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Lazy-i Best of 2003 Compilation

Maybe I'm mellowing in my old age, but this year's collection of the best stuff I've heard and/or reviewed as part of my work with Lazy-I is a pretty easy-going walk through the park. Sure, there's a few hard ones in the basket, but most of this stuff is pretty goshdarn laid back. It wasn't exactly a good year for the rock (unless you like the White Stripes), but that doesn't mean it was a bad year for music.

The story behind this year's tape case design: I received a Christmas gift that was basically a miniature shopping cart full of wine, cheese, that sort of thing. Teresa had the idea of filling it with CDs and taking a picture of one of the dogs (in this case, Sam) pushing it. It wasn't as easy as it sounds -- the dogs were less than eager to take part, as the pictures under the CD indicate. World-class designer Donovan Beery of did his usual amazing job. So 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. It's a fun substitute for sending out Christmas cards.

Want a copy? Enter the Lazy-I Best of 2003 Giveaway! All you have to do is e-mail me ( with your name and mailing address and you'll be entered in the drawing. Hurry! Deadline's Jan. 21!

Here's a track list:

Guster -- "Keep It Together" from Keep It Together on Warner Bros.

The Jayhawks -- "Save It for a Rainy Day " from Rainy Day Music on American Recordings.

Yo La Tengo -- "Moonrock Mambo" from Summer Sun released by Matador. 

Criteria -- "Play on Words" from En Garde released by Initial. 

The Rapture -- "I Need Your Love" from Echoes released by Strummer / Universal.

Steely Dan -- "Things I Miss the Most" from Everything Must Go on Warner/Reprise. 

Crooked Fingers -- "Big Darkness" from Red Devil Dawn, released on Warm Records.  

Death in Vegas -- "Girls" from the soundtrack to the motion picture Lost in Translation, released on Emperor Norton.  

Consonant -- "Night for Love" from Love and Affliction released on Fenway Records. 

Guided by Voices -- "The Best of Jill Hives " from Earthquake Glue released by Matador Records. 

Liam Lynch -- "SOS" from Fake Songs, released by S-curve Records. 

The Kingdom Flying Club -- "Artists Are Boring "  from Non-fiction released by Emergency Umbrella Records. 

Okkervil River -- "Blanket and Crib" from Down the River of Golden Dreams on Jagjaguwar Records. 

The Postal Service -- "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" from Give Up on Sub Pop Records.

Atom & His Package -- "Lying to You" from Attention! Blah Blah Blah released on Hopeless Records.  

Enon -- "The Power of Yawning" from Hocus-Pocus, released by Touch and Go Records. 

The Shins -- "Turn a Square," from Chutes Too Narrow on Sub Pop Records. 

Sun Kil Moon -- "Lily and Parrots" from Ghosts of the Great Highway, released on Jetset. 

The Pernice Brothers -- "Baby in Two" from Yours, Mine & Ours, on Ashmont Records. 

The Twilight Singers -- "Martin Eden" from Blackberry Belle, released on Badman. 

Wildlife -- "All Things (Just Keep Getting Better) " from the soundtrack to the television series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, on Capitol Records. 

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Posted January 13, 2004. Copyright 2004 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.