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Introduction by Brian

I recently pored over the "Best of 2005" lists to compile an overall one that takes the records that appear most frequently and (subsequently) highest in the ranks. Consequently, here it is...

Punknews.Org's Top 20 Albums of 2005
#20. The Suicide Machines - War Profiteering Is Killing Us All
August 9 on SideOneDummy Records
Scott's Testimonial: This politically charged ska-punk combo return with another blistering set of, well, politically charged ska-punk. And the result is yet another awesome album in this band's catalogue (4-for-6 ain't bad at all, guys!).
Tie - #18. Teenage Bottlerocket - Total
April 12 on Red Scare Records
Adam's Testimonial: Maybe it makes me a musical conservative, but it's remarkably reassuring that there's new bands emerging to carry the torch of the Ramones and Screeching Weasel. This is solid meat & potatoes punk rock, charmingly free of whatever today's trends are yet still youthful and vibrant.
Tie - #18. The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
May 3 on French Kiss Records
Matt Whelihan's Testimonial: A little 70s rock, a little bar rock, and one big tale of a girl who is trying to find religious salvation while fighting drug addiction, doesn't exactly sound like a formula for success, yet it is exactly what makes Separation Sunday such an engrossing listen. Craig Finn's psuedo-spoken word vocal style coupled with his literary approach to lyrics make him one of the most compelling front men in indie, while the band's big riffs and twinkling pianos don't seem ironic, but surprisingly fresh.
#17. Smoke or Fire - Above the City
March 22 on Fat Wreck Chords
Justin's Testimonial: Smoke or Fire put out an album that appealed to the 14 year old in me who discovered this music, as well as the 24 year old who often gets disillusioned with it. It's an album full of earnest, critical, well thought out songs that aren't repetitive, but not so varied that it loses your interest. On a more real, guttural level, Fire Escapes caused me to learn how to weave in and out of Market Street traffic on my bike. The album "gives me faith" in the progression of punk rock, without ever losing sight of it's roots. Maybe I'm wrong, but come fall of next year, these guys are going to be on the tips of everyone's tongues.
#16. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
March 22 on Vice Recordings
Aubin's Testimonial: 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.
#15. Boys Night Out - Trainwreck
July 26 on Ferret Records
Brian's Testimonial: An ambitious, masterfully crafted, not-so-easily pigeonholed followup from a band who many likely thought were to fly the flag Grade once soared high. Boys Night Out write a cohesive, obviously metaphorical but well-connected story of a man trying to exercise his musical -- and psychological -- demons inside his head, told against a creative, experimental, drawn out and still catchy affair. Read more...
#14. The Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree
May 10 on 4AD Records
Greg0rb's Testimonial: After so many releases of focusing on the fictional and last year's We Shall All Be Healed focusing on real people other than himself, John Darnielle finally points his pen at his younger self. What we get is all the more compelling because we can truly picture our main character. It's not all whiny and hateful towards his abusive stepfather; Darnielle uses his narrative prowess to paint a very broad yet detailed picture of his young life and the hope that he had throughout it all. [review]
#13. Bear vs. Shark - Terrorhawk
June 14 on Equalvision
KirbyPuckett's Testimonial: It is a shame that BvS just broke up.Terrorhawk smoothed out the bumps from their stunning unveiling Right Now You're In The Best Of Hands. And If Something Isn't Quite Right.... They really hit their stride with these fifteen tracks that pulled from nearly every genre for one of the most intriguing albums in recent memory.
#12. Constantines - Tournament of Hearts
October 11 on Three Gut Records (Can) / Sub Pop Records (US)
Jesse's Testimonial: This release blindsided me. I always really liked Shine A Light, but I never ended up listening to it much. They've always been hailed sort of as a punk/indie Bruce Springsteen, and on this release the influence couldn't be more flushed out. But at the same time, Constantines managed to strip this album down to only the bare essentials each song needed, a huge jump away from Shine A Light where both guitars, keys, and bass were used to their full potential for layered harmonies and melodies. But while having a huge Springsteen influence, Tournament of Hearts couldn't sound more different than anything I've ever heard.
#11. Propagandhi - Potemkin City Limits
October 18 on G7 Welcoming Committee (Can) / Fat Wreck Chords (US)
Sickboi's Testimonial: Intelligent, aggressive and thought-provoking.
#10. Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
May 24 on Sub Pop Records
Adam's Testimonial: Every time a track from The Woods shows up in the shuffle I tend to stop what I'm doing and just listen. While I liked a lot of records this year nothing came even close to capturing my attention like this has. Sleater-Kinney's always quality songwriting is mixed with an impossibly loud and imposing set of instrumentals, captured by a brutally raw production style. The band's vocals, guitars and drumming are all pushed to the breaking point and the results are staggering. The Woods is one of the most confident albums of the decade, and the band's command over this material is breathtaking.
#9. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
July 12 on Asthmatic Kitty
Dan Perrone's Testimonial: I wish I had the words to say just how much I love, adore, and appreciate this album. This is music as an art, in it's finest form: beautiful, honest, and caring. No one has done what this young man has done in his short career. There's nothing that can compare to just how good this album really is. Who thought folk music could be so catchy and accessible? With the use of countless instruments, backup vocalists, and, of course, his own talent and amazing voice, Sufjan Stevens has created a masterpiece. There's not a dislikable thing about Illinois. This kid has one hell of a future ahead of him, and I for one will be a fan all the way. Nothing that has been released in the past year can possibly touch this. Hands down the best album of 2005.
Tie - #7. The Decemberists - Picaresque
March 22 on Kill Rock Stars Records
Sally_Field's Testimonial: Britpop has never sounded so solid. Picaresque is nearly an hour of dreamy, charming rock laced with pianos and Colin Meloy's distinct vocals. The album is addicting and unique from the upbeat tracks such as "The Infanta" to the more mellow, emotional tracks in the likes of "From My Own True Love (Lost at Sea.)" To put it simply, this album is a gem and, without a doubt, my favourite release of 2005.
Tie - #7. Comeback Kid - Wake the Dead
February 22 on Victory Records
Dan Perrone's Testimonial: My review of this was pretty controversial, and ended up being pretty awesome because of that. While I still stand behind everything I said, it is obvious (being that this is #6) that this is not the best album of the year, although it is damn close. It's the best album Victory will has and will put out in a long time, and this is just the beginning for this young group. They've got the world by the balls; now it's just time to wait and see what they do with it.
#6. Death Cab for Cutie - Plans
August 30 on Atlantic Records
Sally_Field's Testimonial: After I first downloaded this album, it sat in my hard drive for weeks before I'd worked up the courage to listen to it. When I like an album as much as I liked Transatlanticism, a let-down was essentially imminent. Yet, when I finally worked up the courage to listen to Plans, I wasn't disappointed. Sure, the album is different than past Death Cab releases, but it still encompasses the mellow charm that makes the band so appealing in the first place. "Soul Meets Body" and "Summer Skin" remain my favourite tracks.
#5. Modern Life Is War - Witness
June 21st on Deathwish, Inc.
Aubin's Testimonial: A seething, vicious demonstration of the power of restraint in hardcore.
#4. Latterman - No Matter Where We Go..!
August 9 on Deep Elm Records
Justin's Testimonial: Where the hell did they come from? It simultaneously makes me want to ride my bike, sing along, and move back to the east coast. It makes me feel good inside, which is a hard task. I think that we only have good bands like this once in a very long while. Feel-good album of the year is the wrong term, but fits nonetheless.
#3. A Wilhelm Scream - Ruiner
August 16 on Nitro Records
KirbyPuckett's Testimonial: A "Wilhelm Scream" is a generic sound clip used in several films, made famous throughout the Star Wars films. Although, the band's name is derived from a common audible noise there is nothing broad about their music. With Ruiner AWS have compiled a smarter and more aggressive record than Mute Print, but the biggest surprise is perhaps the cunning lyrical department. Also, the song "Me Vs. Morrissey In The Pretentiousness Contest (The Ladder Match)" is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
#2. Against Me! - Searching for a Former Clarity
September 6 on Fat Wreck Chords
Scott's Testimonial: Every album Against Me! released has been better than the one prior, and this is no exception. Tom Gabel's lyrics continually cut to the core of whatever issue he feels like addressing, whether it be personal or social-political. It excites me to know I'll be able to witness every single step of Gabel's maturation as a musician, and to know that every single one of those steps is in the right direction. Gentlemen, take a bow: You are the most important band in punk rock.
#1. Paint It Black - Paradise
March 8 on Jade Tree Records
Brian's Testimonial: Melodic Hardcore 101 is now in session, with your long-time professor Dr. Dan Yemin. Paint It Black deliver a mindblowingly good twist on their style of no-frills, no bullshit hardcore with pangs of melody and plenty of spots to catch your breath, only to have it torn from your mouth and choked to oblivion. Whatever that means. Dr. Dan is outraged at the state of the world today, and he wants to let you know through song. Being pissed off never felt so good. My favorite album of 2005.

 


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Anonymous (January 12, 2006)

Thiryseconds,

Dude if you mean me, I don't have your e-mail address, unless I am being stupid and it is up somewhere.

Joe (I'm assuming you mean me, the dude who went to the Lagwagon/Wilhelm Scream show)

Anonymous (January 10, 2006)

"Hahahaha...Ramo...I think I was the one to coin the term "dyke-rock" for Sleater Kinney."

You should be proud of yourself. Dope.

ramo (January 10, 2006)

Hahahaha...Ramo...I think I was the one to coin the term "dyke-rock" for Sleater Kinney.

Indeed you did, sir. I just remembered it when I was typing this list in a hurry. Man, I should've credited it that to ya.

It's also amazing that my lesbian friends (just 2) happen to love S-K. Meh, I still like it though. "Jumpers" is one my fav songs in 2005.

Ramo

soulbleed (January 9, 2006)

boys night out suck.

sickboi (January 9, 2006)

Hahahaha...Ramo...I think I was the one to coin the term "dyke-rock" for Sleater Kinney.

stf (January 9, 2006)

Aquabats! and Briefs get no love :(

Anonymous (January 8, 2006)

How the fuck are the words Propagandhi and Intelligent in the same fucking sentence?

Anonymous (January 8, 2006)

The pain, frustration, and despair of the preyed upon and forgotten have been fashioned into a sharpened point on Michael Jacksons landmark new album, "The Truth." Skeletons come forth from the closet, secrets are revealed, and broken promises arise from dirtied earth. Faster yet more melodic, heavier yet more accomplished, more precise while even further off the deep-end into tragedy and loneliness, "The Truth" is a trend-proof middle finger toward the glut of over-saturation that threatens to destroy a scene this man helped to build.

Anonymous (January 8, 2006)

"Decemberists, Mountain Goats, Bloc Party and all of those other trendy indie shit bands on it"

The Mountain Goats have probably been around since you were in diapers you moron. Totally trendy though.

ramo (January 8, 2006)

Meh...might as well do my top whatever. Here it is kiddies:

Most notables:

Holy Mountain - Entrails
Lords - Swords
Neon Blonde - Chandeliers in the Savannah
The Soviettes - LP III
Okkervil River â?? Black Sheep Boy
Fantomas - Suspended Animation
The Aquabats - Charge!!
Suicide Machines - War Profiteering Is Killing Us All
Over It - Silverstrand
A Wilhelm Scream - Ruiner
The Hold Steady - Seperation Sunday
Latterman â?? No Matter Where We Go..!
Oxford Collapse â?? A Good Ground
The Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree
Propagandhi - Potemkin City Limits
The Evens - The Evens
Bob Mould - Body Of Song
John Doe - Forever Hasn't Happened Yet
7 Seconds - Take It Back, Take It On, Take It Over
Smoke Or Fire - Above the City
Gatsbys American Dream - Volcano
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Queens Of The Stone Age - Lullabies To Paralyze
The Decemberists - Picaresque
Silver Jews - Tanglewood Numbers

20 - Bear Vs. Shark - Terrorhawk

This band is no more. It's a crying shame. Mark Paffi and co. made one gut-busting record with such influences from past Discord bands (Fugazi, Q And Not U). I'm not afraid to call them an "emotional" band because they showed it whether it was in the studio or on stage.

19 - Municipal Waste - Hazardous Mutation

It's like a classic hardcore album has been preserved until now. Really uses the words "time capsule".

18 - The Constantines - Tournament Of Hearts

A change from what The Cons usually do. Not exactly if it was a change for the better but this album still find it's way in my CD player from time to time.

17 - Horse The Band - The Mechanical Hand

"Nintendocore" isn't just a gimmick. It's a way of life and these guys are going to show you even if they have to shove it down your throats.

16 - Spoon - Gimme Fiction

I enjoyed Kill The Moonlight and while this one doesn't dethrone it, it still has some great songs by Britt and co.

15 - Western Addiction - Cognicide

While Municipal Waste sounds like preserved hardcore, this band updates it and holy cow, did they ever pull it off.

14 - Chad VanGaalen - Infiniheart

Now that the world is looking for the next Elliott Smith, they should consider checking out this Canadian native.

13 - Sleater-Kinney - The Woods

Call it "dyke rock" or not, it still rocks. This record made me a S-K fan.

12 - Since By Man - Pictures From The Hotel Apocalypse

One of the few bands that are on Revelation Records. Now with so many signees for the label, hopefully no one overlooks this up and coming promising band.

11 - Strapping Young Lad - Alien

Devin Townsend and co. compromises a metal album of immense proportions. Seriously, this shreds.

10 - Darkest Hour - Undoing Ruin

Darkest Hour is doing fabulous in my eyes. Each new record comes a certain joy to my everyday life because I know what I can expect: Pure unadulterated metal.

9 - Against Me! - Searching For A Former Clarity

This band's musicianship keeps getting tighter by every album. Now with their departure from Fat to Sire, their musicianship will endure the ultimate test and I can't wait for the results.

8 - Funeral Diner - The Wicked

I got to thank Anchors for this one. One of the best screamo bands out there if you're missing Orchid or got tired of Planes Mistaken For Stars.

7 - Grabass Charlestons - Ask Mark Twain

Someone should ask Will Thomas if this is the most funnest record he's ever done. Hell, if you ask me I'll say "Hell yes". Finally, a reason not to miss The Beltones because all that energy is focused on GC.

6 - Despistado â?? The People of and Their Verses

I miss this band so much. Everytime I hear this record, I wished when I woke up one morning they would still be together. Oh well, at least I can say they left with a bang.

5 - Modern Life Is War - Witness

Can hardcore be melodic yet pissed off at the same time? MLIW thinks so and proved it with this one.

4 - Paint It Black - Paradise

CVA was good but not great. Paradise obliterates the previous effort and comes across as one of the true hardcore albums one should own in the past year.

3- Pelican - The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw

This "instru-metal" band has once again captivated me. All those lengthy songs and I paid attention to them each second passing by. An atmospheric musical journey if one can call it.

2 - Lagwagon - Resolve

Not only a farewell for their deceased comrade Derrick Plourde but one of the most sincere and rocking albums the Lag has put out. Joey Cape will go down as one of my favorite songwriters of all time. He and the band truly inspires the listener with this one.

1 - New Pornographers - Twin Cinema

Just like Electric Version was my all time favorite for 2003, this record is my favorite for the past year. AC Newman, Dan Bejar, Neko Case and co. really knows the defintion of a "pop record". I can never get enough of this record, thus my number one for 2005.

And there it is...take it home. Chew it.

Ramo
(I hate my list already...)

Fuzzy (January 7, 2006)

The Evens were on mine, as well.

kirbypuckett (January 7, 2006)

"made famous throughout the Star Wars films"

that is so inaccurate it borders on incorrect, wrong with shades of mistake.

The Wilhelm scream has been famous for decades, has been used by dozens of directors as a quirk of theres (George lucas among them) and didn't gain any distinct amount of additional reputation from its inclusion in star wars.

It was used several, several times in Star Wars thus gaining a more notable name -- I'm not saying it did not exist w/out popularity prior to the saga, but it gained more recognition via Lucas and his films.

- Kirby

stevejonestherealbones (January 7, 2006)

to guy below me. not that it counts much, but i think it actually did make it on a couple. at least aubins i think?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

cwantumleep (January 7, 2006)

I can't believe that The Evens didn't make on to any of the lists.

Anonymous (January 7, 2006)

where the hell is gogol bordello?

maverick (January 7, 2006)

I don't know why so many of you are losing your shit over the new Cons record. It was soooooooooo boring. Shine A Light smokes it. And we all know the only reason anyone even remotely dug the new one is because we're all waiting for a Weakerthans album more than the second coming of Christ, and we needed something to latch onto last year.

-Scott

thirtyseconds (January 7, 2006)

Sorry to post this on here... Joe (from London) any chance you could email me? Cheers.

hey_sailor (January 7, 2006)

"18. Snitches Get Stitches- I Liked You Better When You Were a Corpse (Toby's review)"

FUCK YES! I'm not gonna gift you bastards with a long list of what might convince i'm cool and trendy, but this is the album I have listened to the most (by far) this past year...As far as I'm concerned this is THE ALBUM OF THE YEAR...Everyone should do themselves a favor and check this album out. 30% Drugs, 30% Alcohol, 90% Insanity = 150% Awesome...I also would say Latterman, A Wilhelm Scream, Sleater-Kinney, and CONSTANTINES are also among the most spun records of the year and simultaneously most enjoyed of the decade...

SlackMFr (January 7, 2006)

There's some good ones on this lst, but Sleater-Kinney's "The Woods" is definately the BEST album of the year.

Anonymous (January 7, 2006)

No, I've seen with my own eyes bands that get popular just by throwing out cliche, thoughtless slogans. Time to end it. I like some political bands, but crust generica is just as formularic and crappy as mach' hardcore to me.

-Will

Anonymous (January 7, 2006)

not that i didn't think there were other things in will's list that were totally fucking retarded, but i'd like to single out one:

"Bands that pretend to care about the environment, class issues, or women's rights (if you really gave two shits, you'd be an activist, not a band)"

exactly what is an "activist" in your mind? correct me if i'm wrong, but isn't song-writing one thing that activists have been doing forever?
do you have to be a writer to be an activist? do you have to go to protests?
whether or not you answer, it doesn't matter -you're an idiot. ever hear tell of someone being influenced by a song's lyrics? or learning something from a song? well, if that song had any sort of political or social message, that's activism.

get fucked.

GreenVandal (January 7, 2006)

So...how is Paint it Black better then any other hardcore band in the world again? I'm not hearing it. Sounds the same as any other modern hardcore act to me...Rise Against, Strike Anywhere, Kid Dynamite, Paint it Black, Good Riddance...all the same band with a different vocalist and none of them will ever surpass their influences.

I'm not saying I dont dig on the POB (or any of the other bands I listed)...its good, but album of the year? Schwa???

The Cons should have took it all.

Maybe I'm just getting too old and cant understand all you crazy kids :/

inagreendase (January 6, 2006)

[1] Since when is Paint it Black melodic hardcore? [2] Everything should have been done mathetmatically. Math=logic.

[1] Since Paradise came out. We all know the description doesn't fit CVA at all, but it's hard to deny it with the newer one.

[2] This was done "mathematically," for the most part, with albums making the highest number of lists receiving the highest spots in the 20 here. If the number of lists made were even, then their rank was averaged out and the spot was given to the higher ranking number.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

damnit. it cut my comment off. so discounting those ones. which album should i invest in? PIB? Latterman? or one of the higher ups?

- P

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

ok. so, if i were to buy one of these albums, not counting the ones i have/heard (20, 18s,13,11,7s 3,2)

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

I thought this was PUNKnews.org

Half the bands on the list are shitty ass indie rock bands.

I respect all styles of music, but I'd like to see the top Punk albums of 2005 when I visit punknews.org.

Listing Kanye West? Fuck, I know it's a decent album, but why not have a separate category for non-punk albums - you can add the Decemberists, Mountain Goats, Bloc Party and all of those other trendy indie shit bands on it

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

I don't know why everyone likes the new Boys Night Out. That album was excruciating, and the only reason why people like it is because it had a "concept". And this is comming from someone who rather liked their other two albums.

yayforapathy

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

Since when is Paint it Black melodic hardcore? Also, Im pretty sure this whole ranking system is a FUBAR. Everything should have been done mathetmatically. Math=logic.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

"made famous throughout the Star Wars films"

that is so inaccurate it borders on incorrect, wrong with shades of mistake.

The Wilhelm scream has been famous for decades, has been used by dozens of directors as a quirk of theres (George lucas among them) and didn't gain any distinct amount of additional reputation from its inclusion in star wars.

its good to see this list was ripped right from the "most predictable albums to find on xcrckwhorex's filelist on soulseek".

wyzo

darkstarm (January 6, 2006)

I think it's a shame that The Evens didn't make this list. That record was one of the closest things to "perfect" I've ever heard. Oh well. At least BvS made it.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

how the hell are the Decemberists "brit-pop"?

danperrone (January 6, 2006)

if we're keeping score, that death cab album should be knocked down a few spots for being my #1 most disappointing album of the year

Vincent_M (January 6, 2006)

Good list, for the most part. Death Cab shouldn't have been on there (coulda given that spot to the Aquabats. That was a great album, even if they toned down the ska portion of the band,) and I can't stand Bloc Party, but that's a personal thing.

Skaboom: What album couldn't be improved by adding more upstrokes and a horns section?!? If Dntel could make Ben Gibbard bearable, I'd bet that the lineup from Streetlight could do the same.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

GODDAMNIT CHINATOWN!

how could you not pick up doomriders after my review. it was practically a nod to you. all my goals of 2005 have just been dashed on the pavement

and thats pretty fucking cool dontya think?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Huh?

-Chinatown

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

If you seriously think that Paint It Black sounded "muddy", you have no taste in music. It was pretty produced, maybe too much in spots. Crazy kids.

Umm, no. Compared to CVA, it was definitely "muddier."

Anyhow, seeing Latterman up there at #4 makes me sad. I see nothing catchy/memorable in this band. Anyone want to buy my copy of Wherever We Go? (Preferably someone from Canada, as I don't want to deal with international shipping.)

-Chinatown

stevejonestherealbones (January 6, 2006)

GODDAMNIT CHINATOWN!

how could you not pick up doomriders after my review. it was practically a nod to you. all my goals of 2005 have just been dashed on the pavement

and thats pretty fucking cool dontya think?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

Here's my list. I've indicated in parantheses which albums I bought due to a review I read on this site.

25. Lungfish - Feral Hymns
24. Make Believe - Shock of Being
23. Settlefish - The Plural of the Choir
22. Grabass Charlestons - Ask Mark Twain
21. Troubled Hubble - Making Beds in a Burning House (Greg's review)
20. The Bomb - Indecision
19. No Use For A Name - Keep Them Confused
18. Snitches Get Stitches- I Liked You Better When You Were a Corpse (Toby's review)
17. The Glow - The Ghosts are Out (Adam's review)
16. 31Knots - Talk Like Blood
15. The Evens - S/T
14. The Oranges Band - The World & Everything In It
13. Desert City Soundtrack - Perfect Addiction
12. Teenage Bottlerocket - Total
11. Love As Laughter - Laughter's Fifth
10. Crystal Skulls - Blocked Numbers
9. Hockey Night - Keep Guessin'
8. Turpentine Brothers - We Don't Care About Your Good Times (Adam's review)
7. Greg MacPherson- Night Flares
6. Paint It Black - Paradise
5. Stephen Malkmus- Face the Truth
4. Fingers Cut Megamachine - S/T
3. Constantines - Tournament of Hearts
2. The Briefs - Steal Yer Heart
1. The New Pornographers - Twin Cinemas

Honorable Mentions:
Annalise - Here's to Hope
xbxrx - Sixth in Sixes
The Holy Mountain - Entrails
Wolf Parade- Apologies to the Queen Mary
Horace Pinker - Texas One Ten (Jordan Pastepunk's review)
Chixdiggit! - Pink Razors
French Toast - In a Cave

-Chinatown

AlmostPunkEnough (January 6, 2006)

Big D "How it Goes", came out in November of '04, a teeny tiny tad to early to count, though i don't care if people do.

and DEATH CAB is #6??? ok guys...

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

5 stars for correct usage of the verb pore.

-5 stars for PiB, hardcore is dumb.

skaboom (January 6, 2006)

Damn, I'm getting a lot of flack for that PIB comment. I have the album on vinyl and mp3, and I think the first song sounds especially muddy on the record. Maybe its melted or something...fuck it, I'm not going to apologize. I think it's good, just not the holy grail of all recorded sounds. But I do have the solution to make it perfect. More ska! DAN YEMIN, INCLUDE MORE GUITAR UPSTROKES IN YOUR NEXT ALBUM. THANKS.

-skaboom!

feeeding5000 (January 6, 2006)

Oh, and I'm so posi that, sometimes, when i squeeze my dick, a little bit ofwierd-smelling green posi comes out. I'm so positive, it comes out in ooze form.

feeeding5000 (January 6, 2006)

Will, if you don't listen to any post-2005 straightedge, situationist, anarchist bands, then how will you ever be able to say, "I wish hardcore was more like Minor Threat and less like Hatebreed." Or, "It was better when it was called Ever Feel Like Killing Your Boss?". You couldn't even say, "Pfft! More like Dis-crap!"

the_other_scott (January 6, 2006)

someone just name dropped scared of chaka

sweet.

stevejonestherealbones (January 6, 2006)

i dont know why i even bother pretending to listen to anonymous posters. theyre always wrong. and people with screennames are ALWAYS right...oh well, so it goes

and thats pretty fucking cool dontya think?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

I'm assuming the record label in reference is Victory. What album did they put that sticker on?

As someone mentioned in part earlier, it was Comeback Kid. The sticker said "THE HARDCORE ALBUM OF 2005," if not "THE BEST HARDCORE ALBUM OF 2005." Either way, the latter was implied, I'm sure.

Big D released the LP "How It Goes" this year as well

False. Jones is right. Proof: [1] [2] [3]

-Brian / inagreendase

sallyjesse (January 6, 2006)

i can say with pride that i haven't listened to ANY of these records. i might check out that teenage bottle rocket though......after my scared of chaka records is over.

mike jones should be number 1.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

hmmmm against me! latterman paint it black smoke or fire deserve it but i wud like to see lagwagon not just cuz its dedication tho i rlly think its a good album

Fuzzy (January 6, 2006)

How It Goes was definitely 2004. I know this because I was still sleeping on someone's couch when I got it.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

for the guy who never got into the constantines -- shut the fuck up, this is their worst album (still not bad at all) but if you didnt like the other two and the two eps you dont like music you 15 year old

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

I'm sorry but if you really think (if anyone really thinks) that Terrorhawk is the better of the two albums from Bear vs Shark then you really havent listened to Best of Hands and intstead just jumped on the BvS bandwagon. Terrorhawk doesnt come close. My god listen to the drumming in the 1st album, the production/songwriting is a million times better. PS where is lagwagon?

stevejonestherealbones (January 6, 2006)

how it goes was 2005? fuck. for some reason i was thinking it came out sometime right before christmas 2004, like a year ago november. anyway, if it was 2005, then yes, def one of my top this year. some of the most fun i've had with an album without shoving it up my asshole

thats pretty fuckin cool dontya think?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

Big D released the LP "How It Goes" this year as well, and that was a pretty good album as well, I was surprised it wasn't on there.

As far as Reel Big Fish goes...I love them, but thank god their new album wasn't on the list. The same goes for The Aquabats, but that's because I miss their good old ska days.

And Against Me....well, I love Against Me personally, along with the new album, and I have no problem with it's position. Other than people being upset that they signed to a major, and basically kind of contradicted themselves, the new album still sounds great. I didn't see the problem with As The Eternal Cowboy either. Against Me makes great music any way you look at it, in my opinion, and I while I can understand not liking them anymore for ethical reasons, don't get pissed that the album is bad, when, all things considered, it's a good album. I personally think it's great, but I can understand how some people wouldn't think the same as me.

joeg (January 6, 2006)

"How was Paint It Black #1? It is a good album. I hardly listen to any hardcore, and I greatly enjoyed it. But come on, the production was TERRIBLE! The entire first song sounds like the master tapes were dropped in a puddle and left to soak for an hour before being pressed to cd. The best album of the year should be close to flawless, and despite excellent songwriting and execution, the muddled production seems like a problem too big to overlook in calling it the best"

did you listen to a demo version or something? because the production on that record was not muddy or bad in any way. and like someone already said, possibly overproduced in spots.

and the "record of the year" label was for comeback kid. the tools at victory were off just a bit because pib blows it out the water.

stevejonestherealbones (January 6, 2006)

What about Big D?

Basketball Jones the bones eatin ice cream cones

are you asking me what about big d? all they released was that ep right? well, i think they get alot of attention so i kinda left them off my list. and i thought it was a pretty cool nice thing to do for fans kind of ep (salem girls being a pretty darn good track), but i dont think it was a 2005 best release

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

from paint it black:

"Paradise" Is The .1 Album Of The Year! New Shows! Fun!
Current mood: ecstatic
Category: Dreams and the Supernatural

You know, it's funny. Earlier this year, our chiseled front man Dr. Dan Yemin started taking on-stage potshots at a certain "independent" "hardcore" record label who had the gall to put a sticker on a new release deeming it something like "THE BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR" before it had been released. Apparently you can do that now, so in response Yemin began telling people the truth, that WE had in fact released the best album of the year, "Paradise". It started as a joke, but here we are, January 2006, and the critics have spoken. That infamous sticker was wrong and we were right: "Paradise" is the number 1 album of the year! The two most popular (and best) punk websites in the world agree:

PunkNews.org

PastePunk.com

Apparently there IS some accountin' for taste these days (plenty of mentions of MODERN LIFE IS WAR, too)! Who knew? It would be impossible to list off all the fantastic things that happened to us this past year, by far our biggest and best yet, but we can't think of a more rewarding way of closing it out than by having our efforts officially recognized. Thank you so much, guys!

the_other_scott (January 6, 2006)

i was really hoping someone would do this, but i was too lazy. thanks brian

Scruffy (January 6, 2006)

How, in the name of all that is holy, did Lagwagon not make it onto enough lists to be here? I won't make a blanket statement that Resolve is their best album, but it is for me, at least.
But, hey, at least Sufjan Stevens is on there! (You can't see me, but I'm make a crude sexual gesture with my hand.)

gladimnotemo (January 6, 2006)

If you seriously think that Paint It Black sounded "muddy", you have no taste in music. It was pretty produced, maybe too much in spots. Crazy kids.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

never heard them, but kudos to a wilhelm scream for that name. i've been constanly bothered by the phenomenon that sound in movies. now i know what it's called.

boba_fett (January 6, 2006)

PIB is a worthy winner.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

What about Big D?

Basketball Jones the bones eatin ice cream cones

superdude (January 6, 2006)

This list would be more accurate if:

1. Hello - Coheed should be numbers 1-20. It's THAT GOOD!

2. David Letterman's band sucks. I haven't heard it, but that guy can not sing.

stevejonestherealbones (January 6, 2006)

skaboom,

probably all of them.

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

skaboom (January 6, 2006)

I'm assuming the record label in reference is Victory. What album did they put that sticker on?

TheOneTrueBill (January 6, 2006)

Pastepunk

stevejonestherealbones (January 6, 2006)

whose the other punk site?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

TheOneTrueBill (January 6, 2006)

Hahaha, check out what just got sent out on the Paint it Black email list

"You know, it's funny. Earlier this year, our chiseled front man Dr. Dan Yemin started taking
on-stage potshots at a certain "independent" "hardcore" record label who had the gall to put a
sticker on a new release deeming it something like "THE BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR" before it had
been released. (Apparently you can do that?) In response, Yemin began telling people the
truth, that WE had in fact released the best album of the year, "Paradise". It started as a
joke, but here we are, January 2006, and the critics have spoken. That infamous sticker was
wrong and we were right: "Paradise" is the album of the year! The two most popular (and best)
punk websites in the world agree:"

stevejonestherealbones (January 6, 2006)

you totally just eSlapped brian across the face. all his hard work for sickboi goes unnoticed once again

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

inagreendase (January 6, 2006)

And Adam still includes a comment from me. What a guy...

Uh

sethcohen (January 6, 2006)

The Thores came out in 2004 I think

sickboi (January 6, 2006)

I love how everyone wrote these long comments about the album and I totally got lazy and just said some quick shit.

And Adam still includes a comment from me. What a guy...

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

i love latterman, and the new band on deep elm records, small arms dealer, is just as good!! check them out... if you like latterman

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

Okay, here's a list of traits of bands I will refuse to listen to if they form post-2005:

They form post-2005. New music sucks.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

paint it black deserves it............great album

the against me! album shouldn't be #2
the album as a whole is not perfect
i just think in a world of fall out boy and whiny crap against me! has become the band that everyone falls to that "punk isn't dead"

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

Will should probably stop listening to music altogether.

Also, where the hell is the new Darkest Hour?

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

Enough bickering. Paint it Black won. All is right with the world.

Although Blacklisted should have been on there ;)

skaboom (January 6, 2006)

A couple comments:

I know you guys fellate Latterman every chance you get, but I never bothered listening to them until they showed up on everyone's best of list. Seriously, wow. It's hard to pin down what makes them so great. I don't think they label themselves as a "posi" band, but you just feel so damn uplifted and motivated when you hear them.

Sickboi, you're right. That Smoke or Fire album did grow on me. It took a long time, but I listened to it again after not hearing it for a month, and it's finally starting to click.

How was Paint It Black #1? It is a good album. I hardly listen to any hardcore, and I greatly enjoyed it. But come on, the production was TERRIBLE! The entire first song sounds like the master tapes were dropped in a puddle and left to soak for an hour before being pressed to cd. The best album of the year should be close to flawless, and despite excellent songwriting and execution, the muddled production seems like a problem too big to overlook in calling it the best.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

Stop sucking Against Me's dick. You can admit its a band album.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

Great fuckin' list.

hubitcherkokov (January 6, 2006)

I am still having a hard time believing Propagandhi isn't higher and only one reviewer had Thrice's "Vheissu" on their list. Different strokes, I suppose.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

Was Dead Meadow on any of the lists?

Because that record is amazing.

Anchors (January 6, 2006)

Yeah the LP is all I've heard, and I sure wasn't sold on them. I'll see if I can track down anything else.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

"...what? haha."

SUCK IT AGAINST ME! HATA.

fritobandito (January 6, 2006)

Every album Against Me! released has been better than the one prior, and this is no exception

...what? haha.

besides that, I agree with most of this. except Latterman woulda been my #1, Bear Vs Shark woulda been higher, and the Pretty Hot / Ghost Mice split woulda been on there.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

Duders, I'm 18 now. As of last month on the 13th.

I'm on the prowl and out for hardcore jock blood.

YDI are rather inconsistent. Their first EP= GOLD. Their demo= GOLD. Their LP= Shit brown.

-Will

Anchors (January 6, 2006)

I actually dig The Teen Idles quite a bit, YDI, if we're talking about the same band, I can't say that I really dig. They're solid, no doubt, but nothing I'd rave over.

You don't strike me as the type to make New Years resolutions, but if I were you, I'd really try to stop being so god damn bitter and cynical. If you're like this at 17, you're in for a looooong hard life buddy.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

SUCK IT!

AGAINST ME! UP TOP.

Suck it Against Me! hatas.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

Anchors just knows I'm right.

Go listen to the Teen Idles and YDI.

-Will

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

Where's the Chixdiggit!?

Anchors (January 6, 2006)

I've got a list to add as well. It's a list of days that I've recorded, in which will hasn't bitched about something menial on this site. So without any further adieu;

... Well, maybe next year.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

jones you're such a fucking loser

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

The cd's from that list I've actually heard:

Paint it Black-hated it

A Wilhelm Scream-loved it

Smoke or Fire-didn't really like it

Propagandhi-like it

Teenage Bottlerocket-like it

Suicide Machines-like it

I'll admit I haven't heard that Against Me album(yes a person really does exist who hasn't heard that cd) but I hated their last album so I doubt I'd like that one.

I checked out Latterman, they sound ok, I might give that cd a chance.

The rest of the bands I've never really heard at all.

KirbyPuckett (January 6, 2006)

Where's the Kanye??!?!

- Kirby

Marlon (January 6, 2006)

Death Cab being ahead of The Mountain Goats, The Hold Steady, The Decemberists, and Sufjan Stevens is fucking blasphemy.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

from my new home http://myspace.com/jonesthebones

top albums of 2005. 18 of them i think. if your counting can be trusted
Current mood: froggy
Category: Music

i was actually really going to do this and write shit here. about albums and being musically satisfied from shit. but my space effed the eff up. now its not a top whatever list of whatever. i am just going to list a few releases that should have gotten more attention than they did.

400 blows - angel's trumpets and devil's tromboners

i wrote a review that was never posted for this album on punknews.org you soulless clamslits

bad dudes - bad dudes

this album is in the business of fucking shit up synth rock panty remover style for your momma. and business is good. they have a myspace. do yourself a favor and buy this

the bruce lee band - beautiful world ep

mike park released a solo album this year and it seems like most people kinda ignored this little ep. i think mike should have concentrated on making this a full length. great little ska cd that is more fullfilling than his solo acoustic stuff

doomriders - black thunder

maybe this band actually got enough attention. especially since the review i wrote of it for punknews.org has been getting rave reviews all over the net. Review in Review Mag gave my review a solid 8 out of 10. and i made the top ten list for 2005 by the editors of ReviewAssessment.biz

facing new york - facing new york

basically same as what i wrote for the doomriders album...except my review for this band (written for punknews.org) hasnt been getting as good reviews. there was a pretty gay line in that about a beautiful river

mc chris - eatings not cheating

this guy cracks me up. this album was almost a little too serious, but how can you go wrong with mc pee pants. you can, but you wont

medications - all your favorite people in one gangbang

this is music to unwind to

monty - the red shift ep

this is to ska what avenged sevenfold is to metal.. take that how you will i dont give a darnit

new black - time attack

the album tiutle kinda rhymes with the band name. thats the game. this shit was spazzy good. but not willSD spazz rock liking. i mean like pleasent and shit. the girl has such a cute voice and the girl guy vocal exchange makes for a good listen

pelican - the fire in our throats makes really long album titles since we have no lyrics

this band might not belong here either. they get some good attention. this album makes me want to go walk outside and enjoy the trees/buildings/environment/visual shits and giggles. i really like cranes. real tall ones

satori - savor every moment

this music is a good time. if you like bedouin soundclash, you'ld bedouin yourself a favor to check this shit out. (HAHA i made a funny funny)

somerset - pandora

another one that might not belong here since the only people who might happen to look at this are punknews people. but i liked this album too much. put these guys with desa, facing new york, and shinobu, and you would get one mighty fine tour that nobody would be intersted in...even though its all good pop without being so gay rock

some girls - the dna will have its say ep

the first two tracks on this shit rip it

tera melos - tera melos

another band with no lyrics. cool art too

toys that kill - flys ep

a great punk band

two gallants - the throes

its like white guys with some soul. good listen

western addiction - cognicide

i dont get why people have a problem with this band working at epitaph.

wires on fire/mean reds - split ep/dvd

the dvd has shitty sound, but who cares wires on fire rocks it and its a shame mean reds are deads

there was a buncha other good shit like bear vs shark/aquabats/whatever, but they are all pretty in pink popular. this was gay. i thought it would be less work, but i might have just as well typed my original shits. oh well. i need to stop the curses

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

maverick (January 6, 2006)

Seriously bummed at the lack of Minus The Bear on this list. There's something wrong with a lot of you staffers.

-Scott

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

Okay, here's a list of traits of bands I will refuse to listen to if they form post-2005:

X's around the bandname
Songs about "the straight edge," "unity" or "brotherhood"
Songs about "taking the scene back" (they've been singing about that shit since 1988, consider the mission not accomplished)
Bands named after gross diseases
Bands that pretend to care about the environment, class issues, or women's rights (if you really gave two shits, you'd be an activist, not a band)
Any band that lyrically references French philospohers, French film-makers, or the French in general
Any band with a sentence phrase name (ala "This ship is sinking")
Any bands that have supposedly ironic lyrics about sex (it's been done to death and wasn't even funny the first two thousand times around)
Any bands that pretend to care about keeping things "posi" ("Posi" is a disease)
If I can't read your band name, I don't like you
If I can't pronounce your band name, I don't like you
If you pretend you're artistic and don't have song titles, just track numbers/weird symbols, I don't like you
If your band is a joke band
If your band tries to fool adolescent girls into thinking you have the capacity to have real "emotions" because you scream 4th grade poetry
Any screamo band that is even influenced by real screamo. Because real screamo sucks, too
Any vague lyrical reference to a "revolution" that is not happening, and were it to, your band would not be part of it, anyway
If your band tries to be situationest rock. You just sound like college yuppie kids who don't care about anything trying to get girls by pretending you're intellectual. I guess that's the name of the game.
Mimimalist sludge/drone metal. If I wanted to listen to that shit, I'd smoke pot and play guitar in the comfort of my room and get that good "Oh shit, I ripped Sabbath off but played them even crappier!" feeling that you can only possibly be deluded into believing while stoned myself.

----

Anyone/anything I need to add?

-Will

etwiels88 (January 6, 2006)

MLIW for the win

psychoos231 (January 6, 2006)

Nice list but you guys give Latterman way too much credit, fun album though.

I need to check out Teenage Bottlerocketm. i feel like i'm missing out here

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