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2001 Year End Best Of
Top 12 New Releases for 2001:
Is Not A Film by Underwater: This album holds
up after many many listens. A great soulful electronica album.
Is Where It Hurts by Hood: A stunning EP. Features
my favorite song from this year, It's Been A Long Time
Since I was Last Here.
by The Dismemberment Plan: Another stunning album from one
of the best rock bands in America.
Bains Douches by Joy Division: A 22 year old concert
recording from a band that is better than almost another other
by Violet Indiana: Robin Guthrie is my hero. 'Nuff said.
by Miles Tilmann: Amazingly good groovey yet mellow electronica.
- The Argument by Fugazi: Fugazi have released
yet another great album, only this time they are a post-punk
band and not a hardcore act. I haven't stopped listening to
this since i got it two months ago.
- A 24 Syllable Haiku by Isobella: This just
came out, although i got a promo copy in April. It was the
soundtrack to my summer: intertwined guitar melodies. A great
sophomore album from a band i continue to be impressed with.
by Mouse On Mars: They run the gamut from hard beat dance
music to abstract sound collage. And they do it all so very
by Fridge: An album of really great sound collages. I am still
kicking myself for missing their show.
by Windy And Carl: 30 plus minutes of abstract guitar drones.
One of the most purely relaxing albums i have heard in a long
time. Brillo would hate it!
- Azure Ray
by Azure Ray: Beatuiful female harmonies with light guitarwork.
A stunning debut. When is the next album coming out?
Top 8 Albums i discovered in 2001 that came
- Sketches Of Spain by Miles Davis: I really
got into jazz this year, in a much deeper way than i ever
have before. Miles was a genius, and i keep coming back to
the subtle melodies of this album.
- Music Has The Right To Children by Boards
Of Canada: A very groovy electronica album, and one that has
had a huge influence on electronica now. You can hear a BoC
influence on Miles
among others. But BoC did it best.
- The Mirror Pool by The Autumns: Although their
was disappointing, this album still rocks my world. It's a
swirly mess of guitars and voices, and is the perfect album
for driving around Atlanta on sunny days.
- Places You Call Home by Mean Red Spiders:
Even better than their second
album, if you can believe that. Shoegazer ain't dead --
it's just Canadian these days, eh?
American Primitive by Young American Primitive:
I have heard back from dozens of fellow fans after posting
this review. Strange, that. But this is a truly great album.
- Love At Absolute
Zero by My Favorite: The 80's ain't dead, and
synthpop is still as catchy as it ever was.
by Bethany Curve: Stark melodies concocted out of swirling guitars.
- 33 by SouthPacific: Another great Canadian
shoegazer band, unfortunately now defunct.
Albums from 2001 that i think i like a lot,
but haven't listened to enough of yet to really know:
Sitting mext to my stereo is an ever-growing stack of new stuff
that i need to get around to reviewing. These albums sound really
good on the first few listens. Eventually i will get around
to reviewing them...
Know By Heart by American Analog Set
You Brought Us Here by Bethany Curve
Amerigo Vesta by Casionova
Jetlag Dreams by The Departure Lounge
Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The
Truth Shall Live Forever by Explosions In The Sky
Elm Street by Lanterna
In The Fishtank Volume 7 by Low with The Dirty
Elesgium by Lowsunday
Fuse Time For The Working Force by Plug Spark
The Sound Of The Color Of The Sun by SIANspheric
Top 10 Concerts i attended in 2001:
- THE PSYCHEDELIC
FURS w/ Pinfed on Saturday.31.March.2001: Okay, the opener
blew chunks, but i had waited 15 years to see The Furs, and
they were every bit as brilliant as i had dreamed they would
- RED HOUSE PAINTERS
w/ Champale on Monday.25.June.2001: Again, the opener
failed to impress, but Kozelek and co could have played forever
on that stage, and i would have been perfectly happy.
- ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO
w/ Kelly Hogan on Saturday.1.December.2001: Continuing
my theme, i could live without the opener, but Alejandro was
- JOE STRUMMER AND THE MESCOLEROS on Thursday.4.October.2001
at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC: I had just gotten laid
off, and yet still sent on a business trip. Big companies
are screwy like that. And yet, i got to see Joe. I had waited
20 years to see him in concert, and when they played Armagiedeon
Time everything was right in the world. Thanks Joe --
i owe you one.
- ARAB STRAP w/
Japancakes on Saturday.7.April.2001: Arab Strap were cracking
sexist jokes and drinking like mad. But there music was so
beautiful that i was able to get over that.
w/ Audomobil?, Tourmalin, and Intelligent Life Form on
Friday.2.March.2001: This night went late, but all 4 acts
(i later found out that the two DJ's were called "Intelligent
Life Form", so i wanted to update that) played beautifully.
I will miss Underwater.
- The CellOrgy
on Saturday.29.December.2001: This time i liked the openers
more than the headliner. Martyr & Pistol played good 80's
rock, but American Dream stold the show. This is definitely
the best performance i have ever seen from this band i like
a lot. I think we owe it all to Joel, The Star Bar's genius
of a soundguy.
- THE ORB w/ Witchman
and LX Patterson on Saturday.14.April.2001: There is a
reason that The Orb are one of my favorite bands, and even
if their last album
wasn't their best, they still put on an amazing show. This
concert also introduced me to Witchman, who is rather great
- TORTOISE w/ Autechre
and Nobukazu Takemura on Thursday.24.May.2001: A strange
show, with the somewhat boring Autechre set. But Tortoise
live are more amazing than any band has the right to be.
- BURNING AIRLINES w/ Moreland Audio and Schatzi: I will forever
miss The Purkinje Shift, but Moreland Audio is a fine continuation,
and they get better with each show. Burning Airlines were
an unexpected treat -- earnest DC hardcore that works very
well in a live setting.
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