Top Albums of 2006

November 2, 2006

So I decided to go through my ipod and compile a list of my favorite releases of 2006. I know I am probably missing some key albums, but this is fairly complete:

Devics – Push the Heart : Very elegant sounding female fronted indie. I love putting this album on when I am in a mellow mood.

This Will Destroy You – Young Mountain : One of the best debuts I have ever heard. There are obvious comparisons to Explosions in the Sky, but I really think they have created a mature album that holds it’s own weight. I can’t wait for this to come out on vinyl.

Envy – Insomniac Doze : Very stunning album combining influences from screamo and post-rock. Very original and intense. Japan produces some stellar bands.

Jeremy Enigk – World Waits : To answer your question, yes he still has it! This is Jeremy’s second solo album. His first was Return to the Frog Queen back in the mid to late 90s. If you are looking for another Frog Queen, you will be disappointed. I would call this a continuation of his work with the Fire Theft. Enough rambling, so buy it NOW!

Anathallo – Floating World : I can’t say enough good things about this band. It is so good to hear an extremely innovative Christian band that thinks outside of the box. I am going to go see them tomorrow night, and can’t wait.

Gregor samsa – 55:12 : Probably one of the most relaxing albums of the year. It definitely keeps it’s intensity though. This band can have my babies.

Thom Yorke – The Eraser : I wonder why this album is so good? Oh wait, EFFIN IT’S THOM YORKE! Everything from the album artwork to the music is top notch.

Tom Petty – Highway Companion : It’s Tom Petty, `nuff said.

Planes Mistaken for Stars – Mercy : I know this album was met with some criticism for the new direction in recording quality and song writing, but I happen to love it. Very passionate album from what I consider to be standards in the emo/indie scene.

Jesu – Silver : Spacey, dreamy, heavy, and sexy are all words to describe this follow up to last year’s self titled album.

Old Crow Medicine Show – Big Iron World : I would say this album started my on a path to check out different musical styles. If you are into blue grass, check these guys out now. Actually, check them out even if bluegrass isn’t your thing.

Mewithoutyou – Brother, Sister : Kind of an odd choice for top albums since I am usually not a big fan of Tooth and Nail’s catalog. This band, however, is simply undeniable. They progress with every album. All of the collaboration on this album really gives the listener an organic feel.

Clogs – Lantern : I would say this album went under the radar in a lot of ways. I was lucky enough to stumble upon it from this jazz website I was checking out. Very experimental music from classically trained musicians.

These Arms are Snakes – Easter : This band can do no wrong as far as I am concerned. Botch would be proud?

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – The Letting Go : I just came across this artist this year. (I feel so behind!) One of the best songwriters of our time, and I think he has many more years of memorable songs ahead of him.

Mogwai – Mr. Beast : I got the lovely opportunity of catching them on tour while supporting this album. One of the biggest sounding bands I have ever heard. I hope they keep playing for decades upon decades.

The Album Leaf – Into the Blue Again : I would call this a natural follow up to their previous works. Very solid and listenable.

Sparrows Swarm and Sing – O`Shenandoah, Mighty Death… : Godspeed 2.0? I kid, I kid. Very solid album that really paints some great imagery. Magic Bullet has had a great year concerning releases.

Bob Dylan – Modern Times : Of course the old man still has it. I am honestly a fan of how his voice is aging. This album keeps my interest throughout the whole thing.

Calexico – Garden Ruin : I have listened to this album far too much. Such fabulous song writing.

David Bazan – Fewer Moving Parts : His first album post-Pedro. Great album, however I really look forward to what else he has ahead of him.

Lakes – Photographs : I think this ep is defined by the melody making. Truly catchy, addictive music.

Muse – Black Holes and Revelations : This album seemed like a big middle finger to the music industry. To me, it just sounds like they do whatever-the hell-they want. Catchy music that is heavy to boot.

Priestess – Hello Master : Whoa! Where did these guys come from? Professional musicianship combined with badass rock and roll. How can you go wrong?

Rocky Votolato – Makers : I would classify this follow up as dark and oblique. I think it’s a great progression for Rocky.
Yo La Tengo – I am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass : I am pretty sure they don’t know how to write a bad album.

Wovenhand – Mosiac : I am so proud of the fact that these guys are from Colorado. Extremely spiritual, layered, well thought music.

Amy Millan – Honey From the Tombs : From Stars to Broken Social Scene, Amy has been a key to great albums. This solo album lives up to her reputation.

Kayo Dot – Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue : It’s ironic that these guys will mostly never see commercial success. This is some of the most talented and organic music I have ever listened to.


One comment

  1. this shows us how not-indie I am. I’ve only heard 4 of the albums on this list, and I still think that “Sam’s Town” pwns all. I’ll get the hell out of your store.

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