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best albums of 2006?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by bkrstic, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. bkrstic

    bkrstic Senior member

    Jun 26, 2006
    well the end of the year is coming close and i'm sure that a few people here have found some great records in 2006, and it'll be interesting to see the musical tastes of everybody here...

    my list (in order)

    1. ¡Forward, Russia! - Give Me a Wall
    2. Hot Chip - The Warning
    3. Mew - And The Glass Handed Kites
    4. The Thermals - The Body The Blood The Machine (went to the cd release party... got hutch's setlist)
    5. Sereena Maneesh - Sereena Maneesh
    6. Morrissey - Ringleader of the Tormentors (not that incredible but i'm a huge moz/smiths fan)
    7. Oppenheimer - Oppenheimer
    8. Ratatat - Classics
    9. Secret Machines - Ten Silver Drops
    10. Prototypes - Prototypes

  2. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Pennsylvania Ave/Connecticut Ave
    Talk to LaBomb - Brazilian Girls
  3. vanity

    vanity Senior member

    Nov 28, 2006
    The Killers - Sam's Town
    Global Underground: Dubai (Sharam)
  4. scnupe7

    scnupe7 Senior member

    Mar 19, 2002
    Washington, DC
    The Roots: Game Theory
  5. Joel_Cairo

    Joel_Cairo Senior member

    Jul 24, 2006
    Cambridge, MA
    if you guys don't mind a plug, my best friend's band, Jaguar Club of NYC, just released an EP last week. Kinda early R.E.M. with a streetwise Smiths feel. You can hear it here. Also, they are of course on myspace.
  6. romafan

    romafan Senior member

    Nov 30, 2004
    I feel old [​IMG]

    It's really a reissue, but I'll nominate this new one from Norton Records:

    THEE MIDNITERS - IN THEE MIDNITE HOUR!!!! (Whittier Blvd / Jump, Jive And Harmonize / Gloria / Love Special Delivery / I Found A Peanut / Welcome Home Darling / Land Of A Thousand Dances / Everybody Needs Somebody To Love / Never Knew I Had It So Bad / Empty Heart / Hey Little Girl (previously unissued) / Looking Out A Window / Money / Thee Midnite Feeling / Down Whittier Blvd (Godfrey vocal) CD adds Down Whittier Blvd / Devil With A Blue Dress / Good Golly Miss Molly / Dragon-Fly / Do You Love Me Pounding East LA rock n' roll! Original Whittier recordings of this legendary group's mid sixties stompers, collected together in one mad set for the first time! NO BALLADS!! Killer after killer of loud, tense, massively attitudinal teenage howlers- prime cut slammers that ram the Stones into a hot, crowded bullpen wearing long red capes and little else! For the first time, the universe outside East LA can dig the majestic slam of THEE MIDNITERS! Instant party never had it so good!
  7. rdawson808

    rdawson808 Senior member

    Feb 22, 2005
    The Capital
    I'm not sure of too many but

    Lupe Fiasco's Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquor

    is pretty damned good. Certainly in a top ten of someone's I would think.

  8. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan Senior member

    Aug 18, 2006
    McAnally Flats
    Before radio/Clear Channel played "Crazy" approximately 50 times per day. I thought Gnarls Barkley's St. Elsewhere was really good. Johnny Cash's America V was good if you were in a certain mood to hear an old famous guy contemplate his impending death. I thought Sam's Town was a bit of a letdown.
  9. metkirk

    metkirk Senior member

    Apr 23, 2006
    It's funny that I know none of the songs you guys posted here, I guess I gotta listen to some more current music.
  10. mistahlee

    mistahlee Senior member

    Aug 20, 2003
    Florida, U.S.A.
    New Joc City - Yung Joc
  11. MCsommerreid

    MCsommerreid Senior member

    Oct 16, 2006
    Oakland, California
    It's funny that I know none of the songs you guys posted here, I guess I gotta listen to some more current music.

    I thought I was well up on my current music, and half this stuff is unknown to me.

    Far as my top album for 2006 it would either be Soft Machine by Teddybears, or Amputechture by The Mars Volta.
  12. scnupe7

    scnupe7 Senior member

    Mar 19, 2002
    Washington, DC
    New Joc City - Yung Joc

    Surely you jest!!! [​IMG]
  13. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan Senior member

    Aug 18, 2006
    McAnally Flats
  14. VMan

    VMan Senior member

    Feb 26, 2003
    Some of the 2006 albums I liked:

    Swan Lake - Beast Moans
    Tapes & Tapes - The Loon
    TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
    The Superimposers - Missing
    Sparklehorse - Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain
    The Roots - Game Theory
    The Rapture - Pieces Of The People We Love (though a little more mainstream/scene than I would have liked)
    My Brightest Diamond - Bring Me the Workhorse
    Murder by Death - In Bocca Al Lupo
    Lone Wolf & Cub - Wonder, Is Ground On Frost?
    K Def - Willie Boo Boo "The Fool"
    Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
    Joanna Newsom - Ys
    Islands - Return to the Sea
    The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls In America
    Hi Tek - Hi-Teknology 2: The Chip
    Goldfrapp - We Are Glitter
    Girl Talk - Night Ripper (Definitely in my top 3)
    Ghostface Killah - Fishscale
    Dieselboy - The Human Resource
    Darkel - Darkel
    Cut Chemist - The Audience's Listening
    Cold War Kids - Robbers and Cowards
    Cat Power - The Greatest
    Califone - Roots & Crowns
    Beach House - Beach House
    The Ballet - mattachie!
    Architecture In Helsinki - We Died, They Remixed
    rinôçÃ[​IMG]rôse - rinôçÃ[​IMG]rôse


    Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
    The Shins - Wincing the Night Away
    Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity

    are all good, but will not come out until some time in 2007.
  15. trogdor

    trogdor Senior member

    Feb 15, 2005
    The People's Republic of Cork
    This year has seen a glut of wicked records; I've felt like a fat kid in a candy store over the last 12 months. I'm gonna restrict myself to my top 10

    Clark -- Body Riddle/Throttle Clarence
    Wolves in the Throne Room -- Diadem of 12 Stars
    Venetian Snares -- Cavalcade of Glee and Dadaist Happy Hardcore Pom Poms
    Napalm Death -- Smear Campaign
    Rosesdead -- Stages
    Future beats 06 Mixed by Gremlinz
    Sikth -- Death of a Dead Day
    Skream -- Skream!
    Amit -- Never Ending
    Boxcutter -- Oneiric
  16. vanity

    vanity Senior member

    Nov 28, 2006
  17. shoreman1782

    shoreman1782 Senior member

    Jul 29, 2004
    Still 1/12th of the year left!

    This would probably get more views in the entertainment section.

    1. Hold Steady -- Boys and Girls in America. I loved Separation Sunday when it came out, and this drops some of the forced-theme of that one, which maybe tried too hard. Best song: Massive Nights.

    2. Mountain Goats -- Baylon Springs (e.p.). Their album this year was kind of a downer, but this e.p. makes the list on the strength of "Alibi."

    3. Thermals -- The Body, the Blood, the Machine. Rockin! Political! But not immature! Some of it is kind of same-y, but you could call that coherence!

    4. Hot Chip -- The Warning. Though I admit I really didn't get it until I saw them live. Which means it's probably not a great album.

    5. Man Man -- Six Demon Bag. Crazy good. As in crazy, and good.

    Here's where I start betraying my objectivity with albums I wanted to like (and did! and did!)
    6. Phoenix -- It's Never Been Like That. Not as good as I'd hoped, but still better than a lot of crap.

    7. The Lemonheads -- The Lemonheads. Seriously. It's good. The band behind Dando is the guys from the Descendents, and J Mascis shreds on a few tracks. Liking it makes me feel old, not only because Evan Dando is old, but this really is an adult album alternative kind of album, and I'm sad that it appeals to me.

    Hon mentions. Haven't really had a chance to sink my teeth into Tom Waits new one. Only recently, after listening to the Lon Gisland thing, did I start to get Beirut (only six months late on teh coolness!). I think the Long Winters album, Putting the Days to Bed, was really underrated. I thought the Rapture album was great. I really like the Elvis Perkins album I have, but I'm not sure when it came out/comes out. I have a soft spot for any Guster/Twilight Singers/Radiohead-related/ album. MMJ's Okonokos is pretty fricking amazing, but it's a live album. The reissue of Wowee Zowee is awesome, but similarly disqualified. I'm sure I've forgotten something.

    Disappointments: Raconteurs (I like everything Brendan Benson and Jack White have done separately more than this). Pernice Brothers (meh). Tapes n' Tapes (everyone told me this was awesome). Decemberists (just wasn't in the mood). Beck (same). TVOTR (liked this a lot when it came out. Very fresh. But I haven't listened to it much lately). Rhett Miller (too treacly). No hip hop really grabbed me this year. Sorry.
  18. Stax

    Stax Senior member

    May 31, 2006
    Bay Area
  19. bkrstic

    bkrstic Senior member

    Jun 26, 2006
    that album was somewhat of a disappointment, having had all the earlier demos for a long time i was really expecting something more, but their live show....wow
  20. Manny Calavera

    Manny Calavera Senior member

    Apr 15, 2006
    New York
    I'm going to include re-issues and list a vast amount of albums because I deserve to (pairing it down from 1,000+ takes some effort):

    American Primitive Vol. II: Pre-War Revenants
    Animal Collective: Hollinndagain
    Asobi Seksu: Citrus
    Band of Horses: Everything All the Time
    Barbara Morgenstern: The Grass Is Always Greener
    Beach Boys: Pet Sounds 40th Anniversary Edition
    The Beatles: Love
    Beirut: Gulag Orkestar
    Belle & Sebastian: The Life Pursuit
    Belong: October Language
    Bert Jansch: The Black Swan
    Be Your Own Pet
    Bonnie "Prince" Billy: The Letting Go
    Booka Shade: Movements
    Boris: Dronevil Final
    Boris: Pink
    Califone: Roots & Crowns
    Chihei Hatakeyama: Minima Moralia
    Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury
    Clogs: Lantern
    Danielson: Ships
    David Thomas Broughton: The Complete Guide to Insufficiency
    The Decemberists: The Crane Wife
    Destroyer: Destroyer's Rubies
    DJ Drama & Lil Wayne: Dedication 2
    Dust-to-Digital (The Entire 2006 Catalogue)
    Ellen Allien & Apparat: Orchestra of Bubbles
    El Perro Del Mar
    Final Fantasy: He Poos Clouds
    Flying Canyon
    Fujiya & Miyagi: Transparent Things
    Ghostface Killah: Fishscale
    Girl Talk: Night Ripper
    Gregor Samsa: 55:12
    Grizzly Bear: Yellow House
    Herbert: Scale
    His Name Is Alive: Detrola
    The Hold Steady: Boys and Girls in America
    Isis: In the Absence of Truth
    Islands: Return to the Sea
    Isolee: Western Store
    Jesu: Silver
    Joanna Newsom: Ys
    Johnny Cash: American V
    Jukebox Buddha
    Junior Boys: So This Is Goodbye
    Keith Fullerton Whitman: Lisbon
    Klaxons: Xan Valleys
    The Knife: Silent Shout
    Liars: Drum's Not Dead
    Lindstrom: It's A Feedelity Affair
    Lupe Fiasco: Food & Liquor
    Malajube: Trompe L'oeil
    Man Man: Six Demon Bag
    Mastodon: Blood Mountain
    Matmos: The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast
    Max Richter: Songs From Before
    Mew: And the Glass Handed Kites
    Miles Davis: The Cellar Door Sessions 1970
    My Brightest Diamond: Bring Me the Workhorse
    Mylo: Destroy Rock & Roll
    Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
    Nomo: New Tones
    Numero Group (The Entire 2006 Catalog)
    Peter Bjorn & John: Writer's Block
    R. Keenan Lawler: Music for Bluegrass States
    Scott Walker: The Drift
    Serena Maneesh
    Shogun Kunitoki: Tasankokaiku
    Sparklehorse: Dreamt For Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
    Sunn O))): White Box
    Sunset Rubdown: Shut Up I Am Dreaming
    Swan Lake: Beast Moans
    Talkdemonic: Beat Romantic
    Tapes 'n Tapes: The Loon
    Tim Hecker: Harmony in Ultraviolet
    TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain
    Various: The World Is Gone
    Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas
    Wolves In the Throne Room: Diadem of 12 Stars
    Xiu Xiu: The Air Force
    Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

    I'm missing a lot of electronic, I know, but it becomes redundant after a while (Villalobos, Villalobos, Villalobos). The albums in bold are my top 10, with Return to Cookie Mountain reigning as my favorite of the year (even though we saw a re-release of my favorite album ever, Pet Sounds). The White Box, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Air Force, Scott Walker, Talkdemonic, etc. would have all made my top 10 on a different day.

    Top Three Performances of the Year:

    1. Jens Lekman w/ Beirut at The Bowery Ballroom
    2. Wolf Parade at The Black Cat
    3. TV on the Radio at 9:30 Club

    My artist of the year is hands-down Spencer Krug. From the amazing Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown shows to the Sunset Rubdown and Swan Lake albums the guy could do no wrong. He's hyper-talented.

    2006 was a great year for music, both mainstream and indie. Probably the best since 99-2000. Next year is going to be even better though, what with the Animal Collective flood, hopefully a new Sufjan and all the mini-goodies Souther Lord is putting out now that they have money. [​IMG]

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