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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

End of Year Lists

It's that time of the year again where everyone posts their top 10 lists. Here's mine.

Top 10 Albums of 2005

10.

Black Mountain
Black Mountain


9.

Dangerdoom
The Mouse and the Mask


8.

The White Stripes
Get Behind Me Satan


7.

Sage Francis
A Healthy Distrust


6.

Damien Jurado
On My Way To Absence


5.

Holopaw
Quit +/- Fight


4.

Ryan Adams
Jacksonville City Nights/Cold Roses (I'm combining this into one mega-album)


3.

Art Brut
Bang Bang Rock & Roll


2.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

1.

OKKERVIL RIVER
Black Sheep Boy


Just Missed
Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning; Scott H. Biram - The Dirty Old One Man Band; Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell - Begonias; Magnolia Electric Company - What Comes After the Blues; Decemberists - Picaresque

Best Album That Missed My 2004 List and Doesn't Qualify as a 2005 Album
Arcade Fire - Funeral

Best EPs of '05
Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy Appendix; The Village Green - The Village Green EP; Fiery Furnaces - EP

Best Soundtrack of '05
Townes Van Zandt - Be Here to Love Me

Best Live Shows I Saw This Year
Arcade Fire at the Paramount
The Decemberists at Bumbershoot
Okkervil River and Earlimart at the Crocodile Cafe

Most Disappointing Album of the Year
Ryan Adams - 29

Most Disappointing Live Show of the Year
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at Neumo's