Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Holiday Spirit Abounds!

This will definitely be my final 'list' post of the year, but I couldn't resist posting my holiday mix. Merry indie christmas.

The Arcade Fire - Jinglebell Rock
Andrew Dost - Yeah, I Know, It's Christmas Time (mp3)
Sufjan Stevens - Silent Night
Belle and Sebastian - O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Sufjan Stevens - Put the Lights on the Tree
Mogwai - Christmas Song (mp3)
Death Cab for Cutie - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Jack Johnson - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Cold White Christmas
Sufjan Stevens - That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!
Ron Sexsmith - Maybe This Christmas
Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song
Mark Mothersbaugh - Rachael Evans Tenenbaum (mp3)
Pedro the Lion - I Heard the Bells on Christmas (mp3)
Belle and Sebastian - Christmas Time is Here (mp3)
Sufjan Stevens - Sister Winter (mp3)
Trombone Shorty and Friends - O Holy Night (mp3)

I'm sorry that this wonderful mix is a little Sufjan heavy.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Best Yams of '06

These are the songs that filled my mixtapes, bumped in the honda, and accompanied me from car- to class- and back again.

I don't think I can rank them.

Joanna Newsom - "Monkey & Bear"
TV on the Radio - "Wolf Like Me"
Explosions in the Sky - "Welcome, Ghosts"
Midlake - "Roscoe"

Peter and the Wolf - "The Fall"
Bishop Allen - "Flight 180"
Ola Podrida - "Photo Booth"
Destroyer - "Painter In Your Pocket"
Mogwai - "7:25"
Emily Haines - "Maid Needs a Maid"
Peter, Bjorn & John - "Young Folks"

T.I. - "What You Know"
Grizzly Bear - "The Knife"
The Knife - "Heartbeats"
Xiu Xiu - "Boy Soprano"

My Brightest Diamond - "Something of an End"
Cold War Kids - "We Used to Vacation"
The Foundry Field Recordings - "Warning Raids Over Kiev"
Dave Bazan - "Backwoods Nation" (re-issue)
The Decemberists - "The Crane Wife 1&2"
The Most Serene Republic - "Emergency Performance Art Piece"
Margot and the Nuclear So and So's - "Skeleton Key"

Tacks, the Boy Disaster - "Forget Me Not"
Snowjackets - "The Holy Flower (Baroque Seasons Remix)"
Sufjan Stevens - "Sister Winter"
The Mountain Goats - "Woke Up New"
Peter & The Wolf - "The Highway"
Swan Lake - "All Fires"
Inlets - "Pictures of Trees"
Vyvienne Long - "They're Not Waving"
Chad VanGaalen - "Red Hot Drops"

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Best of '06

It's the time of year that blog-surfing geeks spend 11 months covetously hoarding music for- Year's End List Time! I've always put together ragtag lists of the dozen albums I couldn't stop listening to in past years, but this year deserves more. Some say that indie has already sold out, and maybe they're right, but this was a great year in music and this is my list.

50. Inlets - "Vestibule EP"
49. Beck - "The Information"
48. Yo La Tengo - "I Am Not Affraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass"
47. J. Tillman - "Minor Works"
46. T.I. - "King"
45. Cansei Der ser Sexy - s/t
44. The Knife - "Silent Shout"
43. Swan Lake - "Beast Moans"
42. Jed and Lucia - "Candles in Daylight"
41. The Hold Steady - "Boys and Girls in America"
40. Arrah and the Ferns - "Evan is a Vegan"
39. Danielson - "Ships"
38. The Walkmen - "100 Miles Off"
37. The Roots - "Game Theory"
36. M Ward - "Post War"
35. Gnarls Barkley - "St. Elsewhere"
34. Peter, Bjorn & John - "Writer's Block"
33. Hot Chip - "The Warning"
32. Bound Stems - "Appreciation Night"
31. Matisyahu - "Youth"
30. Clipse - "Hell Hath No Fury"
29. Islands - "Return to the Sea"
28. The Foundry Field Recordings - "Prompts/Miscues"
27. Man Man - "Six Demon Bag"
26. Cold War Kids - "Robbers and Cowards"
25. Anathallo - "Floating World"
24. Tacks, the Boy Disaster - "O, Beatrice"
23. The Flaming Lips - "At War With the Mystics"
22. Final Fantasy - "He Poos Clouds"
21. The Most Serene Republic - "Phages"
20. My Brightest Diamond - "Bring Me the Workhorse"
19. Belle and Sebastian - "The Life Pursuit"
18. Peter and the Wolf - "Lightness"
17. Beirut - "Gulag Orkestar"
16. Xiu Xiu - "Air Force"
15. Oh No! Oh My! - s/t
14. Sufjan Stevens - "The Avalanche"
13. Thom Yorke - "The Eraser"
12. Love Is All - "9 Times That Same Song"
11. Tapes 'n Tapes - "The Loon"

10. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - "Broom"

9. Band of Horses - "Everything All The Time"

8. Joanna Newsom - "Ys"

7. Midlake - "The Trials of Van Occupanther"

6. Destroyer - "Destroyer's Rubies"

5. Margot and the Nuclear So and So's - "The Dust of Retreat"

4. The Decemberists - "Crane Wife"

3. Grizzly Bear - "Yellow House"

2. Chad VanGaalen - "Skelliconnection"

1. TV on the Radio - "Return to Cookie Mountain"

I'll have my songs up soon, so...