Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Top Tracks 18 - 14

18. The Sun – Say Goodbye
This song starts out kinda slow and meandering … okay so nothing special right? Well, check it out at about 2:30 or so .. I think its a great tune. Really, good album by these guys … one of my favs this year. Honorable Mention – Romantic Death, We Tried, Must Be You
http://www.milkandcookies.com/article/2939/ - A funny video that they made of all kinds of people’s “O, O” faces (Yes, that is an Office Space reference).

17. Spoon – Sister Jack
Great track from their album “Gimmie Fiction”. They also have a couple other decent tunes off the same album, this song however was definitely the standout song for me. This is still to this day in heavy rotation on my ipod. Honorable Mention – I Summon You, I Turn My Camera On.
http://www.matadorrecords.com/spoon/music.html

16. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.
At first this I thought this song was really weird, then I thought you know what weird is good. Same with the album, the Gorillaz crew is very different and but that alright by me. Honorable Mention – DARE, Dirty Harry, pretty much the whole dang album.
www.gorillaz.com/

15. Shout Out Louds – Very Loud
Awesome, Awesome song. Check it out kids ... lots of fun. Honorable Mention – The Comeback, Hurry Up, Lets Go
www.shoutoutlouds.com/

14. The Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict a Riot
I remember the first time I heard this song; It was really hard to find a good quality version of it on the net the file I had was a little grainy. Poor Quality or not, as soon as that big rambling “I Predict a Riot” chorus hit I was sold. Tight album too. I just recently got the Enjoyment DVD and it appears that they are solid live (not that they will ever be in Ottawa). I look forward to big things from these lads. Honorable Mention – Oh My God, Everyday I Love You Less and Less, Born to be a Dancer.
www.kaiserchiefs.co.uk/

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Saturday, December 24, 2005

My Top 30 Tracks/Artists of 2005

30. The Black Keys - 10 AM Automatic
Great Band From Dayton Ohio. Really I wish I could have caught then in concert when they came to Ottawa in November, they would probably be higher on the list if I did, oh well. Honorable Mention - Till I Get My Way, Girl is on My Mind, All Hands Against His Own.
http://www.theblackkeys.com/

29. LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk is Playing at my house
Groovy little number from this dude, he released a 2 disc album earlier this year. Honorable Mention - Tribulations.
http://www.lcdsoundsystem.com/

28. Death From Above 1979 - You're A Woman, I'm A Machine
Toronto Band, two guys the vocalist plays the drums ... which scores big points in my book. Saw these guys on Conan and they rocked, Max Weinberg even played the drums for them at one point during their set ... really good stuff ... I look forward to hearing new stuff from them soon. Honorable Mention - Sexy Results, Black History Month, Romantic Rights.
http://www.deathfromabove1979.com/

27. Mike Doughty – 27 Jennifer’s
Mr. Doughty used to be the lead singer for the band Soul Coughing (remember Super Bon Bon?). Some really catchy stuff from him; 27 Jennifer’s stayed in my head for quite a while this year. Honorable Mention – Looking At the World From the Bottom of a Well.
http://www.mikedoughty.com/

26. (Dios) Malos – Broken Bones
A twanging, sweeping chorus Alt-Rocker type dealie. I don’t know what strikes me about this song. But it’s just great. Favorite Line of the year – “Alcohol Leave me cold, Mary Jane take me home” and I slowly Wake Up, Nothing’s Changed I’m still all Fucked Up.” I don’t even like “Mary Jane” … I’m such a poseur.
http://www.diosmalos.net/

25. Pinback – Fortress
I dig the strings in the background and the sing along chorus “ Stop, its too late, Im feeling frustrated”. It’s a catchy little ditty. Pitchfork.net gave these guys an 8.1 rating ... and they are cutting edge hipsters that we should all listen to … right? Honorable Mention – AFK.
http://www.pinback.com/

24. Augustana – Stars and Boulevards
Nice ballad here, at least I think this qualifies as a ballad. Its got all the qualities of a hit radio song … lets see if they make it big with this song, then we can all jump off the bandwagon and hate them cause the radio will kill another decent song. Honorable Mention - Boston
http://www.augustanamusic.com/

23. Bedouin Soundclash – When the night feels my song
I think mainstream radio has played the living crap out of this song, as they should I suppose. Its better than hearing “my humps’ 15 times a day. Montreal band, dude has a great voice … this song reminds me of summer and Corona … mmmmm beer. Honorable Mention - Gyasi Went Home.
http://www.bedouinsoundclash.com/

22. Grand National – Drink to Moving On
This would be a good song to do the robot to, or drink to while playing NHL 2006 on the xbox. I’ve only tried the latter. Honorable Mention – Talk amongst Yourselves.
http://www.indielondon.co.uk/music/cd_grand_national_kicking_habit.html

21. Boys Night Out – Composing
Typical Emo? … maybe. It’s a decent song and then it hits you at about the 3 minute mark in and you start to beat your head in a rocking out fashion, Yes, Yes don’t stop the rock’in. Sing it with me: “Its all about … “ No? Okay forget you then. Honorable Mention - Medicating
http://www.boysnightout.com/

20. Josh Rouse – Winter in the Hamptons
This gives me that early spring at a ski report with Baileys and Hot Chocolate feeling. You know where the jackasses start skiing in their sweaters and jeans? That kind. Good song, but I like his older stuff so I’m a little impartial. Honorable Mention – It’s the Nighttime
http://www.joshrouse.com/

19. The Go! Team – Huddle Formation
When I first heard The Go! Team I wasn’t really impressed. But then I was exposed to a couple other tracks off their new album and was sold after a few spins. This song is fun, its got a great beat and it makes me wanna sing along, except I don’t know what they are saying … So I am kinda just like ….. …… … (Insert white guy dance). Honorable Mention – Ladyflash.
http://www.thegoteam.co.uk/

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