Dave's Faves 2005

1. Love in a Trashcan – The Raveonettes / Pretty in Black

I picked this up on a whim with my Father's Day gift certificate from Road Runner Records, and I took to it right away. It's a mix of 60's wall of sound and Timbuk 3. This is a very catchy tune.

2. Birthday – The Sugarcubes / Left of the Dial

This came from a box set of 80's underground, alternative and punk songs that I gave Tony for Christmas last year (one of those gifts that's really for me). It includes local heroes (Replacements, Husker Du), big acts (REM, Pretenders), and some that I thought I should pick up at the time, but never did (XTC, Smithereens). This cut has the weirdness of Bjork, but her voice is great.

3. Amazon – M.I.A. / Arular

I first heard this on the Current, and when she came to town, there was a lot of buzz. It was classified as Electronica (which I'm not too fond of), but it actually reminds me of Worl-a-Girl. It has a hip-hop feel, but something about it is also Caribbean.

4. This is Radio Clash – The Clash / The Singles

This is not a new CD for me, but it disappeared for about a year. I couldn't find it anywhere, and was sure that someone had grabbed it and lost it somewhere. Then last Christmas I found it in the middle of the Christmas CDs, between Bing Crosby and Johnny Mathis. The only band that matters.

5. Bedlam – Elvis Costello / The Delivery Man

This CD is about half good. I don't have patience for most of his slow songs, but when he gets cranked up, there's some good tunes. I like the Theremin solo.

6. Somebody to Shove – Soul Asylum / After the Flood: Live from the Grand Forks Prom

Soul Asylum played the prom for the Grand Forks High School prom after they were flooded out. The CD includes some of their hits and some odd covers, including School's Out and Rhinestone Cowboy.

7. You Tear Me Up – Die Electric / Push Pull

I saw this band at a CD release party for the Soviettes LP III that Tony and I went to. Die Electric was the most impressive of the warm up bands that played that night, so Tony talked me into buying the CD. A great local band.

8. 9th St – The Soviettes / LP

This band had a lot of buzz in the past two years, so I picked up some copies of this for presents last Christmas (a present for me, too). The strength of this CD led us to the CD release party at First Avenue for LP III.

9. The Saga – The Libertines / The Libertines

Another good CD from one of the sloppiest, fun bands around. Some of the looseness reminds me of the Faces before Rod Stewart went bad.

10. Little Drum – Perfect / The Replacements Missing in Action

This is an odd bootleg CD that Tony found at Road Runner Records and gave to me for my birthday. It's got a paper label on the CD, and it's on Sevendollar records (?). It includes outtakes and alternate cuts from Replacements recordings and other associated groups. You can hear the tape imperfections on some of the cuts. This one is from Perfect, Tommy Stinson's post-Replacements band before he joined Guns N' Roses. Lately he's been playing bass for Soul Asylum.

11. Crumbs From Your Table – U2 / How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

I'm glad I waited a year to put a cut from this CD on Dave's Faves. I was tempted to put Vertigo on, but that's just been too overplayed (they did it twice in concert). This has some good Edge guitar work.

12. Dis Dat or D'udda – Dr. John / Nawlinz: Dis Dat or D'udda

This is a tribute to New Orleans music that Dr. John put together with some guests way before Katrina hit. The title cut is representative of Dr. John's work and New Orleans music in general.

13. Maricela – Los Lobos / Live at the Fillmore

It wouldn't be Dave's Faves without Los Lobos. The CD is pretty much how a Los Lobos concert sounds. It's not an essential recording, but it's fun for someone who's seen them about a thousand times (including the Zoo last summer).

14. Crawfishin' – Marcia Ball / Down the Road

Some more New Orleans music. I picked this up in response to an email from Alligator Records. I'd heard good things about Marcia Ball, and I wasn't disappointed.

15. Temptation – Diana Krall / The Girl in the Other Room

I got this CD as a present (thanks, John!), and was immediately taken by its fun, jazzy sound. Diane and I caught her at Northrup this year, and I was very impressed with her jazz chops. She also has a quirky stage personality that I found charming.

16. Johnny Met June – Shelby Lynne / Suit Yourself

I included this instead of any Johnny Cash tunes (Shelby plays his mother in Walk the Line). She had a great concert at the Fine Line – I can see where the heartbreak in her songs comes from. She must have broken many hearts over the years.

17. My Boyfriend's Back – The Raveonettes / Pretty in Black

This is a fun rendition of the old girl group song. This CD even features Ronnie Spector on one tune.