Sunday, November 1, 2009

Top 10 Records of 2006!

Still no repeats from the previous two lists, and I didn't have to try so much this time... We almost had a tie, but they don't make Top Eleven lists for a reason.

[As always, album name links go to a full post on the record.
Song titles link to the sample video, where available.]

#10 Transparent Things - Fujiya & Miyagi

Transparent Things
"Ankle Injuries" from Transparent Things (2006)

Genre - Motorik Neo-Retro Electronica
Official -
Myspace -
Location - Brighton, England

Review - Stylus Magazine
iTunes - Fujiya & Miyagi
Lala - Transparent Things
Purchase - Amazon

#9 Sigh EP - The Angelic Process

"Sigh" from Sigh (2006)

Genre - Ambient Shoegaze Black Metal
Official/Myspace/Purchase - /theangelicprocess
Location - Macon, GA

Review - Rock Beast
iTunes - Only the 2007 one...

#8 The Enchanter Persuaded - Sinoia Caves
and Axis of Evol - Pink Mountaintops

The Enchanter Persuaded
"Naro Way" from The Enchanter Persuaded (2006)
"Slaves" from Axis of Evol (2006)

Genres - Hippy-Synth / Indie-Pop
Official -
Myspace - Sinoia / Pink
Location - Vancouver, BC

Review - AllMusic Guide / Dusted
iTunes - S.C. / P.M.
Lala - The Enchanter Persuaded / Axis of Evol
Purchase - Caves / Mountaintops (both Jagjaguwar)

#7 Deep in Ocean Sunk the Lamp of Light - AEthenor

Deep in Ocean Sunk the Lamp of Light
[live] at Roadburn 2008

Genre - Experimental Dark Jazz
Official/Myspace -
Blogspot - /aethenor...
Location - U.S. / U.K.

Review - Dusted Magazine
iTunes - AEthenor
Purchase - VHF Records

#6 In Return EP - Torche

In Return
"Tarpit Carnivore" from In Return (2006), +others

Genre - Headbangin' Rock Fury
Official/Myspace -
Blogspot - /torcheband...
Location - Florida, U.S.A.

Review - Crustcake
iTunes - Torche
Lala - In Return
Purchase - All That Is Heavy

#5 You Are There - Mono

You Are There
"Are You There?" from You Are There (2006)

Genre - Cinematic Heartstring Post-Rock
Official -
Myspace -
Location - Japan

Review - Pop Matters
iTunes - Mono
Lala - You Are There
Purchase - Temporary Residence Ltd.

#4 20 Years of Weird: The Flaming Lips 1986-2006
and At War with the Mystics - The Flaming Lips

20 Years of Weird
"Abandoned Hospital Ship" (live, Houston 1996)
Something I'll never forget witnessing... ever.

Genres - Noisy Heavy Rock to Skewed Psychedelic Pop
Official -
Myspace -
Location - Oklahoma City, OK

Review - Pitchfork
iTunes - The Flaming Lips
Lala - At War with the Mystics
Purchase - Amazon

#3 Passover - The Black Angels

"Black Grease" from Passover (2006)

Genre - Drone-Rock Psych
Official -
Myspace -
Location - Austin, TX

Review - Stylus Magazine
iTunes - The Black Angels
Lala - Passover
Purchase - Light in the Attic

#2 Twisted Stems 7" - Guapo

Twisted Stems
"The Heliotrope" from Twisted Stems (2006)

Genre - Contemporary Avant-Zeuhl
Official -
Myspace -
Location - Britain

Review - Tiny Mixtapes
iTunes - Guapo
Lala - Black Oni
Purchase - On Elixirs from Neurot Recordings

#1 Surface to Air - Zombi

Surface to Air
"Digitalis" from Surface to Air (2006)

Genre - Horror Soundtrack Synth-Prog
Official -
Myspace -
Location - Pittsburgh, PA

Review - Sonic Frontiers
iTunes - Zombi
Lala - Surface to Air
Purchase - Relapse Records

Torche gatefold
And ten more things from 2006, in no particular order...

#10b Everything All The Time - Band of Horses

Everything All The Time
"The Great Salt Lake" from Everything All The Time (2006)

Genre - Indie Rock/Pop
Official -
Myspace -
Location - Carolinas, America

Review - Pitchfork
iTunes - Band of Horses
Lala - Everything All The Time
Purchase - Sub Pop

9. The Dimes - The Dimes (now known as Young Mammals)
~~~Best local debut release!
8. In the Absence of Truth - Isis [video]
~~~Best underwhelming album, due to high expectations...
7. July Cottenflower (Psyraguse) - MV+EE (Bummer Road)
~~~Best official bootleg bought at a show
6. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion OST - Jeremy Soule
~~~Best videogame soundtrack of the year.
5. Trouble: Jamie Saft Trio Plays Bob Dylan
~~~Best piano trio jazz tribute to voice of a generation
4. All in the Mind - Psyilocybin Sounds
~~~Best modern psych compilation (stuff like this)
3. Krov u nashykh Krynytsyakh - Drudkh [sample]
~~~Best lit-based Ukrainian nationalist folk-Black Metal album!!
2. The Flaming Lips/Ween - live at Red Rocks, 7/29
~~~Best double-bill at a world-class-iconic venue
1. Touch & Go 25th Anniversary party - Chicago, 9/8-9/10
~~~Best festival celebration of a world-class label

Axis of Evol
Also, five records that I get the impression I need to check out.

5. Silent Shout - The Knife
4. Beach House - Beach House
3. Return to Cookie Mountain - TV on the Radio
2. The Drift - Scott Walker
1. Pink - Boris

Already listened to Ys - did not like that.

At War
And finally... Best Album Title, especially coming from Yo La Tengo:
I Am Not Afraid of You And I Will Beat Your Ass!!

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