02 January 2007

Cup’s Best of ‘06: The Albums

One of the best parts of having a blog is you have a forum for lists. I love making lists; it appeals to my OCD tendencies. So, today I’m playing Rob Gordon and listing my favorite albums of 2006. I tried narrowing it down to my ten faves, but there were too many good albums this year. Looks like I listed everything I bought in 2006; doesn’t even come close.

So, in alphabetical order:

Badly Drawn Boy: Born in the U.K.
Belle & Sebastian: The Life Pursuit
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan: Ballad of Broken Seas
Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Johnny Cash: American V: A Hundred Highways
Cat Power: The Greatest
Lloyd Cole: Anti-Depressant
Decemberists: The Crane Wife
Bob Dylan: Modern Times
Holly Golightly: Down the Line
Flaming Lips: At War With the Mystics
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova: The Swell Season
Hem: Funnel Cloud
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3: Olé! Tarantula
Lambchop: Damaged
Minus 5: Minus 5 (The Gun Album)
Mission of Burma: The Obliterati
Pernice Brothers: Live a Little
The Pipettes: We Are the Pipettes
Tom Waits: Orphans, Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

TOMORROW: My favorite songs of 2006

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13 Comments:

At 1/02/2007 07:18:00 PM, Anonymous paul said...

I'm officially old. I haven't heard a single one of those albums. Not a blessed one.

 
At 1/02/2007 07:23:00 PM, Blogger mellowlee said...

What a GREAT list! I only have maybe half of that list. Looks like I have to play catch up all over. The Decemberists "The Crane Wife" was my fav of 06, the rest are so good, who can decide on a favorite eh? Man, that Neko Case is amazing! Awesome year for music :) I bet 007 will be even better!

 
At 1/02/2007 07:35:00 PM, Blogger wonderturtle said...

I used to have that last album name printed up on business cards. I found that it helped with my self esteem.

 
At 1/02/2007 09:04:00 PM, Blogger Scrivener said...

It is a great list.

You know, I'm not sure how much I really like the Minus 5 album. I mean, I loved them live and I like Down with Wilco quite a bit. But the Gun Album just isn't a favorite of mine.

Neko and the new Decemberists are at the top of my list too. I've sort of halfway thought of my own list, but haven't written it up yet. Next week.

 
At 1/02/2007 09:52:00 PM, Blogger Old Lady said...

Then again, I can just visit you, Haanaster, Dale, MJ and Gizmo to get updated.

 
At 1/02/2007 10:37:00 PM, Blogger Dale said...

I love your list too Beth and I'm curious about a couple of them, love a couple of them and am about to get intimate with a few more.

 
At 1/03/2007 03:13:00 AM, Blogger Bubs said...

What a list! I'm scurrying off now to find out more about the 98% of them I haven't listened to. It's a strange thing to recognize the names of almost all the artists, but not be able to recall whether or not I've actually HEARD anything by them.

 
At 1/03/2007 10:34:00 AM, Anonymous DJ Cayenne said...

Nice list. You highlighted a few discs that I meant to spend some time with but never got around to, like Mission of Burma, Holly Golightly, Glen and Merketa, and even (gasp) Johnny Cash.

I think it was the radical/fanatical song that soured me on the Flaming Lips CD. It had to go. I sold mine back to Criminal. Never thought I'd see the day.

 
At 1/03/2007 10:43:00 AM, Blogger Jeremy said...

Would it surprise you to hear that I have not heard ANY of those? I think I'm kind of stuck in a rut when it comes to music lately. And that bad part is that I don't want to leave. I think the two newest bands Ipicked up were The Dead 60s and Kasabian. Both good.

 
At 1/03/2007 04:13:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

PAUL: And you're a help L.Alien? For shame! Shall I make you a sampler disc?

MELLOWLEE: I agree; I couldn't get the list down to ten, there were so many great releases. And I'm kicking myself for not including great albums from the Twilight Singers and others.

WONDERTURTLE: You're my hero.

SCRIVENER: I love the Minus 5 album. If you listen to the lyrics, you find that Scott McCaughey was going through some major sh*t. And yet the songs are fun, some even romantic. I love the album. But you know how I am about Mr. McCaughey.

OLD LADY: C'mon up. I'm going to have a blog baby shower for Fetus Haahnster; maybe I can get the entire crowd into my living room.

 
At 1/03/2007 04:15:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

DALE: Let me know which ones you're curious about, and I'll (finally) get around to finishing that CD for you.

BUBS: Get on it. Some really great albums.

DJ CAYENNE: I think I'd get spanked if I sold a Flaming Lips CD.

JEREMY: Ah, my cute child. Shall I educate you on what the kids are doing these days?

 
At 1/03/2007 08:42:00 PM, Blogger Dale said...

No rush Beth but there are always choices I know nothing about like Holly Golightly, Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, Hem, Lambchop. I'm thinking of buying the Tom Waits one although I may iTunes it because it's cheaper.

You've got such excellent taste I can't stand it!

And by the way, I know I've only heard good things about Neko Case and in fact had Hold On, Hold On downloaded and have the New Pornographers with her in rotation. MellowLee and Barbara have both mentioned her several times as well as I think Will & Ben but reading your list last night somehow made me go ahead and buy it. Man, I'm struck dumb, it's beautiful. Your psychic persuasiveness is working.

 
At 1/04/2007 07:55:00 AM, Blogger Ben said...

Beth, superior taste as ever...did you realise that 9 of those turned up in our top 40 ?

Great minds think alike.

 

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