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1. Suddenly I'm in love with music again. I made an iPod playlist yesterday which basically consists of my favorite albums of 2004, and, quite honestly, that's a lot of music. My early contenders for Album Of The Year, in no particular order:

Honorable Mention:
  • Morrissey, You Are The Quarry
  • Sufjan Stevens, Greetings From Michigan - Yes, I know this came out last year, but I didn't get it until this year, and I love it.


2. Friday night, Kath and I rented Van Helsing, which turned into our own private MST3K viewing, especially since the guy playing Dracula appeared to be channeling Bono, right down to the faux-drunken stagger. Ominous chimes prompted such quips as "Sorry, it's just the piano tuner," and it quickly went downhill from there.

3. Saturday - Jongre's birthday + Scaryoke. I took pictures, which I haven't uploaded yet. Good times.

4. Sunday - band rehearsal. (!!!) Giants win.

5. Today - day from hell.
yeah, man. "a ghost is born" is so underrated. and "SMiLE" is perfect.
other albums from this year you should check out if you haven't already:
-pinback - "summer in abaddon"
-shugo tokumaru - "night piece" <---especially this album...trust me
-william shatner - "has been" <---not kidding
-tom waits - "real gone" <---so filthy...the man can do no wrong
-madvillain - "madvillainy"
-beta band - "heroes to zeroes" <---also really underrated. why did everyone turn against poor beta band?
Pinback - I've been almost downloading it from iTunes for a couple weeks now.
Shugo Tokumaru - yeah, I'm gonna have to get this, too
William Shatner - eventually. I'm so in love with what I'm listening to right now to get this.
Tom Waits - I own absolutely no Tom Waits. Would I start here, or go back to Rain Dogs, etc.?
Madvillian / Beta Band - I own both of these, but neither of them really stuck with me. I'll give them a few more shakes before the year is up.
-try the pinback. do you have any other of their stuff? this is a good starting place if you don't. they have a very distinct sound that i can't compare to anyone. it's definitely not for everyone. i never like any of there albums at first, but once you listen a few times they're really rewarding. i just them in concert for the second time a few weeks ago, and they put on a great show. the lead singer, rob crow, is the biggest nerd alive. i love him.
-yeah, shugo. yeah. trust me. it's only 25 minutes, but every second is genius.
-i'm a huge tom waits fan. i have all his stuff. i'd say rain dogs is probably the best starting point. from there, if you like his dirty sound, go forward. if you like it more lounge-bar-smokey-drunk, go backwards. either way, get "mule variations" from a few years back...i think from '99. it's near perfect.
Agreed on Pinback. It's quite good. I'm not willing to say it beats the last two yet, but well worth the purchase! The first song is awesome especially.