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thom:

All in all it was a good year--even if the record industry is simply becoming more of a catalogue reissue and best of collection machine than a vehicle for nurturing new artists.

Hmmm... I thought that was everyone's complaint about Hollywood...

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Ok, here's my top ten albums.

10) Beck - Guero

9) Oasis - Don't Believe the Truth (biggest surprise, since I haven't expected to love an Oasis album since (What's the Story) Morning Glory?

8) Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary

7) Stars - Set Yourself on Fire

6) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

5) Coldplay - X&Y (yeah, yeah...keep your comments to yourself)

4) LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem (so catchy, so cool)

3) Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better

2) Sigur R

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I listened and I've heard. Good stuff and some pretty good stuff......since this is a "critical-free" area I will throw in some Opeth "Blackwater Park," without thinking.....

Sufjan is cute......but not as dark and indulgent as I thought....I'll listen more......but don't forget sampling and studio only take it so far....Bruce......Nebraska....raw.....ish:-)

dont want to list my fav's but I just started listening to Exile on Main Street on unopened vinyl......BTW Uncle Tupelo and relations(Blue Mt. included) just fit where I live........

I was trained classical Violin.........43rd wealthiest county in America.........I'm not one of the wealthy ones.....

Check em if you haven't.....but shut your mouth (Agony Scene is the sickest live Christian Band to date :-)

Dread and Alive~Tosh

Seldom Scene~Old Train (Md Beeya)

Dead Kennedy's~Plastic Surgery

Agony Scene~Darkest Red

Sunny Day R.E.~Diary

Morphine~Like Swimming

Gram Parsons and Fallen Angels....live in '73

The Original Fleetwood Mac (1971)

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I haven't heard nearly enough music this year, but from what I've heard, here's my finalized list of favorites. (It's revised from what I posted previously.)

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Some of those alternative titles were quite witty. Well done Jeffrey!

Some of my favorites:

The Eels - Name a Style and I'll Kick Your Ass With It

Iron and Wine - Our Funky Folky EP is Better than Your Full Album

The Rolling Stones - Ha! We've Still Got It!

Ryan Adams - The Best of My Three 2005 Albums

"It's a dangerous business going out your front door." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"I want to believe in art-induced epiphanies." -- Josie
"I would never be dismissive of pop entertainment; it's much too serious a matter for that." -- NBooth

"If apologetics could prove God, I would lose all faith in Him." -- Josie

"What if--just what if--the very act of storytelling is itself redemptive? What if gathering up the scraps and fragments of a disordered life and binding them between the pages of a book in all of their fragmentary disorder is itself a gambit against that disorder?" -- NBooth

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Great to see some love for Erin McKeown, zalm-- even if I would rank that album much higher than you did. ;)

Looks like I'm still the only one praising Charlie Sexton and the Hold Steady; folks, you really oughta give both of those artist a spin!

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Great to see some love for Erin McKeown, zalm-- even if I would rank that album much higher than you did. ;)

Looks like I'm still the only one praising Charlie Sexton and the Hold Steady; folks, you really oughta give both of those artist a spin!

Yeah, as we were driving up to Seattle over New Year's weekend, I was kicking myself for not placing Ms. McKeown's disc higher. If I did it again, I'd bump it up at least 3 notches. It's really a wonderful summer album, though, so maybe all the rain we were getting at the time had something to do with it.

I heard the Hold Steady album once earlier in the year, and I just wasn't ready for his voice. Maybe I should track it down and give it more of a chance. Tell you what, I'll do that if y'all spend some time with the Okkervil River album.

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Looks like I'm still the only one praising Charlie Sexton and the Hold Steady; folks, you really oughta give both of those artist a spin!

Nope! Charlie Sexton made #9 on my list, although I haven't heard the Hold Steady...

"It's a dangerous business going out your front door." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"I want to believe in art-induced epiphanies." -- Josie
"I would never be dismissive of pop entertainment; it's much too serious a matter for that." -- NBooth

"If apologetics could prove God, I would lose all faith in Him." -- Josie

"What if--just what if--the very act of storytelling is itself redemptive? What if gathering up the scraps and fragments of a disordered life and binding them between the pages of a book in all of their fragmentary disorder is itself a gambit against that disorder?" -- NBooth

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Josh Hurst:

Looks like I'm still the only one praising Charlie Sexton and the Hold Steady; folks, you really oughta give both of those artist a spin!

Nope! Charlie Sexton made #9 on my list, although I haven't heard the Hold Steady...

Ah! Sorry, Darryl-- not sure how I missed your first post!

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Wow! Thom Jurek with Sunn 0))). There wasn't a single person on this board I would have guessed was into Sunn 0))). My favorite listening experience this year was listening to Sunn 0))) new album and Sigor Ros new one back to back. Like the perfect journey from dark to light. The Opeth album is amazing as well. My own personal top 3 would be

3 - Opeth - Ghost Reveries

2 - Hight on Fire - Blessed Black Wings

1- Crooked Fingers - Dignity and Shame

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My impression of the Hold Steady is that their frontman is an incredible lyricist, but overall the album as a whole isn't all that impressive musically or even creatively for that matter.

I got a chance to see them live in Boston this year, and the frontman's presence on stage was a big turn-off for me. While he was singing he would move his arm in very rapid jerking motions, and when he was not singing he would step away from the mic and yell obscenities at the audience.

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2005 Top 10 - alphabetical

Bloc Party - Silent Alarm

The Choir - O How The Mighty Have Fallen

John Davis - John Davis

Elbow - Leaders Of The Free World

Mew - And The Glass Handed Kites

New Pornographers - Twin Cinema

Shout Out Louds - Howl Howl Gaff Gaff

Starflyer 59 - Talking Voice vs. Singing Voice

Stars - Set Yourself on Fire

Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

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My Top 10

1. Sufjan Stevens--Illinois

I think it's all been said.

2. Wilco--Kicking Television: Live in Chicago

Wilco (finally!) rocks out with crisp, definitive performances. I wish I had been there.

3. Marah--If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry

A modern-day "Highway 61 Revisited"--raspy vocals, shambling guitars, garage-rock glory.

4. Bloc Pary--Silent Alarm

The guitars stab and chime like an unholy marriage of U2 and Gang of Four, and then you want to dance.

5. Robert Plant and Strange Sensation--Mighty Rearranger

The man can still wail, and his band adds trip-hop tinge to the overwhelming crunch.

6. New Pornographers--Twin Cinema

Pop bliss, of course. It doesn't get much better than "Bleeding Heart Show."

7. Bill Mallonee--Hit and Run

Once again, Bill Mallonee rips out his heart and sews it on his sleeve, kicking the darkness till it bleeds...something.

8. Decemberists--Picaresque

Get your fill of smarty-pants pop right here.

9. Spoon--Gimme Fiction

Britt Daniel turns up the tension another notch and dishes out more jittery originality.

10. James McMurtry--Childish Things

Good ol' meat-and-potatoes rock--doused with vinegary lyrics.

Runners-up

Aimee Mann--The Forgotten Arm; Son Volt--Okemah and the Melody of Riot; Bill Mallonee-Friendly Fire

Ragbirds--Yes Nearby; Various Artists--I Believe to My Soul; Sleater-Kinney--The Woods

Plus, I still need to digest music from Okkervil River and Silver Jews.

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Caleb:

9. Spoon--Gimme Fiction

Britt Daniel turns up the tension another notch and dishes out more jittery originality.

I Turn My Camera On might be the catchiest song I've heard all year, I'll give you that...

"It's a dangerous business going out your front door." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"I want to believe in art-induced epiphanies." -- Josie
"I would never be dismissive of pop entertainment; it's much too serious a matter for that." -- NBooth

"If apologetics could prove God, I would lose all faith in Him." -- Josie

"What if--just what if--the very act of storytelling is itself redemptive? What if gathering up the scraps and fragments of a disordered life and binding them between the pages of a book in all of their fragmentary disorder is itself a gambit against that disorder?" -- NBooth

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Wow! Thom Jurek with Sunn 0))). There wasn't a single person on this board I would have guessed was into Sunn 0))). My favorite listening experience this year was listening to Sunn 0))) new album and Sigor Ros new one back to back. Like the perfect journey from dark to light. The Opeth album is amazing as well. My own personal top 3 would be

3 - Opeth - Ghost Reveries

2 - Hight on Fire - Blessed Black Wings

1- Crooked Fingers - Dignity and Shame

Those are great picks and I have no idea how I forgot about the Sigur Ros labum in my list. Thanks for the reminder and the listening suggestion. I will do exactly this since the Sunn 0))) is simply the most frightening album I've heard in a number of years. Glad to see someone else here likes Opeth too! I caught High On Fire live in Chicago this past year and the live set was a disappointment, but Dressed Black Wings is killer. I am wondering if you got a chance to hear the Nadja disc, Truth Becomes Death album. I would have put itr on my list but I didn't hear it until 2006. Another pair that should have made it were:

Isis - Oceanic: Remixes/Reinterpretations

Hold Steady - Separation Sunday (I think that's the title)

Mogwai - Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2004

John Fahey - The Great Santa Barbara Oil Slick: Live at The Matrix, San Francisco, 1968/69

Wow! Thom Jurek with Sunn 0))). There wasn't a single person on this board I would have guessed was into Sunn 0))). My favorite listening experience this year was listening to Sunn 0))) new album and Sigor Ros new one back to back. Like the perfect journey from dark to light. The Opeth album is amazing as well. My own personal top 3 would be

3 - Opeth - Ghost Reveries

2 - Hight on Fire - Blessed Black Wings

1- Crooked Fingers - Dignity and Shame

Those are great picks and I have no idea how I forgot about the Sigur Ros labum in my list. Thanks for the reminder and the listening suggestion. I will do exactly this since the Sunn 0))) is simply the most frightening album I've heard in a number of years. Glad to see someone else here likes Opeth too! I caught High On Fire live in Chicago this past year and the live set was a disappointment, but Dressed Black Wings is killer. I am wondering if you got a chance to hear the Nadja disc, Truth Becomes Death album. I would have put itr on my list but I didn't hear it until 2006. Another pair that should have made it were:

Isis - Oceanic: Remixes/Reinterpretations

Hold Steady - Separation Sunday (I think that's the title)

Mogwai - Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2004

John Fahey - The Great Santa Barbara Oil Slick: Live at The Matrix, San Francisco, 1968/69

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Wow. Waitingroom, whoever you are, I'm reporting back to say I just heard Elbow's Leaders of the Free World, and WOW. Why haven't I heard more about these guys? This is a great album!

It sounds like Peter Gabriel reverted back to the beginning of his career and joined an amazing band. The melodies are fantastic, the sound is complicated and calculated, and the production is superb.

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Sorry to be late on this, but here are my 2005 keepers:

Andrew Calhoun : Staring At The Sun (songs 1973-1981)

Laura Cantrell : Humming By The Flowered Vine

Ana Egge : Out Past The Lights

50 Foot Wave : Golden Ocean

Annie Gallup : Pearl Street

Mary Gauthier : Mercy Now

Kristin Hersh : The Paradise, Boston, MA. 1/28/2005

Jenifer Jackson : Passaporto

Jenifer Jackson : Completely Solo

Maria McKee : Peddlin

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Since I'm new, I have to post my fave's of last year.....

10. Architecture in Helsinki - In Case We die

9. Laura Viers - Year of Meteors

8. Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah

7. The Fiery Furnaces - Rehearsing my choir

6. Immaculate Machine - Ones and Zeros

5. Over The Rhine - Drunkard's Prayer

4. Sigur Ro's - Takk

3. The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema

2. Ladytron - The Witching Hour

1. Sufjan Stevens - Come on Feel the Illinois.

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