The Invisible Songs of 2006 (vol. 3)

December 28, 2006

The Invisible Songs of 2006 (vol. 3)

Yes, the list just goes on and on… it’s like the Casey Kasem countdown, ad infinitum. As Casey himself has been known to say, “It’s fucking ponderous, man… ponderous, fucking ponderous.”

Oneida – “History’s Great Navigators” from Happy New Year (Jagjaguwar). This song sounds as mean and desolate as a dark alley. I like that it features what sounds like a broken Fisher Price piano.

 

The Twilight Singers – “There’s Been An Accident” from Powder Burns (One Little Indian). This song just goes to show, Greg Dulli is still pretty fucking cool.

 

The Evens – “No Money” from Get Evens (Dischord). Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina return in full political punk form, just in time for the Dems to take back Congress. I know, it’s not Fugazi, but admit it, you like this band and the idea of saving your hearing (you sellout!).

 

El Perro Del Mar – “God Knows (You Gotta Give To Get)” from El Perro Del Mar (Memphis Industries). Sarah’s songs are a bit like a time machine: This is the most perfect 60’s pop song released this year.

 

Say Hi To Your Mom – “These Fangs” from Impeccable Blahs (Euphobia). Eric Elbogen offers up the sweetest and catchiest indie-pop song about the undead. “I don’t mind if you want to hide your fangs too.” This song reminds me of Bunnicula.

 

Casiotone For the Painfully Alone – “Young Shields” from Etiquette (Tomlab). It’s a dark lo-fi electronic anthem to freshman year at university. “Got a letter from Mom and Dad. They didn’t send me anything.” Disappointment has never sounded this good.

 

I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness – “The Ghost” from Fear Is On Our Side (Secretly Canadian). As far as I can tell, this song is about total disaster. It sounds a little like Interpol, but without the comedic timing.

 

Jenny Lewis – “Rise Up With Fists!” from Rabbit Fur Coat (Team Love). Sure, Jenny Lewis sounds like she’s a country sweetheart (especially with the Watson Twins singing backup) but this song just goes to show, the girl kills with kindness.

 

The Mountain Goats – “Woke Up New” from Get Lonely (4AD). This is the saddest indie-rock song around since Joanna Newsom’s “Sadie.” If John Darnielle and Sam Beam should get in a fist fight, who would win? 

 

Maritime – “Parade of Punk Rock T-Shirts” from We, The Vehicles (Flameshovel). It’s post-emo indie-rock dance floor bliss brought to you by the boys who said, “I get paranoid. I get on the floor and I just freak out.”

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