Year end best of lists are by no means absolute even for the author. What I’ve quickly come to realize is that 2005 was a pretty good year for new music. I’ve had a pretty difficult time determining my favorites of the year and placing them in any type of meaningful order.
You might notice that the list is without any hip-hop. I’m no expert on hip-hop by any stretch of the imagination, but it just seemed like a “down” year to me. I’ll gladly accept solicitations for any good new hip-hop releases outside of Kanye, Danger Doom, and Blackalicious.
A year or six months (even a month from now) this list might be decidedly different that as it currently exists. That said, here are my (incomplete at best) picks for best new music of 2005.
49. Test Icicles – For Screening Purposes Only (Domino)
MP3 | Boa Vs. Python
41. The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up Picks Us Apart (Absolutely Kosher)
MP3 | A Toast To The Happy Couple
28. Lowlights – Dark End Road (Darla)
MP3 | So Long
Numbers twenty-five through one should be up tomorrow or by the end of the weekend at the latest.