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Wednesday, December 21, 2005 

top 10 tracks of 2005

As a way to recap the bands and albums and songs that I most enjoyed in 2005, here's links and downloads of ten of the songs released this year - the ones that stayed in the playlists and made it on several mix cds.


1. Black Mountain - Druganaut on their self-titled record.
[from Jagjaguwar Records]

-- sludgy, psychedelic music rarely sounded as good as this in 2005.

2. Broken Social Scene - Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day) on their self-titled release. [from the blog Can You See The Sunset From the Southside?]

-- Totally Mind Blowing. Even Better Live. The first time I heard this was from Said the Gramaphone (which happened a lot this year).

3. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Let The Cool Goddess Rust Away from their self-titled debut (there's a pattern developing there)

-- after the carnival craziness of the opening track, the tamborine/bass churn up the real beginning to their fantastic first collection of songs.

4. Fruit Bats - Lives of Crime from the album, Spelled In Bones.
[SubPop's link to the download is broken. I've got it hosted now.]

--perfect pop.

5. My Morning Jacket - Off The Record off of Z.
[from the blog Hug Robot Radio (scroll down/YouSendIt link)]

-- this may not always be my favorite song from "Z" (that seems to change weekly) but it was one of the first new songs that I'd heard live (in concert in Athens) and recorded (when some tracks started leaking). A departure from the band that changed the ways I enjoyed jam rock and 'alternative' country music.

6. Spoon - I Summon You on their new record, Gimme Fiction.
[from the blog Unfinished Novellas]

-- The first time I really LISTENED to this song was on a great Pop77 mix about Annie Hall. I can't say enough good thing about Pop77. Always such great mix cds.

7. Okkervil River - Black from the album, Black Sheep Boy.
[from Jagjaguwar Records]

-- I think I heard this track before I heard "For Real" (.mov). Both are stunning. While that song sounds more dire and this one more up-beat, the lyrics here continue with the album's sordid tales.

8. Stars - Ageless Beauty (Most Serene Republic Remix) from their single, Ageless Beauty.

-- Listen to the original track first, then listen to the remix (keep reading for the link). Completely different from the original and both are just excellent. (scroll down to Music for Kids Who Can't Read Good's #7). Thanks again to saidthegramophone for the original download!

9. Stephen Malkmus - Baby C'mon on his record, Face the Truth.
[from Matador Records]

-- Tight, Loose, Good.

10. Sufjan Stevens - Come On Feel The Illinoise from his LP, Illinois.
[from the blog The Big Ticket]

-- This is epic, lush, and other more grandeous adjectives. The record is one of the most blogged and loved and hated.

11. The Black Angels - Black Grease from their new self-titled EP. ($4!!!!!)
[from the band's website; the DJs at KEXP led me to this one]

-- Not a whole lot of press about the band, but when they release a full-length, beware the onslaught on bandwidth....The EP's tracks deliver freight-train level intensity.

Also check out You Ain't No Picasso's 12 Days of Mixmas. It's nice.

Thanks also to Aquarium Drunkard for the plug last week.

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