But before I can get to the list proper (and there are 12 items on it this year), I thought I should highlight a few albums that for one reason or other didn't make the list. Call this introduction to the list the honorable mentions.
Honorable Mention #1: Editors – The Back Room
You may recall that I included this album in the honorable mention category last year. I still stand by that inclusion since I had been listening to it a lot, even though it was only available as an import at the time. Once it came out in the U.S., I was still listening to it quite a bit.
Whatever the weird timing of its release, I still like this album quite a bit, even though I'm not sure it would make it into the top 12 (10 is too few) albums of 2006 though. Last year I was working with a much larger list—too large for my current schedule. In any case, if you have a chance to see these guys live, do so. Even if they don't have the material to support a long set, what time they play, they rock hard.
Honorable Mention #2: Snowden – Anti-Anti
I've only begun listening to this album lately, even though it came out in August. It has been mesmerizing me over the last few weeks though. I call it out for special attention now for a couple of reasons: 1) I've been listening to it a lot and 2) It's the first time since I've been doing this that an Atlanta band has merited any kind of consideration in the year-end kudos.
I haven't had the chance to see Snowden live yet, but I certainly hope to remedy that situation early in the new year. They've been touring constantly, most recently with Forward Russia!
Honorable Mention #3: Bishop Allen – 12 EPs
They make the list for releasing an EP a month over the course of the year. I don't even know what image to link to for this one. I'm certainly not going to included 12 separate images, so this one will have to suffice. You have to admire a band that stretches it's creativity so, putting out so much original material in one calendar year.
And the funny thing is, a whole lot of it is damn entertaining. Some of it is even captivating. Hopefully, they will be able to cull some of this material down, add a few more songs, and then make a full length album. Then relax a little bit. They've certainly earned it.
I'm not going to list all the albums that I considered for my list this way, but I thought these two deserved a little extra attention for the reasons stated above. Now, before I begin the list proper (hopefully tomorrow), I thought I'd list those albums that I considered for the list that didn't quite make the cut. I'm not going to say anything about any of these individually (I'm not Pitchfork after all), but I did enjoy them all, just not quite as much as the ones to follow:
- Tapes n’ Tapes – The Loon
- Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
- Cat Power – The Greatest
- Liars – Drum’s Not Dead
- Destroyer – Destroyer’s Rubies
- Drive-By Truckers – A Blessing and a Curse
- I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness – Fear is on Our Side
- Calexico – Garden Ruin
- Mission of Burma – The Oliberati
- Elf Power – Back to the Web
NP: "Memorial" – Explosions in the Sky