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As promised, the Ninja Mafia shirt photos are now viewable in the shop. Some of them are clearer and better framed, but I love them all equally.
In my never-ending quest to be exactly like Jeph and John, I'm going to do the whole top-ten-albums-of-the-year deal at the end of this year. I don't really think I'm qualified to pick the year's "best" albums, but I should at least be able to defend my personal favourites. And since we've reached 2004's half-way point, now is as good a time as any for me to share my favourite five so far. If you're anything like me, you probably like to "try before you buy," so I've included the names of a couple of "must hear" tracks from each album that I think will sell you on the whole discs.
A.C. Newman - The Slow Wonder
I never really got into the New Pornographers, but their frontman's debut solo album had me hooked instantly. A great pop-rock album that comes heavily recommended by three-out-of-four webcartoonists.
Must Hear: Miracle Drug, Most of us Prizefighters
Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
Kind of like the Strokes, only with a pulse. Actually, it's exactly like that.
Must Hear: Jacqueline, Take Me Out
Slipknot - Vol 3.: The Subliminal Verses
Fantastic on its own, but plain astounding considering the band's back catalog. From a group I used to enjoy simply because they were so ridiculous comes a CD that I enjoy because it is SO GREAT. More variety, depth and musicality than you'd expect from nine screaming dudes in masks.
Must Hear: The Blister Exists, Danger - Keep Away, Opium of the People
The Living End - Modern Artillery
This disc was technically a 2003 release in some parts of the world, but North America finally got with it earlier this year. It's a shame that these guys still don't have much of a following here, since they keep getting better and better with every album.
Must Hear: Jimmy, One Said to the Other
Clutch - Blast Tyrant
Clutch is great. RAAAR! I'm sure getting sick of writing these album descriptions.
Must Hear: Cypress Groove, The Mob Goes Wild
Listen, love, purchase.