i’m not here to declare these the best albums of 2002. In fact, no one at Stylus would be so bold to do that. Instead, due to an elaborate point system and individual will, we present with this feature the 20 favorite albums of the year from Stylus writers. To see the individual lists by each writer, please feel free to jump to the fifth page of the feature. If you're going all the way through, though, enjoy the countdown!

20. Mountain Goats- All Hail West Texas
Label: Emperor Jones

His biggest fans will tell you that his earliest recordings are his best and his detractors will tell you that it all sounds the same, but All Hail West Texas is the high watermark of John Darnielle’s career. It’s the most consistent record released under The Mountain Goats moniker. Although AHWT contains nothing as exhilarating as “Going To Georgia” or “The Alphonse Mambo”, it’s not bogged down with embarrassing filler like “Azo Tle Nelli in Tlalticpac?” or “Insurance Fraud #2.” Darnielle has created one of those records that the �repeat all’ button was made for, perfect for playing all morning while lying in bed and getting lost in its stories. - Colin Beckett

19. Black Dice- Beaches and Canyons
Label: DFA

On Beaches and Canyons , Black Dice pull off one of the least expected metamorphoses of the past year. They’ve jettisoned the obvious trappings of a gleefully malicious hardcore youth – there’s a minimum of breakneck drumming, only a smidgen of guitar strangulation, and a grand total of thirty seconds of throat-mangling yelp. What they’ve moved on to is a little less easily explained – think of a junk-store Boredoms, Whitehouse with a drum circle, or Stockhausen set loose in the Amazon. Beaches and Canyons is a teeming mass of twitching analog electronics and cyclical rhythms, bent up and distorted into a shimmering haze of Technicolor psychedelia. Sputtering chants stretch into glistening drones and explode into anarchic distortion fireworks, drums pound beneath pulses of chirp and shudder, and a vein of barely repressed violence pulses beneath the busy, beautiful surface. Brilliantly cinematic and as menacing as any fit of lights-out brutality – a daredevil escape from the limits of genre.- Joe Panzner

18. Clinic- Walking with Thee
Label: Domino

Clinic’s stunning debut album Internal Wrangler looked to be a tough act to follow for the Liverpudlian quartet, a twisted set of three-minute pop symphonies that flaunted a myriad of influences and couldn’t sit still for a minute. In defeating the sophomore slump, Walking With Thee manages to somehow be an even more satisfying album. With a few more quid to spread around the studio this time out, Clinic honed their skills to a fine, almost mature-sounding craft. The main influences are still firmly in place—early Pink Floyd, VU, Can, Beefheart, the Fall, Nuggets-style garage rock—but they’re now rendered with a knowing wink rather than a frantic strum. The band’s strangled energy has neatly morphed into a consistently throbbing groove, topped by lead yelper Ade Blackburn’s distinctive crooning. Clinic have evolved from a set of brilliantly mixed parts into a distinctive whole to be reckoned with. Keep your ears peeled in 2003, because that third album should be a motherfucker.- Todd Hutlock

17. Blood Brothers- March on Electric Children
Label: Three One G

Snotty-assed punk rock has its diehard adherents and then it has those who wonder why the same catharsis is still being chased a good twenty-five years on: The Blood Brothers seem intent on eliminating any trace of doubt whatsoever that might exist in the latter camp. Sure, they might not win many (or any) new converts, but listening to March On Electric Children, this year’s short but sweet offering from the band, is an exhilarating experience for any and all listeners. A bizarre mini-concept album that features lyrics as self-consciously bloated with images of disease and degradation as anything by Baudelaire or Naked Lunch, to say nothing of song titles like “Junkyard J vs. the Skin Army Girlz/High Fives, La Hives,” March On is also simply a musical tour de force, fusing the best elements of classic noisy-as-all-get-out bands like Antioch Arrow, Swing Kids, and, yes, The Locust into a shattering operatic nightmare. Its dual vocalists scream and shriek and yelp and pant, as the guitars alternate between shaky-hands melodicism and full-on roar, as the light-speed rhythm section flirts with total collapse. Bewildering and unforgettable, it’s just a taste of what’s to come from their major label debut that’s set for release in early 2003.- Chris Smith

16. ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead- Source Tags and Codes
Label: Interscope

Nothing truly prepared the world for the major label debut of Trail of Dead- February’s Source Tags & Codes- It being one of the most riveting, powerful, and astonishing rock albums since Nirvana’s In Utero. And it is Rock, mind you. Songs like the opener “It Was There That I Saw You” and “Homage” create a deafening wall of sound, where impossibly thick guitars and enormous washes of cymbals support the yearning wails of singers (and drummers and guitarists) Jason Reece and Conrad Keeley, who are joined by Kevin Allen and Neil Busch. When you think about it in a larger context, the band’s arrival is more than merely note-worthy-- it’s essential. The growth made by And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead on Source Tags & Codes is simply exponential in its nature, showing the listening world the staggering and still untapped potential of guitar-based music.- Colin McElligatt

15. El-P- Fantastic Damage
Label: Def Jux

Fantastic Damage is more than just a rap album. It's an immersive and subversive trip through an Orwellian cyborg-eat-cyborg future. Street gangs rove through industrial wastelands pumping the throbbing Korgs and careening guitars of "Delorean" out of armored jeeps while automated factories churn out ghetto blasters to the assembly line beat of "Deep Space 9MM." Graf artists tag bombed out bunkers with "Korg" and "Roland," and sinister government forces genetically resurrect Terminator X in an underground lab. El-P's production slams you like a concussion grenade while his lyrics tie you to a chair and deprogram you. Expansive, exhaustive, excellent.- Gavin Mueller

14. Ghost Club- Ghost Clubbing
Label: Flying Nun

Dave Mitchell is the kind of musician that inspires obsession. From his early days in Goblin Mix, then as a crucial member of phenomenal slack-rockers the 3Ds, and now as Ghost Club (along with contributions from fellow former 3D Denise Roughan), he’s seldom released anything below par. Ghost Club was the catalyst that has concreted his supreme talents. Standing alone as a masterful songwriter, ferocious guitarist and powerful singer, the debut album was quiet a change from the melodic, folky Crying Room 7” single, released in 1996 – when the 3Ds were still running, and with Roughan being a more noticeable presence in the band. In swift contrast, Ghost Clubbing is as big, bad and hairy as any release in 2002, but let’s not just lump them in with the return of the rock in early 00s. Mitchell is and has always been well above all that. His voice is fractured, downtrodden and disturbed, he sings about the dark alleyways and frightening world out there – yet his voice and music holds so much frivolity and glee you can’t but help dance along. Powerful and fiery stuff.- Chris Andrews

13. Mastodon- Remission
Label: Relapse

What the Stooges, Bad Brains and the Jesus Lizard had, Mastodon has: the ability to be unnaturally harsh while remaining thoughtful, emotive and experimental. Just as Funhouse fulfilled the threat of rock’s genesis, Bad Brains reinvented punk and Goat brought blood and sweat back into indie-rock, Remission advances metal beyond all current and past perceptions. Mastodon has crafted a flawless wall of rock-influenced metal, avoiding the cliches that plague the genres they borrow from: noise, classic rock, sludge, death metal, prog and grind. Relentlessly dynamic, the songs’ shifts in rhythm, volume and tempo are constant and severe. The playing is technically astounding, but not once does it beg for attention. But it’s Remission’s listenability that truly sets it apart. Although raw and stampeding, the material is rarely extreme. The vocals are throat-shredders, the guitars are beaten senseless, the drums are cyclonic, but every song -- from battering opener “Crusher Destroyer” to song of the year “Workhorse” to the slow, smothering “Mother Puncher” -- is utterly enjoyable, violent art. Time will tell if Mastodon belongs in the pantheon mentioned above, but it is already obvious that the band is the future of heavy music. Remission’s excellence is unmistakable, undeniable, unmatched.- Clay Jarvis

12. Various Artists- Inflation (*0 0.000 Remix)
Label: Mu

Mu-Label's Inflation (*0 0.000 Remix) is, perhaps, the most audacious compilation album ever made. It consists of 20 tracks by 20 of the world's best electronic artists (including Taylor Deupree, Bernhard Günter, and Kim Cascone), all remixing tracks from *0's (Nosei Sakata's) 0.000. What makes such an endeavor audacious? With the exception of the first and last track, *0's 0.000 cannot be heard by human ears. The songs are below the audible levels of human hearing—either below 20 Hz or above 20,000 kHz. The artists "remixing" these inaudible tracks make them audible by altering the frequency of the sound in any way the artist conceives—from Zbigniew Karkowski's noise-orgy "S.R.I.-Top Secret" to Bernhard Gunter's only marginally audible " (For Richard Chartier)," from the digital randomization of /0's "Inflation" to the digital rhythms of Taylor Deupree's "/.///." That such variety can be extracted from such a limited source is a testament to the creativity and inventiveness of these artists. Inflation (*0 0.000 Remix) is, in short, an experiment worth listening to.- Michael Heumann

11. Spoon - Kill the Moonlight
Label: Merge

Since 1998, Spoon have released three albums and one EP of stunning minimalism that connected everything from the Supremes, to Wire, to Elvis Costello in beautifully controlled eruptions of pure pop-rock. Last year’s Girls Can Tell found all those influences coming together as a seamless whole; Kill The Moonlight is the triumphant destruction of that structure. The record is a massive warehouse of space where shards of sound drift in and out, surrounding Britt Daniel’s now assertive songwriting. The music is warm at heart, but icy cool in execution. With the Spoon of old, songs like “Small Stakes”, “All The Pretty Girls Go To The City” and “The Way We Get By” would shake, but here, they tremble and glide. These songs rock in a daring new way that no others being made today do. Others still, like “Paper Tiger” and “Stay Don’t Go”, shatter everything and anything that ever constricted the band. That’s something special in and of itself, but when it’s done with the cunning aplomb of Kill The Moonlight, it’s nothing to ignore.- Colin McElligatt

10. Super Furry Animals- Rings Around the World
Label: Sony

If Stylus Magazine were a pop band, it would be Super Furry Animals. Once again stuffing their unique brand of power pop, new wave, Philly Soul, and glitch into a tidy, furry package, the Welshmen’s fifth long-player proves the band’s tour de force with blazing songwriting, breathtaking juxtapositions (with u) and the best song ever about Bill Clinton’s indiscretions. The record was simultaneously released on DVD with videos that are so brilliantly low-budget, more than a few uppity indie kids would do well to check it out. But the heart of Rings Around the World remains music that is sometimes effervescent (the thrill-a-minute title track), affecting (the yearning “Run Christian Run”) or sometimes both ( the Bacharach-ian splendor of “Presidential Suite”). As a note, the British might want to think about treating the scruffy little Welsh a little better: for the second album in a row we Americans got a bonus disc of B-sides to the U.S. issue while the British – well, they got to keep Wales. I’ll take the B-sides, the DVD and this terrific album.- Matthew Weiner

09. The Flaming Lips- Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Label: Warner

Let’s face it: despite all the favorable reviews, there was a palpable sense of disappointment in Lipsville upon Yoshimi’s much-anticipated release last summer, as if Wayne Coyne and company fucking owed us another brilliant left-field experiment with parking garages, boomboxes and multiphonics. Instead, it seemed they had delivered a studio-bound Soft Bulletin At Budokan, replete with screaming crowds and two—two!!—instrumentals. Still, we were told that Yoshimi was—you know the drill—as ambitious as anything in the group’s catalog, blah, blah. And sure enough, all the old crew is back: Coyne-favorites like Hope-In-the-Face-of-Death, not to mention the Disney symphonics refracting Life, the Universe and Everything. But for all the apparent similarities with its predecessor, the Flaming Lips really did up the ante, augmenting the panoramic 70mm production with some glitchy electroclash and a pulpy concept about a teenage ninja girl that thins the existential goo considerably. Toss in songs that reveal themselves brilliantly six or seven listens in and you can understand why Stylus had to review the fucking thing twice. Charming, touching and—above all—reassuring.- Matthew Weiner

08. Various Artists- Improvised Music From Japan Box Set
Label: Improvised Music From Japan

A ten-CD box set of assorted noise and improv ventures is bound to raise accusations of overkill in certain segments of our post-Merzbox society. But for its scope and ambitious length, Improvised Music from Japan feels less like overcompensation and more like scratching the surface of one of the world’s most dense and divergent musical landscapes. There may be a common geographic thread, but the approaches of the musicians involved – a laundry list of top-shelf improvisers from Japan and beyond – are as varied as Japan’s social topography. A national history of ritualized violence emerges in the Incapacitants’ oscillator tempests, Ground-Zero’s frenzied turntable immolation, and Yasuhiro Otani’s manic Music for 50 Imacs . A certain Zen placidity, the sort practiced by feedback sculptor Toshimaru Nakamura and sine wave mistress Sachiko M, counterbalances the collection’s more violent impulses, as do those artists with pockets of reverence for traditional Japanese forms and aesthetics. Given the breadth of its subject, Improvised Music From Japan is not so much a definitive documentation as it is an invitation to an exploration whose rewards are too rich to refuse.- Joe Panzner

07. Xinlisupreme- Tomorrow Never Comes
Label: Fat Cat

Imagine this: a marching band on a crowded city street in the middle of a construction zone. Drills, concrete shattering, car horns, people yelling and talking, and, somewhere in the background, the sounds of the horns struggling to be heard above the din, sometimes rising up from the chaos, sometimes being pushed back under. That is the sound of Xinlisupreme’s unbelievable debut, the sound of chaos at war with order. This Japanese noise outfit has contained the force of that war for its own devious purposes, pitting passages of delicate beauty against the most crazed onslaughts this side of Merzbow. That tension is palpable on “Goodbye For All,” as a lightly plucked note goes back and forth before being defeated by waves of squalling distortion and hyperactive drum loops. This inclusive album also has room for ambient beauty (“Amaryllis”), atmospheric distorted guitar showcases (“All You Need Is Love Was Not True”), and the aforementioned band-on-a-construction-site (“Kyoro”). The standout, though, is “Fatal Sisters Opened Umbrella,” a soaring 12-minute noise-fest which would be worth the price of admission on its own.- Ed Howard

06. City of Caterpillar- City of Caterpillar
Label: Level Plane

What was the last punk rock record you heard that brought to mind phrases like “grandeur” and “epic yearning”? If this question leaves you baffled, then look no further than City of Caterpillar’s self-titled LP for the presentation of a truly forward-thinking musical vision. Of course there is a lot of Godspeed- and Mogwai-derived guitar atmosphere on display, but it never seems clumsily grafted onto the puerile jud-jud, doop-chick iterative agenda of so much bad hardcore; rather, the band performs a rare feat of alchemy, bringing in sonically adventurous elements without compromising its essential power, without forgetting the purpose of this music. And, of course, this record does contain ten-minute dirges that explode without warning into beautiful, jittery all-synapses-are-go chaos (“A Little Change Could Go a Long Ways”) but then there are songs like “Fucking Hero,” a straightforward thrasher that shows just how great this band would still be even if they tossed aside most of their ambitions. The chasm between this band’s latest release and its earlier records is already massive, and—if the new material they have introduced into their live shows is any indication—they seem restlessly intent on pushing the envelope, rules be damned. That’s punk.- Chris Smith

05. Interpol- Turn on the Bright Lights
Label: Matador

The deafening hype that shrouded 2002 eventually pitted the listener against the music. Interpol’s stellar debut found itself in the crosshairs of this absurd war, where it garnered shockingly unwarranted comparisons, yet it shows no battle wounds. As potent as it was the day of its release, Turn On The Bright Lights is a thrilling extraction of the strongest elements of a number of genres, and the band is as tight of a musical unit as you’re liable to come across these days. Although the sonorous vocals of Paul Banks lie at the heart of these songs, it’s the impeccable rhythm section of bassist Carlos Dengler and drummer Sam Fogarino that pumps the blood. On “Obstacle 1”, “PDA”, and “Say Hello To The Angels”, the band is in terse overdrive. The music is in danger of snapping at any moment, but it never does; instead, it twitches vociferously before remembering its place. Yet, for all its subdued grandeur, the last thing this album is, is indulgent. The songs here are crafted to a sharp, dangerous edge, and little else. “It’s up to me now/turn on the bright lights”, Banks intones on the breathtaking “NYC”. Interpol is indeed ready for their close-up, no wardrobe necessary.- Colin McElligatt

04. 2 Many DJs- As Heard on Radio Soulwax Part II
Label: PIAS Recordings

At the start of the year, bootleg culture was a novel trend that many critics copped to liking even as they assured themselves and their readers it was a fleeting pleasure that wouldn’t even make the 15-minute mark. But thanks to Soulwax and others, over the course of the year bootlegs remained staples of many people’s musical diet. As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Part II isn’t simply a bootleg album, but it was the record that seemed to, if needed, “legitimize” mash-ups. On this Belgain import, Soulwax takes some of their most notable boots (“Push It/No Fun” “Dreadlock Child”) and work them into a giddy melangé of neck-snapping sounds—most crucially the now and then of both ’80s-obsessed electroclash and Nuggets-esque garage rock. In the process, Soulwax lift bootlegs from the outpost of Internet culture, toss aside the “fad” label, and blend them into a seamless, irresistible, thrilling mix that celebrates the elasticity and timelessness of pop.- Scott Plagenhoef

03. NERD- In Search Of...
Label: Virgin

Steve Wynn once identified four criteria of the classic album: it has to be funny, scary, and sexy and have the potential for falling apart at any moment. While there are certainly holes in Wynn’s system, it does describe a certain kind of classic record. From the lightheartedness of “Things Are Getting Better” and “Brain” to the psychedelic all-alone drug-stories gone wrong of “Provider” and “Bobby James” to the sexiness of Pharell Williams’ unmistakable falsetto to the feeling that had the coke run out, Pharell, Chad Hugo and Shay would be a lot angrier, the record meets Wynn’s criteria. In Search Of... is so astounding because it succeeds where so many others have failed. With “Lapdance” and “Rock Star”, N*E*R*D is the first group to get rap-rock right. They nail the true spirit of Prince and Michael Jackson’s 80s electro funk in a way that Justin Timberlake can only dream about. In Search Of... is also one of the first successful cocaine albums. N*E*R*D manages to avoid the bloated, self-absorption that is prevalent on so many albums created by cocaine users. Instead they harness the energy and romantic decadence they attain from the drug. This cocaine-induced excess allows the group to make the connection between their two music loves: 70s heavy rock acts like AC/DC and Led Zeppelin and the modern hip-hop and pop Williams and Hugo produce as the Neptunes. Because the record channels the soul of the music they love, instead of simply the chord progressions, In Search Of... is a far more useful link between past and present than the Hives, The Strokes et al. The bottom line is that In Search Of... is one of the few viscerally exciting records of 2002. One of the year’s only albums that gets as much play-time as established favorites. - Colin Beckett

02. The Streets- Original Pirate Material
Label: 679

Who would’ve thought twelve months ago that come the end of the year so many people would be heaping so much praise on this awkward wannabe wideboy with the bad hoody and the vacant stare? Inspired by Hendrix’s self-imposed teenage exile during which he learnt to play guitar, Mike Skinner locked himself away for three years in his bedroom intending to become “the best at tunes”. It worked. Skinner’s hotchpotch soldering of UK garage, hip hop, house and ashtray-philosophising with a strong DIY mentality was inspired, his debut album containing more top tunes than was strictly necessary. The singles may have stood out a mile on the radio, Skinner’s cigarettes&alcohol drawl somehow both dour and beguiling whilst also undeniably English, but the album itself was packed with gems from start to finish that gave it the longevity that real quality allows. Whether you grew up in Bristol or Chicago, if you were a 20-something male Mike Skinner knew exactly how you felt, the horror, the humour, the paranoia, the wasted time and lack of inclination that makes up a young man’s psyche. This record was like staring into a mirror.- Nick Southall

01. Wilco- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Label: Nonesuch

In just one year, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot has ascended to the annals of rock mythology. The events that surrounded its creation, release, and subsequent success indeed make for great storytelling, yet they also make it too easy for people to overlook the actual music. The truth is, the hoopla is no more than a happy coincidence; Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is a brilliant, classic album in the truest sense of the words. The record’s immense critical and popular success lies in its seemingly limitless range. The playground of sound that the band constructed unfolds like an industrial version of The Basement Tapes, and the music itself is often no less obscure, but at the same time, it’s also alarmingly fragile. Songs like “Jesus, Etc.”, “Ashes of American Flags”, and “Reservations” are sublime exercises in trepidation, anxiety, and desolation that manage to uplift with their stripped beauty; “War on War” and “Heavy Metal Drummer” filter forty years worth of FM pop through a cracked lens; the album reaches fever pitch with “Poor Places”, a soaring epic that grinds up everything in its path and spits it out in a flurry of stray radio transmissions, robotic dispatches, and trembling piano. In a year where the debuts of fresh, un-established groups ruled, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot sits like a boulder: immense, detailed, insurmountable, and not soon to budge.- Colin McElligatt

Adam Blackbourn
01. Super Furry Animals – Rings Around The World
02. Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
03. Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
04. Fog – Fog
05. And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead – Source Tags and Codes
06. Beck – Sea Change
07. Amon Tobin – Out From Out Where
08. Cornelius – Point
09. Enon – High Society
10. Neko Case – Blacklisted
11. Queens of The Stone Age – Songs For the Deaf
12. DJ Shadow – Private Press
13. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
14. Boards of Canada – Geogaddi
15. The Art of Fighting – Wires
16. Streets – Original Pirate material
17. Eric Bachmann – Short Careers: Original Score for the Film Ball of Wax
18. Black Heart Procession – Amore Del Tropico
19. Jazzanova – In Between
20. RJD2 – Dead Ringer

Alex Gowing
01. Wilco- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
02. Interpol- Turn on the Bright Lights
03. Clinic- Walking With Thee
04. Mountain Goats- All Hail West Texas!
05. Sigur Rós- ()
06. Coldplay- A Rush of Blood to the Head
07. Mountain Goats- Tallahassee
08. Cex- Tall, Dark and Handcuffed
09. ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead- Source Tags & Codes
10. Paul Westerberg- Mono
11. RJD2- Deadringer
12. Beck- Sea Change
13. Flaming Lips- Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
14. Godspeed You! Black Emperor- Yanqui UXO
15. Super Furry Animals- Rings Around the World
16. Mum- Finally We Are No One
17. Guided by Voices- Universal Truths and Cycles
18. Autechre- Gantz Graf
19. Elbow- Asleep in the Back
20. Sonic Youth- Murray Street

Brett Hickman
01. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
02. The Stratford 4 – The Revolt Against Tired Noises
03. Beck – Sea Change
04. Jay Bennett and Edward Burch – The Palace at 4 A.M.
05. The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
06. Neko Case – Blacklisted
07. ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Source Tags & Codes
08. Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
09. Peter Gabriel – UP
10. Dredg – el cielo
11. Steve Earle – Jerusalem
12. Foo Fighters – One By One
13. Citizen Bird – Citizen Bird
14. Andrew W.K. – I Get Wet
15. Paul Westerberg – Stereo / Mono
16. The Soft Boys – Nextdoorland
17. Spoon – Kill The Moonlight
18. The Doves – The Last Broadcast
19. Moby – 18
20. Jurassic 5 – Power In Numbers

Cam Lindsay
01. Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
02. The Streets - Original Pirate Material
03. The Polyphonic Spree - The Beginning Stages of...
04. Queens Of The Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf
05. The Coral
06. EL- P - Fantastic Damage
07. Doves - The Last Broadcast
08. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
09. Primal Scream - Evil Heat
10. Boards Of Canada - Geogaddi
11. Badly Drawn Boy - Have You Fed The Fish?
12. ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Source Tags And Codes
13. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
14. Desaparecidos - Read Music/Speak Spanish
15. Mum - Finally We Are No One
16. Brendan Benson - Lapalco
17. Bright Eyes - Lifted: Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ears To The Ground
18. The Delgados - Hate
19. The Datsuns - The Datsuns
20. RJD2 - Deadringer

Chris Andrews
01. Ghost Club - Ghost Clubbing
02. Hiss Explosion - 66
03. Greg Malcolm - Homesick For Nowhere
04. Bible Black - Bible Black
05. The Brunettes - Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks
06. The Datsuns - The Datsuns
07. Beck - Sea Change
08. DJ Spooky - Optometry
09. Demarnia Lloyd - Set Upon A Curve
10. Substandard - Global Research System
11. Neko Case - Black Listed
12. Various Artists - PFM Comp. 2: Banned in Sweden
13. Tall Dwarfs - The Sky Above, the Mud Below
14. Mum - Finally We Are No One
15. Pine - Longplayer
16. Sigur Ros - ()
17. Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
18. Schneider TM - Zoomer
19. Primal Scream - Evil Heat
20. Notwist - Neon Golden

Chris Smith
01. City of Caterpillar – City of Caterpillar
02. El-P – Fantastic Damage
03. Boards of Canada – Geogaddi
04. Black Dice – Beaches and Canyons
05. The Blood Brothers – March on Electric Children
06. Clipse – Lord Willin’
07. Melt Banana – 666 EP
08. N.E.R.D. – In Search Of...
09. The Streets – Original Pirate Material
10. Missy Elliott – Under Construction
11. David Cross – Shut Up, You Fucking Baby
12. DJ Shadow – The Private Press
13. And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – Source Tags and Codes
14. Pageninetynine – Document #8
15. Dalek – From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots
16. Neptune – Basement Recordings EP
17. The Rapture – House of Jealous Lovers EP
18. Out Hud – S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D.
19. The Mars Volta – Tremulant EP
20. Beck – Sea Change

Clay Jarvis
01. Mastodon - Remission
02. Dalek - From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots
03. The Crown - Crowned In Terror
04. Hot Snakes - Suicide Invoice
05. Cephalic Carnage - Lucid Interval
06. ISIS - Oceanic
07. Sage Francis - Personal Journals
08. Fly Pan Am - Ceux Qui Inventent N’ont Jamais Vecu (?)
09. John Parish - How Animals Move
10. Text - Text
11. Centurian - Liber Zar Zax
12. The Roots - Phrenology
13. Flying Luttenbachers - Infection and Decline
14. Do Make Say Think - & yet & yet
15. Mates of State - Our Constant Concern
16. Burnt By the Sun - Soundtrack to the Personal Revolution
17. Oxes - Oxxes
18. Interpol - Turn On the Bright Lights
19. Tom Waits - Alice
20. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Yanqui U.X.O.

Colin Beckett
01.Wilco- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
02.NERD- In Search Of...
03.2 Many DJs- As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt.2
04.Mountain Goats- All Hail West Texas
05.Clipse- Lord Willin'
06.Missy Elliot- Under Construction
07.Comets on Fire- Field Recordings From The Sun
08.Mountain Goats- Tallahassee
09.Nas- God's Son
10.Johnny Cash- American IV: The Man Comes Around
11.Solomon Burke- Don't Give Up On Me
12.Prefuse 73- The '92 vs. '02 Collection
13.Queens of the Stone Age- Songs For The Deaf
14.Nas- The Lost Tapes
15.V/A- 8 Mile Sdtk
16.Hot Snakes- Suicide Invoice
17.Neko Case - Blacklisted
18.Eminem- The Eminem Show
19.GZA- Legend of the Liquid Sword
20.Andrew WK- I Get Wet

Colin McElligatt
01. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
02. Spoon - Kill The Moonlight
03. The Notwist - Neon Golden
04. Mirah - Advisory Committee
05. Hot Snakes - Suicide Invoice
06. Neko Case - Blacklisted
07. Q And Not U - Different Damage
08. The Walkmen - Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone
09. The Streets - Original Pirate Material
10. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
11. Britt Daniel & Bright Eyes - Home #4
12. Need New Body - Need New Body
13. Liars - They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top
14. Sleater- Kinney - One Beat
15. And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - Source Tags & Codes
16. Friend/Enemy - Ten Songs
17. Ugly Cassanova - Sharpen Your Teeth
18. The Ghost - This Is A Hospital
19. Hot Hot Heat - Makeup The Breakdown
20. 2 Many DJ’s - As Heard On Radio Soulwax, Pt. II

Deen Freelon
01. Hot Snakes- Suicide Invoice
02. Mclusky- Mclusky Do Dallas
03. Minus the Bear- Highly Refined Pirates
04. Enon- High Society
05. QOTSA- Songs For The Deaf
06. Raveonettes- Whip It On
07. Interpol- Turn On The Bright Lights
08. 90 Day Men- To Everybody
09. Hot Hot Heat- Make Up The Breakdown
10. Dalek- From Filthy Tongue...
11. Bellini- Snowing Sun
12. Xinlisupreme- Tomorrow Never Comes
13. Microwaves- System 2
14. Wire- Read & Burn 02
15. Liars- They Threw Us...
16. Milemarker- Satanic Versus
17. Streets- Original Pirate Material
18. Technician- Opposition
19. Silkworm- Italian Platinum
20. Radio 4- Gotham

Ed Howard
01. Xinlisupreme – Tomorrow Never Comes
02. The Mountain Goats – Tallahassee
03. Otomo Yoshihide’s New Jazz Ensemble – Dreams
04. Destroyer – This Night
05. Blackalicious – Blazing Arrow
06. The Fire Show – Saint the Fire Show
07. Hot Snakes – Suicide Invoice
08. Biosphere – Shenzhou
09. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Yanqui U.X.O.
10. Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. – In C
11. Wire – Read & Burn 02
12. Ugly Casanova – Sharpen Your Teeth
13. Imperial Teen – On
14. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
15. Wire – Read & Burn 01
16. Philip Jeck/Otomo Yoshihide/Martin Tétreault – Invisible Architecture #1
17. Eminem – The Eminem Show
18. The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
19. Interpol – Turn On the Bright Lights
20. DJ Shadow – The Private Press

Gavin Mueller
01. El-P - Fantastic Damage
02. Capitol K - Island Row
03. N.E.R.D. - In Search Of
04. Sutekh - Fell
05. Hrvatski - Swarm & Dither
06. Sixtoo - Duration
07. Nettle - Build a Fort Set That on Fire
08. DJ /rupture - Minesweeper Suite
09. Ms. John Soda - No P. or D.
10. Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
11. QOTSA - Songs for the Deaf
12. Akufen - My Way
13. RJD2 - Deadringer
14. Dalek - From the Filthy Tongues...
15. GZA - Legend of the Liquid Sword
16. Nas - God's Son
17. Fog - Fog
18. GYBE - Yanqui U.X.O.
19. Max Tundra - Mastered by Guy at the Exchange
20. Missy Elliott - Under Construction

Hans Uhad
01. Jackie-o-Motherfucker - Change
02. Godspeed You! Black Emporer - Yanqui u.x.o
03. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
04. The Notwist - Neon Golden
05. Interpol - Turn on the bright lights
06. V/A - Kompakt Pop Ambient 2002
07. Chris Smith - Map Ends 1995-2001
08. (Smog) - Accumulation (None)
09. cLOUDDEAD - The Handshake/Sounds of the city 10"
10. ...and you will know us by the trail of dead - Source Tags and Codes
11. David Grubbs - Rickets and Scurvy
12. Sonic Youth - Murray Street
13. Jackie-o-Motherfucker/Vibracathedral Orchestra Split 12"
14. Manual - Ascend
15. Mum - Finally we are no one
16. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
17. The Shalabi Effect - The trial of St. Onge
18. Six organs of Admittance - Dark Noontide
19. Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
20. Low - Trust

Joe Panzner
01. V/A – Improvised Music From Japan Box Set
02. MIMEO and John Tilbury – The Hands of Caravaggio
03. Kevin Drumm – Sheer Hellish Miasma
04. Walkmen – Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone
05. Black Dice – Beaches and Canyons
06. Farben – Textstar
07. Fennesz, O’Rourke, Rehberg – The Return of Fenn O’Berg
08. RJD2 – Dead Ringer
09. Cosmos – Tears
10. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
11. Electric Birds – Gradations
12. Sonic Youth – Murray Street
13. Low – Trust
14. Radian – rec.extern
15. Ekkehard Ehlers – Plays
16. Stangl/Dieb13 – eh
17. Town and Country – C’mon!
18. Polwechsel/Fennesz – Wrapped Islands
19. Polmo Polpo – The Science of Breath
20. Otomo Yoshihide – Ensemble Cathode

Jon Monks
01. The Streets- Original Pirate Material
02. The Coral- The Coral
03. Queens of the Stone Age- Songs For The Deaf
04. Mcalmont & Butler- Bring it Back
05. Wilco- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
06. Doves- Last Broadcast
07. Flaming Lips- Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
08. Primal Scream- Evil Heat
09. Idlewild- Remote Part
10. Datsuns- Datsuns
11. Libertines- Up The Bracket

Kurt Deschermeier
01. William Parker - Raining On The Moon
02. Neko Case - Blacklisted
03. Mountain Goats - All Hail West Texas
04. Improvised Music From Japan - Presents Improvised Music From Japan
05. Iron and Wine - The Creek Drank The Cradle
06. Comets on Fire - Field Recordings from the Sun
07. 2 Many DJs- As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt.2
08. Matthew Shipp - Nu Bop
09. Notwist - Neon Golden
10. Queens of the Stone Age- Songs For The Deaf
11. Mekons - OOOH!
12. El-P - Fantastic Damage
13. Mr. Lif - I Phantom
14. DJ Spooky - Optometry
15. Acid Mothers Temple - Electric Heavyland
16. Antibalas - Talkatif
17. Mclusky - Mclusky Does Dallas
18. Linda Thompson- Fashionably Late
19. Hot Snakes - Suicide Invoice
20. Sonic Youth - Murray Street

Matthew Weiner
01. Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
02. Super Furry Animals – Rings Around the World
03. Pulp – We Love Life
04. Kevin Tihista’s Red Terror – Judo
05. The Walkmen - Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone
06. Interpol – Turn On the Bright Lights
07. Bryan Ferry – Frantic
08. Max Tundra – Mastered By Guy At the Exchange
09. Jon Brion – Punch Drunk Love OST
10. Blackalicious – Blazing Arrow

Michael Heumann
01. V/A- Inflation (*0 0.000 Remix)
02. Bretschneider & Deupree- Balance
03. Electric Birds- Gradiations
04. Motion- Dust
05. 0/R- Varied
06. Bola- Fyuti
07. Cascone+Chartier+Deupree- After
08. Radian- Rec.Extern
09. Sogar- Stengel
10. Taylor Deupree- .Stil
11. Christopher Willits- Folding and the Tea
12. Super Collider- Raw Digits
13. V/A- Rough Trade Shops Electronic 01
14. V/A- Blue Skied An' Clear
15. Richard Chartier- Of Surfaces
16. V/A- Variious
17. Epoq- Scintilla
18. Angel- Angel
19. Boards of Canada- Geogaddi
20. Duul_Drv, Nibo, Vend- Clean

Nick Southall
01. Lambchop- Is A Woman
02. Wilco- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
03. Akufen- My Way
04. Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man- Out Of Season
05. The Delgados- Hate
06. The Streets- Original Pirate Material
07. Queens Of The Stone Age- Songs For The Deaf
08. Idlewild- The Remote Part
09. Elvis Costello- When I Was Cruel
10. Sigur Ros- ( )
11. The Coral- The Coral
12. Mum- Finally We Are Noone
13. Gemma Hayes- Night On My Side
14. The Polyphonic Spree- The Beginning Stages Of...
15. Boards Of Canada- Geogaddi
16. Rjd2- Deadringer
17. DJ Shadow- The Private Press
18. Missy Elliott- Under Construction
19. The Flaming Lips- Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
20. Eighties Matchbox B- Line Disaster- Horse Of The Dog

Ryan Hamilton
01. Various Artists - Fields and Streams
02. Peanut Butter Wolf - Jukebox 45s
03. Wilco - Yankee Hotel foxtrot
04. Shalabi Effect - The Trial of St. Orange
05. 2 Many DJs - As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2
06. Mountain Goats - Tallahassee
07. Aarktika - Or you could Just?
08. Kylie Minogue - Fever
09. Tom Waits - Alice
10. Notwist - Neon Golden
11. Missy Elliot - Under Construction
12. Mr. Lif - I Phantom
13. Destroyer - This Night
14. Killy Willis - Easy
15. Akufen - My Way
16. Neko Case - Blacklisted
17. Spoon - Kill the Moonlight
18. Songs:Ohia - Didn't it rain
19. Andrew WK - I Get Wet
20. Laura Cantrell - When the Roses Bloom Again

Sam Bloch
01. Super Furry Animals - Rings Around The World
02. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
03. And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - Source Codes and Tags
04. Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow
05. The Hives - Veni, Vidi, Vicious
06. Wire - Read and Burn 01-02
07. Mr. Lif - I, Phantom
08. Beck - Sea Change
09. The Roots - Phrenology
10. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
11. DJ Shadow - The Private Press
12. Clinic - Walking With Thee
13. Sonic Youth - Murray Street
14. Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
15. RJD2 - Deadringer
16. The Streets - Original Pirate Material
17. Doves - The Last Broadcast
18. Ladytron - Light and Magic
19. NERD - In Search Of
20. Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man - Out Of Season

Scott Plagenhoef
01. the Streets- Original Pirate Material
02. 2 Many DJs- As Heard on Radio Soulwax Part II
03. Pulp- We Love Life
04. Kylie Minogue- Fever
05. Röyksopp- Melody AM
06. v/a- Digital Disco
07. Missy Elliott- Under Construction
08. N*E*R*D- In Search Of...
09. Metro Area- Metro Area
10. Boards of Canada- Geogaddi
11. Manual- Ascend
12. Casino Versus Japan- Whole Numbers Play the Basics
13. Super Furry Animals- Rings Around the World
14. the Notwist- Neon Golden
15. Farben- Textstar
16. Playgroup- Partymix Vol. 1
17. v/a- Total 4
18. dj/Rupture- Minesweeper Suite
19. DJ Shadow- The Private Press
20. Saint Etienne- Finisterre

Steve Lichtenstein
01. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
02. John Vanderslice - Life and Death of an American Four Tracker
03. Spoon - Kill the Moonlight
04. Mirah - Advisory Committee
05. Books - Thought for Food
06. Bright Eyes - Lifted...
07. Iron and Wine - The Creek Drank the Cradle
08. Hayden - Skyscraper National Park
09. Ugly Cassanova - Sharpen Your Teeth
10. Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
11. Radar Brothers - And the Surrounding Mountains
12. Doves - Last Broadcast
13. Cornershop - Handcream for a Generation
14. Pedro the Lion - Control
15. Neko Case - Blacklisted
16. Clinic - Walking with Thee
17. The Good Life - Black Out
18. Songs: Ohia - Didn’t It Rain
19. EL-P - Fantsastic Damage
20. The Walkmen - Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone

Todd Burns
01. N*E*R*D- In Search Of...
02. City of Caterpillar- City of Caterpillar
03. Blood Brothers- March on Electric Children
04. Black Dice- Beaches and Canyons
05. The One AM Radio and Wind Up Bird- Night Falls EP
06. Mirah- Advisory Committee
07. Jackie-O-Motherfucker- Change
08. Kepler- Missionless Days
09. Loscil- Submers
10. El-P- Fantastic Damage
11. Frank Bretschneider / Taylor Deupree - Balance
12. The Notwist - Neon Golden
13. The Streets - Original Pirate Material
14. Sutekh - Fell
15. Neko Case- Blacklisted
16. Flim- Given You Nothing
17. The Walkmen- Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone
18. Tujiko Noriko- Make Me Hard
19. Gregor Samsa- Gregor Samsa EP
20. SND- Tender Love

Todd Hutlock
01. Clinic- Walking With Thee
02. Super Furry Animals- Rings Around The World
03. Playgroup- Playgroup
04. Sigur Ros- ( )
05. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion- Plastic Fang
06. Beth Orton- Daybreaker
07. Boards Of Canada- Geogaddi
08. Liars- They Threw Us All In A Trench....
09. Royksopp- Melody AM
10. The Doves- The Last Broadcast
11. Ikara Colt- Chat And Business
12. Soul Center- III
13. Squarepusher- Do You Know Squarepusher
14. Pulp- We Love Life
15. And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead- Source Tags And Codes
16. Elvis Costello- When I Was Cruel
17. Simian- We Are Your Friends
18. Go Go Go Airheart- Exitheuxa
19. Primal Scream- Evil Heat
20. Flaming Lips- Yoshimi...

Tony Van Groningen
01. J-Live- All of the Above
02. Yo La Tengo- The Sounds of the Sounds of Science
03. NERD- In Search of...
04. The Books- Thought for Food
05. Isis- Oceanic
06. Wire- Read and Burn 2
07. Aesop Rock- Daylight
08. Acid Mothers Temple- Electric Heavyland
09. Comets On Fire- Field Recordings From the Sun
10. Cornelius- Point
11. El- P – Fantastic Damage
12. Casino VS Japan- Whole Numbers Play the Basics
13. Landing- Seasons
14. Fat Jon- Wave Motion
15. And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead- Source Tags & Codes
16. Enon- High Society
17. Xinlisupreme- Tomorrow Never Comes
18. Barry Adamson- King of Nothing Hill
19. Layo & Bushwacka!- Night Works
20. L’altra- In the Afternoon

Tyler Martin
01. Xinlisupreme - Tomorrow Never Comes
02. The Streets - Original Pirate Material
03. The Libertines - Up the Bracket
04. El-P - Fantastic Damage
05. Spoon - Kill the Moonlight
06. Max Tundra - Mastered by the Guy at the Exchange
07. Plush - Fed
08. Enon - High Society
09. Hot Hot Heat - Make up the Breakdown
10. Lambchop - ...Is a Woman
11. Clipse - Lord Willin’
12. Justin Timberlake - Justified
13. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
14. Xiu Xiu - Knife Play
15. The Walkmen - Everyone who used to like me is gone
16. The Roots - Phrenology
17. Cornershop - Handcream for a Generation
18. Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
19. Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow
20. Fischerspooner - #1

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Published on: 2002-12-30
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