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2004

Mixes By Year: 2004 Most Recommended Albums

2004 – When I look back on the last decade and check out which years placed the most numbers of times on my top 100 albums of the 00’s list, I find that 2004 placed by far the least amount of times. Though it is probably one of the weaker years of the decade it still remains pivotal. Two of the most important artists of the new millennium dropped their debut albums in ’04, Kanye West with “College Dropout” and Arcade Fire with “Funeral”. ’04 was also the year Facebook started and the Apple iTunes store really took off (at least in my house), where picking and choosing individual tracks rather than full albums became de rigueur again. There were both positive and negative impacts as a result. Music fans began to focus even more on immediate gratification. Albums and songs were no longer allowed as much time to become “growers”, therefore many great bands and albums went lost in the shuffle. However, because music became so easy to sample, more people heard music than ever before and stopped being confined so much to one or two genres. A person liking indie rock, metal, dance pop, folk music & punk became the norm and that is a great thing.

The early oughts fascination with garage-rock began to wane and “dancepunk” grew in its wake. Though not many of the best albums of ’04 would fall in this category, indie groups like Futureheads, Phoenix and especially Franz Ferdinand were playing a much more danceable variety of rock music. Franz’s self-titled debut was one of the year’s better albums and their signature song “Take Me Out” actually became a runaway hit, even crossing over to the pop charts. Even less likely, northwest group Modest Mouse scored a pop hit of their own with “Float On”. Their ’04 album “Good News For People Who Love Bad News” was by far their best selling album and one of their better ones as well. NYC hype band Interpol released their second album. Though very solid it didn’t quite reach the heights of their first and signaled that the group might be running out of gas a bit. Elsewhere in NYC, the Walkmen released “Bows + Arrows” featuring their signature song as well “The Rat”. TV On the Radio’s debut full length “Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes” came out to much critical love, kick-starting one of the best and most interesting careers going on in modern rock music. Underground Williamsburg band Les Savy Fav, who really pioneered dance punk in the late 90’s, released their compilation of 7 inch record called “Inches”. It featured 6 new songs from ’04 and is one of the best albums of the year. NYC’s hip LCD Soundsystem wouldn’t debut their first full album until the following year, but their single “Yeah!” was one of the defining singles of the dance underground and helped further bridge the gap between indi-rock/dance punk and club music.

The Norwegian artist Annie released her debut “Anniemal” and though it didn’t garner tons of sales, it became a huge favorite amongst indie fans and became a huge marker, as her music was pure Euro-pop, rather than the IDM or techno that had been championed by indie fans for some time. It had more in common with Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears or Rachel Stevens than Underworld, Aphex Twin and Autechre. Pop music had some additional crossovers in ’04 as well. Gwen Stefan’s debut solo album “Love Angel Music Baby” was a huge selling pop album with a number of radio hits- “Holla back Girl” & “What Are You Waiting For” were two of the best ones. In R&B new artist Ciara had a trip of great singles “Oh”, “Goodies”, & “1,2 Step”. Christina Milian’s “Dip It Love”, Nina Sky’s “Move Ya Body”, and Usher’s “Yeah!” were some other great R&C club smashes from ’04.

The year in rap, despite Kanye’s great aforementioned “College Dropout”, was mostly about great singles rather than great full lengths, though Ghostface Killah dropped the very decent “Pretty Toney Album” and Cam’ron’s “Purple Haze” was a cult smash and helped further Harlem’s Dipset crew phenomenon. Also Los Angeles rapper Madvillain released his greatest album “Madvillain”, one of the great hip hop albums of the decade and one of the toughest to classify. Great rap singles of ’04 include “Jadakiss “Why”, Juvenile “Slow Motion”, T.I.’s “Bring Em Out”, Cee-Lo “I’ll Be Around”, Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot”, Fabolous “Breathe”, Twista “Slow Jamz” & J-Kwon “Tipsy”. Nearly all of those tracks came off of comparably weak albums.

U.K. rap was becoming a bigger deal as well. White English rapper The Streets released the follow-up to his great debut “A Grand Don’t Come For Free”, which was a concept album built around his every day real life experiences and finding and losing both money, friends & a girl. Though the important U.K. grime compilation “Run the Road” wouldn’t drop until the winter of ’05 many of the best artists on it released great stuff in ’04 including grime’s biggest star Dizzee Rascal with his 2nd album “Showtime”, Kano’s debut “Home Sweet Home” & the teenage Lady Sovereign with her “Vertically Challenged EP”. Though not a U.K. rapper, ’04 also saw M.I.A. release her “Piracy Funds Terrorism” album with the DJ Diplo. It would create a huge underground buzz and set the tone for her commercial album debut in ’05.

Most of the biggest and best rock albums of ’04 were in the indie-rock vein but there were a few exceptions. Former pop punkers Green Day release their huge rock opera “American Idiot”, which captured the tone to the head up of the presidential ’04 election quite well. “Idiot” had quite a long shelf life and was one of the bigger mainstream rock records of the decade and three or four tracks still receive tons of airplay on rock radio. The biggest band in the world U2 released “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” and while it wasn’t one of their better albums it was their last good one thus far and made a big splash among mainstream listeners as well. The third huge commercial rock record was “Hot Fuss” by the Killers, which has more than a handful of great radio jams. Back in ’04 they were marketed as a dance-punk group. Despite their excellent debut, the group became increasingly disappointing as the decade wore on and I still find “Hot Fuss” their only worthwhile release.

Some other worthwhile mentions are the Hold Steady’s debut “Almost Killed Me”, the Fiery Furnaces excellent indie-prog opus “Blueberry Boat”, the great metal group Mastodon’s “Leviathon”, which put them on the map outside the insular metal community, the Drive-By Truckers underrated “Dirty South” album and the surprisingly inspired collaboration between White Stripe Jack White and country legend Loretta Lynn “Van Lear Rose”. Also ’04 was the year that Brian Wilson finally released “Smile”- the most famous unreleased album of all-time. Sure it was a solo album with a different backing group than the Beach Boys, but it came out surprisingly great.

Another scene worthy of mention, which came to fruition in ’04 was the freak-folk movement, which became one of the more influential sub genres on the indie scene in the 00’s. It was a throwback to the quiet folk music of the mid-late 60’s mixed with that same era’s psychedelic-rock. It mirrored much of that sixties music in both tone and values. Some of the biggest artists of that genre released some great albums in ’04 including “Rejoicing In the Hands” by Devendra Banhart, “Milk-Eyed Mender” by Joanna Newsom, “Sung Tongs” by Animal Collective and “Our Endless Numbered Days” by Iron & Wine.

ARCADE FIRE- FUNERAL

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FUTUREHEADS- FUTUREHEADS
FUTUREHEADS_FUTUREHEADS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy The Futureheads – The Futureheads
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MODEST MOUSE- GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS
Modest Mouse_good News for People Who Like Bad News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Good News for People Who Love Bad News – Modest Mouse
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THE STREETS- A GRAND DON’T COME FOR FREE
THE STREETS_A GRAND DON'T COME FOR FREE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy A Grand Don’t Come for Free (Bonus Track Version) – The Streets
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MADVILLAIN- MADVILLAINY
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OF MONTREAL- SATANIC PANIC IN THE ATTIC
OF MONTREAL_SANTANIC PANIC IN THE ATTIC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Satanic Panic In the Attic – of Montreal
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TV ON THE RADIO- DESPERATE YOUTH, BLOOD THIRSTY BABES
TV ON THE RADIO_DESPERATE YOUTH, BLOOD THIRSTY BABES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes – TV On the Radio
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ANNIE- ANNIEMAL
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Buy Anniemal – Annie
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MASTODON- LEVIATHON
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Buy Leviathan – Mastodon
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KANYE WEST- COLLEGE DROPOUT
KANYE WEST_COLLEGE DROPOUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy The College Dropout – Kanye West
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MISSION OF BURMA- ONOFFON
MISSION OF BURMA_ONOFFON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy ONoffON – Mission of Burma
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INTERPOL- ANTICS
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Buy Antics – Interpol
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DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS- THE DIRTY SOUTH
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS_THE DIRTY SOUTH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy The Dirty South – Drive-By Truckers
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THE WALKMEN- BOWS + ARROWS
THE WALKMEN_BOWS + ARROWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Bows + Arrows – The Walkmen
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SONIC YOUTH- SONIC NURSE
SONIC YOUTH_SONIC NURSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DEVENDRA BANHART- REJOICING IN THE HANDS
DEVENDRA BANHART_REJOICING IN THE HANDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JOANNA NEWSOM- MILK-EYED MENDER
JOANNA NEWSOM_MILK-EYED MENDER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FRANZ FERDINAND- FRANZ FERDINAND
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THE BLACK KEYS- RUBBER FACTORY
THE BLACK KEYS_RUBBER FACTORY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Rubber Factory – The Black Keys
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IRON & WINE- OUR ENDLESS, NUMBERED DAYS
IRON & WINE_OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Our Endless Numbered Days – Iron & Wine
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** BONUS COMP LES SAVY FAV- INCHES **6 SONGS ON COMP WERE NEW 2004 RELEASES
LES SAVY FAV_INCHES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mixes By Year: Best of 2004 Volume 1

Best of 2004 Volume 1 (5/14/05)

1.  Modest Mouse- The World at Large

Buy The World At Large – Good News for People Who Love Bad News
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2.  Franz Ferdinand- Take Me Out

Buy Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand (Special Edition Version)
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3.  Interpol- Evil

Buy Evil – Antics
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4.  Drive-By Truckers- Where the Devil Don’t Stay

Buy Where the Devil Don’t Stay – The Dirty South
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5.  The Walkmen- Little House of Savages

Buy Little House of Savages – Bows + Arrows
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6.  Phoenix- Everything is Everything

Buy Everything Is Everything – Alphabetical
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7.  M.I.A.- Galang (Single Version)

Buy Galang – Arular
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8.  Annie- Chewing Gum

Buy Chewing Gum (Vocal Mix) – Anniemal
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9.  Lady Sovereign- Cha Ching (Cheque 1, 2 Remix)

Buy Ch Ching (Cheque 1-2 Remix) – Vertically Challenged
*Track not available via Amazon

10.  Dizzee Rascal- Stand Up Tall

Buy Stand Up Tall – Showtime
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11.  TV On the Radio- Staring At the Sun

Buy Staring At the Sun – Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
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12.  Madvillain (Featuring Lord Quas)- America’s Most Blunted

Buy America’s Most Blunted – Madvillainy
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13.  Scissor Sisters- Take Your Mama

Buy Take Your Mama – Scissor Sisters (Bonus Track)
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14.  Les Savy Fav- The Sweat Descends

Buy The Sweat Descends – Inches
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15.  The Black Keys- 10am Automatic

Buy 10. A.M. Automatic – Rubber Factory
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16.  Morrissey- The First of the Gang to Die

Buy The First of the Gang to Die – You Are the Quarry
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17.  Arcade Fire- Rebellion (Lies)

Buy Rebellion (Lies) – Funeral
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18.  A.C. Newman- On the Table

Buy On the Table – The Slow Wonder
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19.  The Futureheads- Decent Days and Knights

Buy Decent Days and Nights – The Futureheads
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20.  Kanye West- Through the Wire

Buy Through the Wire – The College Dropout
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Mixes By Year: Best of 2004 Volume 2

Best of 2004 Volume 2 (5/15/05)

1.  Arcade Fire- Neightborhood #1 (Tunnels)

Buy Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) – Funeral
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2.  Modest Mouse- Float On

Buy Float On – Float On – Single
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3.  Loretta Lynn (Feat. Jack White)- Portland, Ore

Buy Portland, Oregon – Van Lear Rose
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4.  A.C. Newman- Drink to Me, Babe

Buy Then Drink to Be Me, Babe – The Slow Wonder
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5.  Fiery Furnaces- Straight Street

Buy Straight Street – Blueberry Boat
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6.  Ciara- 1, 2 Step

Buy One, Two Step (feat. Missy Elliott) – Goodies
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7.  The Streets- Fit But You Know It

Buy Fit But You Know It – A Grand Don’t Come for Free
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8.  LCD Soundsystem- Yeah (Crass Version)

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9.  Annie- My Heartbeat

Buy Heartbeat – Heartbeat – Single
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10.  Les Savy Fav- We’ll Make a Lover Out of You

Buy We”ll Make a Lover of You – Inches
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11.  Ted Leo & the Phamracists-Me & Mia

Buy Me and Mia – Shake the Sheets
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12.  Bjork- Triumph of a Heart

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13.  Madvillain- Accordion

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14.  Riko & Target- Chosen One

*Track not available via iTunes or Amazon

15.  The Futureheads- First Day

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16.  Franz Ferdinand- Jacqueline

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17.  The Walkmen- The Rat

Buy The Rat – Bows + Arrows
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18.  The Hives- No Pun Intended

Buy No Pun Intended – Tyrannosaurus Hives
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19.  Magnetic Fields- I Don’t Believe You

Buy I Don’t Believe You – I
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20.  Brian Wilson- Surf’s Up

BuySurf’s Up – Smile
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Mixes By Year: Best of 2004 Volume 3

Best of 2004 Volume 3 (12/3/05)

1.  U2- Vertigo

Buy Vertigo – How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
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2.  Les Savy Fav- Hold Onto Your Genre

Buy Hold On to Your Genre – Inches
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3.  Kanye West- All Falls Down

Buy All Falls Down – Def Jam Recordings 25, Vol. 14 – Best of the Best
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4.  Ghostface Killah (Feat. Trife)- Biscuits

Buy Biscuits (feat. Trife) – The Pretty Toney Album
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5.  Cee-Lo- I’ll Be Around

Buy I’ll Be Around (Radio Mix) [feat. Timbaland] – Cee-Lo Green… Is the Soul Machine
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6.  The Libertines- Music When the Lights Go Out

Buy Music When the Lights Go Out – The Libertines
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7.  Sonic Youth- Pattern Recognition

Buy Pattern Recognition – Sonic Nurse
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8.  The Streets- Blinded By the Lights

Buy Blinded By the Lights – A Grand Don’t Come for Free
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9.  Kano- P’s & Q’s

Buy P’s and Q’s – Home Sweet Home
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10.  Secret Machines- Nowhere Again

Buy Nowhere Again – Now Here Is Nowhere
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11.  Arcade Fire- Wake Up

Buy Wake Up – Funeral
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12.  Modest Mouse- One Chance

Buy One Chance – Good News for People Who Love Bad News
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13.  Iron & Wine- Naked As We Came

Buy Naked As We Came – Our Endless Numbered Days
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14.  Devendra Banhart- The Body Breaks

Buy The Body Breaks – Rejoicing In the Hands
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15.  The Black Keys- The Lengths

Buy The Lengths – Rubber Factory
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16.  Drive-By Truckers- Puttin’ People On the Moon

Buy Puttin’ People On the Moon – The Dirty South
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17.  Mission Of Burma- The Enthusiast

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18.  Interpol- Slow Hands

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19.  Franz Ferdinand- The Dark of the Matinee

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20.  Madvillain (Feat. Viktor Vaughn)- Fancy Clown

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Mixes By Year: Best of 2004 Volume 4

Best of 2004 Volume 4 (12/4/05)

1.  Green Day- American Idiot

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2.  TV On the Radio- Bomb Yourself

Buy Bomb Yourself – Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
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3.  Arcade Fire- Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

Buy Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) – Funeral
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4.  Sonic Youth- Peace Attack

Buy Peace Attack – Sonic Nurse
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5.  Eminem- Mosh

Buy Mosh – Encore (Deluxe Version)
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6.  Kanye West- We Don’t Care

Buy We Don’t Care – The College Dropout
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7.  Dizzee Rascal- Dream

Buy Dream – Showtime
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8.  Air- Cherry Blossom Girl

Buy Cherry Blossom Girl (Radio Mix) – Cherry Blossom Girl – EP
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9.  Iron & Wine- Sunset Soon Forgotten

Buy Sunset Soon Forgotten – Our Endless Numbered Days
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10.  Modest Mouse- Ocean Breathes Salty

Buy Ocean Breathes Salty – Good News for People Who Love Bad News
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11.  Morrissey- Irish Blood, English Heart

Buy Irish Blood, English Heart – You Are the Quarry
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12.  PJ Harvey- The Life & Death of Mr. Bad Mouth

Buy The Life and Death of Mr. Badmouth – Uh Huh Her (U.S. Version)
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13.  Nellie McKay- David

Buy David – Get Away from Me
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14.  Fiery Furnaces- Spaniolated

Buy Spaniolated – Blueberry Boat
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15.  The Killers- Mr. Brightside

Buy Mr. Brightside – Hot Fuss
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16.  Interpol- C’Mere

Buy C’mere – Antics
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17.  The Libertines- The Ha Ha Wall

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18.  The Hives- A Little More for Little You

Buy A Little More for Little You – Tyrannosaurus Hives
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19.  Ghostface Killah (Feat. Jadakiss)- Run

Buy Run (feat. Jadakiss) – The Pretty Toney Album
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20.  Devendra Banhart- This Beard Is for Siobhan

Buy This Beard Is for Siobhán – Rejoicing In the Hands
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21.  Loretta Lynn- Miss Being Mrs.

Buy Miss Being Mrs. – Van Lear Rose
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Mixes By Year: Best of 2004 Volume 5

Best of 2004 Volume 5 (4/17/09)

1.  Les Savy Fav- Meet Me in the Dollar Bin

Buy Meet Me In the Dollar Bin – Inches
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2.  Franz Ferdinand- Darts of Pleasure

Buy Darts of Pleasure – Franz Ferdinand (Special Edition Version)
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3.  The Futureheads- Hounds of Love

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4.  T.I.- Bring Em Out

Buy Bring Em Out – Urban Legend
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5.  Snoop Dogg & Pharrell- Drop It Likes It’s Hot

Buy Drop it like it’s hot (feat. Pharell Williams) – The Dog In Me
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6.  Christina Milian- Dip It Low

Buy Dip It Low – It’s About Time
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7.  Annie- Greatest Hit

Buy Greatest Hit – Anniemal
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8.  Feist- Inside and Out

Buy Inside and Out – Let It Die
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9.  The Concretes- You Can’t Hurry Love

Buy You Can’t Hurry Love – The Concretes
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10.  Of Montreal- Disconnect the Dots

Buy Dis-connect the Dots (LP Version) – Satanic Panic In the Attic
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11.  Belle & Sebastian- Your Cover’s Blown

Buy Your Cover’s Blown – Books – EP
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12.  Interpol- Narc

Buy Narc – Antics
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13.  Johnny Boy- You Are the Generation Who Bought the Most Shoes and You GEt What You Deserve

Buy You Are The Generaion That Bought More Shoes – Johnny Boy
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14.  Sufjan Stevens- All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands

Buy All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands – Seven Swans
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15.  Iron & Wine- Passing Afternoon

Buy Passing Afternoon – Our Endless Numbered Days
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16.  Animal Collective- Leaf House

Buy Leaf House – Sung Tongs
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17.  Jens Lekman- A Sweet Summer’s Night on Hammer Hill

Buy A Sweet Summernight On Hammer Hill – You Are the Light – EP
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18.  Drive-By Truckers- Lookout Mountain

Buy Lookout Mountain – The Dirty South
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19.  Arcade Fire- Crown of Love

Buy Crown of Love – Funeral
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20.  Kanye West- Jesus Walks

Buy Jesus Walks – Def Jam 25, Vol. 1: DJ Bring That Back (2008-1997)
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Mixes By Year: Best of 2004 Volume 6

Best of 2004 Volume 6 (4/18/09)

1.  Mission Of Burma- The Set-Up

Buy The Set Up – ONoffON
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2.  The Hold Steady- The Swish

Buy The Swish – Almost Killed Me
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3.  Ghostface Killah- Beat the Clock

Buy Beat the Clock – The Pretty Toney Album
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4.  The Von Bondies- C’mon C’mon

Buy C’mon C’mon – C’mon, C’mon – Single
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5.  Fabolous- Breathe

Buy Breathe – Real Talk
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6.  Kanye West- Spaceship

Buy Spaceship – The College Dropout
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7.  McLusky- She Will Only Bring You Happiness

Buy She Will Only Bring You Happiness – She Will Only Bring You Happiness – EP
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8.  TV On the Radio- Poppy

Buy Poppy – Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
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9.  Wilco- Handshake Drugs

Buy Handshake Drugs – A Ghost Is Born (Tour Edition)
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10.  Modest Mouse- The Good Times Are Killing Me

Buy The Good Times Are Killing Me – Good News for People Who Love Bad News
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11.  The Ponys- Let’s Kill Ourselves

Buy Let’s Kill Ourselves – Laced With Romance
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12.  Fiery Furnaces- Tropical-Iceland (EP Version)

Buy Tropical Iceland – EP
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13.  Arcade Fire- Neighborhood #3 (Laika)

Buy Neighborhood #2 (Laika) – Funeral
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14.  Joanna Newsom- The Sprout & the Bean

Buy Sprout and the Bean – The Milk-Eyed Mender
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15.  Jens Lekman- You Are the Light (By Which I Travel Into This & That)

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16.  Kylie Minogue- I Believe In You

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17.  Estelle- 1980

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18.  The Streets- Dry Your Eyes

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19.  Madvillain- Rhinestone Cowboy

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Mixes By Year: Best of 2004 Volume 7

Best of 2004 Volume 7 (8/17/13)

1.  Twista (Feat. Kanye West & Jay-Z)- Slow Jamz

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2.  Ciara (Feat. Ludacris)- Oh!

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3.  M.I.A.- MIA

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4.  Usher (Feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris)- Yeah!

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5.  J-Kwon- Tipsy

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6.  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds- Get Ready For Love

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7.  Franz Ferdinand- Michael

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8.  Of Montreal- Spike the Senses

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9.  Stereolab- Vonal Declusion

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10.  The Knife- Heartbeats

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11.  Air- Run

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12.  Alan Braxe & Fred Falke- Rubicon

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13.  Madvillain- Figaro

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14.  The Walkmen- Thinking Of a Dream I Had

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15.  The Futureheads- Carnival Kids

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16.  The Black Keys- Till I Get My Way

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17.  Mastodon- Iron Tusk

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18.  Joanna Newsom- The Book of Right-On

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19.  Devendra Banhart- A Sight to Behold

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20.  Elliott Smith- A Distorted Reality Is Now A Necessity to be Free

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Mixes By Year: Best of 2004 Volume 8

Best of 2004 Volume 8 (8/17/13)

1.  Mastodon- Blood and Thunder

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2.  Mission Of Burma- Wounded World

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3.  The Hold Steady- Hostile, Mass.

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4.  Sonic Youth- Unmade Bed

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5.  The Libertines- What Became of the Likely Lads

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6.  The Sun- My Girlfriend’s Best Friend

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7.  Rilo Kiley- Portions for Foxes

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8.  Annie- Anniemal

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9.  Gwen Stefani- Holla Back Girl

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10.  Rachel Stevens- Some Girls

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11.  Jason Forrest- 10 Amazing Years

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12.  Juvenile- Slow Motion

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13.  Cam’ron (Feat. Kanye West)- Down and Out

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14.  Jadakiss- Why

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15.  Kanye West (Feat. Mos Def, Freeway & Harlem Boys Choir)- Two Words

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16.  Madvillain (Feat. Wildchild)- Hardcore Hustle

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17.  Iron & Wine- Fever Dream

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18.  Wilco- Wishful Thinking

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19.  Feist- Mushaboom

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20.  Joanna Newsom- Peach, Plum, Pear

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