So here is the list, give me hell. I decided to choose my list based on how much of each respective album I actually listened to. And how much each album played a part in my day to day life throughout the year. Leave comments, I love comments. Tell me how much you agree with me, tell me I suck. Have fun, and enjoy....
10 - Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
Yes the backlash began too soon and Crazy was covered so many times I wanted to shoot myself. But that still doesn't change the fact that St. Elsewhere was one of the most exciting releases of the year.
The title of the album says it all, because that's what it was. This was on constant rotation while I was in Chicago for Lollapalooza. When they performed that weekend, I was hooked.
8 - TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
The only album on the list I didn't buy, sorry. But I managed to catch them twice this year, including watching from backstage at Austin City Limits. Soul like you would not believe. FYI, I downloaded the album.
7 - Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say That I Am, That's What I'm Not
So short, yet so sweet. Every song on the album is great. I felt like I had listened to it a 100 times after the 1st. I expect great thing from these kids. Perfect summer album.
6 - Ghostfaced Killah - Fishscale
A return to true form and production by MF Doom. This album made me feel like it was 1995. Cameos by the entire clan sealed the deal for me on this one. Best album since Ironman.
5 - The Rapture - Pieces of the People We Love
Like they made it just for me, I still get excited when I put this on. And some of the lyrics, I won't say which, really stuck with me during a rough patch. Not to mention it makes you want to dance your ass off.
I read in an interview during the height of their popularity that all they really hoped for was to put out records that true fans would love, sales and hype didn't matter. This is that album, fuck hype, listen to it again, it gets better with time.
3 - Ghostland Observatory - Paparazzi Lightning
So damn good, I almost can't listen all the way through because I get so excited. Basically changed the way I look at the Austin music scene and ruined every live performance I have seen since them. Hop on the bandwagon now.
2 - We Are Scientists - With Love and Squalor
Wherever I hung out this year, they were always playing in the background. Road trips, live shows, SXSW. This album is one of my favorite albums of the last 5 years. They were also one of this blogs 1st posts, which I thought was cool.
1 - SOUNDteam - Movie Monster
Surprise, surprise... If you frequent this blog you know how I feel about this band. I followed them around the country this year like they were the Greatful Dead. And stopped reading Pitchfork after a bad review. This album inspires, the band inspires.
Songs of the Year: Basically the soundtrack to my life for 2006
Sound Team – “Your Eyes Are Liars”
Hot Chip – “Over and Over”
Editors – “Blood”
The Strokes – “You Only Live Once”
Car Stereo(Wars) – “Ghostface Observatory”
The Presets – “Girl and the Sea”
Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy” (Admit it)
We Are Scientist – “Lousy Reputation”
Cold War Kids – “Hang Me Out To Dry”
The Mars Volta – “Viscera Eyes”
Arctic Monkey's - I Bet That You Look Good On A Dancefloor"
Ghostland Observatory – “Piano Man”
Best Live Performances ( in no particular order)
The Rapture and The Presets – Emo’s (Austin, Texas) November 7th
Beck – Black Market (El Paso, Texas) – November 2nd
Cold War Kids – Lollapalooza (Chicago, Illinois) – August 4th
Muse – Austin City Limits (Austin, Texas) - September 17th
Sound Team – Walter’s on Washington (Houston, Texas) July 10th
Ghostland Observatory – Emo’s (Austin, Texas) - October 6th
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – The Parish (Austin, Texas) – March 7th
The Faint and Ratatat – La Zona Rosa (Austin, Texas) - December 12th
The Streets and Lady Sovereign – La Zona Rosa (Austin, Texas) - June 16th
Ladytron – Stubbs BBQ (Austin, Texas) - October 21 st