My Top 10 Music Picks for 2006

Just in time for gift giving ideas, here is my top music picks of 2006. There were a lot of great albums in 2006 and coming up with a top 10 was tough so this year, I added a few honorable mentions at the end. So, without further adieu, here we go:

10. The Twilight Singers – Powder Burns
I will admit that this isn’t my favorite Twilight Singer CD, but it is still really good. Front man Greg Dulli never disappoints. I must also mention their EP released late this year called, A Stitch In Time. Both great efforts from a great band.

9. Mi̬le Р(self-titled)
I picked up this CD while in Paris this year and was not disappointed. This is a great debut from the quartet out of Belgium. It is sometimes melodic, sometimes pop-like, and sometimes rockin’ – think New Pornographers singing in French. The best part about this CD is that you do not need to speak French to enjoy it.

8. I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness – Fear Is On Our Side
A great CD and is a must to listen to in an entire sitting. The band (ILYBICD for short), has sort of that mainstream Indie sound but they really stick out from most of the Indie bands out today.

7. Heartless Bastards – All This Time
The latest release from Cincinnati’s own Heartless Bastards in my opinion tops their previous release, Stairs and Elevators. Check out the CD and if they are playing in the area, check out their show.

6. Editors – The Back Room
Their music is reminiscent of a dark 80’s new wave sound. Try it out for yourself.

5. Neil Young – Living With War
From the man who gave us songs like, Ohio, this CD is inspired by the same anger that he experienced during Vietnam. With song titles like, Let’s Impeach The President and, Lookin’ For A Leader, can you guess the theme of this CD?

4. Tokyo Police Club – A Lesson In Crime
I saw this band while in Toronto earlier this year and their 7 song EP is as good as the show. This band puts together a unique guitar riff with pop lyrics.

3. Asobi Seksu – Citrus
A very melodic CD and very reminiscent of early bands such as Lush. I picked up this CD a few weeks ago and haven’t put it down.

2. Controller.Controller – X-amounts
The thing that disappoints me with most bands is that their live performance lacks the enthusiasm of their studio album. This is not the case with Controller.Controller. This was the headliner band of the show with Tokyo Police Club and the studio album is as great as the show itself. Their sound is described as, “Death Disco” and that’s the best way to put it.

1. Beirut – Gulag Orkestar
Trumpets, guitars, accordions – this band has it all with International flair. My number one pick and a must buy for the year. Definitely worth the price.

The following are my honorable mentions for the year. It was tough to limit my list to just 10 and here are a few more to consider:

KMFDM – Hau Ruck
Pilate (a.k.a. Pilot Speed in the U.S.) – Self Control For Life’s Speed
Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldiers
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Broom
Wolfmother – (self-titled)
Pete Yorn – Nightcrawler

And I would be remiss if I did not mention the first studio album in years by The Who, “Endlesswire.” Great vocals by Roger Daltrey and the great lyrics and guitar you come to expect from Pete Townshend. Even though it’s an excellent CD, it is missing John Entwistle and Keith Moon and that leaves you feeling a little empty inside.

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