Mixtapes of the Decade: 2000's

Mixtapes of the Decade

Jim and Greg mark the beginning of a new year by looking at the decade past. Tune in to hear their thoughts on the most important musical moments of the 2000's. Plus, they present their ultimate Mixtapes of the Decade.

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First in the news, Jim and Greg discuss a story emerging out of the next decade. They talk to Wired writer Eliot Van Buskirk about his recent piece on the "Copyright Time Bomb." As Eliot explains to Jim and Greg, the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 poses a new threat to the major label system. Songs copyrighted after 1978 can be terminated by the author in 2013 (1979 in 2014, etc.) That means that if a musician sold his or her work to a label after 1978, they can choose to take it back and manage it independently in the next decade. Many labels rely on back cataloge revenue, so this will be a big hit to them. In addition, it may be another reason an artist chooses to go it independently and without a label.

Jim and Greg couldn't welcome 2010 without looking at the decade past. The 2000s brought us N'Sync and the boy band explosion, but they also ushered in great change in terms of business and technology. As Jim and Greg discuss, advances in digital music were at the heart of all the decade's major news-from lawsuits (Metallica vs. Napster, RIAA vs. consumers) to innovation in sound, marketing and distribution (Wilco, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails). And while the Aughts were a time of industry revolution, there wasn't necessarily a revolutionary sound. Jim thinks people may have been too shocked by technology to create something comparable to a punk, disco or grunge movement. But he and Greg are hopeful that something great is just waiting to come out of a basement near you.

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The Best Songs of the Millennium - Mixtapes

Jim and Greg like to end every year with a good old-fashioned mixtape (presented as a new-fashioned mp3 stream). But this year they decided to go even further and compile their favorite songs of the entire decade. They pick highlights to play during this episode, and their entire playlists are below. You can also stream their full mixtapes:

Featured Songs

  1. The Gap Band, You Dropped a Bomb on Me, Gap Band IV, Total Experience, 1982
  2. *NSYNC, Bye Bye Bye, No Strings Attached, Jive, 2000
  3. Metallica, St. Anger, St. Anger, Elektra, 2003
  4. Radiohead, Everything In Its Right Place, Kid A, Parlophone, 2000
  5. Radiohead, 15 Step, In Rainbows, XL, 2007
  6. Neon Indian, Deadbeat Summer, Psychic Chasms, Lefse, 2009
  7. The Flaming Lips, Do You Realize, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Warner Bros., 2002
  8. Beck, The Golden Age, Sea Change, Geffen, 2002
  9. Outkast, Hey Ya, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, LaFace, 2003
  10. Grandaddy, "Yeah" is What We Had, Sumday, V2, 2003
  11. Wilco, I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Nonesuch, 2002
  12. The Strokes, Modern Age, Is This It, RCA, 2001
  13. LCD Soundsystem, Tribulations, LCD Soundsystem, DFA, 2005
  14. Art Brut, Formed a Band, Bang Bang Rock & Roll, Fierce Panda, 2005
  15. Gnarls Barkley, Crazy, St. Elsewhere, Downtown, 2006
  16. Danger Mouse, December 4th, The Grey Album, self-released, 2004
  17. The Nerves, Hanging on the Telephone, The Nerves, The Nerves, 1976
  18. Biz Markie, Biz's Beat of the Day #1, Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome!, Filter US Recordings, 2009
  19. They Might Be Giants, Science is Real, Here Comes Science, Disney Sound, 2009
  20. Cordell Jackson, Rock and Roll Christmas, Rock And Roll Christmas (single), Moon, 1956