before the gogol-ing on friday, Oline and i had a chance to discuss year end listing. I mentioned that was planning on doing a series of lists to close out 2006 on my freshly ressurected blog. She has already obliged us with her ten most listened to albums of 2006 (regardless of year of release) and I plan on doing the same in the space below, with a small amount of annotation where annotation is due. In the next couple of days my list of favorite books, films, concerts, and perhaps a few other odds and ends. enjoy.
10. Sufjan Stevens Come on Feel the Illinoise! 2005 (asthmatic kitty)
fave track: John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
09. Comets on Fire Blue Cathedral 2004 (subpop)
loud and raucous and messy. My best friend as an undergrad summed up my musical proclivities by those very same three words. not much has changed since then.
08. Islands Return to the Sea 2006 (equator)
an album actually released and purchased in 2006. how cutting edge am I?
07. Beatles (first disc of) White Album 1968 (capitol)
and now to the other end of the timely spectrum. oddly enough it took me 26 years to discover the Beatles. Between Croftie and myself I have now absorbed Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's, and the first half of the White album (because Croftie bought it dirt-cheap used, and missing its second half).
06. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah CYHSY 2005 (self-released)
fave track: In This Home On Ice
05. The Advantage Elf-Titled 2006 (5RC)
because how can one wash away all lingering doubts as to my complete and utter geek-dom than by listening to a california math-rock band cover original Nintendo game songs over and over and over...
fave track/moment: When Castlevania III's "Boss Music" transistions effortlessly into Megaman 2's "Bubble-man theme." Genius.
04. Mastodon Leviathan 2004 (relapse)
i'm such a metal poseur but jesus h. these guys kick ass.
03. Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw 2005 (hydra head)
everything the family of Sigur Ros and Godspeed leave me wanting more of, i.e. darker, louder, even more devastating sound.
02. M.I.A. Arular 2005 (XL)
Bombsy clinched it. Was leaning toward picking this gem up then Bombsy said it was a must. Requested it for X-mas, received it and the rest is history. probably listened to this album twice as much as everyone else on this list up to this point combined. p.s. that link in the first sentence is supposed to go to Bombsy's blog but i can't seem to locate said awesomeness.
fave track(s): every fucking one.
01. Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary 2005 (subpop)
i've listened to this album so much that it has now fused to my d.n.a. Got to see them in concert and learned thay have not one lead singer with remarkable range but 2 lead singers of divergent song-stylings. This was definitely my 2006 Aeroplane Over the Sea.