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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Best Of The Year - Part 5

Kirk Trew is a student/baker from Saskatoon, SK. He is an avid turntablist as Mr Universe, and lead vocalist for Buffet Of Death. These are his 10 or 12 favourite albums of the year.

Kanye West- Late Registration. Although not as consistently good. as College Dropout, it is a more diverse collection. The strong songs are probably stronger than the strongest on College Dropout. The songs that are not that good are still pretty dang good. "Gone" is currently my favorite hip-hop song. Collabos on this one, excellent.

Z-Trip - Shifting Gears. It got a 4 star review in Rolling Stone. It features Chester(from LinkinPark), Churck D, Murs, Lyrics Born and more. It is his first major label album and it is not surprisingly DJ friendly. A mixture of new and old-school artists.

Dangerdoom - The Mouse and the Mask. MF Doom is at the top of the underground emcee game. Dangermouse is making great beats. Combine this with having vocal samples from Adult Swim from Cartoon Network and you have a classic.

Quasimoto - The Further Adventures of Lord Quas. Madlib puts together another album of pitch bent vocals, streaofconciosnessss vocals and obscure sampled beats. Med and MF Doom make guest appearances. He made a good amount of these beats on a 303 Dr. Sample, ahi-fi cassette deck and a fisher price turntable in a hotel room. Ridiculousus

Dreddy Kruger presents...Think Differently Music. Wu-Tang meets the Indie Culture. Hard to go wrong with Wu-Beats and underground heavy hitters. The Wu-Tang are a marketing machine and they produced a good one here. Not club music at all. Presents some great emcees that sometimes only need a better beat for their vocals. Well, now they get a better beat for their vocals. MFDoom, Del, Casual, J-Live, Rza, Aesop Rock and so many more...

Motown - Remixed. This is a nuts one. The challenge of taking classic songs and remixing them is dangerous. Well, Z-Trip provided the intro song of a lifetime with "I want you back" and it continues in goodness. ?estlove provides some drums onof Jazzy Jeff, DJ Spinna and more. one of the albums of the year and it's a remix album no doubt.

The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute. Who cares if they continue to be self indulgent. We should not be surprised if the next album ends up only being 3 tracks in even more parts. This one was 5 songs broken up into12 tracks. One song works out to over half anhour. Fortunately it is broken up into sections. Genius to the point of near inaccessibility. If you think this is out there, go pick up Omar's solo release.

Moby - Hotel. He broke out of trying to release Play part 3. Probably one of the most over looked albums of the year. If you got the double disc, the second disc is called Ambient and provides great background meditation style music. Moby gets around to alienating fans and makes a decent but not perfect effort. He does a solid cover of "Temptation" by New Order. A few really good songs but nothing that would be great in a car commercial

Audioslave - Out of Exile. Not as strong as the first album. Some mind bending solos and effects by Tom. It has been said that it seems like Audioslave sounds like a war between Tom and Chris over who should have the spotlight. There are a few awesome songsbut it doesn't have the agression that the first album had. I really wish, ZDLR would at some point release his solo album. I doubt that will happen though.

Beck - Guero. Beck always makes good music. If you were looking for sea change part 2, you would be dissapointed. If you wanted something with a vibe that is some where around midnite vultures and odelay but more futuristic(whatever that means),Guero is the answer. Produced by the Dust Brothers, who have produced for the Beastie Boys, Young MC and even the new Tom Green album. Have to checkout Guerolito before the year is out hopefully. They aren't paying me to talk.

White Stripes - Get Behind me Satan. Jack and Meg make another odd release. Definitely a little different from the others. A little bit of a country feel at times. Some more piano on this one. Some bluesy stuff as usual too. They even made a video for 'The DenialTwist' with Conan O'Brien making a cameo. Don't forget that they are also the first musical guests that Jon Stewart has had on. As far as two-piece groups go, freakin' solid. Wierd and solid.

The Best Delay of 2005 (again).
Mars Ill - Pro Pain. I got a chance to preview the not going to be released version of this recently. Mars Ill don't disappoint. Dust provides some sample heavy beats and ManChild guides the mic through clever rhymes and great flow. The chemistry between the two is like the chemistry between Guru and Premier. That might be a far stretch...but when the new version comes out it will bea must have.

4:13 a.m. *

Friday, December 23, 2005

Best Of The Year - Part 4

So due to an overwhelming response from contributors, it looks like we're going to have to keep posting a Best Of list, every day until New Years. Keep checking back and Keep it minty!

Dave Sherin is an optometry student/emo afficianado originally from Saskatoon, SK, and currently from Waterloo, ON. This is his Top 10 of 2005.

"Hey, I hope no one feels the need to point out that I have the musical tastes of a 15 year old. I've been aware of that for quite some time." - Dave.
1 - Cartel - Chroma
2 - The Receiving End of Sirens - Between the Heart and the Synapse
3 - The Rocket Summer - Hello, Good Friend
4 - Valencia - This Could be a Possibility
5 - The Academy Is... - Almost Here
6 - Boys Night Out - Trainwreck
7 - My American Heart - The Meaning in the Makeup
8 - Gratitude - Gratitude
9 - Motion City Soundtrack - Commit This to Memory
10 - Funeral For a Friend - Hours

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Best Of The Year - Part 3

Zach Lucky is a guitarist/student from Saskatoon, SK. He has been a part of numerous bands including Autumn Tides, Tuxedo Mask, No Innocent Blood, and his current solo project The Content. These are his Top 10 albums of 2005.

1. Sherwood - Sing But Keep Going
2. As Cities Burn - Son I Loved You At Your Darkest
3. The Rocket Summer - Hello Good Friend
4. Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster - (self titled)
5. The Chariot - Unsung EP
6. Sigur Ros - Takk
7. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
8. Copeland - In Motion
9. Jamie Cullum - Catching Tales
10. Norma Jean - O God, The Aftermath

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Best Of The Year - Part 2

Taylor Summach is an artist/student in Otterburne, Manitoba. He is a regular contributor and all around good guy. This is his Top 15 List for 2005.

1. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
2. Sufjan Stevens - Illinios
3. Death Cab For Cutie - Plans
4. Copeland - In Motion
5. Mae - The Everglow
6. Coldplay - X&Y
7. Underoath - Their Only Chasing Saftey (re-release)
8. Bright Eyes - Digital Ash In Digital Urn
9. Blindside - The Great Depression
10. Our Lady Peace - Healthy In Paraniod Times
11. Franz Ferdinand - You Could Be So Much Better With...Franz Ferdinand
12. The Juliana Theory - Deadbeat Sweetheartbeat
13. Discover America - Psychology
14. Hot Hot Heat - Elevator
15. Coheed and Cambria - Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness

3:01 p.m. *

Monday, December 19, 2005


In an attempt to drag things out as much as possible, we've decided to post one Best Of list everyday until Christmas. It was damn near impossible to make one giant cohesive list, so we opted for a personal list from each contributor, and one or two special guests. So with that said, we kick things off today with a list from Scott Kurtz, photographist, and lead singer of Canadian indie band Boycott Scott.

"Here's my list. Make sure you mention somewhere that
2005 wasn't the most spectacular year in the history
of music. This list is sub-par for a best of the year
list. But that's because it was a sub-par year." - Scott

1. Mae - The Everglow
2. Richard Swift - The Novelist/Walking WithoutEffort
3. The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
4. Starflyer 59 - Talking Voice vs Singing Voice
5. System of a Down - Mezmerize
6. Broken Social Scene - Self-Titled
7. Blindside - The Great Depression
8. The Decemberists - Picaresque
9. Sufjan Stevens - Come On, Feel The Illinoise!
10. Jack Johnson - In Between Dreams

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