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Subject:The 2004 raln Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence
Time:10:02 am
I've been crazy busy this year, the past 4 or 5 months in particular (hence the lack of posts), so I haven't been as on top of seeing movies and checking out new music or video games as I normally like to be. And it's only December 16 - probably way too early for a year-end list. Despite all that, here's my Top Fives for 2004:

Best New Releases
1. AC Newman - The Slow Wonder
2. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Shake the Sheets
3. Iron Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
4. Interpol - Antics
5. Junior Boys - Last Exit

Highly Anticipated 2004 Releases That Are Not On My 2004 Top 5 of the Year List
1. Rjd2 - Since We Last Spoke
2. Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News
3. Wilco - A Ghost Is Born
4. Elliott Smith - From a Basement on the Hill
5. Cake - Pressure Chief

Highly Anticipated 2005 Releases That Will Hopefully Make My 2005 Top 5 of the Year List
1. The Decemberists - Picaresque
2. The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
3. Spoon - Gimme Fiction
4. Built To Spill - TBA
5. Mercury Rev - The Secret Migration/M83 - Before The Dawn Heals Us

Older Albums I Didn't Hear Until 2004
1. The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
2. M83 - Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
3. Josh Rouse - 1972
4. Menomena - I Am The Fun Blame Monster
5. Bonobo - Animal Magic

Concerts
1. Austin City Limits Festival - Zilker Park, 9/17, 9/18, 9/19
2. The Decemberists - Paradise Club, 6/12
3. Pixies/Mission of Burma - Tsongas Arena, 12/2
4. Mouse on Mars/Ratatat/Junior Boys - Middle East, 10/25
5. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Middle East, 12/16


Movies (I saw so few new releases this year, so this list isn't very complete, unfortunately)
1. The Incredibles
2. Sideways
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
4. Fahrenheit 9/11
5. Ocean's 12 / Spiderman 2

Movies I'd Have Liked to Have Seen
1. Shaun of the Dead
2. Napoleon Dynamite
3. I Heart Huckabees
4. Kill Bill 2
5. Harry Potter 3 / Bourne Supremacy


Books I Read (not necessarily new in 2004)
1. Everything Is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
2. London Fields - Martin Amis / The Rachel Papers - Martin Amis
3. Devil In The White City - Erik Larson
4. Crimes Against Nature - Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
5. The Winter Queen - Boris Akunin

Books On My Shelf I Intend To Read In 2005
1. Quicksilver - Neal Stephenson
2. The Clinton Wars - Sidney Blumenthal
3. Fargo Rock City - Chuck Klosterman
4. Porno - Irvine Welsh
5. The Culture of Fear - Barry Glassner


Video Games of 2004
1. Halo 2 - XBox
2. ESPN NFL 2K5 - XBox
3. Everything or Nothing - XBox
4. Half-Life 2  - PC (even though I haven't played it yet)
5. Knights of the Old Republic II - XBox (haven't played this one yet either)

Video Games I'm Really Looking Forward To In 2005
1. Timesplitters 3: Future Perfect - XBox
2. NBA Street V3 - XBox
3. Conker: Live and Reloaded - XBox
4. Jade Empire - XBox
5. Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath - XBox



Ok that's all I can come up with for now... I'll update this as I inevitably remember stuff I left off the list.
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