best albums of 2006?

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    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.
     


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    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
     


  5. Manny Calavera

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    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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    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

    I agree with you, in fact. Many of the demos blow away the album versions and many of my faves didn't make the album. But the album still blows away most of the other crap out there this year. And the live show....wow
     


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    Corrine Bailey Rae.

    Self titled debut.

    Awesome stuff from a gal out of Britain who can really do old school R&B
     


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    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



    Someone's a DC kid...
     


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    I can't think of one great album this year. Unfortunately. And I have heard over 100 given one of my best friends is a music reviewer. many of the above I would classify as "mediocre" to good at best. Just MO.
     


  10. Manny Calavera

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    I can't think of one great album this year. Unfortunately. And I have heard over 100 given one of my best friends is a music reviewer. many of the above I would classify as "mediocre" to good at best. Just MO.

    Heh, that's odd. I write about music also and I thought this year was an astounding year for music. Besides the disappointments (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Flamings Lips, anything Bob Pollard touches), this has been the best year for music in quite a long time.

    And whodini: yeah. [​IMG] I went to a lot of great out of town performances this year, but I'm really biased towards Black Cat. Such a fun venue.
     


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    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Heh, that's odd. I write about music also and I thought this year was an astounding year for music. Besides the disappointments (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Flamings Lips, anything Bob Pollard touches), this has been the best year for music in quite a long time. And whodini: yeah. [​IMG] I went to a lot of great out of town performances this year, but I'm really biased towards Black Cat. Such a fun venue.
    Black Cat is just a very welcomed addition to the DC scene.
     


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    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.

    b



    I 2nd that.. I have also had the red hot chilli peppers, stadium arcadium, in my car's cd changer since it came out.
     


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    Boris: Dronevil Final
    Boris: Pink
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    Sunn O))): White Box


    Good call on these; in fact, the collaborative album -- Altar -- between Sunn O))) and Boris should have made my top 10 list for the year.

    I saw Sunn O))) live last month, and it was probably the best show I've ever seen. One chord at 160dB lasting for 90 minutes. Awesome.
     


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    I have to give this one to Gnarls Barkley with St. Elsewhere. What an amazing and listenable album. I also loved Regina Spektor's Begin to Hope.
     


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    Asobi Seksu's Citrus gets my vote.

    I have to say I was hugely disappointed by the Raconteurs as well. I'm not a big Jack White fan, but I dig Benson, and the Greenhornes... this album was just shite.

    Oh yah, and really good albums this year from Mando Diao, Sloan, Black Angels, You Am I, Blue Van, umm... forget who else.
     


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