Thursday, November 23, 2006

And the Nominees Are...

File Under: The Best Albums of 2006

Happy Turkey Day!

It's that time of year for the unveiling of my 2006 Album of the Year nominees (winner to be announced on or around New Year's). I've decided, in the hopes that you will listen to my podcast (you should! it has song clips!), not to list the nominees in this post right away (I'll update it eventually) and just post the (brief) mp3 version of the announcement here for now. Hope you enjoy it!

MAOTY 2006 Nominees [mp3]

UPDATE: You asked for it, you got it...

The nominees for the 2006 MAOTY, in the not-quite-alphabetical order I chose when making the cover art collage posted below (with links, where available):

Belle and Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - The Letting Go
Bob Dylan - Modern Times
The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
Figurines - Skeleton
The Long Winters - Putting the Days to Bed
The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
My Brightest Diamond - Bring Me the Workhorse
Joanna Newsom - Ys
Shearwater - Palo Santo

Honorable Mentions: Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock 'N' Roll; Asobi Seksu - Citrus; Band of Horses - Everything All the Time; Current 93 - Black Ships Ate the Sky; Don Peris - Go When the Morning Shineth; The Great Depression - Preaching to the Fire; Grizzly Bear - Yellow House; Guster - Ganging Up on the Sun; Islands - Return to the Sea; Loose Fur - Born Again in the USA; Mogwai - Mr. Beast; Neil Young - Living with War; Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped; Thom Yorke - The Eraser; Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid of You and I WIll Beat Your Ass

Turkey Award: The Flaming Lips - At War with the Mystics

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Past Winners:
1993 Counting Crows - August and Everything After
1994 R.E.M. - Monster
1995 The Innocence Mission - Glow
1996 Dave Matthews Band - Crash
1997 U2 - Pop
1998 R.E.M. - Up
1999 John Linnell - State Songs
2000 Radiohead - Kid A
2001 Bjork - Vespertine
2002 Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
2003 Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Master and Everyone
2004 Wilco - A Ghost is Born
2005 Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

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UPDATE 2: The final rankings, Nos. 10-4.


Geoff G. said...

very nice....but joanna newsome, really?

Matthew said...

Have you actually heard the whole album? It's genius. Especially the last two songs, Only Skin and Cosmia.

Turkey will be ready in like ten minutes! Yay!

Anonymous said...

Fer crissakes, Matt! I'm on a computer with no sound. Not fair. I was going to show Susan the list - it's a Thanksgiving tradition.

This is Liz.

Matthew said...

okay, okay, i'll post 'em now

Matthew said...

posted. but i'd still like you to listen at some point.

Anonymous said...

if you're taking bets, i'd put mine on the mountain goats or the decemberists... but then, i was completely wrong last year....

Anonymous said...

Of the albums you listed, the only one I have listened to won the Turkey Award, and I actually kinda like that album. Just thought you would want to know.

Matthew said...

I "kind of" like it too, but Yoshimi was so great and this one was just a letdown for me. I have hardly listened to it at all in months. I don't hate it, which is why it was a half-hearted Turkey Award, but a Turkey Award nonetheless.