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Dollar 'Prince' Bill says hello, goodbye to 05
Riverbanks records

I was lucky enough to get to review albums for the 1st half of 05 for the best moonthly magazine in the world. But then I dropped out of school and started working construction, so I couldn't do it anymore. I'd love to start writing again, and, now that I've "learned the trade", I'm pretty sure I'll be able to start up again next moon. For now, here are 3 lists.

List #1

Perfect albums from the first half of 05:

AFX - Analord
The Books - Lost and Safe
DJ Andy Rooney - Moppetsville Beats (and other unreleased materials)
Michael Gira - I Am Singing to You from My Room
Pedestrian - Unindian Songs Vol. 1
The Human Pippi Armstrong - Untitled CDR (and other unreleased materials)
The Notwist and Themselves - 13 & God
Antony and the Johnsons - I Am a Bird Now
Autechre - Untilted
Edan - Beauty and the Beat
Ellen Allien - Thrills
Spoon - Gimme Fiction
The Hold Steady - Seperation Sunday
Venetian Snares - Winnipeg Is A Frozen Shithole
Why? - Sanddollars EP

List #2

Artists that I'd loved to have reviewed (for better or worse) if I hadn't been installing ductwork instead:
Negrita, Infinite Scale, Aqueduct, Sol Invictus, Deadbeat, Electro Sun, Elefantes, Engineers, Grave Digger, Graveworm, Hazy Malaze, Hydrogen, Ion, Jennifer Gentle, Jennifer Lopez, Thunderbirds are Now, Little Barrie, M. Ward, Magnolia Electric Co., Marbles, Nas, Ogurusu Norihide, Orchid, Plain White T's, Red Sparowes, Silicone Soul, Skygreen Leopards, Snowglobe, Spitalfield, Telepopmusik, The Dead Texan, The Impossible Shapes, Turbonegro, Vitalic, Xiu Xiu, Ben Folds, Enduser, Enon, Fischerspooner, Frank Black, Gruff Rhys, Jay Dee, Mary Timony, M.i.a., Miguel Bose, Mike Patton and the X-ecutioners, Of Montreal, Okkervil River, Prefuse 73, Quasimoto, Roots Manuva, and Rupee.

List #3

Ok, so I won't keep talking about the fact that I work, because I know all of you have to also, and probably don't wanna hear about it. I wonder what my Luna Kafé collegues do for livings? Anyway, I bet you all get songs stuck in your head at work, right? Well, here's a little mixtape for you. A christmas present? A list of songs, in the order in which they have appeared (and that I could remember, I smoke lots of pot) in my head on construction sites. Mostly residential, thank goodness.

01 Pavement - "Silence Kit"
02 Pavement - "Elevate Me Later"
03 The Cure - "Boys Don't Cry"
04 Guided by Voices - "Smothered in Hugs"
05 Olivia Newton John - "Magic"
06 Montag - "Grand Luxe"
07 Antony and the Johnsons - "Hope There's Someone"
08 Future Bible Heroes - "Lonely Days"
09 The Smiths - "I Know It's Over"
10 Silver Jews - "Random Rules"
11 Tarwater - "Seven of Nine"
12 The Stone Roses - "I Wanna Be Adored"
13 Radiohead - "High and Dry"
14 The Microphones - "Solar System"
15 Goldfrapp - "Utopia"
16 Guided by Voices - "Gold Star for Robot Boy"
17 Bonnie Prince Billy - "New Partner"
18 Bonnie Prince Billy - "I See A Darkness"

By the way: whatever happened to Winter?

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