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2003-12-30 11:40:33 AM  
Bought the new Korn disc today. LOVE IT.

Also bought Mike Ness, Operation Ivy (2nd Time), and Jello Biafra.

fark You All. Who the hell really cares what other people listen to.
2003-12-30 11:41:39 AM  
St. Anger was the best because it made all other albums look much better!
2003-12-30 11:42:46 AM  
Despite a lot of complaining about the lack of great music this year - I've found more to be excited about musically in 2003 than any other year.

1. Matthew Ryan - Regret Over the Wires
2. The Magnolia Electric Co. - st
3. M. Ward - The Transfiguration of Vincent
4. The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
5. The White Stripes - Elephant
6. Great Lake Swimmers - st
7. Damien Jurado - Where Shall You Take Me?
8. Cat Power - You Are Free
9. Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Master And Everyone
10. My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves

11. Josh Ritter - Hello Starling
12. Jesse Malin - The Fine Art Of Self-Destruction
13. Mojave 3 - Spoon & Rafter
14. Sufjan Stevens - Michigan
15. Lucinda Williams - World Withuot Tears
16. Jeff Klein - Everybody Loves A Winner
17. Gillian Welch - Soul Journey
18. Fruit Bats - Mouthfuls
19. Andrew Bird - Weather Systems
20. The Birdtree - Orchards & Caravans

Top 3 EPs:
1. Iron & Wine - The Sea & The Rhythm
2. Yo La Tengo - Today Is The Day
3. Damien Jurado - Holding His Breathe
2003-12-30 11:44:23 AM  
In absolutely no order whatsoever, here's my list:

The Kovenant - Seti
Thyrane - Hypnotic
Diabolic - Infinity Through Purification
Nightwish - Century Child
Vital Remains - Dechristianize
Naglfar - Sheol
Sargeist - Sargeist
Children of Bodom - Hate Crew Deathroll
Carpathian Forest - Defending the Throne of Evil
Graveworm - Engraved in Black

Dimmu Borgir definitely gets an honorable mention, as does the new Moonspell.
2003-12-30 11:47:11 AM  
My top ten, in no particular order:

The Thermals - More Parts Per Million
Pretty Girls Make Graves - The New Romance
Dead Low Tide - S/T
The Blood Brothers - Burn, Piano Island, Burn
The Locust - Plague Soundscapes
The Mars Volta - De-Loused In the Comatorium
The Postal Service - Give Up
Tyrone - Numinous
Cursive - The Ugly Organ
Black Cross - Art Offensive
2003-12-30 11:49:18 AM  
I only bought No Doubt's greatest hits (actually the boxed set). Almost bought: White Stripes, Strokes, Dido, Our Lady Peace Live. I'm just going to get a copy of Dido. Planning to buy new Tori.

sovereignguru - I am a huge fan of The Bends but have been disappointed with Radiohead ever since. So boring and sleep-inducing.

m4tt3 - Jason Mraz? Gag. Overplayed by bland pop station here. Still would hate even if it wasn't overplayed.

MacheteMike - Does the whole My Morning Jacket album sound a bit countryish like Golden?

Its cool to see Fountains of Wayne in the list - I may check it out now. Stacy's Mom sux though.

Does anyone know any good music-related dvds that came out this year (concerts, videos, etc.)? And is the new barenaked ladies good?
2003-12-30 11:58:24 AM  
1. Rhett Miller- The Instigator.
2. Guster- Keep It Together
3. Outkast-Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
4. Bleu-Redhead
5. British Sea Power- Classics. The Decline of British Sea Power
6. Coldplay-Live 2003
7. Dido- White Flag
8. Eels-Shootenanny!
9. Liz Phair-Liz Phair
10. Lucinda Williams- World Without Tears
11. The Shins- Chutes Too Narrow
2003-12-30 12:00:59 PM  
King of Leon- Youth and Young Manhood

The Trews- House of Ill Fame.
2003-12-30 12:03:13 PM  
rapture - echos
postal service - give up
the unicorns - who will cut our hair while we're gone?
2003-12-30 12:06:53 PM  
I'm going to agree with a few other people that posted here already. The New Pornographers are the best band I've heard in quite a while and you can buy both of their albums without supporting the Evil Empire (TM (C) (R) SM). In fact, I think their albums are the only ones I've actually BOUGHT this year.
2003-12-30 12:07:52 PM  
Rancid - Indestructible
2003-12-30 12:09:21 PM  
1. Rhett Miller- The Instigator.
2. Guster- Keep It Together
3. Outkast-Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
4. Bleu-Redhead
5. British Sea Power- Classics. The Decline of British Sea Power
6. Coldplay-Live 2003
7. Dido- White Flag
8. Eels-Shootenanny!
9. Liz Phair-Liz Phair
10. Lucinda Williams- World Without Tears
11. The Shins- Chutes Too Narrow
2003-12-30 12:11:56 PM  
Everyone should check out Seekonks new album.


Good stuff. Good people.
2003-12-30 12:19:14 PM  

Oooh, ooh, do mine, do mine!!!
2003-12-30 12:22:31 PM  
The new Limp Bizkit and also the new Musiq Soulchild (yeah, I know, wierd mix) are both pretty slamming.
2003-12-30 12:24:28 PM  
Oh yeah, and I agree with Yummy that the Dropkick Murphys were also of the bangin' variety this year.
2003-12-30 12:28:59 PM  
Here is my list of the best albums of 2003:

Best hip hop album: Viktor Vaughn - vaudville villian
MF DOOM comes 100% correct with this album. Catchy beats, good samples, great lyrics and a nice flow. Sadly we weren't treated to his his "MM FOOD" album, or his collaboration with Madlib, but that just means DOOM might be topping the list next year too.

Best rock album: The Mars Volta - deloused in the comatorium
Quite simply an astounding debut. Everything that was good about At the drive-in taken further, mixed with what made prog interesting, latin beats and farking sexy ass vocals. The lyrics are a little... blah, but all in all its brillant.

Best folk/country album: Sufjan Stevens - greetings from Michegan, the great lake state
Beautiful and meserizing music mixed with some of the best lyrics written this year.

Best hardcore album: The Blood Brothers - burn piano island, burn
holy farking shiat. When did this band get so good? Absolutely incredible song writing skills throughout the entire album. Everything is amazing here, drum work, vocal work, guitar work. The lyrics have finally reached what the were always trying to be and aspects like reoccuring characters shows real talent. This album is guarenteed to surprise you. The blood brothers are all over the place and you never know whats coming next, but it all works. and goddamn is it sassy.

Best metal album: Sleep - dopesmoker
all in all this was a bad year for metal, but it did finally see the release of Sleep's epic (64 minute!!!) song dopesmoker.

Other noteworthy albums:
-Stop it!! - self made maps This album EASILY is on par with ones listed above. The music is really hard to describe, but sort of a mix between mathy dischord stuff (fugazi, faraquet etc.) and modern hardcore. I would highly recommend hunting this down.

-Outkast - speakerboxx/the love below a dissapointing album. Outkast could have done much better - too much filler, too many stupid skits... but the fact that this is still one of the best albums out there shows how brillant outkast is.

-Radiohead - no OK computer, but nice enough

-The Books - leamon in pink acoustic guitar, violin, electronic beats and wierd abstract vocal samples. Who would have thought this would work?

-The Shins - chutes too narrow more sublte than oh inverted world, and the vocals aren't as captivating... but the songwriting is much better.

-Aesop Rock - bazooka tooth Aesop Rock is still one of the best emcees out there, and now one of the best producers.

-Envy - a dead sinking story These japanese boys can do no wrong.

-Cyann and Ben - spring mellow and beautiful releases from France.

-Cursive - the ugly organ Now with cello

-The Locust - plague soundscapes amazing technical skill. Still brutal, but trying a different route than before... oh, and now we have nice production. hot.

-Rapider than horsepower - stage fright stage right creepy dudes from Racebannon write childrens tunes about babies and cowboys.

-Bright Calm Blue - a direct approach for casual conversation a total 180, but much better IMHO. This is sassy dancy music ala Les Savy Fav.

-The Wrens - meadowlands they spent a lot of time on this,
it shows.

-Brother Ali - shadows on the sun the best new emcee is a fat albino muslim man. What?

-Lightening Bolt - wonderful rainbow the shape of noise to come

-The Unicorns - who will gut our hair when we are gone? canadian pop music with silly lyrics that abandons all pop conventions. Not perfect, but very promising.

Note: I haven't gotten a chance to hear the following albums, but i'm 99% sure they would make this list too:
Non-prophets, Khanate, Face Down in shiat, Jay-z, Deerhoof
2003-12-30 12:32:38 PM  
"ah, sorry to disagree with you but i bought Jane Doe and found it almost unlistenable. And I like melodic hardcore."

you just suck then. Jane Doe is one of the most innovative and best albums of the last five years, hands down.
2003-12-30 12:38:08 PM  
whoever made those comments about indierock is pretty farking stupid.

Did you ever notice that all new genres spring from the underground/indie scene? Ever notice that 20 years later critics are raving about the Velvet underground and Television.

They won't be raving about Limp Bizcuit.
2003-12-30 12:39:10 PM  

Good to hear the new Limp Bizkit album is good. Now I don't have to be so ashamed of my fark tag. I was a dumbarse, not knowing anything about fark before I signed up, and didn't think anyone would see it.
2003-12-30 12:40:16 PM  
Suza good for you! but quite frankly all of your opinions of music can be completely disregarded based on this alone:

9. Liz Phair-Liz Phair
2003-12-30 12:43:25 PM  
the album of the year was "Ode to Joy" by The Deadly Snakes. The rest of you suck wangs.
2003-12-30 12:46:54 PM  
Celldweller's debut album. Hands down the best album I bought this year.
2003-12-30 12:47:57 PM  
I find it interesting, especially as a woman, to see so few females on everyone's lists. I think it goes without saying that 99% of them suck, and the others haven't released any albums recently (Jewel can take "Intuition" and shove it up her arse... And every other album she's made, for that matter).

I like the IDEA of people buying CDs from "indie" bands more than I like the bands themselves. I enjoy seeing major record labels falter.
2003-12-30 12:54:40 PM  
I can't believe Dr. Seuss is the only person thus far to mention the 311 CD "Evolver". =( That's a great CD...
2003-12-30 01:03:30 PM  
Damien Rice - "O"
Radiohead - "Hail to the Thief"(best concert of the year for me as well, in Montreal)
Howard Shore - "Return of the King Soundtrack"
Dropkick Murphys - "Live on St. Patricks Day"
Mars Volta - "De-loused in the Crematorium
2003-12-30 01:07:28 PM  
The only cd i've ever bought.

Metalheadz Vol. 3

then i went and got the vinyl too.
2003-12-30 01:17:14 PM  
I'm sure I'll think of others but these are the ones that stand out IMO for 2003.

Deerhoof ~ Apple O
Dizzee Rascal ~ Boy in da Corner
Guided By Voices ~ Earthquake Glue
The Shins ~ Chutes Too Narrow
The Books ~ The Lemon of Pink
Cat Power ~ You Are Free
TV on the Radio ~ Young Liars
2003-12-30 01:18:28 PM  

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 choice.....it 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.

Hey Jackass what exactly is Sweping ???

Indie Rock is not nor will it ever be a lifestyle music for me, I enjoy it simply because it does not have to adhere to certain beats or lyrics to please masses like "Top 40" does.
2003-12-30 01:24:29 PM  
Only 2 cds for me:

Zep: How The West Was Won
Comedy Central Insomnia Guy: Skanks For The Memories
2003-12-30 01:25:53 PM  
My complete list:

1. Sleep- Dopesmoker
2. Dimmu Borgir- Death Cult Armeggedon
3. Dessert Sessions- vol. 9 and 10
4. Outkast- Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
5. Complete Strangers- Complete Strangers
6. Jane's Addiction- Strays
7. King Crimson- The Power To Believe
8. Gov't Mule- The Deepest End
9. Marilyn Manson- The Golden Age Of Grotesque(can't wait to get flamed for this one!)
2003-12-30 01:28:27 PM  
Oh, I forgot number 10. I'll just copy chopped liver on Cat Power ~ You Are Free, because it's the only other album I can think of this year that moved me in any way.
2003-12-30 01:31:41 PM  
Warren Zevon - The Wind
2003-12-30 01:36:00 PM  
I bought about 100 CDs this year from bands I hear on the radio all the time.

But I can't pick any favorites, because THEY ALL SOUND EXACTLY THE SAME.
2003-12-30 01:38:10 PM  
The Twilight Singers - Blackberry Belle
2003-12-30 01:38:58 PM  
Opeth - Damnation
Like nothing else. IMO their best album yet, and that's saying a lot.


Moonsorrow - Kivenkantaja
Thankfully it's a lot less screamy than their past entries. Loud, but not painful to listen to, it also sounds more folk than Voimasta Ja Kuniasta. Tuulen Tytr (track 5) is simply amazing on all levels.
2003-12-30 01:44:26 PM  
I'm glad to see Ill Mitch has been referenced. Wouldn't be the same without him.
2003-12-30 01:44:46 PM  
My 2 faves this year, hands down:
Coldplay - Rush of Blood to the Head
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief

Also, saw both at Red Rocks this summer and both kicked ass.

Also worth mentioning:
Jane's Addiction - Strays
Perfect Circle - The 13th Step
2003-12-30 01:53:28 PM  
EatYourHeartOut m4tt3 rosonowski VimDrowsy

you all have good taste in music

Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends was a 2002 release, for whoever asked

my list (other bands not mentioned above for the most part)

1. Saosin - translating the name EP
2. Straylight Run - demos
3. Further Seems Forever - How to Start A Fire
4. Fall Out Boy - Take This To Your Grave
5. Eisely - Marvelous Things

anyways VEGGIEGUY i know all but 3 bands on your list
2003-12-30 01:58:38 PM  
I've bought 5 CDs this year:

1. Strong Bad Sings And Other Type Hits
2. System of a Down - Steal This Album!
3. Idlewild - The Remote Part
4. System of a Down - Toxicity
5. RA - From One
2003-12-30 02:01:52 PM  
the notwist - neon golden
the mars volta - deloused in the comatorium
the bled - pass the flask
the blood brothers - burn, piano island, burn
outkast - speakerboxx/the love below
deathcab for cutie - transatlanticism
brand new - deja entendu
thursday - war all the time
everytime i die - hot damn!
cursive - the ugly organ

i only bought about 5 cd's this year, but i consider downloading the whole thing just as good as buying it!

Yummy Kaugalosh: i didn't like the new co&ca as much as second stage. and punk goes acoustic was really good, quite a suprise.
2003-12-30 02:03:48 PM  
Herb Utsmelz
You know, I thought out that exact same theory when I was 16, almost right down to the letter!! It's how I like to justify (purely) electronic music or even the inclusion of keyboards in mainly rock songs. It really is a small world. :-)
2003-12-30 02:33:31 PM  
In no particular order, the best albums of the year. This is not up for debate. It just IS.

Outkast - Speakerboxx/love below
Guided by Voices - 3rd Box set - Hardcore UFO's
Lifeguards - Mist King Urth
Melt Banana - Cell-Scape (best hardcore album EVER)
Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Master and Everyone

That's about all I can think of. Also, props to those of you who have any idea who BPB (will oldham) and Melt Banana are.

/metallica can suck it.
2003-12-30 02:38:26 PM  
Brand New-Deja Entendu
Saves the Day-In Reverie
Vendetta Red-Between the Never and Now (don't know the exact title, my friend actually gave it to me...;)_
2003-12-30 02:41:01 PM  
The Distillers//Coral Fang
Mud Honey//Piece of Cake
The Cranberries//Bury the Hatchet
Radiohead//Hail to the Thief
Placebo//Sleeping with Ghosts
Placebo//Without You I'm Nothing
Alice in Chains//Sap
The Donnas//The Donnas Turn 21
Filter//Short Bus
2003-12-30 02:43:10 PM  
I also bought of elitist indie albums, but the best out of all I bought this year were pretty much really old stuff from the early 90's.
2003-12-30 03:08:33 PM  
Barenaked Ladies - Everything to Everyone
Japan For Sale vol. 3
"Weird Al" Yankovic - Poodle Hat
Only new CDs that I got this year.
2003-12-30 03:46:44 PM  
Thrice - The Artist in the Ambulance
Thursday - War All the Time
Deftones - Deftones
Bjork - Greatest Hits
311 - Evolver
A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step
Cursive - The Ugly Organ
From Autumn to Ashes - The Fiction We Live
Alien Ant Farm - Truant

* I love Outkast, but that album was a science experiment gone horribly wrong.
2003-12-30 03:54:23 PM  
I didn't buy any CD's this year...AND I can't pick any favorites, because THEY ALL SOUND EXACTLY THE SAME.
2003-12-30 03:58:23 PM  
Hands down the #1 for me:
1. [image from vh1.com too old to be available]

2. Dave Matthews - Some Devil
3. REM - The Beast of 1989-2003
4. Coldplay - Rush of Blood to the Head

Those are my 4 because, well...I'm po'. :) Gotta love Graduate school.

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