I'm having one of those "fight off your colds" kinda days. Stupid common cold has me pouring tea down my gullet and wishing I could inject DayQuil directly into my veins. However, that doesn't mean I'm not going to power through with our "Thursday Discussion" for the week. The last two weeks have been a lot of fun as we've focused on the early days; we talked about Drive-Thru Records and we looked at the ridiculously awesome albums in the 2001-2003 era. One of the things that continued to pop-up during our discussion last week was just how special this time period was for so many of you. Even those that weren't really into the music scene during those years were talking about the albums that came out in that era, and many were discovering greatness for the first time. Along with that, we had a lot of commentary about how last week's topic stopped just short of a year that contained a ridiculous amount of great music: 2004. So, for today's discussion - we're going to be looking at the albums from 2004 that I think made that year so special.
I highly recommend every single album on this list. Looking over it now, I can't believe this was all happening in just a 12 month period. Talk about hallowed-ground. Feel free to head to the replies and leave your own lists from 2004 (Wikipedia is a great source for finding original release dates). Also, over the past few years I've discovered a lot of other music that was released around this period; however, I'm not including albums I wasn't actively listening to when they came out. Have to put a few rules on myself - otherwise I'd lose my mind. Next week I'll be moving on to a different topic (otherwise we're just posting 'best of' retrospectives, and I've got a lot of other topics that I'd love to explore) -- but for right now ... let's take a time-warp back to 2004.
Do you remember where you were when you first heard these?
1) Jimmy Eat World - Futures (October 19th, 2004)
2) Say Anything - Is a Real Boy (August 3rd, 2004)
3) Name Taken - Hold On (2004)
4) Northstar - Pollyanna (2004)
5) Midtown - Forget What You Know (June 29th, 2004)
6) Relient K - Mmhmm (November 2nd, 2004)
7) Butch Walker - Letters (August 24th, 2004)
8) The Arcade Fire - Funeral (September 14th, 2004)
9) Rise Against - Siren Song for the Counter Culture (August 9th, 2004)
10) Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News (April 6th, 2004)
What. A. Year. Whew, and with that - I'm going to go lay down. Head is pounding. I'll be back soon to read over all your lists, talk some in the forums, and hang out for a while. Just need a minor break from the computer screen!
Alexisonfire - Watch Out!
Demon Hunter - Summer of Darkness
Emery - The Weak's End
Further Seems Forever - Hide Nothing
He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood
Showbread - No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical
Relient K - MMHMMM
Underoath - They're Only Chasing Safety
I honestly think 2006 was a better year for music, but.
i smiled ear to ear when i saw futures on the top. my favorite album of all time. a fucking surreal masterpiece. although i would understand if IARB came on first.
other personal favorites were NFG's "Catalyst", My Chemical Romance's "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge" (yes, that album was insanely good. too bad they picked the worst, poppier songs as singles) and Incubus' "A Crow Left of the Murder".
actually, 2004 may just be the best year in music for the 2000s.