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Friday, December 19 2003

A Very Country Christmas

The intersection of Christmas songs and country singers might at first blush, seem a natural. The genres share a traditional worldview rooted in family and faith and an often tender, nostalgic view of the past.


Thursday, December 18 2003

Best Music of 2003 | Matt Cibula

1. El Gran Silencio, Super Riddim Internacional, Vol. 1 (EMI Latin) The best band in the world issues a cumbia/rock/reggae/rap manifesto from Monterrey, Mexico.


Best Music of 2003 | Anthony C. Bleach

The Aislers Set, How I Learned to Write Backwards (Suicide Squeeze)This third full-length by these San Francisco noise-popsters isn’t their best album, but


Best Music of 2003 | Michael Christopher

1. The White Stripes, Elephant (V2)Hyped to the nines, Elephant was being called “The Best Record of the Year” before the year was even a


Wednesday, December 17 2003

Best Music of 2003 | #6-10

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | #46-50

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | #41-45

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | #36-40

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | #31-35

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | #26-30

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | #21-25

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | #16-20

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | #11-15

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | #1-5

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.


Best Music of 2003 | Adrien Begrand

1. Manitoba, Up in Flames (Leaf/Domino)2003 has been a very fruitful year for great music, as many excellent albums have come out, but in my


Best Music of 2003 | Michael Beaumont

1. Blur Think Tank (Parlophone/Food)Being that Think Tank was an album that I was fully prepared to despise, I am as dumbfounded as anyone


Best Music of 2003 | David Antrobus

1. The White Stripes, Elephant (V2)Inexplicably endearing as ever, if a little more dark-bruise-smudged and wary, the White Stripes have still emerged victorious against the


Friday, December 12 2003

Can You Remember?

For weeks I have tried to ignore the current unfolding drama of yet another charge of child molestation against Michael Jackson, but it was after reading Farai Chideya's touching piece 'A Open Letter to Michael Jackson' that I remembered the song and began to ask, as Chideya did and so many others have privately, '' when a still not teen-age Michael Jackson was one of the most important figures of our lives.


Thursday, December 11 2003

Better Times: Remembering Jonathan Brandis

It's unclear how comfortable Brandis was with the 'former teen idol' label, and to what degree that label affected his choice to take his own life.


Tuesday, December 9 2003

Let Us Get Together Right Down Here

The only introduction to the blues could be anthology. For while Charley Patton's drunken thumping is the heart of it all for some, Robert Johnson's sweet devil music is the only embodiment others will accept. But what are either of these greats without the religious bass of a commanding Son House, a life-loving Willie Dixon, the innovating tradition personified in the bear of a man named McKinley Morganfield but baptized Muddy Waters?


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