Thursday, December 22, 2005

Best media of 2005

Here’s a list of everything I liked this year, as best as I can remember. I know I read way more books than I've listed. Other than the first item noted in bold, which is definitely best, they are in no particular order. Trust me, they’re all great. No links, everything's pretty easy to find at amazon or other places. (Check back, there might be additions as my memory dredges things up.)

Songs

Slam - This World (Wighnomy Bros. remix)
Max Mohr - Old Song
James Holden & Julie Thompson - Come to Me (Last version)
Sikk - Washing Machine
Ethan - In My Heart
Pryda - Aftermath
Caribou - Brahminy Kite
Jamie Lidell - When I Come Back Around
Yoshimoto - Do What U Do (Trentemoller mix)
Black Leotard Front - Casual Friday
Trentemoller - Polar Shift
Aphex Twin - Windowlicker (Kriece remix)
Solid Groove - This Is Sick
AFX - VBS.Redlof.BR
Royksopp - What Else is There?
Ellen Allien – Come
M83 – Don’t Save Us From the Flames (Superpitcher mix)
Lindstrom – I Feel Space
Mad8 – Work This Pussy
Depeche Mode – Halo (Goldfrapp mix)
Depeche Mode – Little15 (Ulrich Schnauss mix)
The MFA - The Difference it Makes (Superpitcher mix)

Albums

Ellen Allien – Thrills
Caribou – The Milk of Human Kindness
Royksopp – The Understanding
Four tet – Everything Ecstatic
M83 – Before the Dawn Heals Us
LCD soundsystem
The Black Dog – Silenced
Orb – Okie Dokie It’s the Orb on Kompakt
Susumu Yokota – Symbol
Jamie Lidell – Multiply
AFX – Analord 7, 8, and 11
Ladytron – Witching Hour

Mixes

Superpitcher – TodayJames Zabiela – Renaissance Presents Utilities
Chris Fortier – Balance 007
Desyn Masiello – Balance 008
Richie Hawtin – DE9: Transitions
Damien Lazarus – Suck My Deck
Loco Dice – Minimal Explosion

Compilations

DFA/various – compilation #2

Wighmomy Bros. And Robag Wruhme – Remikks Potpourri
Tommy Boy Presents Hip Hop Roots
Acid: Can You Jack? Chicago Acid and Experimental House 1985-1995
New Order: Item DVD

Books

This year I discovered Robert Charles Wilson. His 2005 book is Spin, which was very good. Blind Lake, Perseids and Other Stories, and The Chronoliths were all great. Still looking for Darwinia, which is also supposed to be good.

Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist – edited by John Brockman
The Fabric of the Cosmos – by Brian Greene (way better than the Elegant Universe)

Television

24: Season 4
Trailer Park Boys: Season 5
Battlestar Galactica
Lost: Season 2
The Tournament: Season 1
South Park
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart