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The Arcade Fire
Astrud Gilberto
Atmosphere
The Beach Boys
The Beatles
Ben Harper
Better Than Ezra
Bicycle
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Binary Star
Black Sabbath
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Bob Marley & The Wailers
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
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Bright Eyes
Brother Ali
Built to Spill
Chamillionaire
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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
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Coldplay
Company Flow
Daft Punk
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Disturbed
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Don Caballero
Doug Martsch
Duke Ellington With Charles Mingus & Max Roach
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Edan
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Eve 6
Everlast
Explosions In The Sky
Fabolous
Fatboy Slim
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Frank Sinatra and Count Basie Orchestra
Freddie Hubbard
The Game
Gnarls Barkley
Goo Goo Dolls
Good Charlotte
Gorillaz
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Harry Connick Jr
Heatmiser
Herbie Hancock
Hinder
Hootie & The Blowfish
Incubus
Insane Clown Posse
Jack Johnson
Jadakiss
Jay-Z
Jedi Mind Tricks
Jenny Lewis
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Johnny Sketch And The Dirty Notes
Kanye West
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Lemon Jelly
Lifehouse
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Magnetic Fields
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Massive Attack
Matchbox 20
Mercury Rev
Michael Jackson
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Mindless Self Indulgence
Modest Mouse
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Nas
Necro
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Nico
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Pumpkinhead
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Ray Charles
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Rilo Kiley
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Sean Price
Semisonic
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Sigur Rós
Slowblow
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Something Corporate
Soulja Slim
Sparklehorse
Stephen Malkmus
Sting
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Survivor
Talib Kweli
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Various Artists
The Walkmen
Weezer
Weird Al Yankovic
Wilco
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Yo La Tengo
Young Buck
Zion I
ZZ Top
Artist: Elliot Smith
Label: Kill Rock Stars
Genre: Alternative Rock
Release: Jan 1997   My Rating: 0
Duration: 36:53
Summary: Blessed with the voice of a wispy angel, Elliott Smith creates sad little pop songs, which, like the work of Nick Drake (to whom he's been compared) threaten to disappear into the night air. Several of the tracks here were featured in Gus Van Zant's movie "Good Will Hunting", and they're among the album's best (though "Miss Misery," nominated for an Academy Award is only available on the soundtrack album). "Angeles" and "Say Yes" are bittersweet laments that feature Smith's idiosyncratic guitar picking, which is well served by the album's decidedly low-fi production. "--Rob O'Connor"


Artist: Elliot Smith
Label: Dreamworks
Genre: Alternative Rock
Release: Jan 2000   My Rating: 0
Duration: 52:06
Summary: The story of Elliott Smith is well known now: Shy and reclusive indie rocker soars to a Hollywood soundstage and major-label contract. His fans gasped in collective horror when he took a bow at the 1998 Oscars, his hand clasped by Celine Dion. He seemed far too fragile to survive among the sharks and vultures on the corner of Hollywood and Vine. But as his subsequent albums "XO" and now "Figure 8" show, Smith has weathered the spotlight successfully and is moving ahead with self-assured grace. The beauty of "Figure 8" is that it encompasses Smith's musical virtues, from the stark and wispy tunes of his lo-fi beginnings on "Roman Candle" to the orchestrated, Beatlesesque pomp and circumstance of later work to the intimate and sometimes painful nature of his live shows. "Figure 8"'s opener, "Son of Sam," is as good as anything Smith has ever crafted, its soaring melody buoyed with lush instrumentation and a tin-pan-alley piano romp. "Happiness" is vintage Smith, its lyrics belying the title. But best of all are "Everything Reminds Me of Her" and "Everything Means Nothing to Me," which capture the dichotomies of Smith's music. The first is a lovely, delicate little tune--just Smith's wavering voice, a plucked guitar, and the plaintive lyrics of unabashed longing. The second is a layered soundscape, heavily produced, with washes of music covering a repeated lyrical line. One is direct, naked, and honest; the other is slippery, distant, and rational. These are the yin and yang of Smith's music, and it's the friction between the two--or, more accurately, the wreckage from one obdurate truth bashing up against the other--that makes "Figure 8" resonate with such devastating power. "--Tod Nelson"


Artist: Elliot Smith
Label: Anti
Genre: Alternative Rock
Release: Jan 2004   My Rating: 0
Duration: 57:13
Summary: Posthumous releases fall into two categories: those which the artist was working on at the time of their death, and those which are gathered from every nook and cranny to keep fans enthused and cash registers ringing. Elliott Smith's "from a basement on the hill" is of the former variety. It was close to completion at the time of his untimely death. Over the course of the set's 15 songs, Smith's powerful songwriting and production skills are shown in their full breadth. From thickly interlocked chordal guitar riffs ("Coast to Coast") to shimmering melancholia ("A Fond Farewell"), the songs are each brought to their own particular focus by whatever means were most appropriate. There are lush background vocals, keyboard washes, pounding rhythms, and heart rending balladry. This disc is a sad goodbye to richly emotive artist. "--David Greenberger"


Artist: Elliot Smith
Label: Cavity Search
Genre: Alternative Rock
Release: Jan 1994   My Rating: 0
Duration: 30:25
Summary: A member of the band Heatmiser, Elliot Smith recorded home demos on any equipment he could get his hands on. His first "solo" album is a cheap four-track home recording that hints at the melodic possibilities Smith would explore in greater detail on subsequent releases. The title track is remarkable but with four songs referred to in sequential order as "No Name #1," "No Name #2," etc. ... the inspiration isn't always fully firing. Blessed with a quiet angelic voice and a lyrical mind that easily transforms the squalid details of everyday life into something worth hearing about twice, Smith stood on the verge of getting it on. With his next, self-titled release, he did."--Rob O'Connor"


Artist: Elliot Smith
Label: Dreamworks
Genre: Alternative Rock
Release: Jan 1998   My Rating: 0
Duration: 44:39
Summary: Elliott Smith's fourth solo album and major-label debut, "XO", brings narrative detail and a wide range of emotion to an indie meld of '60s-style rock and folk-pop. Whether in the broken stateliness of "Waltz #2 (XO)," the Sgt. Pepper tribute of "Baby Britain," or the explosions of "Amity" and "Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands," Smith's melodic and arrangement senses give his vulnerable vocals and brilliant wordcraft the maximum effectiveness. "XO" is a watershed in singer/songwriter rock. "--Rickey Wright"