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HITS LOSERS’ FAVES OF 2001

Believe It or Not, Some People Who Work Here Actually Like Music
While HITS employees aren't paid in real money, they do get all the CDs they can carry away with them. Remarkably, these poor souls actually keep and listen to some of the tens of thousands of shiny round things that litter the HITS cesspool, as you'll see...

REBECCA ESMERIAN
The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street (Virgin)
The Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed (ABKCO)
The Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers (Virgin)
The Rolling Stones, Love You Live (Rolling Stones)
The Rolling Stones, Hot Rocks, 1964-1971 (ABKCO)
The Rolling Stones, Between the Buttons (ABKCO)
The Rolling Stones, Their Satanic Majesties Request (ABKCO)
The Rolling Stones, Beggars Banquet (ABKCO)
The Rolling Stones, Black & Blue (Virgin)
The Rolling Stones, Some Girls (Virgin)

KAREN GLAUBER
Albums
Pete Yorn, musicforthemorningafter (Columbia)
Cousteau, Cousteau (Palm Pictures)
The Chamber Strings, Month of Sundays (Bobsled)
Starsailor, Love Is Here (Capitol, 2002)
Travis, The Invisible Band (Independiente/Epic)
Remy Zero, The Golden Hum (Elektra)
Jeff Buckley, Live at L’Oympia (Sony import)
The Strokes, Is This It (RCA)
Ryan Adams, Gold (Lost Highway)
Dashboard Confessional, The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most (Vagrant)

Top 11 songs (that weren’t on the above albums)
Powderfinger, “My Happiness” (Universal)
NSYNC, “Pop” (Jive)
Gorillaz, “Clint Eastwood” (Virgin)
Train, “Drops of Jupiter” (Columbia)
Drowning Pool, “Bodies” (Wind-up)
Mercury Rev, “The Dark Is Rising” (V2)
Semisonic, “She’s Got My Number” (MCA)
Flickerstick, “Coke” (Epic)
Ours, “Sometimes” (DreamWorks)
Coldplay, “Trouble” (Capitol)
New Order, “Crystal” (WB)

10 most memorable concerts
Television @ The Metro in Chicago
Chamber Strings & Travis @ The Knitting Factory in LA
Pete Yorn & Patti Smith @ Music Midtown in Atlanta
Air @ The Mayan in LA
PJ Harvey @ The Knitting Factory in LA
Guster @ Tower Theatre in Philadelphia
Doves @ Double Door in Chicago
Iggy Pop @ The Vic in Chicago
Cousteau @ Troubadour in LA
Phantom Planet & Remy Zero & Pete Yorn @ The Metro in Chicago

Honorable mentions
NSYNC @ The Rose Bowl in LA
Pete Yorn @ TheViper Room in LA
Pete Yorn & Coldplay @ The Wiltern in LA
Pete Yorn @ Leslie Fram’s House in Atlanta
Pete Yorn @ KCRW Fundraiser in LA
Pete Yorn & Semisonic @ House of Blues in LA

SIMON GLICKMAN
1. Tenacious D, Tenacious D ( Epic): Rocks the parts other records can’t reach.
2. Stew, Guest Host (Telegraph Company): One of the best songwriters we have.
3. Snapdragon, Family Jewels (Straight Line): Nothing but anthems. Top Five phones at my place.
4. Annetenna, Annetenna (unreleased): The greatest album you never heard.
5. Various, O Brother Where Art Thou ST ( Mercury/IDJ): Count me among the spellbound—every note of every performance is unforgettable.
6. Pink, M!ssundaztood (Arista): For bringing the party just when we needed it. Big ups to Linda Perry, too.
7. Grant Lee Phillips, Mobilize (Zoe/Rounder): For sheer melodic richness and vibe, it’s tough to beat.
8. Holcombe Waller, Extravagant Gesture (Napoleon): Incredible voice, unusual songs. A real find.
9. Cody ChesnuTT, The Headphone Masterpiece (Ready Set Go!): As eccentric and stunning a talent as I’ve seen since Prince.
10. Super Human Strength (unsigned): Killer tunes, electrifying live set. See them.

GUY W.T. GOGGLES
Top 10 waterin’ holes
1. The Coach & Horses (Hollywood)
2. Hop Louie (Downtown L.A.)
3. Hank’s (Downtown L.A.)
4. The Room (Hollywood)
5. The Dugout (Los Angeles)
6. The Casting Office (Studio City)
7. Residuals (Studio City)
8. Max’s (Los Angeles)
9. Boardner’s (Hollywood)
10. Burbank City Jail (Burbank)
10. (tie) Pineapple Hill Saloon (Sherman Oaks)

SHIRLEY HALPERIN
Weezer, Weezer (DreamWorks)
Pernice Brothers, The World Won't End (Ashmont)
The Strokes, Is This It (RCA)
Chamber Strings, Month of Sundays (Bobsled)
Beachwood Sparks, Once We Were Trees (Sub Pop)
Whiskeytown, Pneumonia (Lost Highway)
Rufus Wainwright, Poses (DreamWorks)
Ryan Adams, Gold (Lost Highway)
Alicia Keys, Songs in A Minor (J)
Jimmy Eat World, Bleed American (DreamWorks)

TODD HENSLEY
TiVo
David Gray
Dave Matthews Band
SSX Tricky for PS2
Herradura Selection Suprema Tequilla
Sushi Nozawa
Gorillaz
Tenacious D
Macy Gray
Six Feet Under

NIKKI IMBORNONE
Various, I Am Sam (V2 soundtrack, 2002)
St. Germain, “Tourist” (Capitol)
Bob Dylan, “ Love and Theft” (Coulmbia)
Radiohead, “Kid A” (Capitol)
Mary J Blige, “No More Drama” (MCA)
India.Arie, “Acoustic Soul” (Motown)
Various, Vanilla Sky (Reprise soundtrack)
Jay Z “The Blueprint” (Roc-A-Fella/IDJ)
Gorillaz (Virgin)
RES “How I Do” (MCA)

JILL KUSHNER
Pete Yorn musicforthemorningafter Columbia/CRG
Ryan Adams Gold Lost Highway
Remy Zero The Golden Hum Elektra/EEG
Travis The Invisible Band Epic
Weezer Weezer Geffen
Raul Malo Today Higher Octave
U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind Interscope
Nikka Costa Everybody Got Their Something Virgin
Macy Gray The Id Epic
The Strokes Is This It RCA

MIKE MORRISON
Ryan Adams, Gold (Lost Highway/IDJ)
Josh Joplin Group, Useful Music (Artemis)
Alison Krauss & Union Station, New Favorite (Rounder)
John Mayer, Room for Squares (Aware/Columbia)
Nickelback, Silver Side Up (Roadrunner/IDJ)
Ike Reilly, Salesmen and Racists (Universal)
Remy Zero, The Golden Hum (Elektra)
Various, Space Jazz (Quango/Palm Pictures)
The Strokes Is This It (RCA)
Pete Yorn, musicforthemorningafter (Columbia)

MIKE MURPHY
 
Bob Dylan Love and Theft (Columbia)
 Raul Malo Today (Higher Octave)
 Nikka Costa Everybody Got Their Something (Virgin)
 Toby Keith Pull My Chain (DreamWorks Nashville)
 India.Arie Acoustic Soul (Motown)
 Boz Skaggs Dig (Virgin)
 Alison Krause & Union Station New Favorite (Rounder)
 Ryan Adams Gold (Lost Highway)
 Broke Americans Broke Americans (Industrial Strength)
 Merle Haggard Roots Vol. 1 (Epitaph)

TAMI PACKLEY GEORGEFF
Singles
Puddle of Mudd, "Blurry" (Flawless/Geffen)
Powderfinger, "My Happiness" (Universal)
Gorillaz, "Clint Eastwood" (Virgin)
Remy Zero, "Save Me" (Elektra)
Pete Yorn, "Life on a Chain" (Columbia)
Blu Cantrell, "The Truth" (Arista)
Travis, "Sing" (Epic)
U2, "Stuck in a Moment" (Interscope)
The Strokes, "Last Nite" (RCA)
Phantom Planet, "California" (Epic)

MARC POLLACK
Top 10 ways to stay sober
1. Stay out of Todd Hensley’s office.
2. Stay out of Mike Murphy’s office.
3. Stay out of Bud Scoppa’s office.
4. Avoid Roy Trakin.
5. Stay out of Dave Adelson’s office.
6. Stay out of John O’Hara’s office.
7. Stay away from the computer department.
8. Stay out of Simon Glickman’s office.
9. Stay out of Mike Morrison’s office.
10. Don’t go to work.

TONI PROFERA
Holcombe Waller, Extravagant Gesture (Napoleon Records)
Angie Stone, Mahogany Soul ( J Records)
Bob Dylan, Love and Theft ( Columbia)
Alicia Keys, Songs n A minor ( J Records)
Jaguar Wright, Denials...Delusions…and Decisions (MCA, 2002)
Raul Malo, Today (Higher Octave)
Alison Krauss & Union Station, New Favorite (Rounder)
William Topley, Feasting With Panthers (Lost Highway, 2002)
India.Arie, Acoustic Soul (Motown)
Nelly Furtado, Whoa Nelly!,(DreamWorks)

DAVID SIMUTIS
Top 10 albums I played on the way to work. Great for singing along to while driving down Ventura Blvd.

1. Ryan Adams, Gold (Lost Highway/IDJ): Whatever everybody else on this list says goes double for me, though there’s nothing as heartbreaking as 2000’s song of the year, “Come Pick Me Up.”
2. Superchunk, Here’s to Shutting Up (Merge): Smart punk rock hits its 30s, thinks about buying a house, raising a family, figures out how to write quiet songs.
3. Fugazi, Furniture EP (Dischord): No irony intended.
4. Rival Schools, United By Fate (Island): This is a revolution…with guitars.
5. Remy Zero, Golden Hum (Elektra): I’d be bummed too, if I was divorced from Alyssa Milano.
6. Pete Yorn, musicforthemorningafter (Columbia): Guarantee his next record will either be a total bomb or totally the bomb. (Do the kids still say things are “the bomb”?)
7. Creeper Lagoon, Take Back the Universe and Give Me Yesterday (DreamWorks): Issued “Wrecking Ball,” the guitar anthem of the year…and then they pretty much disintegrated.
8. Pernice Brothers, The World Won’t End (Ashmont): Sad songs say so much. Worth seeking out.
9. Timbaland & Magoo, Indecent Proposal (Blackground): The greatest producer in the world saves his best beats for himself. And it’s dirty too.
10. Jimmy Eat World, Bleed American (DreamWorks): The kids are alright. (Do old people still call them “the kids”?)

Nicole Tocantins
Remy Zero, Golden Hum (Elektra)
Ryan Adams, Gold (Lost Highway)
Travis, The Invisible Band (Epic)
Nikka Costa, Everybody Got Their Something (Virgin)
Nelly, Country Grammar (Universal, 2000)
The Strokes, Is this It (RCA)
Raul Mallo, Today (Higher Octave)
Turin Brakes, The Optimist LP (Mawlaw)
Missy Elliott, Miss E...So Addictive (Elektra)
Puddle of Mudd, Come Clean (Interscope)

Kenya M. Yarbrough
10 tracks that absolutely made me groove
Ludacris, “Southern Hospitality” (Def Jam South)
Missy Elliott, “Get Ur Freak On” (Goldmind/Elektra)
Nelly, “#1” (Priority/Capitol)
Sunshine Anderson, “Heard It All Before” (Soulife/Atlantic)
112, “Peaches N’ Cream” (Bad Boy/Arista)
Janet Jackson, “Someone To Call My Lover” (DS/Elektra)
India.Arie, “Brown Skin” (Motown)
Jagged Edge, “Where the Party At” (So So Def/Columbia)
Michael Jackson, “Butterflies” (Epic)
Ray J, “Wait a Minute” (Atlantic)

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