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December 09, 2005


Broken Masterpieces

Nothing Is Sound by Switchfoot is my favorite album of 2005. Sounds like I do need to get out and listen to some more music as everyone has some interesting picks. Something I'm getting into is Nickelcreek.


"Fix You" was the first song I purchased on iTunes!

I've got too many favourite albums to pick from, but coming close would have to be "What to Do With Daylight" by Brooke Fraser (NZ/Aus). Incredible.

A F Baker

Nickel Creek's Why Should The Fire Die is outstanding!

I don't buy too many cds from bands that can be heard on the radio. I'm a venue promoter and an artist agent, so I get 4 or 5 cds from indie bands every week. It's almost too much to listen to. There is a Christian band from Dallas called Addison Road that you guys need to watch out for.


I'll second the nod to Coldplay's "Fix You". :)
Carbon Leaf? Oh yeah, you bet! :D


Of course I'm going to say Wherever You Are! It's awesome!

Our family is really into the new Thrice CD Vheissu. They do not bill themselves as a "Christian band," even though they are Christian, but their lyrics are straight from the Bible. I love the rich tone of the album.

Another CD I have been loving, even though it's not out until December 26, is Jonah33's second album, Strangest Day. I've been listening to the songs on their Pure Volume site, eagerly gobbling up any crumbs they throw our way. Can't wait till it comes out!


Is it true that if you put an egg on the stage of a concert (rock concert) that it'll be hard boiled by the time the show is over? If I ever get front row again I'll try it at one of your shows. I think it's an urban legend maybe.


Indian Summer ~ Carbon Leaf


Switchfoot's album #1. Don't have TD's latest yet... need to get it soon! :)


Dude, did you buy the Dwight Yoakum album?!? The money back offer still stands.


What would this year have been for me without
Dwight Yoakum's Blame the Vain and Antigone Rising's From the Ground Up? Can't imagine.

It took me a while to warm to Mat Kearney, but after seeing him in Charlotte this summer, I loved him. During the song Bullet, one of his strings broke. The chorus became, "I would break a string for you. I would break a string for you." :D


I love Jack Johnson. He's awesome!

Kenny Eller

I would add Third Day's Wherever You Are (come on Mark...lol) and Audio Adrenaline's Until My Heart Caves In.


I would have to second Mat Kearney. I think seeing him live was what hooked me. I absolutely love him now.

I'd have to add Over the Rhine's "A Drunkard's Prayer" to the list of great albums of the year. Probably isn't your cup of tea, but Linford and Karen never cease to amaze me.


10. Oasis - Don't Believe the Truth
9. Jack Johnson - In Between Dreams
8. Audioslave - Out of Exile
7. Mumsdollar - A Beautiful Life
6. Coldplay - X&Y
5. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
4. Foo Fighters - In Your Honor
3. David Crowder *Band - A Collision (3+4=7)
2. Switchfoot - Nothing is Sound
1. Fat Freddy's Drop - Based on a True Story

Some of these are New Zealand bands you may not recognise. I had Third Day's new one at 12, if you are interested. I did a whole top twenty on my blog a few weeks back, with a paragraph on each entry.

Actually, on your recomendation I've been listening to Wilco's live album (I work in a record store) and it's growing on me.

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