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this is the end, my friend.

Welcome to the last week of the "year," the not-so-arbitrary-cause-it's-based-on-astrophysics measure for time that makes us decide that this particular Saturday is going to be a monumental change. The number of our anno is going to change from 4 to 5, and for that reason, billions of people will be wasted. Awesome. This is my first NYE legally able to drink, which makes it all the sweeter. The night will begin with the Flaming Lips, slide into Wilco, move over to B-Side, dribble beer over its chin at the Mercury Lounge, and then most likely pass out in a flurry of bingers somewhere around 6 AM.

To commemmorate this, another revolution around the sun, Lucy has drawn up her top 20 albums of 2004, which she'd like to share with you. So without further ado, the Lucy Beach has spoken:

Lucy Beach's Top 20 of 2004

Top 5 (in order):
1. The Arcade Fire - Funeral
2. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
3. The Concretes - The Concretes
4. Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender
5. Shout Out Louds - Howl Howl Gaff Gaff
(the rest in no particular order)
6. Khonnor - Handwriting
7. Hockey Night - Rad Zapping
8. Battles - B EP
9. Wilco - A Ghost is Born
10. The Zutons - Who Killed the Zutons?
11. The Walkmen - Bows and Arrows
12. Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News
13. The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free
14. Dirty on Purpose - Sleep Late For a Better Tomorrow
15. Bjork - Medulla
16. Interpol - Antics
17. !!! - Louden Up Now
18. TV on the Radio - Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes
19. Asobi Seksu - Asobi Seksu
20. Midnight Movies - Midnight Movies

Not to be outdone on my own blog, so I've compiled my own list...which has a lot in common with Lucy's save for the top 5 and a couple of substitutions:

Tumblehawk's Top 20 of 2004:

Top 5 (in order):
1. The Arcade Fire - Funeral
2. Pixies - Live at Coachella 2004 (yeah, kinda cheating, but yum.)
3. Dirty on Purpose - Sleep Late For a Better Tomorrow
4. Wilco - A Ghost is Born
5. Hockey Night - Rad Zapping
(the rest in no particular order)
6. Kraftwerk - Tour De France
7. !!! - Louden Up Now
8. Lali Puna - Faking the Books
9. Bjork - Medulla
10. TV on the Radio - Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes
11. The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free
12. Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News
13. Battles - B-EP
14. The Zutons - Who Killed the Zutons?
15. The Walkmen - Bows and Arrows
16. Khonnor - Handwriting
17. Beta Band - Heroes to Zeroes
18. Interpol - Antics
19. Morrissey - You are the Quarry
20. The Faint - Wet From Birth

Plenty to look forward to in the coming year, especially with Broken Social Scene looking to drop a new one on us, and even Nine Inch Nails if Trent Reznor can a) stop playing X-Box b) stop being such a depressed teenager c) stop being a 'perfectionist' or d) all of the above.

Couple of quick notes:

-We're prosecuting a run-of-the-mill gangster as a terrorist; as long as the government can get away with things like this, the "law" is a flimsy thing indeed.

All right, I'm gonna end this with a note I picked up from dailyKos, regarding the horrendous tsunami disaster over in southeast Asia - by the way, that's 118,000 now presumed dead:

As John F. Harris and Robin Wright of the Washington Post cannily note, US President George W. Bush has missed an important opportunity to reach out to the Muslims of Indonesia. The Bush administration at first pledged a paltry $15 million, a mysteriously chintzy response to what was obviously an enormous calamity. Bush himself remained on vacation, and now has reluctantly agreed to a meeting of the National Security Council by video conference. If Bush were a statesman, he would have flown to Jakarta and announced his solidarity with the Muslims of Indonesia (which has suffered at least 40,000 dead and rising).

Indeed, the worst-hit area of Indonesia is Aceh, the center of a Muslim separatist movement, and a gesture to Aceh from the US at this moment might have meant a lot in US-Muslim public relations. Bin Laden and Zawahiri sniffed around Aceh in hopes of recruiting operatives there, being experts in fishing in troubled waters. Doesn't the US want to outflank al-Qaeda? As it is, the president of the United States is invisible and on vacation (unlike several European heads of state), and could think of nothing better to do than announce a paltry pledge. As Harris and Wright rightly say, the rest of the world treated the US much better than this after September 11.

Happy New Year everybody, we're all very lucky with our skyscrapers and our concerts..


  • At 3:52 PM, Blogger Laurence O'Neal Suarez said…

    Wow, I haven't heard half of these albums yet. YET. I'm surprised neither list had Blueberry Boat... although I suppose as a whole, the album is a little weak. Just a little. I'm not surprised that Real Gone by Tom Waits wasn't included, probably because you haven't heard it yet. Hear it! He's a living American legend who puts bricks in his omelets and whiskey in his toothpaste.


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