Favorite Albums of 2006

It's almost Christmas. Someone shoot me. End of the year means end-of-the-year-lists. Yay. First up - music.

Here are 10 albums that were released this year and that I keep listening to over and over. I wouldn't dare say these are the best; then I'd be voting in the Grammys. (yeah, like those guys really know what's good - Justin Timberlake nominated for album of the year?!) These are merely what I like.




10. Grizzly Bear
Yellow House

standout tracks: "Knife", "Reprise"

why it's on the list: So I can get some indie cred.
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9. Hot Chip
The Warning

standout tracks: "Colours", "Over and Over"

why it's on the list: They remind me of The Postal Service. The group, not the people in short blue shorts carrying around mail.
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8. The Decemberists
The Crane Wife

standout tracks: "Shankhill Butchers", "The Crane Wife 1 and 2"

why it's on the list: Anybody that makes me look up the dictionary 8 times with their song is OK in my book.
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7. Beirut
Gulag Orkestar

standout tracks: "Mount Wroclai (Idle Days)", "Postcards from Italy"

why it's on the list: Balkan folk music played by an American teenager? Brilliant.
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6. Arctic Monkeys
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

standout tracks: "Mardy Bum", "Fake Tales of San Francisco", "When the Sun Goes Down"

why it's on the list: "Oh there ain't no love, no Montagues or Capulets / Just banging tunes and DJ sets and / Dirty dancefloors and dreams of naughtiness"
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5. Boy Kill Boy
Civilian

standout tracks: "Suzie", "Civil Sin", "On and On"

why it's on the list: The Killers? These guys are so much better. Yeah, I said it.
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4. Muse
Black Holes & Revelations

standout tracks: "Knights of Cydonia", "City of Delusion", "Exo-Politics"

why it's on the list: They deserve to be on here just for "Knights of Cydonia" alone. And the video? Don't even get me started on the genius of that.
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3. Under the Influence of Giants
Under the Influence of Giants

standout tracks: "Mama's Room", "In the Clouds", "Meaningless Love"

why it's on the list: These guys seem like they were born 30 years too late. It's okay guys, disco will come back someday. Until then, this CD will do just fine. Oh, and their bassist looks like Kevin Smith, which makes everything funnier. Just watch their video for "Mama's Room" (warning: scantily-clad women ahead).
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2. Dirty Pretty Things
Waterloo to Anywhere

standout tracks: "Bang Bang You're Dead", "Deadwood", "The Gentry Cove"

why it's on the list: The Libertines - Pete Doherty = this band. Are they still good? Absolutely. Are they better? Arguably.
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1. We Are Scientists
With Love and Squalor

standout tracks: "Inaction", "Can't Lose", "Worth the Wait"

why it's on the list: I'm a sucker for catchy songs. This album has 12 of them. I can listen to it anytime, anywhere, 42 times in a row.
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Now go forth and listen to these excellent albums. They'll make you a better person. They'll change your life.

No wait, that was The Shins.

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