Wow, you guys love Merge Records. The response to the Merge contest has been overwhelming, and your lists look great. It's going to be tough to decide on a winner...but you can still enter here, if you are so inclined.
And now, a few tracks from my most anticipated releases of 2006:
Joanna Newsom Emily (live) mp3
Gnarls Barkley Untitled mp3
The Polyphonic Spree Round (live) mp3
The other upcoming releases I'm awaiting with bated breath (whatever that means) include TV On The Radio, The Shins, St. Vincent, Voxtrot, The Raconteurs, The Knife, Birdmonster, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, SOUND team, and probably a whole bunch more that I'm forgetting. I didn't include Arcade Fire because I honestly don't think we'll see a release from them this year.