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).