Joel from HeavyMedium, copy editor for four-mag.com aka Jello from The Cankles

best albums
- POS "Ipecac Neat"
- Curumin "Achados e Perdidos"
- Atmosphere "You Cant Imagine..."
- Maker "Shooting The Breeze"
- Elissa P. & Brenmar Someday "Disaster For Breakfast"
- Outerlimitz "Suicide Prevention"
- Blood Of Abraham "Eyedollartree"

albums I listened to
- Lady Sov. "Vertically Challenged" (let me keep her please)
- Mike Gao "Foilage" (beats beats beats - drive to this)
- Kid Static "Have You Seen This Man" (watch out for this kid, seriously)
- Murs & Slug "Felt 2" (I liked "Felt 1" better)
- The Opus"Earthwalkers EP" (imported beat gravy)
- Blackalicious "The Craft" (Gift Of Gab is God)
- Mestizo & Mike Gao "Blindfaith" (swing DnB? damn straight)

best songs / singles
- Maker "Train Till Nowhere" from "Shooting the Breeze"
- the newer Gorillaz singles make my trips to clubs endurable
- Dangerdoom "Hell Yeah"

best beats
- Joey Beats
- Maker
- Mike Gao

best producers
- Dangermouse
- Maker
- Mike Gao (Whom I've named OMGMikeGao)
- Nicolay
- Ropesack

best emcees / lyrics
- Outerlimitz's Qwaazar
- Glue's ADeeM
- Blackalicious' Gift of Gab
- POS of Doomtree & RSE

favorite artwork
- Outerlimitz "Suicide Prevention"
- Time Machine "TM Radio"
- The Cankles "Goddamn!!"

best label
- Galapagos4
- OM

biggest surprise (music or anything else)
- hearing stories of Glue jamming with Sublime’s dummer after a show at LA's Roxy
- crap music continues to make people $

biggest disappointment (music or anything else)
- no one recorded the Glue/Sublime jam session
- people's reaction to Ft. Minor (SOB is RAWK)
- Rhymefest. Period.

books I read
- every single Brad Thor book available at any US Airport - RAWK! (America, FUCK YEAH)
- "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman (sickly accurate while completely out there)
- "Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop" by Jeff Chang (honor it)
- "Bangkok Tattoo" by John Burdett (I'm a farang)
- "Lifeguard", "4th of July", "Honeymoon", "London Bridges", "Lake House" by James Patterson
- "Haunted" Chuck Palahniuk (thank god that’s fucking over)
- and many more advanced reading copies

movies I saw
- long year, don’t quite remember
- but I finally saw "City of God", TITS
- oh, and the DVDs from Josh One and Blood Of Abraham were dope

websites I visited
- Galapagos4.com
- Heavymedium.com
- TheCankles.com
- Radioclit.com
- formulawerks.com
- Ropesack.com
- urbansmarts.com
- Philaflava.com

foods I ate
- the wife cooked Manwich for the birthday, YUM
- lot of Thai, Mexican and junk cuisine

things that made me smile
- The Cankles opening up for acts/artists we are all huge fans of
- HeavyMedium.com’s grand opening
- my White Sox fan friends got to yell. ALOT.

things that made me go 'hmmm' (positively pondering)
- Atmosphere’s latest tour with live band. RAWK. Fuck the haters
- "Prison Break" on FOX & "Surface" on NBC made Monday nights exciting

things that made me go cringe
- artists who use Kanye throwaway beats and then rip on MC J.U.I.C.E. in a janitors outfit

best moment of 2005
- The Cankles released ‘GODDAMN!!’ to stoner acclaim everywhere
- becoming an uncle for the first time.

worst moment of 2005
- I'm a Cubs fan, guess...

what I'd like to see in 2006
- Cubs. World Series.
- Cankles. Euro-tour.
- Bulls. NBA Champs.
- Bears. February SBXXXX Champs.
- Wife. Prego.

what I don't want to see in 2006
- Bush. Shut him up.
- NY Yankees and STL Cardinals above .500

hip hop in 2006 will be
- harder to sift through to find the gems
- producers will listen when I scream repeatedly: "I want more instrumental albums! Fuck a rapper!"

my new years resolutions
- I don’t participate in such nonsense. If you’re going to change your life, DO IT NOW, don't wait till Jan.1
- to make the pffft sound when peole discuss their NY resolutions
- Pffft

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