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May 1

Ariel Kill Him - labyrinths (2005) *
Beezewax - who to salute (2005)
Brahman - a forlorn hope (2005)
The Grackles - honeypot
Hippie Cream - b-movies on parade
Karate - s/t *

May 2

Lazy Susan - twang
The New Grand - incognito

May 4

Matthew Carlson & The Pantones - memory is all
Rotary Downs - long after the thrill
Telenovela - the broken heart is new
VA - Organelle

May 5

Wading Girl - based on a true story
Woody Whatever - the great pop (2005) *

May 6

IamIs - it's what life's like... (2CD)
Cone Of Silence - sixty-grit sandpaper and other delights (2005) *

May 7

Detwiije - would you rather be followed by forty ducks... (2005)

May 8

Malcolm Middleton - into the woods (2005) *
Emperor X - central hug (2005) *
Mike Ferraro - someplace between first and last (2005)
Darin Murphy - haunted gardenias *
Projektor - red wolf glass *
Suffering and The Hideous Thieves - real panic formed
Gogol Bordello - live at the 40 watt club, 10-15-04

May 9

VA - That Time Of The Month v. Ryan May 2005 *
Anamude - urban comfort EP *
Bright Grey Wing - homecoming
Carquinez Straits - the flat earth just got flatter
Candyland Riots - stereonucleosis EP
Eska - invent the fortune
Neutral Milk Hotel - in the aeroplane over the sea *

May 10

Fairburn Royals - the whistler
Farewood - safely out of reach
Jim Yoshii Pile-Up - it's winter here *
The Lucksmiths - warmer corners (2005)
Octopus Project - one ten hundred thousand million *
Shirley Ellis - the clapping song 45 *
Fojimoto - don't let your baby down *

May 11

First Coat - move like sparrows (2005)*
VA - Hyde Five - Hyde Park, Chicago April 2005 (2005)*
The Crossing - butterfly wings start the hurricane

May 12

Mazzy Star - she hangs brightly
Superdrag - last call for vitriol *
Stafraenn Hakon - ventill-poki *
James Orr Complex - figa EP *
Robyn Hitchcock - black snake diamond role (re-issue)
Anders Parker - wounded astronaut EP
Red Sparowes - at the soundless dawn (2005) *

May 13

Jenoah - morning wakes up to jenoah EP *
The Solarflares - laughing suns *
The Zincs - dimmer (2005)
Jens Lekman - the opposite of hallelujah (2005) *
High Speed Scene - s/t (2005) * (dumb fun pop)

May 14

Cosigner - let's fast dance * (indie pop)
Weezer - make believe (2005) * (not sure why this is being torn to shreds, great pop)
Tandy - to a friend * (great airy Americana/alt.country)
Jack - you don't know (2005)* (super catchy and diverse femme pop-punk)
Kallikak Family - the vineland social maturity scale * (skewed lo-fi pop of the highest order)
Love Of Everything - handjob community (2005) (not as memorable as older releases)
Mustafa Et Monique - houdini aubergine EP (2005) * (French wall-of-sound shoegaze)
Sister Flo - landcrabs EP * (Luna-esque pop from Finland)
Sister Flo - proper kites EP (see above but not as good)
Williamson - a few things to hear before we all blow up (ineffectual ambient electronica)
Tiger Bear Wolf - s/t (2005) *

May 15

Jeremy Enigk - united states of leland EP * (gorgeous, simply)
Jeremy Enigk - the end sessions live *
Sunny Day Real Estate - lp2 * (old fave)
Sunny Day Real Estate - diary * (old fave)
Catherine Wheel - chrome * (old fave)
King Radio - mission orange EP (ok power-pop, ex-Scud Mountain Boys)
Jonny Lives! - tabloid nation (by the numbers rock n roll)
Des Ark - loose lips sink ships (2005) (so-so math-y indie)
Gentleman Caller - ice water * (excellent Kozelek/RHP-ish folk)

May 16

Phish - billy breathes * (old fave)
Jimmy Eat World - s/t EP * (old fave)
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - the blue trees * (old fave)
Sunny Day Real Estate - the rising tide (still can't dig it)
The Greenland Whalefishers - the mainstreet sword * (Irish punk jigs)
Jared Grabb/Lesser Birds Of Paradise - split EP
Jetpack - the art of building a moat EP (2005)
Longwave - the strangest things * (smashing dream-pop)
The Nerves - s/t EP * (4 tracks of hot shit classic power-pop)

May 17

Cape May - central city may rise again * (much like Karate/Geoff Farina, and good too)
Joe Jackson - look sharp! * (classic skinny-tie power-pop)
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - spanish dance troupe * (Welsh folkies with a smidge of psyche)

May 18

Superchunk - come pick me up (a not so good Superchunk album)
Josh Rouse - home * (old fave)
The Coyote Problem - wire (2005) (decent but 20 minutes too long)
The Litter - distortions (60's r&b stomp/garage, few hot shit tunes, rest filler)
AqPop - beautifully smart (decent but not great psyche-pop)
Minus The Bear - menos el oso (2005) (danceable, yet same-y and lacking oooomph)
Gogol Bordello - east infection (2005) (the string of most excellent GB albums is over)

May 19

The Holy Fire - s/t EP (2005) (MOR emocore)
Masters Of The Hemisphere - the terminal EP (2005) (disappointing EP from a usually solid band)
Douglas Fir - when this wears off (not very memorable dream-pop)
The Old Scratch Revival Singers - oh didn't he ramble (2005) * (interesting old-timey folk/ragtime)
Malcolm Middleton - ryanair song 7-inch
Malcolm Middleton - session planet claire 11-09-02 *
Eels - blinking lights and other revelations (2CD) (2005) * (a bit long (duh) but featuring enough excellent tunes to warrant repeated listens)
Bella Lea - demo EP (a less-interesting PJ Harvey)

May 20

Jarvis Humby - assume the position * (hot shit 60's retro sound, with tons of Hammond)
Kopaz - future radiant shine * (pretty decent emocore)
The London Apartments - romanticism aside (2005) * (ambient, indie-electronica)
The Lost Patrol Band - s/t * (2005) (a bit surprised at what I heard on this one, tastefully done power-pop)
Lowlite - long haul EP (reminded me of a mid-tempo Jawbox, though not very good)
Midlake - milkmaid grand army EP * (even better than the LP, most excellent)

May 21

Odds Against Tomorrow - s/t EP (so-so blend of alternative rock and 3-year old emo)
Nillah - the sun show * (at times playful power-pop-punk, other times very Sundays-ish)
Ultimate Warriors - our gimmick is wrestling (throaty grind/hardcore)
Weights and Measures - s/t (sometimes good math-rock, though mostly boring and formulaic)
Smog - palimpset (2005) (probably the most boring/my least favorite Smog album)
Orange Humble Band - assorted creams * (excellent jangly power-pop)

May 22

Sherwood - sing but keep going (2005) * (fairly solid pop/rock, hooks galore)

May 23

3D5SPD - fever in the ice age (started off strong in a Flaming Lips circa Clouds Taste era but lost the magic halfway through)
Lily Cedar - sleeper (hushed indie-pop, female vox - reminds me a lot of Liz Phair's Girlysound demos)

May 24

Sheboygan - s/t EP*
Binary Dolls - too much thinking sinks ships*
Rajiv Patel - obey the cattle! *
Hussalonia - beautiful dry cleaning by*
Akron/Family - s/t (2005) * (truly captivating mope folk with some subtle experimentation)
Acid House Kings - do what you wanna do EP (2005) * (sunny Swedish indie pop, not unlike B&S)

May 25

Jesus and Mary Chain - darklands *
The 101 - green street (2005) * (ex-members of Christie Front Drive, pretty solid fuzzy guitar-pop)
Ad Frank - is the world's bext ex-boyfriend (2005) (sometimes-great pop/rock with glammy vocals, on the cusp)
Kids Near Water - cavebear is flying panda (2005) (so-so post-hardcore, sounds like a cleaner Jawbox)

May 27

Alkali Flats - outen the lights EP
Blood Meridian - we almost made it home (2005) *
Datarock - datarock datarock (2005) (alright dance-punk)
Esmerine - aurora (2005) * (melancholic strings-heavy post-rock)
Collin Herring - the other side of kindness (2005) * (rough around the edges alt.country singer/sw'er, what the new Ryan Adams should have sounded like)
Frida Hyvonen - until death comes (2005) * (girl's got soul)

May 28

Milky Wimpshake - popshaped (2005) (indie-pop/twee with a few great tunes and lotsa filler)
Soltero - science will figure you out * (mopey folkcore a la Will Oldham pre-Bonnie Prince Billy)
Moyer - somes things go in circles (2005) (piano-pop, sounds a LOT like Ben Folds but lacking the songwriting skills and wit)
Pelican - the fire in our throats will beckon the thaw (2005)* (a lot less metal this time around but still fairly good, first half much better than the latter half)
Unsane - blood run (2005) (speaking of metal)
Urdog - eyelid of moon (2005) (krautrock-ish, last song is killer, rest kinda blah)
Old Jerusalem - twice the humbling sun (2005) (ok, folky slowcore)
Vera Violets - the last kiss EP (2005) * (pretty decent shoegaze with whispery vocals)

May 29

Metropolitan - the lines they get broken (2005) (ok garage post-punk)
Red Letter Agent - burn the good ones down EP (2005) (dreamy Brit-pop)
Stereo Rookie - something for everybody (2005) (so-so pop/rock, few big choruses)
Rusty Santos - the heavens (2005)* (hopelessly romantic lo-fi avant-folk with some weird sounds, not unlike The Microphones)
VA - Song Of The Silent Land (Constellation compilation, some good tunes, some bad)
Whole Wheat Bread - minority rules (2005) (decent pop-punk fronted by blinged out homies....bonus tracks are really bad rap tunes though...way to muck that up, boys)
Yuppie Flu - toast masters (2005) (Britpop as interpreted by Italians, eh)

May 30

Kid Kilowatt - guitar method * (epic rock, sometimes proggy, great vocals from Brodsky as always)
Antimaniax - desert of concrete * (varied polit-punk from Austria, melodic punk to rough hardcore, occasional horns - reminds me of Op Ivy)
Antimaniax - we're tryin' (same as above but not nearly as good)
Big City - self-titled (2005) * (slightly expansive psyche-pop from Spain, a bit long but good nonetheless)
The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up - picks us apart (2005) * (equal parts all previous albums, only a few bum songs)

May 31

Bambix - club matuchek * (2nd great album i have heard from these Dutch punx)
Antony & The Johnsons - the lake EP (man does this guy's vocals annoy the crap out of me, now add generic music as a backdrop)

 

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