An identical thread has already been started on the Barsuk board, I'm trying to keep my mind off the fact that I just flew across the country on Thanksgiving only to be dumped like a little bitch, and we all know that the InterWeb is an easy, wonderful way to shove yr opinion down the throat of the masses, so:
BEST RECORDS OF 2003. GO.
Expound on the best songs of the year, if you're feeling frisky. If this thread exists elsewhere and the cold medicine and tear-soaked eyes have blinded me to it, please feel free to deliver me a swift kick in the binary head.
I have a top 25 for both, but I'll spare you the latter and say that the best song of the year is probably "Young Liars" by TV on the Radio. Goddamn, I said: goddamn.
Here's the big 2-5 insofar as albums go, listed alphabetically because I'm a procrastinating bastard and usually can't wrap the actual top 10 until spring of the following year.
- · Arab Strap | Monday at the Hug & Pint
· Azure Ray | Hold on Love
· Beulah | Yoko
· the Bloodthirsty Lovers | the Bloodthirsty Lovers
· Cass McCombs | A
· Crooked Fingers | Red Devil Dawn
· Death Cab for Cutie | Transatlanticism
· the Decemberists | Castaways & Cutouts
· Dirty Three | She Has No Strings Apollo
· Firewater | the Man on the Burning Tightrope
· Fountains of Wayne | Welcome Interstate Managers
· Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter | Reckless Burning
· the Long Winters | When I Pretend to Fall
· Nada Surf | Let Go (debate about the actual release date of this record here)
· the New Pornographers | Electric Version
· Okkervil River | Down the River of Golden Dreams
· the Pernice Brothers | Yours, Mine & Ours
· the Postal Service | Give Up
· the Shins | Chutes Too Narrow
· Skating Club | Bugs & Flowers
· Songs: Ohia | Magnolia Electric Company
· Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks | Pig Lib
· Ted Leo/Pharmacists | Hearts of Oak
· the Twilight Singers | Blackberry Belle
· the Wrens | the Meadowlands
Out on a limb, my #1 record of 2003 (contrary to what folks've been saying, it's probably my favourite year for music in as long as I can remember) is the Twilight Singers' Blackberry Belle, an incredible dark horse entry that made its triumphant showing known when I witnessed the glory that is Greg Dulli play his heart (and those songs!) the holy living fuck out on two consecutive nights in Chicago (and, later, one in Austin!). Before that, Transatlanticism was having it out with Hearts of Oak and Yoko.