Heather Phares

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Heather Phares began working as an editor and writer at All Music Guide in 1999. Prior to that, she was a freelance writer for AMG and served as Music Editor and Arts Editor of The Michigan Daily while…
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Heather Phares began working as an editor and writer at All Music Guide in 1999. Prior to that, she was a freelance writer for AMG and served as Music Editor and Arts Editor of The Michigan Daily while attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her other interests include singing, playing guitar, and graphic design.

Best of 2005

A-Frames -- Black Forest
Architecture in Helsinki -- In Case We Die
Art Brut -- Bang Bang Rock & Roll
Boduf Songs -- Boduf Songs
Broadcast -- Tender Buttons
Clor -- Clor
Constantines -- Tournament of Hearts
Danger Doom -- The Mouse and the Mask
Deerhoof -- Runners Four
The Fiery Furnaces -- EP
Yuichiro Fujimoto -- Kinoe
Goldfrapp -- Supernature
Gravenhurst -- Fires in Distant Buildings
Heikki -- 2
Kelley Polar -- Love Songs of the Hanging Gardens
The Kills -- No Wow
Ladytron -- Witching Hour
LCD Soundsystem -- LCD Soundsystem
Maxïmo Park -- A Certain Trigger
Roisin Murphy -- Ruby Blue
Neon Blonde -- Chandeliers in the Savannah
The New Pornographers -- Twin Cinema
Out Hud -- Let Us Never Speak of It Again
Queens of the Stone Age -- Lullabies to Paralyze
Silver Jews -- Tanglewood Numbers
Sleater-Kinney -- The Woods
Spoon -- Gimme Fiction
Vitalic -- OK Cowboy
Kanye West -- Late Registration
The White Stripes
Get Behind Me Satan

Best of 2004

The Fiery Furnaces -- Blueberry Boat
Felix da Housecat -- Devin Dazzle & the Neon Fever
Electrelane -- Power Out
Loretta Lynn -- Van Lear Rose
A.C. Newman -- Slow Wonder
TV on the Radio -- Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
CocoRosie -- La Maison de Mon Rêve
Joanna Newsom -- Milk-Eyed Mender
Dios -- Dios
Scissor Sisters -- Scissor Sisters
Max Richter -- Blue Notebooks
Wolf Eyes -- Burned Mind
The Gris Gris -- The Gris Gris
Mouse on Mars -- Radical Connector
Liars -- They Were Wrong, So We Drowned
The Streets -- A Grand Don't Come for Free
Björk -- Medúlla
The Organ -- Grab That Gun
The Futureheads -- The Futureheads
Saturday Looks Good to Me -- Every Night
Architecture in Helsinki -- Fingers Crossed
Dizzee Rascal -- Showtime
Pillows -- Fooly Cooly, Vol. 1: Addict
The Hives -- Tyrannosaurus Hives
Xiu Xiu -- Fabulous Muscles
Deerhoof -- Milk Man
Crime in Choir -- The Hoop
Tracy + the Plastics -- Culture for Pigeon
The Walkmen -- Bows + Arrows
Blonde Redhead -- Misery Is a Butterfly
Friends of Dean Martinez -- Random Harvest
Japancakes -- Waking Hours
Mirah -- C'mon Miracle
The Mountain Goats -- We Shall All Be Healed
Eagles of Death Metal -- Peace Love Death Metal

Musical FAQ

First Record Bought: Pretty in Pink
First Concert: Julio Iglesias
Favorite Music Movie: Velvet Goldmine, Quadrophenia, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Favorite Music Book: Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
Favorite Songwriter: Burt Bacharach
Favorite Producer: Steve Albini, Phil Spector
Favorite Arranger: Nelson Riddle
Favorite Record Label: 4AD, Matador, Touch & Go, Drag City, Warp, K, DFA, Rough Trade, Domino, Acuarela, Trattoria
Favorite Music Writer: Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Favorite Magazine: Mojo, Venus, Urb
Favorite Album Cover: Loveless
Least Favorite Album Cover: Lovedrive
Artist Who Broke Your Heart: Pavement
Singer Who Makes You Swoon: Julie London, Björk, Karin Oliver, Peggy Lee
Favorite Sound: musical saw, theremin, harp

Some favorite albums, in no particular order:

The Beatles -- White Album
The Beatles -- Revolver
Kristin Hersh -- Hips and Makers
My Bloody Valentine -- Loveless
Skip Spence -- Oar
The Fiery Furnaces -- Gallowsbird's Bark
Daft Punk -- Discovery
Boards of Canada -- Music Has the Right to Children
Aphex Twin -- Richard D. James Album
Pixies -- Surfer Rosa
Pavement -- Wowee Zowee
The Who -- Sell Out
Royal Trux -- Accelerator
His Name Is Alive -- Mouth by Mouth
Björk -- Homogenic
The White Stripes -- De Stijl
The Shaggs -- Philosophy of the World
Smog -- Red Apple Falls
Sonic Youth -- Daydream Nation
The Rolling Stones -- Aftermath
The Rolling Stones -- Exile on Main St.
Television -- Marquee Moon
Mirah -- Advisory Committee
The Microphones -- The Glow, Pt. 2
Boredoms -- Super Ae
Cornelius -- Fantasma
The Shins -- Oh, Inverted World
Joe Meek -- I Hear a New World
Basement Jaxx -- Rooty
The Raincoats -- Raincoats
Broadcast -- The Noise Made by People
Suicide -- Suicide
Lisa Germano -- Geek the Girl
PJ Harvey -- To Bring You My Love