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Lazy-i Best of 2002 Compilation

Another year, another year-end comp. As always, the CD is a recap of all the best music I had a chance to hear throughout the year as part of my work with Lazy-I Sure, there's a ton of stuff missing -- heck, there's a ton of great stuff I never had a chance to hear. Most of the tracks chosen come from review copies of CDs received in the mail for review on

The story behind this year's tape case design: Those knitted things are doorknob socks knitted by my girlfriend's granny. They're all over my house around Christmas time. The idea behind using them was inspired by the artwork for Sonic Youth's Dirty CD. World-class designer Donovan Beery of came up with the package design. Hot!

Who gets a copy? I make about 50 of them for 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:

Yo La Tengo -- "Nuclear War" from the Matador CD single of the same name.

The Flaming Lips -- "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1" from the CD of the same name, released by Warner Bros. 

Rilo Kiley -- "The Execution of All Things" from the CD of the same name, released by Saddle Creek Records. 

Britt Daniel -- "Let the Distance Keep Us Together" from Home Vol. IV: Bright Eyes / Britt Daniel released by Post-Parlo Records. 

Karate -- "Airport" from Some Boots released by Southern Records.

The Good Life -- "The Beaten Path" from Black Out on Saddle Creek Records. 

Knodel -- "Dawn of the Butterfly" from the CD of the same title, released on My Pal God Records.  

Gerty -- "Lower Moreland" from Sweets from the Minibar on Eskimo Kiss Records. 

Interpol -- "Leif Erikson" from Turn on the Bright Lights on Matador Records. 

Jack Hayter -- "Blind Man's Fog" from Practical Wireless released by Absolutely Kosher Records. 

The Monroes -- "Kiss Your Elbow Goodbye" from CD EP of the same name, released by Speed! Nebraska Records. 

Desaparecidos -- "Greater Omaha"  from Read Music/Speak Spanish released by Saddle Creek Records. 

Pedro the Lion -- "Indian Summer" from Control on Jade Tree Records. 

The Delgados -- "Coming in from the Cold" from Hate on Beggars Records.

Bright Eyes -- "Spent on Rainy Days" from Home Vol. IV: Bright Eyes / Britt Daniel released by Post-Parlo Records.  

Okkervil River -- "Red" from Don't Fall In Love with Everyone You See, released by Jagjaguar Records. 

The Carsinogents -- "First Class," from NE vs. NC, on Redemption Records. 

The Mountain Goats -- "No Children" from Tallahassee, released on 4AD. 

Dan Wilson -- "What a Year for a New Year" from Maybe This Christmas, on Nettwerk America. 

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Posted January 2, 2003. Copyright 2003 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.