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The best music of 2006

This year, I decided to try a mix cd instead of a best of list.
I’ve put it up for download via bittorrent. Here is a mirror of the torrent file, since I can't currently get to mininova.org myself.
Here is the tracklist. Posting comments about the songs and albums shortly.

01 - Cold War Kids - We Used To Vacation.mp3
02 - The Essex Green - Don’t Know Why (You Stay).mp3
03 - The Black Angels - bloodhounds on my trail.mp3
04 - The Starlight Mints - Eyes Of The Night.mp3
05 - Ghostland Observatory - Vibrate.mp3
06 - The Decemberists - Sons And Daughters.mp3
07 - Beck - Cellphone’s Dead.mp3
08 - Say Hi To Your Mom - Blah Blah Blah.mp3
09 - M.Ward - Chinese Translation.mp3
10 - Band of Horses - Weed Party.mp3
11 - Belle and Sebastian - sukie in the graveyard.mp3
12 - Yo La Tengo - Black Flowers.mp3
13 - Common Market - Connect For.mp3
14 - Calexico - Deep Down.mp3
15 - TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me.mp3
16 - Voxtrot - Rise Up in the Dirt.mp3
17 - The Hold Steady - Massive Nights.mp3
18 - Pablo - Half the Time.mp3
19 - Tom Waits - Long Way Home.mp3


Cold War Kids
Robbers and Cowards
We Used To Vacation

Cold War Kids is one of many bands I found through KEXP this year. If anything is a driving force in my music tastes, it's that radio station. I bought their album on a whim while shopping for new music and loved what I found. It's gritty, aggressive and demands my attention.

The Essex Green
Cannibal Sea
Don’t Know Why (You Stay)

I'm still really getting into the Essex Green, but this song caught my attention.

The Black Angels
Passover
Bloodhounds on my Trail

The Black Angels have nailed the drony/postrock sound like no other band out there. They remind me of the Doors. Other people have championed this band more than I have, but that doesn't stop me from loving their album.

The Starlight Mints
Drowaton
Eyes Of The Night

The Starlight Mints released my favorite album this year. Every album they release gets better and better, and I have no idea why more people don't pay attention to them. Plus, they are amazing live.

Ghostland Observatory
Paparazzi Lightning
Vibrate

Another KEXP band right here. I fell in love with their funky electronic sound when they exploded onto the scene, and their album has held up to several listens plus I got to see them live a couple months ago, too. Fun band.

The Decemberists
The Crane Wife
Sons And Daughters

Another strong album by the Decemberists this year. I liked this song in particular because of the round style that takes place in it.

Beck
The Information
Cellphone’s Dead

Beck's best album since Midnight Vultures. Funky, electronic, dancable, brilliant. How is Beck still doing it?

Say Hi To Your Mom
Impeccable Blahs
Blah Blah Blah

I found this album because of my job at the Seattle Weekly. They do these CD giveaways occasionally and I try to grab anything that sounds remotely interesting. This album is about vampires, but not the creepy goth kind.

M.Ward
Post War
Chinese Translation

M.Ward has some amazing songwriting going on. The album is a little quieter than most of the stuff I like, but excellent regardless.

Band of Horses
Everything All The Time
Weed Party

The breakout Seattle band of the year. Amazing album, great live show, fun music. If you don't know who these guys are yet, you are missing out.

Belle and Sebastian
The Life Pursuit
Sukie in the Graveyard

Belle and Sebastian has always been a fairly consistent band. Amazing album after amazing album, it's good to see they can still make music that is new and interesting. The new album is more bouncy and happy then some of the "sad bastard music" they've done in the past.

Yo La Tengo
I am not afraid of you and I will beat your ass
Black Flowers

Yo La Tengo made another great record. This one is solid all the way through, which is good because with a title like "I am not afraid of you and I will beat your ass", the album HAS to be good.

Common Market
Live at KEXP: Volume Two
Connect For

This track is getting two birds with one stone. Common Market released a great album this year which is filled with songs I could have put up here, but then KEXP released this compilation of live music which this awesome version of this song, too. Volume two might of had some crossover with the podcast of the day, but it's got so many strong tracks that it's worth it.

Calexico
Garden Ruin
Deep Down

Last year, Calexico did a ep with Iron and Wine with was amazing. Then earlier this year, they released this album with is also amazing. It's so good, I don't have enough vocab to describe it!

TV on the Radio
Return to Cookie Mountain
Wolf Like Me

An end of the year discovery for me. I downloaded this album because everyone was adding it to their best of lists. I was to listen to it more, but I like what I heard so far.

Voxtrot
Mothers, Sisters, Daughters and Wives
Rise Up in the Dirt

Voxtrot is a Austin band that has been releasing several eps over the course of the year instead of releasing an album. This ep is my favorite of theirs and this song keeps getting stuck in my head.

The Hold Steady
Boys and Girls in America
Massive Nights

This album feels more like a collection of hit singles than an actual album, but not like that's a bad thing. They like to turn on the rock a bit.

Pablo
Half the Time
Half the Time

Another KEXP band, but their album I actually found at the Seattle Weekly as well. I'm going to see them like on Dec 30th, too! Color me excited. This song is so pretty, it makes me well up a little bit.

Tom Waits
Orphans
Long Way Home

Finally, Tom Waits wraps up the mix with a lovely song from the second disc of three disc 'Orphans' release this year.

Some honorable mentions:
Lady Sovereign - Public Warning
Lily Allen - Alright, Still...
The Trucks - The Trucks
Jel - Soft Money
The Black Heart Procession - The Spell
Drive-By Truckers - A Blessing and A Curse
The Knife - Silent Shout
Murs - Murray's Revenge
Sufjan Stevens = The Avalanche

Some disappointments:
The Streets - The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living
The Flaming Lips - At War with the Mystics

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( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
groovetini
Dec. 26th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
w00t for common market!
patrick
Dec. 26th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
Seriously, Common Market had a very strong album. That version of Connect For is from the Live at KEXP Volume Two.
groovetini
Dec. 26th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
sweet, now.... why the hell isn't this thing downloading. And yes, I do know how to torrent, it's sitting next to 2 running torrents.
patrick
Dec. 26th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
Your client could be queuing you behind other torrents. My client could be queuing you behind other downloaders. I currently see 6 leachers, but I'm only uploading to two right now. As more people download, it should start.

Maybe try refreshing the tracker, too.
groovetini
Dec. 26th, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
hmm... I'm seeing the seeder, you. But still, I'm stuck at zilch!
patrick
Dec. 27th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
Hmm. It's hard to say what could be the problem. I'm seeding to others just fine.
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patrick
Dec. 27th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
I've been casually watching the number of seeds and leechers off and on and I saw a high point of 20 seeds.
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