XL (2005 Compilation)

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XL is the latest installment in my end-of-the-year compilation tradition. Although this compilation may be “x-tra large,” the title actually refers to the fact that I turned forty in 2005 (XL = 40, get it?).

Music didn’t come easily last year. I had to fight for it. Because it is difficult for me to listen to most music while I’m writing, and because I was writing pretty much non-stop for much of the year, I went for long stretches with no music at all. I also didn’t have time or energy for my usual music exploration, so relied on my good friends and family to point me to all the new music I did
manage to hear.

Here's the track listing:

1. Brendan Benson | Spit It Out
2. The Decemberists | Sixteen Military Wives
3. Of Montreal | Don’t Ask Me to Explain
4. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away
5. Tubeway Army (Gary Numan) | Me! I Disconnect from You
6. LCD Soundsystem | Daft Punk Is Playing at My House
7. Spoon | My Mathematical Mind
8. Luke Temple | Old New York
9. Devendra Banhart | This Is the Way
10. Iron and Wine | Naked As We Came
11. Paul McCartney | Jenny Wren
12. Fruit Bats | Canyon Girl
13. Death Cab for Cutie | Your Heart is an Empty Room
14. Jon Auer | These Times
15. The Futureheads | Decent Days and Nights
16. Dan Zanes | All Around the Kitchen