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As I try and compose those cliched year end lists that every blogger feels is her or his duty to compose I realize just how much good shit came out in 2006. The genre of Hip Hop alone was huge this year. After a pretty weak 2005 hip hop came back strong. I would argue it could have been even bigger if some of the heavy hitters actually made good records (I'm looking at you Outkast, Jay-Z and Nas).

I haven't completed my list yet, but am working on it. Also got some mixing software and have been trying to create a year end mix...we'll see how that works (don't hold your breath).

What are your favorite albums of the year??

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scratch said... @ 12/11/2006 08:39:00 AM

joanna newsom "ys"
young jeezy "the inspiration"
mastodon "blood mountain"
justin timberlake "futuresex/lovesounds"
junior boys "so this is goodbye"
clipse "hell hath no fury"
hold steady "boys and girls in america"
peter bjorn and john "writer's block"
grizzly bear "yellow house"
scott walker "the drift"

Anonymous said... @ 12/11/2006 09:07:00 AM

Modern Times by Bob Dylan
The Warning by Hot Chip
Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse
The Avalanche by Sufjan Stevens
The Eraser by Thom Yorke
Broken Boy Soldiers by The Raconteurs
Idols Of Exile by Jason Collett
Return To Cookie Mountain by TV on The Radio
Silent Shout by The Knife
Skeleconnection by Chad vanGaalen

k. said... @ 12/11/2006 09:38:00 AM

Here is what I am looking at right now:

Dilla "Donuts"
TV On The Radio "Return to Cookie Mountain"
Clipse "Hell Hath No Fury"
Roots "Game Theory"
Bonobo "Days to Come"
Joanna Newsome "Ys"
Ghostface Killah "Fishscale"
Mylo "Destroy Rock & Roll"
Hot Chip "The Warning"
Murs & 9th Wonder "Murray's Revenge"
Junior Boys "In the Morning"
Grizzly Bear "Yellow House"
Wax Tailor "Tales of the Forgotten Melodies"
Spank Rock "Yoyoyoyoyo"
Herbert "Scale"
DJ Mehdi "Lucky Boy"

There are a bunch of re-issues and comp records that I LOVED this year as well. I'll get around to adding thouse later.

JT said... @ 12/11/2006 10:54:00 AM

Dude, I am struggling hard to get the list down. I have like 40 albums so far, that I'm trying to get down to 15. F*ck.

It is a tough challenge for us, man. It's like picking your favourite children and telling the rest to go play on the train tracks. FmGT's doing our picks next week, so I cannot wait to crib any last-second notes from you, K, if I forgot any.

And yes, hip-hop came back hard this year. Several long-awaited albums and collaborations finally hit the scene in '06. Will '07 keep the progression going? [Think: New Madvillain, and a collabo between MF Doom and Ghostface in February]

- JT.

Anonymous said... @ 12/11/2006 12:48:00 PM

hmm, i stuff i've heard off the nas album has been great.

Anonymous said... @ 12/11/2006 01:11:00 PM

the knife - silent shout
clipse - hell hath no fury
fujiya & miyagi - transparent things
booka shade - movements
spank rock - yoyoyoyoyo
the emperor machine - vertical tones and horizontal noise
hot chip - the warning
peter, bjorn and john - writer's block
marc romboy - gemini
birdman and lil wayne - like father, like son

Flatlander said... @ 12/11/2006 03:29:00 PM

As good of a year that hip hop had in 2006, indie rock had a lousy year. Lots of half-baked albums. Plenty of good songs but few good albums. However, 2004 and 2005 for indie rock was spectactular. So, a drop was expected eventually.

Anonymous said... @ 12/12/2006 08:27:00 AM

Hmm. Three top picks for me:

The Roots - Game Theory
The Coup - Pick a Bigger Weapon
and for something a bit different, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band - What's Going On. It's a remake of the classic Marvin Gaye album, and is great all round if you like that big New Orleans jazz band sound. The title track with Chuck D is worth a special mention.

red (having problems logging in...)

Anonymous said... @ 12/12/2006 08:49:00 AM

ps If anyone else reading this likes The Coup, they need your help. Serious.

They just had a bus crash on tour - people are injured and all their kit, clothes and eveything is gone.

Have a look on the Coup's myspace and read Boots' blog where it says The Crash...


Anonymous said... @ 12/13/2006 12:35:00 PM

the Nas and Outkast albums are more than ok, man.
the expectations were so high everybody feel they put out disapointing LP's but there are Great Tracks on Both albums.
But you're right about Jay-z, his album has a fucking weird feel to it.it's not Baaaaaaad

thebeatpoet said... @ 12/13/2006 01:57:00 PM

roots "game theory"
hot chip "the warning"
spankrock "yoyoyo"
beck "the information"
ratatat "classics"
k-os "atlantis hymns for disco"
lupe fiasco "food & liquor"

k. said... @ 12/19/2006 10:08:00 AM

you are right anon about the outkast album. it did have some awesome tracks. "hollywood divorce" and "the train" were two of my favorites this year.

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