It was 2001, and things were different then.

This is the first year-end list I ever submitted to Pitchfork, back in 2001, when the site had only 14 contributing reviewers and a couple thousand daily readers. We only submitted top tens (we thought it was crazy when we all did top 30s in 2002), and this was mine. I was 21 years old. I still like all these records.

10. Thinking Fellers Union #282: Larry Dinners and Bob Noodles Present Tubby Turdner’s Celebrity Avalanche
9. Calexico: Even My Sure Things Fall Through EP
8. Low: Things We Lost in the Fire
7. Gwei-lo: Gwei-lo
6. Burning Airlines: Identikit
5. Radiohead: Amnesiac
4. Unwound: Leaves Turn Inside You
3. Califone: Roomsound
2. Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire: The Swimming Hour
1. Mark Eitzel: The Invisible ManĀ