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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Favorite Records of 2005

It seems like everyone's got themselves a best music of 2005 list these days. Just look around the internerd and you are bound to find one (or just click on any of these: My Old Kentucky Blog, Gorilla vs Bear, Popsheep, Take Your Medicine, Grey Will Fade, and Information Leafblower).

I wasn't thinking about my best of until our very own Vermont Public Radio came knocking (well they didn't really knock as much as informed a friend who told me. I know, weak.). VPR's Switchboard program is requesting its listeners to share their best albums of 2005 for inclusion in next Tuesday's show (and as a not so added bonus, they will be featuring a list of listener favorites in a future edition of their e-newsletter!). If you're lucky you might even end up on the show.

My top 5 albums of the year are:
1) Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise (Chicago.mp3)
2) Clap Your Hands & Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands & Say Yeah (Upon this Tidal Wave of Young Blood.mp3)
3) Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene (7/4 (Shoreline).mp3)
4) My Morning Jacket - Z (Anytime.mp3)
5) Wolf Parade - Apologize to the Queen Mary (Shine a Light.mp3)

My main motivation in sharing the music that moves me with VPR was to try and influence future programming. Flatlander wrote a great post on this some months back. I'm not thinking radio revolution in the vein of Seattle/Tacoma's KEXP or Minnesota Public Radio's The Current, but do believe that Vermont listeners have a wider palate then just talk and classical.

Switchboard's Best Music of 2005 will air on VPR next Tuesday at 7 pm.


  • At 12:43 AM, Blogger Flatlander said…

    I'm looking forward to that show. I have to go to a holiday luncheon for my company in NJ that afternoon but am going to try to get back in time to hear it. 7pm is a tough timeslot because of baths for the kids and general bedtime routine but I'll keep it going in the background. I think they offer podcasts of Switchboard so we can always grab it later too.

  • At 12:09 AM, Anonymous nico said…

    I was so disappointed with MMJ's Z. Maybe I haven't given it a completely fair shake yet, but I only like 3-4 songs off it.

    Whenever the MMJ mood strikes, I'm always going for one of the earlier records.

    My list will follow once I return to Orlando (and I will reply to your email)

  • At 9:43 AM, Blogger D said…

    thanks for taking the time to post about Grey Will Fade!



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