Best of 2005

Best of 2005: Aubin's PicksAubin's Picks (2005)
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Aubin is a news editor and reviewer at Punknews.org -ed

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It was a pretty remarkable year in a lot of ways, good and bad. Lots of smaller labels have been really taking chances and signing genuinely exciting bands; there is more than one release on my list this year coming from a label that I didn't expect a year ago and I know next year will feature a host of bands and albums that I had never heard of. Punk will only die if it stagnates and with that in mind, I don't expect to be yelling "punk is dead" for a good long time.

While I don't fault Against Me! and Anti-Flag for joining the majors this year, it seems a little sad to see MBA's and CA's thinking of those bands as a "sound investment" rather than something personal. The problem with signing to major labels is not about money or success, it's the idea that you've admitted that your friends can't serve you well enough. In the end though, it's the music that matters and I have faith that as long as they're given room, both band's will continue to impress.

That said, I had some truly memorable musical experiences this year; while the rise of soft-rock-masquerading-as-emo has certainly taken root, it was truly refreshing to see the groundswell's at shows by Bad Religion, NOFX and Against Me! this year; it may seem like soft rock has taken over every label, but clearly there is still a large and vocal audience for music that you can't listen to with your parents. The fact that Kid Dynamite's reunion set message boards ablaze didn't hurt either.

A few too many great bands quit this year; Rocket From The Crypt, The Hot Snakes, Bear vs. Shark, Q and Not U, Troubled Hubble but a Lifetime reunion, however temporary does lessen the blow a little. A semi-new book from Kurt Vonnegut made me smile too.

The Best Albums of the Year (As Read By Children)

Bloc Party: Silent Alarm
Despite being burdened by endless comparisons to Gang of Four and Mission of Burma, Bloc Party set their own path with the rhythmic, eclectic Silent Alarm; one of the few times where hype undersells a band.
Dark Tranquillity: Character
Century Media
Melodic thrash that narrowly beat out Darkest Hour release. Strong melodies, tasteful use of electronics and an all-out assault make this one of the most exciting Swedish metal releases since Slaughter of the Soul.
Propagandhi - Potemkin City Limits
G7 Welcoming Committee / Fat Wreck
Intense, instigating and incisive. Another compelling reinvention from the Canadian masters.
Modern Life Is War - Witness
A seething, vicious demonstration of the power of restraint in hardcore.
Killing The Dream: In Place, Apart
September 27 on Deathwish
The other insanely great release from Deathwish; intelligent and thought-provoking hardcore.
Sleater-Kinney: The Woods
Sub Pop
How do they rock so hard? Bursting with energy, wailed vocals and memorable hooks. If this isn't rock'n'roll, I don't know what is.
Pelican: The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw
July 26th on Hydra Head
Stepping out of the shadows as Isis' major-chord-loving little brother; Pelican crafts an athmospheric and compelling listen. This is what you should listen to on the way home from a show.
The Evens: The Evens
While not-being-Fugazi is sometimes claimed as a fault of this band, Ian Mackaye shows why he is one of the most intringuing figures in punk rock; it doesn't matter what style of music he plays, it's always Ian and it's always great.
Latterman: No Matter Where We Go‚?¶!
Deep Elm
Finally, a band that isn't afraid to call themselves a punk band and mean it. Anthemic, and crowd-pleasing, one of Deep Elm's best finds since Planes Mistaken for Stars.
Against Me!: Searching For A Former Clarity
Fat Wreck
Too much attention is given to the band's political beginnings and label ties and every positive step they've taken has given fuel to detractors. If the music is what matters though, then Against Me! matters a lot.
Beecher: This Elegy His Autopsy
The best new hardcore band in England; their Earache debut, produced by Kurt Ballou is a rivetting mix of Refused and Isis.
Paint It Black: Paradise
Jade Tree Records
If there was a lifetime achievement award for contributions hardcore, Dr. Dan Yemin should have won it five years ago. And again this year.

Honorable Mentions

Darkest Hour: Undoing Ruin, Comeback Kid: Wake The Dead, Bob Mould: Body of Song (Deluxe), Ephel Duath: Pain Necessary to Know, Art Brut: Bang Band Rock & Roll, Death Cab for Cutie: Plans, Public Enemy: Power to the People and the Beats: Public Enemy's Greatest Hits, Shook Ones: Sixteen, System of a Down: Mezmerize, Marathon: Marathon, Cursed: Two, Gang of Four: Return of the Gift.

Better Late than Never

Rehasher: Off-Key Melodies (2004)
No Idea
Missed it when it was first released but absolutely love it now; while Less Than Jake is clearly the main avenue from these boy's creative pursuits, this is about the most fun I've had from their camp since Hello Rockview.
Children of Bodom: Hate Crew Deathroll (2003)
Shamelessly over-the-top melodic metal with ridiculous keyboard and guitar solos and perfect shout-along vocals. The new one isn't quite as good, but this one is flawless right down to the Slayer cover.

The Shape of The Year To Come

The big surprise this year was the rapid rise of Deathwish Inc. Propelled by a series of incredible hardcore records which were both innovative and inspiring, the label has set itself as one to watch in the coming years. Similarly, Nitro Records reinvented itself with one of the best roster's around these days. Abacus seemingly came out of nowhere to snap up some surprising bands; Planes Mistaken for Stars, Sick of It All, The Distance, Turbonegro and Ignite suggest that an Abacus package tour would be something to experience.

In the new year, Equal Vision has a smoking lineup of releases planned, with updates from Boy Sets Fire and The Hope Conspiracy. Fat will deliver new records from NOFX, Good Riddance, Randy, Dillinger Four and The Lawrence Arms. Epitaph will open the year with new releases from Bad Religion and Some Girls.

Victory, the fastest growing label in terms of sheer numbers is still the wild card; while some of their bands are not to my taste, Tony has shown himself to be both a master of understanding "the kids" while taking chances on truly wonderful records that might not sell as much as Hawthorne Heights, but will have a place in my player for years to come. 2005 brought Comeback Kid, With Honor and an astounding Darkest Hour release and I'm sure 2006 will be just as much of a roller coaster.

Ferret and Trustkill should be interesting to watch as well; Ferret's coup, the signing of In Flames should be exciting, and Trustkill's This Is Hell equally so.

Burning Heart has some big releases out in 2006 as well; the one-two punch of Refused and Raised Fist in the spring should empty a few wallets, and the domestic release of Randy's wonderful Randy The Band should send some people digging through their back catalog.

While their major label debut didn't move me, I'm still holding out hope for the next full length from AFI, which should be out, well, some day.

Last, but definitely not least is the upcoming Mr.Beast from Scottish instrumentalists, Mogwai. In similar territory, a new full length from an artist that appeared on my 2004 list, Mono. Metal from Yakuza, a DVD from Dillinger Escape Plan and new records from Mission of Burma, The Distance, Planes Mistaken for Stars, Less Than Jake, Riverboat Gamblers, Shook Ones, Ted Leo, Anti-Flag and many others.

As always though, some of the best releases are ones we haven't even heard about yet; small labels taking chances is the heart of this music and I've gratified to know that I'm bound to be surprised next year just as I have been every year.


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Anonymous (January 5, 2006)

Man after skimming over these "best of" lists, its seems as if everyone is shying away from the mainstream despite excellent records from QOTSA, Beck, White Stripes... the list goes on. I like the new indie scene as much as the next guy... but the world doesn't revolve around indie rock.


Anonymous (January 5, 2006)


i dont get it.

-Bryan Styles

AlmostPunkEnough (January 4, 2006)

ummm, i'm not sure, they very could have been lesbians, that actually woulda made it hotter, as they were not very attractive. call me superficial i guess, but unless the both wanted to go at the smae time, i'll pass on the unwashed Teagen and Sara fans.

on second thought, how could anyone not want me????

stevejonestherealbones (January 4, 2006)

were they lezbians? if not, they may have been trying to fuck you

- jones the bones

- stevejopnes8770@yahoo.com

AlmostPunkEnough (January 4, 2006)

i was actually just looking at AP in Borders before, along with the new AMP. anyway, i didn't notice who was the unsigned band, but it could definitley be them. i have a bad feeling they'll get big with the lame crowd, but whatever, i enjoy it. it's pretty poppy, but the guitar work is top-notch for this sort of mindless stuff, and it's hard to deny how catchy it is. i don't know what it's comparable to... maybe some earlier Saves the Day with some early Ataris and something of a less whiny Long Island sound to it. actually it's much better than i made it sound, anyway, just check it out. feel free to yell at me for making you listen so such gayity.

these chicks in Borders were trying to tell me how good Teagen and Sara are too, i don't know why, maybe it's cause i was looking at AP. i gotta be more nonchalant about it.

stevejonestherealbones (January 3, 2006)

i'll give em a listen. dont think i ever have...um...do you read ap magazine? was that band just an unsigned band of the month? it might be someone else. i was checking it out at the store

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

AlmostPunkEnough (January 3, 2006)

jones, if you really like Facing New York and Somerset, you should really listen to Valencia. it's slightly more 'gay' than those two, but musically it's just great straight up rock. really good.

stevejonestherealbones (January 3, 2006)

i kinda put my top albums in my myspace blog

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

- http://myspace.com/jonesthebones

Mute98 (January 2, 2006)

why doesnt jones get to put up his list?

soulbleed (January 2, 2006)

totally agree about the abacus records comment, aubin. you forgot sworn enemy and juliana theory, though. :P

AlmostPunkEnough (January 2, 2006)


great list man, lots of shared stuff with me on there, frankly i'm amazed someone else on this site thought Valencia was that good, Useless ID too. it gives me hope.

i threw Chixdiggit!, Pennywise and BvsS on my honorable mentions. if i had included EPs, Bullets to Broadway and the Loved Ones woulda been pretty high, No Trigger, NMB and Pink Razors too.

oh, and i haven't seen anyone on any of these list talk about the Ducky Boys 'Three Chords and the Truth'. damn shame, even if they are massholes.

Anonymous (January 2, 2006)

Hein's list is the best of all the regulars. I have ten of those on my top thirty. myspace.com/kpy85

hein (January 2, 2006)

I didn't really get to post my list this year, although I normally participate here, but I just have been too busy recently with my regular job. Sorry guys. I didn't even comment on my own website punkupdates.com (which might look a bit dead at the time as well for the same reason). But I still intend to update that release-calendar as I have been for the last 7 or 8 years, so the calendar up here is correct as well. In all, I thought it was a pretty good year for releases, and I ended it seeing the band that I rated the number 1 release of the year live last week. Teenage Bottlerocket's album really didn't leave my CD-changer since last summer when I received "Total". An astonishing simple album made my number 1 album of the year, which proves again that music is all about writing good songs.

So, here's my top 30 for 2005-released albums out of the nearly 450 that came my way this year (thank you bands and labels). The first 10 are in correct, the rest in no particular order:

1. Teenage Bottlerocket - Total (Red Scare)
2. Latterman - No Matter Where We Go (Deep Elm)
3. Gatsby's American Dream - Volcano (Fearless)
4. Lagwagon - Resolve (Fat Wreck)
5. Paint It Black - Paradise (Jade Tree)
6. Bear Vs. Shark - Terrorhawk (Equal Vision)
7. Western Addiction - Cognicide (Fat Wreck)
8. Suicide Machines - War Profiteering Is Killing Us All (Side One Dummy)
9. My Awesome Compilation - Actions (Sorepoint)
10. Chixdiggit - Pink Razors (Bad Taste)

11. Bullets To Broadway - Drink Positive EP (Red Scare)
12. Horace Pinker - Texas One Ten (Thick)
13. Street Dogs - Back To The World (Side One Dummy)
14. The Loved Ones - S/T ep (Jade Tree)
15. Comeback Kid - Wake The Dead (Victory)
16. Armor For Sleep - What To Do When You Are Dead (Equal Vision)
17. Smoke Or Fire - Above The City (Fat Wreck)
18. A Change Of Pace - An Offer You Can't Refuse (Immortal)
19. Letters Organize - Dead Rhythm Machine (Nitro)
20. Bleeder Resistor - Sixteen (Basement)
21. Ephen Rian - The Special Referendum (Wynona)
22. Useless ID - Redemption (Kung Fu)
23. No Turning Back - Rise From The Ashes (Reflections)
24. Pennywise - The Fuse (Epitaph)
25. A Wilhelm Scream - Ruiner (Nitro)
26. Versus The World - S/T (Kung Fu)
27. Berri Txarrak - Jaio.Musika.Hil (GOR)
28. The Accidents - Poison Chalice (Burning Heart)
29. Valencia - This Could Be A Possibility (I Surrender)
30. Grave For The Fireflies - Bitten (Basement)

Moving on to 2006...

stevejonestherealbones (January 2, 2006)

who wants to play a game?

its called. look at all the top ten lists and try to figure out which albums it is that jones the bones has, because even though jones has no life, i must really be a loser if i'm about to actually play this game

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

- http://www.myspace.com/jonesthebones

- http://www.purevolume.com/smashthemagnavox

Anonymous (January 2, 2006)

Aubin -- So is PIB #1? Say it's so!!!

AlmostPunkEnough (January 2, 2006)

Aubin, awesome. you should check out 'The Mind's I', a little heavier and more spastic, but very good. sounds a tad like 'The Jester Race' which is a good thing.

if you can somehow find Dimension Zero's 'Penetrations From the Lost World' you'll be pretty happy too i think. it's a really short EP, but with 4 songs that rival anything from 'Slaughter of the Soul' seriously, it's that good. they sofeted up a lot since then, but the newer stuff is worth a try too.

beaarthur (January 2, 2006)

Western Addiction made sickboi, Brian & Matt_Whelihan's lists. Ergo, those three are the only ones that matter.

captaincrackhead (January 2, 2006)

Sorry dude. Dark Tranquility sucks bad live, the night I saw them anyway. The recordings are much better though. I'm a little disappointed that Western Addiction's "Cognicide" did not make any of these lists. It's one of the better hardcore albums to be put out in a while, even if it is on FAT.

aubin (January 2, 2006)

AlmostPunkEnough: It was you who recommended them and you definitely deserve the credit for cluing me into them... I didn't like Gallery as much, but Character blew me away.

Anonymous (January 2, 2006)

Who gets your vote for biggest sellout of 2005?

Anti Flag?
Brokeback Mountain!?

AlmostPunkEnough (January 2, 2006)

Aubin, did i happen to influence your liking of Dark Traquillty? i know i had mentioned them to you. i'd be so flattered haha.

Anonymous (January 1, 2006)

My top 10

10. I Am Ghost
9. Useless ID
8. Rufio
7. Motion City Soundtrack
6. Dropkick Murphys
5. A Wilhelm Scream
4. Valencia
3. Angel City Outcasts
2. Alkaline Trio
1. Avenged Sevenfold

You can read my entire top thirty here.........myspace.com/kpy85

drawaflower (January 1, 2006)

My bad, 3, pelican.

drawaflower (January 1, 2006)

Two metal bands? Insane. Dark Tranquility and Children of Bodom. My metalhead librarian loves them.

formerly-blade-runner (January 1, 2006)

10. Pelican: The Fire In Our Throats...
9. The Decemberists: Picaresque
8. The Disables: Nothin For No One
7. The New Pornographers: Twin Photography
6. Kanye West: Lage Registration
5. Sujan Stevens: Illinois
4. Sleater-Kinney: The Woods
3. Bear Vs. Shark: Terrorhawk
2. Propagandhi: Potemkin Vity Lights
1. Against Me!: Searching For A Former Clarity

stevejonestherealbones (January 1, 2006)

thats the magic number

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

- myspace.com/jonesthebones

crazytoledo (January 1, 2006)

Dark Tranqulitys' album is quite impressive but not as good as Darkest Hours' cd.

Points for having Killing the Dream on the list.

They're fucking awesome.

Anonymous (January 1, 2006)

rivalry put out the killing the dream album. not deathwish.

Anonymous (January 1, 2006)

Best of '05 (in my crappy opinion):
Propagandhi- Potemkin City Limits
Against Me!- Searching For A Former Clarity
Suicide Machines- War Profiteering Is Killing Us All
Bright Eyes- I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Alkaline Trio- Crimson
Paint It Black- Paradise
Western Addiction- Cognicide
Rumbleseat- Is Dead
Smoke Or Fire- Above The City
Post-Script- Will Hot Dogs Be Banned From Tuna?

Anonymous (January 1, 2006)

I'm glad you noticed Rahaser, dude.

Here's to Roger and the rest of Rehasher crew to pull out a new record out of their caboose in 2006.


aubin (January 1, 2006)

Speaking of the Gang of Four, while it was pretty good, I found that I was listening to the Entertainment reissue a lot more, and a lot of the songs on Gift were re-recorded from the old release. That was the only reason it didn't make the main list.

aubin (January 1, 2006)

I'm really disappointed that I haven't seen a single mention of Gang Of Four's - Return The Gift in ANY of these "best of" lists on this site (maybe I missed it, but I've read just about all these lists)

It made my list, though I realize that I put it under the "original" name. IT was supposed to be called Whitey's Gift and for some reason, that's what I put in.

It's under "Honorable Mentions."

Anonymous (January 1, 2006)

I'm Your Huckleberry.

1.Propagandhi "Potempkin City Limits"
Otherwise known as the Canadien Iron Curtain. As far as trio's go this is the most incredible thing I've ever heard. This cd goes with the Planes mistaken for stars cd as the best cd ever from a band I could give two shits about. Anyone who remotely likes Death By Stereo should listen to it. If you worship shitty punk bands you won't like this.

2. Paint it Black "Paradise"
The lead singer is 37 and has had a stroke. After seeing them this year I am convinced he will die on stage. Another good punk cd,crazy.

3. Modern Life is War "Witness"
"When your 16 you don't know what forever means,when your 23 you couldn't be more sorry to say.All your best friends turned into strangers with familiar faces. Don't tell me that it's to far gone" Fuckkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

4,5,6. Comeback Kid "Wake the Dead"/ Bane "The Note"/ With Honor "This is our Revenge"
I get chills when I think of the show these fellows played earlier this year at the pound. There were rumors that Comeback Kid was gonna break up and no one knew how to react. The whole show was a pile on. With Honor wrote a song about it and the lead singer of bane says it was one of the best shows hes ever been apart of,indeed.

7. Bright Eyes "I'm Wide Awake it's Morning"
I love this asshole.
"We made love on the living room floor
With the noise in the background of a televised war
And in the deafening pleasure I thought I heard someone say
‚??If we walk away, they‚??ll walk away‚?Ě
But greed is a bottomless pit
And our freedom‚??s a joke We‚??re just taking a piss
And the whole world must watch the sad comic display
If you‚??re still free start running away
Cause we‚??re coming for you!"

8.The Loved Ones(Members of Paint it Black) Ep
Pop punk music about livers and cancer. This band is gonna be fuckin huge i just hope i see them before they only play stadiums.

9. Against Me "Searching For a Former Clarity"
Almost perfect. Anarchist Folk.

10.Thrice "Vheissu"
I could almost compare this thing to Isis or Neurosis at times. Very layered. The guitar thunders wickedly. Some of it sounds like standard thrice with keyboards. But when it doesn't it devastates.

fallingupwards84 (January 1, 2006)

ska will make a huge comeback in 2006 with Streetlight Manifesto leading the way with their new album

Anonymous (January 1, 2006)

I'm really disappointed that I haven't seen a single mention of Gang Of Four's - Return The Gift in ANY of these "best of" lists on this site (maybe I missed it, but I've read just about all these lists)

I mean, seriously. That is an important band, and even though it's all re-recordings, that music is still better than most shit out there now.

Marlon (January 1, 2006)

I think getting children to actually read this would be hilarious. Happy New Year!

Fuzzy (December 31, 2005)

Comeback Kid and Bane were on my honorable mentions. Bane was #12 on my list until i scored a coup and got Rumbleseat onto it.

My writeup for bane was something like
You know what? I don't like modern hardcore. I broke my edge. Windmills make me sick, and if I get my head walked on ever, I'll explode. And I still fucking love BANE. Eat it. Everyone was bummed that the drums sounded like they were made of mush on this release. My solution? Turn it up louder.

Comeback Kid had a great song, but overall the whole album was uneven.

joeg (December 31, 2005)

thanks brandon for the evens and john doe reviews. i got hooked on those records big time.

BrandonSideleau (December 31, 2005)

I guess because I refused to review all the garbage mailed to me I wasn't "allowed" to have my "Best Of" posted......I spent quite a bit of time on it too......yeah, some "punk rock" site this is. So......for those of you who care.....here's my list-

2005 was a pretty decent year for music‚?¶.there wasn‚??t exactly any one ‚??knockout‚?Ě album, but there were MANY excellent albums from both newbie‚??s and well established artists. We got a nice variety of heavy, hard hitting stuff and plenty of experimental, atmospheric stuff in contrast. The following are my personal picks for the Top Ten Albums Of 2005-

1.) The Evens- S/T- (Dischord) This album really blew me away, how so much intensity could come from such minimalism was absolutely astonishing. But then again, it‚??s Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina, so it comes as little surprise to me that this turned out as great as it did. This album is packed full of gems and instant classics- ‚??You Won‚??t Feel A Thing‚?Ě, ‚??Around The Corner‚?Ě, ‚??All These Governors‚?Ě‚?¶.I could go on but what‚??s the point? If you haven‚??t heard this yet do yourself, your ears and whoever lives with you a favor and pick it up NOW! With Dischord‚??s cheap prices and availability you really have no excuse.

2.) John Doe- Forever Hasn‚??t Happened Yet- (Redeye) What can I say? X‚??s John Doe seems to have one of those voices that get better and better with age. Here he has really delivered a knockout of a record, the combination of excellent song writing with his soulful croon made this one of my most played new records of 2005. ‚??The Losing Kind‚?Ě and ‚??Hwy 5‚?Ě are forever classics in my mind.

3.) Report Suspicious Activity- S/T- (Alternative Tentacles) This is a really new one, and it‚??s an amazing one too. Fronted by former Articles Of Faith frontman Vic Bondi with former members of Jawbox & Kerosene 454, this highly political album is an incredibly successful mix of ‚??Fugazi-style‚?Ě post-hardcore with some more traditional Articles Of Faith style hardcore punk. ‚??Bin Laden Determined To Strike In U.S.‚?Ě and ‚??Revenge‚?Ě are two of the BEST songs of the year. Mind-blowing musicianship mixed with raw vocals= one happy Brandon.

4.) Melvins With Lustmord- Pigs Of The Roman Empire- (Alternative Tentacles) It seems that everything the Melvins create or are involved with is gold‚?¶..and their latest is no exception. It‚??s loud and heavy as hell, and features one of their greatest songs- ‚??The Bloated Pope‚?Ě. If you like hard, loud music this album will serve you well.

5.) High On Fire- Blessed Black Wings- (Relapse) While not quite as good as their absolute masterpiece ‚??Art Of Self Defense‚?Ě, this album still reaches far and beyond the realm of greatness thanks to some truly great songs and the most utterly punishing riffs of the entire year. With this album High On Fire came in a showed all these new, wimpy metalcore bands what hard music was REALLY about. This is crushing; devastating, bluesy stoner metal at it‚??s finest.

6.) French Toast- In A Cave- (Dischord) I don‚??t really know all too much about this band other than that I really liked this album a lot. It‚??s really atmospheric, yet intense at the same time. It‚??s a very potent mix of ambient electronics and traditional musicianship. Songs like ‚??Float Away‚?Ě & ‚??Seen Me‚?Ě have the ability to invoke both an ominous and accessible atmosphere, if that makes any sense to you.

7.) The Yuppie Pricks- Broker‚??s Banquet- (Alternative Tentacles) This album made me want to join the yacht club, screw coke sniffing models, and party in my own jet. Seriously though, this absolutely hilarious (and surprisingly solid) debut proves that the Yuppie Pricks are NOT merely a novelty act. With plenty of crowd pleasing anthems and a chaotically wild live show I expect these Yuppies just might have some good things coming to them.

8.) Lords- Swords- (Jade Tree) Yet another band I don‚??t know much about, but their description on Jade Tree was good enough to warrant a purchase. I wasn‚??t let down; this album is 15 songs of wild hardcore. It‚??s slightly ‚??new school‚?Ě but with a definite dose of ‚??old school‚?Ě intensity and sense of urgency. I‚??m sure their live show kills too.

9.) 7 Seconds- Take It Back, Take It On, Take It Over- (Side One Dummy) Sure, this album wasn‚??t the most original to come out in recent years, but that doesn‚??t stop it from being one of 7 Second‚??s best releases. It delivered what it was expected to deliver- kick ass melodic hardcore from one of the bands that created the genre. ‚??Nuff said.

10.) Jello Biafra & The Melvins- Sieg Howdy- Ok, was this really a new album or just a collection of cuts a remixes from the last album? Regardless, it was Jello and it kicked ass. Stand out new tracks were ‚??Lesson In What Not To Become‚?Ě & ‚??Voted Off The Island‚?Ě‚?¶..not to mention an excellent live version of an updated, ‚??steroid fueled‚?? ‚??California Uber Alles‚?Ě.

Some honorable mentions for me include- Paint It Black‚??s ‚??Paradise‚?Ě, Scum‚??s self titled album, Bob Mould‚??s ‚??Body Of Song‚?Ě and Supersystem‚??s (formerly El Guapo) ‚??Always Never again‚?Ě

Re-release/Re-issue of 2005- Negative Trend- Negative Trend EP (2.13.61)- Henry Rollins finally got a hold on the tapes for this scarcely heard all time punk rock classic and decided it was time for people to hear this incredible recording. All four songs are instant punk rock classics, right up there with Black Flag and the Ramones. At $5 on Hank‚??s website (www.21361.com) there is absolutely NO excuse not to pick up this piece of punk rock history. Easily my favorite re-issue or re-release of the 2005.

Anonymous (December 31, 2005)

I Just heard Beecher for the first time a month ago and they would end up in my year end best of list If I had one. Good for you Aubin


fallingupwards84 (December 31, 2005)

"Comeback Kid was on my honorable mentions list, and both With Honor and Comeback Kid were in Sickboi's list.

They were both excellent records, but my choices were just my favorites overall."

Ahhh I didnt see that in Sickboi's list originally.
It was nothing against you, I was just shocked that some of those albums did not get as much recognition as I thought they would.

Anonymous (December 31, 2005)

Best this year
1) Dropkick Murphys - Warrior's Code
2) Against Me - Searching for a Former Clarity
3) Ramallah - Kill a Celebrity
4) Alkaline Trio - Crimson
5) Lucero - Nobody's Darlings
6) The Bones - Straight Flush Ghetto

ElVaquero (December 31, 2005)

Christ, I meant the Valley of the Shadow of Death, it's been a long year..

ElVaquero (December 31, 2005)

Ah, list-tastic! My full list can be found here: http://taylormorris.blogspot.com/2005/12/tops-of-2005.html

But here's just the 10

1. Bear Vs. Shark - Terrorhawk
2. Ging Nang Boyz - Kimi To Boku no Daisanji Sekai Taisenteki Renai Kakumei
3. Hawaiian6 - Beginnings
4. Animal Collective - Feels
5. Orishas - El Kilo
6. Propagandhi - Potemkin City Limits
7. M.I.A. - Arular
8. The Tossers - The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death
9. Immaculate Machine - Ones And Zeroes
10. Grabass Charlestons - Ask Mark Twain

aubin (December 31, 2005)

Comeback Kid was on my honorable mentions list, and both With Honor and Comeback Kid were in Sickboi's list.

They were both excellent records, but my choices were just my favorites overall.

Anonymous (December 31, 2005)

im suprised you have dark tranquility and children of bodom, not that theres anything wrong with that, good list.


fallingupwards84 (December 31, 2005)

all of these "best of 2005" lists are missing key releases from artists like comeback kid, with honor, mxpx, thrice, bane... is there a specific reason why these albums were virtually ignored by ALL of the punknews staffers? i thought they all released solid material this year, and it just surprises me that it was rarely mentioned at all

Anonymous (December 31, 2005)

You forgot that Fat will be releasing the new Strike Anywhere and the Loved Ones...besides D4 this will be their best new releases.

To the guy who commented on Latterman...who is doing that sound? They sound pretty original to me. Best album of the year in my opinion.

Anonymous (December 31, 2005)

score is for latterman and propagandhi

Anonymous (December 31, 2005)

The Latterman CD has got a lot of picks this year but I find it to be tremendously overrated. There are about 500 bands doing exactly what they do and they don't stand out from the others in any way. Boring.

Sciulli (December 31, 2005)

"Just how certain are you about there being a new Dillinger Four album in the new year? It seems like its been years that we've been expecting one."

Honestly. I bet if you look at the past two years "Best of Lists," you'll find D4 on people's "Looking forward to next year..." section.

Anonymous (December 31, 2005)

in no particular order

1) Death by Stereo - Death for Life
2) Dredg - Catch Without Arms
3) Darkest Hour - Undoing Ruin
4) A Whilhelm Scream - Ruiner
5) Bear Vs Shark - Terrorhawk (whats with all the animals)
6) Millencolin - Kingwood
7) Thrice - Vheissu
8) Satanic Surfers - Taste the Poison (Needs to be released in the USA)
9) CKY - An Answer Can be Found
10) Propagandh - Potemkin City Limits
11) Lagwagon - Ressolve

Biggest Let Down: Avenged Sevenfold
Needs to be Released: The Vaux - Beyond Virtue, Beyond Vice

TheOneTrueBill (December 31, 2005)

Forgive me, but I'm going to hog some attention and post this a few times.

My Fifteen Favorite Albums of 2005
1. Teenage Bottlerocket - Total (best pop punk album ever? I seriously can't stop listening to it, they came out of nowhere to become one of my all time favorite bands)
2. 7 Seconds - Take it Back, Take it On, Take it Over (Kevin Seconds is finally bitter, but still positive!)
3. Suicide Machines - War Profiteering Is Killing Us All (the name says it all)
4. The Yuppie Pricks - Broker's Banquet (imagine if the Dead Kennedys were coke addled yuppies)
5. Dropkick Murphys - The Warrior's Code (total fucking comeback album)
6. Kill Your Idols - From Companionship to Competition (They used to be positive, but I like the new pissed off one better. It's a good sign when at lest five songs are about how much "the scene" sucks)
7. Paint it Black - Paradise (every song falls between the one and two minute mark)
8. Napalm Death - The Code is Red, Long Live The Code (It even has Jello on it!)
9. Pennywise - The Fuse (a great album, best since 'Full Circle')
10. The Epoxies - Stop The Future (Seem a bit out of place? Who cares, it's awesome)
11. The Bomb - Indecision (sounds like a lost Naked Raygun album from 1988)
12. Throw Rag - 13 Feet and Rising (rock and roll in its purest form)
13. The Briefs - Steal Yer Heart (not as good as Sex Objects, but that one's hard to touch)
14. The Soviettes - LP III (a bit slower but without losing much)
15. New Black - Time Attack (another one that's out of place, but so weird that I love it)

EPs of the Year
Bullets to Broadway - Drink Positive Three ex-Teen Idols, what's not to like
F-Minus - Won't Bleed Me/Failed Society A reissue of two old EPs, but it goes here because it's 20 songs in 15 minutes

Biggest Disappointment
311 - Don't Tread on Me. You'd think a band that I've loved since I was ten would never cease to amaze, but this was just sort of mediocre.

Shows of the Year
1. Teenage Kicks Tour - Methadones, Groovie Ghoulies, Teenage Bottlerocket, Teenage Harlets, J Church - July @ the Bottom Lounge. Teenage Bottlerocket stole the show, 100%. And that's hard to do, considering that I've made a vow to never miss the Methadones (seen them 8 times) or the Ghoulies (four times).
2. 7 Seconds, The Briggs - March @ the Metro. I can't put into words how much 7 Seconds have meant to me personally, so finally getting to see them was amazing. The acoustic Alkaline Trio set sucked, but that's OK because I finally saw 7 FUCKING SECONDS!
3. Bad Religion, Pennywise, Sick of It All, Murphy's Law - November @ the Congress Theater. Just look at that lineup; how could it not be amazing?
4. Bob Mould Band - October @ the Metro. I saw Bob Mould perform Husker Du songs with a full band. Holy shit.
5. Riot Fest Day 2 - November @ The Congress Theater. Channel 3, Agent Orange, The Effigies, Bouncing Souls, and a surprisingly amazing Germs. Shane West isn't Darby Crash, but it was still soooooooo fucking fun.
6. Paul Westerberg and His Only Friends Band - April @ The Riviera. Two and a half hour set, over thirty songs, numerous Replacements songs, and drunken shenanigans abound.
7. Motorhead, Zeke - March @ House of Blues. Loudest, and one of the best, band on the face of the earth.
8. Subhumans, From Ashes Rise, I Attack - July @ Logan Square Auditorium. This totaly made up for its cancellation the previous October, it gave me a chance to see From Ashes Rise before they boke up and sold me on I Attack being the best local hardcore band.
9. The Briefs, Street Dogs, Brain Failure - August @ the Bottom Lounge. This is another one where it was just FUN! And everything that the other Briefs show this year wasn't.
10. The Explosion, Throw Rag, The Loved Ones, The Matics - May @ The Bottom Lounge. Coldplay was playing the same night at the Metro, so all the "cool" people were there, leaving about 100 people, the true fans, to witness a great show.

Worst Show
The Briefs/Clit 45/Street Brats/Rotten Fruits - November @ The Studio. Horrible new venue, horrible staff, two horrible bands playing for 45 minutes each, show ruined by 15 year old suburban "punx." $12 to see 30 minutes of the Briefs.

Anonymous (December 31, 2005)

heres a real top 10 list. im just saying the bands who put out the albums!

10. Paint it Black
9. 7 Seconds
8. Bomb the Music Industry!
7. Bomb the Music Industry!
6. the Briefs
5. Dropkick Murphys
4. Propaghandi
3. Street Dogs
2. Suicide Machines
1. Gogol Bordello

yes bomb the music industry released two amazing albums

colin (December 31, 2005)

good list aubin

Anonymous (December 31, 2005)

7Seconds damnit!!!

BizzleBrizzle (December 31, 2005)

although Block Party sucks!

BizzleBrizzle (December 31, 2005)

best "Best of 2005" list!

Medley (December 31, 2005)

Just how certain are you about there being a new Dillinger Four album in the new year? It seems like its been years that we've been expecting one.

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