Sunday, January 01, 2006

Some of you might be interested...

My top stuff of the year as seen in the Montreal Mirror:

Top 10 albums
Junior Kelly-Tough Life (VP)
Common-Be (Geffen)
Warrior King-Hold the Faith (VP)
Fantan Mojah-Hail the King (Greensleeves)
Linton Kwesi Johnson-Live in Paris (Wrasse)
Platinum Pied Pipers-Triple P (Ubiquity)
Lady Sovereign-Vertically Challenged EP (Chocolate Industries)
Wolf Parade-Apologies to the Queen Mary (Sub Pop)
Jah Cure-Freedom Blues (VP)
Konono No. 1-Congotronics (Crammed)

Bottom 3 albums
Rihanna-Music of the Sun (Def Jam)
Shaggy-Clothes Drop (Geffen)
LMS-London 2 Paris (VP)

Best song: Gyptian “Serious Times”
Worst song: Shaggy “Wild 2 Nite”
Best show: Capleton, Studio, Oct. 7
Worst show: Lady Sovereign, la Tulipe, Dec. 2

“Capleton was seriously one of the best shows ever—the fire alarm ringing was the icing on the cake. I love Wolf Parade as much as the next Mile-Ender, but the lack of flamethrowers at their shows is unfortunate. For next year, I’d like to see more outdoor reggae events (hello, Piknic Electronik!), more corn soup sold outside clubs (ital food after Beenie Man was nice), and less shows ending at 9:45 (why, la Tulipe, why?).”