The Young Mod Year In Review

So here we are...


1. Babyshambles "Albion"
2. Raveonettes "Ode to L.A."
3. Hot Hot Heat "Middle of Nowhere"
4. Wir Sind Helden "Nur Ein Wort"
5. Futureheads "Hounds of Love"
6. The Kooks "Eddie's Gun"
7. Fiery Furnaces "Here Comes the Summer"
8. Doves "Snowden"
9. Maximo Park "Graffiti"
10. Arctic Monkeys "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"
11. Razorlight (w/ Lisa Moorish) "Fairytale of New York"
12. The Bravery "An Honest Mistake"
13. Babyshambles "Fuck Forever"
14. The Magic Numbers "Love Me Like You"
15. Kaiser Chiefs "The Modern Way"
16. Franz Ferdinand "Walk Away"
17. Raveonettes "Uncertain Times"
18. Nada Surf "Always Love"
19. Belle & Sebastian "Another Sunny Day"
20. Arctic Monkeys "When the Sun Goes Down"
21. Thirteen Senses "Thru the Glass"
22. Kaiser Chiefs "I Predict a Riot"
23. Franz Ferdinand "I'm Your Villain"
24. The Strokes "You Only Live Once"
25. Cloud Room "Hey Now Now"

Honorable Mention

Andrew Bird “Fake Palindromes”
Art Brut “My Little Brother”
Athlete “Wires”
Ben Lee “Catch My Disease”
Bloc Party “So Here We Are”
Bravery “Unconditional”
Bright Eyes “First Day of My Life”
British Sea Power “It Ended on an Oily Stage”
British Sea Power “Please Stand Up”
Cardigans “I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need to Be Nicer”
Cat Power “The Greatest”
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah “Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood”
Colin Meloy “Everyday Is Like Sunday”
Decemberists “Sixteen Military Wives”
Decemberists “The Sporting Life”
Duels “Potential Futures”
Frank Black “I Burn Today”
Franz Ferdinand “Do You Want To”
Franz Ferdinand “Eleanor Put Your Boots On”
Franz Ferdinand “Outsiders”
Idlewild “Love Steals Us from Loneliness”
Jose Gonzalez “Heartbeats”
Louis XIV “Finding Out True Love Is Blind”
M83 “Don’t Save Us from the Flames”
Magic Numbers “Forever Lost”
Magic Numbers “Long Legs”
Mando Diao “Clean Town”
Martha Wainwright “When the Day Is Short”
Maximo Park “Apply Some Pressure”
Morning Runner “Gone Up in Flames”
New Order “Waiting for the Siren’s Call”
New Pornographers “Sing Me Spanish Techno”
Oasis “Let There Be Love”
Special Needs “Blue Skies”
Stars “Ageless Beauty”
Stars “Reunion”
Stars “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead”
Stellastarr* “Damn This Foolish Heart”
Ted Leo “Since U Been Gone”
Teenage Fanclub “Fallen Leaves”
The Coral “In the Morning”
The Tears “Lovers”


Does anyone bother to listen to albums anymore? Certainly not me. Even I can't help but notice, however, when an artist releases several very good songs in a single year, whether or not they happen to be on a single disc. This list reflects those artists who in my opinion came closest to having enough really good songs to warrant a full album.

1. Franz Ferdinand
2. The Magic Numbers
3. The Decemberists/Colin Meloy
4. Bloc Party (incl. remixes)
5. Babyshambles
6. Arctic Monkeys
7. Maximo Park
8. Kaiser Chiefs
9. The Futureheads
10. British Sea Power
11. Art Brut
12. Stars
13. The Raveonettes
14. New Order
15. Doves


1. Colin Meloy at Fez
2. Art Brut at Mercury Lounge
3. Bloc Party at Roxy
4. Nouvelle Vague at Joe's Pub
5. Kaiser Chiefs at Tribeca Grand
6. Maximo Park at Rothko
7. Futureheads at Pianos
8. Arctic Monkeys at Mercury Lounge
9. Doves/Magic Numbers at Bowery Ballroom
10. Ben Kweller at Irving Plaza
(tie) Graham Coxon/22-20s at Bowery Ballroom
(tie) New Pornographers/Stars at Prospect Park


Mew -- And the Glass Handed Kites
Oasis -- Don't Believe the Truth
Coldplay -- X&Y
White Stripes -- Get Behind Me Satan
Spoon -- Gimme Fiction


Kanye West
Animal Collective
Sufjan Stevens
Antony & the Johnsons

Feedback and comments warmly welcomed.


Blogger vicky said...

Louis XIV - “Finding Out True Love Is Blind”

Associating this particularly horrid combination of misogyny and awful spoken-word with "The Young Mod Year in Review" is the an oxymoron of epic proportions.

7/12/05 11:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should try listening to a complete album. Franz is the perfect place to start. Just don't forget to hit repeat.

8/12/05 20:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oy, post more!

12/12/05 15:22  
Anonymous Chris said...

To Say Antony And The Johnsons are 'insanely overrated' but then you also say that you dont really listen to full albums proves the point that you clearly dont know what you're talking about. Listen to 'I Am A Bird Now' and then comment. Otherwise your views are completely pointless my friend.

16/12/05 07:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what you got against animal collective dawg?! they is bomb!

21/12/05 03:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

antony and the johnsons are underated if anything. their breed of kooky wierd melodic grandeur is amongst some of the most haunting, chilling, overwhelming and overall most powerfull music there has ever been so shame on you for condemming their sucess as they deserve every credit

2/1/06 18:19  
Anonymous Eric said...

Mew And The Glass Handed Kites (one name??) wasn't that bad! It does not live up to their earlier music, I agree, but I certainly did not find it a disappointment =)

4/1/06 14:21  
Anonymous andy said...

great listing man !, and u are rigth, u downlo... i mean , buy an allbum, listen to it three times, then u get 3 or 4 songs and buy another band's album to start again, listen all and keep a selection, that's the trick ( for example listen to doves album, is brilliant !!, but u gotta keep those 3 songs that are actually the singles )

11/3/06 09:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooohh yeah , and i HAVE listened to the full anthony and the jhonson album, and IT is overrated.

11/3/06 09:43  

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