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December 25, 2005


Happy holidays to everyone. Share the peace and share the love, not only during the winter holidays but all year...

Henry Kisor recounts the year in books for the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Mountain Goats at the Museum of Fine Arts made the Boston Globe's top ten local live event list.

7. The Mountain Goats at the Museum of Fine Arts

Sometimes you want to hear a favorite band in a seat in a quiet auditorium. And thanks to Dan Hirsch's music programming at the MFA, now you can. John Darnielle, a.k.a. the Mountain Goats, was powerful last year competing with the nightly racket at the Middle East, but new songs, like ''Lion's Teeth" off ''The Sunset Tree" CD, were even more powerful in the low-key setting. Darnielle himself lost nothing in translation. His voice ached gracefully, and his geeky storytelling was that much more affecting.

Cinematical lists their ten best film trailers of the year.

What Would D. Boon Do?

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune recounts the local year in music through interview snippets.

Me: "Do you think being in New York is why the Hold Steady has gotten more attention than Lifter Puller did?"

Craig Finn (The Hold Steady): "Probably. When you do something in New York locally, you're automatically doing it nationally. Your local press, for instance, is people from Rolling Stone and Spin."

Flagpole lists albums that deserve to be reissued.

Today's best music of 2005 lists:

Philadelphia City Paper (top 10 jazz albums)
Philadelphia City Paper (top 10 roots albums)
Philadelphia City Paper (top 10 dance/electronic albums)
Minneapolis Star-Tribune (best concerts)
Slate (best jazz albums)
NPR (best CDs you didn't hear this year)
Poplicks (top 20 albums)
Stylus (top ten musical moments that defined 2005)
Jon Pareles in the New York Times (top 10 albums)
Some Velvet Blog (top 28 albums)
Entertainment Weekly (top 10 albums)
El Mas Chingon (favorite albums)
San Antonio Express-News (albums)
San Antonio Express-News (songs)
San Antonio Express-News (concerts)
Denver Post (albums,movies,tv)
Palm Beach Post (albums)
The Tenneseean (albums)


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