [...]

  12. the color of tomato in a bad way

  13. i was in athens this past weekend and heard a rumor that the glands are rehearsing again. don’t know what’s in store but maybe they’ll start playing shows again and make a new record.

  14. [...] Even The Glands are getting back together! They’ve at least practiced together, I know [...]

  15. [...] to my thoughts last Fall—while discussing the Glands s/t LP during the rundown of our Decade series—looking back at a number of these Atlanta [...]

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