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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

best/so far

2006 is just slightly more than half over, and it has already been an exceptional year for new music. Out of sheer curiousity, I asked some of my favorite musicians/bloggers/people to name their favorite albums of 2006 so far. Of course, most of them pretended they didn't hear me, but a few were nice enough to answer, and here are the results: (I included my choice at the end of the post, hopefully the above photo doesn't give it away)

Matt from You Ain't No Picasso:
  • Starlight Mints--Drowaton
    "When I first heard the Starlight Mints' new album, Drowaton, back in February, I proclaimed to my friends that I had just heard the best album of 2006; I'm still waiting to be proven wrong. With Drowaton, the Mints have again shown themselves to be not only fantastic songwriters, but also composers. The string compositions on "Seventeen Devils" alone are enough to warrant Allan Vest's inclusion into the Independent Music Hall Of Fame. You know, when they eventually get around to starting one."

    Starlight Mints Inside of Me mp3

Aziz Ansari (comedian, all-around badass):

John Vanderslice (songwriter, superfan, genius):
  • Thom Yorke--The Eraser
    "i am a superfan of everything that comes out of the radiohead camp (save for the last few EPs). in the past few years, jonny greenwood's bodysong has had a huge impact on me, as well as hail to the thief.

    the eraser is FILLED with rhythmic and harmonic ideas. we have referenced it many times in the studio while starting the new jv record."

Annie Clark of St. Vincent & The Polyphonic Spree:
  • Gnarls Barkley--St. Elsewhere
    "It's the illest."

Josh Grier, frontman of Tapes 'n Tapes:
  • Destroyer--Destroyer's Rubies
    "so far i think i'm going to have to go with rubies by destroyer. there are a couple of other records that i need to listen to more, though (danielson and the liars). rubies is just so fucking good (melodies and lyrics...the double threat)."

Matthew Perpetua of Fluxblog:
  • Marit Larsen--Under The Surface
    "Picking a favorite song on Under The Surface is virtually impossible for me, though I could probably single out my least favorite. But even that track is pretty fantastic, all told. Talking about "exquisite songcraft" is usually a great way to convince someone that an album is dull and drab, but it's really an accurate description of this music, which overflows with potent emotion while sounding like it was made with a Pop Machine with its dials all set to PERFECTION. There are sweeping fairy tale ballads, ABBA-ish singalongs, Scandinavian approximations of country and bluegrass. It's just astonishing, and I don't think I'll ever get sick of it."

Ryan from Muzzle of Bees:
  • TV On The Radio--Return To Cookie Mountain
    "The title of this record is just about the only thing that I don't love about it. While it hasn't been officially released it's been far and away the record I've turned to the most thus far in 2006. There have been some amazing albums this year, with a bunch more on the way, but I can say confidently that TV of the Radio went ahead and made a record that I can't live without. Now if I could just get them to make a tour stop in Madison."

Bill Baird, bassist/sparkplug for Sound Team:
  • Brian Eno & David Byrne--My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
    "my fave of the year thus far would have to be the reissue of brian eno and david byrne's "my life in the bush of ghosts." i know that's kind of a cop-out, since the album came out in '81, but a big to-do was made about this album's re-release (new mixes, additional tracks, etc), so it feels like it could possibly qualify. it was probably one of my favorites before it got re-released."
  • "new new" album: TV on the Radio--Return to Cookie Mountain
    "they've been performing lately with antibalas, which sounds like a mind-blowing, hair-drying combo. a genuinely new type of music, solidly grounded in well-established american music traditions. these guys are making about the most original stuff out there."
  • Local Release: Peter & the Wolf--Experiments in Junk

David Gutowski of Largehearted Boy:
  • Casey Dienel--Wind-Up Canary
    "This is the year's most refreshing album to me."

    Casey Dienel Doctor Monroe mp3

Lovefoxxx, singer for Cansei De Ser Sexy:
  • The Gossip--Standing in the Way of Control
    "This is easy for me! It is so tight and HUGE! Beth sounds like a Diva and the guitar/bass are souding just the way I love...Sometimes I feel that all the songs are like a remix by MSTRKRFT, which is, of course, a great thing. I like that sometimes Beth screams so much it feels like there's blood coming out of her throat, which is, of course, a great thing."

    Download The Gossip's cover of "Are You That Somebody" at MOKB

DJ Never Forget of NYC's Finger on the Pulse
  • Forward Russia!--Give Me A Wall
    "With all the buzz dance rock bands, FR! adds a darker element that totally slays, plus doing it all DIY makes it that much more awesome."

Garrison of Indie Interviews.com:
  • The Long Winters--Putting the Days To Bed
    "John Roderick has again mixed painfully catchy melodies with emotionally-articulate lyrics. The end product is a beautiful, heart-confusing record that merits many listens."

    The Long Winters Pushover mp3

Dodge from My Old Kentucky Blog:
  • Girl Talk--Night Ripper
    "We'll keep things light because I'm not going to commit to any one album as the greatest so far this year. I really haven't done the true mental analysis to determine that. It has been a great half-year for music so far, so I'm just excited about that. The one CD that hasn't left my car stereo/work computer/home stereo/laptop is Girl Talk's 'Night Ripper'. It's a mashup CD, so it could be argued that it's not even a full-on original work, but the amount of samples Greg Gillis used and how deftly he combined them is unparalleled in my opinion. It's like "Name That Tune" and the best party you've ever been to rolled up into a little CD for you to take wherever you go.

    Last week, a friend got in the car with me while it was playing and they just stopped mid-sentence and listened, "What the hell is this?! It's awesome." I smile knowingly. It is awesome."

    Girl Talk Bounce That mp3

Kevin from So Much Silence:
  • Band of Horses--Everything All the Time
    "I'm sure this will seem like the trendy pick, but oh well...Somehow, Everything manages to be pretty epic and concise all in one fell swoop. The music is broad (as is Ben Bridwell's voice) but never trails off into jam-band-esque or meandering nonsense."

    Band of Horses The Great Salt Lake mp3

Jared Van Fleet of Voxtrot & Sparrow House:
  • Vetiver--To Find Me Gone & TVOTR--Return to Cookie Mountain (tie)
    "Vetiver was a surprise. I have to say, though, there are a lot of things I haven't heard yet that I expect to be good. Movie Monster is also up there."

Jax aka the Rock Insider:
  • Neko Case--The Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
    "I want to marry her...her ethereal voice, poignant lyrics, and undeniable talent made me fall in love with her."

Last, and certainly least, gorilla vs. bear's choice:
  • Midlake--The Trials of Van Occupanther
    Yeah, I know this one isn't "out yet", but I have a sneaking suspicion most of you have at least heard the bulk of it (pirates!) Anyway, this album is not only my favorite of the year, but one of my favorites of the past few years. I know this record may be a little too "safe" for some indie-types (especially around the nerdier-than-thou blogosphere), but I am convinced that if this was released in 1977, it would have spawned no fewer than 5 radio hits (in an era where that actually meant something.) It has such a timeless feel, and it's inspired me to keep my old Fleetwood Mac, CSN&Y, and Joni Mitchell records on blast over the last couple of months.

    Midlake Roscoe mp3
My runners-up: Soul Jazz's Tropicalia comp & Destroyer's Rubies

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Anonymous Joe said...

Is it the halfway point or something? I don't understand, but I didn't read it either, maybe an explanation is contained within.

I look forward to when the hangover ends so the blog can get back to kick assness.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Dodge said...

great post. really glad you got real artist opinions on this topic.

that's much more interesting to me than the choices of bloggers who i read everyday anyway...they're all flippy-floppy anyway...myself included.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just what we need...another "best of" list...and one that is a "best of" the "best of", if you will. you have been slacking lately, chris. give us something good. yeah, we know the destroyer and tvotr albums are something sweet, and we know that my continuous contemplation on why in hell anyone can like the new midlake is a pointless exercise. something new and exciting? this has been a relative quiet year for music so far, unfortunately.

down with voxtrot,

-mr. anonymous

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wouldn't label anyone in sound team or voxtrot an "artist."

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

one last thing, can we vote for the someday-to-be-released album by st. vincent as a "best of"? saw her in brooklyn a few weeks ago and she deserves to be huge.

- mr anonymous

8:45 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

you know, it really is the comments coming from anonymous morons who i don't know or care about that sting the worst...

but yeah, Mr. Anon, you're right about St. Vincent.

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear anonymous,

fucking coward. voxtrot eps some of the best twee summer pop out there. the lyrics are more profound then most drivel out there. and if you really want to stand behind your words, tell us your name.

greg aka dj never forget

9:21 AM  
Blogger Josh said...

I know it's kinda a drastic step - but Chris you could always ban anon commenting and force people to sign in.

Less people would comment - but it would be quality over quantity.

I love Van Occupanther and Cookie Mountain (both terribly named) and the Eraser's main fault is that it'll forever fall short of Radiohead's full brilliance.

What about the Arctic Monkeys?

9:52 AM  
Blogger Josh said...

Just Kidding

My favorite of the year (so far) is Rubies.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Team Clermont Lucas said...

I hate picking stuff that me or my company is involved in, but I just know these records so much more than others. Hmmm...let's say records I didn't do publicity for (even though our radio dept. is doing them):

Destroyer's Rubies
Midlake--The Trials of Van Occupanther

Those would probably be the two for me.

Things on the horizon I know to be good:

White Whale
Summer Hymns
The Black Neon
Dark Meat
Cranberry Lifecycle

10:10 AM  
Anonymous b chapman said...

maybe i'm just a lowly proletariat loser, but i really liked arctic monkeys. "rubies" is pretty good too, though. does that earn me any indie rep back?

neko case's album should get some props as well.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous asdgasg said...

Great little feature here, Chris.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


That was amazing.

Thank you

10:30 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

cold as ice... :(

haha, great post man.

looks like everyone loves rubies a lot more than i do.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..or at least they say they like Rubies because they think that's the cool thing to do

10:38 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

and whoever up there called voxtrot twee... that's not really the case. summer pop, yes. but twee? not quite. either way, those eps are two of my absolutel favorites of the year.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

dude this anonymous dude just hangs out here all day doens the?

10:39 AM  
Blogger Matt said...


10:40 AM  
Blogger Joey said...

Nice post.
Midlake is a good choice.
For 2006 I'm probably most impressed with Candy Bars from FLA.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Team Clermont Lucas said...

Man, I totally love Candy Bars, but I left 'em out of the running for profesh reasons. Glad to see them getting love, though.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Queen of Sheba said...

Neko really knocked me over with Fox Confessor, so I gotta go with Jax.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im not the same anonymous but another, and i got to say we get no respect- the anonymous ones fuel these blogs, spreading the word to people who like new music, gvb has been a lil slack but its normal, i love roscoe but how many times has it been posted, jeez some posts could really turn you off to a band, you might as well have reposted the young bride video---shine a spotlight on the ones you love and the end up getting burned...

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


to the other anonymous...twee summer pop? what the fuck is that? so gay (not in a good morrissey way, either). have you seen these guys live...live, as in a summery setting; like a summery setting in prospect park in brooklyn in front of 7,000? i have, and i felt a bit sorry for them - the audience's attention was lost halfway through the second song. i don't mind that one track, though - "mothers, daughters, aunts, grandpas, etc."

-mr. anonymous

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the newest half-handed cloud is really fly.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Mister Joseph said...

i'd have to say that Weird Weeds' Weird Feelings is certainly hovering right up there on my'best of 2006' list. it has teeth! so does the new Long Winters record. it's aces!

12:15 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

hey mister joseph, i'm working on a weird weeds post right now...you're right, it's a great record.

12:19 PM  
Blogger leoni said...

your destroyer song link is broken. you have two http:// in the address. just tryin to be a helper...

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

grizzly bear-yellow house (even though its not out until 9/5)

1:34 PM  
Blogger Chris Walker said...

Keep the anonymous comments. They're humorous, if anything.

As for "best of" so far why has no one mentioned Beirut's Gulag Orkestar? That album is incredible.

Or how about Margot & the Nuclear So and So's Dust of Retreat? In my humble opinion that record is so solid it's ridiculous. Some of the most enjoyable music I've heard in years - great lyrical content and far more accessible than Destroyer.

This has been a hell of a year for music so far.

1:42 PM  
Blogger nhennies said...

Some of my favorites:

Scott Walker - "The Drift" (album of the year. period.)
Alex Lukashevsky - "Connexions"
Shapes & Sizes - s/t
Stuart Staples - "Leaving Songs"

1:46 PM  
Anonymous jared said...

yeah scott walker was hard not to mention. same goes for gnarls barkley, jolie holland, and beirut. i really want to hear shapes and sizes.

2:07 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

What about Liars' Drums Not Dead? I'm shocked that it hasn't received more attention on a national level... I think it is just about as innovative and forward thinking as Kid A sounded when it came out.

And I think I might be the only person in the world that finds Destroyer's Rubies boring and annoying. I can't stand his lyrics or the way he tries to stuff them all in to spots that they don't seem to belong in. There are a couple good songs on there, but I find most of them to be completely limp.

2:13 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

and the soul jazz tropicalia comp is fantastic. I'm glad you've been spreading the word about that one Chris.

2:14 PM  
Blogger nhennies said...

Also, some favs that aren't out yet that are likely to be on my end of year top 10:

The Hidden Cameras - "Awoo"
The Mountain Goats - "Get Lonely"
The Curtains - "Calamity"
De Kift - s/t

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Ken said...

Nice opinions, but the clear answer is "Powder Burns" by The Twilight Singers.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous b said...

on the not yet released but easy to find online tip
can I second mr. anon 's choice of grizzly bear 'yellow house', easily one of the most exciting and unique albums of the year. i cant wait for this shit to hit.

2nd place in the not yet out yet, but soon to be: chad van gaalen.

3rd: I'm with you Gorilla, Midlake

2:29 PM  
Blogger nhennies said...

Oh shit! And who could forget:

Peter & the Wolf - "Lightness"

Heard one song a few weeks ago. Best EVER!

2:36 PM  
Blogger Dodge said...

I agree Liars' new one is pretty "epic" as Chris puts it.

Destroyer & Beriut are a couple snoozefests for me too...yawn city baby. Arctic Monkeys is fun, but won't make my Top 20.

"Powder Burns" is Dulli Lite according to many. I like more than a few tracks on it though. It's nowhere near the best of '06 though.

Grizzly BAAAARFFF is more like it.

Mountain Goats is tits as are Voxtrot's EPs.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Dodge said...

Also, Gnarls Barkley's "St. Elsewhere" was the most overhyped ultra letdown of Half '06. I was over it on the second listen.

2:59 PM  
Anonymous matthew said...

There's no way this has been a weak year for music so far. The albums from Final Fantasy, The Creeping Nobodies, Sunset Rubdown, Ladyhawk and Shapes and Sizes have all been great (and I'm giving away the S&S album on my site this week)...and the Tokyo Police Club EP would easily be my favourite album of the year if it were more than 20 minutes long...

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dodge, your blog is BAAARF. seriously, if you don't like them, why'd you post on them a while back? way to be hypocritical, man.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous b said...

dodge, did you hear their new album before barfing?
I'm rather surprised to hear you don't enjoy it. I sometimes read your blog and it seems like something that would be up your alley.

does tits mean great or bad?

b/c I'm with you on MG but I just can't help but find voxtrot to be pointless

and yes yes yes to final fantasy and sunset rubdown


3:16 PM  
Anonymous buddha said...

Re: Team Clermont Lucas

>"Things on the horizon I know to be good:
>Cranberry Lifecycle"

Is this a hoax?

3:30 PM  
Blogger Chris Walker said...

B: Tits means good.

4:17 PM  
Anonymous b said...

thanks chris. I learn something new from a blog everyday!

4:34 PM  
Blogger Team Clermont Lucas said...

Cranberry Lifecycle? Nope. Not a hoax. But you shall see, Buddha. You shall see.

Consider some shit leaked!

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Gary P. Anonymous with an "f" said...

Team Clermont, you are a shameless douche... .. Sunset Rubdown best of '06... Now off

5:15 PM  
Blogger merz said...

great post Chris and excellent selections by all!

5:25 PM  
Blogger Team Clermont Lucas said...

Why am I a shameless douche? What did I do? So I played coy. Sorry.

I'm not ready to reveal the details of the Cranberry Lifecycle record just yet, okay? But I think everybody will be quite excited about it, and I'm proud to be involved with it in a small way.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous dennis said...

tv on the radio



6:33 PM  
Anonymous zak said...

Liars is best for sure.

I'm really surprised to see that Destroyer album so much. I can't get into that record either, but I haven't given up on it. I have been a bit bored overall with the new stuff so far this year.

I do like Islands, Sunset Rubdown and Asobi Seksu however and a few others.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

asobi seksu = zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

liars album= overrated

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hope when pitchfork eventually gives midlake an average rating you don't turn your back on them and say something like "well i see where they were coming from and agree with some parts of the review."

7:34 PM  
Anonymous chris said...

Nice post. Lots of music I should check out! My favorites so far have been Belle & Sebastian's and also Band of Horses. I also think Secret Machines is really good.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

hey anon. 5:34: you're an idiot. did you read my original writeup on anathallo? probably not. and you don't see me "turning my back" on sound team, do you?

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What grumpy readers you have, Chris. I enjoyed the post and was thrilled to be able to be a part of it.


9:23 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

yeah I would have to agree with whoever said that this has been a pretty dull year for new music so far. In fact, I would argue that up to this point, it has been the weakest year since 2000 as far as the # of solid, exciting new releases.

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, this is great. but you know what i hate? this bullshit cool clique highschool in-group crap that exists with certain blogs out there. first name basis stroking each other and "let's meet up at bonaroolooza" blah blah blah. it's all very heartwarming. you're the arbiters of cool! it's like "Mean Girls" except none of you are girls and this ain't high school and tina fey sure as hell ain't around.

look, you do good work. i read your blogs. i like your blogs. you're independently wealthy, which means you go to all the cool shows within a 600 mile radius and the rest of us get to live vicariously through you. that's great. am i jealous? maybe. i don't have anyone paying me to advertise their shitty album on my site, after all. is that what it takes to get in with the cool kids?

also, there's a lot of lousy band getting a lot of undeserved hype and praise up in here. just sayin'.

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I learned about the Theater Fire, Beruit, St. Vincent, and that scary little girl that sings about wolves and castles- what's her name? Anyways, who else writes about those guys? We all heard about them here. Don't lie.
My point is, Blogs are for sharing stuff we're excited about and discovering. And GvsB seems to do that job better then any other's I read.
Keep it up.

2:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where else does one find out about Beirut? hahahahahaha

6:52 AM  
Blogger Team Clermont Lucas said...

Crap. I forgot about Belle and Sebastian. I love that record. It reinvigorated my love for them. Whoever said 2000 was a bad year for releases needs to have their head checked. Hell, EVERY year is a good year for releases if you look beyond the major stuff. And I mean, digging deeper than Sub Pop. Gosh, people are getting grumpy here!

The year 2000:
The Delgados--The Great Eastern
Grandaddy--The Sophtware Slump
Radiohead--Kid A
Sigur Ros--Agaetis Byrjun
New Pornographers--Mass Romantic
Super Furry Animals--Mwng
Apples in Stereo--Discovery of a World Inside of the Moone

That's just my taste, but I'll take the Pepsi Challenge on 2000 anytime.

And no has yet explained why I am a shameless douche.

7:56 AM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Not that anyone asked, but here's my top 11 thus far in 2006, with accompanying podcast. No. 1 on my list:

1. Belle and Sebastian, The Life Pursuit
A lot of B&S purists hate this record, because it departs from the standards of past releases. But that's one reason I like it. It doesn't sound that much like the Glasgow band's older stuff. It's pure pop, with clever lyrics that hold more humor and light-heartedness that past B&S songs. It's the feel-good album of the year. The musical stylings of this record are clean and effervescent, reminiscent in many ways of late '60s mod from Swinging London, baby. Tunes like "Another Sunny Day" are shiny, happy toe-tapping stories about young lovers and love, while "Sukie in the Graveyard" melodically recounts the travails of a girl who hung out at the art school, modeling "for all the scholars of art" ("She had an A1 body and a face to match/She didn't have money, she didn't have cash"). It's upbeat, even as it lays out the sordid details of the poor girl's experiences. The latest single from this album, "White Collar Boy," features a chunky "Spirit in the Sky" fuzz-guitar opening and bassline that sticks in the ear, and conjures up nostalgia for Norman Greenbaum's one and only hit. That alone should be enough of a reason to get this album.

Favorite tracks: "Another Sunny Day," "White Collar Boy," "The Blues Are Still Blue," "Sukie in the Graveyard," "To Be Myself Completely"

AC @ bloggedy blog

8:25 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

anon 10:33: sorry you think the bands i "hype" are lousy.

and yeah, we're exactly like that movie mean girls. we even have one of those books where we write stuff about all the anonymous commenters.

and independently wealthy? give me a break. all it really takes to get in with me (can't speak for the rest of the "cool kids") is not being an asshole.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Dodge said...


Anon 10:33pm, Chris and I have mutual interests and a friendship that was born from it...that's all. I love meeting people who read the blogs and i love meeting people who have no idea what a blog is. You wanna be friends and meet at a show, I'm down. I'm no elitist brutha. I love music and music fans and people who don't know anything about music all the same.

I am being hypocritical on Grizzly Bear. I posted on them I think in '05 before this new album. I'm just not real keen on it after a few listens. Sorry if you felt like I devalued your opinion.

My blog is BARRRF sometimes, I can admit that, but it's fun! Come on, say it...it's fun!

and whether you believe me or not, I'm hardly wealthy and MOKB will never make me wealthy. I'd love to be able to make enough to quit my day job and bring you music and all the other stuff all day long, sure - no lie, but I am miles away from that happening. Instead I sneak everyday at work, hoping i don't get fired if they find out. why do you think i don't use my real name? but, i'll tell it to you the minute i meet you. believe me man, very very few of us think we are better than you or anyone else.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous matthew said...

If there are any music bloggers getting independently wealthy off this blogging thing, I'd love to meet them to 1) smack them and 2) ask them how they're doing it. The sheer number of music blogs means that labels aren't going to pour money into them. In any case, anyone doing this for the money would find that no one would be that interested in what they have to say, because it's much more interesting to read someone who's really, genuinely enthusiastic about a band than to read someone who sounds like they're copying and pasting lines straight from a press sheet.

And anyone saying that this is a weak year for music probably doesn't even enjoy listening to music that much. On my blog, I've posted on about 100 or so new albums this year, and I'd favourably compare them to music from any other year.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

i don't think anyone with a music blog makes enough to live off it alone, forget about becoming "independently wealthy". except for Stereogum, he's rich, biyatch!

1:24 PM  
Anonymous neighborhood dog said...

sixty-seven comments

2:07 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

"anyone saying that this is a weak year for music probably doesn't even enjoy listening to music that much."

Are you an idiot or a baby?

5:02 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

new hot chip record is pretty great as well, and dont forget silent shout, that album has to be up there.

i have a small blog, mostly about aussie shit and we earn jack off the thing. it would be nice, but blogging for us is about the love of it, not the cash.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous matthew said...

"Are you an idiot or a baby?"

You're the one who called it a weak year...saying that shows that you haven't paid any attention to what's come out this year beyond, I'm guessing, what Pitchfork writes up. There's been a lot of really great stuff released, and to say otherwise displays a remarkably reason-free brand of cynicism...

9:15 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

Ok, you've made it clear. You're an idiot.

So tell me, what is a "reasonable" opinion of the new music that has come out so far this year, and what is it that I've missed that happens to be so good that not one single fucking person in their right mind could come to any conclusion other than the one you have come to.

And are people ever going to stop with the stupid fucking Pitchfork comments? Ok, we get it. You're a totally independent thinker that doesn't give a shit about Pitchfork and their opinions or what anyone else thinks. You're just in it for the music, man.

11:17 PM  
Anonymous beth said...

isn't it funny how we all proclaim to hate pitchfork yet we reading religiously every morning? it's like we've all tried to become more independent than the mainstream, and now we're trying to separate ourselves from the "hipster" title. where does it end? when can we all just like music for its emotional value and aesthetic appeal?

12:08 AM  
Blogger jerry yeti said...

Three punctuation marks; two words. One of them a proper noun. The other, a command.

¡Forward, Russia!

DJ Never Forget knows his shit.

12:45 AM  
Anonymous matthew said...

Just off the top of my head...

Final Fantasy
Sunset Rubdown
Shapes and Sizes
The Creeping Nobodies
The Hylozoists
The Lovely Feathers
Tokyo Police Club
They Shoot Horses, Don't They
The Battles
Femme Generation
The Doers

Or are all these bands getting stopped at the border? I know the US gets more and more insular all the time, but I didn't think that applied to music, too.

And, for the record, I hated Pitchfork well before there was a pro- or anti- bandwagon to jump onto...

1:42 AM  
Blogger Rich said...

Neko, Neko, Neko.

I gotta go w/ Jax on this one.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Gary P. Anonymous with an "f" said...

Don;t know if it's out yet, but the new "Deer Tick" album is maybe the top two or three things I've heard all year.. I think its gonna be a sleeper.. And, team Clermont.. You are a shameless douce because I said so. And because you are a "radio promotion company and pr firm".

12:52 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

so thats the list of bands that defeats anyones ability to have a subjective opinion on the music of 2006? Wow, thats some amazing shit!

2:06 PM  
Blogger Team Clermont Lucas said...

Yep, I'm a publicist, which I guess makes me a little douche-y. I apologize to all, especially to you Gary P., for my poisonous presence amongst the guys like you who are keeping it real.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous zak said...

I stand by my statement as well that this year has been a bit boring. Certainly I like a few records this year. I happen to love that Liars album. The rest of the one I have picked up, and it has been quite a few, I only see a few of them having any lasting power and most are just the same old shit however enjoyable they may be. But I have hopes for some new releases and I already really like that new Oneida.

Yes, because I have been underwhelmed this year , I am not a real music fan, don't listen to any cds and am a slave to Pitchfork (that's why I think that Danielson album is overrated).

6:37 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

yeah, that new Oneida completely kicks ass

8:47 PM  
Blogger John Flowers said...

what about Bishop Allen's EP Extravaganza?

And no Sunset Rubdown?

For shame, GvB, for shame.

And I think Def Leppard put out a covers album this year. Doesn't that deserve some kind of Hutzpah Award, at the very least?

6:39 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

JFF: sunset rubdown is definitely in my top 5. these are others choices, not mine. and i don't get your def leppard joke.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Casey Dienel link doesn't work because you typed it in wrong....

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dodge. fair enough. just can't believe you'd be more into their older stuff, than this new album

me no understand!

1:24 AM  
Anonymous matthew said...

I didn't say my list was definitive. But -- you know, with the subjectivity thing you're touting -- I certainly think it's an indication that anyone who says that this has been a slow year for music clearly isn't looking very hard.

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