Looking at 2003: Disorderly Conduct of a Young Music Fan
    • TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013

    • Posted by: Matt Howard

    Recently, The Postal Service announced a reunion centered around the 10th anniversary/reissue of the hugely popular LP, Give Up. The ensuing hysteria was further nourished by their headlining placement atop Coachella's lineup. This got me thinking...

    Sure, Give Up was a great album, primarily due to the methods in which it was pieced together, but just at a glance, 2003 was a huge year in music, and there were quite a few albums that stand out as far more profound and influential (especially to a certain teenager who was tightening his grip on the indie world).

    2003 was the year that the State of New Jersey baffled my family by handing me a card that granted my access to the open road - it was a big fucking year for me. And I won't deny that Give Up wasn't on steady rotation in the 12-disc changer of my '98 Saturn coupe, but there were other records that had dominant staying power. Yeah, The Postal Service helped me let the ladies know I had an emotional side, but who needs one of those?!

    After mentally digging through the garbage pile that was my means of transportation, I uncovered five special jewel cases, each attached to its own distinct memory.

    5. The Rapture - Echoes

    Remember your first time on ecstasy? Neither do I...

    4. Outkast - Speakerboxx/The Love Below

    Finally, I had something to talk about with Fubu Frank in World Civ.

    3. The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow

    Anyone else remember driving around for hours on Friday nights looking for a safe spot to crack open a case of Busch? Well, "Turn a Square," helped keep my eyes on the sweet, skunky prize.

    2. The Strokes - Room on Fire

    Julian Casablancas taught me two things: 1. Tight leather is badass when worn appropriately; and 2. Chicks dig assholes.

    1. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief

    Thom Yorke effectively melted my brain for the first time with his music (with a little assistance from a certain extracurricular psychedelic).

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