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December 28, 2005

Shorties lists the top 38 tracks of 2005, based on their popularity among music blogs.

Don Rose, founder of the American Association of Independent Music (a trade group for indie music labels), talks to the Boston Globe.

"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."

The LeeVees talk to the Jerusalem Post about their unique Hannukah-inspired music.

"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.

Jessa Crispin explains what your end-of-year book list says about you.

T-shirt of the day: "God hates techno."

The Independent reviews Broken Social Scene's recent London show.

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.

Stream yesterday's Camper Van Beethoven performance on WXPN's World Cafe.

The Lansing City Pulse sums up the local music year.

Hard-Fi talk with the Scotsman about their breakout year.

Indie Interviews sits down with Honus Honus of Man Man this week on the podcast.

Bloggasm interviews litblogger Edward Champion.

Today's 2005 best music lists:

Exclaim! (albums)
Feed Me Good Tunes (albums)
Music For Kids Who Van't Read Good (albums)
MusicEmissions (albums)
Orlando Sun-Sentinel (albums)
Sixshot (rap albums)
Stylus (labels)
Thrasher's Blog (albums)
Time (albums)
Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader (albums)
Zoilus (albums)


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