As usual I was unable to narrow down my favorite releases of the year to just ten. So here are Stereogum’s 14 favorite discs of 2004. To make it easier for myself, I arbitrarily disqualified compilations, reissues, and Brian Wilson. And for your listening enjoyment are links to a related remix/b-side/live cut/etc… for each entry on the list.

14

DUNGEN
Ta Det Lungt (Subliminal Sounds)
Buy It!

Not On The Album:

13

LAMBCHOP
Aw Cmon / No You CMon (Merge)
Buy It! / No You Buy It!

Not On The Album:

12

MADVILLAIN
Madvillainy (Stones Throw)
Buy It!

Not On The Album:

11

THE ARCADE FIRE
Funeral (Merge)
Buy It!

Not On The Album:

10

THE GO! TEAM
Thunder Lightning Strike (Memphis Industries)
Buy It!

Not On The Album:

09

ANNIE
Anniemal (679)
Buy It!

Not On The Album:

08

JOANNA NEWSOM
Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City)
Buy It!

Not On The Album:

07

WILCO
A Ghost Is Born (Nonesuch)
Buy It!

Not On The Album:

06

ALOHA
Here Comes Everyone (Polyvinyl)
Buy It!

Not On The Album:

05

OF MONTREAL
Satanic Panic in the Attic (Polyvinyl)
Buy It!

Not On The Album:

04

AIR
Talkie Walkie (Astralwerks)
Buy It!

Not On The Album:

03

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS
The Dirty South (New West)
Buy It!

Not On The Album:
Drive-By Truckers – “Hey Ya (Live)”

02

SUFJAN STEVENS
Seven Swans (Sounds Familyre)
Buy It!

Not On The Album:
Sufjan Stevens – “That Was The Worst Christmas Ever!”

01

RJD2
Since We Last Spoke (Definitive Jux)
Buy It!

Not On The Album:
Rjd2 & Ric Ocasek – “Through The Walls”

What albums rocked your iPod this year?

Comments (63)
  1. matt  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2004 0

    see now that’s a better list then their stupid singles one. who knows maybe pitchfork’s only good at rating albums and are clueless when it comes to singles. but i guess even the “indie-est”(?) people fall victim to poppy crap.

  2. the el-burnah  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2004 0

    not a bad list.

    i’d add the ac newman solo jawn, cellar door by john vanderslice and rubber factory by the black keys.

    and can someone please explain joanna newsome?

  3. nik  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2004 0

    blonde redhead (misery is a butterfly), elliott smith (faboth), guided by voices (half smiles of the decomposed), deerhoof (milkman), david byrne (grown backwards), i heart huckabees soundtrack and lots of calexico and dios.

  4. Mickey  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2004 0

    FINALLY, someone giving Aloha some love!

  5. andy  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2004 0

    rjd2 is definitely a surprising choice. didn’t see that one coming.

  6. and where are THE HIVES?

  7. bobette  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2004 0

    would someone try to shoot me if i mention franz ferdinand?

    *eep*

    yeah, i am a chump and what rocked my ipod b4 it got swiped wuz:

    New ones from: Pixies, arcade fire,TV On The Radio, Elliott smith, sometimes Interpol,The Ocean Blue-waterworks, new U2, Scissor Sisters, Shins, morrissey you are the quarry, loretta lynn, holly golightly, a little bjork (no pun) hmmm what else………

  8. bobette  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2004 0

    i must be a schlub. someone at work just gave me ‘OC’ have a very merry chrismukkah. i like it though :)

  9. newbie  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2004 0

    Does anyone like The Ike Reilly Assassination? I thought their “Sparkle in the Finish” was the best album of the year by far.

  10. The DeathOfOriginality  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2004 0

    modest mouse, stars, and kings of leon(british release date), pinback, arcade fire, blonde redhead, franz ferdinand, walkmen, interpol, and the album leaf. all the new albums from these guys we’re my favourites of the year. sometimes the early releases like modest mouse get overlooked.

  11. 1 i will not shoot anyone for mentioning franz ferdinand, his or her credibility will merely suffer…

    2 i think the french kicks’ album, “trial of the century,” is brilliant and should be listed in someone’s year-end list.

  12. I think you and I are the only people with Of Montreal in their top fives this year. So underrated but so great!

    I really need to check out this Annie chick, apparently. Where’d she come from?

  13. eric  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2004 0

    where are the hives? …holding onto 2003 where they belong. good riddance. i’d rather listen to funhouse.

    as for rjd2, are you kidding? that’s your #1 record of the year? you didn’t include brian wilson on the list so that rjd2 could be #1? huh?

    as for sufjan stevens… not so sure that record is better than joanna newsom, and at the same time devendra banhart is easily a better songwriter and far more original than sufjan stevens–yet he didn’t even make the top 14?

    a list of “best” records is kind of pointless if you don’t include some kind of explaination.

  14. Tegan and Sara? Anyone? Definitely rocking the shit out of my iPod.

  15. stina  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2004 0

    i agree, aloha is great

  16. I love how people get off picking apart other people’s lists. OMG! No Brian Wilson?! What, are you deaf? Puh-lease… there’s a reason Smile was never released in the first place. It’s yawnsville.

    That said, I’ve heard all the records on your list (excepting the Lambchop one-two punch) and none of them would classify as favorites. WTG Scott!

  17. that rjd2 album is easily the album that most disappointed me this year. i’ve been a fan since deadringer and ate up his production on stuff like soul position, “saliva: off of the first viktor vaughn, and diverse’s album. but man, i find “since we last spoke” flat-out horrible. please rj, don’t ever sing again. also, don’t ever write lyrics again. stick to what you’re good at – being shadow’s little knock-off dude.

  18. christa  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2004 0

    “yawnsville” = lambchop and sufjan stevens

  19. eduardo  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2004 0

    check out my list at http://www.mouco.blogspot.com

    MODEST MOUSE RULES!!!

  20. kent  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2004 0

    nice call on The Go! Team, they’ve definitely been rocking in a very Avalanches kinda way.

  21. ahmed subhani  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2004 0

    HELLO DIPLO/MIA MIXTAPE???

  22. marcus  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2004 0

    is the new Stars officially out yet? it sounds great though, so does the new Ivy. no Kings of Convenience? shame, shame…

  23. Steve is right that RJD2 record is a complete yawn followed by a fart. Really nothing special there. Deadringer is his genius. And honestly, why the hate on franz ferdinand? New York hipsters are the worst humans ever. You write a song better than Jaqueline… buncha crack heads.

    Random end note: new mars volta record sucks bawls

  24. the new ted leo & phoenix albums.

  25. Yes Douglas! TED LEO’s album is so so good!

  26. Ella  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2004 0

    Alexisonfire’s Watch Out!

  27. kenny  |   Posted on Dec 24th, 2004 0

    my taste is a bit ‘pop’ but this was my top ten this year:

    10. jill scott – beautifully human
    09. mirah – c’mon c’mon
    08. gwen stefani – lamb
    07. prince – musicology
    06. kings of convenience – failure
    05. bjork – regina spektor
    04. regina spektor – soviet kitsch
    03. air – talkie walkie
    02. rilo kiley – more adventurous
    01. joanna newsom – milk-eyed mender

    other honorable mentions…
    ? deerhoof- milk man
    ? rasputina – frustration plantation
    ? blonde redhead – misery is a butterfly
    ? scissor sisters – scissor sisters
    ? dani siciliano – likes
    ? wilco – a ghost is born

  28. Hinterland: Under the Waterline

  29. daniel  |   Posted on Dec 24th, 2004 0

    new blood brothers anyone?

  30. My iPod this year rocked out to:
    The hives
    The arcade fire
    Rilo Kiley
    Deathcab for Cutie (counting for 2003)
    Green day
    Annie
    Wilco
    The go Team
    Interpol
    Franz

  31. Caleb  |   Posted on Dec 24th, 2004 0

    Good list!

    According to Itunes my number one cd was that new Stars, but thats really just because I got both on the same day.
    Without thinking about this too much, my top 7 (in no order)

    Stars – Set Yourself on Fire
    Sufjan Stevens – Seven Swans
    Go Team – Thunder Lightning Strike
    Black Keys – Rubber Factory
    Arcade Fire – Funeral
    AC Newman – The Slow Wonder
    Iron & Wine – Our Endless, Numbered Days

  32. i indeed second the blood brothers. also:
    gary wilson, madvillain, interpol, sufjan stevens, feist (was that this year even?), arcade fire, tv on the radio… i’m sure there are others, but i’m home without my cd collection.

    actively listened to the dungen album on the long drive back to ohio… so good. i just wish i knew what they were saying!

  33. It’s all about Old Crow Medicine Show’s OCMS. Best of the year. And M83′s Dead Cities, Lost Seas, and Ghosts. I think that came out this year. that was great too.

  34. my top 10 would have to include (in no particular order):
    Dungen
    The Go! Team
    The Arcade Fire
    Death From Above 1979
    Xiu Xiu
    Animal Collective
    The Legends
    Black Keys
    Fiery Furnaces
    Les Savy Fav

    Stuff that i like a lot but haven’t gotten to listen to enough yet:
    Mirah
    Bloc Party (EP)
    Annie
    Devendra Banhart (Nino Rojo)
    Les Georges Leningrad
    Kings of Convenience
    Shoplifting
    Joanna Newsom
    Saturday Looks Good To Me
    The Beastles =P

  35. Jimbo  |   Posted on Dec 24th, 2004 0

    What a pretentious, phony, lie of a list.

  36. No Jolie Holland?

  37. felch  |   Posted on Dec 24th, 2004 0

    awesome list! i, too, loved the wilco, rjd2, and sufjan stevens albums. i would have added the streets and franz ferdinand (like everyone else). (oh, and adding your “catorce” favorites was so fucking clever.)

  38. Eddie G  |   Posted on Dec 24th, 2004 0

    Sterogum is totally GOLD. I got the best xmas present browsing your site tonight when I found that Ric Ocasek and Rjd2 Collaboration that is not available on the CD. Ric’s about to start his own record company and us Ocasek nuts are anxiously awaiting his new solo CD ” Nexterday”.

    Cheers!! To stereogum for the Joe Namath Drunken ” I wanna Kiss You” MPEG, The Beastles and now this newly found Ocasek magic.

    Best Regards,

    Ed and Nick

  39. Eddie G  |   Posted on Dec 24th, 2004 0

    Sterogum is totally GOLD. I got the best xmas present browsing your site tonight when I found that Ric Ocasek and Rjd2 Collaboration that is not available on the CD. Ric’s about to start his own record company and us Ocasek nuts are anxiously awaiting his new solo CD ” Nexterday”.

    Cheers!! To stereogum for the Joe Namath Drunken ” I wanna Kiss You” MPEG, The Beastles and now this newly found Ocasek magic.

    Best Regards,

    Ed and Nick

  40. Dregg  |   Posted on Dec 25th, 2004 0

    I haven’t heard much of anything on this list or in the comments, but I’m weary of all of it. I’m hearing everywhere how great Modest Mouse, The Hives and The Killers are. What I’ve heard so far, all a cure for insomnia. Even their names are bland. That much soulless, lifeless mediocrity makes me want to jump out a window. If I get to the second chorus and I haven’t heard any hooks, i’ll give up on the whole band, anymore.

    When I listen to a lot of black R&B type music though, the contrast is stunning. It’s vibrant, innovative, passionate, sophisticated–and that’s just the vocals.

    Modern rock just draws the life-force right out of me.

  41. your list is fucking solid. props to the RJD2 and Of Montreal action. no props to your sufjan stevens action though.

    i’m counting down my top 16 albums till Dec. 31st on my shitbox synapticblur.com.

    man, i wish i had a good enough reason to put annie on there, i really do.

  42. No The Go Find? Woe is Belgian Me.

    I’m still trying to find MIA ft Diplo which should have been in your list. Ah well.

  43. ben  |   Posted on Dec 25th, 2004 0

    nobody knows them, but if they did they’d all include grizzly bear. hands down one of the best releases of the year. I’m feeling the dungen vibe too.

  44. sarah  |   Posted on Dec 25th, 2004 0

    someone at my office burnt me that Grizzly Bear cd, i must agree, it’s actually really great. i have a feeling they are gonna be slow builders.
    I love that RJD2 album as well…amazing. joanna newsom, could do without completely.

  45. bjaltt  |   Posted on Dec 26th, 2004 0

    fantastic list, fantastic layout, fantastic inclusion of non-album tracks. top notch, thank you

  46. tylla  |   Posted on Dec 26th, 2004 0

    in no particular order:

    superpitcher – here comes love
    gravenhurst – flashlight season
    kings of convenience – riot on an empty street
    joanna newsom – milk-eyed mender
    arcade fire – funeral
    sufjan stevens – seven swans
    devendra banhart – nino rojo
    air – talkie walkie

  47. here’s mine..if anyone cares?

    2004 Albums of the year 11/10 so far?:
    1. Madvilliany ? Madvillian / Mmm?Food – MF Doom
    2. Funeral- arcade fire
    3. At last we spoke – RJD2
    4. Devandra Benhart
    5. The Grind date – De La Soul
    6. College Dropout – Kanye West
    7. SA-RA Creative Partners – singles.
    8. Bubblegum – Mark Lanegan
    9. To the extreme – Devin The Dude
    10. Three sinister syllables / Piracy funds terrorism – M.I.A.

  48. josh  |   Posted on Dec 28th, 2004 0

    solid list, though i have some questions on the order. as for the Brian Wilson haters… as a record, SMiLE is certainly one of the best released this year (although I have to agree that some of the material was only a bit better than mediocre).

  49. eric  |   Posted on Dec 28th, 2004 0

    good lists everyone. dungen, madvillainy, sufjan, grizzly bear, devendra. you all have good tastes.

  50. yi  |   Posted on Dec 28th, 2004 0

    ugh, joanna newsom. bad list, just for that.

    the rosebuds make out rocked my ipod.

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