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The Best Albums of 2005 (So Far)

The first 6 months of 2005 have passed it looks like it’s turning out to be another GREAT year for music. Here’s our favorites so far. Our year end special will have the top 15 albums of the year. Mid year only gets a top 10 pick. (We promise that this order is REALLY going to change by year’s end. There are many great releases coming later in ’05 so stay tuned.)

1) Spoon:: Gimme Fiction (Austin, TX)
Possible their finest hour.. A album that is a complete joy to listen to.
I Turn my camera on:: MP3
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2) The Hold Steady:: Separation Sunday (Brooklyn, NY via Minneapolis, MN)
Dark, Hopeless, Funny, Sad and totally brilliant.
Your little hoodrat friend:: MP3
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3) Bloc Party:: Silent Alarm (London, UK)
Part Gang of Four, Cure, Joy Division, Sonic Youth and more.. What a yummy mix!
The Answer:: MP3
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4) Kaiser Chiefs:: Employment (Leeds, UK)
Just a flat out fun pop record..
I predict a riot:: MP3
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5) Queens of the Stone Age:: Lullibies to Paralize (Palm Desert, CA)
RAWK!! Grohl and Nick may be gone but Josh is still mad as hell and we LOVE IT!
Little Sister:: Video
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6) Gorillaz:: Demon Days (London UK, Atlanta, GA)
Blur meets DJ Danger Mouse.. But it works… Their best release to date.
Feel Good Inc: Video
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7) Beck:: Guero (Los Angeles, CA)
Captain Silverlake is done being sad and has made a great soundtrack for summer.
E-Pro:: Video
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8) The White Stripes:: Get behind me satan (Detroit, MI)
Even at their worst they are better than most everyone else.
Blue Orchid:: Video
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9) The Ruby Doe:: Always with wings (Seattle, WA)
Thick hard intelligent rock.. Some of my favorite tunes in the car.
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10) Crooked Fingers:: Dignity and Shame (Seatttle, WA via Chapel Hill, NC)
Just a flat out beautiful record.. Ex- Archers of Loaf front man really comes into his own.
Dignity and Shame:: MP3
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Other possible contenders for the years best:
The New Pornographers:: Twin Cinema (The return of the kings and queen of pop..)
LCD Soundsystem:: S/T (I said dance MuthaF**ker)
Low:: The Great Destroyer (Their hard rock record.. Well for Low that is.. GREAT!!)