Thursday, December 15, 2005

Good Things About This Year: Part 2

It was a pretty phenomenal year for new music. I practically doubled my cd collection with all that I stole/borrowed with my ipod and got the chance to see some of the best new bands (Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem and Antony & the Johnsons) in concert. My favourite albums (with sketchy ratings in brackets) of those that were released this year were:

1. Rarities & B-Sides ~ Nick Cave (8.8)
2. Funeral ~ Arcade Fire (8.5)
3. Milk-Eyed Mender ~ Joanna Newsom (8.4)
4. Tanglewood Numbers ~ Silver Jews (8.3)
5. Twin Cinema ~ New Pornographers (8.1)

I stumbled across a whole host of great old stuff this year as well and if you are looking to pick up Christmas presents or for those of you who are struggling with what I've loaded onto your computers recently, then I'd highly recommend:

1. Another Green World ~ Brian Eno (9.2)
2. Ease Down the Road ~ Bonnie "Prince" Billy (9.2)
3. The Wonderful and Frightening World of ~ The Fall (8.8)
4. Dusty in Memphis ~ Dusty Springfield (8.7)
5. You Are Free ~ Cat Power (8.4)

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should do a holiday mixtape to be downloaded by your mates. I can host the music for a bit if you like so you don't get sued, or you could put it behind a password that only your bestest, bestest mates know of.

OR something. I wanna mixtape.

MIXTAPE!

Stevus Maximus

7:01 PM  
Blogger Hal said...

Elton! Elton!

8:57 PM  
Blogger Auds said...

Good selection - I made my best of 2005 in Novemeber which was prob a bit premature.

Dusty in Memphis is the only Dusty album I have - don't think I should jinx it by getting another - it's fantastic.
Bonnie Prince Billy is amazing, isn't he?

3:58 PM  
Blogger Hal said...

I got into Bonnie Prince Billy through I See A Darkness and Master and Everyone, but its this album I keep coming back to. I prefer the way the trademark morbid tone is further below the surface on Ease Down the Road. I'm rarely in such a fouler that I could sit through those other albums. I picked up Superwolf and There Is No-One What Will Take Care of You by Palace Brothers as well this year, but I didn't want to have a list of just Will Oldham songs.

4:26 PM  

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