2005: A year in review

While regular, sane people entertain visions of sugarplums at this time of year, for music pedants like me, it’s an agonising time of musical taxonomy to decide the best and worst the music world has to offer:  

   Top Albums of 2005
 
High Distinction
(80-100%)

1.        The White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan   
2.        Emiliana Torrini – Fisherman’s Woman
3.        Low – The Great Destroyer
4.        Fiona Apple – Extraordinary Machine
5.        Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
 
Distinction
(70-79%)

6.        Sufjan Stevens – Illinoise
7.        Weezer – Make Believe
8.        Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Face the Truth
9.        Neil Young – Prairie Wind
10.       Dirty Three – Cinder

Credit
(60-69%)
11.     The Go! Team – Thunder, Lightning, Strike
12.     Beck – Guero
13.     Teenage Fanclub – Man-Made
14.     Devendra Banhard – Cripple Crow
15.     M Ward – Transistor Radio
16.     NIN – With Teeth

Pass
(50-59%)
17.     Queens of the Stone Age – Lullabies to Paralyze
18.     Bruce Springsteen – Devils and Dust
19.     Rolling Stones – A Bigger Bang
20.     Decoder Ring – Fractions
21.     Foo Fighters – In Your Honour (Disc 2)
22.     Kanye West – Late Registration
23.     Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation – Mighty Rearranger
24.     50 Cent – The Massacre
25.     New Order – Waiting for the Sirens Call
26.     Bright Eyes – Digital Ash in a Digital Urn

Fail
(less than 50%)
27.     Sigur Ros – Takk…
28.     Eels – Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
29.     Mercury Rev – The Secret Migration
30.     Clare Bowditch and the Feeding Set – What Was Left
31.     Martha Wainwright – Martha Wainwright
32.     Foo Fighters – In Your Honour (Disc 1)

(Number of these CDs that I paid for: 1)
 

 

   Top Movies of 2005
 
 
High Distinction
(80-100%)

1. Last Days
2. Sideways
3. Me and You and Everyone We Know
4. Birth
5. King Kong

Distinction
(70-79%)
6. The Proposition
7. Little Fish
8. Ae Fond Kiss
9. 9 Songs
10. Look Both Ways

Credit
(60-69%)
11. The Woodsman 
12. Closer
13. 2064
14. Maria Full Of Grace
15. JuneBug

Pass
(50-59%)
16. War Of The Worlds
17. Crash
18. Million Dollar Baby
19. Sin City
20. The Life Aquatic – with Steve Zissou
21. Palindromes
22. Batman Begins
23. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
24. Three Dollars

   Top Gigs of 2005
 
 
High Distinction
(80-100%)
1.Joanna Newsom/Smog – The Athanaeum
2. Emiliana Torrini/Sodastream – The Corner
 
Distinction
(70-79%)
3. Simon W. Stockdale/Sugarcoated – Yak Speakeasy 

Credit
(60-69%)
4. Darren Hanlon/Jens Lekman – Northcote Social Club    
5. Best Wishes/Ambassador – Dan O’Connell
 
Pass
(50-59%)
6. Angie Hart – Northcote Social Club    
7. The Great Dividing Range – The Empress 

Best TV show – Speaking in Tongues, We Can Be Heroes and Spicks and Specks

Books – How We Are Hungry by Dave Eggers, Like A Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads by Greil Marcus and 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

Best documentary – No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

Best lyric – “For you, I’d give up all I own / And move to a communist country” Shakira, “Don’t Bother”

Quote –  “See, in my line of work, you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.” – George W. Bush

Hottest fashion item – The Galaxy dress

Word of the Year – Podcast

Best Website – http://www.metacritic.com

Most populated country – China (1,306,313,812)

Prediction for 2006 – The early 90s becomes retro-cool.

Deaths – The Pope, Johnny Carson, Paul Hester, The Duke of Windsor, Graham Kennedy, Gaslight, Hunter S. Thompson, The Lumiere, Don Adams, VSU, Ronnie Barker, Rosa Parks, Industrial Relations, Link Ray, Richard Pryor, Kerry Packer and Big Kev got a little too excited. 

Births – Aurora Jupiter Neumann, Samuel Jack Turner Leonard

Bappy Hoo Near!!!    
 

 

 
    
 

 

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