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Monday, December 29 2003

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

Best Music of 2003 | Justin Cober-Lake

1. Elbow, Cast of Thousands (V2)It’s a shame that the best album of the year came out in August, but won’t reach the

Friday, December 19 2003

Best Music of 2003 | Adam Williams

1. Led Zeppelin, How the West Was Won, (Atlantic)For a band as legendary as Led Zeppelin, the lack of a definitive live album in it’

Best Music of 2003 | Simon Warner

1. Blur, Think Tank (Virgin)The exotic inflections of Morocco compensate for the farewell (temporary or otherwise) to guitar stalwart Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn’s

Best Music of 2003 | Jason Thompson

Well, another year in music has gone by. What have I learned? Well, if nothing else, I learned that the White Stripes apparently ruled everything

Best Music of 2003 | Patrick Schabe

Another year, another stressful round of trying to pick out the outstanding albums of the year. Stressful because, while 2003 was a good year for music

Best Music of 2003 | Terry Sawyer

1. Buck 65, Talkin’ Honky Blues (Warner Canada)Man, I love Buck 65 so much I should just marry him. Hearing “Roses and Blue Jays” live is the

Best Music of 2003 | Gary Glauber

In my opinion, 2003 had some of the best music in years. Though I tried hard to listen to as much as possible, I realize there

Best Music of 2003 | Andrew Gilstrap

1. My Morning Jacket, It Still Moves (ATO)It’s a wonder I’m still moving after my first listen to this record, after coming face-to-face

Best Music of 2003 | Jon Garrett

2003 produced more music that I enjoyed than any year since 2000, when Doves Lost Souls and Radiohead’s Kid A vied for the top spot on

Best Music of 2003 | Cynthia Fuchs

“Techniques That Freaks These Boys”: Top Hip-Hop CDs in 2003 Often surprising, ever shifting, hip-hop this year produced Jay-Z’s retirement, Tupac’s re-resurrection, André 3000’s

Soul Christmas

Somehow the voices of Otis Redding, Joe Tex and Clarence Carter, never seemed to conjure the 'White Christmas' dreams I thought I should be having. My sense of Christmas and Christmas music forever changed when my mother bought me a copy of The Jackson Five's Christmas Album.

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

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