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it's that time of year again
12-17-2004, 10:07 AM
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it's that time of year again
...if you're a list junkie. Top ten albums of the year, give it up.

Mine in no particular order (and only as of this moment):

- Franz Ferdinand - "s/t"
- Tilly and the Wall - "Wild Like Children"
- Jay-Z/DJ Dangermouse - "Gray Album"
- A.C. Newman - "Slow Wonder"
- TV on the Radio - "Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes"
- John Vanderslice - "Cellar Door"
- Of Montreal - "Satanic Panic in the Attic"
- Madvillain - "Madvillainy"
- Kanye West - "The College Dropout"
- Arcade Fire - "Funeral"

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12-17-2004, 01:01 PM
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oh jesus, i'm awful at these. i don't buy that many records, and only a fraction of them are new. i'll try anyway. but i just realized that i got way more 2004 albums than i thought i did. i thought i wouldn't have enough for a top ten. i'm pumped now! hello, top fifteen!

biggest dissapointment of 2004: red light sting - hands up, tiger. the first song is the best but it's all downhill from there. queen ripoffs!

15. the blood brothers - crimes
14. cee lo green - is the soul machine
13. tv on the radio - desperate youth, bloodthirsty babes
12. jason anderson - new england
11. q and not u - power
10. VA - OWN ZONE (states rights records comp. LIKE SILK)
9. joanna newsom - milk eyed mender
8. mirah - c'mon miracle
7. jason molina - pyramid electric co
6. the arcade fire - funeral
5. mount eerie - seven new songs
4. xiu xiu - fabulous muscles
3. jay z channeled through dangermouse - "the grey album"
2. the blow (and YACHT) - poor aim: love songs
1. thanksgiving - welcome nowhere

i wish i bought more CDs because there's probably tons of other awesome ones out there, too.
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12-17-2004, 01:04 PM
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listus 2004
Rogue Wave - Out of the Shadow
I have no idea why these guys aren't humongous. If you like the Shins, if you like nice landscape-y pop with great lyrics, track these guys down. They're out on SubPop so they're not hard to find.

the Frausdots - Couture Couture Couture
Another SubPop band. Holy schmit I love the eighties. I also love Echo & the Bunnymen, and you can kinda tell these guys do too.

the Dears - No Cities Left
I don't care if they sound like Blur. They can howl, and it feels great.

Minus the Bear - They Make Beer Commercials Like This EP
Follows their previous stuff, only they've REALLY hit the groove with this one. If the next record they put out is this good, these guys are going to be the new indie sweethearts, I swear it. Nice dudes, also. One of them saved a friend of mine from going to jail once.

Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
I saw him play in a church basement, and I was teary-eyed for most of it. Love the backing vocals, the sparseness, the echoes, the way it draws your breath from your lungs.

the Mountain Goats - We Shall All Be Healed
"Your Belgian Things" is a heartbreaker. Not quite as good as Tallahassee, but it has its transcendent moments.

the Arcade Fire - Funeral
And they can do it live too!

Will Johnson - Vultures Await
Oh, what a voice on that man. I work in a nest of rabid Will Johnson fans, and they've rubbed off on me in a big way.

Sleep Station - After the War
Another underappreciated record that pleasantly surprised the heck out of me.

Low - The Great Destroyer
This comes at the end of the list because technically it's not released yet. Yay for promos... And oh holy heck this record is good. A bit more rockin' than past Low, but they do it well--perfectly, actually--and I can't wait to see it live.
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12-17-2004, 01:07 PM
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Mates of State - All Day (EP)
Mates of State - Team Boo (LP) -- okay so maybe this was last year. sue me.
Palomar - Palomar III
Denali - The Instinct
Jimmy Eat World - Futures
They Might Be Giants - The Spine
Green Day - American Idiot -- yeah, I'm serious. It's really fucking good.
Le Tigre - This Island

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12-17-2004, 02:29 PM
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Re: listus 2004
atlas Wrote:the Dears - No Cities Left
I don't care if they sound like Blur. They can howl, and it feels great.

technically, it was released in april 2003 (in canada. i heard it in 2003). otherwise it would've made my list.
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12-17-2004, 02:49 PM
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Unfortunately, I am not in Canada. I often wish I was.
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12-18-2004, 12:42 PM
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Jimmy eat world-futures
Modest mouse-G.N.F.P.W.L.B.N (newest one)
Von bondies-pawn shoppe heart
Keane-self titled
Franz-self titled

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12-20-2004, 10:34 AM
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I cannot tell you until after christmas (probably much closer to New years), but I am amazed at the lack of John Vanderslice's Cellar Door on anyone's list! It's on mine, I guarantee!

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12-20-2004, 11:22 AM
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Barring anything amazing that's in my xmas gifts, the current list includes the following (in no particular order):

The Mountain Goats--We Shall All Be Healed
John Vanderslice--Cellar Door
U2--How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Viva Voce--The Heat Can Melt Your Brain
Various--Future Sountrack for America
Loretta Lynn--Van Lear Rose
Rilo Kiley--More Adventurous
Tom Waits--Real Gone
Morrissey--You Are the Quarry
Smoosh--She Like Electric
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12-20-2004, 01:16 PM
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LoveSickJerk Wrote:I cannot tell you until after christmas (probably much closer to New years), but I am amazed at the lack of John Vanderslice's Cellar Door on anyone's list! It's on mine, I guarantee!

it made it on gimpy's, but it was an intentional snub on mine.

sorry, john!
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12-21-2004, 12:13 PM
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why intentional snub? out of curiosity...



in no particular order (and probably not a fair representation cuz I'm bad at this and forgetful):


visqueen
sunset on dateland

ac newman
slow wonder

franz ferdinand
self titled

scissor sisters
self titled (?)

john vanderslice
cellar door

the mountain goats
we shall all be healed

loretta lynn
van lear rose

the helio sequence
love and distance

ben kweller
on my way

modest mouse
good news for people who love bad news


honorable mention:

arcade fire
funeral

fiery furnaces
blueberry boat

citizen cope
the clarence greenwood recordings

rilo kiley
more adventurous

jem
finally woken

various
garden state soundtrack

the hives
tyrannosaurus hives



man. this is difficult. I know I'm forgetting stuff from earlier in the year...
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12-21-2004, 04:20 PM
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aj Wrote:why intentional snub? out of curiosity...

i just didn't like it as much as the others. the mullholland drive idea ("a promising young actress" sounded like a good one but i probably would have never even given it a second thought if i hadn't seen it. the song kind of meanders and if i hadn't seen the movie i doubt it would make sense at all to me. the record just kind of trudges along when i listen to it. "pale horse" and the one with the acoustic guitar and the political lyrics (afghanistan, columbia, guantanomo) are both really really good songs but for the most part the album just kind of makes it's way through my cd player without really demanding any attention from me. business as usual. i'm sure other people liked it, and i don't think that vanderslice isn't talented or anything, i just didn't dig that record.
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12-21-2004, 09:11 PM
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I would also like to add "Smile" by Brian Wilson and his wonderful Wondermints. Yeah, I know, 'not as good as the bootlegs' this, 'not the real Beach Boys' that. I think a lot of those folks would rather live the myth. Let them make their own versions on CD-Rs. But listen to the new version and tell me Brian Wilson is nothing without the Beach Boys, and I'll call you a filthy damned liar. Then I'll apologize later and buy you ice cream and find a gentler way to tell you how wrong you are.
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12-22-2004, 10:58 AM
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I must have missed it on Gimpy's list. Sorry folks. I can see where you're coming from Kev, and I've always had problems with "Talented Actress", having never seen the film. And yeah, the end of the cd seems to mellow and drift a bit, but not as badly as some other releases this year, such as Good News For People Who Like Bad News. I've rarely complained that an album was too long. That's all I'm sayin. And don't worry I'll have my list up after christmas! Promise!!!!!

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12-22-2004, 11:01 AM
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I forgot travistan. I really do like it. a lot. but its in honorable mention.
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