Friday, December 14

Top 5 Albums of 2007

1. Bloc PartyA Weekend In the City

2. Arctic MonkeysFavourite Worst Nightmare

3. The NationalBoxer

4. Kings of LeonBecause of the Times

5. Project 86Rival Factions


Thursday, December 13

Top 5 Albums of 2007

Okay Dan, I'll keep it 2007 this time. I know it's my fault things got all out of hand. Then I had to reveal your actual top 5 albums and things got ugly. I don't want to have to do that this year. Also, I rarely buy new music, hence the whole issue last year.

1. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
This was a return to Wilco for me, as I had missed out on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and for the most part, A Ghost is Born (although "Theologians" is my new theme song). This album is mellow to be sure, but exquisitely arranged. The songs are thoughtful and well written. It's got a really bluesy feel to it in parts. And the drummer's a genius.

2. Feist - The Reminder
Her voice is as sharp and brilliant as ever. I haven't done this album justice yet, but I should. I'm actually slapping myself in the face right now for not having listened to it all the way through. Ow.

3. Ben Kweller - Ben Kweller
Perhaps the most aptly named self titled disc ever, since he did all the music and vocals. Everything. It was an excellent summer album, and it grew on me quite a bit.

4. Tucker Green - The Demos
Okay, so yes he's my brother. But he makes really good music. So much so that I'm legitimately putting this on my list. It's just 6 songs, but yeah, really good.

5. Sigur Ros - Hvarf-Heim
Okay, so I haven't even listened to this one at all yet (except samples on ITunes) but I think it will be fantastic. It was between this one and The Boss. Both albums I intend to listen to soon.

Top 5 Albums of 2007

1. Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist: Sure, it's far from the best thing they have ever done, but it was still a pretty solid album, heavy on the guitar and drums.
2. Radiohead - In Rainbows: I freaking love this album. It keeps getting better the more I listen to it.
3. The White Stripes - Icky Thump: Just a really fun time.
4. Across the Universe Soundtrack: Best. Soundtrack. Ever. Everything was arranged so well and the movie itself blew my mind.
5. Kanye West - Graduation: The man is a hip hop phenom. Some of the best sampling I have heard and I love the track he does with Chris Martin.

Top 5 Albums of 2007

Okay! I know 2007 is not over yet, but I thought I would start this list early.

Here are the rules, cause last time no one obeyed the rules!!!!
You can only post albums that were released in the Year 2007! I don't want to see any 2006, or 2005, or even 1992 releases. This isn't a list of what you've been listening to THIS year. This is a list of your top 5 albums from the YEAR 2007. Got it? Can I be anymore clear?

Okay, here's my list, nothing too crazy on this list. 2007 just proved to be such a good year for new releases, it was really hard to narrow it down to just 5.

1. Radiohead - In Rainbows
This album is brilliant. I don't know if it's my favorite radiohead album to date, but it is freaking brilliant. Next time you listen to it, pay particular attention to Colin's bass playing. He grooves so freaking hard on this album, harder than any other album. By the way, I put them in the number one spot not because it's my favorite release, but because it's simply the quintessential album of 2007.

2. Miracle Fortress - Five Roses
What a great record! This is the solo project of Graham Van Pelt. They're a canadian band, and I hear they opened for Stars across Canada. I feel bad for Stars cause the live performance of Miracle Fortess is majestic euphoria.

3. Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew - Spirit If
If you're a broken social scene fan, it's pretty hard not to like this album. Some of the songs are so catchy you may want to explode. Some of the other songs sound like the recordings of an entire band tripping on LSD, I think the good outweighs the bad on this one.

4. The National - Boxer
I can't stop listening to this album. I'll listen to it for a week straight and then get really bored of it; only to find a week later I'm listening to it again. The drumming on this album is just ridiculous! How does a guy come up with drum beats like that? (Warning: you may not like the singer's voice at first, but trust me it'll grow on you. It really suits the music too.)

5. The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
I almost forgot that this album was released in 2007. It was such an early release, and though I don't listen to it as much as I should, it makes the list none the less. If you haven't seen The Arcade Fire live, you really need to, NOW! This album is mesmorizingly beautiful.

Honorable mentions:
Like I mentioned earlier, it was really hard for me to narrow it down to just 5 releases.

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga - I think most of you who read Stopfive will like this album.

Justice - t - If you want the catchiest danciest record you've ever heard? Justice is the answer.

Iron and Wine - The Shepherd's Dog - I was really tempted to put this on the list, such a solid record.

Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala - I love anything Jens Lekman

The Acorn - Glory Hope Mountain - Again, I really wanted to put this on the list. I am continually surprised on how much talent Canada has right now!

Alright, enough of me, now it's your turn.
Remember, keep it to 2007 folks!

Friday, December 7

Top Five Things I Always Thought Holly Should Know About....Guys

1. Awkwardness is only desirable in direct proportion to the amount of ice it breaks. If no ice is broken, said awkwardness can be lethal, metaphorically speaking. So bring an ice pick just in case. Literally. You never know what could happen.

2. Being pretty helps for the same reason that honey attracts more flies than vinegar. But once you get the fly in the bottle you can relax a little, cut the makeup in half, dress casual, congratulate yourself -- You Got Him! Honestly though, you're prettier when you don't try, so don't worry about this one.

3. Stay alert for these telltale signs of his interest in you: he touches his hair a lot and smiles coyly when you are talking; he displays an unnecessary false modesty and then giggles when you compliment him on his looks that evening; when sitting across the table from one another, engaged in conversation, he frequently touches your arm with his hand while smiling in agreement at everything you say; he tells an hilarious fart joke, yanks your pigtails, and then proceeds to laugh maniacally.

4. Let him fix all kinds of stuff for you, even if it's not broken. This includes cars and trucks, electronics, bookshelves, your computer, that jar of pickles that has the lid that sticks, even personal relationships he might have an irrelevant opinion about. When this raises his relationship self-esteem to the point where he volunteers to fix you dinner, then you can safely go back and really fix all the things he tried to fix up to this point without fear that you might be damaging his ego.

5. Have other guy friends. This is important because of the fact that you live in Prince George, but it should also be easy because of the fact that you live in Prince George. This one is sort of a filler, but I have a gut feeling it could be the most important point on the list. I'm going to stop there and let your imagination decide.

Good luck!

Top 5 events in the Life of my Friend "The Rocket" Within the Last Year

He's been pretty busy. Most of you don't know him, except maybe Rob. Anyways, you can check out his blog at He's a genius.

Here's the list, as written by the Rocket:

1. Removal of employment from Canadian tire. I attempted to supercharge an outdoor heater by attaching it to a bevy of car batteries. No one was hurt, but my last 4 paychecks were returned to the establishment for damages.
2. Which caused the sale of my car. My 87 ford tempo is no longer part of the Rocket family.
3. A tumultuous internet relationship. She was from Montana. She liked riding horses and chatting to hot, intelligent guys such as myself. I lost interest. Seriously, I did. Don't believe the "Rocket travelled to Montana and totally got stood up" rumours. Not true.
4. A host of new "Rocket Rules" which will be posted on this site in due time. The book is coming along nicely, as is the plan. The book, of course, is part of the plan. Every successologist has a book.
5. The naming of my career and area of study: "Successology"

Top 5 things I always figured that Holly should know about not scaring/pushing away a guy

Since nobody else seems interested at the moment HA, here's my list.

1. Don't actually push him. Especially if he takes you to some kind of lookout where there's a cliff involved. Could end badly for everyone.

2. Maybe tone down the tribal chanting. Just a little.

3. Less mullet.

4. Less Prince George sleeveless plaid lumberjack coats (unless he's into that kind of thing).

5. Maybe you should think about trading in your '85 transam for something cuter, like a new Volkswagen beetle.

Honorable Mention (for serious): Remember that you're worth his time and attention. Because you really are!

Monday, December 3

Top 5 things I hope are true in romance

1. Awkwardness breeds romance (Donkers you better be right on this one)
2. If he calls repeatedly and talks for a substantial amount of time, he likes you (especially since I'm a terrible phone talker)
3. Being pretty helps
4. social awkwardness is endearing (geez I hope its true)
5. Guys are simple and I should not try to read between the lines.

Can anyone confirm these things for me? Also, a "Top 5 things I always figured that Holly should know about not scaring/pushing away a guy" might also be useful

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