The Invisible Songs of 2006 (vol. 1)

December 26, 2006

So this the first part of a list containing some of my favorite songs from 2006.

I’m sure there are many songs that I didn’t hear this year, that if I should have heard, would have made this list. But I didn’t hear them, so here are the ones I did hear, since it would be rather difficult (though possibly interesting) to create a list of my favorite songs I hadn’t heard. 

They appear in no particular order of preference, but in ascending order according to how many times they’ve been played on my iPod. Oh, and you should buy them all on iTunes.

Your Invisible Friends.

 The Invisible Songs of 2006 (vol. 1)


Neko Case – “That Teenage Feeling” from Fox Confessor Brings The Flood (Anti Records). If you haven’t noticed, Neko Case is hot. (She’s the hottest part of The New Pornographers.) Yes, she plays country music, but it’s alternative-country music, so it’s okay. 


Sonic Youth – “Do You Believe In Rapture?” from Rather Ripped (Geffen). Thurston Moore et al. return to save the fucking day in the USA with harmonics.


Annuals – “Brother” from Be He Me (Ace Fu). North Carolina’s answer to the Arcade Fire and the Animal Collective. Adam Baker is a genius. 


Ghostland Observatory – “Ghetto Magnet” from Paparazzi Lightning (Trashy Moped). The latest offering from Austin’s two-man band on the move. This song reminds me of At The Drive-In singing along to oldies radio.


TV On The Radio – “Wolf Like Me” from Return To Cookie Mountain (4AD). The most hyped album of the year makes good on David Bowie’s enthusiastic endorsements.


Bob Dylan – “Thunder Mountain” from Modern Times (Columbia). Mr. Dylan’s a living legend playing blues about Alicia Keys. At 65 years old and with a number one album, anything’s possible.


The Thermals – “Pillar of Salt” from The Body, The Blood, The Machine (Sub Pop). Easily the best pop-punk song this year about escaping the US government.


Birdmonster – “Cause You Can” from No Midnight (Birdmonster). The San Francisco band’s follow-up to their promising 3-song EP. The new version of “All The Holes In The Walls” is not nearly as good, but “Cause You Can” more than makes up for it.

Parts & Labor – “A Great Divide” from Stay Afraid (Jagjaguwar). These guys are friends of a friend, who live in Williamsburg. They are nice people who play huge sounding songs. This song gets me up in the morning and kicks my ass.


Sound Team – “Handful of Billions” from Movie Monster (Capitol). This may be the best thing to come out of Austin since Voxtrot, or Spoon, or I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, or And You Shall Know Us By The Trail of the Dead, or Ghostland Observatory, or Ann Richards.

One Response to “The Invisible Songs of 2006 (vol. 1)”

  1. Bob Dylan is the best on the list, I’d say.

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