Lazy-i Best of 2001 Compilation
I do this every year (except in '96, when I wasn't writing music reviews) as a recap of all the best music I've had a chance to hear. Most come from review copies of CDs received in the mail for review on www.Lazy-i.com or The Omaha Weekly. Not every track was released in 2001. Some came out in 2000 but I included them anyway because either their CD was still being pushed as the band passed through Omaha on tour, or I just discovered it late.
The story behind this year's tape case design: Those are my dogs, Sam and Nutmeg (Nutmeg's on the back of the jewel case, celebrating Hanukkah). World-class designer Donovan Beery came up with the package design.
Who gets a copy of this CD? I make about 50 of them and send them to friends, family and industry folks I've been in contact with throughout the year-- all the important people. It's a fun substitution for sending out Christmas cards.
Here's a rundown of the songs:
Swearing at Motorists -- "Flying Pizza" from the album Number Seven Uptown.
The Jealous Sound -- "Bitter Strings" from the band's debut EP on Better Looking Records .
Stephen Malkmus -- "Jo Jo's Jacket" from his debut CD on Matador Records.
Atom & His Package -- "Going to Georgia" from Redefining Music on Hopeless Records.
Liars -- "Mr. You're on Fire Mr." from They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top on Gern Blandsten Records.
The Faint -- "Glass Danse World" from Danse Macabre on Saddle Creek Records.
Preston School of Industry -- "Whalebones" from All This Sounds Gas on Matador Records.
Smog -- "Dress Sexy at My Funeral" from Dongs of Sevotion on Drag City Records.
Low -- "Dinosaur Act" from Things We Lost in the Fire on Kranky Records.
Red House Painters -- "Michigan" from Old Ramon on Sub Pop Records.
Beekeeper -- "Watching You Die" from their Southern Records debut.
Pinetop Seven -- "On the Last Ride In" from Bringing Home the Last Great Strike released on Truckstop Records.
Paula Frazer -- "That You Know" from Indoor Universe released on Birdman Records.
Gentleman Caller -- "Girl in Flames Leaving Me Beautiful" from Ice Water on Smokey Lung Records.
Death Cab for Cutie -- "Why You'd Want to Live Here" from The Photo Album on Barsuk Records.
Sorry About Dresden -- "A Brilliant Ally" from The Convenience of Indecision, released on Saddle Creek Records.
Son, Ambulance -- "A New Dress for Maybell," from Euphemystic, on Saddle Creek Records.
M. Ward -- "Carolina" from End of Amnesia, released on Future Farmer Recordings.
Belle & Sebastian -- "I Love My Car" from I'm Waking Up to Us, on Matador.
Juno -- "Up Through the Night" from A Future Lived in Past Tense, released on DeSoto Records.