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Mixes By Year: 1997 Most Recommended Albums

1997- a transitional year.  A move away from the grunge-soaked radio airways and toward the sunnier and mostly disposable alt-pop of bands like Third Eye Blind, Matchbox 20 and Sugar Ray as well as faddish neo-Swing (Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Squirrel Nut Zippers) & neo-Ska (Mighty Mighty Bosstones, No Doubt & Sublime- somewhat).  Critics touted the emerging Electronica movement as “the next big thing”.  1997 proved those critics right but only temporarily- by the start of the next decade the genre’s biggest groups will have moved back to the underground or faded away all together.  In the rap world both Biggie & Tupac, rap’s two biggest figures in the mid 90’s, had both been killed. Strangely rap music moved toward a dancy, celebratory sound, reveling in the excesses of the prosperous times.  In all genres the lengthy, statement album was de rigueur- everywhere you looked there were 70-80 minute albums- in the rock, indie & rap world.  The endlessly long albums reflected the bloat of the times, but a few masterpieces were able to ship through the cracks as well.

In the mid 90’s Rap music truly asserted itself as the most commercially dominant music of the time- not to relinquish its crown until at least 10 years later.  The genre had experienced a golden age starting in the late 80’s and on through the early 90’s with groups like Public Enemy, N.W.A., Boogie Down Productions, A Tribe Called Quest & De La Soul.  In 1993 through 1996 most of THE major rap figures of the mid to late part of the decade would emerge- Wu-Tang Clan, Biggie Smalls, Tupac Shakur, Nas & Jay-Z.  Probably as a result of a stupid & pointless East Coast-West Coast rivalry, two of those artists (Tupac & Biggie) had lost their lives by ’97.  Biggie’s portentious 2nd album “Life After Death” was one of many landmark album releases for Rap in 1997.  Though it was certainly a fine album and further solidified his status as a Rap legend, it was also a rather bloated affair- a double album more than 100 minutes long with plenty of filler despite its share of classics.  Biggie’s producer and boss Puff Daddy ran the Bad Boy label who’s “jiggy” sound was dominating commercial rap at the time.  Puffy and label mate Ma$e both had huge hit songs & albums in ’97- neither artist was a good lyricist or rapper and their music came off to me as grossly materialistic and empty headed- the sampling was obvious and the lyrics meaningless which was a far cry from the more politically aware and/or culturally aware music of rap’s past.  On the flipside, Missy Elliott and Timbaland from Va. Beach were making fun, booty shaking music that was musically groundbreaking and would prove to be the biggest influence on rap, R&B & Pop at the beginning of the next decade.  Missy’s “Supa Dupa Fly” album is to this day my favorite album by a female MC.  Her producer, Timbaland, would become 1 of the 2 biggest producers of the Oughts (00’s).  Brooklyn’s Jay-Z had just come off of his great debut a year earlier and released and ’97’s follow-up “In My Lifetime, Vol. 1”, though a slightlylesser album than his debut, would actually prove much more commercially successful and  helped launch him to his eventual status as the “King of New York” in the wake of Biggie’s death.

Though underground rap was sadly more dormant in the mid 90’s than it had previously been in some time, NYC’s Company Flow arrived to give it a swift kick in the ass.  They challenged the status quo with their raw political lyrics and spooky, no-nonsense production which would go on to influence much of rap’s underground of the next ten years.  Company leader El-P would go on to launch the Def Jux label which would be home to many of the most influential underground rappers into the next century.  Erykah Badu became a major figure of the neo-Soul movement started a few years earlier by artists like D’Angelo & Maxwell with her debut album “Baduizm”.  Her music formed a bridge between Hip-Hop & Soul music when much of the rest of R&B had gone into the teen pop realm or modern-day barbershop quartet crooners like Boyz II Men & Jodeci.  Neo-Soul was a throwback to the more authentic soul music of the 60’s and 70’s but with Hip-Hop beats and a modern day twist.

As a result of the indie-rock signing frenzy in the wake of Nirvana and the Grunge explosion, many left of center bands were able to record albums with big major label dollars behind them.  Naturally the most gifted of these bands were able to expand their musical boundaries and record bombastic but beautifuls epics- many of which came out in 1997.  Built to Spill’s “Perfect From Now On”, Yo La Tengo’s “I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One” & Spiritualized “Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space” are three of them.  All were around or even well over 60 minutes and were either heavily thematic or much more experimental than their past work- sometimes both. And all were also surprisingly devoid of filler- a throwback to the great double albums of the past like “Physical Graffiti”, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, & “Quadrophenia”.  I could say the same for Portland’s Modest Mouse, whose breakout album “Lonesome Crowded West” was also released in ’97 and was 70 minutes + except that they were still on an indie-label.  Yo La Tengo also recorded their album for Matador but at the point Matador was part of Atlantic Records.

A summary of the music of ’97 would certainly not be complete without the mention of “OK Computer” by Radiohead.  The paranoid & dystopian (& brilliant!) 3rd album is probably the most iconic album of the entire decade with the exception of Nirvana’s “Nevermind”.  In a prosperous era filled with glitz & bling Radiohead reminded us that much of the glamour was smoke and mirrors and beautifully described the alienation & tension felt in modern day society. Belle & Sebastian a twee Chamber-pop group from Scotland would begin to grow their eventually huge cult.  Their sound was the complete antithesis of dark, loud & heavy sounds of grunge and nu-Metal music.  Their second (and still best!) album “If You’re Feeling Sinister” was released in America in ’97 along with three excellent EP’s.  The band treated their singles as separate entities from their albums and their cult was a throwback to The Smiths of a decade earlier.  Elsewhere outside of the U.S., the Welsh group Super Furry Animals released their 2nd full-length “Radiator”, Bristol’s Portishead released their self-titled 2nd great album & Stereolab came out with their last great one “Dots & Loops”.  Brit-Pop, the dominant musical trend in the U.K. since ’93/’94 experienced the first chink in its armor when the highly anticipated “Be Here Now” by Oasis fizzled critically.  Blur the 2nd biggest group in Brit-Pop, moved away from its original sound and released the very good self-titled “Blur” a clever send up of American grunge.  The Verve’s last album “Urban Hymns” was the one excellent full length release in the genre that year but the band broke up right after the album was released.  The album’s best song “Bittersweet Symphony” sounded like the perfect elegy for the entire musical movement.

Techno music in the form of “Big Beat” electronica first became a cultural force in ’97 with hit albums by Daft Punk, The Prodigy & Chemical Brothers breaking into the mainstream.  The brilliant and eccentricIcelandic artist Bjork would  her already very experimental in a more techno direction as well with her “Homogenic” album.  Each of these groups (save Bjork) had hit singles that year.  Daft Punk would go on to more commercial success in 2001 with “One More Time” and The Chemical Brothers would continue to make solid to very good albums while The Prodigy would never again receive the same commercial or cultural success and Bjork would move on to different musical styles.  While the genre had more than its share of pleasures and would prove very influential on music up through today, as a commercially dominant force “Big Beat” was much more bark than bite.  Drum & Bass or “Jungle” music was another popular strain of Techno in the mid to late 90’s.  Though both artists had released a handful of singles prior to ’97 both Goldie and Roni Size released their debut full lengths in ’97 with “Timeless” and “New Forms” respectively.  Though never music that would or could fare well commercially, drum & bass was exciting and would help shape the direction of many artists’ music in the future.

In the face of all the glitz, bloat, epics & excess there were also some other artists operating against the grain.  Olympia, Washington’s Sleater-Kinney was an all-women power trio with no bassist and two guitars who wrote intelligent, fierce and terse punk rock songs heavily influenced by the riot-grrrl movement of the early 90’s but with much more melody and flat out better songwriting.  Singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, also from the great NW, just off his stint in the band Heatmiser, released his 3rd solo album “Either/Or”.  A handful of his tracks also appeared in the “Goodwill Hunting” soundtrack and his “Miss Misery” was even nominated for a an Oscar which really put Smith on the map with a much larger portion of the public.  Ben Folds, a singer songwriter from North Carolina with his band the Ben Folds Five released “Whatever and Ever Amen, their excellent second album.  The Folds Five sound relies heavily on Folds’s piano, a throwback to the singer-songwriter’s of the 70’s but with the wit and irony of much of the alternative rock at the time.  Their songs could be both beautiful and funny with plenty of great riffs and melody.  Guided By Voices released their fourth excellent album in a row with “Mag Earwig!”, a more highly produced & commercial album relatively speaking, than they had ever previously issued.  Pavement released their fourth album “Brilliant Corners”, a move away from the more eccentric “Wowee Zowee” and toward a more radio ready sound.  Unfortunately radio had changed and were no longer playing that sound which was a shame as “Corners” is a fun & accessible album.   Finally the legendary Bob Dylan, came out with his first great album in over 20 years with “Time Out of Mind”, a somber but beautiful meditation on latter years of life.  It would prove not to be a one shot deal as Bob would continue to release good to great albums up to the present.  Here’s hoping he has a few more in him.

Radiohead- OK Computer

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Bjork- Homogenic

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Daft Punk- Homework

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Super Furry Animals- Radiator

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Built to Spill- Perfect From Now On

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Modest Mouse- Lonesome Crowded West

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Erykah Badu- Baduizm

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Company Flow- Funcrusher Plus

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Missy Elliott- Supa Dupa Fly

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Ben Folds Five- Whatever and Ever Amen

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Supergrass- In It for the Money

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Elliott Smith- Either/Or

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Yo La Tengo- I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One

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Wu-Tang Clan- Wu-Tang Forever

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Sleater-Kinney- Dig Me Out

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Bob Dylan- Time Out of Mind

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Belle & Sebastian- If You’re Feeling Sinister     *1996 U.K. Release/1997 U.S. Release

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Jay-Z- In My Lifetime Vol. 1

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Spiritualized- Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space

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The Notorious B.I.G.- Life After Death

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Mixes By Year: Best of 1997 Volume 1

Best of 1997 Volume 1 (2/10/03)

1. Roni Size/Reprazent- Railing

Buy Railing – New Forms

2.  The Chemical Brothers- Block Rockin’ Beats

Buy Block Rockin’ Beats – Dig Your Own Hole

3.  The Prodigy- Breathe

Buy Breathe – The Fat of the Land

4.  Blur- Song 2

Buy Song 2 – Blur

5.  Sleater-Kinney- Dig Me Out

Buy Dig Me Out – Dig Me Out

6.  Missy Elliott (Feat. Da Brat)- Sock It 2 Me

Buy Sock It 2 Me – Supa Dupa Fly

7.  Jurassic 5- Concrete Schoolyard

Buy Concrete Schoolyard – J5 (Deluxe Edition)

8.  The Notorious B.I.G.- Hypnotize

Buy Hypnotize – Life After Death

9.  Cornershop- Brimful of Asha

Buy Brimful of Asha – When I Was Born for the 7Th Time

10.  Supergrass- Tonight

Buy Tonight – In It for the Money (Limited Edition)

11.  Pavement- Stereo

Buy Stereo – Brighten the Corners

12.  Foo Fighters- Everlong

Buy Everlong – The Colour And The Shape

13.  Erykah Badu- On & On

Buy On & On – Baduizm (Special Edition)

14.  Wu-Tang Clan- A Better Tomorrow

Buy A Better Tomorrow – Wu-Tang Forever

15.  Spiritualized- Come Together

Buy Come Together – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space

16.  Belle & Sebastian- Me & the Major    *1996 U.K. Release

Buy Me and the Major – If You’re Feeling Sinister

17.  Primal Scream- Medication

Buy Medication – Vanishing Point

18.  Radiohead- Karma Police

Buy Karma Police – OK Computer

19.  The Verve- Bittersweet Symphony

Buy Bitter Sweet Symphony – Urban Hymns

Mixes By Year: Best of 1997 Volume 2

Best of 1997 Volume 2 (2/11/03)

1.  Wu-Tang Clan- Reunited

Buy Reunited – Wu-Tang Forever

2.  The Notorious B.I.G. (Feat. Ma$e & Puff Daddy)- Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems

Buy Mo Money Mo Problems (Featuring Mase & Puff Daddy) – Life After Death

3.  Daft Punk- Da Funk

Buy Da Funk – Homework

4.  The Prodigy- Firestarter

Buy Firestarter – The Fat of the Land

5.  Rage Against the Machine- The Ghost of Tom Joad

Buy The Ghost of Tom Joad – Renegades

6.  Built to Spill- I Would Hurt A Fly

Buy I Would Hurt a Fly – Perfect from Now On

7.  Belle & Sebastian- If You’re Feeling Sinister   *1996 U.K. Release

Buy If You’re Feeling Sinister – If You’re Feeling Sinister

8.  Ben Folds Five- Brick

Buy Brick – Whatever and Ever Amen

9.  The Verve- The Drugs Don’t Work

Buy Drugs Don’t Work – Urban Hymns

10.  Missy Elliott- The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)

Buy The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) – Supa Dupa Fly

11.  Portishead- Cowboys

Buy Cowboys – Portishead

12.  Sleater-Kinney- Little Babies

Buy Little Babies – Dig Me Out

13.  Supergrass- In it for the Money

Buy In It for the Money – In It for the Money (Limited Edition)

14.  Radiohead- Let Down

Buy Let Down – OK Computer

15.  Yo La Tengo- Autumn Sweater

Buy Autumn Sweater – I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One

16.  Beth Orton- I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine   *1996 U.K. Release

Buy I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine – Trailer Park

17.  Steve Earle- I Still Carry You Around

Buy I Still Carry You Around (With The Del McCoury Band) – El Corazón

Mixes By Year: Best of 1997 Volume 3

Best of 1997 Volume 3 (6/4/05)

1.  Daft Punk- Around the World

Buy Around the World – Homework

2.  Radiohead- Paranoid Android

Buy Paranoid Android – OK Computer

3.  Modest Mouse- Doin’ the Cockroach

Buy Doin’ the Cockroach – The Lonesome Crowded West

4.  Built to Spill- Randy Described Eternity

Buy Randy Described Eternity – Perfect from Now On

5.  Ween- Ocean Man

Buy Ocean Man – The Mollusk

6.  Beta Band- Dry the Rain

Buy Dry the Rain – The Three EP’s

7.  Erykah Badu- Apple Tree

Buy Appletree – Baduizm

8.  Missy Elliott (Feat. Lil’ Kim)- Hit ‘Em With Da Hee

Buy Hit Em Wit Da Hee (feat. Lil’ Kim & Mocha) – Supa Dupa Fly

9.  Wu-Tang Clan- Triumph

Buy Triumph (feat. CappaDonna) – Wu-Tang Forever

10.  Company Flow- The Fire in Which You Burn

Buy The Fire In Which You Burn (feat. J-Treds & The Brewin From The Juggaknots) – Funcrusher Plus (Bonus version)

11.  Bjork- Bachelorette

Buy Bachelorette – Homogenic

12.  Yo La Tengo- Sugarcube

Buy Sugarcube – I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One

13.  Elliott Smith- Cupid’s Trick

Buy Cupids Trick – Either/Or

14.  Bob Dylan- Love Sick

Buy Love Sick – Time Out of Mind

15.  Whiskeytown- Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight

Buy Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight (Strangers Almanac) – Strangers Almanac

16.  Ben Folds Five- The Battle of Who Could Care Less

Buy Battle of Who Could Care Less – Whatever and Ever Amen (Remastered Edition)

17.  The Niagaras- Larissa

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Mixes By Year: Best of 1997 Volume 4

Best of 1997 Volume 4 (6/5/05)

1.  Bjork- Hunter

Buy Hunter – Homogenic

2.  Company Flow- Legends

Buy Legends – Funcrusher Plus (Bonus version)

3.  Jay-Z- Streets is Watching

Buy Streets Is Watching – In My Lifetime, Vol. 1

4.  Cornershop- Good Shit

Buy Good Shi** – When I Was Born for the 7Th Time

5.  the Niagaras- Report from the Interior

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6.  Spiritualized- I Think I’m in Love

Buy I Think I’m In Love – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space

7.  The Verve- Lucky Man

Buy Lucky Man – Urban Hymns

8.  Sleater-Kinney- Heart Factory

Buy Heart Factory – Dig Me Out

9.  Modest Mouse- Polar Opposites

Buy Polar Opposites – The Lonesome Crowded West

10.  Guided By Voices- I Am a Tree

Buy I Am a Tree – Mag Earwhig!

11.  Radiohead- Airbag

Buy Airbag – OK Computer

12.  Elliott Smith- Speed Trials

Buy Speed Trials – Either/Or

13.  Belle & Sebastian- Stars of Track & Field   *1996 U.K. Release

Buy The Stars of Track and Field – If You’re Feeling Sinister

14.  Pavement- Embassy Row

Buy Embassy Row – Brighten the Corners

15.  Blur- Beetlebum

Buy Beetlebum – Blur

16.  Beth Orton- She Cries Your Name   *1996 U.K. Release

Buy She Cries Your Name – Trailer Park

17.  Bob Dylan- Tryin’ to Get to Heaven

Buy Trying to Get to Heaven – Time Out of Mind

Mixes By Year: Best of 1997 Volume 5

Best of 1997 Volume 5 (9/13/08)

1.  The Chemical Brothers (Feat. Beth Orton)- Where Do I Begin?

Buy Where Do I Begin – Dig Your Own Hole

2.  Bjork- Joga

Buy Joga – Homogenic

3.  Missy Elliott- Izzy Izzy Ahh

Buy Izzy Izzy Ahh – Supa Dupa Fly

4.  The Notorious B.I.G.- Goin’ Back to Cali

Buy Going Back to Cali – Life After Death

5.  Yo La Tengo- Little Honda

Buy Little Honda – I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One

6.  Modest Mouse- Convenient Parking

Buy Convenient Parking – The Lonesome Crowded West

7.  Pavement- Date W/ IKEA

Buy Date With IKEA – Brighten the Corners

8.  Belle & Sebastian- Get Me Away from Here, I’m Dying   *1996 U.K. Release

Buy Get Me Away from Here, I’m Dying – If You’re Feeling Sinister

9.  Erykah Badu- Next Lifetime

Buy Next Lifetime – Baduizm

10.  Wu-Tang Clan (Feat. CappaDonna)- For Heaven’s Sake

Buy For Heavens Sake (feat. CappaDonna) – Wu-Tang Forever

11.  Jay-Z- Rap Game/Crack Game

Buy Rap Game / Crack Game – In My Lifetime, Vol. 1

12.  Spiritualized- Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space

Buy Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space (Deluxe Version)

13.  Radiohead- Subterranean Homesick Alien

Buy Subterranean Homesick Alien – OK Computer

14.  Stereolab- Miss Modular

Buy Miss Modular – Dots and Loops

15.  Ween- The Mollusk

Buy The Mollusk – The Mollusk

16.  Guided By Voices- Bulldog Skin

Buy Bulldog Skin – Mag Earwhig!

17.  Super Furry Animals- Demons

Buy Demons – Radiator

18.  Supergrass- Richard III

Buy Richard III – In It for the Money (Limited Edition)

19.  Ben Folds 5- Kate

Buy Kate – Whatever and Ever Amen (Remastered Edition)

Mixes By Year: Best of 1997 Volume 6

Best of 1997 Volume 6 (9/14/08)

1.  Old 97’s- Timebomb

Buy Timebomb – Too Far to Care

2.  Les Savy Fav- Blackouts on Thursday

Buy Blackouts On Thursday – Inches

3.  Built to Spill- Stop the Show

Buy Stop the Show – Perfect from Now On

4.  Sleater-Kinney- Words & Guitar

Buy Words and Guitar – Dig Me Out

5.  Ivy- The Best Thing

Buy The Best Thing – Apartment Life

6.  Portishead- All Mine

Buy All Mine – Portishead

7.  Company Flow- 8 Steps to Perfection

Buy 8 Steps To Perfection – Funcrusher Plus (Bonus version)

8. Roni Size/Reprazent- Share the Fall (Full Vocal Mix)

Buy Share the Fall (Full Vocal Mix) – New Forms

9.  Daft Punk- Phoenix

Buy Phoenix – Homework

10.  Yo La Tengo- Moby Octopad

Buy Moby Octopad – I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One

11.  Ween- Mutilated Lips

Buy Mutilated Lips – The Mollusk

12.  Super Furry Animals- Hermann Loves Pauline

Buy Hermann Loves Pauline – Radiator

13.  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds- Into My Arms

Buy Into My Arms – Zero Effect (Music from the Motion Picture)

14.  Radiohead- No Surprises

Buy No Surprises – OK Computer

15.  Belle & Sebastian- A Century of Fakers

Buy A Century of Fakers – Push Barman to Open Old Wounds

16.  Supergrass- Late in the Day

Buy Late in the Day – In It for the Money (Limited Edition)

17.  Bob Dylan- Not Dark Yet

Buy Not Dark Yet – Time Out of Mind

18.  Guided By Voices- Teenage FBI (EP Version)

Buy Teenage FBI – The Best of Guided By Voices: Human Amusements At Hourly Rates

Mixes By Year: Best of 1997 Volume 7

Best of 1997 Volume 7 (9/25/10)

1.  Harvey Danger- Flagpole Sitta

Buy Flagpole Sitta – Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?

2.  The Dismemberment Plan- Do the Standing Still

Buy Do the Standing Still – The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified

3.  Guided By Voices- Not Behind the Fighter Jet

Buy Not Behind the Fighter Jet – Mag Earwhig!

4.  Primal Scream- Kowalski

Buy Kowalski – Vanishing Point

5.  Aphex Twin- Come to Daddy (Pappi Mix Version)

Buy Come to Daddy (Pappy Mix Version) – Come to Daddy

6.  Spiritualized- Electricity

Buy Electricity – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space

7.  Built to Spill- Kicked It in the Sun

Buy Kicked It In the Sun – Perfect from Now On

8.  Lambchop- Your F**king Sunny Day

Buy Your F*****g Sunny Day – Thriller

9.  Belle & Sebastian- Lazy Line Painter Jane

Buy Lazy Line Painter Jane – Push Barman to Open Old Wounds

10.  The Clientele- We Could Walk Together

Buy We Could Walk Together – Suburban Light

11.  Pavement- Shady Lane

Buy Shady Lane/J Vs. S – Brighten the Corners

12.  White Town- Your Woman

Buy Your Woman – Women in Technology

13.  Missy Elliott (Feat. 702 & Magoo)- Beep Me 911

Buy Beep Me 911 – Supa Dupa Fly

14.  Jay-Z- Who You Wit II

Buy Who You Wit II – In My Lifetime, Vol. 1

15.  Company Flow (Feat. BMS)- Vital Nerve

Buy Vital Nerve (feat BMS) – Funcrusher Plus (Bonus version)

16.  The Notorious B.I.G.- You’re Nobody (‘Til Somebody Kills You)

Buy You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You) – Life After Death

17.  Elliott Smith- Miss Misery

Buy Miss Misery – Good Will Hunting (Music from the Motion Picture)

18.  Radiohead- Lucky

Buy Lucky – OK Computer

Mixes By Year: Best of 1997 Volume 8

Best of 1997 Volume 8 (9/25/10)

1.  The Prodigy- Smack My B**ch Up

Buy Smack My Bitch Up – The Fat of the Land

2.  Squarepusher- Come On My Selector

Buy Come On My Selector – Big Loada

3.  The Sea and Cake- Sporting Life

Buy Sporting Life – The Fawn

4.  Stereolab- Parsec

Buy Parsec – Dots and Loops

5.  Air- Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi

Buy Le Soleil est près de moi – Le Soleil est près de moi – EP

6.  Belle & Sebastian- Le Pastie de la Bourgeoisie

Buy Le Pastie de la Bourgeoisie – Push Barman to Open Old Wounds

7.  Elliott Smith- Between the Bars

Buy Between the Bars – Either/Or

8.  Beta Band- Dog Got a Bone

Buy Dog’s Got a Bone – The Three EP’s

9.  Erykah Badu- Tyrone (Live)

Buy Tyrone (Live) – Erykah Badu: Live

10.  Common- Reminding Me (of Sef)

Buy Reminding Me (Of Sef) [feat. Chantay Savage] – One Day It’ll All Make Sense

11.  Blur- On Your Own

Buy On Your Own – Blur

12.  Bjork- Unravel

Buy Unravel – Homogenic

13.  Adam F- Metropolis

Buy Metropolis – Colours

14.  Modest Mouse- Lounge (Closing Time)

Buy Lounge (Closing Time) – The Lonesome Crowded West

15.  Ben Folds Five- One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces

Buy One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces – Whatever and Ever Amen (Remastered Edition)

16.  Sleater-Kinney- One More Hour

Buy One More Hour – Dig Me Out