Best Songs: 2005 (So Far) : All Songs Considered Halfway through the year and the songs are strong. Newer artists like Bright Eyes and Flotation Toy Warning are pushing the boundaries of new-folk or acoustic art rock.
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Best Songs: 2005 (So Far)

Best Songs: 2005 (So Far)

Best Songs: 2005 (So Far)

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Halfway through the year and the songs are strong. Newer artists like Bright Eyes and Flotation Toy Warning are pushing the boundaries of new-folk or acoustic art rock, while veterans like Bruce Springsteen return to their roots. Before the summer slips by and fall accelerates into winter, we offer this show as a chance to catch up on the great sounds of 2005 (so far).

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Best Songs: 2005 (So Far)

Digital Ash in a Digital Urn

Easy/Lucky/Free

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Easy/Lucky/Free

  • from Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
  • by Bright Eyes

This song originally appeared in our preview of 2005 releases. It's from the album Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, one of two new CDs from Nebraska's experimental folk artists. Bright Eyes later debuted as All Songs Considered's first performer in this year's new live concert series.

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Transistor Radio

Sweethearts on Parade

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Sweethearts on Parade

  • from Transistor Radio
  • by M. Ward

Also from the 2005 music preview, this is the follow-up to M. Ward's beautifully haunting 2004 release Transfiguration of Vincent.

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Picaresque

The Infanta

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The Infanta

  • from Picaresque
  • by The Decemberists

The Decemberists are a five-piece Portland band that crafts whimsical story songs steeped in history. The band's name comes from the Decembrists, Russian revolutionaries who led an unsuccessful uprising against the czar in 1825. This was originally featured on Episode 78.

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Devils and Dust

Maria's Bed

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Maria's Bed

  • from Devils & Dust
  • by Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen released this beautifully-crafted collection of mostly acoustic songs in April. Recorded without the E Street Band, Springsteen returns to a sound reminiscent of his earliest work.

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Iron Flowers

Bohemian Rhapsody

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Bohemian Rhapsody

  • from Iron Flowers
  • by Grey DeLisle

Grey DeLisle was the voice of Daphne in a direct-to-DVD cartoon movie of Scooby-Doo. She's also a singer with a haunting voice on this inventive cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." It originally appeared on All Songs Considered episode 84.

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Gimme Fiction

I Turn My Camera On

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I Turn My Camera On

  • from Gimme Fiction [Bonus CD]
  • by Spoon

Spoon first formed in Austin, Texas in 1994. On their fifth and arguably best CD, the band takes a creative leap with an artfully crafted collection of ambitious pop.

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Come On Feel the Illinoise

John Wayne Gacy, Jr.

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John Wayne Gacy, Jr.

  • from Illinois
  • by Sufjan Stevens

Before becoming a favorite among art pop fans, Sufjan Stevens was first featured on All Songs Considered's Open Mic. This CD, due out in July, is part of an ambitious series of albums Stevens is composing on all 50 U.S. states.

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Bluffer's Guide to the Flight Deck

Fire Engine on Fire Pt. 1

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Fire Engine on Fire Pt. 1

  • from Bluffer's Guide to the Flight Deck
  • by Flotation Toy Warning

The music is as mysterious as the group's history. The band, which clearly likes a good tale, claims frontman Donald Drusky was a former test pilot who met drummer Don LeCannes at the unveiling of his latest invention: some sort of instrument called a stair horn. LeCannes introduced Dusky to a rival inventor, Magnesi Rich, who was "translating Chinese wind shapes" with Benedict Maidsaver and Victoria Vest. The five met for dinner and, as the story goes, "discovered a common interest in astrophonics" and decided to form a band!

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Everything Ends: Music from the HBO Original Series Six Feet Under, Vol. 2

Cold Wind

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Cold Wind

  • from Six Feet Under, Vol. 2: Everything Ends
  • by Original TV Soundtrack

Arcade Fire wrote this new single specifically for the HBO TV show "Six Feet Under." It appears on this new collection along with several other new songs written for the show by artists like Jem and Interpol.

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