Here it is, the long-time-coming Best of 2005 Mix.
As I mentioned in my previous post, in 2005 I felt alienated from both mainstream taste and hipster trends. As Art Brut succinctly put it in "Bad Weekend" -- "Popular culture no longer applies to me." I just seemed out of step with everyone last year. This was probably most clearly illustrated with the recent news that the one band I was really excited about, The Needs (Formerly Special Needs), broke up before releasing a proper album!
How's that for a kick in the teeth?
Without further ado -- The Mix!1. Kate Rusby – "No Names"
2. Mountain Goats – "This Year"
I didn't hear these two tracks until Dec. 31 but they both were so good I felt them worthy of inclusion. The Kate Rusby track, a duet with Idlewild's Roddy Woomble, is absolutely gorgeous. The Mountain Goats track just seemed tailor-made for a year-end mix with the line: "I am gonna make it through this year if it kills me."3. The Raveonettes – "Ode to L.A."
I miss the heavy feedback of the band's previous work but this track, featuring Ronnie Spector, might but their best-ever song. 4. Art Brut – "Good Weekend"
When, oh, when is this album going to get a domestic release? I really don't want to pay $25.99 for it and I don't download entire albums on principle. I'm mad at myself for missing their gig in T.O. earlier this year where the bass amp caught on fire. Fortunately, they're returning in April. 5. The Rakes – "Retreat"
"Stasbourg" is probably a better song but I can't argue with lines like "Everything's temporary these days / Might as well go out for the third night in a row."6. Kaiser Chiefs – "Every Day I Love You Less and Less"
Because I overplayed "I Predict Riot" and "Oh My God".7. Maximo Park – "Apply Some Pressure"
Probably my favourite track of the year.8. Franz Ferdinand – "The Fallen"
Torn between this and "Do You Want To."9. Brendan Benson – "Alternative To Love"
Like most power pop acts, I find Benson's albums tend to blend together but there's always a few standout tracks.10. The Needs – "Blue Skies"
R.I.P., guys. "Francesca" was also ace.11. Hot Hot Heat – "Goodnight, Goodnight"
If only the rest of the album was as good as this track. 12. The Cribs – "Mirror Kisses"
"Hey, Scenesters!" also rocked.13. Hal – "Worry About the Wind"
Beautiful sunny pop from Ireland. Way better than The Thrills. 14. The Lucksmiths – "Chapter In Your Life Entitled San Francisco"
A band that consistently churns out perfect indiepop but always seems to get overlooked when it comes to recognition. They need to tour with Belle & Sebastian now. 15. Super Furry Animals – "Atomik Lust"
I must be honest and admit this album was a disappointment but this tune demanded repeated plays. Beautiful.16. Jamie Lidell – "Multiply"
I fear this is my first step on the slippery slope to listening to adult contemporary stuff like James Blunt.17. The Tears – "Refugees"
See my comments regarding the Art Brut album in #4. 18. The Strokes – "You Only Live Once"
OK, I guess I'm cheating 'cause the album didn’t officially come out till '06 but it's my list, I make the rules. 19. The Killers – "All These Things That I Have Done"
Released last year, but it was definitely a '05 song. One of those inescapable tracks that always seemed to be playing at various points in my life last year. 20. Loudon Wainwright III – "The Swimming Song"
This is quite a bit older than '05 but I discovered it through The Squid and the Whale
so nyah! Anyway, it nicely sums up 2005 for me:
"This summer I went swimming
This summer I almost drown
But I held my breath and I kicked my feet
And I moved my arms around
Moved my arms around"
And not a "worst of" but rather Things Everybody Else Loved But Didn't Impress Me in 2005:
The Arctic Monkeys
Broken Social Scene
The Arcade Fire
Death Cab For Cutie and related Ben Gibbons projects
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
And that's all, folks!