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Year in Review - Top Tens in Music - Great Perfect Thanks
Year in Review - Top Tens in Music

Top Twenty-Five albums:
  1. Low - The Great Destroyer
  2. LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem #1
  3. Daft Punk - Human After All
  4. The Wedding Present - Take Fountain
  5. Lou Barlow - Emoh
  6. Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
  7. Goldfrapp - Supernature
  8. Broadcast - Tender Buttons
  9. Damon and Naomi - The Earth is Blue
  10. Brian Eno - Another Day on Earth
  11. Ladytron - Witching Hour
  12. British Sea Power - Open Season
  13. Smog - A River Ain't Too Much to Love
  14. White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
  15. Antony and the Johnsons - I am a Bird Now
  16. The Clientele - Strange Geometry
  17. Mark Gardener - These Beautiful Ghosts
  18. Bob Mould - Body of Song
  19. Mary Timony - Ex Hex
  20. Tom Vek - We have Sound
  21. New Order - Waiting for the Siren's Call
  22. Xiu Xiu - La Forêt
  23. Amber Headlights
  24. Beck - Guero
  25. Cardiagns - Super Extra Gravity

Ten disappointing albums (ie good but should have been better, ranked in order of disappointment):
  1. New Order - Waiting for the Siren's Call
  2. Super Furry Animals - Love Kraft
  3. Doves - Some Cities
  4. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Howl
  5. Sigur Ros - Takk
  6. St Etienne - Tales from the Turnpike House
  7. Kate Bush - Ariel
  8. Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have it...
  9. Deathcab for Cutie - Plans
  10. Royksopp - The Understanding

Should be on the list because 2005 was their year but were not technically released in 2005:
  1. Mogwai - Mr Beast
  2. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
  3. The Arcade Fire - Funeral
  4. Annie - Anniemal
  5. Brightblack - Ala.Cali.Tucky
  6. The Futureheads - S/T
  7. Green Day - American Idiot
  8. Mercury Rev - The Secret Migration
  9. The One AM Radio - A Name Writ in water
  10. Pinback - Summer in Abaddon

Best Box Sets, Resissues, Compilations, Outtakes, Live, Etc:
  1. Mogwai - Government Commissions
  2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - B Sides Box Set
  3. Wilco - Kicking Chicago
  4. The Auteurs - Luke Haines is Dead
  5. The Arcade Fire & David Bowie - Live @ Fashion Rocks EP
  6. Bonnie Prince Billy - Summer in the Southeast
  7. Galaxie 500 - Peel Sessions
  8. Weird Sisters - Harry Potter Songs
  9. Kraftwerk - Minimum-Maximum
  10. Smashing Orange - 1991

Best Local:
  1. Damon and Naomi - The Earth is Blue</il>
  2. Mary Timony - Ex Hex
  3. Lou Barlow - Emoh
  4. Chop Chop
  5. Ad Frank - World's Best Ex-Boyfriend
  6. Freezepop - Maxi Ultra Fresh
  7. Boy in Static - Newborn
  8. Karacter
  9. Don Lennon - Routine
  10. Cyanide Valentine - Let it Rot

Ten albums definitely NOT in the top ten (or, "what's the deal with people liking these so much?"):
  1. Steven Malkmus - Face the Truth/Strange
  2. The 2 Bright Eyes Albums
  3. Spoon - Gimme Fiction
  4. Coldplay - X&Y
  5. Madonna - Confessions...
  6. MIA - Arular
  7. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
  8. Maximo Park - A Certain Trigger
  9. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary

Top Eleven Shows:
  1. Mogwai - All Tomorrow's Parties, Camber Sands, UK. I'll be shocked if there's a year they play where they don't get top spot, and there's a new album for 2006. I cannot wait for those shows.
  2. The Arcade Fire - Coachella, Indio, CA - There were a lot of amazing performances @ Coachella (British Sea Power, Bauhaus, etc), but this was magic. I've never seen a band connect so perfectly with an audience that big. You could see the band was even freaking out about how perfect it all was.
  3. Wilco - Coachella, Indio, CA - sunset in the desert with "Spiders" playing. Perfect.
  4. New Order - Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY - unmarred by the audio problems on the big stage @ coachella, and it was a longer set, with more oldies (Love Vigilantes!). This would have been ranked higher if Anna Matronic hadn't marred it.
  5. Pop Will Eat Itself - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, UK
  6. The Wedding Present - Middle East, Cambridge, CA - I want to say the brighton UK show @ Concorde 2 so I can be all cool, but the ME show was definitely better
  7. Yo La Tengo - Tonic, New York, NY
  8. Calla - Tonic, New York, NY
  9. Royksopp - Paradise, Boston, MA
  10. Angels of Light/Akron Family - Great Scott's, Allston, MA
  11. Acid Mothers Temple - Middle East, Cambridge, MA

All Shows:150 bands or so. 365 days. Almost a band every other day? Good god. Of course, a couple festivals definitely skewed the numbers higher. There are a couple bands I don't remember - mainly support for certain shows. And there are a few I geniunely can't remember if I saw this year or last year - Psychadelic Furs, BRMC, Stills, Sun City Girls, etc. - but I think this is more or less complete:

13 & God
Acid Mothers Temple
Ad Frank
Akron Family
Album Leaf
Ambulance LTD
American Analog Set
Amusement Parks on Fire
Angels of Light
Animal Collective
Asobe Seksu
The Arcade Fire
Lou Barlow
Bad Wizard
Black Star
Lewis Black
Bloc Party
Bon Savants
Boy in Static
The Bravery
Brian Jonestown Massacre
Bright Eyes
British Sea Power
Chris Brokaw
Buffalo Tom
Casiotone for the Painfully alone
Certainly Sir
The Cignal
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Cloud Room
Commodore Vic
Cyanide Valentine
Dame Darcy
Death in June
The December Sound
Do Make Say Think
The Dudley Corporation
Early Man
Earth Defense Force
Endless Bookie
The Faint
Leslie Feist
Gang of Four
Mark Gardener
The Good North
Neil Hamburger
The Information
Garvy J
Juliette and the Licks
Junior Senior
Paula Kelly
The Kills
King Kong
LCD Soundystem
Don Lennon
Love as Laughter
The Lovemakers
Magik Markers
Major Stars
Medicine Line
Mercury Rev
Mighty Flashlight
Eugene Mirman
Mission of Burma
Mobius Band
Mommy & Daddy
Montain Goats
Mattley Mountain
New Order
Nine Inch Nails
Ok Go!
Parker & Lilly
Pop Will Eat Itself
The Polyphonic Spree
Prefuse 73
Sam Prekop
Gruff Rhys
Jonathan Richmond
Mark Robinson
Rogue Wave
Roh Delikat
Latetia Sadier
The Sanguine
Ulrich Schnauss
Scissor Sisters
Silverspun Pickups
The Skating Club
Snow Patrol
Soft Explosions
Sons and Daughters
Stereo Total
Sunburned Hand of the Man
Tegan and Sara
The Texas Governor
Turin Breaks
UV Protection
VHS or Beta
Westward Trail
The Wedding Present
White Magic
White Stripes
The Willard Grant Conspiracy
Yo La Tengo
Thalia Zydek

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harryh From: harryh Date: December 26th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

mogwai tour dates


No Boston scheduled at the moment. NYC though. :-)
billetdoux From: billetdoux Date: December 27th, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: mogwai tour dates

AWESOME. I will go to New York and that SXSW show, if I can. No LA or west coast yet either, so it's clearly not the whole tour. Weird about boston, though, they always get a good turnout here...

Avalon is the old limelight, right? That will be an awesome place to see them.
harryh From: harryh Date: December 27th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: mogwai tour dates

Ya, Avalon is the old limelight.

You going to sxsw? I'm strongly considering it. I'm definitely going to either sxsw or Coachella.
billetdoux From: billetdoux Date: December 27th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: mogwai tour dates

Def. Coachella. SXSW is SUCH A PAIN with the pass and all that. If I can get credentialled somehow, I might do it. I love austin though, and that mogwai show makes it tempting... Stubs is NOT BIG.
harryh From: harryh Date: December 27th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: mogwai tour dates

Wanna get a couple more folks and go in together on a decadent Palm Springs house for Coachella? Something with a pool?

Dens is already going out for sxsw interactive, and I'm trying to figure a way for Google to pay for me as well. If I'm there for that part I figure I might as well stay for the music.
billetdoux From: billetdoux Date: December 27th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: mogwai tour dates

I'm totally trying to get on a panel for SXSW interactive too... ;)

We're staying at a pretty posh resort. We did the house last year and it was good but TOO MANY PEOPLE!
dosboof From: dosboof Date: December 27th, 2005 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Dude, you were at Coachella? Fuckin' A, man. I've gone the past 2 years. My pictures from this past year are somewhere around here. TAF was the highlight for me, too. They tore shit up. I was really impressed with what they crammed into their 40-minute set, too. It didn't really compare in terms of their ~2-hour set from February at the Roxy, which really was magical - and yes, I hope that's the only time I ever use "the Roxy" and "was magical" in the same sentence - but the energy they brought at Coachella was just unbelievable.

Will Butler - the guy in the double-breasted suit at Coachella, who cut his finger open at one point - is an aquiantence (friend of a friend) of mine from college; we both went to Northwestern. I later saw him when I came back to visit this past May; he just graduated this past June. There's nothing quite like standing around next to a guy at a college party and being all, "so... uh... your brother's band's album sure has sold over 120,000 copies!" Just a wee bit awkward. Really good guy, though, Will. Win comes off as sort of an ass the little interaction I've had with him, but I think it's just the whole artistic vision thing.

Anyway, I should really check out that Low album.
billetdoux From: billetdoux Date: December 27th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah coachella was a good time. I'm thinking of going this year. I'm hoping for Mogwai, obviously. ;)

I've had some other magical moments at the roxy - Nick Cave, Beth Gibbons, the Faint, Les Savy Fav... there have been some good shows!

And yeah, totally check out that low record! it's their best in a long time!
thewicked3000 From: thewicked3000 Date: December 27th, 2005 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Makes me smile remembering how many of these I saw with you...and that was while living in different cities! Can't wait for 2006!
billetdoux From: billetdoux Date: December 27th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I KNOW! It's shaping up to be a good year, too. We can double the number of shows we see together!
From: j_u_d_i Date: December 27th, 2005 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm surprised you but the BRMC on the "good but disappointing" list. I think the live show clinched this one for me.

man, I need to catch up on the new music. The nano will remedy this situation :)
billetdoux From: billetdoux Date: December 27th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, the BRMC album is... it's SO MUCH better than their last albums and it IS really good. I wanted to write an essay about just that. I think I'm thinking "wow, they made such a great record they should have gone the distance and become the new Dylan but it's just not there."

I do really really like it, though.
whatmakeshim From: whatmakeshim Date: December 27th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haha you're awesome dude.
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