Tuesday, December 06, 2005

It's not the winning but the effort that counts - top ten albums of 2005

wow. here's the bit where we say how we're so geeky and shit and like to compile lists. so um yeah here goes. tim & richard's respective top 10 albums of the year...

- richard's top 10

10. the lucksmiths - warmer corners [track: great lengths]
download a hiccup in yr happiness.mp3
9. the new pornographers - twin cinema [track: twin cinema]
8. tom vek - we have sound [track: nothing but green lights]
7. the most serene republic - underwater cinematographer [track: content always was my favourite colour]
6. wolf parade - apologies to the queen mary [track: shine a light]
5. sufjan stevens - illinois [track: decatur]
4. architecture in helsinki - in case we die [track: wishbone]
stream the album.
3. the clientele - strange geometry [track: since k got over me]
download st pauls underneath a sinking sky.mp3
2. broken social scene - broken social scene [track: fire eye'd boy]
1. clap your hands say yeah - clap your hands say yeah [tracks: over and over again (lost & found), upon this tidal wave of young blood]

albums that didn't make richard's top 10, but are super good:

boards of canada - the campfire headphase
deerhoof - the runners four
edan - beauty and the beat
kiss me deadly - misty medley
serena-maneesh - serena-maneesh
the decemberists - picaresque
m83 - before the dawn heals us
devendra banhart - cripple crow
the phoenix foundation - pegasus

- tim's top 10

10. the white stripes - get behind me satan [track: red rain]
9. pelican - may the fire in our throats beckon the thaw [track: sirius]
8. black mountain - black mountain [track: no satisfaction]
download druganaut.mp3
7. spoon - gimme fiction [track: i turn my camera on]
6. dirty three - cinder [track: ember]
5. bright eyes (ick) - i'm wide awake it's morning [track: landlocked blues]
4. devendra banhart - cripple crow [track: some people ride the wave]
stream the album.
3. ryan adams - jacksonville city nights [track: hard way to fall]
stream the album.
2. okervil river - black sheep boy [track: black]
1. tim rogers & the temperance union - dirty ron/ghosts songs [tracks: broken stuff, kalgoolie]

and tim's honorable mentions...

Sigur Ros Takk
Animal Collective Feels
Antony & The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now
Andrew Bird The Mysterious Production Of Eggs
New Pornographgers Twin Cinema
Decemberists Picaresque
Architecture In Helsinki In Case We Die
Smog A River Ain't Too Much To Love
Kings Of Leon Ah Ha Shake Heartbreak
Oneida The Wedding
Magnolia Electric Co. What Comes After The Blues
Silver Jews Tanglewood Numbers

and if I had the full album before last week this would have made my top 10 but now Pitchfork is going to fucking ruin it for me

The Drones Wait Long By The River And The Bodies Of Your Enemies Will Float By. Sensational. Absolutely rock n' roll from Melbourne, Rock City, Australia.

- shea (the indie kid)'s top 10

10. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
9. Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
8. Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - #3
7. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
6. The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
5. Architecture In Helsinki - Incase We Die
4. The Phoenix Foundation - Pegasus
3. Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow
2. Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary
1. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!

Honourable Mentions:
Stephen Malkmus - Face The Truth
The Boy Least Likely To - The Best Party Ever
Deerhoof - The Runners Four
The Lucksmiths - Warmer Corners
The Decemberists - Picaresque

post yr on top 10 in the comments section below. go on. you know that deep down, yr just as geeky as us...


Dave Wolfgang said...

Hhhhmmm sehr interessantische...

I'm gonna include Arcade Fire cos it came out over here (UK) this year and not CYHSY cos it didn't officially (although it would be second if it had!)...

1. Arcade Fire - Funeral
2. Sigur Ros - Takk
3. The National - Alligator
4. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake
5. Editors - The Back Room
6. MIA - Arular
7. Electrelane - Axes
8. We Are Scientists - With Love and Squalor
9. Adam Green - Gemstones
10. Field Music - Field Music

Peace out

richard said...

ooh! the arcade fire. yr just as bad as NME! ;)

thanks for the post

Taylor Frost said...

Great List "Indie Kid Shea"! Heres Mine:

1. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
2. The Clientele - Strange Gemometry
3. Phoenix Foundation - Pegasus
4. Flotation Toy Warning - Bluffer's Guide To The Flight
5. Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
6. Wolf Parade - Aplogies To The Queen Mary
7. The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
8. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
9. Antony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
10. Sleater-Kinney - The Woods


Emma said...

Nice, here's mine ...

10.Eels - Blinking Lights And Other Revelations
9.Wilco - Kicking Television
8.Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
7.Fruit Bats - Spelled In Bones
6.Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
5.The Fiery Furnaces - Ep
4.Wolf Parade - Apologies To Queen The Marie
3.Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow
2.Death Cab For Cutie - Plans (the hipper young indie kids' Twin Cinema)
1.Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Honourable Mentions:
The Boy Least Likely To - The Best Party Ever
A Hawk And A Hacksaw - Darkness At Noon
Ryan McPhun And The Ruby Suns - Ryan McPhun & The Ruby Suns
Phoenix Foundation - Pegasus
Joy Zipper - The Heartlight Set
Antony And The Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now

Plus, a bonus list of unofficial releases:
Shea's Summer Mix Tape
Neutral Milk Hotel - The Monroe House Tapes

P.S: Totally going in search of Tim Rogers & The Temperance Union

gareth said...

10. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois(e)
9. The Mint Chicks - Fuck The Golden Youth
8. Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
7. Common -Be
6. Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow
5. The Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree
4. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
3. Sigur Ros - Takk…
2. Phoenix Foundation - Pegasus
1. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake…

or something like that, anyway.

Honorable mentions or how I learned to stop worrying that I didn't hear these albums yet and promised to do so at the earliest possible convenience:
Deerhoof - The Runners Four
New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
Tom Vek - We Have Sound

Cameron Deyhle said...

nice blog.
one complaint, your tops for 05 list is a bit difficult to read. the layout of it i mean. i gave up about half way through.

richard said...

yeah, i noticed that too. i was trying to adhere to the normal playlist format for our shows, but it didn't work. fixed now.

Digby said...

10 albums I liked alot from what I heard this year.. numbering is too hard!

Akron/Family - s/t
Animal Collective - Feels
Black Forest Black Sea - Forcefields and Constellations
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - s/t
Dirty Projectors, The - The Getty Address
Four Tet - Everything Ecstatic
Jennifer Gentle - Valende
Minus Story - Heaven and Hell EP
New Pornographers, The - Twin Cinema
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

(Apologies to the Queen Mary would make it too if it wasn't mostly stuff from the EPs rerecorded)

Adele said...

10. Mt Eerie - No Flashlight
9. Final Fantasy – Has A Good Home
8. Animal Collective - Feels
7. Tom Vek - We Have Sound
6. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
5. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
4. Sunset Rubdown - Snake's Got A Leg
3. The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
2. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
1. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary (Digby - what you said may be true, and the version of ...Hungry Ghosts isn't up to much, but this has I'll Believe In Anything. If the entire album were made up of just this song, I'd be a happy lady. See also: Sunset Rubdown.)

Honour Roll:
Babyshambles - Down In Albion
Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - S/T
Chad VanGaalen - Infiniheart (so it was a reissue this year, but it had a different track listing! That counts!)
Elliott the Letter Ostrich - Blood Cape
The Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree
The National - Alligator
Ryan Adams - Jacksonville City Nights
White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
Hank ft. the Hank Collective - How to Prosper In the Coming Bad Years

Whoops. Must work on being concise.

serfx said...

Loads of great stuff here, i'm still working on my own top ten list for the year...

it will be posted early in january..
i'll be adding a link to this blog though..

indie rock is dead, long live indie rock.

Christa said...

Im going ti have to say that Antony - you have my vote, i can't deny it any longer. And the boy least likely to is bliss, Thats my top ten - everything else will be somewhere other than in it.

and Richard - so exciting about the go team! - do tell me how it went!

Lonely Space Panda said...

Lonely Space Panda hear to bring you the top ten country fried steak greats of 05:

10. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
9. Jens Lekman - Oh You're So Silent Jens
8. Pernice Brothers - Discover A Lovelier You
7. AYWKUBTD - Worlds Apart
6. Kate Bush - Aerial
5. Billy Corgan - TheFutureEmbrace
4. Patrick Wolf - Wind in the Wires
3. Annie - Anniemal
2. Vashti Bunyan - Lookaftering
1. Belle & Sebastian - Push Barman to Open Old Wounds

Hey just a suggestion guys, but wouldn't it be kinda cool to compile a top 10 of the "other" 90s. Like everyone's favorite 90s albums that go unlooked by most people (aka no Radiohead, Talk Talk, Nirvana, etc.)