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Wyerthfali
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Last year was a great year for music: dEUS, Spoon, Andrew Bird, a whole lot of excellent stuff. So far this year, though, only one CD has grabbed me like those did, the new Decemberists album.

I need to widen my search, and I'm calling on all you Snopesters to help me out.

What have been your favorite CDs of 2006 so far? What are you looking forward to before year's end?

Any genre, any marketing demographic. What have you enjoyed?












I should probably list my picks for this year so far, too.

The Decemberists: The Crane Wife

Historical fiction in indie rock suites, drawing from all sorts of '70s sources. Lyrics like "Affix your barb and bayonet/The curlews carve their Arabesques." A couple ten-minute suites, one with a great, surprising, Tull-like organ break. A song influenced by Steely Dan. A song influenced by Led Zeppelin. English folk songs. Banjo. Bouzouki. Beautiful, knowingly overwrought, lots of songs in which people die in dramatic, story-like fashion. Jaw-droppingly excellent.

Belong: October Language

Glitchy shoegaze — i.e., waves of guitar sound heavily worked over by computers until they become waves of partial memories, like light through tree branches and/or tears.

Mojave 3: Puzzles Like You

Wispy balladeers intermix their sound with layerd, uptempo retro-rock. Lovely harmonies, sad lyrics, good kicks.







There are more I've enjoyed, but those have been my top 3 so far.

What've you been into this year?

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Without question, my best of the year vote goes to Bruce's Seeger Sessions. The only one that comes close is the new live Ani DiFranco one, recorded in 2002 but just released this year.

I've never heard of The Decemberists, but that sounds like one I'd like too.

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KingDavid8
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So far, almost every new album I've gotten this year has been a disappointment (i.e. Tom Petty, Barenaked Ladies, The Vines, Frank Black). It's actually a bit hard to pick some, but I'll go out on a limb for these:

"Ships" by Danielson. This band (formerly known as "Danielson Famile") just keeps getting better and better, but they've always been a band you'll either love or hate. Very bizarre, surreal folkish-type sing-along-y music with a slightly Christian bend.

"The Avalanch" by Sufjan Stevens. Just a collection of leftover tracks from his last album, "Illinoise", so not as good. But still way better than you would expect a collection of leftovers to be.

"Broken Boy Soldiers" by The Raconteurs. I liked this one a lot.

"The Life Pursuit" by Belle and Sebastian. I've never liked this band, but my brother loaned this one to me, and I really liked it, especially "White Collar Boy" and "Sukie In The Graveyard". It did make me go back and re-listen to some of their earlier stuff, and, nope, still don't like it.

"The Information" by Beck. I haven't given it too many spins, and I think I like it less than his last album, but still a good album overall. "Strange Apparition" is my favorite track.

"Other People's Lives" by Ray Davies. Can't say I LOVE this album. Probably liked it even less than the last few Kinks albums, but still good to hear back from the guy, and it does have some outstanding tracks.

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The latest Tom Petty was good as well as Bob Seger's Face the Promise.

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Echinodermata Q. Taft
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You know, I don't think I've bought any new CD's this year except Weird Al's "Straight Outta Lynwood." Which I liked, but probably isn't what you had in mind. [Smile]

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Amuptechture by The Mars Volta is quite good. I would say it's better than their last album.

The Eraser, by Thom Yorke, is also pretty interesting. Not a lot like Radiohead, just a collection of short, simple electronic tracks.

Black Holes and Revelations, by Muse, is a lot better than Absolution and a lot of fun to listen to.

Blood Mountain, by Mastodon, has excellent guitar riffs and melodies on it, even if the vocals were a bit of a disappointment for me (though not too different than on their previous albums, apparently).

Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun, by Red Sparowes, is very good instrumental post-rock, with a bit of shoegazing thrown in there. The tracks are epic and the whole composition is very well done.

Ashes Against the Grain, by Agalloch, is much more rock and post-rock than their previous metal albums (which you may prefer if you aren't a big fan of growled vocals) but it still has the black metal atmosphere and some amazing melodies, so I would give it a try.

At War With the Mystics, by the Flaming Lips, is a fun album to listen to and carries on more of their quirky, simple, psychedelic song-writing.

10,000 Days by Tool is just as good as any previous Tool releases, so if you like them I would strongly recommend picking it up.

The Great Cold Distance, by Katatonia, is a lot like Tool in my opinion, so if you like Tool you would probably like that too.

The Altar, a collaboration by Boris and Sunn O)), isn't out yet but they did have a few songs from it online (they're gone now). If you like experimental, noisy, very moody music (much much more melodic than just Sunn O))) I would definitely recommend this one, especially if you're a fan of either band.

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DesertRat
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All the Roadrunning by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris... great to listen to in the car on long road trips.

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Ana Ng
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Broken Boy Soldiers by the Raconteurs is very, very good.

I am very, very much looking forward to Kingdom Come by Jay-Z- sounds to be in the same vein as the brilliant Black Album, too.

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Tarkans new CD (& his first in English) Come Closer is very, very good. I had only heard the first track 'Just Like That' but the entire CD is hot, hot, hot!! Its very much a pop CD but theres a lot of Middle-Eastern edge to it. 'Bounce' is probably the best example of this 'edge'.
AFAIK, you can't buy it here in the US yet but I was able to get a copy for about $12 or so from eBay. It was worth every penny!!

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Since I'm not much of a CD buyer (downloadables and radio FTW), I'm gonna toss up Straight Outta Lynwood and make a hasty exit.

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Wyerthfali
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Hey, thanks everyone for the suggestions!

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Beck- the Information: Only real new album I've ever bought, but it's awesome. Nausea's probably my favorite song

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Sister Ray
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No one's mentioned Modern Times or The Lemonheads yet?

I'm liking The Obliterati from Mission of Burma so far, but I'm not sure if I'll rank it as one of the year's best. Yo La Tengo's new one should be included only because "black Flowers" is their finest song.

Sister "all these posts are making up for what I admitted in the CD's you're ashamed to own thread.." Ray

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I think I'm supposed to be "ashamed" to admit this, but one of my favorite CD's of 2006 so far is Evanescence (the newest one). I also really enjoyed Terra Naomi "Virtually" an independent artist that you can find on MySpace or YouTube who has some great pipes and great songs.

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Muncle
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Ah, I rarely but CDs in the year they come out. So so far, the only CD I have bought that came out in 2006 is RHCP "Stadium Arcadium." But it has not left the top 3 of my playlist yet.
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The Elms: The Chess Hotel.

*drool*

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quote:
Originally posted by Ana Ng:
Broken Boy Soldiers by the Raconteurs is very, very good.


Agreed. That album is #1 on my list to buy right now and since I actually have some money today I may go buy it.

Number 2 on my list is The City Sleeps In Flames by Scary Kids Scaring Kids. Very melodic post-hardcore.

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I usually end up downloading a song or two, but one CD I've been listening to again and again is Marking Time by Fluttr Effect (yes that's how it's spelled)- Art rock that kicks ass from amazing musicians

I'm looking forwward to picking up a copy of Isalie from Common Rotation. Unpredictable, catchy, constantly evolving folk that blows my mind.

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Joe Bentley
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Having been buying much music this year, but here goes.

Love Their Country by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - the masters of the cover take on country. Their cover of Garth Brook's "Much to Young to Feel this Damn Old" was the highlight.

Bat out of Hell III by Meatloaf - better then the second, but nothing will ever match the first.

Take the Weather With You by Jimmy Buffett - solid but unspectacular CD although its good to hear him move away from the pseudo-country sound of License to Chill to to the beach bum sound we all know and love.

Straight Outta Lynwood by Weird Al - he's funny, and frankly he actually has a very talented singing voice. I'm must admit I'm very curious as to what a "straight" song would sound like from him.

Hefty Fine by the Bloodhound Gang - enjoyable, but I think it's obvious they are losing their touch. With each CD they seem to get worse and worse.

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Don't be put off by the way the little girls squee at him - Teddy Geiger is talented and very sophisticated for his age - he reminds me of a young Todd Rungren. He's self taught, plays guitar and keyboards, and has been writing music since he was 11. Not just a pretty face propped up by production smoke and mirrors.

I can listen to the whole CD (his debut album) without skipping a song - rare for me to be able to do.

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The Twilight Singers: Powder Burns

I just love the entire cd. I've been a Greg Dulli fan for about 14 years now and its been amazing to see his growth as a musician and lyricist.

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Monster of Samos
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I love Neko Case's "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood". Terrifying stuff from a great talent.

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Ryda Wong, EBfCo.
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quote:
Originally posted by Monster of Samos:
I love Neko Case's "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood". Terrifying stuff from a great talent.

I saw her on this last tour. Phenomenal.


My five greatest picks?

Nina Nastasia's On Living

Cat Power's The Greatest

Jason Molina's Let me go, let me go, let me go.

Bonnie Prince Billy's The Letting Go

The Thermals' the body the blood the machine

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The top ten albums I bought this year would be:

1. Alan Jackson's "Like Red on a Rose"

2. George Strait's "It Just Comes Natural"

3. Bob Seger's "Face the Promise"

4. Dixie Chicks' "Taking The Long Way"

5. The Wreckers, "Stand Still, Look Pretty"

6. The CARS soundtrack

7. Jimmy Buffet, "Take the Weather With You"

8. Toby Keith's "White Trash with Money" (I'm wondering if people will let me get away with being a Keith fan. It's the best damn album of his whole career)

9. Josh Turner, "Your Man"

10. Alan Jackson, "Precious Memories," his gospel album

I have high hopes for Vince Gill, Sugarland, and keith Urban's albums, but haven't gotten them yet. I also really want Ray LaMontagne's "Till The Sun Turns Black"

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Max_Renn
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I can hardly remember buying many CDs at all this year from this year; I mostly scour used CD stores for back-catalogue stuff. But lately I've loved:

Lady Sovereign "Public Warning"

Pere Ubu "Why I Hate Women"

The first disc of the Marie Antoinette soundtrack

Max "all bow down" Renn

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