Jake Thomas
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Hi, I'm Jake. I'm from North Carolina, and I think the scene in Chapel Hill in the early nineties was the best music scene ever, but I dig the local scene here in SF right now quite a bit too. I'm not a professional writer, if you don't believe me, just read one of my reviews. I love going to shows, skateboarding, cute furry animals, chocolate milkshakes, my kitty named Mouse, my fishies named Finny and Fatty, and my girlfriend most of all. I don't love being unemployed or stepping in dog poop - be that literally or figuratively.

Here are my best albums for 2005
01. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
02. 13+ God - S/T
03. Nada Surf, The Weight Is a Gift
04. Constantines - Tournament of Hearts
05. M83 - Before the Dawn Heals Us
06. Sigur Ros - Takk
07. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
08. The Rosebuds - Birds Make Good Neighbors
09. A-Frames - Black Forest
High on Fire - Blessed Black Wings
11. My Morning Jacket - Z

Here are my best albums for 2004
01. Mastodon 'Leviathan'
02. Arcade Fire 'Funeral'
03. DJ Dangermouse 'the Grey Album'
04. Les Savy Fav 'Inches'
05. Dizzee Rascal 'Boy in da Corner' (domestic release 2004)
06. Iron and Wine 'our endless numbered days'
07. br. Danielson 'brother:son'
08. McLusky 'The difference…
09. Thee More Shallows 'More Deep Cuts'
Camera Obscura 'Underachievers…'

Honorable Mention
Blonde Redhead 'misery is a butterfly'
DJ Shadow 'in tune and on time'
Constantines - s/t reissue
Jesse Sykes 'oh my girl'
Ghostface 'pretty toney record'

Best lives shows of 2004
McLusky – Bottom of the Hill (both shows)
Big Business / Party Time / Moggs – Lipo Lounge
brother Danielson / Deerhoof – Bottom of the Hill
British Sea Power / kaito – Bottom of the Hill
the pixies - davis warm up show
cookie mongoloid/hate breeders/mongoloid – parkside
Hot Snakes – Great American Music Hall
operation s – Thee Parkside
Okkervil River/the elected – Café duNord
Twilight Singers – Independent

Honorable Mention
The Wrens – Bottom of the Hill
Britt Daniel/Two Gallants – Swedish American hall
Mono – Bottom of the Hill
the Bananas/the Clorox Girls – parkside
Parchman Farm/Eagles of Death Metal – Café duNord

Here are my best albums for 2003
01. Ex-Models, 'Zoo Psychology'
02. Cass McCombs, 'A'
03. Granddaddy, 'Sumday'
04. Explosions in the Sky, 'Earth is not a Cold Dead Place'
05. Mono, 'One Step More and You Die'
06. Rogue Wave, 'Out of the Shadows'
07. Exploding Hearts, 'Guitar Romantic'
08. Surrounded, 'Safety in Numbers'
09. Outkast, 'Speakerboxx/the Love Below'
10. The Constatines, 'Shine a Light'

Honorable Mention
11. my morning jacket, it still moves
12. the shins, chutes too narrow
13. the planet the, physical angel
14. crooked fingers, red devil dawn
15. the appleseed cast, two conversations
16. the postal service, give up
17. pernice brothers, yours mine & ours
18. barzin, s/t
19. calla, televise
20. the wrens, the meadowlands

Best lives shows of 2003
01. ex models/dance disaster movement, 40th st warehouse
02. granddaddy/radar bros/built like Alaska, mainzer theatre
03. explosions in the sky, BotH
04. crooked fingers/azure ray, BotH
05. flaming lips/starlight mints, Warfield
06. james mercer/sam beam, BotH
07. mono, café du nord
08. the planet the/point line plane, the eagle
09. lambchop scoring murnau’s ‘sunrise’, castro theatre
10. aerogramme/delgados, bimbos

Honorable Mention
11. thermals/rogue wave, BotH
12. the whip/replicator/moggs, 40th st warehouse
13. superdrag. BotH
14. my morning jacket, slims
15. carissa’s wierd/earlimart, BotH
16. belle and Sebastian, greek theatre
17. calla/jim yoshi pile up, BotH
18. damien jurado, BotH
19. crooked fingers (eric solo), thee parkside
10. postal service/the jealous sound, BotH

Here are my best albums for 2002
01. Ugly Casanova, Sharpen Your Teeth
02. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
03. Bandway, Night Rocks
04. Flaming Lips, Yoshimi...
05. The Notwist, Neon Golden
06. Sigur Ros, ( )
07. Paul Westerberg, Stereo and Mono
08. DJ Shadow, The Private Press
09. Sonic Youth, Murray St.
10. Hella, Hold Your Horse Is

Honorable Mention:
Spoon, Norfolk & Western, Sweep the Leg Johnny, Coldplay, Eric Bachman, Superdrag

Favorite Local:
The Mass, Hansi, Replicator, Hudson Bell

Best lives shows of 2002
01. Les Savy Fav, BotH
02. Devo, Civic Center Lawn
03. Crooked Fingers, BotH and GAMH
04. Mountain Goats, BotH
05. Unwound, Justice League
06. Sigur Ros, Warfield
07. Hot Snakes, Slim's
08. Hella/Ex-Models/Seconds, Kimo's
09. Dalek, Hemlock and BotH
10. Low, GAMH

Honorable Mention:
Wilco, Spoon, Oops Tour, Superdrag, Flaming Lips

Honorable Mention:

From Monument to Masses, Noiserock Picnic, Hansi, Vetiver, Built Like Alaska

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