Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The Best Songs Of 2006 So Far

Calum Marsh

I get really excited about making Best Of lists. I don't know why, exactly, but I think it might have to do with celebrating the music I love. Sure, I get a kick out of mocking music as much as the next guy (the next guy presumably being Casey), but once in a while - once a year, actually - it feels good to sit down and stew over which records, movies, and books of the past little while had the biggest impact on you. Maybe that's why today, a mere six months into this long year, I'm compiling the best songs of 2006. Half-year lists being, of course, a silly excusion into the exhausted mind of a blogger with little else to write about - still, I'm sure you'll have a blast telling me what I forgot or what I should still hear.

My 2005 Year-End list took a long time to put together and ended up getting revised three or four times before I just stopped caring. Considering the effort and thought I put into that silly thing, it's odd that I don't agree now with half of what I wrote then. It's only been six months, but already I've lost interest in so many of the albums that I thought would surely be everlasting. The records I liked most at the time - Bloc Party's Silent Alarm, Architecture In Helsinki's In Case We Die, Boards Of Canada's The Campfire Headphase - are still good, but I don't listen to them nearly as much as the records that placed a little lower on the same list - Antony & The Johnsons' I Am A Bird Now, The National's Alligator, M83's Before The Dawn Heals Us - and some records that didn't even make the Top Twenty - Sunn 0)))'s Black One, Art Brut's Bang Bang Rock And Roll, Black Dice's Broken Ear Record - rank in my mind as much higher than many of the discs that did make the cut.

So why bother listing at all? I'm not sure, to be honest. I guess, in a sense, it's interesting to see what albums stand the test of time and which simply fade out of memory - and I'll be damned if it isn't fun to do.

The Best Songs Of 2006 So Far

17. Who Made Who - Space For Rent

From The Album: Space For Rent 12"
Gomma Records

16. Thom Yorke - The Eraser

From The Album: The Eraser
Xl Recordings


15. Think About Life - Serious Chords

From The Album: Think About Life
Alien 8 Recordings


14. Sunset Rubdown - The Men Are Called Horsemen There

From The Album: Shut Up I Am Dreaming
Absolutely Kosher Records

13. Shit Robot - Wrong Galaxy

From The Album: Wrong Galaxy/Triumph 12"
DFA Records


12. Mates Of State - Think Long

From The Album: Bring It Back
Barsuk Records


11. Man Man - Engwish Bwudd

From The Album: Six Demon Bag
Ace Fu Records


10. Liars - It Fit When I Was A Kid

From The Album: Drum's Not Dead
Mute Records


09. The Knife - One Hit

From The Album: Silent Shout
Rabid Records


08. Islands - Rough Gem

From The Album: Return To The Sea
Equator Records


07. Hot Chip - Over And Over

From The Album: The Warning
DFA Records


06. Goldfrapp - Ooh La La

From The Album: Supernature
Mute Records


05. Final Fantasy - This Lamb Sells Condos

From The Album: He Poos Clouds
Tomlab Records


04. Danielson - Did I Step On Your Trumpet?

From The Album: Ships
Secretly Canadian


03. Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - New Year's Kiss

From The Album: Etiquette
Tomlab Records


02. Beirut - Postcards From Italy

From The Album: Gulag Orkestar
Ba Da Bing Records


01. Beck - Broken Drum (Boards Of Canada Remix)

From The Album: Guerolito
Interscope Records


Beck - Guerolito
Think About Life - Think About Life
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - Etiquette
Man Man - Six Demon Bag

Comments on "The Best Songs Of 2006 So Far"


Blogger SL said ... (13/6/06 3:47 pm) : 

truly a good list, but I have to ask how Goldfrapp wound up at number 6? i like that song, too, but i think 6 is a bit high. oh well, all in all a very good list. i like the fact that Tapes 'N Tapes and Cold War Kids aren't on it (even though I like them both) cause it shows you chose the songs you really liked.



Blogger vanator said ... (13/6/06 4:46 pm) : 

i'm a list-o-holic as well. high five.


Blogger Calum Marsh said ... (13/6/06 5:05 pm) : 

Well, to be honest, Tapes n Tapes didn't make the cut because that album came out in 2005 - still, I see your point.

And the list is actually in reverse alphabetical order. Goldfrapp is number 6 because it's before Final Fantasy and after Hot Chip.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (13/6/06 7:50 pm) : 

nothing aganist calum, but is this just his site now?


Blogger coxon le woof said ... (13/6/06 8:07 pm) : 

Some good choices there. Though at this halfyear point, I think Liars would be higher up my list. Lovin it!


Anonymous mjrc said ... (13/6/06 8:19 pm) : 

oh, calum. the men are called horsemen there, not horses! and i am no angel, but i do like your list.


Blogger Jonathan Migneault said ... (13/6/06 9:14 pm) : 

Calum is just holding the fort for now. Casey has been having some technical difficulties with his computer for quite some time now (thus no posts) while Geoff, Mel, and I have been posting only sporadically.

Both Geoff and I should have some new posts up in the next couple of days. Hopefully Casey's computer will start to cooperate soon. Otherwise we may have to start a fundraiser to get him a new rig ;).


Anonymous tess said ... (13/6/06 10:44 pm) : 

broken drum :)


Blogger music is art said ... (15/6/06 8:33 pm) : 

this is a wonderful list...

im loving that broken drum remix too :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (16/6/06 7:27 pm) : 

whomadewho came out in 2005...


Blogger walla2sl said ... (17/6/06 3:31 pm) : 

Liars album along with Thom Yorke are the best of the year. "The Clock" by Thom Yorke is my favorite song of the year. I'm really liking the Beirut album as well.


Blogger Calum Marsh said ... (18/6/06 9:57 pm) : 

Right you are. I meant "Out The Door", from 2006, not "Space For Rent", which was indeed 2005.


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