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It was another fantastic year exploring new music and widening the musical horizon. I was both getting back to my metal roots and had a breakthrough regarding folk slash alternative country.

Before mentioning my top 5, I would like to make a small introduction to the crew of “Night before New Years Eve”. We are not experts nor more competent because we have listened to more new music than some other guys out there. We have a great interest in music and although there are similarities between each other, there is also a huge difference. Along the respect of each other, this makes this happening to something very special. Maybe the other guys have a different approach, this is mine.

Mikkel: One of my best friends since 2000. A great inspiration in life and did a lot to make me like the Cure, The Smiths and new music from Sweden and Britain (NME bands). He’s a former freelance DJ, who played both in Copenhagen and Aarhus.
Christian (or .chrz): Never standing back on a challenge and exploring the corners of music history and future. Long time friend through poetry.
Asbjørn: Singer in Decorate.Decorate. As DJ Land a former DJ at Indie Night and now freelance DJ having played at acknowledged night clubs in both Copenhagen and Berlin. Also a friend whom I first met through digte.dk.
Houmøller: Know him through Mikkel. A freelance music journalist writing for Jyllands Posten and some other magazines. DJing freelance as “DJ Dada”. Born in 1967 the eldest around.
Lasse: Guitarist and singer in Salli Lunn. Know him through Mikkel and lived with him at Holtegade in most of the year 2005.
Jonas: Met him at the same time as Mikkel. Is peaking when listening to David Bowie and folk/ country. Maybe also classical music.
DJ Caine: Founder and host of Indie Night at Stengade 30.

In my opinion the best five songs this year were

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-la-la Band – God bless our dead marines (Constellation)
Why? – 500 Fingernails (Anticon)
Deerhoof – Green Cosmos (ATP Recordings)
Sunn o)) – CandleGoat (Southern Lord)
Electrelane – Eight steps (Too Pure)

A Silver Mt Zion is still the most interesting band from constellation and with Efrim singing, wailing, chanting and continuing evolving the sound of the band. God Bless our dead marines is outstanding.
500 fingernails is a one hit wonder that never got enough attention. Although the melancholy and sadness this songs always makes me want to dance.
The EP “Green Cosmos” was not my first encounter with Deerhoof (I think it was “My pal foot foot”). But is were the only one, where I was completely turned on. There are several tracks I like, but this stood out for me.
At The Rock I had an amazing concert experience with Sunn o)). Black one is a dark masterpiece and although only .chrz appreciated me playing CandleGoat, I’m very pleased to have in my top 5. Actually I had the promo of “ØØ Void” for many years, but this concert was the breakthrough and a new start for me to explore the genres of metal. Again.
I love (my perception of) Mia Clark. And “Axes” was the best release from Electrelane so far.

Among these fantastic songs one did stood out at the “Night before New Years Eve”. The joker this year was “most unthinkable to like”, which means the best song you couldn’t have imagined you would like. For example this could result in playing songs from artists or genres you normally dislike. And it did for me. Normally my view of country was that is boring and singer songwriters didn’t really catch me. But the collaboration “Calexico | Iron & Wine” did. And this was not for this night only. My view on folk and country had changed since being inspired by .chrz and others. I started – slowly – to accept the genre and find joy listening to different tunes. But there is still a lot of crap – as in many other genres.

depeche mode - songs of faith and devotionsash adelante

Returning to Copenhagen after a year of failure in Aarhus also meant a beginning of new musical discovery. In Aarhus I was introduced to The Cure and Depeche Mode. While I couldn’t cope with the voice of Robert Smith, Martin Gore and Dave Gahan were straight forward. Musically I had got closer to the Goth and industrial scene, but personally I had just grown older and had some unexpected life experienced.
In Copenhagen I met new friends. Jonas and Mikkel. And after moving in at Mikkels apartment in Holtegade the 80ies were introduced properly.
Kim Schumacher had in the late 80ies introduced me to popular music like Belinda Carlisle, Rick Astley and Grandmaster Flash on his radio show. It’s not because I remember it very well, but I found a mix tape. Ha!
But in these years The Cure, Cocteau Twins, The Smiths, Joy Division and Danish artist Martin Hall also became a part of my repertoire. Well. Actually The Cure and Martin Hall only. And some of the hits of the other mentioned artists. I also searched the catalogue of Depeche Mode, but never did I see them live. How could I share my intimate devotion with +20.000 other people at one time singing “In your Room”?

We (Mikkel and Casper) went a lot to the second hand shop Accord and within those years I bought 14 different CDS by Sash! Yeah. German Eurodance. And Antiloop. Swedish Eurodance. Hurrah. I’ll never forget my first mix tapes back in the 90ies.
I did also listened to the German Goth act Lacrimosa, rediscovered Bush and I began to understand music as impression and expression. Not only to act within this scope, but also formulating my interpretation. My view was broadened – and narrowed.