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Friday, December 31, 2004

Bests Of 2004

In no way definitive or accurate, filled with oversights as well as omissions, and crippled by a lack of serious research:

BEST EP OF THE YEAR:
The Rebel 'Exciting New Venue For Soccer And The Execution Of Women'
On a different plane than everything else. Looses points for not having 'Spiderman In The Flesh' as disturbing as it is performed live, but still head a shoulders above everything else.
Runner Up: The Piranhas 'Pisces Clangor'
Takes some getting used to, but worth it. Gets bonus points for provoking people enough to give me angry comments.
BEST LEAD OFF TRACK OF THE YEAR:
Black Lips 'M.I.A.'
Bass elbows it's way in over the skittering guitar riff and the song careens around drunkenly - the best song of the Black Lips's career.
Runner up: The Hunches 'Where Am I'
Relentless drums, the guitars settles into a groove, the bass gradually layer themselves in, the song pauses, then explodes.
BEST NEW SONG FROM A BAND WHOSE PREVIOUS MATERIAL I FOUND TO BE REALLY BORING, IF NOT OUTRIGHT STUPID:
Liars 'There's Always Room On The Broom'
I didn't like their yawnsnore post punk Brooklyn asshole hipster debut, but I did like their almost phenomenally unlistenable followup, especially this song. Video game keyboards and ominous lyrics.
BEST REISSUE:
DNA on DNA
Great having (almost all) of that racket in one place.
Runner Up: Flesh Eaters 'No Questions Asked'
Cheers to Atavistic.
BEST SINGLE:
A-Frames 'Crutches'
Worth it all for the soaring guitar break, followed by the simple but incredible drum solo, before rocketing back into a wonderful riff.
MOST QUESTIONABLE DECISION:
Not using any of (often excellent) bonus CD Intelligence tracks from Narnack's reissue on the Intelligence's fine debut CD, 'Boredom And Terror'.
BEST SONGWRITING ON A RECORD WHOSE ORIGINALS ARE INDISTINGUISHABLE IN QUALITY FROM OFFERINGS FROM SOME OF THE BEST SONGWRITERS OF ALL TIME.:
Reigning Sound 'Too Much Guitar'
BEST COMP:
SS Record's 'Babyhead' Compilation
All sorts of seemingly disparate outfits that manage to form a seamless, cohesive LP without any filler. Kudo's.
BEST RECORDS OF THE YEAR:
(Tie)
The Hunches 'Hobo Sunrise'
The Reigning Sound 'Too Much Guitar'
I like 'em both, but for different reasons.

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