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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.

Sufjan Stevens - "Casimir Pulaski Day" [mp3]
(from Illinois)

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - "Details of the War" [mp3]
(from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!)

Band of Horses - "The Great Salt Lake" [mp3]
(from Tour EP)

Okkervil River - "Black" [mp3]
(from Black Sheep Boy)

Bloc Party - "This Modern Love (Dave P. & Adam Sparkles' Making Time Remix)" [mp3]
(from Silent Alarm Remixed)

Stars - "Set Yourself On Fire" [mp3]
(from Set Yourself on Fire)

Broken Social Scene - "It's All Gonna Break" [mp3]
(from Broken Social Scene)

Wolf Parade - "I'll Believe in Anything" [mp3]
(from Apologies to the Queen Mary)

The Arcade Fire - "Wake Up" [mp3]
(from Funeral)

Harry and the Potters - "The Weapon" [mp3]
(from Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!)

Mount Eerie - "Human" [mp3]
(from "Singers")

Matt Pond, PA - "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" [mp3]
(from Winter Songs EP. At first I thought I hated this cover more than anything. It temporarily left me feeling depressed. Then, by magic, I really started to like it.)

Bright Eyes - "Poison Oak" [mp3]
(from I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning)

Aqueduct - "The Suggestion Box" [mp3]
(from I Sold Gold)

Spoon - "I Turn My Camera On" [mp3]
(from Gimme Fiction)

The Decemberists - "On the Bus Mall" [mp3]
(from Picaresque)

Sigur Ros -- "Hoppípolla" [mp3]
(from Takk . . .)

New Pornographers - "Sing Me Spanish Techno" [mp3]
(from Twin Cinema)

Iron and Wine - "Jezebel" [mp3
(from Woman King)

The Light Footwork - "Coastlines Are Landmines" [mp3]
(from One State Two State)

Final Fantasy - "This is the Dream of Win and Regine" [mp3]
(from Has A Good Home!)

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.


I should note that I liked Plans and the Campfire Headphase well enough (fond, but not in love?).

And at the top of my catch-up list are Feels (Animal Collective), Z (My Morning Jacket), Black Sheep Boy (Okkervil River), I Am A Bird Now (Antony & the Johnsons).
is this you, and if so, why are you not using it? :)

yasns fatigue, maybe?

I think it is me, but I can't remember my username or password.
I was listening to that Sufjan record on my ipod on the plane today!! Hilarious. I've had it for awhile but haven't listened to it as much as I should.
Have you listened to Michigan?
No, I keep meaning to pick it up but I haven't. Is it any good?

Illinois might be better, but Michigan is definitely worthwhile. Plus, sentimental reasons, of course.
Right, of course. :)
I though "Rebellion (Lies)" was your favorite Arcade Fire song?
1. These aren't necessarily my favorite songs from each album (although many of them are). For instance, "The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth" is both my favorite and the best song on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, but I'd already posted it and didn't want to post it again. a
a. yes, I broke this rule with the Bright Eyes song

2. picking an Arcade Fire song was really really hard. I was torn between "Rebellion (Lies)", "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)", and "Wake Up". I think that "hold your mistakes up" helped "Wake Up" to edge out the competition. And it felt a little more standalone than the others.
No poison oak? Wrong linky?
wrong link fixed. i just really wanted people to hear the decemberists twice.
Ahh. Well, I'll listen to them twice in a row, then.

those are some good choices & a couple of bands listed i haven't checked out yet. of course, i recommend everything on my own list :)

i've been tempted to pay more attention to bloc party, but they didn't do anything to convince me at sasquatch. am i correct in believing that people like the remixes far more than the band's original versions?