Ryan Waxenberg of Formula Werks

best albums
- Outerlimitz "Suicide Prevention"
- Maker "Shooting the Breeze"
- Elissa P. & Brenmar Someday "Disaster For Breakfast"
- Curumin "Achados e Perdidos"
- Gogol Bordello "Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike"
- TTC "Batards Sensibles"

albums I listened to
- all of the above
- Radioclit "Sexy Stamina Mixtape"
- Looptroop "Fort Europa"
- Glue "Sunset Lodge"
- Serge Gainsbourg, every album
- Stacs Of Stamina "Tivoli"
- Hollertronix, every mixtape
- Afro Reggae "Nova Cara"
- Nacao Zumbi "Radio Samba"
- Taraf de Haidouks "Band Of Gypsies"
- Manu Chao "Radio Bemba Sound System (Live)"
- Boards Of Canada "Campfire Headphase"

best songs / singles
- Looptroop "Night Train"
- Elissa P. & Brenmar Someday "Counting Down"
- Maker "Broken Promises"
- The Cankles "Hibernation"

best beats
- Maker
- Mike Gao (of Galapagos4)
- Nicolay

best producers
- Maker
- Mike Gao (of Galapagos4)
- Nicolay
- Dangermouse

best emcees / lyrics
- Qwaazar of Outerlimitz
- P.O.S. (Rhymesayers/Doomtree)

favorite artwork
- Outerlimitz "Suicide Prevention"
- Mestizo & Mike Gao "Blindfaith"

best label
- Quannum
- Galapagos4

biggest surprise (music or anything else)
- surprised that so many suckers here in the USA finally, actually realized that Bush is a fraud & completely worthless. (Let’s keep that approval rating under 30% everyone!)

biggest disappointment (music or anything else)
- most of the best music artists continue to screw up their business.
- that these artists do that and then complain about all the shit music that makes others rich & famous.
- lazy people.
- Lava Lounge in Chicago was bought out & turned into to a hipster club.

books I read
- not really any; worked all year. Only books I read were sourcing guides. (Yeah, I’m a nerd.) Good magazines I picked up, though: Beautiful Decay, Juxtapoz, YRB, Pencil Fight, Tastes Like Chicken, Elemental, Mass Appeal, Vapors, Vice, Cool’eh & more.

movies I saw
- Sideways
- Napoleon Dynamite
- City of God + the bonus documentary
- Favela Rising
- pretty much every documentary on the History Channel

websites I visited
- a bunch of business shit no one wants to know about
- formulawerks.com
- heavymedium.com
- houstonsoreal.blogspot.com
- radioclit.com
- hollertronix.com
- rotofugi.com
- urbansmarts.com
- tlchicken.com
- viceland.com
- coolehmag.com

foods I ate
- pretty much everything…

things that made me smile
- Dane Cook
- Conan O’Brien
- no more day job!!!
- our first retailer in Asia (Summit in Taipei)
- all of the sneaker & toy shows that Formula Werks artists were invited to participate in (Andy Warhol Museum, Space Gallery, Comicon 2005, Landmark Arts Gallery, Funny Club Show, Rotofugi, In Plush We Trust, Plush Rush, Sneaker Pimps, Weapons Inspection/Aerosol Warfare & more).

things that made me go 'hmmm' (positively pondering)
- see ‘things that made me smile’
- the guitar that Revise CMW painted for Jello of The Cankles

things that made me go cringe
- George W. Bush
- most music videos on MTV
- reality shows
- artists/musicians who put out half-ass work & then get mad when you criticize it. Get real, yo.

best moment of 2005
- see ‘things that made me smile’, dammit.

worst moment of 2005
- the festival of natural disasters & wars that occurred.

what I'd like to see in 2006
- success.

what I don't want to see in 2006
- Reality shows, MTV.
- more smoking bans. That shit is wack.
- pretentiousness. Get a life.

hip hop in 2006 will be
- Better. Hopefully. Gotta keep movin’…

my new years resolutions
- to work my ass off, have fun, travel & be successful

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