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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Weighing In On '05...

Posted By on Tue, Dec 20, 2005 at 12:25 PM

Each December, I'm invited to participate in Pazz & Jop, the Village Voice's annual "best of" poll.

P & J is restricted to less than 1500 so-called professionals, which means armchair critics are shit out of luck.

I'm a rarity in my guild; I hate compiling lists. I submit to the Voice, however, because they appeal to my inner elitist.

Also, they pay an infinitesimal amount for comments. And I have been known to be motivated by my wallet.

Here are my picks:

#1. Antony & the JohnsonsI Am a Bird Now. Read my interview with Antony here. Reviews here and here.

#2. Sunn O)))The Black One. Read my review here.

#3. Six Organs of AdmittanceSchool of the Flower. Ben Chasny finds discipline, records outside of his bedroom.

#4. Dengue FeverEscape from Dragon House. Khmer Rouge can't keep a good band down!

#5. irr. app. (ext.) ozeaniche gefühle. Read my review here.

#6. Gang Gang Dance God's Money. Heard it a bit late, but I'm totally convinced.

#7. DeerhoofThe Runners Four. The Bay Area's finest.

#8. OpethGhost Reveries. Ain't no Blackwater Park. Still, it's a fantastic metal-prog mood piece.

#9. The Howling HexAll Night Fox. Hagerty is God.

#10. Feist Let it Die. The new Broken Social was a bust, but Leslie's solo release is supa sexy!

For some reason. I wasn't overly impressed with any hip-hop or electronic albums this year.  M.I.A. gave me a headache; Kanye was disappointing, and grime just a buncha hype.

You might notice that there aren't any post-punk/disco-dance/boy-bands in my top ten. That's because I'm fucking sick of them!

There's also a conspicuous absence of meta/indie-lit/AV Club releases among my faves. This is because I lack the free time to properly digest them.

All in all, a fair-to-middling year. Some of my favorite records were re-issues or stuff from the vaults: Comus, Bill Fay, Terry Reid, Lee Hazelwood, The Grateful Dead.

Faithful readers, feel free to post your picks below the fold. I promise there shall be no shame or judging. Well, maybe just a little.

Stay tuned for New Year's Resolutions!

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Casey Rea

Casey Rea

Casey Rea was the Seven Days music editor from 2004 until 2007. He won the 2005 John D. Donoghue award for arts criticism from the Vermont Press Association.

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