Compilation America 2005

I dont think I’ll make a real selection of the Best of 2005, but I’ve made two compilation CDs with songs from albums from this year. One compilation is from America (US & Canada) and one from Europe (mainly British Isles). I must admit that it’s mainly the singles from each album, which accelerates the process and makes the list very representative of the artists (or rather the record company’s) choice, rather than my personal taste. I spent some thought on the sequencing, so listening to the list in one go shouldn’t appear too random.

Some comments on the American list: Two things are very remarkable, and I believe they are due to my personal preferences but maybe also to the actual state of the music scene in America. There are very few debut albums, it’s mostly “the latest album from…”. The debut albums are from The Killers which did not impress me much and from LCD Sundsystem which impressed me a lot. Also, the overall diversity is very high. Bright Eyes and Ryan Adams happily co-exist with the Foo Fighters and QOTSA. I guess America is too big to have a consistent wave of bands like the UK. But I’ll post the European list tomorrow and make my comments then…

In the meantime, enjoy (legally) downloading the songs you are missing and make yourself a playlist or a CD (it fits on a CD-R 80)

Beverly Hills – Weezer
Best of You – Foo Fighters
It’s Just Like Surgery – The Warlocks
In My Head – Queens of the Stone Age
Daft Punk Is Playing at My House – LCD Soundsystem
Stay Awake – Juliana Hatfield
All the Money or the Simple Life Honey – The Dandy Warhols
My Doorbell – The White Stripes
Mama – Stephen Malkmus
Sing Me Spanish Techno – The New Pornographers
Catch My Disease – Ben Lee
Trouble With Dreams – Eels
Mr. Brightside – The Killers
Paralyzed – Bob Mould
Ain’t No Easy Way – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
I Burn Today – Frank Black
Around the Corner – The Evens
The Hardest Part – Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
The Sound of German Hip-Hop – Clem Snide
Lua – Bright Eyes