All the big indie records of 2006: One sentence reviews. Part One.
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy–The Letting Go: Who knew he had another record this good in him?
Neko Case–Fox Confessor Brings the Flood: “Star Witness” is the best song of 2006.
Destroyer–Destroyer’s Rubies: Dan Bejar is over the top and this record is gorgeous.
Thom Yorke–The Eraser: […] hmmm […] oh sorry, I must’ve dozed off there […]
The Walkmen–A Hundred Miles Off: I recently heard “The Rat” in the background of an NCAA Football commercial–I enjoyed that more than anything on this record.
The Walkmen–Pussycats: Uhmmm…yeah…uhmmm, okay cool guys, you have your own studio, you can just do whatever you want I guess.
Beck–The Information: Beck’s a fucking scientologist.
Ghostface Killah–Fishscale: I’m supposed to love this, right?
Girl Talk–Night Ripper: This might be the year’s best album…
The Flaming Lips–At War With the Mystics: It seems like they will continue to make these types of records.
The Decemberists–The Crane Wife: This is overrated, boring crap.
The Hold Steady–Boys and Girls in America: …speaking of overrated, boring crap.
The Fiery Furnaces–Bitter Tea: Their prettiest album yet; not as good as Blueberry Boat but better than any record by any other band that came out this year.
Matthew Friedberger–Winter Women: Contains no fewer than four radio gems.
Matthew Friedberger–Holy Ghost Language School: I keep meaning to listen to it again.
Lambchop–Damaged: I’m too busy for this level of subtlety.
Lambchop–The Decline of Country & Western Civilization, Pt. 2: The Woodwind Years: Their title is too long–counts as review.
Mercury Rev–Essential Mercury Rev: Go out and buy the real “essential” Mercury Rev: Yerself is Steam, Bocces, and See You on the Other Side.
Gnarls Barkley–St. Elsewhere: We will all remember this album as fondly as we remember that Chumbawumba album, or possibly our EMF Greatest Hits CD.