Saturday, December 30, 2006

20 Albums I Enjoyed in 2006

The following list is not a best-of list, but merely albums(in no particular order) that I enjoyed in 2006. The fact is that there were a tonne of albums in 2006 that I did not have a chance to purchase nor listen to. (If per chance, I were sent promo/free copies of any new albums[nudge, nudge, wink, wink], maybe I would have given more albums a whirl.) Overall, I think I stuck mostly with albums by artists/bands I already liked, although there were several new artists who caught my attention. Most of these artists/bands have been blogged to death(including by myself) so I'll spare you the individual commentary. At the very least, enjoy the multimedia links I've provided below. And as always, any comments are appreciated(even the ones that say my list sucks).

Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time (Sub Pop)

MySpace: Band Of Horses
YouTube: Band of Horses - The Great Salt Lake (music video)

Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat (Team Love)

MySpace: Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins
YouTube: Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins - Run, Devil Run / Big Guns (live on The Late Show with David Letterman - March 21, 2006)

Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Anti-)

MySpace: Neko Case
YouTube: Neko Case - Hold On, Hold On (live on Breakfast With The Arts[A&E])

Pernice Brothers - Live A Little (Ashmont)

MySpace: Pernice Brothers
Audio/Video: Pernice Brothers - Somerville

Beirut - The Gulag Orkestar (Ba Da Bing)

MySpace: Beirut
MP3: Beirut - Postcards From Italy

Built To Spill - You In Reverse (Warner Bros)

MySpace: Built To Spill
YouTube: Built To Spill - Conventional Wisdom (music video)

Angela Desveaux - Wandering Eyes (Thrill Jockey)

MySpace: Angela Desveaux
MP3: Angela Desveaux - Heartbeat
YouTube: Angela Desveaux - Wandering Eyes (music video)

Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country (Merge)

MySpace: Camera Obscura
YouTube: Camera Obscura - If Looks Could Kill (music video)

Belle and Sebastian - The Life Pursuit (Matador)

YouTube: Belle and Sebastian - White Collar Boy (promo video)

Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye (Domino)

MySpace: Junior Boys
MP3: Junior Boys - In The Morning

Lily Allen - Alright, Still (EMI)

MySpace: Lily Allen
YouTube: Lily Allen - Smile (live on Jimmy Kimmel Live - December 5, 2006)

Eux Autres - Hell Is Eux Autres (Grenadine)

MySpace: Eux Autres
MP3: Eux Autres - Ecoutiez Bien

Viva Voce - Get Yr Blood Sucked Out (Barsuk)

MySpace: Viva Voce
E-card: Viva Voce - Get Yr Blood Sucked Out

Rock Plaza Central - Are We Not Horses (indie)

MySpace: Rock Plaza Central
MP3: Rock Plaza Central - My Children, Be Joyful

The Decemberists - The Crane Wife (Capitol)

MySpace: The Decemberists
YouTube: The Decemberists - Yankee Bayonets (live at Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC - November 3, 2006)

The Concretes - In Colour (Astralwerks)

MySpace: The Concretes
YouTube: The Concretes - Chosen One (music video)
Live Session: The Concretes - Minnesota Public Radio - May 15, 2006 (streaming)

Mojave 3 - Puzzles Like You (4AD)

MySpace: Mojave 3
Live Session: Mojave 3 - AOL Music: The Interface

Destroyer - Rubies (Merge)

MySpace: Destroyer
Live Session: Destroyer - CBC Studio 2, Vancouver,BC - April 10, 2006 (streaming)

The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls In America (Vagrant)

MySpace: The Hold Steady
YouTube: The Hold Steady - Chips Ahoy! (music video)

Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That (Source / Arts & Crafts)

MySpace: Phoenix
YouTube: Phoenix - Long Distance (music video)

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