Monday, May 29, 2006

2005 AT LAST!

OK, so all it took was 5 months to finally come up with a top 40 for 2005.
You think this is easy? You try it!

1. Gogol Bordello: Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike (Side One Dummy).
2. The Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara (World Music Network).
3. Thelonious Monk Quartet: Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall (Blue Note).
4. Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast (Nonesuch).
5. The Go-Betweens: Oceans Apart (Yep Roc).
6. M.I.A.: Arular (Interscope).
7. Kanye West: Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella).
8. Sufjan Stevens: Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty).
9. The New Pornographers: Twin Cinema (Matador).
10. Ani DiFranco: Knuckle Down (Righteous Babe).
11. The Hold Steady: Separation Sunday (Frenchkiss)
12. The White Stripes: Get Behind Me, Satan (V2).
13. Amadou & Miriam: Dimanche a Bamako (Nonesuch).
14. Sleater-Kinney: The Woods (Sub Pop).
15. The Chemical Brothers: Push the Button (Astralwerks).
16. The Perceptionists: Black Dialogue (Def Jux).
17. Clem Snide: End of Love (Spin Art).
18. Lizz Wright: Dreaming Wide Awake (Verve).
19. Bright Eyes: I'm Wide Awake (Saddle Creek).
20. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah).
21. Spoon: Gimmie Fiction (Merge).
22. Amy Rigby: Little Fugitive (Signature Sounds).
23. Cheb I Sabbah: La Kahena (Six Degrees).
24. The Ponys: Celebration Castle (In the Red).
25. Missy Elliott: The Cookbook (Atlantic/Goldmind).
26. Stevie Wonder: A Time To Love (Motown).
27. Bruce Springsteen: Devils and Dust (Columbia).
28. Loudon Wainwright III: Here Come the Choppers (Sovereign Arts).
29. Daby Balde: Introducing Daby Balde (World Music Network).
30. Neil Young: Prairie Wind (Reprise).
31. Fiona Apple: Extraordinary Machine (Epic/Cleanslate).
32. Danger Doom: The Mouse and the Mask (Epitaph).
33. Franz Ferdinand: You Could Have It So Much Better (Domino).
34. James McMurtry: Childish Things (Compadre).
35. Art Brut: Bang Bang Rock & Roll (Banana Recordings).
36. 50 Cent: The Massacre (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope).
37. Wide Right: Sleeping on the Couch (Poptop).
38. Bell Orchestre: Recording a Tape the Colour of the Light (Rough Trade).
39. Four Tet: Everything Ecstatic (Domino).
40. My Morning Jacket: Z (ATO/RCA).