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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Best of 2005 lists

I did my fav albums ages ago. In recent weeks I have really come to appreciate 29 by Ryan Adams and Twin Cinema by the New Pornographers so I would try and fit them somewhere into that list.

Sinead and in fact ah have their best gigs of 2005 up – mine are
  1. Bruce Springsteen at the Point. See my review here. He’s the greatest.

  2. Laura Cantrell in Whelans.

  3. Willie Nelson/Mary Gauthier at the Point.

  4. U2 – the 1st night in Croke Park. I was in the pit and queued all day and it was so good. Review here.

  5. Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion in Whelans. I really like them. And urge you to check them out. There was something delightfully homespun about them and they lacked all artifice. They happily made mistakes and bantered in their earnest American way and I was entranced – mainly by 1 amazing song – “In a Young Girl’s Mind”. Check out a little sample here. And you can hear their live EP here.

Other best of lists worth checking out include –
Kollege Daily’s lists. Best of is at bottom of page after the Onion’s Least Essential.
Pitchfork’s best of 2005. I haven’t heard of most of them but those that I have I agree with. Except Sleator-Kinney.
Metacritic
Amazon.com
Against the Grain’s top 10
Hickory Wind 1 and 2 for Americana – my fav genre.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Kevin Breathnach said...

Is Sarah Lee Guthrie a relation to the brilliant, unintentionally hilarious, often moving Woody Guthrie?

January 03, 2006 4:53 p.m.  
Blogger Dealga said...

I bought Twin Cinema before i got home - excellent. The Bleeding Hear Show makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up...

January 03, 2006 6:01 p.m.  
Blogger Auds said...

Yes, Sarah Lee is Woody's granddaughter and Arlo's daughter.
She covers a song of Woody's called "There'll be no church tonight" which is intentionally funny about the preacher whose amorous activity ensures no church.
Woody has some brillant moments - I love Pastures of Plenty. This Land is a little too over politicised for me at this stage.

Deagla, check out Neko Case's solo stuff - the Furnace Room Lullaby is my fav.
Spainish techno and Streets of Fire are my current favourites from Twin Cinema.

January 03, 2006 9:46 p.m.  
Blogger Auds said...

Bones of an Idol is also a great song from Twin Cinema - it's just came on the iPod....

January 03, 2006 9:51 p.m.  

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