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[Nac Faves] My Favorite Music of 2005

Posted on March 22, 2006 at 1:40 pm | No Comments

2005’s best-of lists started appearing earlier than ever, some even showing up in early November, well before the year was over. Like Christmas decorations, they’ll keep arriving sooner than the year before… and if that’s the case, then I’m that guy who leaves his long-dead tree up until Spring rolls around. I’ve never been so burned-out on year-end lists, and so quickly, as I was this year… so I had to let some time pass to clear my head of them all.

Yes, my list is very late. But I don’t really do it for display, I do it for myself, for future reflection. It’s hardly original, not so surprising, full of predictably white-boy indie-whatever. With a couple of exceptions, you’ll find these releases on many other lists. So be it. I am what I am.

Best of 2005 Candidates:

The Woods by Sleater-Kinney
British Sea Power – Open Season
Headphones – self-titled
The Decemberists – Picaresque
House of Love – Days Run Away
Stars – Set Yourself On Fire
Autolux – Future Perfect
Mary Timony – Ex Hex
Lou Barlow – Emoh
Lucksmiths – Warmer Corners
Portastatic – Bright Ideas
Monade – A Few Steps More
Summer At Shatter Creek – All the Answers
Sigur Ros – Takk
Smog – A River Ain’t Too Much To Love

Explosions in the Sky reissue
Slowdive reissues
Stereolab & Yo La Tengo boxes
Cure reissues

Good riddance to 2005, I said as this now-not-so-new year started. Despite a few personal highlights, it was mostly a tolerable twelve months that became fairly terrible near the end there. As the door closed on it, Oh-Five booted me from behind on the way out, and I’m grateful for the mental reboot that this new year has brought me. Big changes are already in progress, and I welcome them…

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movies:

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Crash
Me and You and Everyone We Know
Syriana
King Kong
The Squid & the Whale
40 Year Old Virgin
A History of Violence
Sin City
Serenity
Thumbsucker
Batman Begins
Howl’s Moving Castle
Kung Fu Hustle
Munich
Millions
Junebug

disappointments:

Aeon Flux
Broken Flowers
Hitchhiker’s Guide
Revenge of the Sith

haven’t seen:

Capote
Brokeback Mountain
The New World

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