Category Archives: 1996


Mixes By Year: 1996 Most Recommended Albums

1996- two years out of college.  I started the year with a bang, craziest New Year’s Eve of my life- details NOT to follow.  That spring I met and fell in love with my future wife and I spent the summer waiting tables on the rooftop of a restaurant in Bryant Park, NYC.  But enough about me.  How was the music?  Alternative nation was holding on for dear life.  Many great indie bands had been signed to major labels in the wake of grunge’s big successes earlier in the decade.  Some good albums were being made on the majors dime, to varying degrees of marketing push and sales.  While radio and MTV embraced alternative more from 1991-95 than at any other time, by ’96 the music was depressingly in the process of being bastardized and homogenized.  A few years later imposters like Creed, Seven Mary 3, Days of the New & Sponge would dominate both radio & MTV, making heavy alternative music more corporate and boring.  Though Nirvana was kaputt, Alice in Chains breaking up, Pearl Jam’s influence waning and Soundgarden running on fumes there was also plenty to like in 1996- some mind-blowing electronic music, the best Beck album ever in “Odelay” and despite DJ Shadow’s protests (Why Hip Hop Sucks in ’96) a very healthy rap scene.

The way I hear it 1996 produced four classic albums-  Beck’s “Odelay”, DJ Shadow’s “Entroducing”, Weezer’s left field emo masterpeice “Pinkerton” & Jay-Z’s fantastic debut “Reasonable Doubt”.  I list an additional 16 records below that I consider pretty great as well but want to mention a few more that just missed the cut- not because they aren’t near great as well but because I limit the list to 20 albums.  In indie-rock the math-rockers Chavez “Ride the Fader” & Elliott Smith’s band Heatmiser’s “Mic City Sons”.  In rap 2Pac released his swan-song, the double album “All Eyes On Me” 6 months before his murder.  Philadelphia’s Roots, released “Iladelph Halflife”, one of their stronger albums.  Provocative & sultry chanteuse Fiona Apple released her debut “Tidal”, which garnered three hits and tons of publicity.  Post-rock band Tortoise’s groundbreaking “Millions Among Us Will Never Die” was a sensation as well- at least among critics and musicians.  The U.K.’s Manic Street Preachers’s “Everything Must Go”  was either their strongest or second strongest album of their career.  ’96 may not have been a very top heavy year but with albums like the above not even cracking the top 20, it certainly was a deep year.

Rap music was experiencing quite a sea change.  The conscious rap of the early 90’s was taking a back seat to the west coast gangsta rap of Death Row Records and the East Coast jiggy-rap of Bad Boy Records.  East Coast vs. West Coast dominated conversation, particularly in the wake of 2Pac’s murder that September.  But with any dominant scene alternatives to that scene will emerge.  DJ Shadow, a crate digger out in San Fran, created his nearly all instrumental, esoteric, tripped out masterpiece “Entroducing” out of a pile of unrecognizable samples.  The album still sounds fresh to this day.  Kool Keith, formerly of 80’s hip hop pioneers Ultramagnetic MC’s, under alias Dr. Octagon caused an underground sensation with the truly wacked-out anti-commercial “Dr. Octagynecologist”.  Down south groups like Outkast, UGK & Geto Boyz were recording great music portending the dominance of the “Dirty South” a few years later.  Outkast’s second album “ATLiens” is still considered by some of their fans (not by me) to be their best album.  Up in Staten Island, the Wu-Tang Clan had released a handful of classic Wu solo albums the year before.  They saved one of their best for ’96 with “Iron Man” by Ghostface Killah.  Ghost would go on to become the Wu’s most consistent solo performer throughout the next decade and a half and up into the present day.  Two other albums that took a nod from earlier Native Tongues rappers like Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul were the aforementioned Roots and perhaps the biggest rap success story of ’96, Newark, NJ’s Fugees.  Their second album “The Score” was a huge crossover success, selling millions and spawning three ubiquitous hits- “Fu-Gee-La, “Ready Or Not” & especially the Roberta Flack cover “Killing Me Softly With His Song”.  Though Tribe’s ’96 album was pretty much a stuff, De La came out with the underrated Stakes Is High”, showing once again that hype & sales is not necessarily a match with quality.  Though it would take several years to be recognized as such, Brooklyn’s Jay-Z’s debut “Reasonable Doubt” is now a certified rap classic and perhaps the best showcase for his pure rapping.  It remains one of his best albums.  Female’s like Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown were each pushing boundaries of taste showing the world that females could be just as nasty and explicit as their male counterparts.  And “Hardcore” by Lil’ Kim was actually a pretty bangin’ album.  Busta Rhymes debut album “The Coming”, along with his signature song “Woo-Hah! Got You All in Check”, were huge hits in ’96.  Queens rappers Nas & Mobb Deep both released strong sophomore albums, both with their share of classics but neither matching the quality of their debuts.

Though much of the R&B music in ’96 was being made by boy groups like Boys II Men, Jodeci & the re-formed New Edition and the omnipresent, saccharine “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly was busy polluting up the airwaves a few truly interesting tracks made their way up the charts that would point toward where the genre was headed toward the end of the decade.  “No Diggity” by Blackstreet (Feat. Dr. Dre), “Pony” by Ginuwine and the entire “One in a Million” album (but particularly the title cut) by Aaliyah were all hot, groundbreaking cuts that combined hip-hop & R&B.  The latter two were produced by Timbaland, who along with the Neptunes, would become the most important producers of urban music into the next century.  Maxwell merged on the scene with his debut “Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite”.  Along with Erykah Badu & D’Angelo he would help pave the way for an entire new-soul movement, a throwback 70’s era smooth soul- more organic and less computerized beats.

Alternative music was being split into many factions.  As I previously mentioned the major labels were still churning out some high quality alt-rock despite some diminishing returns.  Though Soundgarden’s “Down On the Upside” was a dip in quality from their last two albums, it still sold and tracks like “Pretty Noose” and “Burden In My Hand” were  career highlights.  Weezer’s sophomore album “Pinkerton” was a box office bomb after their smash debut, but developed a cult following and is now thought of as one of their best records and as a progenitor for Emo music (for better and mostly for worse).  Rage Against the Machine’s 2nd album “Evil Empire” mined similar territory as their debut and produced the classic “Bulls On Parade”.  Tool, who had straddled the fence between metal and alternative released their best album “Aenima”.  R.E.M., still one of the biggest bands in the world, released their last great album, the still underrated “New Adventures in Hi-Fi”.  One-hit wonder type power pop by some pretty good bands like Fountains of Wayne, Imperial Teen, Ash, the Cardigans, Jason Falkner (formerly of Jellyfish) & Cake also came from the majors.  So. California’s Sublime released their very good major label debut- an album that sounded much better year’s before it was beaten into your brain by Clear Channel radio.  Even the great indie band Archers of Loaf somehow recorded their ’96 album “All the Nations’s Airports” under the Elektra banner.

Despite the major label grab the indie labels were still flourishing.  Portland’s Sleater-Kinney came out with their sophomore album “Call the Doctor” on Kill Rock Stars and it made a name for the band appearing on numerous year-end lists.  Fellow Portlanders Modest Mouse released their debut album and even better “Interstate 8” EP.  Ohio’s Guided By Voices released “Under the Bushes, Under the Stars”, their third straight great album, cementing their status as one of their scene’s leading lights.  Groups like Brainiac, Girls Against Boys, Jersey’s great unknowns the Wrens, Silkworm, Sebadoh & Canada’s Sloan also all had noteworthy releases.  Frustrating psych-rock band Brian Jonestown Massacre, one of the subjects of future documentary “Dig!” released three albums in ’96.  It was to this date both their best and most prolific year.  Down in Atlanta the Elephant Six collective, inspired equally by 60’s pop and acid, was releasing some great and important music.  Both the Olivia Tremor Control & Neutral Milk Hotel’s debuts came out that year.  By the end of the decade that style of music would play a bigger part in the public’s consciousness.  Across the pond two extremely important acts emerged- Belle & Sebastian & Super Furry Animals.  Both would go on to record a plethora of great music.  B&S wouldn’t really hit in the U.S. until the following year’s “If You’re Feeling Sinister” which came out in -96 in the U.K. only.

Alternative country was also a big deal in ’96.  Chicago’s Wilco released the double album “Being There” which really stretched the groups boundaries, including experimental noise and extended to jamming to their sound, which was much more straight-forward country-rock on their debut “A.M.” as year earlier.  Steve Earle, a country star who had crossed over to alt-country continued to solidify his rock rep with “I Feel Alright”.  Ryan Adams’s band Whisketown released their debut “Faithless Street”, which had its share of great tracks.  Longtime recording artists Los Lobos continued to push boundaries, incorporating Tom Waits style instrumentation to their roots rock sound with the album “Colossal Head”.  Even mainstream star Sheryl Crow got both more experimental and more country with her self-titled sophomore album and it became another huge hit for her.

Much of the most groundbreaking music of the year was electronic.  I already mentioned the great albums by Tortoise and DJ Shadow.  Tricky’s “Pre-Millennium Tension”, only pales in comparison to his near perfect debut “Maxinquaye”.  Though the trip-hop sound would quickly become played out by the end of the decade, “Tension” should still be looked at as a highlight and had its own unique sound, even apart from “Maxinquaye”.  Everything But the Girl’s “Walking Wounded” was another solid album on the back of the group’s worldwide smash club hit “Missing” a year earlier.  London’s Stereolab, another great post-rock band, released perhaps their greatest album “Emperor Tomato Ketchup”, which raised their profile considerably.  The hermetic wunderkind “Aphex Twin” released the “Richard D. James” album, which only added to his genius among the laptop set.  Three of the biggest electronica groups in the U.K.- Underworld, the Chemical Brothers & Orbital all had important released in ’96.  Underworld was riding the success of “Born Slippy”, featured prominently on the Trainspotting soundtrack, a huge movie and soundtrack that year among hipsters everywhere.  “Slippy” remains one of the most monumentally great tracks of the entire genre.  Underworld’s “Second Toughest in Infants” (which does not contains the track) is also an excellent companion album.



Buy Odelay (Deluxe Edition) – Beck
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Buy New Adventures In Hi-Fi – R.E.M.
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Buy The Score – Fugees
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Buy Richard D. James Album – Aphex Twin
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Buy Emperor Tomato Ketchup – Stereolab
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Buy Music From The Unrealized Film Script: Dusk At Cubist Castle – The Olivia Tremor Control
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Buy ATLiens – OutKast
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Buy Endtroducing… (Deluxe Edition) – DJ Shadow
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Buy Being There – Wilco
Buy Being ThereAmazon




Buy Under The Bushes Under The Stars (Bonus Tracks) – Guided By Voices
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Buy Tigermilk – Belle and Sebastian
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Buy Second Toughest In the Infants – Underworld
*Album not available via Amazon

Buy Call the Doctor – Sleater-Kinney
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Buy Dr. Octagonecologyst – Dr. Octagon
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*Album not available via iTunes
Buy AenimaAmazon

Buy Pinkerton (Deluxe Edition) – Weezer
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Buy Secaucus – Wrens
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Buy Ironman – Ghostface Killah
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Buy Pre-Millennium Tension – Tricky
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Buy Reasonable Doubt – Jay-Z
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Mixes By Year: Best of 1996 Volume 1

Best of 1996 Volume 1 (1/25/03)

1.  Sleater-Kinney- I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone

Buy I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone – Call the Doctor
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2.  The Chemical Brothers- Setting Sun

Buy Setting Sun – Dig Your Own Hole

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3.  DJ Shadow- What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4)

Buy What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4) – Endtroducing…

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4.  The Roots- Push Up Ya Lighter

Buy Push Up Ya Lighter – Illadelph Halflife

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5.  The Fugees- Fu-Gee-La

Buy Fu-Gee-La (Sly & Robbie Mix) – The Fugees: Greatest Hits

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6.  Ash- Kung Fu

Buy Kung Fu – 1977 / Trailer (Remastered)

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7.  Imperial Teen- You’re One

*Track not available via iTunes

Buy You’re OneAmazon

8.  Manic Street Preachers- A Design for Life

Buy A Design for Life – Everything Must Go

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9.  Rage Against The Machine- Bulls On Parade

Buy Bulls On Parade – Evil Empire

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10.  Archers Of Loaf- Vocal Schrapnel

*Track not available via iTunes

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11.  The Cardigans- Lovefool

Buy Lovefool – First Band on the Moon

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12.  Busta Rhymes- Woo Hah!  Got You All In Check

Buy Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check – The Coming

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13.  Nas- If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)

Buy If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) – It Was Written

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14.  R.E.M.- E-Bow the Letter

Buy E-Bow the Letter – New Adventures In Hi-Fi

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15.  Belle & Sebastian- The State I Am In

Buy The State I Am In – Push Barman to Open Old Wounds

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16.  Beck- Jack-Ass

Buy Jack-Ass – Odelay

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17.  Sublime- What I Got

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18.  Steve Earle (with Lucinda Williams)- You’re Still Standing There

Buy You’re Still Standin’ There – I Feel Alright

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19.  Wilco- Sunken Treasure

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Mixes By Year: Best of 1996 Volume 2

Best of 1996 Volume 2 (1/27/03)

1.  Steve Earle- I Feel Alright

Buy Feel Alright – I Feel Alright

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2.  Beck- Devil’s Haircut

Buy Devils Haircut – Odelay

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3.  The Fugees- Ready Or Not

Buy Ready or Not – The Score

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4.  Stereolab- The Noise Of Carpet

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5.  Fiona Apple- Criminal

Buy Criminal – Tidal

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6.  Luscious Jackson- Why Do I Lie?

Buy Why Do I Lie? – Fever In Fever Out

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7.  Everything But The Girl- Wrong

Buy Wrong (LP Version) – Walking Wounded

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8.  DJ Shadow- Mutual Slump

Buy Mutual Slump – Endtroducing…

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9.  Prince- Holy River

*Track not available via iTunes

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10.  Wilco- Red-Eyed and Blue

Buy Red-Eyed and Blue – Being There

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11.  Sheryl Crow- Every Day Is a Winding Road

Buy Everyday Is a Winding Road – Sheryl Crow

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12.  Nas- Street Dreams

Buy Street Dreams – It Was Written

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13.  The Roots- Concerto Of the Desperado

Buy Concerto of the Desperado – Illadelph Halflife

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14.  Sleater-Kinney- Call the Doctor

Buy Call the Doctor – Call the Doctor

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15.  Silkworm- Nerves

Buy Nerves – Firewater

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16.  Soundgarden- Burden In My Hand

Buy Burden In My Hand – Down On the Upside

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17.  Sebadoh- Ocean

Buy Ocean – Harmacy

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18.  Manic Street Preachers- Kevin Carter

Buy Kevin Carter – Everything Must Go

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19.  Belle & Sebastian- You’re Just A Baby

Buy You’re Just a Baby – Tigermilk

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20.  Weezer- Falling For You

Buy Falling for You – Pinkerton

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Mixes By Year: Best of 1996 Volume 3

Best of 1996 Volume 3 (4/8/05)

1.  Beck- Where It’s At

Buy Where It’s At – Odelay
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2.  Weezer- The Good Life

Buy The Good Life – Pinkerton
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3.  2Pac (Feat. Dr. Dre)- California Love (Remix)

Buy California Love (Remix) – All Eyez On Me (Remastered)
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4.  Jay-Z (Feat. Notorious B.I.G.)- Brooklyn’s Finest

Buy Brooklyn’s Finest (feat. The Notorious B.I.G.) – Reasonable Doubt

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5.  DJ Shadow- Building Steam With a Grain Of Salt

Buy Building Steam With a Grain of Salt – Endtroducing…
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6.  Dr. Octagon- Blue Flowers

Buy Blue Flowers – Dr. Octagonecologyst
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7.  Stereolab- Cybele’s Reverie

Buy Cybele’s Reverie – Emperor Tomato Ketchup
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8.  R.E.M.- Leave

Buy Leave – New Adventures In Hi-Fi
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9.  Outkast- Elevators (Me & You)

Buy Elevators (Me & You) – ATLiens
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10.  Tricky- Tricky Kid

Buy Tricky Kid – Pre-Millennium Tension
*Track not available via Amazon


11.  Fiona Apple- Sleep To Dream

Buy Sleep to Dream – Tidal
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12.  Guided By Voices- Cut-Out Witch

Buy Cut-Out Witch – Under the Bushes Under the Stars
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13.  Fountains Of Wayne- Radation Vibe

Buy Radiation Vibe – Fountains of Wayne
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14.  The Lemonheads- If I Could Talk I’d Tell You

Buy If I Could Talk I’d Tell You – Car Button Cloth
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15.  Whiskeytown- Drank Like a River

Buy Drank Like a River – Faithless Street
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16.  Sheryl Crow- If It Makes You Happy

Buy If It Makes You Happy – Sheryl Crow
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17.  Wilco- Misunderstood

Buy Misunderstood – Being There
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Mixes By Year: Best of 1996 Volume 5

Best of 1996 Volume 5 (8/22/08)

1.  De La Soul- Stakes Is High

*Track not available via iTunes
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2.  Jay-Z (Feat. Mecca)- Feelin’ It

Buy Feelin’ It (feat. Mecca) – Reasonable Doubt
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3.  Blackstreet (Feat. Dr. Dre)- No Diggity

Buy No Diggity – Another Level
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4.  Beck- New Pollution

Buy The New Pollution – Odelay
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5.  Super Furry Animals- The Man Don’t Give a Fuck

Buy The Man Don’t Give a F**k – Songbook: The Singles, Vol. 1
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6.  Tricky- Bad Dream

Buy Bad Dreams – Pre-Millennium Tension
*Track not available via Amazon


7.  Tortoise- Glass Museum

Buy Glass Museum – Millions Now Living Will Never Die
*Track not available via Amazon


8.  DJ Shadow- The Number Song

Buy The Number Song – Endtroducing…
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9.  Ghostface Killah- Daytona 500

Buy Daytona 500 – Ironman
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10.  Outkast- ATLiens

Buy ATLiens – ATLiens
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11.  The Fugees- Family Business

Buy Family Business – The Score
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12.  The Wrens- Joneses Rule Of Sport

Buy Joneses Rule of Sport – Secaucus
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13.  R.E.M.- Bittersweet Me

Buy Bittersweet Me – New Adventures In Hi-Fi
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14.  Soundgarden- Pretty Noose

Buy Pretty Noose – Down On the Upside
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15.  Chavez- The Guard Attacks

Buy The Guard Attacks – Better Days Will Haunt You
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16.  Olivia Tremor Control- Jumping Fences

Buy Jumping Fences – Music From The Unrealized Film Script: Dusk At Cubist Castle
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17.  Brian Jonestown Massacre- Vacuum Boots

Buy Vacuum Boots – Take It from the Man
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18.  Guided By Voices- The Official Ironman Rally Song

Buy The Official Ironmen Rally Song – Under the Bushes Under the Stars
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19.  Heatmiser- See You Later

Buy See You Later – Mic City Sons
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Mixes By Year: Best of 1996 Volume 6

Best of 1996 Volume 6 (3/25/08)

1.  Heatmiser- Pop In G

Buy Pop In G – Mic City Sons
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2.  Weezer- El Scorcho

Buy El Scorcho – Pinkerton
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3.  The Wrens- Surprise, Honeycomb

Buy Surprise, Honeycomb – Secaucus
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4.  Brian Jonestown Massacre- Who?

Buy Who? – Take It from the Man
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5.  Lilys- Nanny In Manhattan

*Track not available via iTunes
Buy A Nanny in Manhattan (Single-CD) *only available as maxi-single


6. Jason Falkner- I Live

Buy I Live – Presents Author Unknown
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7.  Pearl Jam- Mankind

Buy Mankind – No Code
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8.  Everything But The Girl- Before Today

Buy Before Today (LP Version) – Walking Wounded
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9.  DJ Shadow- Stem/Long Stem **Transmission 2

Buy Stem / Long Stem / Transmission 2 – Endtroducing…
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10.  Dr. Octagon- I’m Destructive

Buy I’m Destructive – Dr. Octagonecologyst
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11.  Ghostface Killah- Black Jesus  (including Interlude)

Buy Black Jesus – Ironman
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12.  Jay-Z (Feat. Foxy Brown)- Ain’t No N**ga

Buy Ain’t No N***a (feat. Foxy Brown) – Reasonable Doubt
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13.  2Pac-  How Do U Want It

Buy How Do U Want It – All Eyez On Me (Remastered)
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14.  DJ Kool- Let Me Clear My Throat (Old School Remix)

Buy Let Me Clear My Throat (Old School Reunion Remix ’96) – Let Me Clear My Throat
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15.  Cake- The Distance

Buy The Distance – Fashion Nugget (Deluxe Version)
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16.  Sleater-Kinney- I’m Not Waiting

Buy I’m Not Waiting – Call the Doctor
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17.  Fiona Apple- Shadowboxer

Buy Shadowboxer – Tidal
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18.  Beck- Sissyneck

Buy Sissyneck – Odelay
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19.  Olivia Tremor Control- Spring Succeeds

Buy Spring Succeeds – Music From The Unrealized Film Script: Dusk At Cubist Castle
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20.  Tricky- Vent

Buy Vent – Pre-Millennium Tension
*Track not available via Amazon

Mixes By Year: Best of 1996 Volume 7

Best of 1996 Volume 7 (4/16/12)

1.  Tool- Stinkfist

*Track not available via iTunes or Amazon


2.  Brian Jonestown Massacre- Straight Up & Down

Buy Straight Up and Down – Take It from the Man
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3.  Girls Against Boys- Super-fire

Buy Super-fire – House of GVSB
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4.  The Olivia Tremor Control- Opera House

Buy The Opera House – Music From The Unrealized Film Script: Dusk At Cubist Castle
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5.  Neutral Milk Hotel- Song Against Sex

Buy Song Against Sex – On Avery Island
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6.  Lilys- Returns Every Morning

*Track not available via iTunes or Amazon


7.  Heatmiser- Get Lucky

Buy Get Lucky – Mic City Sons
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8.  Maxwell- Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)

Buy Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder) – Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite
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9.  Ginuwine- Pony (Single Version)

Buy Pony – R’n’b Story 3
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10.  Aaliyah- One In a Million

*Track not available via iTunes
Buy One in a MillionAmazon


11.  Lil- Kim- Big Momma Thang

Buy Big Momma Thang (Explicit Version) – Hard Core
Buy Big Momma Thang [Explicit Version]Amazon


12.  Jay-Z (Feat. Mary J. Blige)- Can’t Knock the Hustle

Buy Can’t Knock the Hustle (feat. Mary J. Blige) – Reasonable Doubt
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13.  Stereolab- Slow Fast Hazel

Buy Slow Fast Hazel – Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Buy Slow Fast Hazel (LP Version)Amazon


14.  Aphex Twin- Girl/Boy

Buy Girl / Boy – Richard D. James Album
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15.  Underworld- Pearls Girl

Buy Pearls Girl – Second Toughest In the Infants
Buy Pearls Girl (Radio edit)Amazon


16.  The Wrens- Rest Your Head

Buy Rest Your Head – Secaucus
Buy Rest Your HeadAmazon


17.  Guided By Voices- Lord of Overstock

Buy Lord of Overstock – Under the Bushes Under the Stars
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18.  Sloan- The Good in Everyone

Buy The Good In Everyone – One Chord to Another
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Mixes By Year: Best of 1996 Volume 8

Best of 1996 Volume 8 (4/16/12)

1.  Weezer- Tired of Sex

Buy Tired of Sex – Pinkerton
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2.  Chavez- Tight Around the Jaws

Buy Tight Around the Jaws – Better Days Will Haunt You
Buy Tight Around The JawsAmazon


3.  The Wrens- Built In Girls

Buy Built In Girls – Secaucus
Buy Built In GirlsAmazon


4.  Tortoise- The Taut and Tame

Buy The Taut and Tame – Millions Now Living Will Never Die
*Track not available via Amazon


5.  Underworld- Confusion the Waitress

Buy Confusion the Waitress – Second Toughest In the Infants
*Track not available via Amazon


6.  DJ Shadow- Changeling/Transmission 1

Buy Changeling / Transmission 1 – Endtroducing…
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7.  Tricky- Christiansands

Buy Christiansands – Pre-Millennium Tension
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8.  The Olivia Tremor Control- Define a Transparent Dream

Buy Define A Transparent Dream – Music From The Unrealized Film Script: Dusk At Cubist Castle
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9.  Wilco- The Lonely 1

Buy The Lonely 1 – Being There
Buy The Lonely 1 (LP Version)Amazon


10.  R.E.M.- Be Mine

Buy Be Mine – New Adventures In Hi-Fi
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11.  The Fugees- Killing Me Softly

Buy Killing Me Softly With His Song – The Score
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12.  Outkast- Wheelz of Steel

Buy Wheelz of Steel – ATLiens
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13.  Ghostface Killah- 260

Buy 260 – Ironman
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14.  Mobb Deep- Drop a Gem On ‘Em

Buy Drop a Gem On ‘Em – Hell On Earth
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15.  Modest Mouse- Interstate 8

Buy Interstate 8 – Building Nothing Out of Something
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16.  Guided By Voices- Your Name is Wild

Buy Your Name Is Wild – Under the Bushes Under the Stars
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17.  Stereolab- Percolator

Buy Percolator – Emperor Tomato Ketchup
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18.  Beck- Lord Only Knows

Buy Lord Only Knows – Odelay
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Mixes By Year: Best of 1996 Volume 9

  1. Ghostface Killah- Iron Maiden
  2. Westside Connection- Bow Down
  3. De La Soul- Itsoweezee (H.O.T.)
  4. Jay-Z- Dead Presidents II
  5. 2Pac (Feat. Big Syke)- All Eyez On Me
  6. Lil’ Kim (Feat. Puff Daddy)- No Time
  7. Aaliyah- Hot Like Fire
  8. En Vogue- Don’t Let Go (Love)
  9. Maxwell- Dancewitme
  10. The Afghan Whigs- Honky’s Ladder
  11. Brainiac- Pussyfootin’
  12. Superdrag- Sucked Out
  13. Sepultura- Roots Bloody Roots
  14. Rage Against The Machine- People Of The Sun
  15. Placebo- Teenage Angst
  16. Manic Street Preachers- No Surface All Feeling
  17. The London Suede- Filmstar
  18. Nada Surf- Popular
  19. Ween- Piss Up A Rope

Mixes By Year: Best of 1996 Volume 10

  1. Prince- Jam Of The Year
  2. MC Lyte- Cold Rock A Party (Bad Boy Remix)
  3. Jamiroquai- Virtual Insanity
  4. Barry Adamson- Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis
  5. Apex Twin- Fingerbib
  6. Eels- Novocaine For The Soul
  7. Stone Temple Pilots- Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart
  8. The Wrens- Still Complaining
  9. Weezer- Getchoo
  10. Lush- Ladykillers
  11. Placebo- Nancy Boy
  12. Walt Mink- Listen Up
  13. The Afghan Whigs- My Enemy
  14. Modest Mouse- Broke
  15. Sleater-Kinney- Hubcap
  16. Bikini Kill- Capri Pants
  17. De La Soul- Sunshine
  18. 2Pac- I Ain’t Mad Atcha
  19. DJ Shadow- What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1): Blue Sky Revisit / Transmission 3
  20. Ween- Japanese Cowboy
  21. Mark Eitzel- No Easy Way Down