Monday, December 29 2003
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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.
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
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.
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
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