One of my favorite EPs of 2005 (or does 7 songs constitute a mini-album?) was The Dutchman's Gold, the debut from LA band The Brokedown. Although a lot of bands have both power pop and alt-country influences, they managed to create a fairly unique sound of their own that draws from the best of both. They cite Big Star, ELO, The Byrds, Rolling Stones, Wilco, Flying Burrito Bros. as influences, with good reason.
And now they've just put a new track on their myspace page, titled "Baby On My Arm", which sounds just as nice (despite the rough demo mix) as the tracks on The Dutchman's Gold. Listening to it as I type, I'm reminded of "nothingsevergonnastandinmyway(again)" from Wilco's Summerteeth. Do yourself a favor and check out the new one over there, as well as three that are streaming from the EP. Or just grab one or both of these mp3s courtesy of their official site:
Down In The Valley
Don't miss out on these guys.