Best of 2005
Best Live Show - The White Stripes - September 8 - The Rave
After years of listening to their albums, and live music I finally got to see Jack and Meg live at The Rave. School had just started, and I was still wearing off my Summer hangover. I would have to give String Cheese Incident's BIG Summer Classic performance live from Summerfest a close second, but the White Stripes blew me away.
Best Festival - 10,000 Lakes Festival in Minnesota
I attended 10KLF for the first time this year, and it won't be the last. The lineup was great including the Black Crowes, Widespread Panic, and I finally caught the highly talked about Sound Tribe Sector 9. I remember hearing a lot about STS9 before heading to the festival, but once again this was my favorite act of the festival. I also got to hear MOFRO, Particle, and Les Claypool for the first time.
The Top 5 Albums of 05 (the short list)
Sound Tribe Sector 9 - Artifact
My Morning Jacket - Z
New Monsoon - The Sound
Lotus - Nomad
and finally....Spoon - Gimme Fiction (its the odd one of the bunch, but I'm hooked)
Drink of the Year: Apple Pie....I'm serious! While writing this post, I got handed a bottle with this wonderful drink....The explanation is apple juice, apple cider, boil it, and then add cinnamon sticks, mix in the everclear and let sit for a day or so....so good!