So I went to the Shins on Monday. It was a great show, they kicked some major ass live. I haven’t listened to their new CD yet and my overall impression of it was that I was going to be a little disappointed but what I heard at the show was good. And all their old stuff off Oh, Inverted World and Chutes Too Narrow was aces! So I guess I’ll give the new disc a chance.
The Friday before I went and saw Ben Kweller. And it was also really good. He was opening for Gomez and they were not good. We only stayed for a couple of songs while I finished the beer I was drinking and then fled before being subjected to anymore of that crap. Gomez… Anyways, on the way out we stopped at the merch both and I bought Erin a shirt that Ben Kweller signed. He hugged me twice – both times he initiated, which was a little peculiar but he seemed like a super nice kid. Just what you’d expect from his music.
I’m not sure if this is the start of spring concert season or just a couple early shows but it was awesome to be back at some live shows.
Also. I’m not going to get around to posting my best of 2006 so I’m instead posting this post I started about how I had started working on my top 10 list.
So I’ve started work on my Top 10 of 2006. Number #3 right now is actually an EP of 16 minutes. I liked it that much.
There’s some things that I don’t think will be a surprise for people. Bands from both my PDP CDs of ’06 are sported on this list. One I found through traditional mass media on a _____ magazine mix CD. Another I found through the new social dynamic of Web 2.0 applications – music blogs, independent Internet radio stations and social networking sites.
Some of them are really new finds for me in the last part of year but intrigue me enough that I’m working them into my PDP 5 mix.
One of the PDP cd’s will get an honourable mention as a CD that became the soundtrack to my summer.
All of this and a bunch of new mix CDs for Groundhog’s Day. I hope he sees his shadow and we get 6 weeks more of winter!
These are from my notes on the list that I’m referring to above. I was selecting some quotes and stuff about some albums. These are in no particular order.
We Are Scientists – With Love and Squalor
Original Release Date: January 10, 2006
With their daft facial hair and questionable fashion sense, tank-top sporting Brooklyn supernerds We Are Scientists resemble those eccentric mathematics lecturers one use to see on Open University in the early 1970s. Do not be deceived by this veil of foolishness, for With Love and Squalor is a splendidly dexterous debut, a lubricated salvo of trim pop-punk cramming 13 songs into an honorably waffle-free 36 minutes.
Obvious touchstones include Franz Ferdinand (on fun setting) and the wit, jerk, and pop inclination of XTC circa Drums and Wires and Black Sea. Exploding into action with the adrenalin swoop of ‘Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt’ and ‘This Scene Is Dead’ and taking in such other fine moments as the reggaefied ‘Can’t Lose’ and the Terrorvision-meets-Buzzcocks ‘Callbacks,’ the album nods to the mope-rock of the Cure on the philosophical experience-is-the-best-teacher procrastination of ‘Textbook.’ With Love and Squalor places We Are Scientists in line for this year’s Nobel Prize for punk-pop novelty. –Kevin Maidment
We Are Scientists comprises of Keith Murray, guitar and lead vocals; Chris Cain, bass guitar and backing vocals; Michael Tapper, drums and backing vocals. EMI. 2005.
The Candy Bars – On Cutting Ti-Gers in Half and Understanding Narravation
beirut – Gulag Orkestar
Phoenix – It’s Never Been Like That
Long Distance Call
Boy Kill Boy – Civilian
Tokyo Police Club – A Lesson In Crime EP
Figurines – Skeleton
Original Release Date: March 7, 2006
On March 7, 2006, The Control Group will welcome Figurines through US customs. Female security guards double-take passport photos of the band, but x-ray monitors scan bits of Pavement, drops of early Built To Spill, an open Modest Mouse container, a couple Strokes, and a vial of Neil Young’s frantic youth. ‘Skeleton’ turns momentum on high. As Danish press raves, three music videos from the record are uploading new listeners faster than the single ‘The Wonder’ can reinstate the group back to #1 on Danish National Radio. Which it did. It might be a secret to some, but Figurines are one of the most hard working Danish indie bands at the moment. Look for them on tour in the US this year.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Show Your Bones
The Future Heads – News & Tributes
Band of Horses -Everything All The Time
Original Release Date: March 21, 2006
This Seattle-based band was formed from the ashes of the incredibly talented Carissa’s Wierd [sic], whose mopey and self-deprecating songs were like some magical and baroque combination of the Magnetic Fields, Cat Power, and Leonard Cohen. Longtime friends of Iron and Wine, few fans in their native Pacific Northwest could understand why Carissa’s weren’t huge. But they weren’t, and after three albums and few folks really caring, they naturally broke up. Band of Horses, led by ultra-charming CW bassist Ben Bridwell, is a remarkably different, though just as radically excellent, brand of indie-pop sulk. These songs are anthems to ambivalence, and Bridwell’s lovely high-pitched trill will please any fan of Built to Spill, the Shins, and Modest Mouse. It takes a few listens to sink in, but Everything is transcendent, shimmering, layered, and smartass emo-pop fully ready for stadium saturation. –James Conde
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Broom
Original Release Date: October 24, 2006
Off the top of my head I’d have to say for albums:
1. beirut – Gulag Orkestar
2. We Are Scientists – With Love and Squalor
3. Figurines – Skeleton
Beirut has been number one since before the CD came out.
My favourite mix CD of last year was Kristen’s PDP4 CD We’re Number One and my single of the year was data Panik ‘Rulers and the States.’