Texas Top 10s

Chronicle critics list their Top 10 Texas albums for 2003

Texas Top 10s

GREG BEETS

1) Masonic, Too Far. Too Fast. Too Soon

2) Pink Swords, One Night High (Mortville)

3) Grand Champeen, The One That Brought You (Glurp)

4) Phillips&Driver, Togetherness (Bar/None)

5) Daniel Johnston, Fear Yourself (Gammon)

6) Stubb's Gospel Brunch Volume 1 (Stubb's)

7) Robots, Please!, The Acropolis

8) Oh, Beast!, Makin' It in the Scene (Perverted Son)

9) Eisley, Laughing City (Record Collection)

10) Tia Carrera, The November Session (Perverted Son)

Texas Top 10s

JIM CALIGIURI

1) Milton Mapes, Westernaire (Aspyr)

2) Ray Wylie Hubbard, Growl (Philo)

3) Robert Earl Keen, Farm Fresh Onions (Audium)

4) The Greencards, Movin' On

5) Caroline Herring, Wellspring (Blue Corn)

6) Jeff Klein, Everybody Loves a Winner (One Little Indian)

7) Matt the Electrician, Made for Working ...

8) Elizabeth McQueen & the Firebrands, The Fresh Up Club (Gravitron!)

9) Onion Creek Crawdaddies, Barn Burners & Bathtub Bourbon (Beergrass)

10) Deathray Davies, Midnight at the Black Nail Polish Factory (Glurp)

Texas Top 10s

MICHAEL CHAMY

1) Centro-matic, Love You Just the Same (Misra)

2) Explosions in the Sky, The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place (Temporary Residence)

3) Subset, Dueling Devotions (Tight Spot)

4) Canoe, I Give You Canoe! (Amazing Grease)

5) Okkervil River, Down the River of Golden Dreams (Jagjaguwar)

6) This Microwave World, Total Information Awareness EP

7) Ministry, Animositisomina (Sanctuary)

8) Zykos, Comedy Horn (Post-Parlo)

9) Primordial Undermind, Thin Shells of Revolution (Emperor Jones)

10) The Swells, The Waymarked Ways (Calgary)

Texas Top 10s

MATT DENTLER

1) Blue October, History for Sale (Brando/Universal)

2) The Crack Pipes, Snakes in My Veins (Emperor Jones)

3) Milton Mapes, Westernaire (Aspyr)

4) Speer, Sixes & Sevens

5) Okkervil River, Down the River of Golden Dreams (Jagjaguwar)

6) Knife in the Water, Cut the Cord (Aspyr)

7) Lyle Lovett, My Baby Don't Tolerate (Lost Highway)

8) Subset, Dueling Devotions (Tight Spot)

9) Patty Griffin, A Kiss in Time (ATO)

10) Two Guy Trio, Your Rock-n-Roll Birthday (Edible)

Texas Top 10s

ROBERT GABRIEL

1) Bavu Blakes, Create & Hustle (Bomb Hip-Hop)

2) Hydroponic Sound System, grids/loops/intersections (Alternate Take)

3) NickNack, Improving Silence (Crowd Control)

4) Blaze, Aural Karate (Butter Vat)

5) OHN, Let's Get It ...

6) Echo Base Soundsystem (Seedknowledge)

7) Mirage Da Griot & Arson Optics, Formula 512 (Melodic Science/ Word Power)

8) Global, Armed and Dangerous (Global)

9) Haps, What's Happenin' (ATX)

10) Dok Holliday, The Preseason (KEFRA)

Texas Top 10s

MELANIE HAUPT

1) Okkervil River, Down the River of Golden Dreams (Jagjaguwar)

2) Centro-matic, Love You Just the Same (Misra)

3) God Drives a Galaxy, Pale Blue Dot (Strangelove)

4) Her Space Holiday, The Young Machines (Mush)

5) Los Lonely Boys (Or Music)

6) Benjamin Gibbard & Andrew Kenny, HOME: Volume V (Post-Parlo)

7) Knife in the Water, Cut the Cord (Aspyr)

8) Grand Champeen, The One That Brought You (Glurp)

9) Western Keys, Damage (Post-Parlo)

10) Zykos, Comedy Horn (Post-Parlo)

Texas Top 10s

Raoul Hernandez

TOP 10 AUSTIN

1) Explosions in the Sky, The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place (Temporary Residence)

2) Los Lonely Boys (Or Music)

3) The Stingers ATX, This Good Thing (Grover)

4) Los Jazz Vatos (Vague Ideas)

5) Doyle Bramhall, Fitchburg Street (Yep Roc)

Texas Top 10s

6) Milton Mapes, Westernaire (Aspyr)

7) Grand Champeen, The One That Brought You (Glurp)

8) Okkervil River, Down the River of Golden Dreams (Jagjaguwar)

9) Two High String Band, Insofarasmuch (Blue Corn)

10) Patty Griffin, A Kiss in Time (ATO)

Honorable Mentions: Zykos, Comedy Horn; Kacy Crowley, Moodswing; Trish Murphy, Girls Get in Free

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Texas Top 10s

1) Scott H. Biram, Lo-Fi Mojo (KnuckleSandwich)

2) McLemore Avenue, 926 East

3) Phillips&Driver, Togetherness (Bar/None)

4) The Breathers, Work and Sleep (Mix-o-Rama)

5) Hallicrafters, Pony

6) Subset, Dueling Devotions (Tight Spot)

7) Eastside Suicides (Super Secret)

8) Echo Base Soundsystem (Seedknowledge)

9) Gnappy, ... Is This a Machine? (Bean Pie)

10) We Talked About Murder, Expecting the Explosion (Has Anyone Ever Told You?)

Texas Top 10s

ANDY LANGER

1) Patty Griffin, A Kiss in Time (ATO)

2) Kacy Crowley, Moodswing

3) Subset, Dueling Devotions (Tight Spot)

4) And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, The Secret of Elena's Tomb (Interscope)

5) Bavu Blakes, Create & Hustle (Bomb Hip-Hop)

6) Resentments (Freedom)

7) Pat Green, Wave on Wave (Universal)

8) Derailers, Genuine (Lucky Dog)

9) Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Happy Holidays From ... (Boar's Nest)

10) Rick Trevino, In My Dreams (Warner Bros.)

Texas Top 10s

DAVID LYNCH

1) Glover Gill, Solo Tango Vol. 1 (Nois)

2) Hot Club of Cowtown, Continental Stomp (HighTone)

3) The Flametrick Subs, Something in Japanese (Kranzke)

4) Atash, Republic of Love (Ars Mundi)

5) Blaze, Aural Karate (Butter Vat)

6) Steve James, Fast Texas (Burnside)

7) Ghandaia, Uno (Xochipilli)

8) Pieces of East, Shadow Box

9) Caroline Herring, Wellspring (Blue Corn)

10) Endochine, Day Two

Texas Top 10s

MARGARET MOSER

1) Los Lonely Boys, (Or Music)

2) Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez, The Trouble With Humans (Lone Star/TMG)

3) Doyle Bramhall, Fitchburg Street (Yep Roc)

4) The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tacos Deluxe (Benchmark)

5) Toni Price, Born to Be Blue (Antone's/TMG)

6) The Greencards, Movin' On

7) Chris Duarte Group, Romp (Zoe)

8) Marcia Ball, So Many Rivers (Alligator)

9) Ray Wylie Hubbard, Growl (Philo)

10) The Jolly Garogers

Texas Top 10s

JERRY RENSHAW

1) Hard Feelings, Rebels Against the Future (Dropkick)

2) McLemore Avenue, 926 East

3) Nathan Hamilton & No Deal, Live at John T. Floore Country Store (Tamale Pot)

4) Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez, The Trouble With Humans (Lone Star/TMG)

Texas Top 10s

5) The Riverboat Gamblers, Something to Crow About (Gearhead)

6) Marti Brom, Wise to You! (Goofin)

7) South Austin Jug Band

8) Reckless Kelly, Under the Table and Above the Sun (Sugar Hill)

9) Elizabeth McQueen & the Firebrands, The Fresh Up Club (Gravitron!)

10) Howard Kalish, What the Hey (Behemoth)

Texas Top 10s

JAY TRACHTENBERG

1) Blaze, Aural Karate (Butter Vat)

2) Los Jazz Vatos (Vague Ideas)

3) The Stingers ATX, This Good Thing (Grover)

4) Echo Base Soundsystem (Seedknowledge)

5) Explosions in the Sky, The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place (Temporary Residence)

6) Terry Bowness, Stick Figures (Aardvark)

7) Lavelle White, Into the Mystic (Antone's)

8) Rich Harney & Alex Coke, Soul Prayers

9) Elizabeth McQueen & the Firebrands, The Fresh Up Club (Gravitron!)

10) Doyle Bramhall, Fitchburg Street (Yep Roc)

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