Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Tooth, Oh Sand Fife!


2005 ranked in an order that meagerly fails to justify thinking about art in degrees of superiority

Spoon, GIMME FICTION (May 10)
Beck, GUERO (March 29)
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy / Matt Sweeney, SUPERWOLF (January 25)
Caribou, THE MILK OF HUMAN KINDNESS (April 19)
The Hold Steady, SEPARATION SUNDAY (May 3)
The Magik Markers, I TRUST MY GUITAR, ETC. (March 14)
Six Organs of Admittance, SCHOOL OF THE FLOWER (January 25)
Edan, BEAUTY AND THE BEAT (March 29)
Cold Bleak Heat, IT’S MAGNIFICENT, BUT IT ISN’T WAR (March 5)
Feathers, GNOMEOZOIC (March 1)
Excepter, THRONE (April 26)
The Game, THE DOCUMENTARY (February 1)
Comets on Fire / Burning Star Core, LP (April 5)
Antony and the Johnsons, I AM A BIRD NOW (February 1)
Black Mountain, BLACK MOUNTAIN (January 18)
Animal Collective / Vashti Bunyan, PROSPECT HUMMER EP (May 31)
Shining, IN THE KINGDOM OF KITSCH YOU WILL BE A MONSTER (March 1)
M83, BEFORE THE DAWN HEALS US (January 25)
The Magik Markers, TALE OF THE WHALE (TBA)
Architecture in Helsinki, IN CASE WE DIE (April 12)
The Books, LOST AND SAFE (April 5)
M.I.A, ARULAR (March 22)
Deerhoof, SE PIANGI SE RIDI / STRAWBERRY BANANAS 7” (February 1)
Sunburned Hand of the Man, NO MAGIC MAN (March 21)
Iron and Wine, WOMAN KING EP (February 22)
Magnolia Electric Co., WHAT COMES AFTER THE BLUES (April 5)
LCD Soundsystem, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM (February 15)
Bright Eyes, I’M WIDE AWAKE, IT’S MORNING (January 25)
Bloc Party, SILENT ALARM (March 22)
The Skygreen Leopards, LIFE AND LOVE IN SPARROW’S MEADOW (February 1)

2005 traveling to the past, returning with moon unit rox and freeze-dried vegetation: coolest reissues I haven’t yet heard

Bill Fay Group, TOMORROW TOMORROW AND TOMORROW
John Fahey, THE GREAT SANTA BARBARA OIL SLICK
Maulawi, MAULAWI
Sunn O))), THE GRIMM ROBE DEMOS
Various Artists, NEW THING!

2005 new music that I’ve yet to hear but will be proud to rank with a militant hand as soon as I acquire them for free (polaris star indicates that I actually really want to track it down as opposed to just harboring mild curiosity)

Akron/Family, AKRON/FAMILY
Andrew Bird, THE MYSTERIOUS REPRODUCTION OF EGGS
Boom Bip, BLUE EYED IN THE RED ROOM
Boredoms, SEADRUM/HOUSE OF SUN*
The Boy Least Likely To, THE BEST PARTY EVER
Busdriver, FEAR OF A BLACK TANGENT
The Decemberists, PICARESQUE
Dredd Foole, A LONG, LOSING BATTLE WITH ELOQUENCE AND INTIMANCE
Dylan Nyoukis, THE MYSTERIOUS BLUE SOUPS OF THE SOUTH
Evan Parker / John Coxon / Ashley Wales, EVAN PARKER WITH BIRDS
The Ex, TURN
The Fiery Furnaces, EP
Gold Sparkle Trio, BROOKLYN CANTOS*
Hall of Fame, PARADISE NOW
Hella, CHURCH GONE WILD / CHIRPIN HARD
Henry Grimes Trio, LIVE AT THE KERAVA JAZZ FESTIVAL
Hood, OUTSIDE CLOSER
The Howling Hex, ALL NIGHT FOX
The Kills, NO WOW
Low, THE GREAT DESTROYER
The Mountain Goats, THE SUNSET TREE
Mu, OUT OF BREACH (MANCHESTER’S REVENGE)
The Necks, MOSQUITO / SEE THROUGH
Quasimoto, THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF LORD QUAS
The Ridiculous Trio, THE RIDICULOUS TRIO PLAYS THE STOOGES*
Roots Manuva, AWFULLY DEEP
Seu Jorge, CRU
Sleater-Kinney, THE WOODS
Smegma, RUMBLINGS
Sonny Simmons, SONNY SIMMONS
Stephen Malkmus, FACE THE TRUTH*
The Thing, GARAGE*
Various Artists, RUN THE ROAD
Wally Shoup, BLUE PURGE
William Parker Quartet, SOUND UNITY*