Hate by The Delgados. Lush, rich,
full, and beautiful. Wonderful orchestration and fabulous musicianship
combine with remarkable songwriting. Unbelievable. A must-have.
Down Here by Earlimart. Unbelievably underrated
album from Aaron Espinozaís primary musical outlet. Not to be
missed if you're a Elliott Smith or Grandaddy fan.
by Britta Phillips and Dean Wareham. A magnificent side project
by members of Luna, this record is for people in love. Iím aware
that this is cheesy to say.
You Are Free by Cat Power. Chan Marshall dazzles
with her rough-around-the-edges voice and unassuming songwriting.
Call her a wacko if you like, but that wonít stop her songs
from being beautiful.
Televise by Calla. Minimalist drone no-wave in
the vein of Joy Division, but without the suicidal overtones.
Light some candles and zone out with this record on.
Live at Sin-e by Jeff Buckley. Technically a
re-release of an EP from the late 1990ís, this new, expanded
two disc (with a nifty DVD) version showcases nearly three hours
of Buckleyís amazing early solo performances. Cool package,
Sumday by Grandaddy. Another great showing, though
not as strong as their previous release.
Vintage Slide Collections From Seattle, Vol. 1
by The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players. Certainly the
most original disc on my list this year. This record is chock
full of hilarious musings written about vintage slide collections
(some of which are viewable on this disc with your CD-Rom).
Loneliness Knows My Name by Patrick Park. Perhaps
it's just because I miss California that I find this CD endearing,
but regardless it is full of great folksy Americana. Catchier
Songs For Dustmites by Steve Burns. That guy
from Blueís Clues (Steve Burns) plus The Flaming Lipsí producer
(Dave Fridmann) and drummer (Steven Drozd) equals one cool record!