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Music Feature: Top 10 Albums of the 2000s

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Everything is better with some perspective. When I started my tenure as Music Editor for The Weekly Geek, it was 2006. Bird flu was still the most feared contagion, I had a steady job with a mortgage company (you can guess what happened to that in 2007), and Google had just purchased YouTube. Now we're nearing the close of the decade and I'm happy to say that many of my favorite picks are from the first half of it; namely, things I haven't had the chance to cover since coming on board here.

Much has happened in the audio realm and I'd like to culminate it with my Top 10 Albums of the 2000s.

I've tried to be judicious, definitive, and for the sake of my own sanity, not second guess myself (still, I'd have to expand the list to 25 to fit all my "honorable mentions"). And obviously, it wouldn't be fun if all these spots weren't up for vehement debate and thus, I welcome it.

List your choices, tear mine apart - take your pick. But make no mistake: the imprint this decade's music will leave on the world is rich and storied, undeniable in its merit and gravity.

Hit the jump for the full list!

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Your Personal Soundtrack: The XX - Basic Space

I've been listening to The XX's debut album approximately twice a day for a few weeks now, and there's no end in sight. I can't get their simple, elegant melodies out of my head. If anything, it's perfect mood music. I've been stressed out at work and my commute in the morning is more of a death march than anything. The XX serve as a relaxing respite before and after the hell that is a less-than ideal work environment.

Pay attention to the very last riff of Basic Space. I had a difficult time choosing just one song from their album (mainly because I believe you should listen to an album all the way through, just as the artist intended) but the riff at the end clinches it for me. Any other artist in the same vein would repeat that riff over and over again, drilling it into your head. By using it sparsely, building to it until one final release, it becomes more effective. It resonates and reverberates in your mind until you can't take it anymore and you set the track to repeat. Be sure to listen with headphones. There's an intricacy to the sound that can't be missed. It's spartan, detailed, precise and lovely.

The worst part is the band is comprised entirely of 19 year olds. It smacks of early Portishead and I can't wait to hear more from these talented youngsters. Now get off my lawn.

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Weekly Geek Flickr Pool Finds

T-shirt winner! Untitled by nanoplasia

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Scribblenauts Cap by vlukyniuk

Every week we feature our community members' excellent photography culled from our Flickr pool. Why not submit your own geeky or otherwise interesting photos to the Weekly Geek Flickr Pool? You'll get your photo featured on the site with the added incentive that I'll pick one photo a week to win a Weekly Geek T-Shirt. Runners up get some sweet Weekly Geek swag. Click here to join!

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Practical Alchemy: three pepper chicken with mushrooms

Three pepper spice mix
Today's delicious alchemical concoction is a sweet tangy chicken served over a bed of mushrooms. This entree is something I've worked up over the last few months - it's moist, twice cooked succulence goes great over rice, either plain or a lemongrass rice. It's quick to make requiring about 10 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes in the oven, thus ideal for a delicious meal after a long day at work.

Click through the jump for the ingredients list and details on the preparation.

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Podcast for 09.14.09 | The Love You Take

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There are things we talk about in this podcast that are not Beatles Rock Band related, but those things are inconsequential. Perhaps we discuss Batman: Arkham Asylum (like the last three podcasts) or perhaps we talk more about PAX (which is old and busted by this point) but for sure Jinny, Ross and Qais join me in discussing Bethesda suing Interplay over the Fallout franchise, Disney's D23 convention and the Cheapest Muppet Movie ever made, the new Pirates of the Caribbean, how much Qais hated the movie 9, and the secret internet rivalry between Ectomo and the Weekly Geek. It is a rivalry for the ages, this one.

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Weekly Geek Flickr Pool Finds

Staring Banana

T-Shirt Winner! Staring Banana by voidmunashii

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Frankenstein's Monster by JSMc

Every week we feature our community members' excellent photography culled from our Flickr pool. Why not submit your own geeky or otherwise interesting photos to the Weekly Geek Flickr Pool? You'll get your photo featured on the site with the added incentive that I'll pick one photo a week to win a Weekly Geek T-Shirt. Runners up get some sweet Weekly Geek swag. Click here to join!

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Tenacious Toys' Who's Da Bomb?! Custom Show Is Live

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I recently participated in Tenacious Toys and Delicious Drips' custom toy show Who's Da Bomb?!, where we were tasked to customize Toy2R Kozik Mini-Bombs any way we like. Seen above is my entry, Beppy the Happy Bath-o-Sphere. Check out the rest of the entries on Tenacious Toys' site, there's some spectacular customs from over 80 amazingly talented artists.

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Practical Alchemy: food-free post-PAX edition

Bringing peace to the wastelands
As astute readers may have noticed the Penny Arcade Expo was last weekend, and it took Seattle by storm. I attended with our fearless editors Chris and Jinny and was left as amazed and exhausted as they were by the whole event. I got to see some great games, stunning cosplay, and meet some cool new people.

As the exhaustion prevented me from getting into fresh new foods yesterday I humbly submit a few of my favorite photos from PAX in lieu of an article on cooking. Click through below to see my favorite photos, or check out my PAX 09 Flickr set - and of course check back next Tuesday for your regularly scheduled dose of dish!

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Podcast for 09.07.09 | Post-PAX Depression

postpaxdepression.jpgI know you're expecting us to say something like "we invaded PAX this weekend, and PAX didn't know what hit it" but in all honesty, we went for a day and a half, had some fun, and then went home to play Beatles: Rock Band. In this week's show, I am joined by Qais, Ross and Jinny as we talk about the events of last weekend (including our spectacular community meet-up) as well as Beatles: Rock Band, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Shadow Complex. If you didn't make it out to PAX this year, perhaps this podcast will make you feel better. Or worse. Mostly worse.

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Tettix as Wander from Shadow of the Colossus

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You may be familiar with Tettix, the incredible soundsmith who composed the Weekly Geek theme song, but you probably aren't aware of the extent of his geekery. It takes someone with serious nerd cred to compose something like Technology Crisis, but the nerd gene runs deep in this one. Here's Tettix's costume constructed for this weekend's DragonCon. Wander from Shadow of the Colossus never looked so good.

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