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Well, it's that time again. The end of the year brings about the inherent drive of all webzine ass-monkeys to force their opinions of music upon everyone. And don't think I'm any different. I've been working on my list now for a long time, in fact, ever since New Year's Eve last year. See, I was at a party at Megan's apartment (some of you might remember Megan; some of you despised her reviews very much) and was hanging out with Scott, when all of a sudden he goes apeshit and says, "Hey, why aren't the lists up yet?" Well now, I was confused, to say the least. What lists? Why, of course, the "Top Ten (or twenty) of 2003" lists, of course! Being the aspiring pretentious asshole music geek I was back then (oh, believe me, it's a skill that takes developing), I was new to the idea of a tangible list being created. Not just a general idea in your head about what to listen to, but a full blown touchable list. Not only that, but I saw the ultimate power attained in these lists. Complete. Utter. Control. Those lists were unabashed opinions; the editors' way of perpetuating mind-control. And I wanted a piece of it.

Up until that point, I only had a handful of reviews published for Punknews, and wasn't exactly staff yet. But let's go back further and give you the full story of my coronation as a staff reviewer. Back in September, when I hit the road with my friends Michael and Claudio to go see a few shows in Chicago (back when I lived in Minnesota, not Chicago), we had a stop to make in between. Yes, that stop was to pick up their friend Scott, who apparently worked with some sort of webzine. By the end of the trip, Scott and I had finally accepted each other as vicious rivals, and put down the ninja swords we were battling with long enough for him to agree to let me review a couple of CDs that had already been passed through Megan, Katie, and were now in the hands of Claudio. The thing was ‚?? the CDs were terrible and nobody had the heart to bash them openly on the Internet. Well now, I thought, isn't that what the Internet is for? So I accepted the challenge, under the stipulation that if I reviewed these two CDs, Scott would give me a staff reviewer slot. Scott agreed, but only under the ultimatum that I would be reviewing the absolute cr√®me de la shit that was piling up at Punknews Reviewing HQ (meaning Scott's bedroom). I gladly accepted and published those two reviews. After those, I reviewed a few personal favorites of my own that I felt were necessary for the Punknews archive. And that was 2003 for me, as a reviewer, but at that New Year's Eve party, I had a new goal. Now that I was (supposedly) a staff reviewer, I had to step it up a notch. I wanted my own "Best of..." column.

And now, here I am, writing this column for you, dear reader, spoon-feeding you every last drop of my pretentious asshole opinions, bit by bit. Surprisingly enough, I didn't have to beg or force my way into getting my own list. One day I said to Scott, sternly and openly, "I want my own ‚??Best of 2004' list." He replied with, "Okay." It seemed too easy. There must have been a trick. And there was. This year is different. EVERY staff reviewer was invited to write their own Best of 2004 list. Oh well, I'll take what I can get. So without further ado, here are the records you should have been listening to in 2004, the records that you should take note of from 2004, the records that make your taste in music resemble a fat guy getting drunk at a wine tasting party, and the stuff I was ACTUALLY listening to in 2004.

Best of 2004 in alphabetical order

Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
Fat Cat
This record was recommended to me by a man who I view as sort of my music mentor. I have yet to get a recommendation from him that hasn't been amazing. What we have here is a record full of crazy percussion, amazing vocal melodies, and kickass acoustic guitarage. A delicious neo-folk treat for those of you who want to be hippies, or just those of you who love good music.
Akimbo - City of the Stars
Seventh Rule
Yeah, I've got a major hard-on for theses guys, and their new album shows tons of progression. If you want more, you can read my review of the album here. In short, a mash-up of Black Flag and Black Sabbath. Rock like whoa.
Black Lips - We Did Not Know the Forest Spirit Made the Flowers Grow
Bomp!
I got this CD from Punknews to review, and I listened to it four times straight the first day I got it. It blew me away. Like, lo-fi 60s pop mashed together with noise punk. Indiscernible vocals. Really, this is what punk music is supposed to be. Easy to play songs, loud, noisy, sloppy, simply produced, and overall, just fun to listen to.
Blonde Redhead - Misery is a Butterfly
4AD Records
This record wasn't specifically recommended by my mentor, but he definitely was the one who turned me on to Blonde Redhead. I grabbed this one while I was collecting Blonde Redhead albums on the Internet, and at first wasn't impressed. Later I revisited it and was blown away. I think out of all the albums on my list, this one has the most songs on it that make me say, "Yeah, that's awesome!" Lush melodies, strings, layers of guitars, and of course, kickass drumming.
Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing in the Hands
Young God
I had dream last night that this guy made it huge and was starring in two big-budget movies that were coming out. Don't ask. Was introduced to him through that terrible Kill Rock Stars Comp that Punknews made me review. I guess he used to be a homeless dude just playing his guitar in San Francisco when some label guy grabbed him and signed him. He did one recording session and got something like 50 songs tracked. He put out three albums this year, but this is the only one I've heard, and seems to be the best one he put out. Acoustic folk music that's mostly him and a guitar.
Heiruspecs - A Tiger Dancing
Razor & Tie
These guys have been the best live show around the Twin Cities area for years. They just haven't been able to capture it on record. "Small Steps" from 2002 was nothing to shake a stick at, but it definitely showed promise. I put off checking this record out because "Small Steps" was such a disappointment, but holyfuckshit this album is amazing. Yeah, whatever, I know it's a hip-hop album in my Best of 2004 list for PUNKNEWS, but fuck you. Almost none of my records on this list are "punk." Amazing lyrics with inventive and experimental beats from a full-band hip-hop group.
The Icarus Line - Penance Soirée
V2
I had a few of their old mp3s a looooonnnnnggg time ago, and just never pursued getting anything from them. On this release, they evolved from mediocre hardcore band to tripped out rock n' roll, like a space age Stooges ‚?? but on more drugs. Another album that feels extremely complete when listened through fully. Highly recommended.
Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
Sub Pop
Last minute submission. Down to the wire. Sam Beam ‚?? another bearded acoustic folksy songwriter. I have special ties to this album. Like the circumstances in which I really first listened to it and heard it. I don't need to divulge, but you can probably guess. It's really just amazingly beautiful. That's it. What a songwriter. This just bumped Vietnam down to the Honorable Mentions slot. I'm sorry Vietnam, you're good, but this is just much better music to fornicate to.
Jon Brion - I Heart Huckabees ‚?? Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Milan
This guy has played on so many albums as an additional musician, not to mention solo releases and multiple original movie scores he's written. Here is a full list of what he's done. What this album sounds like to me is a mix between Elliott Smith and the stuff that Mark Mothersbaugh writes for Wes Anderson films. Amazing variety of music that all flows together into one big piece of art.
John Vanderslice - Cellar Door
Barsuk
The first thing I could think of when I got this CD was that it wasn't as good as "Time Travel is Lonely." The lyrics are much more straightforward, and not as poetic. The instrumentation varies a lot, so it seems a little bit disjointed. But then I pulled the stick out of my ass and realized that this album is amazing. In my opinion, Vanderslice has one of the best commands of melody and harmony out of any songwriters.
Liars - They Were Wrong So We Drowned
Mute
To most people, this album is a steaming pile of shit. And no, I don't like it just because everyone hates it. It honestly blows me away. Lo-fi weirdo freak-out sorta rock type stuff. Noisy. Retains some of the dance-qualities that "They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top" had. Mostly, just the most original album of the year. No one else is doing stuff like this well. And if you don't like it? Fuck yourself. Oh, it's about witches or some shit like that.
Lords - The House that Lords Built
Initial
I think technically this qualifies as an EP, but fuck it. Lords brings the rock, and that's undeniable. Another album I got from Punknews that just blew me away. Nothing of 2004 rocks as hard as this record does. Balls to the wall with short songs for short attention spans. Loud and fast without being a dumb grind-core band. Like rock n' roll on crack, which is actually how Outkast described "Bombs Over Baghdad" when I saw them play live a few years ago. That's all you need to know.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
Anti
Nick Cave is fucking awesome. Basically, picks up where Nocturama left off. Rockers and slow ballads. Generally just songs that sound evil. Upbeat songs about love. Shit, "Breathless" sounds like Van Morrison. There's a lot of Gospel background vocals. But other than that, it's another Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds album. Fucking amazing.
Panda Bear - Young Prayer
Paw Tracks
Solo release from the leader of Animal Collective. Minimalist songs based around the Gregorian chant. Weird shit. It's about the death of his father and was recorded in his father's house. The words are hard to decipher, but who cares? This shit rules.
Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse
Geffen
Forty-something noise rock fixtures come back with a blend of every album to date. Yeah I know what you're thinking, and yes, this is like their thirtieth album. Shit, they've been a band for over twenty years. A great mash-up of their early atonal rock from the late 80s and their newer, more melodic material from "Murray Street." But don't go out and buy this album if you don't have any other Sonic Youth. Shit man, you'll lose all your street cred. Go get "Goo," "Sister," or "EVOL" first. Then "Murray Street." Stay away from "NYC Ghosts & Flowers." Then "Sonic Nurse."
Ted Leo/Pharmacists - Shake the Sheets
Lookout!
Homeboy embraces slick production and makes an album that's rocked everyone's socks. Although I love the lo-fi of "Hearts of Oak," it's so hard to deny how amazing this album is. Unabashedly shows the influence punk and ska have on his music. Any way you cook it, Ted Leo is the motherfucking man. Not to mention Chris Wilson being one of my favorite drummers and Dave Lerner being one of my favorite bassists. Ted, I love you.
Tom Waits - Real Gone
Anti
His grittiest record to date. Like gravel through your headphones. So lo-fi it hurts. Noticing a trend? I like to say lo-fi a lot. Tom's still got his unmistakable voice, and this time he's accompanied it with vocal percussion loops, guitars, and bass, and then ran it all through a tin can. Excellent guitar solos. Fucking amazing. Can't get over it.
TV On the Radio - Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes
Touch and Go
Holy fuckshit. Best lyrics of 2004, hands down. One of the most inventive musically of 2004 as well. An a cappella track. Loops and guitars. Layers of vocals. Shit, it won the Shortlist Music Award. Mindblowing.
Various Artists - The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou-Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Hollywood
This album made my list solely for the fact that it had "Queen Bitch" by David Bowie on it. I've declared "Queen Bitch" to be the best song of 2004. Besides that, tons of Bowie on this release, though not as much as was in the actual movie. There was a Sigur Ros song in the movie as well that was left off this album. And a Devo song. And The Zombies. But they didn't forget The Stooges' "Search and Destroy," which is the second best song of 2004. Oh, and Mark Mothersbaugh rules.
The Velvet Teen - Elysium
Slowdance
I never liked The Velvet Teen. People told me how much they loved them. I didn't. But then they abandoned the guitar for a piano themselves. And then Elysium came out. I saw them live, and was blown away. Extremely lush piano and string arrangements dominate the entire album as the basic instrumentation. Makes me feel like a pussy when I listen to it, but I can't help it.
Honorable Mentions

And now on to the Honorable Mentions category. Maybe the album just wasn't as good as these others in my list. Maybe they were great albums, but just not as good as stuff the groups put out in the past. In any way, it's listed randomly as I remembered which albums to add to it.

Vietnam - The Concrete's Always Grayer On the Other Side of the Street
Vice
Perhaps what would have happened if CCR slowed themselves down, did more drugs, and tried to emulate The Velvet Underground's self-titled album. Bluesy, and recorded live, I just picked this album up very recently, and it's extremely deserving of full praise. A very quiet record at most times, it's something you want to play loud and lay in bed just listening to. Fuck, it's awesome.
Bj√∂rk - Med√ļlla
Elektra
I love Björk. But "Vespertine" and "Post" were just much better albums. Awesome in the fact that it's almost entirely a cappella.
Mos Def - The New Danger
Geffen
Mos Def's "Black on Both Sides" is in my Top Ten list of all time. This album experiments with minimalist beats, hardcore riffs with hip-hop, and flows. Awesome that he's trying hard, too bad it wasn't as good as "Black on Both Sides."
The Arcade Fire - Funeral
Merge
It's really good. Just not that good.
Joan of Arc - Joan of Arc, Dick Cheney, Mark Twain
Polyvinyl
"The Gap" and "How Memory Works" were much better. This is almost too conventionally written. Normal song structures and the like. Not why I listen to Joan of Arc.
The Hives - Tyrannosaurus Hives
Interscope
Awesomely awesome rock n' roll.
Guitar Wolf - Love Rock
Narnack
It kicks ass, but Jet Generation was just so much better. I'm sorry. --
Elliott Smith - From a Basement On a Hill
Anti
Just couldn't get into it as much as his self-titled release. Haven't even had enough time to make it all the way through it, either. Otherwise, it could have had a crack at the Top 20.
Aloha - Here Comes Everyone
Polyvinyl
Amazing album. Just didn't make the cut.
Death From Above 1979 - You're a Woman, I'm a Machine Vice
Just haven't had enough time to get into it, but boy, does it ever bring the rock.
Pig Destroyer - Terrifyer
Relapse
Some crazy thrash/grind/metal/hardcore-punk. Whatever. Fuck genre. This record is so hard that I can't even listen to it all the way through without needing to look at pictures of kittens and puppies in the middle of it.
2004 Mix Tape

So Adam wants us all to make a mixtape of the records we listed. Sure, why not? So I compiled a list of the best songs to be released in 2004, regardless of artist or album. Yeah, you might think I'm crazy, but I'm just letting you know that I listen to good music ‚?? and good music can come from anywhere, so here it is. Also, for a limited time only, if you send me a self-addressed stamped envelope big enough for two burned CDs, I will send you copies of my mixtape. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is your very own chance to BE LIKE ME. Which we all know is part of your highest aspirations in life. Pretentiousness aside, you would do best if you addressed your envelope containing the SASE to:

Jesse Carrington Raub
731 S Plymouth Ct
Apt 212
Chicago, IL 60605

And please, don't be a dick and send me random trash or hate letters. And don't look up my address and stop by. I have a very good doorman, and he's very good at keeping out the riff-raff. I'm doing you a favor and a service; don't take advantage of it.

Mix Tape
  1. Usher -‚?? Confessions Pt. II
  2. Akimbo ‚?? Circle of Hair
  3. Ted Leo/Pharmacists ‚?? Heart Problems
  4. Arcade Fire ‚?? Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
  5. Comets On Fire ‚?? The Antlers of the Midnight Sun
  6. Death From Above 1979 ‚?? Turn it Out
  7. Animal Collective ‚?? Who Could Win A Rabbit
  8. Heiruspecs ‚?? 5ves
  9. Blonde Redhead ‚?? Pink Love
  10. Mos Def ‚?? The Rape Over
  11. Animal Collective ‚?? The Softest Voice
  12. Tom Waits ‚?? Hoist that Rag
  13. TV On The Radio ‚?? Don't Love You
  14. Iron & Wine ‚?? On Your Wings
  15. Lords ‚?? Headache Heartattack
  16. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds ‚?? Babe, You Turn Me On
  17. Panda Bear ‚?? (untitled) (track 1)
  18. The Icarus Line ‚?? Spike Island
  19. The Hives ‚?? Diabolic Scheme
  20. Vietnam ‚?? Too Tired
  1. John Vanderslice ‚?? Pale Horse
  2. Liars ‚?? There's Always Room On the Broom
  3. The Hives ‚?? No Pun Intended
  4. Heiruspecs ‚?? I'm Behind You
  5. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds ‚?? Fable of the Brown Ape
  6. Ted Leo/Pharmacists ‚?? Shake the Sheets
  7. Blonde Redhead ‚?? Misery Is A Butterfly
  8. Alicia Keys ‚?? If I Ain't Got You
  9. Devendra Banhart ‚?? Poughkeepsie
  10. Animal Collective ‚?? Mouth Wooed Her
  11. Tom Waits ‚?? Metropolitan Glide
  12. TV On The Radio ‚?? Ambulance
  13. The Velvet Teen ‚?? Penicillin (It Doesn't Mean Much)
  14. Iron & Wine ‚?? Naked As We Came
  15. Pig Destroyer ‚?? Lost Cause
  16. The Icarus Line ‚?? Kiss Like Lizards
  17. The Icarus Line ‚?? Getting Bright At Night
  18. The Icarus Line ‚?? Big Sleep
  19. David Bowie ‚?? Queen Bitch
  20. Hidden track:
    The Stooges ‚?? Search and Destroy

The making and sending of the mixtape was an idea I lifted from www.sayrah.net. Give credit when credit's due.

Worst of 2004

Wow, there was a lot of terrible, terrible music this year. Let's start by saying that anything Lil' Jon was a part of this year is better than any record that even touches the words "emo" or "screamo." And if you are someone who uses these words dearly as your favorite genres of music, then let it be known that you aren't even worthy enough to lick my asshole. Let's move on and say that any band featured on the cover of AP deserves the same title of not worthy to lick my asshole. My hatred towards bands like The Used and My Chemical Romance is obviously justified, but now some asshole is going to say, "Hey, what about Green Day?" Well let me tell you this: Green Day isn't worthy of licking my ass either. "American Idiot," despite the fact that it ripped off D4's "Doublewhiskeycokenoice," was a killer single, made me say, "Yeah, they've got something there." But the rest of that album is atrocious. And do I have to bring up the fact that everyone in that band wears eyeliner now? I don't know, there's a lot of bullshit forcing its way into the mainstream of music these days. Go read Buddyhead's "Worst of..." list, I'm sure it's going to be much more complete than this one...I can't even concentrate on what I hate because I hate it so much. Let's also add anything on Victory Records. You know what I'm talking about: Hawthorne Heights, The Hurt Process, Taking Back Sunday, Atreyu. That stuff sucks.

The Blood Brothers - Crimes
V2
"Burn, Piano Island, Burn" was at the top of my list in 2003, but this is just a pile of shit. I was looking forward to it so much, and then they put out a boring record. You can actually hear the apathy in the bass and drums, which sucks because those were the two key elements of the band. Cody forgot he wasn't in Waxwing anymore with this album, and Jordan and Johnny's vocals are steaming piles of shit. The reason I loved "Burn, Piano Island, Burn" was because it was a great mix of amazingly technical songwriting and out of control craziness. This is just a shitty album.
Coheed And Cambria - In Keeping Secrets blah blah blah blah blah
Equal Vision
I don't care when this record came out, because no one cared about it until 2004. Yes, this year I had to listen to the whiniest piece of shit sing a comic book to me when switching between channels on TV or stations on the radio. A) Your band is glorified pop-punk. B) Comic books are meant to be read. C) Curl up and die. I'll take Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, or Frank Knight any day over this bullshit.
The Casualties - On the Front Line
SideOneDummy
I haven't even heard this record, but this band is such a joke that it doesn't even matter. If you listen to this band, chances are you have a dyed mohawk and spikes on your wrist and you live in your parent's basement in the suburubs.
Ben Kweller - On My Way
ATO/RCA
Glorified power-pop hailed as a singer/songwriter. Bob Dylan is a singer/songwriter. Tom Petty is a singer/songwriter. Tom Waits is a singer/songwriter. John Vanderslice is a singer/songwriter. Beck is a singer/songwriter. Cat Stevens is a singer/songwriter. John Lennon was a singer/songwriter. David Bowie is a singer/songwriter. Ben Kweller is a teenager who plays boring repetitive power-pop.
Fear Before the March of Flames - Odd How People Shake & Art Damage
Equal Vision
First they ripped off The Blood Brothers shittily, and then they "got harder," and ripped-off metalcore. They give their songs stupid ass boring long names. They named one of their songs after a line in one of the Fensler Films G.I. Joe Public Service Announcement re-dubs. Funny video, terrible song title.
Pedro the Lion - Achilles' Heel
Jade Tree
Old Man Bazan wrote a shitty record.
Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes First
Epitaph
You know what? Double-time drumbeats and three part vocal harmonies doesn't make good music. I've never liked Bad Religion.
Alexisonfire - Watch Out!
Equal Vision
Shitty metalcore with singing AND screaming. Ughh.
Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine
Relapse
There's a point where it doesn't matter how many time signature changes you have, your music is just boring. I mean, honestly, it's just polished technicality without any soul.
MewithoutYou - Catch For Us the Foxes
Tooth & Nail
Yup. They suck.
Jimmy Eat World - Futures
Interscope
Like flogging a dead horse. Give it up Jim, you're just a washed up pop star now.
Nirvana - With The Lights Out
Geffen
Let's show our disrespect for a dead rock star by doing EXACTLY what he would have hated us to do. Let's further this hero worship of him as well. You know what? I love "In Utero." I think it's a great album. This is just ridiculous.
Best of 2004 that was not released in 2004

Now this list was a tricky one for me. This year, the illustrious 2004, I made it a point to go back and explore the roots of all the music I listen to now. Sure I liked The Stooges and Bowie and the MC5 and Public Enemy, but I never actually pursued entire records and I never fully digested any of them. So for my final list, allow me to give you the "Best of 2004 that was not released in 2004." Well, for me at least.

#1. David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
RCA
As an album, it's just unbeatable. Song after song, hit after hit. I can't get enough of this album. Honestly. It's fucking great.
#2. David Bowie - Hunky Dory
RCA
Not as many awesome songs, but the ones that do hit, well they hit hard with a vengeance. "Changes" and "Queen Bitch" are like a 1-2 combination.
#3. David Bowie - Space Oddity
RCA
"Space Oddity," the song, remains to be the best sing-a-long song ever.
#4. MC5 - Kick Out the Jams
Elektra
Encompasses everything a rock n' roll rebel record should, and it's recorded live. Top that, motherfuckers.
#5. The Stooges -Fun House
Elektra
What can I say about this album? Nothing, it speaks for itself.
#6. The Stooges -Raw Power
Elektra
Again, amazing album, speaks for itself.
#7. Public Enemy -It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Def Jam
Chuck D has some of the tightest flows, Terminator X is one of the most electrifying DJs, and Flava Flav is the best hype man in the biz.
#8. Wu-Tang - Enter the 36 Chambers
Sony
Staple of my musical diet. I never go a year without praising this album.
#9. Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
Rawkus
See above.
#10. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Creedence Chronicles Vol. 1
Fantasy
Gotta fucking love the Creedence.
Conclusion

And now, onto what I'm looking forward to in 2005. To be honest, I'm looking forward to shitty genres being forced out of the limelight by other shitty genres. The only album I'm looking forward to is the debut full-length release from Somerset, penned to be released in early 2005 on a now mystery label (well, it's a mystery to YOU but I know what label it's on). I've followed those boys from their start, and not trying to be the next Scott here, I've heard the demos and I was blown away by a few tracks. Exciting to hear how it sounds with a real producer working with them on a full length album.

And thus concludes my listings for the year 2004. We've spent much time together; your reading of this article, to me, represents a pleasant fireside chat. We've laughed, we've cried, and then you cried some more for having a terrible taste in music. See you next year, bitches.

 


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Anonymous (April 9, 2005)

The thing about Jesse, to me at least, is although he slams alot of stuff i like and pisses me off some times, you cant deny that when he DOES actually like something its usually awesome. I always look forward to seeing Jesse review something because hes very insightful and he has introduced me to some great music. Great list by the way.

Anonymous (April 9, 2005)

The thing about Jesse, to me at least, is although he slams alot of stuff i like and pisses me off some times, you cant deny that when he DOES actually like something its usually awesome. I always look forward to seeing Jesse review something because hes very insightful and he has introduced me to some great music. Great list by the way.

Anonymous (January 7, 2005)

WOW! That was a pretty sad waste of time reading what he had to PREACH on us.

Anonymous (January 7, 2005)

No one gives a shit about you either!

spiketheboywonder (January 7, 2005)

You undoubtedly have the worst taste of any intellectual midget inexplicably given the ‚??privilege‚?Ě to sit in a dorm on you computer boisterously voicing arrogant opinions reminiscent of a primitive, one celled organism. To be quite frank, I am not sure if I am more disheartened by the fact that you have made it this far in life with out someone teaching you better, or the fact that you seem to be so proud of it. You embody the stereotype associated with a ‚??music snob‚?Ě. In your case the title would appear to be more attributable to your attitude as opposed to an actual understanding on the art of which we all find so fascinating. Honestly sir, to not enjoy Coheed and Cambria is just despicable. With such up lifting songs as ‚??The 59th St. Bridge Song (Feelin‚?? Groovy)‚?Ě, and pieces so powerfully moving as ‚??Mrs. Robinson‚?Ě, their work is certainly merit worthy.

It has just become apparent to me that I have confused Coheed and Cambria with Simon and Garfunkel. My deepest apologies for this misunderstanding, please disregard unnecessary cements I made earlier in this message.

darkstarm (January 7, 2005)

coheed is fucking horrible. end of fucking story.

Jesse (January 6, 2005)

Because Coheed is a group of whiney glorified pop-punk losers and Sonic Youth is an internationally respected art-rock group that's been around for well over 20 years? Your rationale is far superior, I guess.

Anonymous (January 6, 2005)

I can't believe you have Coheed on your worst list... but you have sonic youth on your best it makes more sense to me. I understand now that you're an idiot. The score is for you, by the way

thirtyseconds (January 6, 2005)

Well you seem confident enough, so I'm willing to give you a shot. Sounds wank though. GIVE IT TO ME HARD BIG BOY

Jesse (January 6, 2005)

Excellent, minions. Now send me envelopes and I will change your taste in music.

darkstarm (January 6, 2005)

that was me. i still want that tape.

Anonymous (January 6, 2005)

you live in the same building as one of my best friends. i think. at the very least you live a block away from my school. i want a mix tape.

Cos (January 5, 2005)

Jesse might be the only person at this site who gets how truly incredible the new Icarus Line is. I'll take that mixtape anytime, pal.

--Cos

thirtyseconds (January 5, 2005)

Yeah Jesse I'm going to hit you. Up on the offer.

TJmoney (January 3, 2005)

man...I wasnt logged in...go Wu-Tang...go Black Star....I listen to more rap then punk nowadays

Anonymous (January 3, 2005)

Sorry Jesse, next time some kid is riding your cock for no reason Ill just back off and watch. Thats kinda what I wanted to do anyway. 70% of the kids on this site just got turned on when I said that, and wont admit it.

-!GreenVandal!

Jesse (January 3, 2005)

Hey, idiot ‚?? there's four of us. We have fourways. Extremely hot, sweaty, filthy fourways.

Anonymous (January 3, 2005)

"I never liked Bad Religion"

credibility is overrated anyway.

Anonymous (January 3, 2005)

Jesse is a homo who has three-ways with his roomies.

Jesse (January 3, 2005)

Just as a quick lil' survey here:

Is anyone going to hit me up for a copy of that mixtape? It would just be nice to know how prepared I need to be.

punkpirate (January 3, 2005)

Finally someone mentions Tom Waits and Nick Cave.

Anonymous (January 3, 2005)

Too many staff lists.

-Strewtho.

Marty_Mcfly (January 3, 2005)

I come here for the pretentious reviews of some of the writers and to have my musical taste ridiculed. Its like highschool all over again but in message board form.

Jesse (January 3, 2005)

GreenVandal ‚??

Stop whining just because you have a bad taste in music.

Anyway, jokes on all you fuckers for buying into my fake personality. When Scott was in Minnesota half on business, half pleasure, he previewed my list and then burst out laughing saying something along the lines of, "This is so hilarious because it's nothing like how you are in person."

Ah, the joy of an internet persona. All my musical picks stay the same, but you're getting mad at a guy who lives with one roommate whose favorite band is Good Charlotte, one roommate whose favorite band is Phish, and the last one who prefers all Moog covers of old and more modern classic hits like 'Sweet Home Alabama' and 'Buddy Holly.' Plus, I hang around with Scott, and that guy likes the shittiest music ever.

TheMarc (January 3, 2005)

"Was anyone else not blow a coronary after seeing Garden State? It was okay, I guess."

Wow. I meant "Did anyone else..." Leave me alone, I'm tired.

TheMarc (January 3, 2005)

Was anyone else not blow a coronary after seeing Garden State? It was okay, I guess.

Anonymous (January 3, 2005)

fuck pitchfork

Jesse (January 3, 2005)

Shit, I forgot about the new Black Star.

Marty_Mcfly (January 3, 2005)

Garden State was a great movie with a great soundtrack.

Anonymous (January 2, 2005)

score is for WU-TANG and Mos Def....anticpated for 2005...a Black Star album!

Anonymous (January 2, 2005)

I really dont understand why anyone would defend Jesse from insults. He brings it upon himself when he ridicules everyone elses musical tastes. Not like there is anything wrong with making fun of other peoples musical taste. Its just stupid to defend other people who clearly went out of their way to insult others.

You all suck by the way.

But the life aquatic doesnt.

-!GreenVandal!

bizzlebrizzle (January 2, 2005)

"This score is for the Life Aquatic movie and soundtrack. I haven't enjoyed a movie and its music for some time."

Life aquatic is movie of the year.

TheMarc (January 2, 2005)

This score is for the Life Aquatic movie and soundtrack. I haven't enjoyed a movie and its music for some time.

Jesse (January 2, 2005)

Know what? Marquee Moon was damn close.

Anonymous (January 2, 2005)

You faggot, I can tell from the Bowie that you love to swallow cock, I can tell from the Stooges that you like it up the ass, I can tell from the Public Enemy that you like to deliver through the rear, too.

Eat it.

Just kidding. Mos Def is gonna be in Kevin Bacon's new movie.

-BSD

Anonymous (January 2, 2005)

Jesse - while i dont completely agree with your list or disappointments, I liked the list overall, and I love your conviction. Most entertaining read of all the lists i think. Like you, I also purchased more old albums than new this year; that "Best of 2004 that didnt come out in 2004" was great, but I would have to put Patti Smith Horses and Television Marquee Moon on there for myself. Keep up the good work man.
-Greg

Anonymous (January 2, 2005)

Nice one. Right to the fuckin point, no bullshit. 3 things way up for this one.

bizzlebrizzle (January 2, 2005)

OK, I'm the one who originally made the faggy music comment, I honestly have no real problem with his list other than it being extremely out of place.

Anonymous (January 2, 2005)

Wilko, why do you care so much? Did Jesse insult your favorite band? Quit being so insecure and quit being such a pussy.

Wah Wah Wah, Jesse likes likes own music. He doesn't like the typical cookie-cutter shit that I like. Cry me a fucking river. I don't agree with all of the shit he likes but I'm smart enough to realize that it's HIS fucking opinion because it is HIS list. Fucking dumbshit crybabies.

Anonymous (January 2, 2005)

thanks for your list. it's nice to meet another music fan every once in awhile.

-sweetsuperior (i'm new here...hello.)

Anonymous (January 2, 2005)

You and your little art-rock fanboys are obviously far too intelligent for us dumb punk fans, we can't see the genius in a 10 minute baritone guitar solo or whatever your "intelligent" music consists of. Therefore i would suggest that you leave this place and go to the higher intellectual plain that you obviously belong to, then maybe you could write for an underground magazine like NME or Q, your "alternative" indine music makes me fucking sick, nothing to add nothing to say, just whiney little songs about the next 10 girlfriends you miss so much, sung by a bands who all look like the strokes. If that makes you clever then you can fucking have your moral musical high ground. If you all have such a dislike for punk then why dont you fucking leave, i bet youv'e never been to a punk show in your life anyway the only punk you ever heard was the "next big punk act" you read about in your bible the almighty nme like avril lavigne and green day. Well good luck to you all, you will not be missed by the punk/hardcore community when you are in your new circle of copycat, pretentious, vitriolic little shit friends.

Wilko

Anonymous (January 2, 2005)

Could you be anymore pretentious. I hope you grow out of it and start liking music for music.

P.S. poop

Anonymous (January 2, 2005)

"You know what? Double-time drumbeats and three part vocal harmonies doesn‚??t make good music. I‚??ve never liked Bad Religion"

Wow. That is a strong statement considering that is exactly what I like in my music.

Anonymous (January 2, 2005)

Interesting list. I don't know why it's a problem if obscure recordings make a top of the year list, if anything it will just open your eyes to stuff you haven't heard. I also doubt half of you listened to anything on this list and just assume it's shit.

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

Way to go Jesse

your not much of a punk, or is it punx now.

You speak your mind, you listen to mind-stimulating music

You must be intelligent and therefore should probably leave.

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

Fucking awful list. The only list I totally disagree with almost everywhere. Although I do hate Fear Before the March of Flames.

yellowtrash (January 1, 2005)

I think I like this list best out of all of them. I think the biggest exception if the Icarus Line, which I really hate.

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

So far, I like this list the bst.

SOYBOMB (January 1, 2005)

The best of 2004 that was not released in 2004 is The Soft Bulletin.

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

Old punk is way too simplistic and underproduced. Give me Strike Anywhere over the Stooges any day, any time.

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

you hate the new blood brothers, but usher is the first song on your mixtape. you are brandon wetherbee, i'm convinced.

Jesse (January 1, 2005)

Haha, that's a great justification, but to be honest, whatever punk I listen to is generally old stuff. New bands are just copies of older groups. Punk is a stale genre, but I love the Stooges, MC5, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, etc.

Fuzzy (January 1, 2005)

Now normally, I wouldn't jump to Jesse's defense, 1) because he doesn't need it and 2) because he'll probably rail on me for doing so, but here goes. Regardless of what you think of his "top" albums list, I think his disappointments list is more telling of what was going on in typical "punk" music. Bad Religion re-recorded another album, as did the Descendents. That's about it. Imagine this list as a commentary on music in general... "Even on a punk website, all the best stuff was indie rock..."

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

I dont understand what you have against Crimes. Its just as ferocious as BPIB, except not as obvious about it. The murderous imagery is also wonderfully overdone. There are many much more horrible records then that one.

-!Greenvandal!

theundergroundscene (January 1, 2005)

What the Pitchfork?

It's a good list though. Thumbs up.

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

It would be so much better if all the reviewers on this site were the same and liked and disliked the exact same bands and albums. Then we wouldn't have to try to be unique anymore. We can all wear hurley shirts and pretend that the new Jimmy Eat World is almost original and be totally brainwashed by mediocre shit. Let's strive for more mediocrity in 2005.

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

"On this release, they evolved from mediocre hardcore band to tripped out rock n‚?? roll, like a space age Stooges ‚?? but on more drugs."

You can't be on more drugs than the Stooges, you would just end up dead.

bemused (January 1, 2005)

Here Jesse I'll send Pitchfork a reference on your behalf.

"Jesse writes really pretencious, but nevertheless interesting reviews. He has a sound understanding of the art of over-the-top criticism. He likes David Bowie, just like all of you do. I am not sure if he likes Sonic Youth, but I'm sure he will try his best. His favourites for 2004 are as equally obscure as your top 50 list for this year. I think he likes Futurama and over-indulging in twinkies."

-Chris-
(self confessed fanboy)

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

I thought this was a punk website, not boring, alternative, NME/Rolling Stone rock.

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

Well congrats on bashing JEW and Nirvana in your disappointment list. And also Bad Religion, but Process of Belief was fucking good.

But your best of list was shit.

Dyrwen (January 1, 2005)

Your "Worst" list encompassed most of the bands from everyone else's top 5 in their review.

Hilarious.

sXenester (January 1, 2005)

You don't like BR.

Boo. You whore.

i agree about the cobain thing... him and the 1/4 of his skull left must be spinning...

bizzlebrizzle (January 1, 2005)

My faggy music thing was a joke.

I just think that his list is utterly unnecessary on a punk news website.

I mean who wouldn't love to read a top 20 of bands we've never listened to.

bemused (December 31, 2004)

Ahem, Pitchfork sign this reviewer already. Great list. I disagree with your disappointments though (well some of 'em)

-Chris-

Jesse (December 31, 2004)

Because The Stooges and MC5 and David Bowie is artsy bullshit...

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

im sure all this music is really good and i actually have wanted to check out a lot of those bands but your tastes seem more fit for a site like...pitchforkmedia.com

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

seriously, this person likes some horrid artsy shit. if u don't like punk, don't fuckin post on these sites. honestly, all these punk sites tuned into indigo girls music sites.

Jesse (December 31, 2004)

A) That's not actually a post from BSD.

B) The Black Keys were supposed to be on my honorable mentions list. Oops.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

The new Jimmy eat world is so bad it hurts to listen to. Thank You for reckognizing that unlike many of your fellow reviewers.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

Your worst of 2004 is right the fuck on.

Why don't I see any Black Keys on anybody's lists?

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

-bsd

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

Who the fuck are you some snotty nosed fucking music snob with your fucking indie "layered" shite, noone could give two shits for your trendy fucking shite music, shut your fucking mouth,

Jesse (December 31, 2004)

Forty ‚??

That's usually the joke I make, but for some reason I didn't make it this time...

FortyMinutesWest (December 31, 2004)

err, gender, yeah.

FortyMinutesWest (December 31, 2004)

"Faggy music? Music that in some way, shape, or form resembles a pile of sticks meant for burning? Or perhaps music that resembles a cigarrette?"

This music would totally have sex with other music of the same genre.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

best list of the bunch

Jesse (December 31, 2004)

Faggy music? Music that in some way, shape, or form resembles a pile of sticks meant for burning? Or perhaps music that resembles a cigarrette?

bizzlebrizzle (December 31, 2004)

Note to anyone leaving their Top Ten lists in other people's forums:

I don't care what you liked this year. Your opinion is irrelevant to me, and probably to most other people.

Just cuz you like faggy music doesn't mean you can take it out on me!

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

Yep. And so is yours.

-Chinatown

Jesse (December 31, 2004)

Note to anyone leaving their Top Ten lists in other people's forums:

I don't care what you liked this year. Your opinion is irrelevant to me, and probably to most other people.

bizzlebrizzle (December 31, 2004)

10.)Wrangler Brutes - Zulu
9.)Sex Positions - Self-Titled
8.)The Gamits - Antidote
7.)Pulley - Matters
6.)Rise Against - Siren Song Of The Counterculture
5.)Still Crossed - Love and Betrayl
4.)Minus The Bear - They Make Beer Commericals Like This
3.)Only Crime - To The Nines
2.)Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine
1.)Strung Out - Exile In Oblivion

My most anticipated for next year:

Paint It Black
Cursed
Kill Your Idols
7 Seconds
The Loved Ones
Propagandhi
Avail
Bigwig
New Mexican Disaster Squad
Bane

bizzlebrizzle (December 31, 2004)

I thought this was http://www.punknews.org

Inspection12e (December 31, 2004)

atleast you mentioned the mos def. the rest of your list is kind of eh.

-i12e

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

Great list, not much punk though. Then again, I haven't heard much spectacular new punk this year, so...
Gotta love public enemy. Punks could learn alot from PE and KRS-One. Pretty much my favorate band, any genre.
The new Casualties album wasn't That bad. It's a big improvement for them, anyway. Besides, the review and comments were the most entertaining on this site. Worth it just for that.
Anyway, I hope other staff posts. I really like the taste of some of them.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

btw, all spelling errors below are on purpose... except for that random 'm', i don't know what the fuck that's about.... and you're still a chester.

slippy (December 31, 2004)

The worst of part is sweet.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

OMFG!1!! look how underground i am!!!! i'm soooooo cool i don't even like dillinger escape plan, i'm the hippest of the hippsters!!!! the velvet teen is teh roxor.... oh man, i can't get over how cool i am. too bad i'm just a loser who rags on everything that can't be as cool as me. i mean, i right reviews for punknews.ORG YEA!!!! this site is non-profit,m i ROCK!!!! just like sonic youth. and i'm just as relevant in 2005.....
you're a fucking chester, dude... grow some pubes and get a life.

johnnydanger (December 31, 2004)

worst. list. ever.

at least now i know why your reviews suck ass

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

Oh yeah, and it's a stupid idea to release two songs by the same artist on ANY COMPILATION. I don't care if the songs are on different tapes, it's just plain stupid. Score's for that, along with Bowie, Keys (and any other hip hop "artists"), The Icarus Line, and finally, Vanderslice. Woo.

-Chinatown

sciulli (December 31, 2004)

"Queen Bitch"!

I saw "The Life Aquatic" and was like, "Man, that song rocked at the end, I wonder who that is?" but then forgot to ever look it up. Thanks.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

I agree with every miss on the list, even though it pangs me to bad mouth a BR album. The 'best of' list is a lot of indie rock and different derivations of the genre. I would have liked to hear about some of the best 'punk rock' of the year, but I guess it's your list. Overall though, it was a good job.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

you know life on mars is better than queen bitch right?

good list though, especially the 'not released in 04' part.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

can htsisgod submit a best of list? he's so insightful...

jimmy eat world pwns you bitch.

Anchors (December 31, 2004)

I didn't hate this list as much as I truly wanted to.

I agreed with pretty much the entirety of your top 10, but I don't agree at all with Dillinger or Alexisonfire being on the worst lists.

Oh well, score's for Nick Cave.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

Wow, I really like this idea of all the staffers submitting lists. I'll wait until Scott's picks are posted to add my own list in the comments section.

And it was a terrible idea to give out your address like that. Expect my package soon. It'll be large, box-shaped, and a faint ticking sound will emanate from it.

-Chinatown

jamespastepunk (December 31, 2004)

Only Jesse's?

Adam, quit teasing us...

captaincrunch (December 31, 2004)

Nice.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

Jesse, I always wanted to fuck you.

-Michael Clarke Duncan

Great list.

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