Saturday, December 31, 2005

Home....The Other Home

Been back in Richmond since Monday, but been ridiculously busy since with work and whatnot. The trip back home was a blast. It was pretty wild too. I got quite hammered almost every night. Good times.

Got a nice reminder of what Richmond life is like today when I was in Target. I was getting a mocha from the Starbucks inside when this store cop goes flying by....then a couple more. Then some dude comes around the checkout lines towards the exit. Like four dudes tackled the guy and cuffed him. Cool.

Just a couple more hours 'til midnight. I hope everybody has fun tonight. I will. I'm heading out pretty quick to a party at a fellow director's house. Should be fun, other than this nasty cold I've caught. I felt it coming on for a couple of days. Yesterday I woke up from a nap during the Missouri-South Carolina game (Brad Smith rules!!) with a pounding headache, swollen throat, and my sinuses feeling like they were stuffed with bowling balls. Dammit, though, I'm still going out to have fun tonight. I don't have to work tomorrow so I'm not wasting the night.

In a couple of days I'm planning on listing my top albums of 2005. Here is a list of the candidates....or every 2005 release I bothered to get:

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals - Cold Roses
Ryan Adams & the Cardinals - Jacksonville City Nights
Ryan Adams - 29
Animal Collective - Feels
Big Star - In Space
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Matt Sweeney - Superwolf
Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Bright Eyes - Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
Broken Social Scene - S/T
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - S/T
Coldplay - X&Y
Death Cab for Cutie - Plans
Decemberists - Picaresque
Eels - Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
Eisley - Room Noises
Feist - Let it Die
Fiery Furnaces - Rehearsing My Choir
Orenda Fink - Invisible Ones
Flotation Toy Warning - Bluffer's Guide to the Flight Deck
Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have it So Much Better
Gorillaz - Demon Days
Jandek - Raining Down Diamonds
Magnolia Electric Co. - What Comes After the Blues
Most Serene Republic - Underwater Cinematographer
Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree
New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
Portastatic - Bright Ideas
Silver Jews - Tanglewood Numbers
Smog - A River Ain't Too Much to Love
Son Volt - Omekah and the Melody of Riot
Spoon - Gimme Fiction
Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Supergrass - Road to Rouen
Maria Taylor - 11:11
John Vanderslice - Pixel Revolt
M. Ward - Transistor Radio
Weezer - Make Believe
White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary

I think that's all of least those are the ones that matter. Remember, no live albums, compilations, or EPs....even though there were plenty of good ones this year.

Anyhoo.....have fun tonight.....I will. Happy New Year!!