1001 Albums Book: 2005 & 2006

I might as well continue to do the ten year skip for part five of me listening to every album in that book tells me I just have to listen before you drop dead. I’m doing two year yet again because it’s only nine albums added up for both these years in the mid-2000’s. For 2005 only three records are in the book then six for 2006, I own two of these nine but somewhat remember almost all of these. So shut-up and get on with it!

Be by Common: So I only remember his name but not any of these songs. The book tells me Kanye is producer, this and the next rap album both have a West link. It’s pretty cool but I don’t know if I would listen again and after listening to it once nothing really jumps out at me too.

Coles Corner by Richard Hawley: Once again remember the name but for the life of me I can’t remember any of it. Today it seems really boring like he’s trying to do total 50’s throwback or something.

Illinois by Sufjan Stevens: This was a great idea at the time but this was the last of it, for an singer-songwriter to do albums about all the states of America. Stevens only did two with Michigan and this one but afterward just say it was “promotional gimmick.” This album is long 22 tracks later very, very, very long. My fave of all Sufjan would be Seven Swans which the album in-between those two state themed album, maybe will write about it one day. Highlight here would be a crazy ballad about serial killer who dressed up as a clown, John Wayne Gacy Jr which is an earlier track before maybe I got a little bored by all this.

Back To Black by Amy Winehouse: Her second and final album, you couldn’t go anywhere without Amy screaming Rehab at you in mid-2000’s but you skip forward five years and she passed away of alcohol poisoning or was it a broken heart? Now listening to it today it’s a very sad affair and I don’t think I could do this a lot, it would just too depressing. Maybe the saddest song here and my fave would be the title track.

Food & Liquor by Lupe Fiasco: It’s pretty cool album but they were right to have as the single as Kick Push because nothing can’t top it and still my pick from it too. Even after listening to the whole album I just wanted to listen to Kick Push again.

Fishscale by Ghostface Killah: Only listening to three rap albums so far from this book but can I call this one the best? The very first of I’m guessing of a lot of Wu-tang members you’ll come across if you listen to all these albums, not that’s a bad thing cause I love them all but I really can’t remember hearing this album before today and the best record from all the above albums so far.

Savane by Ali Farka Touré: Well, this is now the best but I’m really digging African music at the moment. I’ve already got a couple of his albums but not this one. I don’t think I’ve have listen to this one before too but it comes highly recommend to anyone, everyone who read this. It’s so brilliant guitar playing and really dig the how he sung his songs even if I have no idea what he’s singing about.

Ys by Joanna Newsom: So it’s these last two on list that I do own and are they the two most dramatically different? Listening to them back to back I do wonder if anyone else has both of them too? Someone else must because both were pretty huge on the indie scene at the time but maybe not the same target group. I don’t think Newsom ever sparts this album which was her second, she had two more but nothing came close to this epic genius.

Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not by Arctic Monkeys: Just like the last record did the Monkeys ever pasted this, well I think some did think the AM album did that job but I did think it was good album but not quite as great like this. Both Ys and Whatever seem to me very much of this time but maybe I should listen to them more now because they’re pretty great really and I haven’t listen to them for a real long while now.

The final solo album by this African giant is my pick of all the above albums. 

So that’s two I should listen to a bit more and two to maybe to get sometime out of nine albums. Inviting you back in the next couple of days to see my very own picks for these two years in music, same bat-time, bat-channel, bat-blog!


16 thoughts on “1001 Albums Book: 2005 & 2006

  1. Hawley’s second album ‘Late Night Final’ is phenomenal, but all his albums basically sound the same. Joanna Newsom: nothing sounds like her, really.

    I won’t get to any of these as the version I’m using is ancient – quite an interesting range though!

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  2. An old post of yours but only just saw it now, thanks for the link! I just gotta say, I saw Joanna Newsom play with Bill Callaghan in Melbourne years ago, I think it was at the Forum? Maybe ten years ago! Wow, it was the most amazing music, she blew my mind so insanely!! Have you seen her live?? (Or Bill?) She was/is the most gorgeous thing, with her harp, like an elf! I do really like ‘Ys’ but I also like a lot of the stuff on ‘Have One On Me’, especially ‘Jack Rabbits’. Agree with you re. ‘Seven Swans’ as well, this is one of my faves, so good. =)

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    1. Oh yeah, Ys is great but haven’t played it for a while now and loved her debut album too so should put them on this morning! But nope, i haven’t really listen to Have One On Me album yet or her newer album, Divers which i think it’s a couple of years old now anyway!
      I didn’t know her and Bill toured Australia or over east together, that would have been amazing show!
      Never ever seen her live but did go to that Vivid fest @ Sydney Opera House one year were Bill C, The Drones, The Preatures etc. were all playing and i think Morrissey was the big headliner but i picked to see The Drones because they were both playing at the same time! Gaz blow-up his amp in the very first song so everything stop while they replacing it, Dan L told jokes while they stuff about also said “put that one Morrissey account” and Gaz told everyone how he got lost and missed, drove past venue then ended going all the way across Sydney Harbour Bridge away from it and learn you can’t do a u-turn very easy but i really don’t know how you miss it? it’s the bloody Sydney Opera House! I was pretty great fun but not as great as GP, off course!

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      1. Yeah it was a pretty great show, I think (but don’t quote me) that they were dating at that stage! Haha bloody Gaz, only he could do something like that! Great line up, wow we’re pretty lucky to have so many festivals/events and stuff in Oz to see. Maybe nothing’s as great as GP though?!

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      2. Oh yeah, they were dating at that time. Ys album also credits has Bill C with vocal harmonies on Only Skin song too!
        I seen him do two sets at that fest, very lucky because both were very diff to each other. That was his last album tour, Dream River album which looking at the date was 2013 but i think it a couple of years after that, must have been! Do you know that album too? I love that record!

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      3. It’s funny, cos I never used to really like Bill too much but as time’s gone past I appreciate him a lot more! I’ve just downloaded ‘Dream River’ for a listen! I’ve heard a few songs from the album but never the whole thing, so I’ll let you know my thoughts, thanks for the reco! =)

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  3. So had a couple of listens to ‘Dream River’, it’s good! I really like the flute and general instrumentals! I did some quick research and Bill said it’s the sort of album that he wants people to listen to at the end of the day, a bit chilled and stuff. Oh yeah, that’d be great (the links to your gig write-ups)! Cheers! =)

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  4. Better late than never hey! They sound like pretty amazeballs shows, funny stories from Gaz (I reckon he’d be a bit of a walking disaster at times, never a dull moment being his friend I’d say!) too. Vivid Fest must be only Sydney yeah? I haven’t really heard of it down Melbs-town way (which as you said is CLEARLY much better than Sydney!!). Haha, that’s kinda what I was saying about Bill C earlier yesterday, I do like him much more now; maybe we are maturing like good wine/cheese! I do remember I used to think he was a bit boring but I actually do like him so much more now. His writing is actually very beautiful. So maybe I should check out his 2014 album then, and I think there’s a new one that’s just come out, is that right?? Thanks for sharing, enjoyed reading as usual. Happy weekend! =)

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    1. Gaz does shit like that a little bit or a lot!
      Oh yeah, vivid fest is like a big Sydney wide fest, not just music with things like some art, all the bloody lights! it’s on right now, HTRK was going to play but canned it because Nigel was in a car crash or something? I think XW played, Cat Power did Moon Pix album with Jim W and Mick Turner as her backing band, Mazzy Star are doing a few shows and Gaz solo is supporting them etc. Here’s the website: https://www.vividsydney.com/
      Yeah, yeah i really love Bill and his old Smog stuff too but i think Dream River album is my fave of it all and it will be great if does have something new! Most def should check it out, when you can it’s almost huge as Mark K. I did pick up his lyric book last time I was in Mel too, you know? That stuff you found about him saying it’s for chili out at the end of the day makes perfect sense too! Maybe should do Bill C top ten tracks next week or something?

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      1. It sounds like a pretty great fest, did have a look at the website earlier today, the lights look great! Oh wow I love all those guys (apart from HTRK only cos I don’t know them really although I know you do love them). Bill C Top 10 sounds like an excellent plan!! I would be on board with that! So Bill has a lyrics book, cool! Fuckin’ hell, another book to suss out, tooooo many good books! Excuse my language! Haha!

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