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Music - Tops of 2003


Hank Scorpio
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Well, here's my list of albums that I enjoyed this year:

 

1. King Geedorah - Take Me to Your Leader

2. Charizma + Peanut Butter Wolf - Big Shots

3. Styles of Beyond - Megadef

4. Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain

5. Madlib - Shades of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note

6. Prefuse 73 - Extinguished

7. Herbaliser - Herbal Blend (Solid Steel Mix)

8. Outkast - Speakerboxxx/Love Below

9. Kid Koala - Some of My Best Friends are DJs

10. Jaylib - Champion Sound

 

I can forsee the top 2 making their way into my "all time favorites" list. There was a lot of other music I really liked this year, but those 10 really stood out.

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Ok...I've heard of Outkast but none of the others. What genre are they?

 

Here are mine (in no particular order):

 

Album first - Artist second

 

1. Echoes - The Rapture

2. De-loused in the Comatorium - The Mars Volta

3. Give Up - Postal Service

3. Hail to the Thief - Radiohead

4. Chain Gang of Love - The Raveonettes

5. Elephant - The White Stripes

6. Thickfreakness - The Black Keys

7. The Grotto - Kristin Hersh

9. Bridges Worth Burning - Kind of Like Spitting

10. Artist in the Abulence - Thrice

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Some of my favs from 2003, these are in no specific order.

 

Zwan: Mary Star of the Sea

White Stripes: Elephant

A Perfect Circle: Thirteenth Step

Jay-Z: The Black Album

Return of the King soundtrack

The Beatles: Let it Be...Naked

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon (SACD)

Jane's Addiction: Strays

 

I will say that Zwan was my favorite of 2003.

 

-Dean-

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Most of these aren't well known, but here goes:

 

10 - Fischerspooner - #1

9 - Penta - Pentafiles

8 - Antix - Lull

7 - Phony Orphants - Symphony

6 - Downhill - Silent City

5 - Ott - Blumenkraft

4 - Tipper - Surrounded

3 - Massive Attack - 100th Window

2 - Radiohead - Hail to the Thief

1 - Saafi Brothers - Liquid Beach

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What genre are they?

 

For the most part my list is hip-hop. Prefuse 73 is on the Warp label, which is also home to Aphex Twin and Autechre.

 

The Madlib album is a bunch of Blue Note jazz he covered.

 

But the rest is some bangin' hip-hop!

 

Aphex Twin - 26 Mixes for Cash

 

I forgot about that one. Great album, though.

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I love reading these threads because I get to feel old and out of touch as you guys list band after band that I've never heard of. :)

 

Actually what makes it worse is that not only have I not heard of these, but I seem to be the ONLY one who hasn't! Every other post is something like "Oh, 'Zonker's Rabid Possum', I totally forgot about those guys!"

 

Sigh. Back to the calm, measured tones of Robert Siegel on NPR. What's that, Bob? There's an Icelandic fisherman who makes toy trains out of whale bones? Ooh, do tell! :lol:

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6. Front 242 - Pulse

 

Whoa, I had no idea they released something new...what's it like?

 

EDIT: I checked out some previews...sounds cool, more like their older stuff (Tyranny for You is my favorite) which is good. I'm buying this during lunch if I can find it. I can't believe I missed this!

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No particular order for my ten:

  • Super Furry Animals - Phantom Power
  • The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
  • The Postal Service - Give Up
  • The Polyphonic Spree - The Beginning Stages of...
  • Dandy Warhols - Welcome to the Monkey House
  • White Stripes - Elephant
  • The Kills - Keep on Your Mean Side
  • Blur - Think Tank
  • Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
  • The Strokes - Room on Fire

And concert experience of the year for me: The Polyphonic Spree at the Austin City Limits festival!

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Things that spring to mind, in the order I remember them:

 

Massive Attack - 100th Window

Blur - Think Tank

Radiohead - Hail To The Thief

Howard Shore - Return Of The King

Underworld - 1992-2002

Suede - Singles

LFO - Sheath

The Chemical Brothers - 93-03

 

You can't go far wrong with any of those.

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This has been a real off year for music for me, having only bought about 3 new CDs this year, and only actually listened to a few more. With that said, here's my short list:

 

Muse - Absolution

Pearl Jam - Lost Dogs

The New Pornographers - Electric Version

 

As much as I love Radiohead, Hail to the Theif just hasn't done anything for me. I love 4 of the songs on there, and the rest are either only ok, or must skips which isn't a good thing. Much like Kid A in that regard.

 

My absolute favorite CDs from this past year though were Coldplay's Rush of Blood to the Head which I just keep falling deeper in love with, and Pearl Jam's Riot Act which were both released in 02.

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