I think I’ve got it!

It’s only taken a couple of weeks. I’ve got a definitive, non-definitive list of good things about 2006. So far just albums, and gigs, but it’s a start. No fancy pictures, no reasons why, just lists. That’s all anyone cares about anyway.

In no particular order…

1. Cat Power – The Greatest
2. Final Fantasy – He Poos Clouds
3. The Young Knives – Voices of Animals & Men
4. Kristin Hersh – Learn To Sing Like A Star
5. CSS – CSS
6. YLT – IANAOYIAWBYA (sorry for the abbreviation there)
7. Grizzly Bear – Yellow House
8. TV On The Radio – Return To Cookie Mountain
9. Beirut – The Gulak Orkestar
10. Various – CD 86
11. Tilly & The Wall – Wild Like Children
12. The Futureheads – News & Tributes
13. Be Your Own Pet – Be Your Own Pet
14. Destroyer – Rubies
15. I’m From Barcelona – We’re From Barcelona

Live gigs, I’m struggling to remember who I’ve seen this year – probably the least number of bands since 1984 or something (actually, in 1984 I saw one gig, but it was the York Rock Festival, so it could be a close-run thing if you include each individual band). But still… (and in no order)

1. Tilly & The Wall – Brixton Windmill
2. TV On The Radio – ICA (it was empty!!!)
3. Final Fantasy/Grizzly Bear – The Luminaire (this wasn’t)
4. Tapes N Tapes – UCLSU
5. Cat Power – Barbican (amazing)
6. Juliana Hatfield – Bush Hall
7. The New Pornographers – Koko (gasp! Gig at Koko (second worst venue in London) in Top 7 shocker)
8. The Love Substitutes – Wimbledon Watershed (Mauro, Rudy and Craig all in the same room – excellent!)
9. Th’ Faith Healers – That bar place in Brick Lane I can’t remember the name of
10. The Raconteurs – Underneath that record shop in Soho I can’t remember the name of either
11. The Icicle Works – Shepherds Bush Empire
12. The Fall – Cartoon Club, Croydon (fantastic, but short)

Next year, I fully expect to have a Top 3 all done by the end of February. (that’ll be Kristin Hersh and The Arcade Fire, and anyone else who’s lucky to catch me in a good mood)

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