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December, 2004

Coming Soon: Top Albums of the Year (and my top 50 of 2003)

Well, it's about that time of year again. That's the time when I prove that I spend entirely too much of my time listening to music and come up with my top 50 albums of the year. For those interested in best of lists, make sure to go check out Fimoculous' Best of 2004 list of lists (while you're at it, check out Amazon's Top 100 Albums of the Year and largehearted boy's top 11.)

All these lists have made me realize I need to start working on my list. As a preliminary measure I've compiled a list of my 68 favorite albums of the year in alphabetical order. I'll start working on ranking them as soon as possible, but without any further ado, here's 68 good albums if you're looking for something to listen to:

A.C. Newman - The Slow Wonder
Air – Talkie Walkie
Annimal Collective- Sung Tongs
Asobi Seksu - Asobi Seksu
Bebel Gilberto - Bebel Gilberto
Broken Social Scene – Beehives
Chromeo – She’s in Control
Death from Above 1979 - You're a Woman, I'm a Robot
Devendra Banhart – Rejoicing in the Hands
Erelend Oye – DJ Kicks
Feist – Let it Die
Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
French Kicks – Trial of the Century
Interpol - Antics
Iron & Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days
Jason Forrest - The Unrelenting Songs of the 1979 Post-Disco Crash
Jim Guthrie - Now, More Than Ever
Joanna Newsome – The Milk-Eyed Mender
John Vanderslice – Cellar Door
Joy Zipper – American Whip
Kanye West - The College Dropout
Kings of Convenience – Riot on an Empty Street
Lali Puna - Faking the Books
Lambchop – Aw C’Mon/No, You C’mon
Madvillain – Madvillainy
Magnetic Fields - I
Maritime - Glass Floor
Mellow – Perfect Colors
Mirah - C'mon Miracle
Modest Mouse – Good News for People who Love Bad News
Moonbabies – Orange Billboard
Murs - Murs 316 The 9th Edition
Of Montreal - Satanic Panic in the Attic
Panthers - Things Are Strange
Phoenix – Alphabetical
Prince – Musicology
Rachael Yamagata - Happenstance
Ratatat – Ratatat
Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous
Robbers on High Street – Fine Lines EP
Saturday Looks Good to Me - Every Night
Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters
Snow Patrol - Final Straw
Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse
Sufjan Stevens – Seven Swans
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Shake the Streets
The Arcade Fire - Funeral
The Bad Plus - Give
The Beta Band - Heroes to Zeroes
The Cardigans - Long Gone Before Midnight
The Delays - Faded Seaside Glamour
The Donnas - Gold Medal
The Elected – Me First
The Fever – Red Bedroom
The Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat
The Futureheads - The Futureheads
The Hives - Tyrannosaurus Hives
The Killers – Hot Fuss
The Mountain Goats - We Shall All Be Healed
The Roots - The Tipping Point
The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come for Free
TV on the Radio – Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
Wagon Christ - Sorry I Make You Lush
Walkmen – Bows and Arrows
Wilco – A Ghost is Born
Zero 7 – When It Falls

I've got a couple more left to listen to:

1. U2 - How to Dismantle an Atom Bomb
2. The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike
3. The Go Find - Miami
4. Annie - Anniemal
5. Brian Wilson - Smile
6. Green Day - American Idiot
7. Juana Molina - Tres Cosas
8. Junior Boys - Last Exit

Got a list, send it to me at writing@noahbrier.com.

Also, for your enjoyment (and since it's not up anywhere on this site), here's my top 50 albums of 2003.

1. Postal Service – Give Up
2. The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
3. Broken Social Scene – You Forget It In People
4. Stars – Heart
5. Sufjan Stevens – Greetings From Michigan The Great Lake State
6. Rachael Yamagata – Rachael Yamagata EP
7. TV on the Radio – Young Liars EP
8. Holopaw – Holopaw
9. Deerhoof – Apple ‘O
10. Yo La Tengo – Summer Sun
11. Jay-Z – The Black Album
12. Metric – Old World Underground, Where Are You Now
13. Dizzee Rascal – Boy in Da Corner
14. Wrens – Meadowlands
15. Ms. John Soda – No P or D
16. Juana Molina – Segundo
17. Fruit Bats - Mouthfuls
18. Evan Dando – Baby, I’m Bored
19. Viktor Vaughn – Vaudeville Villain
20. The New Pornographers – Electric Version
21. Decemberists – Her Majesty The Decemberists
22. Four Tet – Rounds
23. White Stripes – Elephant
24. Cat Power – You Are Free
25. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Hearts of Oak
26. Decemberists – Castaways and Cutouts
27. Basement Jaxx – Kish Kash
28. Mates of State – Team Boo
29. Stellastarr – Stellastarr*
30. Guther – I Know You Know
31. Madlib – Shades of Blue
32. Rocky Votolato – Suicide Medicine
33. Saturday Looks Good to Me – All Your Summer Songs
34. Radiohead – Hail to the Thief
35. Athlete – Vehicles and Animals
36. Adam Green – Friends of Mine
37. The Darkness – Permission to Land
38. Belle and Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress
39. Outkast – Speakerboxx/Love Below
40. Kings of Leon – Youth and Young Manhood
41. Long Winters – When I Pretend To Fall
42. Russian Futurists – Let’s Get Ready to Crumble
43. The Sea and Cake – One Bedroom
44. Jason Collett – Motor Motel Love Songs
45. Iron and Wine – The Sea and Rhythm EP
46. The Books – The Lemon of Pink
47. Jet – Get Born
48. Architecture in Helsinki – Fingers Crossed
49. Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism
50. The Strokes – Room on Fire
December 2, 2004
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