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Christmas carols
A holiday music roundup
By Eric W. Saeger letters@hippopress.com

For many, ahead lie the best of times and the worst of times.
For the past few weeks — as the economy began seriously crumbling, putting families with children on the street while banks received bailouts — I’d been eyeballing our spare room. Larger than most hotel rooms, it’s a mute reminder that fake wood paneling should never have been invented, but man, it’s the warmest room in the house. What we should do, I thought, is put an ad on Craigslist and let some poor devastated couple crash there ’til they’re back on their feet.

After my wife — who’ll agree to anything just to shut me up — mumbled that she’d be willing to roll with it, it immediately struck me that it was a dumb idea. Everything’ll be fine. Just shut up.
Then a week or so ago came the story about the lady in Littleton, Colo., who advertised on Craigslist that she wanted to share her Thanksgiving dinner with any downtrodden soul who wanted it. Free. Music — from old carols to new originals by recently hatched stars — has always been an essential part of the holiday season. Even for those going through impossible adversity, a snatch of “O Tannenbaum” could provide a lift.

This year, music could use a little help if you have something to give. Giving is never stupid, though sometimes misunderstood or outwardly unappreciated.

And so the list of recent holiday-related releases below, in best-to-worst order, is led off by a prime example of the type of spirit that could fill you if you’re willing to let it.

Princeton Choirs, A Princeton Christmas: For The Children Of Africa Vol. 2
CreateSpace Records, Nov. 2

An amazing-sounding battery of hymns and non-pop carols mostly sung without instrumentation by various choral groups around the Princeton, N.J., area. This is your ticket if you enjoy the full, rich, wide type of chorus-concerts presented to the Pope each year but you wouldn’t mind going without the pipe-organ clamor. The Princeton University Chapel Choir makes gorgeous fractals out of “A Welsh Lullaby”; The American Boychoir enchants angelically in “Hodie Christus Natus Est.” All proceeds benefit the UN World Food Program. Amazon ID for the 18-song disk is B001JP623Y. A+

Various Artists, The Essential Now That’s What I Call Christmas
UMe Records, Sept. 23

Even before Thanksgiving this had climbed to triple digits in the Amazon sales rankings, mainly because one could put this on endless loop at the holiday and have all-ages ambience for hours. It has everything: Elvis’ “Blue Christmas,” the Dean Martin take on ”Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Andy Williams’ “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” ad infinitum. Only thing missing is Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song,” but Johnny Mathis posts his eternal “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” A+

Ten Out of Tenn, Christmas
self-released, Nov. 4

Co-op of indie-rock lost-souls going against the Nashville grain. Usually the thought of such a thing gets me barreling for the exits when holiday music is involved, but this crew is hungry, serious and loaded with hooks pertinent to their Portishead/Sixpence None the Richer-leaning originals, while the refrying of traditionals such as “O Holy Night” and “Little Drummer Boy” is lovingly done. The troupe visits the Paradise in Boston on Dec. 16. (Buy at www.tenoutoftenn.com) B+

Winter Dance Party, Holiday Greetings To You
self-released, Nov. 2

This one’s for the Elks Club patrol, starring three guys who make a living playing the parts of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper, here imagining what it “would” have been like had the three collaborated on a holiday album. What they actually do is turn “Frosty the Snowman” into an excuse to resurrect the rap ideas from “Chantilly Lace” and Peggy-Sue-ize “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” stuff like that, a blending of ’50s oldies with carols. (Buy at http://cdbaby.com/cd/winterdanceparty.) B-

Aimee Mann, One More Drifter in the Snow
Superego Records, Oct. 24, 2006

This two-year-old latecomer is massively predictable — Mann is too introverted for “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” and she should have given it a long second thought, while on the other hand she’s perfect for fluffily cooing “The Christmas Song,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” The instrumentation is retro-50s, thankfully disinterested in modernization, but boy does she sound shy, as though she could think of nothing but the guys in Gang Green pointing and laughing. C+

Ashton Allen, The Christmas Songs
Rock Salt Songwriters/Barnes & Noble, Nov. 4

Barnes & Noble exclusive #2 for Allen, who had some success hacking away at earthshakingly mediocre indie-bubble in the past. He solidifies his grip on same as of this outing, a mix of toothless Jack Johnson/Beck-like surf-indie originals and equally worthless, ennui-drenched imaginings of holiday standards. His interpretation of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” — done a la mid-tempo garage — is possibly the most despicable froth of poseurship to ever disgrace a holiday record. C-


5 Amber Dust, Good Things Bad Timing
Inches of Blood, Fire Up the Blades
108, New Beats From a Dead Heart
50 Cent, Curtis
The 88, Not Only But Also
!!!, Myth Takes
2006 in music
2Pac, Pac’s Life
A Touch of Class, Still Sucks
Abigail Williams, Legend
Abney Park, Lost Horizons Abominable Iron Sloth, Abominable Iron Sloth
Above & Beyond, Ajunabeats Vol. 4
Aceyalone, Magnificent City
A.I., Sex & Robots
AFI, Decemberunderground
Against Me! Searching for a Former Clarity
Air Traffic, Fractured Life
Akron/Family, Love is Simple
All Girl Summer Fun Band, Looking Into It
Alternate Routes, Good & Reckless & True
Amber Dust, Without Windows
American Edit, Dean Gray
American Heritage, Millenarian
Amneja Vu, The Factory
Amon Amarth, Twilight of the Thunder God
Aimee Mann, @#%&*! Smilers
Anathallo, Floating World
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, So Divided
Angelspit, Krankhaus
Angeltheory, Re-possession
Animal Liberation Orchestra, Roses and Clover
Annie Lennox Songs of Mass Destruction
Apocalyptica, Worlds Collide
Apostle of Hustle, National Anthem of Nowhere
Arcade Fire, Neon Bible
Archie Bronson Outfit, Derdang Derdang
Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I Am Not
Armin van Buurin, A State of Trance 2006
Art Brut, Bang Bang Rock & Roll
Art Brut, It’s a Bit Complicated
ASG, Win Us Over
Asobi Seksu, Citrus
Athlete, Beyond the Neighborhood
Atmosphere, You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having
Auto Interiors, Let’s Agree to Deceive Our Best Friends
Augie March, Moo You Bloody Choir
Austrian Death Machine, Total Brutal
Avenged Sevenfold, Avenged Sevenfold
Avril Lavigne, The Best Damn Thing
Backlash, Heliotrope
Badly Drawn Boy, Born in the UK
The Baldwin Brothers, The Return of the Golden Rhodes
Bang Gang Deejays, Lights, Sound, Dance
Barenaked Ladies, Barenaked Ladies Are Me
Barenaked Ladies, Snacktime
Battles, Mirrored
Baumer, Were it Not For You
Bear Hands, Golden EP
Behrouz, Nervous Nitelife: Pure Behrouz NYC
Belle and Sebastian, The Life Pursuit
Ben Jelen, Ex-Sensitive
Ben Kweller, Ben Kweller
Ben Swift, Pull
Ben’s Brother, Beta Male Fairytales
Best CDs of 2005
Best CDS of 2007
Beth Orton, Comfort of Strangers
Bette Midler, Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook
be your own PET, be your own PET
Biffy Clyro, Puzzle
Big Bear, Big Bear
Bigelf, Cheat the Gallows
Bigelf, Hex
Big Shug, Street Champ
Big Sir, Und Die Scheibe Andert Sichimmer
Bill Evans Trio, Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Billy Vera, Hopeless Romantic: The Best of Billy Vera and the Beaters
Birds of Avalon, Bazaar Bazaar
Bitter Bitter Weeks, Peace is Burning Like a River
Björk, Volta
Blake Lewis, Audio Daydream
Black Francis, Bluefinger
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Baby 81
Black Strobe, Burn Your Own Church
Black Mountain, In the Future
Blackmore’s Night, Paris Moon
Blind Melon, The Best of Blind Melon
Bloc Party, Weekend in the City
The Blood Brothers, Young Machetes
Blue Moon Rising, One Lonely Shadow
Bo Bice, The Real Thing
Bob Dylan, No Direction Home
Bockman, Chasing Dragons
Borat, [Soundtrack]
Boredoms, Super Roots Vol. 1-3 and 5-7
Boris, Pink
Bowling for Soup, The Great Burrito Extortion Case
Brand New, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside of Me
The Breeders, Mountain Battles
The Briggs, Come All You Madmen
The Broken West, I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On
Brooks & Dunn, Hillbilly Deluxe
Bruce Cockburn, Life Short Call Now
Bullet For My Valentine, Scream Aim Fire
Burden Brothers, Mercy
Cactus, V
Caeser Pink & the Imperial Orgy, Gospel Hymns For Agnostics & Atheists
The Camp, The Campaign
Capitol Years, Dance Away the Terror
Carbon Leaf, Love Loss Hope Repeat
Cat Power, The Greatest
Cavalier King, The Sun Revolutions
Cedric Gervais, Yoshitoshi Miami
Celtic Woman, The Greatest Journey: Essential Collection
Cesium 137, Intelligent Design
Charles Mingus Sextet, Cornell 1964
Cheap Trick, Rockford
Chemical Brothers, Brotherhood
Chemical Brothers, We Are the Night
Cherish, Unappreciated
Cheyenne Kimball, That Day Has Come
Christine Rosholt, Detour Ahead
Christina Aguilera, Back to Basics
Chromeo, Fancy Footwork
Circus Diablo, Circus Diablo
Cinder Road, Super Human
Civet, Hell Hath No FuryClass of 3000, Music, Volume 1
Click Five, Modern Minds and Pastimes
Clinic, Do It!
Clinic, Visitations
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Coheed and Cambria, Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star, Volume One: from fear Through The Eyes of Madness
Coheed & Cambria, No World For Tomorrow
Coldplay, Viva La Vida
Colette, Push
Collide, Two Headed Monster
The Colour, Between Earth & Sky
Common Market, Tobacco Road Cookie Cutter Girl, Ham For the Holidays
Cormac McCarthy, Curious Thing
Country Medical Examiners, Olidous Operettas
Cosades, A Lack of Heroine
The Coup, Pick a Bigger Weapon
The Crash, Pony Rides
Creature Feature, The Greatest Show Unearthed
Cruxshadows, Dream Cypher
Cult of Luna, Somewhere Along the Highway
Daniel Bon and the Future Ghosts, Walking Backwards Thru the City
D. Christopher, A Moment of Your Time
D Moebius, Nurton
Daddy Yankee, Barrio Fino en Directo
Dälek, Abandoned Language
Darren, Anything is Possible
David Guetta, Pop Life
Datarock, Datarock Datarock
Dandy Warhols, Odditorium or Warlords of Mars
DangerDoom, The Mouse and the Mask
Danzig, The Lost Tracks of Danzig
Dappled Cities, Granddance
Darsombra, Ecdysis
Dashboard Confessional, Dusk and Summer
Daughters, Hell Songs
David Sanborn, Here & Gone
Danava, Danava
David Banner, Certified
David Bowie, The Best Of David Bowie 1980-1987 (CD/DVD Jewel Box)
David Gilmour, On An Island
The Deadly Syndrome, The Ortolan
Deaf Pedestrians, And Other Distractions
Deadmau5, Random Album Title
Death Cab for Cutie, Plans
Deana Carter, The Chain
Deerhoof, The Runners Four
Deerhoof, Friend Opportunity
Def Leppard, The Sparkle Lounge
Deftones, Saturday Night Wrist
Delaware, Lost in the Beauty of Innocence
Delerium, Nuages du Monde
Dengue Fever, Venus on Earth
Depeche Mode, Playing The Angel
Devo 2.0, Devo 2.0
Die Form, Bach Project
Dillinger Escape Plan, Ire Works
Dion, Heroes: Giants of Early Guitar Rock
Dirty on Purpose, Like Bees
Dirty on Purpose, Hallelujah Sirens
Dirty Rig, Rock Did It
Dirty Sanchez, Dirty Sanchez
Disco Biscuits, The Wind at Four t oFly
Division Day, Beartrap Island
Diva Destruction, Run Cold
DJ 4 Strings, Ultra Trance 07
DJ? Acucrack, Humanoids From the Deep
DJ I.V., Fat & Saturated
DJ Shadow, The Outsider
DJ Starscream, The New Leader
DJ Tiësto, Elements of Life
Dntel, Dumb Luck
The Dodos, Visiter
Dolemite, The Soundtrack
Don Caballero, World Class Listening Problem
Dr. Octagon, The Return
Dragons of Zynth, Coronation Thieves
Dresden Dolls, The, Yes, Virginia
Dropkick Murphys, The Meanest of Times
Drug Rug, Drug Rug
The Duke Spirit, Neptune
Dub Syndicate, Overdubbed
Dub Syndicate, The Rasta Far I
Dub Trio, Another Sound Is Dying
Earl Greyhound, Soft Targets
Ed Harcourt, Until Tomorrow Then: The Best of Ed Harcourt
Electric Six, Senor Smoke
Emily Wells, The Symphonies

Ellynne Plotnick, I Walk Alone
Elsiane, Hybrid
Emmanuel Jal, Warchild
Emilie Simon, March of the Empress
Enter Shikari, Take to the Skies
Enigma, Love, Sensuality, Devotion – The Remix Collection
Entrance, Prayer of Death
Erasure, Union Street
Everclear, Welcome to the Drama Club
Everest, Ghost Notes
Ex Reverie, The Door Into Summer
The Fade-Outs, The Fade-Outs
Fall Out Boy, Infinity on High
Fat Joe, Me, Myself & I
Fate, Vultures
Favourite Sons, Down Beside Your Beauty
Faith Hill, Fireflies
Felix Da Housecat, Virgo Blaktro
Fight, The War of Words: Demos
Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine
Fishbone, Still Stuck In Your Throat
Flogging Molly, Float
Foreign Born, On the Wing Now
Foreign Islands, Restart Now
Foo Fighters, Skin and Bones
The Foundry Field Recordings, Prompts/Miscues
Frank Popp Ensemble, Touch and Go
Franz Ferdinand, You Could Have It So Much Better
French Kicks, Two Thousand
From a Second Story Window, Delenda
Front Line Assembly, Artificial Soldier
Futuristic Sex Robots, Hotel Coral Essex
Futureheads, This is Not the World
Gary Numan, Jagged
Gene Dante and the Future Starlets, Gene Dante and the Future Starlets
Genesis, Live Over Europe 2007
George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, How Late Do You Have 2BB4UR Absent?
George Johnson Jr., All-Star Tribute
Ghostface Killah, Fishscale
Gino Foti, Sphere of Influence
Girl Talk, Night Ripper
Glenn Jones, Against Which the Sea Continually Beats
God Dethroned, The Toxic Touch
God Fires Man, A Billion Balconies Facing the Sun
Godhead, The Shadow Line
Godhead, At the Edge of the World Goldfrapp, Supernature
Goldfrapp, Seventh Tree
Gomez, How We Operate
Gone Baby Gone, Gone Baby Gone.
The Good, the Bad & the Queen, The Good, the Bad & the Queen
Gore Gore Girls, Get the Gore
Grandaddy, Excerpts From the Diary of Todd Zilla
Grayson Capps, Wail & Ride
Greeley Estates, Go West Young Man, Let the Evil Go East
Green Day, 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hour
Grand Magus, Iron Will
Greg Graffin, Cold as Clay
Greta Gaines, Whiskey Thoughts
Gretchen Wilson, All Jacked Up
Handsome Furs, Plague Park
Hank Williams III, Straight to Hell
Harvey Reid & Joyce Anderson, Christmas Morning
Hayden, In Field & Town
Hella, There’s No 666 In Outer Space
Helmet, Monochrome
Herbie Hancock, Possibilities
Hidden Hand, The Resurrection of Whiskey Foote
High On Fire, Death is This Communion
The Hives, The Black and White Album
HIM, Venus Doom
Holly Dolly, Pretty Donkey Girl
Horace Silver, Live at Newport ’58
Hot Chip, Made in the Dark
Hoots & Hellmouth, Hoots & Hellmouth
HorrorPops, Bring It On!
Horrorpops, Kiss Kiss Kill Kill
The Horrors, We Are The Horrors EP
Hot Buttered Rum Well-Oiled Machine
Howie Newman, Trust Me You'll Like It
HUMANWINE, Fighting Naked
Hurt, Vol II
I Killed the Prom Queen, Music For the Recently Deceased
I’m From Barcelona, Who Killed Harry Houdini
I’m From Barcelona, Let Me Information Society, Synthesizer
Introduce My Friends
In Flames, Come Clarity
Indigo Girls, Despite our Differences
Interpol, Our Love To Admire
Intronaut, Void
INXS, Switch
Isis, In the Absence of Truth
Imaad Wasif, Imaad Wasif
Insane Clown Posse, Jugganauts: The Best of ICP
Iron Maiden, Somewhere Back in Time: The Best of 1980-1989
Jack’s Mannequin, Everything in Transit
James Blunt, All the Lost Souls
James Taylor, James Taylor at Christmas
Jamie Foxx, Unpredictable
Jars of Clay, Christmas Songs
Jason Spooner, The Flame You Follow
Jean-Luc Ponty, The Acatama Experience
Jesse Harris, Feel
Jen Chapin, Ready
Jenny Hoyston, Isle Of
Jello Biafra and the Melvins, Seig Howdy!
Jesu, Lifeline
Joan Osborne, Christmas Means Love
Job For a Cowboy, Genesis
Joemca, jum+ka
Jon Crosse, Kind of Blue and PInk
John Fogerty, The Long Road Home: The Ultimate John Fogerty, Creedence Collection
Johnny Cash, The Legend of Johnny Cash
Jonah Smith, Jonah Smith
Jonas Brothers, It's About Time
Jimmy Buffett, Live at Fenway Park
Juliana Hatfield, How to Walk Away
Jurassic 5, Feedback
Just Jack, Overtones
Justice, Cross
Junkie XL, Booming Back at You
Kaiser Chiefs, Yours Truly, Angry Mob
Kanye West, Late Registration
Kanye West, Graduation
Katy Perry, One of the Boys
Kaskade, Strobelite Seduction
Keane, Under the Iron Sea
Keller Williams, Dream
Kellie Pickler, Small Town Girl
Kelley McRae, Highrises in Brooklyn
Kennedy, Kennedy For President
Kevin Ayers, The Unfairground
King Britt, Deep and Sexy 4
Kings of Leon, Because of the Times
Klaxons, Myths of the Near Future
KMFDM, Tohuvabohu
Kris Kristofferson, This Old Road
KT Tunstall, Eye to the Telescope
KT Tunstall, Drastic Fantastic
KT Tunstall, Sounds of the Season
LCD Soundsystem, A Bunch of Stuff EP
Lady Sovereign, Public Warning
Ladytron, Velocifero
The Last Goodnight, Poison Kiss
Led Zeppelin, Mothership
Leigh Nash, Wishing For This
Lenka, Lenka
Lesbians on Ecstasy, We Know You Know
Liars, Liars
Liberation Prophecy, Last Exit Angel
Lisa Loeb, Camp Lisa
Little Memphis, Let Me Down Easy
The Little Ones, Morning Tide
Lionel Hampton, There will never be another you
The Living End, State of Emergency
Lisa Lampanelli, Dirty Girl
Lisa Loeb, The Purple Tape
Lizzy Borden, Appointment With Death
Local H, 12 Angry Months
Lordi, The Arockalypse
Los Campesinos, Hold On Now Youngster
Lost Boys: The Tribe [Soundtrack]
Madonna, Confessions On A Dance Floor
Madonna, Hard Candy
The Magnetic Fields, Distortion
Mando Diao, Ode to Ochrasy
Maps, We Can Create
Mars Volta, Amputecture
Marc Broussard, SOS: Save Our Soul
Marc Rosen & Sweet Thunder Jazztet, Monsoon
Marilyn Manson, Eat Me, Drink Me
Mashup Soundsystem, A Great Escape From Lunacy
Mastadon Blood Mountain
Matchbook Romance, Voices
The Matches, A Band in Hope
Mates of State, Re-Arrange Us
Matisyahu, Youth
McCarthy Trenching,
Calamity Drenching

Matt Wertz, Everything in Between
Midnight Movies, Lion the Girl
Miss Kittin, Batbox
Meat Beat Manifesto, Autoimmune
Megaherz, 5
Melvins, Nude With Boots
The Memory Band, Apron Strings
Menomena, Friend & Foe
The Melvins, A Senile Animal
Metal Church, A Light in the Dark
Michael Franti and Spearhead, Yell Fire!
Michael Schenker Group, In the Midst of Beauty
Midnight Falling, Beautiful Pearl
Miguel Migs, Those Things
Mike Younger, Every Stone You Throw
Miles Davis, Cool & Collected
Mind in a Box, Crossroads
Mindy Smith, My Holiday
Ministry, Rio Grande Blood
Ministry, The Last Sucker
Ministry & Co-Conspirators, Cover Up
Minus the Bear, Planet of Ice
Mission of Burma, The Obliterati
Misstress Barbara, Come With Me
Mocean Worker, Cinco de Mowo!
Modest Mouse, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Mogwai, Mr. Beast
Momu, Momentum
Monster Magnet, 4-Way Diablo
Monty Are I, Wall of People
Moonspell, Under Satanae
Moonstarr, Moonstarr Remixes
Mooney Suzuki, Have Mercy
Money Mark, Brand New By Tomorrow
Morningwood, Morningwood
The Most Serene Republic, Population
Motörhead, Better Motörhead Than Dead: Live at Hammersmith
The Muckrakers, The Concorde Fallacy
Mudhoney, Under a Billion Suns
Mugison, Mugiboogie
[munk], Modest Among the Living
Muse, Black Holes & Revelations
MxPx, Let It Happen
My Morning Jacket, Okonokos
Myk Jung, Zenith is Decline
Nanci Griffith, Ruby’s Torch
Neil Young, Prairie Wind
Neil Young, Live at Massey Hall
Neil Young, Living With War
Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Nelly Furtado, Loose
Neptune, Gong Lake
New Found Glory, Hits
A New Revolution, Rise
New Young Pony Club, Fantastic Playroom
Night Ranger, Hole in the Sun
Nine Inch Nails, Year Zero
Nirvana, Sliver: The Best of the Box
Noah Georgeson, Find Shelter
NOFX, Wolves in Wolves' Clothing
NoMeansNo, All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt
Northern State, Can I Keep this Pen?
The Notorious B.I.G., Duets: The Final Chapter
Oakenfold, A Lively Mind
Octavia Sperati, Grace Submerged
O’death, Head Home
Office, A Night at the Ritz
Ohgr, Devils in My Details
OK Go, Oh No
The Old Soul, The Old Soul
The Orb, The Dream
Oreskaband, Ore
Oscar G, Nervous Nitelife: Space Miami
Otep, The Ascension
Ozzy Osbourne, Under Cover
The Panic Channel, One
Panacea, The Scenic Route
The Panics, Cruel Guards
Papertrigger, EP
Patent Pending, Save Each Other, The Whales are Doing Fine
Patti Rothberg, Double Standards
Patton Oswalt, Lollipops and Werewolves
Patty Larkin, Watch the Sky
Paul Oakenfold, Greatest Hits & Remixes
Pearl Jam, Pearl Jam
Pelican, City of Echoes
Pendulum, In Silico
Pennywise, The Fuse
Pepper, No Shame
The Perishers, Victorious
Permanent Me, After the Room Clears
Peter Bradley Adams, Gather Up
Peter Bradley Adams, Leavetaking
Phantom Planet, Raise the Dead
Pharrell Williams, In My Mind
Phoenix Mourning, When Excuses Become Antiques
Phonograph, Phonograph
Pink, Funhouse
Pink Spiders, Modern Swinger/LittleRazorblade
Placebo, Meds
Plan B, Who Needs Action When You Got Words
Planes Mistaken for Stars, Mercy
The Plastic Constellations, We Appreciate You
Polysics, We Ate the Machine
Portugal The Man, Censored Color
Portugal the Man, Church Mouth
Powerman 5000, Destroy What You Enjoy
The Presets, Apocalypso
Presidents of the United States of America, These are the Good Times People
Pretty Girls Make Graves, Elan Vital
Pretenders, Break Up the Concrete Prince, 3121
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, Holiday Time
Protokoll, Moving Forward
Prince, Planet Earth
Quasimode, The Land of Freedom
Queensryche, Operation Mindcrime II
Queens of the Stone Age, Era Vulgaris
The Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers
The Radiators, Dreaming Out Loud
Radiohead, Best of Radiohead
Raine Maida, The Hunters Lullaby
Raging Speedhorn, Before the Sea Was Built
Rasputina, Oh Perilous World
The Raveonettes, Lust Lust Lust
Ray LaMontagne, Live from Bonnaroo 2005
RBD, Rebels
Reel Big Fish, Monkeys for Nothin & The Chimps for Free
Regina Spektor, Begin to Hope
Relient K, Let It Snow Baby, Let It Reindeer
Rich Schroder, Your Kind Words
Richard Thompson, Front Parlour Ballads
Rammstein, Roserot
Ray Chesna, The Perfect Blend
Recoil, Subhuman
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stadium Arcadium
The Redwalls, The Redwalls
The Replacements, Don't You Know Who I Think I Was?
The Residents, Tweedles
Revolting Cocks, Cocked and Loaded
Rhapsody of Fire, Triumph or Agony
Rhett Miller, The Believer
Rihanna, Music of the Sun
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand
Rob Gee, Says
Rob Zombie, Educated Horses
Robin McKelle, Modern Antique
ROC, Night Fold Around Me
Roky Erickson, You’re Gonna Miss Me (soundtrack)
Ron Carter, Dear Miles
Rosanne Cash, Black Cadillac
Rude Toys, Feel No Guilt
The Rumble Strips, Girls and Weather
Rush, Gold
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Cardinology
Ryan Adams, Easy Tiger
The Sadies, New Seasons
Sander Kleinenberg, This is Sander Kleinenberg
Sandi Thom Smile ... It Confuses People
Sarah McLachlan, Rarities, B-Sides and Other Stuff
Sontiago, Steel Yourself
Sarah Harmer, I’m a Mountain
Saving Abel, Saving Abel
Saving Jane, One Girl Revolution
Scorpions, Humanity Hour 1
Shocking Pinks, Shocking Pinks
Shakira, Oral Fixation Vol. 2
Secretary Bird, Secretary Bird
Sean Price, Jesus Price Supastar
Sebastian Bach, Angel Down
Seemless, What Have We Become
Seether, Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces
Sepultura, Dante XXI
Sergio Mendes, timeless
Seu Jorge, Cru
Shaw Blades, Influence
She Wants Revenge, She Wants Revenge
She Wants Revenge, This Is Forever
Sheryl Crow, Wildflower
The Shimmers, The Way You Shine
The Shins, Wincing the Night Away
Shout Out Louds, Our Ill Wills
Sia, Some People Have Real Problems
Sick Puppies, Dressed Up As Life
Silverchair, Young Modern
Silversun Pickups, Carnavas
Simply Red, Stay
Siouxsie, Mantaray
Skid Row, Revolutions Per Minute
Skinny Puppy, Mythmaker
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, In Glorious Times
Some Action, The Band That Sucked ...
Sonic Youth, Rather Ripped
Sonny Rollins, Freedom Suites
Sparks, Hello Young Lovers
Spi Ritual, Pulse
Spiderman 3: Music from and Inspired By [Soundtrack]
Spooky, Open
Staind, Chapter V
Starkillers & Austin Leeds, Nervous Nitelife: Vegas
State Radio, Year of the Crow
Stars, In Our Bedroom After the War
State Radio, Us Against the Crown
The States, The Path of Least Resistance
The Static Age, Blank Screens
Secret Stealth, Hooked On You
Steve Lukather & Friends, Santa Mental
Stevie Wonder, A Time to Love
The Stooges, The Weirdness
Street Dogs, Fading American Dream
Sufjan Stevens, Songs for Christmas
Sufjan Stevens, The Avalanche
Supergrass, Diamond Hoo Ha
Switches, Lay Down the Law
Tahiti 80, Fosbury
Tall Hands, Tall Hands
Tarja, My Winter Storm
Taylor Hicks, Taylor Hicks
Tenacious D, The Pick of Destiny
Testament, The Formation of Damnation
Thriving Ivory, Thriving Ivory
Thelonious Monk, Brilliant Corners
Tito Puente and His Orchestra, Live at the 1977 Monterey Jazz Festival
The Summer Obsession, This is Where You Belong
SunnO))) & Boris, Altar
Terrorfakt, Teethgrinder
Test Your Reflex, The Burning Hour
The 303s, Lines of Parallel Minds
The Strokes, First Impressions of Earth
The Beatles, The Capitol Albumns Vol. 2
The Click Five, Greetings from Imrie House
The Fenians, Every Day's a Hooley
The Flaming Lips, At War With The Mystics
The Go! Team, The Go! Team
The Hold Steady, Separation Sunday
The Lovemakers, Times of Romance
The Mammals, Departure
The Minus 5, The Minus 5
The Veronicas, The Secret Lives of the Veronicas
T. Raumschmiere, I Tank U
Theo Eastwind, The O
Thin Dark Line, The Resolution
Tiesto, In Search of Sunrise 7: Asia
The Ting Tings, We Started Nothing
The Thrills, Teenager
Thelonious Monk, Brilliant Corners – Keepnews Collection
This Car Up, Smile When You’re Alone
Thom Yorke, The Eraser
Tim Williams, When Work is Done
Tom Novy, Ibiza Sessions Vol 2
Tomahawk, Anonymous
Thomas Lunch, Diagrams Without Instructions
Tommy Emmanuel, cgp, The Mystery
Tool, 10,000 Days
Tracy Chapman, Where You Live
Train, For Me it's You
Tristan Prettyman, Hello
TV On the Radio, Dear Science
TV on the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain
UDO, Mastorcutor
Uh Huh Her, Common Reaction
Umphreys McGee, The Bottom Half
Umphrey McGee's, Safety in Numbers
Vaeda, State of Nature
Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend
Van Hunt, On the Jungle Floor
Various Artists, Bedrock Past Present Future
Various Artists, From L.A. With Love
Various Artists, Looking Back to Move Forward
Various artists, Soundtrack to Broken Flowers
Various Artists, Everything is Illuminted
Various Artists, The Jewish Songbook: The Heart and Humor of a People
Various artists, Songs from Elizabethtown
Various Artists, Monterey Jazz Festival: 50th Anniversary All-Stars
Various artists, KCRW’s Sounds Eclectico
Various Artists, Smallville, Metropolis Mix
Various Artists, Snakes on a Plane: The Album
Various artists, Song of America
Various Artists, Taste of Christmas
Various Artists, Veronica Mars (Original Television Soundtrack)
Various Artists, Well Deep: Ten Years of Big Dada Records
Velvet Revolver, Libertad
Veruca Salt, IV
The Vestals, Songs about Girls ... and Other Mysteries
The View, Hats Off to the Buskers
The Vital Might, Obsidian
VNV Nation, Judgement

Vonda Shepard, From the Sun
Wade Waters, Return of the Kings
The Walkmen, You & Me
Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys, Casualty Menagerie
The Warlocks, Heavy Deavy Skull Lover
Wasteful Consumption Patterns, Solder
We Are Scientists. With Love and Squalor
The Wedding Present, Search for Paradise: Singles 2004-2005
Weeds Soundtrack
Wednesday 13, Fang Bang
Ween, La Cucaracha
Weezer, The Red Album (Interscope Records)
The Weepies, Hideaway
Weird Al Yankovic, Straight Outta Lynnwood
The Who, Endless Wire
White Rabbits, Fort Nightly
Whitesnake, Good to be Bad
The White Stripes, Icky Thump
Whitey, The Light at the End of the Tunnel is a Train
Wilco, Kicking Television — Live in Chicago
The Wildbirds, Golden Daze
Willits + Sakamoto, Ocean Fire
Winter Circle, The Huge and Hopeful
Wise Intelligent, The Talented Timothy Taylor
Witch, Witch
Witchcraft, The Alchemist
Wolf Eyes, Human Animal
Women, Women
Word-Beat, The Soul Dances
Worst CDs of 2005
Wumpscut, Body Census
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Show Your Bones
Yellowcard, Lights & Sounds
Yellowcard, Paper Walls
Yoko Ono, Yes, I’m a Witch
You Say Party We Say Die, Lose All Time
Young Galaxy, Young Galaxy
Yusuf, An Other Cup