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The 2004 Compilation Is Complete

           

After some last-minute purchases, scanning of new release lists and almost obsessive sequencing, listening and re-sequencing, I’ve finally put together the 2004 compilation. It’s a bit more meditative than previous ones, but, I hope, no less compelling. Those of you who just know you’re going to get a copy in the mail might want to avoid looking at the Faves page for the next couple of weeks.

The rest of you, as well as the impatiently curious, can go there to see the 22 new releases that made the cut. On the long list of items not included—either because I couldn’t get my hands on them to decide or because they just weren’t as strong as the rest—were the following: The Blue Nile, High; U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb; Jerry González, Jerry González y los Piratas del Flamenco; Mos Def, The New Danger; Violet Indiana, Russian Doll; Starsailor, Silence Is Easy; Stereolab, Margarine Eclipse; Modest Mouse, Good News for People Who Love Bad News; Paco, This Is Where We Live; PJ Harvey, Uh Huh Her; Los Lobos, The Ride; Kings of Convenience, Riot on an Empty Street; Madvillain, Madvillainy; Finn Brothers, Everyone Is Here and The Streets, A Grand Don’t Come for Free.

Perhaps more so than other years, this one is testament to the enduring power of word-of-mouth recommendations. For their ear-opening suggestions, Jason, Stefanie, Tehama, Jake and (as always) Erik have my undying thanks.

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