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January 3, 2006

Shorties

The San Francisco Chronicle lists local road music selections.

RYAN ADAMS "DESIRE" Racing through the neon-lit corridor of massage parlors, sex shops and the shady late-night diners, the singer-songwriter's stark country ballad makes perfect sense: "With no secrets, no obsession/This time I'm speeding with no direction."


In a poll of music fans, 1967 was voted the "greatest year for pop."


J.D. Considine examines the influence of the "quintessential Canadian rock instrument," the violin, in the Globe and Mail.


The Belfast Review recounts the year in pop.


Oliver Wang wonders whether hip hop has lost touch with reality on NPR's Morning Edition.


Jay Is Games lists the 20 best online games of 2005.


Drowned in Sound profiles indie metal label Roadrunner Records.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution profiles a local band, Manchester Orchestra.


Gemma tarlach of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel predicts music's future.


Newsweek covers "yupsters" changing the music industry.

Connoisseurs are crediting "Yupsters"—Yuppie hipsters—for the change. (Need help? Take a look at "The O.C.'s" Seth Cohen, who stocks his Range Rover with Death Cab discs.) For the past decade, indie records sold primarily to obsessives because, without major-label distribution, the music was tough to find. But now a few clicks and an iPod are all it takes for would-be Yupsters to indulge any curiosity. Just ask Metacritic's eighth-ranked act: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. A year ago they were unsigned—and unknown.


Splash Panel lists their top 10 graphic novels of 2005.


Gapers Block lists their Chicago-centric top ten lists.


My favorite t-shirt blog, Preshrunk, is back online.


Today's 2005 best music lists:

NadaMucho (songs)
NPR's Ken Tucker (albums,songs)
This Is What I Do Now (albums)
Worldly Disorientation (albums)


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