gorilla vs. bear's Favorite EPs of '05
8. The Ouch The Touch, The Grates
Key Track: Sukkafish mp3
We saw these Australians when they opened for the Go! Team, and they stole the show, thanks to frontwoman Patience's energy and charisma. The EP is short and sweet, like a cuter, cuddlier version of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
7. Black Sheep Boy Appendix, Okkervil River
Key Track: No Key No Plan mp3
Every bit as emotional and powerful as the LP.
6. Birdmonster EP, Birdmonster
Key Track: All the Holes in the Walls mp3
This EP could have been even higher, but it's tough to judge a band on 3 songs. But if they can match the intensity of this EP on their upcoming full-length, expect the LP to be near the top of my list in '06.
5. Wolf Parade, Wolf Parade
Key track: Disco Sheets mp3
This is worth buying for "Disco Sheets" alone.
4. Ultimatum, The Long Winters
Key Track: Ultimatum mp3
I've never been a huge fan of these guys, but man, Ultimatum is awesome. Probably one of the most underrated releases of the year.
3. Work, SOUND team
Key Track: Don't Turn Away mp3
It was a big year for SOUND team...signed to a major, played with the Arcade Fire, etc. But it all culminated in the release of this EP, which actually comes close to capturing the power of their live show.
2. Pikul, Silversun Pickups
Key Track: Kissing Families mp3
"Kissing Families" was one of the most emotional, soaring songs I heard this year, and Pikul is the perfect length, just enough to leave me wanting more from this LA band.
1. Raised By Wolves, Voxtrot
Key Track: Raised by Wolves mp3
I almost cheated and put this on my albums of the year list, because it was truly one of my favorite releases of this year of any length.