Saturday, July 01, 2006

Best of 2006: Music...Half Way Edition

Last year I did a Top 50 lists of my favorite songs from 2005. This is my list of the songs I have not been able to stop playing so far in '06. Just as a disclaimer, some of these songs were released prior to this year, and some haven't been on a record yet. This is my list and I don't go by anyone's rules but my own.

  • #25 The Big Guns - Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins.
  • #24 Shores of California - Dresden Dolls
  • #23 Inside Job - Pearl Jam
  • #22 Young James Dean - Girlyman
  • #21 Bunk Trunk Skunk - Be Your Own Pet
  • #20 Breathe Me - Sia (Re-released on her album this year thanks to 6 Feet under.)
  • #19 Nth Degree - Morningwood
  • #18 Living Proof - Cat Power
  • #17 Parade - Pretty Girls Make Graves
  • #16 Back Stabber - Dresden Dolls (On here twice... great record)
  • #15 KT Tunstall - Suddenly I See
  • #14 World Wide Suicide - Pearl Jam (Still great after 15 years)
  • #13 Divorce By 23 - Clare Bowditch (Came out in November of '05 and it took me a few months to get it here from Australia)
  • #12 Adventure - Be Your Own Pet (This is just a fucking amazing record. It may be the best of the year by the time it's all said and done.)
  • #11 Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken - Camera Obscura (Best track on the bonzer new record from Scotland's best)
  • #10 Steer - Missy Higgins (Should be the biggest hit on her much awaited second record. I heard it live with her band in NYC and it was great)
  • #9 Hold On, Hold On - Neko Case (I can't stop listening to this disc. She has one of the most soulful and amazing voices ever)
  • #8 No Way Back - Foo Fighters (I've said it before and will say it again. Dave Grohl is a genius)
  • #7 Little Voice - Sara Bareilles (Her debut was an indie, but now she has a label, and this powerful tune should headline her next record.)
  • #6 I Will Follow - Death Cab for Cutie (Plans is an '05 record, but this depressing if not totally touching song is '06 for me)
  • #5 All Around Me - Flyleaf (I never thought I would see the day when I would have a Christian band in my top 5. Damn MySpace!)
  • #4 Decide - Killing Heidi (Once again this song should be out later this year on KH's newest record. 10 years and this Aussie outfit is still rocking... and get this the lead singer Ella is only 26!)
  • #3 Fake Tales of San Francisco - Arctic Monkeys (These young rock gods have already lost a band member, and they've only been together like 11 minutes. The record is one of this years best... run don't walk to get it)
  • #2 Handle with Care - Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins (A record as outstanding as it is varied in it's sound Rabit Fur Coat came out early in the year but this cover is still holding strong. As a matter of fact it is the best song released this year..........)
  • #1 Bridal Train (Live) - The WAiFS. (The track comes from the bands '05 double live album, but the song is older then that. I wish I had heard it sooner, but once I did I fell in love with this group. They studied under Bob Dylan and sing with Aussie accents and play perfectly together.)

Check back in the beginning of '07 for the full years list. For now prepare for my Top 25 Favorite records of all time list, coming at you in 5 record installments this Monday through Friday.

No comments: