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DrBeeper shortlist mix

What is The Shortlist?
The Shortlist is a music prize, sponsored by XM sat. radio and MTV2. A group of judges nominate albums to the Longlist, which is then pared down to find a winner. The albums must have a US release between July 1, 2003 and June 30, 2004 to be eligible.

Why the compilation?
I saw that MTV2 had created their own compilation, and thought “I can make a better list and compilation than that”. So I did.

For my Shortlist, I used the 2004 albums I had heard up until mid-September, and any 2003 albums that I did not hear in time to include in my Best of 2003 list.

Below is my compilation, as well as the MTV2 one…


01 The Bumblebeez 81 – Vila Attack
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspThe Printz

02 Loretta Lynn – Van Lear Rose
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspVan Lear Rose

03 The Hurricane Lamps – Turn Me On
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspSing Me A Song

04 The Unicorns – Tuff Ghost
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspWho Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?

05 Lambchop – Steve McQueen
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspAw, C’mon/No, You C’Mon

06 Rachel Goswell – Sleepless and Tooting
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspWaves are Universal

07 Califone – She Dances
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspDeceleration Two

08 The Long Winters – Prom Night at Hater High
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspWhen I Pretend to Fall

09 The Mountain Goats – Pigs That Ran Straightaway Into The Water, Triumph Of
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspWe All Shall Be Healed

10 A.C. Newman – Miracle Drug
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspSlow Wonder

11 The Radio Dept. – Ewan
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspLesser Matters

12 Rilo Kiley – Does He Love You?
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspMore Adventurous

13 Jim White – Combing My Hair in a Brand New Style
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspDrill a Hole in That Substrate and Tell Me What You See

14 Nellie McKay – Clonie
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspStay Away From Me

15 Ulrich Schnauss – Clear Day
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspA Strangely Isolated Place

16 Kevin Shields – City Girl
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspLost in Translation OST

17 Jackpot – Black Road

18 Cracker – Ain’t Gonna Suck Itself


01 Franz Ferdinand – Michael
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFranz Ferdinand

02 Muse – Time Is Running Out

03 TV on the Radio – Staring at the Sun
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspDesperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

04 Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up, Look Sharp
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspBoy In Da Corner

05 Nellie McKay – David
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspGet Away From Me

06 Jem – They
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFinally Woken

07 The Killers – Believe Me Natalie
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspHot Fuss

08 Loretta Lynn – Mrs. Leroy Brown
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspVan Lear Rose

09 The Streets – Dry Your Eyes
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspA Grand Don’t Come for Free

10 The Secret Machines – Nowhere Again
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspNow Here is Nowhere

11 Cafe Tacuba – Eres
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspCuatro Caminos

12 Ghostface Killah – Save Me Dear
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspPretty Toney Album

13 Air – Surfing on a Rocket
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspTalkie Walkie

14 Ryan Adams – Hotel Chelsea Nights
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspLove is Hell, Pt. 2

15 Wilco – Hell Is Chrome
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspA Ghost is Born