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RosieRed
07-25-2005, 09:47 PM
This is not tied to any genre ...

1. Arular; M.I.A.
2. Picaresque; The Decemberists
3. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou soundtrack
4. Exploration; Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
5. The Origin of Fire: Music and Visions of Hildegard von Bingen; Anonymous 4
6. Guero; Beck
7. Get Behind Me Satan; The White Stripes
8. Radiance (Live); Keith Jarrett
9. Awake is the New Sleep; Ben Lee
10. The Light in the Piazza (2005 Original Broadway Cast)
11. Essex Hideaway; Kimberley Rew
12. Forever Hasn't Happened Yet; John Doe
13. Here Comes the ABCs; They Might be Giants
14. End of Love; Clem Snide
15. Let it Die; Feist
16: Martha Wainwright; Martha Wainwright
17. Face the Truth; Stephen Malkmus
18. The Woods; Sleater-Kinney
19. Chavez Ravine; Ry Cooder
20. Naturally; Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
21. Calcutta Slide-Guitar, Vol. 3; Debashish Bhattacharya
22. Black Sheep Boy; Okkervil River
23. Brazilian Girls; Brazilian Girls
24. The Tigers Have Spoken (Live); Neko Case
25. X&Y; Coldplay
26. I am a Bird Now; Antony and the Johnsons
27. The Duhks; The Duhks
28. Richard Goode Performs Mozart
29. Rive Gauche Rio; Celso Fonseca
30. Separation Sunday; The Hold Steady
31. Gimme Fiction; Spoon
32. Aha Shake Heartbreak; Kings of Leon
33. The Sunset Tree; The Mountain Goats
34. Elevator; Hot Hot Heat
35. Set Yourself on Fire; Stars
36. Motifs; Paris Combo
37. Hotel Rwanda soundtrack
38. Ragin' Live (live); Rhonda Vincent & the Rage
39. Sound Unity; William Parker Quartet
40. Employment; Kaiser Chiefs
41. Waiting for the Sirens' Call; New Order
42. Mezmerize; System of a Down
43. Shifting Gears; Z-Trip
44. Humming by the Flowerd Vine; Laura Cantrell
45. Happy Doing What We're Doing; Elizabeth McQueen & the Firebrands
46. The Forgotten Arm; Aimee Man
47. The Great Destroyer; Low
48. The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack
49. Jumping the Creek; Charles Lloyd
50. Make Believe (Dig); Weezer


Here's the link to the top 50 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/14216691/1/104-2595651-9777545?)

Honorable mentions (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/listmania/list-browse/-/JTXPL7NA8UTN//ref=m_best_1_4/104-2595651-9777545)

The Baumer
07-25-2005, 10:18 PM
Hmm I own the Decemberists, Low, Steve Zissou Soundtrack and Antony & The Johnsons. Pretty good cds.

KronoRed
07-25-2005, 10:27 PM
I am SO out of the loop..none of these are familiar

redsrule2500
07-25-2005, 10:31 PM
Thanks, Good post.

TC81190
07-25-2005, 10:33 PM
I listen to...well...not this. What IS this crap? :confused:

LvJ
07-25-2005, 10:36 PM
I love They Might Be Giants, but "Here Comes the ABCs" at #13? C'mon. No.

Decemberists!= :dancingco

Ravenlord
07-25-2005, 10:41 PM
as much industry press as they get, i'm amazed these guys aren't on there:
http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/shared/pictures/Slipknot/final001.jpg

Mutaman
07-25-2005, 10:43 PM
I listen to...well...not this. What IS this crap? :confused:

I haven't heard their new album yet, but I can guarantee you, Jack White is not crap.

TC81190
07-25-2005, 10:48 PM
I missed the White Stripes on there. They, plus TMBG and Coldplay, and a handful of others, that's all I recognize.

Ah, and of course, System of a Down and Weezer.

The Baumer
07-26-2005, 06:54 AM
Well believe it or not guys but there are more than 15 albums released every year. I know commercial music television and radio would like you to think other wise, but yeah, some of those 'other' records are actually quite good.

GAC
07-26-2005, 09:20 AM
And to think my Dad use to yell at me for my Beatle's haircut! :lol:

SERENITY NOW! SERENITY NOW! :lol:

registerthis
07-26-2005, 10:31 AM
The White Stripes and Clem Snide?

Please.

I'd rather listen to my garbage disposal than either of those two.

zombie-a-go-go
07-26-2005, 10:52 AM
I haven't heard their new album yet, but I can guarantee you, Jack White is not crap.

Not crap, sure, but the new album is a disappointment. And I'm a big Stripes fan.

Stewie
07-26-2005, 10:55 AM
I can't get behind putting MIA #1. The sound of her voice drives me insane. The Decemberists should be ahead of that.

And I would have Common's Be somewhere in there, especially over New Order, which I found disappointingly boring. They just aren't bringing it like they used to.

zombie-a-go-go
07-26-2005, 10:59 AM
And I would have Common's Be somewhere in there

I think Be was overhyped, myself. Three good tracks and a lot of filler, IMO.

Stewie
07-26-2005, 11:32 AM
I think Be was overhyped, myself. Three good tracks and a lot of filler, IMO.

Maybe a bit. Be is no Ressurection, but I thought it was a definite step up from Electric Circus. And I thought it was better than some of the other albums that were listed in the top 50 (New Order, Kaiser Chiefs, and Weezer to name a few).

Redsland
07-26-2005, 11:59 AM
…especially over New Order, which I found disappointingly boring. They just aren't bringing it like they used to.
Agreed. Their last one was great. This one sounded like a compilation of Electronic rejects.

registerthis
07-26-2005, 12:33 PM
Agreed. Their last one was great. This one sounded like a compilation of Electronic rejects.
The first four songs ("Who's Joe?", "Hey Now What You Doin", "Sirens Call" and "Krafty") are ace...but the album gets bogged down after that (Dracula's Castle, Morning Night and Day, Jetstream could all have been left off), and finishes on a high (Turn and Working Overtime).

Overall I'd give the album a 3.5 stars...which is right around where I put Get Ready. Supposedly they have another album ready to come out, which is lightning speed for them. Adding Phil Cunningham on guitar has apparently helped their writing process immensely.

CrackerJack
07-26-2005, 01:05 PM
I actually have the Kaiser Chiefs - Employment - which I like well enough.

I didn't care for the White Stripes' new one at all - they got old quick - one trick pony.

The Baumer
07-29-2005, 03:27 AM
Just got Sleater Kinney's The Woods. It's pretty good. Strange at first but it gets better with repeat listens.

pedro
07-29-2005, 03:34 AM
The Decemberists- Picaresque

missionhockey21
07-29-2005, 04:47 AM
I was very happy with the Mountain Goats, Decemberists and The Life Aquatic OST (see the movie if you haven't yet, Wes Anderson delivered another gem to my collection.)


2. Picaresque; The Decemberists
3. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou soundtrack
6. Guero; Beck
32. Aha Shake Heartbreak; Kings of Leon
33. The Sunset Tree; The Mountain Goats
34. Elevator; Hot Hot Heat
50. Make Believe (Dig); Weezer

pahster
07-29-2005, 10:51 AM
The System of a Down album is the only one on the list I've heard. I'm kind of surprised the Audioslave album didn't make it. Their first one got rediculous ammounts of praise and Our of Exile is much better.

ochre
07-29-2005, 11:15 AM
its nice to see Woody's Granddaughter up that high.

The Baumer
08-03-2005, 02:19 AM
I just got the Okkervil River album. It's very good.

Another great album that somehow wasn't on that list was The National's Alligator. You can stream the entire album at http://www.beggars.com/features/thenational

M2
08-03-2005, 07:33 PM
I hear "Bang, Bang Rock 'n' Roll" by Art Brut is the bee's knees. "Alligator" by The National is a bit moody, but I think it's excellent.

Though it hasn't been released in the U.S., the Electric Six's "Senor Smoke" has some good buzz (though I figure it's mostly aping what the band did on "Fire", not that I'd mind).

Dressy Bessy's "Electrified" looks like a lightning rod. Some folks hate it, other think it's about time a guitar band had a little fun.

And while it may be a year old, "Hot Fuss" by The Killers seems to be gaining steam in 2005.