Saturday, December 31, 2005

Top Albums of 2005 - #1

1. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm


So here we are. Number 1. When I first made a draft of this list, Bloc Party wasn't even on it. I had forgotten that Silent Alarm actually came out this year. I've been listening to it for so long, I just normally assumed that it came out earlier than it actually did. But it did come out this year, so here it is. Their debut album tops the charts.

What can I say about Bloc Party? I burned this disc up for months upon months, culminating with seeing them a few months ago, and you know what? The album still sounds as fresh today as it did on my first (illegal) listen. They may have the best rythmn section going right now. The bass and drum just drive their songs--and drive them very fast.

But Bloc Party is more than just a Gang of Four knockoff, which becomes very apparent listening to the disc by the time you get to "Pioneers". The difference? The lead singer's sensibility. This disc will stand on its own for years to come. I look forward to their next (and the one after that). I predict great things for Bloc Party. Standout tracks? All of them.

Of course, this doesn't even consider Silent Alarm Remixed, which could probably merit inclusion on its own. I figured that one Bloc Party album was enough though.

Happy New Year everyone! Normal posting (sans lists) will resume next week.

NP: Bloc Party - "Luno (Bloc Party vs. Death from Above 1979)"

Friday, December 30, 2005

Top Albums of 2005 - #2

2. The National - Alligator


This album has been climbing the ranks of this list ever since I first started jotting down albums about a month ago. Ever ranking I gave seemed too low, until now that is. It's probably a bit of a crime that The National was overshadowed by the hyped surrounding their opening band on their tour (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!). Nevertheless, this album stands solidly on its own.

The tracks on the album range from rocking to somber and the lyrics from serious to almost silly at times, but I keep coming back for more. The album works whether you're working, sitting around the house doing a bunch of nothing, or driving. In any case, this is the album that inspired me to check out the band's back catalog, and that's saying something.

I'm not going to list any standout tracks here because they are all solid and my favorites change with my mood.

NP: "Mr November" - The National

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Top Albums of 2005 - #3

3. The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday

I'm not really sure how to describe this ablum. Whereas many of the top albums of this year echo the best of the 80s all mashed together, The Hold Steady jump right over that. Instead, they seem to draw inspiration from the 70s, pre-disco, pre-punk. I'm thinking Chiliwack, Bad Company, and Foghat. That said, they don't sound like a 70s band. They merely take some of the better features of that music and integrate it.

Combine that with some of the smartest stories and interesting delivery that I've heard in a while, and you have one great album. Separation Sunday has an epic sweep to it. I can't decide if it's flirting with being a concept album or not, but all the songs seem to follow a sort of progression. This is one of those rare albums that really improves a lot when you listen to it in its entirety.

Separation Sunday has a number of standout tracks, including "Your Little Hoodrat FRiend," (which had me singing along on my long road trip last week), "Stevie Nicks," and the last track on the album, "How a Resurrection Really Feels."

NP: The Hold Steady - "Your Little Hoodrat Friend"

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Top Albums of 2005 - #4

4. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary


The latest wave of the Canadian music invasion, Wolf Parade's album arrived with almost more hype than it could bear--the next Arcade Fire, the band that was supposed to break out from Montreal first, etc. With such hype, it's amazing that the album wasn't a huge disappointment. All I had to go on before the actual release date were some live recordings for the CBC, and what I heard there was good. I didn't think a whole album could sustain the energy these tracks displayed.

Boy, was I wrong. And how. The album is full of energy,dissonance, hand clapping, and (I imagine) foot stomping. While the comparisons to the Arcade Fire are to my mind wrong (aside from the whole Montreal thing), Wolf Parade creates further comparisons--David Bowie and Modest Mouse--but none fully capture their essential sound. Yes, you can hear the impact of Modest Mouse's lead singer producing the album, but that's about where it ends. Wolf Parade creates much more joyful music, where the dissonance and oddness aren't end in and of themselves.

Stand out tracks from Apologies to the Queen Mary include the opening track, "You are a Runner, and I am my Father's Son" which gets the album off to a great start. My personal favorite song is "Shine a Light" which was the first song of theirs I heard by downloading the CBC live tracks. I defy anyone to listen to it and not nod your head or tap your foot (or both and drum on your desk to boot). One other notable track is "Ground for Divorce." I'm hoping that they make an appearance in Atlanta very soon.

NP "Shine a Light" - Wolf Parade

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Top Albums of 2005 - #5

5. British Sea Power - Open Season


The sophomore follow up to their debut, The Decline of British Sea Power, this was one of the most anticipated albums of the year for me. Their first album was one of my top albums of 2003, so I looked forward to this one quite a lot. Given it's placement on this list, it obviously didn't disappoint me.

While I loved their first album, it was at times inconsistent, especially in the production value. Open Season suffered none of the same problems. While it lost a bit of the raw edge of the first album, by smoothing down the sharp corners, they achieved a much fuller sound. Many of the albums on this list hearken back to the 80s in their sound. We've had band compared to Gang of Four, Joy Division, and the Cure, among others. British Sea Power use a bit of this sound as well, but their sound recalls Echo & the Bunnymen at their height (for those of you that know me, you know that is a high compliment indeed).

The album has a number of outstanding tracks, including the opener "It Ended on an Oily Stage," and the anthemic "Please Stand Up." (A backwards homage to James perhaps?) My favorite track on the album, however, is "Oh Larsen B," which can only be described as a love song to an iceberg. All this together puts Open Season in my top 5.

It didn't hurt that it was my favorite show of the year.

I know I'm a day behind here (due to unforeseen parental computer problems). I'll catch up tomorrow with numbers 3 and 4.

NP: "Oh Larsen B" - British Sea Power

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Weekly Music Report

As days of traveling approach, I have to post this one day early. According to Last.fm, I listened to the following musical artists the most last week.
  1. The National
  2. Death Cab for Cutie
  3. Swervedriver
  4. Afghan Whigs
  5. The Charlatans UK
  6. My Morning Jacket
  7. Blur
  8. Wilco
  9. Echo & the Bunnymen
  10. Pavement
This will likely be my last post this week, but I'll be returning after Christmas to continue my top 20. Until then, Happy Holidays everone! [Ed. Note: Bill O'Reilly is coming for you buster!]

NP: NPR's All Song's Considered

Top Albums of 2005 (6 - 10)

Continuing my list this week, we enter the top 10. Here are albums 6 - 10 of my 20 favorite albums this year (11 - 15, 16 - 20, honorable mentions).

10. LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem
The minute I heard the first track on disc one, I was hooked. How can you not like "Daft Punk is Playing at My House." Throughout my summer shuffling, it seemed like every time I'd pick up the iPod to see who was playing the sound I was totally grooving to at the time, it was LCD Soundsystem. Also recommended, "Yr City's a Sucker."


9. Sufjan Stevens – Come on Feel the Illinoise
A whole of lot lists have this album at number one with a bullet, and it was easily the most blogged about music of the year. Some people love it. Some people hate it. And don't get me wrong, this is a great album (top 10 after all), but I don't put it in my top five (though it could rise or fall a couple of spots depending on my mood.

8. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

The other most blogged about band of the year. CYHSY are quite the Internet success story, parlaying online buzz into something pretty big. This was THE album for a lot of people. It's too inconsistent to crack the top five, but when it's on, it's really on. I look forward to many more good things from them.


7. Kaiser Chiefs – Employment
Anther English import in a year that saw a lot of them. This album didn't have the hype of Bloc Party's, but it does what it does very well. What is that you ask? It rocks (even using bits and pieces of an 80s sound, which seems to be so much the vogue these days. Recommended track, "I Predict a Riot," but there are many that are stand outs (top ten and all that).

6. Spoon – Gimme Fiction
I can't believe this isn't a top five album still. This was the toughest decision that I had to make on this entire exercise. Any other year, it could be the best or second best of the year. But that is the nature of such lists. With Gimme Fiction, Spoon continues to deliver the goods. I think this album even improves on their last, Kill the Moonlight. "Sister Jack" may be the best driving song of the year, and who could resist the swagger of "I Turn My Camera On." There's really not a weak link on the entire album. Unfortunately, I missed Spoon live, which probably would have been enough to vault the album into the top five.

Next week, I hope to devote a post to each of my top five albums throughout the week, building up to my favorite album Friday week. I'll have to do something to fill my holiday hours after all.

NP: "Starting Point" - Moose

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Full Circle

Tim Berners Lee, the inventor of the web, now has a blog. Welcome to the conversation that you started!

NP: "Don't Bang the Drum" - The Waterboys

Another Good Reason to Live Intown

My Congressman.

Posting will be light this week, as I get ready for the holidays (much as most of you are probably doing). There will be the obligatory music posts (10 - 6 best albums and weekly music report).

NP: "Killing Armies" - Wolf Parade

Friday, December 16, 2005

Friday Music Report

According to the good folks over at Last.fm, I listened to the following artists the most last week:
  1. Wilco
  2. Hüsker Dü
  3. Pavement
  4. Beethoven
  5. Feist
  6. Elvis Costello
  7. Joy Division
  8. Echo & the Bunnymen
  9. Stellastarr
  10. Iron & Wine
Finally, I seem to be mixing it up a bit (aside from Wilco and Elvis Costello).

NP: "Better Time" - French Kicks

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Internet Explorer vs. Firefox

Why didn't anyone tell me how bad IE makes the formatting here look? Go switch already! (I do promise to try to do a little better in the future though.)

NP: "July Junes" - The New Pornographers

Top Albums of 2005 (11 - 15)

Continuing my list this week, here are albums 11 through 15 of my favorite albums of the year (16 - 20, honorable mentions).

15. Iron & Wine – Woman King and In the Reins (with Calexico)
Yes, I know this is two albums (and two bands even), but neither would qualify as a full length album. I just couldn't let any list of the best of 2005 not include something from Iron & Wine. Sam Beam's music has absolutely captivated me--and it's not even normally my cup of tea.


Each album seems to be about the perfect length as is. To make either of these albums any longer to allow them to qualify for a list with more strict qualification rules would likely take away some of their power. And the addition of Calexico to the mix works very nicely.


14. Gorillaz – Demon Days
Damon Albarn and his animated company have done it again, this time adding Dangermouse to the mix. This album picks up right where the last one lets off, letting Albarn continue to explore the ground he was beginning to break with Blur. I listened to this album almost non-stop right after I got it, and for much of the year, I was convinced it would make my top 10.

13. The Spinto Band – Nice and Nicely Done

I only recently discoved this band, but what's not to like. Great harmonies, infectious melodies, and smart songwriting. I know it will sound like pop to many ears--and it is. But, it's pop that is so well done that it makes anything else that gets pop-like radio airplay seem merely pedestrian by comparison.

12. My Morning Jacket – Z
Despite all the problems this album has had due to its copy protection (thanks Sony), it really is the most focused work by My Morning Jacket to date. Gone are the expansive, sometimes chaotic song selections and there's a little less falsetto, but what remains is an album that really hangs together as an album, which is really hard to do in age of file dowloads and iPods on shuffle.

11. Sleater Kinney – The Woods
This may have been one of the most anticipated releases this year, and it didn't disappoint. The Woods does a great job of capturing the band's live energy and translates it to bits and bytes. It took me a while to warm to some of the more warbly vocal moments, but when you just want to drive (and drive fast), this album may be one of the best couple of the year.

That does it for 10 through 20. Next week, we'll examine the first half of the top 10, and I'll reveal the top five and all other albums receiving consideration during the week after Christmas (sadly too late for you to buy any of them for the music aficiados in your life [Ed Note: Like anyone would listen to you anyway]).

NP: "I'll Believe in Anything" - Wolf Parade

Amen, Sister

Happy Holidays. Who was it exactly that declared war on Christmas again?

NP: "Shanty for the Arethusa" - The Decemberists

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Dear France

A New Orleans homeowner writes France, asking them to renogotiate the Louisiana purchase and buy Louisiana back.

NP: "The Plan" - Built to Spill

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

A Trip Around the Music Blogs

Since it's the holiday season, I'd like to send out holiday greetings to all the bloggers that have turned me on to such great music this year. These are some of the blogs I visit on a semi-regular basis that highlight music, so I thought I'd show them all some holiday link love.

Each of these bloggers does a great job commmenting on music, and they have all allowed me to expand my musical taste and collection. Keep up the good work everyone!
Sorry the list is so long, but all of them deserve the shout out.

NP: "Trainer" - Pinback

Support Your Local Rock Band - Mantissa

Here's a new, hopefully somewhat regular feature here: support your local band. From time to time, I hope to post links to the pages for some worthy bands in Atlanta. First up, Mantissa.

I hang with these guys from time to time, but I only just now heard some of their music, and it's worth a listen. Hopefully, I have some mp3s of theirs to post soon, but in the interim, head on over to their myspace page and listen to some of the samples (I especially like Lorelei).

NP: "Future Boy" - The Catherine Wheel

The Evolution of the Alphabet

Here's a nice animation of the evolution of the alphabet. I've always had an interest in this, going back to looking at precursors to our alphabet in the Encylopedia at my grandmother's house. This animation elegantly captures all that.

NP: "The Unpredictable Landlord" - Bedhead (I'm finally catching up on the U.S. side of the U.K. vs. U.S. mix Vllacky)

Monday, December 12, 2005

More Music Listmania

Stylus Magazine weighs in with their top 50 singles of 2005. This list is much more comprehensive than any that I could come up with since it embraces so many different genres. From their selections that jibe with my musical tastes though, it sounds pretty accurate.

The real question now is, with the continued rise of electronic music downloads (legal or otherwise), how relevant is the single anymore?

NP: "Gods Will Be Gods" - Echo & the Bunnymen

Friday, December 09, 2005

World Cup Draw

The waiting is finally over--the world cup draw is over. All the group matches are set. I'm a little disappointed that the U.S. isn't one of the top seeds and that Mexico, who the U.S. has owned outside of Mexico City, did.

How will this work (for any World Cup rookies)? A team plays each of the other teams in their group (3 games). You get 3 points for each win and 1 point for each draw. After the opening three matches, the two teams in each group with the most points advance to the knockout stages. (Any ties are decided by the number of goals.)

Here's how I see it right now. Teams advancing listed in order of finish. All predictions are guaranteed to be inaccurate or your money back:

Group A
Germany, Costa Rica, Poland, Ecuador

This group shouldn't challenge the hosts much at all. Costa Rica, their opponent in the competition's opening match, was dreadful down the qualifying stretch, and Ecuador is the weak link in my opinion from South America. Germany, Poland advance.

Group B
England, Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Sweden

You've got to hate to see Sweden in this group if you support England. They just can't seem to beat the scandanavians. I like Trinidad to be entertaining, but still come in last. Sweden and Paraguay should battle for second. England, Paraguay advance.

Group C
Argentina, Ivory Coast, Serbia & Montenegro, Netherlands

This is it. The group of death. Argentina is, well, Argentina. Ivory Coast tore through Africa during qualifying, and the Netherlands probably should have been seeded. Normally, I'd go with the underdog Ivory Coast, but they are newcomers, and although I like them to surprise Argentina, they go home early. Netherlands, Argentina advance.

Group D
Mexico, Iran, Angola, Portugal

This is the coulda shoulda group. The group that could have been the U.S.'s had they gotten a top seed. I don't know anything about Angola, and that usually doesn't bode well. Portugal, Mexico advance.

Group E
Italy, Ghana, U.S., Czech Republic

Ouch ouch ouch. So the U.S. dodges group C, but ends up making the second hardest group. This one is almost too hard to handicap, but I won't let that stop me. The U.S. needs to soundly defeat either Italy or the Czechs to make it easy. Italy struggled a bit of late, but the catennaccio will carry them through. I think the U.S. advances as well using goal differential. ItalyCzech Republic, U.S. advance (it's my blog, I'm allowed to be a homer). (Update: I really thought better of this selection over the weekend.)

Group F
Brazil, Croatia, Australia, Japan

Australia's dream ends here. Japan played to well in the qualifying; I don't see them crashing out. Brazil is a perennial favorite to win the whole thing. Brazil, Japan advance.

Group G
France, Switzerland, South Korea, Togo

One of the two groups where I was hoping the U.S. would land. France struggled mightily in qualifying, but they can never be ignored. Togo is making it's first trip. Switzerland? See Australia. South Korea, France advance.

Group H
Spain, Ukraine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia

The easiest group in the competition. As inconsistent as Spain has been, they should still advance easily. Can Shevchenko carry Ukraine past the first round. Can Tunisia or Saudi Arabia finally make some noise? Not this time. Ukraine has been too hot. Ukraine, Spain advance.

Now for my travel arrangements. The first three games for the U.S. are in Gelsenkirchen, Kaiserslautern, and Nuremburg. I'm leaning toward the final match against Ghana in Nuremburg. This will probably be the make or break match for the U.S.'s hope of advancing. I'd also get to see Japan Croatia match if I get there a few days earlier. Time to start pricing things.

NP: "Kasey Keller" - Barcelona

Top 20 Albums of 2005 (16 - 20)

2005 has been a fantastic year for music. So, I'm going to capitilize on that and cash in with my top 20 albums of the year. As much as I listen to music (and that's a lot), I don't listen to nearly enough to create anything I would consider a definitive and comprehensive list. This list represents the 20 albums that I've enjoyed the most this year. Feel free to agree or disagree, and to convince me of the error of my ways. The worst that could happen is that I would discover something new.

In any case, picking only 20 albums to represent this year was really hard. The first time I made the list off the top of my head, I ended up with 31 albums (and Muzzle of Bees beat me to that idea). Trimming that additional 11 was hard work. When I reveal the final five, I'll list the others that I thought long and hard about.

So without further ado, the top 20 begins with albums 16 through 20. For the next three weeks (the rest of the month), I'll continue the countdown five albums at a time.

20. Okkervil River – Black Sheep Boy

I only recently discovered Okkervil River. I'm glad a did. Anyone that knows my musical taste will know that I'm a sucker for a bit of twang and a bit of organ shimmer. Okkervil River supplies both.




19. Sigur Rós – Takk

I'm not sure what to make of Sigur Rós. I'm a relative newcomer to their music, having only discovered their ethereal but addicting songs this year. All I know is that I keep looking for it on my iPod, whatever the situation. This album was a lifesaver on especially long travel days.



18. Feist – Let it Die


Broken Social Scene member, Leslie Feist, provides the #17 album of 2005. I'm not usually draw to singer-songwriter music, but this is a great exception (even if that description isn't especially descriptive). Her show inspired me to run out and grab this outstanding album.



17. Broken Social Scene – Self Titled

I really liked Your Forgot it in People, so I eagerly anticipated this release. At first, I was honestly a little disappointed. I thought it a little too chaotic at times (which is to be expected from such a large collective). It has really grown on me though. I suspect that if I were compiling this list sometime next month, it would crack the top 10.


16. The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema

This list is suddenly looking awfully Canadian isn't it. Dan Bejar's work on this album convinced me to give his solo project, Destroyer, another try. And any band that can take advantage of Neko Case so well would be hard pressed to fail. Add all this to Carl Newman's songwriting talents and success ensues.



Related: Top 20 Albums of 2005 (Honorable Mentions)

NP: "Learn How" - Mission of Burma

Friday Music Report

According to my Last.fm profile, I listened to the following artists the most last week:
  1. Swervedriver - Many thanks to Kenyon, my favorite bartender, for completing my collection of this band. He's right. Mezcal Head rocks.
  2. The Charlatans UK - Their self titled CD is still the only one that my friend Senior and I have in common in our collections.
  3. Echo & the Bunnymen - I just couldn't quite put Siberia in my year-end top 20. More on that later.
  4. Blur - Maybe I should start combining Blur and Gorillaz, since they seem to transition seamlessly from on to the other in my ear.
  5. Death Cab for Cutie - I still don't like Plans nearly as much as Transatlanticism.
  6. Wilco - Yes, I know I need to buy Kicking Television.
  7. Stereolab - I never remember hearing them this much, or really at all for that matter.
  8. Elvis Costello - Have I ever told you all how much my iPod loves Elvis Costello. I can't go an hour with it on shuffle without it trying to play at least one Costello song. I have a lot of his music, but not that much.
  9. The Clash - Still the only band that matters.
  10. Robyn Hitchcock (& the Egyptians) - Has anyone heard his new album, Spooked? Apparently, it features Gillian Welch and has a countryish feel. Color me intrigued.
NP: "Lucky Man" - The Verve

The Poetry Archive

Poetry, at its heart, is a spoken art. So, I was especially excited to find The Poetry Archive, a collection of recordings of poets reading their own work. Right now the selections are a bit light, but they have poems by Browning, Tennyson, and Wilbur among them. I won't make this a list of links to the specific poets' pages, but I encourage you to go explore a bit.

I will make one exception to this however: W.B. Yeats. Yeats is perhaps my favorite poet, and the site has a recording of him sonorously intoning "The Lake Isle of Innisfree", the poet and poem that single-handedly turned my head towards poetry.

Picture the scene: Spring term, junior year. I'm an English major who has almost completed his major requirements, and who has, thus far, pretty much avoided any poetry beyond the Renaissance. To prepare for a comprehensive exam that I would need to pass to graduate, I needed to fill some holes between Beowulf and DeLillo, so I took a entry-level survey course to learn a little about Victorian literature. I think the course title was "Browning through Auden".

I hated this class. I hated all the stories, poems, and novels that we were reading. And I hated the professor's cheerleading for works that I really couldn't enjoy. I didn't really hate how easy it was. After my first paper, the professor called me into his office to try to convince me to switch majors to English. "Uh, I am an English major who'll be writing an honor's thesis next year," I replied. Good, good.

So we get to Yeats, and the professor confesses to the class that he doesn't really like him, but that to be complete, he really has to teach him. Great, I thought to myself. I haven't liked any thing that he thinks is good, how bad is this going to be. The assignment began with "The Lake Isle of Innisfree".

I've read that poem exactly once in my life.

Yes, you read that right. Once. It just stuck. I can still recite it on command. I went on in a single day to not only read the Yeats assignment, but also to read all the Yeats contained in the textbook. I then went to the bookstore and bought the collected poems, which I finished over the following summer. I haven't been the same since. It opened a whole wonderful world for me. Keats was next, and Wordsworth and Coleridge and Whitman and Lowell and Jarell and... the list grows quite large. But that poem started it all.

NP: "Dreams & Light" - The Wolfgang Press

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Top 20 Albums of 2005 (Honorable Mentions)

Starting tomorrow nad over the next four weeks, I'll be posting my choices for my favorite albums from 2005--five each week. Of course, there's no shortage of such lists come the end of the year, but this will represent my favorite albums.

But, before we get started on the top 20 tomorrow with my weekly music report, I thought there were a few albums that deserved some attention even though they don't really qualify for a 2005 top twenty for one reason or another.

Here are my honorable mention albums, along with some explanation as to why they don't qualify for the main list.

The Editors - The Back Room
The only reason I don't have this one ranked high in my top twenty is that it's only available in the U.S. as an import. I'm sure to most of my readers, this is splitting hairs, but I have to draw the line somewhere. All that said, this album manages to out Interpol, well, Interpol. I've been listening to it a lot lately, and I keep think that Antics would be a whole better if it sounded like this rather than retreaded the ground they covered in Turn on the Bright Lights.



Wilco - Kicking Television
Each of Wilco's last three albums would have ended up on my end of the year list, but I don't know about this one mainly because I haven't heard it yet (I'm already hopelessly behind listening to he music I've recently acquired). So why include it on this year-end list? Well, because it's my list, and any album that begins to capture what Wilco has become live certainly deserves consideration. In the end though, I think I'll reserve the list for studio albums.



Rilo Kiley- More Adventurous
The reason this one didn't make the list? Well, it was released in August 2004. I know that was plenty of time for me to get to it last year, but I didn't listen to it until early this year. I only managed to discover Rilo Kiley by way of The Postal Service. But, any list of albums that I've really liked this year would have this one in the running at the very least. So it gets an honorable mention.



NP: "Moongirl" - Stellastarr (no extraneous asterisk for you)

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

UK Scientists Explain Beer Goggle Effect

Scientists in the UK have completed a study that purports to explain beer googlesgoggles. I can only imagine what it was like to be a subject of this study. Oh, wait, that's what I called college.

Just a quick hit to assure you, loyal readers, that I'm still around. It's been a challenging week at work and at home regarding access to that Interweb thingy.

NP: "Shine a Light" - Wolf Parade

Friday, December 02, 2005

I Certainly Don't Disagree


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Friday Music Report

According to Last.fm, I listened to the following musical artists the most last week:
  1. Afghan Whigs
  2. The Replacements
  3. Blur
  4. Echo & the Bunnymen
  5. The Microphones
  6. Death Cab for Cutie
  7. Spoon
  8. Wilco
  9. Elvis Costello
  10. The Clash
And for each of these bands, I'm truly thankful.

Keep an eye on this space for my favorite 20 albums of 2005, which I'll begin recounting next week.

NP: "People You Meet" - Bishop Allen

Thursday, December 01, 2005

I Miss Acedemia

What an odd way to begin your day at the office.

NP: "Ma Solituda" - The Catherine Wheel

Washing Your Car is Useless

Since there's always a landscaping crew around to blow leaves and assorted detritus on it.

NP: "Untitled (8)"- Sigur Rós