December 28, 2005
elbo.ws lists the top 38 tracks of 2005, based on their popularity among music blogs.
"There is very little cultural diversity represented any more by the four majors," says Rose. "Their classical music departments have been marginalized. So have their jazz departments. There's not a whole lot of fringe-type music being supported by the majors. Even an artist like Tom Waits has gone back to the independent sector."
"You can hear everything from the Beach Boys, to the Clash to the Ramones, Kinks, R.E.M., Soul Coughing and the indie band Clem Snide," said Gardner. The album opens with "Latke Clan" a Pet Sounds era Beach Boys- inspired symphonic pop song that wouldn't feel out of place on one of Phil Spector's Christmas albums.
T-shirt of the day: "God hates techno."
Like The Polyphonic Spree with better sound and less cheesy lyrics, songs such as "Major Label Debut" and the mischievously titled "Handjobs for the Holidays" blossom into sunshine melodies when least expected.
Today's 2005 best music lists:
Feed Me Good Tunes (albums)
Music For Kids Who Van't Read Good (albums)
Orlando Sun-Sentinel (albums)
Sixshot (rap albums)
Thrasher's Blog (albums)
Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader (albums)
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