Here's my top ten of the year plus some other good titles and some reactions from friends.
Sam's Top 10, 2003 1. The Microphones "Mount Eerie" 2. The Fall "The Real New Fall LP (Formerly 'Country on the Click')" 3. Fennesz "Live in Japan" 4. Why? "Oaklandazulasylum" 5. Noriko Tujiko "Make Me Hard" 6. Matt Elliott "The Mess We Made" 7. The Iditarod "The Ghost, the Elf, the Cat and the Angel" 8. Chris T-T "London is Sinking" 9. Richard Youngs "Airs of the Ear" 10. Charlambides "Increase"
Also Commended Animal Collective "Here Comes the Indian" Atmosphere "Seven's Travels" Beans "Tomorrow Right Now" The Beans “Inner Cosmosis” Buck 65 "Talking Honky Blues" Bug "Pressure" Circle ”Sunrise” Coil (misc re-issues) Jon-Rae Fletcher and the River (can't remember the title) Jackie O Motherfucker "Change" Jandek "The Place" Kid 606 "Kill Sound Before Sound Kills You" King Geedorah "Take Me to Your Leader" Lightning Bolt “Wonderful Rainbow” Majesticons "Beauty Party" New Pornographers "Electric Version" Nurse with Wound "She and Me Fall Together in Free Death" and “Salt Marie Celeste” Radiohead "Hail to the Thief" Rapture "Echoes" Alasdair Roberts "Farewell Sorrow" So "So" Themselves "The No Music AIFFs" Noriko Tujiko "From Tokyo to Niagra" Robert Wyatt "Cuckooland" Young Marble Giants "Colossal Youth" (re-issue) Neil Young "On the Beach" (re-issue)
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Apologies to anyone (or thing) I forgot.
Mike Barnes writes...Hi Sam
I should do my own but it would probably look a bit mainstream and girly compared with this. Not heard the Microphones yet. Some stuff I have heard recently that I really liked was So with Markus Popp and Eriko Toyaan, The Books - The Lemon of Pink and the upcoming Piana album on Happy, the new Japanese pop label (all glitchy pop, to use a horrible phrase) Also heard some phenomenal improv stuff by drummer Paal Nilssen-Love just recently made available. Haven't even heard the new Radiohead album. Love Cuckooland by Wyatt and reviewed at as lead review for Mojo except it was, amazingly, miscredited to Jim Irvin. Interviewed Wyatt live in the studio on my Resonance radio show, which was quite exciting. Also Coleen Everyone Alive Wants Answers On Leaf, Susumu Yokota - Laputa, Cat Power - You Are Free ("He War" is my favourite track of the year along with The White Stripes' fantastic version of Black Jack Davey on the Seven Nation Army EP). Just got promos for three great records out next year: OOIOO (Yoshimi from Boredoms) Chicago Underground Trio and Trapist (with guitarist Martin Siewert and the drummer from Radium and others. Can't leave it alone even though I am now over 30!
I think I might have mentioned I'm doing some subbing at the Wire which is great fun. Hip hop is one of the few genres of music that I just can't get into (maybe I'm too old and too white although it has been going on long enough for me to have had time in this respect). I love reading the Hiphop reviews in The Wire though and thought that Buck 65 looked really interesting.
When did Sunrise by Circle come out? I've got Alotus which I think was out originally last year. It sounds to me how Loop always imagined they sounded but didn't.
The boy T-T's album is really good, I agree. I prefer him when he's less whimsical or less 'silly' as he puts it.
Mike Pycock writes...
What about the new Iron Maiden album?