January 3rd, 2006

the only earth?


I think that all of these petition drives to save Arrested Development are a bit misguided. Can't we just hunt down a few Nielsen families and force them to tune their televisions to FOX on Monday nights for a half hour. Whether they watch the hilarious explanation of George Michael's "the OC D" montage is irrelevant.

You'd think that at least some of these people could be bought, right?
i am not a stuffed tiger.

a few of my favorite things : 2005 music

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for. In which, I admit that this is, from time to time, kind of a weblog and comply with the uniform code of vanity publishing law and begin compiling a list of things that I liked about the last year.1 This post represents the "music" installation of what is likely to be an ongoing series during this first week of 2006.

1. Although I tried, I failed to follow most of the critical guidelines [myblogispoop]

To make this list, I put the chart-making monkeys at science vs. romance to work to figure out how much new music I actually listened to last year and how often I listened to it. Using the iPod as a representative sample of my year in listening, I came up with some answers: more than I thought (just over 1000 tracks, from just over 200 artists), but not really that much. As for what I listened to most often, a few bands a lot and several bands a little:


best/favorite album of 2005:
Illinois by Sufjan Stevens is the best disc that I liked in 2005. More than anything else it was the most compelling argument against the predictions of the "death of the album". I also felt good about having been on the bandwagon before this turned up at the top of every top whatever list, which is not true for many of the other entries on those lists.

an honor to have been nominated:

  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  • Funeral (which was new to me in 2005), The Arcade Fire
  • Apologies to the Queen Mary, Wolf Parade
  • Takk, Sigur Rós
  • I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, Bright Eyes
  • Broken Social Scene, Broken Social Scene

tracks from those (and other) albums:

Why dance about architecture? Here's a bunch of songs (20.05, rounded up) for your listening pleasure. For the most part, I tried to pick songs that I liked from albums that I listened to a lot while avoiding overlap with that Gorilla vs. Bear list [#] that linked to a couple weeks ago. They're in no particular order, except that they didn't sound horrible in this when I put them next to each other into a playlist.
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Since everyone put out their best of lists [metacritic], I'm doing my best to play catch-up -- I even signed up for the free trial of eMusic (which may be the internet Columbia House?). Still, I'm open to suggestions for other things that I shouldn't have missed in 2005.