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So without further delay here are my top albums of the year. I can't really decide how to rank them but my criteria for selection is pretty simple. What albums did I play most? and what albums did I just not get sick of? Not too technical or really scientific, more qualitative than quantitative, but that's how I do things.

Check it out and tell me what I forgot, how stupid I am for missing your favorite album and how I just don't know what the hell I am talking about. I'll toss up some honorable mentions for good measure!

Spank Rock - Yoyoyoyoyo!
*Might just be the most innovative thing to happen to hip hop in the last couple years and it most certainly is the freshest. Their sound isn't really like anything else I've heard previously and they certainly are "ass-shaking competition champ(s)" with their vulgarity, straightforwardness and sex soaked lyrics. Their mix of old school and bass heavy beats is great. Just to show you can remix these kids for years the Spank Rock crew dropped the Bump EP late in 2006 which was incredible.

Ali Farka Toure - Savane
*Like Dilla Toure's final record is one of his best. A fantastic album to remember a legend by.

The Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury
*For a reason I still can't figure out the Neptunes gave Pusha and Mal all their good beats and saved none of them for themselves. Maybe a selfless act or just a realization that Pusha and Mal have a delivery and song writing ability paralleled by few in hip hop today. No idea why Pharrell's album was so bad and production on the Clipse' album is so good. Pusha and Mal's haunting message about crack dealing paired with off-beat production makes for one of the best hip hop albums in recent memory.

Joanne Newsom - Ys
*I pretty much hate folk music. But, this album was something different. Its one of the few indie folk albums I actually enjoy listening to. Its unique and the level of intricacy of the sounds used is great. Alot of the tracks kind of remind me of some type of classical suite with an indie twist.

Jay Dee - Donuts
* If there had to be one album for the year this would be it. Instrumental hip hop has always been my favorite genre of music and Jay Dee aka J-Dilla was one of the best at his craft. Like Toure his final album just might have been his crowning achievement. Made in a home studio and on his hospital bed off of vinyl you will not find a better hip hop instrumental album outside of Entroducing than Dilla's Donuts. RIP.

The Roots - Game Theory
* Hip hop royalty and one of the best of all time. As usual the Roots have made a fantastic album. Its their best since The Next Movement and with tracks like "Don't feel right" and "Long Time" they remain firmly planted on top of the game. Two of the best tracks of the year...period.

Junior Boys - In The Morning
* Two insanely good electronic albums in the past two years. "Double Shadow" was one of my favorite tracks this year and between this and Last Exit few do indie electronic like these guys. I can't find a track on this album or the last that I hit "next" on. Guys are freakin fantastic.

Ghostface Killah - Fishscale
*Another hip hop classic released in 2006. Ghost was all over the place in 2006 but saved his best stuff for his album. He returns to Supreme Clientele and Ironman form with this shoe in hip hop classic. "The Champ" just might be my favorite Ghost track with the exception of "Nutmeg."

Murs and 9th Wonder - Murray's Revenge
*Its difficult to make a great record that is only 10 tracks that doesn't leave the listener asking for more but this finely crafted underground gem does exactly that. Murs on the mic and 9th making the beats is a match made in heaven.

Herbert - Scale
*Synth-pop, electro-pop, tec-house whatever you want to call it Herbert made one of the best house records to come out in awhile. Using off the wall sounds like coffins closing and fuel pumps never sounded so good.

Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
* While some might argue that this was a down year for indie music you have to be happy with this album along with TVOTR's album. Both great records showing off just how great experimental rock has become. The production is fantastic.With few songs under 5 minutes the depth of these tracks make it stand up to repeated listens instead of your typical 2-3 minute indie ramble.

TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
*Probably the most hyped release of the year, TV on the Radio didn't disappoint with their 2006 release. "I was a lover" with its hip hop beat base is one of my favorite tracks of the year and a real standout among indie songs of the past several years. They're sound distinct from their indie counterparts thanks largely to David Sitek's production which is truly fantastic. Awesome album and something I just can't seem to get tired of listening to.

Honor Roll (again in no type of order)
*Band of Horses - Everything All the Time
*Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That
*Lily Allen - Alright, Still
*Cat Power - The Greatest
*Hot Chip - The Warning
*Five Deez - Kommunicator
*Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds
*Fujiya & Miyagi - Transparent Things
*Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor
*Oh No - Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms
*DJ Mehdi - Lucky Boy
*Cadence Weapon - Breaking Kayfabe

Songs and Remixes of the Year are to follow. There will actually be downloadable Mp3s associated with these.

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JT said... @ 12/19/2006 04:01:00 PM

Damn, we have a lot of overlap, because great minds do think alike. Yeah, I think I have 5 of these in my eventual list.

Solid work as usual, sir. Cannot wait for the singles.

One quick note: the Junior Boys LP from '06 was "So This is Goodbye" -- "In the Shadow" was their 4-track 12" EP.


k. said... @ 12/19/2006 04:03:00 PM

I was talking about the track "Double Shadow" not the EP.

JT said... @ 12/19/2006 04:24:00 PM

Yeah, I screwed that up, but what I was trying to say was that "In the Morning" was the EP, "So This is Goodbye" was the album... I was confused as to which was in yr list is all.


k. said... @ 12/19/2006 04:33:00 PM

no problem.

Anonymous said... @ 12/19/2006 04:43:00 PM

>> Sean Fennessey PITCHFORK HIP HOP DUDE::
1. Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury
2. TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain
3. DJ Drama & Lil Wayne: Dedication 2
4. T.I.: King
5. Hot Chip: The Warning
6. DJ Drama & Pharrell: In My Mind: The Prequel
7. Kelis: Kelis Was Here
8. Ghostface Killah: Fishscale
9. Be Your Own Pet: Be Your Own Pet
10. Justin Timberlake: FutureSex / LoveSounds
11. J Dilla: Donuts
12. The Game: Doctor's Advocate
13. Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins: Rabbit Fur Coat
14. Field Mob: Light Poles And Pine Trees
15. Killer Mike: I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind
16. Akon: Konvicted
17. Beyoncé: B'Day
18. Oh No: Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms
19. Man Man: Six Demon Bag
20. Lily Allen: Alright, Still
21. Blaq Poet: Rewind: Deja Screw
22. The Knife: Silent Shout
23. Aloe Blacc: Shine Through
24. Cat Power: The Greatest
25. E-40: My Ghetto Report Card

Niall said... @ 12/19/2006 06:48:00 PM

great list,

strange to see spank rock not featured in pitchfork's top 50. it was #2 in mine.

did you not dig the knife?

here's my list


dexter said... @ 12/19/2006 09:03:00 PM

all good choices thanks for posting this.

MIKE said... @ 12/19/2006 10:41:00 PM

very good list. lots of diff types of music and new to me so i gotta check for them.. comprehensive.. props on the site.. you just got another regular visitor

i said... @ 12/20/2006 01:31:00 PM

i don't fucking understand the spank rock thing. i'm all about hip-hop... the clipse album is hot as hell, i agree with you there... but i don't see the 'spank rock / innovative / next step in the evolution of hip-hop' shit at all. yeah, i bought the album and rocked it for a couple weeks... it sure as hell isn't bad, but i don't think it's a classic by any stretch of the imagination. no doubt they can rock a party, but they're pretty substance-less, i think. can't stand dude's delivery either. shouldn't be on a list alongside dilla and ghostface for damn sure.

i could see 'touch me' on a best singles list though.

that's just my two cents.

yer list is otherwise great & i agree with the rest of it... i look forward to checking out junior boys and grizzly bear. slept on them so far.

i think midlake's latest (occupanther) might ought to be on the list reppin' the indie & folk angle.


i said... @ 12/20/2006 01:35:00 PM

btw. it's rad that you included ali farka toure on there. guy was a music god.

k. said... @ 12/20/2006 02:13:00 PM

i agree that the dilla and ghost albums are better than the spank album. they definately rock a party but your point about substance is a good one. i guess it depends on what you are looking for. in the spank album im just into listening to it for a good time. i go to the roots, the coup, or dead prez when i want substance with my music. i dont know if yoyoyoyoyo! is a classic but for me its def one of the best this year.

i said... @ 12/20/2006 03:00:00 PM

true. to each his own. i've a penchant for lyricism and spank rock is light in the loafers on that front. some pretty wickid beats though.

you hear about what happened to the coup on tour lil' over a week ago? check out their myspace blog if not.

matt said... @ 12/23/2006 12:13:00 PM

excellent list. and a significant amount of overlap with mine (which is really no surprise). I must check out the Ali Farka Toure album - still haven't heard that yet. as for possible omissions, perhaps Kid Koala, Nightmares on Wax, Georgia Anne Muldrow, The Coup, and DJ Logic as also rans?


Joey said... @ 12/25/2006 06:44:00 PM

I can't really get into the production on Hell Hath No Fury, but a nice list. Well done.

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