I love lists. I used to love making them, agonizing over the placement of each item. Why agonize? Because music is important. Music is an experience. I imagine myself as a sonic windshield driving through the year... some stuff splats and leaves a permanent stain. Some stuff bounces off. Some stuff I only catch a glimpse of in my rear view mirror. Some stuff puts a bullet in my chest, knocks me unconscious and rolls me into a ditch.

kingoffrance.jpgKING OF FRANCE : "Salad Days"
This is one that put a bullet in me. You heard a taste of it in my "Chuck Deleted His Blog" video. Lover don't cry, I am not your man. Steve Salett, the singer/guitar player, has been a charistmatic and enigmatic Minneapolis presence from his days in Deformo. Pete Scholtes' City Pages review rightly calls Steve a "nerdy, indie-rock Johnny Cash." It deeply hovers above sadness, wryly commenting on betrayed love. It shimmers and reverberates. What can I say? It moves me.

Grandaddy, "Sumday"
The Shins, "Chutes Too Narrow"
The Hang Ups, s/t
Junior Senior, "D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat"
Röyksopp, "Melody A.M."
Belle & Sebastian, "Dear Catastrophe Waitress"
Beulah, "Yoko"
Broadcast, "Pendulum EP" (didnt hear "Ha Ha Sound")
The Clean, "Anthology"
The Clientele, "The Violet Hour"
Fountains of Wayne, "Welcome Interstate Managers"
Guided By Voices, "Earthquake Glue"
Manitoba, "Up In Flames"
The New Pornographers, "Electric Version"
Super Furry Animals, "Phantom Power"
Supergrass, "Life on Other Planets"
White Stripes, "Elephant"
Yo La Tengo, "Summer Sun"
Sloan, "Action Pact"

SOUNDTRACKS: A Mighty Wind, Kill Bill, Lost in Translation

MOST HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Dandy Warhols, Dressy Bessy, Andrew W.K., Deerhoof, Electric Six, Essex Green, R. Stevie Moore, Atmosphere, Katastrophy Wife, The Jayhawks, Eleni Mandell, Mike Gunther and His Wailing Souls, MC Honky, Liz Phair, The Postal Service, R.E.M., Radiohead, The Rapture, The Sea and Cake, The Soviettes, Starlight Mints, Stereolab, The Strokes, Melt Banana, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club, The American Analog Set, Peaches

DIDN'T HEAR ENOUGH, WANNA HEAR MORE: Cat Power, Eels, Fischerspooner, Mates of State, Outkast, TV on the Radio, Faux Jean, The Owls

REFERENCE: Radio K's Top 77

December 31, 2003 at 02:08 PM in Music | Permalink


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I'm usually a list-making fiend as well...but haven't yet gotten around to my year-end top tens. Maybe tomorrow. Today my focus is on lounging and baking. Just whipped up a mock chicken pot pie, which pleases me to no end.

Posted by: Sharyn at Dec 31, 2003 2:48:13 PM

Mmm! Damn that sounds good. I was going to make a last-ditch attempt to enter the Creative Commons Moving Image contest, but... I need to relax and lounge.

Posted by: Chuck at Dec 31, 2003 3:05:24 PM

mock chicken pot pie? i'll be right over!

great list, chuck. since we like so much of the same stuff, do you want to get married? oh wait, radiohead is too low. maybe next year.

seriously though, i'll check out a bunch of the ones on your list i haven't heard. it's always fun to discover new music.

Posted by: lane at Dec 31, 2003 3:14:27 PM

Relaxing is a thoroughly undervalued activity. More people really should be doing it. Oh, and I meant to wait until later this evening, but just had to sample it...the mock chicken pot pie turned out quite well. If yer lucky, maybe I'll make one for yawl in the new year :-)

Posted by: Sharyn at Dec 31, 2003 4:50:02 PM

It's next year now. Can we get married Lane? Maybe Sharyn will fill a tub with her mock chicken pot pie.

Posted by: Chuck at Jan 2, 2004 12:28:06 PM

Mmmm, squishy.

Posted by: Sharyn at Jan 3, 2004 8:26:42 PM

what's a mock chicken? play me say me pay
me you slay me!

Posted by: r. stevie moore at Feb 15, 2006 2:12:08 PM