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2003-12-30 10:04:21 AM  
I can only think of seven.

7. Morphine - Best of 1992-1995
6. NOFX - The War on Errorism
5. 311 - Evolver
4. Janes Addiction - Strays
3. Kill Bill Soundtrack
2. Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
1. Youngblood Brass Band - center:level:roar
2003-12-30 10:04:57 AM  
So, am I the only person who loves Andrew WK's new album?
2003-12-30 10:05:11 AM  
Jack Johnson - On and On
2003-12-30 10:13:01 AM  
I've bought probably more albums this year than ever, simply because good music is finally available.

And very little of it has been on RIAA labels.

From Saddle Creek mostly:

Cursive - The Ugly Organ
Bright Eyes - Lifted ....
Desperacedios - Read Music Speak Spanish
The Faint - Danse Macabre
The Faint - Blank Wave Arcade

Tegan and Sara - This Business of Art

Radiohead- hail to the thief
The Raveonettes - Chain Gang of Love
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - take them on, on our own
Kenna - New sacred cow (disappointing)
Hot Hot Heat - make up the breakdown
The Thermals - No Culture Icons
Modest Mouse
The Oranges Band
Pretty Girls Make Graves - Good Health
The White Stripes -Elephant
Joy Division Box Set

And a couple of cheap cds at shows from:
Val Yumm
The Bloodthirsty Lovers

and a bunch more I can't remember at this second..
2003-12-30 10:13:53 AM  
poopshovel is correct, the White Stripes really do suck.

That being said, my favorite album of this year:
Third Eye Blind - Out Of The Vein
2003-12-30 10:13:58 AM  
Anyone else tired of the word "crunk"?
2003-12-30 10:14:08 AM  
it's all about Anthrax and their new album We've Come For You All...that and THE DARKNESS!!!

2003-12-30 10:14:26 AM  

All of you "I only listen to Indie music" folks can suck it. I am tired of your whining. This is not 1988 and Indie music is not a lifestyle is farking music, and mostly bad music. The reason it is released in Independant lasels is because it is not good enough for a sweping audience. The fact that nobody has heard of a band does not make them good.

Also, Radiohead one day will make a statement..."We fooled you all, we were trying to make wanna-be alternatie fools think we were making something great and we were just making crap....We got rich as Midas in the time-being and you are all idiots. I am going for a stroll in my drive through humidor....get off my lawn."

Help!!!!! My eyes won't stop rolling!

First, there's nothing wrong with a lot of mainstream rock radio, if you like, you know, 38 songs that sound exactly the same and two songs that actually don't suck.

Second, a lot of indie bands aren't good to some people simply because you haven't heard them. The tendency with mainstream music is less that the cream rises (Gary Jules, as posted in another Fark headline, is one exception) and more that formulas keep getting overdone.

I'm sorry, indie is not a lifestyle choice, but not listening to music that sucks certainly is. The Summer of '96 is probably the last time I can say that I really enjoyed the bulk of modern/mainstream rock radio, because there was variety. It wasn't so much trends -- there were great left-field hits, like that guy who recorded this song in his bedroom only to have it hit the Cable Guy soundtrack five years later (Primitive Radio Gods).

Too many people buy into this idea that the quality music rises to the top. Sorry, it doesn't a lot of the time, at least in this era. Only two albums on my list hit the top-ten, and they're bands that are overwhelmingly huge critical faves at the moment.

My favorite Radiohead songs are the ones that stick to traditional song forms -- "True Love Waits" is a shining example. I have honestly felt underwhelmed by Amnesiac and HTTT because sometimes they end up being left-field to be left-field.

And it does strike you, pal, that some of these bands simply don't want the extra attention that mainstream success gives, right? Death Cab for Cutie, one of the bands on my list, makes a perfectly good living on their tiny-ass indie label in unison with touring. I went to one of their shows this year. I paid five bucks. There were easily a thousand people there. Their latest album debuted in the top half of the Billboard 200 without a huge record label budget to support them. Think of how big this band would become if they said one day, "You know what? Let's sign to Reprise!" As it is, they're making an impact without radio -- The Postal Service, listed in this link, is one of the lead singer's side projects.

We're hitting upon an era of music where if you want to be really creative, you have to do it out of the confines of a mainstream record label, especially since corporate radio has become so constipated.

Indie does not automatically equal good, but there's a lot more opportunity for wing-spreading.

Mainstream does not automatically equal bad, as there's some real talent out there in the mainstream (Outkast). But still, there are just some bands that are on the radio right now that got signed to a major label because they sound like another band.

There was once a show at my college that featured Nickelback, Default and Injected -- three bands that sound exactly the same. Who the hell pays $40 to see the same band three times?

Man, you really need to look hard at your trolling comments, because you just glazed over about 90% of the music industry by actually listening to about 2% of it.

Also, fark you for making me write such a huge-ass post.
2003-12-30 10:16:38 AM  
The Bled - Pass the Flask
The Bled - Can You Still Feel the Butcher Knives
Mars Volta
A Perfect Circle

...and a bunch of other badass not-likely-to-be-a-corporate-rock-piece-of-shiat-hit CDs
2003-12-30 10:16:43 AM  

Loved War all the Time, loved Ocean Avenue, loved Artist in the Ambulance, Deja Entendu... Tell all your friends was last year, but still a great disc...

Check out Moneen with "Are we really happy with who we are right now?" on Vagrant. Canada puts out awesome emo too.
2003-12-30 10:18:57 AM  
right on VeggieGuy. Long post, but worth the read.
2003-12-30 10:19:30 AM  
After looking at an MSNBC reporter's Top 10 albums of 2003 and Billboard's Top 200, I have to laugh. Perhaps the only album from this list I might buy would be Coldplay's "A Rush of Blood To The Head", but I don't feel like paying retail to support the RIAA instead of the band itself. There are a handful of singles from the Billboard chart that I can profess to hearing; most of it isn't anything I've ever heard and consequently wouldn't buy, with a few items being stuff I definitely have heard and wouldn't spend the money on it.

Most of my media purchases this year have consisted of DVDs, PC games (Max Payne 2, Battlefield 1942, Warcraft 3) or the occassional Blockbuster DVD/game rentals. Honestly, I don't bother much with music much these days -- I tend to listen to the news more often and toggle to K-Rock when I need a taste of some mainstream rock/pop. The only music I've bought in 2003 were albums by Xerox, Bamboo Forest and Radiohead, all of which I sampled in full via p2p before I plunked down for the full album. In Radiohead's case, I got the CD for my g/f as a gift after going to see them at a live show a few months ago (she's a big fan). But I always make an effort to support smaller, non-RIAA labels.

Top 10 of 2003? Were there really 10 albums worth paying retail for in 2003? I still may pay for Weird Al's newest release, since I keep coming back to the tracks I already have off his album. But I couldn't list that many without a lot of comments or website scouring.........
2003-12-30 10:19:53 AM  
I got Ben Folds' two EPs, Speed Graphic and Sunny 16. But those are only 5 songs each. I got REM's "In Time" (the 2-disc special edition), but that's a greatest hits/b-sides compilation with only 2 new songs so I guess that really doesn't count either. But those are the best things I heard all year.

And, like some farkers have said and I'm sure many others did but didn't say, I bought many more DVDs and video games than CDs this year.
2003-12-30 10:20:10 AM  
I got 0 CD's from that list but there are a few new CD's of 2003 that I did get...

Led Zeppelin - How the West was Won

The Beatles - Let it Be...Naked
2003-12-30 10:22:36 AM  
built to spill
bright eyes
elf power
the guy from pavement's new band

I'm not sure which put out albums this year but they are in my playlist nonetheless.
2003-12-30 10:24:27 AM  
That writer said Ryan Adams is hopelessly overrated, and then listed John Mayer's followup album as one of the year's ten best? There's no question he's a great guitar player and songwriter, but he's allowed his label to market him toward screaming teenage girls who like him for his looks and his sensitive songs. His instrumental work really shines, but his live recordings are almost unlistenaable because of all the damn screaming.

That said:
My top albums this year:
Ryan Adams: Love Is Hell 1 & 2
Ryan Adams: lloR & kcoR
Ben Folds: Speed Graphic & Sunny 16 (EPs)
North Mississippi All-Stars: Polaris
2003-12-30 10:30:08 AM  
for me it would have to be
1) muse : Absolution
2) Blur :think tank
3) yeah yeah yeahs :fever to tell
4) placebo: sleeping with ghosts
5) the beatles : let it be Naked
6) eels : shootenanny!
7) white stripes : elephant
8) black rebel motorcycle club: take them on on your own
9) the coral: magic and medicine
10)cat power: your are free
2003-12-30 10:32:10 AM  
Burnt By The Sun-The Perfect is the Enemy... (Relapse Recs)
Meatjack-Days of Fire (At a Loss Recs)
Radiohead-Hail to the Thief

Did ISIS come out this year? Queens of the Stone Age (songs for the deaf) came out last year, as did Mastodon....hmm...
2003-12-30 10:32:24 AM  
Honestly, I only bought 2 albums in 2003 and both are getting good playing time in my house and car.

1)Dream Theater - Train of Thought. I support my favorite bands regardless of the industry they are involved in.

2)Big Sky - This Monstrosity. A great local band out of Gainseville, FL.

That's it.
2003-12-30 10:34:35 AM  

Thanks for the thought provoking reply. I was expecting much less. You may be right. After all, I do not listen to the radio for the hits, but stick to my personal formula of funky shiate and rock and roll. I certainly do not thing Britney/Justin Timberlake/fake-ass Calif. wanna-be punk bands are the cream of the music crop. What I get steamed about is that a good song is a good song, no matter who sings it. I heard the big Justin Timberlake hit off of his album this year (or last year). The dance one that sounds like Michael Jackson (when he was black). Great song...good to dance to, but some friends lambasted me for liking it. They did not give it a chance since it was mainstream.

I just think that some people are so caught up in having a "open mind" it turns out to be just the opposite.
2003-12-30 10:36:01 AM  
Only buy epitaph and indy label albums anymore. From the Ashes by Pennywise was the best album of the year. Oh, and Elephant by the White Stripes is badass, even though I didn't buy it.
2003-12-30 10:36:21 AM  
And I will agree with Guardian who agreed with poopshovel that the White Stripes do suck. Just like The Strokes, they have no talent. Thankyouandgoodnight.
2003-12-30 10:40:31 AM  
i bought some great cd's this year - in no particular order:

mars volta - deloused in the comatorium
thrice - artist in the ambulance
black keys - thickfreakness
nofx - the war on errorism
supersuckers - motherf*ckers be trippin
ben folds - sunny 16 ep
thursday - war all the time
placebo - sleeping with ghosts

the thrice, thursday, and supersuckers albums didn't quite match up to previous ones from those bands - but still damn good anyway.

and i really dug the ben folds cd.
2003-12-30 10:43:01 AM  
In no particlular order

Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Alkaline Trio - Good Mourning
Thrice - The Artist and The Ambulance
Fountains of Wayne - Welcome Interstate Managers
Cursive - The Ugly Organ
Tha 446 - Welcome to the 4th Coast
2003-12-30 10:47:43 AM  
I had to put one of these together for the local alt rag, comes out tomorrow.

My Top 10 Albums of 2003 (by which I mean, albums I've purchased/heard), listed by artist in alphamabetical order:

Fountain Of Wayne - Welcome Insterstate Managers
Mars Volta - Deloused In The Comatorium
My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves
The New Pornographers - Electric Version
The Notwist - Neon Golden (US release, hit Europe in '02)
Over The Rhine - Ohio
Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
Various Artists - The Great American Song-Poem Anthology
White Stripes - Elephant

I would've posted my comments on these, but Free Times has first publish rights, and the editor is a Farker. And I like getting paid. LOL
2003-12-30 10:48:32 AM  
for me it would have to be
1) muse : Absolution
2) Blur :think tank
3) yeah yeah yeahs :fever to tell
4) placebo: sleeping with ghosts
5) the beatles : let it be Naked
6) eels : shootenanny!
7) white stripes : elephant
8) black rebel motorcycle club: take them on on your own
9) the coral: magic and medicine
10)cat power: your are free
2003-12-30 10:52:27 AM  
Sorry about the double post

mods please delete if possible
2003-12-30 10:56:00 AM  
I bought some blank CDRs.
2003-12-30 10:58:14 AM  
1) Atmosphere- Seven's Travels
2) The Slackers- Close My Eyes
2) White Stripes- Elephant
3) Junior Senior- D-D-D-Don't Stop the BEat
4) Blur- Think Tank
5) Joe Strummer- Streetcore

heh heh.. thats all I can think of at the moment.
2003-12-30 10:59:06 AM  
The post asks about 'music albums', yet almost everyone lists nothing but 'rock albums'. Shows the extremely restricted experience and tastes of the great majority of people.
2003-12-30 11:00:15 AM  
10: Cracker - Countrysides
9: All Girl Summer Fun Band - 2
8: The Dandy Warhols - Welcome To The Monkey House
7: Ryan Adams - Rock 'N' Roll
6: Pretty Girls Make Graves - The New Romance
5: Fountains Of Wayne - Welcome Interstate Managers
4: Matthew Good - Avalanche
3: American Analog Set - Promise Of Love
2: The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
1: The New Pornographers - Electric Version

Honorable Mention:

Iron and Wine - The Sea And The Rhythm
OutKast - The Love Below/Speakerboxxx
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - The Secret Of Elena's Tomb
Lucinda Williams - World Without Tears
Liz Phair - Liz Phair
Placebo - Sleeping With Ghosts
Pete Droge - Skywatching
Frank Black and the Catholics - Show Me Your Tears

Disappointments (big and small)

Cobra Verde - Easy Listening
This was a bit like watching a great slugger struggle to get his timing at the plate. Everything is still a deep fly ball, but there are more warning track outs than upper deck shots...

The Delgados - Hate
Half of the album just sounds uninspired to me, and the other half contains some truly wonderful music that is hindered by questionable production practices. All You Need Is Hate could have been the best song of the year, but did they really need to make it sound like my speakers are blown?

Spiritualized - Amazing Grace
This would have bee a great album if I hadn't already heard Iggy and The Stooges Raw Power...

The Thorns - The Thorns
Matthew Sweet, Pete Droge, and Shawn Mullins get together to cut an album... how could you go wrong? Beats me, but they found a way to do it. It's not bad, it's just not special either...

Might've made the top 10, if only I'd bought them:
Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
Postal Service - Give Up
2003-12-30 11:02:52 AM  

I agree, Neon Golden is a wonderful album. But it was released in 2002...
2003-12-30 11:04:15 AM  
What are the 10 best music albums of 2003 (if there are actually that many)?

If there are that many? There were hundreds of great albums. Hardly 10 if you only listen to commercial radio, I guess...

Just a few off the top of my head (most non-RIAA):

Antipop Consortium - Antipop Consortium vs. Matthew Shipp
DJ Spooky - Dubtometry
Peter Brotzmann - More Nipples
Songs Ohia - Magnolia Electric Co.
Belle & Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Ween - Quebec
Johnny Cash - Unearthed
Beulah - Yoko
Matthew Shipp - Equilibrium
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
2003-12-30 11:04:31 AM  
A little late, but here's my contribution to the list

In no particular order...

The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves
Britta Phillips and Dean Wareham - La A'ventura
Jeff Buckley - Live at Sin e: Legacy Edition
Cat Power - You Are Free
Ryan Adams - Love is Hell pt. 1
Grandaddy - Sumday
Yo La Tengo - Summer Sun
Erin McKeown - Grand
and that live Jeff Tweedy (boot) from January that a friend made for me

And some things not put out in 2003 but good purchases none the less

New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
Morphine - Cure for Pain
Soul Coughing - Ruby Vroom

There we are...the music that got me through 2003
2003-12-30 11:06:32 AM  
Musiq: Soulstar
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J. Timberlake: Justified
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and a bunch of real Hip-Hip and R&B artists.. that i wont post.. because here at its only good music if its obscure.
2003-12-30 11:10:58 AM  
A little late, but here's my contribution to the list

In no particular order...

The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves
Britta Phillips and Dean Wareham - La A'ventura
Jeff Buckley - Live at Sin e: Legacy Edition
Cat Power - You Are Free
Ryan Adams - Love is Hell pt. 1
Grandaddy - Sumday
Yo La Tengo - Summer Sun
Erin McKeown - Grand
and that live Jeff Tweedy (boot) from January that a friend made for me

And some things not put out in 2003 but good purchases none the less

New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
Morphine - Cure for Pain
Soul Coughing - Ruby Vroom

There we are...the music that got me through 2003
2003-12-30 11:11:00 AM  
At first listen, Thursday's War All the Time isn't as good as Full COllapse, but it incorporates better, more mature soungwriting. That makes it more gooder.
2003-12-30 11:11:49 AM  
whoops...sorry bout the double-post
2003-12-30 11:17:15 AM  
I thought I would listen to it once and delete it forever, but the AudioEdit earlier this year with the girl singing the Trogdor song a capella and then remixed by some other dude with a jazz groove behind it is definitely my favorite of 2003. The amazing way the jazz background fits in perfectly with her voice, and her mouth-induced mute trumpets makes me giddy everytime I hear it.

ooh yeah trogdor......
2003-12-30 11:17:26 AM  
in no real order

1) Murder by Death "who will survive and what will be left of them"
2) AFI "sing the sorrow"
3) The mars volta "deloused in a comatorium"
4) The Blood Brothers "burn piano island burn"
5) Placebo "sleeping with ghosts"
6) Zwan "mary star of the sea" (came out in january)
7)Avenged Sevenfold "waking the fallen"
8)Queens of the Stone Age "songs for the deaf"
9) Coheed and Cambria "in keeping secrets of silent earth 3"
10) Brand New "deja entendu"

not to sound like the enemy or anything but that is probably just like, a 5th of what i've actually purchased this year. Blah blah, supporting the RIAA and stuff like that, but what can I say.. i enjoy getting new music.

I've heard all sorts of stuff this past year, i work at the campus radio station and heard all sorts of stuff this past year, some of it good.. a lot of it crappy. Though, i personally think a lot of the stuff most of you picked (white stripes for example) is totally overrated. I mean seriously.... for one of their tracks, they re-recorded dead leaves and dirty ground, and toyed with it a little. If i wanted to hear that, i'd download a remix.


i should say though... that while i'm all about buying music, everything i've just about 1/50th of what i've probably downloaded.
2003-12-30 11:18:40 AM  
Vice City Soundtrack
2003-12-30 11:20:38 AM  
No order...

MOGWAI Happy Music for Happy People
ANGELS OF LIGHT Everything is Good Here/Please Come Home
AEREOGRAMME Sleep and Release
AARKTICA Pure Tone Audiometry
YO LA TENGO Summer Sun
CAMERA OBSCURA Underachievers Please Try Harder
RACHELS Systems/Layers
DO MAKE SAY THINK Winter Hymn, Country Hymn, Secret Hymn
THE SHINS Chutes Too Narrow
SALOON If We Meet in the Future
2003-12-30 11:20:52 AM  
oh crap!
I forgot

FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES "the fiction we live" would be like #11
2003-12-30 11:24:34 AM  
Dimmu Borgir "Death Cult Armageddon"
Opeth "Damnation"
Mastodon " Remission"
2003-12-30 11:25:19 AM  
none of you bastards put down this (my fave) band-

Primus - Animals should not try to act like People

it includes a DVD of all of their videos too... nice package.

2003-12-30 11:26:59 AM  
Only cd I bought last year: Beck, Sea Change

Only cd I bought this year: Wierd Al, Poodlehat

Modern music sucks dingo balls.
2003-12-30 11:32:36 AM  
2003 is no contest:

The Postal Service - Give Up

Best CD of the year.
2003-12-30 11:34:17 AM  
Boobies?-^ Look at that rookie.
VimDrowsy - How is the Zwan CD? I still havent heard anything from them. Are they somewhat like Smashing Pumpkins?
2003-12-30 11:38:39 AM  
Not surprisingly (to me) I've only heard of about half the artists (and couldn't tell you if I've heard anything by them).

Best thing I bought that came out in 03 is "The Eyes of Alice Cooper."
2003-12-30 11:39:07 AM  
Here's mine, eclectic and tasty...
Trout Fishing in America- It's a Puzzle... not their best but certainly their latest, and still very good.
Ian Anderson- Rupi's Dance The heart of Jethro Tull doing some lighter stuff.
Brian Setzer Orchestra-The Dirty Boogie Big bad big band....
The Fixx-Want That Life A great album by a great band, excellent lyrics and musicianship, and a good live show as well... They certainly ain't dead yet!
Dr. John- In a Sentimental Mood- good make out music

and my music... all original material...not released other than website...
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