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Thursday, January 1 2004

Now Hear This 2004

Can't figure out what to listen to? Listen to us. Once again, PopMatters' music team presents a highly opinionated, undoubtedly superlative but ultimately revelatory examination of 18 artists that demand your attention. NOW.


Now Hear This 2004

Can't figure out what to listen to? Listen to us. Once again, PopMatters' music team presents a highly opinionated, undoubtedly superlative but ultimately revelatory examination of 18 artists that demand your attention. NOW.


Now Hear This 2004

Can't figure out what to listen to? Listen to us. Once again, PopMatters' music team presents a highly opinionated, undoubtedly superlative but ultimately revelatory examination of 18 artists that demand your attention. NOW.


Wednesday, December 31 2003

Best Music of 2003 | David Medsker

1. The White Stripes, Elephant (V2)We didn’t deserve this. The White Stripes were supposed to enjoy a few cheeky moments of notoriety, and then


Best Music of 2003 | Jason MacNeil

1. The National, Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers (Brassland)While not the jaw-dropping reaction I had with the band’s debut album, this group still is


Best Music of 2003 | Seth Limmer

1. Fountains of Wayne, Welcome Interstate Managers, (S-Curve/Virgin)Just brilliant. Pure pop perfection in every way: the perfect word in every rhyme, the perfect tone


Best Music of 2003 | Jason Korenkiewicz

1. The New Pornographers, Electric Version (Matador)Whereas their debut, Mass Romantic, was a pastiche of solo snapshots from former Zumpano frontman Carl Newman and Destroyer


Tuesday, December 30 2003

Best Music of 2003 | Christine Klunk

1. Brand New, Deja Entendu (Razor & Tie)Brand New better not mess up. I like them too much to see their next album flop after


Best Music of 2003 | Hank Kalet

In ranking these discs, I’ve made a concerted effort to only include new studio material on the list, avoiding box sets, greatest hits, and


Best Music of 2003 | Kevin Jagernauth

1. The Strokes, Room on Fire (RCA)With the crushing weight of expectation on the Strokes’ collective shoulders following the massively praised Is This It, plans


Best Music of 2003 | Rob Horning

1. Deerhoof, Apple’ O (Kill Rock Stars)Some of the best drumming on record, combined with imaginative guitar interplay and some unhinged Sesame Street singing from


Best Music of 2003 | Marc Hogan

1. The Lucksmiths, Naturaliste (Drive-In) The Australian trio’s seventh proper full-length perfects the band’s gentle, acoustic-heavy sound. While still retaining the light-hearted charm of


Monday, December 29 2003

Best Music of 2003 | Marc L. Hill

1. R. Kelly, Chocolate Factory (Jive)In spite of 50 Cent’s meteoric rise and Jay-Z and Beyoncé‘s constant radio presence, the album of the year


Best Music of 2003 | Andy Hermann

1. Tiga, DJ-Kicks (!K7)!K7 Records’ DJ-Kicks series, which focuses on DJs who bend the boundaries of dance music by steering clear of the usual house/


Best Music of 2003 | Dave Heaton

It’s impossible for me to express how hard it is to take a year’s worth of amazing music and cram it into a


Best Music of 2003 | Will Harris

1. Fountains of Wayne, Welcome Interstate Managers (S-Curve/Virgin)For the mainstream, 2003 will no doubt be remembered as the year of “Stacy’s Mom”, but, despite


Best Music of 2003 | Stephen Haag

Yes, this list is alt-country and garage-centric. And yes, I am aware that OutKast is the greatest band on the planet. You can read about


Monday, December 22 2003

Best Music of 2003 | Gypsy Flores

1. I Muvrini, Pulifunie (Higher Octave)Pulifunie is the Corsican word for polyphony and in my opinion, I Muvrini are one of Corsica’s best interpreters


Best Music of 2003 | Mark Desrosiers

1. The Midnight Evils, Straight ‘Til Morning (Estrus)Drunk Minnesotans fumble at the bra-strap of their Muse, with Jack Daniels on their breath and some Nazareth


Best Music of 2003 | Sal Ciolfi

1. Broken Social Scene, You Forgot It in People (Arts & Crafts)I’m not entirely sure what to say about this collective that has not


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