My Best of 2004

’tis the season, and since I’m not used to doing these things yet, and I can never give an album a numeric ranking, here are my Ten Best Music Albums of 2004, in alphabetical order:

  • The Animal Collective — Sung Tongs
  • The Arcade Fire — Funeral
  • Robyn Hitchcock — Spooked
  • Jolie Holland — Escondida
  • Joanna Newsom — The Milkeyed Mender
  • Of Montreal — Satanic Panic In The Attic
  • The Polyphonic Spree — Together We’re Heavy
  • Sterling Roswell — The Psychedelic Ubik
  • Jim White — Dig A Hole In That Substrate And Tell Me What You See
  • Brian Wilson — Smile

There are a lot of new artists that I hadn’t heard before this year.

Music that discovered me this year, although not necessarily released this year, includes:

  • Devendra Banhart
  • Calvin, Don’t Jump
  • The Decemberists
  • Dressy Bessy
  • The Fountains Of Wayne
  • The Handsome Family
  • Kristin Hersh
  • The High Water Marks
  • Bob Log III
  • Kate Rusby
  • The Sadies
  • Elliott Smith
  • Carl Stephenson

With my monstrous commute, I do listen to a lot of music now. And I like it.

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