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Sunday, November 06, 2005

December Uncut Magazine and CD

Below is a post I posted then deleted yesterday because the formatting did not work out as intended. I've wiped out all my lovely hyperlinks and italics. The links to download the songs are there, but unfortunately a bit of copy-and-pasting is needed to snag the songs; sorry about that. I'll edit the hyperlinks back in when Blogger fixes things. Yesterday they posted an update saying "One of the Blogger databases is down that causes some blogs to be unaccessible and general slowness on the site. We are working on resolving the problem and apologize for the inconvenience." Fingers crossed.

updated, formatting improved...

The December Uncut includes a "Best of 2005" CD. Boy, I bet there were a lot of red faces around the Uncut offices when they discovered Q had already compiled *two* best of 2005 CDs! Oh, how embarrassing! And the CDs don't even seem to contain the same tracks; how do they explain that? There can only be so many "best" songs of the year! David Bowie is on the mag's cover. "Paranoia! Weird sex! Cocaine dementia!" The article focuses on the making of the film "The Man Who Fell to Earth". Bowie says, "Just being me, as I was, was perfectly adequate for the role. I wasn't of this earth at that particular time." Terry Gilliam and John Hiatt were also interviewed for this issue. In a 10-page feature, Uncut discusses the best albums and reissues of 2005. They pick The Arcade Fire's Funeral as album of the year -- sorry, make that "Uncut Album of the Year". Below -- half the top albums of the year list, and the whole reissues list.

Uncut's Top 25 Albums of 2005:

1. The Arcade Fire - Funeral
2. Sufjan Stevens' - Illinois
3. Bob Dylan - No Direction Home: The Soundtrack - The Bootleg Series Vol 7
4. Black Mountain - Black Mountain
5. The National - Alligator
6. The Rolling Stones - A Bigger Bang
7. LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
8. The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
9. Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better With Franz Ferdinand
10. Rufus Wainwright - Want Two
11. Ry Cooder - Chavez Ravine
12. Super Furry Animals - Love Kraft
13. Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow
14. Kanye West - Late Registration
15. Ryan Adams & the Cardinals - Cold Roses
16. Annie - Anniemal
17. Neil Young - Prairie Wind
18. Dungen - Ta Det Lugnt
19. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Worn Copy
20. Elbow - Leaders of the Free World
21. Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain
22. Antony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
23. Richard Thompson - Front Parlor Ballads
24. Animal Collective - Feels
25. Gorillaz - Demon Days

Josh Rouse says his favourite album of 2005 was Rosie Thomas' If Songs Could Be Held. He says, "It's been years since a song has moved me so much as the track 'Time Goes Away'. It's simply heart-wrenching." Doves' Jimi Goodwin singles out Smog's A River Ain't Too Much to Love and names "In The Pines" and "I Feel Like The Mother Of The World" as standout tracks. Rufus Wainwright names Antony and the Johnson's I Am A Bird Now and his sister Martha's self-titled album as his favourites of the year.

Uncut's 20 Top Reissues of the Year:

1. Orange Juice - The Glasgow School
2. The Stooges - Fun House - Deluxe Edition
3. The Band - A Musical History
4. Bill Fay - Bill Fay
5. Various Artists - Hearing Is Believing: The Jack Nitzsche Story 1962-1979
6. Can - Future Days
7. Dinosaur Jr - You're Living All Over Me
8. Johnny Cash - The Legend
9. Screaming Trees - Ocean of Confusion: Songs of Screaming Trees 1989-1996
10. Scritti Politti - Early
11. Sonic Youth - Goo
12. Ray Charles - Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959)
13. The Fall - The Complete Peel Sessions 1978-2004
14. Judee Sill - Dreams Come True
15. Free - Chronicles
16. The 101'ers - Elgin Avenue Breakdown (Revisited)
17. Comus - Song to Comus: The Complete Collection
18. The Associates - The Affectionate Punch: 25th Anniversary Remaster
19. The Cure - Pornography: Deluxe Edition
20. Simply Saucer - Cyborgs Revisited

Reviews-wise, 3 stars out of 5 for Kate Bush's Aerial. They find it overlong and feel that "ecstasy is a difficult mood to maintain convincingly." But... "Nevertheless, it's a magnificently quixotic attempt. Aerial is a madly ambitious, darkly despondent grand folly of a record: a reminder of an eccentric recklessness and grand aspiration so much British pop has lost." 4 stars for Wilco's Kicking Television, same for Madonna's latest ("such a heady, high-octane swirl that, perversely enough, you often forget you're listening to a Madonna record." Wow, was that a compliment? I'd also like to call for more frequent use of the word "perversely" in reviews of all sorts. It amuses me.) Marah's If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry gets 4 stars and is called "a resounding triumph." I've quite liked a couple mag-CD-tracks from Marah. Not surprised to see their album get such a positive review.

And now on to yet another mag CD! I already uploaded songs for the CD yesterday, so I've decided to go ahead and post the CD today. Sorry about the lack of hyperlinks; Blogger says they won't go for that, no can do. I will edit this post to make them nicely-clickable when Blogger allows me to do so. For the time being, please copy and paste the links to download the songs. Sorry 'bout the inconvenience.

Uncut Best of 2005 CD Track Listing:

1. Devendra Banhart - I Feel Just Like a Child
2. MP3: Josh Rouse - Winter in the Hamptons
3. The National - Lit Up (new version)
4. John Cale - In A Flood
5. Bright Eyes - Another Travelin' Song
6. Big Star - Hung Up With Summer
7. Robert Plant & the Strange Sensation - Tin Pan Valley
8. Hal - I Sat Down
9. Ry Cooder - Chinito Chinito
10. Antony & the Johnsons - My Lady Story
11. My Morning Jacket - Anytime
12. Sufjan Stevens - The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
13. Black Mountain - Don't Run Our Hearts
14. Franz Ferdinand - Eleanor Put Your Boots On
15. The Arcade Fire - Neighbourhood #2 (Laika)


Blogger mp3hugger said...

Phew, thought that read Mariah, Mariah Carey getting 4 out of 5 in Uncut, now I new the NME had dropped its standards! Put it down to the Sunday evening slowdown effect. Perversely I am actually on a day off tomorrow....

11:27 AM  
Blogger trill42 said...

Marah is uncomfortably close to Mariah, isn't it? Props for the use of "perversely"! The NME probably has dropped its standards. I don't know about Uncut, though. (Meow, nitpicking is no way to treat someone who gave me my first "perversely" comment on the blog! I know it's wrong. Yet, perversely I enjoyed it and can't stop myself from admitting that. I feel like I belong in one of those old commercials for "Obsession")

2:45 PM  
Blogger -tr0y- said...

wish i didnt hate the Dylan bandwagon as much as i do. glad to see Elbow make the list though.

3:58 PM  

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