Best of 2003: From The Artists Perspective

If you want to find the pulse of a culture, discover where the

innovators are finding inspiration. So with that in mind, we decided

to go right to the source and ask some of our favorite artists

what they enjoyed most over the past year. Since Glide

covers a diverse helping of artforms, we sought out a truly eclectic

mix and asked them all sorts of questions, ranging from great

music to great moments. With praises you’d expect, and many others

you would not (see Keller’s affinity for naked kayaking), it’s

a candid sneak peak to life off stage. Though, coming as no surprise,

it seems every tourbus rolled the highways this year with Hail

To The Thief on repeat.

Ken Jordan & Scott Kirkland, The Crystal Method

Best Albums of 2003

Elite Force – No Turning Back

Hybrid – Morning Sci-fi

Plump DJs – Eargasm

White Stripes – Elephant

Freeland – Now & Them

Rufus Wainwright – Want One

Classic Albums You Rediscovered This Year

Led Zepplin – Houses of the Holy “No Quarter” sounds

so awesome.

Fleetwood Mac – Rumors “I have it in 5.1 now.”

Portishead – Dummy “Not that old, but played it a

lot this year”

E.L.O. – Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra

Public Enemy – Apocalypse 91…The Enemy Strikes Black

Favorite Live Performances of 2003

Radiohead – the Hollywood Bowl

Coldplay – the Hollywood Bowl

Foo Fighters – the Universal Amphitheatre

Elite Force & DJ Hyper (DJ Set) – Spundae in LA

Artists Most Excited About In 2004

Sydney Crosby, 16 year old hockey player “the next Gretzky”



Favorite New Gadgets

Apple’s iSight “so I can see my Mac buddies when I talk

to them.”


Mac G5

Roland V Synth

New Hobby Discovered in 2003

Boxing “I train once a week with Terry Claybon in Hollywood

– he trains all the big stars.”


Best Books Read In 2003

Eric Alterman – What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias

and the News

Al Franken – Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them:

A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

Best Movies Seen In 2003

Donnie Darko – “I don’t know how I missed this in

the theatres, but it was still wonderful on pay per view.”

Matrix Reloaded

Lost in Translation

Person Of The Year

Kate Beckinsale “she’s so hot!”

Steve Jobs

Favorite Moment of 2003

“Playing hockey with Wayne Gretzky at this fantasy hockey

camp in February. There’s actually a shot of me on his new

DVD Ultimate Gretzky”

Finishing our new album Legion of Boom

DJ Logic

Best Album of 2003

The Detroit Experiment (on ropeadope) “An amazing

album, featuring a bunch of Detroit jazz cats and production

by Carl Craig, Karriem Riggins, and Aaron Levinson”

Classic Album You Rediscovered This Year

Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold

Us Back “Don’t sleep on the Bomb Squad. Every time I

listen to this I hear something new”

Favorite Live Performance of 2003

Bonnaroo “The biggest, best festival in the world”

Artist Most Excited About In 2004

“I’m most excited about the new DJ Logic record coming out

in 2004. In the studio right now working on it”

Best Book Read In 2003

David Katz – Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae

Best Movie Seen In 2003

City of God “The culture of Brazil, and based on

a true story. It’s interesting to see how they portray how

people are living there. Especially after getting back from

Brazil playing with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band in November”

Favorite Moment of 2003

“I just feel blessed to have done each and every show that

I did. Something that stands out though were the gigs with

my band Project Logic when we opened up for Dave Matthews.”


Best Albums of 2003

Outkast – Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below

Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head

Jay-Z – The Black Album

Louque – So Long

Greyhounds – Liberty

Eric Lindell – Piety Street Sessions

Classic Album You Rediscovered This Year

Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited

Favorite Live Performances of 2003

Radiohead, UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans

Primus, Orpheum Theatre, Boston

Favorite New Gadgets

The airport car “wireless internet on the road!!!!” Camera

cell phones

New Hobby Discovered In 2003

“Got into a poker group with some of my good friends at


Best Books Read In 2003

David Sedaris – Me Talk Pretty One Day

Steve Martin – The Pleasure of My Company: A Novel

John Berendt – Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Best Movie Seen In 2003

Catch Me If You Can

Favorite Moment of 2003

“right now, being home from the road”

Jeff Austin, Yonder Mountain String Band

Classic Albums You Rediscovered This Year

Son Volt – Trace

John Hartford – Iron Mountain Depot

Best Book Read In 2003

Cynthia True – American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story

Best Movie Seen In 2003

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Person Of The Year

Dusty Baker, Manger of the Chicago Cubs

Mike Rivard, Club d’Elf

Best Albums of 2003

Miles Davis – The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions

“If you let it do it’s thing to you…then say goodbye to

old you.”

Teledubgnosis – Magnetic Learning Center “This one

will put your head right.”

MMW – Uninvisible “this is a BASS – SERIOUS album.

Chris Wood is one bad bass-playing mofo.”

Curtis Mayfield – Superfly (25th Anniversery Edition)

“Curtis is THE man. the string writing alone on this album

qualifies it worthy of intense study.”

Favorite Live Performance of 2003


Hakmoun w/ Brahim

Fribgane, Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA 7/3/03. “the

spirit was moving”

Artist Most Excited About In 2004

“I got my money on Darren Aranofsky and Richard Kelly, the

guy who directed Donnie Darko.”

Best Book Read In 2003

Philip K. Dick – The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

“No one does shifting layers of ‘reality’ like pkd”

Best Movies Seen In 2003

Requiem For a Dream “whoa. think you got problems?”

Capturing The Friedmans “Real dark…and real funny,

and maybe i laughed for the ‘wrong’ reasons”

Winged Migration “Could have done without the bad

new age music and the french narrator, but what can you

say about a movie that makes you feel like you’re flying

along with some really cool birds?”

Favorite Moment of 2003

“when after practicing for days I could at last play this

one particular riff on the sintir that i was trying to cop

from a recording of Ahmed Saassaa. When i could play it,

and could do so for a long time without fucking it up, it

was like time stopped and i entered some parallel universe

where i didn’t exist anymore and the tang of eternity was

all around. Nice moment. Worst moment…when I forgot it

and couldn’t find my way back.”


Best Albums of 2003

Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People

Radiohead – Hail To The Thief

Classic Album You Rediscovered This Year

The Cure – The Head On The Door

Favorite Live Performance of 2003

Broken Social Scene – “10+ people on stage, rotating in and

out while switching instruments between songs, yet playing

the most beautiful music with amazing intensity. They blew

me away.”

Artist Most Excited About In 2004

Well, two members of the band just got ipods; and they’re

addicted to them I just got a theremin…can’t play it that

well yet though.

Best Book Read In 2003

Gabriel Garcia Marquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude

Darren Robinson, Phantom Planet

Best Albums of 2003

Radiohead – Hail to the Thief

Outkast – Superboxxx / The Love Below

Lightning Bolt – Wonderful Rainbow “Thanks to

Alex for getting me way into these guys.”

Classic Albums You Rediscovered This Year

Jeff Buckley – Grace

Portishead – Dummy

The Cardigans – Gran Turismo “Not so classic really.

But rediscovered nonetheless.”

Favorite Live Performance of 2003

I love all our shows, but opening for Incubus at Madison

Square Garden takes the cake. It’s Madison Square Garden,

that’s why.

Artist Most Excited About In 2004

Ben Lee is great. I love the new album!

Favorite New Gadget

My iSight for my laptop. Allows video conferencing, like

the Jetsons.

New Hobby Discovered in 2003

Making out with hot girls. Maybe it’s not new, but it sure

is enjoyable.

Best Book Read In 2003

Dan Brown – The DaVinci Code “It’s near impossible

to put it down once you get going.”

Best Movies Seen In 2003

I don’t go to many movies these days. I just watched Stand

By Me and the The Goonies recently on DVD. I

also love Waking Life.

Person Of The Year

What a tough selection… Arnold!

Favorite Moment of 2003

Finally getting my own king sized pillow top bed, after

having talked about it forever and driving Sam (our bassist)


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