If I think that compiling year-end best-of lists are tedious to write, just what exactly does it mean that I want you to read mine? Not much, really – it’s just another exercise one goes through. This kinda thing doesn’t really mean all that much to me, and my answers can change on a whim. And it’s not that I came close to listening to even all the releases with intriguing press releases, or what looked cool in a shop that I put back due to being broke, or whatever. That said, these are all very much worth your while, even without any sort of silly “best-of-2005″ endorsement. So without further ado (in no particular order):
The Weird Weeds, Hold Me (Edition Manifold) CD
I wrote about the Weird Weeds briefly here.
Earth, Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method (Southern Lord) CD
Broadcast, Tender Buttons (Warp) CD
Coptic Light, s/t (No Quarter) CD
Silver Jews, Tanglewood Numbers (Drag City) CD
I promised a longer, “director’s cut” version of this review, but for now that version remains unfinished.
The Howling Hex, All Night Fox (Drag City) CD
Endless Boogie, 1 and 2 (Mound Duel) LPs
Review from the Baltimore City Paper here.
Excepter, Throne and Self Destruction (Load, Fusetron) CDs
Review here, also appeared in Swingset no. 7.
Ones/Hands, 1997-2005 (White Tapes) CD
Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom, Days of Mars (DFA) CD
Gary Higgins, Red Hash (Drag City) CD
Crime, San Francisco’s Still Doomed (Swami) CD (review here)
Crain, Speed (Temporary Residence) CD (review here)
Roky Erickson, I Have Always Been Here Before (Shout Factory) 2CD (review here)
Bobby Beausoleil, Lucifer Rising Original Soundtrack (Arcanum) 2CD (review here)
The Double, Loose in the Air (Matador) CD; Thuja, Pine Cone Temples (Strange Attractors Audio House) CD; Big Whiskey, “Hats Off To Ryan Taylor” (White Tapes) cass; Andrew Paine and Richard Youngs, Mauve Dawn (Fusetron) LP; The SB, s/t (White Tapes) LP; prolly some more I’ve forgotten.