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Stephen Malkmus – Jo Jo’s Jacket (2001)

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Last week’s feature of Bryan Ferry got me thinking about solo artists that have made a good fist of leaving their successful bands. Stephen Malkmus’s signature is unmistakable. The one-time frontman for Pavement, arguably the most effervescent group of ’90s indie music, could have suffered under the weight of legacy and expectation. But he took it all in his stride and with a dollop of his humour. ‘Jo Jo’s Jacket’ and the bald dome of Yul Brynner feature on his self-titled debut album.

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Quantic – Time Is The Enemy (2001)

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Quantic’s real name is William Holland, multi-instrumentalist, producer, DJ, remixer and band leader. ‘Time Is The Enemy’ is from From the 2001 album The 5th Exotic released on the Tru Thoughts label. The influence of DJ shadow and trip hop is evident, the effect is mellow.
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Cannibal Ox – Iron Galaxy (2001)

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Discovered by producer El-P, Cannibal Ox comprises the work of two rappers, Vast Aire and Vordul Megilah. Their 2001 album The Cold Vein heralded a new sound in hip hop that still sounds fresh today. It was inevitably derivative of what had passed before, especially Wu-Tang Clan, but the effect was futuristic, rambling and intriguing. The record kicked off with the classic ‘Iron Galaxy’. Have a great week.

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Pete Yorn – Strange Condition (2001)

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The opening number (‘Life On a Chain’) off Peter Yorn’s critically acclaimed album Musicforthemorningafter may have been the one that stole the radio play from what followed, but for me the second track is where it’s at. ‘Strange Condition’ does both his voice and his form of alt folk-rock justice. Enjoy.

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Elbow – Any Day Now (2001)

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‘Any Day Now’ is the opening, standout track from Elbow’s debut album Asleep In The Back. Depite the fame and popularity that would follow a few years later, they would sound no better than this. Drummer Richard Jupp lays down a signature snare beat accompanied by singer Guy Garvey’s Peter Gabriel impression. Have a good week.

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Daft Punk – Veridis Quo (2001)

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The gorgeous ‘Veridis Quo’ is a electronic ode of sorts to what sounds like a Handel organ concerto. The hypnotic sound features on their 2001 album Discovery. Have a great weekend.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2001

A compilation for the weekend. My favourite songs of 2001 and in no particular order:

The Strokes – Hard To Explain

Ian Brown – F. E. A. R.

The Shins – New Slang

Daft Punk – Digital Love

Radiohead – Pyramid Song

Spiritualized – I Didn’t Mean To Hurt You

Lift To Experience – Falling From Cloud 9

Röyksopp ‎- Remind Me

The Strokes – Modern Age

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Honourable mentions also go to: Weezer for ‘Island In The Sun‘; Zero 7 for ‘In The Waiting Line‘; Jay-Z for ‘Izzo (H.O.V.A.)‘; Golden Boy feat. Miss Kittin for ‘Rippin Kittin‘; Daft Punk for ‘Veridis Quo‘; The Other People Place for ‘Let Me Be Me‘; Peter Yorn for ‘Strange Condition‘; Muse for ‘Bliss‘; Cannibal Ox for ‘Iron Galaxy’; Roger Sanchez for ‘Another Chance’; Radiohead for ‘Knives Out’; and Yann Tiersen for ‘La Valse d’Amélie‘.

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The Other People Place – Let Me Be Me (2001)

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Sticking with 2001 and a year before he died of heart complications, Drexciy’s James Stinson created this fidgety techno classic. The anthem ‘Let Me Be Me’ featured on his album Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café released on Warp Records under the name of The Other People Place. Detroit via Sheffield. Have a great weekend.

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The Strokes – The Modern Age (2001)

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To say this song is all intro would be doing a would be doing a disservice to Julian Casablancas’ passionate vocals. “Leaving just in time/Staying for a while/Rolling in the ocean/Trying to catch her eye/Work hard and say it’s easy/Do it just to please me/Tomorrow will be different/So this is why I’m leaving”. But I love that intro, and those kickdrums, and that guitar, and… This was 2001; ‘The Modern Age’ is the second track on The Strokes’ classic Is This It.

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Papa M – Krusty (2001)

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After spending his formative guitar years with Slint, Tortoise and collaborating with Will Oldham, Dave Pajo released the largely unnoticed album Whatever Mortal as Papa M, a solo project of his. The fifth track ‘Krusty’ is an instrumental set over the backdrop of an episode of The Simpsons (Episode #9F13, ‘I Love Lisa’!). The track reminds me of the lo-fi sound of Guided By Voices.

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Lift To Experience – Falling From Cloud 9 (2001)

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Lift To Experience performed at Austin’s South by Southwest festival in 2000 and by the next year they were signed to Bella Union and releasing a double-disc concept classic The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads. Frontman Josh T. Pearson is the son of a Texan preacher; and the album is replete with Christian references and a wall of sound that has biblical proportions. It was momentous and never to be repeated; the band split shortly thereafter. Last year, to every shoegazing fan’s delight, Elbow’s Guy Garvey convinced them to put on a reunion set at London’s Meltdown Festival.

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Radiohead – Pyramid Song (2001)

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Melancholy channeling itself through ascending chords. It’s hypnotic, sweeping and a little trippy. It ends up in a sort of jazz-rock. This was Radiohead’s prog rock from circa 2000. At the time, it’s a well known fact that they considered releasing a double album, but then opted for two releases eight months apart – Kid A and Amnesiac. ‘Pyramid Song’ is the centrepiece of the latter.

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Janet Jackson – Doesn’t Really Matter (2001)

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This one is verging on a guilty pleasure, but probably has enough credibility to duck that ignominy. Janet Jackson may have written ‘Doesn’t Really Matter’ for the soundtrack to the movie Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, but the Jam and Lewis production lifts it above all of that tosh. The experimentation with fluid (almost acid-like) sounds combined with her classic vocal bridges and breakdowns make this timeless contemporary R&B.

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Golden Boy feat. Miss Kittin – Rippin Kittin (2001)

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In the late 1990s, a movement of electroclash emerged to reinvigorate a flagging a dance music scene. It brought with it a sense of humour and irony. ‘Rippin Kittin’ was one of the more elegant examples. Miss Kittin’s lyrics made for something unsettling and less trashy than most of the genre’s output. It reached the top of the UK dance charts in 2001.

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Fischerspooner – Emerge (2001)

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Do you recall electroclash? The fusion of techno, New Wave, electro, rap and rock took clubs by storm at the end of the 1990s. Let’s endearingly call it a creative response to the lull in dance music and to an abundance of cocaine. The genre reached it sleaziest peak in 2001 when NYC duo Casey Spooner and Warren Fischer chanted “Hyper-media-ocrity” to the masses. ‘Emerge’ featured on Fischerspooner’s debut album #1. Feels good, looks good, sounds good, feels good too, a-ha, that’s right.

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