USSM Endorsed 2006 Albums
Because it’s the off-season and nothing’s happening. Also, this seems to come up in conversations at Feeds and baseball fans seem to be disproportionately music freaks. Hopefully Jeff (at least) will join in and update this here post with his. Here’s what I’ve been listening to this year while posting/doing site work/tearing my hear out trying to keep USSM up.
Anyway, feel free to comment/complain/add. I tried to do ten and found I’d done 15 before I stopped myself. In no particular order:
Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, Neko Case. I love Neko Case.
Fishscale, Ghostface Killah
Mr. Beast, Mogwai
The LoonThe Loon, Tapes ‘N Tapes
The GreatestThe Greatest, Cat Power
Blood Mountain, Mastodon. Someone, who wishes to keep his friendship with USSM authors secret, insisted that I listen to this even though they do the Cookie Monster metal voice, which drives me nuts, and it was even better than his half-crazed evangelism promised.
Game Theory, Roots. Voted ‘Least Likely to Succeed’ /’cause my class was full of naysayers, cheaters, and thieves
Taking The Long Way, Dixie Chicks. Really. I wrote this, hesitated (“Do I really want to put this in a post where everyone sees it and risk ridicule and flame wars?”). But I love the CD.
Everything All the Time, Band of Horses
A Blessing And A Curse, Drive-by Truckers
Let Me Introduce My Friends, I’m From Barcelona (no link, this ‘CD’ is copy-protected).
Magic Potion, the Black Keys
Night Ripper, Girl Talk
The Audience’s Listening, Cut Chemist. I used to have a strict policy of deleting/purging my music collection when artists sold music for commercials, but this year I couldn’t keep up. The iPod commercial with people leaving neon trails to that catchy tune is taken off this.
So This Is Goodbye, Junior Boys
Silent Shout, The Knife
Nine Times That Same Song, Love is All
(And now I’m tagging them with Amazon links because I’m unemployed. Hee hee hee.)
Dave’s Additions: I’m not a big music guy, but these two guys are friends of mine, and if you’re a Christian, you’ll like their CDs. If you’re not, not so much, so don’t say you haven’t been warned.
I won’t duplicate anything Derek or Dave have already mentioned except to say that Neko Case does rock. With all the hip-hop I’ve been listening to lately, I’m surprised there is so much indie rock on my list, but I guess I was disappointed by a lot of the releases I was highly anticipating from my favorite MCs (Mr. Lif’s “Mo’ Mega,” anyone?).
A lot of records missed the list either because I like them, but not enough (the RJD2 and Aceyalone disc), or I like them, but not as much as everyone else seems to (“Return to Cookie Mountain” by TV On the Radio). I swear I did not plan for exactly 15 albums to be on this list, but it mirrors Derek’s list, so there. Maybe I’ll add two more later to mirror Dave’s list.
The Coup, Pick a Bigger Weapon
M. Ward, Post-War
Asobi Seksu, Citrus
The Brazilian Girls, Talk to La Bomb
Golden Smog, Another Fine Day
Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat
The Long Winters, Putting the Days to Bed
Loose Fur, Born Again in the USA
Madlib, Beat Konducta, Vol. 1-2
Mates of State, Bring It Back
Nouvelle Vague, Bande a Part
The Pernice Brothers, Live a Little
Snow Patrol, Eyes Open
Soul Position, Things Go Better with RJ and Al
Viva Voce, Get Yr Blood Sucked Out
Stuff you might not have heard that is worth picking up: Pigeon John’s album “… and the Summertime Pool Party” is uneven, but has some really fun high spots if you like feel-good hip-hop; The Hold Steady’s “Boys and Girls in America” sounds like the halcyon days of Bruce Springsteen updated for the indie kids; I wish Of Montreal’s “The Sunlandic Twins” and “Caravane” by Raphael had been released in 2006 so I could include them; I must confess I haven’t heard the new Mason Jennings record (hard to find in Okinawa), but if it’s anything like his previous folk-rock work, it’s awesome.