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RE: faves of '04 | from 1664May 19 2005 - 13:36

WEll to be honest! thee more shallows are jsut so so good!

We have jsut created their official forum as well so pop by and get involved if you love TMS as much as we do.


RE: faves of '04 | from 1664May 19 2005 - 13:34

WEll to be honest! thee more shallows are jsut so so good!

We have jsut created their official forum as well so pop by and get involved if you love TMS as much as we do.


RE: faves of '04 | from canuckApr 07 2005 - 16:29

I can't remember if I posted this already but here you go, complete with cheesy commentary:

Thee More Shallows
More Deep Cuts
Monotreme Records

- A mercurial, seething, twisted work of beauty, the music is devastatingly resonant in these dark times. Strings arc and soar, a saw sings, a toy piano chimes, a French horn drones, organs and guitars rumble with ferocity, all impeccably arranged. Simply brilliant.

Piano Magic
The Troubled Sleep of Piano Magic
Green UFO’s

- Shimmering electronics, delicate vocals, brooding stringed instruments, and sporadic but effective use of percussion, imbue the music with a ghostly quality, interrupted occasionally by sweat-drenched, explosive outbursts. It is enrapturing, rich in emotion and impeccable in arrangement, a wonderful soundtrack for sleepless stretches of darkness.


- Mind-blowing musical maelstroms that reach the epic heights suggested by the satellite surveillance photos on the album cover.

First Narrows

- 50 minutes of bliss from Vancouver experimental ambient electronic artist Scott Margin

Eyvind Kang
Virginal Coordinates

- Majestic, hypnotic, orchestral brilliance.

Tim Hecker

- Lush yet glitchy electronic mastery. No one takes death metal guitar and noise and melds it into beautiful ambient textures like Tim Hecker.

We Move Through Weather
Temporary Residence Limited

- Heavy without being loud, Tarentel’s latest is an engrossing and challenging listen. There are no typical instrumental cliches employed here, this is brand new musical territory. When it comes to experimental instrumental music very few measure up to Tarentel’s brilliance.


- Remixes by top calibre electronic artists (Aeroc, Icarus, Coleen, Sutekh, Fax) of Fernando Corona’s stunningly beautiful 2002 album Martes, a groundbreaking fusion of clicky, glitchy, minimalist electronica and classical music.

Woven Hand
Consider the Birds
Sounds Familyre

- Music rich with Old World wheeze, and brooding with gothic beauty. Like a modern day musical John the Baptist or a Deep South Nick Cave, 16 HP singer/songwriter David Eugene Edwards continues to deliver the gospel to the irreligious masses, reaching ears his fire & brimstone preaching grandpa would never have dreamed of.

The Remains of Brian Borcherdt
Dependant Music

- Solo full-length debut album from By Divine Right bass player Brian Borcherdt that fans of the best work of Lou Barlow or Damien Jurado will love.

Ryuichi Sakamoto
Wea International

- Sakamoto is a classically trained pianist, an electronic music pioneer (Yellow Magic Orchestra founding member), and an Oscar-winning film soundtrack composer. The brilliant ambient electronica on Chasm shows he is still at the top of his game. David Sylvian even contributes vocals on track.

The Beans

- With all the accolades and attention focused on Montreal Constellation types, Vancouver’s The Beans have been the most criminally overlooked post-rocky instrumental group for years (Canadian or not). Unfortunately, Bassplayer may well be the Beans’ swan song with various members starting families, pursuing acting careers, and drifting in other musical directions. It’s not as captivating as last year’s Inner Cosmosis but is still head and shoulders above much of their contemporaries’ work.

The Arcade Fire

- Deeply stirring, full-length debut break-through album from Montreal band built around husband and wife duo Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. Believe the hype.

The Cape May
Central City Will Rise Again
Flemish Eye/Catch and Release

- Finally, the long-delayed and much-anticipated debut record from the Calgary quiet-rockers with Rodney Dangerfield’s luck. With tension-filled, intricate, beautiful music bearing aloft vivid, picturesque lyrics, the album is a golden calling card and should bring them the respect they deserve.

Chewing on Glass and Other Miracle Cures
Ninja Tune

- Fine instrumental-heavy hip-hop that should have DJ Shadow looking over his shoulder. Abstract electronic flourishes and live drum and bass accompaniment filtered through some original programming make this record a keeper. A standout contribution on the final track by a scatting Damo Suzuki is icing on the cake.

Winged Life

- Marine biologist and Okerville River keyboardist Jonathan Meiburg has created an album as graceful as his solo project’s sea-bird namesake. Gorgeous indie pop.

Jim White
Drill a Hole in That Substrate and Tell Me What You See
Luaka Bop

- With the help of an amazing supporting cast (everyone from Joe Henry to The Sadies to Aimee Mann to Bill Frisell to M. Ward to Eyvind Kang to the Barenaked Ladies…) Jim White weaves more enchanting southern gothic tales

Jonathan Inc.
Things Done and Left Undone

- Latest and strongest album by one of Canada’s finest atmospheric, ethereal guitar-pop songwriters/multi-instrumentalists.


- Beautiful ambient electronica from Vienna-based ‘guitarist’ Christian Fennesz. Not as stunning as his groundbreaking Endless Summer but impressive nonetheless.

Pink Mountaintops

- Solo outing from Black Mountain (formerly Jerk With a Bomb) singer/songwriter/guitarist Stephen McBean. Just what you would expect from a trucker-speed/Red Bull/Pink Floyd fueled album conceived on the road at dawn. With help from his Black Mountain bandmates, this is one naughty and fun record.

Starflyer 59
I Am the Portuguese Blues
Tooth & Nail

- Jason Martin and drummer Frank Lenz ditch the keyboards and let the guitars wail with a set of songs intended as a follow-up to the band's third album, 1997’s “Americana”, but delayed in recording until last year. Sure it’s derivative and cliched, but it’s lean and mean rock and roll; as much fun as a straight stretch of highway with the throttle wide open. Martin should be scoring car commercials.


- More of Henry Frane’s beautiful, reverberant, distortion-free guitarscapes that make an excellent soundtrack for moonlit drives on deserted roads.

American Music Club
Love Songs for Patriots

- While not a full reunion (pedal steel player Bruce Kaphan is missing) AMC’s first album in 10 years does not disappoint. As compelling, vital, and gut-wrenching as ever.

The Album Leaf
In A Safe Place
Sub Pop

- A wonderful musical travelogue composed in Iceland by Jimmy LaValle with help from Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession) and members of the Sigur Rós entourage. Rich with Moogs, Rhodes, and other tinkled instruments it is a truly magical album.

Jason Molina
Pyramid Electric Co.
Secretly Canadian

- Dark, stripped-down solo Jason Molina (Songs:Ohia) recorded by recording wizard Mike Mogis at his Presto studio in Lincoln, Nebraska.

A Ghost Is Born

- Latest opus from Jeff Tweedy enriched by the fantastic musicianship of Jim O’Rourke, Leroy Bach, and Mikael Jorgensen. With all the new faces this is a different Wilco but in this case the change is good. Tweedy’s come a long way since his alt-country beginnings.

TV On the Radio - Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes (Touch & Go)

- Another brilliant buzz band from Brooklyn playing something utterly new. A promising hybird of motown/R&B influences with indie rock noise.

Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days (Subpop)

- Stronger (IMHO) than his debut release; these songs are punchier, the instrumentation fuller and the lyrics more stimulating. Comfy like, faded denim, the hint of pipe smoke, rocking in an old chair on an aged grey wood porch overlooking slow-flowing water on a lazy summer afternoon.

Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans (Sounds Familyre)

- Delicate, heart-rendingly beautiful follow-up to his breathtaking G

RE: faves of '04 | from JR OlssonApr 02 2005 - 01:53

Pedro The Lion's Achilles Heel

The Album Leaf - In A Safe Place

Early Day Miners - All Harm Ends Here

The New Year - The End Is Near

RE: faves of '04 | from in the woodshedApr 01 2005 - 16:41

sixbyseven - 04,

Nick Cave - Abattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus

The Bug - Pressure

Marianne Faithfull - Before The Poison

Tom Waits - Real Gone

Interpol - Antics

The Cramps - Psychedelic Jungle

RE: faves of '04 | from mplasterMar 29 2005 - 19:00

RE: faves of '04 | from HNBMar 27 2005 - 11:20

Sorry for being always behind, but here in Europe SKM was released in March of '04.

RE: faves of '04 | from susan331 Mar 27 2005 - 10:58

Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter- Oh, My Girl
Delays- Faded Seaside Glamour
Summer at Shatter Creek- Sink or Swim
July Skies- The English Cold
Neko Case- The Tigers Have Spoken
Pia Fraus- Mooie Island EP
The Places- Call It Sleep
Clinic-Winchester Cathedral
Chuck & Mary Perrin- The Last Word

Nick Drake- Made to Love Magic

RE: faves of '04 | from ronMar 26 2005 - 14:26

that makes more sense to me. thanks mr. webster.

RE: faves of '04 | from Mr. WebsterMar 26 2005 - 11:48

Sun Kil Moon was released in November of '03.

RE: faves of '04 | from ronMar 26 2005 - 11:36

was SKM out in 2004? geeze, it seems like it's been out longer.

RE: faves of '04 | from HNBMar 26 2005 - 08:19

PINBACK - Summer In Abaddon


PICASTRO - Red Your Blues

SUN KIL MOON - Ghosts Of The Great Highway

SONIC YOUTH - Sonic Nurse

I really like that PINBACK Album but I have to say that 2004 wasn't a good year when it comes to music (2003 was much, much better). Maybe that PICASTRO album doesn't count because it was originally released in 2002, but here in old Europe it got released in April 2004.

RE: faves of '04 | from ChrisMar 25 2005 - 05:46

Ken Stringfellow -- Soft Commands
Mark Lanegan -- Bubblegum
Rogue Wave -- Out of the Shadow
Black Keys -- Rubber Factory
Kingsbury Manx -- Aztec Discipline
Castanets -- Cathedral
William Lazarus -- Like Trees We Grow Up to Be Satellites
Macha -- Forget Tomorrow
Tift Merritt -- Tambourine
Sufjan Stevens -- Seven Swans
Anomoanon -- The Derby Ram/Joji
Wilco -- A Ghost is Born
Now It's Overhead -- Fall Back Open
Loretta Lynn -- Van Lear Rose

Best Reissue:
Talking Heads -- The Name of This Band...

Best from the Vaults (tie):
Brian Wilson -- Smile
Vashti Bunyan -- Just Another Diamond Day

Best Compilation:
Midwest Funk: Funk 45s from Tornado Alley

RE: faves of '04 | from Alex NiedtMar 24 2005 - 10:35

I forgot to add whatever the newest For Stars release is called.

RE: faves of '04 | from cMar 24 2005 - 05:50

And I forgot to add The Black Watch - "Hypnotizing Sea", even though it wasn't officially released.

And Stereolab - "Margerine Eclipse".

RE: faves of '04 | from brian in ctMar 23 2005 - 20:10

secret machines - now here is nowhere

stars - set yourself on fire

gbv - half smiles....

mission of burma - OnOffOn Snapshot

consonant - love and affliction

The Fall - 50,000 Fall fans can't be wrong

RE: faves of '04 | from "Codreanu is a Douche" is a doucheMar 23 2005 - 18:21

nice remarks -- you are even cooler!

RE: faves of '04 | from codreanu is a doucheMar 23 2005 - 17:41

nice picks -- you are cool!

RE: faves of '04 | from ronMar 23 2005 - 15:14

A Ghost Is Born-Wilco; the Nirvana box set; Garden State soundtrack; Rearviewmirrow: Greatest Hits-Pearl Jam; Want One/Want More-Rufus Wainwright. i didn't really buy any albums that came out in 2004. i bought a bunch of old stuff that i should have already owned.

RE: faves of '04 | from CodreanuMar 23 2005 - 14:30

Lazarus - "Like Trees We Grow Up to Be Satellites"

Flashpapr - "Flashpapr"

Havergal - "Elettricita"

The Durutti Column - "Tempus Fugit"

Max Richter - "The Blue Notebooks"

Adrian Crowley - "A Northern Country"

Simon Joyner - "Lost With The Lights On"

Hauschka - "Substantial"

Xiu Xiu - "Fabulous Muscles"

Harper Lee - "All Things Can Be Mended"

Honourable Mentions:

Thee Silver Mountain Reveries - "The Pretty Little Lightning Paw"

The Organ - "Grab That Gun"

Loren Mazzachane Connors - "The Departing Of A Dream Vol 3: Juliet"

S - "Puking And Crying"

Múm - "Summer Make Good"

Small Town Boredom - "For Only The Chosen Will Love"

RE: faves of '04 | from Alex NiedtMar 23 2005 - 14:15

American Music Club


Iron & Wine

The Cure

I have no clue what came out in 04, really...

RE: faves of '04 | from farmcafeMar 23 2005 - 12:38

forgot to mention:

viva voce- the heat could melt your brain

black keys- rubber factory

castanets- cathedral

twilight singers- blackberry belle

elliot smith- from a basement on the hill

earlimart- treble & tremble

whew, i think i got them all out of my system this time

RE: faves of '04 | from CFMar 23 2005 - 12:29

Delays-Faded Seaside Glamour

Interpol- Antics

The Veils- The Runaway Found

Pitty Sing-self titled

Morrissey-You are the Quarry

RE: faves of '04 | from farmcafeMar 23 2005 - 12:23

the walkmen- bows and arrows

arcade fire- funeral

interpol- antics

tv on the radio- desperate youth..

iron & wine- endless numbered days

i know there are others but these are the ones i can think of right now.

RE: faves of '04 | from cMar 23 2005 - 12:11

Todd Rundgren - Liars

Interpol - Antics

AMC - Love Songs

Last Burning Embers - Lessons In Redemption

GBV - Half Smiles

Robert Roth - Someone Somewhere

Crispy Ambulance - Powder Blind Dream

Blue Nile - High

12rods - various

Macha - Forget Tomorrow

and various Can remasters

RE: faves of '04 | from Seth HowardMar 23 2005 - 11:12

These are three that come to mind immediately. Nothing too obscure I know, but I like em'.

Ambulance Ltd. - LP, Interpol - Antics, Blonde Redhead - Misery Is A Butterfly

tell me | from rob thomasMar 23 2005 - 10:05

last year I got some good recommendations from the best of '03 thread. what were people's favorite records from '04?apologies if this was covered already.

feist -let it die
american music club - love songs...
jens lekman - when I said...
thee more shallows
max richter

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