Friday, December 30, 2005

In Review

This post is in preparation for New Years.


Some of the more journalistic moments we've had over the last year at AYF?:

10/2005 Faunts - High Expectations/Low Results
08/2005 Broken Social Scene - S/T
07/2005 Brakes - Give Blood

10/2005 The Paper Cranes
10/2005 Measles-Mumps-Rubella
09/2005 Jonathan Vance
08/2005 The Juan MacLean
07/2005 No Dynamics
06/2005 Final Fantasy

11/2005 The Juan MacLean, James Murphy, Sh*t Robot DJ sets
10/2005 Man Man w/Lenin i Shumov
09/2005 My Project: Blue w/Kat Burns, The Zoobombs, Members of Broken Social Scene
09/2005 Bush League w/I Am Robot And Proud
08/2005 The Two Koreas w/The Republic Of Safety
08/2005 Hank w/Vitaminsforyou
07/2005 The Empires w/The Diableros


My top 10 albums for 2005 (since everyone else has done it):

The Shocking Pinks - Mathematical Warfare
Love Is All - Nine Times The Same Song
The Diableros - You Can't Break The Strings In Our Olympic Hearts
Serena Maneesh - S/T
Spoon - Gimmie Fiction
Wolf Parade - Apologies To Queen Mary
Datarock - S/T
Wilderness - S/T
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - S/T
Broken Social Scene - S/T

Runners Up: The Ponys, Matson Jones, Isolée, Gogogo Airheart, Man Man, The Book Of Lists, Samara Lubelski, Cass McCombs, Jens Lekman, The Juan MacLean, LCD Soundsystem, Final Fantasy, The Arcade Fire, Jamie Lidell.

I know most of you haven't heard my top pick -- The Shocking Pinks' label, Flying Nun (of New Zealand), was recently purchased by a major, so we can only hope distribution will improve.

Yes, I have sucked at updating my "Top Picks for 2005" section.

Information and audio samples for almost all of these bands can be found by using the search function in the right column of this site, under archives.