Wednesday, December 14, 2005

My favorite albums of 2005

Lists are a great way to summarize without being too wordy. The best are easy to interpret and an entertaining read, hopefully I can at least meet one of those criteria. I'm going for simple this year, short and to the point. I really hate ranking albums because they move up and down over short periods of time but I'm going to try to not over think this.

The top 5 are interchangable on any given day

1]Spoon - gimme fiction
[They Never Got You]
2]Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
[Black]
3]Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary
[You are a runner]
4]Low - Great Destroyer
[California (acoustic)]
5]Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
[Helicopter]

6]John Vanderslice - Pixel Revolt
[Trance Manual]
7]The Deathray Davies - The Kick & Snare
[Plan to Stay Awake]
8]Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
[Chicago]
9]Minus Story - No Rest For Ghosts
[Knocking On Your Head]
10]Stephen Malkmus - Face the Truth
[Baby C'mon]
11]Animal collective - Feels
12]Of Montreal - The Sundalic Twins
[Alabee]
13]Caribou - Milk Of Human Kindness
[Hello Hammerheads]
14]Nada Surf - The Weight Is a Gift
[Do It Again]
15]My Morning Jacket - Z
[Anytime]
16]Lucero - Nobodys Darlings
[Bikeriders]
17]Beck - Guero
[Scarecrow]
18]American Analog Set - Set Free
[Immaculate Heart I]
19]Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree
[Dilaudid (live)]
20]Iron and Wine & Calexico - In the reins
[A History Of Lovers]

Favorite Hip Hop Releases for 2005
1. Common - Be
2. DangerDoom - The Mouse & The Mask
3. Madvillains - Four Tet Remixes EP
4. Blackalicious - The Craft

Top musicians whose hype/fame I didn't understand in 2005 (and probably won't in 2006)

1. Kaiser Cheifs
2. Nickle Back
3. The Bravery
4. Velvet Revolver
5. Ashley Simpson

But seriously, whats the deal with the Kaiser Cheifs?

6 Comments:

At 3:55 PM, December 14, 2005, Blogger countrygrrl said...

shame no dolly parton or hobotalk..but hey there is always next year!!! liked about half of the tracks which is nae bad for a countrygrrl..yeeeha!! have a countrry christmas!!!

 
At 7:13 PM, December 14, 2005, Blogger fascistsoundwaves said...

Wholehearted agreeance with Wolf Parade from this camp.

Low was in my rotation over the Summer, in-between double swim workouts, warm cups of coffee, and crinkled newspapers. It's great when an album can evoke such tangible thoughts and feelings.

 
At 9:57 PM, December 14, 2005, Blogger b said...

hobotalk is pretty good but I never got to listen to a whole album. Like you said, maybe next year.

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The Low album snuck up on me couple times during the year, each time with a new favored moment. Each listen gave me a new perspective of the album as a whole.

 
At 2:39 PM, December 16, 2005, Blogger Dodge said...

you just gotta see the KC's live man, you'll leave and you'll say, "Ohhhhh! That's why they rock."

 
At 12:11 PM, December 17, 2005, Blogger Jason said...

good picks. here are mine.

1. architecture in helsinki - in case we die
2. the new pornographers - twin cinema
3. broken social scene - broken social scene
4. sufjan stevens - illinois
5. m83 - before the dawn heals us
6. steven malkmus - face the truth
7. explosions in the sky - how strange, innocence
8. animal collective - feels
9. sigur ros - takk...
10. spoon - gimme fiction

 
At 6:25 PM, December 18, 2005, Blogger b said...

nice list jason, have you heard the new Explosions In the Sky album, Travels In Constants Vol.21: The Rescue. I forgot that in consideration for my best of list.

 

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