Nathan’s top ten albums of 2006


4. Jan. 2007, 21:00

1. Ladyhawk - Ladyhawk
Pitchfork called this one a downer. Allow me to retort. One night when going out for drinks to celebrate a friend’s birthday, five of us piled into my car and played Dugout over and over, screaming the words, high-fiving and laughing uncontrollably. During the drive we realized that we had the lyrics wrong (“I’m haunting the basement again,” not “I’m down in the basement again” or “mom’s in the basement again”) and got sore throats. Remember, this was on our way to get drinks. That’s a good time, as far as I’m concerned.

2. Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
People went crazy for their first one, but I never understood what the big deal was. It sounded like lo-fi folk with sound textures, right at the time when “freak-folk” was hitting it big, so it didn’t stand out. But this one blew my mind. To borrow an analogy from someone else talking about something else, if the first one was black and white then this one is technicolour. Like that one scene in The Wizard of Oz.

3. Pink Mountaintops - Axis Of Evol
Another case where I couldn’t get behind the first album, but this one is incredible. It’s like a folksy Suicide, and all the songs are about God. It sounds like driving around East-Van early in the morning and having a mild existential crisis.

4. Soul Sides Vol. 1
I’ve noticed that I consume a lot more music than I used to. I acquire more albums, and I get sick of them more quickly. To make matters worse, this year I got a computer and discovered mp3 blogs. Now I download tons of songs and rarely even listen to the whole thing to see if they’re any good. But one blog where the songs not only hold my interest but actually make it onto regular rotation is Maybe it’s because I know so little about this music, but it doesn’t really matter. This comp is the “rawest and rarest” of what’s come out on the blog.

5. Liars - Drum’s Not Dead
There’s something in me that makes me want to know why other people are so excited about things. When I was in junior high I started drinking black coffee because it seemed like everyone’s so passionate about it. I gave it a month, but I never came around to enjoying coffee in the least. When this album came out it got rave reviews, so I wanted to check it out. At first I didn’t really “get it.” It’s kind of drone and kind of drum circle, and didn’t sound like anything else I listen to. But I gave it a couple more tries and started hearing the songs more. And now it’s one of the prettiest cd’s I have.

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