I actually may have discovered more music this year which really isn't that surprising guess. I did pick up and go to Miami for the express purpose of hearing music 24-7 and the rest of the year just followed. I learned a lot of things by osmosis and followed the musical links. It's been a very good year for all that. This year, KP was into:
1. Favorite New-To-Me Finds: Chateau Flight, Liquid Liquid, Four Tet, Handsome Boy Modelling School, Dub Trio, Beans, Battles, Diverse, In Flagranti, Dry & Heavy, most of the Massive Attack catalog
2. I Gave Into The Hype And I Actually Liked It!!: Jamie Lidell, Death From Above 1979, LCD Soundsystem, Dizzee Rascal, Kanye West, !!!, Fannypack, Kelley Polar
3. Most Awesome Bits of Revisted Youth: Nine Inch Nails @ MSG and Jamiroquai @ Nokia Theater
Anways, my best of what I was listening to all year, in no particular order:
Chateau Flight, The Meal
Death From Above 1979, You Are A Woman, I Am A Machine
Dub Trio, Exploring The Dangers Of
Four Tet, Everything Ecstatic
Jamie Lidell, Multiply
Prefuse 73, Surrounded By Silence
Run The Road
Sam Prekop, Who's Your New Professor?
Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, Moods and Grooves, Vol. 2.
Amerie, "Talkin About"
Damian Marley, "Welcome To Jamrock"
Fannypack, "On My Lap"
In Flagranti, "Bang Bang"
Jamie Lidell "Multiply"
John Legend, "Ordinary People"
Kanye West "Gold Digger"
Kelley Polar "Cosmological Constancy"
LCD Soundsystem, "Disco Inflitrator"
Mariah Carey, "We Belong Together"
R. Kelly "Trapped In The Closet Part 1-Infinity"
Tiga "Good As Gold"
Not Even New Shit That Wouldn't Let Me Go
Brandy, "The Ritual (Chateau Flight Remix)
Massive Attack, Mezzanine
The Jones Girls, "Nights Over Egypt"
La Caution vs. Chateau Flight, "Deserts et Lezards"
Dizzee Rascal, Boy In Da Corner
Urban Renewal Program
Asian Dub Foundation, "P.N.K.B. (Dry & Heavy Remix)
Boogie Down Productions, "The Bridge Is Over"
Talking Heads, "Born Under Punches"
Disco D + Princess Superstar, "Fuck Me On The Dancefloor"
Favorite Shows of '05:
1. Winter Music Conference/M3 Summit -- March '05 -- If only for the sheer numbers of people that I saw including Los Amigos Invisibles, Tortured Soul, 33hz, Mylo, The Glimmers, Ellen Allien, Killa Kela, Digable Planets, Mark Farina, Donald Glaude, Marques Wyatt, Slam Dunk, Greenskeepers, Ben Watt, and more that I don't even freaking remember (and some I want to forget). It was music overload. Nothing even came close to topping it.
2. Dizzee Rascal @ Irving Plaza -- 4/23/05 -- I'd only started listening to him a few weeks before the show and I got my ticket on a mostly ulterior motivation, but the show was classic. A hip hop show top to bottom. Dude has massive stage presence and it's really impossible to look away. I was a fairweather fan before I got there, but seeing every song get twice the recorded energy made me a true blue.
3. Beans/Battles/Prefuse 73 @ Bowery Ballroom -- 5/7/05 -- It's almost hard to believe that I had never seen Prefuse do more than a little spinning until May...especially with me being all obsessed and all. So, I rectified that fully this year. He came and went earlier this month and I didn't even pause. No more Prefuse for another year or so. But, this show was the 2nd of the two night stand and Trendvickster and I did it up. I hadn't given more than a passing though to Beans (though I knew of him), so I was blown away by his performance. Full of personality that dude is! (and he's been really cool when I've run into him since.) Battles came from nowhere to blindside me the first night and I was still all about them the second. Likewise, Ian Battles is very nice, considering I badger him about that damned bag every time I see him. I think Prefuse could've banged a garbage pail along to a CD of the music playing and I still would've loved it, but live drums and keys along with the samples was the shit. It definitely enriched the flavor of the songs and gave it enough weight to fill the room and then some.
4. Dub Trio/Nisennenmondai/Tyondai Braxton /Prefuse 73 @Rocks Off Boat Cruise -- 9/18/05 -- As The Director joked, the incredible concert with no words. Awesome musicians every last one, but you know what? My favorite part was being on a boat on a warm fall night spitting distance from the Statue of Liberty. That was an incredible sight that I haven't seen in too long. That was a true "I Love NY" moment.
5. Nine Inch Nails @ MSG -- 11/3/05 -- I've never ever been to an arena show and I've kinda regretted it over the years. And then I remember that I'm usually broke as fuck. So, now I know that in an arena, you can barely see shit and you're just one of a mass of thousands of people, but dammit, it's exciting! You feel a part of something bigger than yourself. And it definitely helps when the band on stage is playing most of your favorite songs and the sound is immense going all the way to the back row. It rocked.