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23 Dec 05

end of year list-o-rama

well, it’s the end of the year, and i think i’m officially the last to post a best-of list. so, here’s my contribution to the blogosphere, after much consternation and additions and deletions. i was originally going to try to squeeze everything into top 10 lists, but frankly, this year was just too good. so i say screw arbitrary limitations, and if you haven’t heard any of the music below, you really have been missing out.

a couple notes: i bet i’ll look at this list in a week or so and wish that i’d ordered things differently, so consider this a guideline. as well, i’m sure something from 2004 has crept into my list. but hey, it’s my list, and i get to make the rules.

favouritest albums  
1. constantines – tournament of hearts 14. broadcast – tender buttons
2. spoon – gimme fiction 15. clap your hands say yeah – clap your hands say yeah
3. joel plaskett – la de da 16. deadly snakes – porcella
4. broken social scene – broken social scene 17. novillero – aim right for the holes in their lives
5. final fantasy – has a good home 18. sparrow – the early years
6. maximo park – a certain trigger 19. city field – authentic city
7. ladies and gentlemen – small sins 20. okkervil river – black sheep boy
8. decemberists – picaresque 21. most serene republic – underwater cinematographer
9. wolf parade – apologies to the queen mary 22. caribou – the milk of human kindness
10. sufjan stevens – illinois 23. josh rouse – nashville
11. new pornographers – twin cinema 24. m. ward – transistor radio
12. cuff the duke – cuff the duke 25. stephen malkmus – face the truth
13. national – alligator  
honourable mentions: jason collett – idols of exile, controller.controller – x-amounts, metric – live it out, chad vangaalen – infiniheart, bloc party – silent alarm remixed, thanksgiving – the river
 
 
favouritest songs  
1. broken social scene – 7/4 (shoreline) 14. new pornographers – sing me spanish techno
2. final fantasy – this is the dream of win and regine 15. clap your hands say yeah – the skin of my yellow country teeth
3. deadly snakes – gore veil 16. sparrow – the early years
4. decemberists – the sporting life 17. bell orchestre – les lumieres pt 2
5. joel plaskett – nina and albert 18. broadcast – michael a grammar
6. ladies and gentlemen – stay 19. wolf parade – dear sons and daughters of hungry ghosts
7. constantines – hotline operator 20. city field – pretenders
8. long winters – blue diamonds 21. thanksgiving – ageism
9. jens lekman – sweet summer’s night in hammer hill 22. lcd soundsystem – daft punk is playing at my house
10. maximo park – apply some pressure 23. okkervil river – for real
11. islands – abominable snow 24. cuff the duke – the future hangs
12. metric – monster hospital 25. novillero – laissez-faire system
13. spoon – i turn my camera on  
honourable mentions: american analog set – immaculate heart 1, the national – waiting for astronauts, caribou – yeti, immaculate machine – phone number, m. ward – sweethearts on parade, hawaii – break you, russian futurists – paul simon, chad vangaalen – clinicly dead, jason collett – fire
 
 
favouritest live shows  
1. camouflage nights – horseshoe tavern, toronto, april 22 11. feist/apostle of hustle – harbourfront centre, toronto, july 1
2. joel plaskett/pete elkas/matt barber – hugh’s room, toronto, april 30 12. decemberists – phoenix concert theatre, toronto, may 21 and oct 13
3. arcade fire/final fantasy/wolf parade – danforth music hall, toronto, april 27 13. danny michel – rivoli, toronto, june 17
4. stars/gentlemen reg – grad club, kingston, january 28 14. spoon – opera house, toronto, june 5
5. broken social scene/stars/metric/apostle of hustle/jason collett/gentleman reg – bluesfest, ottawa, july 9 15. josh rouse – lee’s palace, toronto, april 5
6. inbreds – lee’s palace, toronto, march 11 16. sarah harmer/magali meagher/jason collett/andrew whiteman/gentleman reg/andre ethier/bob wiseman – bloor cinema, toronto, feb 18
7. final fantasy/torngat – music gallery, toronto, june 25 17. final fantasy/thanksgiving/holy fuck – music gallery, toronto, feb 26
8. joel plaskett/cuff the duke – elixir, kingston, january 25 18. apostle of hustle – grad club, kingston, feb 15
9. sufjan stevens – trinity st. paul church, toronto, sept 10 19. death from above 1979/lost cause – grad club, kingston, jan 21
10. jens lekman – music gallery, toronto, nov 5  
 
 
favouritest movies  
1. why we fight 11. enron: the smartest guys in the room
2. a history of violence 12. the life and hard times of guy terrifico
3. broken flowers 13. kontrol
4. crash 14. batman begins
5. syriana 15. the squid and the whale
6. mad hot ballroom 16. 40 year old virgin
7. grizzly man 17. the constant gardener
8. hotel rwanda 18. the wild parrots of telegraph hill
9. murderball 19. rock school
10. brokeback mountain 20. star wars episode 3: revenge of the sith

edit: in the interest of exercising a little revisionist history, i’ve altered my best-of movies list. i have no idea how i managed to omit a couple movies from my original list. shame on me.

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