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I know many of you believe there hasn't been any good new music since 1979. I do not count myself in that crowd, you just have to look harder since most of it is not on the radio. That being said either this year was either a little weaker than recent years or I just didn't get to hear some of the great ones (perhaps I spent too much time enjoying late 2004's classic American Idiot /Green Day. I would appreciate to see your favorite CD(s) from 2005.

Here's mine :

Cole's Corner / Richard Hawley

The Overture & the Underscore / Sarah Blasko

Honorable mention :

Twin Cinema / The New Pornographers

Demon Days / Gorillaz

Little Fugitive / Amy Rigby

Portrait-Robot / Bertrand Burgalat

Make Believe / Weezer

From Under the Cork Tree / Fall Out Boy

Greetings From Imrie House / the Click Five

What's yours?

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1. PERNICE BROTHERS- Discover A Lovelier You [Ashmont]

2. MAGNET- The Tourniquet [Atlantic- UK]

3. IVY- In The Clear [Nettwerk]

4. ED HARCOURT- Strangers [Astralwerks]

5. TEARS- Here Come The Tears [independiente-UK]

6. MY MORNING JACKET- Z [RCA]

7. THE 88- Over & Over [Moo Tron/EMK]

8. NADA SURF- The Weight Is A Gift [barsuk]

9. THE HOLD STEADY- Separation Sunday [Frenchkiss]

10. DRAMARAMA- Everybody Dies [Harvey Star/33rd Street]

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1. Chris von Sneidern – California Redemption Value

2. Mark Johnson and the Wild Alligators - S/T

3. Jensen Bell – Modern Dating Tips

4. The Click Five – Greetings From Imrie House

5. The Rubinoos – Twist Pop Sin

6. Fire Apes – Central Park Carousel

7. Valley Lodge - S/T

8. Terry Anderson and the Olympic Ass-Kickin Team – S/T

9. Fran Smith Jr. & the Ten Cent Millionaires – Man Meets Machine

10. The Mockers – The Lonesome Death of Electric Campfire

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Let's see....if we're only counting official releases and not bootlegs (which eliminates the Raspberries' shows, Cream US shows, Mike Smith Tribute show, and Roky Erickson's comeback show in Austin)....in no particular order -

-Frank Lee Sprague - Cavern

-The Barracudas - The Barracudas

-Big George Brock & The Houserockers - Club Caravan

-Willie King - Jukin' At Bettie's

-George Jones - Hits I Missed

-Chris Von Senidern - California Redemption

-Oasis - Don't Believe The Truth

-Magic Christian - Magic Christian

-Rubinoos - Twist Pop Sin

-Bob Mosley - True Blue

-Freddie Steady Five - Freddie Steady Go!

-Neatbeats - Big Beat Mind! (Japanese import)

-Bobby Purify - Better To Have It

-Easy Action - Friends of Rock & Roll

-Beck-Guero

-The Living Things- Ahead Of The Lions

-Dictators - Viva Dictators!

-Saints - Nothing Is Straight in My House

-Terrorvision - B-Sides & Rarities (UK import)

-Hellacopters - Rock & Roll Is Dead

-Lubricated Goat - The Great Old Ones

The one CD or CD set that stayed the longest on my CD player during 2005 - the Rhino box set "One Kiss Can Lead To Another" - anthology of 60's girl groups

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Let's see....if we're only counting official releases and not bootlegs (which eliminates the Raspberries' shows, Cream US shows, Mike Smith Tribute show, and Roky Erickson's comeback show in Austin)....in no particular order -

-Frank Lee Sprague - Cavern

-The Barracudas - The Barracudas

-Big George Brock & The Houserockers - Club Caravan

-Willie King - Jukin' At Bettie's

-George Jones - Hits I Missed

-Chris Von Senidern - California Redemption

-Oasis - Don't Believe The Truth

-Magic Christian - Magic Christian

-Rubinoos - Twist Pop Sin

-Bob Mosley - True Blue

-Freddie Steady Five - Freddie Steady Go!

-Neatbeats - Big Beat Mind! (Japanese import)

-Bobby Purify - Better To Have It

-Easy Action - Friends of Rock & Roll

-Beck-Guero

-The Living Things- Ahead Of The Lions

-Dictators - Viva Dictators!

-Saints - Nothing Is Straight in My House

-Terrorvision - B-Sides & Rarities (UK import)

-Hellacopters - Rock & Roll Is Dead

-Lubricated Goat - The Great Old Ones

The one CD or CD set that stayed the longest on my CD player during 2005 - the Rhino box set "One Kiss Can Lead To Another" - anthology of 60's girl groups

Me too John. I was surprised how I only knew a couple of those TUNES.

My fave was I Can;t Let Go /Evie Sands. I knew that I knew the TUNE but I couldn't place it. Research showed me it was done by the Hollies and Linda Ronstadt. There was one day in the car I played it 9 times in a row. That hadn't happened to me in a long time. What was your favorite TUNE on there?

P.S. The packaging on that boxed set was possibly the best packaging ever.

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I really liked the 1-2-3 punch of the originals "Go Now" (Bessie Banks), "You're No Good" (DeeDee Warwick) and "I Can't Let Go" (Evie Sands)...and I've always been a sucker for the Flirtations' "Nothing But A Heartache" and the Shangri-La's "In The Streets" (resurrected by the NY Dolls live).

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I'm also very partial to "I'll Come Running" by Lulu. I first heard it on an album by Roy Loney (ex-Flamin' Groovies) in the late 90's, and asked him where he got it from (he works at a record store in SF), and that's how I found out it was an obscure B-side by Lulu.

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Tommy:

If you like Springsteen, Dave Alvin is a bluesier version. A great songwriter, killer guitar player and performer. Key tracks on the album: Ashgrove, Out of Control, Rio Grande.

I recommend it highly.

Rich

Thanks. I'm not a big blues guy but I will try to check this out. I do love Bruce's E Street Band stuff.
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The one I've kept going back to is "Somebody's Miracle" by Liz Phair. After her self titled release from 2 years ago, I was a bit underwhelmed by it, but damn! if the melodies didn't keep creeping up on me. So now, I find myself enjoying this one more then her last one. It's a shame that Capitol isn't promoting this one at all (sound familiar?)

Jeff

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pierson,

I almost named IVY but thought it not as good or as memorable as prior work.

p.s. I noticed you numbered them .Are they in order of how you like them?

i had the same thought about IVY (In The Clear) when I first heard it.... after going back to it & listening to it more, I realized it was as good as the rest... Yes they are in order
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  • 2 weeks later...

Yes, I've heard Cole's Corner a couple of times....not my cup o' tea, but very well done (if a bit over-produced in spots) Scott Walker/Chris Isaak mood music. Probably a great CD to play after bringing a hot date back to your place for the first time......

Now don't take this wrong but.. I put it on when I go to bed and fall asleep listening to it. it mellows me out.
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