2006 - A Year In Review

Sure it’s a bit late, but I thought that nothing would be more appropriate than to review the entire year of 2006, seeing what music I listened to and how I felt about it. It is also an opportunity to take a look back at this blog’s first year, even if it did only begin in May. This list may be rather extensive but in no way is it a complete snapshot of the past year. It’s missing EPs, albums I’m yet to discover, albums I’ve forgotten, albums I ignored and of course old albums that I only just discovered. But at least it will at least give you a general idea of what were some of last years biggest albums and which you should perhaps check out. Click the band name to find out more (courtesy of myspace) and click the album to see what I wrote about it.

LOVED

Belle & Sebastion - The Life Pursuit
The Crayon Fields - Animal Bells
CSS - Cansei De Ser Sexy
Dappled Cities Fly - Granddance
The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
Figurines - Skeleton
Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther
Peter Bjorn And John - Writer's Block
Red Riders - Replica Replica
The Sleepy Jackson - Personality
Sparklehorse - Dreamt For Lightyears...
Tapes 'n Tapes - The Loon
Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid Of You...


THOROUGHLY ENJOYED

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - So Divided
Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am….
Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
The Capes - Hello
The Chalets - Check In
Evangelicals - So Gone
The Grates - Gravity Won't Get You High
HilotronsBella Simone
Islands - Islands
The Kooks - Inside In / Inside Out
Lily Allen - Alright Still
The Long BlondesSomeone To Drive You Home
The Lovely Feathers - Hind, Hind Legs
Maritime - We, The Vehicles
Mates Of StateBring It Back
Oh No! Oh My! - Oh No! Oh My!
The Panda Band - This Vital Chapter
Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That
The Pipettes - We Are The Pippettes
The Rapture - Pieces Of The People We Love
The Strokes – First Impressions Of Earth
Tap Tap - Lanzafame
TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
Wolf & Cub - Vessels


LIKED

Augie MarchMoo, You Bloody Choir
Be Your Own Pet – Be Your Own Pet
Beirut - The Gulgag Orkestar
Ben KwellerBen Kweller
Candy Bars – On Cutting Tigers In Half…
Camera ObscuraLet’s Get Out Of This Country
Cold War Kids - Robbers & Cowards
The DearsGang Of Losers
Danielson - Ships
Delays - You See Colours
Final Fantasy - He Poos Clouds
The Futureheads – News & Tributes
Gerling - 4
GuillemotsThrough The Window Pane
The Hidden Cameras - Awoo
Howling BellsHowling Bells
I’m From BarcelonaLet Me Introduce My Friends
Jack Ladder – Not Worth Waiting For
Jet - Shine On
Joanna Newsom - Ys
Kasabian - Empire
The Killers - Sam's Town
Love Is All - Nine Times That Same Song
The Mint Chicks – Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
Muse – Black Holes And Revelations
The Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldiers
Razorlight - Razorlight
Starlight Mints - Drowaton
Sure Juror - Smut
The VinesVision Valley
The Walkmen – A Hundred Miles Off
Youth GroupCasino Twilight Dogs
The Zutons – Tired Of Hangin’ Around


DIDN'T LIKE

Beck - The Information
Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies
Girl Talk - Night Ripper
Hot ChipThe Warning
Junior BoysSo This Is Goodbye
Liars - Drum's Not Dead
Scissor Sisters - Ta-Dah
Sunset RubdownShut Up I Am Dreaming
Swan LakeBeast Moans
The ThermalsThe Body The Blood The Machine
Thom Yorke - Eraser
Thunderbirds Are Now!Make History
Xiu XiuThe Air Force

Ah finished. Finally I feel like I can put 2006 behind me and concentrate on the new year. Not only was that 83 albums, but even more ridiculously, it was 83 myspace links. If you missed some of these albums, CHECK THEM OUT. And I know it should go without saying, but if you find something you like, consider buying the album or going to a show and keep supporting those artists!!

10 comments:

Wayne said...

The Scissor Sisters annoy the hell out of me, how does anyone listen to them. Of course I would naturally then consider it sacrilege that Destroyer and Sunset Rubdown are mentioned n the same section, IMHO.
Glad you liked Evangelicals, a hidden gem of 2006. A few records I loved that might have escaped your attention-
Some Echoes-Aloha
Gypsum Strings-Oakley Hall
Tell Me-Catfish Haven
Be He Me-Annuals

Anonymous said...

i hope for your sake im stupid and blind because i didnt happen to see KLAXONS any where in that list, top or bottom.

tisk tisk tisk

god frowns down on you

Peter said...

Wayne: Aloha and Annuals I only just got (thanks to somebodys year-end list) so I haven't had time to fully evaluate, but they're sounding good so far. As for the others, thanks for the tip, I'll be sure to check them out.

Anonymous: You're not blind, but you are a tad stupid. Klaxons only released EPs and singles last year and this list is exclusively albums. I do have their album (released 2007) and the chances are good that you'll see a review in the very near future

Pix said...

i am goin to hope you were just aiming to be edgy and controversial because some some of your didnt likes are quite surprising.

albums like xui xui & thom yorke are acquired tastes (i hate yorke) but i mean Hot Chip, Liars, Junior boys??? did you buy these albums bcoz imo they are stunning. but each to their own.

love these "things i hate post" though, wbdf lives for people to hate us. especially spazzys fans http://spazzys.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=27934

Rock Daze said...
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Rock Daze said...

Maybe peter put albums he didn't like in the didn't-like section because, although it was beyond you how it could of happened, he hated your favorite artist's album. Although he could have done reviews on some of the albums he did like such as muse or raconteurs

Peter said...

Pix: Yeah sorry to say but I really didn't care for Hot Chip. I mean some songs were great but it was just TOO electronic for me to cope with (I need more time!). The list of don't likes does appear rather controversial but thats largely because the 100s of albums that I knew I wouldnt like, I never bothered to listen to. The ones there are albums I thought I may like but just didn't. Beleive me, I gave them more than a fair chance, but nothing.

Ah the Spazzys, if only beating up women wasn't frowned upon. How does it feel to be on their myspace?

Rock Daze: Yeah the reason I never reviewed those albums is because I used to have a policy of not reviewing big name bands cause they didnt need promotion. That was until i discovered how many visitors they brought me.

Rock Daze said...

Jet got a freaking review?? (mumbles angrily in corner) nah fair enough bout big name bands

Frank Sinatra said...

it also appears that end of year summaries and negative posts attract quite a few visitors.. if the amount comments on the posts are any guide to the amount of visitors you are indeed acquiring..

...is it something i should worry about if i get dazed and confused when commentors use abbreviations??

Peter said...

Comments are in fact a very poor indicator of visitors but yes, these posts do a attract a few.

IMHO: In my honest opinion
bcoz: Because
imo: In my opinion
wbdf: Whiteboydancefloor (a blog)

All clear now? But yes, abbreviations are evil. You should be proud of not knowing them.