Friday, December 23, 2005

Top Ten 2005

It's the end of the year and here is my top ten selection for 2005.

10. Sigur Ros - Takk

A story told from the first to the last song. Simply an unique and a beautiful release.

09. Editors - Back Room

Someone would say it's not original, we've heard that with Joy Division, Interpol or even Depeche Mode. But is it good? Hell yes. It's one of my favorites in 2005.

08. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake It's Morning

Conor Oberst worked hard in this year. Two full-length albums, one live album and a number of collaborations with other artists. This album is the Bright Eyes best release up to now, compact and powerful.

07. Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow

Devendra Banhart has already established himself as the one of the most important figures in the so-called freak-folk community. With the Cripple Crow his arrogance is obvious, he's self-assured more than ever delivering probably his best album up to now.

06. M.I.A. - Arular

One of the most exciting surprises in the past year. Sri-Lankan born hip-hop singer collaborating with the well-established figure in the world of electronic music - Diplo (Diplomats), delivered highly praised release that one must have.

05. Decemberists - Picaresque

Decemberists have a number of releases behind them. This one is certainly their most complete release, the one that shows the maturity of the band and their music.

04. Antony & The Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now

With this album A&J won the Mercury prize. Strongly filled with emotions and beautiful sounds this album is the must for everyone.

03. My Morning Jacket - Z

This albums is the highlight in the work of My Morning Jacket. It's a gem, a piece of art that would be hard to repeat.

02. Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better

This album is so good that I afraid that it may turn to mainstream. Franz Ferdinand have fulfilled the expectations and confirmed that they rule the new brit-rock scene.

01. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

When the band delivers something really unique that comes from their own kitchen and it's really refreshing and good, then it deserves to hit the top of the list. CYHSY are definitely my top choice for this year and I recommend it highly.

Some other releasess worth listening:
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
Babyshambles - Down In Albion
The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
Art Brut - Bang Bang R'n'R
Okkervill River - Black Sheep Boy
Caesars - Paper Tigers
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
The Tears - Here Come The Tears
The Capes - Hello
Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary
Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene
Stars - Set Yourself On Fire
Metric - Live It Out
Mew - And The Glass Handed Kites

I expected more from (black list):
Billy Corgan - The Future Embrace
Adam Green - Gemstones
Oasis - Don't Believe The Truth

Keep your eyes on:
The Strokes - First Impressions Of The Earth
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am ...

I wish to all of you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope to get some more interaction with you in the next year. That's why I would invite you to participate more in the further development of this page by leaving comments, discussing music, etc. Have nice holidays, make love.

I will not post in the next two weeks. Until next year. Bye.


Blogger Saiman Miah said...

Totally awsome site! good top ten but shame to see no candadian bands there like arcadefire, stars etc there all so good. im from birmingham UK the home of the editors in fact my friends mums there landlady, small world. enjoy the holidays i sure will.

btw i would love to contribute to the site with gig pictures i have taken.


2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea, have a happy new year too!

Love this site, especially since is down... I'd like to participate in the site, but I'm not totally in the idea of your site. Well okay, I find quite a lot of open dirs, but I mainly enjoy uploading my music to things like rapidshare. But well, if ya ever need some help,

agent-_- ->

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Daver said...

Great blog! Thanks for sharing your thoughts (not to mention all of the ODs). I'm a regular visitor and big fan, and I'll try to comment more actively in the coming year.

M.I.A, LCD Soundsystem and Sigur Ros were all big faves of mine this year, too. I'd also throw in Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's "Howl," Beck's "Guero" and Moby's "Hotel." Oh, and yeah, that new Strokes album is definitely growing on me.


5:23 PM  
Anonymous sliceoflime said...

have a great new year!

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great blog. I check it mostly every day for new indie links.
That was a good year for music and thanks for all links and news you`ve posted in this outgoing year!

Cheers from 'orange revolutionary' Ukraine;)

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a happy new year too, thanks for sharing and your great blog !

1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the site, thanks for everything you have done this year. i can honestly say this is one of the few music sites i look forward to visiting on a daily basis. keep up the good work! see you in the new year.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Styeiles said...

I`m surprised too that there was no Canadian mention of Broken Social Scene, Stars, Metric...oh well...I can say it was nice to finally see a list that doesn`t have Sufjan at #1...awesome blog!!

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Buster_Merryfield said...

Hi... Greetings from Serbia... This is one Awsome BLOG... Maybe the best on the net... Great taste of music... And many many tnx for all that OD's and links... Tnx Ziggy and happy new year... TO all of ya visitors... Bye...

9:22 PM  
Blogger mu-zick said...

Happy New Year, Ziggy ! Keep up your excellent taste in music !

9:31 AM  
Blogger Ziggy said...

I was so silly to leave the canadians out from my list but that's what happens when you do the summary a day before your holidays :)

Anyway I added my favorites in the list along with the excellent belgians (Mew) that I missed as well. Probably there are still some of the good ones missing but it would be impossible to put them all here.

Thanks for your comments. Have a nice New Year's party.

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Eggert said...

Mew are danish are they not?

now all of you have a mighty fine new year.. and keep up the good work with the site..

6:05 AM  
Anonymous lyla said...

like the list. i think 03-04 were better for music, i got spoiled and expected everyone to have totally amazingly dumbfoundingly great releases, and while there were some of those, a lot of it was...not bad, just not...stupefyingly great. i got spoiled. i think 06 will be better, all the bands that skipped this year (arcade fire, modest mouse, blah blah) will be releasing new stuff.

6:39 AM  
Blogger Cameron Deyhle said...

yo indiesurfer,
I know you are a neutral milk hotel fan so i wanted to send this on over your way. hope you like it.

11:36 PM  
Blogger Ziggy said...

Yes, you are right, Mew are danish.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I expected more from
Billy Corgan - The Future Embrace

How could you expect anything from Billy Corgan.
Wow, how old are you like 13?
Billy Corgan?
I just have to question your taste in music with the idea you thought that might be a good album!
Yeah you got the usual suspects on your list. (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Decemberists - Picaresque, Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake It's Morning)
And then you got this.
Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better at #2.
Lets hear it for marginal bands.
M.I.A. - Arular at #6. Keep on dancing.
Oh you so love the Indie rap dance shitfest that is M.I.A.
Sigur Ros - Takk #10
I so love that fake language they were kicking.
Question for Sigur Ros-How about you offer up a insrumental version of all your albums then I might care

Good luck next year.

Sheriff Wiskey D

1:35 AM  
Blogger horchatason said...

i agree on CYHSY for #1.
loved it from the moment i heard it.

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