This marks the 11th Consecutive Year in which The Toaster Talks editorial staff has compiled a Best of list in music. As one would expect, our taste in music has seen a slow, sinuous evolution through genres, dabbling in pop-punk, with a nibble out of the punkin pie itself; industrial rock -- we were young and impressionable; the vast realms of "alternative," which we all still refuse to define; and our musical bodies have since undegrad been immersed in the public swimming pool that is indie.
So get up on the high dive and plunge yourself headfirst into The Toaster Talks' best songs of 2005.
[Note: Due to limited space, the List will be uploaded in daily five-song spurts and will be available for two days only.]
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The Cloud Room | "Hey Now Now" | The Cloud Room
Who knew that adding “now now” to the end of every line could be so catchy? And though I haven’t heard anything else on the album, this one’s good enough to kick us into the Top Thirty.
Band site: http://www.thecloudroom.com
Buy The Cloud Room
:: 29 ::
Kate Miller-Heidke | "Space They Cannot Touch" | Telegram
Kate Miller-Heidke is known in her native Australia as a classically trained and highly honored opera singer
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Southeast Engine | "Coming to Terms With Gravity" | Coming to Terms With Gravity
“Oh great, Toaster! Another band from
Band Site: http://www.southeastengine.com
“It’s hard making any sense. But you swear that you will. You’re just trying to kill the gravity that always weighs you down.”
Buy Coming to Terms With Gravity
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The Hold Steady | "Your Little Hoodrat Friend" | Separation Sunday
Being introduced to The Hold Steady may have been one of the happiest musical treasures of the year for the Toaster crew. While this track might be the most polished The Hold Steady has ever recorded (e.g., a woman, harmony, hooks everywhere), it perfectly captures why this band is good for you -- whether you’re happy, sad, drunk or pregnant. Hint: Turn this one into a sing-along!Band site: www.theholdsteady.com
Buy Separation Sunday
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Sufjan Stevens | "Casimir Pulaski Day" | Illinois
The saddest song of the year to feature a banjo, a trumpet solo and overt religious references. Bravo.
“All the glory when He took our place, but He took my shoulders, and He shook my face, and He takes, and He takes, and He takes.”