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(53 total / 19 countries representing)

Ambrose (Belgium)

  1. Simon Joyner - Hotel Lives
  2. Joan Of Arse - Distant Hearts, A Little Closer
  3. Mercury Rev - All Is Dream
  4. Low - Things We Lost In The Fire
  5. Sophia - De Nachten
  6. Red House Painters - Old Ramon
  7. Bonnie Prince Billy - Ease Down The Road
  8. Built To Spill - Ancient Melodies Of The Future
  9. Spain - I Believe
  10. Whiskeytown - Pneumonia

Anonymous (Kentucky, USA)

  1. Bjork: Vespertine I was very slow to buy the "swan lady"'s new cd. but as soon as I heard it I knew the days of Debut and Post were over. Vespertine is a graceful and beautful as a well...swan but I wish the b-side "verandi" had been on it.
  2. White Stripes: White Blood Cells If this doesn't kick blink-182 and Sum-41 and Staind's little kiddy rock's asses than I don't know what does.
  3. Radiohead: Amnesiac I hated Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors (too much Aphex Twin from Thom than I can handle) and not reall a worther follow up to the in my opinion epic Kid A, but not bad.
  4. The Avalanches: Since I Left You If this isn't funnier than D-12 and slicker than Eminem than I'm crazy in the coconut.
  5. Spiritualized: Let it Come Down:

Chittakone Baccam (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

  1. Explosions In The Sky - Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever
  2. Low - Things We Lost In The Fire
  3. Têtes Raides - Gratte Poil
  4. Mogwai - Rock Action
  5. Migala - Arde
  6. Yann Tiersen - Music of the movie Fabuleux Destin D'Amélie Poulain
  7. Set fire to flames - Sings Reign Rebuilder
  8. Radiohead - Amnesiac
  9. Sparklehorse - It's A Wonderful Life
  10. Stereo Total - Musique Automatique

Cormac Barry (Boston, MA, USA)

  1. Four Tet - Pause (definitely number 1)
  2. Richie Hawtin - DE9 closer to the edit
  3. Fridge - Happiness
  4. Kings of Convenience - Versus
  5. Aphex Twin - Drukqs
  6. Super Furry Animals - Rings around the world
  7. U-Ziq - Tango N'Vectif (re-issue)
  8. Various Artists - The Braindance Coincidence on Rephlex Records
  9. Radiohead - Amnesiac
  10. The Avalanches -Since I left you

Lynnette Bender (Lincoln, NE, USA)

  1. Radiohead "Amnesiac"
  2. Avalanches "Since I Left You/Gimix"
  3. Neil Finn "One Nil"
  4. Stephen Malkmus
  5. Daft Punk "Discovery"
  6. Sloan "Pretty Together"
  7. Travis "the Invisible Band"
  8. Bjork "Vespertine"
  9. Sigur Ros "Agaetis Byrjun"
  10. Turin Brakes "the Optimist LP"
  11. Starsailor "Love is Here"
  12. Air "10,000 Hz Legend"
  13. Zoot Woman "Living in a Magazine"
  14. Elbow "Asleep in the Back"
  15. N.E.R.D. "In Search of..."

Bitboy (San Francisco, CA, USA)

  1. Adult.: Resuscitation
  2. Fischerspooner: Fischerspooner (technically a late 2000 entry, but I didn't get my copy until 2001)
  3. Stereo Total: Musique Automatique
  4. Ladytron: 604
  5. Human League: Secrets
  6. Gorillaz: Gorillaz
  7. Daft Punk: Discovery
  8. Air: 10,000Hz Legend
  9. The Faint: Danse Macabre
  10. Bjork: Vespertine

José Borges (Macau, China)

  1. Bjork “Vespertine”
  2. Zero 7 “Simple Things”
  3. Mogwai “Rock Action”
  4. Spiritualized “Let It Come Down”
  5. The Strokes “Is This It”
  6. Radiohead “Amnesiac”
  7. The Divine Comedy “Regeneration”
  8. The Avalanches “Since I Left You”
  9. Reindeer Section “Y´All Get Scared Now, Ya Hear”
  10. Fort Lauderdale “Time Is Of The Essence”

Matthew Bryan (Spartanburg, SC, USA)

  1. Radiohead - Amnesiac
  2. The Strokes - Is This It
  3. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
  4. Bjork - Vespertine
  5. The Avalanches - Since I Left You
  6. The Beta Band - Hot Shots II
  7. Low - Things We Lost In The Fire
  8. Mogwai - Rock Action
  9. Mercury Rev - All is Dream
  10. Sparklehorse - It's A Wonderful Life
  11. Mum - Yesterday Was Dramatic-Today is OK
  12. Stereolab - Sound Dust
  13. Daft Punk - Discovery
  14. The Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band - Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward
  15. Aphex Twin - Drukqs

Dainis Bushmanis (Riga, Latvia)

  1. The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-la-la Band "Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward" (Canada)
  2. Björk "Vespertine" (Iceland)
  3. Emak Bakia "Después" (Spain)
  4. Present "High Infidelity" (Belgium)
  5. Univers Zéro "Crawling Wind" (Belgium)
  6. Uzrujan "...thirteen days forth and thirteeen back..." (Croatia)
  7. Mogwai "Rock Action" (UK)
  8. A Short Apnea "Illu Ogod Ellat Rhagedia" (Italy)
  9. Hamster Theatre "Carnival Detournement" (USA)
  10. Migala "Arde" (Spain)
  11. The Third Eye Foundation "I Poo Poo On Your Juju" (UK)
  12. Radiohead "Amnesiac" (UK)
  13. Hood "Home Is Where It Hurts" (UK) EP
  14. Frankie Sparo "Arena Hostile" (Canada) EP
  15. Labradford "fixed:: context" (USA)

Ryan Dee (Lincoln, NE, USA)

  1. The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
  2. Mum - Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today Is OK
  3. Fridge - Happiness
  4. The Avalanches - Since I Left You
  5. Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
  6. David Axelrod - David Axelrod
  7. Hood - Cold House
  8. Stars Of The Lid - The Tired Sounds Of Stars Of The Lid
  9. Bjork - Vespertine
  10. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - The Final Studio Recordings
  11. Matmos - A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure
  12. Rufus Wainwright - Poses
  13. Prefuse 73- Vocal Studies & Uprock Narratives

Geoff Deichert (???)

  1. Applessed Cast-Low Level Owl Vol. 1 and 2
  2. Sigur Ros -Agaetis Byrjun
  3. Tool-Lateralus
  4. Sparklehorse-It's a Wonderful Life
  5. BRMC Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  6. Arab Strap-The Red Tread
  7. Explosions in the Sky-Those who....
  8. Radiohead-Amnesiac
  9. Steve Kilbey-Dabble
  10. Mogwai-Rock Action

Andrew Forell (Melbourne, Australia)

  1. zorn: the city's collapsing but not tonight
  2. clouDDead: s/t
  3. fennesz: endless summer
  4. jan jellinek: loop finding jazz records
  5. a silver mount zion: born into trouble
  6. pan sonic: aaltopiiri
  7. monolake: cinemascope/gravity
  8. set fire to flames: s/t
  9. joy division: live at bain douches
  10. john coltrane: olatungi concert
  11. laswell/wobble: radioaxiom - a dub transmission
  12. prefuse 73: uprock narratives
  13. to rococo rot/i sound: music is a hungrey ghost
  14. hilmarrson/sigur ros: angels of the universe
  15. jetone: ultramarin

Fred (Munich, Germany)

  1. Synchronicity Foundation Featuring Kamal / Echoes of Stillness (New Age)
  2. Sigur Ros / Ageatis Byrjun (Independent)
  3. Jam & Spoon / Tripomatic Fairytales 2002 (Trance, Ambient, Techno)
  4. Various / Morricone RMX (Trip Hop, Electronic)
  5. Various / Buddha Bar III (Trip Hop, Club Sound)
  6. Robbie Williams / Swing While you´re Winning (Pop, Swing)
  7. Enya / A Day Without Rain (New Age)
  8. Kruder & Dorfmeister / DJ Kicks
  9. Various / Gatecrasher, Global Sound System (Trance, Techno)
  10. Various / Asia Lounge (Club Sound, Trip Hop)

Martin Friberg (Sweden)

  1. Sagor & Swing - Orgelfarger
  2. Set Fire To Flames - Sings Reign Rebuilder
  3. Re: - Mnant
  4. The Famous Boyfriend - S/T (A collection of their two full length albums, not sure if it was released in 2001 though)
  5. Andreas Tilliander - Ljud
  6. Mogwai - Rock Action
  7. Indian Rope - Limbo
  8. The Knife - S/T
  9. Pallin - A One Bedroom Apartment
  10. My Favorite - A Cult Of One
  11. Mercury Rev - All Is Dream
  12. The Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band - Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward
  13. Tool - Lateralus
  14. Figurine - The Heartfelt
  15. Múm - Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today Is OK

Brian Gow (Boston, MA, USA)

  1. Lamb - What Sound
  2. Mercury Rev - All is Dream
  3. Sparklehorse - It's a Wonderful Life
  4. Bjork - Vespertine
  5. Radiohead - Amnesiac
  6. Elbow - Asleep in the Back
  7. Zero 7 - Simple Things
  8. Mogwai - Rock Action
  9. DJ Logic - Anomaly
  10. Ladytron - 604

Aaron Grauer (Lincoln, NE, USA)

  1. Neil Finn - One Nil
  2. Reindeer Section - Y'all Get Scared Now Ya Hear
  3. Elbow - Asleep in the Back
  4. Lowgold - Just Backward Of Square
  5. Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
  6. Radiohead - Amnesiac
  7. Avalanches - Since I Left You (Gimix)
  8. Prefuse 73 - Vocal Studies and Uprock Narrative
  9. Jan Jelinek - Loop Finding Jazz Records
  10. Royksopp - Melody A.M.
  11. Zoot Woman - Living In A Magazine
  12. Four Tet - Pause
  13. Mum - Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today Is OK
  14. Yann Tiersen - Music From Fabuleux Destin D'Amelie Poulain
  15. Minotaur Shock - Chiff Chaffs & Willow Warblers

Tina Guppie (Lincoln, NE, USA)

  1. Gillian Welch-The Revelator
  2. Avalanches-Since I left you
  3. Solex-Low Kick & Hard Bop
  4. Low-Things we Lost in the Fire
  5. White Stripes-White Blood Cells
  6. Calexico-Crystal Frontier EP
  7. Bonnie Prince Billy-Ease on Down the Road
  8. Nick Cave- No More Shall We Part
  9. The Czars-Music From The Film I'd Rather Be Gone EP
  10. Manu Chao-Esperanza

Gwee (Singapore)

  1. Sparklehorse- It's a Wonderful Life (A truly wondrous concoction of altcountry songs. Mark Linkous' best album yet)
  2. The Beta Band- Hot Shots II (a masterful LP from the cruelly-talented quartet)
  3. Four Tet- Pause (you won't be using the pause/stop button on this one)
  4. Sigur Ros- Agaetis Byrgun (It came out last year, but too good to leave off ANY list)
  5. The Strokes- Is This it? (Somehow, I feel they are over-rated but full of great tunes still)
  6. Bjork-Vespertine (The last track is Bjork's best song in her career)
  7. Kings of Convenience- Vs (Listen to KOC like you have never ever heard them before)
  8. The Avalanches- Since I Left You (A contender for best dance/hiphop/whatever album since Endtroducing)
  9. Ed Harcourt- Here Be Monsters (Slightly more talented than just about any british singer/songwriter out there today)
  10. Pete Yorn- musicforthemorningafter (a real revelation, if you buy only one packed-with-jaw-dropping-tunes album a year, make it this one)

Joe Hayes (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

  1. THE CLIENTELE - Suburban Light - This is going to be a surprise most of you and even kinda surprises me but when it comes down to it I have to be honest and say that this CD has re-emerged week after week in my life since early this year.
  2. DNTEL - Life is Full of Possibilities - If I had to pinpoint what kind of "electronic" music I purchase and what I find rewarding about electronic music, this album perfectly sums it up.
  3. THE SHINS - Oh, Inverted World - How many whose better - the Strokes or the Shins - arguments have I gotten in this year ? How many times have I been the only one whose said I thought the Shins were better?
  4. THE KINGSBURY MANX - Let You Down - This is a brilliant album. Depressing as hell, but brilliant. I bought it on a whim, kept reading consistent reviews about it. I guess sometimes that works.
  5. THE STROKES - Is this It ? - I wanna have sex in the backseat of my parents car along to this CD at the drive-in, before I die.
  6. TORTOISE - Standards - This is by far and large my favorite Tortoise record to date. It is the most interactive piece of music they've done.
  7. LALI PUNA - Scary World Theory - A.K.A. "Radiohead's favorite band", Lali Puna is what Ladytron could be if they weren't so caught up with their outfits.
  8. STEREOLAB - Sound Dust - So, they ditched that cute Moog player. Oh well, who knows if that had anything to do with this album, their best since "Dots and Loops" I think.
  9. MOVIOLA - Rumours of the Faithful - Another underrated and underpublicized band --- hailing from Columbus, Ohio. Yes, I'm serious.
  10. THE MERKIN DREAM - Merkin Dream - What was the last time you bought a CD because you just had a feeling about it and the cover art kinda looked cool? Well, the Merkin Dream was that CD for me this year. There is absolute little to no publicity about this one. I can't understand it.
  11. FRIDGE - Happiness - Longer songs, slighthy more dynamic and more live (wait, is it live?) instruments in the mix, conceptually better executed. Rhythmically intense.
  12. RADIOHEAD - Amnesiac - Newsflash. I'm officially on the Radiohead bandwagon. I never disliked them or anything and I don't have a complex about liking bands that have posters outside Tower Records, I was just kinda never got around to giving them a chance -- sort of like how I never got around to seeing Titantic until it aired as the Sunday night movie on network T.V.
  13. PINBACK - Blue Screen Life - This is a good record, despite being slower and bit less punchy than their startling debut. Contrary to what some ignorant and impatient critics say, this is not in the least over-melancholic or "emo".
  14. SUMMER HYMNS - A Celebratory Arm Gesture - These are guys make music that makes me long for things. . . like summer. duh ! This is some serious 60s infused (almost chamber-like at times) pop.
  15. N.E.R.D.(the Neptunes) - In Search of. . . - I'm trying not to be as white as last year with my top 25, but honestly this deserves every plug it gets. This is the best pop hip-hop I've heard in a long time.

Horakhti (Silver Spring, MD, USA)

  1. cEvin Key: The Ghost of Each Room [Key never fails, always on edge - PLUS we get Ohgre!]
  2. BS 2000: Simply Mortified [Horovitz rocks the Casio - it's too damn funky in here]
  3. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: B.R.M.C. [second coming of Love and Rockets and the Chain]
  4. The Strokes: Is This It [New York proto-punk, the sequel; still rocks, despite all the hype]
  5. Radiohead: Amnesiac [another great album from one of the best]
  6. Rocket From the Crypt: Group Sounds [bring me the head, yeah]
  7. Gorky's Zygotic Mynci: How I Long To Feel That Summer In My Heart [nice, acoustic folk]
  8. Clinic!: Internal Wrangler [what a strange collection of VU-influenced songs]
  9. Califone: Roomsound [best alt-country since 16 Horespower's first]
  10. The Shins: Oh, Inverted World [melodic and pretty]

Rhyse Hyse (Edmonton, Alberta Canada)

  1. Circulatory System - Circulatory System
  2. Microphones - The Glow, pt.2
  3. Dntel - Life is Full of Possibilities
  4. Bjork - Vespertine
  5. Prefuse 73 - Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives
  6. Clouddead - Clouddead
  7. Radiohead - Amnesiac
  8. Four Tet - Pause
  9. Avalanches - Since I left you
  10. Explosions in the Sky - Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever
  11. Mum - Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today is OK
  12. Jan Jelinek - Loop Finding Jazz Records
  13. Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You
  14. Hood - Cold House
  15. Susumu Yokota - Grinning Cat

Craig Johansen (Hilo, HI, USA)

  • (not in any order)
  • Rammstein - Mutter - I don't know why the loud German things appeal to me so much, I guess I'm catching up for listening to classical music in high school.
  • Sparklehorse - It's a Wonderful Life
  • Ben Folds - Rockin' the Suburbs - Yes, I'm a poprock-slut, it's official. It is a great disc though.
  • Rufus Wainwright - Poses - Yeah, as I mentioned - talented, cute and gay helps too. I'm easy to please.
  • Trespassers William - Anchor (1999) - Kinda dark and seducto, kinda poprockish, she does that controlled breaking with her voice, veryinteresting stuff.
  • Old Blind Dogs - Fit? - A scottish folk band that I've been following for several years now.
  • Aphex Twin - Drukqs - It's a little scatter-brained, but so am I.
  • Autechre - Confield
  • Ida - Braille Night
  • Carissa's Wierd - You Should be at Home Here

Paul Kovacs (Buffalo, NY, USA)

  1. Bob Dylan-Love and Theft : His best work by far since the seventies
  2. Orbital-The Altogether : The Hartnolls never disappoint
  3. JJ72-Self titled : To sum it up in one word, Perfection
  4. Radiohead-Amnesiac : It's Radiohead, enough said
  5. Ryan Adams-Gold : A classic in the making
  6. Sigur Ros-Agaetis Byrjun : An all out fantastic voyage through sound
  7. Gorillaz-Self titled : Perfect for cruising in the car
  8. Molotov Cocktail Incorporated-Charon's Boat : The best album almost no-one has ever heard
  9. Tori Amos-Strange Little Girls : The best cover album ever
  10. Jamiroquai-A Space Odyssey : One of the few reasons that Disco's still cool

Larry (London, UK)

  1. Ulrich Schnaus – Far away trains passing by
  2. bola – soup
  3. Voice Stealer – All electric House
  4. Slam – Alien Radio
  5. Anthony Rother – Sex with the machines
  6. Radiohead – I might be wrong
  7. Jedi Knights – New School Science
  8. Zero 7 – Simple Things
  9. Electro Codes – Vol 2
  10. Electrocuted - SexMachineMusic

Larissa (Seattle, WA, USA)

  1. SFA (Super Furry Animals) - Rings Around the World (I heard this album before their previous one and I was hooked. Now I own all of their albums. They write fun and intelligent lyrics and this is the "future" of rock.)
  2. The Avalanches - Since I Left You (fun. This is the music for driving, running. Genius music-collage makers!)
  3. Zero 7 - Simple Things (Currently playing on my work CD player for the last 2 weeks. Melodic, sensual, organic rifts of violin and songstress voices)
  4. Kings of Convenience - Versus (poetic geniuses, music that seeps deep down into your soul)
  5. Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun (GORGEOUS melodies)
  6. Daft Punk - Discovery (when feeling low, this is your high pill)
  7. The Strokes - Is This It (you bet - they are overrated for a reason - a quick listen, but so much fun!)
  8. Elbow - Asleep in the Back (when you put this one in, hit repeat for the entire album - you won't regret it)
  9. Royksopp - Melody A.M.
  10. James - Pleased to Meet You (is there anyone else who just adores this large group?)
  11. Bent - Programmed to Love (Each song takes you on a new journey.)

Laura (New York, NY, USA)

  1. The Strokes, Is This It
  2. The White Stripes, White Blood Cells
  3. Starsailor, Love Is Here
  4. Basement Jaxx, Rooty
  5. Turin Brakes, The Optimist
  6. Gorillaz, Gorillaz
  7. Jay-Z, The Blueprint
  8. Bjork, Vespertine
  9. The Moldy Peaches, Moldy Peaches
  10. Sparklehorse, It's A Wonderful Life

Anton Lindskog (Lund, Sweden)

  1. Björk "Vespertine"
  2. Radiohead "Amnesiac"
  3. Lacrimosa "Fassade"
  4. Therion "Secret of the runes"
  5. Death in June "All pigs must die"
  6. Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio "Make love and war: The wedlock of Equilibrio"
  7. Matmos "A chance To cut is a chance to cure"
  8. Múm "Yesterday was dramatic - today is OK"
  9. Dawn of Oblivion "Mephisto's appealing"
  10. R.E.M. "Reveal"

Charis Mak (Hong Kong)

  1. Low - Things We Lost in the Fire
  2. The silver mt. Zion memorial Orchestra & Tra-la-la band - Born into trouble as the sparks fly upward
  3. Roykopp - Melody A.M.
  4. Mercury Rev - All is Dream
  5. Radiohead - Amnesiac
  6. Dntel - Life is all of possibilities
  7. Daft Punk - Discovery
  8. Mogwai - Rock Action
  9. Explosions in the sky - Those who tell the truth shall die, those who tell the truth shall live forever
  10. Edson - Unwind with edson

rui malheiro (Portugal)

  1. morning lake forever, dakota suite
  2. things we lost in the fire, low
  3. it's a wonderful life, sparklehorse
  4. primavera de destroços, mão morta
  5. visita de estudo, três tristes tigres
  6. amnesiac, radiohead
  7. jorge palma, jorge palma
  8. poses, rufus wainwright
  9. the braille night, ida
  10. protection spells, songs: ohia
  11. her only nightgown (ep), kafka
  12. jonathan david (ep), belle & sebastian
  13. i might be wrong, radiohead
  14. no more shall we part, nick cave & the bad seeds
  15. soul jam, wray gunn

Josh McGregor (Alberta, Canada)

  1. Radiohead-Amnesiac: People who were disappointed with Amnesiac should just recognise that Kid A and Amnesiac are quite different, and both masterpieces in their own respects. "Pyramid Song" and "Dollars and Cents" are instant classics on this record.
  2. Radiohead-I Might Be Wrong(Live Recordings): Some might think that Radiohead's sound does not translate live; but have a listen to this live record, and these same people will find they were wrong.
  3. Tea Party-Interzone Mantras: Excellent, heavier album from one of my favourite bands. Dark enough to make it interesting, without overdoing it. The second track, "Angels" is superb.
  4. Elbow-Asleep In The Back: This is one of the very best debuts I have heard in a long time. Excellent album, and these guys will just keep getting better and better. It is a bittersweet, oftentimes angst-ridden album, but not in a heavy metal manner.
  5. Doves-Lost Souls: Very dynamic performance by this Manchester group. Every song has a distinct sound, and this album provides for an excellent listen.
  6. Muse-Origin Of Symmetry: A mixture of piano arpeggios and very heavy bass. This one just ROCKS! Excellent listen for those who enjoy intelligent heavy music.
  7. Mull Historical Society-Loss: Wacky, but intelligent music from this fellow from Mull, which is off the coast of Scotland. Excellent debut.
  8. Spiritualized-Let It Come Down: I love the instruments in this album. A smooth listen. The lush arrangements are refreshing.
  9. Travis-The Invisible Band: These guys are very basic rockers, but they manage to do it well. This album was quite enjoyable.
  10. Kent-Hagnesta Hill: These Swedish rockers do a great job on this album.

Rick Medland (Carleton Place, ON, Canada)

  1. Mercury Rev - all is dream - what a beautiful album, try not to think of the hurt you have ever felt in love during the first song, "the dark is rising"; a perfect exposition of melodrama and longing.
  2. the Strokes - is this it - apparently it is. these lads from NYC stroke me. the tunes are edgy and angular and memorable. cocky and brass.
  3. Zero 7 - simple things - soul music. cross St Germain, Burt Bacharach and Air. a wonderfully fluid album that speaks in hushed and muted tones with easy sophisticated confidence and assured sultry vocals.
  4. Fila Brazillia - another late night - two guys from Kingston Upon Hull in England defy easy categorization. think the intelligence and studio mastery of the best Steely Dan with the best ambient trance and beat has to offer.
  5. Groove Collective - it's all in your mind - a buncha rockin' funked out live players taking hip hop jazz into the cool lounge, early Quincy Jones era. freeform jams, boogies and bongos.
  6. the Avalanches - since i left you - samples that collage here and roll about there, adding up to the most original music you could imagine. the melodies flop and stick in your head like gummy bears.
  7. Sigur Ros - Agetis Byrjun - spooky music for ghosts in vast spaces. this icelandic bunch offer tunes from outer limits. do not play at a seance or on mind expanders.
  8. Gillian Welch - time (the revelator) - amazingly simple and effective emo-country that send the most genuine notes of sincerity and picking into your lobes. a throaty confident voice.
  9. Travis - the invisible band - great tunes and melodies. not near as good as their sophmore piece The Man Who. this record portrays joy as something sad and wistful not a mere rage against the machine...refreshingly refreshing.
  10. Ryan Adams - gold - i wasn't going to include this until i slipped it on the headphones...the production is a flawless repo of seventies music done right; hammond organ interludes and acoustic flourishes in all the right places - it's uncanny.

Michael Migus (Toronto, ON, Canada)

  1. Radiohead - Amnesiac
  2. Squarepusher - Go Plastic
  3. Spoon - Girls can tell
  4. Dntel - Life is full of possibilities
  5. Mum - Yesterday was dramatic, today is okay
  6. Bjork - Vespertine
  7. Lali Puna - Scary World Theory
  8. Kristin Hersh - Sunny Border Blue
  9. Four Tet - Pause
  10. Basement Jaxx: Rooty

Paul Miller (Toronto, ON, Canada)

  1. US Maple - Acre Thrills
  2. Converge - Jane Doe
  3. Múm - Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today Is OK
  4. The Strokes - Is This It?
  5. Boozoo Bajou - Satta!
  6. Life Without Buildings - Any Other City
  7. Mínus - Jesus Christ Bobby
  8. Radiohead - Amnesiac
  9. Lali Puna - Scary World Theory
  10. Chicago Underground Quartet - s/t

Pedro Monteiro (Porto, Portugal)

  1. clouddead
  2. tied+tickled trio-electric avenue tapes
  3. vincent gallo-when
  4. masami akita/zwbignew karkowski-mazk
  5. maximilian hecker-infinite love songs
  6. supersilent 5
  7. monolake-cinemascope
  8. michael gira-how i loved you
  9. faust-the wurm years (reissue)
  10. various artists-pop ambient 2001(kompakt)

Angel Morante (Spain)

  1. Hood 'Cold House'
  2. Explosions in the Sky 'Those Who Tell The Truth...'
  3. American Analog Set 'Know By Heart'
  4. Mogwai 'Rock Action'
  5. Cannibal Ox 'Cold Vein'
  6. 12Twelve '12Twelve'
  7. Balago 'Erm'
  8. Unwound 'Leaves Turn Inside You'
  9. Set Fire to Flames 'Sings Reign Rebuilder'
  10. 4 Hero 'Creating Patterns'

Carles N (Spain)

  1. herbert - bodily functions
  2. fridge - happiness
  3. low - things we lost in the fire
  4. roots manuva - run come save me
  5. mogwai - rock action
  6. radiohead - amnesiac
  7. clouddead - clouddead
  8. missy elliott - miss e... so addictive
  9. strokes - is this it
  10. dntel - life is full of possibilities
  11. arab strap - the red thread
  12. four tet - pause
  13. plaid - double figure
  14. experience - aujurd'hui, maintenant
  15. sólo los solo - quimera (spanish hip-hop band. great, indeed

New Inventory (UK)

  • The Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-la-la Band - Born Into Trouble as The Sparks Fly Upward
  • Fridge - Happiness
  • Set Fire to Flames - Sings Reign Rebuilder
  • Radiohead - Amnesiac
  • Autechre - Confield
  • Brothomstates - Claro
  • Bonnie Prince Billy - Ease Down the Road
  • Her Space Holiday - Manic Expressive
  • Mercury Rev - All Is Dream
  • Silo - Alloy

Kristian Nygard (Norway)

  1. The Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-la-la Band - Born Into Trouble as The Sparks Fly Upward
  2. Low - Things We Lost In The Fire
  3. Radiohead - Amnesiac
  4. Mogwai - Rock Action
  5. Arab Strap - The Red Thread
  6. Mercury Rev - All is Dream
  7. Explosions in the Sky - Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever
  8. Motorpsycho - Phanerothyme
  9. Sparklehorse - It's A Wonderful Life
  10. Set Fire To Flames - Sings Reign Rebuilder

Pascal (Switzerland)

  1. Arab strap - the red thread
  2. Devics - My beautiful sinking ship
  3. Tarentel - The order of things
  4. The silver mt. zion orchestra and tralala band - born into trouble...
  5. Nick Cave - No more shall we part
  6. Anywhen - The opiates
  7. Mark Lanegan - Field songs
  8. Sianspheric - The sound of the colour of the sun
  9. Lumen - The man felt an iron arm ...
  10. Red house painters - Old ramon
  11. The Swords Project EP

Julien Pieraut (Eulvin, France)

  1. Autechre - Confield
  2. Aphex Twin - Druqks
  3. Radiohead - Amnesiac
  4. Jim O'Rourke - Insignifiance
  5. Squarepusher - Go Plastic !
  6. Bjork - Vespertine
  7. Mùm - Yesterday was Dramatic - Today is OK
  8. Plaid - Double Figure
  9. Prefuse 73 - Vocal Studies & Uprock Narratives
  10. Lali Puna - Scary World Theory

Ryan Riotboi (PA, USA)

  1. garbage - beautifulgarbage
  2. björk - vespertine
  3. lamb - what sound
  4. i am the world trade center - out of the loop
  5. skindive - skindive
  6. le tigre - feminist sweepstakes
  7. tori amos - strange little girls
  8. james - pleased to meet you
  9. radiohead - amnesiac
  10. further seems forever - the moon is down

Josh Rothman (Princeton, NJ, USA)

  1. Dntel - Life Is Full Of Possibilities
  2. New Order - Get Ready
  3. Radio Birdman - Essential 1974-1978
  4. Herbert - Bodily Functions
  5. R.E.M. - Reveal
  6. Mum - Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today Is OK
  7. American Analog Set - Know By Heart
  8. Clinic - Internal Wrangler
  9. Saint Etienne - Interlude
  10. Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain
  11. The Clientele - A Fading Summer EP
  12. Amy Anelle - A School Of Secret Dangers
  13. Azure Ray - s/t
  14. Charles Curtis - Ultrawhite Violet Light/Sleep
  15. Avalanches - Since I Left You

Jack Seale (London, UK)

  1. John Cameron Mitchell/Stephen Trask - Hedwig & The Angry Inch Original Soundtrack
  2. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
  3. Tindersticks - Can Our Love...?
  4. Ed Harcourt - Here Be Monsters
  5. Spain - I Believe
  6. Rufus Wainwright - Poses
  7. Kings Of Convenience - Quiet Is The New Loud
  8. Mercury Rev - All Is Dream
  9. The Strokes - Is This It
  10. Ladytron - 604

Roger Simonsen (Lincoln, NE, USA)

  1. low - things we lost in the fire (sustains itself throughout - get the vinyl with the two extra tracks -- they're great)
  2. mercury rev - all is dream (the best traditional pop/rock album of the year)
  3. plaid - double figure (the best electronic album of the year--thoroughly intrinsic, and almost making me regret selling "restproof clockwork" which i never could get in to)
  4. 310 - after all (dark, dubby, hallucinogens for a dark, dubby, year)
  5. orb - cydonia (especially after taping it and editing out about 5-10 minutes in the middle. oh, and switch the album version of once more for the single version)
  6. aphex twin - drukqs (i actually still haven't listened to it very much yet, but the piano pieces are one of the best takes on john cage that we've heard)
  7. david thomas and two pale boys - surf's up! (best david thomas release in a while, inspired me to pay $15.00 for an early 80's 2 track david thomas release (vocal performances) which also was a nice bit of imaginative listening. album title quite appropriate)
  8. to rococo rot and i sound - music is a hungry ghost (solid, peaceful, sensual, melodic, sensual, warm, clever, sensual, sensual electronica)
  9. hilmarsson, hilmar orn/sigur ros - angels of the universe (thumbs up. nothing new here but hilmar delivers ethereal new age without sounding like ethereal new age)
  10. matmos - a chance to cut is a chance to cure (let's face it i'm running out of selections for 2001 -- ask me again about 2001 in 2003. nevertheless, this is a fun one, and the liner notes are intriguing to more than just your average surgeon)

Nick Solsman (Columbus, OH, USA)

  1. Les Savy Fav - Rome (written upside down) - While this came out In late 2000, I discovered this amazing post-punk explosion (complete with digital trickery) near the beginning of this year. This 18-minute EP has gotten significantly more overall play in the last 12 months than my 2nd and 3rd (much longer) albums below combined. Addictive as Fuck.
  2. Mercury Rev - All is Dream - More Pure Beauty from the 1990s best band is another great leap forward. Much like Deserter’s Songs, but aimed for the stars, this album is full of sweeping crescendos, both orchestral and non, over the most emotional lyrics of the year which evoke (for me), childhood, and love in a world one can’t understand. Genius
  3. Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You - This album is one I was led to believe from reviews to be one of the more difficult releases to get into, I was extremely surprised when I found it to be angular, but also immediately eerily familiar. If GYBE! were a punk band, it would sound like Terminus.
  4. New Pornographers - Mass Romantic - So fucking catchy
  5. The Strokes - Is This It - Ditto
  6. Radiohead - Amnesiac - The Genius of Radiohead has been extensively well stated elsewhere. This release has a couple of duds, but overall is more of the same. That is to say: musical genius.
  7. White Stripes - White Blood Cells - Hit and Miss, but much more of the former. Behind Les Savy Fav as the album I most felt like a rock star while screaming along to in the car.
  8. Mum - Yesterday was Dramatic - Today is OK - My Favorite Electronic Release of the year. Pure Electronic Lullabies.
  9. Super Furry Animals - Rings Around the World - More great music from SFA. Less Electronic tomfoolery added in the mix, but makes up for it in spades with orchestral arrangements they could afford for this release. Most Spectacularly on Run!, Christian, Run!
  10. Mouse on Mars - Idiology - So much shit going on!…….and it works!…….really good!

Casper Sorensen (Denmark)

  1. Tool - Lateralus (adds new territory to the word "heavy")
  2. The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra And Tra-La-La Band - Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward
  3. Björk - Vespertine
  4. Mercury Rev - All Is Dream
  5. Fugazi - The Argument
  6. Explosions In The Sky - Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever
  7. Spoon - Girls Can Tell
  8. Múm - Please Smile My Noise Bleed
  9. Lift To Experience - The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads
  10. The Microphones - The Glow, Pt. 2
  11. Antenne - # 1 (Danish electronica, which is pretty great)
  12. Sparklehorse - It's A Wonderful Life
  13. Low - Things We Lost In The Fire
  14. Air - 10,000 Hz Legend
  15. Thau - Everything It Takes (also a Danish group, indierock)

Russ Thomas (Bristol, UK)

  1. GOLDFRAPP - Felt Mountain - Album of the year? Album of the decade, century, new millennium morelike... I'm amazed this isn't at the top of everyone's favourites of the year - to hear it is to adore it. Strictly speaking, this album was released late-2000, but it's lasted well over a year in my CD player. Oh, and they're absolutely the greatest live band I've EVER seen....
  2. BENT - Programmed to Love - Stunning collection of gorgeous Air-like tracks. Criminally ignored commercially, but full of absolutely fantastic would-be hit records.
  3. MIRWAIS - Production - Madonna's 'Music' producer comes up with a spiky, fun collection of Euro bleepy vocoder based pop. Quirky and rather fabulous.
  4. DAFT PUNK - Discovery - It's Daft Punk. Of course, it's breathtaking. In parts.
  5. FAITHLESS - Outrospective - Another great album from Rollo and company. Majestic, dark and downright menacing in parts, this is a wonderful record.
  6. ZERO 7 - Simple Things - An album for anyone who's been dizzyingly, ridiculously in love. And it sounds great to the rest of us, too.....
  7. ALPHA - Impossible Thrill - ...further proof that the future of music lives in Bristol.....
  8. LEMON JELLY - Lemon Jelly - Weird, wacky and wonderful.
  9. GROOVE ARMADA - Goodbye Country, Hello Nightclub - Following up an album as fantastic as 'Vertigo' was never going to be easy, and whilst this uneven collection falls flat in places, onm the whole it's a grower. Play it again and again... see how it grows!
  10. DEPECHE MODE - Exciter - OK, this is no 'Black Celebration' or 'Music for the masses', but there are still glimpses on here as to why Martin Gore is the most cruelly underrated British songwriter ever.... meandering and tuneless in places, it surely marks the end of a wonderful career.... buy it, it's another one that creeps up on you like a cat burglar.

Sammy Tsang (Hong Kong)

  1. low - things we lost in the fire
  2. shannon wright - dyed in the wool
  3. giardini di miro - rise and fall of academic drifting
  4. club 8 -club 8
  5. american analog set - know by heart
  6. maximilian hecker - infinite love songs
  7. unwound - leaves turn inside you
  8. alsace lorraine - through small windows
  9. mono - under the pipal tree
  10. v.a. - snowstorm ( a tribute to galaxie 500)
  11. stephen malkmus - stephen malkmus
  12. sparklehorse - it's a wonderful life
  13. chuzzlewit - secret affinities
  14. ashby - power ballad
  15. sodastream - the hill for company

Pasquale Vergara (Napoli, Italy)

  1. Radiohead - Amnesiac
  2. Bjork - Vesperine
  3. Elbow - Asleep in the Back
  4. The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra And Tra-La-La Band - Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward
  5. Radiohead - I might be wrong
  6. Mercury Rev - All Is Dream
  7. arab strap, "the red thread"
  8. Fugazi - The Argument
  9. Mogwai - Rock Action
  10. Madrugada - Nightly disease

Isaiah Violante (Santa Barbara, CA, USA)

  1. Radiohead - Amnesiac
  2. Autechre - Confield
  3. Aphex Twin - Drukqs
  4. The Dismemberment Plan - Change
  5. Redman - Malpractice
  6. Squarepusher - Go Plastic
  7. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
  8. Depeche Mode - Exciter
  9. Slipknot - Iowa
  10. Whitehouse - Cruise

Greg W. (New York, NY, USA)

  1. Dandy Warhols - 13 Tales from Urban Bohemia
  2. Sodastream - The Hill for Company
  3. Sparklehorse - It's a Wonderful Life
  4. Coldplay - Parachutes
  5. Travis - The Invisible Band
  6. Shins - Oh Inverted World
  7. Tom McRae - s/t
  8. Sam Phillips - Fan Dance
  9. Lilac Time - 6
  10. Trembling Blue Stars - Alive to Every Smile
  11. Damon & Naomi with Ghost
  12. Doves - Lost Souls
  13. Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun

Mike Weis (Chicago, IL, USA)

  1. loscil - triplepoint
  2. hamid drake, peter brotzmann, fred hopkins - atlanta concert
  3. chicago underground quartet - s/t
  4. labradford - fixed:content
  5. western automatic - it's 1995
  6. jan jelinek - loop finding jazz records
  7. the vandermark 5 - acoustic machine
  8. clinic - internal wrangler
  9. wendy and carl - consciousness
  10. steve reich - triple quartet

Björn Wessman (Sweden)

  1. Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein (Def Jux)
  2. Bonny Billy - More Revery (Temporary Residence)
  3. Mogwai - Rock Action (Matador)
  4. Clem snide - The Ghost of Fashion (Cooking Vinyl)
  5. Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You (Kill Rock Stars/Matador)
  6. The Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band - Born into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward (Constellation)
  7. Swollen Members - Bad Dreams (Battle Axe)
  8. Hood - Cold House (Domino)
  9. Migala - Arde (Sub Pop)
  10. All Natural - Second Nature (Thrill Jockey)

Anthony Williams (Perth, Western Australia)

  1. Hood - "Cold House"
  2. Unwound - "Leaves Turn Inside You"
  3. Mum - "Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is OK"
  4. Mogwai - "Rock Action"
  5. Art Of Fighting - "Wires"
  6. Bjork - "Vespertine"
  7. Fennesz - "Endless Summer"
  8. Prefuse 73 - "Vocal Studies & Uprock Narratives"
  9. Arab Strap - "The Red Thread"
  10. Adam Said Galore - "The Driver Is Red"

Asger Moll Wingender (Copenhagen, Denmark)

  1. Radiohead - Amnesiac
  2. The Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band - Born into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward
  3. Goldfrapp - Felt Mountian
  4. Swan Lee - Enter
  5. Mogwai - Rock Action
  6. Arab Strap - The Red Thread
  7. Manu Chao - Esperanza
  8. Spititualized - Let It Come Down
  9. Björk - Vespertine
  10. Four Tet - Pause

Krzysztof Zakrocki (Szczecin, Poland)

  1. Monolake: Cinemascope (musical architecture from 22nd century)
  2. Plaid: Double Figure (juicycheerfulmelodicalintelligent)
  3. Squarepusher: Go Plastic (fuckin braintrashing with 185ideas/min. insane, funny and very controlled)
  4. Christian Kleine: Beyond Repair (subtlewarmslowly and well-hitting)
  5. Funckarma: Solid State (postautechrich with impressive flavour. imagine ae+violin)
  6. Jan Jelinek: Loop Finding Jazz Records (essential minimaldub from Berlin. jazzy)
  7. DNTEL: Life is full of possibilities (cocteau twins of a clickambient electronic era?)
  8. Proem: Negativ (fascinating world of electronic music)
  9. Basement Jaxx: Rooty (dancysexy uncompromising and COMERCIAL :)
  10. Funkstorung: Vice Versa (they are masters of remixes!!hopish) we can't forget about:
  11. Pan Sonic: Aaltopiri (for analog sounds)
  12. Prefuse 73 (for Nuno and Smile on your face :)
  13. Autechre: Confield (for progress and discovering new possibilities in music)
  14. Herbert: Bodily Functions (for gentle vocal house)
  15. The Other People Place: Lifestyles of the laptop cafe (for recalling Detroit in great, smooth style)