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 eleven19.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Posted January 13, 2004. Copyright © 2004 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.