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Sun, Dec. 17th, 2006, 04:15 pm
Picks for 2006

Haven't posted in forever, and I have no excuses why. Anyhow, the Scratch cohort has put together their best-of lists for 2006 (a lot haven't been posted yet) and they can be found here. I don't have much to say about my list except that it is likely too long, and i'll probably have forgotten about some of these records by this time next year (especially #s 20-30). I'd say a lot of the reissues that came out in 2006 were more exciting than the new releases and i'm not sure if that's an indication of really great labels reissuing awesome stuff (like SoulJazz and Water) or if it's just a sad sign of the state of modern music. If I made this list a month from now the Jarvis Cocker solo record might even be higher on the list.

Picks for 2006

Best Albums:
1. TV on the Radio – Return From Cookie Mountain
2. Destroyer – Rubies
3. Grizzly Bear – Yellow House
4. M. Ward – Post War
5. Wooden Wand & the Sky High Band – Second Attention / Gypsy Freedom
6. Jarvis Cocker – S/T
7. Bonnie Prince Billy – The Letting Go
8. Young Knives – Voices of Animal and Men
9. Band of Horses – Everything All the Time
10. Dirty Pretty Things – Waterloo to Anywhere
11. Akron/Family – Meek Warrior
12. Psychic Ills – Dins
13. Beach House – S/T
14. Bob Dylan – Modern Times
15. Bobby Bare Jr. – The Longest Meow
16. J Dilla – Donuts / Shining
17. Neil Young – Living With War
18. Futureheads – News & Tributes
19. White Magic - Dat Rosa Mel Apibus
20. Country Teasers – Empire Strikes Back
21. Liars – Drums Not Dead
22. Ariel Pink – House Arrest
23. Black Angels – Passover
24. Flying Canyon – S/T
25. Sparks – Hello Young Lovers
26. Mogwai – Mr. Beast / Zidane OST
27. Loose Fur – Born Again in the USA
28. Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out of this Country
29. Tapes ‘n Tapes – The Loon
30. Clipse – Hell Hath No Fury

Reissues/Compilations/Live Records etc…:
• Pulp Reissues – Different Class / His n’ Hers/ This is Hardcore / Peel Sessions
• Pavement – Wowee Zowee
• V/A – Tropicalia: A Revolution in Sound
• V/A – London is the Place For Me Vol. 4
• Josef K – Entomology
• Wire Reissues – 154 / Chairs Missing / Pink Flag
• Cul De Sac – Mice
• Lucio Battisti – Amore E Non Amore (and anything else that came out on the Water label).
• My Morning Jacket – Okonokos
• David Crosby – If I Could Only Remember My Name
• John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers – Hard Road / w/ Eric Clapton reissues
• P.I.L – Metal Box reissue
• This Heat Boxset
• Billy Bragg – Boxset Vol. 1
• Os Mutantes Re-releases

Best Shows:
Bonnie Prince Billy @ St. James Hall (2nd Night) 11/10/2006
TV on the Radio / Grizzly Bear @ Commodore Ballroom 10/03/2006
M. Ward @ the Plaza 09/01/2006
Billy Bragg @ the Commodore Ballroom 09/29/2006
The Buzzcocks @ the Red Room 07/30/06
Animal Collective @ Commodore Ballroom, 3/01/06
Bob Dylan @ Pacific Coliseum 10/11/2006
Charlatans @ Commodore Ballroom 06/03/2006
Akron/Family @ the Media Club 03/04/2006
Silver Jews @ Richards 09/06/2006

I'm going to write a real post in the coming week, discussing the greatness of the Pulp reissues, my attendance at the Rolling Stones show etc.......

Mon, Dec. 18th, 2006 06:29 am (UTC)
racan

Yay Jarvis!