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#1 The Good Dr Bill

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 05:44 PM

All right, so we'll be counting this one down first this year. By now most of you should know the deal--you vote for as many as 50 or as few as five 2006 albums, which will be measured using the traditional voting system. Albums include:

1. LPs of all-new material
2. Live albums (not ones being re-issued or of all old material)
3. Label compilations (of recent stuff, that is--things like Total 7)
4. Artist remix/b-sides/unreleased compilations of all or mostly 2006 material

2005 vs. 2006 eligibility is broken down as follows--if you can make a case for it being 2006, you can vote for it. So that includes albums released in your country for the first time in 2006, albums that didn't receive wide exposure until 2006, or albums that were released in Dec. 2005 and didn't have enough time to sink in before voting last year.

HOWEVER--and this is a big however--you absolutely can not, under any circumstances, vote for an album that made our top 100 last year. I don't care what the extenuating circumstances are, this role is non-negotiable. So you know, these 100 albums are:

100 Iron & Wine Woman King
99 Sons & Daughters The Repulsion Box
98 Nada Surf The Weight is a Gift
97 The Constantines Tournament of Hearts
96 Sunn 0))) Back One
95 The Editors The Back Room
94 Saint Etienne Tales from Turnpike House
93 Serena Manesh Serena Manesh
92 The Books Lost and Safe
91 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Howl
90 Supergrass Road to Rouen
89 Shout Out Louds Howl Howl Gaff Gaff
88 The Fiery Furnaces EP
87 Boy Least Likely To The Best Party Ever
86 Depeche Mode Playing the Angel
85 Ryan Adams Jacksonville City Nights
84 Elbow Leaders of the Free World
83 Super Furry Animals Love Kraft
82 Richard Hawley Cole's Corner
81 Engineers Engineers
80 Tom Vek We Have Sound
79 New Order Waiting for the Sirens' Call
78 Devin Davis Lonely People of the World, Unite!
77 Isolee Wearemonster
76 Kaiser Chiefs Employment
75 The Raveonettes Pretty in Black
74 Boards of Canada The Campfire Headphase
73 Deerhoof Long Runners Four
72 The Pernice Brothers Discover a Lovelier You
71 Smog A River Ain't Too Much Love
70 The Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree
69 Stars Set Yourself on Fire
68 Jamie Lidell Multiply
67 The Juan MacLean Less Than Human
66 Lightning Bolt Hypermagic Mountain
65 Hood Outside Closer
64 Iron & Wine / Calexico In the Reins
63 Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
62 DangerDoom The Man and the Mask
61 Caribou The Milk of Human Kindnesss
60 Kings of Leon Aha Shake Heartbreak
59 Dungen Ta Det Lungt
58 System of a Down Mesmerize
57 Konono No. 1 Congotronics
56 Vitalic OK Cowboy
55 The Magic Numbers The Magic Numbers
54 Garrett Kriston George Takei's Rock & Roll Primer
53 Rachel Stevens Come and Get It
52 Ryan Adams Cold Roses
51 Devandra Banhart Cripple Crow
50 The Russian Futurists Our Thickness
49 Low The Great Destroyer
48 Common Be
47 Fischerspooner Odyssey
46 British Sea Power Open Season
45 Of Montreal The Sunlandic Twins
44 The Clientele Strange Geometry
43 Silver Jews Tanglewood Numbers
42 Akron / Family Akron / Family
41 Opeth Ghost Reveries
40 Stephen Malkmus Face the Truth
39 M Ward Transistor Radio
38 Broadcast Tender Buttons
37 Edan The Beauty and the Beat
36 Architecture in Helsinki In Case We Die
35 Art Brut Bang Bang Rock and Roll
34 Coldplay X & Y
33 Antony + the Johnsons I Am a Bird Now
32 The Hold Steady Separation Sunday
31 M.I.A. Arular
30 Ladytron The Witching Hour
29 Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine
28 Rogue Wave Descended Like Vultures
27 Beck Guero
26 The Decemberists Picaresque
25 Animal Collective Feels
24 Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake It's Morning
23 The Go! Team Thunder Lightning Strike
22 Maximo Park A Certain Trigger
21 Doves Some Cities
20 Out Hud Let Us Never Speak of It Again
19 Sigur Ros Takk
18 Kanye West Late Registration
17 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
16 The National Alligator
15 Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy
14 My Morning Jacket Z
13 Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene
12 Gorillaz Demon Days
11 Franz Ferdinand You Could Have it So Much Better
10 Sleater-Kinney The Woods
9 The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan
8 M83 Before the Dawn Heals Us
7 LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem
6 Spoon Gimme Fiction
5 Andrew Bird The Mysterious Production of Eggs
4 Bloc Party Silent Alarm
3 The New Pornographers Twin Cinema
2 Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary
1 Sufjan Stevens Illinois

don't vote for these. Just don't.

Also, a new rule for this year: there will now no-longer be any official/unofficial list-labeling. If you post a list in this thread--unless it's clearly just a list of suggestions and is not presented in countdown form--it will be counted. If someone wants to present me with a convincing argument as to why this should not be the case, feel free, but know this rule will almost definitely stand. I'm sick of tabbing lists only to find out that they're unofficial, or people not telling me that their lists have been officialized and having their votes go uncounted. So feel free to post your unofficial lists in any thread but this one, but if you're posting a list in this thread, you better be damn sure that it's final.

That should be all. Start with the questions, voting and YSIing whenever.

also, I'm not sure when voting will end or when results will be posted quite yet--most likely sometime three-four weeks from now. Stay tuned for further updates.
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#2 Artem

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 05:49 PM

i suppose than both isolee - western store and roman flugel - la forza del destino aren't legible for the album's list. these are compilations of 12" and such but some of the tracks date back to 1999.

#3 The Good Dr Bill

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 05:53 PM

if more than half of the albums are from 2006, it belongs here. If not, it belongs in the comp thread.
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Posted 23 November 2006 - 05:56 PM

i'll have to check. thanks

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 06:09 PM

Just out of curiosity, why did you decide to limit the number albums we can vote for to 50 down from 100? And dammit, that Saint Etienne album didn't get a US release until this year. So unfair.

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 06:44 PM

96 Sunn 0))) Back One

So I can vote for Black 1? ;)

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 08:23 PM

By now most of you should know the deal--you vote for as many as 50 or as few as five 2006 albums, which will be measured using the traditional voting system.

I like this, Bill.
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 12:03 AM

And dammit, that Saint Etienne album didn't get a US release until this year. So unfair.

Ah yes, the proverbial question of when to play your cards.
This years lineup includes Plan B, Lily Allen and Guillemots.
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 12:21 AM

And dammit, that Saint Etienne album didn't get a US release until this year. So unfair.

Ah yes, the proverbial question of when to play your cards.
This years lineup includes Plan B, Lily Allen and Guillemots.


also: fuyija & miyagi, long blondes, and jarvis cocker

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1. Knife: Silent Shout
2. Hold Steady: Boys and Girls in America
3. Belle and Sebastian: The Life Pursuit
4. Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury
5. Liars: Drums Not Dead
6. Lily Allen: Alright, Still
7. Long Blondes: Someone to Drive You Home
8. Phoenix: It’s Never Been Like That
9. Junior Boys: So This Is Goodbye
10. LCD Soundsystem: 45:33
11. Man Man: Six Demon Bag
12. Beach House: Beach House
13. Camera Obscura: Let’s Get Out of This Country
14. Lindstrom: It’s a Feedelity Affair
15. Fujiya & Miyagi: Transparent Things
16. Guillemots: Through the Windowpane
17. Tim Hecker: Harmony in Ultraviolet
18. Booka Shade: Movements
19. Morrissey: Ringleader of the Tormentors
20. TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain
21. CSS: CSS
22. Pipettes: We Are the Pipettes
23. Various: The World Is Gone
24. M.Ward: Post-War
25. Hot Chip: The Warning
26. Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am…
27. Thermals: The Body, The Blood, The Machine
28. Sunset Rubdown: Shut Up I Am Dreaming
29. Klaxons: Xan Valleys EP
30. Ellen Allien/Apparat: Orchestra of Bubbles
31. Rapture: Pictures of the People We Love
32. Ghostface Killah: Fischscale
33. Boris: Pink
34. El Perro del Mar: El Perro del Mar
35. Decemberists: The Crane Wife
36. Joanna Newsom: Ys
37. T.I.: King
38. Michael Mayer: Immer 2
39. Peter Bjorn and John: Writer’s Block
40. Herbert: Scale
41. Lupe Fiasco: Food n Liquor
42. Frightened Rabbit: Sing the Greys
43. Band of Horses: Everything All the Time
44. DJ Drama & Lil Wayne: Dedication 2
45. Devastations: Coal
46. Nathan Fake: Drowning in a Sea of Love
47. Roots: Game Theory
48. Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid of You…
49. Lansing-Dreiden: The Dividing Island
50. Subtle: for hero: for fool

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 12:27 AM

35. Decemberists: The Crane Wife
36. Joanna Newsom: Ys
37. T.I.: King


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Posted 24 November 2006 - 12:43 AM

unofficial in case bill has a problem with that lcd counting

Read the first post. This line is what bill will have a problem with.




I'm looking to hear Asobi Seksu and Blood Brothers if anyone wouldn't mind helping me out. Thanks

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 12:48 AM

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Not sure why this isn't getting more attention, but it's pretty awesome. It's an iTunes-only song comissioned by Nike, which due to its extreme length I suppose is meant to work as the soundtrack to your average exercise routine. ILM people loosely and lazily compared it to Manuel Gottsching's E2 - E4 due to it being one album-length song (clocks in at about 45 minutes), but it's much more varied than that, with multiple movements that sound little like each other, but still manages to be fairly cohesive on the whole. Like I've said elsewhere, it mostly reminds me of Giorgio Moroder's From Here to Eternity, though I'm not really sure why.

LCD Soundsystem - "Original Run"

This is eligible for albums EOY voting, btx.


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Posted 24 November 2006 - 12:55 AM

right. I meant he'll have a problem with the "unofficial" list.

#14 The Good Dr Bill

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 12:59 AM

Just out of curiosity, why did you decide to limit the number albums we can vote for to 50 down from 100?


didn't limit it, it's never been more than 50 for the album EOY
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 01:27 AM

Clipse @ 4 is the hot shit. Good list overall; I like a lot of those albums. I still need to hear that Klaxons EP.

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 01:45 AM

All right, so we'll be counting this one down first this year. By now most of you should know the deal--you vote for as many as 50 or as few as five 2006 albums, which will be measured using the traditional voting system.


What is the traditional voting system? Forgive me, I'm a noob.
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 02:35 AM

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1. He Poos Clouds. Final Fantasy.
2. Words Are Dead. Horse Feathers.
3. The Crane Wife. The Decemberists.
4. El Perro Del Mar. El Perro Del Mar.
5. It’s Never Been Like That. Phoenix.
6. Everything All the Time. Band of Horses.
7. Fishscale. Ghostface Killah.
8. Writer’s Block. Peter Bjorn and John.
9. Return to the Sea. Islands.
10. Trompe L’Oeil. Malajube.

11. Hell Hath No Fury. Clipse.
12. The Life Pursuit. Belle and Sebastian.
13. King. T.I.
14. Damaged. Lambchop.
15. Ships. Danielson.
16. The Air Force. Xiu Xiu.
17. The Warning. Hot Chip.
18. ‘Sno Angel Like You. Howe Gelb.
19. The Loon. Tapes ‘N Tapes.
20. Night Ripper. Girl Talk.

21. Return to Cookie Mountain. TV on the Radio.
22. Post-War. M. Ward.
23. Roots and Crowns. Califone.
24. Game Theory. The Roots.
25. Modern Times. Bob Dylan.
26. Alright, Still. Lily Allen.
27. Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. Neko Case.
28. The Eraser. Thom Yorke.
29. For Hero : For Fool. Subtle.
30. Citrus. Asobi Seksu.

was going to do a 50, but after reading the arguments for the new points methods, realized that i'm not invested in my final 20 enough to give them the dozens of points they'd receive.
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 02:51 AM

1. Joanna Newsom - Ys 2. TV on the Radio – Return to Cookie Mountain 3. Sunset Rubdown – Shut up I am Dreaming 4. Liars – Drums not Dead 5. Destroyer – Destroyer’s Rubies 6. Ghostface - Fishscale 7. Yo La Tengo – I am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass 8. Califone – Roots and Crowns 9. The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America 10. Beirut – Gulag Orkestar 11. Danielson – Ships 12. The Knife – Silent Shout 13. The Decemberists – The Crane Wife 14. Girl Talk – Night Ripper 15. Shogun Kunitoki – Tasankokaiku 16. Grizzly Bear – Yellow House 17. Love is All – Nine Times that Same Song 18. Junior Boys – So this is Goodbye 19. Belle and Sebastian – The Life Pursuit 20. Band of Horses – Everything All the Time 21. Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood 22. Swan Lake – Beast Moans 23. Fujiya and Miyagi – Transparent Things 24. The Thermals – The Body, The Blood, The Machine 25. Tapes ‘n Tapes – The Loon 26. Rhymefest – Blue Collar 27. Malajube – Trompe L’oeil 28. Camera Obscura – Lets Get out of this Country 29. Asobi Seksu – Citrus 30. M. Ward – Post War 31. I’m From Barcelona – Let me Introduce My Friends 32. T.I. – King 33. Futureheads – News and Tributes 34. Bruce Springsteen – We Shall Overcome 35. Justin Timberlake – FutureSex/LoveSounds 36. Lupe Fiasco – Food and Liquor 37. LCD Soundsystem – 45:33 38. Islands – Return to the Sea 39. Phoenix – It’s Never Been Like That 40. Lansing Dreiden – The Dividing Island 41. Pipettes – We are the Pipettes 42. The Roots – Game Theory 43. Mew – And the Glass-Hand Kites 44. Xiu Xiu – The Air Force 45. Sparklehorse – Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain 46. Oxford Collapse – Remember the Night Parties 47. Boris – Pink 48. Subtle – for hero: for fool 49. Tap Tap – Lanzafame 50. Figurines – Skeleton
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 03:19 AM

Tapes 'n' Tapes is a 2005 release, guys. Although I guess if it didn't make the cut on last year's SOMB countdown - it's fair game? Which means trouble because that thing has an unfair head-start advantage vs. everything else. I've had about a year with that thing and I've since grown to love that band and that album.
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 03:25 AM

48. Subtle – for hero: for fool

I'm really hoping to see this do well. I still think that a LOT of the board would really dig this but there's really no way to sell anyone here on it that doesn't already like it.

Which means trouble because that thing has an unfair head-start advantage vs. everything else. I've had about a year with that thing and I've since grown to love that band and that album.

Seems like late '05/early '06 albums lose most of their momentum by this time of year and have faded from all but the diehard fans' memories and off of everyone else's radar.