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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Jenny Tatone's Year In Review

Neumu Senior Editor Jenny Tatone writes: There were no major breakthroughs in 2005. The hype machine of 2001 was out of commission. The critics' decade-old wet dream for the next Nirvana remained an unrealized fantasy. The recording industry saw a significant decline in CD sales as more and more music fans added an "i" to their life. Crappy commercial crap continued to find fans in adolescent ignorance. But, as CD sales suggest, not as many. Indie rock found itself increasingly cool on TV and the underground searched for a new hero. Again. MTV made some hits. But more out of "regular" people from "Laguna Beach: The Real OC" than actual musicians. Hip-Hop got less gangsta with artists like Kanye West and Common. But bling prevailed. And 50 Cent stayed alive. Eminem became old (and rich) enough to retire and drop a best-of called Curtain Call: The Hits. Indie mainstay and lyrical genius John Darnielle (AKA The Mountain Goats) released a phenomenally touching album, The Sunset Tree, and poignantly reminded us of the horrors of child abuse. Madonna — sporting feathered bangs and disco moves — gave gay men more reason to dance and reclaimed a lost decade. Again. The Hold Steady finally got long-deserved props with Separation Sunday, a rowdy, rollicking bar-blues album delivered with the spitting intensity of somebody telling you how it really is. The Rolling Stones toured the U.S. and ticket prices at New York's Madison Square Garden surpassed a grand. Thirty-six years ago they played for free at Altamont. With the exception of a new album from '60s folk artist Vashti Bunyan (her first in more than 20 years), the neo-folk movement teetered out. Punky dance beats, old and new (Franz Ferdinand, Gang of Four), continued a hot and sexy dominance. Montreal cooled down with a sub-par album from Broken Social Scene but made a nice offering with Wolf Parade and their jolting Isaac Brock-produced debut Apologies to the Queen Mary, which, like it or not, sounds like Modest Mouse. Neutral Milk Hotel mastermind (and occasional madman) Jeff Mangum disclosed to the world that he is, in fact, still alive by making a pair of surprise appearances, one with Olivia Tremor Control in August and another with Elf Power in November. Legendary guitarist Link Wray, who gave hundreds of punks and metal heads the power chord, died at 76. Antony of Antony and the Johnsons amazed and confused fans with his beautiful and androgynous songbird songs. Fiona Apple became less mad at the world during her brief departure from it and then released a new not-so-angsty album called Extraordinary. Brother-and-sister duo the Fiery Furnaces got weirder by incorporating their grandmother's warbly tales and aged singing into their mournful and perplexing album Rehearsing My Choir. Sleater-Kinney professed undying Led Zeppelin love, taking a left-hand turn into screeching, heavy-as-hell territory with The Woods. Female hip-hop artist M.I.A. showed that model looks coupled with a semi-dangerous third-world background is quite the turn-on. Louis Armstrong shed some tears from heaven alongside thousands of other New Orleans jazz musicians after Hurricane Katrina swept the legendary Big Easy out of existence and into the history books. And President Bush didn't know about any of it.

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