Monday, January 2nd, 2006
Last Year's Man
Stereogum has gotten around to compiling the XY-chromosonal edition of his 2005 indie hotties of 2005 poll. I understand it took longer than the female one because, well, every other submission was for “that guy” or “that dude”. The results prove what I’ve always suspected, and that the ladies love the sensitive, banjo-plucking Christian boys with a lisp because Sufjan Stevens ran away with half the votes. So combine this honour with the fact that agree or disagree, Sufjan’s Illinois was pretty much the concensus pick as top album of the year and it’s pretty much safe to say that 2005 was the year of the Sufjan. I’m pretty sure he took the title for most posts and links in my blog for last year anyway (and I think 2004 was the year of Wilco… I should keep track of this stuff). And with that in mind, I declare that this will be the first – and last – Sufjan Stevens-led post I make in 2006. Unless he does something especially noteworthy, like bring peace to the Middle East, eat a school busload of babies or release another album. Go on vacation, Sufjan. Go to Deleware, or Wyoming or something (or maybe California, as most Stereogum readers recommend).
And using that as a leaping off point, I’m going to make a bit of a New Year’s declaration/resolution here – I will endeavour to include more coverage of new/up-and-coming artists in this here site. That means listening to more of the stuff I’m sent out of the blue (which isn’t necessarily a solicitation for more stuff to be sent to me out of the blue, but whatever). One consequence of this could be an increase in the snark quotient of my Sunday Cleaning columns, since the stuff I actually like will probably be getting regular posts of their own. We’ll see, I haven’t decided yet. That said, my overriding mandate will still be to simply write about the stuff I like or find interesting. I subscribe to the philosophy The Big Takeover’s Jack Rabid puts forth in an interview in their latest issue – “If I’m going to stay in this business, I have to have time to listen to the stuff that I like. I can’t be kept from listening to the stuff that I like out of some sense of requirement. And I can’t ignore and punish people because I’ve written about them before”. Which means that when Wilco releases their new album later this year, expect the full court press… but I will try to balance that out with other stuff. Really.
I don’t know how you spent your New Year’s Eve, but I would think the Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado would have been a damn fine place to be, ringing in 2006 with Drive-By Truckers and Centro-Matic. Both have new albums out this year – DBT’s A Blessing And A Curse is due out in April-ish and CM’s Fort Recovery is out March 7 – and the first preview MP3s are now online.
The Centro-Matic song is also the title track from a teaser EP coming out February 7. And I said I was done with year-end lists, but Patterson Hood wants to share. And you can’t say no to Patterson.
And since I’ve already backslid on my “no lists” policy, I want to point out News OK’s list of the best graphic novels of 2005. Pleased to see local comic Scott Pilgrim Vs The World rocking the top spot. The third volume, Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness, was supposed to be out at the end of December but has been pushed back until January 25. Book four, Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together, is also slated to come out in 2006. Link via Largehearted Boy.
Oh look, I lost another awards poll thingee. Congrats to fellow covers fetishist Copy, Right? on the win. You know, when I made this post almost two years ago, I had no idea how prescient I was being…
I’m trying to write up my submission for eye’s 2005 music critics poll, for which I’m honoured to finally be included, but am finding I’m fresh out of ways to talk about why I liked the albums I did last year. The horse is beaten.
np – Six By Seven / :04