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Manoa Drollet’s Top Ten


“It’s hard for me to pick my favorites because they’re always changing.”-Manoa

Erykah Badu-Mama’s Gun
Nappy Roots-Watermelon, Chicken, and Gritz
George Brassens-L’Integrale
50 Cent-Hustler’s Ambition Part One
Bob Marley-I Shot The Sheriff
TuPac-All of it
Rue Du Soleil-Cafà‡ Del Mar
Tosca-Suzuki
Outkast-All of it
James Brown-20 All-Time Greatest Hits
Frank Zappa-“Muffin Man”

CDs

The Prids
… Until The World Is Beautiful
Five03
If The Prids were around in the 80s, they’d probably be playing with bands like Bauhaus or The Sisters of Mercy-yes, they are slightly goth, and that’s good. Their sound is reverbed, lush, and full. Of course, these days, all dark bands are compared to Joy Division, but The Prids sound like some kind of mutant mix of vintage Fleetwood Mac and The Cure, making … Until The World Is Beautiful an album you need today.

Sonic Youth
Rather Ripped
Geffen
Sonic Youth is an American treasure, and this new album is amazing! Starting way back in 1991, the Youth has destroyed millions of ears and wrecked thousands of guitars all the way to 2006 with the release of the triumphant record called Rather Ripped. RR is the most straightforward rock album the Sonics have done in a decade. Songs like “What A Waste” (Kim Gordon at her best) and “Incinerate” will smash you and most likely be on the radio (if the radio is smart), while “Do You Believe In Rapture?” and “Rats” are true experimental Youth classics-buy this album or be a cloned kook.

The Stills
Without Feathers
Vice
The Stills are a modern take on the classic pop band. Slightly indie rock, slightly pop, altogether catchy, and mildly addicting, Without Feathers is a great summer soundtrack. If you’re a fan of bands like Teenage Fanclub or British Sea Power, you’ll be loving this new disc by The Stills. Are you taking a road trip any time soon? If so, get this album before you do-it’s a great soundtrack for a long drive in the sun.

Nouvelle Vague
Bande A Part
V2/Luaka Bop
I first heard this band in early 2005 and was blown away by the most original take on “a cover album” I’ve yet to hear in my life. On that first Nouvelle Vague album, classics like “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” and “Making Plans For Nigel” were reworked from their original genius into lounge, bossa-nova-styled gems. On Bande A Part, Nouvelle is back with the same luscious feel and a new list of classic redos including “The Killing Moon,” “Don’t Go,” and “Heart Of Glass,” just to name a few. All in all, this album is a smoldering beauty and a re-work of art.

Angels And Airwaves
We Don’t Need To Whisper
Suretone/Geffen
Backed by a mountain of hype, former blink-182 frontman and his veritable supergroup consisting of Dave Kennedy (ex-Box Car Racer), Atom Willard (ex-Rocket From the Crypt), and Ryan Sinn (ex-Distillers) have set out to conquer the world, and with a little help from influences like U2 and Peter Gabriel, you can bet that Angels And Airwaves are on their way. The record goes from epic and intense to emotional and giant. We Don’t Need To Whisper is a bold journey and a madly successful departure from Delonge’s ex-pop-punk exploits.

Dr. Octagon
The Return Of Dr. Octagon
OCD International
The doctor is in. Living rap legend Kool Keith returns as the infamous Dr. Octagon, and while this record might not have the same impact as the original, it still has the rhymes K.K. is famous for and the out-there rap skills that makes us all love him so very much. Add in the spastic weirdness of his backing band, One Watt Sun, and you’ve got some wild shit to rock to. Check it out and tell me what you think-are you an alien like the Dr.? I think I am.

Mew
And The Glass Handed Kites
Sony
Who is Mew? I don’t know, but I know I like it. Sixteen tracks of sprawling rock music set in the vein of lush sounds of bands like Muse and Ours, Mew sounlike a cross between The Postal Service, My Bloody Valentine, and Human League-big songs with so much going on, you’ll swear you just did a whip-it.

Valient Thor
Legend Of The World
Volcom
What do you get when five bearded Vikings pick up guitars? You get kick-ass rock and roll. These Thin Lizzy-listening ZZ Top addicts take party metal to the masses. If you like beer, guitar solos, heavy riffage, and the drawl of a grog-swilling biker, check out Valient Thor-coming to pillage a town near you.

Donavon Frankenreiter
Move By Yourself
Lost Highway
Donavon is another pro surfer who has a band, and you know what? His band rips! With much more funk than his previous album, Donavon has obviously dusted off his Stevie Wonder albums and boned up on his funk licks. This album’s part Jamiroquai, part gospel/disco revival, and all fun-Donavon might just be able to quit his day job after all.

Two Quick Hot Picks!

Tapes ‘N Tapes, The Loon-Hooky, funky, rocking, and weird, Tapes ‘N Tapes take early Modest Mouse to the next step. It’s a great disc.

Peaches, Impeach My Bush-The world’s foulest-mouthed female comes back hard with thirteen tracks of pure sexed-up, pimp-slapping, bitch rap that rules me and my world!

DVDs

Sofia: A Documentary
Roxy/Mosaic
Sofia opens up in a war zone. Many of us might not remember that Peru in the 80s was rife with terrorism and all-out war. Thousands of Peruvians lost their lives in the conflicts, but out of the ashes came a peaceful country and a world champion surfer named Sofia Mulonivich. This documentary follows her rise to glory through the eyes of her family, friends, and a journalist named Renzo Giraldo. Beautifully shot and touching throughout, Sofia will please any fan of surfing and the rise-to-glory type of story.

Black Uhuru With Sly And Robbie: Dubbin’ It Live
Taxi/MVD
Here’s another one of those concerts films that will make you sick because you weren’t there. Black Uhuru and the legendary Sly And Robbie take their reggae genius to a higher plane, and they didn’t half step when it came to the production of this film-great sound, shot in vibrant color, and you can almost even smell the ganja smoke in the air! “Guess who’s Coming To Dinner”-yep, it’s Black Uhuru.

Destination Point
A surf project By Josh Pomer
Josh Pomer has been in the game for a long time now and his Kill series has been killing it for over a decade. Always packing his flicks with the latest ripping in Santa Cruz and beyond, Josh has upped the ante in Destination Point. Anchored by Bobby Martinez’s smooth attack and California’s best winter ever, this vid is a great way to see what you missed if you weren’t at the hot spots like Maverick’s, Santa Cruz harbor, or Santa Clara river mouth during last winter’s epic swells.

The Velvet Underground: Under Review
The Smiths: Under Review
Sexy Intellectual/MVD
If you’re a music fan, you generally like to know more about a band and its music than simply reading a review will provide. That’s why the good people at Sexy Intellectual have come up with the Under Review series, which digs deep and offers “an independent critical analysis” of legendary bands. Both these DVDs offer rare and never-before-seen musical performances of each band, extended interviews with band members and journalists, and even live/in-studio performances of such classics as the Velvet’s “Heroin” and “Venus In Furs,” and The Smiths’ hits like “Hand In Glove” and “This Charming Man.” If you want to be a music snob like me, check this series out and start hanging out at Lou’s Records in Encinitas.

Shades Of Bali
Andrew Kopjack and Pete Mathews
As if we all didn’t want to move to Bali already, now these two guys make a movie that shows once again how amazing and wonderful Bali is. Chock-full of our Balinese favorites like Rizal, Betet, Bol, and Peppen, Shades Of Bali offers further proof that that place is blessed.

Books

Beautiful People With Beautiful Feelings
Donny Miller
Abrams Image, New York
$18.95
If you ever read the weird pamphlets that your driver’s ed instructor gave you and wrote your own little dirty captions under the cheesy 60s cartoons, this book will be on your coffee table very soon. The illustrations and colors are simple, but the messages are profound … such as “You are beautiful in every way, except maybe one or two” and “Politics is an old religion.”-Loni Herbers

Games

FIFA Street/ Xbox
EA Sports
The World Cup has come and gone, and hopefully with all the hype surrounding the world’s most popular game, America’s young love for soccer will continue to grow-and this new game from EA Sports could help. Set at various global street venues, the game allows up to four people to use some of the world’s greatest players in four-on-four matchups. New tricks, awesome styles, and an overall fun level of 8.5 make this game a must-play for any soccer fan, old or new.
that that place is blessed.

Books

Beautiful People With Beautiful Feelings
Donny Miller
Abrams Image, New York
$18.95
If you ever read the weird pamphlets that your driver’s ed instructor gave you and wrote your own little dirty captions under the cheesy 60s cartoons, this book will be on your coffee table very soon. The illustrations and colors are simple, but the messages are profound … such as “You are beautiful in every way, except maybe one or two” and “Politics is an old religion.”-Loni Herbers

Games

FIFA Street/ Xbox
EA Sports
The World Cup has come and gone, and hopefully with all the hype surrounding the world’s most popular game, America’s young love for soccer will continue to grow-and this new game from EA Sports could help. Set at various global street venues, the game allows up to four people to use some of the world’s greatest players in four-on-four matchups. New tricks, awesome styles, and an overall fun level of 8.5 make this game a must-play for any soccer fan, old or new.