Top 10 of 2005

2005 isn't over just yet! Plug In asked a group of musicians and labels for their top 10 album picks of 2005. See what Scott Lucas (Local H), Johnny Whitney (Neon Blonde, Blood Brothers), Kite Pilot, Bob Carlton (Sixfifteens), Aaron Barrett (Reel Big Fish), Ian Corbin (Conversation Heart), Somerset, Lars Stromberg ((International) Noise Conspiracy), Casey Brandt (Furious Billy, Mungler Winslowe) and Jon (The A-Sides) thought were best this year.

- Corinne

posted December 14, 2005

2005 isn't over just yet! Plug In asked a group of musicians and label owners for their top ten album picks of 2005. We've collected their picks so see what their favorites were this year.

Scott Lucas of Local H
1. Daft Punk - "Robot Rock (Soulwax Remix)"
2. "The Other Hollywood: Inside the Porn Film Industry" by Legs McNeil and others
3. Kasabian - "Kasabian"
4. Wolfman featuring Pete Doherty - "For Lovers"
5. Various Artists - "Dread Meets B-Boy Downtown"
6. Whitey - "The Light at the End of the Tunnel is a Train"
7. "Rome" (HBO)
8. M.I.A. - "Arular"
9. "Killing Yourself to Live" by Chuck Klosterman
10. Queens of the Stone Age - "Lullabies to Paralyze"

Johnny Whitney of Neon Blonde, Blood Brothers
1.Death Cab for Cutie - "Plans"
2. My Morning Jacket - "Z"
3. Damien Marley - "Jamrock"
4. R. Kelly - "Trapped in the Closet"
5. Arcade Fire - "Funeral"
6. Antony and the Johnsons - "I am a Bird Now"
7. Devendra Banhart "Cripple Crow"
8. Me Without You - "Catch for us the Foxes"
9. Coldplay - "X and Y"
10. Bright Eyes - "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn"

Kite Pilot
1. Spoon - "Gimme Fiction"
2. Sufjan Stevens - "Illinoise"
3. Animal Collective - "Feels"
4. Sigur Rós - "Takk"
5. Sleander Means - "Neon & Ruin" (Mt. Fuji Records)
6. Floating City - "Entering a Contest" (First Flight Records)
7. Damien Jurado - "On My Way to Absence"
8. The Joggers - "With a Cape and a Cane"
9. Wolf Parade - "Apologies to the Queen Mary"
10. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah"
11. Broken Social Scene - "Broken Social Scene"

Warren Woodward of The Valley Arena
1. The Life and Times - "Suburban Hymns"
2. John Vanderslice - "Pixel Revolt"
3. Broken Social Scene - "Broken Social Scene"
4. Greg Dulli - "Amber Headlights"
5. Hot Snakes - "Audit In Progress"
6. Bullet Train to Vegas - "We Put Scissors Where Our Mouths Are"
7. Crystal Skulls - "Blocked Numbers"
8. Make Believe - "Shock of Being"
9. Bloc Party - "Silent Alarm"
10. R. Kelly - "Trapped in the Closet Parts 1 - 12" (DVD)

Bob Carlton of The Sixfifteens
1. M.I.A. - "Arular" (XL Recordings Ltd.)
2. Wilco - "A Ghost Is Born" (Nonesuch)
3. Wolf Parade - "Apologies to the Queen Mary" (Sub Pop Records)
4. Grand Buffet - "Five Years of Fireworks" (Fighting Records)
5. The Fall - "Fall Heads Roll" (Narnack Records)
6. Bright Eyes - "I'm Wide Awake It's Morning" (Saddle Creek)
7. Explosions In The Sky - "Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever" (Temporary Residence Ltd.)
8. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!" (Self Released)
9. Youth Group - "Skeleton Jar" (Epitaph)
10. Deerhoof - "The Runners Four" (Kill Rock Stars)

Aaron Barrett of Reel Big Fish
1. Dane Cook - "Retaliation" 2. OK GO - "Oh No" 3. The Aquabats - "Charge" 4. Bright Eyes - "I'm Wide Awake It's Morning"
5. Harland Williams - "Harlarious"
6. The Dead 60's - "Riot Radio"
7. The Ordinary Boys - "Brassbound"
8. Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer - "The Popsicle EP"
9. Hot Hot Heat - "Elevator"
10. Madness - "Dangermen Sessions"

Ian Corbin of The Conversation Heart
1. Damone - "Out Here All Night EP"
2. Fiona Apple - "Extraordinary Machine"
3. Young Sportsmen - "The Familiar Glow of Colliding Particles"
4. The Posies - "Every Kind of Light"
5. Super Deluxe - "Surrender"
6. Ash - "Meltdown"
7. Juliana Hatfield - "Made in China"
8. Runs With 2 Horses - "Demos"
9. Beastie Boys - "Solid Gold Hits"
10. Foo Fighters - "In Your Honor"

Somerset
1. Facing New York - "Facing New York"
2. Copeland - "In Motion"
3. Death Cab for Cutie - "Plans"
4. Broken Social Scene - "Broken Social Scene"
5. M.I.A. - "Arular"
6. Sigur Rós - "Takk"
7. The Exit - "Home For An Island"
8. The Hold Steady - "Separation Sunday"
9. Bell Orchestra - "Recording a Tape the Colour of Light"
10. Jimmy Eat World - "Stay on My Side"

Lars Stromberg of The (International) Noise Conspiracy
1. Black Mountain - "Black Mountain"
2. Dungen - "Ta det lugnt"
3. Nacka Forum - "Leve Nacka Forum"
4. John Coltrane - "One Ip One Down"
5. High On Fire - "Blessed Black Wings"
6. Ronkens - "Moderat"
7. Sound Directions - "Sound Directions"
8. Regulations - "Regulations"
9. Neil Young - "Prairie Wind"
10. White Stripes - "Get Behind Me Satan"

Casey Brandt of Furious Billy, Mungler Winslowe Records
1. Sleater-Kinney - "The Woods". Totally bad ass, and I'm not even really a fan.
2. Wolf Parade - "Apologies to the Queen Mary". This album is really sweet. Maybe a little long but sweet nonetheless.
3. High on Fire - "Blessed Black Wings". These guys completely shred. I don't want to hear any crap about Albini messing this record up, it rules. Not for the faint of heart.
4. Coachwhips - "Peanut Butter and Jelly Live at the Ming Lounge". Raunchy, distorted, good-time rock and roll.
5. Okkervil River - "Black Sheep Boy". Heart-achey countryish rock. Nice.
6. The New Pornographers - "Twin Cinema." Not their best but still better than most of what 2005 had to offer.
7. Four Volts - "Triple Your Workforce". The first 10 songs are solid. Skip the last 2 songs, I don't know what the hell they were thinking.
8. Tarantula A.D. - "Book of Sand." Mostly instrumental, theatrical, classical, concept album thing. First half is awesome, second half is disappointing. Still, cool idea.
9. Animal Collective - "Feels". Cut out all the noise/noodling crap from this and Tsung Tongs and you've barely got one full album but when they put together real songs, they're damned good.
10. T. Rex - "Born to Boogie". Okay, it's a DVD not an album. But go listen to Marc Bolan's first 4 records, he's got a lot of followers these days. Freak Folkies, you know who you are.

Jon of The A-Sides
1. Broken Social Scene - "Broken Social Scene"
2. Animal Collective - "Feels"
3. Sufjan Stevens - "Illinoise"
4. Spoon - "Gimme Fiction"
5. Mt. Eerie - "No Flashlight"
6. Devendra Banhart - "Cripple Crow"
7. Franz Ferdinand - "You Could Have It So Much Better With Franz Ferdinand"
8. Caribou - "The Milk of Human Kindness"
9. M83 - "Before the Dawn Heals Us"
10. Sigur Rós - "Takk"