Dez 14 2006, 19h12

I keep seeing the phrase, "Best of 2006."
I discovered a lot of great music in 2006, due to last.fm, music blogs, emusic, myspace, singingfish, and sites like betterpropaganda.

So I decided to make a list of the top 10 artists that I discovered in 2006:

1. of Montreal - I first heard them in a movie theatre, which lead me to emusic, a subscription that when supplemented by last.fm certainly was useful, and weened me off of iTunes. Tracks from Sunlandic Twins and Satanic Panic have been in heavy rotation on my iPod, which generally doesn't scrobble tracks. Highly poetic and every song is a creative explosion. My hearing Architecture in Helsinki and Dogs Die in Hot Cars are a direct result of my digging of Montreal

2. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - I'd actually heard of BJM prior to 2006, but it wasn't until this summer that I downloaded the retrospective Tepid Peppermint Wonderland. Any band heavily influenced by 60s music and The Beatles is a go in my book. Some of BJM's tracks are so psychedelic that they make my head spin, and that's good. I absolutely love psychedelic rock, so BJM are perfection.

3. Supersystem - Some compilation, either facebook or emusic gave me White Light White Light. I dug that, but WOW, that was nothing compared to the rest of the tracks on A Million Microphones, which lead me to getting Always Never Again, and soon thereafter Super/System and Fake French by El Guapo (Supersystem's previous incarnation). Highly addictive electronic rock music. Unfortunately, a mere month after they hit heavy rotation for me, they broke up.

4. Klaxons - So I've been trying to find more artists who have that Supersystem style. So far what I have has been described to me as "nu rave" or "electro" or "dance punk." Whatever you want to call it, I dig it.

5. The Raconteurs - The tracks from Broken Boy Soldiers remind me of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and have that good '60's blues rock flavor. I've dug The White Stripes for years, so this is just icing on the cake.

6. Wolfmother - I'll just say what everyone else has already said, a modern day Led Zeppelin. Every song = rock and roll perfection. Has a '70's rock feel, which also reminds me of The Sights and Wolf Parade

7. Bloc Party - Hearing these guys lead me to Stars and The Radio Dept.. "Banquet" is among my most played tracks this year.

8. The Arcade Fire - Funeral is an absolute masterpiece. Arcade Fire were among one of the first artists that I found here on last.fm. I cannot wait to hear more. I found that Tokyo Police Club remind me quite a bit of Arcade Fire.

9. Devendra Banhart - I recall hearing some track prior to 2006, but for the life of me, I cannot remember. Occasionally, I'm in the mood for kinda hippie folk rock, and this helps to fill that quota.

10. The Format - Catchy and just fantastic lyrics. There is not a single song on Dog Problems that I dislike.

It was hard to limit this to 10 artists, but I don't feel like writing so much, and I'm sure that I forgot many, so I listed those with the largest impact on my listening habits this year.

A few runners up: The Very, Spoon, Dressy Bessy, Baumer, The Postal Service, Arctic Monkeys, TV on the Radio, Tapes 'n Tapes, Yo La Tengo

Earlier in the year, prior to last.fm, I was listening to quite a bit of Matisyahu, but reggae was a genre that I had gotten into quite heavy in 2005.

2006 saw a resurfacing of my interest in "Weird Al" Yankovic, whom I've seen thrice in concert. Al gets the honor of my most played song for 2006. "White & Nerdy" as of my writing has had 300 plays in my iTunes, and is on the top of my last.fm track list.

The best concert of 2006 goes to Ringo Starr, who I'd wanted to see since I was 12 years old. Nothing can top that.

According to last.fm, overall, my top artist was Grey.

Other artists that deserve a listen or five: Student Film, Modico, gripweed., Cemetery Circus

I'm not even going to attempt to list my top tracks from 2006. I'll leave you to my charts for that.


  • tstarkmi

    Awesome! I'm looking forward to exploring Brian Jonestown Massacre, as I just got Tepid Peppermint volume 1 from lala.com... and the Format, it's on my eMusic save for later list. Very, very nice list.

    Dez 15 2006, 1h38
  • POWERDOG_5000

    wolfmother are fagtos

    Dez 15 2006, 5h30
  • wappytea

    ....and this is supposed to change my mind about wolfmother? *shrugs*

    Dez 15 2006, 19h33
  • tstarkmi

    Powerdog's got a reputation for speaking his mind unexpectedly... this isn't the first time it's happened. *shrugs, lol*

    Dez 16 2006, 3h52
  • tstarkmi

    Personally, I'm still wondering what a fagto is. lol.

    Dez 16 2006, 20h31
  • wappytea

    LOL. Yeah, haven't heard that one before either. People should learn to spell their insults. Ha.

    Dez 16 2006, 20h33
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