Show Post: In House #1522
It's more of the best of 2005 on the show today, focusing on some of the best singles that fit under the moniker "rock & roll." And what a year it was for rock & roll, huh?
Sure, there were disappointments, but for every Hot Hot Heat or Broken Social Scene (come on, just admit it) release that came up short, there were unexpectedly strong efforts from old names like Harvey Danger and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, as well as blindside blasts from heretofore unknowns like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and the Crystal Skulls.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
The underground moved further into the mainstream, it seemed, largely with the help of outlets like NPR, as acts like Sufjan Stevens, Devendra Banhart and Death Cab for Cutie became household names for more than most would have ever thought possible.
Established indie thrived as well, with Spoon, John Vanderslice and the New Pornographers releasing just the latest in their respective strings of wonderful albums.
Elsewhere, Scandinavia further cemented its place as an inordinate hotspot of musical brilliance thanks to folks like Jose Gonzalez and Thomas Denver-Jonsson.
In House #1522.
Focus: Best of 2005: The Rock & Roll Singles.
BONUS MP3s from today's show:
Crystal Skulls: "No Room for Change" (MP3)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: "In This Home On Ice" (MP3)
John Vanderslice: "Exodus Damage" (MP3)
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