2005: favorites

  1. Spoon: Gimme Fiction
  2. The Mountain Goats: The Sunset Tree
  3. M.I.A.: Arular
  4. The Hold Steady: Separation Sunday 
  5. FME: Cuts
  6. Kanye West: Late Registration
  7. William Parker: Sound Unity
  8. Tim Berne Paraphrase: Pre-Emtive Denial
  9. DangerDoom: The Mouse and the Mask
  10. Sleater Kinney: The Woods
  11. Go-Betweens: Oceans Apart
  12. The Constantines: Tournament of Hearts
  13. Amadou & Mariam: Dimanche à Bamako
  14. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings: Naturally
  15. Lightning Bolt: Hypermagic Mountain
  16. Art Brut: Bang Bang Rock & Roll
  17. The Perceptionists: Black Dialogue
  18. The David S. Ware Quartets: Live in the World
  19. Sufjan Stevens: Illinois
  20. A Frames: Black Forest
  21. Billy Bang: Vietnam: Reflections
  22. Robyn: Robyn
  23. Bayashi (Vidar Johansen, Bjørnar Andresen, Thomas Strønen): Rock (Jazzaway Recrods)
  24. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  25. Clem Snide: The End of Love
  26. Various: Our New Orleans 2005
  27. The Ponys: Celebration Castle
  28. Sirone Bang Ensemble: Configuration
  29. Against Me!: Searching for a Former Clarity (Fat Wreck Chrods)
  30. Blueprint: 1988
  31. Blackalicious: The Craft
  32. Robbie Fulks: Georgia Hard
  33. The Willowz: Talk in Circles
  34. The Brakes: Give Blood
  35. Various: Run the Road
  36. Comet Gain: City Fallen Leaves
  37. Edan: Beauty and the Beat
  38. Marc Ribot: Spiritual Unity
  39. Various: The Rough Guide to the Music of Sahara
  40. The Books: Lost and Safe
  41. Buck 65: This Right Here is Buck 65
  42. Amy Rigby: Little Fugitive
  43. LCD Soundsystem: LCD Soundsystem
  44. Lady Sovereign: Vertically Challenged
  45. Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, William Parker: Blue Winter
  46. The Fall: Fall Heads Roll
  47. Scott Hamilton: Back in New York
  48. Jamie Lidell: Multiply
  49. The Pernice Brothers: Discover a Lovelier You
  50. Wide Right: Sleeping on the Coach

    Outside Top (alphabetically):

    • Annie: Annimal 
    • Fiona Apple: Extraordinary Machine 
    • Bright Eyes: I'm Wide Awake, it's Morning 
    • Busdriver: Fear of a Black Tangent 
    • Count Base-D: Begborrowsteal 
    • Fannypack: See You Next Tuesday 
    • Fieldwork: Simulated Progress 
    • Gogol Bordello: Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike 
    • Al Green: Everything's OK 
    • Kano: Home Sweet Home
    • Steven Malkmus: Face the Truth 
    • MC Hawking: A Brief History of Rhyme 
    • The New Pornographers: Twin Cinema 
    • William Parker: Luc's Lantern 
    • Bobby Pinson: Man Like Me 
    • Qasimoto: The Further Adventures of... 
    • The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang 
    • Shakira: Oral Fixation Vol. 2Sonny Rollins: Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert 
    • Thunderbirds Are Now: Justamustache 
    • The Thing: Live at Blå 
    • Loudon Wainwright III: Here Come the Choppers 
    • White Stripes: Get Behind Me Satan 
    • Stevie Wonder: A Time to Love


    • Babyshambles: Down in Albion 
    • Block Party: Silent Alarm 
    • Blood on the Wall: Awesomer 
    • Mariah Carey: The Emancipation of Mimi 
    • Ry Cooder: Chavez Ravine 
    • Death Cab for Cutie: PlansFranz Ferdinand: You Could Have it So Much Better 
    • Gorillaz: Demon Days 
    • Kings of Leon: Aha Shake Heartbreak 
    • Love as Laughter: Laughter's Fifth 
    • Madonna: Confessions on a Dance Floor 
    • Out Hud: Let Us Never Speak of it Again 
    • Liz Phair: Somebody's Miracle 
    • John Prine: Fair and Square 
    • Richard Thompson: Front Parlour Ballads 
    • Martha Wainwright: Martha Wainwright 
    • Wilderness: Wilderness


    • Ryan Adams: Jacksonville City Nights 
    • Animal Collective : Feels 
    • Architecture in Helsinki: In Case We Die
    • The Darkness: One Way Ticket to Hell . . . and Back 
    • Devendra Banhart: Cripple Crow 
    • Beck: Guero 
    • Big Star: In Space 
    • Black Mountain: Black Mountain 
    • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: HowlBright Eyes: Digital Ash in a Digital Urn 
    • Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene 
    • Kate Bush: Aerial 
    • Vashti Bunyan: Lookaftering
    • James Carter/Cyrus Chestnut/Reginald Veal/Ali Jackson: Gold Sounds 
    • The Clientele: Strange Geometry 
    • Cobra Verde: Copycat Killers 
    • Common: Be 
    • The Decemberists: Picaresque 
    • Deerhof: Runners Four 
    • The Doves: Some Cities 
    • Kathleen Edwards: Back to Me 
    • Missy Elliott: The Cookbook 
    • Feist: Let It Die 
    • 50 Cent: The Massacre 
    • Leela James: A Change Is Gonna Come 
    • Kaiser Chiefs: Employment 
    • Ladytron: Witching Hour 
    • Lil' Wayne: Tha Carter 2 
    • Little Brother: The Minstrel Show 
    • Living Things: Ahead of the Lions 
    • Low: The Great Destroyer 
    • Maximo Park: A Certain Trigger 
    • Paul McCartney: Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard 
    • Nada Surf: The Weight Is a Gift 
    • The National: Alligator 
    • New Order: Waiting for the Sirens' Call 
    • Nils Petter Molvær: ER 
    • Platinum Pied Pipers: Triple P 
    • The Posies: Every Kind of Light 
    • Queens of the Stone Age: Lullabies to Paralyze 
    • Ricochets: Isolation 
    • Josh Rouse: Nashville 
    • Bruce Springsteen: Devils and Dust 
    • System of a Down: Hypnotize 
    • System of a Down: Mezmerize 
    • Teenage Fanclub: Man Made 
    • Wolf Parade: Apologies to the Queen Mary 
    • Neil Young: Prairie Wind

      Get away from me!:
    • Ryan Adams: Cold Roses Ryan Adams: 29 
    • ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: Worlds Apart
    • Antony & the Johnnsons: I Am a Bird Now  
    • BigBang: Poetic Terrorism 
    • Black Eyes Peas: Monkey Business 
    • James Blunt: Back to Bedlam 
    • Bon Jovi: Have a Nice Day 
    • Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Matt Sweeney: Superwolf 
    • Jamie Cullum: Catching Tales 
    • Cast Zoobon: Problembarn 
    • Coldplay: X&Y 
    • Daft Punk: Human After All 
    • Gavin DeGraw: Chariot 
    • Neil Diamond: 12 Songs 
    • Dungen: Ta Det Lungt 
    • Eels: Blinking Lights and Other Revelations 
    • The Game: The Documentary 
    • David Gray: Life in Slow Motion 
    • Kent: Du & jag & döden 
    • Lil' Kim: The Naked Truth 
    • Madrugada: The Deep End 
    • The Magic Numbers: The Magic Numbers 
    • Magnet: The Tourniquet 
    • The Mars Volta: Frances the Mute 
    • My Morning Jacket: Z 
    • Necro: The Sexorcist 
    • Nine Inch Nails: With Teeth 
    • Silje Nergård: Be Still My Heart - The Essential 
    • Röyksopp: The Understanding 
    • Sigur Ros: Takk . . . 
    • Saint Thomas: Children of the New Brigade 
    • Turboneger: Party Animals


      Balkan Beat Box: Balkan Beat Box
      Broadcast: Tender Buttons
      Rodney Crowell: The Outsider
      Gang Gang Dance: God's Money
      Various Artists: Golden Afrique 1
      Isolee: We Are Monster
      Konono No. 1: Congotronics
      Marah: If You Didn't Laugh You'd CryDamian "Jr. Gong" Marley: Welcome to Jamrock
      James McMurtry: Childish Things
      Okkervil River: Black Sheep Boy
      Pelican: The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw
      Rogue Wave: Descended Like Vultures
      Silver Jews: Tanglewood Numbers
      Stars: Set Yourself on Fire
      Sunn O))): The Black One
      Young Jeezy: Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101
      Why?: Elephant Eyelash

      2004-albums not entered:

      The Arcade Fire: Funeral
      The Go! Team: Thunder, Lightning, Strike 


  1. Albert Ayler: Spiritual Unity
  2. Miles Davis: A Tribute to Jack Johnson
  3. The Insect Trust: Hoboken Saturday Night
  4. Pat Metheny / Ornette Coleman: Song X: Twentieth Anniversary
  5. The Pogues: Rum Sodomy & the Lash
  6. Rank and File: Long Gone Dead
  7. Rank and File: Sundown
  8. Art Ensemble of Chicago: Phase One
  9. Lee Dorsey: Yes We Can / Night People
  10. Raspberries: Starting Over
  11. Andrew Hill: Andrew!!!
Compilations/vault music:

  1. Public Enemy: Power to the People and the Beats: Public Enemy's Greatest Hits
  2. Thelonious Monk Quartet With John Coltrane: At Carnegie Hall
  3. Nat King Cole: The World of Nat King Cole
  4. Bud Powell: The Very Best
  5. Richard Hell: Spurts: The Richard Hell Story
  6. 20 #1 Hits of the '20s
  7. Destiny's Child: #1's
  8. O'Jays: The Essential O'Jays
  9. Sloan: A Sides Win: Singles 1992-2005
  10. Yellow Pills: Prefill
  11. 30 #1 Hits of the '30s
Still Concidering:

  • Louis Armstrong: Jazz Moods: Hot (Columbia/Legacy, 1926-29)
  • Johnny Cash: The Legend (Columbia/Legacy 4CD, 1955-2002)
  • Dizzy Gillespie: Career 1937-1992 (Shout! Factory 2CD)
  • Billie Holiday: The Ultimate Collection
  • You Ain't Talkin' to Me: Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music
  • Thelonious Monk: The Very Best (Blue Note, 1947-52)
  • Horace Silver: The Very Best (Blue Note, 1954-66)

  1. Hold Steady: "Stevie Nix"
  2. Kelly Clarkson "Since u Been Gone"
  3. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings: "How do I Let a Good Man Down"
  4. Amerie: "1 Thing"
  5. The Mountain Goats: "This Year"
  6. Spoon: "I Summon You"
  7. Hold Steady: "Your Little Hoodrat Friend"
  8. M.I.A.: "Sunshowers"
  9. The Constantines: "Soon Enough"
  10. Kanye West feat. Jay-Z: "Diamonds from Sierra Leone"
  11. Sleater-Kinney: "Jumpers"
  12. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: "Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood"
  13. DangerDoom: "Sofa King"
  14. Kanye West Featuring Lupe Fiasco: "Touch the Sky"
  15. Spoon: "Sister Jack"
  16. The Game Featuring 50 Cent: "Hate It or Love It"
  17. The Mountain Goats: "Dance Music"
  18. Brad Paisley: "Alcohol"
  19. Art Brut: "My Little Brother"
  20. Pussycat Dolls: "Don't Cha"
  21. The Mountain Goats: "This Year"
  22. The Go-Betweens: "Born to a Family"
  23. M.I.A.: "10"
  24. The Ponys: "I'm with You"
  25. R. Kelly: "Trapped in the Closet, Chapter 1-5"
  26. Arctic Monkeys: I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"
  27. Robyn: "Be Mine"
  28. Sleater-Kinney: "Entertain"
  29. Lightning Bolt "Birdy"
  30. A Frames: "Eva Braun"
  31. The Constantines. "Love in Fear"
  32. Sufjan Stevens: "Chicago"
  33. Blackalicious: "Powers"
  34. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: "My Man is a Mean Man"
  35. The Perceptionists: "Lets Move!!"
  36. The Cardigans: "I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need to be Nicer"
  37. Devendra Banhart: "Chinese Children"
  38. Amy Rigby: "The Trouble with Jeanie"
  39. Blueprint: "Where's Your Girlfriend At?"
  40. Gwen Stefani "Hollaback Girl"
  41. The New Pornographers: "Use It"
  42. The Willows: "Cons & Tricks"
  43. The Perceptionists feat. Humty Hump: "Career Finders"
  44. Edan: "Fumbeling Over Words that Rhyme"
  45. The Hold Steady: "Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night"
  46. Thunderbirds are Now: "Eat This City"
  47. Martha Wainwright: "Bloody Motherfucking Asshole"
  48. The Legendary K.O.: "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People"
  49. LCD Soundsystem: "Daft Punk is Palying at my House"
  50. Robbie Fulks: "Each Night I Try"
  51. T.I. "Bring 'em Out"
  52. Sugababes: "Push the Button"
  53. Lightning Bolt: "Captain Caveman"
  54. The Boy least Likely To: "Hugging My Grudge"
  55. Babyshambles: "Fuck Forever"
  56. The White Stripes: "My Doorbell"
  57. FannyPack: "Pump That"
  58. Cobra Verde: "I Feel Love"
  59. Necro: "Who's Ya Daddy"
  60. Marion Raven: "Break You"
  61. James Carter/Cyrus Chestnut/Reginald Veal/Ali Jackson: "Stereo"
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