As I turn twenty-seven this week, I looked back and asked myself what was my favorite year of music. It wasn't even close. 2003 was a year filled with musical riches spanning every genre. For our SPOTWLFY mixes, Hank and I try to keep the track list around ten songs. After hours of compiling my favorites, I had fifty-two tracks. This is not including the fifteen or so that aren't registered on Spotify yet. Here is a list of some of the albums left off:
White Stripes - Elephant, The Books - Lemon Of Pink, The Wrens - The Meadowlands, Radiohead - Hail To The Thief, Jay-Z - The Black Album, Deerhoof - Apple O', The Strokes - Room On Fire, TV On The Radio - Young Liars EP, Lightning Bolt - Wonderful Rainbow, Outkast - Speakerboxx/Love Below, Flaming Lips - Fight Test EP, Mars Volta - Deloused In The Comatorium, M83 - Dead Cities, Red Seas, & Lost Ghosts, The National - Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers, My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves, Magnolia Electric Company - Songs:Ohia, Fiery Furnaces - Gallowsbird's Bark, Cursive - The Ugly Organ, Sun Kil Moon - Ghosts Of The Great Highway, Animal Collective - Here Comes The Indian, The New Pornographers - Electric Version, and so on and so on.
This is just a section of the list as my fingers are heating up typing all these wonderful albums. What stood out when compiling this list is how many records were just rock and no other sub-category. Music today seems too obsessed with genre labels, filters, reverb, samples, etc. Where are all the new indie rock bands that are just simply that and nothing else? A lot of these records are the debut LPs for well known bands today. I question, even with all their talent, if they would be discovered if they were coming up in the music industry today. What I do know is 2003 was my favorite year of music and here are eleven tracks to take you back: