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Lazy-i Best of 2004 Compilation

Hard to believe that I've been making these end-of-year best-of comps for 10 years now, beginning with cassettes in '94 and switching to CDs in '99. Among the artists on that first cassette were oddities like Bunnygrunt, Game Theory, Zuzu's Petals and The Mahoots, as well as stars like Pavement, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Wedding Present and good ol' Simon Joyner. This year, seven Omaha artists are represented on the CD -- a testament to how our scene has grown over the years.

The year's CD case design is sort of an homage to the first tape case from back in 1994 -- affectionately known as The Alpo Mix. 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 2004 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. 17!

Here's a track list:

Morrissey -- "Irish Blood, English Heart" from You Are the Quarry on Attack.

Now It's Overhead -- "The Book of Love" from Wait in a Line CD single on Saddle Creek.

Kings of Convenience -- "I'd Rather Dance with You" from Riot on an Empty Street released by Astralwerks. 

The Faint-- "Desperate Guys" from Wet from Birth released by Saddle Creek. 

American Music Club -- "Another Morning" from Love Songs for Patriots released on Merge.

Ambulance Ltd -- "Ophelia" from LP on TVT. 

The Rosebuds -- "Drunkards Worst Nightmare" from The Rosebuds Make Out, on Merge.  

Kite Pilot -- "Tree Caught the Kite" from Kite Pilot EP, self-released.  

The Arcade Fire -- "Une Annee Sans Lumiere" from Funeral released on Merge. 

Max Avery Lichtenstein -- "Tarnation" from the soundtrack to the film Tarnation, not released. 

Her Space Holiday -- "Sleepy California" from Young Machines, released by Mush Records. 

Son, Ambulance -- "Paper Snowflakes"  from Key released by Saddle Creek Records. 

Bright Eyes -- "Lua" from Lua CD single on Saddle Creek Records. 

The Good Life -- "Entertainer" from Lovers Need Lawyers on Saddle Creek Records.

Beep Beep -- "The Flourescent Lights" from Business Casual released on Saddle Creek.  

Mal Madrigal -- "A Broken Window" from Mal Madrigal, self-released. 

Rogue Wave -- "Man-Revolutionary," from Out of the Shadow on Sub Pop Records. 

Danger Mouse & Jemini -- "Bush Boys" from Ghetto Pop Life, released on Lex. 

The Rapture -- "Sister Saviour (Blackstrobe Remix)" from Wired Compilation

Willy Mason -- "Oxygen" from Where the Humans Eat, released on Team Love. 

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Posted Dec. 28, 2004. Copyright 2004 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.