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My 40 favorite albums of 2006 & then some

2006 Albums

I hated making this list. Keep in mind that the below albums were my favorites – most of all because I liked listening to them – at least at some point in the year, and in one setting or another. I would never claim any album is the “best”, and I respect all opinions. I think music is subjective, situational, right-time-right-place, etc.. One reason an album might not be on the list = I didn’t hear it.

All albums on the list are split into equal groups of ten. Grizzly Bear=Destroyer=Scott Walker=Califone, etc… (I know that pisses some people off.) Here are my 40 favorite albums of 2006….

ONE THROUGH TEN
1-10) Grizzly BearYellow House
1-10) Destroyer Destroyer’s Rubies
1-10) Peter, Bjorn & John – Writer’s Block
1-10) Britta Persson – Top Quality Bones and a Little Terrorist
1-10) Scott WalkerThe Drift
1-10) Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor
1-10) Hot Chip The Warning
1-10) Lily AllenAlright Still
1-10) Califone Roots and Crowns
1-10) Land of Talk – Applause Cheer Boo Hiss (EP?)

ELEVEN THROUGH TWENTY
11-20) Isolee – Western Store
11-20) J Dilla – Donuts
11-20) The KnifeSilent Shout
11-20) MewMew and the glass handed kites
11-20) Arctic MonkeysWhatever people say i am, that’s what i’m not
11-20) Regina Spektor Begin to Hope
11-20) TV on the RadioReturn to Cookie Mountain
11-20) Love is AllNine Times That Same Song
11-20) The ThermalsThe Body, The Blood, The Machine
11-20) Tokyo Police Club A Lesson in Crime EP

TWENTY-ONE THROUGH THIRTY
21-30) Professor Murder Rides the Subway EP
21-30) Bob Dylan – Modern Times
21-30) Neil Young – Living With War
21-30) El Perro Del Mar El Perro Del Mar
21-30) The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America
21-30) Silversun PickupsCarnavas
21-30) The DecemberistsThe Crane Wife
21-30) Sunset RubdownShut Up I am Dreaming
21-30) Band of HorsesEverything All the Time
21-30) Cat PowerThe Greatest

THIRTY-ONE THROUGH FORTY
31-40) M-WardPost War
31-40) Tapes N Tapes The Loon
31-40) Final FantasyHe Poos Clouds
31-40) MalajubeTrompe L’oeil
31-40) PhoenixIt’s Never Been Like That
31-40) Archie Bronson Outfit Derdang Derdang
31-40) Neko CaseFox Confessor Brings the Flood
31-40) Nellie McKay – Pretty Little Head
31-40) Voxtrot Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives EP
31-40) Spank RockYoYoYoYoYo

AND MUCH RESPECT TO…

The Big Sleep
Kimya Dawson
Sure Juror
Junior Boys
Matmos
Oxford Collapse
My Brightest Diamond
Parenthetical Girls
Bonnie Prince Billy
Cadence Weapon
Born Ruffians
Think About Life
Elvis Perkins
Robyn
CSS
Art Brut
Lo Fi Fnk
The Ballet
Sally Shapiro
Lady Sovereign
We are Scientists
Jeffrey Lewis
The Little Ones
Twisted Sister
Shout Out Out Out Out
Jenny Lewis
Ghostface
The Roots
Peter and the Wolf
Sonic Youth
Forward Russia
Belle & Sebastian
Joan as Policewoman
Camera Obscura
Joanna Newsom
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yo La Tengo
Beach House
Beck
Liars
Girl Talk
Mastodon
Mountain Goats
Beirut
The Blow
The Evens
Matt & Kim
Wolfmother
Drones
Isis
and whoever I forgot….

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